Sister Style: Train Tracks Forever

Sister Style on www.abeautifulmess.comSister Style on www.abeautifulmess.comSister Style on www.abeautifulmess.comSister Style on www.abeautifulmess.comIt's been a while since we went down to Commercial Street to take photos. The train tracks have been a photo shoot location for us for years. Elsie took some of my senior portraits in the same area where these photos were taken. We've been taking photos together for a long time now. Really I'm not sure what it is about trains that are so interesting (to us) in photos. I think part of it might be how historical they feel. Railroads have been an important part of our transportation system for over 100 years. We have lots of train tracks all over town. So I guess it also feels a little "Springfield" to us (even though obviously there are trains all over the country too). We love anything that feels like home/the midwest. :) 

Emma's Wearing: dress/Target, shoes c/o Sweedish Hasbeens, headband c/o Acute Designs. Sister Style www.abeautifulmess.comSister Style www.abeautifulmess.comSister Style www.abeautifulmess.comSister Style www.abeautifulmess.comElsie's Wearing: Sweater c/o Lauren Moffatt, Jeans/Jessica Simpson, Shoes c/o Coclico.

Sister Style    xoxo + Happy Monday! Emma + Elsie

  • Beautiful photography here, love the Urban feel.

  • Lovely, ladies!

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  • That headband on Emma is amazing, and I adore both of the pairs of shoes you wore.


  • You ladies always look so dang lovely. I love both of your outfits. Also, the photography is amazing.

  • Love Elsies sweater, great pictures.


  • When I was taking a photography class at Drury University, I remember being so excited to snap a photo on those tracks right as a train carrying a bunch of Army tanks flew by! Those tracks have some magic in them for sure.

  • I love that first photo of Elsie. It’s so moody and interesting.


  • i really love Emma dress! 🙂

  • beautiful dress! very nice girly look!

  • gorgeous shots! you girls are such an inspiration! I CANNOT WAIT for the book!!

  • you girls look so cute!! love your shoes, Elsie! 🙂
    I love the photos you take nearby train tracks, they always look so pretty!

  • I really like the train tracks in the background too, what a pretty setting for your fabulous outfits

  • Ooh, I absolutely love Emma’s hair accessory and Elsie’s shoes!

    I’m also really excited by the thought of taking photos by abandoned train tracks, I’ve no idea why! There’s a disused railway line near my parents house and I used to go walking/biking there as a kid. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to find it again as it’s been about 18 years since I was there, but this has inspired me to at least give it a go next time I’m in the area!

    Sophie x xx

  • Love both outfits, and both of your hair styles look great <3

    Aysha x

  • Why do train tracks make for such good photos? I love the contrast between girly fashion and the industrial-ish background. I love the b&w and bet more of these would look stunning in b&w.

  • that’s a hairvine not a headband 🙂
    i wore a similar but fancier one to my wedding, you can twirl and twist is with your hair, it’s awesome 🙂

  • Oh that green chevron tshirt would look awesome knitted….if anyone comes across a pattern let me know 🙂

  • How lovely! LOVE!!!


  • Love both of these looks, especially the jumper Elsie’s wearing <3

  • trains are a promise. a promise to travel. they connote to your wanderlust feeling and lead to a foreign world. and especially these that are so old have spent that promise for years to so many people. that’s why ancient wishes, dreams of leaving and travelling, maybe hopes for a better life are still hanging in that air.
    lovely place!

  • You both look wonderful! I love Emma’s dress, it’s gorgeous! xxx

  • I am loving that hair creations!

  • Our town is a HUGE train hub so we constantly have trains going by. We actually live right next to some tracks. You really get used to hearing trains go by all the time.
    I love your outfits.
    Leah Faye
    a clover and a bee

  • You gals look so adorable! Emma, I really love your dress and Elsie, that sweater is adorable! I have a very similar vintage one – the style is great!


  • Lovely photos, Elsie and Emma – I especially love your hairstyles!

  • This is one of my favorite Sister Style posts in a while1 I love the setting 🙂


  • I love anything that feels like the midwest too :). Thanks so much for styling my wire pearl crown – it looks gorgeous on you, Emma!

  • Love this post! I love train the train tracks too. My neighbourhood in Toronto,is called “The Junction”, it’s where the railroads meet 🙂

    I love these photos. The first one of Elsie is my favourite. Something about the aviators + staring straight into the camera + the chevron pattern = amazing!

    I’m having a blast with the self portrait challenge. It’s really gotten me to pick up my camera just for fun again, which is amazing! Thanks for prompting me to achieve one of my summer goals!

    Alex from

  • Such cute outfits, y’all (I’m especially smitten with both of your shoes)! You couldn’t have chosen better light to shoot in. I love how dramatic the sky is.

    I know this is a weird question, but do you ever feel self conscious, constantly being on display for the blogging/internet world? Don’t get me wrong–you’re both incredibly beautiful and (imo) perfect–but I know sometimes I have really sucky body days (kinda like today…), and I was kinda wondering if you guys did, too.

  • so adorable. love both these outfits.

    – Janine

  • Great shots & some of my favorite style choices from y’all!

    Also, I’m so excited to see & hear you guys at TxSC in a couple weeks!!! Super stoked. Can’t wait!

  • You both look amazing! Emma’s headband, Elsie’s sweater… ah, gorgeous, both of you!

  • Emma, your dress is absoloutely gorgeous, and your shoes! You girls look great 🙂 xx

  • You guys are adorable as always! I’m loving that delicate hair accessory! Super cute!

