What I'm Wearing // Pearls in my Hair

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I know we're all familiar with the ever so fabulous Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess! One of their more recent style posts had me totally inspired by Emmas headband! Its so delicate and pretty that I had to try making it myself! I'm so please with how it turned out, so I wanted to show you guys! I also thrifted these boots that I am one. hundred. percent. in. love. with. :) Happy happy!

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I love it when projects turn out exactly how you planned! :) On another note, my hair is getting really long, do you guys think I should cut it? 

Much LOVE, Lauren

DIY // Boho Knuckle Rings

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Happy Wednesday! I'm not totally sure if knuckle rings are still "in", but none the less, I absolutely adore the chevron knuckle rings I made and I was in the mood for some more bling!! Hola!! Okay, I dont know why I just did that.. But anyways, here's how I made some bohemian inspired knuckle rings with a bit of wire and some broken jewelry I already had!

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You'll Need: Wire, pliers, something round, some jewelry pieces from old necklaces or other broken accessories.  

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Step One: Wrap your wire multiple times around your round object to create a spiral.  

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Step Two: Use your pliers to cut the circles that you've just created. These will be your rings. 

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Step Three: Using your round nose pliers, create two loops at either end of the wire. Then slip on your jewelry pieces, like beads or wire designs. Then use your pliers to close the two loops.

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Finished! They're so fun to wear, and I just love having all these dangling rings! There's something about wearing lots and lots of rings that I just love! Jazz hands!! 

Much LOVE, Lauren

My First Roll of Film!

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I picked up the photos from my first roll of film today and I am beyond pleased!! Actually, scratch that, I'm kind of blown away and its seriously made my whole day better! It took me a while to fill up a whole roll of film because I really wanted to take pictures of things that I love and not just snap 20 pictures of Ginger (which is totally something I would do). Film photography has just become a huge passion of mine and I cant wait to experiment with it even more! Big shout out to the amazing Lucie, for answering many of my photography questions!! :)  

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Gahh, I'm so pleased with them!! :) I love the lost art of film, so happy I finally got into it! 

Much LOVE, Lauren

What I'm Wearing // Balloons!

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Well good morning! I was wearing this little outfit while taking some pictures for some of the local graduates here and I drove past this really rustic, industrial part of town that looked perfect for photos! I even had balloons in the back of the car from the shoot along with my tripod, camera and remote, so obviously I had to do a little outfit post! :)

I thrifted this dress and it has become my new favorite! It reminds of Zoey Deschannel in New Girl, which I'm feeling totally deprived of lately! I just want some Schmidt! Any other New Girl fans out there? 

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Who even needs shoes, am I right? 

Much love, Lauren

How-To // Twisted Messy Bun

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My hair has gotten so long. I dont even know how it happened, but I've been having fun styling it lately! This is my favorite way for the summer since updos help keep you cool, while looking cool. Okay, that was terrible. But in all seriousness, its a fun, slightly messy but classy way to put your hair up, and I kind of love it! Here's how you can do it! (with out bobby pins too!) 

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 ∆ONE: start with washed or day old hair. ∆TWO: wrap a headband around your head. ∆THREE: start by taking strands of hair and wrapping them around your headband. I find its best to use your thumbs to pull it around and through. ∆FOUR: do this on both sides of your head until they meet in the middle at the back of your head. ∆FIVE: gather your hair in a messy sort of way and secure it with an elastic. Since I have so much hair, I have to use two elastics. ∆SIX: tuck any loose strands back into the elastic and voila!!

So easy right! :) Plus, this also curls your hair as well!  

Anyways, happy sunday! :) 

Much LOVE, Lauren

 

Tangy Tamarind Lime Drink

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My Granpa is a stubborn German man who is very set in his ways, he always makes me laugh and I absolutely love the guy.  I remember as a kid I was pretty much petrified of him, he had strong, loud german roots and he was never afraid to voice his opinion. My Grandpa is the one who introduced me to tamarind as a kid and I've loved it ever since! Its a funny looking pod with edible mushy brown stuff surrounding big seeds. I know, it sounds pretty gross, but its actually delicious! Its very tangy with a subtle unique flavor I cant quite describe. 

Today we're making summer drinks with tamarind, because every once in a while its nice to take a walk down memory lane and lets face it, we all need to stay hydrated!  

You can find tamarind paste or puree in most asian markets or even sometimes in the asian isle of grocery stores! 

