January Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess Get yours at www.ABeautifulMess.comThere's something so exciting and refreshing about January! I love this time of year. It's such a good time to think over past accomplishments and plan out new goals. For me, getting my goals down on paper and tracking them regularly is the best way to cross them off my list. I love how light and beautiful the January Messy Box is! It makes it perfect for getting my goals and special January memories into my album.

January Messy Box from A Beautiful Mess1In January, I've been focusing on working on my goals every day so they become habits. I love documenting the details of these goals, which helps me reflect on the goal, and seeing it on paper helps motivate me to work harder.

A Beautiful Mess January Messy BoxA Beautiful Mess January Messy BoxThe 9 x 12 papers in the Messy Box are always so pretty. I wanted to try something new for me, so I included round photographs into this layout. I used a circle punch to cut out 8 photographs and one journaling card. I just love how it turned out! I think my circle punch is going to quickly become a new favorite tool.

 A Beautiful Mess January Messy Box  The January Messy Box is great for capturing time with your family or other people and values that are really special to you. The birds of a feathers journaling cards and embellishments are so sweet! What goals or happy memories are you documenting with your Messy Box? xo. Laura

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

Bookshelves projectThe. Time. Has. Come. 

So, I've mentioned before that I've gone back and forth on this back wall in our living room. My heart has always said, "Bookshelves," but my brain was saying, "Do something else." Well, I gave it some serious thought and there is "nothing else". Ha! 

No matter how hard I try, I can't imagine anything more perfect than a big, floor-to-ceiling library wall! 

Here's some of my inspirations—

Home library inspirationThis first photo (via Design Sponge) has been on every home mood board I have made for the past 5-7 years. It's just crazy inspiring to me how the books fill the A-frame shape around the door. And since this space is so similar to our living room wall, it just seems crazy not to go for it! 

This second photo (via Little Green Notebook) has always spoken to me as such a great family space. I have considered the lights and ladder that she did quite a bit. (We decided to skip the ladder for now since we have a baby on the way, but I'm still considering adding lights to ours.) Everything about how this is styled appeals to me so much. 

Side note—if you want to add closed shelves to the bottom of your DIY bookshelves, definitely read her post

So, we're building the shelves now. After that I need to work on filling them. I have a two season plan for how they could be styled. And I'm off to hunt for cool vintage books that match our color scheme, with special consideration for finding children's books. 

I have bookmarked our local Nashville library sales, but where else should I hunt for books? 

Ugh! I am so excited about this project. It's truly a dream project!! I'll share more photos with you as we move along! xx -Elsie 

Emma Chapman Eye patches Emma of A Beautiful Mess  Emma Chapman  Oui Fresh dress Emma of A Beautiful MessThe other night I was hanging out with a few friends, and the conversation turned to what we would pick if we had to make a list of top five perfect albums. We ended up having quite the varied list, and it was so fun! Plus it reminded me of so much good music I haven't taken the time to listen to in a while. So I thought it might be fun to share what I said, and hear what you think, Sister. The pressure is on! 

Emma's Top Five:
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
The Blue Album by Weezer
The Crane Wife by The Decemberists

You guys should try listing your top five in the comments—it's really hard! If you get too stressed out, just add a few honorable mentions. ;) 

Cute enamel pins Emma Chapman Emma of A Beautiful Mess Boots and tightsEmma's Wearing: Dress/Oui Fresh (sold out but we have other great stuff avail), Boots/ModCloth, Purse/Rebecca Minkoff (similar here), 'E' Charm c/o Fossil, Choker c/o Bauble Bar, Tights + hat/Target, Jacket/Levi's, Pins/Big Bud Press and Frank Norton, Eye patches/M&J Trimming

Take it away, Sister!

Elsie LarsonElsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson   Elsie Larson   OK, this is a fun idea, but it's also REALLY tough. Jeremy and I are always talking about how Spotify (which we love and use daily) has kind of made us listen to full albums less and less. When we were growing up (in the 90s) and CDs were the thing, I would often buy a CD where I only knew one song, and in those days I feel like I really got to know albums in a deeper way. I miss those days of knowing every word of every song. 

Thank God for Vinyl, because this is a great way to still listen to albums start to finish. So I'll do a few of my most-listened-to vinyl. 

Elsie's Top Five: 
Back To Black by Amy Winehouse 
Fly By Wire by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 
FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake
Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes 
Nevermind by Nirvana

Elsie Larson      Elsie Larson      Elsie's Wearing: Top/OuiFresh, Mom Jeans/Swedish Hasbeens, Bag/Madewell (similar here), Sunnies/ZeroUV, Banana Charm/Kate Spade (thanks, Claire!), Louise Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens

Can't wait to hear some of your favorite albums as well! xx- Emma + Elsie 

Credits//Author: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy and Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Orange and Coffee Moscow MuleFor those of you who are fans of the classic Moscow Mule, you are in for a real treat today! And those of you who are not yet Mule fans, I'm hoping to convert you. :) Often when a classic cocktail is updated, it's called "improved". Since Moscow Mules are one of my all time favorite cocktails, I don't necessarily think it needs "improving", but I do love swapping out flavors for seasonal favorites and also I just love trying new things.

We partnered with Smirnoff Vodka to create a special twist on the classic Moscow Mule using their Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka as the base spirit in this delicious and slightly surprising variation. Alongside the ginger (from the ginger beer), there are also notes of coffee and cinnamon with a big splash of freshly squeezed orange juice. Mmmmmmm.

Orange and Coffee Moscow Mule with SmirnoffOrange and Coffee Moscow Mule   Orange and Coffee Moscow Mule, makes one

1 can/bottle of ginger beer (approx. 8-9 oz. depending on brand)
1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1/4 of an orange, squeezed
1 cinnamon stick for garnish
ice

Also, you'll need a copper mug if you want to have the real Moscow Mule look. :)

Smirnoff Moscow MuleFill the cup 2/3 full with ice. Pour in half to 2/3 of the ginger beer. Then add Smirnoff Vodka, the coffee liqueur, and squeeze in the orange juice. Give that one or two good stirs, then fill the rest of the way with the remaining ginger beer. 

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and another orange wedge or a piece of the rind. Might as well make it pretty!

Orange and Coffee Moscow Mule    Just a few quick notes to ensure your cocktail turns out perfect:

-The copper mugs I own can hold 16 oz. of liquid (this is if you do not add ice, just liquid). If you do not use this size of cup or glass, you will likely need to adjust the above recipe to fit your needs. 

-I used a jigger to measure the vodka and coffee liqueur here, as mine has two cups with one measuring 1 oz and the other 1.5 oz. If you use a shot glass to measure instead, be aware that usually a shot is 1.5 oz. So a bit more than you need here. This would be fine for the vodka, but on the coffee liqueur, I'd be sure to use a scant amount in a shot glass. Otherwise the flavor could overpower everything else, and we're aiming for balance here. 

Happy cocktail making, guys! xo. Emma

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

 

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