Giveaway: Win a Timex Weekender Brit Kit!

Timex Weekender Brit Kits

Remember the crafternoon I hosted a few weeks ago with Timex and Brit + Co? Well, I’ve got a few leftover Brit Kits so I thought I’d give them away to you, crafty readers! The kit comes with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, three colors of embroidery floss, a pack of embroidery needles, and instructions — everything you need to embroider your own watch. This is a super-exclusive giveaway, because they aren’t available anywhere else!

Timex Weekenders closeup

Here’s a side-by-side closeup of the two watches: you’ll notice the green is a bit larger than the orange.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish's watch

This is just one of the fun patterns you can use to on your watch strap. See all of the patterns we chose at my crafternoon here. Feel free to think outside the box, too!

How do you win? Just leave a comment below and tell me which watch color you’d prefer: orange or green. That’s it! The contest will be open until Friday, September 5th, and I will announce the winner on Saturday. Open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Maison St. Germain: A Vintage Boutique

Maison St Germain vintage boutique Woodbury CT

Nestled in a shopping center behind Dottie’s Diner at 744 Main Street South in Woodbury, CT is the sweetest little vintage boutique I’ve ever stepped foot in: Maison St. Germain.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - jewelry

Owned by mother-daughter team Debra and Nicole, it’s filled with wonderful little treasures that make you think you’ve stepped right into an Audrey Hepburn film.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - antique sofas

It’s only a few minutes from Timex, so my friend/co-worker/fellow thrifty shopper Ali and I popped in to check it out during lunch on Friday.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - English pub table

I have been to quite a few vintage shops, thrift stores, and flea markets, searching for the perfect backdrop or table to set up in my office for photos and I finally found it at Maison St. Germain! I took this adorable little English pub table home with me and immediately squeezed it into my already-crowded office. But it’s okay because next year I’m moving my office into what is currently our bedroom — a much bigger space for all my crafty supplies and madness! I so wish the cute green chairs came with it, but they were sold separately so I didn’t take them.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - orange dresser

I was also in love with this big orange dresser. Beautiful! And unlike many of the antique shops in the area, Maison St. Germain’s prices were very reasonable. I hate when shop owners find a trashy piece of furniture in a junk yard somewhere for pennies, and try to sell it to you for hundreds of dollars. It’s clear that Debra and Nicole carefully curate every piece they bring into their shop and lovingly transform it into something unique, filled with personality. Debra even writes a blog about their adventures: Capers of the Vintage Vixens.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - vintage tea cups and plates

Oh, and if you’re looking for vintage teacups to turn into candles, you’ll find plenty here!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - blue table

I love the way they merchandised everything. This table made me want to sit down and have a tea party.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - pink vanity

I can’t even handle how perfect this pink vanity is!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - dressing room small bust sign

…Or this sign I found in the dressing room. Ha! Amen, sisters!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - vintage clothing

Their back room was filled with unique vintage clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories. I wanted that cute pale pink ballerina skirt, but I picked up a slightly more sensible purple pencil skirt and a gold purse instead.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - cash wrap

Even their cash wrap/checkout area was set on a beautiful vintage dresser or countertop. I had a wonderful time poking around during my lunch hour, and am so happy with the table I picked up. I’m sure you’ll start seeing it here on the blog all the time now! ;)

If you’re in the area, or looking for somewhere to pick up unique antique furniture or clothing, please stop by Maison St. Germain and say hello to Debra and Nicole! Please note that the address listed on their website is their previous address. Their current address is: 744 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT.

Lead photo courtesy of Maison St. Germain. All other photos by me.

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Outfit: Orange You Glad?

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Outfit - orange you glad via @poorandpretty

Orange you glad it’s Friday? I sure am. I’ve had a hectic week, and I’m ready for the weekend. And I’m obsessed with these capris! You’ve seen me wear them with a loud lime green tank, but this peasant top tones them down a bit.

Outfit - orange you glad 3 via @poorandpretty

And here’s another one of my lazy long hair tricks: leave it damp, spray it with a little homemade sea salt hairspray, twist a few strands back and lock them into place with a bobby pin. Adds a touch of Renaissance, especially with the peasant top.

Outfit - orange you glad 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Patterned Peasant Top: Target, $25. Right on Cue Capri Pants in Orange: ModCloth, $17. White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex.

