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 Overstock.com, $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?

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Etsy Finds: Indie-Made Father’s Day Gifts

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold feat

Father’s Day is just around the corner, folks! If you’re looking for ideas, I’ve put together a Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury, filled with fun indie-made things. You might be able to get your gifts in time if you ask nicely for expedited shipping! Here’s a peek at what’s on the list:

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold

Best Dad Ever Hand Painted Mug by Glitter & Bold.

robot skinny tie by @cinderandsalt

Robot Skinny Tie by Cinder & Salt. 

superdad card by @hartfordprints

Superdad Letterpress Card by Hartford Prints!

more cold brew kitchen towel by @andmorgan

Drink More Cold Brew Kitchen Towel by &Morgan.

Check out the full Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury for more ideas, like handmade wood cutting boards, beard care, minimalist wallets, and even a DIY bacon kit!

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Modern Brush Hand Lettering with Glitter & Bold

love feature - Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold via @poorandpretty

Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold

Wednesday evening, I headed down to New Haven for one of Glitter & Bold‘s hand lettering workshops at The Haven Collective

love - Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold via @poorandpretty

I like my handwriting, but there’s nothing decorative or fancy about it. One of my coworkers asked me to write on a chalkboard for her a few weeks ago, and I had to sadly decline and explain that a) I’m definitely creative but not artistic and b) I simply can’t write on chalkboards without causing internal bleeding for those within earshot of the squeaking. Long story short (too late), I want to learn to write pretty.

Tools - Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold

Brittany of Glitter & Bold — who makes lovely hand-painted mugs, pillows, towels and things — supplied myself and the two other students with notebooks and two brush pens each (one black and one hot pink.)

Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold at The Haven Collective

With the brush pens (which mimic paint brushes), you get a nice diversity of thickness with your lines. Brittany taught us to pull lightly on the tip of the pen on upward motions and press the side of the pen on downward motions.

practice - Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold via @poorandpretty

It takes little bit of getting used to, so we filled entire sheets of paper practicing just one letter.

love closeup - Modern Brush Lettering with Glitter and Bold via @poorandpretty

Practice does make perfect, and I think I’m getting better! I can’t wait for her hand lettering basics class next Wednesday. It’s sold out, but I’m sure she’ll host more.

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Snail Mail Game Show

Uncustomary Art - Snail Mail Game Show - Round 3 Feature via @poorandpretty

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One of the fun ladies I met at Monarch Workshop this past March is Mary England of Uncustomary Art. She bounced into the room with tons of energy, sparkle, and color, and I liked her immediately. Her mission in life is to “make the world a brighter place on my own terms, full of fun for everyone.” And one of the ways she’s doing this is through her Snail Mail Game Show.

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The Snail Mail Game Show consists of quirky artsy challenges that arrive by mail and must be submitted back to Mary by mail within a certain period of time. I entered a bit late, so I just barely made it to Round 3: The Evolution of Man Challenge.

Uncustomary Art - Snail Mail Game Show - Round 3 Materials via @poorandpretty

Mary sent out a printed copy of the Evolution of Man chart and asked for players to create the next stage of man. Mary’s instructions read “Your submission can be done with a ball point pen, glitter glue, or you can scan in your image and mess around in your Paint program!” I’m not great at drawing (physically or digitally) so I called upon my rusty collaging skills and started cutting up old issues of BUST Magazine

Uncustomary Art - Snail Mail Game Show - Round 3 Evolution of Woman via @poorandpretty

When I was finished, I arrived at a pretty hilarious Evolution of Woman, featuring a monkey head key decoration, a bunny mask, an overlarge hat and dress, and a pajama-clad Wonder Woman. It’s pretty bad, but I love it. It’s no world-class art installation, but it was fun to cut up magazines and make ridiculous art. Anyway, I’m fairly certain Mary will get a kick out of it.

Want to participate in Round 4? Sign up here!

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Hello, Skirt Season! How to Have Smooth Legs All Summer

How to have smooth legs all summer via @poorandpretty

After a few rainy days in April, spring seems to have passed right by, and we’ve been launched into an early summer. (We’ve had at least four 80º days in Connecticut the past week!) This is just fine by me because I get to break out my skirts and shorts! I love my legs and I love showing them off, so I’m psyched to team up with Schick® and Skintimate® during their Rock Your Legs promotion to celebrate the steps we take every day as women. 

Skirt Season Leg Love - polka dot dress via @poorandpretty

When skirt season rolls around, I’m happy to make my razor work double-time. Honestly, shaving is relaxing for me. I don’t mind spending a little extra time in the shower or bath because when I get out, I’m putting my best leg forward. ;)

Here’s what I’m using to have smooth, confident legs all summer:

Summer Leg Beauty Essentials - Schick Skintimate Naked Bee via @poorandpretty

1. Skintimate® Strawberry Tangerine Twist® Women’s Shave Gel. This smells incredible! It smells like strawberry Kool-Aid, freshly squeezed orange juice, and Japanese gummy candies all rolled into one. You don’t need much and it leaves your legs feeling super smooth and smelling wonderful.

2. Schick Hydro Silk® Disposables. I like my razors without (too many) frills. As of late, I’ve mostly used Stan’s leftover Dollar Shave Club razors because I’m too lazy (and cheap) to buy my own. But this little lady is pretty awesome. It’s got five blades surrounded by a water-activated moisturizing serum made with shea butter. It curves gently and pivots in a way Stan’s razor doesn’t, plus it has a grippy handle and a cap that isn’t terrifying to put on. Seriously, does anyone else feel like they’re going to slice their fingers off any time they replace the cap on a disposable razor? Well anyway, this one has a nice, non-scary, easy-to-slip-on cap. 

 3. The Naked Bee Vitamin C Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30. I’m a mix of Danish, Swedish, Irish, Italian, and a tiny bit Native American, but my legs scream 100% Scandinavian. As soon as sunlight hits them, they start to burn. So I have to make sure I’m wearing sunscreen in the summer. This is the only one I’ll use because it’s non-toxic, doesn’t leave white streaks like most natural sunscreens, absorbs well, isn’t greasy, and smells amazing. In short: it’s perfect.

Shaving Razors from Schick via @poorandpretty

Schick also sent me a few other razors to test out — a Schick Intuition Revitalizing Moisture Razor (left, orange) and their new Schick Hydrosilk TrimStyle. I’ve used (and loved!) the Schick Intuition before, which has 4 blades surrounded by soap so it lathers while you shave, eliminating the need for shaving cream. For this reason, it’s great for traveling. The Schick Hydrosilk TrimStyle is also pretty sweet — it’s got a regular razor on one end and a bikini trimmer on the other. As I said before, I tend to prefer no-frills razors, but I know this will come in handy once our pool opens up.

Skirt Season Leg Love - stripe skirt yoga tree pose via @poorandpretty

So whether you’re doing a few tree poses in yoga class (or in the backyard), dancing the night away, soaking in some sun, or simply sitting in the grass taking photos of your legs and getting weird looks from your neighbors (that’s me!), rock your legs this summer and always. Stand tall, girl!

Embrace the Paste - Leg Love @poorandpretty

How will you #rockyourlegs?

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P.S. Schick is sponsoring Pitch Perfect 2, which I can’t wait to see! There are so many hilarious rockin’ women in that movie. Schick is currently running a promotion with Ahold (Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s) for a FREE movie ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2. Just purchase two Schick women’s shave items ($10 minimum value), and you’ll receive a print out at the register to redeem a code for your free movie ticket. The promotion runs through May 23, 2015.

All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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