Comfort ZonesComfort ZonesComfort ZonesComfort ZonesComfort ZonesThroughout the years I've had a lot of comfort zones. Some of which I cannot defend. Like the several years I wore yoga pants everywhere (except in photos, that was literally the only time I took off my yoga pants)... or the 20 inch hair extensions paired with a myspace mullet. Haha! I've had a lot of awkward phases in my life. Socks with sandals, you guys. 

This morning I read a blog comment (on another Sister Style post) kindaaa complaining that all my outfits look the same. I thought about it (for, like, ever) as one does. And you know what... it's true! But I'm not sure that it bothers me. 

Is that bad? 

You see, I'm finally finding a groove with my style. I have my three "uniforms", I'm shopping smarter, and I'm wearing the new stuff I'm purchasing over and over and over! I'm SO happy! I really am dressing up cute every day—in fact, my yoga pants are making almost no public appearances these days. 

But, yeah. I can see how it's maybe a little repetitive too. But it's my real closet that I'm sharing here. So maybe that's OK? I'm OK with it, but let me know if you're not. (We can still be friends even if you think my outfit photos are boring... haha!) 

Comfort Zones      Elsie's Wearing: Dress/Free People (it's called "the perfect dress" and I don't completely disagree), Tights/ASOS (sold out, but here's a similar pair), Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens, Sunnies/Zero UV.... the usual suspects. 

Emma! Take it away! 

Emma Chapman  Emma Chapman Emma of A Beautiful Mess Faux fur coat Glitter shoesHmm. Now you have me thinking about comfort zones too. I think it's pretty obvious that I love tees. Always have, probably always will. They are just too easy to wear, and you can transition from wearing one with a skirt or jeans during the day, to yoga pants after work to head to the gym. I've only worn this alien tee to the gym once so far, but I've worn my two the babe with the power tees to the gym only about 100 times. Ha! I like to think it helps me channel some inner strength so I can lift those weights. ;)

And in case you're curious, I am currently way into Les Mills Body Pump classes at my local YMCA. I've been going between 2-3 times a week for the past 4+ months, and I love it. I met one super cute blog reader in class already, so if any of you locals see me there, say hi. 

I digress. Comfort zones. In addition to tees, I probably prefer to wear flat shoes more often than heels. I especially love sandals but the Midwest weather just doesn't allow sandal wearing year round. But then I just have something to look forward to. ;) I also think I'm pretty set on keeping my hair ombre for a long time. I often think about going all blonde again (like I did for my wedding) because I love platinum. I mean I grew up idolizing Gwen Stefani. But, I worry I won't make the time to get my roots done often enough, so I feel like ombre is more my speed. 

Burmuda Press tee Emma Chapman Emma of A Beautiful Mess Faux fur coatEmma's Wearing: Coat + sunnies/SheIn, Skirt/F21, Alien tee/Bermuda Press, Shoes/ASOS (similar here), and Purse c/o Fossil

What about you guys? What are your comfort zones? xo. Elsie + Emma

Credits // Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

10 Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day At HomeJeremy and I have a little tradition that I don't think we've ever broken. We celebrate Valentine's at home. 

As two introverts who love to eat out, this is the ONE night of the year when we're sure to stay home. Avoiding crowds is our top priority. Haha! And honestly, it's been a lot of FUN.

But it's not just another night at home. Here are ten fun (and slightly random) ways to celebrate Valentine's Day without a dinner reservation! 

1. Re-watch the first movie you ever watched together (no matter how embarrassing it is!). 

2. Buy a "grocery store feast." This is one of our favorite things to do! Go to the grocery store and buy all your favorite guilty pleasure foods for a hilarious junk food buffet. 

3. Grab your three favorite records that have romantic meaning (or make a playlist, if you must). 

4. Invent a new cocktail together. 

5. Cook a recipe together that you would NEVER cook. This is a fun one for us. We're pretty healthy eaters (at least at home), so an all-carb dinner is a TON of fun to cook and feels very festive.

6. Build a fort with pillows in the living room. 

7. Build a fire, sip wine and pretend you're contestants on The Bachelor

8. Bake heart-shaped brownies or a pie. 

9. Look through old photos from when you first met. 

10. Play Scrabble by candlelight (and then make out, duh). 

Happy Valentine's + Galentine's Day everyone. And for those of you who hate V-day, feel free to take out your anger on us... haha! xx -Elsie 

PS. My super cute light up sign is from Article

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

DIY Epoxy Resin Jewelry (via abeautifulmess.com)Tips for making epoxy resin jewelry Hey, friends, got a fun little jewelry DIY for you today. I'm no stranger to working with epoxy resin, you can see a coffee table project I created with this supply some time ago. But, every time I work with epoxy resin, I feel like I learn at least one new tip or trick. These jewelry sets were no exception. So, I'm excited to share not only how to make these, but also some tips for working with epoxy resin for any small project you might have planned in the future. 

