Messy bubble pony (click-throughf or the full tutorial) I've been playing around with different wet-set techniques to give myself some curls overnight. They're great in theory, but some are a little trickier than others and can lead to some crazy morning hair. Which is annoying since part of the point of wet-sets are to save time in the morning! On this particular day, my hair curled in the front, but the back was almost completely straight. Ugh. But there's nothing like a bad hair day to motivate you to try a new up-do. So I decided to work the weird texture of my hair into a messy bubble ponytail. It's seriously so easy but can look really cool.Bubble ponytail (click-through for the full tutorial)Step One: Using a clear elastic, make a small ponytail on top of your head. 

Step Two: Take a small section of hair on either side of your head and add it to your first ponytail and tie off with an elastic.

Step Three: Continue adding small sections of hair and tying them off. You want to add to the section before so that all of the ponytails are tied together.

Step Four: Stop when you reach the nape of your neck.

Step Five: Pull on each little section to make a bubble. It's best to watch this step in a mirror to keep your bubbles even and avoid missing a section.  

 Messy bubble ponytail (click-through for the tutorial)How's that for making lemonade? I highly recommend trying out this style if your hair is curly, or messy, or just being annoying one morning because it's super easy, doesn't take long, and I think the more texture your hair has the better it looks. You can play with this style and make it your own as well—maybe make a few less ponytails or smaller ones for a different look, or pull it apart more and pull out more pieces for an even messier look. It's a good save for a bad hair day! Cheers, Rebecca.

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

At Home with Katie Shelton        Our longtime friend and ABM contributor, Katie Shelton, is giving us a tour of her home today! We couldn't be more excited to share how she's transformed our former studio house into a home for her family. 

At Home with Katie Shelton  At Home with Katie Shelton Wallpaper/Wallpaper Direct, Table/Hobby Lobby, Family Portrait/Pop Pop Portraits.

"Many of you may recognize this house from when it was the ABM studio house. My family and I were living in Springfield, MO when we found out the previous house we were renting was being sold. The home had too many issues for our budget for us to purchase, so we frantically began searching for a new place. The stars somehow aligned, and Elsie and Laura were moving to Nashville (*sniff* miss you guys), and the studio house was being sold around this same time. After much consideration, we decided that our family belonged in this 1870s historic house. I now live here with my husband, Johnny, my two daughters, Hope and Poesy, and our two cats, Google and Moonstone.  

At Home with Katie SheltonTable and Chairs/Amazon, Rug/eSale Rugs.

At Home with Katie Shelton      At Home with Katie Shelton    At Home with Katie Shelton     "I decided to keep the dining room chandelier that Laura made over, but was afraid of my style not working in such a classic space. I thrifted a beautiful vintage painting of a woman in a gorgeous gold frame and, yes, glued a bunny head over her face. I don't know where that idea came from. It just seemed like fun! The hutch is a vintage score that fits perfectly, and the pink shelf from the old Red Velvet store houses my ever-growing skunk collection!

At Home with Katie Shelton       Chair/Article, Chandelier/Wayfair, Rug/RugsUSA, Curtains/Target, Bison Head/White Faux Taxidermy, Pillows/Society 6.

At Home with Katie Shelton          "Our living room is my favorite space in our home, with my bedroom coming in a close 2nd, and entryway (that wallpaper—SWOON) coming in 3rd. I made the decision to flip-flop what was originally the traditional living room (which is now our music room) and the study because the lighting in the study was so serene and peaceful. I doubted my decision for months as custom pieces such as cabinet doors and a window seat unit were being built and we had big, blank walls. Eventually it all came together, it just took some time.

At Home with Katie Shelton         At Home with Katie Shelton            "Our wallpaper on the large built-in shelving was the first to give this room the vibe I was going for. The door in the corner of the room isn't functional, and after MONTHS of wracking my brain with how to make it less awkward (seriously, I would just sit and stare at that door), a light bulb finally went off! I had some acrylic shelving cut and painted some cheap hardware store brackets gold. Voila! The plant shelving on the door was the perfect touch behind my favorite green velvet chair from Article. It is the coziest for cuddling up and snuggling. Another favorite piece in this space is our crazy gold chandelier. I have a pretty eclectic style, and I love the quirkiness of it in this space!

