Grapefruit Lavender Soap DIY

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I love bath products. So. Much. Every Thursday I find myself hanging out in front of the goats milk soaps that are so incredibly fragrant and I have to stop myself from spending $200 on 4 soaps lol. So, I turned to Pinterest in search of a better option. And low and behold I discovered the most amazing (and simple recipe ever!) I posted my first batch on Instagram and I got a huge response from interested gals so I thought I’d share the process that I found on A Beautiful Mess here as well as details on my second batch where I made my own recipe =)

{SUPPLIES} – goats milk soap base – found mine HERE // silicon mold (I used this one) // essential oils- I used grapefruit, lavender, peppermint (not all together!)

{EXTRAS} Grapefruit zest // Poppyseeds

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STEP 1: Break apart your soap into chunks and heat up in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds and then 10 sec intervals until completely melted. That’s what my instructions on the box told me – follow the instructions on whichever soap you buy for best results.

Step 2: Once melted add your essential oils. I added the grapefruit first and then just a few drops of lavender. Then I mixed it all up. Next I added the poppyseed and lavender buds and mixed.

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Step 3: Pour mixed ingredients into soap molds and let dry. My instructions said to let sit 1 hour, but I let is sit longer – about 3-4 hours  and then popped them out!

WARNING: Your kitchen will smell amazing and you just might be tempted to eat the soaps!

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Photography by: Meghan Christine Photography

There’s a Bun in the Oven…

…over here at Tasteful Tatters! And no, I’m not having a baby =) But I’ve had some fun and exciting stuff cooking up including an entirely new styling opportunity for new moms. I’ve partnered up with the amazingly talented Becca Rillo Photography in offering a special full design package to her boutique maternity packages she’s offering. Her work is out of control and it’s such a perfect pairing to be able to style her clients. I’m beyond excited!

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If you’re expecting and in the LA area – be sure to contact Becca for available dates, pricing, and all the info for the new Full Styling Package

for a change to work with myself and Becca!

Becca on: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest

Pinteresting… Mini Banana Cream Pies

I hate to cook. And I LOVE to bake. The problem is, I can’t do it all the time or else I’d stuff my face with sweet treats all day long. So I try to bake when I know people are coming over or for a fun dinner party. I just love banana cream pie. Like, it’s my all time fav. But pies like that don’t look very pretty when they are sliced up. And if you think like me, and you’re planning a dinner party with friends – you want every last detail to look pretty. Am I right?!

So, I stumbled upon this adorable recipe for mini banana cream pies (perfect for a little get together!) And I feel like people are more down to try a bite sized treat that opt for a whole slice of pie – perfect! The recipe I found was from GirlVsDough.com and it was perfect for me – super simple. But I made a few adjustments of my own and I’m in love with the final result. (image below via girlvsdough.com)

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What You’ll Need:

Package of sugar cookie dough (I also tried chocolate chip and it was awesome!)

3 bananas (originally only 1 – I added 2)

1 package of banana cream pudding mix

milk

whipped cream

cupcake tin (originally call for the mini size, but I opted for the regular)

Instructions:

First preheat your oven according to the dough instructions and lightly grease the inside of your cupcake tin. The original recipe calls for a mini tin – I used regular sized cupcake tins and it was the perfect amount. While that’s heating follow the instructions on your pudding mix and blend together (min required blending for 2 min and then setting in the fridge) Once oven is heated place medium balls of dough into the cupcake tin and bake until a golden brown.

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When cookies are done, remove from over and use a shot glass to press the bottom down to create a little “cup like” shape.  And let cool. This next part was my own addition – While these are cooling, dice up 2 bananas into small chunks and blend these into the banana pudding. I feel like this makes the mini pies as a whole taste a lot more like the real thing. Now, save your last banana to add little slices to the top after you’ve added the whipped cream – yumm!! Try them out at your next summer BBQ – I guarantee they will be a hit!

Sweet Stop Motion Engagement Shoot : Julie & Josh

Julie and Josh are seriously the sweetest people… and couple. They just adore each other and I just love that! For their engagement – we teamed up with Stephanie Collins Photography to create the engagement announce of a lifetime! A stop-motion video! These things are SO COOL people. Like, probably my new all time favorite. I’ve styled many things: weddings, events, dinner parties, maternity shoots, editorial spreads – you name it. I’ve never worked on a stop motion video and let me tell you – it is a lot of work! I could take hours to shoot something that will only be 15 seconds on film – which is crazy to me haha – but it was such a rewarding experience and a huge shoutout to Stephanie for putting everything together so flawlessly!

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So, for their shoot – Julie and I talked about re-creating their love story, with some modifications. We wanted to tell a story that most people could identify with – meeting your first crush on the swings at recess, or passing a note in class, to maybe your first date in high school. Our goal was to use these general settings, but incorporate little details that reflect Julie & Josh and their story.

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I made giant paper airplanes and attached them to long sticks with a string so we could try and capture the motion of it flying. We put outfits together that show age and time – and a little of their own style too! Julie rocks a flower crown better than most =) And that killer banner at the end? Ya, Josh made that for when he actually proposed to Julie at the Golden Gate Bridge – adorable, right?! With a theme of “signs” we wanted to use as many letters, questions, paper in as many details as we could. Since after all, he did ask her the biggest question of her life with a paper note, essentially.

Below is their finished video and I may or may not have watched it about a dozen times already =) What can I say? I’m a sucker for love. Can’t wait to be apart of their wedding this summer!

JULIE AND JOSH – ENGAGEMENT IN STOP MOTION from Stephanie Collins on Vimeo.

California Fall Wedding (My Best friends Wedding!)

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Last Fall was such a special time for me. Mainly because I got to attend a wedding (that never happens!) but MOSTLY because the wedding I got to attend was my best friends. I’ve known Lauren since I was 15 years old. We were there for each other for our tennis matches (we were kick ass doubles partners) first boyfriends, chemistry tests, slumber parties, thousands of hours of SVU marathons while pounding bags of cherries =) And last November, I got to see my best friend marry the man of her dreams and it was amazing. And lucky for you, her wedding was captured by the talented Shannen Natasha and was featured on 100 Layer Cake a couple days ago – so I get to share it with YOU! Everything about this wedding was so gorgeous – I’ll let the photos just speak for themselves =)

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Gorgeous, right?!?! To see the full feature and links to ALL the fabulous vendors be sure to check out the 100 Layer Cake Feature HERE!

Congrats, Lauren!! xoxo