Bloggers and their pink walls...Sometimes I truly feel like I am living in an SNL sketch about bloggers. Like, when we were driving to Target, and I literally screamed because I saw this amazing A-frame pink and purple flower shop. "STOP THE CAR!" 

What can I say, we love our pink walls. I am zero percent ashamed. 

Bloggers and their pink walls... Bloggers and their pink walls...  Bloggers and their pink walls...   Bloggers and their pink walls...    Bloggers and their pink walls...     Elsie's Wearing: Pink sunnies/Oui Fresh, Chambray Top/Madewell, Pink Overalls/ASOS, Bag/Oui Fresh, Shoes/Swedish Hasbeens, Palm Springs Bracelet and Cactus Pin/McKean Studio, Enid Pin/Danny Brito, Cheese Fries Pin/Band Of Weirdos, Succulent Pin/Finest Imaginary.

PS– Here's my other favorite pink wall. Take it away, sister!

Emma Chapman Pink and purple Emma Chapman    Purse and shoes Ombre hairWell I might not be in front of an all pink wall, but I still think these are totally blogger-appropriate images. :) Also, I'm noticing that I like to share at least one photo that's basically the back of my head... Guys, I  know that's weird. I'm just really proud of my hair. It felt like it took FOREVER to grow out and now that it's finally pretty long (at least for me), I'm excited about it! 

Emma Chapman   Sunnies Emma Chapman Emma's Wearing: Dress/Half of Half (from this work wears post), Shoes/H&M, Purse and sunnies/Oui Fresh

Hope you're having a great day! xx. Emma + Elsie

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, Photography: Amber Ulmer and Janae Hardy. 

3I remember the first time I saw a Juju hat in an issue of Domino magazine. It was fuchsia, and I was instantly in love! I didn't know what it was or where one would even obtain one, but it was one of those design elements that I knew I wanted to incorporate into my own space some day. Here I am a handful of years later with a DIY version that is easier than it looks! No messy hot glue guns to ruin half of your feathers... just the right supplies and a little bit of patience. I'll even show you a short cut if you're handy with a sewing machine!

Juju hats, or Tyn hats, were worn by royal dancers during Bamileke tribal ceremonies. They symbolized prosperity and were created from natural or dyed chicken and wild bird feathers. These feathers were stitched onto a base that could be pulled open with a strap and folded neatly with the feathers inside when not in use. They are still handcrafted and imported from Cameroon and can be found in a variety of sizes with prices ranging from $80-$500+. I created three different sizes to display as a set but used three different styles of feathers to show the variation in the types of feathers available. This is another one of those DIYs that can be an affordable alternative to purchasing one online. 

4I used three different sets of feathers that I found on Amazon. The peach Juju hat is made from 5"-7" dyed goose feathers and is probably my favorite of the feathers because it's so full and textured. It has a big impact and works best for medium or large Juju hats but would likely look awkward for a smaller 12" hat. 

The hot pink feathers are black hackle feathers from Touch of Nature and the pink featured showed up a lot brighter than in the photo. They have a ton of movement and texture and would work great for medium sized Juju hats. 

The darkest feathers are chinchilla saddles feathers from Zucker Feather Products and are much shorter. They were a lot brighter online and photograph darker than in real life. They were also harder to fluff up and get a lot of movement from. They worked well for a smaller Juju hat but probably wouldn't work well for a larger size.

Search for 'feather trim' and 'yardage', and then keep an eye out for your favorite color(s). You don't want loose feathers unless you don't plan on having a life for the rest of the summer. Be sure they are stitched in satin (or something similar). When you order online, keep in mind that you might have to make a return or exchange due to color variations within dye groups. 


24" Juju Hat: 

-4.5 yards of stitched peach goose feathers (5"- 7" long)

16" Juju Hat:

-2 yards of stitched hot pink feathers (2"- 4" long)

10" Juju Hat:

-1 or 2 yards of stitched berry red chinchilla saddles feathers (3" long)


-12" circular woven placemat per Juju hat. You'll cut them down for the medium and smaller hats (found in Target dollar spot).
-thread in coordinating color to feathers
-2.5" embroidery needle
-straight pins
-1 paperclip per hat
-sewing machine (optional)

Feather Up ClosePin Feathers DownStarting from the outer edge, wrap your feather yardage around your placemat to get an idea for how much you want to space out your next ring of feathers. You can cut these into circles or just continuously wrap it into smaller circles until you get to the center. Don't cut anything until you've decided!

For the largest hat, place your satin ribbon near the edge of your woven placemat. Pin it in place every 1" or so. Be sure not to stretch this too thin as you pin and stop to check your placement every 6" or so. Only pin the first outer row for now. If you are cutting yours into separate circles, overlap your ends about 1". If you're doing a continuous strip, just let it hang down while you attach this part. 

