Contributors

Katie Shelton

Contributing Writer

Katie is a performer and maker. She performs with her band, The Mixtapes, throughout the midwest and she writes and creates projects on her own blog. Katie had made many crafting and styling posts for A Beautiful Mess— you can see her archive of projects here.

Go-to road trip snack: Twizzlers and BBQ Fritos (and heartburn)
Favorite movie: This is an impossible question to answer
Celebrity crush: Jena Malone
Guilty pleasure: Bryan Adams, forever
Non-blog hobby: Music and kids, man
Childhood hero: Definitely Debbie Gibson

Mandi Johnson

Contributing Writer

Mandi is an interior designer, miniaturist, and maker based in Ohio. You can find more of her work on her blog as well as her miniatures channel. Mandi has written MANY amazing home decor and sewing based projects for A Beautiful Mess— you can see her full archive of posts here.

Go-to road trip snack: Peanut butter filled pretzels
Favorite movie: Vertigo
Celebrity crush: Jimmy Stewart (You didn’t say he had to be living!)
Guilty pleasure: Eating endless amounts of goldfish crackers during Netflix marathons of Grey’s Anatomy
Non-blog hobby: Volleyball
Childhood hero: Zorro (I scrawled Zs across everything!)

Rachel Denbow

Contributing Writer

Rachel is textile artist who teaches workshops around the country. She is the author of DIY Woven Art and also sells looms and other weaving supplies here. Rachel has been writing for A Beautiful Mess and teaching e-courses for the past five+ years. You can see her entire archive of posts here.

 

Go-to road trip snack: Peanut butter crackers
Favorite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes
Celebrity crush: Jude Law
Guilty pleasure: Licking the spoon, bowl, & beaters when I bake
Non-blog hobby: De-cluttering the house
Childhood hero: DJ Tanner

LaTonya Yvette

Contributing Writer

LaTonya is a writer and stylist based in New York. She is the author of Woman of Color, and you can find more of her work on her website. She has contributed many styling and DIY posts for A Beautiful Mess— you can find her archive of posts here.

Savannah Wallace

Contributing writer

Savannah is a designer and writer who is passionate about wellness and natural beauty (among other things). She is the owner of Lindbergh Candle Co., and you can find more of her writing and work on her website. Savannah has written many natural beauty and styling posts for A Beautiful Mess. You can find her archive of posts here.

Rebecca Stice

Contributing Writer

Rebecca is a writer and photographer based in Ireland. To see more of her work, visit her blog A Clothes Horse. Rebecca has created many hair tutorials for A Beautiful Mess— you can see her full archive here.

Go-to road trip snack: Cheezits
Favorite movie: Charade
Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling
Guilty pleasure: Eating peanut butter straight from the jar
Non-blog hobby: Pokemon Go!
Childhood hero: Maureen O’Hara

Kara Whitten

Contributing Writer

Kara is a product designer and maker based in Texas. She owns and designs Kailo Chic, and you can find more of her work on her blog. She has created many colorful craft projects for A Beautiful Mess— see her full archive here.

Go-to road trip snack: Gummy candy and beef jerky
Favorite movie: 13 Going On 30
Celebrity Crush: Zac Efron
Guilty pleasure: Pastries
Non-blog hobby: Gardening
Childhood Hero: Martha Stewart

Mary Helen Leonard

Contributing Writer

Mary Helen is a writer and maker. She is the author of two books: The Natural Beauty Solution and The Handmade Mama. You can find more or her writing at The Natural Beauty Workshop as well as her blog. Mary Helen has created many excellent crafts and wellness based tutorials for A Beautiful Mess. You can find her archive of posts here.

Kayleigh Kosmas

Contributing Writer

Kayleigh writes and photographs beautiful tutorials (see her full archive here) including some amazing dessert recipes.

