Sami

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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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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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