Friday Faves: 14 Swoon-Worthy Romantic Movies

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I doubt this will come as a surprise to you, but I am a huge, HUGE sap. So in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you my top 14 favorite romantic movies.

Moulin Rouge!

1. Moulin Rouge! (2001). My all-time favorite romantic movie is Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! I’m a sucker for his films, and musicals in general. The songs, the costumes, the whole Ewan McGregor/Nicole Kidman dynamic… it’s all simply magical.

Love-Actually

2. Love, Actually. Here’s one I can actually get Stan to watch. ;) The all-British cast is amazing — Hugh Grant (I’ll watch pretty much anything he’s in), Alan Rickman, Kiera Knightly, Emma Thompson… well, you know. There’s so much to love about this movie, but my favorite dynamic is between Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Daniel (Liam Neeson).

Say Anything

3. Say Anything. A classic, of course! Who could forget the infamous Lloyd Dobler “In Your Eyes” boombox scene that has been referenced and imitated throughout pop culture since 1989? Also, young John Cusack totally reminds me of Stan.

10 Things I Hate About You

4. 10 Things I Hate About You. I’m also a sucker for retellings of Shakespeare plays, and 10 Things I Hate About You falls right into that category (it’s a modern-day Taming of the Shrew). Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles form the primary couple in this rom-com, but let’s not forget it helped put a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the map. (And thank goodness it did!)

Elizabethtown

5. Elizabethtown. Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom are just so friggin’ cute in this movie.

One Day

6. One Day. I just watched this for the first time over the weekend while Stan was visiting friends in New Hampshire. I couldn’t even handle it. It’s one of those movies I wish I had seen with him – or at least when he was around. I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to ruin it, but if you haven’t seen it, do!

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7. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Lee Pace makes me swoon. I loved him in Pushing Daisies, and I’m so sad it was canceled because he was so dreamy in it. (Writing this is turning me into a pre-teen all over again). And Amy Adams, as usual, is spectacular.

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8. The Great Gatsby (2013). I love the 1920s. (Remember my murder mystery birthday party?) This might seem like blasphemy to some of you, but I like the 2013 Great Gatsby better than the 1974 original. I think Leonardo DiCaprio makes a better Gatsby. He’s more human, emotional, nervous, and likable. And I really do love Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top fantastical party scenes and modern music. I think many of us fell in love with Lana Del Ray’s voice in this movie. If you stop 20 minutes before the end of the movie, you can imagine a happier ending.

Titanic

9. Titanic. Speaking of Leo, how could I not include Titanic? It was probably the first romantic film I saw in theaters. I remember seeing it with my first “boyfriend,” his mom, and his best friend. (I was in 5th grade. Pretty sure we just held hands and that was considered dating.) I maintained for a very long time that Rose could’ve moved her ass over to fit Jack on the door she floated on, but Reddit disproved this assumption with physics. So we can all stop thinking that now, and move on.

A Knight's Tale

10. A Knight’s Tale. I’m also a big fan of Renaissance-era film and TV (which is why Stan and I frequent the renaissance faires), so of course A Knight’s Tale is on my list. It’s quirky and fun, and I miss Heath Ledger. :(

Shakespeare In Love

11. Shakespeare in Love. While we’re in the Renaissance period, let’s talk about Shakespeare in Love. It’s purposefully inaccurate, which of course is part of its charm. Joseph Fiennes is dreamy (oh there I go again) as William Shakespeare, suffering from severe (and hilarious) writer’s block and Gwyneth Paltrow plays a fantastically strong female lead opposite him. It’s a kind of happier version of Romeo and Juliet.

Amelie

12. Amélie. The French film Amélie revolves mainly around do-gooder Amélie Poulain helping out friends, family, and strangers… even if they don’t think they need her help. Audrey Tautou is adorable in it, and in the end, she finds a little happiness of her own.

Pirates of the Caribbean

13. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. You might be surprised to find this on my list of romantic films. But I do love the romance between Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp looks hot even as a dirty scoundrel.

Stardust

14. Stardust. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust follows a hopeless romantic named Tristan as he chases after a fallen star (played by Claire Danes) to prove his love to a woman in his village. It’s a sweet, fantastical movie, made even better by Robert De Niro’s portrayal of a cross-dressing pirate.

What’s on your list of most romantic movies?

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DIY Hand-Stamped Valentines

Hand Stamped Valentines feat

Hand Stamped Valentines via @poorandpretty

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So while Stan and I were stuck inside yesterday due to Winter Storm Juno, I snuck into my office for a while to make these hand-stamped kraft paper Valentines. They’re easy to make, and are a cute idea if you’ve got kiddies in school — they can make these for their classmates!

Hand Stamped Valentines supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

heart drawn on foam via @poorandpretty

Step One: Draw a small heart on the sticky back foam. You’ll be sticking this to the cork so make sure it’s small enough to fit.

Handmade cork stamp via @poorandprettyStep Two: Cut out the heart, peel off the sticky paper, and stick it to the cork. Try to get it as centered as possible.

blank folded kraft paper card

Step Three: Cut an 8½” x 11″ sheet of kraft paper in half and fold each half into cards.