Go-to road trip snack: Trader Joe’s (faux) bacon popcorn
Favorite movie: Funny Face
Celebrity Crush: Tina Fey
Guilty pleasure: Staying in my PJ pants all day
Non-blog hobby: Growing fruits and veggies
Childhood Hero: Hermione Granger

Mallory Muddiman

Contributing Writer

Mallory is a fashion designer and maker. She creates her own clothing and accessories line and you can find more of her writing on her blog. Mallory has create a number of sewing based projects for A Beautiful Mess— you can find her full archive of posts here.

Natalie Jacob

Contributing Writer

Natalie is a writer and bartender from New York, now based in Nashville. She is the author of Mod Cocktails and you can find more of her work on her blog, Arsenic Lace. She has created many cocktail recipes for A Beautiful Mess— you can find her full archive here.

Go-to road trip snack: Coffee and donuts
Favorite movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Rear Window
Celebrity Crush: Bruce Springsteen forever and ever
Guilty pleasure: Binge watching ID Discovery
Non-blog hobby: Thrift stores and flea markets
Childhood Hero: Audrey Hepburn

Ren Padilla

Contributing Writer

Ren is the baker and owner of Nombox, based in West Texas. She teaches in-person and online workshops on cake and cookie decorating. You can find her work on Instagram @nom_box.

Alana Jones-Mann

Contributing Writer

Alana is a designer and baker based in California. She teaches workshops, and you can find more information about her current events and her work on her website. She has contributed many dessert based tutorials for A Beautiful Mess— see her archive here.

Go-to road trip snack: Dried mango
Favorite movie: Wizard of Oz
Celebrity Crush: Ryan Gosling (I’m so basic)
Guilty pleasure: Eating way too much mint chocolate chip ice cream in one sitting
Non-blog hobby: Hunting for vintage treasure at my local thrift stores. Also spending every free minute I have with my two pugs!
Childhood Hero: My Dad

Amanda Lopez

Contributing Writer

Amanda is a Los Angeles based photographer who is passionate about clean beauty. You can see samples of her photography work on her website and or her blog, which is dedicated to highlighting women of color in the clean beauty community.

Go-to road trip snack: Siete Nacho Chips
Favorite movie: Empire Records
Celebrity crush: Channing Tatum
Guilty pleasure: 90 Day Fiancé
Non-blog hobby: Listening to Country Music
Childhood hero: My Grandma, Selena and Bob Ross

Sarah O'Callaghan, RD, CSP, LD

Contributing Writer

Sarah is a resident nutrition expert and writes about all things nutrition for the blog. She is a registered dietitian with a board certification in pediatrics. She hopes to inspire healthy habits and positive relationships with food for all ages. Sarah is based in Springfield, MO. You can see an archive of her posts here.

Go-to road trip snack: Puppy chow
Favorite movie: The Royal Tennenbaums
Celebrity Crush: Chris Thile
Guilty pleasure: Ghost stories and donuts, together at once
Non-blog hobby: Reading, hiking and discovering new podcasts
Childhood Hero: Topanga Lawrence

Lindsey Kelsay, MS, RD, CSG, LD

Contributing Writer

Lindsey is a resident nutrition expert in Springfield, MO. She is a registered dietitian with a passion for whole foods and works as a professor of nutrition— you can see an archive of her blog posts here.

Go-to road trip snack: Popcorn
Favorite movie: Gladiator
Celebrity Crush: Jared Leto
Guilty pleasure: Learning pop songs on the guitar
Non-blog hobby: Music
Childhood Hero: David Bowie

 

Erin Booher

Contributing Writer

Erin is a hair stylist and color specialist in our hometown of Springfield, MO. She’s a national education for Paul Mitchell (go Erin!!) and was voted a “30 Under 30” colorist for Beauty Launchpad. Be sure to follow her on Instagram for some major hair inspiration! You can see Erin’s hair tutorial archives here.

Go-to road trip snack: I can’t live without Hot Cheetos
Favorite movie: The Shining
Celebrity Crush: Most recently Antoni from Queer Eye, but he will never love me back.
Guilty pleasure:  I like, love Taylor Swift
Non-blog hobby: I love to sing!
Childhood Hero: Besides my mom, The Spice Girls as a whole.