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!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask.

homemade pumpkin juice via @poorandpretty

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:

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_contents

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.

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_beautybasics

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! 

Natural Beauty on a Budget - Sami Jo Jensen @poorandpretty_recipe

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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Upcoming Workshop: Make Floralfetti Natural Beauty Products with The Confetti Bar!

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DIY floralfetti beauty products with @theconfettibar @poorandpretty

Coming up on Saturday, November 7, I will be co-hosting a magical DIY beauty workshop with Jessica of The Confetti Bar! We’ll be mixing up our own sugar scrubs, body oils/perfumes, and bath teas with The Confetti Bar’s floralfetti. Reserve your spot here!

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Mix and match pretty petals, herbs, and mica with pure essential oils to make concoctions that look as beautiful as they smell!

Floralfetti Sugar Scrubs with @theconfettibar @poorandpretty

We’ll also chat about what’s in our cosmetics and why it’s important to read labels, plus learn how we can make our own natural beauty products with ingredients we already have in our kitchen.

Floralfetti Natural Beauty Workshop with @poorandpretty @theconfettibar

Students will each take home a sugar scrub, body oil or perfume, bath tea, and a sneak peek at my eBook, The Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget. We hope you’ll join us! Buy your ticket here.

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Poor & Pretty Travels: 12 Things I Loved in New Orleans

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12 Things I loved in New Orleans via @poorandpretty

I am on a crazy traveling/networking kick, you guys. I got home from New Orleans on Sunday night and pretty much collapsed into bed. This weekend is Monarch Workshop. And the weekend after that I am staying at home as much as possible, ha! Here are a few things I fell in love with in NOLA:

Sami with Emily and Kathleen - Being Boss NOLA via @poorandpretty

1. Being Boss. I’ve been obsessively listening to the Being Boss podcast since June, and drinking in every bit of advice imparted by hosts Emily Thompson (above left) and Kathleen Shannon (above right). Their mantra “Do the Work; Be Boss” is something I say to myself on an almost-daily basis. I get so caught up in research, self doubt, and trying to feel “ready” with my work that I become paralyzed and afraid to actually do anything. So when Emily and Kathleen decided they were going to New Orleans and inviting 75 bosses along, I didn’t overthink. I bought my ticket, and went, and shared my ideas with other badass creative boss ladies, and totally conquered. I gained so much confidence and self-awareness, and of course amazing connections! When I came home, I got to work finishing my natural beauty eBook and launched it on Tuesday. You can buy it here

Sami and Jem Being Boss NOLA via @poorandpretty

2. My roommate. I was a little nervous about sharing an AirBnB with someone I didn’t know, but when I discovered Jessica (alias Jem) regularly attends Renaissance Faires, I knew we’d get along just fine. And we did! Jem is a super talented comic book artist currently working on a weekly comic called Cap and Sable, a spacey pirate tale. We explored the city together, gave each other confidence, shared book recommendations, and geeked out about Harry Potter a lot. ANd her hair! It makes me want to put pink back in mine…

Chicken and Waffles at Desire Oyster Bar NOLA via @poorandpretty

3. The food. Some of the food highlights from my trip were roasted chicken with jambalaya risotto at Bourbon House, chicken & waffles at Desire, pulled pork Po Boy somewhere on Bourbon Street… NOLA is another city of amazing food, pretty much everywhere you go. I don’t eat seafood, but there were plenty of delicious alternatives for me. I would have loved to do lunch or dinner at Brennan’s, but we didn’t make reservations and you definitely need them there!

4. The beignets. You can’t go to New Orleans without eating beignets! When Suzi and I went to NOLA in 2008, we waited in a pretty long line at Café Beignet for ours (expect to do so if you’re heading there too). Luckily, the genius organizers behind the #BeingBossNOLA trip grabbed a bunch for us one morning so we didn’t have to wait in line! They are amazingly fluffy and doughy and sugary.

Gelato from Sucre NOLA via @poorandpretty

5. The gelato. Walking around the French Quarter trying to decide what to eat, Jem and I stumbled upon Sucré, a sweet boutique on Conti Street. They had 14 different French Macarons, artisan chocolate bars, handmade marshmallows, personal cakes named after musicals, and gelato! Though we were tempted to have gelato for lunch, we hurried out, ate somewhere nearby, and went back for dessert. It made me want to start a bakery so bad!

6. The crêpes. Connected to the apartment building we were staying in was a little coffee shop called Merchant. They had amazing crêpes, which Jem and I ate every morning.

