Elsie's Record Player SetupHey, guys! I've had a few requests via Instagram to share our new record player setup, and I'm more than happy to share. We spent quite a long time researching all these purchases, so I hope they will save someone a lot of time! 

Playing records is something I've always enjoyed. I just love the physicality of them. In a world where you can play any song at any moment, there's something I really like about having limited options, having to flip from side A to B, and watching them spin. It's a novelty, I know, but I LOVE THEM. 

My husband on the other hand, not so much. In the past, he never really wanted to listen to records because he didn't love the sound quality. So we worked to find the best of both worlds! 

Elsie's Record Player Setup    Record Player + Preamp 

After much research, we chose the Orbit Basic Turntable from U-Turn Audio. I was looking for something with this really clean, modern look at a reasonable price, and this is the best I could do. It comes in other colors, but I really had my heart set on white. This turntable does not have a built in preamp, so you have to buy one. We stuck with the same brand and got this one

We were upgrading from a Crosley with built-in speakers, so we knew we would have to purchase speakers. We looked into a few different brands, and even bought and returned a set because we realized we'd have to buy more expensive components to make them compatible. Then, finally I had a giant "DUH" moment and checked our record player on Amazon, scrolled down to the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought", and saw these speakers... 

Elsie's Record Player SetupSpeakers 

After looking at way too many speakers, we ended up going with these from Audioengine. They satisfy both of us because they sound amazing and they are very pretty. We're both kind of snobby about those two factors, although we'd debate which one is more important. So it was great to find a brand that does both very well. 

It's actually harder than you think to find white speakers that aren't ugly. Haha! 

Elsie's Record Player SetupHere's a little peek inside our record cabinet. Still plenty of room to keep collecting. :)) 

Now that we're up and running, we are playing records CONSTANTLY. I know it might seem like a small detail, but it's one of the things that makes our home feel 90% more cozy, and I absolutely love it!

Elsie's Record Player Setup     Elsie's Record Player Setup     Thanks for reading! xx-Elsie  

Oh!! PS– This gorgeous art print is from A New Wall Decor and my console is from West Elm.

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

Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)         In keeping with my apparent obsession of trying to make everything as gold as possible in my house, I thought it would be only right to make some 24k decorative pillows to keep the theme alive. Well, not actual 24k obviously... gold leaf on a budget is more like it. I used this technique to make a fun phrase sweatshirt recently, and I thought it would be perfect for a set of pillows for our new teal Joybird sectional. The couch is such a pretty teal (it's the Notion Thunderbird color). So I thought white and gold pillows would be a good accent to the big pop of color. I have been eyeing this beautiful JuJu wallpaper print, and while I'm not in the market for wallpaper at the moment, I thought it would be a great pattern inspiration for the pillow project. Let's get started!

Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)Supplies:
-gold foil roll
-foil adhesive
-parchment paper
-plain white cotton fabric
-fabric scissors
-pillow insert

Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!) I wanted to make 19" pillows, so I cut out a 20" wide square since I planned to have a 1/2" seam allowance when I sewed the pillow together. Turn your iron onto medium/high heat with the steam setting off. To create the pattern, I blocked off about an 8" square section at a time and used my brush to create random squiggles and strokes with my foil adhesive. The adhesive is more like a thick paste than a thin paint, so you do have to go over it several times to get a real build up on the fabric. You want it to be a concentrated thin layer of adhesive but not gloppy, so brush any big clumps smooth. It's best to work as quickly as you can for this part since you don't want the adhesive to dry too much before moving on to the next step. So work in an even smaller area if you need to.

Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)   Once you have several squiggles painted, cut a piece of gold foil roll just slightly bigger than your painted area, lay the foil (gold side up) on the adhesive and place a piece of parchment paper over the foil. Use the iron to adhere the foil to the adhesive. You’ll want to spend about 20-25 seconds passing over all areas of the foil, making sure it’s sufficiently warming each section. If you see the foil starting to lose it's "goldness" when you pick up the parchment paper, that means either your iron is too hot or you're ironing the spot for too long so adjust accordingly. 

Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)    When the fabric and foil are cool, peel back the foil slowly to reveal the design underneath. Repeat with each section until your pillow design is full! If you like a more brushy look, use less adhesive, or use more for a more solid line. You can practice on a scrap piece of fabric if you want to test out the look first.

Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)     Finish your pillow by following this envelope pillow tutorial (my favorite way to make a pillow), and your pillows are done! Since the gold foil is a little more delicate than a regular fabric paint, I would hand wash in cold water as needed to keep them looking nice. 

Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)        Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)        Gold foil pillow DIY (click through for more!)        These pillows look so good on the teal couch and compliment the rest of the gold items in the room really well. I love that they are also by a big window so the gold foil gets plenty of good reflection from the sunlight that comes in. We spend a lot of time on this sectional, so I'm so happy to have some cute pillows that, just like Lebowski's rug, "really tie the room together." If you ask me, this DIY is as good as gold! xo. Laura

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

Oui Fresh With only twelve days left until the launch of our new brand, Oui Fresh, we thought it would be fun to share a Sister Style wearing some of the new collection!

We're not good at keeping secrets, so in Arizona we were trying not to show the t-shirts in our social media posts and, well, that lasted for about four hours. Haha! 

We had such a good time in Arizona shooting with our OG photographer, Sarah Rhodes. She's a gem of a human and so much fun to spend a day with. Here are some pics from an afternoon in sunny Arizona... 

Oui Fresh     Oui Fresh   Oui Fresh   Oui Fresh   Elsie's Wearing: T-Shirt, Bag and Sunnies/Oui Fresh (our new brand coming May 16th!!), Skirt/Madewell, Wedges/Target. 

Oui FreshOui Fresh            Oui Fresh            Oui Fresh            Oui Fresh            Emma's Wearing: T-Shirt, Kimono, Sunnies, Bag/Oui Fresh (our new brand coming May 16th!!), Shorts/Levi's, Shoes/H&M

Oui Fresh         Oui Fresh         So, which t-shirt is your favorite so far????? 

xx- Elsie + Emma 

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

Rhubarb strawberry and almond pie (via abeautifulmess.com)    I've been seeing pretty red stalks of rhubarb at the grocery store for the past month or so, and I finally decided that it was time to make a pie. I must admit, rhubarb pie is not a flavor I grew up with. I suspect that it was around, probably at church pot luck nights among other places, but I can imagine picky-eater Emma passing it up for things like chocolate pudding pie or apple pie. So basic. :) 

But in adulthood, I am happy to report that I have learned to love rhubarb pie, especially when paired with strawberries!

Rhubarb strawberry and almond pie (via abeautifulmess.com)I like to mix the two because it adds more of that beautiful red color, and while strawberries are still fairly tart, they aren't quite as much as rhubarb or raspberries. So I think they make a nice balance together. 

The filling is quite simple here, really just fruit, sugar, and flour. The pie crust is equally simple but with some almond meal added in to add a little more depth of flavor among the flaky goodness of pie crust. I also like the little speckles it adds to the crust, almost like the pie has freckles. :) 

IngredientsRhubarb, Strawberry, and Almond Pie

For the crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, divided (we use 15 tablespoons in the crust and the remainder in the filling)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water

For the filling:
2 1/2 cups sliced rhubarb
2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

To make the crust, in a large mixing bowl stir together the flour, almond meal, and salt. Use a box grater to grate 15 tablespoons of cold butter into the mixture. Then use your clean hands to blend into a coarse, grainy meal (like tiny pebbles). To make sure your water is very cold, fill a tall glass with water and add ice cubes. Then measure out the 1/4 cup water needed and add this to the bowl. Press together until a dough ball forms. You want to use the least amount of water possible here, but if the mixture seems too dry and won't hold together when pressed, add another tablespoon of cold water. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight (up to two days). 

Pie fillingFor the filling, combine the sliced rhubarb, sliced strawberries, lime juice, sugar, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine well; the flour and sugar will become wet from the juices and will turn into a kind of ooze – this is good. :) 

Divide the dough in half. Roll out half so that it's larger than your pie pan. You want enough dough to hang over the edges so you can fold it up into a nice crusty edge. Lightly butter the pie pan and add the dough. Fill with the pie filling, then top with the remaining tablespoon of butter cut into four pieces. Roll out the remaining dough for the top crust. Feel free to get creative here! After rolling the dough out, I cut mine into long thin pieces and just kind piled them up inside the pie. Do whatever you want here. My only suggestion is to keep the crust fairly uniform in depth, meaning you don't want half the dough piled up on one side with barely any on the other as this could result in some dough (the thicker areas) still being raw while the rest of the pie is done baking. 

Cover the edges in foil (optional, but it does help) and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for another 28-32 minutes. 

Rhubarb strawberry and almond pie (via abeautifulmess.com) Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into it. And remember to top with vanilla ice cream before serving – that is a very important step! Happy pie making! xx. Emma

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


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