Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          With the explosion of all things pink lately (which you won't find me complaining about), rosé has gotten a bit of a second life in the past few years. I mean, it's pink, comes in all sorts of delicious variations... what's not to love? While you can certainly earn your pink points by simply serving it at your next party (pretty glasses get extra points!), why not make it into a jello shot and really take the trend to the next level?

Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          Rosé All Day Jello Shots, makes 4 large shots

1 1/4 cups rosé sparkling wine
1/4 cup gin (You can also do a flavored gin like the juniper gin I used.)
1/4 cup club soda
1/4 cup simple syrup*
2 packets of unflavored gelatine
cherries and lemon peel for garnish

*If you are using a relatively sweet rosé, you may want to lessen the more concentrated syrup and add a bit more of the champagne instead to balance out the sweetness.

Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          Add the club soda and simple syrup into a small pan and pour the packets of gelatine over the top of the liquid. Allow the gelatine to bloom for two minutes, and then heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until the gelatine is dissolved. Pour into a medium size bowl. 

Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          Add your rosé wine and gin and stir to combine. 

Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          Pour your mixture into short-stemmed champagne glasses (called coupe glasses), add in your cherry, and allow them to set in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve!

Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          Rosé All Day Jello Shot! (click through for recipe)          Aren't they beautiful?? The cool thing is the club soda and wine will add bubbles to your drink and the faster you get them into the fridge to set, the more bubbles will stay once frozen in time and make your shot look like it was just poured from the bottle. I've seen this sort of jello shot served both in pretty glasses or also put into molds and served on a platter instead, so do whatever you like if you don't have this type of glassware on hand. I would suggest putting some small dessert spoons out with the shots if you do the glasses though so they can be eaten right out of the glass. Cheers! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman

Will deleting old posts help or hurt my blog?We're here with another question from our Blogging Q&A series. If you want to see past articles from this series, just check here. Today's question comes from a Blog Life student. She asks:

"I've been blogging for just over a year and getting in to it more all the time, though I want to start giving it more direction because I feel I have been in the experimental phase... So this is a logistical question. Do you delete content from the early days, or as you go along, if you find that with hindsight you're not happy with it? I tried one feature in particular that I don't like now and also my early posts suck! Should I quietly delete them or let them sit there as part of the journey?"

This is an awesome question because truly there is a LOT to consider when it comes to deleting old content from your site. The answer to this will also vary a great deal depending on what kind of site you write and what your big picture goals are. So keep in mind that we are coming at this question from our site's perspective and our own goals for it. Also I'm just going to focus on three big considerations you should take into account when thinking about deleting old content.

1. Usefulness

For us, A Beautiful Mess is a blog that is mostly focused on education. Yes, we will share lifestyle posts, behind the scenes, or what we are wearing in large part because we know our readers enjoy this content, and it helps them connect to us (we're REAL people with faces and lives, I swear!). Ha! But the main goal of ABM is to share tutorials or other information to help fellow makers do just that – make. We love the homemade lifestyle and believe that making things is one way to enjoy the experience of life. I could go on, but that's a different subject for another post. 

My main point is the majority of our posts aim to be useful. They should help you learn to build a piece of DIY furniture, cook a recipe, make a craft project, find the perfect lip color, etc. If your site is similar in that you teach about a certain subject (food, fashion, DIY, home decor, photography, small business, etc.), then your site too is aimed at being useful. SO, when you are evaluating wether you should delete old posts, first ask yourself, "Is this still useful?" That's the first test I would put any post through. If the answer is no, then it may end up on the chopping block (but I've got a couple more things for you to consider first). If the answer is yes, then I would really consider keeping it.

But also, if the answer is yes but you feel you could do a better job writing that post now, then why not go ahead and update the post with new info, photos or whatever will make it more useful, and then re-promote the content on your social channels or put a link to it in your sidebar for a while to let your readers know you've updated the article. You'll want to either keep the original url or if you want to rewrite the post completely (giving it a new url), then redirect the old one to point to the new one. The reason is if you have links out in the Internet universe from other sites or people have pinned that post, etc., then if they show up and the content isn't there anymore, they will immediately bounce away from your site. But if you redirect them to the new content, or if you've kept it in the same place (same url they already had saved or linked), then they will land on your new, updated useful content and hopefully enjoy reading it. 

