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LAVENDER / LEMON BRIDAL SHOWER: Part 2

Updated: November 30, 2016
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LAURYN
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Ecstatic to report our wedding photos are FINALLY ready to showcase. But before we get to that: PART TWO of the bridal shower post. Because I couldn’t leave you hanging with just PART ONE.

The couples shower was too fun not to share. For those of you who saw in real time via Snapchat, there’s more!

Anyway, we didn’t do the unwrapping of presents or any games. Instead we laughed, drank, ate, & played with my cute new nephew, DAX…well Michael hoarded him the whole time. He legit thinks he’s a baby whisperer.

Although the shower was insanely beautiful, we really missed The Nanz. She would have loved the set-up & really appreciated the extensive cheese and pickle platter. We all did a toast in her spirit which she would have loved. She would have been the center of attention for sure…probably rocking her pink jacket with white nails. Missing her more & more each day.

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As you know the location was Herb & Wood in San Diego…which is my favorite because their bar is just the most Instagram-able thing I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Go there & order a lavender gin fizz. Garnish it with their grapes because they have PEARL TOOTHPICKS that hold each garnish.

If that’s not chic, I don’t know what is?

They also have pink hummus. AND their wait staff is VERY cute and VERY single ( I asked for my friends ). So ya, run there.

Speaking of location, let’s talk about bridal shower themes & invitations.

It was very important to tell a story from the bachelorette party to the bridal shower to the four-day Cabo shenanigans ( << coming soon! ).

Clearly wanted to start with a light lavender theme & bring it full circle to the wedding. Even so, I still wanted the bridal invites to match with the wedding’s aesthetic somewhat so we opted for dark vibes with a touch of snake-skin to keep it edgy.

Snake-skin was a touch we used throughout the entire process & I lived for the detail with the dark, DARK purple. Kind of different with a twist. Just how I like it.

Just so you can see the vibe we were going for:

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If you’re wondering who manages their parent’s party invitations…I do. I really can’t help myself.

Other than that though, my parents set-up the rest. My stepmom, Julie is so talented it’s crazy. I mean she literally handmade the decor. LIKE look at the balloon strings!! Seriously. The lavender streamers & baby’s breathe details on the fireplace were completely crafted by her. I’m jealous of her incredible talent & kindness.

Stalk Julie’s cute blog here.

As for my outfit, the full look can be found here ( you should know I found the dress on Revolve & they’re having a HUGE Cyber Monday sale. 20% off !! Ahhh, I’m screwed ).

And the tutorial of the ponytail moment here.

And like I said, I designed these pretty, dainty hand pieces with CAM JEWELRY & gifted each girl with a bright pink TSC-ish box. Super festive idea for a bridal shower/baby shower/etc.

Check the hand pieces out, do you like?!

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While guests were leaving they received three things: a Better Booch Kombucha, a little goodie box, & an espresso shot with a sprig of lavender & a thin swath of lemon peel. Keeping the theme strong all the way through guys.

…Of course, the espresso shot was MAJORLY needed considering how many lavender & lemon mimosas we consumed…HA!

I have to shout out my family & friends. They are everything & I have to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of them. There’s never any unnecessary drama…or boring moments. LOL. Just good vibes all around…lots of Bossanova, champagne, & laughter. I could have had this party in a shack & we would have still had a fucking ball. Ok…maybe I would have micro-managed the shack’s decor but you get the drift.

If you’re planning a party, the people are what make it! Sometimes that’s a smaller group. Sometimes it’s a larger group. Do what works for you. There’s no ‘right way.’ Do your thing.

On that note, we’re on to the wedding tomorrow. Again bear with me, there’s a lot of bridal content to share! I’m off to watch Westworld ( who’s seen it? ) & eat apple chips in bed. Lately the cinnamon apple chip addiction is frightening. Random, but what else is new? Crumbs are everywhere.

See you guys tomorrow, happy Cyber Monday!

Chat soon, lauryn x

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LAVENDER / LEMON BRIDAL SHOWER: Part 1 + Other Musings

Updated: November 29, 2016
by
LAURYN

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GUYS. SLIGHTLY ( just slightly ) overwhelmed over here so forgive me as I get back into the swing of things.

A lot has been going on…! CAN YOU TELL?

No fear though I have a ton of feisty blog posts planned for you so bear with me.

I feel like we need to back up though & start with the bridal shower. I mean before we get to the wedding, let’s talk bridal shower details right?

