Sherbet Water Marble Mani  Mani time has become a weekly ritual for me. It's a time for me to put my feet up, catch up on the latest episode of The Bachelorette (anyone?) and soak in the quiet while the littles are in bed for the night. I always like to joke that when the house is messy, my hair has been in a bun for 3+ days, and I'm still in my PJs at 4:00PM... that at least my nails are lookin' good. ;) 

Today I'm SO excited to teach you how to do this gorgeous, sherbet-inspired, water marble technique for your next mani night. This one requires a little patience and a little more time than usual, but the results are stunning and so impressive! I'm also going to sneak in some great pro tips so that your water marble turns out beautifully since marbling can get a little technical. 

Sherbet Water Marble ManiSupplies:
-distilled water (make sure it's room temperature, very important!)
-medium sized glass or bowl
-Scotch tape
-handful of Q-tips 
-pointed tool (I used a kabob stick, but you could also use a toothpick or a needle.)
-polish remover
-small, stiff makeup brush 
-3-5 bottles of nail lacquer (avoid glitters; cream colors tend to work best)
-top coat 

Sherbet Water Marble Mani     Step One: Paint your nails with a white base and make sure you let it dry completely. I used the color Snow White by Zoya. This will really help the marbling look vibrant! A quick pro tip on my polish selection – I suggest nail lacquers over polishes. They seem to work much better with this technique. I personally love using the Zoya polishes because not only are they great for marbling, but they are also 5-free – a great, more natural choice!!

Step Two: Tape off your fingernail. I usually suggest just doing one finger at a time. I think three pieces of tape typically work best. One to go around the bottom of your nail and one to go on each side of your nail. This doesn't have to be perfect, just get it as close as you can to the outline of your nail. It definitely helps make the clean up process easier!

Sherbet Water Marble Mani      Step Three: Pour your room temperature, distilled water into a medium sized glass or bowl. The water can really affect how your polish spreads, so make sure you pay extra attention to this step. Some people have luck with just a bottle of room temperature water too!

Step Four: To make this step easier, I like to line up my polishes and take the caps off so they are easy to get to when I need them. It's important to be semi-quick with this step so that the polish doesn't dry on the surface of your water too quickly. To get the sherbet color scheme, I used the colors, Snow White, Blu, Tiana, Kitridge and Darcy. Starting with the white, hold the brush very close to the surface of the water letting a droplet fall in. (If you let the droplet fall from too high of a distance, it will just sink to the bottom of your glass.) You should notice that it spreads pretty quickly. Switching between colors, continue to add more drops of polish until you create a bullseye. The more drops you do, the more marbled your polish will look. I suggest somewhere between 6-12 drops. The reason I suggest avoiding glitters or polishes that are too thick is because they tend to have a difficult time spreading correctly in the water, making it more difficult to get your bullseye. 

To achieve my marbled look, I added a drop of white between every few colors. Since my white base won't come through, I wanted to make sure there was still some white in this particular look. The beauty of this project is that you have creative freedom to vary your color order. Each nail will turn out differently and perfectly imperfect. :)

Step Five: With your pointed tool, start on one of the outer colors and draw lines into the center to create your marbled design. This is the really fun part! Again, you want to be quick with this step so that your polish doesn't completely dry before you get a chance to apply it to your fingernail. :) Another pro tip, don't start with your pointed tool on the outer most ring of your bullseye since it's likely already dry. I usually start with the second most outer ring and go toward the center.

Sherbet Water Marble Mani       Step Six: With your taped off finger, lay your nail onto the part of the marbled design you want at a 45 degree angle until your finger is about halfway emerged into the water. Remember, where you lay your finger on the design is what will end up on your nail, so pick your favorite part of your marbled art!

Step Seven: With your finger still in the water, grab a Q-tip. You'll want to get as much of the excess polish off the surface of the water before taking your finger out so it doesn't mess up your design. I like to carefully blow on the surface of the water to dry the polish and swirl the Q-tip in the water to get the extra polish out. The same swirly motion you would use to get cotton candy on a stick! ;) Once you have most of the polish off the surface, carefully pull your finger out of the water. Ta-da!! 

Sherbet Water Marble Mani        Step Eight: Carefully remove the tape from your finger to reveal your beautiful marbled design! Now it's time to clean up your nail to get the excess polish off and give it a clean, fresh look. I love using small, stiff makeup brushes to clean up my polish. You can easily pick up a great one at the drugstore. Just make sure it's small enough and stiff enough to really be precise around your nail. Dip your brush in the remover and work carefully around your cuticle to clean everything up. This is really the trick to making it look fancy and professional!

