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It’s Been A Weekend: Holiday Edition

Updated: December 30, 2016
by
LAURYN

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pumpkin roll | by the skinny confidential

Well hello.

What a weekend.

We started it off with Christmas Eve where I took a morning 2 hour yoga class. Mind you I had had a huge burger & 2 glasses of red wine the night before so it was a very bloated yoga class. After class I headed over to my Godparent’s to bake three PUMPKIN ROLLS.

This is by far my most favorite holiday recipe ( highly recommend serving this gem for New Year’s Eve too if you haven’t tried it ). Since a lot of you asked via Snapchat, I feel like I should share the recipe? Here ya go:

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Libby’s Pumpkin Roll

Delicious and easy to make.

Prep: 45 min – Cook: 15 min – Cool: 60 min

CAKE:
1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 cup walnuts (optional), chopped

FILLING:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons butter or margarine (we recommend LAND O LAKES® Butter), softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar ( optional )

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FOR CAKE:
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

FOR FILLING:

BEAT cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Makes 10 servings

Note: Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.

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Sure it looks difficult ( & it is ) but once the pumpkin, cream cheese medley hits your lips you will forget any of the work. TRUST ME. It’s that good.

In other news my entire family did Secret Santa. Which I feel is very efficient because then you can spend all your holiday money on one person & they can get something SPECTACULAR! I got my stepmom, Julie. For her gift I filled a box with tons of beauty products & then on top I laid a bottle of white wine and a gift card to my favorite facialist.

Come to find out my sister, Mimi, rigged the entire Secret Santa. How evil right! LOL. She basically set up everyone. She rigged Michael to have me too. Anyway, Mimi was dying to get my dad a dog. SO she put herself with my dad. I told her to stop being so diabiolical. HAHA.

Instead of just having her buy the dog we kind of all pitched in & surprised him. HE WENT WILD. My dad lost his lab recently so this gift was extra special. 2016 was especially hard too because we lost his mother, my grandma. His new puppy represents life & love. Obviously we’re all out of our mind with excitement.

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Shifting gears, I have not taken off this pink off the shoulder sweater ( I got a large; I like it oversized ! ). Isn’t it the ideal holiday sweater? It’s kind of a blush pink but paired with my FAVORITE EVER black jeans & some pearl earrings it looks holiday-ish. Also wearing a matching bag by Ms. Marianna Hewitt ( how cute is her latest handbag collection? ). Anyway, I paired this with a suede black pump & I was ready to hit the ground running, pumpkin rolls in hand.

Did you guys celebrate? What did you do? Any news?

Hope you all had a happy holiday! lauryn x

++ this post is in collaboration with Nordstrom. As always ALL opinions are my own.

SHOP THE POST: pink sweater | cropped denim | shoes | earrings | bracelet ( similar )

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pumpkin roll | by the skinny confidential

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Getting Festive: SANGRIA MULLED WINE

Updated: December 28, 2016
by
LAURYN

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There is nothing I love more than an OVERLY festive holiday moment.

Picture this: cinnamon, pine filled candles burning, Frank Sinatra holiday soundtrack blaring on the speakers, homemade potpourri…& MULLED WINE.

Firstly, as you know I just got back from London. I almost died when we walked through the Winter Wonderland themed park & there was a MULLED WINE stand. Like just sitting there in the middle of the park. Warm, delicious mulled wine with cinnamon sticks & orange zest. So ideal when you’re freezing your ass off in a beanie & scarf, craving a little buzz.

Thankfully I convinced Michael to wait in line to get us two.

Anyway, when we came home, I had an IDEA: SANGRIA mulled wine. Kind of a twist on a traditional staple. Just how we like it around here.

This recipe will also take you like two seconds. It smells delicious & will really make you the life of the party. Very winter-appropriate too.

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CINNAMON SANGRIA MULLED WINE:

1 bottle of red Eppa Sangria ( or two if you’re feeling frisky )
1 orange
½ lemon
1 cup of apple cider
Handful of cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
A dash of nutmeg

+ directions: mix sangria, cider, ½ orange ( juiced ), a squeeze of lemon, cinnamon sticks, cloves in a saucepan. Bring the medley to a boil & let it kind of simmer on lowest heat for 5 minutes. Pour into festive mugs. Have orange zest slices ready to go & rub them against the rim of mugs. Add a cinnamon stick. Sometimes I’ll even squeeze a whole lemon slice in there too ( the lemon rind is SO good for you! Antioxidants while you booze ).

