Casual Friday Vol. 14

Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!Happy Casual Friday! Well, here we take a moment to show you what's been going on behind the scenes for the past few weeks. And just out of curiosity, is anybody else continuing this series on their blogs? You should—we'd love to see! Be sure and link your Casual Fridays in the comments if you are. 🙂

Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess! Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!  We've certainly had a crazy and exciting past two (three?) weeks! Our new app Party Party was released and made the long and arduous journey to becoming the number ONE paid app in the iTunes store! We've had a lot of fun making our own little Party Parties (stop motion videos), and we also love browsing through all of YOUR #partypartyapp tagged photos and videos. You guys are getting seriously creative with your stop motions—you're making us look bad. 😉

Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!   Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!    Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!     Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!      Another exciting thing that happened: we received the first real copies of Elsie + Emma's new book, A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home! I (Sarah) personally had nothing to do with this book, so it was really exciting to see it for the first time, and to see all of their hard work and heart poured into this one is truly inspiring. I've already got a few of the projects from the book on my to-do list, no kidding! Have you looked it up on Amazon? You can pre-order it here. And here is a bonus if you pre-order your copy, in case you missed it.

Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!       Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!        Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!         Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!          Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!           Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!            Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!             Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!              Fun fact about Emma: she is a master photobomber, and she nails it every single time!

Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!               Casual Friday at A Beautiful Mess!                Happy weekend, friends! xo. -Sarah + the ABM team

Credits // Author: Sarah Rhodes. Photography: Janae Hardy, Elsie Larson, Joshua Rhodes, and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Photoshop Actions.

  • that 2nd picture is pretty serious lol. i love it. it makes me think of all the ridiculous things i do sometimes to get a perfect ig picture. these things matter, you know?

  • Love your FYI Fridays Meagan! Such a great name for it too. 🙂 xo – Sarah

  • love it Vanessa! Although you should have showed those veggie nuggets. 😉 hah! xo – Sarah

  • I love this feature! Here’s my own version 🙂

  • I’m a new reader and I’m loving all about your style, photos and crafts… But what I loved most in this post is Elsie’s necklace – bought or DIY?

  • Party Party is available in the UK, yes!

    We are not doing an iPad version this time because we didn’t receive enough iPad downloads on our last app to justify the cost. Maybe next time. 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • Is Party Party app going to be available on IPads/in the UK? I was so looking forward to this app when it was first announced and keep checking the app store daily and nothing. Having by 30th bday party soon and wanted to do a photo booth but without your app it just not going to be this good.
    Anyway-love your blog-you must be the most creative people in the world guys!

  • Congrats to you ladies on the first copies of the book! Very exciting! I am seriously loving these posts!


  • yay!! I love casual fridays! check out sarah using the sawing machine! You go, girl!!
    I’m so excited to preorder the book!!
    p.s. After taking your awesome blog love e course, my friend and I decided to be a bit original and do something called “bitchin’ Mondays” we either b*tch about something annoying, or rave about something that is totally rad and bitchin’…haha. We are only ~6 weeks into our new blog but we are having a blast. Your e course helped us out a lot!! Thank you!!

  • I think you could do a whole post on Emma’s photo bombs!! Love it 🙂 have a great weekend!!

  • It does! And I can totally feel how amazing that must feel for you… Enjoy all of it. (p.s. I ordered it and can’t wait!)

  • Hi Holly!
    It’s from Pixie Market.
    I have a pin board with links to a bunch of my clothes here-

    XOXO! Elsie

  • I love seeing you what you guys get up to behind the scenes, I’ve just started my blog and its just me so I’m not sure it’s a post I’ll do anytime in the near future! Keep doing what you are doing I love it and I’m definitely downloading the app, its my birthday this weekend and I think it will make great pics to remember my festival garden party – have a good weekend Njoy!

  • Congrats on so many milestones! What an exciting time!

    Also, please please please tell me where Elsie’s shirt is from! Thank you!

  • We love your new app and we wish to learn how to take photos like you they are beautiful as your blog is! We also love your Lightroom actions collection, best the first one that is clean and bright, just love it!

