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Summer Peach & Tomato Caprese Magic…But Really, Magic

August 25, 2016
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LAURYN

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  | like the post +WHO DOES NOT LOVE PEACHES? Especially in summer? Just everyone in the world.

Peaches are my obsession. I would eat 24850239845 a day if I could. The taste of a peach is just perfection. Especially one in the summer.

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The Nanz has always said to get FREESTONE PEACHES, specifically though, heard of them?

Basically they “have fruit that falls right off the pit. These peaches are perfect for eating, canning, and freezing. You just slice the peach down the middle, and pull it right off the pit. They’re available Mid-June to Mid-August.”

 

HELLO MID-ISH AUGUST.

Anyway, I teamed up with the lovely Lindsay of Week Night Bite to create this recipe. Lindsay & I did sort of a recipe swap here. She made TSC Sangria. Go check out her blog, especially if you could use a good porch drink.

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NOW, if you’re looking for a salad to go with that sangria, lucky you:

Summer Peach and Tomato Caprese

Adapted from Week Night Bite

1/4 cup red onion, sliced
3 ripe peaches or nectarines, pitted
2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup baby mozzarella balls, halved
2 tbsp fresh basil
Pink Himilyian salt & pepper to taste
( Option: I added avocado too! )

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Dressing:

1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp raw honey
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

+ Directions: first mix all the dressing ingredients. Chop all salad ingredients and mix together in a salad bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well. Optional: Drizzle your favorite balsamic reduction over the top. Add salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with extra basil over the top.
Enjoy!

* can we please just go ahead & note that I’m kind of OBSESSED with these to-go dressing containers? They’re just right for the office. If you need some Kardashian to-go salad containers, check these out.

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I need to get on here & really write…I feel like I’ve been distant & I have a lot to share! In the next two weeks I will get my ass in front of a computer to let you guys in on what’s been up. In the meantime, this peach salad will hold you over.

Trust me, I made it 3 nights in a row. It really is the most refreshing, ideal summer salad.

My girlfriend, Erica is over so we’re going to drink sparkling wine & eat salmon sushi rolls. Currently trying to plan a very NON-PENIS STRAW bachelorette party. Please keep the wedding tips coming. They’re really saving my life.

Happy Thursday, lauryn x

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The Supermodel Green Elixir You Need To Be Drinking

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LAURYN

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1 | like the post +SHOCKING, BUT YOU KNOWWWWW I LOVE MY MORNING ROUTINE.

Well, not shocking because a morning routine sets the tone of the whole day.

Trust me when I say this, I’ve experienced a couple of shit mornings & I’m telling you a casual, calm morning makes all the difference.

( This morning was a tad hectic, eating slightly stale steel cut oats & scrambled eggs in the car with two different socks on, holding a conference call in traffic……..but we made it work ).

Anyway. Tomorrow will be golden because for the last couple months I’ve been drinking this green powder. I discovered it through Elle Macpherson’s Instagram. You know, the supermodel mogul. She developed this product over the years with a doctor.

Hold up though. I want to note I AM A BIG BEVERAGE DRINKER. LIKE 2303958 BEVVIES AT ONCE. A lot going on with the liquids. A little TSC Pink Detox Drink, a spot of peppermint tea, a little cold brew, AND some type of green concoction. Hydration is the first priority of my day, everyday. In fact, if I’m not keeping my hydration in line the SECOND I wake up, I’m grumpy & rude.

The other day at a blogger conference a friend told me that a very qualified sleep specialist said the first thing you should do when you wake up is drink water.

Couldn’t agree more.

In my case, it’s water immediately plus some, but you get the gist.

I highly recommend waking up & immediately, first thing drinking a HUGE cup of water. Here’s why: “one of the best things you can do after you wake up: drink at least 16oz ( 500mL ) of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, & may even make you eat less.” ( AND READ THIS ).

We kind of got off topic, let’s get back to the greens.

Ideally, I would love a hefty, fresh green drink with a dinner of fresh wild salmon & leafy kale but we can’t always get what we want. With travel, podcasting in LA, & an office to run shit gets crazy. So sometimes I need to find an effective way to get some greens in.

Enter: The Super Elixir.

First off, this isn’t sponsored. I really, really love these greens & wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t because it’s something to ingest daily. This is what’s worked for me.