  • I’ve always loved trains, too. For a long time I wanted to just “ride the rails” and see where they took me:) There’s just such a romantic notion to it. Beautiful photos!

  • Really cute dress Emma, and this headband!! So beautiful!
    You look gorgeous girls!

  • I am so in love with Swedish Hasbeens, I have to get myself a pair!

  • Wow. For me you guys never looked alike. But in these photos you look like twins!

  • Love these photos! So perfect! Great outfits too!

  • You both look beautiful. Elsie I love how you look in that sweater…So pretty..

  • You really don’t get big open train tracks like this in the UK, definitely need to visit the US one day! x

  • Lookin’ gorgeous as usual, ladies! I especially love the shots of Elsie where she is looking straight on to the camera.

  • Love that top that Elsie’s wearing – so unique!!


  • I made a wire wrapped accesory similar to this one! In my opinion, even prettier: Sorry, I had to write this;) The whole Emma’s look is great!

  • I love feminine photos taken against a rougher setting. Beautiful photos!

  • great outfits! love the lauren moffatt sweater. looks perfect on you elsie.

  • Emma, your headband is super cute!

    xo Jennifer

  • I love and need that headband! You two are such style inspirations.


  • You two really have a great sense of style. I love the details going on in Emma’s dress and Elsie’s top looks really good! Even your hairs look divine!

  • I’m in love with Emma’s little crown! So pretty. And wonderful photos as always, ladies!

    – Janelle Andrea

  • Love both of these looks. Those Coclico shoes are amazing. Also, what a pretty setting! I love old train tracks.


  • Super cute girls! Loving your dress Emma and Elsie your hair always looks SO pretty! 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • Hi Girls!
    Speaking of trains…
    we spent the weekend in a bed and breakfast caboose! It is called Cruce’s Cabooses and it is located in Calhoun, MO. TOTALLY worth the drive. The couple did a rehab on two different cabooses. They are adorable! They laid track on their property and cranes brought each caboose to live. One is red and one is green. There is also a “hobo holler” with a campfire and hammock. It is very close to the Katy trail so we rode our bikes while we were there also. If you get the chance and want a weekend road trip….the website is

  • Gorgeous outfit as always ladies. Nice how you still go back to those special places 🙂 X

  • Love how your outfits really reflect your different personalities! The reflection in the puddle of the first photo was great! Would you guys consider doing one where you both take the same dress or skirt or whatever and style it in your own way? I think that would be fun to see how each of you interpret one item.

  • love that blue dress and headband! beautiful sisters.


  • What a gorgeous backdrop for a photo shoot!!

  • You ladies look lovely, as always. I agree that those train tracks make a great location for a photo shoot.

  • I always want to take photos by trains but all our tracks are active around here and it scares the crap out of me. You brave girls look fantastic!

    xo Ashley

  • That is such a wonderful location! I love the outfits 🙂

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  • Loving Emma’s dress and headband so much! That location is timeless! <3

  • Those are really great photos! Well done!
    We are from a super industrial area in Germany- therefore we find so much beauty in industrial spots like old factories, coel-mines or trainstations!

    Greetings from the ‘Ruhr-Area’

    Birdy and Bambi

  • Gorgeous photos. I love both your shoes! So lovely.

  • Lovely outfits!!

    XOXO Sandl

  • Beautiful photos you two! I totally see the allure of rainroads. Maybe it’s something to do with the wide open spaces and adventure.

    x Elena

    ps must asmit I was totally confused about what the weather must be like when you took these shots – Emma’s in full on summer mode and Elsie’s set for fall. How different are your body thermometers? 🙂

  • Emma, that headband is so cute! Love Etsy finds. Elise your braid is awesome. Must try.
    xo kristen genevieve

  • That’s a perfect background! I love your dress and saldals, Emma!

  • Loved both of these outfits! And Emma’s headband is too cute- I want!! x

  • Great setting for photos. Loving that black and white portrait shot!

    <3 dani

  • Wow you guys these are pretty exceptional! Do you feel like you made a big step in your composition here? Because I do 🙂

  • You both look beautiful! And I agree, train tracks are so fun for photos. Emma I love your shoes and head pieces, and Elsie I love your shoes and hair!

    Juliette Laura

  • Emma, LOVE your clogs and Elsie, that sweater is amazing.

  • I love that headband on you, Emma! Elsie you look gorgeous as per!

  • Looking lovely, Emma & Elsie! I especially like the reflection in the first picture!

  • You two are seriously the cutest and can I just say that you always have the best shoes and accessories! LOVE the shot of Elsie with just her face! So fierce and powerful. Thanks for sharing, I totally dig this series. 🙂


  • I love those Swedish Hasbeens, Emma. And Elsie, your Lauren Moffatt sweater is amazing. I love that color combo and the pattern detail at the neckline.

  • Emma looks so sweet, pretty, and romantic. Elsie looks so cool, hip, and foxy.

  • I really like Emma’s hair accessory! 🙂 Perfect post, as always..

  • I love these! Especially love the first picture of Elsie!

  • love emma dress and elsie’s sweater! your hairs so cute too elsie!

  • Such a beautiful dress Emma! You both look so lovely. I agree about trains being intriguing, I think it’s because each one contains so many people who might all be going to the same place, but for completely different reasons.


  • You both are insanely awesome fashion icons! I especially love your shirt Elsie!!!


  • This is such a great scenery, you two really nailed it there! I love the dress Emma is wearing 🙂


  • Elsie, that sweater is just way too sweet! Looking for it right now!


  • Very cute – I really like that sweater vest.

    I think the trains make a really cool backdrop for the photos

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