Flash Sale! 20% off Today Only + Last Day to Order

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Flash Sale Holiday 2014 - Lemon IN

Today only, take 20% off everything in my Etsy shop, except my already-discounted Gift Sets. Plus, it’s the last day to order for guaranteed arrival by Christmas Eve. So get shopping!


Holiday Crafternoon!

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DIY Table - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

I had so much fun yesterday hosting my second Crafternoon (remember the one I did with Brit + Co and Timex?). This time, the theme was “DIY presents” – cool things you can make within a few hours that people would actually like to receive as gifts. Eight awesomely crafty ladies crammed into my living room and kitchen and filled the house with glitter and confetti! Here are a few of the things we made:

Confetti Ornament - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Glass ornaments filled with confetti from The Confetti Bar – Alanna’s came out so pretty! Look for the tutorial tomorrow. ;)

Herbal Sachets - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Hand-sewn herbal sachets filled with lavender and chamomile. Jordan is a pro seamstress.

Mason Jar Hot Cocoa - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Jessica L. is mixing up a mason jar hot cocoa mug – look for the recipe next week!

Confetti Soap - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Check out these confetti-filled soaps! This amazing idea came from the brilliant mind of Latanya from Sprinkles & Booze.

DIY gifts with For The Makers - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

A big, big thanks to For The Makers for supplying a few supplies to the party! Madu’s craft stash includes the Lemon Drop Necklace and Locals Only Bangle from FTM’s Hello Trouble collection.

Instagram Station - Holiday Crafternoon via @poorandpretty

Another big thank you goes to The Confetti Bar’s Jessica H. for supplying the confetti! She’s using my Instagram Station to show off her herbal sachet and Locals Only Bangle.

Red + Green Velvet Cupcakes via @poorandpretty

I’m super grateful for my fabulous sister Suzi who came over early and helped me frost my red & green velvet cupcakes and make a bunch of appetizers. I’m so lucky to have her. ♥

Thank you so, so much to everyone who came and crafted and conquered. I had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to do this again! (Perhaps in someone else’s – bigger – house ;)


Blogiversary Flashback: 2011

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P&P Blogiversary 2011 Highlights @poorandpretty

To celebrate Poor & Pretty’s blogiversary, I’m taking a look back at my favorite posts of the last five years. Last week, I shared posts from 2009 and 2010. Here are a few from 2011:

1. California. Stan and I started 2011 on the west coast! We visited my Uncle Dave in Los Angeles to help him redesign his website, and did a little sightseeing while we were there. We even went to the Rose Parade!

2. Restyle Revisited: My Styling Session with Sabrina Allard. Looking back at this post makes me miss Sabrina so much! I haven’t seen her in over two years! She’s such a positive person, and has a great sense of style. She used to offer personal styling sessions, and I was lucky enough to be able to do one with her. My friend Mayya took a few photos of us with some of the new pieces I added to my wardrobe.

3. Tea Adventure: Simpson & Vale. I have embraced that Stan and I are crazy tea people. So when we discovered Simpson & Vale, nestled away in Broofield, CT, we drove down and bought tons of loose leaf tea. It’s still my favorite place to buy tea.

4. My Immortal 24th Birthday. In June, I introduced you to my love for murder mysteries. My Mom helped me throw a murder mystery party with some of my closest friends for my 24th birthday. It was immortal-themed, so there were vampires, werewolves, faeries, and wizards. It was so much fun!

5. DIY Beachy Sea Salt Hair Spray. This continues to be one of my most-viewed blog posts of all time. I’m so glad you loved my sea salt hair spray tutorial. :)

6. Is this the real life? A 60b/Poor & Pretty bohemian-inspired photo shoot. I had the opportunity to work with Jill again on a fun bohemian-themed photo shoot for my cupcake soaps. Drawing inspiration from avant-garde art, writings, and yes, Moulin Rouge, we personified the bohemian values of freedom, beauty, truth, and love. It was a beautiful shoot done in the gardens of Wickham Park in Manchester, CT.

