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Tons of items with Summer vibes. Picked by Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential. Round palm print beach towel, sheer maxi, organic sunscreen, and more!

Some Summer Vibes For Ya

June 21, 2016
by
LAURYN

Tons of items with Summer vibes. Picked by Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential. Round palm print beach towel, sheer maxi, organic sunscreen, and more!

It’s OFFICIALLY summer.

YEP, Monday was the OFFICIAL first day of the summer season. Bring on the bikinis, giant shades, ENDLESS SPF, & a margarita or two by the pool. YES, PLZ.

It was seriously HOT in my neck of the woods this weekend. Anyone else out there melting?

Would love any tips you guys have for staying COOL in this ridiculous heat.

Anyway to kick off the summer, I figured you need a little summer vibes, right.

I think you will love these guys:

Sheer Cover Up:

Because who wants to look basic by the pool, beach, or at those summer BBQs? This little number is SEXY, unique, & can actually be dressed up or down depending on your atmosphere.

White Loafers:

These shoes are both cute & professional. Wear them to work with a cute pair of skinny slacks. Or you could wear them to a family brunch if you’re not feeling heels.

Palm Print Beach Towels:

If you’re throwing a pool party, grab a few of these super cute round towels. They just UP the ambiance levels. LOVING pretty much all of the towels HERE.

Pinky Ring:

I had to get my hands on this ring. It’s a fox but doesn’t it look like a chihuahua?? OBSESSED! Pinky rings are so chic too.

Giant Sunnies:

So you can protect your eyes & the skin around them from the sun AND look cute. Don’t you guys just love QUAY? Their glasses are so chic.

Organic Sunscreen:

This brand is made from 100% organic ingredients, is SPF 32, vegan, AND is nut free for anyone with nut allergies. It smells DELICIOUS too.

Sheer White Top:

Ok, who doesn’t love a good sheer top? This is great for a sexy night out during those hot summer nights.

Okay so what are you vibing this season?

Everyone please stay hydrated ( & wear sunscreen ), especially during summer!

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Some SERIOUSLY RAD Items For You

June 9, 2016
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LAURYN

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Summer doesn’t have to be all pastels & florals.

In fact, when everyone’s doing one thing, it’s fun to go in the opposite direction.

Anyone jive with me on this?

Sometimes it’s a statement to throw on something a little more edgy, dark, & unique. You’ll totally stand out in the crowd of pink, yellow, & turquoise during Spring & Summer. WIN!

If you’ve already got more of an edgy style, you’ll definitely love these items. If you LOVE summer colors, try switching it up & seeing how you feel?

Below are just some rad items I’m loving lately – they can put an edgy twist on any look:

White Striped Jumpsuit:

This jumpsuit is HOTT HOTT HOTT. The black & white stripe combo is one of my favorites. Throw your hair up in a high bun with bright lips & this outfit is seriously FIRE.

Black EXTRA DEEP V Tee:

Get ready to show your bra, preferably something extra sexy ( LIKE THIS ONE!! ). The great thing about these oversized deep v tees is that they’re comfortable & cool. Throw on a pair of giant sunglasses & meet your friends for lunch in this get-up.

Palm Print Bikini Bottoms:

Okay seriously, palm prints are amazing. But you know what would make this outfit?? Wearing these bottoms & a white bikini top under a super sheer white maxi. THIS ONE is great. How rad would that look??

Faux Leather Choker:

Chokers spice up any outfit. There’s just something sexy about them… add leather & it’s extra spicy. Don’t you think?

ACDC Sweater:

This sweater would be PERFECT for a summer BBQ or casual night out with friends. Pair it with a some super high boots & you’re good to go.

Twist Crop Top:

Who doesn’t love a good crop top? This one is perfect for showing off the girls. Wear it with a long drop down necklace like THIS ONE & you’re golden.

Okay so what’s your favorite look? Edgy or girly?

Do you opt for pastels or neutrals?

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Alterations: Your New Best Friend

May 30, 2016
by
LAURYN

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I am going to let you in on one of my best kept secrets. Like BEST, BEST.

In fact it’s SO simple BUT it makes all the difference.

So much of a difference that you almost won’t believe it.

Here’s the thing: I shop at Forever21. I also shop at high-end stores but a lot of my favorite finds are from Forever21 or Charlotte Russe or somewhere random.

HOWEVER, everything I buy from Forever goes straight to my best friend.

You know, my best friend: my tailor, Arsonal.

He’s down the street from my house & just tailors any $22 dollar swag to fit my body in the most ideal way.

