Today’s Threads: Mixing stripes & dots

Whoever said you shouldn’t mix stripes with polka dots just wasn’t daring enough to try.

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I’m always hesitant to call Poor & Pretty a fashion blog, because it gives the impression that I follow fashion rules and assumes that I cover New York and London Fashion Weeks (I don’t).

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I have my own quirky sense of style, so it doesn’t bother me if someone else thinks I look ridiculous. As Gore Vidal once said, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

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Outfit details: Headband: it’s possible I stole this from Suzi. Black shirt: hand-me-down from Mish. Steampunk Necklace: The Clockwork Witch, $25. Neon striped skirt: Buffalo Exchange (originally H&M), $10 (similar). Polka dot sneakers: Faces, $15 (similar).

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Makeup tip: This vibrant turquoise eyeliner is actually Madison Street Beauty’s vegan eyeshadow in Mermaid. Just wet an eyeliner brush (I like this one) and dip it into your eyeshadow. Shake off the excess, then apply as you normally would apply liquid eyeliner.

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Color loving: hot pink

It’s no secret that my favorite color is pink, especially hot pink. In the morning, my boss has greets me by way of saying, “Hello, pink!” Some colors just inspire and energize you. These are just a few hot pink things I’m obsessed with right now.

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1. This piñata made by Brooke Reynolds for her daughter’s birthday party.

2. Kate Spade Saturday Scoopback Dress, $98 (reg. $140) via Fab. I totally splurged a little on this perfect pink number.

3. Pink Tulip Eye Shadow from Madison Street Beauty. I like to use this as eyeliner — just wet an eyeliner brush with water and dip it into your eyeshadow. Voilà! Instant eyeliner!

4. I ‘m trying really hard not to buy all of Poppin’s hot pink office supplies.

5. How have I not featured my pink Franco Sarto pumps in an outfit post yet?! Stan got these for me from Peonies Couture. ♥

See more pink here. What colors inspire you the most?

This post was inspired by the color pink and is a part of  Independent Fashion Bloggers Project #105 What’s Your Signature Color?

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Indie Spotlight + Giveaway: Joy Atkisson of Purely You Minerals

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You might remember seeing Purely You Minerals’ lip gloss as one of my Friday Faves last week. Like you, I struggle with finding the perfect lip gloss and — even more of a hassle — the perfect foundation! So I’m happy to introduce to you Joy Atkisson, founder of Purely You Minerals.

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Purely You Minerals is a new line of mineral makeup that is not only good for you, it’s good for others, too. Purely You products do not contain talc, powdered starches, clays, bismuth oxychloride, or parabens, and are gluten free and never tested on animals. 10% of profits go directly to Bring Love In, a non-profit organization founded by Joy’s friends. Says Joy, “It is a beautiful thing that we can make a life changing difference in the world just by putting on our makeup. Purely You Minerals brings out the inner beauty in us all.” Today, she chats with us about skincare, running a small business, and of course, makeup! Don’t miss the giveaway, too! Details at the end of the post.

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Poor & Pretty: Like many of us women, you struggled with skin problems and cakey makeup. What made you switch to mineral makeup?
Joy Atkisson: For years, I had been caught up in the nasty cycle of wearing makeup, breaking out, having to wear more makeup to cover it up, breaking out more. I tried every crazy “cure” you can think of… including egg on my face! True story. In 2007, mineral makeup started gaining popularity, so I decided to give it a try. It took a little while to get used to the messy powder and to learn what the heck a Kabuki brush is, but my skin started clearing up.

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P&P: What makes mineral makeup so different?
JA: Quality mineral makeup allows your skin to breath and doesn’t clog your pores. It also appeals to my inner hippy because it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, so it’s about as natural as you can get. What I truly love about it is that I don’t have to hide behind cake makeup. I can apply mineral makeup as fancy or as natural as I want and I still feel like ME! I love that!

P&P: So instead of continuing to buy mineral makeup, you decided to make it yourself. Why?
JA: Haha! I get this question a lot. The truth is…. I was broke! My husband and I had been married for a year, we had just had a baby, and I wanted to stay home with her. There was no extra room in our budget for expensive makeup. Most companies at that time were very expensive. I looked at the back of one of one of my jars and saw that there were only a few ingredients and I thought to myself, “I wonder if I could make this?” I seriously underestimated how hard it was going to be, but I love research so it really became a hobby. I would work on it during my daughter’s naps or late at night. Necessity is truly the mother of invention.

