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Ok, SO What Really Goes Into A Blog Post?

Date: June 22, 2016
Updated: June 29, 2016
by
LAURYN

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You should know, it’s very, VERY difficult for me to share an outfit post just talking about my outfit. I mean, yes, I’ve done it, but it doesn’t tickle my pickle, you know? I just feel like a bunch of photos of me in clothes blabbing about the clothes is YAWN. It’s not enough content or value for you guys. Not saying I’ll NEVER do it again but I prefer to tell a story, share some tips, or talk about something more than just the clothes I’m wearing.

…Not that I don’t love clothes because this top is so vampy Chiquita Banana Girl that I think I’ll rock it 400 more times. Especially with some flirty flares.

Ok two sentences is my max for clothes talk today. Let’s talk about what this post is about, a question that I weirdly get asked on Snapchat a lot: WHAT GOES INTO A BLOG POST?

LET THAT SIT FOR A MOMENT THOUGH.

If you’re not a blogger, you may be thinking what the hell do you mean? You take a picture, add it to a post, & write a couple paragraphs……… get it together, Lauryn — how difficult can it be?

Well, I’m here to share what REALLY goes into one single blog post.

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SO, WHAT GOES INTO A BLOG POST?

Well, a lot.

At least a lot for me because I want to make sure that EVERY.SINGLE.POST. brings YOU content, value, beautiful pictures, & a whimsical experience 5 to 7 days a week. An experience where you leave The Skinny Confidential feeling inspired & motivated.

I’m not here to make it all about me, I’m here to share & swap tips and tricks with a community of badass women. No competition, just collaborating. Overall this blog is meant to inspire.

So with that comes a lot of planning for each post. Think of blogging as baking a 3 layer cake…with that I sure as shit have my recipe for each blog post.

Every blogger has a different recipe, no one is better than the other but I wanted to share my exact recipe & what works well for me. Again, my way isn’t the only way!

SO, let’s break it down.

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♡♡♡ How I plan a blog post: from start to finish ♡ ♡ ♡

1.) Figure out what the hell you’re blogging about. We do a sit down once a month with TSC Team where we Google calendar a month to 2 months of content. Each day, it says what’s going live. For instance: Wednesday, 6/22: summer vibes collage + blogging tips post. From there, the back work begins. Basically we have to plan the back work of: a.) when the photos are being shot & with who ( I use three different photographers: video, street style, & lifestyle ); b.) the photo shoot dates which get added to the calendar; c.) do I need: an outfit, food list, or a product? That needs to be addressed & planned too.

2.) After the back work is done, I create a shot list. I make sure I can shoot a couple posts within each shoot. We shoot like 3 to 4 times a month usually.

Also, I take a lot of the photos myself ( like food & product ). For food shoots, I make a list of what I need. Details matter: candles, flowers, place mats, cooking tools. Basically the list is a big ‘planning’ to-do list, you know?

3.) On the day of the shoot, I have a shot list ( the photographer has one too ). Of course, it’s all time-blocked. I usually get a blowout in the morning & my nails done the night before because no one wants crusty nails on camera.

If it’s a food shoot, Mimi – my right-hand woman, has everything prepped & ready. Since Mimi & I are in the kitchen A LOT, we do a lot of random spur-of-the-moment posts as well. So not everything is always planned out ( some posts come to me the day of, this list is more for the pre-planned ones ).

4.) We shoot the post with the videographer or photographer, or like I said – sometimes I shoot it myself.

5.) Once the photos are done, it takes a few days to get them edited. I am VERY specific about my editing. Editing photos is a MUST. I brand my photos through my edit.

I want people to look at a photo & know it’s The Skinny Confidential’s photo. My edit is bright, white, light, pretty, & specific. Details matter!

For TSC Instagram filters, you can check out the filters I created with Looksee.

6.) Once the photos are edited, they need to be named. Naming your blog photos is important, SEO-wise ( SEO = search engine optimization ). Choose wisely. After they’re named, they need to be uploaded to WordPress.org in the media section.

