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Wednesday Wishlist: Birthday Edition

My 28th birthday is Sunday. 28!! I’m basically 30. I graduated high school 10 years ago. That is insane! I feels like only yesterday that I was in drama club (of course), that Jordan & I went to prom together, that I registered to vote… crazy. A decade! CRAZY. I can’t even. Let’s move on...
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Outfit: The Retro Polka Dot Dress

Lots of outfit posts this month! I just have so many cute dresses and skirts to share with you. :) This retro rockabilly polka dot dress might look familiar because it was in my Skirt Season post last week, where I shared my essential tools for smooth legs all summer. (I love this photo – it...
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22 Summery Salads That Will Actually Fill You Up

It’s getting warmer, so my cooking is getting lazier. There’s just no sense standing over a hot stove for 30-60 minutes when it’s 80 degrees outside! Stan and I love salads, but if we’re having them as our main course for dinner, they’ve got to be filling. So I hunted around the Interwebs and found...
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Outfit: The Perfect Patchwork Dress

Yes, yes, it is definitely skirt season, and I have lots of pretty new dresses to share with you! This pretty patchwork number came from Vintanthromodern Vintage, part of The Haven Collective. I never gave vintage much thought until stepping into Vintanthromodern Vintage last spring. Then, it was still a pop-up shop and retrofitted fashion shuttle...
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Hello, Skirt Season! How to Have Smooth Legs All Summer

After a few rainy days in April, spring seems to have passed right by, and we’ve been launched into an early summer. (We’ve had at least four 80º days in Connecticut the past week!) This is just fine by me because I get to break out my skirts and shorts! I love my legs and I...
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10 Ways to Rock Florals

Whether it’s a flower crown or a floral print dress (totally a 90s throwback), April showers have come and gone so now it’s time to wear flowers. 1. A Floral Frock. My flirty floral dress from Pink Basis was the perfect outfit to pay homage to spring. Don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Pink Basis...
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Color Love: Freesia

Yellow is such an energizing color. Now that the daffodils have sprung and the sun is out, we’re seeing a lot of it! 1. Jeepers Peepers Riley Round Sunglasses via ASOS. // 2. Babytoes Cactus 5-Free Nail Polish by Priti NYC. // 3. Floral Chiffon Twist Scarf by American Apparel. // 4. Floral Lace Shift Dress...
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Outfit: The May Flowers Dress + Giveaway!

Fo me, what marks the arrival of Spring more than anything else in Connecticut are the daffodils at Hubbard Park in Meriden. I didn’t make it to the Daffodil Festival this year, but Mish and I went for a walk in Hubbard Park on Saturday — the view of over 600,000 daffodils throughout the park is...
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5 Beauty Benefits of Cocoa Powder + New Chocolate Face Mask!

Like we needed any more reasons to love chocolate, right? You know I’m a big fan of putting my favorite kitchen ingredients into beauty products (green tea, oranges, vanilla, etc.), so it was only a matter of time before I started slathering cocoa powder all over my face. And you can too! Today, I’m introducing...
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How to Wash Delicates at Home: The Story of a Vintage Balloon Skirt

I found this adorable vintage balloon skirt at Vintanthromodern Vintage at The Haven Collective a few weeks ago, and I’m so excited to finally break it out! I was a little hesitant to buy it at first, because I knew it would need a little extra care during the washing process.  When I brought it...
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DIY All-Natural Body Sprays & Perfumes

I have been on a roll with tutorials lately! It must be the return of spring. :) As part of my ongoing partnership with Bramble Berry, I thought I’d share with you a few ways to make all-natural body sprays and perfumes. I’ve made perfume in the past, so I wanted to try a lighter...
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DIY Herbal Infused Oils for Beauty & Cooking

When I began creating products for my 100% natural Apothecary line, I realized quickly that my fragrance options were pretty limited. Because I only use essential oils, I can’t easily achieve apple pie, cucumber melon, or vanilla frosting scents. I was not willing to give up on vanilla, but Vanilla Absolute (the closest thing you get...
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Thai-Inspired Coconut Mango Chicken with Sticky Coconut Rice

I’m not an adventurous eater or cook, so it’s actually very surprising that I had Thai food a few weeks ago with my Dad and brother and loved it. Mind you, it was pretty tame for Thai — I don’t like spicy stuff, peanut sauce, or seafood, which rules out most Thai. But I did eat...
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Sprucing Up Our Bedroom with a Bench

Stan and I have been talking about designing our bedroom for over a year now, and I’m getting antsy. If it were up to me (and if this wasn’t a crazy idea), we would have been flooring and painting in the middle of winter. But because I realized this was a crazy idea, I contented myself...
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Friday Faves: 8 Pretty Rain-Inspired Things