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Speaking of antioxidants, this organic sangria mulled magic is FILLED WITH THEM. In fact, Eppa Sangria has nearly 2x the antioxidants as wine…just add that lemon rind & I feel like you’ve got your daily dose, no? A cupful of superfruits.

And voilà, the whole party will absolutely love, love, love you! SKIP the boring upside down cake & bring this instead.

I prefer to serve this with tiny Meyer lemon sugar cookies. Trust me, it really hits the spot.

If you’re more visual, here ya go:

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On another note I’m already missing London. Who’s been? The whole city is so different & special. Especially during the holidays. Everywhere we went there was twinkle lights & holiday-inspired activities. Very magical. I guess it’s almost New York City on steroids?

Ok I am off to pack…but of course I left all packing to the last minute- would you expect anything less? Running around like a real psycho over here.

Hope you’re having a perfect week! Sending love to the beautiful, inspiring TSC Community! Happy holidays.

Cheers guys, lauryn x

+ taupe wrap top is from my friends, Sara & Hanna’s clothing brand. I’m obsessed! & small bone necklace is Belladaar

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

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HUGE ASS GIFT GUIDE FOR EVERY PERSON IN YOUR LIFE PART 2 | by the skinny confidential

HUGE ASS GIFT GUIDE: PART 2

Updated: December 14, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Alright, alright, alright.

Here we go again. We are BACK at it.

It’s time to get into PART 2 of the HUGE ASS GIFT GUIDE for every type of person in your life.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, PART ONE features gifts for the friend that likes to drinkthe bougie babe, the bombshell body babe, the kids, & for the workaholic.

For PART 2, we’re covering the friend that likes to cook, pets ( because they’re people / friends / family too, right? ), the beauty guru, & the jet setter.

Let’s get right into PART 2, shall we?

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A PRETTY CHEESE PLATE:

A cheese plate is always a great gift for the friend that likes to cook. They can place it out while they’re cooking dinner for their friends or use it for appetizers. Plus, this one is SO instagrammable. LOVE it.

LITTLE PASTEL BOWLS:

I have these bowls & I am obsessed! They’re SO cute for using as prep bowls, snack bowls, or even bowls for sauces for your guests. The friend that likes to cook will get SO much use out of them.

CHEEKY WHISK:

A good whisk always comes in handy for the friend that likes to cook. This one makes a perfect gift because it’s SO unique.

CHIC MEASURING SPOONS:

I DIE for these measuring spoons. Purchased them for myself. Sometimes you just can’t resist buying yourself a few holiday gifts!

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SPICY SKULL SWEATER:

Pixy & Boone would love this sweater. It’s super cozy, great fabric, & comes in a few different colors. Your dog deserves the best, right?

FAUX MINK PET BED:

Your dog can’t have enough dog beds. Pixy & Boone have one for the bedroom, one for the living room, one for the office, one for the car, one in Michael’s man cave, the list goes on & on. This one is faux mink, so it’s extra soft. Definitely a good find.

ROSE PRINT DOG TOY:

Love a chic dog toy. Don’t you? This one is great quality; your dog won’t tear through it right away, & it’s all around super cute.

COZY BABY BLANKETS:

Yes, BABY BLANKETS make great gifts for your dog. They’re so soft, just the right size for a small dog, & machine washable. PERFECTION.

 

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VEGAN MAKEUP BRUSH SET:

A makeup brush set is a VERY nice gift for a beauty guru. The beauty guru is constantly doing her makeup, so she will go through brushes quickly. You could also go the extra mile and get her a prism brush bar to keep her makeup brushes clean.

THE BEST DRY SHAMPOO:

Every beauty guru can appreciate a good dry shampoo. As you guys know, I try to avoid washing my hair too often. That doesn’t mean it should be DIRTY. I love Oribe’s gold dust dry shampoo for keeping the hair clean, without having to wash it daily. You can use it as a stocking stuffer too!

GOLD + MARBLE BRUSH HOLDER:

This gold + marble makeup brush holder is SO bougie. I’m obsessed. It would look amazing on a makeup vanity, you could also get this lipstick holder if you’re feeling extra giving.

