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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
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? ;)
I never used to be a rose fan. I prefer gerbera daisies. ;) When I was working mainly with fragrances oils, I always thought rose scents were way too overpowering and sickeningly sweet. But now that I’m using essential oils and other ingredients derived from nature, I’ve found that I really, really like roses. Which is probably why I have four rose-themed products! They have some truly wonderful beauty benefits:
2. Anti-aging. High in Vitamin C, carotene, and tannins, rose hip powder exfoliates and helps your skin cells regenerate to keep your skin smooth and healthy-looking. Rose clay improves the skin’s circulation and rosewater has long been used in anti-aging and anti-wrinkle beauty products. You’ll find both of these ingredients in my Rose Clay Facial Mask.
3. Prevents acne. Rosewater’s antibacterial properties ward off acne, which is one of the many reasons I love it in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.
4. Deodorizing. It’s no surprise that rose essential oil is often used in perfumery, but did you know that rosewater’s deodorizing properties make it a great addition to natural deodorants? I love soaking up the lovely, light scent with my Rose Himalayan Bathing Salts.
5. Safe for sensitive skin. Because rosewater (also known as rose hydrosol) is obtained from essentially boiling rose petals into water, it contains no harsh chemicals or alcohols, and so is commonly used on its own as a toner or astringent for sensitive skin. It’s one of the chief ingredients in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.
You can see why I use rose in various forms in my all-natural beauty goodies now, right? If you’re a rose lover as much as I am now, you might like these:
New in shop are my Rose + Tea Facial Toner and Rose Clay Facial Mask, but they’re already getting great reviews. One customer said of my toner, “It smells amazing…like fresh roses with a hint of tea. I recommend this toner and would definitely repurchase.” If you’re looking for something to buff away dead skin, try my Rose Himalayan Salt Scrub — available in 4oz or 8oz jars.
And let’s not forget about my Rose Himalayan Bathing Salts! Pour 1-2 tablespoons of this in your bath, and let Himalayan salt re-mineralize and soothe sore, achy muscles while Rose otto essential oil and powdered rose hips revitalize your skin.
I am feeling pretty pumped about 2015. I haven’t declared any “official” resolutions, but I want to focus on two things: networking and my relationship with Stan.
As far as networking goes, I can’t wait for Monarch Workshop in March! The women behind it are such an inspiring group of female entrepreneurs. I’m so looking forward to chatting with them and soaking up their collective knowledge.
The tricky part is balancing more networking and social events with, well, less networking and social events. I do a lot of things. My full-time job, this blog, and the Poor & Pretty Apothecary take up most of my time. Often, they eat up too much of my time and I forget to take a night off to do something special with Stan. This year, I will make that happen!
Stan certainly helps me with all of my crazy extra-curricular activities. How awesome is he for stomping around in the snow with me to take these photos?
And speaking of awesome: check out my new coat! Eeek! I received this from my Dad for Christmas. You miiiiight have noticed that I’d been wanting itfor a while. It’s the Haven’t Seen You In Ears Coat from ModCloth, which is 70% off right now! I’m so in love with it. I’m really picky about coats and this has everything I wanted: peacoat style, pockets, cute color, hood. The adorable ears were a happy, happy bonus. Another bonus? I got these pants for only $6 from Avenle. Win!
Alright, I’m sure you’ve had enough of me being a ham for a day. I hope your new year is off to a great start!
I have been hoping for something like Monarch Workshop to come to Connecticut for a long time. I live in a small state, sandwiched between big artistic hubs like Boston and New York, which constantly host cool creative networking/inspiration boot camp type events. Finally, we have one too. And until tomorrow at 3pm EST, you can grab Early Bird tickets for just $150. Regular ticket price is $225, so that’s a pretty sweet deal!
Monarch is a two-day event (March 21 & 22) for women entrepreneurs, dreamers, creators, movers, and shakers. Whether you’re an already-established kickass small business owner or a creative lady looking for inspiration and kindred spirits, you’ll be right at home at Monarch.