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Bridal Shower Outfit & Details That Made All The Difference

Updated: November 7, 2016
by
LAURYN

bridal shower outfit - plus a few details that make all the difference | by the skinny confidential

STILL reminiscing over…& very much so recovering from MY BRIDAL SHOWER.

My stepmom & dad, Julie & Brad, threw me the most beautiful shower. I honestly couldn’t have felt more loved. It was absolutely perfect. HUGE thank you to my parents, they really get me.

Especially because the theme was LAVENDER AND LEMONS.

If you didn’t see via Snapchat, here’s a quick recap: it was a HIM & HER shower. The whole, full on, girly girl bridal shower wasn’t really my style – I mean, I wanted to hang with my guy friends too. So we hosted everyone at Herb & Wood for a boozy, lavender lemon themed brunch.

More details to come, but I HAD to share first WHAT I WORE & a few details that really made all the difference.

BRIDAL SHOWER OUTFIT:

the perfect bridal shower outfit | by the skinny confidential

Bossy White Dress by Zhivago:

As you guys know I like to mix things up. Traditionally, bridal showers are very soft & feminine. So I wore this bossy white dress by Zhivago. The shoulder pads give off a masculine, powerful, & badass kind of vibe which I fucking love. Yet it’s still white to incorporate the traditional bridal theme, you know?

Lace Detail Bralette:

Definitely wanted to have a touch of lace, so I wore this sexy little bralette by Kori. It’s cute & super comfortable. Had to have a touch of lace somewhere at my bridal shower. You could go for Nippies too? Easier maybe.

Edgy + Chic Necklace:

OBSESSING over the Viper Choker I co-designed with CAM Jewelry. It has a white or black faux snake-skin choker, with a gold long chain. Screams sex appeal . Wear the white choker if you’re feeling more soft & sweet vibes. & of course, opt for the black if you’re going for edgy & sexy.

Perfect Nude Pumps

The dress was the main focus, so I went for simple shoes. If you’re wearing a unique dress always go for simple shoes. Because too much is just too much. You don’t want to overpower the dress. These pumps are great because they’re so versatile. I wear them all the time.

OKAY, so now that I’ve shared my outfit details…. there are a few extra details I need to share with you guys that made ALL the difference. If you’re hosting a wedding shower, or any party for that matter, these small additions make ALL the difference.

THE DETAILS THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE:

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Wolffer Rosé:

Nobody wants to drink alcohol that tastes like CRAP. And luckily you don’t need to spend a ton of money to do so. Wolffer Rosé is a chic rosé for parties because it’s SO yummy & it’s affordable. We drank it at my bachelorette & loved it, so naturally I had to get it for my shower as well. Much needed.

Scents To Enhance The Theme:

This one is a BIGGIE. Scents are SO important to really tie the whole event together. The theme at my shower was Lavender Lemon, so we had Craft + Foster Lavender & Sage Candles burning on every table, on the bar, around the venue, you get the point. We also burned Coconut Lemongrass candles to tie in the lemon theme. Everyone that walked into the party could smell lavender & lemon, so right away they get the full experience.

A Gift For Each Guest:

It’s fun to find a creative way to unite the whole group & bring everyone together. I designed this super festive hand chain with CAM JEWELRY. It’s cool because everyone gets a gift upon arrival, then every girl is wearing it the whole event with something to take home. The best part? Anyone can get one here!

Also, for those of you who asked about my pearl earrings from this post, you can find them here.

OK PHEW. Can’t believe Michael & I will be walking down the aisle in exactly 7 DAYS. This time next week I’ll be throwing on a wedding dress & saying I DO. Craziness, right?

Please feel free to follow along during our wedding weekend on Snapchat. You can also catch up on our engagement, wedding invitation process, & of course my bachelorette party.

SO excited to share more details from the wedding shower, AND WEDDING!

lauryn, x

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Spicy, Bring It To The Office Spa Water by The Skinny Confidential featuring Water Bobble!

Spicy, Bring It To The Office Spa Water

Updated: July 1, 2016
by
LAURYN

Spicy, Bring It To The Office Spa Water by The Skinny Confidential featuring Water Bobble!Spicy, Bring It To The Office Spa Water by The Skinny Confidential featuring Water Bobble!

OK. So if you follow along on Snapchat you know I have this weird, WEIRD obsession with sexing up water.

There’s nothing I love more than waking up & making a huge mason jar of TSC Pink Detox Drink in the morning. AND there’s also nothing I love more than spa water.

Any way to mix up water works for me. I’m known to really try anything.