Stitch in PlaceThread your needle and hand stitch the satin edge with a wide stitch through the placemat. This can feel tedious and wear our your fingers, but it will ensure your Juju hat doesn't fall apart and won't risk getting hot glue all over your feathers. Be sure to remove your straight pins as you stitch past them. 

Shortcut: If you've got a sewing machine, you can easily stitch your feathers down to your mat, but be sure you're careful as you move your feathers onto your machine. You can do this for the first few layers, but it gets harder to stitch the layers closer to the center. That's when you can switch back to hand stitching or even use felt or gorilla glue in the center. More on that soon. 

Keep Pinning and StitchingPlace your next row of satin onto your placemat about 1" closer to the center than your last row. Repeat your pinning and stitching. These first two layers should have your feathers with the right sides facing you. You'll want to cut them off after you finish your second layer.

For your third layer of feathers, flip your feathers with the wrong sides facing you so that the curve of the feathers adds some dimension to your Juju hat. Then continue on with the rest of your layers of feathers with the right sides facing you. 

Peach CenterOnce you get close to the center, it's going to be trickier to get those feathers splayed as well without things spreading too thin or bunching in the center. Get those as tightly gathered as you can and hand stitch them down. Then cut your strip and tuck the satin under before stitching it down. 

PeachCenterFinishedCut off 4-7 separate feathers and maybe even trim about 2" - 4" off the bottom of your feathers. Glue them down in the center so that they cover the center bald spot and splay out towards you. I used felt glue and made sure not to touch the feathers for about 24 hours. 

PinkFeather JujuFor your 16" Juju hat, start about 1.5" down from the outer edge of the placemat. Space your layers of feathers out about 1" from each other or less depending on the type of feathers you use. You can turn up your third layer of feathers for more dimension on this one as well. 

Berry Juju Hat BackDo the same with the 10" size except start about 3" down from the outer edge of the placemat. Don't reverse your third layer of feathers on this one as they're packed in tight and won't splay nicely. There will be less movement on this type of feather, but they are dense and beautiful. You can trim about 2" off the outer edge of your placemat when you're done. 

To attach them to your wall, simply slip one half of a folded paper clip through the weaving on your placemat and hook the other half over a nail or hook. 

58These hats add so much texture to my studio work station! I literally want to run my fingers through them every time I sit down. If you're not into bright colors or are looking for a more neutral option, these are also gorgeous in natural shades. Search around for your favorite colors and be sure to check that they have enough yardage available before you order so you can sit down and make your own Juju hat next weekend. Which room of yours needs one of these? -Rachel

Credits//Author: Rachel Denbow. Photography: Rachel Denbow and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Avocado bagEmma Chapman Emma Chapman   Gaucamole bag Gaucamole bagGingham skirtThere are so many things I love about summertime! Swimming, days on the lake, fireflies and the sun staying out so long! And summer outfits are just another fun thing to add to that list. We LOVE summer outfits. 

Today's post is sponsored by ModCloth, a company we love and have worn for years! They never fail to curate a great collection of fun, quirky and colorful pieces. There's always an extra element of fun! 

Emma Chapman  ShoesOmbre hairEmma ChapmanEmma's Wearing: Shoes, Skirt, Sunnies, Purse by ModCloth, Top/Topshop.

Pineapple PurseI feel the same as Emma. Summertime always brings out the fun side in my outfits. I tend to gravitate toward more colorful pieces, more pattern and more novelty in the summertime – like this super fun pineapple bag! 

Pineapple Purse  Pineapple Purse   Pineapple Purse     Pineapple Purse      Pineapple Purse       Elsie's Wearing: Dress, Purse, Shoes, Hat by ModCloth. Sunnies/Karen Walker via Ditto Eyewear. 

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy and Laura Gummerman. 

Sugar Lip Scrub   Chapsticks, lipstick bullets, liquid lipsticks, gloss... I'm happy to add any of it to my mildly embarrassing collection. ;) As someone who really enjoys the process of makeup and getting ready, something I've come to learn is that how you care for your skin each day is one of the most important aspects of a beauty routine. Having a regular skin care routine means all the difference in how your makeup applies and looks. And using a light lip scrub is the perfect way to moisturize, prep your lips for a flawless lipstick application, AND help remove liquid lipsticks at the end of the day! 

