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DESIGN. FASHION. About A Beautiful Mess. Welcome to A Beautiful Mess!

About A Beautiful Mess

We're Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. We're sisters. Together we own A Beautiful Mess, a women's lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. An Apology (with pictures) « Italy in Food. And everywhere in between. All About Cities. In Canada’s cities, prices in the older urban areas as well as the suburbs generally stagnated for over a decade between the early 1990s and early 2000s.

All About Cities

Not coincidentally, during this time an abundance of new housing opened in suburbs like Milton and Markham (Toronto area) as well as Coquitlam and Surrey (Vancouver area). Calgary annexed more land, and suburban style homes proliferated. Metro area residents did not seem to show much of a preference for urban vs suburban living. Starting in around 2002 prices everywhere began to rise, but over time the urbanized areas experienced more rapid increases. Conversations About Where We Live. Activist Teacher. A Private Hiking Wedding: Jordan & Michael. Jordan & Michael wanted a wedding that truely reflected them and the things they love, so they grabbed their children and were married in private on top of a mountain in Canada.

A Private Hiking Wedding: Jordan & Michael

“Our inspiration was definitely nature and our love of hiking”, explained the bride. “We chose Gros Morne National Park in the beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador known for its mountainous terrain and unbelievable views. Things I want to remember – James Wallace Harris. Black Girl in Maine. Bliss. Born This Way: Telling Childhood Photos from Gay and Lesbian Adults -... Over at the blog Born This Way a proud gay Angeleno, identified only as Paul V., publishes childhood photos and stories from gay and lesbian adults.

Born This Way: Telling Childhood Photos from Gay and Lesbian Adults -...

Many of the photos feature young kids innocently flouting heteronormative gender expectations with total abandon (see above). But interspersed among them are pictures of children that give no hint about their eventual sexual identity. As Paul explains: some of the pix here feature gay boys with feminine traits, and some gay girls with masculine traits. And even more gay kids with NONE of those traits. Boys Clubs. The entire staff of techno-libertarian think tank TechFreedom. 7:18 pm • 19 November 2014 • 7 notes The entire leadership team and advisory board of The Can Kicks Back, an advocacy group founded to “educate, organize and mobilize young Americans in order to promote a sustainable and generationally equitable federal budget.” 8:09 am • 23 August 2014 • 17 notes Everybody at Cleanweb, which bills itself as “a meme, a movement, a market, and a living, viral phenomenon - and perhaps the biggest impact and economic opportunity of our time.” 7:27 am • 20 August 2014 • 15 notes Everyone on the Governance Board and in Scientific Leadership at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley. 7:16 am • 20 August 2014 • 10 notes.

Boys Clubs

Brandi's Blog...c'est une vraie histoire. Brittany, Herself. A life experiment in not buying shit. Certified Doula. Contradictory Youth. Copyranter. Danah boyd. Most people who don’t code don’t appreciate how hard it is to do right.Plenty of developers are perfectly functional, but to watch a master weave code into silken beauty is utterly inspiring.

danah boyd

D i a p s a l m a t a - WHITTNEY TRETTIEN. Documenting Delight - Eat. Laugh. Love. I’ve been asked the question: “if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?”

Eat. Laugh. Love.

Many times, and my answer is always pizza. When you add pretty much any topping to dough, tomato sauce and cheese I feel like you really can’t go wrong. Empire of Scrounge. With the number of people in need these days and the winter coming on, I've been especially on the lookout lately for warm clothes, blankets and the like--and so I'm pleased by the haul from my last three scrounge rides (Saturday, Sunday, and today--Tuesday).

Empire of Scrounge

Today I found in a dumpster four trash bags stuffed with men's clothes, and managed to haul home wool sweaters, lined jackets, dress shirts, hoodies, jeans, and more. Saturday and Sunday I likewise scrounged a clean blanket and a fleece-lined windbreaker. Sunday's ride also turned up a package of permanent markers, a little wicker basket, balls of yarn, an Umbra fireplace set, a little wooden flute, Christmas ornaments--and a beautiful old Afghan throw, rows of multi-color flowers on a black background, carefully sealed in a plastic container and tossed into a dumpster. Also in the plastic container was a little note, written in what looks to be an old hand. Just another site. GABIFRESH. Get A Life, Vivienne Westwood. Just another site.

Gone with the Family. One of the things that I love about Instagram is scrolling through photos of quirky things that people stumble upon.

Gone with the Family

Although many of these pictures would never make it into a blog post, they are interesting little snapshots that provide a glimpse into the places we visit. Continue reading "Public Art Appreciation on Instagram" » This is a guest post by my 17 year-old daughter, Katie Prestage (with editorial assistance from her teacher Ms. Christy Meagher), about her spring break volunteer trip to Costa Rica. Continue reading "A Spring Break Volunteer Trip to Costa Rica" » The Westin Harbour Castle hotel is conveniently located on the Toronto waterfront with easy access to downtown attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping. Continue reading "A Family Getaway at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto" »

Guys With Fancy Lady Hair. ...others are temporary and afternoon altering and reveal the sweet juxtaposition of a perfect chignon against the unkempt neck hair of a dude.