2. Traffic

Before you go deleting those old posts, you might check in and make sure you understand where your website traffic is coming from. A good place to start (if you haven't installed this already) is Google Analytics. Understanding where your traffic is coming from, where they land on your site, and if they stick around or leave quickly is all very useful to bloggers in LOTS of different ways. But when considering deleting past content, you want to check in on your traffic to make sure you aren't deleting something that a large or significant amount of your traffic is landing on. 

It might help if I illustrate this a little. Let's say that for the past year you've been blogging about fashion. But within the past few months, you just bought your first home and now the only thing you want to blog about is home decor and renovations. You think the old fashion posts on your site really distract from your new mission. So you decide you're going to go through and delete many of them, especially the early ones as you feel your photography wasn't as good as it is now anyway. If you really go through with this plan, it could be that you will see a very large drop in your overall site traffic. Ultimately if this fits your goals and what you truly want to do with your site, then, of course, it is your site so you can do as you like. But I would advise you to keep your old posts that might still be getting traffic and add something to the end of them (go into the old post and update it, keeping the same url) about your new content. For example, in an old post where you talked about color blocking and how it worked in your outfit, you could add some text and maybe one image to the bottom of that post that says something like, "If you love color mixing, be sure to check out what colors I choose to decorate our house in" with a link to your newest blog post about what colors you choose for your home. This is just an example, but the point is you don't want to brick over a door that people are still using – let them come in, but try to direct them to new, more relevant content if needed. 

3. Nostalgia

Yes, you read that correctly, the third thing I am suggesting you consider before deleting old posts is nostalgia. First, if you have old posts that are meaningful to you, but they aren't useful, don't get much traffic, and don't support your blog's overall goals, then you certainly can delete it if you want (it's possible this may also help your site be more searchable, but it also may not make a huge difference as there are lots of factors). But, if you do, be sure to save the content somewhere – like a hard drive or something because it's memorable for YOU and that's still valuable. 

If you have old posts of a personal nature that you just don't want out there online anymore, then, of course, feel free to remove those – just save the content if it's valuable to you in any way so you don't lose photos you might not have saved anywhere else. 

The other thing to consider is if leaving old posts might be somewhat encouraging or instructive to future readers. I actually really like it when bloggers I admire have left their old content up and sometimes even point back to it as a way to say, "We all start somewhere." Because truly we do! Starting is more important than being perfect. You will be a better blogger during year three than you were during year one if you stuck with it because that's what happens – we get better at things. I think sometimes we can really shy away from showing past inexperience because we are afraid people won't think of us well if we don't act like we have everything together and ALWAYS have. But I like seeing fellow bloggers' past content that they maybe aren't as proud of now – I don't think less of them. In fact, I sometimes think even more highly of them because I can see how far they have come and how hard they have worked to get there. So, just something to consider. 

What do you guys think? Does deleting old posts get a thumbs up or a thumbs down from you? Or does it just depend on the type of post? -Emma

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Credits // Author : Emma Chapman. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Design: Mara Dockery

Faux Cement Tile DIYOne of our big priorities in designing this home was to create a polished home recording studio for Jeremy. In the past he had a lot of make-shift studios that did the job, but here we decided to invest time and money into making it something really special.

That said, studios are 'SPENSIVE! Like, whoa. So to counteract those big purchases, we're doing as much DIY decor as we possibly can. 

His studio has its own entrance in the back of our home. His clients and collaborators do typically use that entrance and park in the back when entering his space. So we decided to upgrade his entry as much as possible the #DIY way... starting with this faux ceramic tile. It's actually just paint and Sharpie markers! 

I'm really excited to share how YOU can do this DIY tile yourself, but first a fun before and after shot–
 
Before and afterWhat a change!
 
We recently had our entire exterior painted white, and it made a HUGE visual impact (I keep saying it's the best renovation money we spent). The concrete slab is covered by a ceiling, so it doesn't get too much wear and tear (ice, snow, rain, etc.), even though it's an outdoor space. We initially planned to tile this small area, but after getting a quote, we decided to try a DIY option and saved THOUSANDS. 
 
Can I get a high five? 
 
OK, so the pattern we chose was heavily inspired by this Mission Stone & Tile pattern. I had a HUGE crush on it, but it wasn't in our budget to get the real thing. You can see from the link that the tile can be laid in different patterns, unlike how we did it, which was more uniform. I love it both ways! 
 
