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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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Birthday Weekend in Lake Placid

Hello from Lake Placid! Stan and I are spending part of the weekend in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains for my birthday. I’m off to enjoy nature ~ I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!! 0 COMMENTS SHARE ON  ...
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Make the Cut: Design a ModCloth scarf!

Got an passion for fashion? ModCloth just announced their second Make the Cut Contest of the year, with a new twist: you could design a scarf! Here’s how it works: You download their scarf template, give it a pretty printed pattern, and submit it by Friday, May 30th. Beginning June 9th, the top 10 submissions will...
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DIY Yarn Pom-Pom Garland

If you saw my latest posts on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been busy making lots of yarn pom-poms for the past few days. And now you know why! I’m a big fan of yarn pom-pons — you might remember my ornaments from last year. They’re very easy to make. All you need is: yarn —...
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Download this right now: Think Dirty app

If you’re a Poor & Pretty Facebook fan, you’ll have already heard of Think Dirty — the app that tells you how toxic your beauty products are. It’s free to download and super easy to use: just scan the barcode on your shampoo, lotion, nail polish or other cosmetic and Think Dirty tells you how...
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10 Last-Minute Handmade Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday — did you get your mom something? If you forgot, don’t panic! Here are a few fun last-minute gifts you can make her this weekend: 1. DIY Fabric Photo Frames via Wonder Forest. 2. Floral Découpage Bottles via Daily Fix. 3. Mother’s Day Tote via Sew DIY. 4. Polka Dot & Leather Fold Over Clutch...
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DIY Mason Jar Soy Wax Candles

I love making candles! I use soy wax in them because it burns more cleanly and at a lower temperature, and is sustainable and carbon neutral. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this fun tutorial with you. My first few attempts were kind of a disaster, but thankfully I’ve...
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Outfit: Ahoy, Sailor! + Nautica Giveaway

Ahoy there! Happy Friday! These week was busy, busy, and very rainy. I’m looking forward to a little sunshine this weekend. But I do have something that will brighten your day: I’m giving away one of two Nautica blazers! But first, a few more outfit photos ;) I have so many sugarplumUSA tank tops! And...
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¡Cinco de Mayo party essentials!

Cinco de Mayo is next Monday! Inspired by the beautiful bright colors I saw during my family trip to Mexico last year, here are a few party essentials you can buy or DIY to make your fiesta muy auténtico (very authentic)! 1. Papel Picado Banner — This is the traditional Mexican paper banner you will...
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Maker Takes: Soft Focus

I’ve written about the monthly craft subscription For the Makers before, and you’ve seen me wearing or carrying a few of my finished creations here on the blog or on Instagram. So I thought I’d make a habit of sharing what I make on the blog every month. This month’s collection is Soft Focus: I...
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Recipe: Chocolate Dirt Cupcakes

Happy Earth Day! Stan’s favorite dessert is dirt pudding, so I made a cupcake version for him over the weekend. I gotta tell you: these chocolate cupcakes are the most delicious ones I’ve ever made. Mine tend to come out a little on the dry side, but these are perfect. Moist, but not super dense....
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Earth Day DIY: Painted Pot Succulents

I don’t know who started the trend, but suddenly succulents were sprouting up in the home of every lifestyle blogger and interior decorator across the U.S. This DIY is very simple, so even if you aren’t an artist with a brush (I certainly am not!), you can feel confident that these will turn out great....
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4th Annual Trashion Show this Saturday!

It’s that time of year again! The 4th Annual Trashion Fashion Show is this Saturday, April 19th 6-9pm at Hartford City Hall. Get your tickets here. (All proceeds support the Sustainable Farm School.) I’ve been lucky enough to vend at the past two shows, but this year will be a little different. I will be...
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Outfit: The Ladybee: Yellow & Black

I woke up yesterday and thought, “I want to wear yellow tights.” And so I did! I think my black skirt and shirt offset them nicely though. Come to think of it, the outfit is kind of a cross between a bumble bee and a ladybug. Dave took these photos of me during our lunch...
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DIY Homemade Natural Perfume Spray

I’ve never been big on wearing perfume, especially once I discovered all the weird and toxic ingredients in them. But Stan really, really likes when I wear pretty fragrances, so I promised I’d learn how to make my own. I was kind of blown away by how easy they are. Check it out: Supplies:  2...
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Focusing on the Good + DIY Sneak Peek

Guys, this week has kind of sucked. My car died on Wednesday, so I’ve spent all of my free time car shopping, which is crazy stressful. But I’m trying really hard to be positive. Dave and Jon took me to look at a car during lunch on Wednesday, then Dave hung around and waited with...
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April Fool’s! 10 Last-Minute Office Pranks You Can Still Do Today

Put Post-It notes on EVERYTHING. This will take some time, so do it when your co-worker has gone to lunch or is in a long meeting (via ViralNova). Alternately, cover their cubicle with photos of Justin Bieber and heart-cutouts. My favorite part of this prank is the little banner, “And then I saw his face....
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Friday Faves: Springtime on Etsy

I love how many beautiful, springy things there are on Etsy right now. Maybe because we’ve had such a harsh winter, we’ve kept ourselves busy creating lovely handmade goodies. These are just a few of my favorites: 1. Pastel Berry Twig Hair Crown by littlehoneypies. 2. Layering Beaded Strand Necklace by NestPrettyThingsShop. 3. Set of Painted Wooden Vase...
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Bedroom Inspiration: Dark or Light?

People aren’t kidding when they say it takes forever to finish a house. Okay, so we’ve only been in our condo for nine months, but I did hope we would have accomplished more by now than just my office (which, embarrassingly still has painter’s tape around the trim!). It feels like it’s been ages since...
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Craftsy Giveaway: Win a Class!

Great news, readers!! I’ve partnered with Craftsy on a fun giveaway for you. If you’re looking to learn a new skill or possibly flex the muscles you already have, you’re going to love this. Craftsy has lots of great creative classes, and you get to win one! Here are a few of my favorites: Amanda Rettke’s...
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Celebrate Spring with these Pantone Spring 2014 Fashion Finds Under $50

Remember when I put together a few outfits inspired by Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2012? I thought it would be fun to do another for their vibrant Spring 2014 palette, especially since the first day of spring is this Thursday! We’ll start with the color of the year, Radiant Orchid: Radiant Orchid: 1. Sweet Hollow-out...
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Recipe: Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness & Bailey’s

My favorite cupcake from NoRa Cupcake Co. is the Irish Car Bomb Cupcake. Based on the beer cocktail with a highly controversial name, it’s a chocolate Guinness cake with Jameson dark chocolate ganache and Bailey’s cream cheese frosting topped with a malt ball. Seriously amazing. Oh and fun fact: the drink was invented in Norwich,...
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DIY Beauty: Avocado Hair & Face Mask

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my “Hulking out” photo (if you missed it; I’ve included it below ;). Really though, I was just wearing this avocado hair and face mask. It’s rich in protein, vitamins (especially A), and antioxidants to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin and hydrate your...
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Outfit: Rust & Roses

My coworkers love this sweater. Thanks to the little patches on the shoulder, I’ve heard jokes ranging from “you’re ready for tea time at a moment’s notice!” to “It’s the lieutenant of the doily army!” Real pranksters, huh? ;) It’s okay. I’m down for a good chuckle, even if it’s at my expense. And I...
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