Forever changingI've definitely felt some shifts in my personal style this past year. And to be honest, I am still figuring it out. On one hand, I have been way more into comfy, cozy pieces. Six months ago, I started buying 75% of my clothes from Madewell and never looked back. The limited choices, mostly neutral color palette and easy to mix factors all really appeal to me. On the other hand, I am more willing than EVER to wear crazy stuff... vintage, giant bell sleeves, those shoes that light up when you walk. Haha!

I always heard that this insane confidence takes over after 30, and I definitely feel it – or maybe it's just a lot of insecurities that kind of disappear (mind games). Whatever it is, I'm not going to lie – It's NICE. I am loving my 30s. I feel so much more OK with myself than I did in my later twenties. So much more chill. 

Anyway! I am yo-yoing between a very laid back, cozy style and a very bold 60s and 70s inspired dress up style. I don't know where I will land yet, but I'm enjoying this experimental phase. 

Forever changing Forever changing Forever changing Forever changing Forever changing Elsie's Wearing: Jacket/Madewell, Top and Hat/F21, Shorts/Vintage, Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens, Martini Pin/McKean Studio, Scorpio Necklace/Moorea Seal

Take it away, sister!!! 

Emma7 Emma4 Emma2 PurseYes, I think the title "Forever Changing" is totally appropriate when it comes to my personal style too. I guess I sort of feel that fearless 30 year old confidence you're talking about, sis. But, I also don't lots of days. Maybe an alternative title could be, "Forever Moody.". :) 

It's funny, but over the years, I actually think my style has gotten a lot more functional and, well, boring. It's not boring to me, but if you compared my closet now to my closet when I was in high school or college, you'd probably be shocked how much more "normal" I dress now. But I will forever love color, vintage (or vintage inspired) pieces, thrifting (so ill-fitting things that I still just love), and statement t-shirts. I dress very comfy most of the time, but I rarely leave the house in yoga pants. I liked to think it's somewhat balanced, but truthfully I often think that I really should make more time to develop my personal style. This usually culminates in me working on it a little and then getting derailed because of the expense of it, getting frustrated by my body type (the grass is always greener isn't it?), and then I start to think maybe the whole thing is just a vain pursuit anyway. But, really, I usually only think that when I'm frustrated because the truth is I think fashion is SO fun and such an easy way to express yourself. But of course, it has to be practical at times too. It kind of has to walk that line, as most good things do. 

Emma5 Emma1 Emma8Emma's Wearing: Boots/Hunter, Dress/ASOS, Vest/H&M, Purse/Oui Fresh (avail in white too), Pins/The Golden Girl Rum Club + The Uncommon Place, and Glasses/A Beautiful Mess for BonLook in Snappy. You can see how to do this hairstyle here

What about you? Has your style changed over the years? Do you think it will ever stop evolving? xx. Emma + Elsie

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

Candy stripe beets Beet and goat cheese quiche (via abeautifulmess.com)I forget how much I love quiche until I end up having it at a brunch spot or coffee shop randomly. Then I'm immediately reminded, "Oh yeah – I seriously LOVE quiche! I need to make this more."

After getting home from lots of traveling this past week, I found I had not one, not two, but three cartons of eggs in my refrigerator. We get a dozen each week with our CSA delivery because I eat eggs often and love to get local ones when I can. But since I hadn't been home for almost two weeks, they were piling up. Perfect time to experiment with some quiche creations. 

This one is inspired by my love of earthy beets paired with sharp goat cheese. Love that combo! The addition of the goat cheese also made this quiche extra creamy and almost a little sweet, sort of bordering into soufflé territory (almost). :) 

Beet and goat cheese quiche (via abeautifulmess.com)  In this photo, I feel like the beets almost look like little pepperonis. :) 

Beet, Thyme, and Goat Cheese Quiche, makes one. Could serve 4-6 along with salad.

For the crust:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter
2-3 tablespoons cold water

For the filling:
4-5 beets (about 8 oz.) peeled and sliced thin
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 teaspoons thyme
2 cloves of minced garlic
7 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
4 oz. goat cheese

To make the crust, combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut the cold butter into small cubes and use your (clean) hands to rub/crumble the butter in with the flour. The mixture will come to resemble small pebbles. Add two tablespoons of cold water and stir, then press into dough. I usually begin by using a spoon and then use my clean hands again. Dough is best made by hand I guess. If the dough will not stay in a ball without crumbling, add another tablespoon of cold water. You want to use the least amount of water you can, but you do want the dough to hold together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or up to two days. I usually make mine the day before I plan to use it. 

Quiche crust recipeOnce you're ready to make your quiche, wash, peel, and thinly slice the beets. Chop up the onion as well. Toss in a teaspoon of olive oil and bake at 400°F for 5-8 minutes while you roll out the dough. You're looking to soften and bring out the flavors of the beets and onion, but they don't necessarily need to be completely cooked through as they will continue to cook when you bake the quiche. 

Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Butter or spray your quiche pan, then lightly dust with flour. This will make a deeper quiche, so you want a larger pan than just a standard pie pan here. I love this quiche pan because it has a removable bottom, so it's super easy to get the quiche out and keep it looking pretty after it's baked. I think we got this pan from Amazon a few years back, but I honestly don't remember. It's a pretty standard size. 

Remove the beet/onions from the oven. Place the prepared pie pan on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes while you prepare the filling. 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add the beets, onions, minced garlic, thyme, and 3 oz. of the goat cheese crumbled up. Stir so everything is combined. Pour the filling into the partially baked pie crust. Top with the remaining goat cheese, crumbled. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 55 minutes. 

Beet and goat cheese quiche (via abeautifulmess.com) Remove from the oven and take the foil off. The quiche will look puffed at this point, but it will settle down as it cools. Allow to cool for 10 minutes or more before slicing and serving. Enjoy! xx. Emma

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

Try This Simple Trick To Make Your Eyes Look Brighter! (click through for details)      I love when I find out about little makeup tricks that take hardly any time at all to apply and yet can make a big impact on your overall look. I certainly struggle with finding ways to make my eyes look wider and brighter (otherwise I sort of have that sleepy-all-day look about me). One quick little fix you can use is to line the bottom of your eye with a white eyeliner (I use this one) to really make your eyes pop!

Try This Simple Trick To Make Your Eyes Look Brighter! (click through for details)Actually, the white liner on the bottom look was kind of a 60s makeup staple too (see Diana Ross rocking it above), so you know I'm especially up for anything that gets the 60s glam stamp of approval.

Try This Simple Trick To Make Your Eyes Look Brighter! (click through for details) All you have to do is trace a creamy white liner on the lower waterline (the inside edge of your lower lash line), and your eyes look brighter in seconds! I usually pull down gently on the top of my cheekbone to make the waterline a bit easier to access while I apply the liner with the other hand.

Try This Simple Trick To Make Your Eyes Look Brighter! (click through for details)      Try This Simple Trick To Make Your Eyes Look Brighter! (click through for details)      See? It just makes the eyes pop a bit and helps them look fresher and more open. If you wear mascara on your lower lashes (also a big 60s thing), just make sure to apply the liner first and then your mascara. This trick will only add seconds to your makeup routine but will make all the difference – give it a try and see if you agree! xo. Laura

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

A Beautiful Mess : Elsie Larson kitchenI am SO excited to share today's post with you! A few weeks ago, Clea and Joanna from The Home Edit came to my home to help organize my kitchen (and teach you some tips too!!!). They are Nashville-based professional organizers. I had coffee with them a few weeks before this and fell in love with them. 

Now, before I share my goals, you definitely need to see my (100% REAL not-one-thing-moved-or-edited) before pics, right? Here we go– 

Before So this space... not good. I knew it wasn't good and honestly, I didn't care. I planned to style it eventually and hadn't gotten around to it yet. So cluttered and messy. Not cute. 

BeforeHaha! This drawer was SO FULL of stuff that it could barely open. What's funny (and also really dumb) is that there were a bunch of other drawers and cabinets in the kitchen that had ZERO things inside them. 

I definitely just threw everything in there when we first moved in and intended to "fix it" later. 

What drew me to want to work with Clea and Joanna was LEARNING ALL THEIR SECRETS. If you've followed them on Insta, you know they are obsessed with organizing, and they make it look FUN. Like, really fun. And I needed some of that in my life. I figured you guys did too! 

So here are ten things I learned from working with The Home Edit! I hope you enjoy it. 

Useful organization ideas1. Don't be afraid to make a giant mess. 
I know it seems counterintuitive, but you have to take EVERYTHING out of your drawers, closets and containers to put them back in a more functional, organized way! Don't fear the mess. 

This is how my kitchen looked for most of the day before it was basically perfect later that night. 
 
MAKE A HUGE MESS. It's the only way to really see what you have and figure out what you want to keep!! 
 
Containers for organization
 2. Declutter as you go! 
In the past, I've pressured myself to declutter EVERYTHING before I organized. And because that first step is never truly complete, I never get as organized as I want to. 
 
When I worked with The Home Edit for the day, they taught me to declutter as we organized. There were lots of things hidden in my kitchen drawers that I didn't use, didn't need and didn't even know I had. And all those things were taking up space, making it more annoying to find the things I actually needed! 
 
Decluttering as we organized really worked for me because I was even more motivated to purge than usual since I had the big goal of completing the job THAT DAY and having a beautiful, organized kitchen by bedtime. So throwing out old, barely used or damaged items was easy as pie! 
 
Inside the kitchen drawers
When I posted this photo on Instagram, some people were calling me out for it being "unrealistic". But I have to say that after decluttering (MAJORLY) and finding new homes for the stuff we actually use, we now have WAY MORE drawer space. It's prettier, but most importantly it's easier to find things! 
 
3. Matching containers work miracles. 
Jeremy's spice collection looked OK before, but the mismatched containers weren't doing it any favors. And I'm not the kind of person who's going to throw away all of my spices and re-buy them all from one brand (wait – AM I that person??). 
 
