Sister Style: Back in Biz

Ss 1Ss 1Ss 1Ss 1This past month was quite a blur. Wow. Crazy. Emma had her wedding and honeymoon. Then, the day she got home we jumped back into a book project that is due sooner than later. Sometime soon I'll write a whole post about what it's like to write a blog AND a book. It's a little crazy (understatement of the year). At the same time, there is this weird sense of electricity and adrenaline that happens. We get SO hyped up (and then we crash and order pizza), and that's pretty much daily life during book deadline months. It's maybe not as glamorous as you'd imagine. It's chaotic and sometimes very stressful. One moment we feel like superheros, and the next moment there are tears. In the end, every big project brings us closer together as a team and teaches us more and more about what we want for the future. Accomplishing big things together always propels us forward and reminds us what can happen when we give %100 each day. ♥ 

Emma's Wearing: blouse c/o Spotted Moth, shorts/old jeans I cut off, shoes c/o BC Footwear, necklace c/o ONecklace and hat/borrowed from sister.Ss 5Ss 5Ss 5Elsie's Wearing: Fedora/flea market find, Top and shoes c/o ModCloth, Skirt/Francesca's, Sunnies c/o Toms

In other news, we're working on our back yards this week! It's so exciting to work on creating our dream outdoor spaces. I had a mini bulldozer in my yard this week and my grass is, like, gone. Yikes! Time for some grass seed. I'll be sure to share photos when it gets to a more finished stage. Cross your fingers for us! xo. Elsie (& Emma too)

P.S. In case you are wondering—yes, Emma dyed her hair back ombre. She got it done all blonde for her wedding but since we are in the middle of photographing our second book she could not keep it for long. This time. 🙂

  • Gorgeous girls!! Loving your outfits!

    Lulu xx

  • A very big month for you indeed! My July/August time will be when I’m too busy for life in general, help! How do you guys do it? Elsie, love you skirt.

    xo Ashley

  • As always, very fresh look girls you look gorgeous!

  • I’m totally inspired to dye my own hair ombre! LOVE

    Dana Ivy – Check out my blog!!

  • Second book???Have the first book been released already???I need it!!

  • I say it all the time but you’re each so lucky to be able to work with your sister!!! I can’t wait to see your backyard projects!


  • Hi there..I’ve been searching all over for Emma’s sandals but can’t find them anywhere.
    I looked on the website with the BC link, yet no luck.
    Do you know where I can find some? What are they called exactly. I’m no good at this.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks 🙂

  • Hey Emma and Elsie!
    You two have some beautiful tattoos! Have you ever thought about doing a post devoted to them? I’d love to hear the stories behind them.

  • I actually LOVE Emma’s ombre hair. I think she looks nicest with it like that 🙂
    You both look wonderful as usual.. you both pull off colour so well!

  • AHHH! These outfits are so fun! Love it! Excited to see what you guys having coming!
    ps. these posts always make me miss my little sister! In a good way!

  • Gaaah Emma looks adorable! Too cute!
    xo Heather

  • Love both outfits! Good luck on the book!

  • You girls should have an online shop on the blog to sell your books!

  • You guys are so adorable! ♥ Stay gorgeous!

  • I can’t wait to see what you guys are preparing! a book seems so exciting (and so much hardwork!)
    Elsie, I love your skirt, your outfit is so cute! oh and I actually prefer to seem Emma with ombre hair, she looks so pretty!!

  • You two are amazing! Only good things to happen from here on out! Emma I love your hair ombre it’s so pretty!

    You girls rock.. keep it up!

  • cute photos!

  • Wait, does the photography in the book require Emma having ombre hair? Interested to hear more about it!

  • I love the outfits guys! So cheerful and shouts summer!

  • So now that I know that you lovely ladies know Kelsie from With Lavender and Lace (after seeing your faces pop up on my Facebook feed), I am eagerly awaiting the day that y’all visit Norfolk! Whenever that happens, I will have to swing by the shop and say hi! 🙂

  • Could you gals seriously get any cuter? Elsie, you look so good in red!


  • a book and a blog …….yeah that’s a lot. Can’t imagine trying to balance both of those and still create great content… the pics 🙂

  • gorgeous outfits! can’t wait for the book 🙂 & i love the ombre emma! 🙂


  • Emma, you look adorable!

    xo Jennifer

  • You girls are so gorgeous! And congrats on everything, the wedding, honeymoon, and the book! What an exciting year so far.


