Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess Glitter shoes Glitter shoes Black and white portraits Glitter shoes   Transitioning to cold weather means the end of sandal season for me—the tragedy! I know some people hate wearing any kind of open toe shoes, but I LOVE it. I feel like I never know what kind of boots or other shoes to wear otherwise. So, I figured why not shoes completely covered in glitter—ha!

Other than shoe dilemmas, I'm currently struggling with if I should decorate my house for Halloween or not. Mostly it would just be for me and Trey, as likely only a handful of others will even see the inside of our house next month (do I need more friends? maybe). So on the one hand, I'm thinking I'll just do a few things and it won't feel silly to "overdo it," but on the other hand... why not go a little crazy/silly? It's sort of the most hilarious holiday, after all. 

Teal backdrop White faux leather bucket bag Glitter shoes Emma's Wearing: Hat/Free People, Dress and shoes/ASOS (similar shoes here and similar dress here and here), and Purse/Oui Fresh

What about you, Sister? Are you getting the itch to decorate for Halloween yet?

Elsie LarsonElsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Elsie Larson Yes, yes, yes!!! I just ordered a skeleton outfit the other night, but I haven't gotten my decorating game together yet. I AT LEAST want to do a pumpkin porch. There's nothing I love more than a pumpkin porch! Oh—and dog costumes. Yesss. 

The thing I'm the most excited about is for the leaves to change (not sorry I'm cliché!). I'm starting to see it, but not in full form yet. I give it a couple weeks! 

Elsie Larson       Elsie Larson           Elsie's Wearing: Dress/Vintage (similar here and here-Elaine Benes vibes!), Choker c/o Moorea Seal, Bracelets/Madewell, Wine Clogs/Swedish Hasbeens

What are you most excited about for October?? Halloween decor, pet costumes, changing leaves or all of the above? xx -Emma + Elsie 

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

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          Dressing up your table a bit for a dinner with friends or a romantic evening in doesn't have to be an elaborate amount of work. Sometimes just adding some pretty silverware and a cute napkin ring and cloth napkins can signal that you wanted to make the event a little more special. Making your own napkin rings out of clay is surprisingly easy (and it's pretty cost effective too). So they make a great homemade gift or housewarming present for a pal. Here's how to make your own!

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          Supplies:
-oven bake clay
-acrylic paint
-small paint brush
-rolling pin
-wax paper
-clay glaze (optional)

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          Roll out a long section of 1/4" thick clay on top of wax paper. To keep a consistent thickness, you can place two stacks of 1/4" papers on either sides of the clay to act as a thickness guide. Silicon rollers are best with clay, but if you don't have one, you can simply place another sheet of wax paper on top of the clay and that will keep your roller from sticking.

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          Use a knife or pizza cutter and a ruler to cut out a long rectangle the width you want for your napkin ring. 

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          I used this bead organizer tube as my guide for how long to cut each strip, but you can also just measure a distance and cut all your rectangles that long (mine were about 8" long).

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          On a glass or metal pan, connect the ends of your clay rectangles together to make a circle and smooth the two ends into each other with your fingers (it's OK if they aren't perfectly smoothed together, that can be the bottom side of the napkin ring). Bake according to the clay instructions and allow to cool.

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          Mix a small amount of your black paint with some water until you have more of an ink consistency. Place your napkin rings on a piece of cardboard or scrap paper and fling a brush loaded with paint at the ring from different angles until you have the perfect splatter pattern (doing this outside is best for obvious reasons if possible!). You can practice a bit on the paper before adding the ring if you want some practice first. Allow the paint to fully dry, and then you can add a clear glaze on top if you want to seal the ring and add some shine.

DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)
DIY Splatter Napkin Rings (click through for tutorial)          I love how the inky paint blotches look on the white background (although you can use any color clay or paint, totally up to you), and the great thing about splatter painting is that anyone can do it and it usually comes out pretty cool. This would be a great gift to give in a set of 4 or 6 along with some pretty napkins, and they are a modern way to dress up a tablescape without seeming too fancy or over the top. So cute! xo. Laura

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

Zucchini pizza crust via Nutrition Stripped.9190Today we're sharing a recipe from Nutrition Stripped, a brand new whole-food cookbook written by our friend McKel Hill. The photographs are gorgeous, and we love all the healthy recipe ideas!

