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Mini DeLites: Thanksgiving & Stuff

Updated: September 6, 2016


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Oh hi, hi, hi.

We haven’t really had any one on one time lately, have we?

Let’s— shall we?

Ok I’ll go first: Thanksgiving was Thursday, obviously. To be honest the standout of the day was the jalapeño corn bread & my stepmom’s purple kale ( yes KALE ) and baby’s breath table— she is so crazy talented!! Look:


LIKE it was die cute. Maybe I should have her guest post a tutorial on the blog?!

Michael’s mom, Lisa, also did a beautiful job too as you can see. Every year she does a different theme & her flowers NEVER disappoint.

So anyway, we started Thanksgiving with the best intentions AKA The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Body Guide…& ended the day stuffed with cream cheese frosting pumpkin roll, corn bread, & ridiculous amounts green beans.

At least we worked out?

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Just so you know: the photos are of Jordan ( Michael’s sister ), Nico ( her BF ), Gar Bear ( Michael’s dad aka Susan Senior ), & Michael.

Strapping boys, right?

Susan Senior is a real LOL. But you guys know that if you follow me on Snapchat.

We celebrated at my parent’s house later in the day where my dad served his special Southwestern turkey ( yummm ). Here’s an iPhone snip of me & my dad, love him:

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After Thanksgiving we woke up super early with the dogs to shoot our Save The Dates. I’ll share them with you guys when they’re all ready…in 2089.

I kid, I kid.

You should know there’s really nothing like waking up at the butt crack of dawn, fully bloated, after stuffing your face with carbs, to shoot ‘candid’, laughing casually-ish photos in a see-through dress ( LONG STORY ).

Let me tell you, BARRELS of fucking fun. BARRELS.

After the shoot I did a girl’s spa day which is exactly what the doctor ordered because BLOOD ORANGE MIMOSAS, BLOWOUTS, & DEEP TISSUE MASSAGES?

Yes please, thanks.

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What else?!

The weekend was mellow. Our friend, Westin, came into town & we took him to our all-time favorite San Diego restaurant: Cowboy Star.

If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend the charming, old school restaurant. They have the best grass-fed steaks & use only the top of the line ingredients for cocktails. It’s DELICIOUS.

Sunday was spent reading & cleaning & working— rinse & repeat. I swear I have laundry coming out of my ass every Sunday. Is anyone else like this? & by the way, I promise I’m going to do a full on book club post because I’ve been reading so much lately. I can’t stop. Stay tuned because it’s a long, fun list!

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Bottom line: this last week has been madness but regardless I’m really ready to buckle down & do some holiday shopping. I’ll be posting my favorite gift ideas all month.

In other news, I’m sharing two TSC Snapchat Series a week where I’ll be sharing mini tutorials of smoothies, fridge hauls, & cute/quick ideas, so be sure to follow ‘laurynevarts’ if you want to see!

Ok, your turn: tell me about your holiday weekend? What’d you cook? Who’d you see? What’d you wear?

Happy December!

From my bed, under 183737 covers because I’m freezing my ass off in 55 degree weather like a pussy willow. & drinking sparkling water of course, lauryn x

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Black Friday: Get In My Closet by The Skinny Confidential

Black Friday: Get In My Closet

Updated: November 27, 2015

Black Friday: Get In My Closet by The Skinny Confidential

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How’s the Black Friday shopping going for you guys? Still recovering from the massive amounts of pumpkin roll I consumed yesterday.

Anyway, these items need to GET IN MY CLOSET.

Find me creeping around the web all weekend for discounts— if you have any recommendations, leave them below.

If you need some suggestions, check out my Ultimate Black Friday Sales List HERE.


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Thanksgiving Dynamics, HA!

Updated: December 5, 2015

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Sooooo I was talking to my friend, Mike, about Thanksgiving.

Casually I mentioned I was contemplating tonight’s blog post.

I told him I could either do a post like every other blogger on the planet today…aka what to wear to dinner, what to bring to dinner, happy Thanksgiving dear reader post, OR I could talk about the actual dinner itself.

He told me I had to talk about family dynamic…& his advice was golden. Laugh out loud, weirdest, coolest advice kind of golden.

Mike said, quote on quote:

Family dynamics at Thanksgiving:


TALKER— they monopolize your time by telling you EVERYTHING they have done since they saw you.

HONEY DO-ER, or HEYYY SWEETIE— they turn you into their personal assistant. Soon enough you’ll be dicing onions for stuffing. Fun times when all you want to do is relax.

THE TED-TALKER— they need a microphone to lecture you about what you need to do. From the dangers of too much plastic, over exercising, what lipstick color suits your skin tone, or how you should vote.


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Then Mike gave the following advice:

Family dynamics Thanksgiving part 2.

Loving your family who might bug you a little takes a plan of action:

Bring a small gift for as many people as you can.


Go to a health food store & find gifts under $5 like–

+ Aromatherapy scents

+ Incense

+ Natural soap

+ A sample moisturizer

+ Exotic olives

…ANYTHING to bring an instant smile to your encounter. Keep it inexpensive but unique.

Give out your gifts quickly….


( They usually are the smartest ).

Get a drink for them, find a quiet corner, & have them tell you about the milestones in their life: college, best job, best vacation….just get them talking!!!

You’ve kept your sanity, & soon it’s time to eat and you’re not overwhelmed or worn out from your very ‘loving’ family!!!!


Gotta love family dynamic…Mike may have picked this shit up from a book? I don’t know. But it’s funny as hell & fits in real nice on The Skinny Confidential.

Anything else to add to Mike’s list guys? Add away! Lol.


