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Revamp!! The Skinny Confidential Had a Makeover!!

The Skinny Confidential's makeover.

The Skinny Confidential's makeover.

Whew-wee!

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.

The Skinny Confidential's 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!

So WTF’s different? Check it:

The Skinny Confidential's makeover.

Some other changes are: the ‘About’ page, the ‘Press’ page, & the ‘Contact’ page. You can view a mini Instagram slideshow at the bottom the site too. I also added a ‘FAQ’ section & a ‘Collab’ form and TSC Tumblr has been changed up.

& 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.

X L

{{ Check out the video below & enjoy! }}

Ciao Egg Whites! Why I’m Totally For Team Yolk

Lauryn Evarts talks fitness, health, and diet.Let’s talk about egg yolk.

If eggs were a boy, I’d have a serious crush.

I’m so over hearing girls pointing their long acrylic finger at the menu & oh-so-casually saying “I’ll have the egg burrito but with egg whites only.” And then they smile at themselves like they’ve done such a great job with their diet.

Yawn, yawn, yawn. What a bore.

Like, egg yolks aren’t some evil bitch.

They’re actually super good for you.

Personally I’m obsessed with eggs. And I’m ESP obsessed with their sexy, yellow yolks.

Why?

Glad you asked:

+ Eggs contain protein and fat. They’re a serious amaze source of protein ( 7 grams per egg ). All the protein is in the egg white. The fat is the egg yolk. BUT this is GOOD fat. Remember this Skinny Conf post on nuts? This isn’t 1991 where fat-free is cool. Chemicals are out, good fats are in.

+ The yolk has many vitals nutrients that you NEED.  

+ Cal!! There’s only 70 cals a yolk. Eggs are super, super filling. Protein and fat take a long time to digest, help moderate sugar absorption, & keep blood sugar levels at a healthy level.

+ Vitamins!!! Like LIVESTRONG says “each egg yolk contains seven vitamins: B6, folate, a B vitamin, B-12, A, D, E and K. Of those, vitamins A, D, E and K are found only in egg yolks and not in egg whites. In fact, egg yolks are one of only a handful of foods in which vitamin D is naturally found.”

+ And lastly minerals: each egg has thriteen varieties of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium, & selenium ( <<< remember this? ). 

As LIVESTRONG says, “eggs are low in carbohydrates and a good source of protein. One large pasture-raised egg contains 6 g of protein and 1 g of carbohydrate. The protein in the egg is a high-quality source of protein, providing your body with all of the essential amino acids it needs to build the proteins found in your body. Although the egg is low in sodium, it does contain a small amount. One large egg contains 65 mg of sodium, meeting less than 3 percent of your daily value. Limiting your daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg a day may reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure. Based on the nutrition information from the Daily Burn website, one large pasture-raised egg meets 6 percent of your daily value for vitamin A, 2 percent of your daily value for calcium and 4 percent of your daily value for iron. However, according to Mother Earth News, pasture-raised eggs are a better source of vitamin A, with a large 50 g egg meeting 8 percent of your daily value. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient needed for immune health, eye sight and normal growth and development. Nutrition information for calcium and iron in the Mother Earth News study not provided.”

And if you’re all worried about cholestrol in eggs, don’t be…just click here.

My favorite ways to prep eggs: I’m a total poached egg-whore. I eat um’ with avo, Himalayan salt, a lil pepper, & chili flakes. & of course they’re amazing scrambled, sunny side up ( YUMMMM ), &/or in these pancakes.

I used to like them with nasty-ass ketchup but I cut that habit after watching this ( SICK! ). Instead I opt for fresh Pico de Gallo or a little touch of Sriracha.

How do you like your eggs? Any die-hard egg whites lovers??

X L

{{ P.S. if you’re buying eggs, PLEASE, please, please buy PASTURE-raised ones…more on this later…but TRUST me. Read more here }}.

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Meet Fashion Blogger/Designer/Celeb Host: Harris Reed

Lauryn Evarts talks to blogger Harris Reed about fashion and celebrities.

Lauryn Evarts talks to blogger Harris Reed about fashion and celebrities.

Guys.

I die over Harris Reed.

Harris runs this top fashion blog— def one of my favs. & he’s so cool it hurts.

He completely inspired me.

Through blogging Harris overcame constant bullying, started a tee-shirt line, & has interviewed the top celebrities. Harris works for top dog, fashion legend, Kelly Cutrone too.

Oh, & BTW: he kinda doesn’t give a F what anyone thinks of him either.

I mean…. he pretty much rocks.

& uhhh, he’s seventeen.

Ya. Seventeen.

Cool, right?

Check this kid out— he’s pretty impressive:

+ Tell us about yourself & your blog. 

Harris Reed: My name is Harris Reed. I’m a seventeen year old designer & blogger living in France.

