Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial     Whether you are in college and getting ready for your spring break trip or well past the dorm life but feel Arnold's sentiments from Terminator 2 ("I need a vacation"...), chances are you'll be gearing up to go somewhere warm this spring or summer to get a piece of that beach life. Since picking out outfits for vacation is almost as much fun as the trip itself (at least for me), I thought it would be fun to dress up a simple straw clutch and turn it into the ultimate vacation purse. And what's a fun bag without a cheeky phrase to accompany it, am I right?

Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial     Suplies:
-plain straw clutch (I used this one)
-white pom-pom trim
-daisy trim
-embroidered iron-on letters
-hot glue gun
-fabric scissors

Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial     First you'll want to flip up the flap of your straw bag and use your glue gun to attach a line of your pom-pom trim just inside the lip of the bag (you don't want to see the white connecting trim from the other side, just the poms). Cut any excess trim.

Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial     Next, close the flap and glue a line of your daisy trim just above the edge of the flap all the way across. I was mostly gluing the middles of the daisies down since it's a more delicate trim, the "arms" of the flowers aren't glued, but if the centers are secure, they should stay in place.

Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial     Next I used my embroidered letters to make my phrase and centered them on the flap of the bag. Since taking a hot iron to a straw bag isn't a great idea, you can just glue your letters on instead! Once they were in position, I only touched one letter at a time and just put a drop of glue at the top of each letter to keep them in place while I lightly tacked down the rest of the letters. Once they were all semi attached and still in the right spots, I went back through, lifted each letter up, and put more glue on the back to fully secure.

Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial     That's it! Your bag is now ready for the beach! (BTW how pretty is that pink sheepskin!?)

Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial)        Try This! Turn a Simple Straw Clutch Into The Perfect Vacation Bag! (click through for tutorial     Of course you can do a different color straw bag, trim, or phrase to match whatever vacation outfits or destinations you have in store for yourself. It would also be really pretty to skip the words if you aren't a "let's put phrases on things" kind of girl and just do several rows of the daisy trim instead (paired with these sunnies would be so cute). Wherever you are headed this spring or summer, hope this DIY is just the thing to get your vacation started off right! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Elsie's bedroomHi, friends. 10 Things I Love Sunday was one of the first blog series I ever wrote way WAY back in the old days. I haven't written this series in more than five years—but recently everyone on our team started randomly texting me saying, "Hey! You should bring back 10 Things I Love Sunday." OK, I said! Why not? I love hunting down pretty things on a weekly basis, so why not share them here? 

1. Disco balls as decor. I have this 12 inch one in the photo above and just ordered this 8 inch one for the playroom window. PURE magic, you guys. So pretty! 

Oh, and here's a link to that pink sheepskin you guys are always asking about. 

2. Ordering this pool float for summer. It's the best. Although... I kind of love this one too. And Jeremy will probably say I need neither one (uhhhh pool floats are a "want" not a "need"... duh). 

3. Little Octopus

Little Octopus NashvilleOne of our favorite spots in Nashville just opened a new location, and it's gorgeous! It's probably the prettiest happy hour spot in town now. I felt like I was in a fancy scene in an 80s movie... very cool. Going back soon for cocktails! Photos via domino

4. Ordered two of these within an hour of their launch. I'm a true fan. Congrats, Bando! 

5. Pink places to visit across the globe

6. I'm going to try out shopping seasonally (only 1 time per season) for spring. Kind of inspired by the whole capsule wardrobe thing, which I will probably never fully do, but I like the idea of doing a big shop, and then taking a break from it and just wearing what I have... I really need to learn how to be more creative with mixing and matching. 

Anyway! Here's one dress I pinned that I love and will probably buy for spring. 

Oh—and if you have any suggestions for places to shop online, I am ALL ears. 

7. Where to stay, eat and shop in Joshua Tree, California. 

Stacking Rainbow8. Wooden Toys. 
Man, oh man. I am really obsessed with wooden toys. This pastel rainbow was one of the first I collected (primary rainbow here). This little forest kills me. And I just picked up this little swan a few weeks ago. And, honestly, so far the whole Holztiger line of wooden animals are my favorites. Oh, and I just bought this from Etsy... so cute! 

9. This room is just incredible. Wowzers! 

10. The Good Box
My friend sent me this box last week, and wow... it was just so special. I was browsing the site and I LOVE this concept. There's a box for pretty much any occasion or personality, and each one is so beautifully curated. My faves are the hot toddy box and the caffeinated box... adorable!  

Well... that's all for now. I hope you have a lovely and very relaxing Sunday! And for anyone who is interested, I've been sharing our adoption story here. xx -Elsie 

Romantic half up twists (click-through for the full tutorial)-1 Romantic half-up twists (click-through for the full tutorial)Step One: Start with styled or curly hair.

Step Two: Take a small section of hair from either side of your head. Twist them and tie them together into a small ponytail with an elastic.

Step Three: Take a small section of hair beneath your twists on the left side of your head. Twist it a few times, then pull it above where you tied your hair off and under the small ponytail. In this way it sort of loops over your original twists/ponytail.

Step Four: Repeat on your right side; take a small section of hair beneath the section you tied off, twist it a few times, pull it over your tied off section and then under so it loops.

Step Five: Repeat another time on your left and right side, taking sections of hair closer to the center.

Step Six: Pull the loops and your original twists apart for a softer, messier look.