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Card Duo via @poorandpretty

Step Four: Mix up your paint colors, paint them on your heart stamp, and stamp away!

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Cards via @poorandpretty

You can make lots of different designs.

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Snowed in? Here are 10 DIYs You Can Make With Stuff In Your House

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Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Mug made via @poorandpretty

1. Homemade Hot Cocoa.

You can still enjoy this homemade hot chocolate, even if you don’t have a cute mason jar mug to store it in.

DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

2. Homemade No-Cook Play Dough.

This is a great craft to keep kids (or playful adults) busy for a while, and it’s very easy to make.

DIY Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

3. DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel.

All you need for this deep-cleaning and exfoliating facial peel is a lemon, some baking soda, and a little bit of honey.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty

4. DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub.

Add homemade sugar scrub to the mix, and you’ve got a spa day! If you don’t have coconut oil in the house, use canola or olive oil instead.

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5. Confetti Manicure.

‘Cause it’s so darn fun! (And will keep you occupied for a few hours.)

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer via @poorandpretty

6. Turn a Frame into a Jewelry Organizer.

If you’ve got a spare frame, cardboard, and fabric lying around, turn them into a jewelry organizer! Organizing that tangled jewelry collection should take a while…

Yarn Pom Pom Garland in living room 2 via @poorandpretty

7. Yarn Pom-Pom Garland.

Got yarn? This super-cute garland is easy to make, but time-consuming, so it should keep you busy for a while. Even if you only have one or two colors of yarn, it will still look very pretty!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

8. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms.

I hate the color of our kitchen (yucky green), but we haven’t gotten around to painting it yet, so I keep a few colorful tissue paper pom-poms hanging up in there.

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9. Glitterize a Pair of Shoes.

Jazz up an old pair of shoes with glitter and ModPodge.

DIY Valentine Candle Holders - poorandpretty

10. Conversation Heart Candle Holder.

If you lose power (let’s hope not!), you’ll probably burn a few candles. (But be careful not to burn too many, or leave them on for too long). I love placing tealights in larger glass jars or candle holders and surrounding them with lots of different things: conversation hearts (great for Valentine’s Day), confetti… I’ve even used shamrock sprinkles for St. Patrick’s Day.

Stay safe and warm, everyone! xo

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Upcoming Events: Love Local & Galentine Bash

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Normally, winter is a time of hibernation for my business, and I don’t usually do events. But one of my goals this year is networking, so I’ve got two lovely events coming up!

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I’m so pumped to be part of my very first show as a Nutmeg Collective member. It’s a fantastic, active community of Connecticut businesses. They’re hosting a pre-Valentine’s Day Love Local Market at Get Baked Bakery in Windsor this Saturday & Sunday. I’ll be there Sunday only – hopefully the weather won’t be too bad!

Galentine Square

You know how much I love collaborating with Rachel DeCavage of Cinder + Salt. We’ve teamed up with the Haven Collective to host the best Galentine event in Connecticut. Maybe even the best in the Northeast! (Yes, we’re that confident.) Stop by Saturday, February 7th to shop, mingle, and make. Rachel will teach you how to screen print and I’ll have all the mixings for salt scrubs and bath salts. Just make sure to reserve a spot if you want to craft. I’ll also have my Poor & Pretty Apothecary products in tow and Rachel’s bringing her eco-friendly clothing, jewelry, and accessories. We can’t wait!

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Outfit: The Tassel Top!

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Tassle tank Ruche outfit closeup via @poorandpretty

I know I just did an outfit post last week, but I had to show you this tassel tank top! It’s the Anepalco Embroidered Top from Ruche, and it might be my favorite top ever. I’d been eyeing it for a while and I finally bought it (and the long pink cardigan) for myself before deciding to curb my spending habits in an effort to pay off my student loans by the end of 2016. It will be tough, but I can do it!

Tassle tank Ruche outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Speaking of student loans and education… 2015 marks my 10-year anniversary of my high school graduation, which floored me. When I was 18, I thought I’d be a famous actress, married, with a kid or two by now. When I first realized it had been 10 years, I started to feel a lot of pressure. I’ve been invited to a private Facebook group where all of my classmates have been posting old and new photos of who they were and who they’ve become. Many of them are married and have children. I started thinking, why aren’t I married? Why don’t I have kids? Oh god… they’ll be asking me that at my reunion! I have done nothing with my life!!!

Tassle tank Ruche outfit via @poorandpretty

Whoa. Then I remembered: I don’t define success by having a husband or kids. I’m pretty darn happy with who I am, and what I’ve accomplished. I have a small business, this blog, and an amazing boyfriend who I do not feel I need to marry just because everyone else is doing it. We’ll know when we’re ready, but for now, life is good. And seriously, thank goodness I don’t have kids because then I wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans in two years. Isn’t it crazy how your perspective changes as you age? ;)

Tassle tank Ruche outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Simple Melody Draped Cardigan: Ruche, $33. Anepalco Embroidered Top: Ruche, $39. Copper Ring: Kate Stephen JewelryBook Shop Stop Jeans: Angry Rabbit, ModCloth, $55 (similar, similar). Button Wedge Boots: Miz Mooz, DSW, $120 (similar, similar).

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