Upcoming Events: Love Local & Galentine Bash

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Normally, winter is a time of hibernation for my business, and I don’t usually do events. But one of my goals this year is networking, so I’ve got two lovely events coming up!

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I’m so pumped to be part of my very first show as a Nutmeg Collective member. It’s a fantastic, active community of Connecticut businesses. They’re hosting a pre-Valentine’s Day Love Local Market at Get Baked Bakery in Windsor this Saturday & Sunday. I’ll be there Sunday only – hopefully the weather won’t be too bad!

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You know how much I love collaborating with Rachel DeCavage of Cinder + Salt. We’ve teamed up with the Haven Collective to host the best Galentine event in Connecticut. Maybe even the best in the Northeast! (Yes, we’re that confident.) Stop by Saturday, February 7th to shop, mingle, and make. Rachel will teach you how to screen print and I’ll have all the mixings for salt scrubs and bath salts. Just make sure to reserve a spot if you want to craft. I’ll also have my Poor & Pretty Apothecary products in tow and Rachel’s bringing her eco-friendly clothing, jewelry, and accessories. We can’t wait!

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Be Inspired & Empowered at Monarch Workshop

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I have been hoping for something like Monarch Workshop to come to Connecticut for a long time. I live in a small state, sandwiched between big artistic hubs like Boston and New York, which constantly host cool creative networking/inspiration boot camp type events. Finally, we have one too. And until tomorrow at 3pm EST, you can grab Early Bird tickets for just $150. Regular ticket price is $225, so that’s a pretty sweet deal!

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Monarch is a two-day event (March 21 & 22) for women entrepreneurs, dreamers, creators, movers, and shakers. Whether you’re an already-established kickass small business owner or a creative lady looking for inspiration and kindred spirits, you’ll be right at home at Monarch.

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There will be crafting and DIY-ing with Latanya Barrett of Sprinkles & Booze and Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom

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Yummy treats from Whisk + Brush and confetti from The Confetti Bar

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Yoga lessons, branding and marketing tips, photography sessions, and so so much more. Get the lowdown here, and stalk the speakers here.

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I have serious love for founders Jessica Huizenga and Madeline Rhodes for putting together such an incredible event. Is March really two months away?!

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It’s all going down March 21st & 22nd at B:Hive Bridgeport, the coolest co-working space in the state.

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What are you waiting for?! Spots are limited so grab your Early Bird Tickets now! And I’ll see you there. (I may even contribute some goodies to the swag bags!) ♥

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Color Loving: Marsala

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Have you heard the news? PANTONE has declared Marsala to be the color of the year for 2015. Here are a few of my favorite Marsala-inspired things:

1. Jools Bag by Darling UK, via Ruche.

2. Alem Scarf via FashionABLE.

3. Big City Shopping Skirt in Cranberry via ModCloth.

4. 100% Pure Creamy Polish in Tart.

5. All Sweetness and Delightful Bootie in Wine via ModCloth.

6. Timex Originals 80.

7. Rose Clay Facial Mask by Poor & Pretty Apothecary.

How will you wear Marsala this year?

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Blogiversary Flashback: Favorite Posts of 2014

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2014 was a really exciting year for Poor & Pretty, and for me personally. It was certainly the year of DIYs! I shared more crafty tutorials and recipes than ever before. Let’s take a look back:

P&P Blogiversary 2014 Highlights

1. Valentine DIY: Conversation Heart Candle Holder. This super-simple DIY decor is still one of my favorites. This tutorial uses conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day, but I’ve used shamrock sprinkles for St. Patrick’s Day, mini pinecones and pine needles for Christmas, and confetti for New Year’s.

2. DIY Avocado Hair & Face Mask. This was one of your (and my!) favorites, and it’s no secret why: this mask is very easy and cheap to make and makes your skin and hair feel like you’ve just dropped a few hundred bucks at a spa or salon. But you didn’t!

3. My Cross Country Solo Road Trip. One June 21st, I embarked on a 14-day cross-country road trip by myself, and it was the most incredible experience of my life. I had been going through one of those “quarter-life” crises and needed to get away and think about a lot of things: my future, my career, my relationships with Stan, friends, and family, and a few other deeply personal things that had been haunting me. It was scary and empowering to do it alone, and I came back more confident, happy, and sure. Plus, I had seen the Rocky Mountains, Arches National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge (kind of), the Grand Canyon, and Walter White’s house! Read all about my trip starting here.

4. 25 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day. After recovering from my road trip, I got right back into the DIY spirit by whipping up some homemade ice cream. I guess you like ice cream too because this was my most-viewed post of 2014. :)

5. Homemade No-Cook Play Dough. Before this post, I hadn’t made play-dough since I was about 9. Suzi and I used to make this all the time with our Nana, so this tutorial is very dear to me.

