Sister StyleWhen it comes to daily routines, there's not a whole lot I love more than my morning coffee. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it's PURE MAGIC. Every single morning. M A G I C. 

And of course, I love coffee shops. Bonus points for cute shops with the best colors (I'm lookin' at you, Barista Parlor Golden Sound) and extra credit points for donuts. 

Summertime sure is growing on me. Even when it's hot as hell, I love my too-short dresses (there are shorts under there, don't freak out!), an iced drink, and the promise of fireflies every night when it gets dark. I've always been an autumn person, but this year I'm branching out and learning to love all four seasons (even if I have to love winter from Palm Springs – hahaha). 

Anyway – forgive my rambling! Here are some more outfit pics and scroll down to see Emma's too! 

Sister Style Sister Style  Sister Style  Sister Style  Sister Style  Elsie's Wearing: Dress/Free People, Bag/Oui Fresh, Sunnies/Wildfox, Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens, Hat/ModCloth

Sister Style  Take it away, sister!!! 

Emma Chapman Emma Chapman    Emma Chapman I could not agree more – coffee is pure magic! And I like my magic black (get it, black coffee? black magic? see what I did there?). I also love Barista Parlor Golden Sound. Elsie took me there last time I was in Nashville, and it was so good!

Also, Elsie and I have matching purses in this post – totally by accident really. Sister purses. ;)

Emma Chapman  Emma's Wearing: David Bowie shirt/Free People, Leggings + necklace/F21, Purse/Oui Fresh, Shoes/H&M

David Bowie Forever!Hope you all are having an awesome day! xxxx. Elsie + Emma

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

Match Green Tea No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com)   Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com) Oh man, you guys, I am really excited to share this cheesecake recipe today! There are a few key things that I really love about the base of this recipe. First, the overall texture is a lighter, creamier take on most average cheesecakes. We're talking melt in your mouth creamy! And second, I love that this is a no-bake cheesecake situation. Where I live, it's currently in the high 90s and quite humid everyday. So although I will dare to turn on my oven now and again, I like that this delicious dessert does not require it. 

We worked with Pocky on this recipe. You'll see that I've used their Matcha Green Tea flavor in the crust of this recipe. I've loved Pocky since high school. It's one of those treats that is delicious but also super unique. So, you can see the appeal. :) 

You guys ready to make some no-bake cheesecake yet?! Let's do this. 

Pocky Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com)  Matcha No-Bake Cheesecake, makes 6 jumbo cupcake size cheesecakes*

For the crust:
1 package (2.47 oz) Matcha Green Tea Pocky
1 cup (2 oz.) pretzel sticks
1/4 cup butter, melted

For the filling:
two 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
fresh whipped cream or extra Pocky to decorate with (optional, but do it!)

*The pan I used to make the cheesecakes you see here is called Zenker Ring Mold Creations. You could use a number of other pans like a jumbo cupcake pan (will only make enough to fill 6), standard cupcake pan (will make enough crust and batter to fill 10-12), or a regular pie pan. How thick your cheesecake turns out might vary slightly, but since this is a no-bake cheesecake, it won't affect the overall texture or "doneness" of your dessert. If you do use a cupcake or muffin pan, feel free to line each cup with a baking liner, just so it's easier to remove each from the cup after it has cooled. 

Cheesecake crustFirst let's make the crust. In a food processor, combine the Pocky and pretzels. Pulse until the mixture is a very fine grain. You don't want to pulse so long that it turns to a paste, but just long enough that the mixture resembles a coarse powder. 

Remove to a small mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter. Give this a mix so everything gets coated in the butter. Now press the crust into the bottom of your pan(s). For the type of pan I used, I found that using the bottom of a (clean) spice jar made it easier to really press the crust in to the bottom, since my hand couldn't quite fit as easily as if I were using a pie pan. 

Once you've pressed your crust in place, pop this in the refrigerator while you make the batter. 

Homemade no bake cheesecakeWith an electric mixer or in a stand mixer, blend together the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. You're looking to really incorporate the sugar throughout so that your final cheesecake texture isn't overly grainy. Beat for a couple minutes, then turn off your blender and rub a small amount of the mixture between your fingers. Does the sugar feel like it's incorporating? It won't completely disappear, but you shouldn't feel large chunks of stuck-together sugar. If you do, scrape down the bowl and blend for another few minutes.

