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Mini DeLites: BOOKS

October 13, 2017

mini delites burger | the skinny confidential

{ homemade turkey burgers }

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{ kind of jumped on the Kylie Jenner lip train** }

Since I’ve had some major downtime this month, I’ve been able to sort of kick back and do one of my favorite things ever: READ.

Every time I’ve had anything bad happen in my life I turn to books.

I find that they suck me into a different world where I can turn my brain off. Take a moment. And reflect subconsciously.

I guess reading has always been extremely therapeutic for me.

( I always joke with Michael that I knew I wanted to marry him when I found out he was a big reader. No matter how busy he is with work/life, he ALWAYS makes time to read everyday. To me, thats a very attractive trait in a man or woman ).

As my business has grown, I noticed I wasn’t making time to read…SCREW THAT.

& what a BULL SHIT EXCUSE, there’s always time if you make time, right?

SO I’ve changed my thought process. I’ve made time to kick back & just read. It doesn’t have to be some gnarly, intense book, it could be something light & girly, but I believe that making the effort to read everyday is good for your soul, good for your brain, & good for your sanity.

Do I sound crazy or are we on the same page here ( lol )?

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{ a rad illustration drawn by a TSC reader }

Anyway, I decided to compile a little list of what I’ve been loving this month…

1.} The Cartel by Don Winslow: I just started this last night & I’m almost half way through. IT’S SOOOOO GOOD. If you’re looking for an amazing read, START THIS BOOK. Again, I haven’t finished it but so far it’s been ADDICTIVE.

2.} Down The Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison: DON’T LAUGH because this was awesome. I loved it! Holly tells it how it is. She shares an inside look into life behind the Playboy gates & a peek inside Hugh Hefner’s crazy world. This is the perfect book for someone who just underwent intense surgery because it’s light & really takes your mind off anything negative. Highly recommend this juicy autobiography.

3.} Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? ( And Other Concerns ) by Mindy Kaling: very funny, cute, & a quick read. Mindy makes you LOL. Again, a perfect post-surgery book.

4.} The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers: HILARIOUS. My girlfriend, Gillian, recommended this to me & it did not disappoint. Firstly, Joan was my spirit animal. Her daughter, Melissa, does an eloquent job of remembering her mother in a witty, seriously funny way. And obviously Joan was a fucking spit fire. Highly recommend this one for a good laugh. Next up: want to read all of Joan’s books ( she has like 4! ). She laughed through her adversity…& looked fab at the same time.

5.} In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon: Tamara is a balls to the walls business babe. She is the co-founder of Jimmy Choo & super inspiring. This book really resonated because Tamara kind of started from the bottom & created a massive empire.

6.} Suja Juice Solution by my girlfriend, Annie Lawless & Jeff Church: I really, really loved this book. It’s full of awesome recipes, easy tips, & clean ideas. There was so much thought that went into this book & I use it all the time when I’m cooking. I love this breakfast recipe & this is kind of a spin on one of their drink recipes!

7.} Blogging For Creatives by Robin Houghton: this book is awesome if you’re in the blogging world. It’s a quick read with insightful tips. I would recommend this to someone who is new-ish to the blogging community.

8.} 10 Pounds in 10 Days by Jackie Warner: this was research for The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide. I love reading about other fitness gurus tricks & tips. This book has AN AWESOME list of foods to eat & foods to avoid if you’re looking or optimal weight loss. Jackie is sassy pants & a total wellness inspiration.

9.} Confessions of a Catholic Cop by Thomas Fitzsimmons: I love this author because he always writes about real deal New York City Bronx crime. He was a former cop who actually has seen the worst of the worst. And shocker, I love reading about cops, gangs, jails, etc. & this writer gets it.

10.} A bunch of James Patterson books because they’re quick & light reads. After a while you start to see the way he writes & it’s gets a bit repeatitive. But the first couple of books are fun if you want something kind of mindless.

Also, I started the autobiography Finding Me by Michelle Knight ( the woman who was held captive for 11 years & found in Cleveland ) & couldn’t finish it. It was WAY too sad. She is amazing but I had to put it down halfway through. I will try to finish it when I’m feeling better, health-wise.

Here’s my list for the next month: Shogan by James Clavell ( << Michael’s recommendation ), I, Justine ( << she’s a top YouTube vlogger ), Primates of Park Avenue ( MEOW! Should be interesting… ), & Girl on the Train ( << a reader’s recommendation ).

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{ easy post workout smoothie: 1/2 banana, handful of berries, kale, bee pollen, chia seeds, & turmeric }

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{ gold lamé x a leather moto }

So ya, there’s my list. Like I said, sometimes it’s fun to just read a light girly book & sometimes it’s nice to dig a little deeper. Hell, sometimes I love to even listen to books on tape ( currently: Diane Keaton’s autobiographies ). Oh, can you tell I like autobiographies??!

What is your favorite book lately & why? I would love recommendations. Obviously I’m home, resting, & trying my best to heal so literally any book you guys suggest is a real lifesaver to pass the time.

