The Condo Project: 12 Minimalist White Desks to Buy or DIY for Under $250

minimalist desks via @poorandpretty

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 when we finish my new office. I’d like to keep it under $250 and possibly even make it. Here’s what I’m looking at:

1. Altra Parsons Desk via Amazon, $68.

2. White Caché Desk via The Container Store, $189. I love the pop of color in the drawer!

3. Shoal Creek Computer Desk by Sauder via Amazon, $102.

4. Josephine Desk via Cost Plus World Market, $200.

5. Prepac White Floating Desk via Amazon, $151.

6. DIY IKEA Hack Floating Desk via Apartment Therapy, $30-$40 estimated cost.

7. Convenience Concepts Designs-2-Go Trestle Desk via Amazon, $101.

8. Threshold™ Windham Desk via Target, $162.

9. Hamilton X Slat Office Desk via Target, $124. 

10. Retro White & Grey Writing Desk via, $223.

11. Klimpen / Nipen Desk Combo by IKEA, $190. 

12. DIY Parson Tower Desk by Ana White, $20-$50 estimated cost.

Bonus standing desk option: Public White 42″ High Dining Table via CB2, $400. Okay, I know this is a bit outside the $250 limit, BUT I had to include it because I think it’s a really neat option for a standing desk or craft area. Or I suppose it can be used as a dining table as intended. ;)

Got any desk suggestions?


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! ;)

Rose Salt Hair Spray Dead Sea and Pink Himalayan Salts add body and minerals while Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Rose Water hydrate and smooth. Like everything else in the Poor & Pretty Apothecary, my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray is 100% natural and vegan. Get yours here!



Celebrate Week of Making with 23 DIYs

Week of Makers 23 DIYs via @poorandpretty

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:

Make Your Own Body Spray via @poorandpretty

1. All-Natural Body Sprays & Perfumes

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

2. Mineral Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

avocado hair and face mask via poorandpretty 843x843

3. Avocado Hair & Face Mask.

Homemade Natural Face Wash

4. All-Natural Homemade Face Wash.

Strawberry & Honey Mask 800x600

5. Strawberry Face Mask.  

Home Decor Projects:

Yarn Pom Pom Garland in living room via @poorandpretty

6. Yarn Pom-Pom Garland.


7. Framed Pegboard Organizer.

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

8. Teacup Candles.

DIY Mason Jars - Candle trio

9. Mason Jar Soy Candles.


10. Painted Pot Succulents.

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer via @poorandpretty

11. Framed Jewelry Organizer

DIY Cupcake Stands - Poor & Pretty

12. Cupcake Stands.


Food & Drink Recipes (cooking totally counts!):

white sangria via poorandpretty

13. White Sangria.

matcha green tea ice cream via @poorandpretty

14. Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream. 

Chocolate Dirt Cupcake via poorandpretty

15. Chocolate “Dirt” Cupcakes.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries closeup via @poorandpretty

16. Chocolate & Salted Caramel Dipped Strawberries.

Infused Coffee Vanilla and Lavender Oils via @poorandpretty

17. Infused Oils (for cooking and beauty).

Just for Fun Crafts:

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - five straps2

18. Timex Weekender Watch Dip Dye.

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19. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms.

DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

20. Homemade Play Dough.

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21. Glittery Shoe Upgrade.


22. Confetti Nails.

Nautical Nails DIY 2013 poorandpretty

23. Nautical Striped Nails

What are you going to make this week?


5 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

5 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil via @poorandpretty

There are a few reasons I put coconut oil in practically every product in my Apothecary bath & body lineup. Here are five of them:

Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil via @poorandpretty 

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 lotion or facial moisturizer, so it’s great as a natural night cream or on super dry patches of skin. That’s why I put it in all of my body scrubs as well as my Whipped Body Butter, Coco Body Balm, and Coco Balm. It’s also a natural, vegan-friendly lubricant — but do not use it with latex condoms.

2. Removes makeup. On its own, coconut oil is great at removing makeup, and is safe to use even on your eyes. Just spread on your face, then remove with a cotton ball.

3. Prevents dandruff. As a hydrating conditioner, coconut oil can prevent dandruff. Comb 1-2 tablespoons into your hair starting at the scalp and leave in for 10-20 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. Be careful – it will make the shower floor or bathtub slippery! I also like to use a little bit to smooth down frizz and fly-aways.

4. Renews skin. The high concentration of Vitamin E and proteins in coconut oil promote cellular health and tissue repair. These processes renew skin and prevent premature aging.

5. Vegan lip balm. Use coconut oil alone as a natural, vegan lip balm or grab my Coco Balm!

Coco Balm

When you’re buying coconut oil, remember to purchase organic, unrefined/virgin coconut oil for the best health & beauty benefits. You can find coconut oil at your local natural foods store or here on Amazon. It’s a solid at room temperature, but you can easily melt it in the microwave or a double boiler. 


How to Wash Delicates at Home: The Story of a Vintage Balloon Skirt

Vintage Balloon Skirt Outfit feature via @poorandpretty

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!

Vintage Balloon Skirt Outfit via @poorandpretty

I was a little hesitant to buy it at first, because I knew it would need a little extra care during the washing process. 

Vintanthromodern Vintage balloon skirt via @poorandpretty

When I brought it home, it needed a little brightening up, and it had a few stains on the aqua balloon:

balloon skirt spots closeup via @poorandpretty

I didn’t want to take it to a dry cleaner — I’m a firm believer in DIY, didn’t you know? — and I have no room for toxic stain removers in my house. So when method asked me to try out their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, I thought it must be kismet.

Method 4x laundry detergent lineup

I’ve long been a fan of method’s cleaning products. I use their all-purpose cleaner (the pink grapefruit smells amazing), glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, fabric softener spray… you get the idea. Their 8x pump laundry detergent has been a laundry staple for over five years. I couldn’t wait to test out their new detergent, especially with all of the fun new colors and fragrances!


I opted for pink, of course — spring garden. Their new biodegradable and hypoallergenic formula is 97% naturally derived and sits in a bottle made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, which is music to my ears. method’s detergents do not contain harsh surfactants and chemicals that cause skin irritations, and their fragrances are free of phthalates and tested for allergies. 

Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent spot treatment balloon skirt via @poorandpretty

And another great thing? You don’t need a separate stain remover. method’s 4x laundry detergent will do that, too. So I rubbed a tiny bit of the spring garden detergent on my skirt’s spots and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Method laundry detergent cap comparison

After my skirt was good and spot-treated, I set my washer to delicates mode and used cold water. Cold water is the most energy-efficient way to wash any clothing, and method’s laundry detergent is formatted specifically for cold water washing. I added in my capful of detergent — and do you see the size of that cap? It’s TINY! I had to photograph it next to a standard size for you to believe how small it is.

 Laundry in washing machine via @poorandpretty

I added my delicates — balloon skirt included! — to the washer and let it do its thing. And when I took the skirt out of the dryer last night, it was brighter, whiter, and the spots were gone:

balloon skirt no spots closeup via @poorandpretty

So of course I put it on:

Vintage Balloon Skirt Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Red Ruffle Tank: J.Crew, ThredUp, $13. Yellow bow belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar). Vintage Balloon Skirt: courtesy of Vintanthromodern Vintage. Chevron Tights: Target, $6. Red Glittery Cap Toe Flats: Plato’s Closet, $6 + I added the glitter in this tutorial.

Wanna try out method’s new laundry detergent for yourself? Use code THREEFORME for $3 off your online purchase here. They’ve also got a super fun partnership going with ASOS and you can enter to win $1,000 to spend on ASOS clothing, woo! Details here

Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.