A Beautiful Mess

“I’m Elsie Larson, a 28 year old designer and boutique owner. I co-founded Red Velvet almost ten years ago with my sister and best friend…A Beautiful Mess is a Style blog that focuses on creating a beautiful life. My goal is to promote an inspired lifestyle through fashion, handmade and pretty things. I believe in making everyday life special, so that’s what I try to inspire through handmade projects, fashion tutorials, hairstyling tips, recipes and more. I love teaching projects that make life a little bit sweeter!”

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Elsie larson

A Beautiful Mess is written by cool chick, Elsie Larson, owner of Red Velvet Boutique and lifestyle blogger. This charming blog offers the best from the best on recipes, beauty, diy projects, interiors, and style! Being a thrifter and a boutique owner, Elsie’s look is very original. Her “current obsessions” are listed on her blog as beehives(the hair do), photo books, pumpkin pie milkshakes, the show Mad Men, and raspberry mint smoothies. She has a power team that helps create the magic behind A Beautiful Mess. And get this, they are ALL bloggers! You have Emma Chapman, who is the yummy recipe editor and owner of the Food Coma blog (and creator of the pumpkin pie milkshake that Elsie craves), Rachel Denbow, the decor editor and blogger behind Smile and Wave, Skunkboy Creatures blogger, Katie Shelton as the beauty editor, Kinsey Mhire of Sincerely, Kinsey and Amanda Keith of Indie Jane are the DIY contributors.

Elsie Larson’s midwestern charm makes A Beautiful Mess a delightful read for all of us girls that love all things girly, pretty, and unique. She also offers her faithful readers E-Courses to teach the goods on blogging, decorating, dressing, and starting a creative business. With a fast growing Twitter following of over 20,000, Larson is definitely one of the most loved amongst the lifestyle bloggers.

See the elements of A Beautiful Mess here:

Projects

Snow Day Hat DIY

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Outfits

What I Wore to Work

Blazer with dress

Beauty

How to Style a Beehive

Beehive_done

Treats

Bubble Tea Recipe

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Marry the Night

What It Means…

 “It’s about committing yourself wholeheartedly to the thing you’re most passionate about. For me, it was always music. It’s about that moment when I decided I was going to tear it up, that I was going to get married to my work, and that my work would be my husband forever. There was no fire and no rain that could get in the way.”

“I’m gonna be a star…You know why? Because I have nothing left to lose.”-Lady GaGa

 

Click on the link and get the inspiring track!

Art Inspired by Powerful Women

Michelle Obama, The First Lady of the United States

Oprah Winfrey, Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Producer and Actress

Lady GaGa, Singer and Songwriter

Beyonce Knowles, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Fashion Designer

Rihanna, Singer and Songwriter

pencil drawing angelina jolie Pencil Drawings Have Never Been More Realistic

Angelina Jolie, Actress, Movie Director and Producer

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Future Queen of England

Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of The New York Times

Adele, Singer and Songwriter

Ursula Burns, CEO and Chairman of Xerox

Danielle Steel, Romantic Novelist and Author of Mainstream Dramas

Katy Perry, Singer and Songwriter

Vivienne Westood, British Fashion Designer

Maya Angelou, Author and Poet

Hillary Clinton, 67th United States Secretary of State

Jennifer Lopez, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer, and Fashion Designer

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Entrepreneurs and Actresses

Designer Kelly Wearstler’s Blog

“I am always aware of my surroundings and I spend time each day searching for beautiful and unusual things. I have an inherent affection for taking photos of the things that capture my attention and excite me. This is a personal collection of photos I have taken some old, some new. These images give me moments of happiness and inspiration during my busy days. I invite you into my vibe life.”

Blog: www.MyVibeMyLife.com

Shop: www.kellywearstler.com

Kelly Wearstler

I recently did an Interior Design Blog post featuring So Haute Style and she had recently posted designer, Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu beach House on her blog. Kelly is not only an incredible designer of both fashion and interiors, one of the best dressed of the year by Vogue, one of the “Design 100″ by Time Style and Design, but the creative force behind her very own blog, My Vibe My Life. And what a blog it is! I was immediately captivated by all of the color and cool pics.

Here are some of those pics:

Interior Design Blogs

Interior Design blogs are on the rise! Most mixing interior design, furniture, and even fashion, they are catching the attention of cities all over the world with their creative spin on home life inspiration.

Here are our favorite interior design blogs (in no particular order):

So Haute Style

 www.sohautestyle.com

(Nicole Gibbons)

New York City based blogger Nicole Gibbons brought to life So Haute Style in 2008. Influenced by her mom, an interior designer, Nicole was bitten by the design bug at an early age. The Entertaining section of her blog is possibly the cutest and most inspiring part of her blog, in my opinion. The section includes everything one needs to know for when throwing a swanky party: recipes, table-setting ideas, DIY floral designs, and even stationary. Her work has been featured on HGTV, ElleDecor.com, and The Nest, to name a few of several. In 2009, So Haute Style was named one of the best all-around home blogs. Her latest blog post featured fashion designer, Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu beach house. Totally fab!

