Gift Guide for Your Besties

Or your sister, clients, gal pals, really all the ladies in your life will most likely gush over one or all of these items! I know I would squeal with delight with one of these if it was under the tree (hint, hint Mr. H).  All of these are small, local businesses (to CA) and no one is paying me to share this post. I just truly believe in these products and love supporting small businesses as much as possible.

First up we have the PERFECT gift for the gal that loves bath & beauty products – but also loves to DIY. These DIY kits come from Handcrafted Honeybee (my latest obsession) and they come in all different sizes and styles. From face masks to lip balms, and deodorants to bath salts. They have all your bath and beauty needs covered! Each kit comes with literally everything you would need as well. And my favorite part – when ordering online, you can totally customize each kit to the scent or ad-ons to fit your friends (or yours – let’s me honest) needs. All the materials used are 100% natural and great alternatives to chemical infused products.

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Next we have amazing body mist sprays from Olivine Atelier. If you follow me on instagram – you’ve probably seen a post of two of these beauties. And if you are a bride of mine – you’ve received the Love + Roses in the mail recently… or will soon (spoiler alert!) I’m totally obsessed with the Love + Salt spray as well. I mist it right into my hair for some natural salt spray texture. Feels just like I’ve been at the beach. This is a great stocking stuffer at such a great price!

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I just discovered Piece By Paz, and I am SO glad I did in time for the holiday season! This husband and wife duo make these gorgeous beeswax + soy candles out of recycled wine bottles! How cool is that? And why infuse beeswax, you ask? Because beeswax is good for you! Who knew? The scents are so unique and beautiful – you’ll want one of each! Another cool detail, is those tags you see right there – you can literally put them in the ground & flowers will sprout! The tags are eco friendly and filled with seeds. Ugh, I’m obsessed.  Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 8.43.31 AM

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These yoga mats can be found at Cliir.com which is an online marketplace for high quality natural made products from local artisans all the way to bigger brands. They carry Affirmats which are latex and Phthalates free, and made from a jute/eco pvc blend. And the best part – they have these cool affirmations on them: “believe there is good in the world,” “I radiate love,” and the one in the photo is ” rise, and shine on.” These are really affordable for yoga mats, and would make such a great gift from the beginner to the full fledged yogi in your life =) Right now, you can get 20% these mats by entering SECRETSALE20 at checkout!! These are just my fav right now on the site – but there are so many other awesome products they feature – you could probably find something for everyone.
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My good friend started an Etsy shop recently, it’s called Stone & Willow, and I am blown away by all the cuteness. I just ordered this deer pillow and I think I’ll keep it out all through Feb… or all year long for that matter! It is so so gorgeous and so beautifully handmade. I want to get a pillow case for all the ladies in my life! Plus, she has adorable ornaments if you have an ornament gift exchange party – those always tend to sneak up on me =) Anyways, amazing handmade products, made right here in LA!

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And last, but certainly not least! Savour This Kitchen’s 4 spice blends would make the perfect gift for the cook (or if you’re like me – the one who can’t cook, but the spice blends help me look like I can!) in your life. Every spice is dairy free and there is no sugar or salt added. And let me tell you, they totally transform a meal! I also love how they have recipes on the best ways to use them right on their website!

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I hope this gives you some unique, and swoon worthy ideas for gifts for the ladies in your life… or if you’re like me, you can pin them and show them to your husband for YOUR wish list ;-) Am I right, or am I right? Stay tuned for more posts from my 12 Days of Christmas series that I’ll be recapping on the left <— sidebar for more gift ideas!

12 Days of Christmas Crafts

I seriously cannot believe it is already the 6th of December!!! Wasn’t it JUST November 1st?! I feel like this is a total sign of me getting older… time is literally flying by. I have so many wedding next year, it barely feels like December when my mind is constantly on 2015 spring, summer, and fall!

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Last year, I put together a pretty cool (if I do say so myself) 12 Days of Christmas Craft Series and it generated a great response. It was so fun to see everyone who participated sharing their versions of all the projects! I did everything from stocking stuffers to home decor, and even ornaments! So, I thought it might be fun to share some of the posts again – some of you maybe didn’t have time to do all of them, or some of you are new readers and have no clue what I’m talking about haha. I won’t be posting each post again… but I’ll be posting new links on the right sidebar every day or two to a new project.

