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Inspiration: Jay Roeder

I was in need of a little inspiration, so I thought I’d introduce you to designer and illustrator Jay Roeder. I met him at the SoNo Arts Fest this summer and brought home a few of his prints, including this one which I just hung in our living room. I love how it looks with my homemade...
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10 American Made Jeans Under $100

Now that I’m 27 and can no longer fit into the jeans I wore in high school (hello, hips!), I’ve been on a mission to fill my wardrobe with American-made jeans. I absolutely want my dollars to count toward ethically-sourced cotton and fair-wage practices, but I’m not going to pay couture pricing. Some companies really...
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Recipe: Apple Gruyere Cup Pies

I’m not really a pie person, but when my Dad asked me to make dessert for Thanksgiving three years ago, I knew it had to be pie. What’s Thanksgiving without pie?! So after binge watching Pushing Daisies for the millionth time, I decided on Chuck-inspired apple cup-pies with Gruyere cheese baked into the crust. My issue with pies...
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Outfit: Lots of Dots

I have long been a fan of polka dots, but I think this outfit really captures my polka fever. We’ve also been a little bit polka dot crazy at work, but I can’t tell you why just yet; it’s a secret! ;) Speaking of work, I think my multicolored Timex Weekender SLip-Thru with a white...
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Recipe: Scandinavian Bulla Bread

A few weeks ago, my Dad mentioned these slightly sweet rolls his paternal grandmother used to bake when he was younger. “Bulla bread!” He said. He had never mentioned them before, but I’m always up for a baking challenge! His 50th birthday party this past Sunday was the perfect time to try my hand at...
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Cozy Fall Favorites

Happy Fall! The weather has been getting a bit chillier up here in the northeast. I’m breaking out my scarves, sweaters, and chai tea for the season. 1. On The Plus Side Cardigan via ModCloth. How cozy does this cardi look? I need it! 2. Eden Scarf via FashionABLE. I love FashionABLE’s scarves and their...
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100% Pure Review + Mascara Giveaway!

I’m always on the lookout for natural cosmetics so when I stumbled across 100% Pure, I knew I had to give them a try. Unlike many “green-washing” companies out there, 100% Pure really means it when they say their products are entirely natural. They contain absolutely no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances, harsh detergents,...
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DIY Homemade No-Cook Play Dough

Apparently, today is National Play-Doh Day. Really, who makes up these holidays? Oh, right, companies do – so they can squeeze more money out of us jamokes! Not this year, my fellow frugalistas! I’m going to teach you how to make your very own play dough. I haven’t made this since I was in elementary...
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Wedding Fever

These last few months have been a little crazy for Stan and I because we were in back-to-back weddings! I’ve shared a few peeks leading up to Jordan’s wedding (my bridesmaid dress, the wedding shower) which took place on August 31st and Stan was a groomsman in his friend Paul’s wedding on September 7th. Here...
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15 Beginner Sewing Tutorials for National Sewing Machine Day

Guys. Sewing machines are apparently SEW important (I had to) they’ve got two days dedicated to them. One is June 13th and the other is tomorrow! The first US sewing machine patent was issued to Elias Howe Jr. on September 10, 1846. Jury’s out as to why June 13th is significant. I’m celebrating by breaking out my sewing...
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Maker Takes: Veritas

Veritas, the latest For the Makers collection, is all about back-to-school marbling. But I have to be honest: I’m not really into the marbled look. I think it’s a beautiful art form, but it’s not really my thing. So, I color-blocked everything in my kit instead. This may come as a shock to you, but...
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Holy Tomatoes, Batman! 20 Tomato Recipes

We are finally getting some ripe tomatoes from our garden! The trouble is, they’re sort of all ripening at once, and we’re having trouble keeping up with them. I mean, I love tomatoes, but you can only eat so many of them in one day! So I rounded up a few recipes from around the web...
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Giveaway: Win a Timex Weekender Brit Kit!

