Favorite Pre-Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday deals seem to arrive earlier and earlier each year. I’ve been getting specials emails for a week already! Here are a few going on right now from my favorite shops:

Black Friday Deals

Poor & Pretty Apothecary: I’ve got two pretty sweet deals going on in the Etsy shop. The Spa Night Gift Set is 2 4oz scrubs or one scrub and a whipped body butter for $18 — that’s up to $8 off the retail price. If you want to pamper your recipient (or yourself) even more, grab the 8oz duo Spa Month Gift Set for $32, a savings of up to $10. These are the lowest prices of the season, folks!

100 Percent Pure - Sugared & Spiced

100% Pure: I love everything I’ve used from 100% Pure (have you read my review?), so I immediately added their Sugared & Spiced set to my Yule wishlist and told Stan. ;) It’s $116 worth of makeup for $68. They also have a vegan brush set for $95 (reg. $170).

anthropologie- tops under 40

Anthropologie: A little on the pricey side, I pretty much only shop Anthropologie when they’ve got a good sale going. Lucky for us frugalistas, they’ve got one now! Lots of lovely tops under $40. I’m particularly fond of the Cedar Street Tee and the Cassia Scoopneck.

eShakti - 40off

eShakti: One of my favorite new dress shops is offering 40% off site wide until end of day today!

ModCloth - seize the deal

ModCloth: They’re switching it up with Daily Deals — new items listed at 50% off for one day only, every day until Black Friday.

Ruche - Black Friday Deals

Ruche – Oh boy. Ruche has so many great deals happening! There’s the $15 and under sale50-75% off Clearance, Dresses for $9.50+, and over 30% off outerwear. AND You can enter to win your wishlist!

Happy shopping (and saving!), ladies! xo


Coffee or Tea? The Scrub Showdown + Giveaway


If you aren’t following Poor & Pretty on Facebook or Instagram, you may have missed a few of my latest additions to the Apothecary: Coffee Sugar Scrub and Green Tea Salt Scrub.

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Made with organic and fair trade certified Colombian coffee beans, my Coffee Sugar Scrub boosts circulation and reduces inflammation. Plus it smells like coffee, which to me is a total plus.

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My Green Tea Salt Scrub is handmade with matcha powder and green tea extract, which are masters at detoxifying, soothing eczema, and diminishing puffiness and redness, especially when used on the face.

If you’ve been reading Poor & Pretty for a while, you’ll know I’m kind of a tea fiend. You might even say I have a bit of a problem. (Stan and I have almost an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to tea.) I also love the smell of coffee. Not the taste, or the fact that it makes me jittery (even though I know some teas contain more caffeine than coffee), but I’m loving that I have coffee beans in the house — they’re so aromatic! So I thought it would be fun do to a little coffee vs tea contest.


Here are the deets: Win a 4oz Coffee Sugar Scrub or Green Tea Salt Scrub! All you gotta do is leave a comment below saying whether you prefer to drink coffee or tea, and which scrub you’d like to win! The contest is open to U.S. residents only until Friday, November 28th at 11:59pm EST.  Get an extra entry if you “favorite” either of these scrubs on Etsy. Good luck!


Outfit: Something Wicked

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Outfit Something Wicked - twirling via @poorandpretty

Say hello to my new favorite skirt! It’s the Augusta Midi Skirt in burgundy from Ruche, and it has pockets and twirls and is all around just lovely.

Outfit Something Wicked - shoes and stockings via @poorandpretty

I paired it with my thrifted cream button-up top, black polka dot tights, and Mary Jane wedges. I’ve been watching Salem, so I was inspired to be a little witchy.

Outfit Something Wicked - snow! via @poorandpretty

While Stan and I were taking these photos, it SNOWED. Just a little. Here’s where I’d normally rant about snow, but I’ve lived in Connecticut my entire life, so it’s about time I just accept that it will snow and it will be beautiful right after it does, and then horribly ugly until it melts. I do love being snowed in with Stan though. We cuddle up on the couch and watch Netflix all day and binge on homemade hot cocoa and popcorn. ♥

Outfit Something Wicked - accessories via @poorandpretty

Also: how cool is this purse? It was in one of my Stitch Fix boxes. I’m normally not much of a purse girl, but this was too fun to pass up. I love the rose-gold colored chain — it matches my Kate Stephen ring so nicely.

