4 Ways to Wear Red Vintage Boots

4 ways to wear vintage red boots via @poorandpretty

Did you know that I’ve blogged 60 outfits? Wow! So I thought I’d do something a little different today, and introduce a “ways to wear” feature. I don’t have a huge closet (though I’m sure Stan would disagree), and I’m trying to reduce it even more. I do, however, have a few staples I wear over and over again, as any frugalista should. Because it’s fall, I’m going to kick things off with my favorite footwear: my vintage red Bellini boots I picked up from loveyvintage.


Outfit: Jewel Tones | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: January 2014. 

Red Gold and Houndstooth - poor and pretty

Outfit: Red, Gold, and Houndstooth | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: November 2013. 

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Outfit: Lace, Leaf, Leather | Season: Spring/Fall | Date: October 2012. 


Outfit: Falling for Leaves & Autumn Hues | Season: Fall | Date: October 2013. 

What are some of your closet staples you find yourself wearing again and again?


What to Bring to a Blog Conference

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what to bring to a blog conference via poorandpretty

I’m gearing up for The Hello Sessions in Portland this Friday — I can’t wait! It’s the first blog conference I’m attending in-person, so I’m pretty excited/nervous. I have a feeling I will be spending a good portion of tomorrow night packing, but here are some of the essentials (besides underwear) I’m bringing:

1. The perfect notebook. I love notebooks! I have so many unique ones, all filled with teenage angst and creative ideas. But this? This is the perfect notebook for creative conferences. It’s pretty, spiral bound (so you can slip a pen into it), and has a pocket (for all those business cards you’ll be collecting)! And, like everything ban.do makes, it has a sweet surprise in the way of a colorful yellow spread that reads: “Your face is like sunshine.” Get it: Ban.do Rough Draft Spiral Notebook.

2. My favorite pens. I’m pretty particular about my pens — I like colorful, smooth, ballpoint pens, preferably with a rubber grip — and these are my favorites. The hot pink is my go-to, of course! Get ‘em: Paper Make InkJoy Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 24 Pack of Assorted Colors.

3. Backup juice. I plan on doing a lot of Instagramming and Tweeting during my trip to Portland, so I know I’ll need an extra charge for my phone. This tiny power bank is about the size of a lipstick and holds an estimated 1.2 additional charges for the iPhone. It’s got just about 3,000 reviews on Amazon, and a 4.5 star rating. Oh, and it’s pink! ;) Get it: RavPower Portable Charger 3200mAh Power Bank.

4. LOTS of business cards. I ordered more business cards just for this! My goal is to run out again. :)

5. A bag to fit it all in. With all this stuff, you’re gonna need a bag to carry it all! I’ve been eyeing the Camp Director Tote for a while now — it’s pretty roomy, and will even hold a 15″ laptop. Get it: Camp Director Tote via ModCloth.

6. A cute dress. Why not wear a floral dress to the Rose City? I so wish this cute number was available in my size! Get it: Luck Be A Lady Dress via ModCloth.

7. Layers! Ever have that problem where you show up to an event in a sleeveless dress, only to discover it’s FRIGID inside? I definitely have! So now I pack layers, and J.Crew’s Jackie Cardi is one of my faves. Get it: Jackie Cardigan Sweater via J.Crew.

8. Cute-but-also-comfy shoes. The only thing worse than be freezing all day because you forgot to pack layers, is getting blisters from those shoes you bought just for the event that ended up murdering your feet. So go with something pretty, but also comfortable. Get it: In a Classic of Its Own Heel via ModCloth.

Did I leave anything out? Have you been to any awesome creative/blog conferences lately? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


Outfit: Early Fall Florals + Avery’s Soda

Early Fall Florals Outfit via @poorandpretty sq

Early Fall Florals Outfit via @poorandpretty 2

It’s crazy how quickly Fall has arrived. Saturday, I was wearing shorts. Today, it’s too cold for me to be wearing these capris! (But I’m doing it anyway ’cause weather be damned!)

Avery's Soda New Britain via @poorandpretty

How was your weekend? Mine was bu-sy! We’ve got a lot of birthdays in mid-September — my Aunt Kathy’s is the 16th, my Dad’s is the 19th, Stan’s is the 21st. We celebrated Kathy & Dad’s with giant grinders and Avery’s soda on Saturday. If you’ve never had an Avery’s soda, stop by their New Britain headquarters and pick some up! They’ve got all sorts of whacky delicious flavors (Toxic Slime and Strawberry are my favorites; Stan loves Orange Cream), AND they’re still made with real cane sugar. Avery’s is one of my favorite things about my hometown. ♥

Early Fall Florals Outfit via @poorandpretty 3

And this ban.do clutch is one of my favorite things in general. Stan got it for me last Christmas. :)

Bando Flipside Clutch and Timex Originals Sparkle via @poorandpretty

I love that it’s reversible (see the hot pink below), has a pretty polka heart lining, and reminds me to have fun. Plus it goes really well with my very fun, very sparkly Timex Originals.

