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TSC Wrinkle Blaster, Collagen Smoothie

July 29, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Ahhh, I’ve been wanting to share this smoothie with you guys FOREVER.

We’ve talked about collagen A LOT so it’s totally fitting to introduce you to: TSC Wrinkle Blaster, Collagen Smoothie.

That’s right a collagen smoothie AKA a smoothie that PREVENTS THE SIGNS OF AGING.

Um, YES plz.

Research shows that collagen reverses some signs of aging like fine lines, annoying wrinkles, & increases elasticity. NOT only does it reverse signs of aging, it also improves the skin’s moisture.

CORRECT, a smoothie that is just fully filled with benefits.

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So to have it in a smoothie makes total sense, right. Especially when the collagen powder has raw organic greens that taste like natural coconut vanilla flavor. We’ve discussed collagen at length so you’re not surprised that I found a way to put it in a smoothie? Especially because this magic green powder kills two birds with one stone: it contains 2 servings of organic greens + collagen AND it saves time.

On that note, let’s hop right into it, shall we?

This is the exact smoothie I’ve been whipping up before the office. It’s soooo easy, it’s laughable.

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TSC Wrinkle Blaster, Collagen Smoothie

1 handful of spinach
1 handful of baby kale
1 handful of berries of your choice ( I like blueberries & raspberries )
½ ginger root
½ lemon, squeezed
1 scoop of bee pollen
1 heaping scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens
1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
Option to add 1 scoop of raw coconut oil &/or a bit of royal jelly

+ directions: add ice to a blender & BLEND. CHEERS!

Here’s the trick to this though, have these ingredients on hand at all times. Trust me, you will end up eating all of them because they’re so versatile AND it will ensure you make a Wrinkle Blaster smoothie in the morning. Win/win, really. I spend about $20 dollars at Trader Joe’s every Sunday so I’m prepared for the week. The collagen beauty greens powder lasts a very LONG time so you don’t really need to worry about that.

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By the way, the collagen powder I use is gluten-free, contains NO ( zip, zero, zilch ) artificial sweetener, & it’s filled with Vitamin A. One scoop of this powder is the equivalent of two daily servings of greens – and all of the greens in this powder are organic. This blend is also packed with hyaluronic acid and probiotics, so you’re maximizing those beauty benefits. My hair & nails have grown like ten feet since incorporating daily collagen. Ok not ten, but you get it.

The berries are filled with antioxidants ( blueberries are amazing for the skin! ), bee pollen REALLY helps with seasonal allergies especially if it’s local, & ginger is an anti-inflammatory.

So yah, this is just an overall BEAUTY SMOOTHIE.

If you guys like this smoothie recipe, I will share more. Smoothies are just fabulous for a girl on the go ( & on a budget ). I’m a fan.

Okkkkk that’s all for now. Off to watch the latest episode of Housewives. Very much interested in LuAnn’s haircut accusations & Dorinda’s dramatic boyfriend.

– lauryn

++ BPA-free smoothie glass | silicon straws.

++ this post is in collaboration with Vital Proteins, as always ALL opinions are my own.

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Mental Toughness

July 28, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Hi guys, Michael here.

Life is hard, really hard. There are forces out of our control, there are things, we cannot predict, tragedy falls upon us. Life was never meant to be “easy”, life is a gift. The fact that we are on this planet breathing air is reason enough to be content. You could have been a plant or a bird or a rat. You are lucky enough to be on earth as a human being that can make cognitive decisions! Many of us fall victim to depression, slumps, and ruts.

We spiral out of control with the “woe is me” attitude. We cry when we feel cheated, we tell our friends and family that life isn’t fair.

It’s not supposed to be fair. It’s just supposed to be.

Life doesn’t owe any of us anything. We are all just specs of dust in an endless galaxy. We mean nothing to the universe. Our sole job on earth is to continue to progress. Build up mental tools and walls to combat what this world has to throw at us. Learn to love every experience and cherish the people close to us.

Appreciate the gift that is breath on earth instead of folding up at every bump in the road. This is where MENTAL TOUGHNESS comes into play.

My definition of mental toughness:

Making a decision, a firm and permanent decision, no matter what happens, I mean no matter what, for however long that takes. I will always be mentally tough. I will not let life drag me down. I will not break with pressure. I will bend and adjust. Tragedies and failures will make me stronger. They will build up my walls to combat the next hurdle in my path. I will be patient and understand that perception controls the way I see the world and events around me.

If you decide to make the decision to be mentally tough, you can start to see the world through clear eyes. With every action there is a logical reaction. With every problem there is a reasonable solution. With every failure there is something to be learned. With every death there is a gift of life to be appreciated.

Of course there are extremes; there are terrible things that can happen throughout life. We can’t just sink down into darkness. That doesn’t help ourselves, or anyone around us. When you are mentally tough you are a pillar of strength and inspiration to those around you. You help yourself and others by keeping your shit together and guiding everyone through dark times. The easy route is to shut down, slow down, and slip into darkness. This is for the weak. The mentally weak.

Choose to be mentally tough, decide that you will set the example. Appreciate the little things in life. If not for yourself, than for those around you. Your children, your family, your friends, your pets! People around you pick up on weakness. Human beings & animals can sense it. Show them strength.

