Casual Friday Vol. 20

Casual FridayWe are overdue for another edition of Casual Fridays! Ready to see some behind-the-blog peeks? Good!

ABM staffI like that Trey and I are kind of making a similar face in this photo and also clearly don't know what to do with our hands. 

Also, Josh's face.

ABM staff  ABM staff Recently we updated our staff photos. Can you believe it's been a year since our last ones? Honestly, that doesn't seem all that long, but it feels like so much has changed/nothing has changed. Time is weird like that I guess. Honestly, I feel so lucky to get to work with so many amazing and talented people. 

Emma ChapmanEmma + TreyEmma's birthday lunch    Emma's birthday lunchEmma's birthday lunch   Emma's birthday lunch Emma's birthday lunch  And since I love our staff so much, I made everyone celebrate my birthday this week with a lunch trip to Heritage Cafeteria. It's a little spot in town that is notoriously known for catering to, well, an older crowd. As in, they stop serving dinner and close at 7pm if that tells you anything. 🙂 It's a nostalgic spot for me as we went there a lot with my grandpa (pictured above) growing up. Plus, they have a wide selection of pie! So, I love it. Most of our staff, my parents, and my grandparents came out, and it was a lot of fun. I also had lots of friends text, bring me donuts, bring me macarons, and generally just be really nice to me all day. I felt spoiled for sure! I also got a special surprise present from Elsie… more on that later. 😉

Hope you had an amazing week and TGIF! xo. Emma + The ABM Team

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

  • I love these posts! Especially this one, the picture of your grandfather is adorable. So nice that you were able to celebrate your birthday with people you love in a place that holds many happy memories for you! Hope to see many more of these posts 🙂

  • How did I miss this post? (For some reason it didn’t come up in my Bloglovin feed). Looks like you had a fantastic birthday Emma – I always love getting to see these little sneak peaks of behind the scenes.

    xx Kathryn

  • Hi Ulu! Sarah is a stay at home mom now 🙂 You can read more about that here: -Jacki

  • Hi Ange! It’s from ( a couple years ago, though) -Jacki

  • Hi Cat! It’s from ( a couple years ago, though) -Jacki

  • Hi Les! We are currently working on our 3rd app, which will be available for Android users. 🙂 Party Party will not be available for Android though. -Jacki

  • Can’t wait to see the surprise!!! Also that striped dress!! I’ve been looking everywhere for one the last few months and that is perfection. Where is it from??

  • Naahw I really love how close your team seems to be! Must be the best thing to go to work each day with wonderful people like that 🙂


  • I’m glad to hear you had such a lovely birthday, Elsie! it’s always fun to spoil someone on their b’day.
    Really impressed you chose a place with a big pie selection- a girl after my own heart!

  • I love the updated about section!
    I specially love that Josh is the only droid user! I found that soooofunny.

    Quick question, under Treys section I noticed it says that you have an app coming out soon….as in another one other than the partyparty & a beautiful mess app? like a 3rd one? Or is that old news?
    Also, what’s up with the Android developer post we all saw on ig? Is it for possibly the partyparty app for android?!
    As a droid user (lover!) I’m super Geeking out!!!!

    Thanks for rockin’ you guys!
    you guys are the best!!!

  • Unfortunately, Bloglovin is having some technical issues. We hope that they will be resolved soon! -Jacki

  • Casual Friday is my favourite part of ABM!! I get all excited every time I see you guys posted a Casual Friday post. I wonder what it says about me that the posts I enjoy the most are the peeks into your lives… Should I be worried?

  • We’ve been posting twice a day on the weekdays and once a day on the weekends! 🙂
    Thanks! -Elsie

  • I wish you guys posted more often, you used to post 2 or 3 times a day and now it’s only 1 🙁 I really like all of your content and I love reading it..

  • Joyeux Anniversaire Emma !! It’s seem you had a lot of fun ! It’s a very nice way to celebrate your birtday 🙂

  • I love reading your posts so much 🙂 as interesting as always
    xx, Marina

  • happy birthday(although a little bit late)!!
    this seems like the best celebration of one’s birthday among all the loved ones!
    thanks for reminding us these precious moments 🙂

  • Y’all look like you have so much fun! Such a great group of people.

    XO, Krista

  • Lovely days 😉
    P.S. Ooh…..special surprise present from Elsie…you know we all can’t wait to see what it is!

  • You got an amazing team Elsie. And the black and white pictures are awesome.

  • Oh. My. Goodness. I want to eat all of my meals at a cafeteria. All of them. Reminds me of when I used to each my lunch at Woolworth’s. My heart just grew 2 sizes. PS: Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great celebration… Team photos and pie!

  • Emma, where did you find the rabbit sweater you’re wearing in the second and third photos? I love love love it!


  • Looks like you had a fantastic birthday, Emma! I love those nostalgic spots. Sometimes the best places really aren’t the on-trend, well-designed, slightly pretentious spots…but those with a comfortable vibe that makes you feel at home. Love it.

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