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So I Cut Dairy For A Month & Here’s What Happened

Updated: April 24, 2017

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Ok so I’ve talked about this a little bit but let’s really elaborate today.

Actually the idea of this post came to me because of THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP.

…Which can we take a second to acknowledge because OMG IT IS SO FUN. It’s like being on a group text with all your friends. What I’m specifically obsessing about is there’s so much real talk. Like we go from talking about books to yeast infections to boobs to anxiety to home decor to…vibrators. It’s kind of a medley. Also there are no Judge Judy vibes in the group- everyone is very open-minded. The group is girls only ( sorry boys ). Although Michael has been peering over my shoulder whenever I’m engaging in the group. The other day I laughed out loud at something one of you said about sex & he was trying to snoop. I told him to butt out. LOL.

I was kind of crying over the group the other day because I’m so happy to see you guys connecting- sharing your own tips & tricks. This is why I created The Skinny Confidential in the first place. So ya, it’s pretty rad.

Anyway, if you haven’t joined, you should. It’s a safe space to discuss anything & everything with no judgment & lots of positivity. To join simply search THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL & press ‘group’ & click ‘join.’ Hope to see ya there.

Ok so let’s discuss DAIRY…shall we?

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Full transparency: I’ve been wanting to discuss dairy FOR A WHILE. There’s so much to say but I’m not an expert on the subject so I decided to be a guinea pig instead. That’s right, I did one month NO dairy. Like no dairy. No cheese, no milk, no parm, none.

Clearly not a scientist here but my first reason for cutting dairy was simple: what’s the point of it?

What does dairy do that’s so magical?

If anyone can provide some insight on dairy benefits, please do so because I can’t find too many. It’s sort of an irrelevant food group.

Not only did cutting dairy HELP ME, I actually didn’t miss it.

It’s kind of a yawn if you think about it. Of course cheese is fun but it’s not something I need every single day.

After a month of cutting dairy I can definitely say I had more energy, lost 5 pounds, tightened up, & was LESS BLOATED. Plus my skin was glowing more than usual.

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( For the record a lot of celebs like Khloe Kardashian & Megan Fox are fans of cutting dairy for weight loss…they swear by it to tighten up ).

If you’re thinking of trying the whole no dairy thing, here are some tips that really helped me:

BUY THIS. In fact, get it even if you like dairy. It’s this nutritional yeast that tastes like cheese. It’s crazy really. I make this lemon-y, chili flake filled pasta dish with lentil pasta & this “cheese” a lot & it’s so damn good. Also you can use it as a delicious seasoning- sprinkle it on everything: salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice, pasta, zoodles, soups, & even popcorn! Thank me later for this gem.

♡ Almond milk FTW. Unsweetened almond milk goes in my smoothies, oatmeal, & cereal. For coffee, I prefer unsweetened coconut milk with cinnamon because I like a healthy fat with coffee for some reason- it just feels…fuller? I don’t know. Coconut milk is also so good to blend with espresso & pumpkin pie spice with ice. ENJOY. I love this organic canned coconut milk!

♡ BUTTER. I love grass-fed butter ( Kerry Gold, unsalted- specifically ). But for the month I did Ghee & it was all cool. This brand ROCKS. Highly recommend. I like to use it to cook eggs or on toast with avocado. Ghee is full of healthy fats & vitamins.

You should know I also like cooking with coconut oil ( really into the protein pancake that was just shared on @tscbombshellbody Instagram & I always cook it with raw/organic coconut oil! ).

♡ Make ‘nice cream’: simply blend a banana with coconut milk & a little maple syrup with a splash of vanilla extract. Then freeze. Enjoy later with some mashed berries. YES PLZ.

♡ Eat coconut yogurt, instead of regular yogurt. Add pomegranate seeds for some flair!

♡ Skip whey powder. I hate whey protein. I like plant-based! If you’re cutting dairy, stay away from whey.

** by the way: not a fan of soy at all- but that’s a whole different post. I like coconut or almond milk WAY better than soy.

Since I feel like TSC BYE, BLOAT MEAL PLAN isn’t heavy on dairy, I’m going to give away 15 meal plans to 15 of you! One lucky winner will ALSO win a 3 day Suja juice cleanse too. I think you guys will love the meal plan I created.

There are so many delicious, easy recipes like my favorite, go-to salad dressing, lemon/broccoli soup, skinny banana bread, & a probiotic drink! You can read all about here.

