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This month we have some very exciting boxes, with pastel-y and spring-y vibes. 

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Have an awesome day! xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy. Video: Jeremy Larson. 

One Piece SwimsuitsI always seem to be swimsuit shopping around this time of year. I think because our anniversary is in May, so we're usually planning a trip around now. Also, I LOVE planning ahead for warmer weather. 

If you're in the market for a new swimsuit, here's a big roundup of some favorites I've found while shopping. I'm putting a *star by the ones I own and love. 

One piece swimsuits– 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / *6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 (omg and this one too!) 

High Waisted BikiniHigh waisted bikinis are still my absolute favorite. They are so flattering and easy to wear. The thing I love most is how easy they are to mix and match. I have a bunch of patterns and basics that mix and match endlessly.  

High waisted bikinis– 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 top + bottom / 6 / 7 / *8 / 9 top + bottom / 10

Peplum suitsPeplum swimsuits are my new obsession. I just got two before our trip to Chile, and they were really fun and easy to wear. They kind of play as a one piece with the fit benefits of a two piece (in case your top and bottom are two different sizes!). The only downside was that the extra peplum fabric was kind of floaty and crazy in the water, so I tied mine in a knot while I was actually in the water. 

I hesitate to use the term "universally flattering" about almost anything, but this swimsuit style really is flattering on so many different body types, and easier to wear than a bikini OR a one piece. 

Peplum swimsuits- *1 / 2 / *3 / 4

Where do you like to shop for swimsuits? If you have any secret sources, I'd love to hear them! xx- Elsie 

 

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more! Leather is one of the most versatile products to craft with. We love using it in both traditional ways and finding new uses for it. You've probably seen it popping up in a variety of colors, and it's making its way into crafting, home decor, furniture (other than the sofas and upholstery we've seen for decades), clothing, etc. It's obviously been around for a loooong time and been used in just about every way imaginable. We are especially excited about the trend of brightly colored leathers used in home decor and fashion. Today we're super excited to teach you how to make a really simple, cute and inexpensive leather tassel that is perfect for adorning a bag, using as a keychain or even putting on a chain for a cute necklace.

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!  Supplies:
-a 8.5 x11" sheet of leather (We found ours at Michaels that was already cut to size.)
-keychain ring
-scissors
-hot glue and glue gun

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!    First, you'll cut about an inch off of the long (11") side of the sheet.

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!     Then, start cutting long strips on the other end. These are about 1/4" wide. You can totally "eyeball" it, but you could always use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter if you'd like to be exact.

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!       Next, we cut the top in half because we needed a thinner strip of leather to attach the ring. 

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!        Begin rolling your leather, securing with hot glue as you go.

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!        About 1/3 of the way through, stop to add the key ring. We took about a 2" strip and folded it in half over the keyring.  Secure with hot glue. Continue rolling your tassel until it's completely rolled. Secure the end with more hot glue.

Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!          Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!           Love this DIY Leather Tassel Keychain - Click for more!

We love how simple and cute these little guys are! Is it weird that we want to add tassels to everything? We love them! It would be super cute to make as gifts for friends! What color would you make? xoxo -Mallory & Savannah

Credits // Author and Photography: Mallory Nikolaus and Savannah Kokaliares. Photos edited with Celeste from The Fresh Collection.

Frozen Pisco Sour (via abeautifulmess.com)    Frozen Pisco Sour (via abeautifulmess.com)  Elsie and I both came back from our trip to Chile completely in LOVE with pisco sours. They seemed to be on the menu everywhere we went. Most places had their own take on this classic cocktail, which usually involves pisco, lime or lemon juice, egg white, and bitters. Pisco is a type of brandy produced throughout Chile and Peru. It's not a spirit that I see often where I live, so I think that was part of the appeal as well. Vacation drink! 

Our very favorite pisco sour that we had turned out to be quite different. The owner of this tiny beach restaurant we were at for lunch one day told me that they had the very best pisco sour. So of course, we had to try that. And you know what, she was right! It was amazing although totally different from any other we had sampled before. It was very lime-y with little bits of lime zest floating throughout it. It was served in a sugar-rimmed margarita glass and was basically the consistency of a slushy. I know that probably sounds VERY strange to anyone who drinks pisco sours often, but it was SO delicious and the absolute perfect beach-side cocktail. So this version of a pisco sour is very much inspired by that one. :)

Bronze vitamix!!!!!We are also stoked to be working with Vitamix again this year. We found out that they now offer their blender in a copper tone, and I about died of happiness. Ha! I know it might seem silly to be so excited about the color of your appliance, but look at this way: I've spent quite a bit of time and money giving my kitchen lots of TLC. We installed a new tile backsplash as well as painted all our kitchen cabinets since moving in. So it's absolutely awesome for one of the appliances that I always have sitting out on my counter top, in full view, to be so pretty! Makes me even more excited to wake up and make our morning smoothies. :) Right now, you can find these beauties exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

But this post isn't about smoothies. It's about a super frothy and amazing tasting cocktail that will make you so ready for summer to start.

