DIY shower curtain (via abeautifulmess.com)     DIY shower curtain (via abeautifulmess.com)    This is one of those projects that falls in the really fun but also really practical category. My favorite! Although, for the record, I also like impractical projects too. :) I had been thinking about buying or making a shower curtain to give our guest bathroom a little more personality. I was able to create my own design by printing onto waterproof vinyl, and I am SO happy with the results. My design is very much inspired by 1960s pop art, think Andy Warhol. And the design is similar to this awesome project Mandi shared some time ago. 

I teamed up with our friends at Canon USA to create this project. I recently started using their new PIXMA TS9020, and I love it! Other than being a printer that fits all my at-home printing needs (great colored photos, craft projects, as well as scanning and printing work documents), I love the new design. It's white, boxy, and more compact, so it fits right in on my office desk. You can see some pictures of the new printer below if you're curious. There are also 4 different printers in this new series. You can take a look at each of them here!

DIY shower curtain (via abeautifulmess.com)  This was such a fun and easy project to make that can have a big impact on your bathroom space, bonus points that it's totally renter-friendly too. I'll share how I made mine along with some additional ideas for changing up this project to suit your style in case your not a pop art fanatic like me. :)

SuppliesSupplies:
-clear shower curtain + rings (I used this one, but any clear curtain will do.)
-Canon PIXMA TS9020
-copy paper
-colored card stock
-inkjet vinyl paper (I used this one.)
-scissors

Once you've got your supplies in hand, here's how to create a design. 

Make a bw versionStep One: Create a black and white version of your design. Since I was aiming to create a pop art inspired look, I took a few images of fruit I had photographed and edited them black and white. You could do this in Photoshop or with an editing app like A Color Story. Print the black and white images out (two to a page if your design fits).

Make a color version Color copiesStep Two: Now scan and print the images to the colored card stock. You can use the copy feature on the printer for this, which makes it SUPER easy!

Ink jet vinyl printing projectStep Three: Cut out the colored shapes, scan, and print to the vinyl paper. Be sure to check any instructions your vinyl paper comes with. For example, mine recommended choosing the "high gloss" paper setting when printing to ensure the ink didn't run. Another great feature about this printer is it has a rear tray so that loading different material types like this vinyl paper is super easy. 

You might be wondering why I cut the shapes out before printing to vinyl. I was aiming to use the least amount of ink as possible, so I didn't want to print a huge colored area that I just planned to discard later. I LOVE printing all my colored photos at home, so I like to save my ink whenever I can to be more economical. I was actually sort of amazed how little ink I used throughout this project when you consider how many colored shapes I printed out—hooray!

Cut out vinyl shapes Make your own shower curtainStep Four: Cut out the vinyl shapes and adhere to the outside of the shower curtain. You'll want to adhere your design to the outside for two reasons. First, even though the vinyl is waterproof, this will still likely help to make this project last longer in your home through use. And second, the back of the vinyl I purchased is a soft white. So, they are not see through or clear, meaning if you want to see the design, it needs to go on the outside. From the inside (when you are taking a shower), the shapes appear white or kind of cloudy and you can see the design peeking through some, but it looks way better from the outside. 

DIY shower curtain (via abeautifulmess.com)       There are SO many ways you could change this project up! You could print a more realistic looking picture to the vinyl, like succulents, florals, or your pet. That could give you a similar look to this project, or this one if you go the pet route. I think this could also be a fun one to make for a friend who just bought their first home. :) Really easy to do and the result is so fun!

DIY shower curtain (via abeautifulmess.com) And for all you long-time readers who might be thinking, "This bathroom looks an awful lot like the old studio house bathroom... what gives?" Good eye. My guest bathroom is a bit on the small side and only has one small window, so it's quite dark. I really wanted to show off my curtain in the photos I shared, so I asked Katie if she'd let me photograph it in her bathroom (the old studio house), and she said yes. Which by the way, if you have a friend who will let you come over and randomly invade their bathroom to take photos in, you have a very good friend indeed. :) I'll show you guys the curtain in my bathroom on IG stories today if you follow @abeautifulmess. Happy crafting! xo. Emma

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

 

Picnic Date Dress 4Hey, friends!! We wanted to share a bunch of NEW stuff we have available at Oui Fresh, just in time for Valentine's Day!! 