Guys With Fancy Lady Hair

This photo essay is focused on the latter. Jane Against The World. Karl reMarks. Kate or die! Kerry Callen's Blog! A photo journal of 2 sisters. Littleyellowdoor. Liberty London Girl. Showing others What I See. Loving the Lack - Blog. Love the Pudge. LYNETTE BLOG « The World As I See It, My Life As It Happens. Corbin is now 2 years old, and each day he seems to learn something new. Thankfully, he has not started repeating swear words yet, but he does love to entertain and make people laugh. So I thought it would be a good idea to keep track of all the funny things he does so I can use them as blackmail ammunition later on in life. As anyone who follows me on twitter knows, I bake my own bread. Corbin loves my bread so much so that he would live on nothing but bread and apple juice if I let him. Last week, he managed to steel an entire loaf off the counter, and scoop out the middle of it. Over the Xmas holidays, my family members taught him to things I’d never think of, like giving high 5, blowing kisses, and pretending to shoot a gun at someone when they farted.

Corbin can understand simple instructions–certainly he can understand more than he can speak. Girls that run your city. Time to get your hands on the new issue of ACCLAIM. Lovingly edited by the one and only Alex Weiland (love ya!) And the layout is looking extra fancy thanks to PJ. Me and my imagination. Meet my mug. Michelle Leudy - Photography. We thought we would share some of the incredibly talented photographers that we love to follow and draw inspiration from.

Each one of these people have something that we would love to incorporate to our own business, and we really look up to them as artists and business owners. Some of these people are known world wide, and some are not but definitely should be! Mother of a Hubbard - Gluten Free, Four Season Gardening. Nikki Doughnuts. NO NO COCO. Not Without Salt - recipes, photographs and projects for joyful living. Not Your Average Gift Shop Indian. Oh She Glows. Our Downsizing Story. In 2005, my husband Logan and I, lived a normal middle class lifestyle. We were newlyweds with flashy rings , living in a two-bedroom apartment, driving two cars, commuting long distances to work and living well beyond our means. At this time, we were living in Davis, California, which is notorious for expensive real estate and a negative vacancy rating. We were living a life with too much stuff and stress. Initially, we resisted the idea of moving into a smaller one-bedroom apartment because we were more concerned about appearances and space for guests than for our financial well-being.

We decided something needed to change once we realized our debt was causing us so much stress. The Downsizing Process After creating many long pro/con lists, the downsizing process began. Dee inspired us to go small and start thinking big. Thinking big required setting goals and decluttering. The work of Laurie Penny. Permanent Culture Now. Phenotypic Expression. Power, privilege, and everyday life. Robert's Sister. ROMANCE BLOG. Sad Stuff on the Street. Sang Bleu. Saturated Canary. Attempting to eliminate our household garbage production. Refuse refuse! Sheep Gal. Soulumination. SpaGoddess Speaks. St. John's Wort - Pointlessly Aggravating British Beer Writers Since August 2013. Sundaysmile. Survival Blog.

Tattoo Confidential. Tavi gevinson. The life academic. The art of dawn rogal. Architectural narratives. The Hindsight Letters. The Next Chapter - Jessica Randall. The perks of being disabled. The Sporadic Adventures of Heddie. The Travel Photographer. It's photography. By Thomas Stewart. The Wooden Spoon - my blog about vegetarian food and yoga. The Ultimate London Blog. Blog Only in London: 10 things that make our city so unique Unique details make this city special. And they're captured in 'Bleeding London', for which hundreds of Londoners snapped all of the capital's 58,000 streets.

Alongside our pick of photos from the project, Chris Waywell gets to the heart of what matters. TinkerbellaUSF. Opps Opps, I already uploaded those ones… my bad.. heres one that won’t be in the show, but i like anyway… Thoughts on zizecology - 2. Thoughtsontheatre. A visual collective outlet of inspiration. TwistedSifter. Two Eyes in the Mirror. Unhealthy Vegan.

Understanding Society. You look fabulous my dear! Your Trash Goes Here. Where the weird has a name and refuses to be called Betty… Vlog 4.0 [a blog about vogs] A common scenario witnessed this week in classes with media students. They add stuff to a new project in Korsakow, add keywords, do lots of building, and then go to save their project. The program doesn’t like that. I’ve written an explanation for them that most (the majority) won’t read, let alone understand.

The problem here is thinking that the digital is supposed to be friction free (I blame Apple of iOS for this), that it is immaterial and, well, should be designed and made so that I don’t have to know anything about it, or what I’m doing. Digital natives my arse. Labs, this week Launch Korsakow. ZEN HABITS.