I'm so excited to share this all-natural and super delicious lip scrub with you! It's the perfect summery scrub to keep at your vanity and of course, give as a gift. :)

Sugar Lip ScrubSupplies:
-glass balm jars (I picked up a few 1 ounce jars from Amazon.)
-coconut oil
-caster sugar
-honey (I used wild orange honey for a little extra flavor.)
-lemon and grapefruit essential oils 
-small mixing bowl

Sugar Lip Scrub In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 4 tablespoons of caster sugar, 1 teaspoon of wild orange honey, 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil and 8 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix until smooth. Scoop the sugary scrub into balm jars of your choice. Easy right?! Your homemade scrub will store for up to 6 months! 

We all know the amazing benefits of coconut oil – this ingredient will really add moisture to your lips and the oils help break down liquid lipsticks, so it makes removing makeup SO much easier! Honey is incredible too – it has tons of antioxidants and enzymes that also help nourish and cleanse the skin. I love using a caster sugar for this recipe because it's so fine and gives you a nice gentle scrub that helps remove dry skin and makeup but doesn't leave your lips irritated. 

Sugar Lip Scrub  Sugar Lip Scrub     Not only do I love using this scrub to help remove lipstick, especially my intense, stay-forever liquid lipsticks, but I especially love this to prep my lips before applying lipstick. It give my lips such a smooth finish and makes my lipstick look on point! If you're using this scrub as a lipstick remover, then be sure to follow up with a moisturizing lip balm to finish it off! 

This stuff smells SO good you'll want to eat it... so no judgement if you lick a little off your lips. ;) Lots of love, Sav.

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

Palm Springs Kiddo RoomToday I am super excited to share a tour of the newest completed room in our home, our kid-friendly guest room! Due to the fact that we moved seven hours away from our family and some of our closest friends this past year, it was a HUGE priority for us to create guest room(s) that are family friendly. Most of our siblings and friends have young children, so our goal was to create a set up that would accommodate families comfortably. And – holy cow – have we USED these rooms. We've had guests 2-3 times per month since January. We've often joked that we're running a bed and breakfast over here, and we're so grateful to invite our family and friends to come stay, often times impromptu, on a regular basis. 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room The Palm Springs theme came to me randomly, and I couldn't get it out of my brain. I am OBSESSED with kid-versions of grown-up things (like outfits that look like tiny adults, or tiny kids' kitchen sets or little kid-size cars). So ultimately it seemed appropriate to create a kiddo version of my favorite place – Palm Springs, California. So I covered pages and pages of my journal with random ideas and things about Palm Springs that I wanted to give a "nod" to... see if you can spot them all! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room  Palm Springs HousePalm Springs Kiddo Room   Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    In this basket, I started a fun collection of mid-century and Palm Springs inspired dress up things! It was a HUGE hit with Penelope as you will see below. :) 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room           Collecting cute things like this is so much fun, and honestly, I have a lot of crazy clothes from my own collection that I just threw in there for them to play with. 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room            The bunk beds were the starting point for my design. I knew I wanted to find beds where the bottom bunk was a full size (so adults could comfortably stay in this room too when needed). I found this bunk bed frame for a pretty awesome price. We decided to paint it bubble gum pink. Then the twin and full mattresses we have are from Casper, a company I was introduced to when they donated a (very comfortable) mattress to our Habitat For Humanity house last year. This setup has been incredibly functional! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room             Palm Springs Kiddo Room             Palm Springs Kiddo Room             Just got this pillow in the mail from Joy. It's the new Oh Joy for Target. So sweet! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room                 Palm Springs Kiddo Room                 There it is – our completed space!!!! Ready for some tiny tourists to come visit... oh wait, I see one now! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     This pose was her idea, and I think she nailed it! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room                          Palm Springs Kiddo Room                SOURCES: Bunk Bed/Amazon, Mattress/Casper, Brass Light Fixture/Sazerac Stitches, Curtains/Anthropologie, Rug/Land Of Nod, House Print/Jeff Mindell via Society6, Hanging Chair/Twos Company, Cactus Plush/Sunday In Color, Pink Throw/Turkish T, Wood Toy Camera/Perfectly Smitten, Light Up Sign/Perfectly Smitten, Pastel Wood Rainbow/Amazon, Pink Shaggy Pillows/Urban Outfitters, Eye Mirror/Urban Outfitters, Plush Swan/Land Of Nod, Mini Wooden Palm Springs House/McKean Studio, Tufted Pillow/Urban Outfitters, Neon Cactus Light/Shop Harveys, Wall Hanging/DeMacAndCo

DIY LINKS: Gold Foil Cactus Wallpaper, Succulent Window Boxes, Felt Cactus Plush

Thanks so much for following along on my second room tour! You can see my first room tour here, our "before" video here and all our house progress updates right here. If you have any questions, ask me in the comments!! xx- Elsie 

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


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