Anyway! Clea and Joanna found theses simple glass spice jars, they put all the spices into them (didn't have to miss one single spice!), and then labeled them and organized them by color. 
 
The Home Edit
 LOOK HOW PRETTY! 
 
4. Create special stations for your favorite things! 
This coffee cart (previously home to a random mishmash of kitchen items) makes me so incredibly happy. Instead of storing your things here and there, combine them by theme for a prettier and more functional space! 
 
Organized coffee cart
 5. Customize your pantry. 
My pantry is just a very tiny closet. It's nothing super special, but it's way better than nothing. And since Jeremy and I have been working hard on eating more fresh food and produce, we had a shockingly small amount of food in the pantry (but you should see our fridge – jam packed). It was honestly mostly things for kids who visit (mac and cheese and things like that), things I rarely use and snacks.
 
Inside the pantry
Since our shelves are small and deep, Clea found these long, narrow hyacinth bins that would take advantage of the depth. They are from Target and actually in the bath aisle! If you can't find what you're looking for in one department, just walk around the store! 
 
6. Label everything!
Okay you don't have to label literally everything, but as many things as you can. It reminds you where things go and acts as a set of instructions for everyone in your home. It also gives you guilt about shoving something in a bin that doesn't belong. (Tip: Keep your labels as broad as you need them to be so they are easy to maintain. Having a bin labeled "snacks" is a broad category and easier to keep up than something very specific like "dried fruit".)
 
Label everything
 The Home Edit makes these super cute handwritten labels! (Yes, the "pasta" word is actually a label they make, not handwriting!)
 
Thepantrylabelspasta
 7. Line your drawers with pretty paper. 
This little detail made my drawers SO much more special! We used Rifle wrapping paper and also extra wallpaper from my dining room to line the drawers. Look how pretty it is! It's super simple to install and since they don't match, it will be easy to replace when one inevitably gets messed up! 
 
Lining the shelves
 8. Double buy and then return. 
A lot of my hang up with organizing has been what to buy. Like, recently I drove to the other side of town to The Container Store and just walked around the store getting overwhelmed. I ended up buying one thing, and then when I got home, realized I needed (at least) two more. 
 
Something I learned from Clea and Joanna is to buy TOO MUCH and then return all the things you didn't use after the project is complete. This eliminates running back and forth to the stores, and it can also keep you motivated to actually complete the project since you'll want to get that return $ back!
 
Organized open shelving
 9. Store like with like. 
Before this organizing day, I had my blog styling stuff scattered between three rooms. Things like these paper straws and cute cloth napkins were almost impossible to find when I needed them. Now, it's all grouped together! SO MUCH BETTER. 
 
Organized cabinets
 10.  Function first! 
Not every drawer and space needs to be beautiful. Some are definitely going to be prettier than others and that's OK! 
 
Organized shelves
First, decide what you use most often. Prioritize those spaces and make them functional. Then, along the way you can choose which ones to make SUPER pretty and which ones to not worry about as much. We all have ugly drawers (that I'm not including photos of); it's OK! 
 
Everything has a place!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comments!!! 
 
Huge thank yous so much to The Home Edit for helping me create this post and for making my kitchen 1 million times more organized and useful. xx- Elsie 
 
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

So pretty! Pineapple Citrus Punch (click through for tutorial)    Who doesn't love punch? 

Nobody ever? 

Great. We're all on the same page. 

So I'm a big party-thrower. I love everything about it from the decorating to the food to the drinks. But more than anything, I just like being around my friends. It's great to decompress, laugh and have a little girl time – all the good vibes. I love making punches for parties because they are self-serve, super pretty and VERY easy to prepare. It's almost like cheating! So don't forget, next time you host a party, throw together a pretty punch bowl or two! 

This one is very light and tropical, which I think is great for summer parties. On this post, we're actually working with Palm Breeze, who is offering extra deals, perks and recipes when you use the Shazam app with a can. And now, without any further ado, here's a quick and easy punch recipe:

So pretty! Pineapple Citrus Punch (click through for tutorial)    Pineapple Citrus Punch, serves 20 small glasses 

5 cups pineapple juice
2 cans Pineapple Mandarin Orange Palm Breeze 
2 cans Ruby Red Citrus Palm Breeze
sliced oranges 
sliced strawberries 
edible flowers 

In a punch bowl, combine the pineapple juice and Palm Breeze. By the way, if you've never tried Palm Breeze, it's kind of like a refreshing fruit spritz with just a little kick. Garnish your punch bowl with fruit slices or edible flowers. 

So pretty! Pineapple Citrus Punch (click through for tutorial)    So pretty! Pineapple Citrus Punch (click through for tutorial)    So pretty! Pineapple Citrus Punch (click through for tutorial)    So pretty! Pineapple Citrus Punch (click through for tutorial)    I hope you enjoy this!!! Reminds me... I need to schedule a party SOON. xx- Elsie 

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

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