We’ve been pretty lucky this week in terms of weather: sunny skies, mid-60s and 70 degree days. But today, it’s raining. April showers bring May flowers, right? Here are a few pretty rain-inspired things I’m loving right now: 1. Rainbow Raindrops and Clouds Paper Garland by 1 Pixie Place, via Etsy. // 2. Summer Rain iPhone Case...
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DIY Mineral Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

In the 5 years Poor & Pretty has been around, I’ve shared a lot of DIY hair & beauty tutorials, but I’ve shied away from makeup. Homemade makeup seemed more than a little daunting and I never used to wear much of it anyway. Lately, I’ve been wearing more makeup which naturally meant I had to...
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5th Annual Hartford Trashion Fashion Show: Sunday, April 19

It’s that time of year again! Now in its 5th year, the Hartford Trashion Fashion Show will be taking over Hartford City Hall next Sunday, April 19th to celebrate Earth Day, the arrival of Spring, and educate onlookers about sustainability. It’s always a great time, with gorgeous upcycled runway fashion. I’m happy to be vending...
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Remembering Vivi, the Greatest Aunt

It’s never easy to let someone go, no matter how long you’ve had them. On Monday, my family said goodbye to my Great Aunt Vivi, and I’ve been battling with my grief and bouts of deep sadness ever since. At 1:00 this morning, I cried on the phone with my Aunt Kathy, who put it...
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Maker Takes: Catching up with For The Makers

You guys. I haven’t posted a Maker Takes recap since September — yikes!! My For The Makers monthly DIY boxes have been stacking up, and while I’ve cracked a few of them open to make Christmas gifts, I’m sad to say they’ve mostly collected dust. Over the past few weeks, I’ve opened them up and created at...
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Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY

Every once and while this magical thing happens where my work life coincides with my blog life. For those of you who don’t know, I have a full-time gig as an art director at Timex, which is why you see me wearing a lot of Timex watches in my outfit photos. A few weeks ago, I...
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Outfit: Mint Sequins & Gold Dots at Monarch Workshop

A few weeks ago, I ordered the most glorious pair of leggings ever from Shoptiques. They are mint and covered in SEQUINS. I discovered them during my hunt for pretty Lucite Green things. I knew the first time I wore them had to be super special… So I wore them to Monarch! I got tons of...
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The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer: The Results!

Now that I’ve spent a few weeks trying out some of the best-rated, most-recommended natural tinted moisturizers and beauty balms, it’s about time I share my findings with you, right? First, a quick note about ratings. Mine are based on a scale of 0-5, 5 being the best and 0 the worst. I evaluated them...
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Monarch Workshop + Free Printables

I took the day yesterday to let the weekend’s events settle over me, and I’m still coming down from the incredible high that was Monarch Workshop. There were so many wonderful, inspiring, creative women all in one room — it felt like home. It was home. Finally! I don’t have to travel to New York, San...
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Celebrate Spring with 23 Floral DIYs

Happy first day of spring!! It doesn’t quite feel like it here in Connecticut just yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time. I’ve found a few ways to fill our home with flowers, even if they aren’t blooming yet. 1. Botanical Napkin Rings via Terrain. Brighten up your tablescape with these easy to make...
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5 Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

Hello, I’m Sami and I have a tea addiction. Black, green, white, oolong, herbal… you name it, I’ve got it. I drink it straight or make chai lattes in the winter and matcha green tea ice cream in the summer. Studies have shown antioxidant-rich teas can help prevent a boatload of health issues from cancers to...
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February Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review

With all of the beauty testing I’ve been doing over the years, I decided it was about time I signed up for a beauty box. After lots of research, I chose the cruelty-free Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. Here’s a peek into my first box and a few of my thoughts: 1. Phenomen-all Skin Repair by...
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17 St. Paddy’s Drinks & Desserts

How is St. Patrick’s Day only 4 days away?! What is happening with TIME?!?! (I know, this is a running theme with me. Calm down, Sami.) Shall we get liquored up and pretend we’re 21 again? Yes, let’s. But first, dessert — because you can’t drink on an empty stomach: 1. Chocolate Irish Car Bomb...
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Outfit: Western or Boho?

I’ve been meaning to photograph and blog this outfit for a while now because it’s so fun! It’s another sweater dress from Marshalls. I love the funky designs and color mixes of hot pink, navy, and tan. Standing by a mound of snow nearly as tall as me really makes those colors pop! My favorite...
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Israel’s Olea Essence: Olive Oil & Natural Skincare

One of the places Stan visited during his Israel trip was a family-owned olive oil press in Qatzrin, in northeastern Israel. Founded by the Talmon family in 1997, Olea Essence is known for its high quality olive oils and sustainable farming and manufacturing processes. It was this ecological focus that led to the introduction of their 100% natural...
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Color Love: Lucite Green

