Vintanthromodern Vintage Summer Lookbook

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I have begun to whole-heartedly embrace vintage, which I attribute to New Haven’s Vintanthromodern Vintage. You’ve already seen my incredibly adorable vintage balloon skirt and vintage-inspired Anthropologie patchwork dress. So when Vintanthromodern founder Melissa Gonzales asked me to be in her Summer Lookbook photo shoot, I was pretty excited. 

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I was especially happy because I got to spend the day with a group of really awesome boss babes and fellow Monarchs! From left to right: Betsy of Whisk + Brush, Maya of MOJALVO, Becca of Whisk + Brush, and yours truly!

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We were a pretty fierce group of females, modeling Vintanthromodern Vintage’s latest rompers, swimsuits, and dresses.

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My favorite outfit was this stripy fruity romper that perfectly matched the glass fruit statement necklace I’m also wearing.

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Though I think everyone else had more fun watching me smolder at the camera in my red, white, and blue swimsuit, wrapped up in the American flag. (Also: look at how miniature I am standing next to the rest of the ladies! Ha!)

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I was surprised at how many really cute bathing suits Melissa brought from the shop ~ all different sizes, too! She’s constantly adding more to the shop, so be sure to pop in often at 938 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Check out the full Vintanthromodern Vintage Summer Lookbook here

Hair: Brittany George, Upstyle
Makeup: Jessica Kennedy, Upstyle
Photography: Cassandra Madeline
Styling: Samantha Vigorito
Models: Becca and Betsy of Whisk & Brush, John of Oh Cassius! (not pictured), Maya of MOJALVO, and Sami of Poor & Pretty.

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Tomorrow: Arts & Ideas in New Haven

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I’m kicking of my summer vending at the Made in CT Open Air Market, part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas taking place in New Haven throughout the rest of June. Come to the New Haven Green (Temple at Chapel Streets) from 1-9pm for Made in CT artisan shopping, live music, food trucks, and more! 

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Help Support the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery in Nepal

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This weekend, my 12-year-old niece did something truly wonderful — she hosted a lemonade stand to raise money for a Buddhist nunnery affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Young Ani at Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery in Nepal

Scarlett met members of the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery a few years ago when they visited Trinity College in Hartford CT to create a sacred Mandala. After hearing that the “Ani” — some as young as 3 — have been sleeping outside in tents since the earthquakes, Scarlett sprang into action. Through her lemonade stand, she collected over $200 to send to the Nunnery so that they can purchase teddy bears, children’s books, and other comfort items for the young Ani. And now we can help, too.

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Now through Saturday, May 30, I will donate 30% of all sales from my Etsy shop to the Keydong Thukche Choeling Nunnery. 

Or, if you’d prefer to make a straight donation without a purchase, please send a PayPal payment to sami@poorandpretty.com and include a note that says “Donation for Nepal.” If you use the “friends and family” option, I will not be charged a processing fee, which means 100% of your donation will be given directly to the Nunnery. Donations will be collected through Saturday, May 30.

Thank you for your generosity.

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5th Annual Hartford Trashion Fashion Show: Sunday, April 19

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It’s that time of year again! Now in its 5th year, the Hartford Trashion Fashion Show will be taking over Hartford City Hall next Sunday, April 19th to celebrate Earth Day, the arrival of Spring, and educate onlookers about sustainability.

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It’s always a great time, with gorgeous upcycled runway fashion. I’m happy to be vending for my fourth year!

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I will have plenty of my 100% natural sugar & salt scrubs, bath salts, lip & body balms, face masks, and more available during and after the show inside City Hall, but don’t miss the Earth Day Eco Market happening outside!

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Monarch Workshop + Free Printables

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I took the day yesterday to let the weekend’s events settle over me, and I’m still coming down from the incredible high that was Monarch Workshop. There were so many wonderful, inspiring, creative women all in one room — it felt like home. It was home. Finally! I don’t have to travel to New York, San Francisco, or some other distance to find my kindred sisters.

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It was two days of crafting, learning, yoga, networking, photo booth-ing (I’m with Melissa of the Haven Collective & Vintanthromodern Vintage and Bethany of Twenty Something Plus above), delicious food by Whisk + Brush, and lots and lots of hugs in Bananaland, Bridgeport. It was crazy cool women like Michelle Bablo who said “fuck this job” time and time again until she finally created her own kick-ass business as a “professional magic maker, gold fringe enthusiast & designer of colorful parties.”

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And Katharine Marino of YogaKat Fitness, who is probably the most loving, calm person I have ever met. She taught us to love our bodies, shake out negativity, and be present. She had us all pick out little wisdom cards and think about how we can apply them to our lives. Mine said “do what’s simple,” which is kind of perfect because I overanalyze and overcomplicate everything.

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There was Nutritionist Debra Wolf who played us hilarious clips from Portlandia and showed us how to love our bodies from the inside out with healthy eating (and also: we consume far too much sugar).

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And crafter and textile guru Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom who left me with my greatest takeaway: own your path.

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Because my initial jot-down of this quote really doesn’t do justice to how much it resonated within me, I had to fancy it up a bit. I’ve designed it into two different printables/computer wallpapers:

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Right click and save either image above to use it as a desktop wallpaper. You can also download higher resolution files to print and frame: download butterfly printable | download dots printable | download everything | these are large files and may take a while to download. :)

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I am so grateful to Jessica of The Confetti Bar and Latanya of Sprinkles & Booze for introducing me to this crowd of incredible creators. I’ve never felt so understood and accepted. I will be seeing a lot more of them that’s for sure! I’ve already begun to take what I’ve learned and work on myself and my future as a kick-ass entrepreneur.

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