Next, in a clean bowl, or you may have to remove the cream cheese mix and clean out your stand mixer bowl, add the heavy whipping cream and the matcha green tea powder. Be sure to sift the powder before adding to help eliminate clumps. Beat on high until medium soft peaks begin to form. You're basically looking to make a soft whipped cream mixture here. One you have that, fold the two mixtures together. I think a rubber spatula works best here. 

Now add the batter to each crust, or to the pie pan, whichever you are using. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. 

Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com) Match No Bake Cheesecakes (via abeautifulmess.com)     Once chilled, top with whipped cream or decorate to your heart's desire before serving. Enjoy! xx. Emma

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

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3Hi, friends! I'm back with another weekly edition of random product recommendations. I have some really good ones to share with you this week! 

When I first started to "clean up" my bath and beauty products, I quickly learned that some products are much easier to replace than others. Foundation and concealer were two very tricky categories where I had to try a lot of things I didn't love (and waste some $$ – boo!) before I found some real winners! So I am hoping this will be helpful to someone out there. :) 

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3 Burt's Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil

I love body oils. I don't use them every day, but I like to use them after showers all over my body. When I was in high school, I had an experience where I scraped up my face pretty bad (and knocked out a tooth – did you know I have a fake tooth?), and my mom gave me vitamin E oil to put on my face. It healed INSANELY fast (like in a week) with no scars. So I have always been a big believer in vitamin E oil and use it as much as possible. 

Disclaimer – I am not pregnant and did not realize that this oil was at all intended for pregnant women until reading its description on Amazon just now. Oops! That is kind of embarrassing, but not embarrassing enough for me to take it out of this post. Ha! I still think it's a great body oil (for anyone). Feel free to make fun of me as much as you want, though. :)

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3  Herbivore Sea Mist Lavender + Sea Salt Spray

I like to let my hair air dry sometimes (although it's not always possible), and when I do, I use this sea mist spray in my hair while it's drying. It smells amazing and beachy, perfect for summertime! 

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3   3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3   3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3   Au Naturale Foundation and Concealer

Like I said before, I had a lot of misfires in this category. I tried a couple that were far too oily and a few that were just too weak and didn't do the job. I wanted something relatively full coverage, but natural looking enough to wear daily. These are my favorites I have found, and I will probably wear them for years to come.

Note – if you live in Nashville, you can try these out and pick them up at Poppy & Monroe. I buy so much of my makeup there now, and it's definitely one of my favorite local businesses. The people are kind and helpful and care SO much about green beauty products and have tested a LOT of products so you don't have to. 

3 Natural Products I Am Loving Vol. 3        Well, that's all I have for now! I'm looking forward to sharing more as I go! Hope your week is going great. xx- Elsie 

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

Knotted roving weaving tutorial from Rachel Denbow of SmileandWaveDIY for www.aBeautifulMess.com. Learn to add even more chunky texture to your next woven wall hanging with this step-by-step tutorialThe weaving craze continues! If you haven't already joined the ranks of fiber-loving weavers, this project might be the one that gets you there. It's an easy weave as far as stitches and technique go, so it's truly a great option for anyone who feels like they want to get started but also want to end up with something they can be proud to hang on their wall. This larger wall hanging relies heavily on color pairing and varying textures to make a strong statement, and each of the techniques you learn can be used to customize your own unique woven wall hanging.  

Knotted Roving Accents from Rachel Denbow of Smile and Wave DIYThis weaving uses regular cotton and wool yarns as well as fabric yarn (the yummy peach color) and cotton candy colored merino wool roving (it will have you headed straight to the state fair to get the real stuff). The wool roving is knotted once in each weft row for a multi-dimensional effect as opposed to being bubbled out in between every few warp rows. It's just one other fun way to experiment with your weaving skills to see how you can customize your wall art for a truly unique piece. 