Frenchmen Art Market New Orleans via @poorandpretty

7. The Frenchmen Art Market. If you’re into supporting handmade artisans like I am, you’ll want to check out the art market on Frenchmen Street. It’s bit of a hike, but still totally walkable! Because it only runs in the evenings, there are string lights hovering above the artists’ tents. It felt so magical! The goods ranged from big painted canvas artwork to handmade 80s and 90s memorabilia to jewelry made of fish bones.

Dollz and Dames NOLA dress via @poorandpretty

8. The dresses. While we’re on the subject of shopping, let’s talk about Dollz & Dames! It’s a small boutique on Decatur Street, filled with rockabilly dresses, shoes, skirts, tops, vintage lingerie… I spent a lot of money here, and I’m certain if Suzi were with me again, she would have too. I bought this entire ensemble there!

Tarot Card Reader Jackson Square NOLA via @poorandpretty

9. The Tarot Reading. One of my missions this visit was to seek out the tarot card reader Kathleen spoke about during an episode of Being Boss. We knew she had blue dreadlocks, a hat, and was in Jackson Square (as are most of the readers). We found her on Saturday, and she was wonderful. I’m keeping the reading to myself, but I will say it was powerful and I am very glad I found her!

Lord Chaz Ghost Tour NOLA via @poorandpretty

10. The Ghost Tour. I was really excited about doing a ghost tour with my fellow bosses because that’s one thing Suzi and I didn’t get a chance to do on our first visit to NOLA. The tour was booked through Lord Chaz Ghost Tours, who were incredible. We were split into three smaller groups, so we didn’t have Lord Chaz himself, but the guy we had (I forgot his name!) was fantastic. We learned all about the voodoo, vampire, and ghost legends that haunt the city. That big shadow behind our tour guide? We dubbed him Spooky Jesus. 

Halloween in NOLA via @poorandpretty

11. Halloween. NOLA lives for well, pretty much every holiday (and some they even make up), but this is doubly true for Halloween. Houses, shops, and restaurants in the French Quarter were covered in creepy clowns, skeletons, animatronic witches and vampires. We walked past the above clown-filled porch on our way to Frenchmen Market Friday night. I would have hated living next to those folks!

Gemini Bermuda Triangle with Fearless Fresh Stephanie Stiavetti and Erica Midkiff NOLA via @poorandpretty

12. The Gemini Bermuda Triangle. While at a the Being Boss Bourbon House dinner Friday night, I wound up sitting across from and next to two fellow Geminis. Now, I don’t let astrological signs and horoscopes run my life by any means, but I totally buy into the fact that people of the same sun sign have similar personality traits. Turns out Fearless Fresh chef Stephanie Stiavetti (above left) and content coach Erica Midkiff (above right — I was so excited to meet her!) are also Geminis, and also can’t drink coffee because it makes them insanely jittery, and can’t help speaking loudly and excitedly, and always have a million different entrepreneurial ideas and creative paths they want to follow. So we called ourselves the Gemini Bermuda Triangle because non-Geminis could get totally swallowed up in the middle of our energetic, creative madness.

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask + eBook Announcement!

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season! Can’t get your PSL fix? Why not try it out as a facial and hair mask? Pumpkin is fantastic at balancing our scalp and skin’s oil production. Plus its alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate without being abrasive. Combine this with the hydrating powers of honey and soy milk, and a dash of antibacterial cinnamon. This recipe is straight from my eBook, which is launching next Tuesday, October 20! Be the first to grab it — just sign up for my email list.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair Face Mask Ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

  • 2 tbs honey

  •  1 tsp soy milk

  •  ¼ tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and transfer into an air-tight jar. Store it in the refrigerator and use within two days.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair Face Mask finished via @poorandpretty

Ready to use it? Here’s how you do it:

Step One: Set aside 1 tbs of the mask for your face.

Step Two: Apply the remainder of the mask to your hair. If you’ve ever used a home hair dye kit, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair in the same way. Separate out your hair, then work in the mixture with your hands, working from your scalp out to your ends. When you’ve covered your entire head, spend a little extra time working it into your scalp. Pull your hair back with a hair elastic or claw and cover it with a shower cap. You’re going to leave this on for about 45 minutes.

Step Three: Apply mask to face. After you wash your hands and face with your regular facial cleanser, use the tablespoon you set aside for your face. Apply in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on for about 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite astringent and moisturizer.

Step Four: After 45 minutes, hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse the pumpkin mask out of your hair. Follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.

I can’t wait to share my eBook with you!!!! 

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