Avocado bagEmma Chapman Emma Chapman   Gaucamole bag Gaucamole bagGingham skirtThere are so many things I love about summertime! Swimming, days on the lake, fireflies and the sun staying out so long! And summer outfits are just another fun thing to add to that list. We LOVE summer outfits. 

Today's post is sponsored by ModCloth, a company we love and have worn for years! They never fail to curate a great collection of fun, quirky and colorful pieces. There's always an extra element of fun! 

Emma Chapman  ShoesOmbre hairEmma ChapmanEmma's Wearing: Shoes, Skirt, Sunnies, Purse by ModCloth, Top/Topshop.

Pineapple PurseI feel the same as Emma. Summertime always brings out the fun side in my outfits. I tend to gravitate toward more colorful pieces, more pattern and more novelty in the summertime – like this super fun pineapple bag! 

Pineapple Purse  Pineapple Purse   Pineapple Purse     Pineapple Purse      Pineapple Purse       Elsie's Wearing: Dress, Purse, Shoes, Hat by ModCloth. Sunnies/Karen Walker via Ditto Eyewear. 

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson. Photography: Janae Hardy and Laura Gummerman. 

Sugar Lip Scrub   Chapsticks, lipstick bullets, liquid lipsticks, gloss... I'm happy to add any of it to my mildly embarrassing collection. ;) As someone who really enjoys the process of makeup and getting ready, something I've come to learn is that how you care for your skin each day is one of the most important aspects of a beauty routine. Having a regular skin care routine means all the difference in how your makeup applies and looks. And using a light lip scrub is the perfect way to moisturize, prep your lips for a flawless lipstick application, AND help remove liquid lipsticks at the end of the day! 

I'm so excited to share this all-natural and super delicious lip scrub with you! It's the perfect summery scrub to keep at your vanity and of course, give as a gift. :)

Sugar Lip ScrubSupplies:
-glass balm jars (I picked up a few 1 ounce jars from Amazon.)
-coconut oil
-caster sugar
-honey (I used wild orange honey for a little extra flavor.)
-lemon and grapefruit essential oils 
-small mixing bowl

Sugar Lip Scrub In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 4 tablespoons of caster sugar, 1 teaspoon of wild orange honey, 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil and 8 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix until smooth. Scoop the sugary scrub into balm jars of your choice. Easy right?! Your homemade scrub will store for up to 6 months! 

We all know the amazing benefits of coconut oil – this ingredient will really add moisture to your lips and the oils help break down liquid lipsticks, so it makes removing makeup SO much easier! Honey is incredible too – it has tons of antioxidants and enzymes that also help nourish and cleanse the skin. I love using a caster sugar for this recipe because it's so fine and gives you a nice gentle scrub that helps remove dry skin and makeup but doesn't leave your lips irritated. 

Sugar Lip Scrub  Sugar Lip Scrub     Not only do I love using this scrub to help remove lipstick, especially my intense, stay-forever liquid lipsticks, but I especially love this to prep my lips before applying lipstick. It give my lips such a smooth finish and makes my lipstick look on point! If you're using this scrub as a lipstick remover, then be sure to follow up with a moisturizing lip balm to finish it off! 

This stuff smells SO good you'll want to eat it... so no judgement if you lick a little off your lips. ;) Lots of love, Sav.