But first, here's a few more looks at the jewelry I made. I created a few different sets that had earrings, necklaces, rings, and a few pins as well. 

Sprinkle Epoxy Resin Jewelry How to make epoxy resin jewelry How to make epoxy resin rings Tips for making epoxy resin jewelryI think my favorites were the ones that contain jimmy style sprinkles—too fun. So here's how to make your own. 

SuppliesSupplies:
-silicone mold
-epoxy resin set (usually sold in craft store jewelry making sections)
-jewelry hardware
-sprinkles, glitter, confetti, etc. 
-crazy glue
-needle nose pliers
-disposable cups and spoons
-toothpicks

I tried using googly eyes in some of my pieces, but I didn't feel they turned out very well. In order to remove bubbles, you need to apply heat, which I'll explain more later. But this was difficult with the googly eye pieces as the heat seemed like it would begin to melt or burn the plastic eyes (I would stop applying heat as soon as it smelled like it was burning). Getting the bubble out of the resin proved difficult, so those pieces had more bubbles and you just couldn't see the eyes very well. If anyone else wants to give it a try, maybe you can find a trick that works better. But for me, I found that sprinkles, glitter, and confetti worked best in my pieces, so that's what I'd recommend. 

How to make epoxy jewelry at homeStep One: Plan and prepare your molds. Decide if you are making earrings or necklace pieces, etc. If you plan to fasten pieces together, you'll need to add an eye pin. So bend and add those pieces to the molds first. 

Step Two: Mix your epoxy resin. Follow the directions on the package. I tend to use my own disposable cups and spoons as I feel like they do not give you enough in most kits, or they are too small. Also keep in mind that if you are only making a few pieces, you won't need a lot, so only mix what you need (or a little more) but save the rest for another project. Once mixed, the epoxy resin is only good to work with for about 20 minutes or so. Fill the molds about half way with the mixed resin. 

Step Three: Add your items to the epoxy filled molds. Use toothpicks to push or move the items around so they are evenly spread and under the surface of the epoxy resin. It's also good to wait a few minutes, and then check them again and move with a toothpick again if you notice the items settling all in one area. I noticed the sprinkles tended to do this. 

Step Four: Use a heat gun or kitchen torch to apply some heat to the tops of each piece to remove bubbles. Be careful as you work, as you don't want to apply too much heat all at once. You'll be able to see the bubbles disappear from the surface as you move the heat over each piece. Wait a few minutes and repeat this step, and then another few minutes after that. More bubbles will rise to the surface in between these intervals, and your goal is to remove as many of them as you can. The bubbles will make your piece look cloudy otherwise. 

Assemble jewelryStep Five: After the pieces are set (check your epoxy resin package, but probably sometime between 12-24 hours), remove them from the mold and assemble your jewelry. Use crazy glue to add pin or ring backs, or flat posts for earrings. Allow to dry before wearing. 

DIY Epoxy Resin Jewelry (via abeautifulmess.com)    I like making sets of the same pieces. I don't know if I'll wear them as sets all the time, but I think it's kind of fun because jewelry like this is so kitschy, so why not? :)

DIY Epoxy Resin Jewelry (via abeautifulmess.com) If you are making this as a gift, you could add the pieces onto some simple DIY  card stock jewelry displays—bonus points if you use glitter card stock. 

How to make epoxy resin jewelry And here's a photo to prove I can, on occasion, actually look up at the camera. Ha! Anyway, thanks for letting me share! If you guys make any epoxy resin jewelry, be sure to use the tag #ABMcrafty because I WANNA SEE. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

Rosé Gummy Bears (they're super easy to make!)I am so truly stoked to share these Rosé Soaked Gummy Bears with you today. They are the PERFECT novelty dessert for Valentine's Day (or any Bachelor Monday if you ask me!), and they're also incredibly easy to make. 

A few years back I made Vodka and Rum soaked gummy bears for Emma's bachelorette party. They were a HUGE hit! Then, this past week it dawned on me that it might work with rosé (!!!!!!). 

All you need to get started is a bottle of rosé (doesn't have to be the fancy stuff) and a one pound bag gummy bears. I chose grapefruit gummy bears because I figured the flavor combo would be kind of mimosa-esque and also the color is similar to that of rosé. I think peach would also be a great choice. 

