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Local Love: Made in Connecticut Gift Guide

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: Connecticut Heart by B.Meyer Studio. Holiday Candle Collection by Northeast Nutmeg. “Shhh… There’s Wine In Here” Mug by...
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Finding Center…

Hey there. 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...
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Shop Small this Holiday at these Upcoming Events!

It’s been quiet on the blog lately because I’m gearing up for the holiday season! Here’s where you’ll find me in the next few weeks: Shop Small Bus Crawl at Cinder & Salt Saturday, November 28 | 10am – 8pm | 520 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457 Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the best of Connecticut’s...
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4 Ways to Wear Red Vintage Boots

Did you know that I’ve blogged 60 outfits? Wow! So I thought I’d do something a little different today, and introduce a “ways to wear” feature. I don’t have a huge closet (though I’m sure Stan would disagree), and I’m trying to reduce it even more. I do, however, have a few staples I wear over...
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Friday Faves: 3 Pumpkin Treats to Eat & Wear

Halloween is tomorrow! Break out that pumpkin puree and whip up these treats for your face and belly! 1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask. 2. Wizarding World Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice. 3. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes. I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend! 0 COMMENTS SHARE ON  ...
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Sneak Peek Inside the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget

My very first eBook — the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget — has been out for just over a week now, so I thought I’d give you a little peek inside. It’s so much more than DIYs! Have a look at the contents: Though it started as a compilation of...
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Upcoming Workshop: Make Floralfetti Natural Beauty Products with The Confetti Bar!

Coming up on Saturday, November 7, I will be co-hosting a magical DIY beauty workshop with Jessica of The Confetti Bar! We’ll be mixing up our own sugar scrubs, body oils/perfumes, and bath teas with The Confetti Bar’s floralfetti. Reserve your spot here! Mix and match pretty petals, herbs, and mica with pure essential oils...
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Poor & Pretty Travels: 12 Things I Loved in New Orleans

I am on a crazy traveling/networking kick, you guys. I got home from New Orleans on Sunday night and pretty much collapsed into bed. This weekend is Monarch Workshop. And the weekend after that I am staying at home as much as possible, ha! Here are a few things I fell in love with in NOLA: 1. Being...
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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask + eBook Announcement!

It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season! Can’t get your PSL fix? Why not try it out as a facial and hair mask? Pumpkin is fantastic at balancing our scalp and skin’s oil production. Plus its alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate without being abrasive. Combine this with the hydrating powers of honey and soy milk, and a...
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Poor & Pretty Travels: 10 Things I Loved in Portland

Last weekend was incredible! I won a ticket to the blog/creative conference The Hello Sessions, so my friend Brittany and I headed to Portland, Oregon for a long weekend. Here are a few things I fell in love with, in no particular order: 1. The creative community. Portland is a haven for creatives, but they don’t just...
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Local Love: Becca & Betsy of Whisk + Brush {and their Kickstarter Campaign!}

The first thing I ate devoured from Whisk + Brush was a pumpkin cinnamon roll at a B:Hive Holiday Pop-Up Shop last year, and it was the best cinnamon roll I’ve ever had. And I’m not a big pumpkin fan either. I went back for a second only minutes later and they were sold out....
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What to Bring to a Blog Conference

I’m gearing up for The Hello Sessions in Portland this Friday — I can’t wait! It’s the first blog conference I’m attending in-person, so I’m pretty excited/nervous. I have a feeling I will be spending a good portion of tomorrow night packing, but here are some of the essentials (besides underwear) I’m bringing: 1. The...
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Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar + DIY Hair Rinse & Astringent

It’s apple season!!! Stan and I went apple picking last weekend — one of my favorite fall pastimes. :) I’m a big fan of Cortland and Honeycrisp, and I typically use Honeycrisp or Granny Smith in my Apple Cup Pies. As tasty as apples are, did you know they’re also good for your skin and hair? Apple cider...
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Flora {a photo shoot with Mojalvo}