If you follow TSC on Snapchat & Instagram you know I did an IV vitamin cocktail today ( SO MUCH TO SHARE ON THIS TOPIC THAT I’M BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT ), so I definitely believe there’s many different, pecuilar ways to get vitamins. HOWEVER, if you’re a busy bee, try these greens for a quick fix.

Some info on the brand: “THE SUPER ELIXIR Alkalizing Greens is the vision Elle Macpherson ( supermodel !! ) & Dr. Laubscher. It contains vitamins, minerals, & trace elements to assist wellness and vitality. There’s nothing like it on the market today. That’s made it a worldwide cult bestseller. Designed to help your body maintain good nutrition and maintain its pH balance.”

ALSO YOU SHOULD know the powder has tons of super greens, Chinese herbs, digestive enzymes, & members of the maitake mushroom family. ANDDDD it’s formulated to be absorbed by your body at a cellular level, optimising the function of all 11 of your body’s systems: the digestive, endocrine ( hormonal ), integumentary ( hair, skin & nails ), circulatory & nervous systems, to name a few.

Oh ya, it’s vegan & dairy/gluten/preservative FREE.

Let’s also just note that the black caddy is chic on my kitchen counter & you just buy refills so you don’t have to keep buying the container. During the holidays they had it in white too, which was festive. Loving the black though because it’s sturdy & almost like a glass-ish Tupperware container.

You’re going to tell me it’s pricey…….& yes, agreed. HOWEVER I’ve tried A LOT of green powders & this is the one I like. This is the one MY body responds to. This is the one that tastes right. This is the one with my favorite ingredients. So it’s worth it to me.

If you’re looking for something less expensive, I encourage you to do your own research. Especially if you want a quick-ass way to get some green nutrients in your daily routine.

ALSO, there’s always the option to check out the refill packet to see if you like it.

Tomorrow on Snapchat, I’ll show you guys exactly how I prepare this but honestly it’s so simple: put a bunch of ice into a cup ( don’t heat it, cold is best ), add the greens, pour water on top, & stir with a straw ( silicone, of course ). I gulp it down in like four gulps & get on with my day.

So yes, that’s my green powder experience. What’s yours? Anything fun? I love learning about other people’s wellness experiences SO keep them coming.

Off to watch Vice Principles & eat some cinnamon, apple popcorn.

Exhausted. Goodnight xx lauryn

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Mini DeLites: Paris, Paris, Paris

August 24, 2016
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LAURYN

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1 | like the post +OH PARIS.

IT GETS ME EVERY TIME. IN ANY SEASON. Anyone else?

Paris, France was the last & final destination of our travels.

 

Lots of croissants, long strolls, harps ( like the instrument ), bread, more bread, museums, sites, & red wine.

Everything Paris is made of.

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When we arrived to our hotel, Le Bristol Paris, we immediately scoured the premise for the two cats, Fa-raon & Kleopatre, who reside in the hotel. They’re very difficult to find because they hide AND they had sort of a tiff. You know, like they got into a little confrontation so the girl cat makes the boy cat sit in the garden while she stretches out on her own personal chaise lounge filing her toenails. Their life is one of a kind. When in Paris, go by or stay at the hotel & find the cats. Trust me, they’re a trip.

Outfit theme was blacks & whites with pops of red. Red shiny nails is always my go to in Paris. It feels right when sipping a whole milk cappuccino.

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Michael & I did a lot of walking, thank God because BREAD. We essentially walked everywhere. One day we basically got lost on the streets of Paris. We found a spot to sip coffee then walked to a tiny, tiny hole in the wall crepe store. The woman was so kind & made us the most delicious Nutella crepes in front of our face. Honestly, they were the best thing to ever hit my lips.

( Oh, as you know if you listened to last week’s podcast, I lost a FUCKING DIAMOND EARRING in Paris. Shoot me. That whole story is recapped on this week’s Episode 24. Very, very annoying. Let’s just say Michael…was not pleased. Christmas is around the corner, nudgey-nudge ).

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If you’re thinking of traveling abroad, I highly recommend looking into Paris or France in general. & if you’re in college & thinking of traveling abroad but not pulling the trigger: why not? GO FOR IT! DO IT! I can honestly say I wish I spent AT LEAST two semesters abroad. College is the ideal time for you to do whatever the fuck you want. Travel! Look into the programs through your school, it will shock you how inexpensive some of the programs are.