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Here’s the thing about me: I’m not the “cut something out forever” type. Like next time I’m in Venice, you will find me with a huge-ass cheese plate sipping rosé, stuffing bread down my throat. And Florence? Well duh, I’m for sure getting some fucking heart-shaped pizza. Also I love me some grass-fed butter in my almond butter cookies, OK?

AND just very in love with goat cheese to be real.

So I’m just sharing what happened when I cut it out for a month. Maybe it will inspire you to try it? In any case, after this little experiment I will 100% be cutting back on dairy BIG time. I’ll save it for travel & my butter cookies.

Currently in bed, listening to meditation music on new noise canceling headphones Michael surprised me with. Imagine us in bed with matching noise canceling headphones- yah, not the sexiest thing you’ve ever seen. I’m going to get off the computer because my eyes are literally burning & watch the finale of The Imposters. Anyone seen it? So good.

We will be on INSTAGRAM LIVE tomorrow doing a Q & A at 11:30 am PST- come hang out. Also don’t forget to enter the meal plan giveaway.

Hope you all have a very productive weekend!

x lauryn

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TSC Him & Her Podcast Episode 53: Erica Stolman

Updated: March 9, 2017

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( 2:00 ): Michael has a radio accent & the heart of an old cowboy. LOL.

( 4:30): We have an extra special guest today. One of our best friends, business partners & badass blogger, Erica Stolman from Fashionlush.


( 7:45 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell everyone about our childhood & how we met.”

( 8:45 ): Michael asks: “You were so nervous to speak at our wedding & it was all people you know. Why was that?”

( 12:20): Lauryn asks: “You started blogging really early. Tell us about that.”

( 16:15 ): Michael asks: “What did the blog start as & what has it evolved into?”

( 18:00 ): Michael asks: “Why did you decide to write the post Social Media Killed My Confidence?

( 27:15 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us about your phobias & anxiety ( full anxiety story here ).”

( 32:50 ): Lauryn asks: “What are some of the choices you have made in your life that have made you who you are?”

( 35:40 ): Lauryn asks: “You work some weird hours. Tell us about that.”

( 36:30 ): Lauryn asks: “We started Blog-Doo to help people create their dream blog. We work together as friends. How is that?”

( 40:00 ): Lauryn asks: “How is it living & working together with your boyfriend?”

( 49:55 ): Lauryn asks: “What’s the number one thing you love about Zack?”

( 52:40 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us about the process of running a blog. What are you doing from 8-3 in the morning?”


We hope you enjoyed learning about phobias, anxiety & the business of blogging with Erica! Also the new TSC Detox Meal Plan is launching on Monday. If you’re already a TSC Bombshell Body Guide member, you will receive the plan free of charge.

To stay updated, sign up for the exclusive content-filled newsletter & follow @tscbombshellbody on Instagram.

lauryn, x

+ Find Erica: { Fashionlush | Instagram | Snapchat | Blog-Doo }

+ mentioned in this episode: Wedding video | Many Lives, Many Masters | The Power of When | Bose Comfort Headset }


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Updated: February 13, 2017

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You could say I’m late on picking a wedding band but what the hell else is new?

To be honest I left the whole ring thing to the last-minute. Before leaving for Cabo, I ended up buying a “wedding band” at a drugstore as a place holder, & rocked it for 2 months! I figured it was time to put some effort into my wedding ring…

Thankfully, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry invited me to tour their store so I was able to get really hands on with the whole thing…and let’s face it, you guys know I love to get hands on.

After playing around and styling their wedding bands, I compiled three easy tips for the non-traditional bride, super simple & to the point.

Ready? K:

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Vibe is muy importante. Do you hear? Everyone is different. Your wedding band should reflect your style. For me, I feel like my engagement ring is VERY me so I don’t want to overwhelm it with too much for the wedding band.

In fact, I thought on very simple terms when picking the wedding band. Jared the Galleria of Jewelry had a million options, most of them being simple & very tasteful. I especially like the plain diamond band. CHIC.


WHO CARES ABOUT MATCHING? I’m not a matchy-matchy person. Like the whole “all gold everything” is out. Mix it up.

If your husband has a gold ring, you can totally do a platinum moment. Mix a braided band with a simple diamond band. Get crazy. AGAIN, do you. Let the ring reflect your style & throw the “rules” out the window. Because who even created the rules? Let’s make our own rules.


As always I’m about what looks good…ON YOU. EVERYONE is different. Don’t go for the trends, go for what looks good on you. When picking my engagement ring & wedding bands I actually paid a lot of attention to the shape of my finger.

