Cinder + Salt is Makin’ Moves with their #LIKEABOSS Collection

cinder + salt - likeaboss collection feat

likeaboss with cinder and salt via @poorandpretty

You guys know how much I love Rachel DeCavage, right? She’s become a great friend and is a truly inspiring and tireless (seriously, girl, when do you sleep?) entrepreneur. When I helped her out with a photo shoot a few weeks ago, I got a sneak peek at her latest Cinder + Salt collection, and now I’m so pumped to officially share #LIKEABOSS with you!

cinder + salt - likeaboss

Inspired by the daily hustle of movers and shakers and lady entrepreneurs, #LIKEABOSS is just as energetic as Rachel herself. Says Rachel, “We designed our products for women who carefully balance their career and personal goals, and crave apparel and accessories that skirt the line. The designs are centered around inspirational phrases and are printed on items that can be worn at work, to the gym, and anywhere in between.”

cinder + salt - likeaboss collection 2

The motivational prints and tees are just as much a rallying cry as they are encouragement, especially the stayin’ hungry stayin’ foolish design, inspired by the famous Steve Jobs quote. There are five new designs in total, each printed with reclaimed inks on racerback tanks, slouchy pullovers, tote bags, and as 11 x 14 prints.

cinder + salt - likeaboss - go getter makin moves

I want one of everything, especially the pink Go Getter slouchy pullover!

cinder + salt - likeaboss pencils

Oh, and she’s even got a set of pencils, for everyday inspiration. Grab your favorites here before March 1st and get 15% off with code TAKECHARGE.


Outfit: Date Night Dress

Date Night at New Mill Restaurant via @poorandpretty

To avoid the Valentine rush, Stan and I had our romantic dinner last night at New Mill Restaurant in Southington. The food was pretty delicious, but it was noisy. The bar was crowded and we were seated right next to it. It didn’t matter though, we were there together and we got dressed up.

Date Night Dress outfit via @poorandpretty


I wore my Holly Golightly dress from Fleet Collection and purse — both Christmas gifts from Stan — with hot pink tights, a hair bow to match, and beige wedges.

Holly Golightly Fleet Collection Dress back detail via @poorandpretty

My favorite outfit detail is the bow on the back of my Holly Golightly dress.

I’m starting to wig out a little. Stan is leaving Sunday on a two-week trip to Israel! I’m mostly excited for/jealous of him, but also a little bit terrified because of all the… uncertainty over there. But I’m sure he’ll be safe. I will just need to keep very occupied because we won’t be able to talk much. I’ll be lucky if I get a text a day from him. International data/phone plans are crazy expensive. Anyway, let’s send him happy thoughts and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Date Night Dress outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Holly Golightly Dress in Plum: Fleet Collection, gift. Flipside Clutch in Blush/Pink:, gift. Pink tights: Betsey Johnson, Marshalls, $10 for a pack of 3 (similar). Beige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar, similar).

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Recipe: Chocolate & Caramel Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries feat

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries via @poorandpretty

We’re getting into the homestretch of Valentine’s Day, so I’m breaking out a classic with a bit of a twist. Not only are these strawberries covered in chocolate, I also added caramel and sea salt into the equation. Oh yeah; they’re incredible. And easy to make even if you don’t have a double boiler or fondue-maker (I have neither).

Chocolate Caramel Covered Strawberries Ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1lb of strawberries
  • 1 cup of chopped melting chocolate or chocolate chips — I used half Godiva melting chips and half mini chocolate chips.
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce – I bought mine from Hillhome Country Products at a local event.
  • course sea salt
  • small pot and heat-safe glass (I use a Pyrex measuring cup) or double boiler or fondue maker
  • large dish or baking sheet
  • wax paper

Strawberries Drying via @poorandpretty

1. Wash strawberries, then lay them out on a few paper towels to dry for a few minutes. Chocolate doesn’t stick very well to wet strawberries.

DIY Double Boiler via @poorandpretty

2. Fill a small pot with about an inch and a half of water, then insert your heat-safe glass, making sure not to get any water inside the glass. This will serve as your DIY double-boiler. Place this on a burner and turn it to medium-low heat.

