Finding Center…

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Hey there.

You might have noticed I’ve been quiet lately. While the impending holidays have kept me very busy, the truth is, I’m also going through a pretty rough breakup. I’m okay, but it hasn’t been easy. Stan and I were together for 7 years, and our lives are very intertwined. We love each other very much, but as Adele sings: Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead…

I’m very lucky to have a great support group of friends & family. I’m taking one day at a time and reminding myself that I am a good person who does some pretty cool stuff, that I am beautiful and lovable, which we can easily forget (especially us women). I’m trying to find my center and look at the scary unknown future as a positive thing, stretching out before me and waiting for me to figure out who I am and where I want to go.

For now, I will be blogging much less. Blogging used to be something that brought me joy and fed my creative soul, but it has begun to feel like a chore. And with my emotions currently running wild, it’s very difficult for me to find words or to focus on anything other than what I am going through personally. I don’t think I will stop blogging entirely, because I do enjoy sharing beauty tutorials and other DIYs with you, so let’s just call it a hiatus for now.

As for the Poor & Pretty Apothecary, I will be closing down my Etsy and Scoutmob shops on Friday, December 18. Please place any orders by Thursday, December 17 or stop by one of my events this weekendFor the past few months, I’ve been secretly working on rebranding my product line. This took a back burner so I could focus on taking care of me for the last two weeks, and now I have to clear my head and decide if it’s something I’d still like to go forward with. I’m sure it is, but it does require quite a bit of effort and attention, and I’m not able to give it that right now.

Finally, I’d like to give a very heartfelt thank you for your support over the years. I’m not sure what the future holds for Poor & Pretty, but I’m glad to have fun, crafty, lovely people like you with me on this wild ride, and I hope that you will bear with me during this difficult time. We all struggle with demons, but when you do I hope you will remember that the pain is temporary and that you, too, are beautiful and lovable. Treat yourself with kindness.

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Shop Small this Holiday at these Upcoming Events!

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It’s been quiet on the blog lately because I’m gearing up for the holiday season! Here’s where you’ll find me in the next few weeks:

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Shop Small Bus Crawl at Cinder & Salt

Saturday, November 28 | 10am – 8pm | 520 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the best of Connecticut’s makers! Yelp Hartford is sponsoring this amazing unique shopping experience: the Shop Small Bus Crawl! Hop on a bus at Hartford Prints!, then stop in at Cinder & Salt‘s soft opening on Main Street in Middletown (that’s where I’ll be!), and finish the day at Vintanthromodern, New Haven’s coolest vintage clothing spot. The bus has already sold out, but you can still swing by any of the above businesses. They’re all hosting pop-up shops with local artisans + complimentary cupcakes from NoRA Cupcake Co. + boozy drinks.

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Holiday Maker’s Market at New Britain Museum of American Art

Friday, December 4 | 5:30pm – 8pm | 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT 06052

Stop in for art, live music, local shopping, great food & drinks! It’s NBMAA’s annual Holiday Maker’s Market! I’ll be in good company with Cinder & Salt, Hartford Prints! Kate Stephen Jewelry, Riverdog Prints, Treefort Naturals, and so many other talented Connecticut makers.

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Holiday HVN hosted by Happiness Lab at The Grove

Saturday, December 5 | 2pm – 9pm | 756 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

More details to come, but right now the local vendor lineup for Holiday HVN is pretty spectacular! I’ll be in good company with B. Meyer Studio, CityLove, Grand Vin, A Happy Life, Hot Blood, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Lunch Box 23, Peterson Sweater Co., Rayne Home Decor, Stonehill Design, Strange Ways, and Vintanthromodern.

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4 Ways to Wear Red Vintage Boots

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Did you know that I’ve blogged 60 outfits? Wow! So I thought I’d do something a little different today, and introduce a “ways to wear” feature. I don’t have a huge closet (though I’m sure Stan would disagree), and I’m trying to reduce it even more. I do, however, have a few staples I wear over and over again, as any frugalista should. Because it’s fall, I’m going to kick things off with my favorite footwear: my vintage red Bellini boots I picked up from loveyvintage.

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Outfit: Jewel Tones | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: January 2014. 

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Outfit: Red, Gold, and Houndstooth | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: November 2013. 

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Outfit: Lace, Leaf, Leather | Season: Spring/Fall | Date: October 2012. 

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Outfit: Falling for Leaves & Autumn Hues | Season: Fall | Date: October 2013. 

What are some of your closet staples you find yourself wearing again and again?

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Friday Faves: 3 Pumpkin Treats to Eat & Wear

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Halloween is tomorrow! Break out that pumpkin puree and whip up these treats for your face and belly!

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1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask.

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2. Wizarding World Copycat Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice.

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3. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes.

I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!

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Sneak Peek Inside the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget

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My very first eBook — the Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget — has been out for just over a week now, so I thought I’d give you a little peek inside. It’s so much more than DIYs! Have a look at the contents:

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Though it started as a compilation of natural beauty tutorials, as I was putting it together, I realized that my eBook was lacking a whole lot of foundational knowledge. Sure, you can jump right into trying out DIY masks and shampoos, but how will you be able to “solve” your skincare problems without knowing what type of skin you have? Or what effects different essential oils and ingredients will have on your skin, hair, and body? Even though I knew this would make the writing process take a lot longer, I knew I had to include this information in the book.

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Adding in basic body care tips, a compendium of natural ingredients and essential oils (as well as ingredients to avoid) more than doubled the page count, but it turned the book into a real reference guide. Whether you’re just beginning to explore making your own cosmetic creations or you’ve been doing this for a while, you’ll refer back to this guide a lot, I promise! 

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The best part? Photos! Don’t you hate when you buy a DIY guide or a recipe book without photos? I need a visual cue so I know how it’s supposed to turn out! I made sure to include photos of almost every tutorial in this book. :)

Get The Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget right here.

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