8:07 | December 16, 2017

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH MASTER LAGREE TRAINER JENNY BRIAN

Training

Yours truly muscling through a Lagree class in Vancouver

LOL hiii guys!

Super excited to share my very first INTERVIEW on Skinny Belle – The Podcast!

This episode is so so fire. I feel like I say that every time, but my guest was super dope and had a ton of valuable fitness + diet information to share with us.

I learned SO much. And you will too.

Ok so who is this mysterious guest?

Let me introduce you to Jenny Brian.

😍😍😍😍😍

IS SHE EVEN REAL??????

Like wtf you guys. Look at those abs. I aspire. 🙌🏻

Jenny Brian (insta @fitlikejb)  is known as being one of the toughest trainers in LA, she’s a Master Lagree Instructor (aka a BFD), my personal ‘fitness goals’ role model, and an overall badass babe.

In today’s interview we talk fitness & diet. Specifically, we get real deep into Lagree, wtf it is, and all the fab things it will do for your bod. I’ve been a huge fan of Lagree for over a year now, so I was more than thrilled to have Jenny on Skinny Belle – The Podcast to share the Lagree love with you.

Here are some key points covered in this Skinny Belle – The Podcast episode:

– How Jenny lost 20 lbs 😱
– WTF Lagree is
– Why Lagree fitness is definitely NOT pilates
– Fitness as therapy
– Fitness fuelling accomplishment in all aspects of your life
– How to eat if you want to be slim & trim

 

💪🏻 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE JENNY BRIAN INTERVIEW 💪🏻

 

Alright enjoy everyone!!

Oh yeah, and if you have not already, make sure you SUBSCRIBE & rate Skinny Belle – The Podcast 5 starts on iTunes!! Thank uuuuuuu. 🙏🏻

 

xoxox,

 

 

11:42 | December 13, 2017

RATATOUILLE

Food

Hellllzzzzz yessssss 😍

Choppity chop

Bechamel sauce

Bottom layer of goodness

First layer of veggies, kind of messy but we will neaten this shit up

Second layer, now neat

BAKED OMFG U GUYS ARE GONNA LOVE THIS UHG SO GOOD I CAN’T

What’s up you beautiful people!! 👋🏻

Writing to you from my bed. It’s 3 pm, totally normal. 😅

Today we’re making Ratatouille. Well, not today, I made this the other night. But I have been busyyyyy so we’re just properly giving it the attention it deserves today.

To be totally honest, this was my first time making Ratatouille and I wasn’t sure I was going to blog it because… well… that’s a bit risky lol. But it turned out so damn good that I had no choice but to share it. NO. CHOICE.

I feel like I do so much cooking that I never share here with you guys. Do you want to see more? Tell me pleaseeee!

That being said, food is my sweet sweet lover til the day I die (sorry Troy) so it will basically always be part of Skinny Belle lol. But still, if you want more of this action tell meh and I will make your wildest dreams come true. 😉

Okay so Ratatouille.

I was inspired to make this when I had a very average-at-best Ratatouille dish in Park City last weekend. Does that ever happen to you? When you are at a restaurant and someone serves you something and you’re like…. uhmmmmmm nope! Try again stud. I can do better. 💪🏻 #flexin

Anywho, I did a bunch of googling and combined a few recipes to figure out how to make this dish, being that it was my first time and all.

The result? A garlicy kind-of-spicy pumped-up Ratatouille. Yes, pumped up. That is a way to describe food lol.

Ok before I get weird here let me just share the recipe with you:

Veggies
– 1 zucchini
– 1 Japanese eggplant (the long kind, my whole foods didn’t have one so I had to use a regular eggplant and it was kind of a bitch)
– 1 yellow squash
– 1 red bell pepper
– 2 red potatoes  (try and find small-ish ones that have a similar circumference to your other veggies, makes things easier)
– 2 yellow potatoes (^^ditto)

Béchamel sauce
*Just saying the name of this sauce makes me feel so sohpisticated. Even though I 100% butcher the pronunciation every time 😂
– 1 tbsp butter
– 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 1 cup 2% milk or whole
– 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Tomato sauce
– 2 cups basil tomato sauce (just buy it, makes ur life easier)
– 3 garlic cloves, sliced
– 5 thyme sprigs
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1 to 2 tsp dried chili flakes (I like two, just depends on your spice tolerance)
– Salt + pepper
– more EVOO to coat the baking dish (extra virgin olive oil, duh.)

How to make dis Ratatouille

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Cut all your veggies nice and thin. If you are fancy and have a mandolin slicer, use that. I did not have that, so I did it with a knife. Worked just fine for me!

Step 2:  Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the potato slices and boil for about 3 – 4 mins, so they are a little soft. Drain the water and put the potato slices on thick paper towel so they aren’t soggy. (Gross.)

Step 3: Make your béchamel sauce. Microwave 1 cup of milk, set aside. In a small saucepan melt 1 tbsp of butter. Add the flour and cook for about 1 – 2 mins. Careful the flour doesn’t start to brown, that’s bad news bears. Little by little, slowly whisk in your warm milk. Make sure there are no clumps. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Set aside, stir every few mins so the top doesn’t get weird.