7.) Once they’re in the media section you need to position them on the post. I’m picky about this too. I like contrast. I don’t want 600 photos of me in the exact same pose next to each other.

8.) Now it’s time to WRITE.

I need silence when writing.

Well, Bossanova is fine but other than that – SILENCE! Work flow is key: candles, oils burning, a little jazz maybe, & an iced coffee make all the difference. The goal for me ( again, this is not every blogger, just what works for TSC ) is to write like I speak. The voice in my head needs to come through the screen.

Also, always use spell check.

To write a post, it takes about an hour to 3 hours ( depending on what you’re writing about ). I time-block this shit so I know. HA!

9.) Not done just yet. When the writing is done it’s important to LINK. Link things your readers will ask about. People want information: don’t be shady — give them info. Link outfits, favorite foods, articles, etc. Get creative.

10.) Once everything is linked, I add ‘tags’ & a featured image. The tags are keywords people are searching to get to the site. For instance on this post I wrote a bunch of tags like flared jeans, blogger tips, black off the shoulder tops, you get the drift. A featured image is the main photo to represent the post.

11.) PUBLISH. Once the post is published, you gotta work it! First off, I have TSC Team read over the post & edit any mistakes. This is important to have someone who’s reading over each post checking for mistakes, grammar errors, etc.

After it’s edited, my graphics guy will go in & add any font I want on the photos. He’s amazing & quick! For collages, we use another graphic designer who is insane too. Her & I work closely to create pretty, branded TSC collages.

12.) Ok, here’s where you really work it: I post on social media. This means Instagram ( another edit ) with a caption that works for my audience, a Facebook post, WeHeartIt, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, & more…EVERY SINGLE POST. I haven’t missed one of these social platforms ever because promotion is very, VERY important. I micro-manage every last detail here. Delegation isn’t my strong suit… UGH.

13.) Lucky thirteen is the final step. I usually Snapchat or talk about the post on the podcast or write-up a weekly newsletter, but I’m never pushy.

Again, this is all about providing TSC readership with value so it has to feel right on these platforms. If it works for the specific platform, I promote. If it doesn’t ( not everyone needs to know about a summer vibes collage ) then I don’t go overboard. The last thing on earth I want to do is push shit on TSC community!

Another thing: I like to respond to comments on each post- this usually takes about 45 minutes a day.

+ if there’s a video on a post, there’s about 5 more added steps!

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So ya, there you have it. Thirteen steps to one blog post. Sometimes you can feel… um, burnt out — JUST last week I experienced this & had a MAJOR anxiety-filled, crying breakdown ( should I do a post? LOL ). Creating content everyday can be creatively draining but I love it so much & it’s worth every second. Not complaining, just sharing the truth!

If you’re a blogger, please weigh in! Am I missing a step?

Oh, & a lot of my blog post ideas come to me in the shower… & during a workout. I just jot them down in my NOTES app to share at our monthly content meeting.

That’s all I have for you today. Hope this was useful to any bloggers out there ; ).

Ok off to listen to Audible. Obsessing over Audible lately.

– lauryn

+ BTW, the site I found this top on is having a MAJOR sale. Receive an additional 25% off all mark down items with code 25EXTRA. Happy shopping!

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SHOP IT: black top | flares | pumps | sunglasses ( similar, not avail online )

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Mini DeLites: Florence, Italy…LOTS OF PIZZA

Date: June 14, 2016
Updated: June 21, 2016
by
LAURYN

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PIZZA! PASTA! WINE! BREAD! MORE PIZZA! DID I MENTION PASTA?

No surprise that Italy was full of carbs.

& I loved every second.

Because nothing is more fun than eating pasta & pizza…and walking everywhere. I actually came back 5 pounds lighter. Cool.

Besides carbs, Florence was full of BEAUTY. The vineyards, sights, & architecture was absolutely breathtaking!

Really, I am already dying to go back.

ALSO! We ran into four Skinny Confidential readers which made my life! Running into TSC readers around the world blows my mind…they even called Michael “Susan.” So good, so good.