& lately it’s been ALL about the spicy water.

CORRECT, I’m now adding jalapeño to my water on the regular. Since I’ve been going to the office a lot more, I have to come prepared. Imagine this: a cute water bottle ( pictured ) full of jalapeño & pomegranate seeds ( ANTIOXIDANTS! ) & a pretty teal lunchbox. This is real life. Every time I go to the office.

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Spicy, Bring It To The Office Spa Water by The Skinny Confidential featuring Water Bobble!

Again, I’m pretty specific about my water bottles. They have to be BPA-free. Bobble sent me this one & I’m mildly obsessed because 1.) it fits perfectly in my briefcase; 2.) it matches well with my lunchbox ( true life ); & 3.) it’s chic.

Anyway, every morning I mix the office water up. Sometimes I add mint. Sometimes a little cayenne. Lemon always. & sometimes even a couple of cucumber slices.

BUT here’s the recipe for my favorite spicy spa water that I cannot get enough of, really:

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TSC Spicy, Sexy Spa Water:

1/2 jalapeño, sliced
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/2 handful of pomegranate seeds ( 3-4 tbsp )
A pinch of turmeric powder

+ Directions: grab your BPA-free water bottle & fill it with ice & water. Add lemon, sliced jalapeño, & pomegranate seeds. Finish it off with turmeric powder to taste. You should know that jalapeño can be very spicy to a lot of people! I find them mild on the spicy side so sometimes I even add a FULL jalapeño. Maybe start with 1/4 and see how you do? After everything’s added, I shake up the bottle & throw it in my briefcase. Ta-da, a fun, easy way to get some water in. If you’re in a hurry in the morning, make this the night before. EASY!

Spicy, Bring It To The Office Spa Water by The Skinny Confidential featuring Water Bobble!

I like that the bobble ‘Insulate’ water bottle fits in a cup holder & it can be found at Nordstrom. I have it in stark white which is just the best accessory ever. For spa water, I prefer the clear bobble ‘Infuse’ because you can see the delicious ingredients & there’s something oddly satisfying about seeing the pomegranate seeds floating up & down when you shake the bottle. It also has a little filter at the top so nasty stuff doesn’t get in the water.

The white bobble ‘Insulate’ is more for super freezing cold water, iced kombucha… & white wine. Yah, sue me. A little pinot grigio in an insulated bottle is kind of fun if you’re walking with your girlfriends to happy hour OR hanging out at the beach. This one keeps it cold – just how I like it. See:

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If you’re looking for more fun water addition, I got you covered. Some fresh ideas: rosemary, basil, lime, watermelon chunks, grapefruit, kiwi slices, chia seeds, a splash of kombucha &/or your favorite juice, apple slices, flower petal ice cubes, blueberry / lemon ice cubes, cayenne powder, &/or a splash of coconut water.

You can do anything really. Water is a basic bitch sometimes so the more you can mix it up, the better.

How do you like to add some flair to your water?!

CHEERS!

– lauryn x

+ this post is in collaboration with bobble, as always ALL options are my own.

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WANNA BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY? I Gotcha Covered.

Updated: January 5, 2017
by
LAURYN

immunity | by the skinny confidential

Lately, it feels like I’ve been busier than normal and haven’t been able to give my immune system the attention it deserves.

To help this, I’ve been researching immunity-supporting tips like a crazy person. Here’s the list I’ve been working on that actually lives in my iPhone notes:

♡ Lymphatic massage, dry brushing, & movement:

I’m a HUGE fan of dry brushing– a technique that helps secrete trapped toxins from your skin. I love how it stimulates the lymph system and gets things moving. It’s odd how much energy dry brushing gives you.

It’s one of those things that you can’t understand until you’ve tried it. I HAVE to dry brush every single day. My body kind of craves it.

♡ Pre and probiotics:

Zicam Total Immune Crystals have pre & probiotics in one little pouch. They help promote a healthy gut – your body needs/wants healthy bacteria so this is very much a good thing! I mix these crystal packets in with my sparkling water for extra support.

It helps prevent burnout & immediately revives my immune system. Tiny Zicam pouches travel easily in my handbag and help to support a healthy gut on the go.

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♡ All-natural cleaning products:

Switching to natural cleaning products has helped my allergies & in turn, strengthened my immune system. I decided I don’t want to breathe in all those chemicals. I now breathe easy. I’ve been cleaning the kitchen with apple cider vinegar instead of typical counter cleaner ( I’m obsessed ) & using lemons ( I mix with heavy duty salt to create a scrub ) to remove dirt and rust stains on my oven. I also switched to natural laundry detergent to keep chemicals off my clothes and skin.