As you can see my stepmom, Julie & my dad, Brad really killed it on the details…per usual. Julie clearly has an eye & I didn’t even have to micro-manage her. This is a huge fucking surprise for those of you who know me. She really got the vibe of what I wanted for my shower.

First of all, it was a couple’s shower.

We did the bachelorette party so I felt like I wanted some masculine energy at the shower.

I’m just really not one to play games. Like no ‘PIN THE DICK ON THE GROOM’ you know? I’m more about hummus, good music, kombucha mimosas, & keeping it light.

Wanted to share every little detail with you so let me break it down more for you?

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The party was at Herb & Wood. If you haven’t been to Herb & Wood in San Diego…RUN. NO REALLY RUN to this restaurant. It’s the most charming, delicious restaurant San Diego has to offer. AND there’s a little eatery in the front with fresh herbs, wines, & cheeses. Very on-brand, no?

Herb & Wood’s aesthetic was ideal, especially with their white marble tabletops ( HELLO INSTAGRAM ), unique beers on tap, & gold detailed bar. Really I couldn’t have asked for a better place to have the shower.

PLUS THEY SERVE PINK HUMMUS. IT’S BEET HUMMUS. And I’m in love.

Ok so if you’re wondering why lavender everywhere…BECAUSE. My wedding was DARK & EDGY ( which we will get to ) so I wanted a light feel to begin the story— soft/pretty to start, drama to end. Lavender is soft. Ultimately the theme was lavender & lemon. Julie made sure to have lavender/lemon mimosas, lemon macaroons ( I caved on the fucking macaroons here what I can say? How basic ), AND espresso shots to end the day with a sprig of lavender of course. It’s all about the details for me.

The flowers were from The Bouqs Company & Isari Flower Studio. They really set the tone as flowers typically do. I feel like you need INSANE flowers for a party always !

Candles were by my favorite Craft + Foster. Scents included Balsam Citrus & Lavender Sage. The two mixed together were orgasmic really.

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Julie, my stepmom, made sure every detail was perfect. Down to little pearls on the tips of the toothpicks in the grapes. We used these as garnishes in the boy’s gin & lavender cocktails.

Before we went to the venue some of my friends & I chilled at my house to get our hair & makeup done. If you’re looking for a festive party ponytail you have to check this EASY tutorial.

Makeup was kept light & dewy, as always, although we did do a FULL, FLIRTY lash. If you’re interested in the full makeup breakdown, check out my latest Instagram.

Also, my baby pink bridal shower robe is by Love Ophelia AND the whole bridal shower outfit post can be found here.

Alright let’s talk specifics.

My Party Tips:

1.) Think about the guest. Instead of thinking about what you want, think about what the guest wants. I’m a big believer in the fact that people get bored when someone opens presents in front of them. That may sound harsh but YAWN.

2.) If you’re having a male/female party- cater to your audience. The guys at my party didn’t want rosé. They wanted hard alcohol. Hence the gin/lavender cocktails.

3.) Keep the bites light. Not a fan of going heavy on food at parties. We did fresh salads with avocado, salmon, & a bunch of light bites. For dessert we went with tiny Rice Krispy treats from Bliss and Baker.

4.) Always give a little gift. I think it’s really important to acknowledge the fact that guests took time out of their day to celebrate you. A sweet, SMALL token is always appreciated.

5.) MUSIC. So important. Of course you probably already know this but we played Bossanova. I’ve really, really been missing my grandma lately so playing Bossanova allows me to have a little piece of her at each event. Pick the music according to your taste. Brand the event so it showcases your essence. One of my favorite playlists can be found here.

…& ALWAYS HAVE FUN. Because if it’s not fun it’s a waste!

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When the guests left they were handed little goodie bags & a pink Better Booch kombucha. Also each girl left wearing a hot hand piece. I designed these pretty, dainty hand pieces with CAM JEWELRY & gifted each girl with one. It was so cute because even Michael’s grandma was rocking her hand piece. LIKE HOW FUN.

Anyway, some of us ( the tipsier ones of the bunch ) ended the night at a local bar…let’s just say I was incredibly hungover the next day & didn’t drink for 2 weeks-ish. LOL. I can’t drink like I did when I was 21.

If you guys have any questions about the venue, decor, etc. let me know! Julie is amazing too if you’re looking for a party planner. She crushes it, like she HANDMADE the purple fireplace garnish above with different colors of purple paper & baby’s breath ( had to bring the wedding theme full circle ).

