Shop Small this Holiday at these Upcoming Events!

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It’s been quite on the blog lately because I’m gearing up for the holiday season! Here’s where you’ll find me in the next few weeks:

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Shop Small Bus Crawl at Cinder & Salt

Saturday, November 28 | 10am – 8pm | 520 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the best of Connecticut’s makers! Yelp Hartford is sponsoring this amazing unique shopping experience: the Shop Small Bus Crawl! Hop on a bus at Hartford Prints!, then stop in at Cinder & Salt‘s soft opening on Main Street in Middletown (that’s where I’ll be!), and finish the day at Vintanthromodern, New Haven’s coolest vintage clothing spot. The bus has already sold out, but you can still swing by any of the above businesses. They’re all hosting pop-up shops with local artisans + complimentary cupcakes from NoRA Cupcake Co. + boozy drinks.

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Holiday Maker’s Market at New Britain Museum of American Art

Friday, December 4 | 5:30pm – 8pm | 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT 06052

Stop in for art, live music, local shopping, great food & drinks! It’s NBMAA’s annual Holiday Maker’s Market! I’ll be in good company with Cinder & Salt, Hartford Prints! Kate Stephen Jewelry, Riverdog Prints, Treefort Naturals, and so many other talented Connecticut makers.

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Holiday HVN hosted by Happiness Lab at The Grove

Saturday, December 5 | 2pm – 9pm | 756 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

More details to come, but right now the local vendor lineup for Holiday HVN is pretty spectacular! I’ll be in good company with B. Meyer Studio, CityLove, Grand Vin, A Happy Life, Hot Blood, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Lunch Box 23, Peterson Sweater Co., Rayne Home Decor, Stonehill Design, Strange Ways, and Vintanthromodern.


4 Ways to Wear Red Vintage Boots

4 ways to wear vintage red boots via @poorandpretty

Did you know that I’ve blogged 60 outfits? Wow! So I thought I’d do something a little different today, and introduce a “ways to wear” feature. I don’t have a huge closet (though I’m sure Stan would disagree), and I’m trying to reduce it even more. I do, however, have a few staples I wear over and over again, as any frugalista should. Because it’s fall, I’m going to kick things off with my favorite footwear: my vintage red Bellini boots I picked up from loveyvintage.


Outfit: Jewel Tones | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: January 2014. 

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Outfit: Red, Gold, and Houndstooth | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: November 2013. 

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Outfit: Lace, Leaf, Leather | Season: Spring/Fall | Date: October 2012. 


Outfit: Falling for Leaves & Autumn Hues | Season: Fall | Date: October 2013. 

What are some of your closet staples you find yourself wearing again and again?


Friday Faves: 3 Pumpkin Treats to Eat & Wear


Halloween is tomorrow! Break out that pumpkin puree and whip up these treats for your face and belly!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask.

homemade pumpkin juice via @poorandpretty

2. Wizarding World Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice.


3. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.

I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!


Sneak Peek Inside the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget

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My very first eBook — the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget — has been out for just over a week now, so I thought I’d give you a little peek inside. It’s so much more than DIYs! Have a look at the contents:

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_contents

Though it started as a compilation of natural beauty tutorials, as I was putting it together, I realized that my eBook was lacking a whole lot of foundational knowledge. Sure, you can jump right into trying out DIY masks and shampoos, but how will you be able to “solve” your skincare problems without knowing what type of skin you have? Or what effects different essential oils and ingredients will have on your skin, hair, and body? Even though I knew this would make the writing process take a lot longer, I knew I had to include this information in the book.

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_beautybasics

Adding in basic body care tips, a compendium of natural ingredients and essential oils (as well as ingredients to avoid) more than doubled the page count, but it turned the book into a real reference guide. Whether you’re just beginning to explore making your own cosmetic creations or you’ve been doing this for a while, you’ll refer back to this guide a lot, I promise! 

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_recipe

The best part? Photos! Don’t you hate when you buy a DIY guide or a recipe book without photos? I need a visual cue so I know how it’s supposed to turn out! I made sure to include photos of almost every tutorial in this book. :)

Get The Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget right here.


Upcoming Workshop: Make Floralfetti Natural Beauty Products with The Confetti Bar!

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DIY floralfetti beauty products with @theconfettibar @poorandpretty

Coming up on Saturday, November 7, I will be co-hosting a magical DIY beauty workshop with Jessica of The Confetti Bar! We’ll be mixing up our own sugar scrubs, body oils/perfumes, and bath teas with The Confetti Bar’s floralfetti. Reserve your spot here!

floralfetti ingredients @theconfettibar

Mix and match pretty petals, herbs, and mica with pure essential oils to make concoctions that look as beautiful as they smell!

Floralfetti Sugar Scrubs with @theconfettibar @poorandpretty

We’ll also chat about what’s in our cosmetics and why it’s important to read labels, plus learn how we can make our own natural beauty products with ingredients we already have in our kitchen.

Floralfetti Natural Beauty Workshop with @poorandpretty @theconfettibar

Students will each take home a sugar scrub, body oil or perfume, bath tea, and a sneak peek at my eBook, The Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget. We hope you’ll join us! Buy your ticket here.