My chihuahuas had eye allergies forever but with the all-natural cleaning products, their allergies have basically disappeared.

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♡ TSC Detox Drink:

I love my signature detox drink. The main ingredient is raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and it’s super cleansing. Apple cider vinegar is also known to kill bacteria. Clearly I’m obsessed with the TSC Detox Drink— I feel like it’s a great player in keeping the immune system healthy.

Sooo, those are my four tips for building the immune system. What’s your number one immunity tip?

– lauryn x

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The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

TSC Healthy, Skinny Syrup…For Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, You Name It

Updated: September 6, 2016
by
LAURYN

   The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

I have this weird thing for syrup.

It’s just so good.

I remember when I was a “I’m too cool for school” Sophomore in high school. Like clockwork I’d wake up, pop a Buttermilk Eggo in the toaster, & heat up Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry syrup with a cube of butter.

::sigh::

Times have changed.

Now I actually look at the ingredients I’m putting in my mouth. Eggos are out, three ingredient pancakes are in. Knott’s Berry Farm GMO filled fake-ass syrup is out, TSC syrup is in.

I hope this recipe changes your waffle/pancake/French toast game, as much as it’s changed mine.

The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

This recipe is very similar to TSC jam. If I’m being honest, I like my routine & I like clean foods so there’s no need to go f-ing crazy when I make up recipes. Keep it simple, stupid.

The difference is this has coconut nectar & lemon in it. You can also use maple syrup but PLEASEEEE check the bottle to make sure it’s 100% organic dark maple syrup.

Aunt Jemima’s just isn’t cuttin’ it, ya know.

The reason I do this is because regular syrup has a lot of CARB & SUGAR. This cuts it all, you know? Make it skinny style. The berries add a sweet taste & you get some nutrients. The chia seeds add bulk so you’re not eating syrup with a side of pancake. You’re enjoying a bit of syrup in a smart way.

Easy, right?

Raw coconut nectar is a fun twist though because it resembles syrup & tastes similar. There’s some benefits too. Like what? Firstly, it’s high in enzymes, amino acids, it’s not chemically treated, & the nectar is filled with potassium, magnesium, zinc & iron. Oddly, it’s especially rich in inositol which fights inflammation & depression. You can read all about coconut nectar here too.

Here’s a quick video tutorial:

♡♡♡ TSC Healthy, Skinny Syrup

Handful of berries of choice
1 tablespoon of chia seeds & flaxseed ( or my magic seeds )
1 tablespoon of raw coconut nectar or 100% maple syrup
1 squeeze of lemon

Directions: add berries to a plate, add seeds, add nectar or syrup, & lemon. Mash with a fork. I like to heat it up a bit & add some grass fed butter! YUM.

The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

Last week I made my favorite French toast with this syrup & Michael nearly had a heart attack. He LOVED IT. Didn’t even notice it wasn’t real syrup.

Swear guys, this shit is like CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT SYRUP! You won’t believe it.

By the way, share your TSC recipe on Instagram by tagging @theskinnyconfidential & I’ll feature them on The Bombshell Body Guide’s social media ; ).

Surgery update: hanging in there, will do a post next week when I have more energy. I had a horrible day yesterday but today was better. Clearly I need pancakes with this syrup tomorrow for a better day. Thank you for all the well wishes, you guys are so sweet that it overwhelms me. MWAH.

Talk soon, lauryn xx

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The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies and recovery drinks.

Mini DeLites: Recovery ♡

Updated: June 1, 2017
by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies and recovery drinks.

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies and recovery drinks.

JEEEEEEEZZZZZZ.

What a week.

If you follow me on Snapchat you know I’ve been super MIA. Actually to be honest, my head has been in a completely different space for the past two months— just being real!

And well…that’s because I had MAJOR, major surgery last Tuesday. I will go into more detail when I’m feeling better, but right now I have limited energy.

When the body goes through surgery you have only a little bit of energy making it very difficult to run a business…so thank God for my amazing team. A couple of them sent me the prettiest flowers, see:

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies and recovery drinks.

You guys know I’m not one of those planner-aheader, organized bloggers that plans posts in advance. I write my blog through real life. I find it more authentic that way. So on that note, I did not have like 20 posts planned before the procedure. Now, I’m just going with the flow to see how I feel each day.

Anyway, enough of that downer shit.

Let’s talk about recovery!!

This post applies if you’re sick or if you ever have to undergo surgery.

