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Mini DeLites…& Micromanaging

July 26, 2016
by
LAURYN

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{ living for this color corrector stick ( conceals hyperpigmenation ) }

To be up front, I am a HUGE micromanager.

Correct. Highly annoying to everyone involved.

I am never mean about it, just specific, so when we go to restaurants or bars the server wants to kill me but we’re still friends, you know?

Maybe this is because I used to be a cocktail waitress & bartender for 5 years so I know how to butter them up……..?

…Or perhaps I’m delusional AND annoying. HA.

Regardless, lately we’ve been eating out a lot.

I guess it’s something with the summer but there’s been a lot of birthdays, celebrations, events, friend’s night outs, just a lot- SO a lot of micro-managing is taking place.

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{ this weekend celebrating Fashionlush’s b-day | cake | PC }

After posting this Instagram & admitting my incessant need to micromanage the bartender at every restaurant, I received a lot of Snap messages asking for tips.

Yah, tips.

You know, tips on how to micromanage, be annoying, & remain…casual about it.

So today I figured I’d share a few of my favorite ways to be annoying.

Firstly, the drink always has to be micro-managed. Sometimes I’ll even excuse myself & go to the bar when sitting at a table. I really try not to be annoying about it, basically I always tip the bartender 20% or more & make it a point to always say ‘please, thank you, and YUM.’ 

Kindness always.

For a skinny margarita which I’ve been really loving lately ( see here ), I always say “not too sweet, rocks & half rim of salt, blanco tequila, a dash of Cointreau, extra lemons/limes, & a speck of sweet & sour ( correct, I say ‘speck’ ). The lighter the color, the better.”

After they make it for me, I express my gratitude! Always. Even if it’s not so good. If it’s not done the way I like, I’ll ask for a glass with ice & soda water. Then & YES, I am this crazy: I will pour it over ice & add sparkling water. Easy.

But honestly I micro-manage the bartender so much…that it’s usually perfect.

Michael wants to stab me.

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{ festive calendar clipboard for a new project }

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{ close-up of these glasses, because I FOUND THEM FOR $6 DOLLARS— in love }

As far as appetizers & entrees go, I modify.

Usually the waiters don’t care at all.

Some things I usually ( nicely ) ask for: extra sides of lemon and lime, a big side of avocado, chili flakes, light cheese, extra side of arugula ( perfect on pizza! ), sliced jalapeño, &/or a side of olive oil.

For salad dressings, I’ll usually ask them to dress it with red wine vinegar ( white is good too ), olive oil, lemon, & chili flakes. Kind of making my own TSC Dressing.

Appetizers I keep simple. There’s nothing better than prosciutto & cantaloupe OR oysters to start the meal. The protein fills you up a lot.

For meats & fish, I’ll ask for the sauce on the side & have them cover it with olive oil & lemon.

For pastas, I ask if I can order half, extra spicy. Usually you always can. In fact, I don’t think I can recall a restaurant saying NO.

For a vegetarian entree, I ask them to use olive oil & lemon as opposed to a heavy sauce.

For desserts, I ask for an extra side of berries…so at least I feel like I’m getting nutrients? Then always ( ALWAYS !! ) a cup of peppermint tea. Something about it after a meal just works, you know?

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{ a tiny glass horse, hand blown in Venice }

Last tip: whenever I have an entree that’s just A LOT, I only eat half.

Simple.

These are my micromanaging tips. Servers usually don’t get pissed, as long as you’re gracious, kind, & appreciative.

I mean I never got mad when I was a bartender if someone was nice! It was the rude drunks that got to me…but that’s a different story for a different day. LOL.

Does anyone else have any micromanaging tips? PLZ SHARE.

SO! That’s what’s been going on lately, a lot of micromanaging. Also a new podcast episode IS LIVE so make sure you’re subscribed!!

I’m off to bed, it’s 2:14 AM & Monday has nearly killed me. At least my e-mail inbox is slowly dwindling- this morning was QUITE interesting to say the least.

See you guys tomorrow! lauryn x

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Yes, Plz…Mason Jar Lids With STRAWS: So You DON’T Have To Spill Shit All Over Your Car

May 4, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Well, shit.