Kissing Summer Goodbye with The Confetti Bar via @poorandpretty

So let’s confetti-kiss summer (and capris) goodbye for now, and delight in the season of apples, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage. Here’s to a fun-filled Fall!

Early Fall Florals Outfit via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Floating on Errands Top in Roses: ModCloth, $30. (similar, similar). Right on Cue Capri Pants in Green: ModCloth, $17 (similar, similar). Beige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar). Flipside Clutch in Blush/Pink: ban.do, gift. White Sparkly Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

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Outfit: Blue & White Pattern Play

Blue and white pattern play outfit feature via @poorandpretty

Blue and white pattern play outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

I’m mentally tossing confetti in celebration of this three-day weekend. I love how Labor Day just sort of sneaks up on you. I’ve been getting a lot done for my natural beauty eBook, so I’m planning to do even more this weekend. Side note – I can’t even tell you how hard it is to do a photo shoot for an eBook when your entire office is in boxes. I’ll be so glad when our renovations are done and I have my new office!

Blue and white pattern play outfit via @poorandpretty

Our clothes are mostly in boxes, too, but I’m finding that oddly satisfying. I’ve been reading Do Less by Rachel Jonat, and she talks about how having a lot of things tires us out because we spend way too much time deciding between things (what to wear,  what to watch, etc). Psychologists called it Analysis Paralysis. Having less stuff these past few weeks has made my mornings so much easier! I have to sift through way less clothing to find something to wear, and I end up wearing my favorites more often. You might recognize this eyelet tank from my Summer Vacation Outfit.

Blue and white pattern play outfit closeup via @poorandpretty

I also love the pattern play I’ve got going on here. My polka heart jeans are tied for my favorite pair of jeans (tied with these from Madewell), my polka dot Timex Originals gets a lot of wrist-wear, and I’ve already gushed about my diamond-patterned crossbody bag from Bicycles & Buttons.

Blue and white pattern play outfit details keds timex via @poorandpretty

My navy Keds (gifted to me by my lovely Auntie Kathy) complete the navy and white look pretty perfectly, don’t you think? And what outfit wouldn’t be complete without a little (or a lot) of confetti from The Confetti Bar?

Blue and white pattern play outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

What are you doing to celebrate Labor Day weekend? Soaking up the last of the summer sun? That sounds like a good idea. On second thought… maybe Stan and I will spend a day lounging around by the pool or tubing down the Farmington River. ;)

Outfit Details: Polished Apprentice Top: ModCloth, $35. (similar, similar). Heart skinny jeans: Kancan Jeans, ModCloth, $50 (similar). Navy Keds: gift, but you can get ‘em hereDiamond Crossbody Bag: Bicycles & Buttons, $74. Polka Dot Watch: Timex Originals Dots, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

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Outfit: Mint Chocolate Chip + 7 Year Stamiversary

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit feat via @poorandpretty

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit via @poorandpretty

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 photos of Stan & I over the years on Instagram today if you want to time travel with us! ♥

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

We’ve had so much ice cream this summer, and from so many great local creameries! One of our favorites is Sweet Claude’s in Cheshire. While I was in Rhode Island, we had ice cream at The Sweet Spot in Narragansett. This past weekend, our friends Anton and Briana introduced us to Frisbie’s in New Britain. Our orders are almost always the same: I love Black Raspberry and Stan’s all about the Mint Chocolate Chip.

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit back via @poorandpretty

I had to call this outfit Mint Chocolate Chip, especially because it might be one of Stan’s favorites. ;) I switched into it as soon as I got home from work yesterday. If it wasn’t socially unacceptable, I would have worn it to work too — it was so damn hot!

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit makeup Au Naturale 100Pure via @poorandpretty

I’m also digging this lipstick in a big way. It’s Au Naturale’s Sangria lipstick, a shimmery fuchsia shade. It makes for a very pretty pop of color, don’t you think?

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit details via @poorandpretty

Here’s a peep at a few more outfit details — the purse came in one of my Stitch Fix boxes, the watch is this sparkly Timex, and I picked up the bustier from Amazon to wear to The Rocky Horror Picture Show last October. It was not fun to wear in October, but perfect for a lazy anniversary date night in August!

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Striped Bustier: Metal Mulisha, Amazon, $25. Green shorts: American Eagle, $15 (similar, similar). Tribal Purse: Street Level, Stitch Fix, $48 (similar, similar). Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

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