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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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5 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

There are a few reasons I put coconut oil in practically every product in my Apothecary bath & body lineup. Here are five of them:   1. Super moisturizing. Coconut oil is full of fatty acids which lock in moisture by reinforcing our skin’s natural lipid barrier. It takes a little longer to absorb than your average...
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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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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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