Speaking of traveling abroad, we met up with Michael’s sister, Tara, who’s been traveling abroad since she was sixteen years old! She’s now 21 years old & speaks three languages. Tara literally blew my mind. To be that cultured & worldly at such a young age is badass. We talked to her A LOT about how she makes it work on a budget. I hope each & every college student who’s reading right now will RUN to their counselor tomorrow & inquire about studying abroad.

Just my two cents.

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What do I know though because I’m currently in front of the T.V. absorbing Housewives of OC ( what is Kelly’s problem? ), stuffing my face with homemade watermelon jerky.

You should know, A LOT of madness has been going on in my life lately…& I will update you guys very soon. I haven’t had a chance to really sit down & pour my heart out on here lately. No problem though, because sometimes stepping away from something ( whether you take a personal break or travel ) can really encourage creativity. I’ve recognized that little lesson the hard way.

Ok that’s all for today.

 

Paris Itinerary is coming ( more Paris here )! And of course, Michael already did St. Tropez so we covered that. ALSO, I have NOT forgotten to share outfit details from our trip…just give me a minute because it’s A LOT of info. The white bomber I’m wearing in this post is MY FAVORITE EVER & you can find it here.

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Hope you are all doing amazing – love chatting with you guys on Snapchat.

Talk soon, lauryn x

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Celebrity Trainer, Seth Browning On Heavy Lifting For Women

August 21, 2016
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LAURYN

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1 | like the post +Seth Browning came into my life when I was feeling like I needed guidance. You know what they say: every trainer needs a trainer. Even though I have TSC BBG & Meal Plan ( << which you can now buy separately! ) & I taught Pure Barre and Proformer Pilates for years, I’m still constantly looking to learn.

I mean, I sure as shit don’t know everything so I guess I was just feeling like there was a lot more to learn fitness-wise.

Specifically, lifting. Lifting HEAVY. I’ve always been curious about it & wanted to explore weight lifting with a professional.

After a bunch of online/Instagram research, my stalking brought me to Seth. We set up a conference call & instantly had a connection. He’s been an awesome fitness mentor.

I should also note Seth is a celebrity trainer & is very well-known for Scheana Marie’s ( from Vanderpump Rules ) body transformation. With Seth’s help, she literally changed her body! The whole transformation was really amazing.

OH, AND if you want more of Seth, listen to Episode 20 of The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER Podcast. We had him as a guest to discuss mental toughness, daily routines, carb cycling, meditation, eating healthy, & how to find a good personal trainer. Fun shit.

As you can see, Seth’s enhanced my knowledge in health, food, & spirituality. Mind/body connection is a real thing & with Seth’s help I have focused even more on my wellness. Weight lifting is going AMAZING by the way. My jeans are looser thanks to SB.

Of course every time I learn ANYTHING, I want to share it with YOU GUYS! SO let me introduce you to Mr. hottie Seth Browing, enjoy:

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| Introduce yourself |:

Seth Browning, Celebrity Trainer: My name is Seth Browning. I’m the owner of Body by Browning. I do one-on-one private training, mobile training for people all over the world, & customized carb-cycle meal plans. Along with that, I also have a whole media line – I write blogs, articles, interviews, TV stuff. And then I also teach boot camps. Basically I do a lot in regards to fitness!

| How did you get into training? |:

SB: I have been working out since I was 15 years old and next year I turn 35 so I will be celebrating my 20 year anniversary working out. I don’t know if it makes me sound ancient or what. I just fell in love with fitness since I was young. I got certified as a trainer when I was putting myself through college. I never really did anything about it because I just kind of went on a different path before training. Right around 28 I got really burned out on my corporate career. I wanted to follow a passion and that passion was health. I had gained a lot of weight, I was smoking cigarettes, I was drinking and I was just in an unhealthy state. I hired a trainer and then I just kind of fell back into working out and I hired more trainers and then I got a job doing memberships to a gym. I ended up selling more personal training packages than I did gym memberships and they said  “maybe we should move you to become a personal trainer.” So 24 Fitness then paid for my certification to become a trainer and the rest is history.

| The most important thing when you’re training someone? |:

SB: There are multiple things, but the most important is to keep someone safe. Making sure they have proper form and proper technique. That’s going to ensure that the experience is fruitful. I would say beyond that it’s giving them something that is custom to their particular goal & who they are as a person.

