Double dutch braids for short hair (click-through for the full tutorial)When I cut my hair, I felt like I was saying goodbye to braids and some of the more complicated hairstyles I had come to love. For awhile at least! But in the past couple of weeks, I've realized I don't really have to say goodbye that much! A lot of my favorite hairstyles can still be pulled off with a few adjustments and some patience. Although working with shorter hair is trickier than longer—pieces keep seeming to slip out! One style I saw a lot this summer but never got around to trying was double Dutch braids, or boxer braids. With a little adjustment in the form of pigtails and some patience, this style is still possible to pull off on shorter hair. 

Double dutch braids for short hair (click-through for the full tutorial)
Step One: Divide your hair into two even sections and tie off one side.

Step Two: Take a small section of hair towards the front of your head and divide it into three sections to start your braid.

Step Three: To make an inverted French braid or Dutch braid, cross the sections underneath each other. So take the right section and cross it under the middle, then the left section and cross it under the new middle piece.

Step Four: Add to your right piece of hair and again cross it under the middle. Add some hair to your left section and cross it under the middle.

Step Five: Continue braiding and working your way down the back of your head.

Step Six: When you reach the base of your scalp, tie off your braid with a small elastic leaving a little hair behind as a ponytail.

Step Seven: Repeat these steps on the other side.

Double dutch pigtails for short hair (click-through for the full tutorial)
That's it! This style also looks really cute with longer hair where instead of leaving little pigtails at the end, you can make two messy buns. I was nervous about trying such a complicated looking braid style on short hair, but the French and Dutch braid styles actually work a lot better than regular braids for short hair. Because you add sections as you work your way down, you don't need long hair to make the braids. If your hair feels too short and slippery initially with this style, then try prepping your hair with some volumizing powder—that will give you thicker braids and "stickier" hair that holds a style better. If you're looking for great workout hair, then try this style with a traditional French braid. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via I'm so happy my favorite season is finally here! And the September Messy Box is the perfect way to document it. The colors in this kit are so warm and pretty. While the kit has a back-to-school theme, the patterns on the journaling cards are so versatile! The ledger paper is perfect for writing down your lists, goals, or memories. I used it to write my favorite things about fall.

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via     For my first page, I really wanted to celebrate the start of fall! I printed photos with my favorite fall activities to highlight what I'm most excited about for this season. The 3" x 3" photo pocket pages are great because they are perfect for printing Instagram photos. I filled the rest of the pocket pages with 3" x 3" journaling cards from this month's kit. The warm colors and cute patterns instantly gave the page a fall vibe.

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via   Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via  My favorite parts of this month's kit are the rubber pencil and eye glasses embellishments. They are just so cute! I attached the pencil to the outside of a 3" x 3" photo pocket page and filled the pocket with sequins. Having transparent pockets can add a cool, layered look to your pages. I attached the eye glasses in a darker plaid journaling card, so the white really popped. It's so simple, but makes the page feel special. 

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via    Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via       When I saw the "I'd Rather Be Reading" journaling card, I knew I wanted to create a layout focused on my favorite hobby. I kept this layout pretty simple with a few photos as embellishments. I still had enough alpha stickers to spell out "book lover," so I added the letters and a chipboard sticker of a notebook to create a fun reading themed card. I created another book themed card by stamping on vellum and attaching it to a journaling card. I'm so happy with how these pages turned out! 

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via      What are your favorite fall activities? Will you also be documenting your love for pumpkin spice lattes? There are so many fun things about this time of year that can be documented! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Hager. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions 

WWC featureHappy weekend, friends! We were honored to be included in the latest issue of Where Women Create Business. Emma shares her business journey from changing dreams to blogging to opening a bar, and everything in between. 

WWC feature WWC feature  She also shares some advice for growing your platform. So if you see this on the stands, go check it out. Thanks for letting us share, and here's to a relaxing weekend! xo. Emma + Elsie

Simple DIY footed planterIf your homemaking mantra, like mine, is "Never enough houseplants," then you might also be ever on the lookout for fun, new planters to hold your green babies. Am I talking about you? Yeah? Well then, this might be the perfect DIY project for you!

Generally I have good luck finding nice pots or vases at thrift stores and flea markets, and I'll occasionally splurge on something I really like from favorite shops like West Elm, but lately I've been exploring easy DIY options to create unique planters I just haven't been able to find in stores. You may have seen my recent lucite plant stand project, which was so easy and nice looking that I just had to translate the idea over to a planter too! And here she is. Lookin' mighty fine, if I do say so myself.

Simple DIY footed planterSimple DIY footed planterSupplies:
-wooden bowl (I got mine here, but these can easily be found at thrift stores.)
-3 wooden ring display cones* (I got a set of 6 from here)
-epoxy cement
-masking tape
-disposable surface (such as a paper plate or piece of cardboard) + disposable stir stick

*I lightly sanded and restained the cones I received in order to better match the bowl. I always have a variety of wood stains on hand, so buying stain for this project wasn't an issue for me. If I didn't have stain options at the ready, I would've been happy enough to leave them as they came.

Simple DIY footed planterStep One: Situate the wooden cones equidistant on the edge of the bowl's bottom. Mark their placement with masking tape. This will make it easy for you to perfectly place the cones during the next step when time is an issue.

Simple DIY footed planterStep Two: Squeeze out an even amount of the two epoxy ingredients from the tube onto a disposable surface. Quickly mix them together with a disposable stir stick, then goop some epoxy onto the flat edge of the cones/feet. Spread the epoxy lightly and evenly, then press the feet into place on the bottom of the bowl. The epoxy will set up very quickly, so you don't have much time to fuss here. Hence the taping from the previous step.

Make sure to immediately remove the masking tape, lest any of the epoxy set up over top of it!

Simple DIY footed planter

Drainage Considerations

If your wood bowl is not already sealed, I definitely recommend lightly sanding and spraying down the bowl with polyurethane to make it waterproof. You may choose to drill drainage holes into the bottom of this planter, in which case I would recommend sealing the wood inside the holes with polyurethane as well. If you don't, you risk rotting the wood as it becomes soaked with water.

Simple DIY footed planterI cut down the sides of a fancy plastic self-watering pot to fit inside this planter so the water could drain into the saucer inside of the wooden bowl. I bought two plastic pots to try out, and one ended up being the perfect size! Using this interior planter is great for the succulents I'm using and certainly is a lot easier than dealing with drainage holes in the wooden bowl itself. If you are planting something like pothos that doesn't need soaking and ample drainage, I wouldn't worry about drainage holes. Just don't overwater it.

Simple DIY footed planterThis footed planter is a nice size for a table centerpiece, and the contents can be changed up depending on the season. And hey, if you feel really crafty, why not paint it a fun color? I have a feeling a little paint job may be in this guy's future, but for now, the wood finish provides the perfect cozy touch for the fall and winter seasons. -Mandi

Credits //Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.


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