Remember the crafternoon I hosted a few weeks ago with Timex and Brit + Co? Well, I’ve got a few leftover Brit Kits so I thought I’d give them away to you, crafty readers! The kit comes with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, three colors of embroidery floss, a pack of...
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Maison St. Germain: A Vintage Boutique

Nestled in a shopping center behind Dottie’s Diner at 744 Main Street South in Woodbury, CT is the sweetest little vintage boutique I’ve ever stepped foot in: Maison St. Germain. Owned by mother-daughter team Debra and Nicole, it’s filled with wonderful little treasures that make you think you’ve stepped right into an Audrey Hepburn film. It’s...
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Outfit: Orange You Glad?

Orange you glad it’s Friday? I sure am. I’ve had a hectic week, and I’m ready for the weekend. And I’m obsessed with these capris! You’ve seen me wear them with a loud lime green tank, but this peasant top tones them down a bit. And here’s another one of my lazy long hair tricks:...
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Crafternoon: Par-DIY with Timex and Brit + Co!

Yesterday, I hosted a par-DIY — or “crafternoon” as I’m calling it — in collaboration with Brit + Co and Timex. The two companies teamed up to put together a craft box with everything you need to embroider your very own watch. The kit — similar to the ones I get from For the Makers...
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Friday Faves: Thrift Shop Finds

If you’ve been reading Poor & Pretty for a while, you’ll know that I’ve found a lot of great clothing, shoes, and even housewares at consignment shops and thrift stores. So in honor of National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th, I’m taking a look back at a few of my favorite finds. Remember this...
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The Garden Tour

This past weekend was Jordan’s bachelorette party, and as much as I would love to give you tips on throwing one, it’s not exactly appropriate for all ages. So instead, I’m going to give you a tour of my and Stan’s very first garden! We have had a ton of cucumbers. So many, they’re dripping...
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Friday Faves: Reads for Book Lovers Day

I have a tendency to book jump. At any given time, I could be reading five or so books in various genres. Since tomorrow is National Book Lover’s Day, I thought I’d share with you a few of my recent favorites and current reads: We Are Water by Wally Lamb: I have a special love...
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Outfit: Chevron Blues & Stitch Fix

A few months ago I signed up for the personal styling service, Stitch Fix, and I am in love! Every month, they send me five articles of clothing or accessories based on my taste, budget, and lifestyle. Both the tank top and the skinny jeans from this outfit were in one of my “fixes.” Just as with my...
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Pucker Up (Naturally)!: 10 All-Natural Lipsticks, Balms & Glosses

I don’t wear very much makeup but I always have at least 3 lip products on hand at all times. I’ve usually got two different lip balms and a lipstick or gloss for a little extra color. And you know, it’s not easy finding natural lipsticks and non-petroleum lip glosses. Luckily, I’ve done the research and...
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Friday Faves: Summery Sandals & Flats Under $35

These Roxy sandals are my absolute favorite summer footwear, which is why they’re so well-worn. I bought them years ago, and they’ve lasted longer than any other pair of sandals I own. They’re comfortable and casual, but dressy enough to wear to work and nice events, too. Unfortunately, these aren’t available anymore, but I did find...
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eShakti: The Perfect Fit for Petite to Plus

Before I jump in to why I love eShakti, I have to share one more wedding shower photo. I promise it’s relevant! Left to right (all of us squinting horribly in the sun): Beata, Brittany, Jordan (the bride!), me, and Kelsey (Jordan’s sister/Maid of Honor). See my adorable green dress? I got so many compliments on...
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DIY Teacup Candles

Now that Jordan’s wedding shower is over, I can finally share these! She wanted a tea party theme, so I bought a few mis-matched vintage teacups from Goodwill and Savers and made these candles to use as centerpieces. Just follow the instructions for my mason jar soy wax candles and use teacups instead! For four teacups of...
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20 Bridesmaid Dresses They’ll Actually Wear Again