GIANT NAIL POLISH SET:

The colors in this set are perfect for Winter. I’m especially obsessed with the dark green, purple, & navy. Great for a gift!

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SNAKESKIN PASSPORT CASE:

This passport case is BADASS. I love it. What better way to keep your passport cute, clean, & safe!

TRAVEL BROW KIT:

As you guys know, I am a real stickler for brows. This travel brow kit would get SO much use for the jet setter. It can fit in a purse, travel makeup bag, literally wherever. It includes tweezers too! Which is great since the jetsetter might not be able to get a wax while she’s on the go.

METALLIC MAKEUP BAG:

A good travel makeup bag is ALWAYS a great gift. This one is metallic, which I am really loving lately. If you’re feeling super cute, you could even grab a few lipsticks to throw inside!

ANTIOXIDANT FACE MASK:

Airports are DIRTY. Airplanes are DIRTY. You need a good detox whenever you travel, it’s just a fact. For the friend that is jet setting around the world, their skin DEFINITELY needs this antioxidant mask. You can grab one, or gift her 10, either way she’ll definitely appreciate it.

Thats all for the HUGE ASS GIFT GUIDE for every type of person in your life. Definitely make sure you check out PART ONE.

Also, more gift guides coming your way this week & next week. Michael will be sharing a giant gift guide for the men in your life, so stay tuned for that!

Let me know if there’s anything you want to see for the holidays. I am planning content for the rest of the month this week.

Cheers!

lauryn,x

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GET BUZZED IN YOUR PAJAMAS

Updated: December 13, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Between the wedding, the holidays & traveling to NYC and London you could say I’m a little exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all been a blast but I’m more than ready for a relaxing weekend at home.

My first weekend back I plan to take it easy.  Stay in my pajamas, turn on the Bossanova and watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas with a little bubbly.

Doesn’t that sound SO relaxing??

Since the holidays are pretty much crazy for everyone, I figured some boozy & cozy gifts are PERFECT for the special people in your life. Why not give the gifts that help people take a load off. Am I right?

Lets get right to it.

Here’s a few BOOZY & COZY gift ideas that are PERFECT for getting buzzed in your pajamas.

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VINTAGE COCKTAILS BOOK:

There is absolutely ZERO reason to drink basic cocktails. It doesn’t matter if your out & about or at home getting buzzed in your pajamas. Life is TOO short to drink bad alcohol. Right? This cocktail book makes a great gift. It’s full of old school, real deal, classically cool cocktail recipes. You can also whip up this skinny apple fizz cocktail if that’s more your style. Add a pixy straw to any drink you make and you’re all set.

SPRINKLE COCKTAIL KIT:

Lets face it, sometimes it’s fun to get festive with your drinks & add a few sparkly touches. This cocktail kit is perfect for traveling, or just hanging at home getting buzzed in your pajamas. I actually snagged this kit for New Years Eve. Looks fun, right?

UNIQUE GLASSWARE:

Honestly it is SUCH a shame if you make a great cocktail & throw it in a basic, boring glass. Definitely a missed opportunity. Invest in gifting your friends some cute, unique glassware so you never miss an instagrammable cocktail moment.

WHITE LEATHER SHAKER:

This shaker though!! I would be SO grateful if a friend gifted me this, hinty hint to any of my friends reading. It’s super bougie, plus would make a great prop for any blog posts about cocktails or dinner parties. You really can’t go wrong with a gift that is both chic & functional.

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SUPER CUTE PAJAMAS:

I am SO over the whole old t-shirt & gym shorts in bed vibe. Anybody with me? Pajamas make the perfect gifts for friends because for some reason people don’t tend to buy their own. Have a boozy pajama party with your girls & look cute while doing it. There are tons of adorable pajamas HERE & HERE, my two favorites are these easy striped pajamas & this super silky rose print set.

FAUX FUR BLANKET:

A luxurious throw blanket in a home is a MUST. Honestly I don’t think you can ever have too many blankets. This light pink faux fur blanket is so soft and adds the perfect texture to your home. Definitely a great gift.

THE SOFTEST SLIPPER BOOTS:

Cute & cozy slippers & socks are often overlooked. These are a MUST for lounging around your home. Why walk around on the cold hard floor when you can wear these fun pom pink slipper booties & feel like you’re walking on clouds. Can’t wait to rock these with a silky pajama set.

