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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

+ ALSO check out how to throw a bridal shower.

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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!

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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!

X

 
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