Jordan’s wedding is just over a month away, so my bridesmaid duties are in full swing. We’re doing lots of fun DIY things for her upcoming shower (I’ll share details next week ;). I’ve heard bridesmaid stories, and seen the movie, but I gotta say, I love being in Jordan’s wedding party. She’s just as frugal and...
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Maker Takes: Honey Nectar & Makena

Since I was on a road trip for a good chunk of last month, I missed a lot of crafting time (totally worth it though!) So this is a double-whammy Maker Takes for both June and July’s kits. Let’s start with June / Honey Nectar: I was so excited about the Honey Nectar collection! I...
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Outfit: Nifty Neons

I love wearing new clothes as soon as I get them, don’t you? I just picked up these summery neon hues from ModCloth. Though I’m not usually much of an “arm party” person — bracelets get in the way of my typing — I did find that I had quite a few fun arm accessories...
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25 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

Someone at the weird holidays department in the U.S. government (where I would totally work if it existed) has declared that the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, which falls on this coming Sunday. So here are 25 ways you can celebrate this weekend by making any of these delicious homemade ice creams!...
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Wayback Wednesday: Saved by the Bell

I’m not even a little embarrassed to admit how (re)obsessed I am with Saved by the Bell. It’s so fantastically 90s! I’ve been watching it almost every morning on Netflix before I go to work, and okay, sometimes I have marathon nights when Stan isn’t around. I had a major crush on Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who’s...
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DIY Beauty: All-Natural Homemade Face Wash

I have been testing my all-natural homemade face wash for about two months now, and I’m happy to say that it has performed better than any store bought product! Because it contains no harsh surfactants, it doesn’t strip away my skin’s natural oil. Rather, the jojoba oil and castile soap combine to gently remove dirt...
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Friday Beach Faves: 20 Bikinis & Swimsuits Under $45

Sad fact: I was so caught up in my road trip this summer that I have not yet been to the beach! I need to remedy this. And possibly buy a new suit for the occasion. Here are a few of my favorite one pieces and bikinis under $45. In the words of Barney Stinson,...
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Road Trip Update 6: Tennessee, Virginia, and Home

Last week at this time, I was heading to Memphis, listening to the latest music Suzi provided for me (Johnny Cash and Elvis made top of the list, of course). By 6pm, I was humming Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” and strolling down Beale Street. … I didn’t have blue suede shoes though, so I wore...
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Road Trip Update 5: Arizona & New Mexico: Feeling Grand and Breaking Bad

It feels really good to be home. I wanted to blog on Friday, but I was so tired the rest of the week. My body is still recovering! So here’s the fifth update from my road trip, covering Arizona and New Mexico (and a little Texas and Oklahoma). After leaving my uncle’s house in Los...
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Road Trip Update 4: California

From Moab, I drove northwest through Salt Lake City and spent an uneventful night in Elko, Nevada. On Thursday, June 26th — just before making it into California — a strong gust of wind blew a huge chunk of shredded tire (I suspect from a tractor trailer) into my front bumper. It actually tore off...
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DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel

I wanted to break up my road trip updates a bit with a quick & easy beauty tutorial. This isn’t your standard chemical facial peel. It won’t give your skin second-degree burns or make you look like Lucille Bluth. Lemon juice acts as a natural “peel” because it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin...
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Road Trip Update 3: Music & Movies

Before I talk about days 5 and 6 (and a movie reference), let’s talk about music, shall we? As I was going over my road trip route with family, Suzi kept suggesting songs to listen to while I was driving through certain parts of the country. I laughed at first, but she’s been sending me...
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Road Trip Update 2: Nebraska to Utah

I have zero pictures from Day 3 (Monday) because there really is nothing in Nebraska. It was the most boring stretch of road I’ve ever encountered. I tried to keep my excitement up by listening to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, but it is awful. Who the hell decided it was an American classic??? He gives absolutely no...
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Road Trip Update 1: Connecticut to Iowa