Credits//Author and Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Palm Springs Kiddo RoomToday I am super excited to share a tour of the newest completed room in our home, our kid-friendly guest room! Due to the fact that we moved seven hours away from our family and some of our closest friends this past year, it was a HUGE priority for us to create guest room(s) that are family friendly. Most of our siblings and friends have young children, so our goal was to create a set up that would accommodate families comfortably. And – holy cow – have we USED these rooms. We've had guests 2-3 times per month since January. We've often joked that we're running a bed and breakfast over here, and we're so grateful to invite our family and friends to come stay, often times impromptu, on a regular basis. 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room The Palm Springs theme came to me randomly, and I couldn't get it out of my brain. I am OBSESSED with kid-versions of grown-up things (like outfits that look like tiny adults, or tiny kids' kitchen sets or little kid-size cars). So ultimately it seemed appropriate to create a kiddo version of my favorite place – Palm Springs, California. So I covered pages and pages of my journal with random ideas and things about Palm Springs that I wanted to give a "nod" to... see if you can spot them all! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room  Palm Springs HousePalm Springs Kiddo Room   Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    Palm Springs Kiddo Room    In this basket, I started a fun collection of mid-century and Palm Springs inspired dress up things! It was a HUGE hit with Penelope as you will see below. :) 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room           Collecting cute things like this is so much fun, and honestly, I have a lot of crazy clothes from my own collection that I just threw in there for them to play with. 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room            The bunk beds were the starting point for my design. I knew I wanted to find beds where the bottom bunk was a full size (so adults could comfortably stay in this room too when needed). I found this bunk bed frame for a pretty awesome price. We decided to paint it bubble gum pink. Then the twin and full mattresses we have are from Casper, a company I was introduced to when they donated a (very comfortable) mattress to our Habitat For Humanity house last year. This setup has been incredibly functional! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room             Palm Springs Kiddo Room             Palm Springs Kiddo Room             Just got this pillow in the mail from Joy. It's the new Oh Joy for Target. So sweet! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room                 Palm Springs Kiddo Room                 There it is – our completed space!!!! Ready for some tiny tourists to come visit... oh wait, I see one now! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     Palm Springs Kiddo Room                     This pose was her idea, and I think she nailed it! 

Palm Springs Kiddo Room                          Palm Springs Kiddo Room                SOURCES: Bunk Bed/Amazon, Mattress/Casper, Brass Light Fixture/Sazerac Stitches, Curtains/Anthropologie, Rug/Land Of Nod, House Print/Jeff Mindell via Society6, Hanging Chair/Twos Company, Cactus Plush/Sunday In Color, Pink Throw/Turkish T, Wood Toy Camera/Perfectly Smitten, Light Up Sign/Perfectly Smitten, Pastel Wood Rainbow/Amazon, Pink Shaggy Pillows/Urban Outfitters, Eye Mirror/Urban Outfitters, Plush Swan/Land Of Nod, Mini Wooden Palm Springs House/McKean Studio, Tufted Pillow/Urban Outfitters, Neon Cactus Light/Shop Harveys, Wall Hanging/DeMacAndCo

DIY LINKS: Gold Foil Cactus Wallpaper, Succulent Window Boxes, Felt Cactus Plush

Thanks so much for following along on my second room tour! You can see my first room tour here, our "before" video here and all our house progress updates right here. If you have any questions, ask me in the comments!! xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com)  Normally cinnamon rolls are something I'd make in the autumn or winter months. Here in southern Missouri, where I live, the temperatures have been in the 80s or even low 90s during the peak hours of the day for the past week. We also have this thing called humidity that basically makes everyone's hair look as good as it possibly can and ensures that no matter how far you need to drive, you will arrive with some amount of back and underarm sweat even if you crank your air conditioning to the max. 

So, it's summertime in the Ozarks. :) 

And for some reason, amid this heat, I decided to turn on my oven and bake cinnamon rolls. I really have no other defense than to simply say, I love cinnamon rolls. No matter the season, the weather, the circumstances, I will always love cinnamon rolls. 

Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com)    Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com)But does the world even need another cinnamon roll recipe? Idk, guys. On a cynical day, I'd probably say, well there's nothing new under the (currently hot) sun, so why not spin my wheels at something that's probably overdone anyway. (Oh yes, I have negative nancy days sometimes.)

But on a day when I'm not feeling overly cynical of anything and everything I do, I tend to think, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH CINNAMON ROLL RECIPES!!!!!! :) :) :)

Mood swing much? Yes, yes, I do. (Insert emoji face that has a straight line for its mouth.)