6. Recipe: Apple Gruyere Cup Pies. These delicious mini pies are inspired by Pushing Daisies, which lasted only two short seasons before being cancelled. Such a great show! (I have a huge crush on Lee Pace.) Scarlett must have remembered these because she gave me a mini pie silicone pan for Christmas! ♥

7.  Poor & Pretty Apothecary launch. In October, I re-opened my Etsy shop with a whole new lineup: 100% natural bath & body scrubs, salts, and balms. I’m taking a stand against big cosmetic companies who fill their beauty products with harmful chemicals and irritating fillers to make an easy profit. My handcrafted goodies are entirely natural — no synthetic fragrances or colorants, no preservatives, nothing you wouldn’t find in nature. Grab yours here.

8. Holiday Crafternoon. In early December, I celebrated my five-year blogiversary with local artisans and businesses, then invited over some of my most creative girlfriends for an afternoon of crafting (a crafternoon)! We made some really cool handmade gifts.

2014 was a blast. I did some great things with my blog and business, went on an amazing road trip, witnessed a few close friends marry their soulmates, made some new friends, and generally kicked butt. I can’t wait to see what I will make of 2015! Happy, happy new year, lovelies!

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15 New Year’s Eve Party Essentials to Buy or DIY

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How was your Christmas? Mine was lovely, laid-back, and technology-free (almost). My laptop stayed closed all day and I barely touched my iPhone. I focused on family and gave and received some awesome gifts. Now on to New Year’s Eve planning! Here are a few party essentials you can buy or DIY.

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1. Confetti via The Confetti Bar. What’s a party without confetti? A somber gathering, that’s what. I plan on tossing confetti all over the house! Photo Credit: Victoria Gloria Photography.

NYE Party Crackers via Handmade Mood

2. DIY Party Crackers. Make sure you’ve got something to pop! at your New Year’s Eve festivities. These crackers can be made with rolls from toilet paper or paper towels and wrapping paper. Stuff them with candies or confetti. via Handmade Mood.

DIY Confetti Crowns via Best Friends for Frosting

3. DIY Confetti Crown. Or if you’d rather wear your confetti as a crown, Jessica of The Confetti Bar shared this confetti crown tutorial over at Best Friends for Frosting.

Party Headband Buy or DIY

4. Buy or DIY Party Headbands. Speaking of headgear, these are so cute! You can make them with this tutorial from Brit + Co or buy them from Ban.do — P.S. Ban.do is giving you 15% off sitewide today only. Sweet!

Tassle Cardboard Numbers via Ruffled

5. DIY Gold Fringe Numbers. Okay, this tutorial is obviously a bit dated, but all you need to do is swap out that last 2 for a 5 and you’ve got 2015! Get the instructions and other NYE party ideas via Ruffled.

DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons via Design Love Fest

6. DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons. I love the pairing of colorful balloons with a dash of gold. Tutorial via designlovefest.

DIY Straw Garland via Oh Happy Day

7. DIY New Year’s Straw Starburst Garland. Here’s a great way to upcycle straws into art! via Oh Happy Day.

Gold Fringe Curtain Photo Backdrop

8. DIY Gold Fringe Photo Booth. This might be the easiest photo booth setup I’ve ever seen! Just hang up a few gold fringe curtains (maybe a few leftover from your numbers). Thanks Brit + Co!

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9. Buy or DIY Sequin Tablecloth. Don’t forget to deck your table! Grab a sequin tablecloth from Sparkle Pony Shop or I bet you could make your own pretty easily with sequin fabric from your local craft store.

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10. DIY Sparkly Teacup Candle. Remember these teacup candles I made for Jordan’s bridal shower? Half of them were made with gold glitter, which would add a fun sparkle to any NYE bash. Get the instructions here.

Golden Wine Glass Buy or DIY

11. Buy or DIY Gold-Painted Wine Glasses. I love the idea of sprucing up regular wine glasses with gold spray paint or glitter. These cute striped Oh Joy! wine glasses from Target will do, too!

DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks via Odessa May Society

12. DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks. Swizzle sticks are always a good idea. Add a touch of tinsel with this tutorial from Odessa May Society.

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13. Giant Gem Speaker via Ban.do. Keep your favorite party tunes rockin’ all night long with ban.do’s Giant Gem Speaker! I had this on my Christmas wishlist this year, and my Dad got it for me – yay! I’ve got it playing music from my iPhone as I type this. :)

Gold Painted French Macarons via Miss Renaissance

14. Gold-Painted French Macarons. Let’s not forget about treats – and hey, with edible glitter and gold dust, even your desserts can dazzle. Inspiration via Miss Renaissance.

Ball Drop Cake Pops via I Spy DIY

15. Ball Drop Cake Pops. 3, 2, 1… yum! Recipe via I Spy DIY.

Happy partying!

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