Our ancestors had to deal with so much worse than us. Our computer crashes in the middle of a project and we act like the world is against us. Those before us had to hide in caves to keep warm. There are places in this world, where people have to fight famine, and disease. They live without homes. We complain about social media. There have been wars that have resulted in millions of deaths. We cry that we don’t make enough money. Right now there are troops overseas fighting and missing their families. We are worried that we won’t get into college for a career we know nothing about.

Enough with the excuses. Enough with the weakness. Enough with the sob stories. Sack up, and make the decision.

DECIDE TO BE MENTALLY TOUGH. FOR FOREVER, UNTIL YOUR LAST BREATH, DURING ALL HARDSHIPS, NO MATTER WHAT.

Watch your life change for the better.

– Michael

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How To Throw A Festive Baby Shower

July 27, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Baby showers!

Fun, festive !! But if I have anything to do with it I’m not going to let the gender dictate the shower.

Let’s just go with it, you know?

So when my little sister, Faye, announced she was pregnant I jumped at the chance to throw her a shower with our stepmom, Julie. As you know Julie is AMAZING. She helped create the vision of our home & is really the best cook…ever? Together we planned a shower that was very much my sister, Faye without making it super gender-ish.

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We kept the blue & pink theme contrasting throughout the whole shower. Table cloths & candies were white & blue and then we did pink cotton candy to go in the cocktails. Julie brought cactus cupcakes ( yes, I know, how cute ) & designed insane cactus table clothes for the food table. Food was whipped up by my dad who made perfect, spicy chicken verde enchiladas ( Daddy: can we please have the recipe? I’ve only been waiting 5 years? ) & chile relleno.

My whole family helped set up & surprise, surprise we left everything to the last minute so some of my friends had to chip in too…HA. The lateness runs in the family?

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Just a couple of shoutouts:

Big thanks to Van De Vort for the spicy top ( LOVE! ), Roseur for supplying literally the most beautiful pink roses on the planet, Suja Juice for the perfect addition to mimosas ( Lemon Love is a fav ), Sugarfina for the candy because really I can’t throw a party without them, Blush Tan ( organic spray tans for everyone !! ), & SkinFix because it make fun goodie bags. Candles are Wood Creek, vanilla flavored. Ultimately the champagne/rosé gummy bears brought the whole party together. To keep the vibe strong, Bossanova played in the background.

Ok changing directions, Erica & I designed Faye these super cute baby shower games through our company blog-doo. Erica is like the most the talented person when it comes to graphic design…& well, I’m the most skilled micromanager, as you know. We certainly make an interesting team, you know?

On that note, here’s a quick peek into the shower:

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Games anyone?

I’m definitely not a game person but it’s a fun touch. We played games for like 5 seconds until we were distracted by The Nanz’ jokes. What can I say?

ALSO we made Faye a baby shower geo filter. Highly recommend if you’re throwing someone a party. There’s really nothing more fun than doing a Snap, throwing the ‘pretty filter’ on it, & finding a personalized geo filter. Nothing. Big thanks to the Snapchat team for dealing with my lateness & getting the baby shower filter up in…2 hours. Whoops.

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So yes!! A fun-filled non-gender related baby shower for you! We had so much fun. The party continued across the street. It was a real ball.

My sister looked beautiful & I’m SO excited to be an aunt!

& for the record instead of getting her a diaper bag we got her this chic Cynthia Rowley duffle bag & filled it with a bunch of baby essentials like Honest wipes, lavender hand sanitizer, rose water spray, neon BANDAIDS, organic diapers, & lots of essential oils. I love getting someone a chic bag and individually wrapping each item & then placing it in the chic bag. It’s like unwrapping a bunch of tiny gifts in one gift.

Ok! That’s it, off to bed. Goodnight guys, lauryn

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Mini DeLites…& Micromanaging

July 26, 2016
by
LAURYN

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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 perhaps I’m delusional AND annoying. HA.

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

I guess 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 | PC }

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 annoying, & remain…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 & half rim of 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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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 saying 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 IS LIVE 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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Give Your Bar Cart A Cool Ass Upgrade

July 25, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Don’t you just LOVE a good bar cart moment?

If I had it my way, our house would have a bar cart in every room.

I’m not kidding.

We’re already pretty close to that actually. There’s even a bar cart in our bathroom for all of our bath tub essentials. Think: candles, bubbles, & of course a glass for champagne & a bucket for ice. Love a good chilled glass of champagne in the tub. Don’t you?

Anyway, if you have a bar cart anywhere in your house, it’s important to update it from time to time. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the perfect time to stock up on a few new items. Everything is ON SALE so why not??

One single item can really make a huge difference & change the whole look of your bar cart. See how to style a bar cart for more info.

Here are two items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that you can grab to give your bar cart a COOL ASS upgrade:

Sexy Copper Shaker:

How sleek is this shaker? A good copper shaker gives off a serious 1920’s, speakeasy vibe. Don’t you think? So add this to the bar cart you’re most likely to entertain by, & have your friends over for some old school cocktails! Grab these giant square king ice cube trays too!

Fancy Champagne Flutes:

The same old tall, thin champagne flutes can get boring. These are definitely a little bit different & add a fancy flair. You can even add a small set of badass cocktail picks to garnish your champagne with berries. So cute.

Both of these items are definitely chic. They will 100% give your bar cart a cool ass upgrade.

Well, I’m off to finish shopping all of the bar items on the Nordstrom Sale.

Wish me luck!

X

 
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