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Mini DeLites…& Micromanaging

July 26, 2016
by
LAURYN

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{ presents & sprinkles }
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{ living for this color corrector stick ( conceals hyperpigmenation ) }

To be up front, I am a HUGE micromanager.

Correct. Highly annoying to everyone involved.

I am never mean about it, just specific, so when we go to restaurants or bars the server wants to kill me but we’re still friends, you know?

Maybe this is because I used to be a cocktail waitress & bartender for 5 years so I know how to butter them up……..?

Or maybe I’m delusional AND annoying. HA.

Regardless, lately we’ve been eating out a lot.

Maybe it’s something with the summer but there’s been a lot of birthdays, celebrations, events, friend’s night outs, just a lot – SO a lot of micro-managing is taking place.

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{ this weekend celebrating Fashionlush’s b-day | cake }

After posting this Instagram & admitting my incessant need to micromanage the bartender ( at every restaurant ) I received a lot of Snap messages asking for tips.

Yah, tips.

You know, tips on how to micromanage & be…casual about it.

So today I figured I’d share a few of my favorite ways to be annoying.

Firstly, the drink always has to be micro-managed. Sometimes I’ll even excuse myself & go to the bar when sitting at a table. I really try not to be annoying about it, basically I always tip the bartender 20% or more & make it a point to always say ‘please, thank you, and YUM.’ Kindness always.

For a skinny margarita which I’ve been really loving lately ( see here ), I always say “not too sweet, rocks & salt, blanco tequila, a dash of Cointreau, extra lemons/limes, & a speck of sweet & sour ( correct, I say ‘speck’ ). The lighter the color, the better.”

After they make it for me, I express my gratitude! Always. Even if it’s not so good. If it’s not done the way I like, I’ll ask for a glass with ice & soda water. Then & YES, I am this crazy: I will pour it over ice & add sparkling water. Easy.

But honestly I micro-manage the bartender so much…that it’s usually perfect.

Michael wants to stab me.

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{ festive calendar clipboard for a new project }

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{ close-up of these glasses, because I FOUND THEM FOR $6 DOLLARS— in love }

As far as appetizers & entrees go, I modify.

Usually the waiters don’t care at all.

Some things I usually ( nicely ) ask for: extra sides of lemon and lime, a big side of avocado, chili flakes, light cheese, extra side of arugula ( perfect on pizza! ), sliced jalapeño, &/or a side of olive oil.

For salad dressings, I’ll usually ask them to dress it with red wine vinegar ( white is good too ), olive oil, lemon, & chili flakes. Kind of making my own TSC Dressing.

Appetizers I keep simple. There’s nothing better than prosciutto & cantaloupe OR oysters to start the meal. The protein fills you up a lot.

For meats & fish, I’ll ask for the sauce on the side & have them cover it with olive oil & lemon.

For pastas, I ask if I can order half, extra spicy. Usually you always can. In fact, I don’t think I can recall a restaurant that said no.

For a vegetarian entree, I ask them to use olive oil & lemon as opposed to a heavy sauce.

For desserts, I ask for an extra side of berries…so at least I feel like I’m getting nutrients? Then always ( ALWAYS !! ) a cup of peppermint tea. Something about it after a meal just works, you know?

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{ a tiny glass horse, hand blown in Venice }

Last tip: whenever I have an entree that’s just A LOT, I only eat half.

Simple.

These are my micromanaging tips. Servers usually don’t get pissed, as long as you’re gracious, kind, & appreciative.

I mean I never got mad when I was a bartender if someone was nice! It was the rude drunks that got to me…but that’s a different story for a different day. LOL.

Does anyone else have any micromanaging tips? PLZ SHARE.

SO! That’s what’s been going on lately, a lot of micromanaging. Also a new podcast episode will go live Tuesday so make sure you’re subscribed!!

I’m off to bed, it’s 2:14 AM & Monday has nearly killed me. At least my e-mail inbox is slowly dwindling- this morning was QUITE interesting to say the least.

See you guys tomorrow! lauryn x

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{ my stepmom hooked it up with the fake plants: julie@burlapandcrystal.com }

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Yes PLZ! Unreal Lentil, Avocado, Tomato Salad

July 24, 2016
by
LAURYN

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LENTILS, LENTILS, LENTILS.

