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…

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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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The Garden Tour

Our Garden

This past weekend was Jordan’s bachelorette party, and as much as I would love to give you tips on throwing one, it’s not exactly appropriate for all ages. So instead, I’m going to give you a tour of my and Stan’s very first garden!

hanging garden cucumbers

We have had a ton of cucumbers. So many, they’re dripping over the sides of the wall Stan built!

picked garden tomatoes

I picked six just yesterday. We have two varieties: Tendergreen Cucumbers (the larger, skinny ones) and Organic Burpee Pickling Cucumbers (the short fat ones).

garden tomatoes taking over

The tomatoes have almost completely taken over the garden. For a while, Stan was trimming the tops daily, then he finally gave up after they busted through the netting and broke the plastic tubing. CRAZY.

garden tomatoes growing over the wall

They, too, are growing over the sides of the wall. We’re also growing two varieties of tomatoes: Abe Lincoln Heirloom and Burpee Baby tomatoes.

garden tomatoes

Thankfully, I love tomatoes. I’ll eat them like apples. Or as sauce. Or in salads. Or on sandwiches. I hope they ripen soon!

garden wall

At the very end, we’re growing cantaloupes and two types of watermelon: Charleston Grey and Sugar Baby.

garden wall closeup

Isn’t the wall beautiful? Stan spent a lot of time on it (I won’t take any of the credit). No sign of any cantaloupes yet, but we do have a few watermelons growing:

our first watermelon

This is the biggest watermelon we have yet. I think it’s a Sugar Baby. After taking this photo, I backed up and narrowly avoided this dude jumping on my face:

what is this bug

Stick bug, maybe? Imagine that thing jumping on my head. I would have screamed like a crazy person!

That’s it for the garden tour! We’ve only been able to eat the cucumbers so far, but it’s a surreal experience eating something we’ve grown from a seed. I can’t wait for tomatoes!

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Friday Faves: Reads for Book Lovers Day

Favorite Reads for Book Lovers Day via @poorandpretty

I have a tendency to book jump. At any given time, I could be reading five or so books in various genres. Since tomorrow is National Book Lover’s Day, I thought I’d share with you a few of my recent favorites and current reads:

We Are Water by Wally Lamb: I have a special love for Wally Lamb because of shared personal experiences and will read everything he writes, so naturally I picked up his latest novel. I just started it, so I am only about 45 pages in. However, his very deep character development (which is so typically Wally) has already engrossed me and I hate putting the book down to go to bed, or eat, or work, or any of those annoying must-do’s that keep me from reading.

Make Me by Rhiannon Holte: I’ll admit it. I still read a ton of young adult literature. I’ve shared my love for The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflowerand as with Wally Lamb, I’ll read everything by YA writers Francesca Lia Block and Ellen Wittlinger. Make Me is a wonderfully fresh young adult novel about a former child actress on the cusp of adulthood, determined to make her comeback after falling into the pit of drugs and alcohol. Like so many young celebrities, she takes some pretty drastic measures. She and a friend (the author, Rhiannon) create a website where her fans can suggest and vote on ways to “make Anya over.” Pretty quickly, it turns into a battle between Anya’s true and loyal fans versus the seedy underbelly of the Internet. It’s unlike any novel I’ve read and I am proud to be helping the author promote it.

I Spy DIY Style by Jenni Radosevich: Do you read the blog I Spy DIY? Like me, Jenni shares a love for DIY and unique fashion. While working at InStyle magazine, she developed a monthly do-it-yourself fashion column which eventually turned into her blog and this book! The book is filled with fantastic fashion tutorials for things you’ll actually wear. The tutorials range in skill level, from needing to know how to glue to sewing and using a grommet tool. It’s a great book to keep on hand for inspiration.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I listened to the audiobook twice during my Road Trip; first on Day 7 as I drove down the Pacific Coast Highway and again on my last day, driving home. Then when I got home, I immediately demanded that Stan and I see the movie that weekend, which we did. The movie was cute, true to the book, but you’ve got to read the book. As I mentioned during my road trip, I was bawling my eyes out listening to the audiobook, narrated spectacularly by Kate Rudd. It’s a beautiful story about star-crossed young love and courage in the face of cancer. Unlike Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is very real, raw, and does not shy away from the harsh reality and unglamorous side effects of imminent death. Having watched my Nana suffer from and eventually succumb to lung cancer when I was 11, I am all too familiar with the feelings of pain, empathy, and unconditional love that come with it. All I can do is thank John Green for really getting it and helping others to understand.

Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart: As a certified beauty and health coach, Jolene Hart knows beauty from an inside-out perspective. That is: outer beauty is more dependent on what we put into our bodies than what we slather on our skin. She dives into the right (and wrong!) foods to eat for skin cell renewal and repair, healthy and shiny hair, better sleep, a healthy metabolism, and more. The book also provides a list of where to get a healthy dose of carbs, fats, and proteins, and what to avoid. She even has chapters on what to eat during each season of the year, based on what is in season and of course shares a few healthy recipes. This is not a DIY beauty book, it’s more of a healthy lifestyle guide. And let me just say: I need to eat more fruits and veggies. Good thing we’re growing some!

P.S. You’ll notice that many of these links to not go to Amazon, but instead to Better World Books. This is because they have truly amazing charitable efforts such as Book for Book — every time you purchase a book, they donate one to a children’s literacy program. They also donate profits to Books for Africa, Room to Read, the National Center for Family Literacy, and other global literacy non-profits. They reduce landfills by never throwing away a book. They either find it a home or recycle it — to date, they’ve reused or recycled over 190 million pounds of books. AND in addition to free shipping worldwide, you have the option of carbon-balancing your shipment for pennies. So yeah, I kind of love them.

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Outfit: Chevron Blues & Stitch Fix

Blue Chevron Outfit via @poorandpretty

A few months ago I signed up for the personal styling service, Stitch Fix, and I am in love! Every month, they send me five articles of clothing or accessories based on my taste, budget, and lifestyle. Both the tank top and the skinny jeans from this outfit were in one of my “fixes.”

Blue Chevron Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Just as with my For the Makers subscription, I love getting a box delivered to me every month with surprises inside. The stylists at Stitch Fix do their best to match me with quality pieces based on my Style Profile, a short survey about my fashion likes and dislikes, sizing information, etc. They encourage you to link to a Pinterest board that showcases your style to help them better match your Fixes with your personality. After you fill out your Style Profile, it may take a few weeks to get your first Fix to you, but when you receive it you have three days to try on everything and send back (in a pre-paid shipping bag) whatever you don’t like. If you keep everything, you get a 25% discount off of your entire order. If you send back everything, you only pay a $20 styling fee.

Purple Succulent via @poorandpretty

I’ve received only a few things I wouldn’t wear. Most of the time, I keep everything in my Fix unless it doesn’t fit. I especially love when they send me something I wouldn’t necessarily have picked out for myself and I end up really liking it. It really is like having your own personal stylist! You can change your frequency to receive them once a month, every 2-3 weeks, or once every two months. Wanna learn more or sign up? Do it.

Messy Hair Bun Flower via @poorandpretty

Side note: you know how my hair is getting really long and I’m finding myself lazily pulling it back into crazy things like “bear ears“? I’m also all about the messy bun.

Blue Chevron Outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Trinidad Chevron Striped Henley Blouse: $38, Stitch Fix. Rizzo Skinny Ponte Pants: $88, Stitch Fix. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Sandals: Roxy, Famous Footwear, $20 (similar).

Full Disclosure: If you sign up for Stitch Fix using my links, I will receive a credit toward my next Fix. Yay! :)

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