At Home with Katie Shelton           Bed Frame/West Elm, Bedding/Urban Outfitters, Rug/Uncommon Goods, Dresser/Amazon.

At Home with Katie Shelton             Makeup brush holder/Target.

"I'm obsessed with picking up unusual trinkets that give a home personality, so you can probably imagine how many favorite pieces I have around the house! My vintage Playboy bunny chair that sits at my vanity is so fun. My husband saw it in a thrift store window one day while he was out running errands and rushed home to pick me up to check it out. What can I say? He knows my style! 

At Home with Katie Shelton              At Home with Katie Shelton                 At Home with Katie Shelton                    At Home with Katie Shelton                       At Home with Katie Shelton                      "My family has been in what we now call 'the Skunkboy house' for a little over a year, and it feels like HOME. It's a space for gathering friends for dinners, craft nights, band practices, and backyard parties. I've always dreamed of having a place like this. A place where my girls have their unique rooms to play and grow. A place where I sit down after a long day of working in my studio and doing all the mom things, and just look around and continue to be in awe that we live here. I'm sure our home will continue to evolve over the years, but I'm so happy with how far its come in this short time we've lived here."

You can find more of Katie on her blog, Skunkboy and Instagram. And be sure to check out a Mixtapes show if you live nearby! :)

Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Elise Abigail Randolph.

Creamy White Wine Zoodles (via I am really into creating meals that consist of lots of veggies and remain grain-free. I do not eat this way for every meal, but I like the challenge, and I feel like it not only pushes me to be a bit more creative, it also has the effect of getting even more vegetables into my meals. A total win, win, obviously. :) 

This meal is no exception. It doesn't skimp on comfort and flavor (it's got a little butter, wine, AND cheese), but it also packs in quite a few vegetables and remains grain-free. Mmmm. 

Creamy White Wine Zoodles (via  I love this as a light meal for two, kind of like good salads but a cooked version. It makes a great lunch, which is promptly when we ate the pictured version you see here. :) But, if you are wanting to make this even more substantial and add some protein, you might try adding chickpeas, shrimp, or grilled salmon. I love this all on its own though. 

Best zoodle recipesCreamy White Wine Zoodles, serves two 

3 medium zucchini, spiralized
1/2 red or orange bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup white wine (I like Chardonnay here)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
half a lemon

In a large pan begin by melting the butter and oil together. Add the onions and bell pepper and let that cook until just softened, 1-2 minutes over medium heat. Add in the garlic and let cook another minute. Pour in the wine and let that cook until it reduces slightly, about 3-4 minutes.

Grain free mealsNow add the zoodles and red pepper flakes. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook the zoodles for 2-3 minutes until they soften a bit and begin to release some liquid. As you cook, toss everything so it all gets coated in the butter/wine sauce well. Then toss in the Parmesan, again making sure everything gets coated in the cheese as well as sauce. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. 

Creamy White Wine Zoodles (via Squeeze on some fresh lemon juice and sprinkle on the parsley. What the heck, go on and toss a little more Parmesan over everything too if you like. :) Serve warm and enjoy! xo. Emma

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

DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial!      We’re back with another simple DIY project! We’ve been really into the patch trend lately. They’re showing up everywhere from denim jackets to purses. Patches are an easy way to make something generic into a custom piece that shows your personality.

For this project, we decided to jazz up a plain laptop case. There are tons of solid computer cases out there just begging for some flair. The patches we chose are all very girly and colorful. How amazing is this ice cream patch?! The fun part of this project is choosing patches that represent bits and pieces of who you are. It’s safe to say we’re now addicted to patches and will be seeking out ways to introduce them into our wardrobe!

DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial!   Supplies:
-pink laptop case
-assorted patches
-E6000 glue-
-heavy books

That’s it! You only need four things. Here’s how to put your case together:

DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial!  Step One: Lay out your patches on the laptop case and decide where you want them to go. We spread ours out over the whole case, but we thought it would be cute to keep the patches in one corner of the case too!

DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial!    DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial!     Step Two: Now it’s time to glue down the patches. E6000 is kind of tricky because you have to put it on both the patch and the case, wait two minutes, and then stick them together.