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Straight from Venice we took the train to Florence. It was a whole different vibe but very MUCH welcomed. Michael planned his itinerary down to a T but of course I had to shake it up & give him extreme anxiety. The hotel we stayed at provided us with a list of restaurants………..let’s just say they were all WAY too, eer, hmm, much?

I mean when the waiter tells me they’re known for their quail? It’s just not my thing. YOU KNOW, quail.

So I ask him as nicely as possible while batting my eyelashes & trying to push up my cleavage “what other options are there?”

He tells me “yes, of course- don’t worry!”

…Worried though.

“There’s also deer, frog, & PIGEON.”

::crickets::

Have any of you eaten pigeon?

I feel like pigeon just isn’t my thing. Like, it’s fine if it’s someone else’s thing – but for me… pigeon sounds about as appetizing as POO.

Ended up with the salad with olive oil & vinegar. ROOM SERVICE, PLZ.

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Immediately after the pigeon situation, I went STRAIGHT to the lovely concierge & said, “I understand you’re trying to send us to nice places but I would much rather prefer where YOU & your friends go when you’re off work. Give us the real deal, hole in the wall spots!”

He totally got our vibe & totally hooked it up from there on out.

PHEW, no more quail.

Of course we will do a full-blown itinerary for you but I just wanted to showcase some pictures of the trip. Florence is a must-see. Highly recommended.

SO! That’s all.

Need to get some rest because we’re recording TSC Podcast tomorrow with The Nanz. She’s going to be FIRE. Hopefully she’ll provide more relationship tips. I feel like her smothering tip needs to be gold foiled & hung in a thick black lacquer frame in my office.

See you tomorrow! lauryn

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TSC Itinerary: Full On Guide To Venice, Italy

Date: June 5, 2016
Updated: June 7, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Susan is BACK ( aka Michael ) on The Skinny Confidential discussing his favorite subject: TRAVEL ITINERARIES.

You know we promised more travel with the new site launch so ta-da: VENICE, Italy. Florence will make an appearance this month too.

We want to make sure that if we’ve traveled somewhere, you guys get the 411 on what to do, where to go, & of course, the eating/drinking details.

So I’ll let Mr. Professional Itinerary Connoisseur take it from here because to be honest, I’m very much absorbed in Game Of Thrones right now:

As some of you know Lauryn & I recently went to Venice, Italy for her surprise birthday trip. If you follow along on Snapchat you have seen that I really took some time to plan out what I thought would be a really special trip to celebrate Lauryn’s birthday.

Before you ask or wonder, yes Lauryn really was VERY surprised & I was even more surprised that she didn’t figure it out! You would think after hearing 7 announcements, passing by 4 screens with the destination, getting on a connecting flight and watching video clips on the location that she would know exactly where we were going. She didn’t though! So thanks iPhone, social media, Snapchat, & email for keeping her so distracted…

Ok, let’s get into it. This was our second time in Venice & let me tell you… the second time around went much smoother than the first. The first time I had no clue what I was doing. Venice is a little confusing because you get off the plane and have to get to the dock and get on a water taxi or shuttle to get where you are going. It’s a real pain in the ass if you don’t do a little research in advance.

PRO TIP: Spend the extra money on a private water taxi and if you really want to be efficient, have someone from the hotel meet you and escort you. A little expensive? Yes, but trust me when I say the convenience factor is well worth it. Hold off on the stupid tourist mask and avoid sweating while stumbling around with that confused, lost look.

Ok so I am going to list 5 things I think you should do once you get to your hotel. In my opinion, you need 2-3 (3 max) days in Venice before it’s time to move on. Efficiency! That’s just my opinion. It’s a beautiful city but it gets repetitive after day 2 ( maybe 3 ) and there is plenty more to see in Italy.

THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL: VENICE ITINERARY:

1.) When you first get there, walk around ( if you listen to TSC Podcast you know to get the map of the city from your hotel concierge ). Venice is a really awesome city to walk around in. Grab some gelato, have a Campari soda. Walk over the bridges and finish with some drinks in Piazza San Marco. They usually have some smooth jazz or Bossanova playing & it’s a really good vibe.