Alright, currently eating alone in a restaurant. Having the veggie roll with brown rice, sliced jalapeño, avocado, & cucumber with a hot green tea. I am weird and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE eating alone. There’s something therapeutic about it, you know? Bear with me through all the wedding stuff, I want to make sure I cover every detail. Nothing I love more than bringing you guys along!

To come: my fake wedding, bridal shower: part 2, some wedding posts, & MORE. Would love to know what you guys want to see specifically.

Hope you’re all getting excited for THANKSGIVING. My sister & I are making our favorite pumpkin roll, The Nanz’ candied pecans, & homemade cranberry scones. We’re going to make Michael watch the baby ( see below he’s actually really good with babies which is surprising? Too bad he can’t nurse ).

Ok I’m off to sip some tea & go through my lovely e-mail inbox.

See ya tomorrow, lauryn

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Updated: March 3, 2015
by
LAURYN

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Guess what?!

I, Lauryn Evarts, am really actually, seriously/seriously trying to go to bed earlier.

STRIDESSSSSSssss.

If I’m being honest I’m a creative kinda night owl.

The kind that stays up super late & works into the night.

As you guys know Michael’s not a fan of late nights on the comp.

SO.

I’m trying to get better about it.

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Really I am.

Last night I went to bed at midnight which is LIKE A BIG-ASS DEAL.

The night before I went to bed at 12:30 AM.

This is much better than my previous 2 AM bedtime, guys.

Much, much better.

And I know optimal sleep hours are around 10 PM so I’m a horrible example for everyone.

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Anyway, this weekend we’re going to LA to move more stuff into our home…oh & MOVING FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS HAS BEEN SOOO FUN.

::sarcasm::

To say I’m happy the whole moving in together thing is almost over, is an understatement of the year/my life.

Some of you have asked me about my living situation: we’re living half time in Los Angeles & half time in San Diego, which will be crazy but hopefully fun? I’m excited because during the whole process I’ve been filming a bunch of videos on “how to move in with a man ( but really, I’ve learned it’s an art )” AKA mix masculine with feminine.

Let’s hope I can move this weekend’s bedtime to 11:30 am? Doable? I think so!

What’s your bedtime AND WHY? WHY/WHY/WHY? I know that sounds weird but why is that particular time your bedtime? I know, I’m nosey.

Happy Monday! – Lauryn, xx

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Styling A Simple, Bad-Ass Thanksgiving Table With Burlap & Crystal

Updated: November 26, 2014
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LAURYN

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Well, well, well, look what we have here: just a seriously simple, bad-ass Thanksgiving set-up.

First let’s be clear: I’ve never thrown Thanksgiving dinner at my place. For those of you that have: HOLY HELL IT SEEMS DIFFICULT ( BUT REWARDING? I THINK? IF YOU CAN HAVE CHAMPAGNE ON TAP? ).

My step-mom, Julie of Burlap & Crystal is like super amazing x 5 million when it comes any type of holiday get together.

She’s one of those Martha Stewart-ish types who literally throws together the perfect, most amazing event in a few hours, cooks for 230948 people, cleans the kitchen until it sparkles, AND looks hot, cute, sexy, & charming while making the whole thing seem like a total breeze.

( >> As opposed to me, who’s running around like a bat-shit psycho buying my boyfriend a Brussels sprouts salad from the restaurant across the street pretending like I just casually whipped the meal up for a sexy date night ).

Anyway Julie actually DOES EVERYTHING & makes it look simple/effortless/chic. NBD. Ya, I know, my dad’s a real lucky one.

So obviously I called Julie to teach me how to set-up a simple Thanksgiving table, duh:

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The reason I’m sharing this with you guys is BECAUSE maybe, just maybe you’re running around like a psycho like me & need a lil help? Anyone?

This table didn’t take long & we had so much fun doing it. The pears with gold foil kind of made my week, you know with the horrid move & all. I just die for the cutie pears.

And of course I had to share the whole experience with you guys, so ta-da— more video ( you like?! ):

Julie’s words to share how to set it up? Here ya go: “We both have the same desire when it comes to style and entertaining. Keep it simple and be ready to enjoy the party. That means have everything ready ahead of time, so you can chill out with family and friends. I printed the place cards as soon as I knew who and how many were coming. Here is the place card in case you want to do the same. I’m not a huge fan of a big centerpiece, unless its low profile, so everyone can see across the table without a giant daisy in front of someone’s face. Know one wants to talk to a daisy…that makes you look CRAZY. We simply scattered magnolia leaves in purple & natural across the table, added the rose gold fruit ( diy found here ), candles, & ribbon.” For any table questions, e-mail Julie at Julie@burlapandcrystal.com.