7. Manchester Art Association Craft Fair. In October, I vended at my very first event! People really loved my products, and I had some great sales, but it ended it a now-infamous freak October snowstorm.

8. Recipe: Tra La Las {Iced Italian Cookies}. Just before Christmas, I shared my recipe for Tra La Las a.k.a. Iced Italian Cookies a.k.a. Egg Drop Cookies a.k.a. Anginettes. (They go by a lot of names!) They’re very easy to make and SO GOOD. Every time I make these, they’re gobbled down so quickly.


Blogiversary Flashback: 2009 & 2010

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P&P Blogiversary 2009-2010 Highlights

It is unbelievable how much I’ve written in the last five years! Over 630 posts! So I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at a few of my favorite posts or events from a particular year each week until the end of the month. Here’s 2009 & 2010:

1. Lip Service: DIY Lip Balm. The very first post on Poor & Pretty, on December 2nd, 2009, was my tutorial on making lip balm. It’s still a pretty darn good recipe, too! But I will say I’m glad my photography skills have improved. ;)

2. Poor, Pretty, & Peonies. Mish and I visited Peonies, a consignment boutique co-owned by my former boss, Pam Williams. Pam gave us free reign of the shop so we put together a fun video on how to score great deals and create fun outfits from consignment shops. Sadly, Peonies is now closed, but our blog post was later picked up by Bust.com!

3. DIY: Cucumber & Almond Exfoliating/Cooling Mask. Apparently, I was on a vlogging kick in 2010. Stan helped me film a tutorial of Scarlett and I making a cooling and exfoliating mask made with cucumber and almond. My videography and mask-making skills have also improved, but mostly I like to watch this because Scarlett is so stinkin’ cute in it.

4. Friday Faves: Michigan Editigan {Read: Michigan Edish-igan}. In July of 2010, Stan and I visited our friends Ben and Marcus in Michigan! It was so much fun seeing them and staying up way too late playing Risk in funny hats.

5. Guest Post: Stan’s All-Natural Strawberry Lemonade. Stan has written a few guest posts for me, and this is my favorite. We haven’t made our own lemonade in a long time… I think it’s time we start again because this was delicious.

6. 60B Photography Photo Shoot. I was so thankful to win Jillian Farrell’s free photo shoot in November 2010 because she’s a truly gifted photographer. We did a few photo shoots together, but the first one she did of Stan and I is my favorite. She captured some truly sweet and playful moments.

7. Now Open: The Cupcake Soap Shoppe by Poor & Pretty. With a little photography help from Jill, and lots of support from friends and family, I opened up my Etsy shop one year after starting the Poor & Pretty blog. What a rush!

Psst: Don’t forget to enter to win one of the 6 awesome Connecticut-made goodies from my Blogiversary Giveaway Bash if you haven’t already!


Upcoming Holiday Events

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I’ve now got an event going on every Saturday until Christmas! I hope to see your face at one of them! But if you can’t say hello and shop in-person, you can grab all of my products in my Etsy shop.

Park City Pop-Up blog

Saturday, November 15: 11am – 3pm: Park City Pop-Up! 
B:Hive Bridgeport
285 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Get details & directions here.

Canton Holiday Craft Fair FB Event

Saturday, November 22: 10am – 4pm: Canton Holiday Craft Fair
Canton High School Gymnasium
76 Simonds Ave
Canton, CT 06019
Raffle proceeds and vendor fees benefit the Canton Dollars for Scholars Fund.
Get details & directions here.

Celebrate Shelton_blog

Celebrate Shelton Downtown Handmade Market
Conti Building
415 Howe Ave
Shelton, CT 06484

Black Friday, November 28: 6pm – 9pm
Small Business Saturday, November 29: 10am – 5pm
Saturday, December 6: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 13: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 20: 10am – 3pm
Get details & directions here.

NoRa First Thursday blog

Thursday, December 4: 6pm – 10pm: NoRA’s First Thursday
NoRA Cupcake Company
700 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
Get details & directions here.