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Crafternoon: Par-DIY with Timex and Brit + Co!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY feature pic

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - my watch

Yesterday, I hosted a par-DIY — or “crafternoon” as I’m calling it — in collaboration with Brit + Co and Timex. The two companies teamed up to put together a craft box with everything you need to embroider your very own watch.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Timex Weekender BritKit in lime

The kit — similar to the ones I get from For the Makers — came with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, a set of embroidery needles, three colors of embroidery thread, and instructions. The kits are not available for purchase, but if you want to do this fun activity at home, you can pick up a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru here (in lots of fun colors!) and grab embroidery thread and needles from your local craft store. Brit + Co even published their tutorial here.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - lime green + orange

I wore lime green and orange (remember this outfit?) for the occasion, and chose the lime green watch.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - guests!

After a few last-minute cancelations, my crafternoon ended up being a more intimate gathering of myself and five friends — Brittany, Michele, Mish, Nicole (Nic), and even Jeff came by!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Brittany's watch

Brittany chose the orange Weekender and created her own dotted Aztec pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Michele's watch

Michele went with the green watch and used the chevron pattern from the Brit + Co tutorial.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish embroidering watch

Mish also chose orange and went with a fun triangle pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Nic's ombre watch

Nic’s green watch ended up being the party favorite — she also embroidered triangles on the strap, but she used the three colors of embroidery thread in her kit to create an ombre pattern.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Jeff's watch

Jeff impressed us all with a story about his very own symbol. “Like Prince?!” Brittany asked. Yep! When Jeff was in art school, he created this symbol that he has used as a signature ever since. Naturally, he stitched it on to his watch!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - guests

I set up a table in the kitchen as our work area and tried to add as much vibrancy and inspiration to the room as possible.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

Stan and I have yet to tackle the horrific green walls and countertops in our kitchen, so I put up a few handmade tissue paper pom poms in various colors. (Learn how to make your own here.)

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - fruit kebabs

I also served snacks on colorful platters…

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - sangria in multicolored glasses

And drinks — including my delicious homemade sangria — in my favorite glasses, made by Rachel DeCavage of sugarplum USA. I wish she had been able to attend, but she was vending her new brand, cinder + salt, in Boston.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - pink paper straws

Can you believe I found these cute paper straws at Stop & Shop?! They’re pretty and biodegradable — double win!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish's watch

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - my watch and matching outfit

The watches came out so great! I loved hanging out with a few of my craftiest friends to step away from screens and create and chat for a few hours. Thank you so much to everyone who made it, and to those who didn’t: maybe we’ll see you next time! I’m already thinking up ideas for crafternoon two!

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Friday Faves: Thrift Shop Finds

If you’ve been reading Poor & Pretty for a while, you’ll know that I’ve found a lot of great clothing, shoes, and even housewares at consignment shops and thrift stores. So in honor of National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th, I’m taking a look back at a few of my favorite finds.

Thrift Store Faves - Retro Office Pinup

Remember this Today’s Threads post from 2012? It’s my favorite collection of thrifted clothing, all in one outfit! Everything but the shoes and tights are from thrift stores. View the full outfit details here.

Thrift Store Faves - black Mary Janes - outfits numbered

My best shoe find has got to be these black Mary Janes, which I’ve worn in quite a few outfit posts: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Thrift Store Faves - red glitter flats outfits

These red flats were another great find! I jazzed them up with this glittery cap toe DIY. Here are all the ways I’ve worn them so far: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

5-4-12 hoping for spring details

My belt, capris, and scarf from this spring 2012 outfit post were thrifted!

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I wore the same turquoise belt in this outfit, with a thrifted purple shirt.

A few of my favorite thrift and consignment shops for clothing are: Peonies (now closed but we made an awesome video there), Plato’s Closet, Shop Mieux, ThredUp, and Uptown Consignment.

Thrift stores aren’t just for clothes! I’ve found great housewares there, too, including a few frames I’ve remade into…

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer by @poorandpretty

A jewelry organizer, and…

finished-framed-pegboard-organizer-side-poorandpretty

A pegboard organizer for your office.

What are your favorite thrift and consignment shops? What has been your best thrift find?

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