Supplies1Supplies:
-18"- 24" wooden frame loom
-colored cotton yarn for warp (not shown)
-2 oz. of salmon merino top roving
-natural cotton yarn for fringe and weft
-peach fabric yarn for fringe
-coral worsted weight yarn for weft
-1" wooden dowel cut to about 4" wider than your wall hanging
-12" stick shuttle
-10" x 15" piece of cardboard
-3" tapestry needle
-yardstick
-scissors
-weaving comb or fork

1-2Step One: Warp your loom to the width you prefer. Wrap your stick shuttle with about 8' of your natural cotton yarn. 

Step Two: Weave your yardstick through your warp. This is going to act as your shed stick. When you place the yardstick perpendicular to the weft, you'll open up a shed where you can slide your stick shuttle through quickly instead of having to go over and under both ways. This will only work weaving in one direction, but it will still save you time. 

Open your shed and run your stick shuttle through the shed. Then place your yardstick flat again to close the shed. 

3-4Step Three: Push your yardstick to the top of your warp so it's out of the way. Weave back in the other direction with your stick shuttle going over and under. Pull your yarn through to the top corner and then pull it down to create an arch. 

Step Four: Press your arch down in the center and on each side of the center so you get a wave effect. Then press the entire weft row down with your weaving comb, fork, fingers, or shed stick. 

5-6Step Five: Open your shed up again with your shed stick (yardstick) and push your stick shuttle through. Repeat with an arch and the wave and press your weft row down. Continue for a total of 8-10 weft rows. This plain weave will create support for the row of rya knots you'll add in step seven and help the warp rows stay evenly spaced. You can do this section nearer the bottom of your loom if you want a taller wall hanging.

Step Six: Wrap your cardboard around the longer end about 40 times. Then make one cut through all 40 wraps of yarn. This will give you 40 strands of yarn for your rya knots. You'll need more than this, but 40 at a time is a good bundle to manage. 

7-8Step Seven: Take a bundle of 6-7 strands and wrap it around the first two warp rows on the left side of your loom as shown. Then gently pull it down and center it so that it's resting on top of your weft rows. 

Step Eight: Keep adding rya knots and cut more as you go. You'll trim these up at a later date, so don't worry too much if they're not even. 

9-10Step Nine: Weave another 1.5" of plain weave. This will add some height in between rya knots and keep your warp threads from spreading apart. 

Step Ten: Wrap your peach fabric yarn around the shorter side of your cardboard about 20 times to create your next row of rya knots. Add 2-3 strands of fabric yarn per rya knot. 

11-12Step Eleven: Weave 1" of coral yarn on top of your fabric rya knot row, and then follow that with 2" or more of the peach fabric yarn. 

Plan out where you want your roving knot pattern to be on your wall hanging. I chose to do a cluster of three to one side. I started weaving my roving from the left and pulled it up after the twelfth warp row. I gently tied it in a knot and then skipped about six warp rows (roughly the width of my knot) before continuing to weave the rest of my weft row. 

Then I wove my second row of roving and pulled my roving up about 3" before the knot below and tied another knot. Then I skipped another few warp rows before weaving the rest of that weft row. For my third weft row of roving, I only wove in about eight warp rows before pulling the roving up and tying it in a knot. Then I skipped a few more warp rows and wove the rest of that third weft row. I wrapped my roving around the outer warp row and tucked the tail end behind the warp rows for a cleaner edge. 

Step Twelve: Once you've finished your roving rows, add in a few more inches of fabric yarn plain weave as well as more coral. You can continue adding in more layers of roving but you want to make sure you provide some support to the structure of your warp rows with a thinner row of plain weave if you choose to do much more roving in one section. Three rows won't make this wall hanging lose it's shape, but much more than that will cause it to spread out a bit at the sides. 

13-14Step Thirteen: Remove your warp rows from the top of your loom one at a time and tie a knot flush against the last weft row. This is only one of the ways you can finish your wall hanging, but it's a great option for beginners. Work your way in from both sides towards the center to keep your wall hanging from getting wonky on one side. 

Step Fourteen: Remove your wall hanging from the bottom of your loom and tie two warp rows together at a time. You'll end up with an extra warp row, so tie your last three together in a knot. You can trim these pretty close to the knot to keep them from showing through the white fringe.