Check out Scheana Marie’s insane results!

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| I know you’re big on mind, body, & soul…tell us more |:

SB: Both of my parents are PhD psychologists so I grew up in mental health. I’m a very intuitive person and I believe firmly that the mind and the body are completely connected. And I actually believe that the mind controls the body and if they’re disconnected, no matter how hard you work, you will never see the results you want.

I do everything I can to empower people by not mindlessly going through the exercises but really helping them connect with their body through breathing, knowing why they’re doing a particular exercise, what muscle it works, getting them engaged in the process, and also helping them celebrate in the victories and being very grateful for their accomplishments.

If you go into a workout & you’re just kind of showing up and running through it, you have no appreciation for it. So getting people connected mentally produces incredible results.

| If someone wants to lose fat, what do you recommend? |:

SB: The first thing they need to do is change their diet. I recommend that they eat broccoli every day.

| Ok, so why broccoli? |:

SB: Broccoli is one of the most powerful fat burning vegetables there is & a very powerful superfood. It’s anti-cancer, metabolic, speeds up metabolism, & a GREAT superfood.

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| Recommendations for women between the ages of 18 to 40 for fat loss when it comes to exercise? |:

SB: Lifting very heavy in the beginning is helpful for fat loss. So getting a personal trainer and starting with heavy weights.

Muscle burns fat so the more lean muscle you can stack on the better.

Then you also want to do cardio right after you weight train.

| Best snack ever? |

SB: Almonds. They’re a healthy fat and you need fats to burn fat. They are also something that will speed up the metabolism. Eat up.

| I’m busy…well, shit we are! How can we stay healthy when time is limited |:

SB: One of the best tips is to schedule your workouts in advance. Most people work off of a calendar so go into your calendar. Look at the time where you have an hour to two hours a day, and schedule that in like you would any other appointment. Don’t let anything interfere with your workout. The only thing that could is an immediate family issue or a humongous problem at work.

| Let’s talk COCKTAILS! Tips? Tricks? Thoughts on wine? Be kind… |:

SB: I wish that I could be that guy who would make this sound nicer, but I think if there’s anything that’s detrimental to fat loss in the hands of losing weight, it’s wine. I think it’s one of the worst & I don’t recommend it if you’re trying to lose fat.

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|How has fitness evolved to where it is now? |:

SB: Fitness is headed in a such a great direction. Fitness in the beginning was very antiquated and it involved a lot of machines & now fitness is incorporating utilizing your core, using a lot of body weight. There’s so many different exercises that work more than one muscle group. So fitness is really now incorporating all sorts of things like flexibility, mobility, strength, & power as opposed to just being aesthetic.

| Any other tips/tricks? |:

SB: I think just don’t judge yourself. Take it one workout at a time and just focus on today. What do you need to do today? Don’t step on the scale. But think, “what actions can I take right now to have the body I want” and think only in today. Numbers lie so don’t step on the scale and worry about your weight.

Be concerned with what actions you’re taking today.

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Best Masks In the Game, Promise.

August 19, 2016
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LAURYN

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1 | like the post +OH MASKS.

I live for them.

They pull so many nasty impurities out of the skin.

Especially after France when you’re around 502384 million people smoking. Smoking is a real pore clogger. Not for me or my skin. No judgement if you smoke, you do you, but MAN MY SKIN HATES BEING AROUND CIGS.

I’m very specific when it comes to my mask regime. As you know I’m obsessed with my daily ritual of collagen eye pads in the AM so a nightly mask a few times a week really makes sense. Real wrinkle reducer.

In fact, when I do a mask I really commit to it. Nothing gets in the way of my mask.

Even when Michael insisted I go get chips & salsa the other night. I legit threw on my Audrey Hepburn-ish sunglasses over the mint colored mask & got in the car, smiling & ready for a date night. Yes, it’s safe to say at this point he thinks I’m fucking nuts. But whatevs, you know?

The commitment to the mask is so strong that I don’t care what anyone else thinks. Like, at all. To the point where it’s concerning. I will literally wear a mask in public. In fact, I have many times.

Plus after I take it off my skin is always dewy & tight. Just how I prefer it. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be investing in your skin! The younger you start, the better off you’ll be.

( Another preventative measure we’ve talked about is Botox. I’m a fan if done sparingly ).

Anyway, let’s get into the whole mask situation.

