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.
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.
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
+ ONE more day of the beauty giveaway! enter here.
I’m the freak who needs my space just ‘right’ before I start working.
To be entirely honest it’s actually obnoxious how annoying I am about my work flow energy.
Candles have to be lit, not too sweet, not too floral-y. Bossa nova or smooth jazz needs to be playing softly. I prefer the windows open a bit & lots of sunshine. My to-do lists needs to be laid out next to my day planner. Even my pen needs to be the right pen.
Call me psycho but I feel like a lot of people are like this?
It’s almost impossible for me to get into a creative flow if the mood is off in the office.
Here are five tips that never fail me:
If you follow along on Snapchat you know I love liquid…everything. From peppermint tea to green drinks to CALM magnesium powder, I’m a real liquid queen. Yes, I have to pee a lot but I feel like the struggle is worth the extra Perrier. You know? Anyway, when I’m working I like to have three drinks ( I KNOW, I KNOW I AM WEIRD ): TSC Detox Drink, cold brew coffee with almond milk and organic pumpkin pie spice, & either a smoothie or a green drink.
Having these three drinks is like a signal for me to sit down because I have my line up. Bizarre?
Ok, I’m verrryyyy specific about my glasses. Currently I’m loving two pairs: these Harry Potter-ish ones pictured ( Kendall Jenner initially wore some like this & I died for her ) & some tortoise-shell lined glasses ( they’re both by ACLens ). Now is it just me or does it feel SO much like working when you have chic eyewear? I’m so much into chic eyewear right now that I even went old school & found a gold glasses chain. So yes, you can find me at my desk with my glasses around my neck. I swear, wearing my round glasses makes me feel smart AND sexy. The cool part about both of these glasses is that I’ve been wearing them outside the office too. Happy hour, coffee dates, brunch, errands, the works!
You’re all probably like “SHUT UP WE GET IT, LAURYN.” But I cannot stress how amazing a laptop stand is. Really though, it has helped with my posture. I am trying to get my whole family on this bandwagon. If you have a laptop stand, you totally understand this obsession. When I’m blogging, I NEED it.
We’ve talked atmosphere many times but I just want to really reiterate the importance of office atmosphere. Sometimes a bit of soft jazz & a tobacco/vanilla candle can make a world of difference. Sometimes I buy these bright yellow tulips from Whole Foods ( they’re like $8 dollars and just really brighten the whole house ). Adding them to my office creates a happy, pretty vibe.
One thing to point out: I like a clear desk. I used to have so much shit on my desk. Not anymore. I keep it simple with my to-do list, a candle, & my computer. A clean desk= a clean mind.
During work hours, I realllly clear it off. Is anyone else like this? Desk clutter just doesn’t work for me when I’m trying to bang stuff out.
Distractions JUST DON’T WORK FOR ME:
Don’t laugh. I have a tomato kitchen timer. In my office. It times my tasks so I can get more work done. For instance, if I’m working on e-mails, I’ll give myself 40 minutes exactly before I stop. The tomato timer ensures I STOP at 40 minutes.
Have a cute sign hanging on your door that says ‘do not disturb’ OR prop it up at your desk. It really sends the message, LOL.
When people come in & out of the office loudly, it can be so distracting. Create a boundary!…in the nicest way possible.
& lastly, put your phone in the other room. I’ve had to learn the hard way on this one MANY, MANY, MANY times. Just leave it in the other room. It’s a huge, fat distraction.
Seriously every time I’m at the office I utilize these tips & maybe I’m nuts but I swear, they help the work flow.
So I felt like this year was MY TURN because recently I found out about something called SLUTTY BROWNIES.
YES. YES. AND YES.
You heard that right. They’re brownies, and man, they are SLUT-TAY.
Not just kind of slutty though, but like a full blown, bending over in front of your boyfriend with no underwear on, biggest slut ever brownies.
This isn’t some basic bitch, boring one layer brownie recipe, this is THREE LAYERS, guys. Plus ice cream.
Obviously the majority of my recipes are on the healthier, cleaner side but since Halloween is around the corner I figured I couldn’t NOT introduce you guys to this recipe, #REBEL.
But backstory first: I met Gaby of the insane blog, What’s Gaby Cooking in New York City when we both met with the Skinnygirl team. We immediately clicked & while we were chatting away she mentioned that she had this recipe called Slutty Brownies. Obviously I was immediately intrigued because WELL DUH I NEED TO KNOW WHEN/WHERE/WHY/HOW these brownies were sluts?!
Once Gaby gave me the lowdown I knew we had to collaborate so she decided to share my dark chocolate dipped, candy pretzels ( recipe a la my stepmom, Julie ) on her blog, AND YOU GUYS get the slutty brownie recipe. Sounds like a plan, right?
Also, I should mention that Gaby used to be Jessica Simpson’s chef ( …I KNOW!! NBD. ) & Jessica Simpson went on Jay Leno & raved about these slutty brownies. So if you’re wondering whether you should make these or not, you should because Jessica eats them as a treat & she still looks banging in her Daisy Dukes.
