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AMAZON RIDE OR DIES

Updated: March 12, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Since Michael & I have never been to Boston before it’s been fun to explore a new city. We’re catching up with our friend Alex aka Mooseknuckle ( ep. 23 ) & letting loose. That being said, I could really use a ice roller right now. It is SUCH a staple in my life that I wanted to share all of my ride or die Amazon favs.

Let’s get right into it.

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CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT PRODUCTS:

FIND THE ELLO CUP HERE }

If possible PLEASE avoid using bottles that contain BPA. These Ello cups are BPA free, made out of glass and you can take them everywhere. Use these to sip your detox drinkgreen smoothie & spicy water to work or around town. These cups are a daily essential.

FIND THE EYE PADS HERE }

In addition to the cold weather we’ve been drinking cocktails in Boston. This means my face is extra swollen & puffy. These eye pads are a lifesaver ( I even made room in Alex’s fridge for them ). The cucumber helps to reduce inflammation & has amazing cooling effects. Much needed.

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Ever since my jaw surgery I’ve become obsessed with finding ways to reduce swelling. The steel ice roller is it. Use it every morning when you wake up to reduce swelling & redness. Plus it helps shrink your pores & is way more convenient than an ice facial. It’s a MUST…especially when you’re hungover.

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This acupressure mat changes the game. I call it the bed of nails too. It’s covered in little spikes that cause your body to release endorphins. This helps to relieve stress & relax your mind. I even use this on Pixy & Boone & they love it. It’s stimulating, energizing & just feels SO good.

FIND THE TEA HERE }

So I’m tea OBSESSED. I drink it in the morning, evening, before lunch, after lunch, anytime really. Give me a cup of tea and I’ll be happy. This tea is fruity, lightly sweet & refreshing without any added shig. Put this in your Ello cup with some ice & adaptogens and you’ll be ready to take on the day. Also a HUGE Jocko fan.

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Heard of face shaving? If not, you have to try it! ALL the celebrities do it & for a good reason. The tinkle removes all your peach fuzz, exfoliates & smooths your skin. This creates the perfect base to apply your makeup. I’ve been doing it for years– it’s the best pre-makeup prep.

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Worried about hyperpigmentation aka a sun mustache? Use this serum daily & you will see results. I did this 6 months before my wedding & my mustache was GONE. Everyone, I mean EVERYONE needs a great serum. They’re underrated just like oils. The right serum will keep your face vibrant by brightening dull skin & evening out your skin tone.

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If you follow along on Snapchat you know I’m in love with my new oil diffuser. It changes colors which is incredibly soothing & reminds me of a crystal ball. Essential oils are amazing. You immediately notice a difference in your mood depending on what oils you use.  My favorite combination right now is grapefruit and lemon. My friend Erica also gave me this cute car diffuser the other day. Now I can take my oils with me everywhere. So ideal. Throw on some Bossanova & lavender oil and say bye to road rage.

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The secret to how woman wear those tiny, thin tops with NO bra? Nippies. When I’m not wearing workout clothes, I am most likely wearing Nippies. They’re comfortable, reusable, & completely invisible under those tiny tops we all want to wear this Spring.

FIND THE JADE ROLLER HERE }

Another beauty must have? A jade roller. They are incredibly anti-aging, extremely medicinal according to Chinese medicine & INSANE for lymphatic drainage. People get bags under their eyes due to fluid retention. Lymphatic drainage FIXES that. All you do is roll it on your face in a downward motion. I do it at night after applying moisturizer.

These items are all essential to making me look, feel & be my best on a daily basis. What are some of your ride or dies?

I’m off to take full advantage of the cold Boston weather by rocking some cashmere joggers & a sweatshirt. Hope you all have a fun weekend ahead.

x lauryn

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My Magic Elixir ( & A LAME Excuse )

Updated: September 10, 2015
by
LAURYN

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I lied.

The boob job post will be up tomorrow night not today.

Don’t kill me k.

After reading through your questions yesterday, I became overwhelmed. Why? Well, because I want to make sure I answer all the questions & to be honest, it’s a personal post. In the past, when I share a personal post with the Internet ( world? ), I have to wrap my head around it.

Have you ever had something that takes a while to wrap you head around? This post is one of those things.

How do I wrap my head around things? I clean. So today, I cleaned.

A lot.

So forgive me, my dog ate my blog post.

Give me until tomorrow.

Basically it’s occupied my mind all day, so tomorrow I can hopefully do it ‘right.’

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IN OTHER NEWS, can we talk about this herbal concoction? I’m really, so in love with it.

( This is so not sponsored. Actually, my friend, Steve, recommended I try this when I endured that annoying jaw infection ).

This has been my magic elixir all through my jaw journey ( still swollen, by the way! So you know, that’s fun ). DEFINITELY would recommend this to anyone who needs to clean out. As always check with a doctor, do your own research, you get it, etc.

When I find a product I like, I REALLY COMMIT TO IT. You can see this via Snapchat.