If these aren’t the cutest things you’ve ever seen then…?

First off THESE ARE LIDS. With BPA-free straws. THAT FIT ON MASON JARS. LIFE MADE.

Backstory: the reason I even Googled these lids in the first place was because my daily green drink would spill ( no literally, SPILL ) in the car on the way to the office. ANNOYING. I can’t count how many times I’ve spilled iced cold brew or a green smoothie. Google delivered & led me to these cuties.

Clearly a lid prevents this whole situation. If I’m home, I’ll just use these silicone straws, but if I’m on the go? A lid, please.

Ok back to the greatest invention ever: these lids w/ lead-free straws.

Is there anyone else out there that is just freaking over these? Like these random $9 dollars lids are life-changing? Or I am off my rocker? HELLO? I don’t know, obviously I get excited about weird shit. So Martha Stewart-ish, my God.

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Anyway, you can find a bunch of different colors, brands, patterns, & tones ( there are GOLD ones, guys ) on sites like Amazon or Target or even at a local Home Goods. Just make sure they’re the right size for whatever mason jar you own.

Speaking of mason jars, I’m very much into the LARGEST ones available ( pictured in this post ); the 32 ounce ones just do it for me. Shocking, I go for the biggest size.

AND before you call me a basic bitch for being mason jar-obsessed ( it does feel kind of Pinterest, circa 2010 barnyard wedding, no? ), DON’T, because they’re very handy for things like smoothies, protein shakes, coffee, & TSC Pink Detox Drink. Shit you could even put oatmeal on-the-go in one of them. Just add the lid & you’re good to go. Get creative.

Ultimately it seems like no one ever has time so anything to make life easier…like these lids is VERY welcome in my life.

OH…also LOVING mason jar…martini shaker LIDS. It had to be said. Clever, right.

On that sassy note, EPISODE 9 of TSC HIM & HER PODCAST is liveeeee. Make sure you’re subscribed so you can listen to each podcast the second they hit iTunes! They’re especially fun while you’re working out.

Talk soon, enjoy the lids— you’ll never look back. Promise.

– lauryn x

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Mini DeLites: BREAK’S OVER

April 12, 2016
by
LAURYN
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{ juices, soups, & a wellness shot from the local health bar }

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Hello hello! Happy Monday. Absolutely exhausted which is weird because Sunday was very relaxing…but then Monday hits you like a ton of concrete bricks, you know the drill.

Mondays for me are so full speed it’s like running on a Treadmill 105 mph. I’m working on this because running on a Treadmill that fast is just too overwhelming. Slow & steady needs to be my speed on Mondays. It’s just better.

Sunday was the hot minute I’ve been waiting for: a day break from social media.

Yes, that’s right folks. I didn’t blog, didn’t post an Instagram, not even a measly Tweet.

Sure, I Snapchat-ed twice ( 3 times? ) but if you know me, you know this is NOTHING. Typically I Snap like 50 times a day.

…& what a fucking rarity for me to take a BREAK from social media. WOW.

Seriously though, it felt weird.

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Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve taken a solid social media DAY break in 6 years. Like a full day. Bizarre-o-land.

But it was also nice…

Real nice because I had the opportunity to read, lounge, spend time with family, & read some more.

Honestly having a day like this is a mental break, kind of wellness day, no?

Funny how I’m the one to mention the importance of taking a day break from the Internet, a few months ago I could barely disconnect for 10 minutes.

Really though, a sort of re-fuel is necessary. It makes me more sane. I’m a work in progress & this is something in progress: learning to disconnect.

There’s something calming about disconnecting, isn’t there?

Actually I think it makes me a better blogger ( person? ) to completely shut it off for a day. Therapeutic in every way possible. Especially to just read without looking at a bright screen. Real books. I just love the smell of real books.

What else?

Oh, I finally watched The Devil Wears Prada. Am I late to the party or WHAT? It was good, a little surface, but good. THAT’S ALL.

( DON’T you DIE—EEEEE how she says that in the movie? When Anne Hathaway brings Meryl coffee & the pre-released, unattainable version of Harry Potter & she deadpans: “that’s all.” IT KILLED ME. Now, every time Michael brings me a nightly cup of tea I obviously say, “THAT’S ALL.” Today he filled my tank with gas & I looked him straight in the eye, expressionless, & uttered: “THAT’S ALL” ).