Step Nine: Don't skip this step! Grab a good topcoat and polish up your marbled nail. This really helps smooth out any bumps or imperfections and also keeps your marbled art lasting longer! Using a topcoat can really extend the life of your manicure and help prevent chips. You don't have to wait until your polish is completely dry before applying your top coat. Pro tip, swipe a little top coat on the top edges of your nail to really seal it in and help prevent early chipping. 

Repeat these steps for each nail that you want to marble! You can choose just to do a few accent nails, which looks completely lovely OR you can go for the showstopper and get marble crazy!

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I just adore how each nail looks different and how beautiful and professional they look! There are endless patterns and color schemes you can try too! This just might be the perfect DIY mani for your next girls' night?! I think yes! :) Lots of love, Sav.

Credits//Author and Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

Strawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil (via abeautifulmess.com)  Do you remember when I shared that homemade kale pasta recipe? That was fun, right? Ever since I've been wanting to make other flavored-infused pastas. Should be simple enough, I mean I already made that kale one and that turned out great. I started dreaming about something slightly sweet, maybe with berries. Finally I decided to try to make some kind of ravioli inspired by strawberry Caprese salads because those are just too good. 

First batch – too dry and kind of ho-hum tasting.

Second batch – too wet. The dough actually stuck all over my pasta rollers, and I had to let the dough that got stuck deep in the cracks dry out before I could chip it all out and clean them. AHHHHH.

This also means each time I was thinking I was about to eat pasta, and I was massively let down. 

Third time turned out to be the charm for this one. The lesson: when you think something is going to be easy, it might not be, but just try to chill and also have a snack before you freak out because you're really hungry and your dinner plan just turned into a soggy mess of dough stuck all over your kitchen. 

Strawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil (via abeautifulmess.com) Even if you're not a homemade pasta maker, you can probably appreciate the lesson I went through. Life is a series of mistakes, failures, successes, and hopefully some edible carbs here and there. A wise person will take it all in stride. A less wise person will freak out and yell at her pasta attachment. 

I might be the latter. But I'll never tell. :)

How to make ravioliStrawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil, serves 2-3 as a meal or many as an appetizer

12 strawberries (about 6.5 oz)
2 tablespoons water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs

For the filling:
8 oz. ricotta cheese
2 oz. shredded mozzarella
2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt + pepper

For serving:
balsamic vinegar reduction (homemade or store-bought)
fresh basil
Parmesan cheese

First, cut the tops off the strawberries. Add those and the water to a food processor or good blender and puree. You should have around 3/4 cup liquid or a little less.

In a large bowl, measure out the flour and create a well in the center. Add the eggs to the well. Pour in the strawberry mixture and stir until a dough ball begins to form. Use your clean hands and a floured surface to knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. Cover and allow the dough to rest for at least 10 minutes. 

How to make strawberry pastaIn the meantime, in a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, shredded mozzarella, minced garlic, and a generous sprinkle of both salt and pepper. Set aside. 

Roll the dough out until very thin. I used my KitchenAid pasta roller attachment and rolled each piece to level 3. If you want to read more about rolling out pasta, click here

Place one sheet of pasta on a lightly floured cutting board or work surface you can cut on. Spoon or use a pastry bag to add small dots (about 1/2 tablespoon) of filling. Place another sheet on top, and use a pizza cutter or pasta cutter to cut out the ravioli, trapping the filling in the center. 

To cook, boil the ravioli in salted water for 5 minutes (fresh pasta cooks faster than dry pasta). Check a piece for doneness and strain. 

Strawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil (via abeautifulmess.com)Drizzle on the balsamic vinegar reduction, sprinkle on some fresh basil, and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. :) Happy pasta making! xx. Emma

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

Washi tape wall decorHappy Saturday! Many of our readers have requested more renter-friendly posts, so we thought it would be fun to do a roundup of our favorites. First off is this washi tape wall. You can get really creative with the design, and it's a simple and inexpensive way to decorate a wall!

Wooden mid century plant stand DIYWe love this mid century plant stand, and it doesn't require any woodworking. Bonus!

Make your own rope rugMake a rope rug for your space. Weekend project anyone?

Modern bottle opener DIYThis modern bottle opener doubles as wall art.

Lucite towel bar DIYReplace a towel bar with lucite and some gold hardware.

Small porch makeoverMakeover an outdoor space with these tips. A new rug and some plants can add so much!

Customize stairs with removable wallpaperThere are so many fun removable wallpaper patterns available right now. Add some to your stairs!