Anyone have any fun/exciting, non-moving Thanksgiving plans? Please share!!

– Lauryn

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Apartment Therapy Home Tour

Updated: February 6, 2017
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LAURYN

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You know those stand out moments in life that kind of make you sit back & remember why you’re doing what you’re doing?

Well. Having my home featured on Apartment Therapy was one of those pivotal moments because Apartment Therapy is probably my FAVORITE site on the planet.

I wanted to share my favorite parts of the interview with you guys & if you want to read the full feature, click here.

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Anyway here’s a peek inside the Apartment Therapy interview:

Name: Lauryn Evarts & two chihuahuas, Pixy Bean and T.Boone Pickens
Location: Del Mar, San Diego, California
Size: 1 bedroom/1 bath
Years lived in: 2 years

Lauryn Evarts is the blogger behind The Skinny Confidential, a lifestyle site about fitness, wellness, health, relationships, fashion, beauty, and everything in between. Today we’re taking a peek inside her San Diego home, whose glam-meets-bohemian vibe is sure to put a smile on your face.

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My Style: My style is kind of rocker and bohemian with a bit of glam (at least that’s how my interior designer, Julie of Burlap & Crystal, describes it. Specifically, she says: “if I had to put a label on Lauryn’s style, I’d say it’s a multi-dimensional combination of glam meets bohemian with an occasional visit from a rocker”).

I feel like I’m clean and simple but I like little detail. Also, I’m a total Gemini so my house represents that yin/yang vibe. The majority of my home is white with splashes of teal and a bit of gold.

Inspiration: I find inspiration everywhere. We added a lot of vintage pieces (Julie found this badass camera from the 60s that we added to the bar cart wall) but we mixed them with items from Marshall’s, Homegoods, or Target.

Favorite Element: Julie and I really wanted to create an experience with each space. So for the office area, we really made it into its own room. Even though it’s in the middle of the living room, you feel like you’re in a blogger’s office.

For the bar area, there are black and white photos hanging over the gold cart for a total bar experience ( also in the living room ). Then we created the kitchen experience and the living room experience. Instead of feeling like you’re in one big room, you feel like there’s little rooms within the one room.

Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge were the two patios. Ultimately we decided to again, create an ‘experience.’ One patio is sort of a zen-like space with a fountain, comfortable couches, a tiny cafe table, and candles. The other patio has more of a summer-esque vibe going on. Think: lounge chairs, bar cart ( hey…summertime skinny margaritas!! ), a dog teepee, and a full set of table and chairs ( hand painted by Julie ). I’m super happy with how they turned out despite the challenge because I can enjoy each patio depending on my mood!

Finding time was also a challenge — I’m always running out the door so carving out time to decorate proved to be difficult.

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What Friends Say: My friends love to come over because I provide chilled rosé, Brazilian jazz, coconut milk candles, and the sound of the fountain. It’s a peaceful spot and I wanted the vibe to be a super zen and sexy.

Biggest Embarrassment: Definitely all my glass objects. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had friends over where something breaks. It’s all glamorous until you’re crouched on the floor with a dustpan, cleaning up glass from a broken candlestick. Yikes!

Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY is my white peacock chair. I can’t take all the credit, though — I had major help from Natalie of Halfway to Harmony. She found this gem of a chair in Palm Springs and we painted it white with added gold touches. I shared the whole tutorial on The Skinny Confidential. We even added teal/gold garland. Super easy, super fun!

Biggest Indulgence: This has to be my bar area. I fully committed to the bar area. I mean… a girl’s gotta have a cocktail once in a while. Julie found me a couple of vintage pieces to incorporate with my bar cart, and we decorated the walls with black and white sultry prints from Society Social.

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Best Advice: I’m a big fan of pieces that are different heights. For instance, there’s a super tall candle holder on my living room table. But then I added a bunch of shorter candles, a medium sized diffuser, and stacked books that were lower to the table. Different dimensions make all the difference when styling the home!

Also, living by myself has been SO much fun! I highly recommend it.

Dream Sources: I am obsessed with One Kings Lane, Jayson Home, DWR, Society Social, Westin Mitchell Design Group, and Waterleaf.

You can see the rest of the photos & the full interview here || another full home post here.

Photos: Katherine Rose || Video: Christopher Tran || big thanks to Ali of Be Social PR

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