15-16Step Fifteen: Wrap your loose roving tail end around to the back and tuck it under warp rows. Wrap loose fabric yarn under warp rows as well. Stitch your worsted weight yarn down through the weft rows (see next step).

Step Sixteen: Thread your tapestry needle with your loose ends from the top of your weaving and stitch them down through the weft rows as shown. You can trim the ends but not so short that they pull out. 

17-18Step Seventeen: Cut a 9' length of cotton yarn and tie one end between the warp rows on one side under the knot. Then stitch your yarn through the back of the warp rows but under each knot. Leave enough slack between each stitch to put your dowel rod through.

Step Eighteen: Insert your dowel rod, adjust your yarn so that it's even all the way across, and tie a knot at the other end of your weaving on the last warp row knot. Cut another length of 3' of yarn, tie a knot at each end and loop it around your dowel rod so you can hang your wall hanging up. 

Knot your roving for a highly textured weaving accent. Tutorial by Rachel Denbow of Smile and Wave DIYWeaving with roving by Rachel Denbow of Smile and Wave DIY for www.aBeautifulMess.comThis 22" wide wall hanging can easily hold its own on any wall and would be so sweet in a nursery in pastels or neutrals.

If you're brand new to weaving and would love step-by-step images with a wide range of weaving stitches and techniques, my beginner's weaving book, DIY Woven Art, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. With 15 projects that range from the simplest little weaving on a cardboard loom to a 3' statement piece using a range of fibers, it's a great resource for beginners and experienced weavers alike. Happy weaving, friends! -Rachel

Credits//Author: Rachel Denbow. Photography: Rachel and Janae Hardy. Edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Coconut banana popsicles (via abeautifulmess.com) Coconut banana chocolate popsicles It's summer time, guys! That means bring on all the frozen treats, right? These popsicles are just that but with the added bonus of being EASY to make as well as pretty darn healthy.

Coconut banana popsicles Coconut banana popsicles  These combine some of my favorite flavors and ingredients at the moment – toasted coconut, ripe bananas, chia seeds, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Mmmm. You better believe that after snapping the photos of this batch, I promptly ate one of these for an afternoon snack! 

Ingredients for coconut banana chocolate popsiclesBanana Coconut and Chia Popsicles, makes 10-12 depending on your mold size

1 can (13.6 oz) coconut milk (full fat, unsweetened)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
4 ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar, optional*
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes (unsweetened)

*The maple syrup or brown sugar truly is optional here. I made these without it as well, and I thought it was plenty sweet just from the bananas and then, of course, the chocolate. But if you want to sweeten them a little, feel free, especially if you are thinking about skipping the chocolate on the outside. 

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the coconut milk, water, and chia seeds. Let that sit and thicken for 15-20 minutes. This is not enough seeds to make chia pudding, but the mixture will thicken some as the chia develop that gel coating around them as they soak. Appetizing term, right? Gel coating. :)

In a blender combine 2 ripe bananas (peeled), vanilla extract, sweetener if using, and the coconut chia mixture. Blend for just a few seconds until smooth. Slice up the remaining two bananas and add them to your molds. Then fill with the liquid. Freeze overnight. 

Toasted coconut How to make coconut banana chocolate popsiclesNow for the fun part. While your mold is sitting out thawing a bit so it's easy to slide the popsicles out, prep the outside coating. Toast the coconut flakes in a dry pan over medium heat. Use a heatproof rubber spatula to stir them, and remove them from the pan once they are toasted. Keep an eye on them, as they will toast quickly and you don't want them to burn. 

Next, in a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and olive oil. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between. After about a minute and half, the chocolate will be melted. You could also melt it in a double boiler on the stove if you don't like to use or don't own a microwave. 

How to make coconut banana chocolate popsicles Remove the popsicles from their molds and place on a cutting board covered with wax paper that will fit in your freezer. If you have trouble getting them out, run the bottom of the molds under hot water for a minute to loosen them. Drizzle on the melted chocolate and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Then pop the whole thing into the freezer for 10-15 minutes until the chocolate hardens. 

Coconut banana popsicles That's it – easy, simple, light, delicious, and very refreshing. Make some popsicles before summer is over, guys – put it on your summer bucket list! xo. Emma

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

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