Nutrition Stripped
Zucchini is a surprisingly chameleon like vegetable—I find myself using it frozen in morning smoothies, pureed in desserts, and, now, grated in pizza crust! Zucchini pizza is a great way to sneak in extra servings of vegetables, and it is naturally lower in carbohydrates and higher in fiber compared to traditional crusts. This recipe pays homage to a cauliflower crust, which is one of my most popular recipes from the blog. Both of these recipe components, the crust and pea pesto, can be enjoyed on their own, yet when combined, it’s evident they’re meant to be enjoyed together.

Zucchini Pizza Crust with Lemony Pea Pesto, serves 4

3 cups finely grated zucchini
1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons brown rice flour
2 eggs, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil, for drizzling

For the pesto (makes about 1 1/2 cups):

1 (10-ounce) bag frozen peas
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted 
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons filtered water
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon zest
juice of 1 lemon
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Place the grated zucchini in a strainer, sprinkle the salt on top, and gently toss until the salt is distributed. Allow the zucchini to sit and sweat excess moisture for 45 to 60 minutes. Transfer the zucchini from the strainer to a nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Wrapping the cloth around the zucchini entirely, use your hands to squeeze out any excess liquid. Repeat the process until the zucchini no longer releases liquid. Place the zucchini in a large bowl and add the flours, eggs, garlic, nutritional yeast, oregano, red pepper flakes, and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine well. Position one rack in the middle of the oven and another in the top position. Place a pizza stone (for a crispier crust) or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper on the middle rack.

Preheat the oven to 500 ̊F. Place a large piece of parchment paper on a clean countertop and drizzle it with olive oil. Spread the zucchini dough onto the parchment paper and form the dough into a large 10-inch round or oval, about 1/2 inch thick. Transfer the dough from the parchment paper directly to the hot pizza stone or lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Flip the pizza crust over and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the crust is firm-crisp. Carefully remove the crust from the oven, spoon on your pizza sauce (pesto) to the desired thickness, and bake on the top rack for 5 to 7 minutes, until the sauce is warm. Remove from the oven. Top with garnishes (arugula, grated fresh lemon zest, lemon juice, and freshly ground black pepper) if desired, and serve immediately.

For the pesto:

Quick-thaw the peas by blanching in boiling water for 3 minutes or microwaving until soft. In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the peas, pine nuts, garlic, oil, water, hemp seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste and pulse until the mixture is well combined and thick. Adjust seasonings to taste. Store in an airtight glass container.

NscookbookI can't wait to make this at home! Congrats on your new book, McKel! 

Credits: Author: McKel Hill. Photography: McKell Hill, Katie Newburn and Kelsey Cherry.

At Home with Michelle Gage    Today we are welcoming Michelle Gage to the blog to share her lovely home with us! One look at that infamous flamingo wallpaper and you're sold, right? Her home also has amazing artwork, detail, and charm. 

At Home with Michelle Gage       "My home is located in Havertown, PA (right outside of Philadelphia). My husband (then boyfriend) and I started house hunting in the summer of 2013–a year after graduating college. We weren’t exactly sure of the neighborhood we wanted to be in. We had lived in the area for over a year and felt informed enough to start looking. We thought we found a great place–good location, recently renovated–but ultimately realized that we wanted to be the ones to customize the home. Our house hunt was called off for the next few months. Then, on a random snowy Saturday in February, I was looking at listings online. We had no plans that day, so figured we might as well check it out. We got there and fell in LOVE. The home needed work, but it had great bones.

At Home with Michellle Gage      "The living room definitely houses some of our favorite pieces. We love that space because it gets the best light. It’s really the show space of the house–displaying all of our thrifted finds! The best part of gathering is the hunt. I remember where I got each and every piece in our home, which means I remember the times my husband and I spent together searching. If you love vintage items but either don’t live near markets or don’t enjoy the hunt, Chairish is a great resource. I sell some of my extra goodies on there. It really just enables my vintage shopping addiction. 

At Home with Michelle Gage         "The sofa pillows and coffee table situation are Ikea. With print on print, the pillows help to calm down the crazy sofa. We used to have a big bench in front of the sofa, but it was feeling too bulky, so we switched it up. We simply painted two Lack end tables and placed them side by side to get a more open look.