I am a fan of going for shapes that flatter the finger. Personally I want my finger & hand to look longer so yes, I definitely pay attention to shapes of the stones/ring.

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The reason I like Jared the Galleria of Jewelry is because HELLO OPTIONS. They have variety: the vibe, the non-matchy matchy, & rings that flatter each individual’s finger. They just get it.

Anyway, Michael has 5 different rings for different occasions…so you could always go that route too. I feel like he needs guidance. If you’re married HELP PLEASE. He’s out of control really. Almost like Bridezilla but he’s married with 3249823 rings. It’s like he’s Sméagol ( Gollum ) from Lord of the Rings.

OK off to enjoy the rest of our weekend. We are having the most relaxing day reading, EATING ( gluten-free brownie cookies anyone? ), & spooning the dogs. Hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend.


x lauryn

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+ this post is in collaboration with Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Sass It Up: Old Hollywood Waves

Updated: January 4, 2017

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NEW YEAR’S EVE is almost here.

Excited for champagne, good music, a new year! Anyone else?

I feel like it’s entirely appropriate to start the New Year with a new hair style. Hence the old Hollywood waves.

( How festive of me! )

Especially in love with this look because I feel like the hair is very Margot Robbie. Right though? AND YES, you can do this at-home…that’s right guys, it’s very simple to recreate these waves on your own.

Alright, let’s get right to it shall we?

You will need:

Bristle brush
Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Anti-Frizz Shampoo
Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Finishing Conditioner
Bobby pins
Pantene Smooth and Sleek 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
Teasing comb
Clipless iron


Sassy, sexy old Hollywood waves:

1. Start fresh. Wash your hair with Pantene’s Smooth & Sleek shampoo & conditioner which makes your hair smooth for days. You want your hair smooth & sleek for these waves so this product is the perfect prep. Finish off with a 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. This will provide you with the IDEAL canvas to begin your waves. These products contain anti-humidity technology to lock out frizz and extend that smooth style you’re going for!

2. Blow dry your hair, keep it simple here. Then separate the top section of hair and pin it up. Nothing special here.

3. Hold a 1-inch curling iron vertically, then wrap a large section of hair from the heavier side of your part away from your face to create your first curl. Repeat around head, creating all of the curls in the same direction. KEEP THE CURLER vertical.

4. Mist with hairspray.

5. Part the top section of your hair to the side and repeat the same steps.

6. Use a flat brush to gently brush out your waves, starting from the root from the end, to create the wave pattern. If your hair tends to use its curl, use your fingers. Want more volume? Use the teasing brush to tease it.

7. Lastly pin back one side of your part with a couple bobby pins. Add more hair spray.


So easy, so fun. I feel like this is kind of a spin on the typical, basic bitch curl.

Plus, I ordered the Pantene products from Amazon, as in straight to my door. I’m so last-minute.

For the outfit here, I threw on a top I wore a few years ago. A metallic get-up for NYE is always good because it’s sparkly without the glitter. The lipstick I’m wearing is BRIGHT pink & it looks very party-esque. This particular color makes teeth appear whiter too. It’s the perfect pink in my opinion. To finish it off I did tons of mascara & some double-sided pearl earrings. Thankfully I had a good spray tan level 1 here too.

By the way, when I’m rocking this hair style I really commit to it. Like I wear it for a few days…like 5? LOL. It’s one of those hairstyles that lasts in the best way possible.

Sometimes, days later when the upper part gets messed up I’ll throw a beanie on & TA-DA it looks chic again. YES PLZ.

Ok, that’s it. Easy waves for ya.

What are your NYE plans? Give me all the juicy details. Live it up!

Cheers guys, lauryn x

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The Rehearsal Dinner: Part I

Updated: January 6, 2017

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LOOK AT ME. Finally getting to The Rehearsal Dinner.

We’re getting there guys.

First we started with The Wedding Welcome Party…& now we’re moving to night 2: The Rehearsal Dinner.

After we woke up ( slightly hungover ) on Friday, a bunch of us met at the brunch tables. We all enjoyed watermelon mint mimosas, traditional Huevos Rancheros, fruit plates, & WATER. Like I said there were 55 people at my wedding so meeting for brunch was easy. No big deal. After brunch we immediately headed to the pool! Here was my pool look if you’re wondering…

Wedding Looks: Day 2 | Poolside

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I wore a purple two piece get up. Loved how it was plum because we had to stick with the theme here. Underneath I wore a L*Space white bikini to be kind of bride-ish ( plus it pushes up the girls ). AND underneath THAT I wore the gift I gave all my girlfriends for the wedding: a dainty diamond chained bra I designed especially for the girls with CAM Jewelry. This is by far one of my favorite pieces because you can wear it under anything: a bikini, a tank, even a crop top. It kind of peaks out in the perfect way.

