Sister StyleHey, friends! It's our 150th Sister Style...can you believe it? We hardly can!

Sister Style Elsie and I have been trying to make sure we hit up all our favorite Springfield spots together this summer before she moves. Of course, we'll go to them all again when she's in town, AND we'll start compiling our favorite Nashville spots together once she moves. But one thing we realized was we've never been to Pineapple Whip together. Which is crazy! Because Pineapple Whip is sort of a summer Springfield, MO staple. I mean, if you don't have at least one IG photo with Pineapple Whip before the end of the summer, you're just not cool. :)

Sister Style  Sister Style   Sister Style   In case you're wondering—it's frozen yogurt and it's amazing!

Emma's Wearing: Shirt/Alphonnsine, Skirt c/o ModCloth, Shoes/second hand (brand is Luxury Rebel), Sunnies/Lulu's.

Sister Style     Sister Style     Elsie's Wearing: Sunnies/Crap Eyewear, Top/Target, Skirt/ASOS, Sandals/Urban Outfitters, Bag/J.Crew, Bracelets/Madewell and The Nashville Flea Market. 

Sister Style       Kiss kiss, hug hug! Make some summer traditions where you live! xo. Emma (and Elsie)

Credits// Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Trey George, Elsie Larson, and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Norma from The Folk Collection and Film Grain from Basic Actions (which comes with every pack). 

Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)      The weather is getting warmer, the shorts are getting shorter, and all I can think is, "Summer is on its way!" One of my favorite things about the nicer weather is going to lots of picnics and outdoor parties with friends. I always looked forward to those outings as a kid and would usually save a lot of room for the giant dessert table full of summery sugary treats. Key Lime Pie is a dessert that makes me think of those summer picnics, and I thought my adult self would really enjoy it in a jello shot format as well. Turns out I was right!

Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)        Key Lime Pie Jello Shots, makes 12.

For the crust:
2/3 cup crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar

For the jello:
1 cup vanilla vodka 
1 small box of lime Jell-O
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup half and half

Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)      Preheat your oven to 325°. Take your graham crackers and blend them in the food processor until they are fine crumbs. Mix your sugar into the crumbs. Then pour your melted butter in slowly while stirring. 

Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)      Lightly coat the inside and bottom of a mini cheesecake pan (the kind where the bottoms pop out) with cooking spray. Spoon your mixture evenly into each compartment. Use your fingers to press the crumbs down into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes in the oven. Then let them completely cool.

Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)  Heat your vodka in a small pan over medium heat. Once the liquid starts to simmer, slowly whisk in your Jell-O. Once all the Jell-O has dissolved, remove the pot from the heat and pour in the milk and half and half. Stir to combine.

Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)      Place your pan of cooled graham cracker crusts on a flat baking sheet (to catch any leaking jello), and pour the jello evenly into each compartment. Quickly place in the refrigerator and let sit for 2 hours until set. Once set, push up from the bottom of each compartment to free your jello shots, and you're ready to serve!

Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)     Adorable! Key lime pie jello shots! (click through for recipe)       These little guys look adorable, but even better, they taste delicious!! The graham cracker crust isn't a crispy dry crust like you might get in a baked pie since you pour the wet liquid on top, but it still tastes so good with the lime and totally gives you that pie feeling. I can definitely see serving these at an outdoor summer party, but whatever occasion you choose, I think they'll be a hit! xo. Laura

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

SwatchesHi, guys. We're super excited to bring you this huge giveaway from Interior Define! If you're in the market for a new couch (like maybe you're moving soon—exciting!), then check out all these fun options:

Interior Define Favorites!Be sure to check out Interior Define's website. You wouldn't guess it because the prices are so good, but every piece of furniture they sell is made to order! You can customize the size, configuration, material, cushion fill, and legs on almost every design to personalize it to your taste. And most pieces are available in 40-60 fabric options (!!!!!!). Plus Interior Define offers complimentary swatches.

Check out a few of our favorite items: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6. More of our picks here.