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I’ll also be posting them on my Instagram – so if you don’t follow me yet – find me at @TastefulTatters to get all the latest projects! I’ll probably be making some of these again as well – so let’s all follow each other’s progress with the hashtag #TTtwelvedaysofChristmas

Special thanks to Whitney B. Lucas for photographing ALL my projects last year – thanks girl!!!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Like You’ve Never Seen

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I recently was apart of such an incredible shoot. Not because the location was the “most amazing spot ever” or because we had professional models who regularly grace magazine pages. And not even because I had some killer DIY’s to contribute or mega sponsors to provide me all my favorite pieces for the tablescape. It was incredible, because well, the food was out of this world. And… it was just, real life. The location was my side yard. The “models” were just all us friends. The decor was simple, beautiful, and TOTALLY attainable by anyone (hello, Target and World Market). The centerpieces were so amazing because we used WHEAT, yes colorful wheat found at the farmer’s market – and cotton, yup, cotton. It was so fall/wintery, and incredible. I loved every bit of it. Oh, and did I mention the FOOD?!

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It seems so simple on the surface. Create a menu with all Thanksgiving leftovers… but with a twist. Chef and owner of Savour This Kitchen, Marlene Bernstein (and my dear friend) really stepped up her game with these recipes. Like, seriously guys – put these in your recipe books. I will probably be making these every year. And I don’t even cook!

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There is just something about food, and friends and family and good conversation – and being outdoors that just makes my heart happy and this shoot had all of that. It didn’t feel like a shoot for us. It felt like thanksgiving leftovers with friends on a wednesday afternoon. Celebrating life. And I hope that you can emulate that in your own home this next week. It’s way more fun that shopping black friday, cyber monday, or whatever it is these days – promise ;-)

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To get the full recipes of everything you see here, be sure to head on over to Lauren Conrad’s Blog HERE for all the details =)

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So you can host your own leftover dinner, here are a few places I found some of our pieces:

plates – World Market

gold serving ware, gold mason jars, copper flatware, & bowls – Target

Coffee provided by: Oak Glen Coffee (it’s the best, guys!)

I spray painted real apples gold – and with some, I carved out a space and placed a tea light – so easy!

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Join the Team!

Yup, that’s right! I’ve decided to bring on a few more people to the team to help us expand! It’s a new, frightening, nerve-wrecking thing. But I’m excited. It means a lot of new changes are coming and I could not be more thrilled.

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I’m looking for a couple of assistants who would be able to attend weddings primary on the weekends to serve as an extra set of hands on the day of. Experience in events would be helpful, but it’s not necessarily a requirement. If you have a good work ethic, great attitude, and can handle being on your feet for about 10 hours in a day – that’s about all you need! Also, a reliable form of transportation is a must. This IS a paid position – but I wouldn’t call it part time by any means. Right now, I typically have 2 weddings a month, 9 months out of the year. So very very part time. Weekend-time, if you will. But if you really excel, there is an opportunity to move to an associate position that would allow you to manage events on your own. So there is room for growth! I can’t wait to see how new additions can help the business expand and the new places it takes us. And I can’t wait to meet my staff! Is that weird? I haven’t met you yet, but I’m excited to meet you – whoever you are!

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So here’s the deal – over the next couple weeks I’ll be accepting “applications”  – there are no real applications. I’d love for you to simply shoot me an email at tastefultatters@gmail.com along with why you’re interested in a position like this. And include a resume if you have one. From there, I’ll set up interviews so I can get to know each of you face to face. That’s it! If you’re a friend or industry peer out there, feel free to spread the word!

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I’m going to officially close the application process December 12th  – so spread the word and if you want to be apart of the team – shoot me an email asap!

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Some qualities that are essential to this position include:

hard worker/organized/great people skills/problem solving ability -at a moments notice/must love 1am Del Taco runs/

must be able to manage high stress/creative-out of the box thinker/skilled Photo Booth pose creator/lover of confetti

Real Wedding: Claudia & Diego

Claudia and Diego are quite possibly to sweetest couple around. Like, for real. At one of our venue walkthroughs my keychain broke and my car key fell off in my car. My locked car, naturally. And these two stayed with me the whole time until the tow truck arrived. And when the tow guy got lost – Diego went out in his car and tracked the guy down! Like I said, the SWEETEST. Their wedding at McCormick Ranch in Camarillo was the perfect combo of vintage + romantic. And the florals were to die for!! Huge thanks to Camarie Photography for capturing this special day so well.

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Claudia & Diego both met in SoCal, but when Diego’s family all moved out to Nevada – their relationship took the long distance route. And they kept that up for years! Which is amazing, if you ask me. Theses two are so in sync despite their distance. I was so impressed with Claudia and how she handled the whole wedding planning process – with most of the time, Diego still in Nevada. I hope they are just LOVING being together after all this time!

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And these florals! I die. Emily from Emlily Floral outdid herself on this one!

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Wedding Coordination: Tasteful Tatters // Venue: McCormick Ranch // Photography: Camarie Photography // Florals: Emlily Florals // Vintage Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table