I can’t believe how far away from home I am in just two days! I get so excited every time I see a state welcome sign. I left early Saturday morning and was in Ann Arbor hanging out with Ben by about 6pm. On the way to Michigan, I stopped for lunch at Dr. Doolittle’s...
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Road Trip Ready: 14 Road Warrior Essentials

Holy crap. This is really happening. I’m leaving for my solo road trip adventure tomorrow – eek! You can follow my trip right here on the blog, or as it happens on Instagram (@poorandpretty). I’ll be tagging my road trip photos with #samiontheroad and #gosamijo During my planning process, I got a lot of advice...
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Outfit: Confetti Color Poppin’ Peasant

Wow. It is really heating up, huh? I’m so glad I picked up this peasant top over the weekend — it’s the perfect combination of breezy and work-appropriate. Plus it’s got a fun confetti design! … which goes very nicely with my color poppin’ Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch. And also matches my pretty new white crochet...
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Recipe: White Sangria

I don’t drink much, but when I do, I prefer something light and sweet, like white sangria. It’s kind of my summer go-to. Plus, it’s easy to make a lot of it, so it’s perfect for cookouts and summer soirées. You can make sangria so many different ways, but here’s what I use in mine:...
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I’m going on a road trip!

A few weeks ago, I came to this realization: I have not traveled nearly as much as I would have liked to at this point in my life. So, to remedy that, I’m going on a road trip!!! It’s a bit spontaneous, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years. Next Saturday, I’ll depart Connecticut and...
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway + Outfit

On Sunday, Mish and I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway!!!! It was so incredible. NPH was the perfect Hedwig. We marveled at how he could dance, jump, and do splits on stage in GIANT HEELS, whereas we can barely walk in them. And his improv in between...
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Being Grateful: Jenipher Lyn’s Book Launch Blog Party

Jenipher Lyn of Nightly Doodles and Cherry Runway sent me a sweet email at one of the most challenging times in my life. I didn’t talk about this much on the blog, but you might have noticed that Stan and I lived apart for a year, from June 2012—June 2013. Having never lived alone before, I became...
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Bathroom Inspiration: Japanese Zen

As I was scoping out chic bathrooms for my latest Brit + Co. post, I collected inspiration for our own (eventual) bathroom re-design. As much as I love colorful, shabby chic design, Stan and I want our bathroom to be a bit more subdued, understated, and zen. During our brief trip to Lake Placid, our room had...
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DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer

Guys. This is what my jewelry collection used to look like: It drove Stan nuts. And me, too, honestly, because I still had to untangle necklaces. This is how it looks now: Way more organized! (I’m doing my best to keep up my resolution to Be Organized.) It’s off my dresser and it’s wall art! I’m going...
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Outfit: Pink & Gold

It’s here! What do you think of the new design? Nothing like a cute outfit to kick off the new look, right?  I’m wearing a collection of favorite new purchases in this outfit: ModCloth’s Twinkle of an Eye top, baby pink chinos from H&M (similar), and my beige faux patent leather wedges (you might remember them from...
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Poor & Pretty 4.0: Logo & Site Redesign Sneak Peek

I have a big, big announcement! For my birthday, Stan is gifting me a newly-designed and updated website! We’ve been working on it for months, and it’s just about ready to launch. Before it does this weekend, I wanted to share with you some of the inspiration behind the new look and the new logo I...
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Maker Takes: Toketee

This month’s For the Makers collection jived really well with my birthday getaway to Lake Placid. Inspired by “epic waterfalls, precious minerals and endless hiking trails,” the Toketee Collection is all about getting back to basics and seeking adventures in our natural environment. The kit came with a lot of natural colors — wooden knobs,...
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Highlights from Lake Placid, NY

Stan and I had a great time during our mini-getaway to Lake Placid, NY. It’s a bit of a drive (4.5 hours), but most of it is very scenic and beautiful, so we didn’t mind. I wanted to go somewhere and be surrounded by nature. We definitely chose the right place! Just check out the...
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