The Condo Project: 12 Minimalist White Desks to Buy or DIY for Under $250

minimalist desks via @poorandpretty

It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately. Stan and I are waist-deep in our remodeling project! We’ve torn down walls, put up new ones, expanded closets, created storage space where there previously was none…  Needless to say, it’s crazy town in our condo right now. But I am exploring desk options for when we finish my new office. I’d like to keep it under $250 and possibly even make it. Here’s what I’m looking at:

1. Altra Parsons Desk via Amazon, $68.

2. White Caché Desk via The Container Store, $189. I love the pop of color in the drawer!

3. Shoal Creek Computer Desk by Sauder via Amazon, $102.

4. Josephine Desk via Cost Plus World Market, $200.

5. Prepac White Floating Desk via Amazon, $151.

6. DIY IKEA Hack Floating Desk via Apartment Therapy, $30-$40 estimated cost.

7. Convenience Concepts Designs-2-Go Trestle Desk via Amazon, $101.

8. Threshold™ Windham Desk via Target, $162.

9. Hamilton X Slat Office Desk via Target, $124. 

10. Retro White & Grey Writing Desk via, $223.

11. Klimpen / Nipen Desk Combo by IKEA, $190. 

12. DIY Parson Tower Desk by Ana White, $20-$50 estimated cost.

Bonus standing desk option: Public White 42″ High Dining Table via CB2, $400. Okay, I know this is a bit outside the $250 limit, BUT I had to include it because I think it’s a really neat option for a standing desk or craft area. Or I suppose it can be used as a dining table as intended. ;)

Got any desk suggestions?


How to Get Beachy Waves with my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray



A few weeks ago — after months of testing — I launched the newest addition to the Poor & Pretty Apothecary lineup: Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray. This lightly texturizing spray gives you beachy waves, without the sand! ;)

Rose Salt Hair Spray Dead Sea and Pink Himalayan Salts add body and minerals while Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Rose Water hydrate and smooth. Like everything else in the Poor & Pretty Apothecary, my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray is 100% natural and vegan. Get yours here!



Vintanthromodern Vintage Summer Lookbook


I have begun to whole-heartedly embrace vintage, which I attribute to New Haven’s Vintanthromodern Vintage. You’ve already seen my incredibly adorable vintage balloon skirt and vintage-inspired Anthropologie patchwork dress. So when Vintanthromodern founder Melissa Gonzales asked me to be in her Summer Lookbook photo shoot, I was pretty excited. 


I was especially happy because I got to spend the day with a group of really awesome boss babes and fellow Monarchs! From left to right: Betsy of Whisk + Brush, Maya of MOJALVO, Becca of Whisk + Brush, and yours truly!


We were a pretty fierce group of females, modeling Vintanthromodern Vintage’s latest rompers, swimsuits, and dresses.


My favorite outfit was this stripy fruity romper that perfectly matched the glass fruit statement necklace I’m also wearing.


Though I think everyone else had more fun watching me smolder at the camera in my red, white, and blue swimsuit, wrapped up in the American flag. (Also: look at how miniature I am standing next to the rest of the ladies! Ha!)


I was surprised at how many really cute bathing suits Melissa brought from the shop ~ all different sizes, too! She’s constantly adding more to the shop, so be sure to pop in often at 938 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Check out the full Vintanthromodern Vintage Summer Lookbook here

Hair: Brittany George, Upstyle
Makeup: Jessica Kennedy, Upstyle
Photography: Cassandra Madeline
Styling: Samantha Vigorito
Models: Becca and Betsy of Whisk & Brush, John of Oh Cassius! (not pictured), Maya of MOJALVO, and Sami of Poor & Pretty.


Etsy Finds: Indie-Made Father’s Day Gifts

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold feat

Father’s Day is just around the corner, folks! If you’re looking for ideas, I’ve put together a Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury, filled with fun indie-made things. You might be able to get your gifts in time if you ask nicely for expedited shipping! Here’s a peek at what’s on the list:

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold

Best Dad Ever Hand Painted Mug by Glitter & Bold.

robot skinny tie by @cinderandsalt

Robot Skinny Tie by Cinder & Salt. 

superdad card by @hartfordprints

Superdad Letterpress Card by Hartford Prints!

more cold brew kitchen towel by @andmorgan

Drink More Cold Brew Kitchen Towel by &Morgan.

Check out the full Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury for more ideas, like handmade wood cutting boards, beard care, minimalist wallets, and even a DIY bacon kit!


Celebrate Week of Making with 23 DIYs

Week of Makers 23 DIYs via @poorandpretty

The White House declared June 12-18 to be a Week of Making! I can promise you I spent most of the past 4 days making products for all of my upcoming summer shows. If you’re looking for a little creative inspiration, here are 23 of my favorite DIY projects I’ve blogged:

DIY Beauty:

Make Your Own Body Spray via @poorandpretty

1. All-Natural Body Sprays & Perfumes

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

2. Mineral Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty 843x843

3. Avocado Hair & Face Mask.

Homemade Natural Face Wash

4. All-Natural Homemade Face Wash.

Strawberry & Honey Mask 800x600

5. Strawberry Face Mask.  

Home Decor Projects:

Yarn Pom Pom Garland in living room via @poorandpretty

6. Yarn Pom-Pom Garland.


7. Framed Pegboard Organizer.

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

8. Teacup Candles.

DIY Mason Jars - Candle trio

9. Mason Jar Soy Candles.


10. Painted Pot Succulents.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer via @poorandpretty

11. Framed Jewelry Organizer

DIY Cupcake Stands - Poor & Pretty

12. Cupcake Stands.


Food & Drink Recipes (cooking totally counts!):

white sangria via poorandpretty

13. White Sangria.

matcha green tea ice cream via @poorandpretty

14. Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream. 

Chocolate Dirt Cupcake via poorandpretty

15. Chocolate “Dirt” Cupcakes.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries closeup via @poorandpretty

16. Chocolate & Salted Caramel Dipped Strawberries.

Infused Coffee Vanilla and Lavender Oils via @poorandpretty

17. Infused Oils (for cooking and beauty).

Just for Fun Crafts:

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - five straps2

18. Timex Weekender Watch Dip Dye.

tissue paper flower pom poms poor and pretty

19. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms.

DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

20. Homemade Play Dough.

twinkle toes glitter shoes final poor and pretty

21. Glittery Shoe Upgrade.


22. Confetti Nails.

Nautical Nails DIY 2013 poorandpretty

23. Nautical Striped Nails

What are you going to make this week?