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, “Swimsuit up!”


Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 1-4

1. Scallop and Down the Beach One-Piece. 2. Rocker Chic Swimsuit. 3. Lovely at the Lake One-Piece in Seafoam. 4. Polka Dot High-Waisted Pin-Up Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 5-8

5. Ruffle Teal Bustier Bikini. 6. Strappy Neon Bikini. 7. Marina Del Ray Swimsuit. 8. Cool in the Cove bikini bottom – mix and match this with lots of fun tops!

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9. Pool Party Picnic in Blue Gingham: Top & Bottom. 10. Marlene One-Piece11. Bow Accent Color Block Bikini12. Dot Bow Bandeau High-Waisted Bikini.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 13-16

13. Mast from the Past One-Piece14. All Day Aquatics: Top & Bottom15. Anchor Values: Top & Bottom16. In Print: Top & Bottom.

Friday Faves Swimsuits Under 45 17-20

17. Frill-Trim Bikini with Skort18. Floral & Cherry Print Bikini19. Queen Bay One-Piece20. Floral Midkini.


Friday Faves: Springtime on Etsy

Springtime Etsy Faves via @poorandpretty

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 and Candle Holders by ShadeonShape. 4. Rainbow Carrot Mix (250 heirloom seeds) via SmartSeeds. 5. Pastel Triangle Felt Garland by CoutureByAyca.6. 5 Pastel Painted Mason Jars by StyleJarsandCans.


Friday Faves: Alt for Everyone goodie box #2

Alt For Everyone 2 goodie box - poorandpretty

I spent most of last night cramming so many great tips from amazing bloggers into my brain during the second Alt For Everyone online blogging summit. From Chris Gardner’s (ManMade DIY) session on important Blog Documents to the super cute and spunky Alison Faulkner’s (The Alison Show) tips on using Illustrator for blogging and Photo Styling 101 with House of Brinson, it really was a lot to take in! Not to mention, I received another fantastic goodie box from all of the fab sponsors. Check it out:

Alt For Everyone 2 goodie box open - poorandpretty

Alt For Everyone 2 goodie box contents - poorandpretty

So many great & funky things! A few of my favorites are:

Alt For Everyone goodie box - Kluster bracelet - poorandpretty

The handmade Banana Split Bracelet in Yellow Magnesite from Kluster. Not only do I love the quality and beautifully bright color of this bracelet, I also love the company’s motto: happy jewelry for happy people. :)

Alt For Everyone goodie box - ever so lovely earrings - poorandpretty

If I didn’t have orbitals for earrings, I would totally wear these sparkly little things! But, I think they would look super cute on Scarlett, too. They’re handmade by Brandi Bowen of Ever So Lovely. Visit her Etsy shop here.

Alt For Everyone goodie box - Good Home dryer sheets - poorandpretty

While opening my Alt for Everyone goodie box, I knew something was making it smell like a beach house. Turns out it was these eco-friendly dryer sheets from The Good Home Co. They’re made in the USA without parabens, phthalates, or sulfates.

Alt For Everyone goodie box - capsule wallet - poorandpretty

Then, there’s the capsul. It’s a durable,  minimalistic wallet made from recyclable & non-toxic polypropylene. I’m currently using it to hold business cards (it holds up to 50), but I will definitely slip credit cards and an ID in there on days when I need to travel lighter (like, for instance, when Stan and I go to Universal in 32 days!!!!)

Alt For Everyone goodie box - mustache! - poorandpretty

Despite my better judgement, I was somehow convinced to wear this Mario-esque mustache for the Alt for Everyone Pajama Bash meet-up last night. I can only say that it’s because I love the Alt community so much, and it was far past my bedtime. If you want to see the horrifically embarrassing photo of me wearing it, you’ll have to check my Instagram. Let’s just say, I am decidedly not one of those hipster chicks who can look cute while wearing a fake mustache.

