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The Hangover Brunch: PART II

November 15, 2017
by
LAURYN

If weddings aren’t your thing, this week probably won’t be your cup of tea.

Since I still have wedding content ( I know, I know I’ve procrastinated ), I’ve decided to share it all in one week. Since our one year anniversary was yesterday, I figured let’s just bang it all out this week & make it a thing. So ya! Say hello to wedding week. I’ll pepper in a beauty post & vlog ( yes a vlog! ) to mix it up. BUT primary this will be a lot of wedding content.

Next week though, we shall return to our normal beauty, health, wellness, diet, branding tips content. Sound good?

This post is also fitting because we spent our anniversary in Cabo to celebrate our engagement. Michael re-created our wedding with a dinner under the stars. It was very romantic & creative- in fact, his details killed me. He had everything down from the music on his mini speaker ( The Girl From Ipanema ) to the black calla lilies, to the colors, to the candles. Quite impressive. I’ll do a post on that later though.

So let’s talk about hangovers…well we did PART I of THE HANGOVER BRUNCH ( remember this post? ) & now it’s time for PART II.

After the brunch was over a bunch of people left ( sad, we wished they all stayed an extra day ) & a few of us headed to The Office.

Have you been?

If you haven’t been to The Office in Cabo you have to go. It’s iconic. The decor & food & waiters who pour shots down your throat are so festive. Anyway, go there next time you’re in Cabo. We continued the celebration & Michael & two of our friends ended up on a random stage dancing in sombreros. Long story.

So yes, the hangover brunch was needed & the ideal touch after the wedding.

If you’re planning your own hangover brunch ( this doesn’t just apply to weddings either- any brunch works ), here’s some tips.

The Skinny Confidential’s Brunch Tips:

♡ JUICES: I love having an array of juices always when I throw a brunch. One, because the colors are great for Instagrams- let’s be honest. And two, everyone loves a lavender mimosa. There’s nothing better really. Make sure you have garnishes like mint, berries, & pomegranate seeds too. For our hangover brunch we had herbs on hand everywhere. Herbs make a pretty cocktail. Add a pixy straw & you’re good to go.

♡ CANDLES, FLOWERS, & MUSIC: both of these details are key when planning a brunch. I like all different heights of candles. For music we went with Kygo here. The vibe was perfect for his music. Bossanova is fun too OR you could go classic & do like a Frank Sinatra. Regardless, always do music. There’s nothing worse than an event without good music.

♡ FOOD: since we hosted a hangover brunch, we knew we needed hangover food. That meant waffles, pancakes, eggs, strawberry butter, crepes, the works! We had a chef making fresh pancakes & you could kind of top it how you wanted to. The toppings were things like fruit, chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts, whipped cream. Mix it up here! Toppings are so fun for guests to choose from. Think of it like an ice cream bar but it’s brunch!

♡ A BRUNCHY LOOK: when I picked out this outfit I wanted it to feel very Cabo. White, of course because we just got married! But two braids because it felt very vacation & some rose gold flip-flops. When you’re the host of your brunch- mix up your look. There’s no better time to play with your look than when you’re the host.

♡ PHOTOGRAPHER X NICE LIGHT: ok obviously these two things are not absolutely mandatory HOWEVER they’re amazing if you can. Ask a friend to take pictures of your brunch or hire a photographer ( if you’re doing the wedding thing ). The first thing I do when I throw any kind of party is check the light. Lighting is so important & makes a world of difference.

Ok those are my hangover brunch tips- if you haven’t had a hangover brunch, do it. IT IS A REAL BLAST. LMK if you guys have anything to add to the list!

If you haven’t watched our wedding video, view it here. Get ready for wedding content this week- it will be an overload.

I am off to go through my e-mail inbox which should not be fun- wish me luck. I neglected it all weekend. At least I have a cup of ginger/turmeric tea!! And some dark chocolate chips ; ). See you tomorrow.

Love, Bridezilla ( but only for this week though )

+ more wedding: The Welcome Party | Part I Rehearsal | Part II Rehearsal | Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV

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SHOP THE HANGOVER BRUNCH: WHITE DRESS | FLIP FLOPS | NIPPIES | HUGE HOOPS | EYELASHES

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For The Busy, Wannabe Chef…I Got Ya Covered

November 14, 2017
by
LAURYN

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I am basically a chef.

Well not really at all but hey, there’s nothing better than make-believe.

Actually let’s back up. I never thought of myself as a cook. I’m more of a let’s make something healthy but let’s do it as quick as humanly possible & who cares if it looks pretty kinda-gal, you know?

…To be real REAL, I actually joke that I lied when I got married in my vows. Is that bad? I said I would learn to cook……& here we are.

