Sami

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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 Loving: 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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15 New Year’s Eve Cocktails

If cocktails aren’t a NYE party essential, I don’t know what is! That’s why I’m dedicating a whole post to it. But in case you missed my other party must-haves, check ‘em out here. Now let’s pop open that champagne! 1. The 24 Carat Champagne Cocktail via Brit + Co. 2. Ginger & Prosecco Cocktail...
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15 New Year’s Eve Party Essentials to Buy or DIY

How was your Christmas? Mine was lovely, laid-back, and technology-free (almost). My laptop stayed closed all day and I barely touched my iPhone. I focused on family and gave and received some awesome gifts. Now on to New Year’s Eve planning! Here are a few party essentials you can buy or DIY. 1. Confetti via...
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Blogiversary Flashback: 2012 & 2013

To celebrate Poor & Pretty’s blogiversary, I’m taking a look back at my favorite posts of the last five years. I’ve already shared posts from 2009, 2010, and 2011. Here are my favorite Poor & Pretty moments of 2012 and 2013: 1. Sweet Scrabble Surprise. Sometimes, the best moments are the little, unexpected ones. After playing Scrabble...
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Last-Minute DIY Gift: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mug

Christmas is just around the corner! If you’re still short a few gifts, here’s another quick & easy DIY gift from my crafternoon: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mugs. These are great gifts to make for guys, chocolate lovers, friends, or if you’ve got kiddies in school, you can make these for their classmates. For each...
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Flash Sale! 20% off Today Only + Last Day to Order

Today only, take 20% off everything in my Etsy shop, except my already-discounted Gift Sets. Plus, it’s the last day to order for guaranteed arrival by Christmas Eve. So get shopping! 0 COMMENTS SHARE ON  ...
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DIY Confetti Ornaments with The Confetti Bar

Possibly the easiest and most fun DIY at my Holiday Crafternoon on Sunday was the confetti-filled glass ornament. Jessica of The Confetti Bar brought bags and bags of her handmade confetti so no two ornaments were the same: How awesome are these?! They are so easy to make, so let’s get to it: You will...
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Holiday Crafternoon!

I had so much fun yesterday hosting my second Crafternoon (remember the one I did with Brit + Co and Timex?). This time, the theme was “DIY presents” – cool things you can make within a few hours that people would actually like to receive as gifts. Eight awesomely crafty ladies crammed into my living room...
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5 Beauty Benefits of Orange

I love the smell and taste of oranges. They’re so good for your body, and as it turns out, they’ve got a lot of beauty benefits too. Here are just a few: 1. Treat dark spots. The vitamin C in oranges helps reduce dark spots, even skin tone, and get rid of blemishes. Did you...
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Blogiversary Flashback: 2011

To celebrate Poor & Pretty’s blogiversary, I’m taking a look back at my favorite posts of the last five years. Last week, I shared posts from 2009 and 2010. Here are a few from 2011: 1. California. Stan and I started 2011 on the west coast! We visited my Uncle Dave in Los Angeles to help him...
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Christmas Wishlist

I know I said I was excited about winter and snow, but I was sick all weekend and still trying to shake this cold/sinus infection thing. Luckily, I just made homemade vapor rub, which has definitely helped. I am excited about the Christmas/gifting part of winter. I love giving and receiving gifts pretty much equally. While I...
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Fighting Colds Naturally with Mint & Rosemary + a DIY Vapor Rub Tutorial

Well friends, there’s no way around it. Cold season is here. But I’m going to help you power through it with my friends Mint and Rosemary. Both of these herbs and their essential oils are good friends to have around when coughing and congestion set in. Cold Season Benefits of Peppermint: The menthol in peppermint things mucus,...
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Blogiversary Flashback: 2009 & 2010

It is unbelievable how much I’ve written in the last five years! Over 630 posts! So I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at a few of my favorite posts or events from a particular year each week until the end of the month. Here’s 2009 & 2010: 1. Lip Service: DIY Lip...
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Poor & Pretty’s 5th Blogiversary Giveaway Bash!