2.) Before dusk go to Harry’s Bar, have a Bellini and people watch. This bar was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway’s and is a must if you are in Venice. Don’t screw this up!

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3.) Have dinner at one or both of these places: Terraza is one of Lauryn’s favorite restaurants in the world ( it’s where we had her b-day dinner ). It has amazing views and it’s one of the most romantic restaurants we have been to. Terraza is located on top of the hotel we stayed at ( Hotel Danieli ) — it’s a must-see. Club Deldoge is where we enjoyed some amazing seafood & chilled martinis, YUM.

4.) If you don’t get seasick, take a gondola boat ride around Venice. We did this the first time we went but Lauryn got a little sick so we skipped it this time around. However, it’s one of those things you should do and it’s a great way to see Venice.

5.) On one of the days, take a boat to Murano and watch some of the old glass blowing masters at their craft. This is one of the most amazing things you will see in Venice. It’s awesome to see what these guys can do by hand with glass. Then head over to Burano or Torcelo for lunch. We did this and it was a nice change of pace. The lunch was INSANE. Delicious food & so beautiful.

BONUS: Walk around at night and be romantic, if any guys are reading this. If you take your girl for a stroll at night in Venice, you’re 100% getting it that night, lol.

I really think this covers everything for Venice.

It’s not a long list but for two or three days it will keep you plenty busy. I am sticking to my guns and saying Venice is an amazingly beautiful and interesting place but 2-3 days is enough. If you want to spend more time in Italy ( which I highly recommend ) jet over to the train station & head to another Italian destination ( we went to Florence, which I will talk about soon ). The train is another inexpensive & fast way to get around the country. We had a lot of fun on the train.

Hope you guys like these itineraries! I try to keep them short and simple — I don’t include the normal tourist traps as you can find those on the 50 million Google articles available on a simple search. This is the stuff we both really recommend experiencing!

Cheers!

– michael

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Mini DeLites: LA | Nick Jonas | Propel | ETC.

Date: May 3, 2016
Updated: August 19, 2016
by
LAURYN

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{ Propel’s yoga set-up }

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{ a snippet from Snapchat }

11:42 PM, very much breaking our no computer in bed rule but per usual Monday kicked my ass in every which way HENCE the computer in bed.

Apparently it’s ok because Michael’s on his computer next to me…totally using this as leverage in the near future.

We had a lot going on work-wise Sunday & Monday. BASICALLY IT’S ALL THE BORING stuff no one wants to see: backend, taxes, accounting, blah, blah, blah. All the stuff I…HATE. Can I say hate? Because well…I hate it. I prefer the opposite of all of these things.

Anyways, tomorrow is hopefully going to be more fun-ish?

You know what was fun though…

Thursday night.

Propel Water kindly invited me to a FULL-ON workout class.

This was not your typical workout though guys. Basically it was yoga ( much-needed ), strength training, & DANCING all in one. Let’s just say I’m no Cheryl Burke. I mean sure I did ballet in 4th grade but didn’t we all? My moves were a bit…rusty. We were like fully doing hip hop. It was actually super therapeutic to just move around & DANCE it out.

Regardless it was so much fun & I really feel like we BURNED some major calories considering I couldn’t walk for like 3 days. I LOVE BEING SORE, ANYONE ELSE?

I should note that I did the workout with a bunch of amazing influencers ( shoutout to The Balanced Blonde & To Live & Diet in L.A. ). So post-workout, we were all casually glistening ( I’m putting this nicely, I was more like dripping in sweat ) & chit-chatting.

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{ the cutest blogger: The Balanced Blonde— read her book! | PC }
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{ MEOW, right? }

Suddenly Nick Jonas busts out on stage & gives all of us a full-on concert. I have to admit he was QUITE dreamy. Michael was there but I asked for a Propel grape water at the perfect time so Nick & I could have our moment.

We may or may not have locked eyes for one point three seconds.

What can I say.