Pisco sour recipeFrozen Pisco Sour, makes one.

1 1/2 oz. Pisco
2 tablespoons sugar
juice from one lime (about 3/4 oz.)
zest from one lime
1 egg white
1 to 1 1/2 cups of ice

In a blender combine the sugar, lime juice, and lime zest. Blend until the sugar dissolves. Add the pisco, egg white, and ice. Blend until combined and very frothy.

How to make a pisco sourThis is a very simple cocktail to make, but I've also got some additional notes for you to consider. First, as I mentioned, pisco isn't a spirit that I see often where I live. So I was only able to buy a Peruvian pisco. I suspect that the majority of the pisco I had in Chile was, well, from Chile. I'm not an expert, but I was reading more about pisco online and most sources seem to indicate that Chilean pisco tends to be sweeter than Peruvian. I mention this simply because if you end up buying a Chilean pisco, you may consider scaling back the sugar in this recipe a little. But just give your pisco a sip and see what you think. :)

Second, you can see in the photos that I peeled my lime wedge and let the blender do the zesting for me. If you go this route, take care as you peel to try to avoid as much of the white pith under the green exterior as you can. This part can be a bit bitter, so you don't want tons of it in your cocktail. If you don't feel confident with your peeling skills, just zest with a box grater or zester if you have one. 

And the third thing I want to mention is regarding the egg white. Egg white is a pretty common ingredient in cocktails, especially older/classic cocktails. As air gets incorporated into the egg white, either by the blender like in this recipe, or from shaking a cocktail, it makes the egg white very frothy and will impart this texture to your drink. If raw egg white just isn't something you feel comfortable consuming though—no worries. I made this cocktail without the egg white as well, and it's still very, very tasty. It will just make the consistency a little denser and more like a slushy (think frozen margarita). 

Frozen Pisco Sour (via abeautifulmess.com) You could definitely double or triple this recipe and blend all at once if you are making these for a small group. I garnished mine with a sugar rim and a lime rose, but you could add a lime wedge or wheel or a sprig of mint to dress it up a bit instead. Add a dash of Angostura bitters to the top if you like, totally optional though. Thanks for letting me share a new favorite cocktail with you all! xx. Emma

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

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial)          I don’t really need an excuse to make a gold foil phrase sweatshirt about coffee (and in French mind you), so I don’t even think I have to give you a reason why I wanted to make one of these. It’s a “DUH” moment for sure. However, I’ve used some gold iron-on vinyl on fabric before, and while it works pretty well, I wanted to try this gold foil technique on a wearable item as well. The iron-on vinyl is probably better for a totally uniform look, but the foil has a really cool brushed-on quality that makes it fun to play with too. I chose a phrase that means “My coffee please” in French because, well, I like French stuff and coffee, but they also say it in An American in Paris a few times, so it’s something I like to yell around the house.

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-gold foil roll
-foil adhesive
-paintbrush
-freezer paper
-parchment paper
-X-Acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat
-plain sweatshirt
-iron

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Print your phrase the size you want it to appear on your shirt (if you want it bigger than it will fit on an 8” x 10”, then print it on several pieces and tape it together). Trace the phrase onto the non-waxy side of freezer paper, and use an X-Acto knife to cut out the letters making sure to save all the middles of the “O”s and such. 

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Use an iron to iron the freezer paper onto your sweatshirt (you usually don’t need to spend more than 30 seconds on one area). 

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Once the paper is secure, brush on an even amount of foil adhesive onto the sweatshirt letters that are exposed through the freezer paper cutouts. Try to work quickly so that the adhesive on the first letters isn’t totally dry by the time you get to the end. You want to make sure you are covering the exposed fabric but don’t want globs of adhesive either.

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Cut out a section of foil that is just slightly bigger than your phrase (but still smaller than your freezer paper stencil). Lay it gold side up onto the phrase, place a piece of parchment paper on top, and use the iron (on a medium/high setting) to adhere the gold foil to the sweatshirt. You’ll want to spend about 30 seconds passing over all areas of the phrase, making sure it’s sufficiently warming each section. 

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) Once it’s adhered, remove the parchment paper and allow the foil to cool. Peel back the foil and then remove the freezer paper as well to reveal your phrase underneath!

Gold foil phrase DIY! (click through for tutorial) This totally looks and feels like something I would have bought in a store rather than made at home, and I like that I can customize the phrase and font to whatever I wanted (and for all you French nerds out there, yes I know I left off the circumflex accent over the “plait” — I claim artistic license on that one). Since this gold foil is so bright and shiny, you could totally do this on black material as well and the gold would pop really well. Since gold foil tends to be more delicate by nature, I would definitely suggest a cold hand wash for this treatment, but if you feel adventurous, you could always try it on a cold gentle machine cycle. I can’t wait to make a few more of these guys. I’m totally doing one with this abstract face from my pillow DIY for sure! Stay golden! xo. Laura

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

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