At Home with Michelle Gage     "I think we’d both agree that the kitchen is our favorite space. It was a labor of love. We waited nearly two years to renovate it, so it’s been a long time coming. We did all of the work ourselves, so we were able to splurge on some of the special details (ones we might normally have to skip due to budget constraints). This is the space we were able to customize the most. We knew we wanted a light and bright space to inspire creative cooking. White cabinets were an obvious choice. Next, we landed on the finishes. The brushed brass hardware really POPS against the clean cabinets. The backsplash was a totally customized treat! We worked with Mercury Mosaics to create a one-of-a-kind design that mimicked ocean waves.

At Home with Michelle Gage"My husband wound up making the live edge table for two out of some wood we snagged at a garage sale! The amazing chairs from Wayfair completed the look. The original kitchen was a nightmare to put it lightly. We gutted the entire space and started with a blank slate. Living without a kitchen sink is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, so I think the struggles that we went through makes it all the more special.

At Home with Michelle Gage  Wallpaper/Cole & Son.

"The entryway table was just some worn piece taking up space in my parents' basement. It used to house the fax machine, which tells you how neglected it was. The teal legs were intact, so we scooped it up when we bought this house. It fits perfectly in the entryway.

At Home with Michelle Gage          "I don’t believe in bringing generic items into your home. Your home should be a reflection of your personality. It should be a space that you truly enjoy and miss when you leave it. I love all of the art. We recently counted up over 200 pieces in our whole home, many of which are in the living room. I find art everywhere–Goodwill, estate sales, flea markets. I am way too into portraits these days. I have collected dozens of oil portraits of strangers and sprinkled them throughout the home.

At Home with Michelle Gage           "Our home is always evolving. Since we are out hunting nearly every weekend, something new is always coming into the home. You can tell I’ve been hunting when the Chairish shop becomes full—in with the old, out with the even older! The living room is always changing. It’s the space that is the fullest, so I’m constantly rearranging it to find better homes for everything. We currently joke that we are fresh out of walls to fill. We’ve wallpapered what we can and hung art everywhere else. BUT somehow, we always find more room for a new favorite find!"

Love your home, Michelle! You can find more of Michelle on her interior design website, Chairish, and on Instagram.

Author: Michelle Gage. Photography: Kyle Born. Kitchen, powder room and swan wallpaper by Homepolish

Halloween Party Shopping Guide!There's only a few weeks left to plan the best Halloween bash of the season! The great thing about Halloween parties is that they give everyone a chance to let out their inner kid as all things cute and wacky are totally fair game. In case you've been hunting for the perfect party decorations, here's a list of our favorite Halloween must-haves that will spice up any creepy get together!

1. These adorable skull plates will not only decorate your table, but they'll also hold your spider-shaped appetizers as well.
2. Party fans are a quick way to make the perfect photo booth or dessert table backdrop. Just open and pin in place!
3. How about serving your Bloody Marys in one of these amazingly creepy glasses.
4. Wax lips (with vampire teeth!) are a must have for a photo booth prop.
5. Label your tasty confections with these cute mini pumpkin chalkboards.
6. The spider web-in-a-bag is a classic Halloween decoration that never goes out of style—perfect for a haunted entryway!
7. Hanging garlands is another easy way to add some color and texture to the party without a lot of effort.
8. In case your gang isn't the "full costume type", providing a few masks will give off a spooky vibe with minimal dress-up effort.
9. Make your tablescape scream Halloween vibes with this lace spiderweb tablecloth.
10. For the especially daring, try your hand at a ghoulish dessert with a jello brain mold!
11. Even your cheese tray can get into the spirit of things with these toothpicks.
12. These flashing light-up eyes would be perfect entangled in some spiderwebs in a dark corner (or maybe just peeking out of the chip bowl).
13. While I'm a fan of the classic "jello shot in the test tube" for a Halloween party, try something new by serving them in a syringe instead!
14. What's not to love about a giant candy corn?!
15. Were you thinking your party didn't need a 4 foot wide spider with eyes that glow?? Think again!
16. Honeycomb decorations are a great way to add some 3D color and texture to your party decor (assembly is so easy too!).
17. This black cat napkin can cross my path any day of the week—meow!
18. Spider web bowls are perfect for chips and popcorn (or fill them with fun sized Kit Kats please!).

Looks like all the ingredients for a great party if you ask me! While there's still plenty of time left to find the perfect creepy and cute additions for your big bash, don't wait too long or your ghost decorations won't be the only ones "boo-hooing" if you know what I mean. Happy Halloween!


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