People know me as the guy who’s on the red carpet interviewing people like Taylor Swift and One Direction or at New York Fashion Week working front of house for the fashion shows, but in reality I’m just an awkwardly tall, gay kid who’s living a dream that I’ve worked so hard to achieve.

I started my blog almost four years ago and it’s brought experiences I’ve never thought possible. Many people don’t realize that I’ve worked very hard: for the first year or so no one cared about the blog & a lot of people bullied me because I was a fourteen year old gay kid putting myself out there, on the Internet.

From my blog I’ve started a tee-shirt line, landed a job working FOX’s Teen Choice Awards red carpet, & dressed/designed for some amazing people. I’ve also been able to attend NYC Fashion Week for three years to work for fashion legend, Kelly Cutrone.

+ What inspired you to start blogging?

HR: I started the blog with my friend Sydney. It was a way for us to express our love for fashion & share our passion with the world. I think it was easier to launch a blog with a friend rather then by yourself because we had each other’s back if it got rough with people’s negative responses or opinions.

After we blogged together for a while, it took a turn & I started to post more about my personal fashion. I was so happy when people messaged me about how I was inspiring them to be themselves & not care so much what other’s thought of them.

The blog has become more of my life with fashion, obviously. But ultimately, I love that just by posting pics people are being inspired to be who they are!

Lauryn Evarts talks to blogger Harris Reed about fashion and celebrities.

Lauryn Evarts talks to blogger Harris Reed about fashion and celebrities.

+ Ok so, who inspires & keeps you on your toes in the fashion world? 

HR: Alexander McQueen is one of my ultimate inspiration as far as design goes, but as for business- hands down: Kelly Cutrone. She’s taught me so much & she never seesess to amaze me! She’s a businesswoman, best selling author, celebrity, mother, & just an amazing person.

+ A trend is just nasty & sick? LOL.

HR: Haha, I love this question. Most people are to afraid to speak their mind and would say something like “we all have our own taste, I love fashion period.”

I really, really hate running sneakers ( like Nike’s ) with outfits that aren’t for working out! I JUST HATE IT…you look so cute but please, take the sneakers off for God’s sake!!! Wear them for workouts.

+ Can’t-live-without beauty product?

HR: Clinique ‘Anti-Blemish Solutions’ and the sun…the sun is my best weapon to out beat the girls.

They might have Chanel ’Bronzing primer’ but I have my 1/4th Mexican blood & I’m making it count!

Lauryn Evarts talks to blogger Harris Reed about fashion and celebrities.

+ Tips for peeps on a budget?

HR: THRIFT SHOPS!!! I know it might sound clique to say thrift shopping is the way to go but it is, don’t let Macklemore ruin thrift shopping for you. I love thrift shops because you can find so many desinger items & just overall beautiful/interesting pieces.

In Paris there’s stores where you buy by the kilo & there’s nothing but but vintage furs/boots for days. I love it! An old scarf can make a cool dress or a dress can make a cool top…so many opportunities.

+ Let’s talk guy’s fashion; what are you loving right now?

HR: With women’s fashion my opinion is usually the same, classic, elegant, & sexy, but with menswear I’m always changing my mind with the seasons.

At the moment my complete ideal guy’s outfit would be simple & mostly black. Im obsessed with this brand SANDRO ( << now avail at Nordstroms!! ); it’s European & amazing. The guy’s collection is basically white dress shirts with skinny black pants & structured peacoats. It’s the epitome of France.

+ Five must-haves:

1.} Leather trench.

2.} Understated printed skirt.

3.} A basic black peacoat.

4.} Black, snake booties.

5.} Huge over-sized sweater.

+ What’s happening in Europe right now that hasn’t hit the US?

HR: A trend that I’m loving in Europe is that a large amount of people wear simple & high end clothes everyday. In the US you see girls in different outfits everyday & a huge amount of the clothes come from stores like Forever 21, H&M, etc. But in Europe I notice girls & guys have a few nice pieces of clothes that they’ll repeat often.

An example is a chic black peacoat with a stunning, chunky sweater & a pair of leather leggings. Everything is really amazing quality & they’ll trade the pants/accessories up. However, the base of the outfit stays the same ( coat, bag, shoes ). SO basically everyone looks like a million dollars even if the don’t have money. I love that it’s not who has more clothes or who has money, it’s who has style.

+ Best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten?

HR: Don’t ever be scared to be the first one to wear something a certain way, or wear something no one’s ever seen before, because that is how trends begin. By not giving a care in the world or worrying about what people think.

You only live one life so don’t be scared of looking like what people want you to look like.

Who cares if you’re the crazy girl wearing purple tights with a plaid skirt?! At least you’re happy! Or I guess, in my case: the boy wearing purple tights & plaid skirt ; )!

+ To follow Harris on Instagram, click here.

Lauryn Evarts talks to blogger Harris Reed about fashion and celebrities.

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