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or 1/2 cup granulated sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 lime juiced

Directions: 

  1. Pour 6 cups of cold water into a jug. Take the remaining 1 cup of water and put it in a saucepan.
  2. Add the palm sugar and tamarind paste to the hot water and let come to a boil. 
  3. After a few minutes of boiling, turn the heat off and let sit until cool. 
  4. Strain and add to water. 
  5. Add lime juice and give it a shake.  

Note* I like mine pretty strong so if you're new to tamarind I recommend starting with one teaspoon.

Much LOVE, Lauren

Inspire // Tiny Tattoos

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I've always seen myself getting a tattoo down the road, but right now my style changes too often, I love different things every week, I dont have an all time favorite quote and I'm far too indecisive to be putting something permanent on my body! But also the fact that I have the lowest pain tolerance, may or may not be influencing my decision on getting a tattoo! Ouch. When, and if I decide to get a tattoo it will definitely be a small, meaningful one in a discrete place like my inner arm or on the side of my chest. Something delicate and pretty. Not only do tattoos fascinate me, but even more so is the meaning behind them, and when I get one, it'll have a story to go along with it.

Do you have any tattoos, or do you hope to get any? 

READ: A 2095 word story, published exclusively in tattoos, word by word. *so cool* 

Much LOVE, Lauren

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Interview & Giveaway with The Little Flower Soap Co

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Today, I have someone very special and creative that I'm happy to introduce you to! Miss Holly Rutt of The Little Flower Soap Co. Located in Southeast Michigan, Holly makes homemade soaps and everything wholesome for bath and body. Each recipe is developed by Holly and her husband Justin with the best available natural body care products, allowing them to find perfectly balanced combinations that make The Little Flower Soap Co, so remarkable! You're in for a treat friends! :)

1. How did you get into handmade soap making? I know, I've always loved handmade soaps over store bought!

My college roommate made soap growing up and I LOVED the soaps their family (Anna and Jenn Hayden) made so when both girls moved out of state I started suffering from soap withdrawal.  I begged to learn how to make it and they agreed to bring me in on the family recipe as an honorary soap sister.  So I traveled up to Jenn's log cabin in Northern Ontario and she taught me the heirloom soap recipe over her wood burning stove.  

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2. Does being a wedding florist help with inspiration for new soaps and bath salts?

Being a wedding florist inspired me to make wedding and shower favor versions of my soaps, lip balms and bath salts because they are such a delightful and universally likeable mini gift (better than matches ;)

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3. I bet your house smells just lovely! What's your favorite soap scent?

Everyone says the house smells amazing when they visit although I don't really smell it anymore unless I stick my face right in a bar which I do!! My favorite is Lavender Lemongrass, the aromatherapy properties of lavender essential oil are really effective for calming my nerves.  Its like I have a static energy and the smell of the lavender lemongrass smooths it out.

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4. Where do you get inspiration for your soaps?

Many of the soaps I make are the original recipes I learned from Anna and Jenn Hayden (that they learned from their mother) because why mess with perfection.  I am in the process of making a blue cambrian clay soap that will be a patchouli  scent my first signature soap and I customized the tea tree lime soap with a dash of sweet almond because I'm CRAZY for almond scent!

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5. Do you have a favorite soap to make?

I like making Woodsman Soap the best because the smell while I'm making it reminds me of my own wedding (we gave out woodsman as favors) and its the first soap I ever made at home so lots of smell memories attached.  

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ENTER ENTER ENTER! 

Thanks so much Holly, I'm so excited for my readers and I absolutely loved getting to know you and the inspiration and process behind your amazing handmade soaps! 

Much love, Lauren

Bermuda Part 2!

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Welcome to the new website! :) I'm pretty proud and smitten with it I have to say! I love having everything, from design services to my blog all in one spot; so much more convenient! 

I thought I'd start my first post on the new and improved blog, by sharing some more of my Bermuda pictures! These are just a few shots into my absolutely amazing two weeks in the prettiest island ever! 

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Much Love, Lauren!

What I'm Wearing // Bermuda

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I had the most amazing time in Bermuda! It's such an inviting and warm little island that I was so happy to spend two weeks there! :) I did a lot of sight seeing and visiting old friends and old places I've been, it was such a memorable trip! This is one of the outfits I wore for one of the days I was here, although I quickly learned by the end of the day that it was wayyyy too hot for a long skirt! 

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Outfit Details: Skirt=Thrifted Shirt=Urban Behaviour Hat= Ardene's

Anyways, I'll share more pictures later! :) Hope you've all had a fabulous time while I was away! What have you guys been up to?

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