October Happy Mail  Hi, friends! It's time for the Happy Mail and Messy Box reveal. SO excited about this month. The sunglasses notepad is my favorite!

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October Messy Box  Messy Box has the cutest Halloween theme!

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And here the unboxing video-

Let us know what you think of this month's kits in the comments! xo.

Couple's Costume- Britney and Justin (The Denim Outfits!) Click through for more!We love a good Halloween costume over here at A Beautiful Mess (check out some of our previous ideas from past years), and for those of you who lived your golden teen years through the late 90s and early 00s, this Halloween couple's outfit idea needs no introduction!! It was in the middle of the glorious bubblegum pop heyday that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake showed off their love for each other (and all things denim!) at the 2001 American Music Awards. In honor of the 15 year anniversary of "denimgate", we thought this Halloween would be the perfect timing for a comeback of one of the most memorable couple's outfits of all time. In other words, oops, we did it again!

Couple's Costume- Britney and Justin (The Denim Outfits!) Click through for more!Not a bad replication if you ask me! For Britney's look, I got a denim corset (which was surprisingly easier to find than I assumed it would be!) and used a few yards of different hues of denim material to make the skirt for the bottom. I basically just wrapped the fabric around my waist, sewed four large pleats at the top, put some velcro on the seam at the back to close it and glued some patches of other colors to the front. Once I added a glittery necklace (try Claire's or Charming Charlie's), a denim handbag (from Etsy), and a waist chain, I was basically all set! And oh yeah, don't forget the curled hair, false lashes, and an extra dose of bronzer for your cheeks! For Justin's look, pair a jean cowboy hat with a jean blazer, grey t-shirt, and some jeans. Extra points if you can find a pair of faded aviator sunnies (found some at Target) and some sort of silver medallion for the bling factor.

Couple's Costume- Britney and Justin (The Denim Outfits!) Click through for more!Couple's Costume- Britney and Justin (The Denim Outfits!) Click through for more!I also loved seeing Katy Perry's version of this look when she did it a few years back—it's just too fun! Although the love between the Queen and King of millennial pop didn't last, our love for this look continues more than a decade later! If you need a couple's costume idea to bring sexy back to your Halloween night (and your guy is a good sport like Todd is!), this might be the look for you! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

Girls' weekendA couple weekends ago, Rachel, Jacki and Emma came to visit. Rachel was hosting one of her weaving classes, and she invited us to join in the fun. Ummm... yes, please! I was thrilled by the chance to learn weaving from her. 

As is typical when you're having lots of fun, we didn't take as many photos as we should have. But I'm really glad Jeremy snapped this quickie of us in the guest room. Love these ladies!!

Rachel's Weaving Class      Rachel's Weaving Class      Rachel's Weaving Class      Rachel's Weaving Class      Rachel's Weaving Class      Rachel's Weaving Class      Rachel's Weaving Class      Rachel's class was both inspiring and informative. I felt like I learned enough technique to make more weavings at home (I have a pillow cover idea I really need to make time for soon!). But it was also pretty chill and relaxing. We had a wonderful time. 

If you ever get a chance to take one of Rachel's classes, I highly recommend it! You can find out info via her Instagram. And if you don't think you'll be able to attend a class, check out her tutorials here, here and here as well as her new book, DIY Woven Art

Rachel's Weaving Class         Oh and here's Jacki trying the famous Avocado Margarita at Avo

Ugh... posting this makes me really miss my friends! What a wonderful weekend. xx -Elsie 

Try this- a modern solution for hiding your trash canHey, friends. Check it out! It's the back of my house. You don't notice anything ugly and distracting, like maybe four trash cans?

Do you?


Woooohooo! You have no idea how proud I am of my hidden trash can situation. :) Here's a quick post sharing exactly how we made this custom fence (would you call it a fence??) that hides my trash cans and gives the rest of my home the clean/modern feel we are going for. 

BeforeFirst, here's the before. This photo was taken just a couple months ago before the house was painted. You can see here (behind the ladders) that there was already a "fence" type situation around the trash cans. It looked fine before, and I was glad it was there.

Once the house was painted white, it suddenly looked really old. There was moss growing on it and a lot of the wood had rot, so my plan to paint that white quickly flew out the window. We decided to get rid of it and add a new, more modern cover for the trash cans. 

I got a quote to build one with breeze blocks (we're planning to do something else with breeze blocks as well, I promise I didn't get a whole quote just for my trash can fence), but the quote was very expensive. Since we had just spent a pretty penny getting the house painted, we decided to hold off on any more contracted projects until next year. 

Buuuutt, with the new white house, the black trash cans really stood out. See? 

Try this- a modern solution for hiding your trash can BEFORESo I decided to try a DIY option! I thought about it a lot, and then the perfect, simple idea came. 

Here's what we did! 

Try this- a modern solution for hiding your trash can Woohoo!! So simple. So clean. 

The supplies for this project ended up being around $150 for the size we needed. Not bad, not bad. 

Try this- a modern solution for hiding your trash can  Here's how it looks pulled away from the house. It is still moveable. We chose not to secure it down because it's heavy enough that it won't tip over in the wind or storms. And keeping it movable is the easiest way to be able to hose it down back there if we ever have a trash accident (it happens). 

Oh! If you're curious, we have a trash service that drives up to this spot so we don't have to roll anything to the curb (it's AWESOME). 

Try this- a modern solution for hiding your trash can   Here's how it looks from behind, in case you want to make one that's similar. It's so easy (but also extremely custom for our house) that we didn't think it was necessary to show you a whole DIY. But I can help you with any questions you might have if you want to make your own. 

The boards are the pre-primed white boards (6" tall by 3/4" wide). Then there are four posts that are 2.5 inches wide on each corner. If you have that and screws, you have everything you need! 

Try this- a modern solution for hiding your trash can      You can see here that the cans are hidden, but still fully accessible. Since they are the small trash cans, they are easy to lift out.

I guess that's everything! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. 

Oh... ONE more before/after before I go! 

Before:After Back of the house!I'm really excited about all the little tweaks we've made so far! 

Next up on our outdoor list are some flower beds. Then, next year, we are hoping to add a deck to the back (more to the left where the photo cuts off) and really fix up the landscaping. 

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!! xx -Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

Caramel Dreamin' Wishlist

The fall leaves are starting to drop, and we've got dreams of caramel apples, cozy sweaters, and warm mugs of tea on the brain. We've teamed up with Werther's Original to create a caramel-themed wish list for you all—in case you're feeling like us. :) They've put out this cute quiz that you can take to see which caramel flavors match your personality. From their Classic Hard Caramels to the Caramel Apple Filled Caramels, there's a flavor for everyone! When I took the quiz, I got Werther's Original Caramel Popcorn, which is perfect because I love the salty mixed with sweet flavor combination! 

1. The easiest ever caramel apples made with Werther's Original Chewy Caramels. Check our IG for a quick how-to in case you want to make your own. 
2. Cozy turtleneck sweater
3. Warm AND cute gloves
4. A delicious smelling candle
5. Pom pom stocking cap for the win (see how to make your own stocking cap)
6. A roomy and stylish backpack
7. Classic Dr.Marten boots for all you 90s lovers (You can't see it, but I'm raising my hand.)
8. Snug throw blankets
9. OMG this coat is too cool!
10. Love, love these mugs bc you can never have too many mugs

What about you? Do you have anything on your wish list this season? xo. Emma

Credits // Author, Photography, and design: Emma Chapman. Images from sources linked throughout. 


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