First up, this dress. It's a new favorite of mine as I am LOVING off the shoulder styles this year. Perfect for picnic season coming up! 

White Pom Pom Earring 2Next up, these super pretty pom pom earrings. Prepare for an insane number of compliments... haha! 

Blush Heart Choker 1And this really pretty blush heart choker. I'll wear anything with hearts on it! 

Get yours at OuiFresh.comNew color in The Babe tees! This is the first time we've had this design available in a white shirt, and I am loving it! 

Plant Lady shirt. Get yours at OuiFresh.comAnd we also did a red version of Plant Lady in honor of Valentine's Day. These are both limited edition! 

We also restocked sold out styles in the shop. Can't wait to see you guys wearing these pieces!! Be sure to tag #OUIFRESH when you post a pic on Instagram, and maybe we'll repost your photo! xx -Elsie 

Easy messy updo for shorter hair (click-through for the full tutorial) Whenever I cut my hair shorter, people inevitably seem to say, "Oh that will be so much easier!" The idea is usually that shorter hair will lead to a shorter morning routine and less upkeep. But in fact, I find shorter hair is so much harder to deal with—and I don't think I'm alone! With short hair, you can't just throw it up in a bun or ponytail (unless you deploy an army of bobby pins), which means you have to style it every morning. Sure it doesn't take as long to dry, but a bad hair day is also harder to hide! I do have a few quick styles I learned though that will give you a chic 'do with minimum time and effort, like today's messy updo that only needs a few bobby pins and will actually work better if your hair is a bit on the messy and dirty side.Easy messy hair updo (click-through for the full tutorial)Step One: Take a section of hair from the top of your head and twist it. You want less hair than if you were doing a half updo.

Step Two: Back comb the twist a bit, and then twist it into a messy bun. Insert a bobby pin or two to hold in place. If it feels loose, take it down and backcomb it a bit more, then try again. The backcombing really makes this style hold.

Step Three: Take another section of hair under your first twist and twist that. Backcomb it, spin it into a messy bun, and pin in place.

Step Four: Take your remaining hair, twist, backcomb, and pin.

Step Five: Insert any additional bobby pins if necessary, and mess up the hair a bit to keep it looking soft.

Easy messy updo (click-through for the full tutorial)That's it! I only have to use around five bobby pins, and this look holds all day long. The backcombing is definitely the trick to keeping everything in place. This look really works even when your hair is super messy or more textured and doesn't take much longer to do than a regular bun. So in this case, you can have your cake and eat it too, or rather your shorter hair and your easy morning routine! Cheers, Rebecca.

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

Parmesan Baked Brussels (via abeautifulmess.com)This is a side dish recipe that I make way too often. Brussels sprouts are one of my very favorite vegetables, and these are so easy to make that if I'm feeling like I need to eat some more veggies before my day is done, I tend to make these along with a veggie burger or something for a quick, easy, almost-don't-have-to-think dinner. 

If you are not yet a brussels sprout fan, please do yourself a favor and try these!

Parmesan Baked Brussels (via abeautifulmess.com)  I like to bake mine long enough that the outside gets nice and crispy, but you can bake for a little less time if you like and still get an amazing side dish out of the deal. I'll give you a few thoughts on that below. 

Brussels sprout recipesParmesan Baked Brussels Sprouts, serves 1 as a side

8 oz. brussels sprouts
1 tablespoon powdery Parmesan
1 tablespoon bread crumbs
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 lemon

If you're brussels have come on a stalk, then cut them off the stalk first. Even though it's more work, I'm always so excited to buy brussels still on the stalk because something about it just too cute to me. :)

How to bake brussels sproutsCut off the very bottom, or any bit of stem that may be left. Then cut each brussels sprout in half and toss in to a small bowl. If any leaves fall off during this process, toss those in the bowl too. They will get extra crispy while baking, so you'll be glad you saved them. 

