The ladies over at A Beautiful Mess have earned their small-business stripes over the last six years — and then some. With a mixture of street smarts, business savvy and unfailing humility and humor, sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman have cultivated a vibrant lifestyle blog, a photography book and e-courses for the everywoman. They even have their own iPhone app! Perhaps the true secret to their success is their willingness to share the wealth of knowledge they’ve gained over the years. From 5 Tips for Small Business Owners to How to Start Your Blog With a Bang, they’re always happy to answer questions.
For the first Trend Watch of 2014, we asked Elsie to share her favorite trends for the new year, and tell us a bit more about her life as a creative entrepreneur.