Hope you all had a fun, chill weekend!

– lauryn, xx

** Kylie Jenner lip train note: I have to admit I had a weak moment a few months ago & purchased this weird contraption called Candy Lipz. Since I’m a blogger, I’m always trying to test out new things…this one was a REAL FAIL. Basically you put it around your lips & er, uh it’s a lip plumper device designed to shape, contour, & enhance the lips naturally and instantly. AKA sucks the blood to your lips making them look bigger. I thought I’d share it with you guys because for as many awesome products, there’s always a few losers. This one was a real LOL. Do yourself a favor & use lip liner instead ; ).

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{ summer whites }

MMMMmmm Apple Pie (!!!)

September 6, 2016

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential's apple pie.The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

Having apple pie for breakfast whenever you want, guilt-free sounds better than…ANYTHING?

WELL. I’ve been eating this apple pie every morning for the past couple weeks & I feel GREAT. This little recipe is 1.) quick/easy/tasty, 2.) filled with fiber, 3.) superrrrr filling, 4.) promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive tract, & 5.) lowers blood sugar.


But we’re not talking about sick-o Marie Callender’s boxed pie guys.

This apple pie is from the book The Suja Solution! In the book, my friend Annie talks about green apples. She basically says they’re “lower in sugar content than red or pink apples, they contain pectin ( soluble fiber that’s full of nutrients ), and green apples lower blood sugar levels.”

After reading this tidbit of knowledge I headed to the store & stocked my fridge with green apples to make ‘apple pie’ AND to grab when I want a quick snack ( literally PERFECT for throwing in your handbag, LIKE PERFECT ).

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential's apple pie.

Are you salivating yet?!

Ok here’s how you make it:

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 raw chia seeds ( I added my magic seeds to this recipe too! )
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of turmeric ( I added this, Annie uses cardamom instead, which sounds good too! )
Liquid Stevia, 2-4 drops
1 tablespoon unsalted walnuts, chopped
Option: 1 sprig of mint

Directions: first off, make this the night before so it turns into a pudding consistency. Plus if you make it the night before breakfast is ready to go ( sometimes I eat this in car, no shame in the game! ). The book says “before bed, place the milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom ( or turmeric ) & stevia in a bowl or mason jar. Stir the ingredients together really well, making sure the chia seeds are evenly distributed & not clumping. Place the bowl or jar in the fridge, allowing the mixture to gel up to a thick, pudding-like consistency overnight. In the morning, remove the mixture to a bowl & add the chopped apple & walnuts on top. Add a sprig of mint for garnish.”
{ ++ recipe from The Suja Solution }

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

Not only can you eat this for breakfast, you can eat this for DINNER TOO!! Or lunch, or a snack, or whatever. It’s kind of like pudding apple pie!

You guys know how I am about routine, I’ll become like full on addicted to something ( exhibit a: chia seeds, b: coconut milk, c: the sleep bun, 4: this red lipstick on repeat, 5: sashimi ) & I just do it over & over & over again. I’m not one of those people who needs a different kind of breakfast every day. I’m happy eating simple, clean meals that are predictable ( but creative!! ).

And this has become a daily staple.

So try it, k?

Last thing, if you like recipes like this check out TSC Bombshell Body Guide— I filled it with clean, healthy goodies.

Ok, I’m off to watch Entourage ( the show, not the movie…never seen, just started it, don’t judge k ) & eat Sugarfish sashimi ( Ms. Predictable ).

Talk soon, lauryn xx

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.


March 1, 2017

The Skinny Confidential talks charcoal.

Hi, hi, hi.

Heard of charcoal pills?

Chances are you haven’t, or you have & you’re super obsessed.

If you haven’t, let’s talk.


Well they’re exactly that: pills that are charcoal.

Wait, hold up. WHAT?

Yesssss. Bear with me.

I first found out about charcoal from my friend, Annie of Suja Juice. I asked her some tips for feeling better when I was SICK AS A DOG. She recommended charcoal to eliminate toxins AKA sick-ass germs.

Let’s start with the benefits of ingesting charcoal:

♥ Contains many small chambers & cavities that capture/bind-up unwanted materials & gas
♥ Safely carries unwanted materials and gas out of the digestive system
♥ One of the finest natural adsorbent agents
♥ Provides fast detoxing for better digestion & rejuvenation

&…don’t tell your mom The Skinny Confidential told you this BUT it’s kind of the best hangover cure ever.

It’s like a Dementor from Harry Potter: it sucks the hangover from your soul.


A little more charcoal research for ya because you guys know I LOVE MY F-ING RESEARCH!!