EYEMASKS:

I LOVE sleep. If I could sleep 9 hours every night I would. If you’re going to have a fun boozy day you want to make sure you are well rested first. Sleep masks are perfect for blocking out any extra light so you can get your beauty sleep uninterrupted.

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MACARONS:

Macarons are the PERFECT complement to dry & crisp champagne. There’s a reason you find both all over France. All of the guests at our couple’s shower enjoyed dark chocolate & raspberry macarons with champagne.

MARTINI OLIVE ALMONDS:

Almonds are a great snack when you’re drinking. Eat a handful of these & help prevent your hangover while enjoying a tasty treat. I love how they look like martini olives. These are especially great for the friend that likes to drink because they look so chic in a white bowl on your bar cart.

CHOCOLATE COVERED CRISPY BITES:

There’s something nostalgic about crispy treats that I can’t get enough of. Bring everyone back to their childhood with the updated version of this classic treat. Not only are these adorable treats covered in white, milk & dark chocolate with sprinkles but they taste SO good. Good thing they’re mini!

SHEET MASKS:

If you follow along on Snapchat you know I LOVE wearing my collagen eye masks every morning. Well now I have something even better for you. SHEET MASKS! Sheet masks go on your entire face & are perfect for when you’re on the go. These will help keep you looking fresh especially if you end up drinking a little more bubbly than you intended. 

If you’re looking for some gift ideas I’ve got everyone covered. Check out part one of my huge ass gift guide & follow the holiday gift idea boards for the kidsthe bougie babethe workaholicthe bombshell babe and the friend that likes to drink on Pinterest. Part two is coming next week!

Cheers!

lauryn,x

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NON-TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY DECOR

Updated: December 7, 2016
by
LAURYN

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

I am still in shock that the Holidays are already here? Like 2016 came & went way too fast right?

So I don’t know about you, but I’ve had ZERO time to decorate for the holiday season. Between the wedding, work, & traveling, there really hasn’t been time for a good Home Goods haul. Luckily, I tend to go the NON-TRADITIONAL.

Here are a few non-traditional holiday decor items, & tips for how to style them.

COZY BLANKETS:

The holidays are all about being cozy. When you think of celebrating the holidays you think of family, friends, wine by the fire, mistletoe, you get the gist. Blankets are just a staple in that scenario. So grab a few super soft blankets to throw all around the house. You can lay them over the back of your couch, at the end of your bed, over an office chair, fold/stack them in front of the fire place, etc. This added touch isn’t only super cute AND it’s useful when you’re in the mood to bundle up with a Hot Toddy ( extra lemon PLZ! ).

NON-TRADITIONAL WREATH:

YAWN, everyone expects you to have a pine needle wreath, a few pine cones, & maybe a Poinsettia. Go for DIFFERENT. This wreath is pretty & feminine. It would look great hanging on a front door or even inside your house. LOVE a twist.

RAD VASE SET:

THESE VASES THOUGH. They’re super unique, come in different heights, AKA dimension & DRAMA. These would look great as a table centerpiece. Add a few candles & maybe a table runner. SO chic. You could also set this up around the house. Play around with copper lights to add some twinkle. Festive.

FLUFFY WHITE PILLOWS:

These are A MUST during the holidays. Put them on your couch/bed. They can work year round too. I personally think it would be super cute to have these set up around the fire place…just don’t burn the house down. You could even add a pillow to each chair around the dining room table for a cozy, holiday dinner party.

CHIC WHITE DIFFUSER:

As you guys know, I love diffusing essential oils. They really just set the mood. During the holidays, essential oils can promote relaxation while putting you in the spirit. Grab this four pack of oils & be prepared to become an oil addict.

ON BRAND ORNAMENTS:

Pumps, lipstick, GIANT sunglasses, OH MY. If you have a tree in your house, these ornaments are ideal. Even cuter though, place them around the house as decor. Even hang them off a wreath.

GOTHIC TOUCHES:

As seen in my wedding, you know I’m all about CONTRAST Everyone expects certain colors during the holidays, so mix it up. Add a few gothic touches, like these flowers to spice things up. You can even add a few tall candlesticks with black candles. SO unique!

Any other holiday must-haves? Getting in the spirit because we’re in NYC right now. The decor here is so good.

Happy holidays!

lauryn, x

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