Ok, ok, so does anyone else like a day away from social media? How do you get away from everything? Do you put your phone on silent? Turn it off? NEED TIPS ON THIS IF YOU CAN’T TELL.

OK, 11:52 PM. Signing off for the day. My CALM tea is really kicking in so it’s time to sign off BECAUSE I’m falling asleep on the keyboard.

That’s all, lauryn x

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Mini DeLites: CABO VLOG & Stuff

March 7, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Well hello.

Cabo was a ball but I feel Cabo is always a ball?

Seriously I’m a firm believer that they pump the air with Xanax.

Or the sand has acupuncture needles…regardless I’m always SO relaxed & a die-hard fan:

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Maybe it’s just the 439723479 LBS of chips and salsa? Or perhaps the waking up to the sound of waves? OR MAYBE the extra spicy margaritas?

I’m slightly obsessed…

Which is why we’ve decided to get married in Cabo. Think a very, VERY intimate wedding. Closest friends & family.

That’s a whole different post though, let’s just discuss the vacation for now.

For some reason Cabo is one of the few places that I can FULLY relax. Sure, I do a little work here & there but overall, it’s very therapeutic to kick back, drink coconut margaritas, eat chips, & read…under an umbrella of course.

And aren’t vacations nice? Well, apparently they become even nicer when your fiancé decides after 6 years that he’s a professional photographer.

( & he’s actually good? )

So bizarre. I’m learning new things everyday.

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{ 1. top ( similar ) | pants ( similar ) 2. bikini top | skirt 3. hat | sunglasses | bikini  4. bikini | choker }

Ok, but packing for Cabo was a bigger challenge than I thought.

I don’t have a ton of Mexico-ish clothes so I had to get creative. Luckily this time I borrowed a couple of pieces from my friend, Erica, mixed in some blacks/whites, AND found neon bikinis that did the trick.

( Full outfit collage coming soon on all my Cabo outfits too! In the meantime, I shared a bunch of my Instagram outfits in this post ).

Very important to have brights when going to Cabo because FLORA FARMS (!!!).

WHAT’S Flora Farms, you ask?

Well, it’s just really the most magical, little farm on the planet.

Think farm to table fresh food ( their pizza is better than a New York pizza, hard to believe but I’m telling you ), carrot margaritas ( UMMM ), live Bossanova ( I LOVE ), a mellow crowd, the freshest herbs, a tiny veggie market, & just a lovely, perfect vibe. Here’s a peek:

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Yes. Just go there next time you’re in Cabo.

Trust me.

In fact, I would have stayed there WAY longer but Michael is one of those slam food down his throat, chug the margarita, take one picture with bad lighting kind of diner.

Like he’s in & out. HIGHLY annoying when you’re somewhere cute & charming.

I could have stayed for hours.

Given the option, I may have even camped out in the sunflower fields?

OH, WAIT, GUESS WHAT? WE FILMED OUR FIRST VLOG:

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Particularly thrilled for this vlog because it’s the first of MANY.

Yes that’s right, from now on every time we travel you guy can now expect a vlog.

Hopefully next time I’ll hold the camera permanently because, let’s get real, Michael’s angles are dreadful.

I turned the camera on him & look what I got:

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{ 1. bikini | pants ( similar ) 2./3. dress ( similar ) | white shoes | 4. black crop | baggy pants ( similar ) }

By the way, patiently waiting for more wedding planning which is rather surprising.

( I can’t tell if it’s the wedding thing…or I just want to go back to Cabo? )

And for the record, I have not managed to figure out save the dates, a wedding dress, OR anything else really….besides the location.

But rest assured because I DID pick the margaritas. It was a close toss-up between ginger, guava, & spicy, so I picked all three. You would have too.

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On that note, for the first time in 5 years, I have to give photo credit ( I hate saying PHOTO CRED, like OUCH, lol ) to Michael Bosstick.

The times… they are changing guys.

Do you guys have any secret, special spots like Cabo? What’s your favorite place to get away…you know, somewhere where there’s Xanax in the air.

HA.

Talk soon, lauryn x

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