Step Three: After all of your patches are glued down, lay some heavy books on top of the case while the glue dries. This will just help to keep everything looking seamless.

DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial!DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial!       DIY Patch Laptop Case- click through for the full tutorial! We are so obsessed with this laptop case! It only took a day to make, and we’ve already gotten so many compliments on it. It’s always fun to make something truly unique that no one else has. Especially something you use every day like a laptop case! - Britta & Carli Garsow

Credits // Author and Photography: Britta & Carli Garsow. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.

Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial)         I love baby showers, and I promise I'm not just saying that because mine is coming up soon (so excited!). You get to watch someone open presents, they feed you, everyone is excited–it's great! I love seeing all the ways there are to wrap unique presents online, and making your gift look like an animal is one of my favorites for sure. It's pretty easy to do, and in just a couple of minutes, you can have your very own adorable gift to give at the next shower or kid's birthday party you get invited to. Since the boxes you'd be wrapping are probably different sizes than mine, I didn't do a template, but I'll show you the way I put each one together. Here are a few of my favorite animal options:

Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial)
-large sheets of thin colored paper (Check your local craft store. You can use wrapping paper, but these are thicker than wrapping paper so they will keep the shape of what you are cutting out much better.)
-hot glue gun or paper glue
-small hole punch (optional)

Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial) The Kitty: To make this present, wrap your box in a solid color of paper like you normally would. Cut out two triangle shapes with straight areas at the bottom that you can fold back and make into tabs to sit on the top of your present for the kitty ears (see the shapes to the left of the present above as a reference). Cut out smaller pink triangles to be the center of the ears, line up with the bottom crease on the bigger triangle and glue in place. Attach ears to the top of your box. Cut two long "U" shapes to be the paws and then cut one medium pink circle and three smaller ones for each paw for the paw pads. Glue the pink details in place and then tuck the paws under your present and glue those secure. Cut a thick wavy line for your tail and glue it sticking up at the back of your present. Cut a pink triangle for your nose and big black and white circles for your eyes and use a black marker to fill in your mouth and whiskers. You can also add some paper or drawn stripes on the tail or body for a tabby or calico cat. How sweet!

Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial)   The Penguin (modified from this penguin wrapping): To make a penguin, wrap a box in white paper in the usual way. Cut a piece of grey paper that is as wide as the top of your box and comes down the front into a point to form his face and beak area. Glue in place. Cut and attach a yellow beak at the bottom of the triangle. Cut a long grey rectangle as deep as the top of your box so it will just sit across the top of your present and spill down the sides halfway. Round the ends with scissors to be your wing shapes, and then crease the shape to sit centered on the top of your box and angle the wings away from the body a bit down from the top creases (you can see my piece sitting to the right of the penguin above). Glue in place. Cut out some yellow webbed feet and attach under the present at the bottom. Cut small black and white circles for the eyes, and I also cut a white oval to put on his chest for a little belly dimension. Cute!

Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial)  The Shark (modified from this whale wrapping): Wrap your present in a solid grey paper as usual. Make two identical side fins and fold the 1/2" at the bottom to make a tab where you can attach the fins to the side of the shark body. Fold a piece of grey paper in half and cut out another fin for the top of the shark's body, but this time fold your bottom 1/2" tabs in the opposite directions so it will stand up straight on the shark's back. Glue in place. Cut a tail piece that has a tab as wide as the shark's body so you can connect it to the top of the back side of the shark. Gently curl the tail upwards before gluing in place. Cut or punch out your black shark eyes and two rows of sharp teeth for the front edge, and your shark is ready to go!

Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial)         Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial)         Adorable! Animal wrapping ideas for baby shower or kid's party (click through for tutorial)          Awww, adorable!! I would certainly love to receive one of these as either a Mama at a shower or as a kid for my birthday, so I bet you know some people that would love it too! You can adapt the general wrapping scheme to whatever size present you need to wrap, and if you are looking for a good baby present, I love the rainbow ball, rainbow rattle, and turtle tub toy pictured above (they are all organic or nontoxic too!). Have fun putting your own spin of cute on these little faces! xo. Laura

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


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