Friday Faves: 3 Pumpkin Treats to Eat & Wear


Halloween is tomorrow! Break out that pumpkin puree and whip up these treats for your face and belly!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask.

homemade pumpkin juice via @poorandpretty

2. Wizarding World Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice.


3. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.

I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!


Friday Faves: Boss Babe Must-Haves

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Boss Babe Must-Haves via @poorandpretty

As an entrepreneur with a full-time job and several side hustles, my brain is on overload pretty much all the time. Here are some of the tools I keep handy to stay organized and creative.

1. Confetti by The Confetti Bar. A must-have for spontaneous parties and photo shoots. There’s something about tossing confetti that’s fun and totally pumps up my creativity. My favorite mixes are Unicorn Dandruff, Rainbow Riot, and Mellow Yellowberry.

2. Boss Babe Glitter Party Banner by The Bannerie. Once my new office is ready, this will be strung up over my desk to serve as a constant reminder that I’m a badass boss babe (’cause sometimes solopreneuring is hard and I need a reminder). 

3. Florabunda Large Agenda by The biggest, most awesome agenda I’ve ever seen, Florabunda is filled with inspirational doodles, stickers, and even a secret code. It goes with me everywhere. The large (spiral-bound) agenda is sold out already, but you can still grab the smaller ones!

4. Crossbody Bag by Bicycles & Buttons. Kristina Allen of Bicycles & Buttons customized this crossbody bag for me with extra pockets for all of my tech + pens + sunglasses + other weird stuff I carry with me. The lining is pink with silver polka dots and is perfect in every way.

5. Epic Blog by Regina Anaejionu. The mother of all blog planners, Epic Blog has calendars, goal-setting (and measuring) worksheets, a place to record blog expenses and revenue, and more. If you’re a serious blogger, you should get this now.


Friday Faves: Being Boss Podcast + Free Wallpaper

Being Boss - Creative Quote feature via @poorandpretty

If you’re looking for some entrepreneurial inspiration/advice to kick your butt into gear and get shit done, listen to Being Boss. It’s a weekly podcast by Emily Thompson, Founder of Indie Shopography, and Kathleen Shannon, Co-Founder of Braid Creative. They are hilarious and sassy and give practical advice to creative entrepreneurs who know they want to start their own business, but aren’t sure how. Or already have their own business but are struggling with time management, designing a website, or being a parent. I have been listening obsessively. I am even saving up to join them in NOLA.

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The above quote comes from Episode 6 – Staying Motivated and Happy. I’m trying to make this a mantra. When I notice my mind wandering or I just feel bored or listless, I try to do something creative to get my juices flowing again. Even if it’s just listening to a song I love or jotting down a few ideas for my next blog post. We’ve got to nourish our creativity.

Being Boss - Creative Quote - hand-lettered by @poorandpretty

I love this quote so much, I even hand-lettered it. Brittany of Glitter & Bold would be so proud!

Being Boss - Creative Quote Desktop Wallpaper via @poorandpretty

And I made it into a wallpaper. I told you I was obsessed, didn’t I? Download the wallpaper here. Photo Credit: Sebestian Muller, Unsplash.

What are you doing to nourish your creativity?


Friday Faves: Summer Reading

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What are you reading this summer? Here are a few things I’ve read & loved, am currently reading, or is on my to-read list:

Summer Reading via @poorandpretty

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Currently reading and totally obsessed. I’ve actually begun waking up earlier so I can read this in the morning before I go to work. Also: shirking off household chores and other things I should be doing in order to read. It’s like a grown-up Twilight meets Charmed. I’ll likely finish the entire All Souls Trilogy this summer.

2. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. If I decide not to finish the All Souls Trilogy this summer — or if I finish them and am looking for something else — I’ll move on to Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, which my Dad really liked and lent to me. Don’t you love sharing books with family members?

3. Game of Thrones, Book 1: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I’m not even sure I can handle this one, but my friend Anton gave it to me as a birthday present. It’s just so daunting! I’m current with the show, so I definitely don’t want to read past it, but something tells me this book would take me a while…

4. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos. I picked this one up years ago at a consignment shop, but I never read it until this winter. It’s a quick but lovely and heart-warming read told from the perspectives of a spirited 31-year-old woman and a 1o-year-old girl with a distant father and bipolar mother. It sounds like it would be depressing, but I promise it isn’t. I love Marisa de los Santos’ writing style – informal, as if you’re a friend she’s telling a (sometimes) long-winded story to. It’s very much how I tell stories. This is a great summer beach read!

5. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. This is the follow-up to Love Walked In. It’s a little heavier (emotionally, but also physically because I mistakenly bought the large print edition, ha!) than the first and I liked Love Walked In better, but it’s worth a read if you want to know what happens to main characters Cornelia and Claire after Love Walked In

I’d love to hear what you’re reading and your recommendations for my next books, in the comments!

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Friday Faves: 8 Pretty Rain-Inspired Things

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We’ve been pretty lucky this week in terms of weather: sunny skies, mid-60s and 70 degree days. But today, it’s raining. April showers bring May flowers, right? Here are a few pretty rain-inspired things I’m loving right now:

rain inspired things via @poorandpretty

1. Rainbow Raindrops and Clouds Paper Garland by 1 Pixie Place, via Etsy. // 2. Summer Rain iPhone Case via Brika. // 3. Solar Rainbow Maker via Shoptiques. So pretty! Check out the video demo here. // 4.  Rainy Day Pen Holder via Shoptiques. // 5. Handmade Espresso Cup Set by RossLab, via Etsy. // 6. Flair-Weather Friend Necklace via ModCloth. // 7. Rainy Day Wooden Mobile via Brika. // 8. Dancing in the Rain Dress via Ruche.

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