“Right now there’s this new thing that’s so heavenly. They’re called slutty brownies. They are a layer of cookie dough, a layer of Oreo cookies, and a layer of brownie dough, & then you bake it together. It’s amazing.”
– Jessica Simpson talking to Jay Leno about her pregnancy cravings.
When Jay asked why they’re called “slutty brownies,” Jessica replied, “I don’t know, I guess a lot goes into them?”
Oh Jessica, never change.
( Side: you may have also seen these on Kim Zolciak’s show, Don’t Be Tardy For TheParty— Thanksgiving ep, to be exact).
Ok, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…presenting: SLUTTY BROWNIES:
SO ARE YOU READY FOR THE RECIPE?
Oh-So Easy, Dirty, Slutty Brownies
Pre-made cookie dough or mix
1 box of brownie mix
1 pack of Oreos ( double stuff ones are even better if you can find them )
However many cage free eggs you need ( see box )
Some oil ( see box )
…Your favorite ice-cream ( this is optional, LOL )
+ Directions: Preheat your oven to 350F, 180C. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Follow the instructions on the boxes & stir furiously. Add a little extra water and oil to what they suggest. Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the slutty brownies. Layer as many Oreos that will fit on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do. Pour the brownie batter on top of the Oreo layer and make sure it’s evenly layered on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more. The longer you let them sit, the prettier the layers inside will be, but honestly I just shoved them in my face warm & gooey. Serve with ice cream…because SHIT! IT’S HALLOWEEN.
My lovely friend Gaby also refers to these as ‘I just got dumped brownies.’
Secretly, I feel like I want Michael to break up with me so I could just sit on the couch in a onezie while shoveling these brownies in my mouth, crying to “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”
Sounds weirdly fun, right.
So anyway, this Halloween I recommend keeping the costumes classy/cool & the brownies slutty. Although you may need Spanx after eating these sinful, little sluts…
By the way, kids would love these but I feel like it’s bad to recommend these to kids, err, so maybe moms: just eat them with a glass of champagne with your girlfriends & leave the kids with the travel size Skittle packs.
If you bake them, tag your pictures on Instagram so we can check them out: #SLUTTYBROWNIES.
Get spooky…& enjoy, lauryn x
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Ok, so I guess wedding season is technically over.
But since I’m the worst bride-to-be on the planet, it’s very much fitting I’m a little late on this post, right.
Also, it works because I learned this summer.
Since attending a bunch of weddings this year ( I’ve been to more weddings this year than I have in my entire life! ), I picked up a few tippity-tips, ya know?
NOW if something is a faux pas on my recommendation list, please ( PLEASE ) let me know. Again, I am most certainly not QUEEN OF WEDDINGS.
In fact, I’m kind of clueless. Literally though, if one of my friends came to my wedding wearing white, I wouldn’t care ( what is wrong with me?! ).
BUT APPARENTLY THAT’S A HUGE NO, NO.
I get it.
I guess I’m just not that savvy to what’s ok & what isn’t. So feel free to add extra education below.
Favorite ways to prep for weddings:
Ok, let’s get started, shall we? Going to discuss wedding wear to the max: hair, brows, lips, dress, shoes, makeup, tan, nails, you name it.
Hopefully I’m not committing any wedding crimes with my recommendations (!!!).
♡ TAN & NAILS & LIPS:
Ya, ya, ya, we all know I love a good tan. But not a sun tan. EW. I like a spray tan or at-home tan. I know there are a ton of chemicals in some spray tan products, but that’s the price I pay for staying out of the sun. Huge fan of balancing life like a checkbook. Especially when it comes to the sun. Personally, I’d rather spray than go in the sun. Do what works for you.
When it comes to wedding season I need a glow or I will look like Casper asking the usher for a brochure. No bueno.
Oh, & try leg makeup if you’re pinched for time. Trust me.
Nails!!! For weddings I like a light, pretty nail. Especially if I’m wearing a bright lip. Right now I’m loving Ballet Slippers or Marshmallow by Essie. Simple! These colors are described as sugary, soft, & sweet. Oh, & if you’re showing toes, do white or red ( because EVERYONE looks good with white or red toes ). If you’re not showing toes, who cares. LOL.
I love a pop of color on the lips. Maybe not right now…because I have full-on green rubber band braces, but when I’m brace-free? I love a hot lip. My favorite lipstick on the planet right now is ‘American Doll’ by Anastasia Beverly Hills— not sponsored, just obsessed. I talk about it every second but it’s just the best red ever. In this blog post, I’m wearing it with a red MAC lipliner ( I used the ‘overline’ trick, found here ).
In these pictures I’m wearing this dark navy blue dress. I’m OBSESSED. It was an investment piece BUT I can wear it to tons of different black tie & wedding events. I absolutely love it. Navy blue is just the best color ever really. Plus it comes in ‘English rose’ pink too ( wedding appropriate, no? ).