First, the concrete slab was painted with Valspar Anti Skid Porch & Floor in premixed Dark Grey from Lowe's. Using a roller, this goes pretty quickly! As you can see, the paint is more bluish than grey. I was disappointed at first, but ended up really liking the color as the project went on. 
 
Tip: Even though the color is premixed, I would suggest still getting it shaken at the paint desk.
 
Cement tile steps
First, start by tracing a 12" hexagon on poster board using a ruler. Then with an X-acto knife and a straight edge, cut out the hexagon to make a stencil. The more perfect you can get the hexagon, the better. Aim for clean edges! 
 
Next, start in one corner of the area, lay the hexagon down, and trace around it with an Oil Based Sharpie Paint Pen (we used white). Repeat the process by moving the hexagon stencil over and keep tracing, connecting it to the previous one. 
 
As you can see in the last photo, we used two sizes of paint pens. A typical Sharpie size for the hexagons and the XL size for the lines within each hex. The oil based pens are extremely durable. We had to SCRUB the floors after the painters were done painting the walls and the white lines did not fade or wash off at all. We were unsure at first if a seal would be needed, but it was definitely not needed for our project. 
 
Faux Cement Tile DIY Faux Cement Tile DIY Faux Cement Tile DIY If you look closely, you can see that our pattern isn't perfect. There are flaws there, even though we touched up the details as much as possible. That said, the overall look of the project is still amazing. So don't get too stressed about small flaws while executing your design. 
 
I am so so happy with how this came out! For under $50, this painted floor really adds a LOT of personality to Jeremy's space. It's definitely not boring anymore! 
 
If you guys try something similar, I would LOVE to see your versions tagged with #ABMathome on Instagram. And if you haven't seen Laura's painted patio DIY, you gotta see that as well. XOXO! Elsie 
 
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. 
 

Autumn Vibes.... Already?!It's the awkward time of year where it's still popsicle weather, but all the stores you shop at are already selling sweaters and scarves. 

I used to try to get a pumpkin spice latte every September 1st, even if it was 100 degrees. But these days, I allow myself to transition slowly. Savor the season, ya know? 

I'm really looking forward to this autumn. Last year we were moving, renovating and generally just kind of too busy and too stressed. This year we get to ENJOY it. I'm looking forward to experiencing all Nashville has to offer and creating some new traditions here. 

Oh, and I already have my red clogs, so AUTUMN, I'M READY FOR YOU (just not ready for that ps latte yet). 

Autumn Vibes.... Already?! Autumn Vibes.... Already?! Autumn Vibes.... Already?! Autumn Vibes.... Already?! Autumn Vibes.... Already?! Autumn Vibes.... Already?!     Autumn Vibes.... Already?!     Elsie's Wearing: Top/Nasty Gal, Bag, Shorts and Necklace/Madewell, Sunnies/Zero UV, Headband/Ban.do, Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens. 

What about you, Sis? Ready for those spiced lattes?? 

Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess  Emma Chapman Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess Gladiator shoes Maxi skirt Honestly, I could drink ps lattes all year round. I love them that much. I get the whole marketing thing of creating scarcity, and also creating consumer rituals. So, well played, Starbucks. But I would def drink them all year if I could. But I can always make my own – so there's that. :)

I am still putting together my list of things I want to do in autumn 2016. I am seriously SO stoked for this season; it's one of my very favorites! One thing I'm really stoked about is speaking at Chopped Con in KC in late September. If you'll be there, please come say hi because I LOVE meeting you guys in person and I rarely get to. And then Trey and I have a pretty fun trip planned for late October, so I am pretty stoked for that too. But other than that, I plan to mostly focus on goals and things I can do in my hometown, as I love staying put during this season in Missouri because it is just BEAUTIFUL as the leaves change colors and every day feels cozy. Can't wait!

Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess Lace shirt Oui Fresh sunnies Maxi skirt Emma ChapmanEmma's Wearing: Skirt/vintage (been wearing it in sister styles for years now), Top/F21, Purse and Sunnies/Oui Fresh, Shoes/Modcloth

What are you guys looking forward to this coming season? xo. Elsie + Emma

Credits // Authors: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy.

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