According to this source the powered version of charcoal is AWESOME for whitening teeth ( need to try this ASAP ): “while you might not think that a black powder could actually whiten teeth, you’d be surprised – all you have to do is sprinkle charcoal onto a toothpaste-ladened toothbrush, and brush away. Your mouth may look really bizarre when you brush with charcoal, but if you do this daily, you’ll notice a difference within a couple of weeks. Activated charcoal is odorless and tasteless, so aside from having temporarily black teeth, you won’t be able to tell you’ve got charcoal in your mouth. Keep in mind that activated charcoal is a fine black powder. Although it won’t stain your skin, it can be messy to use, so keep a wet paper towel on hand for a quick clean-up in case you spill” ( HAS ANYONE DONE THIS? IF YOU HAVE, PLEASE SHARE!! ).

As far as ingesting charcoal in pill form, “activated charcoal is a highly absorbent material with millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind, and remove up to 100 times the charcoal’s weight in toxins. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged toxins and gas to be carried easily out of the body.

Toxins from low quality, processed food, and environmental pollution are a real problem. It is important to help your body eliminate them to promote a healthy digestive system and brain. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, and more rapid aging. Regular use of activated charcoal is easy on the colon and can remove unwanted toxins from your body, leaving you feeling renewed and more vibrant, often in minutes. Try it even once and you’ll feel a difference!”

AKA if you need to have a bowel movement, try charcoal as an all-natural, healthy option. Laxatives were supposedly cool circa 1995 when Cher met Dee. I was never a fan— OUCH!

All natural options are the way to go ( literally though? ). & since we are on the subject of poo, if you need a healthier bowel movement: DON’T FORGET TO EAT YOUR CHIA SEEDS after popping your charcoal pill.

So, it honestly doesn’t matter which brand you buy as long as the only ingredient is charcoal. I have this kind ( it’s $8 bucks!! ) in my medi cabinet & it works great. There’s also one by BulletProof which is fun because it contains coconut oil too..but it’s more pricey.

Anyone else as obsessed with charcoal as I am??!

x, lauryn

+ as always, consult a doctor before taking any kind of pill.

HUGE SUJA GIVEAWAY!! x The Suja Juice Solution

July 26, 2017

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.

Since I’ve been MIA for the past couple of days, I wanted to do a funnnn giveaway with you guys!

Firstly, my talented girlfriend Annie Lawless, co-founder of Suja Juice ( & blogger at BLAWNDE ) wrote a book. EXCITING! Annie is constantly killing it with Suja so really it’s no surprise she’s an author too.

Annie is the girl I text when I’m walking through Whole Foods, debating what coconut milk to buy. The girl knows her shit when it comes to food. She’s an amazing person, friend, & colleague in the healthy living community.

Oh, & I’m not promoting the book just because I like her ( but really, I do, I do!! ) but because I believe in her lifestyle. I do not & will not put things on TSC that I don’t believe in myself.

So on that note: her new book, The Suja Juice Solution is NOT A DIET.


It’s a healthy lifestyle filled with nourishing foods. Basically a cleanse/jumpstart to putting the right things in your body & eliminating nasty shit.

The book is filled with easy, delectable juices that are quick, real food meals. The cleanse is one that is actually maintainable AND includes food. Woo-hoo.

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Also, it’s not some annoying diet that is impossible to follow. It’s about pushing out the crap to make room for the whole, nutrient dense foods/drinks.

If you’re looking for a ‘get skinny in a week & then gain it all back in two weeks’ book, this one isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to sincerely adjust your habits and feel your best? That’s The Suja Juice Solution.

Some other rad standouts: beautiful photography, grocery lists, delicious/clean recipes, & advice from outsiders who have tested the lifestyle out. Basically the book is for anyone who’s looking for renewed clarity, focus and energy, healthier skin/hair/nails, a faster metabolism, easier digestion/elimination, increased hydration, greater flexibility, better sleep, reduced hunger, fewer sugar cravings, and feel more satisfied & full after meals. Sounds good, right?


Ya ready? Mmkay.

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Giveaway Timmmmme!

ONE LUCKYYYY babe will win:

* a Breville Juicer ( YESSSS!! & my personal fav )
* $500 to Whole Foods Market ( EEK!! )
* AND a personalized signed copy (by Annie) of The Suja Juice Solution.

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♡ Follow The Skinny Confidential (@theskinnyconfidential) & Suja Juice (@lovesuja) on Instagram.

♡ Tag two friend’s, who are interested in wellness & healthy living, on my latest Instagram picture.

♡ Comment below & tell us why you HAVE TO win!

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By the way, who the hell doesn’t want a BRAND new juicer, right?!

Ok, & since we’re on the topic: how do you feel about living a healthier life? Thoughts? Love when you guys share.

Oh, & I promise a Beijing recap is coming tomorrow. Jet lag still has me feeling stoned.

Good luck!!

– Lauryn, xx

P.S. anyone who purchases the book through this link with get SEVEN free Suja Juice coupons…AKA more than $70 dollars worth of cold pressed juice. Simply e-mail your receipt confirmation to Sam@SujaJuice.com & you’re golden.

{ anyone eligible to enter | giveaway ends April 17th, 2015 }

+ white robe found here | + pictures

The Skinny Confidential x Suja Juice.