32 Favorite Hair Tutorials

Bohemian festival knot braidYou know those days when you're having a good hair day and it makes your day extra awesome? Yeah, us too. We looked through our archives and compiled a list of our favorite hair tutorials for you to try! Most of our tutorials are done by our friend Katie. Katie, we love you. :) Let's go ahead and get started! First off is this pretty bohemian festival knot braid. It's great for medium length hair.

Crisscross ponytailMake a basic ponytail fancier with this crisscross ponytail tutorial.

Tucked braid updoWe love this tucked braid updo.

How to get awesome festival hairLearn how to get awesome festival hair (and how to make your own sea salt spray!)

Fabric maiden braids tutorialIncorporate fabric into maiden braids for a fun look.

How to style a bow braidTry something a little more advanced like this bow braid. We included a video tutorial, too!

How to style a low bunA low bun is simple and classic. We love the volume and elegance that you get with this style.

How to style flat iron curlsIf your hair doesn't hold curl, or you're just looking for a different way to curl your hair,  you'll love this flat iron curls tutorial.

How to style a braided crownThis cute braided crown is one of Emma's favorites!

How to style pinned back bangsLearn how to style pinned back bangs

How to style a classic french braidYou can't go wrong with a classic french braid.

Dolly inspired hair tutorialGet some major volume and curls with this Dolly-inspired hair tutorial.

How to style a simple dutch braidStyle a simple dutch braid

How to style long hair shortWant to make your long hair shorter for a day? Try styling long hair short.

How to style a (double) waterfall twistThis (double) waterfall twist would be perfect for a special occasion.

How to create beachy waves (with a flat iron)Create those beachy waves we all love – with a flat iron. This tutorial is great if you have short hair, too!

How to style a knot hairstyleInstead of a braid, try styling your hair in knots for more texture.

How to style a braided chignonA braided chignon (video tutorial included!)  is a cute way to wear your hair up, and it's super easy to do.

A simple, pretty updoStyle a simple, pretty updo for a wedding or a date night.

How to style a side braidStyle a side braid and wear your hair either up or down. It's cute either way!

How to rag roll your hair (video!!)Katie's hair is pretty amazing, isn't it? Learn how to rag roll your hair the same way with this video tutorial.

How to style a chain braidA chain braid is a great way to wear your hair back when you want to try something a little different.

How to style a beehiveAll the Mad Men fans out there: create a 60's beehive! This technique is super fun and really simple.

Textured summer braidTry a textured braid tied with fabric.

How to style mega wavesLaura shows us how to style her amazing mega waves.

How to style a twisted bunThis twisted bun is a unique way to style your hair for an event.

How to style a simple knot braidTry a fancy knot braid. It's super easy to style. Perfect!

How to style a top knotWe love the top knot! It can be styled for a casual daytime look, or with added volume for something dressier. 

How to style braided bangsBraid your bangs into a cute side ponytail.

Maiden twists hairstyle DIYWe love this spin on traditional maiden braids.

Five-minute braided bunNeed a quick morning hairdo? Try this five-minute braided bun.

Fishtail braid video tutorialCreate the perfect fishtail braid with this video tutorial.

Are there any hair tutorials that you would like to see on the blog? Let us know in the comments! :) Have a great weekend!  -The ABM team

Two Easy Party Cocktails

 Gin + GrapefruitParty cocktails are an art form all their own. They need to be easy to make in bulk (especially when you host more than 15-20 people!), they need to be easygoing flavors (something that won't intimidate your guests who are new to cocktail-land), and being pretty never hurts! Pretty cocktails are easier to make. 

In the past, I've done a lot of punch bowls for parties (here + here + here), but there's something about mixing drinks together that is a really fun party activity. For this reason, I normally plan a couple of quick cocktails we can make throughout the night. These are perfect for your non-drinking friends too because you can easily modify them into mocktails! 

If you're letting guests mix their own drinks, set a couple shot glasses out for them to use to measure the liquor. The biggest mistake that people make when mixing cocktails at home is using way (wayyyy) too much liquor, making it undrinkable for most people. One shot will do it! 

Here are two easy drinks I made for our recent housewarming party. 

Gin + Grapefruit  Gin + Grapefruit    Gin and Grapefruit, serves one

Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit Wedges
Rosemary sprigs 

Mix 1 ounce gin with grapefruit juice and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig. To modify this drink into a mocktail, substitute tonic water or ginger beer for the gin.

Super simple and refreshing! 

Whiskey LemonadeWhiskey Lemonade Whiskey Lemonade, serves one

Honey sticks 
Lemon slices

Mix 1 ounce whiskey with lemonade and garnish with a lemon slice and honey stick. Cut the honey stick open at the bottom, so that as you stir, honey will sweeten the drink! 

To modify this drink into a mocktail, replace the whiskey with tonic water, ginger beer, or tea. 

Sweet and tart! 

Whiskey Lemonade  Whiskey Lemonade  I like to float the whiskey on top of the lemonade for a subtle ombre effect. 