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Barefoot In The Kitchen…For 2 Minutes Though: Thanksgiving Fake Cake

Updated: September 6, 2016

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Let me set the scene: Thanksgiving hits you in the face like a ton of bricks ( what’s new though, it does every year ), you have nothing to wear, nothing to bring, & really no time.


You’re like me. I get it. But that’s why I created The Skinny Confidential in the first place: quick, fast, easy tips & tricks for women on the go.

So you’re good.

For all you worker bees, busy moms, college students visiting home: don’t stress.

Obviously no one wants to show up empty handed, especially when you’re going over to someone else’s home. & let’s face it, sometimes a bottle of chilled champagne in a brown bag just doesn’t cut it.

ESPECIALLY on Thanksgiving.

SO. We’re doing Round 2 of TSC Fake Cake.

But this time we’re going pilgrim-style.

You in?

You should be, because the whole thing takes like 5 seconds & I swear, I like want this cake for my wedding because it kind of looks professional. NO?

Here are the details: go to the market, grab a frosting-less cake ( Yes. They have these. If your local market doesn’t have these, go to another one because their cake game is OFF ), & get some pretty flowers ( I choose orange & yellow ), & throwback cream cheese pre-made frosting.

Pre-frosted cake looks like this, by the way:

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At home, simply cut the flowers so the stems are about one inch long. Frost your pathetic/frosting-less cake & sprinkle pomegranate seeds down the middle of the cake, adding flowers where ever it looks cute.

Of course if you have actual time to bake the cake yourself, well then aren’t you the star of show, & by all means— be my guest. Whatever floats your boat on this one.

This festive cutie is kind of up to you— modify it to fit your needs. GET CREATIVE. Add fresh herbs, cranberries, yellow rose petals, cinnamon, &/or pumpkin icing.

Mmmmm pumpkin icing…

So there you have it: you’ll be barefoot in the kitchen for two minutes with an apron feeling very domestic. I mean, you’ll feel like you basically cooked Thanksgiving dinner yourself, not really, but kind of.

What’s an easy dessert that I have to check out? You should know I’ve thoroughly procrastinated & only have about 4 hours to shop, bake, shoot pictures, prep, etc tomorrow. The usual. Send help.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! lauryn x

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Pomegranate, Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash

Updated: April 18, 2016

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So I’m feeling very pomegranate-y for Thanksgiving this year.

Really though, pomegranate seeds have just been a real theme around my house lately. I’m on sort of pomegranate kick. Like it’s weird though: been adding them to salad, smoothies, pasta, yogurt…champagne ; ).

Firstly, we’ve talked about how the seeds are full ( FULL ) of benefits here but I wanted to show you guys one of my favorite ways to eat them. Wait FOR IT…

…in spaghetti squash!!


Basically when you’re too busy to cook a full-on Thanksgiving meal? I got you covered. This one’s for you, procrastinators.

As we know I’m the Queen of Procrastination. So it’s no surprise that I’m UB-SESSED with spaghetti squash.

It takes hardly any time to cook & IT’S DAMN HEALTHY.

Some benefits include: vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc. AND a cup is 42 calories & 10 carbs. Kind of tastes like pasta too.

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This recipe will FOR SURE be on my family’s Thanksgiving table made by yours truly because it’s 1.) healthy -gotta represent TSC. 2.) easy & quick. and 3.) contains pomegranate seeds…I mean who doesn’t like pomegranate seeds.

Also, it totally beats bringing boring-ass gravy in 800 year old Tupperware like every other Dick & Harry.

TSC pomegranate, goat cheese spaghetti squash will win you creative points ( I hope ) & make you friends ( it’s that good ).

Oh yes, you’ll probably need the recipe:

TSC Pomegranate, Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash ♡

1 spaghetti squash
3 heaping handfuls of pomegranate seeds
Goat cheese, to taste ( I like A LOT )
1-2 handfuls of pine nuts
1 Meyer lemon
Pink salt/pepper, to taste
Chili flakes, optional
Rosemary garnish

+ Directions: to cook my spaghetti squash I just cut the squash in half, vertically down the middle, & put it in a clear rectangle dish with a half inch of water at 375 degrees. Make sure the squash is facing downward, not upward. Usually I leave it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Another more detailed way to cook it can be found here.

For the pomegranate seeds, I buy seeds that are ready to go at Whole Foods. If you’re de-seeding a pomegranate, check out this EASYYYY method ( rad, right? ).

After your squash is cooked, simply take a fork & sort of comb ( think Ariel combing her hair at the table, kind of comb ) through the squash in a downward motion. Add all the pasta-like pieces to a big bowl.

Throw in 3 heaping handfuls of pomegranate seeds to the mixture. Sprinkle as much goat cheese as your little heart desires over the squash & seeds. I personally look for raw goat cheese at the market ( I LOVE goat cheese ). Add pine nuts ( option to toast them if you’re not a procrastinator like me ). From there sprinkle a few fresh sprigs of rosemary, squeeze a bunch of Meyer lemon on top, & add pink salt/pepper to taste. If you like it spicy ( HI, I DO ), add chilli flakes! Honestly I didn’t measure this recipe, so just do what works for you. Here’s a little video:

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Sometimes I cook a squash on Monday & the whole thing lasts me for three lunches. They’re a HUGE vegetable so have fun with it. Remember when I made it with pesto sauce & arrabiata sauce? YUM.

By the way, if you’re feeling this recipe with pasta? Go for it. You do you, boo.

Anyway, you’ll shock your family’s taste buds with this Thanksgiving dish— they won’t even care it’s not pasta, promise.

Ok, so I hope you enjoyed my little, easy Thanksgiving recipe! What’s your favorite creative ( QUICK ) recipe for the fam on Thanksgiving? Tell, tell.


+ if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, then DEFINITELY try this recipe for lunch. I eat it all the time when I’m busy & it really hits the spot.

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