So it’s no surprise that I am committed to adding this elixir to my tea at least 5 days a week.

When Steve recommended it, I ran ( he literally said run ) to the nearest Whole Foods to find Flor-Essence, I did my own research. Here’s what I found:

♡ enables the body to effectively remove toxins and wastes.

♡ helps the body achieve a new, vibrant equilibrium.

♡ assists with improved digestion, more energy, a brighter complexion and deeper sleep.

♡ a formula that is safe and effective for everyday use, short term and long term.

TRIED, TESTED, & TRUE, guys.

Steve was right. This stuff works. GREAT actually.

I add about 2 ounces to decaf peppermint tea at night. My night routine goes something like this: magnesium ( <<< IN LOVE ), magic elixir plus tea, & most nights a gelatin supplement.

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For anyone who’s curious, here are the ingredients: organic burdock root, sheep sorrel herb, slippery elm bark, watercress herb, Turkish rhubarb root, organic kelp, blessed thistle herb, & red clover blossom. Basically herbs & roots.

The end goal of drinking this is to feel rejuvenated & clean up the immune system. And lemme tell ya, that’s exactly how you feel after a couple of sippity sips. This magic elixir really keeps everything moving ( LOL ) & rids the body of toxins ( GENTLY! ). You can read more on Flor-Essence here.

Alright, I’m off to drink some carrot Kombucha & watch a re-run of Seinfeld.

Chat tomorrow!

lauryn x

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ZZZzzzzz…TSC Beauty Sleep Tea

Updated: August 26, 2015
by
LAURYN

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Everyone on the planet has tried Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea. If you’re an 80’s baby, you HAVE TO remember the green box with the mama bear with the cute, red knit cap, no? It was a total staple in my house then & still is NOW- it’s the same amazing tea just with a new, killer design (don’t worry… the Sleepytime Bear isn’t going anywhere ).

& let me tell ya, MY HOUSE IS STOCKED WITH TEA.

There’s something nostalgic & calming about going to bed with a cup of warm tea every night. But because I’m an extremist, you guys know I had to take the warm cup of plain tea eight hundred steps further.

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…which is why I added DARK CHOCOLATE CHIA SEEDS for a chocolate-y taste AND an extra candy cane tea bag to my Sleepytime concoction. Also, get excited because Sleepytime Tea comes in Sleepytime EXTRA.

So it’s kind of like a chocolate, minty, sleep-aid.

Anyway, tea is typically always on my bed stand when I’m watching Damages, blogging, or reading a book. I’m an anxious person in general so anything that helps me relax/calm down is welcomed. And this herbal tea really sets the tone of the night so I’m not bouncing off the walls.

Here’s what you do:

The Skinny Confidential Beauty Sleep Tea

1 Celestial Tea Sleepytime Extra tea bag
1 Celestial Tea Candy Cane Lane tea bag
A few splashes of unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping teaspoon of dark chocolate chia seeds
A drop of maple syrup

Directions: heat up water for tea. Add both tea bags. Add splashes of almond milk. Top with dark chocolate chia seeds. Add drop of maple syrup ( this doesn’t need more than a drop, the chia seeds give it a sweetness ).

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Get in bed, dim the lights, grab a pretty eye mask, & enjoy!

Pure, pure heaven.

How do you guys wind down at night? Does anyone else have a specific tea ritual? I love green tea but I can’t do it night because of the caffeine.

ZZZZzzzz, lauryn x

( P.S. where can I get one of those red knit caps like the Sleepytime bear wears? Kind of chic, right. WANT ).

+ pineapple mug here.

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China’s Best Kept Weight Loss Secret: Pu’erh Tea

Updated: April 3, 2015
by
LAURYN

 

HHHHHEYYYY GUYS!

I’m coming at cha from Tokyo, Japan.

Currently: in an airport lounge, eating Japanese noodles, drinking roasted green tea, & listening to elevator music, BUT HEY I HAVE FUCKING WIFI SO LIFE IS GOOD. For me, life without wifi is like life without sun.

When I went to China I knew the wifi sitch would be kind of annoying BUT I didn’t know I’d be locked out of American sites.

Ya. That happened.

It was so weird. We were accessing normal American sites & then BAM!! One day they just didn’t work.

So. I actually COULDN’T work. It was a total first for me. I’m used to returning about 400 emails a day, engaging on social media, blogging, & researching so it was an odd feeling to just disconnect.

I know I said I wasn’t going to work too much in Asia, but I lied. Ha! I did work throughout the Hong Kong/Thailand part. But maybe ending our trip with literally no Internet was good for me?

Who knows.

I’m back though!

Ok so I know, I know another post about tea? How much tea can one drink? I mean? I fully understand that you’re tea-ed out but THIS TEA I’M ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT IS UNREAL, so bear with me, mkay?

PU’ERH TEA.

I wouldn’t have done a full dedicated blog post to this specific tea unless it was THAT good. And it is.