Gin + Grapefruit      Easy party cocktailsHere are a couple photos from our housewarming party! We had fun mixing our own drinks and showing our friends around our studio house. Easy cocktails for the win! xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Janae Hardy.

Modern Wooden Earrings

modern wooden earringsLately I've been feeling my personal style shift to simpler, more modern pieces. I'm not sure where my wardrobe is going to end up after I settle into my new look, but in the meantime, I've been experimenting with minimally styled accessories. I had an idea for a set of earrings and was so delighted with how easy they were to make! That's the whole point of my style evolution after all. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

modern wooden earringsSupplies:
-square dowel
-2 tiny eyelet screws (I found mine in the wood crafts section of a craft store.)
-2 dangle earring hooks
-wood stain + rag/paper towel to apply
-white oil-based primer + paint
-varnish (optional)
-painter's tape (optional for brushing on paint, but necessary if using spray paint)

-saw (any kind of saw will work, but a miter saw will give you the cleanest cut)
-sandpaper (around 180 grit will work)
-jewelry-making pliers
-paint brush (unless you are using spray paint)

modern wooden earringsStep One: Cut the square dowels to size. Mine are about 2" long. I used a miter saw but am showing a small craft blade here as a suggested tool that could also work on a soft wood.

Step Two: Sand down the edges of the cut dowels.

modern wooden earringsStep Three: Stain the wood dowels with the desired color. I used Minwax's Golden Oak stain.

Step Four: Paint the tips of the wooden dowels with primer and then your paint color of choice. You must use primer or the paint will soak into the wood and the finish will crack and peel away. Using masking tape as a guide is optional for brush painting but obviously necessary for spray painting.

modern wooden earringsStep Five: Screw the eyelet hooks into the top of the wooden dowel. You can do this by hand or use pliers to help twist it in place.

Step Six: Use small pliers to pull open the earring hooks. Loop the hook onto the eyelets and close the hook to join the pieces.

IMG_4954modern wooden earringsI love the modern, crafty look of these earrings. There are so many possibilities, too! Change the length or width of the dowels, paint patterns on the wood, or use any colors you wish.

I might use my leftover materials and masking tape to make some patterned earrings to give to friends. What kind would you make? -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.

Casual Friday Vol. 16

Casual Friday at A Beautiful MessHey, guys! Good morning! It's Casual Friday! The above photo is one of my favorites ever of our dear Gummergal (Laura) being funny during a shoot. She keeps us laughing all day!

Behind the scenes of A Beautiful Mess videosBehind the scenes of photographing bottlesBehind the Scenes of photographing AlbumsJust a little behind the scenes visual trickery. Photo albums are really hard to stack. A little patience and a few spools of thread, and, baby, you got a stew goin'.

Casual Friday with Trey and JeremyDon't eat that!Cool guy TreyBehind the scenes of playing with smoke bombsThis week we had a really fun shoot that you'll see pretty soon – it left quite an interesting taste in our mouths. Who knew smoke bombs were so smelly!?

Smoke bombs can be intenseSmoke bombs can be really smellyJust a quick little romantic photo that Emma took of Josh and me. It's basically just like The Notebook. It tells a love story for the ages if you look closely. :)

Cutest baby ever!And then since I (Sarah) am writing this, naturally I have to throw in a photo of my favorite baby ever! Say hi to IQ. We brought her up to the office to inspect Elsie's new office loveseat from Joybird. She loves it!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and a restful and happy weekend. :) xo! -Sarah

Credits// Author: Sarah Rhodes. Photos: Emma Chapman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Petal from The Fresh Collection.

Sister Style: Autumn Dreaming

Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess    Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess  Red clutch purseYou know autumn is in full swing when you find yourself caught in a downpour! Despite the chilly rain, I am feeling so excited about this coming season. Autumn in the Midwest is best if you ask me. :)

During the next few months, I'm planning to get more into writing (I started a "writing group" with a good friend of mine), take some local pottery classes, and build a couch. Oh yes, I have schemes to make us a new couch. If it turns out, I'll be sure to show you all. If it doesn't turn out, I'll likely never mention it again. :) What about you? Do you have any fun goals for the next few months?

Also, pretty soon we'll be gearing up for my favorite fall tradition: Friendsgiving! I love the sense of accomplishment from preparing a giant meal for our friends to enjoy. Let me know if there's any flavors or dishes you'd like to see us put our own spin on. 

Emma ChapmanEmma Chapman Emma Chapman  Caught in a down pourI know–but I had to! Getting caught in the rain is no fun unless you choose to make it fun. Am I right? I'm also happy to report that my boots dried out by the afternoon and show hardly any wear. I would not say they make good rain boots, but they didn't do too bad. I was impressed. 

Elsie LarsonRed clutch purse Red clutch purse  For our outfits in this Sister Style, we teamed up with our friends from Boden USA, who's offering you guys a 15% discount + free shipping with the code 'MESS'!!  

Emma's wearing: Dress, Shirt, Shoes
Elsie's wearing: Top, Skirt, Purse

Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful MessElsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess     Wishing you tons of happiness this autumn season! xo. Emma (+ Elsie)

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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