Literally though, he can take some white slacks that look like they’re ratty & nasty and just like that…magically turn them into my most favorite pants I own.

Get this: at a recent event RACHEL ZOE ASKED ME WHERE I GOT MY WHITE SLACKS. THAT IS RIGHT. Rachel freaking Zoe.

So of course, I told her Forever21 & explained the whole tailor obsession. She gets it.

& not only do I get white pants tailored guys. I also get button-ups tailored to make me look a little tighter, if you know what I mean.

Between slacks & tops, Arsonal is very, VERY booked. But who cares because YOU, yes YOU can find your own tailor. Tell them what you’re looking for.

Bigger boobs? They can help.

Tighter waist? Yes please.

A more flattering hem line on that latest skinny jean? GOT YA COVERED.

These are three exact inexpensive items I’ve bought that have been tailored: these black jeans, these slacks, & this black blazer ( love a good blazer moment ).

Honestly after the alterations they look like they’re from The Row. I’m being dead fucking serious. Tailoring is key.

Here are a couple quick tips for when you start your new, exciting relationship:

1. Test how the garments will photograph

Bring a camera! Everyone wants to look as slim and clean as possible, especially in the age of social media.You’re going to want to see it in a photo.

2. Listen to your tailor

Tailors know best: what’s going to make things look cleaner and more fine-tuned, be it lowering the neckline, shortening the hem, or tapering the sleeve.

3.) Bring the correct undergarments

Again, your clothes don’t have to be expensive, just make sure you include a tailor.

Whether it’s the bra, corset, Spanx, or underwear, it’s always good to be prepared.

4. Bring the shoes, no matter what’s being altered

Shoes are essential to not just achieving the right length on a hem, but fully realizing the look.

5. Also! Bring inspiration photos

If you want your dresses to be form-fitting like they are on Joan Holloway, or a suit to lay as it does on Katherine Hepburn, bring photographs or pull images up on your phone.

{ via Marie Claire }

Also, if you want to be psycho like me, choose your tailor WISELY. Ask them to see previous work, check Angie’s List, AND oddly: WATCH.

See how attentive they are. This sounds bat shit but that’s why you read this blog for bat shit advice. Watch them in action. “A good tailor is very thorough when doing a fitting, careful with measuring, & takes their time with accurate pinning. They ask questions pertaining to the garment, and voice their opinions and concerns.”

Point: break up with your boyfriend, date your tailor. You’ll be better off clothes-wise.

Oh heyyyy Arsonal.

Happy Sunday! x, lauryn

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Current Mood: Getting Back On The Grind

May 27, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Well, it’s been fun guys.

All that bread, pasta, pizza, & THE DRINKS were sure flowing.

Time to get back on the grind though.

Do you ever go out of town & just feel ready to GET BACK ON IT the second you get home? It’s actually a good feeling. Right? Sometimes a little time away from home gives you the push you need to power through some REAL work & workouts.

SO for any of you that are ready to hit the pedal to the metal (or maybe you’re always in go mode?), here are a few items to get you in the mood to CRUSH IT:

Shit To Do Stamp:

You guys know I love a good to-do list! Making to-do lists will keep you on track, plus it feels amazing to cross things off a list.

BPA Free Bottle:

Getting back on the grind means being healthy too. Throw your morning smoothie or green juice in this BPA-free bottle so you can take it on the go.

“You Are A Badass” Book:

This book is all about learning how to create the life you want, right now. YES, PLEASE! Plus who doesn’t want to feel like a total badass in general?

Palm Print Yoga Mat:

Do you DIE for this yoga mat? Or is it just me? Regardless, yoga & meditation will help you clear your mind so you can work towards those goals with laser focus.

Spearmint Essential Oil:

Diffuse this oil to create an environment that promotes improved mood & energy levels. It also helps with digestion & we all know that gut health is SUPER important because it relates to stress & anxiety.

Rad Sweater:

Cute clothes are a must when getting back on the grind. Opt for something comfortable so you can fully focus on the tasks at hand.

What items help you get shit done?

Happy Friday!

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Just Not The Biggest Schmoozer

May 19, 2016
by
LAURYN

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So this is a random topic but that’s no surprise I guess.

The whole networking thing.

Regardless, wanted to jot down some thoughts on networking.

To be entirely honest, I’m not the biggest networker. It’s not to say I don’t LIKE being around people— because I DO, I DO, I DO. For the record, I enjoy meeting people in my industry too…but I’m just not a fan of networking events.

In fact, there’s probably about 10+ a day I politely decline.