An ABM favorite from Interior DefineOne lucky reader is going to win $1,000 toward a couch or a chair at Interior Define!

Just follow the instructions below and on the site:

Interior Define Giveaway

Giveaway is open until June 2, and the winner will be contacted directly shortly after. Good luck! xoxo. Emma (+Elsie)

P.S. All readers can get a $100 discount off any order of $1,000+ at Interior Define with the code 'ABM100' before 6/7/15.

Giveaway for US readers only, must be used toward couch or chair purchase by 12/31/15


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Cookies baking livestream nightJust a reminder that tonight at 8pm CST Elsie + Emma will be hosting their next Livestream event. They will be baking cookies (these flourless chocolate chip cookies—in case you want to get the ingredients and follow along) as well as answering your questions LIVE. So please join us and chime in because we'd love to hear from you. 

You can watch the event by clicking over to our Livestream page. You will need an account in order to submit questions (don't worry—it's FREE). Hope to see you there!

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)      If you are a savvy ABM reader, you may have seen this one coming. We love making light up marquee signs (like here, here, and here), and we also love emoji themed projects (like here and here), so it was only a matter of time before we combined the two for the ultimate project of sheer cuteness and fun!! This is definitely the easiest light up sign we've made so far. So if you've wanted to make one before but weren't sure you had the skills, well, this is a great one for you to start with!

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)      Supplies:
-round wood top (they sell different sizes)
-drill with various drill bits
-battery-operated globe string lights (use LED lights since they don't get hot)
-acrylic paint
emoji template (right click to download and then reduce or enlarge image when printing depending on the size circle you choose)
-duct tape or gaff tape
-picture hangers and wire for mounting
-dowel rods (optional)

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)      Paint your wood with a few coats of bright yellow acrylic paint and allow the paint to dry.

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)      Use the template to print and cut out the hearts and mouth for the emoji. Then trace them onto your yellow circle with a pencil. Paint in the mouth and heart eyes with black and pink paint and let dry.

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)      Tape your eye template over the painted eye and drill a hole in the middle of each white dot with a 5/8" drill bit (or whatever size of hole your LED lights would need). I started out with a much smaller bit to first make each hole, then went back through with a medium size bit, and then did the larger 5/8" bit. You'll get a much cleaner hole if you do it that way.

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)      Gently wiggle off the bulb caps on the lights. Then push the light through from the backside of the face and put the bulb back on from the front. Push the base of the light bulb snugly into the hole.

Use duct tape or gaff tape to secure the extra wires and battery pack onto the back of your circle, but make sure to place the battery pack switch near an edge so you can get to it easily to turn it on and off. Attach picture mounting hardware and wire on the back so you can hang your light. Remember, since it's battery powered, you don't have to hang it near an outlet—nice!

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)      I also drilled four evenly spaced holes about 1/2" deep near the top, bottom, and each side of the marquee on the back, and glued in 1 1/2" long pieces of dowel rods the same size. That way, the posts stuck out a little further than the battery pack and all the wires on the back and the four posts rest evenly on the wall. Optional move, but I think it hangs much better since it doesn't have a "lumpy" back with all the cords, etc.

OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)       OMG YES! Emoji marquee DIY (click through for tutorial)        How fun is that!! Also, these lights have a blinking mode, so you can imagine how cool that looks when they blink. I think it looks adorable above the coffee cart here at the studio, but I have a feeling that it's going to get snagged and put up at my house instead in the near future. Of course, you can do whatever face you like, but I felt like the heart eyes were just made to have lights installed in them, and I think I was right! xo. Laura

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

SAFETY TIPS: We spoke with our local fire department to double check the safety of this type of project. It's no less safe than a lit Christmas tree, as you'd probably guess. Just be sure to follow these guidelines:

-Before purchasing your lights, check for a label of an independent testing laboratory (most commercially sold Christmas lights will have this). Some lights are specially made for indoor or outdoor use. Be sure to use lights made for indoor use.

-Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose/broken lights. 

-Just as you would with your house decorations or your Christmas tree, always turn off lights before leaving your home or going to bed.


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