(Photo by Jillian Farrell) Five years ago, my friend Mish and I began Poor & Pretty as a way to share our frugal DIYs, beauty tips, thrifted outfits, and favorite places to shop, eat, and play in our great/tiny state of Connecticut. I took the reigns solo a few months in and have continued to...
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Outfit: Dot Dot Bash

Happy Black Friday! I hope your Thanksgiving was full of delicious food and great company. As per tradition, Stan and I spent it at my Dad’s house and I went over earlier to make cranberry sauce and bread. I also contributed apple cup pies. It was a smaller crowd than we usually have — just...
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Favorite Pre-Black Friday Deals

Black Friday deals seem to arrive earlier and earlier each year. I’ve been getting specials emails for a week already! Here are a few going on right now from my favorite shops: Poor & Pretty Apothecary: I’ve got two pretty sweet deals going on in the Etsy shop. The Spa Night Gift Set is 2 4oz scrubs...
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Coffee or Tea? The Scrub Showdown + Giveaway

If you aren’t following Poor & Pretty on Facebook or Instagram, you may have missed a few of my latest additions to the Apothecary: Coffee Sugar Scrub and Green Tea Salt Scrub. Made with organic and fair trade certified Colombian coffee beans, my Coffee Sugar Scrub boosts circulation and reduces inflammation. Plus it smells like coffee,...
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Outfit: Something Wicked

Say hello to my new favorite skirt! It’s the Augusta Midi Skirt in burgundy from Ruche, and it has pockets and twirls and is all around just lovely. I paired it with my thrifted cream button-up top, black polka dot tights, and Mary Jane wedges. I’ve been watching Salem, so I was inspired to be a little...
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Friday Faves: Winter is Coming

We had our first little snowfall of the season this morning! Time to break out all those winter accessories you’ve been storing. Or, you know, buy some new ones. ;)   1. Hot Stuff Thermal Mug by Ban.do. I have this unusually long (1/4 mile) walk from my car to the door at work, so I’ve...
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Upcoming Holiday Events

I’ve now got an event going on every Saturday until Christmas! I hope to see your face at one of them! But if you can’t say hello and shop in-person, you can grab all of my products in my Etsy shop. Saturday, November 15: 11am – 3pm: Park City Pop-Up!  B:Hive Bridgeport 285 Fairfield Ave Bridgeport,...
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Recipe: Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Buttercream Frosting

As I was preparing to write this post, I realized the only photo you’ve ever seen of my “little” brother Chris is this one from when he was about 4. So here’s a more recent one – from his graduation from the Pre-Pharmacy program at UConn earlier this year! Not so “little” anymore, right?! Anyway, Chris loves...
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5 Beauty Benefits of Lavender

Five years ago, I was just starting to read ingredient labels and ask questions about all of those unpronounceable things in my cosmetics. Today, I’m making products with only natural (and pronounceable!) ingredients in them in hopes of ridding bathroom shelves around the world of nasty chemicals. I thought I’d share some of the amazing natural ingredients...
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Outfit: Red & Renaissance

I haven’t done in outfit post in over a month, but I’m so happy with how these photos came out! Stan and I were able to capture that elusive “magic hour” yesterday. The sun beaming through the trees makes my new red hair look like it’s on fire. I love it! I can’t believe I...
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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, ghouls and boils! What are you dressing up as this year? I had most of my Halloween excitement last weekend when I dressed up for the Renaissance Faire as an elf: Though I’d love to wear this outfit again to work today, the corset is a bit… well, binding. So I’m just wearing...
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31 Last-Minute Halloween DIYs: Costumes, Treats, & Decor

One of my favorite Poor & Pretty traditions (dating back to 2011!) is putting together a Halloween DIY roundup post every year. This is the biggest one yet, with 31 last-minute easy handmade costumes, cocktails, cookies, and more! Costumes: Most of these will be so easy to pull off with things you already have in your...
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Recipe: Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice

This time last year, Stan and I were gearing up for our five-year-anniversary trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Since they’ve opened up the second part, I’m so wishing we could go back this year, but I’ll settle for making copycat drinks instead. (It’s much less expensive!) I made pumpkin juice for the...
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Introducing Poor & Pretty Apothecary: 100% Natural Bath & Body

Say hello to my new lineup! Poor & Pretty Apothecary is a line of vegan, 100% natural sugar and salt scrubs, bathing salts, and whipped body butters. At this point, I have added almost everything to my Etsy shop. Here’s what you’ll find: Lemon Sugar Scrub (available in 4 oz and 8 oz jars) and Lemon Bathing...
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Grand Relaunch this Saturday at Hartford HodgePodge

I have some pretty exciting news to share! I closed down my Etsy shop earlier this year to refocus and redefine what I wanted to bring to the world of handmade bath & body products. I’m stoked to announce that I will be launching a whole new product line (with a few classic favorites) this...
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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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