It’s cricket-y, to say the least.

I mean technically you could call my online brown box food ordering-habit cooking, right? It’s close, no? I feel like they’re sort of similar. You know, ordering the ingredients online perfectly pre-packaged to cook in the kitchen. Like you actually have to put it together so ya…

Technically it’s all still chef-like work. That’s neither here nor there because regardless, I feel as if I could still throw on an apron. CHEF LIFE.

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ANYWAY. I’ve talked a lot about ordering food online on all my platforms. You know I like to keep it efficient, effortless, & organized so let’s face it, when you get everything delivered right to doorstep, pre-measured out, ready to cook, it’s heaven.

What’s even cooler though is this: so many of you have asked about certified gluten-free options and after some research, I’ve found it’s VERY difficult to find a company that caters to your dietary needs.

WELL I FOUND THE ANSWER: GREEN CHEF.

Green Chef is this super clean-eating meal plan system. Here’s what sold me personally: organic ingredients with no GMOs, synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, or steroids. They have simple-ass recipe cards ( with photos which is just SO HELPFUL ) that include VERY EASY step-by-step instructions & extremely chef-ish tips. Their packaging is also recyclable & compostable which is a real plus. They were also the first meal kit service to get officially certified as gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group ( AKA they did their homework ).

SO! This one’s for the girl who’s always running late…but she’s gluten-free. You will like this whole thing, I’m telling you.

There were three choices in meals in my box but my first pick was for sure the curry veggie flatbread. I also like how it came with a little side salad too- so when Michael walks in for dinner it makes the whole “see-I-just-cooked situation” believable, you know?

Oh & if you have no diet restrictions, no worries. They have 7 meal plans including omnivore, carnivore ( all hormone-free & humanely raised, ), vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and family plans. Whatever floats your boat here. SEE HERE FOR OPTIONS:

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I am actually going to try the vegetarian meal plan next time because I have been so off meat lately. Something about it is just turning me off. I haven’t had a drop of meat since Greece. My stomach feels flatter & I for sure have more energy. Has anyone else tried the vegetarian thing? You know I’m always mixing up my diet to try new things- human guinea pig over here.

Wait, maybe that isn’t called vegetarian because I’m still eating fish. This is pescetarian right? Anyway, I’m off meat & on fish, veggies, fruits, & gluten-free when I can. You get it.

Regardless of your diet you can do whatever works for you with Green Chef which is really different from a lot of the meal delivery plans out there. Especially if you want the whole restaurant quality meal thing but you don’t want to spend 2394732048 hours in the kitchen.

Quick & easy- just how I like it.

HOW TO BE A LAZY CHEF | by the skinny confidential
HOW TO BE A LAZY CHEF | by the skinny confidential
HOW TO BE A LAZY CHEF | by the skinny confidential

BY THE WAY, since we’re on the subject: if you have any 5 second recipes…PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE share them with me. I get stuck on a few go-to’s because routine works well. It’s either zoodles, mini GG pizzas, lentil pasta, fish, sushi, or pre-delivered meal plans.

Michael certainly didn’t get his dream of having a chef for a wife.

Sorry babe.

Just eat that delish curry veggie flatbread & I’ll feel like we’re good though.

CHEERS & love you! x lauryn

+ scoop this link for $40 off your first order ( valid until 12/31/17 ) & try the veggie options- so good! The tee shirt is Rolling Roses Boutique.

++ this post is in collaboration with Green Chef. As always all opinions are my own.

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WRINKLE PREVENTION: 3 AT-HOME FACIAL MASSAGE TOOLS

November 14, 2017
by
LAURYN

I NEED TO CONVINCE THOSE OF YOU WHO AREN’T DOING FACIAL MASSAGE TO START.

This may sound weird but I woke up in the middle of the night last week with a strong urge to really hit this home.

Facial massage is almost as important as sunscreen & I want every TSC reader to get on board.

Before we get into the benefits ( because there are like, a zillion ) I want you to know if you’re dead broke & can’t afford any of these tools, that’s fine.

You can do it for free. Here is kind of a quick video of how to do it at-home ( & I can assure you, if you want, I will do a whole wake-up with me video? ). Anyway, watch this video if you don’t want to spend any money on tools- just make sure you have oil.

And I’m even talking olive oil for a side salad. Like go to The Cheesecake Factory & ask for an extra side of olive oil ( raw is preferred, HA! ) & massage your face at-home for free. So NO excuses!

Whatever you do!!! GET ON BOARD WITH FACIAL MASSAGE! Remember we talked about how to make face bloat disappear? Anyone try it? Thoughts?

Ok wait, here’s the video & then we can breakdown all the glowy, dewy skin benefits, k?