  • Good to see you two back in action! I was indeed wondering about the hair, although… I like it all blonde better. Looks less like neglected roots 😉

  • I love you blog, so much style up in here. I get my design inspiration from this blog. Thanks.

  • Will you also get tattoos of the ABeautifulMess App logo? 🙂

  • Love these outfits! So fun! Emma, what’s the style name of the shoes you’re wearing, I can’t find them anywhere?!

  • Good luck with everything!

  • I thought Emma’s all-blond hair looked absolutely stunning, although the ombre looks very nice too! Great outfits, especially Elsie’s skirt.

  • Is emma going to do a full post about her wedding any time soon? I am dying to hear about it and see more pictures!

  • Such cute outfits! Best of luck in all your endeavors 🙂

    <3 dani

  • The book thing sounds sooo exciting, I’d buy the book as soon as it comes out! Emma’s hair looks lush, so are you tattoos!xx

    The Young Bridget Jones

  • Really nice outfits… I love your photography style!


  • Lovely style as always ladies! Elsie – I especially love your skirt
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • Crazy but fulfilling! I love your outfits ladies!

    Juliette Laura

  • I think your readers would understand your hard work more if you posted photos of things in the process of being done, such as your back yard in its imperfect state.

  • I always love your fun colourful outfits, particularly all the red! And your tattoos are so elegant and creative 🙂

  • Thank you for this post and all the joy you infuse into all you do at ABM! I know I can always visit this corner of the web and leave with a smile on my face. Priceless.

  • Love your brightly coloured top!

    Carina xx

  • I love these outfits, especially Emma’s Hair and Elsie’s Skirt. It’s gorgeous.


  • i love both of your shirts! they’re so flowy and light, perfect for summer

  • You guys are great, best to you! Congrats!


  • Cute outfits! Good luck with the deadline!


  • Both outfits are adorable! Love the skirt and blouse combination!

  • I bet it’s exciting to write a book, you guys are so lucky! I can’t wait to buy it later.
    I love Emma’s blouse in those photos and I actually like her hair better this way. So pretty!

  • Hey Girls! What are some good summer hats to wear? I want protection from the sun without looking frumpy.

  • Congrats again to emma!

  • You girls are working so hard but it’s all going to be so worth it in the end! You both look great – I really love that thrifted fedora! What a great find 🙂


  • You both have the cutest tattoos! I love that they are similar but different and reflect your individual personalities so well 🙂 maybe a post about the process of choosing them etc soon? You know…. when you have some free time 😉
    Thank you for all of the inspiration!

  • You two can be so proud of your hard work and what you have accomplished so far!!!

    I can understand that Emma went completely blonde for the wedding and I think she looked gorgeous the way she was made up.
    But for “normal life” I prefer the ombré hair on her. The look totally suits her, I haven’t seen a lot of girls rocking that look like her.

    Elsie has such a great smile!

  • I love when you write about goals and all that you are accomplishing in your business. Even though I’m not in the same field, your accomplishments are always an inspiration to me.

  • I’ve been trying to figure out all of your tattoos. I love the polaroid. I was wondering what the stories are behind them. If you don’t mind my asking.

  • beautiful! I am wondering, what do the small tattoos on emma’s wrists say (I have a really small screen), and what’s the story behind them?

  • Love both your outfits! Super cute! I especially love the colour of Emma’s top, and the pattern on Elsie’s skirt! Good luck with the book project – I know deadlines can be super crazy. It will definitely be worth it in the end though, can’t wait to see the end product!

    Alex from

  • I’ll be the first one in line to buy your girl’s book! And Elsie you look amazing in red!

    Summer x

  • You both look gorgeous! I love Emma’s blouse, it’s lovely! xxx

  • “reminds us what can happen when we give %100 each day” Great post, great reminder! Thank you 🙂

  • You too rock and deserve only the best. Last year, I was writing my blog and writing a novel (still haven’t edited it) at the same time, but you are right that was truly an insane time for me!! But know you two will make it all work for you!! 🙂

  • oh I can’t wait to hear more about the book writing process, I am so curious!! can’t wait to buy the photography book in august!!

  • Congrats on everything! You girls are hard workers and deserve everything!! Keep it up. Such inspirations 🙂

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