I’ve wanted to do a dreamy flower child photo shoot for a while now. A few weeks ago, local filmmaker/photographer Maya Oren of MOJALVO and I finally did it — bare feet and all. It was magical. I’m using some of the photos for my upcoming eBook (sign up here to be notified when it launches!),...
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Local Love: Jessica Serra Huizenga of The Confetti Bar

It’s time for another edition of Local Love, my interview series with Connecticut entrepreneurs! Today, I’m chatting with Jessica Serra Huizenga, the Confetti Queen / Expert Confetti Mixologist behind The Confetti Bar. This might be the most colorful post yet. Ready to party? I first picked up a bag of Jessica’s confetti at Hartford Prints and...
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Outfit: Early Fall Florals + Avery’s Soda

It’s crazy how quickly Fall has arrived. Saturday, I was wearing shorts. Today, it’s too cold for me to be wearing these capris! (But I’m doing it anyway ’cause weather be damned!) How was your weekend? Mine was bu-sy! We’ve got a lot of birthdays in mid-September — my Aunt Kathy’s is the 16th, my Dad’s...
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Poor & Pretty Travels: Portland & New Orleans

I was going to post about something completely different today, but I’m too excited about my upcoming travels! I have to share them with you. :) Next month, I’m heading to Portland, OR for The Hello Sessions (I won a ticket!) and the week after, I’ll be in New Orleans for the Being Boss meet-up. I...
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My Natural Skincare Routine

I’ve gotten to the point where everything I use on my face on a daily basis is handmade by me, which is pretty exciting. I’m often asked about my skincare routine — what products I use, how often I exfoliate, etc. So today, I’m sharing my 100% natural skincare routine with you! On a daily...
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Local Love: Randi & Jolie of Rayne Home Decor

We’re continuing my Local Love entrepreneur interview series with Jolie Vazquez and Randi Bayne, the candlemakers and abstract artists behind Rayne Home Decor. I first met Jolie and Randi at a Hartford Prints! Mother’s Day event this year, and instantly fell in love with their minimalist packaging, zen display, and of course the smells! I was surprised...
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10 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Your Beauty Products

As promised, I spent most of Labor Day Weekend working on my natural beauty eBook, so my head is spinning with hard-to-pronounce toxic chemicals and their effects on the human body. It’s incredible to me how much we can’t rely on the Food & Drug Administration to police the cosmetic industry here in the US. The...
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Outfit: Blue & White Pattern Play

I’m mentally tossing confetti in celebration of this three-day weekend. I love how Labor Day just sort of sneaks up on you. I’ve been getting a lot done for my natural beauty eBook, so I’m planning to do even more this weekend. Side note – I can’t even tell you how hard it is to...
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How to Make Lip Balm & Solid Perfume

Ever wanted to learn how to make lip balm or solid perfume? Do a happy dance ’cause this is a two-for-one, incredibly easy DIY beauty tutorial! It’s brought to you by our friends at Bramble Berry, one of my go-to sites for natural beauty making supplies. I’m using their 100% natural Solid Perfume Base, which also doubles...
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Local Love: Rachel DeCavage of Cinder + Salt

Welcome to the second Local Love post, where I interview my favorite Connecticut creators. Missed out on the first one? Go back and read my interview with Brittany Morgan, the sassy hand lettering latté and confetti addict behind Glitter & Bold. Every entrepreneur has a fellow entrepreneur (or a few) they aspire to be —...
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5 Beauty Benefits of Aloe

1. Soothes Sunburn. It’s no secret that aloe vera gel is amazing at healing sunburn. Most of us keep it stocked in our home for just this reason. (We had bottles of it in my bathroom growing up. My Nana — whose name was Vera — would see the bottles and pretend they were saying...
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DIY Natural Beauty Workshop at Hartford Prints!