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As you can see: “stimulating the face muscles with regular massage helps to bring oxygen to that area—which is a natural form of anti-aging skin care in itself. More blood flow to the area increases collagen production, which gives a healthy and natural glow to the complexion.” { via }

If you’re still skeptical, which I really hope you aren’t, let’s talk benefits…( & in fact, I hope you’re reading the list of ENDLESS BENEFITS and you’re multi-tasking. You know, giving yourself a face massage while reading. It’s totally do-able, I’ve done it ).

YOU ALWAYS want some form of muscle stimulation through massage- between face massage & good skincare choices, this will make skin appear more youthful. Massage in the face gets rid of toxins too…SOOOO basically the more blood stimulation the better.

( In fact to be honest I won’t even put makeup on without it now. I mean it’s like putting make-up on a pig’s skin without facial massage for me. Just being real with ya ).

Start upward & don’t forget the neck!! Check this out too:

THE CRAZY AMAZING ADVANTAGES OF FACIAL MASSAGE:

♡ INCREASES CIRCULATION
♡ YOU GET A NATURAL FACELIFT
♡ ALL SKIN CARE PRODUCTS WILL ABSORB BETTER
♡ PREVENTS FINE LINES & WRINKLES
♡ IT WILL MAKE SKIN APPEAR MORE YOUTHFUL/YOUNGER !!!!

…OH & it feels fucking GREAT- lymphatic drainage at its finest guys.

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AT HOME FACIAL MASSAGE TOOLS

+ Clarisonic smart profile uplift | READ MORE HERE

+ jade roller | READ MORE HERE

+ Peter Thomas Roth ‘Cloud Serum’

+ ice roller | READ MORE HERE

+ Rawsome Flex Book

Serums & oils I like to use while massaging? Glad you asked: a brightening serum is great, I’m obsessed with this collagen/Vitamin C medley, and then, you guessed it: pure rose hip seed oil. Easy. Quick. & fabulous. Rubby, rub.

LAST thing you should know while we’re on the subject of facial massage: when it comes to tools, if you have a Clarisonic skin brush, you can use this massage head to switch out instead of buying a new one. Fun!

OH & THIS ORANGE DRESS. Short story: I found this H&M orange dress a while back. Kourtney K. was wearing it & I wanted it. So like I said, I found it. But it was only avail in Canada ( highly annoying, they were sold out in the US ). SOOOO I did what I do best & asked you guys! Through Snapchat I was able to find a TSC reader who lives in Canada. She was kind enough to GIVE ME HER ADDRESS, let me order it to her house, & then ship it to my house!! WHAT A STAR. Totally felt the need to tell you about my $40 dollar orange dress situation since I’ve very happy about it.

Ok I’m done. In bed currently drinking CALM tea which is literally natural Xanax & simultaneously watching RHOC which needs to step it up this season. It’s like they drank too much CALM tea. I need my drama stepped up here.

Happy Wednesday, see you tomorrow!

x lauryn

+ updates: facial massage tutorial | new podcast with Katherine Schwarzenegger | skinny French toast you will just LOVE.

++ for more beauty videos: SUBSCRIBE TO TSC YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

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TSC Him & Her Show: Katherine Schwarzenegger on Animal Rescue & Being Inspired

November 15, 2017
by
LAURYN

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This week on THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST...

( 0:25 ): Welcome to TSC Him & Her Show! This week we’re chatting with Katherine Schwarzenegger. She’s an author, blogger & animal activist who just released Maverick & Me.

( 1:30 ): We had a fun Halloween spent with our friends’ kids. Michael even had two costumes to really go all out for them. On another note we’re heading down to Cabo for our wedding anniversary this weekend.

HIM & HER TIPS OF THE WEEK

( 5:50 ): HIM TIP: if you want to talk to Michael, reach out on social – he will respond quickly.

( 7:05 ): HER TIP: use UNROLL to manage your email inbox.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS WITH KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER

( 12:55 ): Lauryn asks: “Introduce yourself to the audience.”

( 13:10 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us about your recent children’s book, Maverick & Me.”

( 14:30 ): Lauryn asks: “Where should someone begin if they want to rescue an animal?”

( 15:40 ): Michael asks: “Do you think rescue dogs are more grateful?”

( 17:40 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us about the process of writing a children’s book versus an adult book.”

( 21:40 ): Michael asks: “What is a children’s book tour experience?”

( 23:30 ): Lauryn asks: “What’s a day in the life when you’re not traveling?”

( 24:20 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us about your blog.”

( 27:45 ): Michael asks: “What is the pressure like growing up with your parents, Arnold & Maria?”

( 30:40 ): Lauryn asks: “Can you speak on women supporting women?”

( 32:35 ): Lauryn asks: “How do you deal with social media and anxiety?”

