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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New Year, New Skirt + Scenes from our NYE Party

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Hosting our friends’ New Year’s Eve party this year (last year) was so fun! Of course, the day-after clean up is less fun, but totally worth it. I went for the glitzy silver and gold theme, starting with my new skirt:

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I picked up this Glimmer of Light Sequin Pencil Skirt from Ruche on sale for just $25! Score! I love how it fits and it was perfect for New Year’s Eve. I paired it with a simple black shirt, bedazzled black flats, and a DIY silver star crown.

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I painted my nails to match, of course, using Essie’s Licorice (black) and the ultra-glam Studio nail 54 polish by 100% Pure.

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I made coconut vanilla cupcakes using this recipe topped with champagne buttercream frosting.

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… And I sprinkled them with edible gold stars. So cute!

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I also served up champagne Jell-O shots from my NYE Cocktails Roundup post. They were delicious!

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As for decor, I made those gold fringe numbers from my NYE Party Essentials post. They actually took way longer than I expected, but that’s probably because I was wrapping them one gold tinsel strand at a time.

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They did look really fun hanging though!

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And of course, I tossed up some confetti from The Confetti Bar at midnight, which our friend Dave promptly rolled around in. P.S. Have you seen The Confetti Bar’s DIY confetti soap, inspired by my Crafternoon?

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Speaking of confetti… remember those conversation heart candle holders I made for Valentine’s Day last year? I updated them with confetti and glittery votives for the occasion!

I hope your evening was as fun as ours! Happy 2015! ♥

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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:

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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 Cocktails

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If cocktails aren’t a NYE party essential, I don’t know what is! That’s why I’m dedicating a whole post to it. But in case you missed my other party must-haves, check ‘em out here. Now let’s pop open that champagne!

1. The 24 Carat Champagne Cocktail via Brit + Co.

2. Ginger & Prosecco Cocktail via Style Me Pretty.

3. Peach & Raspberry Bellinis via Sweet Peas & Saffron.

4. Prosecco and Cranberry Mimosa via A Beautiful Mess.

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5. French 75 Punch via Chronicle Books. This recipe is from the book Cocktails for a Crowd.

6. Champagne Jell-O Shots via Erica’s Sweet Tooth.

7. New Year’s Sunset Champagne Cocktail via Sarah Hearts.

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8. White Sangria via Poor & Pretty. This is still one of my go-to’s when I’m hosting a party because it’s easy to whip up. Just remember to prep the champagne and fruits the night before!

9. Glen Grant Sparkler via Women & Whiskies.

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10. Moscow Mule via Sugar & Cloth. New Year’s is like Christmas to Russians, and since I’m dating one, I thought I’d throw in a traditional Russian cocktail.

11. Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch via Spoon Fork Bacon.

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12. Toasted Almond via Poet in the Pantry. This may not be your traditional New Year’s Eve cocktail, anything with amaretto in it is right up my alley. Carrie’s molasses cookies with Kahlúa buttercream (in this same post) also sound amazing!

13. Leftover Pie Cocktail via A Subtle Revelry. Here’s a great way to use up any extra pie you may have leftover from Christmas!

14. Canadian Punch via Women & Whiskies.

15. Grapefruit Champaign Cocktail via A Fabulous Fete.

If alcohol isn’t your thing, or you’re having kiddies over, stock up on sparkling cider or try these mocktails from A Beautiful Mess.

Please remember to party responsibly! ♥

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