Snippets from the Kelly Wearstler Malibu Beach House Post

A Table-Top Design from the Entertaining Section

Decor 8 Blog

 www.decor8blog.com

(Holly Becker)

Launched in 2006 by author, freelance journalist, and design consultant Holly Becker, Decor 8 Blog has been around since before the recent booming popularity of interior design blogs. It definitely shows with her amazing fan base and amount of content! You’ll find inspiring posts on decorating ideas, indie art and design, and fabulous interior spaces. She also features DIY (do it yourself) projects, store and home tours, book reviews, and trade show coverage. Not leaving her readers out of any of the knowledge that she has obtained over the years of being a blogger, she offers Blogging Your Way, an e-course. Holly is also a weekly columnist at Real Simple online. She has completed assignments for HGTV and HGTV Ideas Magazine as a style editor. Her 1st book, Decorate: 1000 Inspirational Ideas for Every Room in Your Home, is just the icing on the cake to a long list of accomplishments.

Shanna Murray Window Films and Wall Decals

Shanna Murray

Holly Becker’s Book, Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home (Click the book to buy!)

Cocozy

www.cococozy.com

(Coco)

Cococozy was created by Los Angeles blogger Coco, self-professed “executive by day and interior junkie by night.” Her stylish blog has achieved much deserved recognition in High Gloss Magazine, InStyle Magazine, on ElleDecor.com and Apartment Therapy. Her blog posts include inspiration from fashion, home interiors from chic interior stores, and home makeovers, all brought to life from her cozy cottage in the Hollywood Hills.  Adding even more to Cococozy, Coco designs pillows, throws, bedding, and drapery, and sells it on the blog. She also carries a collection of vintage home pieces. So cool!

Shop Watch: Beverly Hills’ Pom Pom Interiors, Interview

Coco’s Vintage

 

Material Girls Blog

Design Inspiration from Coast to Coast

 “…a one-of-a-kind interior design blog that features tips and advice from real designers on the latest trends and fashions for the home, topped with a sprinkle of pop culture.”

Blog: www.MaterialGirlsBlog.com

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/materialgirls

 Material Girls is actually one of the first interior design blogs that I’ve run across and I’ve finally decided to write a piece on these fabulous gals! I was amazed at their blog when I first saw it because it was right around the time that I was decorating my own home, and when my family and I was remodeling a townhouse in downtown Houston. Their interior design posts really inspired me! Calling themselves Material Girls because of their passion for fabrics, the girls bring us interior design ideas, tips, and what’s hot for our homes!

They blog from five major cities, (which happen to include my favorite cities in the US) Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York.

They have a feature on the blog called Furniture Friday, in which different furniture pieces (like armoires, coffee tables, headboard, etc.) are posted on the last day of the work week. Posts from the Material Girls include decked out living rooms, swanky kitchens, and even cute, personalized ideas for nurseries. With a hint of fashion and parties, Material Girls is complete with what every lady loves.

This blog is great for when you get the urge to redecorate your house, revamp your office, or if you’re moving. They have awesome ideas and points of views hailing from coast to coast.

I loved this Office Makeover post! Very inspirational to me for redecorating my own office!

Here are a few of my favorite photo posts from them:

Hollywood Residence eclectic living room

Golden Divine

“I adore including fashion, beauty, interior design, and golden inspirations.”

Blog: www.GoldenDivine.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ByAshleyMarie

 Golden Divine is an easy-going blog founded and written by Ashley Murphy about fashion, beauty, interior design, and “golden inspirations.” Inspired by Rachel Zoe, Olivia Palermo, and Whitney Port, she has a real sense of style and dresses well.  She posts her daily looks, interior design inspirations, and things she sees along the way, during her daily adventures. I’d say, check this blog out for daily inspiration for your own style and dress. She’s got some great looks! Or, if you want some decorating or party planning ideas.

Here are some pictures from her “Outdoor Party” Post:

The Beautiful Things

“I have loved shopping, clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry for as long as I can remember…I’ve studied Art History since I was in high school and still am doing so…I live in New York City…With time I’ve found that my passions become even more intense when they interact with other people, which is why I’ve decided to share all the beautiful things that I love with you.”

Blog: www.The-Beautiful-Things.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/beautifulthngs

The Beautiful Things is written by a beautiful girl named Vittoria living in New York City. Summed up into things she’s worn…things she’s learned…things she’s made…things she covets…and things she liked, the blog is obviously an interesting mix of fashion, food (recipes and pictorial inspiration), some lessons, and celebs. I love this blog because it’s an easy read with great pictures. It’s basically a journal of her time living in NY and all the great things that she gets to see along the way. With that said, if you love fashion, you’ll definitely love this blog. This girl is definitely an up and coming blogger!

Ms. Dramatica

“Taking my ego for a ride…a writer. artist. music video aficionado. meditator. reader. knowledge seeker. 5’9″. I dance to whatever I like. LOVE synthy rock music. fashionable frontmen. pretty guys. fashions of the 30s. 40s. 50s. 80s. Lucy Ricardo. Barbie (she lives in my dream house). Shirley Manson. Janet Jackson. Edgar Allan Poe is my lover. sing to me in French.” (from her blog)

Blog: www.MsDramatica.com

Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/MsDramatica

Her Art

 

 
 
I love this blog because it really is a mixture of random (her words) things that we all gravitate to, ART, MUSIC, LIFE, FASHION, and many other things. Featured on Ms. Dramatica’s blog is an interview (among others) with red-headed lead singer of the band Morningwood, Chantal Claret. Awesome interview! I had no idea she was inspired by the Ronettes! Love, love them!
 
Anywho, this a blog that is surprisingly informational (musically and artistically) and there is even some eye candy with a Friday I’m in Lust section featuring her weekly crush! Check it out!
 
Ms. Dramatica and the Frog