Rosé Gummy Bears (they're super easy to make!) In a medium size mixing bowl, I combined my one pound of gummy bears with half a bottle of rosé (what's pictured here isn't quite half a bottle, but an hour later it was already almost soaked in, so I added more). 

Rosé Gummy Bears (they're super easy to make!)

Do whatever you want with the other half of the bottle... I trust you not to waste it. Haha! 

Once the gummy bears and the rosé are soaking in the bowl, just cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and set them in your fridge for two hours. I taste tested them 2-4 hours after we made them and the next morning, and I found the fresher gummies to be the best! SO if you want to serve them at a party, or for dinner, just make them some time that afternoon and leave them in the fridge. 

They are still good the next day, just not quite as flavorful. 

Rosé Gummy Bears (they're super easy to make!)    (This is how the bowl will look when you first pour the rosé.) 

Rosé Gummy Bears (they're super easy to make!)     (And this is how soaked up they will be in just a few hours! It goes quickly.) 

If you want to check on them and stir them up a few times, that doesn't hurt. But I didn't experience much of an issue with them sticking together. 

When they are done soaking, if there is any remaining liquid (probably not much at all!), drain it and keep the gummies chilled in whatever serving dish you want. Normally I wouldn't think they need to be chilled (with liquor instead of wine), but I feel like it matches the rosé theme to serve them chilled. And we care about our themes here, don't we! 

Rosé Gummy Bears (they're super easy to make!)       When complete, my gummy bears were larger in size. I wish I had saved an un-soaked bear to compare. They definitely turn into jumbo sized gummies! 

You can totally taste both the grapefruit flavor that they came with AND the rosé flavor, and they are SO GOOD. The texture is not sticky or gross, but when served together, they are still slightly wet, so I like to serve them with a spoon. 

You can keep them in the fridge for several days, but again—they taste the absolute best when they are fresh. And since a pound of gummy bears is a LOT, dish some out into cute little mason jars and give them to friends. Unless, of course, you're making these for a party (and I hope you are). For a party, be sure to label them so everyone knows what they're tasting! 

Now, I feel obliged to do ONE more test for you guys. (RED wine gummy bears?? Will they be awesome? Like a delicious sangria? Or weird?) I will report back to you soon. 

Rosé Gummy Bears (they're super easy to make!)   Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day! And regardless of whether you are celebrating it with someone you love, why not celebrate it with boozy gummy bears? xx -Elsie 

Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions 

BrilliantIf you've already purchased ABM's newest e-Course, Everyday Photography: 52 Weeks of Documenting Life, you have likely already received a fun mini kit in the mail that includes a mini book with a fun cover for you to color in as you please, a set of stickers to add to your photos, a set of six illustrated icon stamps, and a surprise ink pad. Apparently coloring is a great way for adults to relax, so we've designed a cover that can be customized according to your color preferences or left blank! Use it as a notebook to jot down your great ideas or add in instant photos with washi tape or staples. You could even pull out the staples and replace a few of the pages with colored card stock or patterned paper made with the stamps included! 

9Brilliant2I decided to play with my new Fujifilm Instax Mini and add in the photos of our family at the start of the new year. The mini film is the perfect height for this album with plenty of room for journaling on the same page. I knew I didn't want to add in a lot of embellishments to this mini book because the spine is so thin. So I made good use of my ink pad, colored pencils, and stickers. 

1The inside pages are a small grid pattern, so I took inspiration from mid-century tile patterns and colored in a few random squares on all pages. It offered a subtle pattern to help fill in some space but didn't make it hard to read my journaling. I also flipped my ink pad over and just pressed it down directly on to a page to create a colored journaling spot. It showed up nicely but did bleed through the page, so be warned! Best to use it on the other side of a page that will have a larger photo or piece of card stock covering it. 

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32Another quick way to add color and a bit of journaling is to cut up strips of colored card stock in coordinating colors and use double-sided tape to stick them to your graph paper. 

56I used the eye stamp to create a subtle pattern with my ink pad and then added alpha stickers on top for some detail on this page, and I can see this technique being utilized in the Pop Art and Printable Calendar DIY projects that are also included in the e-Course! Mini Book Kits are only available while supplies last, so get yours ASAP!

If you're looking for more great ideas for documenting life this year, this is the e-Course for you. If you're ready to get your favorite photos off of your camera and onto your walls, we have twelve easy and fresh projects that'll help you do exactly that. Head over to the course page for full details and enjoy this self-paced course designed to guide you through the most photographed year of your life. -Rachel

Credits//Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with the New A Beautiful Mess Actions.  

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