If you’re looking for something less expensive & just as chic, check out this bad boy. It’s super pretty for weddings & looks so similar to mine, it’s kind of crazy!
AND if you’re looking for a pop of color, I’m very much about this deep red dress. I have it in purple-ish blue, but I think I like the maroon better for a wedding soirée.
For hair, I like it straight. Straight is always in. It’s not overwhelming & you want to let the bride shine so you don’t want to show up with full on bombshell curls. Sleep bun curls, maybe. But don’t go overboard ( I would never want to insult the bride! ).
This nude pump has been on rotation for me all summer & I’m definitely not mad about it. Plus it’s under $100 bucks.
If you’re feeling FIESTY, try out a leopard heel ( but not like a Vegas, bandage dress leopard heel… ). Just make sure to keep it simple up top. Also, if you’re doing leopard YOU HAVE TO DO A RED LIP. It just goes, you know?
♡ A PRETTY CLUTCH & JEWELRY:
I love a pretty clutch to complete an outfit. I fell head over heels in love with this gold-lamé clutch & I’ve used the hell out of it. It fits my phone ( YAY ), lipstick, mints, & a cell phone charger ( don’t kill me, Michael ).
You may notice the pieces I invest in are always staples that I can wear to black tie events. They’re forever pieces. Nothing trendy!
For jewelry, I keep it simple with my engagement ring, men’s watch, & maybe some little studs. Too many accessories is overkill, especially to a wedding. A thin anklet is always fun too.
♡ WEDDING PREP RECAP:
SO YAY! Those are my wedding recommendations. I hope I got it somewhat right. At least I know not to wear white, right?
A little wedding update for us: we currently have a wedding Dropbox folder and we…wait for it…did the guest list. AND we may or may not have booked a venue, more to come.
Ok, anyway please, oh please leave any wedding prep recommendations below. I kind of need all the help I can get for next summer’s round of weddings!
Super excited/flattered that I was asked to speak at Create & Cultivate: Chicago, which is a conference for women entrepreneurs in the digital space, to connect.
I’ll let the Create & Cultivate team explain it further:
“This is a 365 day conversation around entrepreneurship and being a woman in the modern digital world. We gather the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs and girl bosses to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about from influencer marketing and brand building to raising money.
At Create & Cultivate you are destined to meet other talented, like-minded creatives, all while learning tips and tricks from some of the best in the business. Attendees get access to a highly curated, impactful one-day program of workshops, mentor sessions, and panels, as well as delicious cocktails, food, pop-up shops, photo booths, gift bags, and more.
Our attendees come to feel inspired, enhance their business, drink killer cocktails and cultivate new friendships in an amazing and beautiful environment! Create & Cultivate has taken place in Brooklyn, Montauk, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Portland, and continues three times a year, nationwide.
SO. If you’re a brand new blogger or a brand, you have to check out Create & Cultivate. Especially if you’re in the Chicago area.
Dates: Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th.
In all honestly ( & this is NO BULLSHIT ), when I was starting out 4 years ago, I would have figured out a way to go to this conference. It’s all blogging/branding questions answered in one space so it makes it so much easier for someone who’s new-ish to navigate the web space. This isn’t one of those conferences that you go to & realize three days later that you learned NOTHING. This is a conference with resources, amazing influencers, & answers to questions that are weird to ask ( AKA how do bloggers/vloggers make money ). Essentially with this conference, you’re investing in yourself. I’m very excited to be part of it.
I’ll be speaking on branding, content, blogging, & commerce. So COME!
Some other influencers at the conference this year? Rachel Parcell ( Pink Peonies ), Amber Fillerup Clark ( Barefoot Blonde ), Gaby Dalkin ( What’s Gabi Cooking ), Whitney Port ( The Hills ), the founders of The Everyday Girl, Jenny Bernheim ( Margo & Me ), Erica Domesek ( P.S. I Made This… ), Emily Jackson ( The Ivory Lane ), Courtney Wartman ( Head of partnerships at ShopStyle ), Claire Thomas ( Kitchy Kitchen ), Joshua Zad ( owner of Alfred’s Coffee ), My Nguyen ( My Healthy Dish ), & MANY MORE!
WHAT DOES MY TICKET GET ME?
Everything you get is outlined in our ticket center, but let’s put it this way– the opportunity of a lifetime! You get to mix and mingle with the best in the business all while sipping cocktails, shopping and rubbing shoulders with other creatives!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We suggest comfortable shoes as you are going to be out for the day (or pack a pair of heels in your bag). Beyond that, dress as you would to attend a stylish conference! There will be plenty of photo ops!
If you’re in the Chicago area, I would love restaurant/sight/must-go recommendations. Leave them below!! Oh, & I’ll probably still be Nutty Professor-swollen, but what can I do, ya know? I’m icing my face religiously, pounding turmeric, & drinking green juice so let’s hope I look slightly more presentable in a month. Fingers crossed.