Local Love: Randi & Jolie of Rayne Home Decor

Local Love Rayne Home Decor feature via @poorandpretty

Local Love Rayne Home Decor interview with @poorandpretty

We’re continuing my Local Love entrepreneur interview series with Jolie Vazquez and Randi Bayne, the candlemakers and abstract artists behind Rayne Home Decor. I first met Jolie and Randi at a Hartford Prints! Mother’s Day event this year, and instantly fell in love with their minimalist packaging, zen display, and of course the smells! I was surprised at how much I loved their blends of fragrances I’d never think to put together — but hey, that’s why they’re the candlemakers, and not me. ;) Let’s get to know them!

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Sami: What scents are you burning right now?
Jolie & Randi: We’re burning our new Ruby Rose candle (grapefruit & rosemary), which we named through a social media contest, as well some Sensual Hut (caribbean teakwood) tealights.


Sami: That sounds heavenly. So what got you started in candle making?
Jolie & Randi: Lighting candles has become an important daily ritual for us for years now. We started looking into how many waxes, additives, etc… that could possibly be in candles and we weren’t very pleased. So we we decided to start making soy wax candles so that we could know what we’re burning and so that we can offer quality made candles for others at affordable prices.

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This Saturday: Bridgeport Arts Fest

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Bridgeport Arts Fest July 11 2015

Join me this Saturday, July 11 at the McLevy Green for the Bridgeport Arts Fest! I am so excited for this event because I’ll be surrounded by lots of friends and fellow creative entrepreneurs — BBA Bracelets, Cinder + Salt, Flotsam & Whimsey, Glitter & Bold, Hartford Prints!, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Rayne Home Decor, Refabed Chic, RZP Art and so SO many more crazy talented CT artists. See the full artist lineup here. See you there?


Outfit: The May Flowers Dress + Giveaway!

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Outfit - May Flowers Dress and daffodils at Hubbard Park via @poorandpretty

Fo me, what marks the arrival of Spring more than anything else in Connecticut are the daffodils at Hubbard Park in Meriden. I didn’t make it to the Daffodil Festival this year, but Mish and I went for a walk in Hubbard Park on Saturday — the view of over 600,000 daffodils throughout the park is simply magical.

It was the perfect opportunity to show off my new dress — I’ve dubbed it my “May Flowers Dress” — from Pink Basis. And they’re so sweet, they’re giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky Poor & Pretty reader!

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To enter, visit Pink Basis, then leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you think you’ll splurge the gift card on. Strappy new sandals? A form-fitting body-con dress? Or maybe you’re in dire need of a new bikini? 

Entries must be posted by Monday, May 11th, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be contacted by email on Tuesday, May 12th, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. This contest is closed – thank you for entering! Congrats to winner Emily S!


Outfit - May Flowers Dress via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: May Flowers Dress: courtesy of Pink BasisMustard Cardigan: Charter School Cardigan in Honey, ModCloth, $35. Pink Bow Belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar). Green Tights: Marshalls, $5.  White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59. 

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5th Annual Hartford Trashion Fashion Show: Sunday, April 19

Trashion Fashion Show model feature

Trashion Fashion Show Hartford 2015 poster

It’s that time of year again! Now in its 5th year, the Hartford Trashion Fashion Show will be taking over Hartford City Hall next Sunday, April 19th to celebrate Earth Day, the arrival of Spring, and educate onlookers about sustainability.

Trashion Fashion Show model

It’s always a great time, with gorgeous upcycled runway fashion. I’m happy to be vending for my fourth year!

Poor + Pretty Booth

I will have plenty of my 100% natural sugar & salt scrubs, bath salts, lip & body balms, face masks, and more available during and after the show inside City Hall, but don’t miss the Earth Day Eco Market happening outside!


Monarch Workshop + Free Printables

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Monarch Workshop 2015 via @poorandpretty

I took the day yesterday to let the weekend’s events settle over me, and I’m still coming down from the incredible high that was Monarch Workshop. There were so many wonderful, inspiring, creative women all in one room — it felt like home. It was home. Finally! I don’t have to travel to New York, San Francisco, or some other distance to find my kindred sisters.

Photo Booth - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

It was two days of crafting, learning, yoga, networking, photo booth-ing (I’m with Melissa of the Haven Collective & Vintanthromodern Vintage and Bethany of Twenty Something Plus above), delicious food by Whisk + Brush, and lots and lots of hugs in Bananaland, Bridgeport. It was crazy cool women like Michelle Bablo who said “fuck this job” time and time again until she finally created her own kick-ass business as a “professional magic maker, gold fringe enthusiast & designer of colorful parties.”

Dream Team Q+A Panel - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

And Katharine Marino of YogaKat Fitness, who is probably the most loving, calm person I have ever met. She taught us to love our bodies, shake out negativity, and be present. She had us all pick out little wisdom cards and think about how we can apply them to our lives. Mine said “do what’s simple,” which is kind of perfect because I overanalyze and overcomplicate everything.

Do What's Simple - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

There was Nutritionist Debra Wolf who played us hilarious clips from Portlandia and showed us how to love our bodies from the inside out with healthy eating (and also: we consume far too much sugar).

Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

And crafter and textile guru Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom who left me with my greatest takeaway: own your path.

Monarch - Own Your Path doodle via @poorandpretty

Because my initial jot-down of this quote really doesn’t do justice to how much it resonated within me, I had to fancy it up a bit. I’ve designed it into two different printables/computer wallpapers:



Right click and save either image above to use it as a desktop wallpaper. You can also download higher resolution files to print and frame: download butterfly printable | download dots printable | download everything | these are large files and may take a while to download. :)

Photo Booth 2 - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

I am so grateful to Jessica of The Confetti Bar and Latanya of Sprinkles & Booze for introducing me to this crowd of incredible creators. I’ve never felt so understood and accepted. I will be seeing a lot more of them that’s for sure! I’ve already begun to take what I’ve learned and work on myself and my future as a kick-ass entrepreneur.