Sister Style: Valentine’s Real Talk

Sister Style ElsieValentine’s Day is a funny holiday. I remember in high school all the girls were getting flowers from their boyfriends and my name got called on the intercom. So my heart was racing (obviously), and I went to the office to get my flowers from my boyfriend… nope, from my DAD. I almost cried.

(Sorry, Dad! I love you! I can see now that you’re better than any boyfriend ever.)

Fast forward and these days I really don’t care too much about Valentine’s Day. I’m happily married, and all I really see Valentine’s Day as is an excuse to eat chocolate and sip champagne or buy myself flowers. (Is it bad that I just admitted that? Nah.) Oh and decorate things with hearts even MORE than I already do all year round.

But hey! What’s wrong with an excuse to eat chocolate and sip champagne and DRESS UP!

It may not be the most meaningful of holidays, but it sure has a good theme going. So maybe I shouldn’t be such a scrooge. I mean, there are worse things to celebrate than LOVE! Plus, now that I have this coral feather jacket and red velvet heart purse, I will take ANY excuse to wear them.


Anyway! This year Emma and I are sneaking off to sunny Chile with our Valentines. SO excited.

Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Elsie’s Wearing: Dress, Heels and Purse c/o ModCloth. Feather jacket is a vintage piece I scored on Whurl (an awesome app community where you can buy and sell vintage clothing). 

OK… throwing it to Emma now!!

Emma ChapmanEmma from abeautifulmess.comEmma ChapmanEmma ChapmanEmma ChapmanI like that Elsie and I both ended up with fluffy coats and red purses for this one—we must have been channeling some sister vibes.

I am stoked to spend Valentine’s Day in Chile with my valentine (Trey—I love you!) and my other best friend, my sister. The holiday doesn’t hold tons and tons of meaning for me either, but if you get to spend it with the ones you love, then I think you’re pretty lucky.

So, I’m pretty lucky this year. 🙂

Emma’s Wearing: Fluffy Coat, Dress, Purse and Tights c/o ModCloth.

XX. -E + E

Credits // Authors: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Both the bags are so stylish and amazing! The look easy to carry!

  • Both of your outfits are so cute, and it’s nice to see someone actually wearing warm coats and beanies, I switched back to my faux leather jacket in early January. Though, it hasn’t been that cold here 🙂

  • I think Valentine’s is one of those that feels much more meaningful when you’re alone. Like, you spend the whole time looking shifty and thinking ‘do they feel sorry for me?’ When, in reality, no-one cares that you’re single besides you.

    Saying that, my boyfriend sent me a bouquet of red roses to my office this year and it was honestly the sweetest thing, so maybe it is a meaningful holiday (just not one you want to own up to being really into 😉

    Also, Elsie – great bag, Emma – great shoes

    Charlotte x

  • I definitely have similar feelings towards valentine’s day as Elsie. Also, I love the light leak in the first photo! xx

  • I love both handbags featured in this post! Hope you all are enjoying Chile.

    Happy Sunday

  • Elise’s look is super cute! It’s so fun and perfect for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  • Elise’s look is super cute! It’s so fun and perfect for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  • Also this is a funny sketch on Valentine’s Day:

  • Have you guys looked at the real meaning of Valentine’s Day? Super quick summary from my memory: A roman emperor forbade people getting married. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died. But a priest named Valentine continued to marry people. Valentine is eventually killed for what he did.

    On this website ( there is a 25 min audio drama on the real history of Valentine’s Day. It is episode 562 and it is called “The Last “I Do” Very interesting if you have any time to listen to it and explains the story better.

  • I love both coats.

    Regards from the Spanish blog

  • Elsie, I love your dress and purse!!!

  • Just absolutely loving your big fluffy coats!!!

    xo. Holly Erinn

  • Elsie, you dress and fur jacket combination is simply stunning!!

  • Exact same memory: Sooooo excited to finally be the girl with a surprise admirer, and it turns out my dad sent flowers to the school office for me. And you’re right, he was way better than any valentine I could have found! Have fun on your trip!

  • Seriously, your styles are so inspirational! It definitely motivates me to just go for it and wear what makes me feel good! Keep it up! Happy Valentine’s Day to both of you!

  • Love this post! You both have such quirky, cute style!

  • Both coats and the heart shaped bag are amazing!

    Love, Gaby

  • Heart-shaped red bag and that b&w striped dress are fabulous! I love it!

    Come & see my blog:

  • Hello a beautiful mess team!!

    Ever since your post “Mid century style sofa guide” I’ve been wondering if its possible for you to do a guide on (i know strange request) stylish bean bags? It’s just because it really hard to find a bean bag thats not daggy and you guys seem to know so many cute online stores etc.

    Happy Valentine’s Day! (Enjoy the Champagne)

  • Oh Elsie!! Your dress, shoes, jacket, purse are so cute !! I love it!! Happy early Valentines Day!!
    This is possibly one of my most fav sister styles!

  • Ok….really cute clothes aside, that story about your dad is so sweet! You are so right…a daddy is the best boyfriend you could ever hope to have! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • You both are so freaking adorable! But to Elsie.. re:feather jacket: best jacket ever or best jacket ever?

    Have a fabulous getaway!

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

  • Elsie, I am DYING over that striped dress and fluffy coat combo. And that heart purse is perfection.

    That said, Emma’s look is great inspiration for the current weather I’m experiencing (15 degrees).

    Have fun in Chile!


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