Although I was perspiring from the workout, at least my hair was curled ( << hey, hey Sex Pot Curls ) right? Full disclosure: Nick was most likely looking at the blogger behind me but whatever.

After the whole mini concert ( who saw it on Snapchat?! ) we headed up stairs for a little wine & some appetizers. Wine doesn’t count when you dance the way we danced.

As you can see: my kind of night— electrolyte water, a workout, happy hour, & a little Nick Jonas.

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{ workout get-up, all black w/ a pop of white }

So yes, LA was super fun. On Friday night we drove back to San Diego ( I made fun of Michael the whole way because the guy does not remove his headphones ), ate some sushi, hung out with dogs, & spent Saturday by the pool.

OK SO: what’s up with you guys? Any news? Do tell. Share the latest.

I’m off to drink some ginger lemongrass tea & read my latest book, The Miracle Morning. SO tired I could cry. Really though, cry.

Chat tomorrow,

x lauryn

+ wearing: black long sleeve top | leggings | sneakers

++ 2 more days of the beauty giveaway! enter here.

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{ Pre-workout, pre-sweat }

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{ Michael’s face when I left him for Nick. JK, JK. }

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PART I: COME HANG OUT IN OUR HOME

Date: April 12, 2016
Updated: May 19, 2016
by
LAURYN

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{ morning light + Mick in the entry way }

YES, YES, YES it’s true.

If I could ‘be’ something other than a blogger, I’d for sure be an interior designer.

There’s something so satisfying about having a finished home. Although it’s really never finished is it?

Do you guys remember my home in this post? I lived alone ( YES, sans Michael ) & loved every second of decorating MY OWN place on MY OWN terms ( also featured on Apartment Therapy here! ). It was really fun, even liberating.

…so it’s no surprise that SHIT, moving in with someone HAS PROVEN TO BE QUITE THE CHALLENGE.

At first I thought I may stab him in his sleep…………I kid, I kid but let me put the fucking white tufted couch where I want the fucking white tufted couch, k babe. THX— LOVE YOU.

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the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ office vibes | lipstick stand }

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& GUYS, since I have SO many pictures to share with you, I broke it up into two posts. Part II coming next week.

Ok, let’s get started with tips for YOU.

Here’s the thing: if you’re decorating your home on a budget but still want to be chic as shit, I feel you HUNNNNAY. Trust me, when I lived alone my budget was as TIGHT as RHONY Ramona’s facelift. But I still made some home styling happen because A.) it’s your HOME, it needs to be YOUR sanctuary, B.) having a pretty home is a happy home, ambience is key, & 3.) YES, YOU CAN DECORATE YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET.

Home styling is easy, peasy. You can make something look pretty in minutes. It just needs a little TLC.

Ok so let’s get started, shall we?

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{ kitchen }

5 MAJOR KEY TIPS FOR HOME STYLING:

♡ HEIGHTS/DIMENSIONS/TEXTURES:

I won’t bore you with this one for too long BUT just want reiterate the importance of difference heights, dimensions, & textures. Really…it makes ALL the difference. I learned this early on from my step mom, Julie ( Julie was a HUGE help in this home so she knows her shit! ). The more heights & textures the better. Opt for tall candles, flat books, medium stick diffusers, & HUGE flower displays. For textures go for anything your heart desires.

I prefer velvet, marble, steel, gold, & a little faux fur. HAVE FUN WITH IT!

♡ BOOKS/CANDLES/RANDOM DECOR/FAKE FLOWERS…AKA HOME GOODS:

You guys already know how I am about ambience. Basically a psycho. Ambience brings me peace. I play my Bossanova music, light candles, & burn tangerine oils on a diffuser. I find candles at T.J. MAXX all the time. Seriously, there are so many good ones.

If you’re looking for something a little more high-end, check out Voluspa. There’s this one French looking candle that’s so yummy. The scent is pretty, it’s white/chic, & has the perfect scalloped edge. We keep a couple of those around the house. Also, I love a masculine + feminine vibe so it’s no surprise I have a couple of Whiskey & Cola candles around the house for Mr. Bosstick. Lucky him, he can get buzzed off candles.