Outfit Something Wicked - Kate Stephen Jewelry via @poorandpretty

I spoiled myself at the Park City Pop Up by buying a ring and necklace from Kate Stephen Jewelry. Kate is amazing and so is her jewelry. Each handcrafted piece is unique and made with copper or brass and natural gems or upcycled materials. I asked her to make me a custom quartz ring because quartz is known for its clarifying, healing, and energizing qualities. It’s been used for centuries in crystal ball gazing. And it looks beautiful surrounded by copper wire.

Outfit Something Wicked - Crown and Glory headband via @poorandpretty

I also couldn’t resist taking these Crown and Glory kitty ears home from Park City Pop Up. Latanya over at Sprinkles & Booze had a few of them. Nerd alert: When I was in high school, I was obsessed with a game called Ragnarok Online — it’s how I met Ben! It was kind of our World of Warcraft. Anyway, they had this adorable kitty head band you could get your character and this reminds me of it and makes me want to play again. (What’s happening to me?! I’m getting very nostalgic and geeky.)

Outfit Something Wicked cool purse via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Cream button-up: thrifted, $8. Augusta Midi Skirt: moon, Ruche, $49. Aztec Crossbody Bag: Street Level, Stitch Fix, $36 (similar, similar). Kitty Headband: Crown and GloryCopper Ring & Necklace: Kate Stephen JewelryWatch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Polka dot tights: H&M, 2 for $10 (similar). Mary Jane wedges: Bongo, Uptown Consignment, $6.

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Friday Faves: Winter is Coming


We had our first little snowfall of the season this morning! Time to break out all those winter accessories you’ve been storing. Or, you know, buy some new ones. ;)

11 14 Friday Faves Winter


1. Hot Stuff Thermal Mug by Ban.do. I have this unusually long (1/4 mile) walk from my car to the door at work, so I’ve usually got a hot beverage in tow to warm up my morning walk.

2. Color Stacked Gloves via Anthropologie. I have a thing for mis-matchy winter accessories. I’ve got thick socks that would go really well with these.

3. Haven’t Seen You In Ears Coat via ModCloth. This might just be the most awesome coat I’ve ever seen. The hood has little faux bear ears!

4. Touchscreen Thread via Urbanstein. This is cool: turn any gloves into touchscreen gloves with this thread.

5. Just For You Gift Set via Ruche. A cozy sweater, cute hat, and pretty accessory all in one set? I’m in.

6. Whipped Body Butter via Poor & Pretty Apothecary. I know, it’s a shameless plug for my own product. But in all seriousness, I have been using this daily and it is saving my hands! Back off winter, your dry skin is no good here!

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Upcoming Holiday Events

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I’ve now got an event going on every Saturday until Christmas! I hope to see your face at one of them! But if you can’t say hello and shop in-person, you can grab all of my products in my Etsy shop.

Park City Pop-Up blog

Saturday, November 15: 11am – 3pm: Park City Pop-Up! 
B:Hive Bridgeport
285 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Get details & directions here.

Canton Holiday Craft Fair FB Event

Saturday, November 22: 10am – 4pm: Canton Holiday Craft Fair
Canton High School Gymnasium
76 Simonds Ave
Canton, CT 06019
Raffle proceeds and vendor fees benefit the Canton Dollars for Scholars Fund.
Get details & directions here.

Celebrate Shelton_blog

Celebrate Shelton Downtown Handmade Market
Conti Building
415 Howe Ave
Shelton, CT 06484

Black Friday, November 28: 6pm – 9pm
Small Business Saturday, November 29: 10am – 5pm
Saturday, December 6: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 13: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 20: 10am – 3pm
Get details & directions here.

NoRa First Thursday blog

Thursday, December 4: 6pm – 10pm: NoRA’s First Thursday
NoRA Cupcake Company
700 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
Get details & directions here.