Watercolor phrase art DIYMake this pretty watercolor phrase art to display on a mantel.

Easy marbled knife holderSo fun! Use your favorite nail polish colors to make this knife holder

Office chair makeoverGive a plain chair a fun makeover with this DIY.

How to style a leaning ladderAdd a leaning ladder to your living room or kitchen. Here are five ways to style one.

Wine cork bulletin boardUse leftover wine corks to make this bulletin board.

Felt palm leave pillow DIYAdd some color to your living room with this palm leaf pillow DIY.

Chunky woven bath mat DIYIf your bathroom needs a little something new, you can make this woven bath mat over the weekend.

Copper pipe side table DIYMake a new side table like this one made from copper pipe. 

Color Engineer PrintsPrint your favorite photo (in color!) and hang it up with some washi tape or a simple frame.

Make a collapsible play houseMake this collapsible playhouse for a kid's room. So cute!

Rope wrapped plantersWe're always looking for new ways to display plants. These rope wrapped planters are super easy to make!

Magnetic ironing mat DIYInstead of messing with an ironing board, make a magnetic ironing mat for your laundry room.

Macrame yarn garland DIYLast but not least, add some color and texture to any wall with macrame garland.

Have a great weekend! -The ABM Team

 

Happy MailHey, friends! We are excited to share this month's Happy Mail and Messy Box subscriptions with you! June's designs are SUPER cute! 

Happy Mail Subscribe to our monthly stationery kit, Happy Mail, here

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See what's new in our shop here. Have a great weekend! Elsie + Emma 

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

Kale, miso, and soft egg saladSomedays you just need a good salad. When these days come (and they do often), I'm talking about a salad that is filling, flavor packed, and hearty. I don't want some wilty side salad that tastes just as bland as it looks. I think that's the number one reason I didn't get into salads for some time. I had too many bad ones so I didn't realize how good they can really be. And man oh man, this is a good one. 

This salad is simple. It's really just three main ingredients for the salad and four ingredients for the dressing (not counting salt and pepper, as I think that's a given). This is one of those meals that totally sneaks up on you in that it seems like there's nothing to it, but it turns out to be wildly flavorful and quite filling. 

Kale and Miso Salad (via abeautifulmess.com) I'm a big fan of simple and delicious. That's usually code for "easy to make but surprisingly good", which is pretty much the perfect blend for at-home cooking. 

If you don't like soft boiled (or hard boiled) eggs, you could swap that out for more nuts, baked tofu, sautéed tempeh, or even some cooked meat if that's what you're into. But if you do like runny yolk eggs, then you'll be happy to know that the bright, lemony miso dressing goes SO well with them. They are food soul mates for sure. :)

Miso and lemon salad dressingKale, Miso, and Soft Egg Salad, serves two

For the salad:
4-5 oz. kale
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2-3 soft boiled eggs

For the dressing:
2-3 tablespoons oil (I used olive but you can use any kind)
juice from one lemon (approx. 2 tablespoons)
1 cloves of garlic, well minced
1 tablespoon miso (yellow or white)
salt + pepper

First, get your eggs going. For the egg you see in my photos here, I cooked it for 5 minutes. Place three eggs in a small pot and fill it with water to cover the eggs. Bring the water to a rolling boil (really, wait until it's really boiling here!). Then remove the pot from the heat, cover with a lid, and let the eggs sit in there and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Then drain them and place the eggs in a bowl of cold water to cool (and also stop cooking) while you prepare the other elements of this salad. Generally, if you want your soft boiled egg to have a mostly or completely set white but still a gooey or runny yolk, then you'll want to boil it for 4 to 5 minutes. I err on the side of boiling for a bit more time (5 minutes) because I'd rather slightly more cooked yolks than undercooked whites. But that's just me. You could also continue to cook for 9 to 10 minutes if you want them hard boiled. It's totally up to you here; this is just what I prefer.

EggsFor the dressing, stir together the lemon juice, miso, minced garlic, and oil. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. 

Remove any large veins from the kale; you just want the leaves. Finely chop and toss in the dressing. Divide onto two plates and top with almonds and any other veggies you'd like to add (I added a little tomato, but I've eaten this with just kale, almonds, eggs, and it's great on its own as well). Top with the soft boiled egg. 

Kale and Miso Salad (via abeautifulmess.com)That's it – super simple! This makes a fantastic quick lunch or dinner, and you'll feel great eating this. 

Also, quick random note. Guys, thank you so much for allowing me to share recipes with you for years and years now. I LOVE it. It's one of my very favorite things to do, truly. So thank you for reading! xx. Emma

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

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