Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via I'm so happy my favorite season is finally here! And the September Messy Box is the perfect way to document it. The colors in this kit are so warm and pretty. While the kit has a back-to-school theme, the patterns on the journaling cards are so versatile! The ledger paper is perfect for writing down your lists, goals, or memories. I used it to write my favorite things about fall.

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via     For my first page, I really wanted to celebrate the start of fall! I printed photos with my favorite fall activities to highlight what I'm most excited about for this season. The 3" x 3" photo pocket pages are great because they are perfect for printing Instagram photos. I filled the rest of the pocket pages with 3" x 3" journaling cards from this month's kit. The warm colors and cute patterns instantly gave the page a fall vibe.

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via   Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via  My favorite parts of this month's kit are the rubber pencil and eye glasses embellishments. They are just so cute! I attached the pencil to the outside of a 3" x 3" photo pocket page and filled the pocket with sequins. Having transparent pockets can add a cool, layered look to your pages. I attached the eye glasses in a darker plaid journaling card, so the white really popped. It's so simple, but makes the page feel special. 

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via    Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via       When I saw the "I'd Rather Be Reading" journaling card, I knew I wanted to create a layout focused on my favorite hobby. I kept this layout pretty simple with a few photos as embellishments. I still had enough alpha stickers to spell out "book lover," so I added the letters and a chipboard sticker of a notebook to create a fun reading themed card. I created another book themed card by stamping on vellum and attaching it to a journaling card. I'm so happy with how these pages turned out! 

Scrapbook Sunday September Messy Box (via      What are your favorite fall activities? Will you also be documenting your love for pumpkin spice lattes? There are so many fun things about this time of year that can be documented! xo. Laura

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

WWC featureHappy weekend, friends! We were honored to be included in the latest issue of Where Women Create Business. Emma shares her business journey from changing dreams to blogging to opening a bar, and everything in between. 

WWC feature WWC feature  She also shares some advice for growing your platform. So if you see this on the stands, go check it out. Thanks for letting us share, and here's to a relaxing weekend! xo. Emma + Elsie

Simple DIY footed planterIf your homemaking mantra, like mine, is "Never enough houseplants," then you might also be ever on the lookout for fun, new planters to hold your green babies. Am I talking about you? Yeah? Well then, this might be the perfect DIY project for you!

Generally I have good luck finding nice pots or vases at thrift stores and flea markets, and I'll occasionally splurge on something I really like from favorite shops like West Elm, but lately I've been exploring easy DIY options to create unique planters I just haven't been able to find in stores. You may have seen my recent lucite plant stand project, which was so easy and nice looking that I just had to translate the idea over to a planter too! And here she is. Lookin' mighty fine, if I do say so myself.

Simple DIY footed planterSimple DIY footed planterSupplies:
-wooden bowl (I got mine here, but these can easily be found at thrift stores.)
-3 wooden ring display cones* (I got a set of 6 from here)
-epoxy cement
-masking tape
-disposable surface (such as a paper plate or piece of cardboard) + disposable stir stick

*I lightly sanded and restained the cones I received in order to better match the bowl. I always have a variety of wood stains on hand, so buying stain for this project wasn't an issue for me. If I didn't have stain options at the ready, I would've been happy enough to leave them as they came.

Simple DIY footed planterStep One: Situate the wooden cones equidistant on the edge of the bowl's bottom. Mark their placement with masking tape. This will make it easy for you to perfectly place the cones during the next step when time is an issue.

Simple DIY footed planterStep Two: Squeeze out an even amount of the two epoxy ingredients from the tube onto a disposable surface. Quickly mix them together with a disposable stir stick, then goop some epoxy onto the flat edge of the cones/feet. Spread the epoxy lightly and evenly, then press the feet into place on the bottom of the bowl. The epoxy will set up very quickly, so you don't have much time to fuss here. Hence the taping from the previous step.

Make sure to immediately remove the masking tape, lest any of the epoxy set up over top of it!

Simple DIY footed planter

Drainage Considerations

If your wood bowl is not already sealed, I definitely recommend lightly sanding and spraying down the bowl with polyurethane to make it waterproof. You may choose to drill drainage holes into the bottom of this planter, in which case I would recommend sealing the wood inside the holes with polyurethane as well. If you don't, you risk rotting the wood as it becomes soaked with water.

Simple DIY footed planterI cut down the sides of a fancy plastic self-watering pot to fit inside this planter so the water could drain into the saucer inside of the wooden bowl. I bought two plastic pots to try out, and one ended up being the perfect size! Using this interior planter is great for the succulents I'm using and certainly is a lot easier than dealing with drainage holes in the wooden bowl itself. If you are planting something like pothos that doesn't need soaking and ample drainage, I wouldn't worry about drainage holes. Just don't overwater it.