    Xoxo LCC Team

  • It didn’t occur to me to feature Casual Fridays on my blog either…but I love the idea. And the series! The CF posts are definitely my top favorites on ABM! And a big congratulations on the app’s success and your new book – can’t wait to read it!

  • Congratulations you guys! So excited for the book!


  • Love all of your Casual Fridays. You guys seem like so much fun.
    I have tried to start my own version over on my blog too, you guys are such inspiration.

    Love the new app and can’t wait for the book.
    You guys seriously do no wrong.

  • Congrats on the app and the book! So excited to see both!

    The Accidental Mama

  • I always have mixed feelings about doing the same weekly post as another blog, using the same title [but I’ve wanted to many, many times]. I love this casual Friday idea, and I will probably be stealing now! Thanks 🙂

  • I love this blog and all that you do but this is my favorite weekly feature. Always fun.

  • Casual Friday + bacon + the gorgeous Emma/Elsie pictures with the white lacy shirts = love it all!

  • So exciting about the book!! Also- I love those orange pants Emma is wearing- where are they from?? And I actually had a question for all you ABM ladies, where do you buy pants (not jeans) that you can wear to work? I’m having a hard time finding any.

  • Yay for Casual Friday! I have been missing it! Thank you so much for this feature. It is my absolute favorite. I feel like most of us readers (or me, at least) like to follow because you’re such a great combination of personalities. This feature really gives us the behind-the-scenes perspective we are eager to see 🙂

  • I know this is weird, but I wait the whole week for Casual Friday posts. They’re fun!

  • Ummm I would love to do this on my blog! Thanks ladies!

    Congratulations on all the fun exciting stuff happening! That’s so cool your app made it to number one (though I’m not surprised, it’s so FUN!) and a book??!! Ahhh I’m so jealous… but totally happy for you, can’t wait to check out your new book!

  • I love how frequently Emma makes a funny face 🙂 & Elsie’s hair looks so amazing!

    – Christina

  • So fun! I adore this series <3


  • Definitely going to start doing this on the blog real soon! Stay tuned… haha.
    P.S. I love how inspired you guys make me feel! This is only one of a million new ideas you have me excited to try out!

    xoxo Sara

  • These casual Friday posts are my favourite – love the behind-the-scenes. Congrats on the app & book!

  • i have a series going on called snapshot sunday!
    i love it since i get to tell my little stories!

    i love these casual friday posts! ive missed them.
    you ladies are as beautiful as always!
    as well as the dudes!

    have a great weekend guys!

  • You’re not late-the book isn’t released to the public until the end of this month. Usually they will send a copy to the authors a little ahead of time so we get to preview it. 🙂 It’s an exciting moment because it feels kind of like crossing a finish line, if that makes any sense at all.


  • Congrats on your book! I’m so excited for it, I just recently read your photo idea books and it was so creative! And wow those colored polaroids are so pretty…and ooo bacon 🙂

  • You are really great. I like your blog and perfect DIY ideas and yummy food. xa

  • Is it weird that ‘Casual Fridays’ are my favorite A Beautiful Mess post? I love seeing what your daily lives are like, not just the perfect version that become recipes and DIYs and outfits-of-the-day.


  • Just ordered (I’m a late one, I know I know…). I’m so happy for all of your happiness and successes; it makes for a better world. Plus, the book looks gorgeous!

  • I love the behind the scenes of your blog.
    On Sundays I post a little ‘This Week I…’ with a few of the not necessarily art/craft things I’ve been up to. I think it’s good for your readers to see a bit more of your life than just the things you’ve been making.

  • Love this series but i am not doing it over in my blog. The book is here?, so happy for you guys!


  • What a fun post! 🙂 Love the pictures! Congrats on seeing the book! Yay!

    Have a beautiful day!


    the bbb blogger

  • Congratulations on the new book and app! You’ve completely earned and deserved every bit of success you’ve received (obviously) and I am so happy for that 🙂

  • Such a great post and I love the clothes! Have a great weekend!

  • Congratulations on your app’s success!!! I loved the post, I hope everything goes well for you all ♡♡

  • I hadn’t actually considered doing this for my blog. D’oh!

    I can’t wait to have the book in my hands!!

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