Romantic half-up twists (click-through for the full tutorial)Pretty simple, right? I feel like it's such a soft, romantic look, perfect for a date night or fancy outfit. You can play with the volume and look of your twists by pulling them apart some or even adding some texture powder to really mess-y them up. I've never tried this style with straight hair before because I'm a sucker for curls right now, but it might also work with less styled hair. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom

Epson Salt Detox Bath Salts (via A Beautiful Mess)I've always been a HUGE fan of baths... and the whole pretend-spa-at-home thing! I love setting aside a little "me time" in the form of a face mask, a hot bath and maybe a glass of wine? Today I'm excited to teach you a really simple recipe for an epsom salt bath soak. 

When I started "cleaning up" my beauty (and household products) routine last year, it took time. Like, A LOT of time. I am still replacing products one at a time. I use the Think Dirty app to check how clean the products are that I see at the store (you can scan barcodes, which is nice), and I also use it to look up individual ingredients when I make my own recipes. 

Anyway! This is a replacement for the popular epsom salt bath soak I used to buy, which was loaded with artificial fragrances. 

I like this recipe because there are SO few ingredients, and it smells incredible. I made two versions of scents, just for fun. 

Epsom Salt Detox Bath Salts (via A Beautiful Mess) Supplies:

-Epsom salt (I got this giant bag. Be sure to get a brand where the only ingredient is Epsom salt.) 
-baking soda (aluminum free) 
-essential oils for scent (I used lavender, peppermint, white fir, lemon and melaleuca (aka tea tree oil) 
-glass or plastic containers (different sizes available here)
-cute measuring cups or scoops for each jar 

Epsom Salt Detox Bath Salts (via A Beautiful Mess)   Mix 4 cups epsom salt, 2 cups baking soda and 30 drops essential oils. 

Epsom Salt Detox Bath Salts (via A Beautiful Mess)  For my first batch, I used  20 drops lavender and 10 drops peppermint. It's just the right amount of both and super refreshing! For the second batch, I mixed 10 drops each white fir, lemon and melaleuca. It smells super fresh and clean. 

Epsom Salt Detox Bath Salts (via A Beautiful Mess)     Pour each batch into a jar, add a cute measuring cup, and it's done. Easy peasy! 

Epsom Salt Detox Bath Salts (via A Beautiful Mess)      If you know me at all, you know I LOVE LABELING THINGS. 

For this set I used paint in colors that somewhat represented the fragrances to me. I just painted straight onto the jar with acrylic paint. 

Later on, when I want to repurpose this jar, it will scrub right off! 

Epsom Salt Detox Bath Salts (via A Beautiful Mess)          I wasted no time. I took a bath like 30 minutes after I took this photo.... Haha! 

These jars make amazing gifts too.... just replace it with a screw-top jar and add a cute ribbon. 

xoxo! Elsie 

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

Cute! Add Eye Design to Your Buttonholes (click through for tutorial)     Ha. The post title just makes me laugh. Anyway, I saw a photo of this really cute button-up shirt that had lashes embroidered over the top of each buttonhole, and I thought it would be such a fun DIY to add to my own shirt! Rather than embroider the lashes, I decided to use some good ol' fashioned fabric puff paint (remember those puffy paint days??) to get a clean thick line for the eye shapes, and I love how it turned out!

 Cute! Add Eye Design to Your Buttonholes (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-white button-down shirt (I used this one)
-fine point fabric puff paint
-fine point fabric pen or washable marker
-blue buttons (same size as the ones you are removing from the shirt)
-black thread
-seam ripper and needle

Cute! Add Eye Design to Your Buttonholes (click through for tutorial) First, use a seam ripper to remove the existing buttons on your button-down shirt. You can leave the very top one or make that into a pattern too. I left mine alone because the area around that button is pretty small. If you can, choose a button-down that has a wider placket (that's the panel of fabric that runs down the middle of the shirt where the buttons are sewn) so you have some room to make your eye design.

Once your buttons are removed, use your black thread and a needle to sew on your new blue buttons. I used black thread so it looks like a pupil, but you can match the button color if you want it to be more subtle. 

Cute! Add Eye Design to Your Buttonholes (click through for tutorial)  Leave your shirt unbuttoned and use a thin fabric pen (or a washable fabric pen) to trace your eyeball and lashes pattern around the buttonhole area. You can use a scrap piece of fabric first if you want to practice your design a few times before drawing it on the real shirt.

Cute! Add Eye Design to Your Buttonholes (click through for tutorial)   Once each hole has an eye drawn, use your fabric paint to carefully trace your pen design, and allow the paint to fully set. Like, wait a really long time. Probably overnight at least. If you get all these perfectly drawn eyeballs, the last thing you want is to smudge them trying to check and see if they are set yet. Once you are sure your lines are solid, throw that puppy on, grab any other eye-themed accessories you have, and head out the door!

Cute! Add Eye Design to Your Buttonholes (click through for tutorial)      Cute! Add Eye Design to Your Buttonholes (click through for tutorial)      Seriously though, how cute is that?! And super easy too. You could also just do the "button/puff paint eyeball" design on a plain white shirt or dress (without being around a buttonhole) to make a cool eye pattern as well (pair with an eye accessory like this purse for extra fun!). Wearable DIYs are one of my favorite things to do, but I guess this one should be called a "D-EYE-Y"? ;) xo. Laura

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the New A Beautiful Mess actions.

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