There’s been a lot of e-mails regarding the book, so I wanted to just share some real deal/organic/authentic TSC book reviews with you guys.
The first review was from The Fashion Bite ( << how cute is she in black & white above?? ). Katie’s a close friend and she works for Blog-Doo, so I was thrilled when she positively reviewed the book here.
The Skinny Confidential revamp is finalllllllllllly here…!
Ok, first things first: I totally, seriously missed you guys. It’s a lonely world out there ( at least for me ) without TSC. It was super weird not blogging for five whole days…so it’s good to be back. I feel like I’ve been totally removed from my friends…AKA you guys. Weird??
Anyway, let me back-up: about four months ago I decided to kick The Skinny Confidential up a notch. I wanted to make the site as user-friendly as poss. Soooo I put together a list of all your questions, e-mails, etc. & started the re-design.
Re-designing a website is sort of like, umm, giving birth to a child.
I kid, I kid.
But really, on a serious note I put my damn heart & soul & OCD-ness into this makeover.
Basically I’m a big fan of evolving. Here’s the deal: if I don’t evolve, I get stagnant.
& sorry but stagnant sucks. Like, seriously, seriously sucks.
I gotta change it up every once in a while or I’ll be bored to death.
I mean, you know how on Facebook whenever they re-design the layout everyone FREAKS the F out like they’ve been told they’re not going to see daylight for months? Their status updates threaten “moving back to MySpace.” But then after a few weeks everyone forgets there was even a re-design in the first place? & oh, & BTW now everyone kinda loves it & it’s more user-friendly because they got used to it? Anyone know what I’m talking about??
Ok, so what I’m trying to say, is every little nook and cranny of TSC now, is way more user-friendly— I know it’s different, but it’s more organized. Trust me!
& let’s not forget what went on BTS ( behind the scenes ):
Site design: the blog was crafted by my blog design company, Blog-Doo that my best friend Erica ( << of Fashionlush ) & I founded. Basically Erica is a f-ing rockstar. I had a very, very, very ( very x 100 ) clear idea of what I wanted the new site’s aesthetic to be ( like, I annoyed her bad with my vision she told me today she wanted to punch me in the face- whoops ). Erica has worked her magic via Blog-Doo & always makes my visions come to life with her own touches. She’s the ying to my yang. Love you boo!
To the lil, sexy team of people who helped with the design: Katie from The Fashion Bite works with Blog-Doo & she’s been insane helping me with little loose ends like the newsletter & graphics ( << if you want to subscribe add your e-mail to the ‘subscribe box’ on the right hand side of the site ). A big shout-out to TSC web/backend guru, Chris Keach too– you’re amaze as always! Also, a huge thanks to Jackie Becerra who’s helped keep me on track with all things work-related. Honestly my brain has been so scattered between the book & the relaunch & life & blah/blah/blah. Basically Jackie has been there to gently remind me not to squirt toothpaste on my hairbrush…frazzled much?! FML. Hey, I guess that’s part of being an entrepreneur though…#whatssleep, #whatsahairbrush, #whatssunlight.
Photos: I def wanted a lot of new, fun photos on the site. The goal was to have pretty, clear images & that totally came to life with Katherine Rose & Chris Tran.
Video: ahhh! My favorite part. The main reason I wanted to redo the site was to add video ( I promise, there will be some future ‘vlogs’ too ). I literally could not have done this video without Chris Tran— he’s a genius when it come to videography. I had this clear vision of sharing ‘blogger life’ via video & Chris made the concept perfectly come to life. He’s hands down the best videographer ever. Also, Chris’ Instagram is probably the coolest Insta ever, check it out here.
So, ta-da. Hope you all heart the new & improved Skinny Confidential.
I have a special love for this post because it’s all about my best, best friend & her mother in law. They’re both the kindest, most beautiful people plus they both happen to be be mommies.
Little background: Jackie and I met when we were in junior high & went on to the same high school ( we were kinda rivals…ahh high school, how I hate you ). Anyway, we ended up becoming roommates during college…& man, those were the days!!!