For my hair we did a FEISTY, aggressive braid…which was FUN! I feel like Shawn, my hair stylist needs to spill the details on this one? Makeup was simple because we were poolside but definitely wore CC cream because it contains SPF 55 & has a dewey finish.


We kept the pool simple because we wanted to really go hard at night. Some details: chilled rosé filled squirt guns that said #THEBOSSTICKS, chips/guac/salsa, a little Rebelution ( LOVE their music ), & some cute rafts. Casual.

The guys of course ended up body surfing, which was HYSTERICAL. THIS PICTURE of them in the ocean needs to be framed immediately, no?

I feel like they had a few too many?

After the pool/beach it was time to get ready for The Rehearsal Dinner!


For The Rehearsal Dinner, I still wanted the story to come through.

We started feminine with baby’s breath for The Welcome Party & for the wedding I wanted to end very masculine, so I’d say The Rehearsal Dinner was something in between.

I mixed the soft flower ( baby’s breath ) with my favorite heavy flower ( the black Calla lily ) to contrast light & dark.

Thank God for Esoteric Events! I collaborated closely with Kristin, the owner, throughout the entire process & I feel like she really got my vision even though I can be a picky bitch sometimes. Highly recommend Kristin if you’re looking for a wedding that’s custom, one of a kind, OR different. She gets it.


The florals were all done by Arete Florals & as you can see, they got the vibe as well. Simple AND feisty, just how I like it. Their flowers were INSANE.

I’ll get more into the whole decor in the next post ( there are too many photos to put in one post ) but a huge shoutout to Del Cabo Event Design who did all the fabulous rentals and One & Only Palmillia who hosted the dinner on the beach.

The band played smooth jazz, Frank Sinatra, & a little bit of Bossanova.

As we listened to music we stuffed our faces with mini empanadas, chicken taquitos, guava margaritas, & spicy enchiladas. I didn’t want the food to be stuffy at all. In fact, I wanted drunk food. Food that everyone likes, you know? Simple with A LOT OF SPICY salsa options.

The drinks were flowing after dinner & we had some of our best friends talk. Everyone was laughing the entire time. That’s what was cool about our small group of 55; everyone was laughing the whole time. Nothing too serious, you know? The Nanz would have liked it that way. FUN.


After dinner/drinks/speeches my dad gifted me a vintage ring that belonged to my grandma.

He had me close my eyes. On my wrist he tied a beautiful white tulle ribbon. At the tip of the ribbon he let the ring drop on to my finger. Crazy but The Nanz’ ring fit perfect on my right ring finger. My dad is VERY special to me, like my grandma, & he had the most beautiful little speech planned.

It was really a perfect moment.

AND then? We partied. HARD! LOL.

Wedding Look: Night 2 | The Rehearsal Dinner

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Moving right along, I wanted to do something very different outfit-wise. As you can see I opted for GOLD. LOTS OF GOLD. Really just wanted a Sharon Stone Casino moment with a slick back ponytail. I feel like the HUGE-ASS gold hoops completed the look…& for some reason these hoops are very flattering to the face ( like they lift the cheekbones kind of? ). Anyway, I’m in love. I threw on some gold dainty rings, a flirty lash, & a pair of black patent leather pumps. GOOD TO GO.

As far as the whole outfit, I did not want anything precious. I wanted feisty. The dress is low key & spicy, just how I like it. Too white would have been predictable.

( YOU SHOULD KNOW there’s a whole story behind what happened when I was wearing this outfit. Let’s just say I had kind of a buzzed DIVA night. More to come…In the meantime you can you hear Taylor’s Rehearsal Dinner speech on TSC HIM & HER Podcast. He thought it would be a good idea to reveal his penis size, amongst other things? But you have to listen to hear the whole story because I feel like it’s too much to discuss in one post ).


That’s it for now. Michael is bugging me to watch The Grinch because we just decorated our tree. He’s very traditional like that.

Per usual, I am very unprepared for the holidays & need to get my ass to the mall…also I will for SURE be whipping up some homemade potpourri tomorrow. It’s so easy AND SMELLS SO GOOD.

Ok so, prepare for PART II of this post next week. So much to share!

Hope you’re all having a great Tuesday!

lauryn, x

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