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 or one scrub and a whipped body butter for $18 — that’s up to $8 off the retail price. If you want to pamper your recipient (or yourself) even more, grab the 8oz duo Spa Month Gift Set for $32, a savings of up to $10. These are the lowest prices of the season, folks!
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 crafty as I am and has a great sense of style. To ensure we didn’t spend money on unflattering dresses we’d never wear again, she picked out a color and a general style, and we picked our specific dresses. I’m so in love with mine:
So in the wedding spirit, I rounded up a few dresses that I think any bridesmaid would be happy to wear more than once! Let’s start with a few from BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding line:
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 smooth and refreshed, but also more exposed. As such, I don’t recommend using this right before heading to the beach. And because of the combination of lemon and baking soda, it may burn sensitive skin. Please test on a small patch of your skin before spreading it all over your face.
Ingredients/Supplies — this makes 2-3 uses:
juice from half a lemon
2 tbs baking soda
½ tbs honey
a glass jar (if you are storing leftovers — remember, lemon is acidic!)
1. Mix all of your ingredients together. Tip: If you mix the honey and baking soda together first, it won’t fizz as much when you add in the lemon juice.
2. Wash your face as you normally would with your chosen face wash, then pat dry.
3. Apply your lemon and honey peel liberally, and rub in gently with fingertips for about 30 seconds.
4. Let sit for up to 10 minutes.
5. Rinse off and follow with astringent or toner and your favorite moisturizer. Use moisturizer with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you use this peel.
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 Roadside Cafe & Creamery in DuBois, PA. It was an interesting little place, with old train cars out front and mini golf in the back. I had a chicken sandwich, then hit the road again.
After massive bear hugs and catching up for a bit, Ben took me to Zingerman’s for dinner. A few friends had suggested it before I left for my trip, and they did not lead me astray! Their delicious sandwiches have funky names — I had the “Jimmy Wants Rosemary’s Baby” — and they have tons of homemade spices, breads, and all kinds of treats. I could see why it’s a traveler and local favorite.
… I also got overly excited about rhubarb pie.
As it started getting dark, we strolled around downtown Ann Arbor, poking our heads in a little bookstore and talking about life. I so wish Ben and I lived closer. Upon Ben’s boyfriend Tony’s suggestion, we walked to the University of Michigan’s “law quad,” which has these beautiful old stone buildings which reminded me of Hogwarts. We sat on some steps to eat cupcakes and watch the fireflies. It was like a scene out of an indie film.
The next morning, Ben & Tony treated me to breakfast at What Crêpe? I couldn’t resist their Nutty Monkey crêpe with Nutella, bananas, pecans, cocoa powder, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. We also admired their industrial-meets-regal Urban Outfitters-esque decor.
Then the boys took me to “Graffiti Alley” and warned me not to touch anything. My favorite part was the ceiling because the stars looked like something out of The Little Prince.
The poem on the ceiling, however, is actually an excerpt from “The People Yes” by Carl Sandburg.
It was really hard to leave Michigan, but I had to get back on the road! So by about 10:30, I was back in Lola B, heading west.
I hit my first time change in Indiana!
And I stopped to stretch my legs and do some light hiking at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois. My brother told me to feed the rocks. Smart ass. ;)
I arrived in Des Moines, Iowa a little after 8pm local time (but it felt like 9pm to me!) and immediately took a hot, relaxing shower, then treated myself to room service and watched the season premier of True Blood.
Driving 9+ hours a day has not been nearly as bad as a few of my skeptics made it out to be. Buuut, I am only on Day 3 now, so we’ll see how I feel in a few more days. Off to Colorado!
Don’t forget to follow @poorandpretty on Instagram to see what I see as I see it. O_O I’ll be tagging my road trip photos with #samiontheroad and #gosamijo ♥
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 from friends and family about where to go and what to bring while I’m on the road. I thought I’d share a few of the essentials I’m packing (besides clothes and toiletries) in case you’re embarking on a road trip this summer too!
A pillow. I’m not planning on sleeping in my car, but it’s good to be prepared. (And this one from sugarplum USA has loads of personality!)
A blanket. This one was crocheted by my great grandmother!
Snacks! Lots of ‘em! Timex donated a few snacks (and gas money) for my trip :)
Cute sunglasses (and a backup pair).
A camera. I could use my iPhone, but I don’t think I’d have enough memory. I will be taking many photos. Because I’m traveling solo, I’m also bringing a tripod and a remote so I can (hopefully) take some killer selfies.
AAA. Well worth it in case anything crazy happens to my car.
A spare cell phone. I got one with a pay-as-you-go plan, so I can cancel and return it if I don’t end up needing it. Again, I’ll be all alone, so I need to be connected in case of an emergency.
Car charger – I’ve got two ways to charge my iPhone in my car, plus a car charger for my spare cell phone.
Audiobooks and great tunes. This will be the perfect time to catch up on all the “reading” I’ve been missing.
Water bottles! I normally try to keep my drinks in reusable bottles, but I’ve taken a few water bottles in case I get stranded somewhere.
Sunscreen + Aloe Vera. I’ll be doing a lot of walking around in national parks, and to break up my driving.
First Aid Kit – bandages, ointment, cleansing wipes, etc. Plus, I’m bringing nasal spray (dry mountain air) and aspirin.
Pepper spray – again, I’m traveling alone. You just never know.