4th Annual Trashion Show this Saturday!

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It’s that time of year again! The 4th Annual Trashion Fashion Show is this Saturday, April 19th 6-9pm at Hartford City Hall. Get your tickets here. (All proceeds support the Sustainable Farm School.)

I’ve been lucky enough to vend at the past two shows, but this year will be a little different. I will be teaching a demonstration on how to make your own sugar scrubs and have tons of info about some of the toxic chemicals you can find in your brand-name cosmetics. Did you see my article on the Evergreen Design Co. blog?

Trashion Show Hartford CT

I am so pumped to see this year’s trashion fashion! It keeps getting better and better every year!

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Catch Poor & Pretty + sugarplum USA at Hartford HodgePodge 9/22 & 10/20

Hartford HodgePodge 2013 - poor and pretty and sugarplum

I’m super stoked to announce that I will be representing both Poor & Pretty and sugarplum USA at Hartford HodgePodge for two dates this season! While Rachel is kicking butt up in Boston through the end of October, I’ll be in hanging out on Pratt Street  in Hartford with cupcake soaps and eco-friendly clothing. Swing by this coming Sunday, September 22nd, and October 20th, from 11-4pm. You won’t be able to miss our booth ’cause it will be a massive color explosion.

Poor and Pretty SOWA 2013

sugarplum usa shop summer 2013

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FashionABLE: How beautiful scarves empower female entrepreneurs in Africa

FashionABLE Etanesh & Meseret scarves - poor and pretty

Have you heard of FashionABLE? It’s a non-profit organization that works to create sustainable businesses in Africa through scarves. They do this by empowering women to start small business cooperatives, and partnering with manufacturers who are required to employ women with fair wages and fair hiring practices.

FashionABLE Meseret scarf - poor and pretty

Each handmade, 100% cotton scarf — like the woman it is named after — has a story. The scarves are tagged with handwritten notes from their namesakes. The tag on the Meseret scarf (above) reads: Because of you, I am ABLE to… “To  love well again – Thank you, Meseret.” When Meseret was a child, her father passed away, and she entered into prostitution to help support her family. She worked on the streets for 13 years, but she now helps create scarves with FashionABLE. Read her full story here.

FashionABLE Etanesh scarf - poor and pretty

Meseret is not the only FashionABLE woman who turned to prostitution as a means to support herself and her family.  The company has partnered with “Women At Risk” to rehabilitate former sex workers. Etanesh turned to the streets after her uncle died, leaving her alone and penniless. Through FashionABLE, Etanesh is now ABLE to “see my son, Abel, grow in character.” Read her full story here.

Sami wearing FashionABLE Etanesh scarf - poor and pretty

Here I am wearing the Etanesh scarf, also available in Emerald Green and Dragon Fruit Pink.

I love when I come across a non-profit organization that is doing actual good in the world, rather than enticing you to donate money without knowing how that money is spent. My favorite part: “your purchase of a scarf creates jobs, so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.” What’s that proverb? “Give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish and you feed her for a lifetime.” Something like that ;)

wall of scarves - poor and pretty

So, the next time you add a scarf to your collection, make it mean something. ♥

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New hangtags on my cupcake soaps!

Poor and Pretty cupcake soaps new hangtags

I’ve been working on these new hangtags for my cupcake soaps for a few months, and I’m so happy with them! They’re professionally printed by 4over4, so I no longer have to print them at home, cut them out individually, handwrite the names on them… yeah, it’s saving me a good amount of time ;)

Here’s a closeup of my Plumeria cupcake soap tag:

new Plumeria hangtags - Poor and Pretty

They’re printed on 100% postconsumer waste paper with eco-friendly/vegetable-based inks, and I only use one tag per soap now, so they’re much more sustainable. What do you think?

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Bronto Summit: Days 3 & 4

I had so much fun over the last four days at the Bronto Summit, it was hard to leave! Here’s a look at Wednesday and Thursday:

Bronto Summit day 3 threads

Wednesday morning, I pulled on my brightest tights, hacked J.Crew cardigan, and this fun ruffle skirt from sugarplum USA. I tried to embrace the southern staple of “big hair,” but I will admit, I can’t really pull it off. I just end up looking like a first-year Hermione Granger.

Jon Bronto Summit panel

My co-worker Jon is a bit of a celebrity at the Bronto Summits, having been to the first one four years ago when there were only about 30 Bronto customers present. This year, there were over 150! He was asked to sit on a customer panel Wednesday morning, which only fed into his already-inflated, jumbo-Jenga-winning ego. ;)

Bronto Summit day 3 Angus Barn 2

Wednesday night, we were treated to a delicious meal at the gorgeous Angus Barn’s Lakeside Pavilion in Raleigh. Set in the middle of the William B. Umstead State Park, the rustic pavilion was truly spectacular. With outdoor fire pits and a gazebo overlooking a beautiful little lake, I wasn’t surprised to find out that it’s a popular destination for weddings.

Bronto Summit day 3 Angus Barn

I finally brought Jon’s ego down a notch when my team of fierce ladies beat his team of dudes at bocce ball:

Bronto Summit day 3 Angus Barn bocce ball

The conference ended Thursday afternoon, and Jon was so sad to leave that he tried taking off with a 10ft blow-up Bronto. {He didn’t get very far.}

Day 4 Jon steals giant Bronto

Jon and I had a few hours to kill before our flight, so we headed to downtown Durham and stopped off at The Cupcake Bar:

Day 4 Cupcake Bar

I indulged in four delicious miniature cupcakes: Cookies and Cream, Vanilla & Strawberry, Citrus Cooler, and Vanilla & Coconut. I liked them so much, I bought a shirt!

Day 4 Organic Transport ELF orange

As we wandered around a bit more, we found these interesting bike/car hybrid. Manufactured by Organic Transit in Durham, the ELF is a pedal-solar electric hybrid vehicle that founder Rob Cotter says “fills the space between a bike and a car.” I wish we’d had time to drive it around!

Day 4 Organic Transport ELF

Then, we stumbled upon this very cool-looking door:

Day 4 cool door in Durham

As we were looking at it, someone walked up to it to go inside, then asked us if we needed help getting somewhere. “No, we’re just looking at this awesome door!” {How many times have you said that in your life?} He laughed and told us it was created by a local artist. It looks like something out of The Jetsons, right?

Day 4 Bronto in fountain

And because we were weaning ourselves off of the Bronto conference, we couldn’t help dropping by their offices again, where we found this guy poking its head out of the bushes.

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