So here’s the story: Michael & I went tea tasting.

You know, like wine tasting? But tea tasting. Apparently this is very common in China.

( If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw a peek inside the experience ).

Anyway, at the tea tasting we sampled TONS of Chinese teas. The Chinese freaking know their tea. Tea is a full blown HUGE deal & I was loving it. TEA, TEA, TEA, & MORE TEA.

The girl who helped us told us about Pu’erh tea. Her eyes lit up when she talked about this particular tea.

She told me all her girlfriends drank the tea twice a day, after meals to stay slim. The girl went on & on about this tea and how everyone in China drinks it for it’s weight loss properties.

I was excited to share because obviously it’s an all-natural way to keep weight off. AND the tea tastes phenomenal ( I like weird tastes though ).

So what’d I do? Became a lab rat for the rest of the trip, der.

I drank the tea, twice a day.

Just taking one for the team, guys.

AND LET’S JUST SAY: it keep things VERY regular. I would describe Pu’erh tea as chia seeds on steroids/crack. AKA don’t drink the tea before a hot date night. And since I finally got a damn Internet connection, I was able to research. Here are the details:

According to this source, “Pu-erh tea ( also spelled Pu’er ) is a kind of healthy beverage, which not only has a long history of Chinese tea, but can help us reduce fat and lose weight. The cooked tea can keep the stomach fit and warm it, while the fresh tea has a better effect on weight loss than the cooked tea, on account of its strong taste.

Pu-erh tea has been touted for many years as a great weight loss tea because of its ability to help us burn fat and shed pounds, as well as having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor. Drinking Pu-erh tea at the correct times will help you shed unwanted pounds by helping your body to metabolize fat. If you drink Pu-erh at the wrong times, it is said that it will actually cause you to gain weight instead. The best time to drink a cup of Pu-erh tea for weight loss goals is one hour after a meal, so that the Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats. However if you drink Pu-erh half an hour or so before you eat a meal, it will cause the opposite effect and can cause you to gain weight instead because when you drink Pu-erh tea before a meal it clears up the fat deposits in your body and any residue in the stomach so that it actually increases your appetite, causing you to eat more.

Ideally, to lose the most weight using Pu-erh tea, you should drink Pu-erh tea without adding any other Chinese tea or drinks to your diet besides Pu-erh tea. If you do this the weight loss effects will be the most noticeable.”

Read all about how to brew it & check out all benefits here.

The best part? I found REAL Pu-erh tea online. So that’s how I’ll be buying my Pu’erh in the States.

By the way, I love the idea of someone calling me & being like “what are you doing?” And me casually being all “oh nothing, just drinking my Pu’erh” with a fully erect pinky. It’s kind of chic, right?

Ok, now it’s time to conquer my email inbox (FML)…talk soon, Lauryn xx

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

Need A Quick Tea On-the-Go? I Gotcha Covered.

Updated: September 29, 2015
by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

Let me set the scene: it’s a typical Monday morning & I’m ready to kick my ass into gear. I wake up, shower, oil pull ( sometimes ), have a little espresso shot, drink a green smoothie, return some e-mails…you know, the usual. And before beginning the work day, I’m usually dying for a Starbucks green iced tea. So I’ll go to Starbucks grab an iced green tea, no water, no sweetener, maybe add a splash of passion fruit tea, if I’m feeling crazy.

BUT {!!!} no more Starbucks for me.

Why?

Because Suja just came out with the most amazing selection of tea ( perf for a girl on the go ). Some of their new flavors include: Honeybush Peach, Unsweetened Biodynamic Black, Jasmine Pomegranate, & Chunmee Tropical. & let’s face it: I’m kinda indecisive in general ( GEMINIS!!! ) so when it comes to tea, I never can pick just one. Naturally, having a couple options to stock my fridge with is sort of like, the most amazing thing ever.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

As you guys know I’ve been always been a die hard Suja fan. I’m always running around like a psycho doing too many things at once so typically I prefer anything easy/accessible/quick. Don’t get me wrong, I love my juicer more than life itself but throwing a pre-made green juice in my oversized handbag, makes life 10 x easier.

Anyway Suja’s teas are the same concept: they’re quick & perfect for busy people. One less trip to Starbucks, right?!! Plus their non-GMO, organic ingredients are the freshest, purest, & cleanest on the market so I’m not constantly questioning WTF’s in my drink. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

My favorite flava flav is the Biodynamic Black. I’m so obsessed with black tea & this one over ice with a little drop of honey does not disappoint.

Oh, & if you’re looking to de-bloat before your bikini debut ( hello summer! ) then make this lil recipe, & instead of using green tea, use Suja’s black tea. Sooooo good it hurts.

What’s your favorite tea? Spill. x l

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{{ P.S. check out the Suja sponsored party below ( Suja cocktails…yes, cocktails will be flowing! ); it’s an opening day after party, for all you Del Mar racetrack fans, at Rancho Valencia in SD…so fun! x. }}

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential talks Suja tea.