LADIES!!! Have you got your ticket to Monarch Workshop yet? Tomorrow is the last day to grab one! I am SO excited! I always have an amazing time bonding with fellow creative lady bosses, AND I’m leading one of the breakout sessions this time. We’ll be talking natural beauty and making sugar scrubs, wooo!
Not sure what Monarch is all about? It’s a two-day heart-centered workshop that promotes positive thinking, self-reflection, and all around good vibes, with a focus on creativity, wellness, and entrepreneurship.
This is my third Monarch Workshop, and they just keep getting better. There’s always yoga, crafting, delicious food, inspiring speakers, and plenty of rad women.
I thought it was about time I come out of hiding and say hello. Life lately has been a wild ride, and I wanted to share a little bit about what I’ve been up to these past few months!
In January, I re-branded my product line and launched florapothecarie! (flor-uh-poth-uh-cary) Still 100% natural, but now with even more organic ingredients and beautiful new labels. I could write a whole separate post on my decision to rebrand (I may still!), but for now I will say this: it’s always a tough decision, but I did it for a few reasons: I want to be self-employed someday soon, and I wasn’t charging nearly enough for my products in order to pay myself, so I knew I needed to raise my prices. I also felt the name “Poor & Pretty” did my high-quality, handcrafted products a disservice, so I knew I needed a new name. I wanted to bring color back into my branding (I love color!), so I knew the aesthetic needed to change. I wanted to get away from Etsy. Anyway, it’s done and launched and beautiful and I’m so happy! You can shop the full lineup on my new website right here!
OH! As part of my re-brand, I launched a product I’ve been working on for months: a natural cream deodorant (or deodorant paste). BIG thanks to my team of testers for trying it out and giving me such great feedback. They were totally in love with it, and I think you will be too. Buy it here.
Last month, my wonderful incredible loving uncle flew me out to visit him and my aunt in Los Angeles. He thought I could use a little sunshine and warm weather, and he was so so right. The week I visited, it was sunny and 80-90 degrees every day (and I skipped out on a few New England snow storms). We visited the Getty Villa (above) and the Griffith Observatory, saw the Oscar-nominated short films, had dinner and a movie in the swankiest movie theatre I’ve ever been in, and relaxed on the beach.
Knowing me as well as he does, one day my uncle dropped me off at Zuma Beach (in Malibu, right off the Pacific Coast Highway), and left me alone while he went on a three-hour bike ride. The sun, the sand, the sea all called to me. I’ve always felt drawn to Southern California, and every time I visit, I feel like I’m home. I don’t know what this means quite yet, but I’m keeping my mind and heart open to the possibilities of my future.
I’m also totally in love with my pink ombré hair, which I can’t believe I never told you about! Of course, it was done by my super-talented bestie, Mish Jolie. IN OCTOBER. So yeah, I thought you should know about it. The photo above is from a boudoir shoot I did shortly after getting my hair done. Photographed by the lovely Cassandra Madeline, styled by Sammy Vigorito, hair & makeup by Rachel Toussaint. Truthfully, I’ve been struggling with feeling sexy and confident in my body for a long, long time. The boudoir shoot was my Christmas gift to myself, and worth every penny.
Also: I’m seeing someone new. His name is Rochan, and he is a red panda. Ha! Kidding. Sort of. I am seeing someone new. It’s very new, and very exciting, and that’s all I will say about it for now. Except that he took me to see this ADORABLE red panda at the Beardsley Zoo last weekend, and I almost lost my mind. He gets me.
Happy new year, friends! I hope your holidays were filled with joy, laughter, and delicious food. I’m coming out of hibernation for a quick update on the Apothecary. You know how I said I’ve been secretly working on rebranding? I’m so excited to share it with you! Say hello to florapothecarie!
florapothecarie is handcrafted plant-based beauty, inspired by natural healers and faerie legends of yesteryear. It’s stepping away from technology and into the outdoors, embracing the natural beauty surrounding us. It’s stopping and smelling the roses, and running in an open field. It’s picking daisies from the side of the road, and soaking in a tub sprinkled with petals.
The new product line will feature a few favorites from Poor & Pretty Apothecary, along with some new ones. I’ve still got quite a bit of work to do — new website, product photography, new business cards, and all that fun stuff that goes a long with rebranding! But, I plan to launch on February 1st! Yay!
When I saw Bethany’s Connecticut Wish List inspired me to put together a Made in CT gift guide! So if you’ve got Connecticut pride (or know someone who does), here are a few favorites from the Nutmeg State’s makers:
Don’t forget to place your orders by this Thursday, December 17 to ensure delivery by Christmas. I will be closing up the shop afterwards to make way for a brand-new experience, launching early 2016. Stay tuned. ;)
You might have noticed I’ve been quiet lately. While the impending holidays have kept me very busy, the truth is, I’m also going through a pretty rough breakup. I’m okay, but it hasn’t been easy. Stan and I were together for 7 years, and our lives are very intertwined. We love each other very much, but as Adele sings: Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead…
I’m very lucky to have a great support group of friends & family. I’m taking one day at a time and reminding myself that I am a good person who does some pretty cool stuff, that I am beautiful and lovable, which we can easily forget (especially us women). I’m trying to find my center and look at the scary unknown future as a positive thing, stretching out before me and waiting for me to figure out who I am and where I want to go.
For now, I will be blogging much less. Blogging used to be something that brought me joy and fed my creative soul, but it has begun to feel like a chore. And with my emotions currently running wild, it’s very difficult for me to find words or to focus on anything other than what I am going through personally. I don’t think I will stop blogging entirely, because I do enjoy sharing beauty tutorials and other DIYs with you, so let’s just call it a hiatus for now.
As for the Poor & Pretty Apothecary, I will be closing down my Etsy and Scoutmob shops on Friday, December 18. Please place any orders by Thursday, December 17 or stop by one of my events this weekend. For the past few months, I’ve been secretly working on rebranding my product line. This took a back burner so I could focus on taking care of me for the last two weeks, and now I have to clear my head and decide if it’s something I’d still like to go forward with. I’m sure it is, but it does require quite a bit of effort and attention, and I’m not able to give it that right now.
Finally, I’d like to give a very heartfelt thank you for your support over the years. I’m not sure what the future holds for Poor & Pretty, but I’m glad to have fun, crafty, lovely people like you with me on this wild ride, and I hope that you will bear with me during this difficult time. We all struggle with demons, but when you do I hope you will remember that the pain is temporary and that you, too, are beautiful and lovable. Treat yourself with kindness.