Also, adding tiny things like books, fake flowers, & a couple of stick diffusers MAKE A SHITLOAD of difference. If you put a little thought into it, you won’t believe what happens.

When I was on a MAJOR budget I shopped at Home Goods all the time…in fact, I still do shop at Home Goods all the time. No one is paying me to say this: HOME GOODS MAKES ME HAPPY. To roam the aisles & find special tiny trinkets for the right price calms my soul. #THERAPY, OK. Look for fake plants, crystals, candles, fake flowers, pretty pillows, chaise lounge chairs, you name it— freaking Home Goods has it. GET CREATIVE, it’s your home, your sanctuary, your mood.

♡ ART ON ETSY:

If you’re on a budget, head over to Etsy. The black & white art is insane. Or hire a young artist who’s just starting out on Instagram ( I actually have a story about this, but that’s for next week ).

I love a good foil print too. This one is in my office now. Also, I LOVE my ‘Hustle’ print. Definitely a favorite.

Biggest framing tip: USE AARON BROTHERS. When I was dead broke I would do their ‘penny sale’ all the time. Buy one frame, get the other frame for a penny. Can’t beat that.

♡ FEISTY WALLPAPER:

Wallpaper is making a comeback, people & I’m there to embrace it with open arms. Wallpaper is COOL. Get wild. I’m a fan of just doing ONE wall, not all four.

We did a HUGE wallpaper picture of Kate Moss butt naked in our guest bathroom. Julie, my stepmom, decided to hang a gold round mirror ( from Target, I believe ) above the sink to reflect the wallpaper. Just so smart right? She’s very talented!

If wallpaper is out of your budget, you HAVE to check out decals. They’re VERY affordable & will cover an entire wall. This Kate Moss one is fab.

♡ A BAR CART…BECAUSE YES:

Maybe it’s basic but every girl in the world needs a roll-y, vintage gold bar cart. I was shopping online today & came across this one, it looks just like the one I have. Sex it up with all your favorite liquors ( remember: the cuter the bottles, the better ) & keep the colors synchronized, you know? I like to have light blues ( gin ), light pinks ( rosé ), & clear/whites ( vodka ). Add a classy bowl of fake lemons & some rose gold coasters and you’re good to go.

Don’t drink alcohol? No prob. Stock the bar with grapefruit Perriers, kombucha, &/or fake herbs. 

…OR turn it into a bathroom vanity.

♡ DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS:

Things like a lipstick stand aren’t going to cost you a million dollars & they’re cute as hell. Plus they add a personal touch…who doesn’t love a personal touch. There are so many tiny details you can find at Home Goods. For instance: last year for Michael’s birthday I found him the most BEAUTIFUL silhouette of a naked woman ( seems to be the theme in our house, huh? There are A LOT of naked women. Lucky Michael ). Anyway, the silhouette was black, simple, big, & perfect. It was also $12.99. Get creative.

Where to SPLURGE:

BAR CART
COUCH/CHAIRS/ETC.
PAINTINGS YOU LOVE
TABLES
ELECTRONICS
MIRRORS

Where to SAVE:

LIGHTS/LAMPS
BLACK  & WHITE ART
TINY DETAILS
BEDDING
THE BATHROOMS
FRAMES

My OVERALL point: just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s cool. Honestly, I could care less how much something is, I EITHER LOVE IT OR I DON’T. Mix & match highs & lows for the perfect home.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ Kate Moss wallpaper reflects in our guest bathroom mirror }

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HOW OUR VIBE CAME TOGETHER:

Well, well, well isn’t this the question of the year. Moving in with someone is NO JOKE. I don’t care how tight your relationship is, if you don’t have a couple of fights over moving in together…who are you? Where do you come from? Send in tips?

Moving in with Michael was difficult at first because WELL, we both are VERY picky & VERY type-A. Especially when it comes to our style.

How did we figure it out? We combined the right balance of masculinity & femininity.