( 40:20 ): Lauryn asks: “What do you do for wellness?”

( 42:10 ): Lauryn asks: “What’s your diet and fitness routine?”

( 45:40 ): Michael asks: “What’s something you do consistently that has helped with your health?”

( 48:00 ): Lauryn asks: “What are your beauty secrets?

( 50:40 ): Lauryn asks: “What’s next for you?

♡ | ♡ | ♡ | ♡ | ♡

We hope you enjoyed this episode, learning about animal rescue and Arnold’s biking habits. LOL. We know there are lots of ways to spend your time and we appreciate you choosing to listen to us. Please rate the podcast & send a screenshot of your review to asklauryn@theskinnyconfidential.com and get my 5 secret beauty tips! If you have a question for us or want to request a guest, comment on our Instagrams ( @theskinnyconfidential & @michaelbosstick )  or ask us in TSC Him & Her Podcast Facebook group. Thank you for your attention and support!

lauryn, x

+ find more: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Maverick & Me

++ mentioned in this episode: You & Yours Distillery | Cafe Chloe | Cowboy Star | Andre Agassi book | Arnold’s autobiography | DeVon Franklin | Body by Simone

+++ this episode is brought to you by: {  Thrive Market }. Get $60 worth of free organic groceries, shipping & a 30 day trial today with url: thrivemarket.com/skinny

Lauryn’s list: magic seedsraw almond butter | aztec healing clay mask | kombucha | mary jalapeño crackersraw coconut oil

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The Latest, BADDEST Playlist You Need To Be Listening To

November 14, 2017
by
LAURYN

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YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND. & according to Twitter & Snapchat messages, you want more music.

I’m lucky when it comes to the whole music thing because I have Mimi on my side- thank God. Mimi is very hip & up on all the latest music. So I’m very happy that she helps put together a medley of a playlist that is very evolved. AKA this one. THANK YOU MIMI. We love you.

I mean if it were up to me at this point the whole playlist would consist of Bossanova & Christmas music? Which is creepy I feel?

To be real though, I can be real lazy about my music so Mimi is constantly keeping me up-to-date.

( ….& eer, does anyone else start listening to Christmas music October 29th? I mean The Monster Mash just doesn’t do it for me so I need a I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS jingling on my speakers, you know? ).

Anyway, speaking of audio: besides music you know you can find me listening to podcasts when I’m driving or applying makeup. BUTTT when I have my ambience happening ( which is quite a lot ) I love to light candles, diffuse oils, & get some vibey music going.

Anyone else?

 

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I fittingly named this playlist TROOP TSC PLAYLIST. Because we are kind of like a troop, no? Between the secret FB group & getting to know so many of you on social media, that’s kind of how it feels. Squad sounds too cliquey so I needed a word.

Troop is cute.

I like it?!

Ok so before we get into the playlist- what else is new? Nothing new here besides organizing my life. I have had to just completely de-clutter. For some reason whenever things become overwhelming I have this ravenous need to organize…& organize down to my sock drawer, mind you.

Nothing is safe.

Not even Michael’s underwear drawer.

I swear something with hoarders happened to me when I was little. I hate a hoarding situation. I need organization or I just can’t think. So today was filled with getting my life organized in every area. Like down to bills, office packages, closet, drawers, kitchen, etc. So now of course I’m able to sit down at the computer, work on TSC, return e-mails, do some editing, & go down my to-do list like a psycho.

So recently I came to this odd realization that a lot of my meditating & reflecting is done when I’m cleaning or organizing. It’s a time when I can zone out & get my environment together. Please tell me someone else is like this?

Which brings me to the topic of this post! I like to organize to a FLEEKY PLAYLIST! AND THIS ONE IS perfect. Trust me, you’ll want to organize to it too. Or workout. Or dance. You know, whatever floats your boat here.

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TSC Champagne Dance Party Playlist

 

TSC Sweaty, Sexy Playlist

 

TSC Vibezzz

 

TSC Bougie Bossanova Playlist

Tomorrow we are up bright & early to go to LA for work. It’s time for me to stuff zucchini zoodles & lentil pasta down my throat, have a cup of Moroccan mint tea, & read. Nothing good happens this late. I really need to stop eating this late. UGH. It’s a problem- for some reason I wait to eat dinner every night! Help.

…Regardless, I have to go because our dogs are waiting for me in bed, all curled up, letting off this smell that I feel like is similar to the poppy field scene in The Wizard of Oz. You know the smell where it makes you fall asleep? I swear my dogs are the rare magical species type of flower in disguise, poisoning me with their scent. Like I’m asleep thinking about it.

Hope you’re having a fabulous start to the week. Talk tomorrow guys!

x, lauryn

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