This Saturday: Bridgeport Arts Fest

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Bridgeport Arts Fest July 11 2015

Join me this Saturday, July 11 at the McLevy Green for the Bridgeport Arts Fest! I am so excited for this event because I’ll be surrounded by lots of friends and fellow creative entrepreneurs — BBA Bracelets, Cinder + Salt, Flotsam & Whimsey, Glitter & Bold, Hartford Prints!, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Rayne Home Decor, Refabed Chic, RZP Art and so SO many more crazy talented CT artists. See the full artist lineup here. See you there?

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Toasting to Freedom and Sisterhood with Middle Sister Wines

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I love celebrating 4th of July every year, but this year I’m especially proud to be an American. In the past few weeks, our country has made incredible strides — most notably, securing the right to marry for our gay and lesbian friends. So on Saturday, my sister Suzi and I toasted to family, freedom, good weather, and great wine.

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When I was asked to taste test a bottle of Middle Sister Wines, I had to laugh at how perfectly the wines and their quirky little characters captured being a middle sister. Says Middle Sister Wines: “Did you know that birth order is commonly believed to have a profound and lasting effect on psychological development? WE DID!!! And that is why we have dedicated a wine to the sister in the middle – the one who always seems to have a personality of her own, and steals the show.” Yes, I can admit to being a bit of a troublemaker/show stealer. But, hey, I had to work hard to stand out!

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Suzi and I have always been close, but we didn’t always get along. As the older sister, she seemed to have a lot more fun (and cooler things) than I did. I would trail after her, invite myself along on her adventures, try to outshine her, and occasionally steal her things. I’m loud (in volume, personality, and wardrobe), mischievous, energetic, attention-seeking, creative, and maybe more than a little whacky. Classic signs of being a middle sister.

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Neither of us are lushes, but we’ll have a glass or two of white wine occasionally. We especially love wine with our cupcakes.

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I made my patriotic Berry Blue Velvet Jell-O Cupcakes again this year. They always come out a little more turquoise than blue, but they taste delicious so who cares?! 

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I love girly, super sweet wines, so I paired my cupcakes with the Sweet & Sassy Moscato, which has notes of white peaches, citrus and honeysuckle.

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Suzi’s more of a Drama Queen Pinot Grigio girl, which had hints of apple and pear.

Middle Sister Wines characters

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As is tradition, we spent Independence Day at our Dad’s house for his annual backyard fireworks extravaganza. We lit a few sparklers, ate a few cupcakes, and reminisced over our favorite sisterhood memories (me stealing her favorite blanket and getting away with it… Suzi helping me break out of the house when I was grounded…). We’re not as close with our youngest sister, but I’m so glad we have each other.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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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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