One of PANTONE’s color trends for this spring is Lucite Green ~ a pretty color that looks like the lovechild of seafoam and aqua. I loved putting this inspiration board together because it reminded me that spring is coming (eventually) and that there are actual colors in this world (not just white, brown, and gray). Here...
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The Hunt for the Perfect Tinted Moisturizer

I’ve been an ingredient-investigator for years now, but ever since I downloaded the Think Dirty app, I have been super vigilant about keeping my “bathroom shelf” rating low. This can only be achieved by using products that are “clean” or non-toxic, and therefore have low ratings. The hardest not-so-clean beauty product for me to let...
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Outfit: My Scandinavian Sweater Dress

Stan came home last Thursday with the surprising news that it had snowed in Israel. I had very little sympathy because of bone-chilling cold we had the entire time he was gone, but I’m so glad he’s back! We have done nothing but cuddle and watch House of Cards all weekend. It’s March, but I can...
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5 Ways to Relax at Home

I’ve been a little more frenzied than usual lately, maybe because Stan isn’t around to balance me out. (He comes back from his two-week trip to Israel on Thursday!!) I’m a fairly high-energy person, and I tend to juggle a lot of projects at once. One thing I have difficulty with is relaxing. Sometimes I...
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Recipe: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Remember those gold star-spangled cupcakes I made for New Year’s Eve? They’re also perfect for Oscar Night this Sunday! When I first made them, I used my Cuckoo for Coconut recipe for the cupcake, but this time I went for vanilla bean. Both are equally delicious, but I’ll share my vanilla bean recipe today. Vanilla Bean...
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Cinder + Salt is Makin’ Moves with their #LIKEABOSS Collection

You guys know how much I love Rachel DeCavage, right? She’s become a great friend and is a truly inspiring and tireless (seriously, girl, when do you sleep?) entrepreneur. When I helped her out with a photo shoot a few weeks ago, I got a sneak peek at her latest Cinder + Salt collection, and...
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Outfit: Date Night Dress

To avoid the Valentine rush, Stan and I had our romantic dinner last night at New Mill Restaurant in Southington. The food was pretty delicious, but it was noisy. The bar was crowded and we were seated right next to it. It didn’t matter though, we were there together and we got dressed up.   I...
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Recipe: Chocolate & Caramel Dipped Strawberries

We’re getting into the homestretch of Valentine’s Day, so I’m breaking out a classic with a bit of a twist. Not only are these strawberries covered in chocolate, I also added caramel and sea salt into the equation. Oh yeah; they’re incredible. And easy to make even if you don’t have a double boiler or...
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Friday Faves: 14 Indie-made Valentines

We’re down to just 8 days until Valentine’s Day, peeps! If you haven’t picked up a card for your Valentine yet here a few made by local and indie artists that I’m sweet on. Or, make your own! 1. Be My Honey Pie card by Made in the Shea’d. I picked this up at Get...
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Outfit: The Kindergarten Teacher

Time is flying by way too fast and I do not like it. I can’t believe it’s already February 3rd (Suzi’s birthday) — Happy birthday, Suzi! We always celebrate it on the day of the Super Bowl, much to her chagrin. But this year, we (most of us) barely watched the game and instead played board...
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Friday Faves: 14 Swoon-Worthy Romantic Movies

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. 1. Moulin Rouge! (2001). My all-time favorite romantic movie is Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! I’m a sucker for his films,...
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DIY Hand-Stamped Valentines

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

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. 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. 3. DIY Lemon & Honey Facial...
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Upcoming Events: Love Local & Galentine Bash

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....
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Outfit: The Tassel Top!

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...
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5 Beauty Benefits of Roses

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...
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Outfit: Snow White & Cranberry Red

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...
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Be Inspired & Empowered at Monarch Workshop

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...
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Color Love: Marsala

Have you heard the news? PANTONE has declared Marsala to be the color of the year for 2015. Here are a few of my favorite Marsala-inspired things: 1. Jools Bag by Darling UK, via Ruche. 2. Alem Scarf via FashionABLE. 3. Big City Shopping Skirt in Cranberry via ModCloth. 4. 100% Pure Creamy Polish in Tart. 5....
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New Year, New Skirt + Scenes from our NYE Party

Hosting our friends’ New Year’s Eve party this year (last year) was so fun! Of course, the day-after clean up is less fun, but totally worth it. I went for the glitzy silver and gold theme, starting with my new skirt: I picked up this Glimmer of Light Sequin Pencil Skirt from Ruche on sale...
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Blogiversary Flashback: Favorite Posts of 2014

2014 was a really exciting year for Poor & Pretty, and for me personally. It was certainly the year of DIYs! I shared more crafty tutorials and recipes than ever before. Let’s take a look back: 1. Valentine DIY: Conversation Heart Candle Holder. This super-simple DIY decor is still one of my favorites. This tutorial...
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