They’re full of benefits like fiber, minerals, vitamins, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, they keep everything moving, if you know what I mean. Winky, winky.

Lentils are your friend.

& when you mix them with avocado ( hello healthy fats!! ), fresh herbs, & some olive oil…

YES PLZ.

This recipe comes from my friends, Megan & Peggy over at Curry Girls Kitchen. They’re a mom & daughter team who I’ve known since I was born! I adore them both & their recipes are spot on. Highly recommend them all.

AND UM they EVEN DO A FUNFETTI gluten-free cake…I feel like I need to make this next? Funfetti is so festive & nostalgic, this cake is calling my name!

Anyway, this recipe is easy breezy.

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Curry Girl Kitchen Lentil Tabouli Salad
by: Megan & Peggy

{ serves 2 }

Ingredients:

1 cup lentils, cooked
1/2 cup tomato, diced
1/2 cup Hot House cucumber, diced
1/4 cup green onion, diced
Handful fresh parsley leaves, minced
3-4 tbsp olive oil
Lemon, juiced
Pinch of Celtic sea salt

+ directions: mix ingredients together & enjoy. Gets better as it marinates. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Watch the recipe video HERE for more info.

+ Note: I added avocado to the recipe!

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Keep it in your fridge for a few days of lunch recipes. Just throw it in your Kardashian salad bowl & you’re good to go really.

You should know when eating lentils that “they’re a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and Vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods like lentils can lessen your risk of many serious medical problems.”

They’re known as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Just make sure you’re cooking them yourself not getting them from a canned filled with random ingredients.

ALSO, Curry Girls Kitchen & I did a virtual recipe swap! How 2016 of us, right? They whipped up a sandwich from The Skinny Confidential Book which happens to be one of my favorites: The Half Ass Sandwich. YUM.

Hope you’re all having a very relaxing Sunday. I’m off to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday which will include lots of Kombucha & champagne gummy bears.

Chat tomorrow, lauryn x

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The Best Damn Boots For Fall

July 22, 2016
by
LAURYN

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It’s not too early to start shopping for Fall… right?

I can’t help myself! Especially now that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is FINALLY open to everyone, items will start to go FAST. The deals are just too good to pass up, so I am SHOPPING today, to say the least.

Summer is seriously FLYING by, so it’s definitely a convenient time to stock up on the cutest clothes, shoes, & accessories for fall.

Like THESE BOOTS. How badass are they?

Here’s why these lace ups are the best damn boots for fall:

FIRST, they’re chic & totally IN. The lace up look is definitely trending. We’ve had lace up tops & lace up sandals during summer, so it’s only natural that lace up boots will be trending this fall.

SECOND, they’re EASY. They have a zipper on the side so you won’t have to actually mess with those laces. THANK YOU!

THIRD, they’re almost 50% off! They are just over $100 which is INSANE.

SO…. if you grab these boots, pair them with literally anything. My go-to would honestly be black skinny jeans, & either an oversized sweater or this tee shirt. You can definitely throw on a leather jacket to give off an edgy, rocker vibe.

So, thoughts on these boots? I’m obsessed.

I hope you guys enjoy shopping the Nordstrom Sale now that it’s officially open to everyone!

If you are shopping, definitely check out my favorite items roundup, this UNREAL list, & my favorite white shoes!

Okay, off to SHOP, SHOP, SHOP!

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How To Dress After One Too Many Tacos

July 21, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Wedding season is HERE.

I mean, can’t you tell? I feel like love is in the air. The weather is ideal, flowers are in bloom, & the birds are chirping extra loud.

Perfect for weddings.

Speaking of weddings, Saturday night we attended a beautiful one & I was very much ready for a good navy moment. Everything was set & ready: red lipstick, pumps, boob tape, chokers, ETC.

HOWEVER, the night before we had a little late night ‘mishap.’ AKA we went to Oscar’s Tacos & ordered the entire menu. But actually, the entire menu. Grilled shrimp tacos, skirt steak tacos, beans, rice, quesadilla, just everything really. Let’s just say the margaritas made us do it?