We sort of had a pink princess palace ( << thank God I got that phase out of the way ) where we hosted mini parties ( we’re both OCD so no one could ever sit on the couch ) & did all the things 19 year olds do. And ever since living together we’ve stayed best friends- she helps me run the day to day of The Skinny Confidential & seriously sparkles when she walks in a room.
Ok so, Erica, is her mother in law— & lemme tell ya, Erica’s bod is smoking! Like, she’s had three kids & she looks like she’s in her twenties. Jackie & I always harass her to spill her secrets. So today I did a lil double interview; check it out:
+ Introduce yourself.
Jackie Becerra: Hiii!! My name is Jackie Becerra and I’m twenty six years old. I’m from South Carolina but grew up in sunny San Diego! I’ve been happily married for three years to Felipe Becerra and we have the CUTEST three year old boy, Ford. We live in Clairemont, CA. and own two successful barbershops called Lefty’s Barbershopdown in Pacific Beach. Also, a fun fact: I’ve known Lauryn since we were thirteen & she was my roommate throughout college.
Oh! and we have the fattest, most adorable bulldog ever, Archy. Can’t forget Archy!
+ Ok Becerra, spill it: what’s your quick skinny trick?
JB: A quick skinny trick that works for me is EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. I use to be a little piggy and stuff my face with a big breakfast, lunch, & dinner. BIG no-no. I started to notice that I was always tired & was lacking energy ( & having a toddler you need all the energy you can get, trust me ).
I now eat small meals throughout the day and small snacks in between. This helps keep my metabolism going all the time!! Also, eating clean is important…especially if you want to set a good example for your kiddos & hubby.
+ How has having a baby changed your body ( because you still look damn fine!! )?
JB: Having Ford was the BEST thing that’s ever happened to me but my body did change in some interesting ways: my hips got wider & I lost a lot of hair afterwards. But that’s because your body is trying to change revert back to your pre-baby bod so it’s going through a shit ton of hormones. It can be super hard in the beginning but it def mellows down and gets better.
My skin would also go through gnarly phases of acne. I know that sounds super gross but my skin would look flawless one day and the next look like a pizza face! After a year my body started to get back to normal. Everyone’s different in their own ways & people go through different things after having a baby.
Overall I love my body and embrace my curves! : )
+ Weekly workout schedule?
JB: I try to change it up as much as possible. Now that Ford’s in school four days a week I have some time in the morning to get a good work out in— which is so nice.
I love to run a few miles two or three times a week. When I’m not running, I like to do Pure Barre in Pacific Beach &/or go on hikes at Torrey Pines. On the weekends I love to go stand up paddling down at the Shores in La Jolla. It’s the BEST workout for your body!!!! Ahhh, try it!
+ Go-to healthy food?
JB: When I’m on the go and I haven’t had time to make myself something to eat I love to grab a couple tangerines & some mixed wasabi nuts. I also love to eat half of an avocado with a little Himalayan salt & some lemon! Oh, & lots & lots of water! Or a fresh pressed juice.
+ Motivation to stay in shape?
JB: My son and my husband. It’s so SO crucial to have a healthy mentality & lifestyle so I can set great examples for my family and friends. I don’t want my kid growing up around lazy parents who are unmotivated to exercise and eat right.
I know exercise isn’t for everyone and eating clean can be very difficult, but ultimately it’s a lifestyle that you should constantly be striving to attain. No one can do it for you.
JB: I’m OBSESSED with Shiseido foundation!!! It literally makes your skin shine and will hide any blemishes. It’s a sun protection liquid foundation so I use it everyday. It’s very water resistant ( plus it’s SPF 42 ). So it’s a win/win: protection + makeup.
+ Natural beauty remedy that you do?
JB: I know this is going to sound nasty as F & I usually wouldn’t ever share this with anyone except my close GF’s but…I only wash my hair ONCE a week ( << hmmm. Me too. Best friend secrets! LOL ).
It’s a little secret of mine that keeps my hair super shiny. It also happens to create the perfect beach waves. Honestly, washing my hair takes forever but once it’s dried & straightened, I curl the ends & wrap my hair up in a bun to sleep on!