There are multiple reasons for checking the ‘unable to attend’ box, which we’ll get to.

But first, picture this: how many of you have ever spoken to someone & you can feel them looking over your shoulder, looking for the next ‘IT’ person to talk to. Looking for someone who has something ‘better’ to say. Let’s call it, a real convo hopper, k?

To be blunt: they’re looking for the next best thing?

GROSS.YUCK. NO THX.

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Google ‘I hate networking‘ & a million sites will pop up on why you OMG, OMG have to network or your business will FAIL.

…….YAWN.

In fact, there are even ADs on Facebook currently telling us to bite the bullet & JUST network.

But PLEASE.

Firstly, what ( WHAT ) the hell is networking anyway?

To me, it’s usually a pond full of lily pads. Jumping from one lily pad to the next trying to get to the other side of the pond, while stepping over each lily pad on the way.

The thought of networking my way across the pond is just…..HMMMmmm, I dunno? Boring. Uneventful. Predictable. SOMETIMES ( a lot of the time? ) even a big, fat waste of time.

( I can’t stand predictable unless it’s a great moment on Housewives ).

Of course, some networking events are necessary. But some are just NOT. Why? Well:

Saying no to events has allowed me to focus on growing the brand…not my network.

Yes, it’s true. Spending time away from parties & events allows me to focus on the long game, not the short game. I direct my time & energy towards building the brand, not a network of bloggers.

I feel like putting time towards The Skinny Confidential as a whole is what works best for me. It’s not so much about who I know all the time & what someone else can do for me…it’s more about what the fuck I can do for myself to get to where I want to be.

…& it’s not always about who you know.

To be real, there are plenty of VERY, VERY successful people who have gotten to an insanely successful place by not ‘knowing’ someone who’s ‘someone.’ I’m not saying it doesn’t pay to have friends in high places, I’m just saying don’t push it. Let it happen naturally. Many networking events feel forced & like overkill.

Also, nowadays you can network on the Internet without mingling over overly sweet glasses of chard & tuna tartar tray pass hors-d’oeuvre.

At the end of day, I believe it’s important to create your own opportunities.

I feel like people create their own opportunities. You are in charge of your destiny, career, & LIFE. What a bore life would be if it were reliant on someone else’s success to get to where you want.

Be an in charge bossy bitch. & of course, make real friends along the way.

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LOOK, I get networking if it’s 100% ( really, a full 100% percent) relevant to building your business. For instance, it’s important if you’re attending a convention based on your craft looking for an internship, BUT at the end of the day, I believe you need to really gauge networking.

Feel out what’s right for you, feel out what’s WRONG FOR YOU.

No need to be one of those people who needs to attend the opening of an envelope.

Besides there’s something empowering about not attending EVERY single party in the world.

Realness: selfishly, I also enjoy a Friday night at home with my computer & a glass of Pinot Noir networking with my chihuahuas. Actually I’m quite skilled at this type of networking.

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I guess my point is: YOU DO YOU. I am not the blogger networker of the century. I’ll never be. I’ll never be at every blogger brunch talking Instagram feeds and gift boxes. Because at the end of the day, I blog for YOU GUYS. I just don’t have the biggest interest in networking with every blogger on the planet. Personally I’d rather project my energy towards YOU. Besides, you’re what drives The Skinny Confidential…not other bloggers.

( & hey, some people like to network for the Instagram tag. I’m entirely too lazy for that, HA! ).

Don’t get me wrong: I love people who enjoy the same craft. For instance, I attended a Pinterest seminar a few months ago that benefited the business of The Skinny Confidential, BUT if it doesn’t make sense ( AKA meeting you guys or helping business growth ), it’s not for me.

Plain & simple.

Does that make sense?

Ok, switching gears: how fun is this outfit? I feel like I can say that because it was designed by my friend, Erica of Fashionlush. You haveeee to stalk her whole collection. Very much about the great white tee with a black mini. I paired them with a leather jacket over the shoulders & a Forever21 cross body that looks like it’s $2398423 dollars…but it’s $15 bucks. Yes please, I live for a good Forever find.

Oh! Also, new episode of The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER PODCAST is live: sexting, anxiety, hiring, & rallying…in the bedroom. Listen here.

Anyway, we’re headed to dinner with friends at our little hole in the wall Italian place. Excited for some Dover sole with capers & lemon ( side of chile flakes please! ). Literally drooling on the keyboard so…YUM.

See you tomorrow, lauryn x

P.S. how boobie-ish is this shirt? I love a good low V.

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