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!


Picking apples at Roger’s Orchards

Apple picking at Roger's Orchards Southington CT - poor and pretty

Here in Connecticut, you’ll hear a lot of people say that Fall is their favorite season. Why? Apples! We have so many wonderful apple orchards, including Roger’s Orchards in Southington, a Jensen family favorite.

apples ready to be picked - poor and pretty

Stan and I went apple picking yesterday with our friends Michele, Jeff, and their son Noah, and I remembered how much I missed it! My dad used to bring us to Roger’s Orchards every September when we were little, but I haven’t been in years.

Sami and Noah apple picking - poor and pretty

Leave it to a kid to remind you how much fun running around in nature and pulling things off of trees can be! Noah didn’t really need any of our help to fill up his own bag of apples, but I gave him a boost anyway.

Sami apple picking at Roger's Orchards Southington CT - poor and pretty

I picked a few of my own, too, especially when we reached the Cortland section:

cortland apples - poor and pretty

Just sweet enough and super crispy, Cortland apples are definitely my favorite, with Honey Crisp a close second.

are the apples at top the sweetest? - poor and pretty

Speaking of sweet, Stan tested the theory of whether apples at the top of the tree were any sweeter. They aren’t; but the victory sure is. ;)

reach! - apple picking - poor and pretty

I tried reaching to the top of a few trees myself, but I lack the necessary height. (Not for lack of trying though — look at that dedication!)

Stan & I apple picking - poor and pretty

I can’t wait to bake some pies and apple fritters with all of the apples we picked!

What are your favorite Fall pastimes?


Diva la Crêpe, Watertown

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed my sudden infatuation with banana-Nutella crêpes. You can blame that on Beata and Jordan. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover a lovely little crêpery only 20 minutes from Stan and I.


Sandwiched in between a nail salon and Italian restaurant in the Staples plaza on the Straits Turnpike, Diva la Crêpe is a perfectly quaint place to stop for a breakfast or lunch date. They’re open for dinner, too.


They have a variety of crêpes to choose from: savory, sweet, vegetarian, even Japanese-style ice cream crêpes! Plus, freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies, coffee, teas, and lattes.


Stan went with the Ultimate Breakfast Crêpe: two eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, cheese, tomato, and mushroom. I, of course, had my favorite banana-Nutella combination, along with a cup of raspberry tea.


I was surprised at how quiet it was on Saturday morning, but it made me feel less weird taking photos of one of the chefs making the crêpes:


He didn’t seem to mind, though. But I think he was nervous about me being so close to their Nutella stash. ;)


Yum, yum, yum. I will definitely become a frequent visitor. Frequent crêper? That sounds gross. Probably not as terrible as some of the other crêpey puns Stan and I came up with:

“What a crêpe place to get breakfast!” “Sorry if I’m being kind of a crêpe for taking these photos.”  “Holy crêpe, this is good!” “This place is the crêpe de la crêpe.” “I hope your readers don’t think this post is too crêpey.”



Be Social: Roller derby & Rocky Horror

Flaggstead Smokehouse Farmington CT

I had a very social Saturday! Stan and I had lunch at Flaggstead Smokehouse with our friend Szymon and his new {totally awesome} girlfriend Meagan. By the way — if you’ve never been to Flaggstead, they’re a family-owned Texas-inspired eatery on Farmington Ave in Farmington. Their po boys are legendary! Image credit to Josephine, who wrote a glowing review of Flaggstead here.

HARD Hartford Wailers Roller Radicals roller derby

Later in the evening, the four of us headed to Nomads Adventure Quest in South Windsor for the Hartford Area Roller Derby {H.A.R.D.} Season Opener. I was hoping my friend Ali was going to be skating, but she was at a concert.

HARD Hartford Wailers Roller Radicals roller derby 2

The Hartford Wailers took the victory even without Ali {aka Jersey Buryher}, with a stressfully-close score of 222 to 221!

photo booth fun!

We couldn’t resist playing a few games in the arcade and making crazy faces in the photo booth. I don’t think I’ve taken pictures in a photo booth since I was in middle school, ha!

Suzi & I Rocky Horror

Much later in the evening, I met Suzi at the new Spotlight Theatre in Hartford to see Rocky Horror, performed by RKO Army. Neither of us had been to a live viewing before, so we were dubbed “virgins,” forced to wear lipstick V’s on our faces. We weren’t entirely sure what the dress code would be, so we wore cute dresses with cardigans, and I pulled on these saucy thigh-highs, which got a few compliments:

rocky horror outfit - poor and pretty

Rocky Horror was so much fun! I finally understand the Time Warp dance! {The song has been stuck in my head ever since}. I hope to see more performances by RKO Army — especially REPO! The Genetic Opera and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. They also mentioned participating in ConnectiCon, where they hinted they would be performing the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode. I may have missed my calling!

I hope your weekend was just as stellar! How are you doing with your resolutions?


April 20: 3rd Annual Trashion Fashion Show in Hartford – celebrate Earth Day in sustainable style!


I am excited to be vending at the 3rd Annual Trashion Fashion Show! I had so much fun last year — the outfits were just incredible. I can’t wait to see what the sustainable fashion designers have cooked up this year. Here are the details:

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Hartford City Hall: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Who: Over 20 local artists, students, and designers, including students from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Hall High in West Hartford. Trashion models are dancers, students, professionals, and a few area celebrities — catch Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra wearing a Trashion tie down the runway! Plus, shop and play with over 20 eco-friendly vendors and presenters, including Hartford Prints, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Poor & Pretty, and more. Pick up seedlings planted in egg shells by students at The Sustainable Farm School.
What? The Trashion Fashion Show is so much more than a celebration of Earth Day. This is a community-driven effort to promote environmental awareness and the Hartford area arts scene.
How much? Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for local children who attend The Sustainable Farm School. Get tickets here.

Still not really sure what “trashion fashion” is? Here are a few outfits from previous years, designed by sustainable fashion designer Rachel DeCavage, owner of sugarplum USA and the non-profit Evergreen Design Co.:

Trashion show dresses 2012

Trashion show dresses 2011