Hey natural beauties! Join me this September for a DIY Natural Beauty Workshop at Hartford Prints! I will be sharing techniques for creating natural beauty necessities including body oils, bath salts, scrubs, and exfoliating masks. I’ll also give an an overview of toxic ingredients to avoid and how (and where!) to find truly natural beauty products....
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Outfit: Mint Chocolate Chip + 7 Year Stamiversary

Today is my & Stan’s 7-year anniversary!!! Kind of unbelievable. We celebrated last night by binging on buffalo wings, ice cream, and episodes of The Office. Tonight, I’ll be moving lots of stuff out of my office to prep the room for hardwood floors while he plays D&D with his friends. That’s love, baby.  Oh, and I’m posting...
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Friday Faves: Boss Babe Must-Haves

As an entrepreneur with a full-time job and several side hustles, my brain is on overload pretty much all the time. Here are some of the tools I keep handy to stay organized and creative. 1. Confetti by The Confetti Bar. A must-have for spontaneous parties and photo shoots. There’s something about tossing confetti that’s fun...
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Local Love: Brittany Morgan of Glitter & Bold

Say hello to Local Love! A reincarnation of my Etsy Spotlight and Indie Spotlight interview series, Local Love highlights creative entrepreneurs living in Connecticut (and maybe beyond!). Over the course of my blog and business, my little state has seemingly gone through a renaissance period — artists, makers, and DIYers are popping up all over the place. We’re...
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Outfit: Summer Vacation (Finally)

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Rhode Island for a week with my family and I am jazzed. I haven’t had a lounge-around-lay-on-the-beach-for-a-week vacation in two years (not since Mexico), so I’m overdue. So I’m throwing confetti all around (thanks to The Confetti Bar)! I’m planning on reading A LOT. I have an unrealistic stack of books I’m planning...
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DIY Soothing (Non-Sticky) After Sun Aloe Spray

Even with my best attempts to cover up with sunscreen, I always end up getting sunburn at least once every summer. Stan and I keep a bottle of Aloe gel in the fridge, but we hate how sticky it gets. So I came up with this not-so-sticky alternative: a spray, made with aloe juice, coconut oil,...
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Friday Faves: My Natural Hair Care Routine

Have you noticed me wearing my hair natural a lot more lately? Not straightened, not pulled back, just down and wavy. I’ve gotten so many compliments from friends that I thought I’d let you in on my secret. Oh, and FYI – this is not a sponsored post. These are the three products that have made...
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Why I Refuse to Shop at Hobby Lobby

I have never shared my political views on this blog because it never felt like the place to do so. Lately, though, I’ve become more aware of how I vote with my dollars. As an entrepreneur, I know the value of a dollar acutely. When I spend money on Kate Stepehen Jewelry rather than Charming Charlie’s,...
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Outfit: Dreamcatcher

Yesterday was amazing. I took the day off from work (today too) to work on some personal projects + goals and I was SO PRODUCTIVE. Possibly more productive than I’ve ever been in my life.  First thing in the morning, I packaged and shipped a few Apothecary orders. Then, I hauled about half my closet...
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DIY Pom-Pom Jean Shorts

I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. So if I can make these super awesome pom-pom shorts, I know you can too! I had a pair of hand-me-down jeans that fit me perfectly but flared out at the bottom and weren’t really my style. I also had pom-pom trim that I...
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How to Make & Use Dry Shampoo

At the Bridgeport Arts Fest last weekend, I had a really great conversation with a shopper about natural haircare, and the pains of having super thick, unruly hair. “I want to wash my hair every other day, because I know that’s healthier for it, but it can get pretty oily on non-washing days.” Ah yes,...
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I’m Writing an eBook! {Reader Survey}

… And I need your help! I have three topics in mind: Making Your Own Natural Beauty Products, Branding Your Indie/Handmade Business, or Getting Your Handmade Products into Retail & Online Stores. Which are you most interested in? I’ve created a super-quick survey that I would love for you to take. It’ll only take about 5 minutes. >>> Take...
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Friday Faves: Being Boss Podcast + Free Wallpaper

If you’re looking for some entrepreneurial inspiration/advice to kick your butt into gear and get shit done, listen to Being Boss. It’s a weekly podcast by Emily Thompson, Founder of Indie Shopography, and Kathleen Shannon, Co-Founder of Braid Creative. They are hilarious and sassy and give practical advice to creative entrepreneurs who know they want...
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This Saturday: Bridgeport Arts Fest