Step 4: Rub the inside of your baking dish with EVOO. Don’t put a ton, I use a paper towel to make sure it’s just a thin layer. Put a layer of tomato sauce, sliced garlic, chili flakes, thyme, pepper, salt, and 2 tbsp olive oil. Mix it up, then swirl in your béchamel sauce with a whisk.

Step 5: Take your veggies and place them in a swirl pattern around the baking dish. Start at the outside and work your way inside. I decide on a pattern of veggies, then make mini sticks in my hand to lay out in groups. First layer doesn’t need to be too pretty, just even. Second later should be pretty!

Step 6: Garnish your dish with more thyme, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cover with parchment paper, bake for 60 mins. Let rest for a few minutes before you dig in.

The best part of this recipe is it feel so satisfying and rich even though it is actually super low cal. Great for me because I have been major in vacation mode the past few weeks and seriously need to get my shit together. So, Ratatouille all day for me!

ENJOY!!!

 

xoxoxoxox,

 

5:18 | December 13, 2017

KYLIE COSMETICS GIVEAWAY

Beauty

Meet the first ever shiteous iPhone pic that graces my blog. Had a cute video to post, but NOOOOOO. WordPress is a fickle bitch sometimes. 😒

KK moving right along from my rage at WordPress to happier things…

SUPER stoked on this Kylie Cosmetics giveaway I’m hosting. Mostly because I low key wanted to keep this all for myself. And because I would legit be using it like daily… but this girl defs has more than enough makeup right now so I figured I would give away a Kylie Cosmetics 4 pack of Velvet Liquid Lipsticks!

This box was a limited edition run made just for Top Shop, and the colours are SO DOPE.

Here’s what they look like:

 

HOW TO WIN:

1) Subscribe & turn on notifications for Skinny Belle Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUI4T7riAxLPSV4htxMFLqw?sub_confirmation=1

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3) Comment “done” on this instagram post –https://www.instagram.com/p/BcoGIopgX9R/?taken-by=robynkimb

Good luck!!

***Contest open to USA and Canada only! Ends Dec 20th 😄

I think this exciting contest has officially cured me of my WordPress related rage. 😜

 

xoxox,

 

 

7:14 | December 10, 2017

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Outfits

There’s nothing quite like buying presents for yourself 😉

Ah yes, tis the season of giving. 🎁 Giving to all the people you love in your life. And guess what. Want to know who I love most? ME! 😂

*Think: that Sex in the City Episode where two guys were fighting over Samantha and she had to choose which one she wanted to be with. In the end she chose herself because she loved her the most 😆 What a woman. I aspire. 👑

So why not treat yo-self and buy yourself something nice for the holidays. A la Samantha Jones. 💅🏻You’ve earned it. Like for real… let’s just call this appreciating yo-self. You worked so hard all year long, and it’s about time to thank YOU for the hustle. The holidays can get so crazy with gift buying and sometimes we (lol jk I’m not included in that “we”) forget to get a little something for ourselves.

I am so-pro self-gifting it’s ridiculous. Before you go ahead and accuse me of being selfish, consider this: after you have lovingly picked out your gifts for your family and friends, items you have carefully selected to let them know you care…. What about you?? Why can’t you care about yourself? Everyone should love themselves. So yolo and get that thing at Sephora that you’ve had your eye on. 💄

I’m an enabler when it comes to shopping. It’s a problem, I know. But I feel it is justified in this situation because I’m encouraging self love. 😉

You know?

Anyways, I’m major into online shopping lately. 👜 So much so that sometimes the idea of driving to a mall, and wandering around for hours, actually is offensive to me. It’s 2017. Anything I want should be delivered to my door. 💁🏼

K sounding like a brat, but point is: online shopping is the best. So convenient, and you can do it from home with a nice cup of coffee in your jammies. ☕️

Some of the sites that I am totally vibing right now for holiday self-gifting (more people do it than will admit, I am just the first to admit!!) are: Blue & Cream (specifically IRO, some major sales happening atm), Rebellious Fashion (I got the sweater I am wearing in the pics above from them. But beware of UK sizing, messed that up on my first order), Missguided (have suchhh cute winter coats, 50% off rn too!), and of course… naturally Revolve. Duh.

With that, I must be off to do some holiday shopping. For the people I love, AND for me. Cuz I also love me. 👑

Do you guys have any other great sites I can check out?? LMK in the comments pls!

 

xoxoxo,

 

1:57 | December 8, 2017

PARK CITY VLOG

Travel

Are you subscribed to Skinny Belle YouTube?

Yay! My travel vlog from Park City last weekend is uppppp. 🎥

Seriously loving doing these vlogs (even though this is only my second one lol😝) Vlogging my travels feels way more intimate, like you can actually see what is going on better than if I just snap a few pics. That being said, I love photography and that will always be a part of my blog. Just very stoked on this new medium!

If you want to come along for a weekend with me in Park City, check out the video above. Tried to be fancier with my editing this time and added some voice over, to explain some things not featured in the video. Still getting the hang of filming and editing in this way, so be patient! I’m learning ☺️

**Little update on the LA fire situation mentioned before: we are safe and sound, but it does feel like I smoked about 100 cigarettes over the last two days (I don’t smoke, obviously🙅🏼🚬 ) because of all the smoke in the air and ash that fluffs off the ground as you walk. I legit vacuumed my balcony today to try and get rid of the ash. 😒

Park City Vlog is a pretty dope edit, so check it out and let me know what you think!

 

xoxoxo,