Toss in the olive oil, and then sprinkle on the cheese and bread crumbs so everything is evenly coated. 

Best baked brussels sprouts recipeDrizzle the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil on a baking sheet, and use your (clean) hands to spread it around so the pan is coated evenly in oil. Place the brussels on the baking sheet, cut side down. Sprinkle on a little salt and pepper.

Bake at 400°F for 20-22 minutes. If you don't want to cook your brussels as long as me, check on them around the 12-15 minute mark. Once they are bright green, they are good to go, but if you want those extra crispy edges, then wait until the 20-22 minute mark. 

Parmesan Baked Brussels (via abeautifulmess.com) Just before serving, squeeze on a little lemon juice. I like to do this on to the cut side, so the juice runs down into the brussels a little bit. Then when you bite into one, you get this delicious citrus, crispy bite. Yum! 

-If you are avoiding cheese, you can omit it here. I've made these this way without the Parmesan, and they are still very tasty. I like the Parm as it adds a nice salty, and well cheesy, flavor, but if you don't like it or are choosing not to consume dairy, just leave it out, but don't skip this recipe. 

-I often make this just for myself, but you can easily double or triple the above if you want to make a great vegetable side dish for more than just yourself. 

-You can use any bread crumbs, but I usually buy Panko, and just found they have a whole wheat version that I tried and have been loving. 

Happy veggie roasting to you guys! xo. Emma 

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

Staying In or Going Out on Valentine's Day? (click through for links)We know, we know, some people love and some people hate Valentine's Day for various reasons, but either way, it's coming! You may be finalizing grand plans for an evening out or gathering supplies to stay at home for the evening, but either way, we've got a few suggestions that can help make either choice something to really look forward to this year...

If staying in...

1. This sweatshirt has all the "V-Day lounging" vibes. Rose not included, so make sure to pick up a bottle for yourself as well.

2. If you don't feel like painting the town red, at least you can paint your nails red with this 7-free polish.

3. Even if you're wearing sweats at home, nothing makes you feel fancier than munching on delicate and delicious macarons. Unless you're an amazing pastry chef, do yourself a favor and order a box from Sucré in New Orleans. You'll thank us.

4. Take the time indoors to pamper yourself with a dead sea mud mask!

5. Dipping items in either chocolate or cheese should definitely be on your "fon-DO" list.

6. When Harry Met Sally is still one of the best movies of all time. Whether it's your first or one millionth viewing, it's classic Valentine's Day material.

7. If relaxation is number one on your agenda, treat yourself to a luxurious bath bomb!

8. If you're feeling crafty, invite a few gals over to make some jewelry DIYs, and then hand out some cute ring dishes as favors.

If going out...

9. Wear your heart on your sleeve as well as on your finger with this delicate heart ring.

10. These lip earrings are a fun way to show some holiday spirit.

11. Talk about "heart eyes" for these sunnies!

12. Whether you are out for dinner, a movie, or a walk in the park, these pretty-in-pink heels can be dressed up or down to suit your V-Day needs.

13. Don't forget to take along a card to give to your special Valentine! This one is too cute!

14. Keep these lips sealed, and they'll also carry your phone and wallet for you.

15. Even if you aren't normally a pink lips girl, try a slightly mauve shade for a trendy look that is flattering on lots of skin tones.

16. Grab your jacket Lady in Red! A colored moto can make a simple jeans and t-shirt look more polished, or it can give a bit of edge to a fancy dress-up option.

There you have it! Whether you are staying in, going out, or a little bit of both, you've got lots of options to make this a Valentine's Day to remember. Hope you love whichever option you choose! 

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