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Anyway, I woke up feeling very, VERY bloated.

Not cute. In dire need of a collagen mask, my ice roller, & shapewear.

The collagen mask I’ve been living for is INSANE the morning after one too many. & mixed with my hangover elixir? Ideal. The thickness is my favorite. And even though it says to leave it on for 20 minutes, I don’t listen. Usually a good hour & half does the trick.

You already know about my daily obsession with ice rolling. If you don’t own an ice roller, you’re really missing out.

And lastly, the real lifesaver: shapewear.

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Shapewear was needed after my shrimp taco, bean, and rice late night. First off, it immediately takes 5 pounds away. It’s strange. Then it kind of plumps up the ass, which is a major plus. The boob area is taken care of so you can totally rock it SANS bra. It’s basically a built in bra. Lastly it gives the body an amazing shape. I feel super confident the second I put it on…even after 50 lbs. of quesadillas.

The kind I like is by Maidenform. I prefer it in black & definitely like the black smooth firm control slip ( it’s kind of like a slip that really holds everything in ). Every girl needs one good piece of shapewear. Especially for weddings. You can’t go wrong with something holding everything in, you know?

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Yes, thank God because in the end the collagen mask, ice roller, & shapewear helped my navy moment come together.

& not going to lie, I could go for an Oscar’s shrimp taco now. They never get old.

Off to read!! Loving Holly Madison’s latest book, it’s super juicy. Hope you’re having a relaxing night.

– lauryn x

+ this post is in collaboration with Maidenform. As always all opinions are my own.

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Sassy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Roundup

July 20, 2016
by
LAURYN

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As you guys know, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just really the shit.

Not sponsored, just obsessed.

There are so many INSANE items on sale, it’s really just hard to choose. Since I’ve been a full on psycho shopping the sale, it’s only fitting to share a few favorites with YOU.

So let’s get right into it, shall we? YES PLZ:

 ONE: Classic Black Trench Coat

How Kim K is this classic black trench coat showcased above? Kim wears this style trench coat all the time; it’s really just SO chic. This trench is perfect for fall & winter, plus you can dress it up or dress it down. It works well over a pair of skinny jeans & a lightweight tank…or even a little sexy dress. This trench is super versatile overall.

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TWO: Black Thigh Boots

Every girl NEEDS ( NO, SERIOUSLY NEEDS THOUGH ) a pair of sky high thigh boots. These classic black, extra feisty over the knee boots will be a staple in your closet. They never go out of style, you know. Don’t you just love the lace up on the back of the thigh too? SO HOT. Plus, um— they’re under 100 bucks!

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THREE: Perfect Jeans

An ideal time to stock up on jeans is during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You can pretty much wear any style of jeans year round, so why would you ever pay full price?! Stock up while all of the jeans are discounted & you’re good for the year. These skinnies are super soft with the most flattering pockets on the back. PLUS, they’re only 44 bucks! Steal.

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FOUR: Bobbi Brown Hydration Set

GUYS. THIS HYDRATION SET. The set includes Bobbi’s Hydrating Eye Cream, Intensive Skin Supplement, & Hydrating Face Cream. It’s designed to reduce fine lines, plump up skin to create a dewey, glowing skin tone, AND it’s anti-aging. YUM. Basically everything you need for perfect skin, AND it’s under $100.

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FIVE: A Chic Leather Backpack

Whether or not you’re in school, you need a chic backpack. This one is 30 bucks. But really this backpack is great for concerts, beach days, bar crawls, the works.

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SIX: Badass Leggings

Basic, blah, leggings are sort of a yawn. Spice it up with these leggings that have a bit of edge & added flair. They’re still black so you can totally throw them on with any top to run errands, but you’ll definitely look like you put more effort into it than just the typical plain black workout wear.

ALSO there’s only a few more days left before the Nordstrom Sale opens up to everyone. So if you are part of EARLY ACCESS make sure you shop now! It will be kind of difficult to get things in your size when more people start shopping…trust me, it’s happened to me A LOT.

Who grabbed my favorite white sneakers? Rocking them now actually.

Happy hunting!

X

 
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