There’s nothing & I mean nothing I love more than contrast. Just look at the new site, it’s BLACK and PINK. I love contrast. In fashion, homes, in people, even in hair, you get the drift. So our home is one big contrast.

Michael has his man cave which is EXTREMELY masculine. Think smokey whiskey bar with  electronics ( sorry babe, I hate all your dreadful cords ). While TSC office is VERY feminine. Softer. Pale teal with hints of pink & gold. A bit of baby blue. AND WHITE. I didn’t want to push Michael out. I wanted him to WANT to bring his friends over for pepperoni pizza & a beer…and gently tuck them away in his man cave……..

JOKES.

Julie & Courtland ( an interior designer & friend in LA ) really helped Michael & I merge our styles. Their contact info is below. They both are INSANE.

…& kept us SANE when styling our home together.

 A tippity-tip: if you’re moving in with someone make sure you have an area that’s your own. I don’t care if it’s a minuscule corner of the room. Make it your own. You know?

Nothing worse than not having your own space. NOTHING.

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{ Michael’s man cave + TSC office }

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Michael is very much into art.

He chose a lot of the art in our home…& he really does have fantastic taste…in art. HA.

For the record, I have like 20 stories about the art but I’ll leave those for next week because I’m sure at this point, I’m a tad overwhelming?

Before I wrap it up…

A few things I always look for when picking the ‘right place’:

+ natural light ( I can’t live in a dreary house, it’s gotta be LIGHT, BRIGHT, & HAPPY ).
+ a place to walk the dogs, thank God for the park next to us!
+ the right coloring, I go for whites/lights over darks. Everyone has their own opinion on this, do what works for you.
+ the less carpet, the better.
+ a space for time out for the guy ( man cave…or even a big corner would do ).
+ the more windows, the better.
+ screw the closet, how’s the fridge?
+ lastly, a place that feels homey…you just know when you know on this one.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ black & white wall }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential

{ kitchen vibes }

HERE’S HOW TO GET THE LOOK:


+ gold bar cart
+ lipstick holder
+ tall gold lamps
+ yummy candles ( also love the more masculine ones too )
+ coffee table books ( Kate Moss, Tom Ford, Chanel, & TSC Book ; ) )
+ black & white stick diffusers
+ gold cutlery ( what up TARGET )
+ white frames
+ furry pillows ( gotta love texture at $14.99! )
+ Bev Hills Hotel palm print pillow
+ gold wishbone
+ lace dog tipi, SO fun
+ faux fur throw

Note: I’ll break down in the next post where we found a lot of furniture & art, so stay tuned.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential

{ bedside + bathroom vanity }

Quick video too for you guys. I figured what better way than to actually give you a tour?

Before I show the video though, I was thinking of filming a TSC CRIBS…thoughts? Suggestions? Requests?

Regardless, here’s a sneak peek at home, ENJOY:

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OH, speaking of moving in together, have you listened to EPISODE 6 of THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST? It’s all about passion, boob jobs, & MOVING IN TOGETHER. Fitting with today’s blog post.

Listen, subscribe, & Snap us any feedback.

PHEW, that was a long one, I know.

OF COURSE, I’ll be back for round II next week. Also, we’ll be sharing a peek inside our LA condo soon too, which is VERY masculine with a hint of sex appeal. Stay tuned.

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ bedroom, lots of black & white }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ wide view of TSC office }

If you could pick your BEST home decor tip, what would it be? What’s your home-style-vibe? Do you have one?

Off to bed to finish up my latest book, When Breath Becomes Air ( << highly recommend ).

Chat tomorrow, lauryn x

+ huge thanks to my stepmom, Julie Evarts & our friend, Courtland Bascon who helped us every step of the way. If you’re interested in using Julie & Courtland for your own home ( they do phone & online consultations ), e-mail me at lauryn@theskinnyconfidential.com.

{ photos | video | part two }

the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ wall paper in our guest bathroom }
the skinny confidential at home | by the skinny confidential{ dining room }

GET THE AT-HOME LOOK ♡♡♡