My hair the next few days is perfect. Also, contrary to popular belief, t’s not good to wash your hair everyday. It is good for hair to develop its own natural oils ; ).
+ As a mom I’m sure it can be hard to find time to take care of yourself— any tips?
It’s so important for us moms to catch a break whenever we can. Having kids is the best gift God can give us but man oh man it can be exhausting. My tip: whenever your kids are at school, a friend’s house, &/or grandma and grandpa’s— take advantage & go do something for yourself. WE DESERVE IT. Get your nails done, get a facial, go on a walk, DO something!
+ Quick, easy recipe:
My tomato, mozzarella, avocado & basil salad is MY ABSOLUTE favorite!!! Felipe loves it when I make this recipe and it’s super easy & healthy. Andddddd absolutely NO dressing is needed.
Take all five tomatoes and gut out the insides. Dice them into little cubes. Take the avocados and dice them up as well. Take the half log of mozzarella & also dice up into small cubes. Grab about ten big basil leaves & chop them up into small, minced pieces. Add everything together into a bowl and mix at once. Sprinkle a little salt & squeeze a lemon in the mixture. Toss all together again until everything looks evenly mixed. Again, no dressing needed. The avocado & other ingredients make up their own dressing when mixed. ENJOY : )!
Ok, now get ready to meet Jackie’s beautiful, badass mother in law. She’s the kindest, sweetest lady— so stoked to have Erica on the blog:
+ Introduce yourself.
Erica Becerra: Hi! I’m Erica Becerra, wife of the greatest husband ever, mom of three amazing boys with wonderful wives &/or girlfriends, & grandmom of one beautiful three year old boy ( see Ford below )!
+ Is it more difficult to lose weight as you grew older; if so, why?
EB: I was overweight when I was younger so I’ve always been really weight conscious but your metabolism definitely slows down as you get older & yes, it’s definitely a lot harder to stay thin!
+ Quick skinny tip?
EB: Carbs earlier in the day…for example brown rice, quinoa, or pasta at lunchtime & then protein and greens for dinner. Eating more during the day and less at night allows me to sleep better too!
+ For someone who’s looking to lose weight, what’s your number one trick?
EB: Count calories, even if it is just for one week— it’s the biggest eye-opener ever. Portion size is the key. Information is everything! We thought we were eating so well until we started counting calories…now we can add things we want ( like a glass of wine ) & then eat more salad so we keep our calories in tact.
That way we enjoy what we eat while not feeling deprived. No diet- it’s a lifestyle now.
+ Favorite healthy, snack?
EB: Carrots/celery with hummus or cottage cheese.
+ How do you maintain your weight?
EB: Watching what I eat & exercising. I love to stand up paddle or surf every day…( exercise is so important!! ). I treat myself to things I want but not all at once, so dessert on occasion. But the dessert must be great— make those calories count : ).
+ Cocktail of choice?
EB: Love my wine…Chardonnay or Cabernet. And occasionally a scotch & water!
+ Recommendations for women who have trouble keeping weight off?
EB: My husband & I have been using a calorie counting website to keep track of everything we eat daily and it’s truly kept us on track. We set a goal, say 1400-1600 calories & really stick to it, that way any exercise above and beyond that will be calories burned.
It’s hard in the beginning but on the site you can set up favorites/groupings so the foods you regularly eat are automatically inputted so you don’t have to add everything every time. It makes you think every time you’re about to snack.
It also taught me that I can eat one meal with high calories & control the rest of the day, that way I can maintain my weight.
+ Weekly workout schedule?
EB: I have been stand up paddling every morning for about a hour to an hour & a half. I surf and run too!
+ Quick, healthy recipe:
EB: Great breakfast that fills you up: Scramble three to four egg whites with tiny bit of butter, warm up 1/2 cup black beans warmed from a can, 1/4 avocado sliced, & add ‘Margarita’s Salsa.’
‘Margarita’s Salsa’: boil five Italian tomatoes and five serrano chiles for fifteen minutes. Put them in the blender with salt…& that’s it! ‘Margarita’s Salsa’ has almost no calories and you can eat it with wheat thins or pita chips for a snack ( << making this ASAP!! ).