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Mario Badescu ‘Super Collagen’ mask:

First things first: If you’re going to invest in any mask on the planet, go for this one. It’s simply the best. Really I can’t live without it. My friend, Emily, gifted the mask to me years ago & I’ve been a die hard fan ever since. The mint green color is so therapeutic, I know this sounds strange but the color is calming. The way it lays on the skin is perfection too.

Did I mention it’s $18 dollars?! Yes, see? Every single women needs this minty mask.

Here’s the best thing about it: IT’S A SUPER COLLAGEN MASK.

Ya, ya, ya we all know much I love collagen. And putting it on my skin gives me JOY.

As described “finally a purifying, pore-refining mask gentle enough for mature or dry skin. Nourishing botanicals & collagen come together in a clay formula to refine and revitalize your skin. Non-drying.” LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

You should know that this brand is just unreal in general. I mean, if you follow Kylie Jenner on Snapchat you know she’s always talking about Mario’s drying lotion for spot treatment on pimples. I’m a huge fan of this too. Just dab a Q-tip in the lotion & add it to a zit. Seriously buh-bye, gone the next day.

As you know from my Snapchat, I live & die by Mario’s aloe, herbal, rose-water. Basically it’s a refreshing, hydrating mist which I love after washing my face OR I use a couple of spritzes after my makeup is applied. It’s gentle, light, & smells divine.

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Peter Roth Thomas Sulfur Cooling Masque:

SULFUR! This is my go-to mask when I’m having a real zitty day. Sulfur is INSANE for acne. Give me some tea tree oil & I’m golden. Great things to note about this one: 10% Sulfur dries & clears blemishes, contains Kaolin A which is a type of clay that helps to absorb excess oil, & lastly it has tons of Eucalyptus oil in it. Eucalyptus oil is full of antibacterial properties which prevent future breakouts. You know me & my oils ; ).

Other things to note: “this skin clearing masque dries & clears blemishes while un-clogging pores for a clear, flawless complexion. Sulfur and eucalyptus oil clear blemishes and help prevent their return while aloe soothes and helps prevent over-drying. Cleanses oily, T-zone and clogged pores. Dries and clears blemishes and helps prevent acne formation.”

This mask is for people who are acne prone. Do it, it’s life-changing.

P.S. If you have back-ne, butt-ne, or any acne on your neck, give this mask a try whenever, wherever!

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GLAMGLOW mud mask:

Nothing like a good mud mask. For some reason a mud mask just makes me feel so bougie. Shocking Michael with a super thick, dark mask is always fun too. Some facts: it was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns. Think: breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps and ingrown hairs. ACNECIDIC, a proprietary six-acid blend of AHA and BHA acids, is pH-balanced to deal with damaged skin & de-clogs and minimizes pores, pigmentation, scarring and breakouts. YES PLZ.

Not only is it a bomb mask but it also contains activated charcoal which we all know strips the toxins ( remember this post? ). Basically it extracts & encapsulates excess sebum oils, bacteria and toxins. You kind of can’t go wrong. HUGE PLUS: use this to spot treat razor bumps or ingrown hairs. Works like a gem.

To use, simply apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave on for 5-20 minutes. I use it weekly when I’m on this one, sometimes I switch up my masks though to shock the F out of my skin.

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Oh, & you should know, I usually double the time it says on masks…meaning if it says 20 minutes, I do 40 minutes…so sue me. For some reason I find this works better. Sometimes even longer than an hour?

If I don’t have time I use the three masks above as a spot treatment on a pimple. I do this a lot & go to bed & just leave it on. Easy.

For another insider beauty tip, listen to our podcast ( just press play above the nav bar!! ) while scrolling. I’m sharing a wellness, health, or beauty trick every single podcast episode now & this particular one has to do with ACNE! ZITS! CRATERS! LOL. Enjoy.

( For the record, nothing is sponsored here, just exactly what I use & like ; ). )

Bottom line: pick a mask & really commit to it. Even if your boyfriend wants to go eat. Put on a head scarf with big sunglasses. Very Hollywood. Also, VERY fun to embarrass him.

I’m off to bed, it’s been a very long week for me which we will get into soon. I’m having a sibling sleepover tonight so we have the whole clan in the room…as you can imagine, they’re dead asleep as I’m typing away, sipping peppermint tea ( weird ).

Hope you’re all having an amazing week.

lauryn x

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