Simple DIY footed planterThis footed planter is a nice size for a table centerpiece, and the contents can be changed up depending on the season. And hey, if you feel really crafty, why not paint it a fun color? I have a feeling a little paint job may be in this guy's future, but for now, the wood finish provides the perfect cozy touch for the fall and winter seasons. -Mandi

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

Tips for surviving a major hair changeThey say, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life,” but I don’t really buy into all that. A woman who cuts her hair probably got bored! I get "hair bored" all the time. With my most recent chop, it was a mix of boredom and necessity—all of my bleaching and dyeing earlier this year left my hair pretty damaged and begging for a major cut. I lost a lot of length, but it didn’t faze me much since I’ve been through this before as well as a few other random stages of pink hair, pixie cuts, and what-have-you. I haven't always been this chill about my hair; I once spent a sleepless night before a hair cut wondering if I was making the right decision or if I’d regret it instantly. And I'll still have a freak-out moment if I trim my fringe too short and end up with Bettie Page bangs! But hair cuts happen and sometimes major hair changes happen by choice or necessity, so here are a few tips if you’re getting ready to go under the scissors (or dye!) and are feeling nervous about the process.

Tips for surviving a major hair change-Wear something cute. This might seem like a bit of odd advice, but I think it’s helpful to go to your favorite hair salon wearing something cute when you’re going to come out with a very different look. (The blue floral dress I’m wearing is not by chance; it’s one of my favorite dresses that I always feel good in!) Cutting off a lot of hair can be a bit shocking, but if you’re wearing your favorite dress when you see your new look for the first time, it can soften the blow and help show you just how good that new cut can look once the shock wears off! Speaking of shock…

-Give it a week. Don’t write off a new hair cut or color for at least one week. I’ve had friends who try something new—like a fringe or shorter hair—but decide within 24 hours they can’t stand it and start pinning their hair back straight away until it’s back to their old style. To me this doesn’t make any sense. They never gave themselves a chance to adjust to the new look. It might take you a few days to get over the “wow that’s different” feeling to actually “see” what you look like. So give yourself time. Don’t pin or hide your new look for at least a week, look at in the mirror often and get used to it before you decide whether it’s right or wrong.

-Know what you want. Of course while it takes time to adjust to a new haircut, you should also have a very fixed idea of what you want if you’re going for a major change. Create a Pinterest board with the new style you want to try and try seeing the style from different angles (front, side, back, etc.) to get a very firm idea of what you’re going for. If you’re dyeing, do you know what shade you want—even if you decide to go blue, it could be dark, pastel, more aqua or ombre! Know what you want and bring loads of pictures and examples to your hair dresser to help you communicate the new style clearly.

-Be willing to go in stages. I had a hair stylist in the past who said she wouldn’t cut someone’s long hair into a short pixie cut in one sitting, but insisted they cut off the hair in two or three appointments. She had too many women crying in her chair over a drastic cut to do it again! I also went from long hair to a bob before committing to the pixie. It definitely helped me adjust to short hair to go for an in-between cut for about a month before my final chop. With dyeing, it can take a few visits as well, especially if you want to go for a bright, unnatural color. So don’t get discouraged if you book an appointment and find out not everything can be done in one day. This is also important to remember in reverse—once you commit to certain styles, it will take awhile to get back to what your hair was before, so know what you are getting into.

-Remember it's all temporary. If you take the plunge with a style and it ends up not being what you want, try not to worry too much because it's all temporary. I'm not a big risk-taker in life. A lot of decisions you can make in life can have permanent or at least lasting consequences (as a kid I was terrified of things ending up on my "permanent record" and was really worried as a senior when I got a detention that it would blemish this record), but hair? Hair isn't permanent. Bad cuts will grow out, as will dye which will also fade (usually quicker than you want it to). In a few months or a year, no one would even know you had blue hair or a shaved side cut.

Tips for surviving a major hair change2A big hair change isn't for everyone; I envy those who know their style or themselves well enough that they don't have to mess around. I think it'd be cool to have a signature style à la Anna Wintour, but for those of us who wonder "what if I had purple tips" then maybe these tips will help you make that plunge. Hair changes don’t have to be daunting, I mean they shouldn’t be daunting—it should be about having fun or trying something you’ve always wanted to try (like dyeing my hair an unnatural color as an adult because I never got permission to do it when I was a kid). After all, it’s just hair. These tricks always work for me if I start to second guess a hair decision, but I’d love to hear what works for you! Cheers, Rebecca.

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


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