Join me this Saturday, July 11 at the McLevy Green for the Bridgeport Arts Fest! I am so excited for this event because I’ll be surrounded by lots of friends and fellow creative entrepreneurs — BBA Bracelets, Cinder + Salt, Flotsam & Whimsey, Glitter & Bold, Hartford Prints!, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Rayne Home Decor, Refabed...
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Toasting to Freedom and Sisterhood with Middle Sister Wines

I love celebrating 4th of July every year, but this year I’m especially proud to be an American. In the past few weeks, our country has made incredible strides — most notably, securing the right to marry for our gay and lesbian friends. So on Saturday, my sister Suzi and I toasted to family, freedom, good...
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The Condo Project: 12 Minimalist White Desks to Buy or DIY for Under $250

It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately. Stan and I are waist-deep in our remodeling project! We’ve torn down walls, put up new ones, expanded closets, created storage space where there previously was none…  Needless to say, it’s crazy town in our condo right now. But I am exploring desk options for...
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How to Get Beachy Waves with my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray

A few weeks ago — after months of testing — I launched the newest addition to the Poor & Pretty Apothecary lineup: Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray. This lightly texturizing spray gives you beachy waves, without the sand! ;)  Dead Sea and Pink Himalayan Salts add body and minerals while Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil,...
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Vintanthromodern Vintage Summer Lookbook

I have begun to whole-heartedly embrace vintage, which I attribute to New Haven’s Vintanthromodern Vintage. You’ve already seen my incredibly adorable vintage balloon skirt and vintage-inspired Anthropologie patchwork dress. So when Vintanthromodern founder Melissa Gonzales asked me to be in her Summer Lookbook photo shoot, I was pretty excited.  I was especially happy because I got...
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Etsy Finds: Indie-Made Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner, folks! If you’re looking for ideas, I’ve put together a Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury, filled with fun indie-made things. You might be able to get your gifts in time if you ask nicely for expedited shipping! Here’s a peek at what’s on the list: Best Dad Ever Hand...
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Celebrate Week of Making with 23 DIYs

The White House declared June 12-18 to be a Week of Making! I can promise you I spent most of the past 4 days making products for all of my upcoming summer shows. If you’re looking for a little creative inspiration, here are 23 of my favorite DIY projects I’ve blogged: DIY Beauty: 1. All-Natural Body...
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Tomorrow: Arts & Ideas in New Haven

I’m kicking of my summer vending at the Made in CT Open Air Market, part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas taking place in New Haven throughout the rest of June. Come to the New Haven Green (Temple at Chapel Streets) from 1-9pm for Made in CT artisan shopping, live music, food trucks,...
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Modern Brush Hand Lettering with Glitter & Bold

Wednesday evening, I headed down to New Haven for one of Glitter & Bold‘s hand lettering workshops at The Haven Collective.  I like my handwriting, but there’s nothing decorative or fancy about it. One of my coworkers asked me to write on a chalkboard for her a few weeks ago, and I had to sadly...
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Snail Mail Game Show

One of the fun ladies I met at Monarch Workshop this past March is Mary England of Uncustomary Art. She bounced into the room with tons of energy, sparkle, and color, and I liked her immediately. Her mission in life is to “make the world a brighter place on my own terms, full of fun for...
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Friday Faves: Summer Reading

What are you reading this summer? Here are a few things I’ve read & loved, am currently reading, or is on my to-read list: 1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Currently reading and totally obsessed. I’ve actually begun waking up earlier so I can read this in the morning before I go to...
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Help Support the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery in Nepal

This weekend, my 12-year-old niece did something truly wonderful — she hosted a lemonade stand to raise money for a Buddhist nunnery affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Scarlett met members of the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery a few years ago when they visited Trinity College in Hartford CT to create a sacred Mandala....
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The Pitches Are Back in Pitch Perfect 2

I’m a lover of teen angst/bitchy girl movies (Mean Girls, The Heathers, etc), musicals, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, so Pitch Perfect is right up my alley. I’ve been rocking out to the soundtrack and trying to rap in the shower all week (not pretty). Wednesday night, my Mom, Suzi, Scarlett and I saw Pitch Perfect 2 and it was aca-awesome!...
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