Here's what's fun about these: a few flavorful seeds make these just a little different and a lot of fun. I especially recommend you don't skip the caraway or anise seeds. The caraway kind of adds a slightly savory element to these cinnamon rolls while the anise seeds almost taste like black licorice to me (but it doesn't take over the whole dish, just adds a little interesting flavor note). 

Best cinnamon roll dough recipeSeeded Cinnamon Rolls, makes a dozen

For the dough:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

For the filling and glaze:
1/3 cup butter, very soft
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon anise seeds
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

In a small pot, melt the 1/2 cup butter with the 1 cup whole milk. Whisk in the sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow that to sit for 8 to 10 minutes. The yeast should appear to foam some on the surface as the mixture cools. 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, egg, and egg yolk. Pour the milk-yeast mixture into the bowl and stir until a dough ball forms. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. Place back in the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour or until doubled in size. 

Best cinnamon roll recipeIn a small bowl, combine the seeds. Set aside until needed.

Once the dough has risen, punch down and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll into a large rectangle. Smear the softened butter all over the rectangle. Sprinkle on the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/3 of the seeds mixture. Roll up into a long cylinder. Cut in about 12 cinnamon rolls (if you cut slightly more or less that's OK too). Place in a buttered 9x13 inch baking pan or a larger casserole pan. 

Bake at 350°F for 35-38 minutes until the edges of the rolls begin to turn golden brown. 

Seeded Cinnamon Rolls Cinnamon rolls recipeAllow to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. 

Turn the cinnamon rolls out onto a cooling rack. Drizzle in the glaze and top with the remaining seeds. 

Seeded Cinnamon Rolls (via abeautifulmess.com) These are best served with a glass of cold milk or a cup of coffee. I mean, they're cinnamon rolls. :) xx. Emma

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

Eureka Springs AR   Eureka Springs AR      OscarsEureka Springs AR  Gift shopEureka Springs AR Eureka Springs AR Happy weekend, everyone! Just wanted to share a few photos from my and Trey's short anniversary trip last weekend. Remember my 5 places I want to go in 2016 post? Well, we've now made it to two of the five spots. :) 

I really wanted to take a trip to Eureka Springs, AR this year in part because it's so close by. I love traveling and I have been lucky enough to see some beautiful places all over the world so far in my life. But I also want to make time to appreciate the things that are close by! I think it's easy to see a beautiful photo of some far off place and think, "Oh, I've got to go there!" but forget that there are probably some really beautiful things in your own backyard. And that's exactly how I feel about northwest Arkansas – it's a truly BEAUTIFUL part of the world that I'd love to spend more time in (maybe go camping or floating next time!). 

For most of the trip, we were in Eureka Springs, which is a small but really cute town. Trey said it kind of felt like a mini Ozark version of San Francisco, and I kind of agree. It's pretty small but very charming. I think we picked a great time of year to visit since it's starting to get hot, but in the morning and evening it feels great, and everything is super green and alive. :)

Crystal bridges Crystal bridges AR Art Outdoor exhibit Silver tree FLW houseThe Crystal Bridges art museum is not too far, in Bentonville. I kept hearing from all my Springfield friends who've gone that it's a shockingly good art museum considering it's tucked away in northwest Arkansas. And I have to agree. We walked around to all the exhibits, but I think our favorite was touring a Frank Lloyd Wright house that they moved to the museum grounds. Love how cute and functional his homes were/are – so inspiring!

Inside the treehouse Treehouse Treehouse back porch Treehouse  Treehouse We stayed in one of the Treehouse Cottages in the historic part of Eureka Springs. It was really cute, and we both loved how it felt completely secluded but you could still get to everything in town within minutes. It felt like we were way out by ourselves when we were at the treehouse, but one night we walked to a nearby bar to grab a drink – that's how close we actually were to town. 

Overall I thought this was the perfect little spot for a weekend anniversary trip. We loved it, and we'll for sure be back someday. Thanks for letting me share! xx. Emma

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


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