Happy Friday!! xo


Friday Faves: My Alt for Everyone (happy birthday) goodie box


Today is my birthday!! I woke up this morning to a voicemail left by my Dad, singing Happy Birthday to me. Best Dad ever! :) I will officially be 26 at 5:21pm. So, when my Alt For Everyone goodie box came in the mail a few days ago, it felt like a birthday present:

Alt For Everyone goodie box contents poor and pretty

It was chock full of fun little things! Let’s have a closer look…

Alt For Everyone goodie box BlueQ poor and pretty

BlueQ packed a bunch of nifty things inside of their Cameras pencil case: the Chief Financial Officer coin purse, “Raisin Cookies” fruit gum, “Pee a Little” wet wipes (which remind me of Suzi, but she’d kill me if I told you why), and — my personal favorite — The Monster That Ate The Stars mini book. Hearing Stan read it out loud was downright hilarious. I wish he had let me record it!

Alt For Everyone goodie box Lingering Daydreams poor and pretty

These cute little cupcake flags from Lingering Daydreams would look spectacular on my birthday cupcakes… ;)

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Alt Summit sponsor Bing included this mason jar mug filled with jellybean-esque cherry candies. #thanksbing!

Alt For Everyone goodie box Childhoodlist poor and pretty

Those letter blocks? They’re crayons! The Childhood List handcrafts them with bee and soy waxes, so they are non-toxic and safe for the environment. So fun! I love the little hand painted pouch they came in, too.

Alt For Everyone goodie box Zelma Rose poor and pretty

This pretty fabric pendant necklace was handmade by Zelma Rose in Northern California. She also included a button that says “I have love in my heart for you” ~ aww. ♥

Alt For Everyone goodie box Ivory + Ash poor and pretty

I make my own lip balm, so I’m pretty picky about wearing other brands, but I love this one from Ivory + Ash. It’s organic, and made with apricot oil, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and flavored with sweet orange essential oil. It reminds me of an orange Starburst (it may surprise you to know that the orange one — not the pink! — is my favorite!).

Alt For Everyone goodie box Pixel Impress poor and pretty

And last, but definitely not least, is this pretty set of “hello” notecards and envelopes from PixelImpress. I think I will send a few notes to friends with these.

I’m off to enjoy by birthday by packing & making products for my rapidly approaching debut at the SoWa Market in Boston!

Birthday poster via kate spade new york.


Friday Faves 4.19.13

to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I never read this in high school, so I swiped a battered copy from my uncle’s house a few summers ago and devoured it over the past few weeks. It’s amazing how relevant the book is today, and sad too. Racism hasn’t faded entirely from our society, but I think our generation’s big human rights issues focus more on sexuality, especially with regards to gay marriage rights.

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Catching Fire movie trailer. Along the same vein — focusing on inequality, with particular emphasis on the wealth gap — is the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins {a Connecticut native!}. The books are incredible – yes, they’re technically young adult novels but the message within them is perhaps even more important for adults. Plus, my dad was the first in my family to read them! Anyway, I was psyched to see the Catching Fire trailer launch at the MTV Movie Awards:

I’ll be there for the midnight showing, of course.

butterfly necklace

My “Iron Butterfly” necklace. Remember the tribute I wrote for my Nana last month? She used to call me an iron butterfly, beautiful and loving but also strong-willed. My Aunt Kathy saw this pretty necklace in a magazine and said she had to get it for me immediately. It’s a lovely reminder of the strong women in my life, and that we always have the power to reinvent ourselves.

solaris cardigan anthropologie - poor and pretty

Solaris Cardigan from Anthropologie. I love this new addition to my closet, especially since I got it for 50% off! I’m going through a major polka dot phase, and I love that this has sort of sporadic dots in different colors. The buttons remind me of my J.Crew cardigan hack. I’m wearing it today!

sunny afternoon herbal tisane - simpson vale

Sunny Afternoon herbal tisane from Simpson & Vale. My brother gave me this tea for Yule/Christmas, and even though it was on my list, I put off trying it because it smells like it would be way too sweet. I finally tried it a few months ago and now I’m addicted. It’s only slightly sweet, with strawberry leaves, cornflowers, and hints of vanilla and pear. I’ve found it’s perfect for dunking shortbread cookies in, and sipping while you’re enjoying a good book.