Almond Joy martini-delish! (click through for tutorial)   With Halloween so close at hand, it's no surprise that we have candy on the brain. And since the love of candy is not just for kids, it's also fun to have a sweet treat that's just for your adult self as well. So while the little ones go door to door filling their bags with candy, have a seat and fill your glass with this Almond Joy martini instead!

Almond Joy martini-delish! (click through for tutorial)   Almond Joy Martini, serves one.

For drink:
2 oz vodka
2 oz creme de cacao
1 oz cream of coconut
splash of cream

For garnish:
shredded coconut
chocolate sauce

Almond Joy martini-delish! (click through for tutorial)   Add some ice to a shaker, and pour in your vodka, creme de cacao, cream of coconut and cream. Shake hard for 10 seconds to combine.

Almond Joy martini-delish! (click through for tutorial)   Dip the rim of your glass onto a plate with honey drizzled on it, and then dip the rim into some shredded coconut. Take your chocolate sauce and add a few swirls to the inside of your glass.

Almond Joy martini-delish! (click through for tutorial)   Slowly pour in your chilled martini and enjoy!

Almond Joy martini-delish! (click through for tutorial)   Chocolate and coconut is always a winning combination in my book, so feel free to add more of less of whichever ingredient is your particular fave. I love novelty cocktails (you can see all our creations here!), and I think I'll be a repeat customer of this one for sure. Who says candy bars are just for eating? Try drinking one for a change! xo. Laura

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

Emma and Elsie of A Beautiful MessThe sisters of abeautifulmess.comHello! This past week Elsie and I met up for the first time since she officially moved to Nashville. And if that wasn't special enough, get this—we met up on our way to Amsterdam! We were invited to speak at the Meet the Blogger conference this year, and we had an absolute blast! One of our very favorite things is meeting readers offline and getting to talk and connect. We very rarely get to meet any international readers, so this was a major treat for us. Everyone was so sweet and had really challenging questions from their own blogging experiences, so it was awesome getting to meet everyone. And you know what, I think I actually really like speaking. I never really thought of it as something I would "do for my job" ever, but now that I've done it a few times, I must say I really like it. 

Emma Chapman Emma ChapmanAside from the conference, we got to hang around Amsterdam for a couple days before making a stopover in Iceland. We took lots of photos and we're working on a video from the trip, so I'm sure you'll see more soon. 

Emma's wearing: Dress and Scarf/F21, Tights, Gloves, and Hat/Target, Jacket/Levi's, Buttons/gift from Elsie (see her sources for cool buttons here), Boots c/o Boden, and Purse/Zara. 

Elsie Larson  Elsie Larson Elsie's wearing: Vest/Target, Dress/SheIn, Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens, Sunnies/Crap Eyewear, Bag and Necklace/Madewell, Pins/Hello Holiday (more pins here!

Emma and ElsieHope you all are having a great start to this week! I'm working through emails and catching up on work while a mound of dirty laundry is calling my name. Ha! :) Happy Monday! xo. Emma (and Elsie)

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Emma Chapman, Elsie Larson, and Trey George. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Affordable art ideas Happy Sunday, friends! Today I want to share some ideas for affordable wall art. While I've been dreaming for years of starting an original painting collection, I haven't even dipped my toe into those waters yet. So far, I've played it pretty safe buying mostly art prints and reproduced pieces to fill our walls. Prints are affordable and a great way to discover your style or not invest too much as your style evolves. Art prints can make a huge statement and really complete a room! 

1. Watercolor Print via AneWall Decor on Etsy ($129.00). Love this print because it's HUGE. It really makes a statement and looks amazing from a distance. It's available in a variety of colors too (although I would pick the pink!). 

Blueline No. 22. Blueline No. 2 via Artfully Walls ($36.50+). Obsessed! This piece inspires me so much. 

Amy3. Amy via Artfully Walls ($19.50+). 

Cactus print4. Cactus Print via Polly Rowan ($54.79)

Custom portraits5. Custom Portraits for $30?! Whatta deal, you guys. I'm gonna order some. (sorry, no longer available!)

Feet art print6. Feet Art Print by SR Paper Works

Orchid7. Orchid via Artfully Walls ($24.00+).  

Il_570xN.2160651858. Perfect Twist by Debbie Carlos ($50). I had a couple Debbie Carlos prints in my last home. I love them because they make a statement for a really affordable price. Large scale art can really help to pull a room together.

Il_570xN.532512440_a5eb9. Abstract Heads by Boriana M ($30.00+). Love all her stuff! 

Il_570xN.672444971_72be10. Night Swans by Nina Invorm ($27.59). Love this piece. 

By the way, I wasn't sure what to cap the prices off at it since "affordable" is such a relative term. So I chose the pieces on a case-by-case basis depending on their size. I consider them all a good deal. :)

Shopping for art prints is so much fun. I can't wait to fill our new home up with art! Happy weekend!! Elsie 

Reuse your photo cut-offs and create a graphic collage. See all the Scrapbook Sunday details over at www.ABeautifulMess.comSome of my favorite projects or designs happen when I'm working with a certain restriction. They require me to think outside of the box and flex those problem-solving muscles that bring out the magic. Other times I'll just have things sitting around from previous projects and they'll look so right together that I can't toss them out. I'm all for repurposing and reinventing when it makes sense. So this week's Scrapbook Sunday is brought to you by your pretty little scrap pile of leftover papers and all the photo edges sitting by your paper cutter. 

ScrapbookScrapPage1While I don't condone hoarding, I do think it's smart to hold on to the prime stuff. Maybe it's a card you received from a friend with a great font that you might want to cut up and incorporate into a journaling spot or a well-designed flyer you found at your favorite coffee shop with an unusual color story—they are just interesting enough that you want to save them for the perfect page. 

For the page above, I used a striped envelope from an earlier Happy Mail package, a piece I cut from a poster that has the prettiest shade of electric red on a soft pink background, and the top third of a photo from Smith's first month. I also pulled pieces from the September Messy Box and a prior Messy Box.

ScrapbookScraps2Fun with Stamps and InkI didn't have another patterned paper that went with the cut up poster, so I used some floral stamps and the ink pads from the A Beautiful Mess shop to create a patterned journaling card. I then added some foam alpha stamps that I rubbed across my black ink pad to help them stand out against the floral pattern. 

PatchworkScrapbookSundayPatchworkPage1For my non-photo pocket page, I just created a grid-like collage from photo cut-offs and scraps of papers that I liked, and then cut up a journaling card to continue the patchwork feel. I left a space at the bottom for journaling and added a simple title with alpha stamps and a wooden embellishment that I inked in black. 

ScrapbookScraps2PatchworksPages1I love the pops of red and black with minty blue here and there on both of these pages. I also love that I was able to incorporate strips of photos that would've otherwise ended up in the trash. Do you already have a box where you save your scraps? -Rachel

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


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