Melting Chocolate via @poorandpretty

3. Add your chocolate to the glass and stir it occasionally as it melts.

4. To make caramel and chocolate dipped strawberries, you’ll want to dip them in your caramel sauce first (it may need to be microwaved), then sprinkle them with your course sea salt (optional but oh-so-good), then freeze them for 20-30 minutes before dipping them in chocolate. If you go from caramel sauce right to chocolate, it gets a little messy.

Dipping Strawberries in Chocolate via @poorandpretty

5. Once the chocolate is completely melted (check that there are no lumps), go ahead and dip in a strawberry! I just used my hand here, but after a while, I found that the strawberries would get too heavy once they were dipped, so I started sticking them on a fork before I dipped them.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry on Wax Paper via @poorandpretty

6. Place your dipped strawberries on a baking sheet or large dish covered with wax paper to let harden. Optional: drizzle with caramel sauce.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries closeup via @poorandpretty

7. Enjoy immediately or stick them in the fridge or freezer for a few days.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries 2 via @poorandpretty

… Ours didn’t last very long. ;)


Friday Faves: 14 Indie-made Valentines

Be My Honey Pie - feat

We’re down to just 8 days until Valentine’s Day, peeps! If you haven’t picked up a card for your Valentine yet here a few made by local and indie artists that I’m sweet on. Or, make your own!

Be My Honey Pie card - Made in the Shea'd

1. Be My Honey Pie card by Made in the Shea’d. I picked this up at Get Baked’s Love Local Market last weekend for my honey pie. ♥

I Love Ewe - Hartford Prints

2. I Love Ewe letterpress card by Hartford Prints! This has Suzi written all over it…

3. Cat Love Card by River Dog Prints.

Let's Make Out - Wiley Valentine at UO

4. Let’s Make Out card by Wiley Valentine, found via Urban Outfitters.

5. Love Greeting Cards 12 pack by Modern Memo.

Heart Garland - Rifle Paper Co

6. Garland Greeting Card by Rifle Paper Company, found via Ruche.

Kisses cards - Brika

7. Kisses Boxed Card Set by Shana Frase.


8. Lovey Dovey Letterpress Card Assortment by Smarty Pants Paper Co.

You Make My Heart Go Boom Boom Boom - The Social Type at UO

9. Boom Boom Boom card by The Social Type, found via Urban Outfitters.

10. Sugar Skulls card set by The Octopress.

Hay There heart glasses cards - Brika

11. Hay There Cards (set of 4) by Lemonwood Imprints.


12. I’m Keeping You Card by Sad Shop.

Sea How Much I Love You - Brika

13. Sea How Much I Love You cards by Cartoules Press.

You're My Person Mug by Glitter and Bold

14. You’re My Person mug by Glitter and Bold. Why not say it on a mug instead?


Outfit: The Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten Teacher Outfit feat

Kindergarten Teacher Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Time is flying by way too fast and I do not like it. I can’t believe it’s already February 3rd (Suzi’s birthday) — Happy birthday, Suzi! We always celebrate it on the day of the Super Bowl, much to her chagrin. But this year, we (most of us) barely watched the game and instead played board games and chowed down on the yummy cupcakes I made her, so I think we did okay.

Saturday was crazy busy too. I dropped off a bunch of my scrubs and lip & body balms at The Haven Collective, which you can grab there through Valentine’s Day! Afterwards, I drove up to East Hartford to help out with a Cinder + Salt photo shoot, and gave Rachel some pointers on beginner DSLR photography. And of course, she took a few photos of me in front of the awesome backdrop she made. I love this casual color-pop outfit. It kind of reminds me of a kindergarten teacher.

likeaboss with cinder and salt via @poorandpretty

This was my favorite photo of the day, though. Rachel has a new collection coming out soon, so these prints are a sneak peek. ;)

Kindergarten Teacher Outfit via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Mustard Cardigan: Charter School Cardigan in Honey, ModCloth, $35. Navy Polka Dot Tank: Uptown Consignment, $5 (similar). Book Shop Stop Jeans: Angry Rabbit, ModCloth, $55 (similar, similar). Navy Keds: gift, but you can get ‘em hereWatch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex.

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