I wanted to share a quick recap of how I’m keeping my body nourished.

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So! Where shall we start?

Let’s start in pictorial order, maybe?

Watermelon juice!!!

Obviously everyone around me has been juicing up a storm. Watermelon juice was my main request because it’s non acidic. I like to add a TON of lime too. Lime is acidic but turns alkaline in the body. So watermelon x lime is just fucking gold. I’ve been chugging it like a sorority sister chugs Jungle Juice at a frat mixer. Watermelon juice is just perfect in every way. Go for the juicy red flesh at the center of a watermelon because it’s the only nutrient-rich area, forget the white part. The white part sucks, kinda. Some other benefits: watermelon is great for blood flow, it’s anti-inflammatory ( perfect for surgery ), & has TONS of vitamins and minerals. Bottoms up!

Next up, Mr. raw coconut juice.

I like this baby for its electrolytes. Raw coconut water is filled with electrolytes which REALLY boost hydration. Hydration is key in sickness recovery. I always search for the pink coconut waters because supposedly they contain more antioxidants. This one is my favorite brand.

Heyyyy Kefir, you weirdo!

Since I’m on a lot of pills right now I need something to coat my stomach. This kefir smoothie makes all the difference. Kefir is a whole different blog post but basically it’s “a sour-tasting drink made from cow’s milk fermented with certain bacteria. Also, a great source of probiotic bacteria and yeast, and requires daily maintenance, if using milk kefir grains. It is generally more sour in flavor and of a pourable consistency. Milk kefir may also be used in many, many recipes.” When I take antibiotics I ALWAYS balance it out with a probiotic. This is why kefir is amaze; it balances the antibiotic out by promoting good bacteria. This smoothie is simple, nothing crazy because I definitely don’t want to shock my system. My friends, Mike & Jen make me this smoothie daily & I LOVE it:

♡♡♡ TSC Kefir Probiotic Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup kefir
1 scoop Sun Warrior planted base raw protein powder
1 splash almond milk
Handful of ice
Top with cinnamon ( << an anti-inflammatory )

Directions: blend. Garnish with cinnamon & cheers!

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Now let’s talk about liquid gold!

A full blown Vitamin C juice!! My favorite…orange/carrot/ginger/turmeric. SO healing for the system when you’re in recovery ( or on any day ). The orange relieves constipation, is full of potassium, & again, turns alkaline in the system ( so it’s essentially NON acidic ). The crunchy powerfood carrot does wonders: they’re full of fiber & literally flush nasty-ass toxins from the body. SO cleansing. Ginger, one of my favorites, is a real life saver because it takes away nausea. And typically surgery brings on nausea, yuck. Ginger also reduces gas, has a warming effect, & stimulates circulation. Lastly turmeric root!!! My home girl. Turmeric ( like real turmeric. Ever seen it at the grocery store? It looks like a sick bug. You can actually buy it online too ) is the shit in juices. Turmeric root is INSANE for inflammation. I’ve been like shooting it in shot glasses #rebel.

Lastly: TEA.

This one isn’t really too healthy but it’s keeping me refreshed. I get a large Starbucks iced green tea with two splashes of passion fruit & no sweetener. Obviously this isn’t like organic, homegrown, gold star tea BUT it’s cold on my throat & feels good plus it forces me to drink more water. And well, I just like it. Also, I’ve definitely been sneaking some mint chocolate chip ice cream because ‘help me, I’m sick.’ If you’re so healthy, lucky you, drink organic Numi green tea & skip the iced Starbucks.

Oh, & another one not pictured:

I HAVE BEEN CHUGGING BONE BROTH IN DISGUSTING AMOUNTS. I’ve been told it’s the best thing you can put in your system BEFORE & AFTER surgery. I add lemon & seriously GULP, GULP, GULP. A post on the broth can be found here.

Currently I’m in bed watching The Godfather with Michael & my two chihuahua nurses babies. I am fine. I am healing. I just need rest, nutrients, arnica, & time. Bear with me, guys.

Life is not perfect & there are bumps. And as a blogger, I’m taking you guys along for the bumpy, sometimes fun ride. It’s sort of my job right? To share the ride? Let’s just say it’s not always macaroons, champagne, & #OOTD’s.

And I promiseeeeee I will post more of an explanation this week when I have some energy.

Do you guys have any post-surgery tips? Any experiences to share?

Hope you all had a MUCH BETTER week than I did. Sending good vibes, lauryn x

{ more recipes like this are in The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide }

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies and recovery drinks.