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P&P: How is Purely You Minerals different from other brands?
JA: That is a key question! Purely You Minerals is made in small batches to insure quality control. I have tried to stay away from some of the most common allergens (gluten intolerance runs in my husband’s family, so I am very mindful of that especially). I also don’t use any fillers such as cornstarch (which can clog pores, and don’t even get me started about GMOs!) or Bismuth Oxychloride (it doesn’t photograph well, it’s shiny, and makes many people breakout). Another HUGE factor is price! Because I do the formulating, manufacturing and packaging myself, I can keep my expenses down, which in turn lets me keep my prices at an affordable level. Perhaps most importantly, I have a face; I am not a big company with fancy machines. I am a stay at home mom with a home office/lab. And, I wear my own products!

P&P: What propelled you to start selling your products?
JA: My husband! He and I have never really fit the 9 to 5 mold, but we weren’t sure how to survive without a “normal” job. However, my formula rivaled and out-performed some of the leading mineral makeup lines and my husband saw how it was helping my skin. He said, “You really need to start your own makeup line!” It has been five years (and 2 more babies) since then, but we are finally making it happen.

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P&P: Wow, three kids! How do you balance being a mom with running a home-based business?
JA: I have no idea! Haha! Most of the time, my sink is full of dishes and I’m tripping over shoes and toys. I try to work mostly during naps and at night, but some weeks are busier then others. Family will always be my priority, but I am doing what I love so I am blessed! I am definitely not superwoman; I have help. My husband is a fantastic father and super supportive. My best friend, Melody Spencer is my Marketing Manager and Social Media Coordinator. My brother, David Arnold also owns his own business called Code Luna. He does computer nerd stuff, so he built my website.

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P&P: Okay, let’s talk tips. Finding the right shade of foundation is hard! Can you help?
JA: Absolutely! Order my free samples! The best thing you can do is try and identify your undertone (warm, cool, neutral). I have cool undertones, but I get quite red in the face so I prefer to counteract that by using neutral colored foundation. If you still have a hard time getting the shade just right, I can formulate something just for you.

P&P: What are a few essential skincare tips we should always observe?
JA: Get good sleep. Drink lots of water. EXFOLIATE! I swear by One Minute Wonder gel exfoliator by Max International. Good skincare is essential to good makeup application.

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P&P: The Purely You Minerals lineup currently includes foundation, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss. Any new products on the horizon?
JA: We will be launching our all-natural pressed eyeshadows and blushes in the very near future. It will be a build-your-own pallet sort of thing where you can purchase refills and not have to purchase a new pallet each time. Also in the works is pressed foundation, nail polish, and all-natural mascara!

Want to try out Purely You Minerals for yourself? Joy is giving away one of her products to a lucky Poor & Pretty reader. Just “like” Purely You Minerals on Facebook, pick out your single favorite Purely You product from their online shop {choose from foundation, silk veil, blush, loose eyeshadow or lip gloss} and tell us what it is in the comments below. Hurry, though! The contest ends Sunday, February 10th at 10:00 pm EST.

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Friday Faves 2.1.13: Valentine’s Day

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? I, for one, love an excuse to get all gussied up! Plus, I can’t wait to wear my new tights! Here’s what I’ve got planned for Valentining.

1. Timex Weekender™ Slip Thru watch in pink/gray. This is one of my favorite watches because you can so easily swap out the straps to match your outfit. Remember this outfit? I wore the strap from this watch with a multicolored dial. What’s not to love?

2. LUSH Heavanilli Massage Bar. I’m not surprised LUSH named this “Heavanilli” because it smells absolutely divine. The combination of Shea and cocoa butters will make your skin fall in love, too. I hope Stan & I can make time for massages! ♥

3. Pink Tulip mineral eyeshadow by Madison Street Beauty. Pink Tulip makes for fun, dramatic eye décor. I’m going to blend it in with other eyeshadow colors and also wet it and use it as eyeliner. I love that it’s all-natural, vegan, and chemical-free.

4. Blushing lip gloss by Purely You Minerals. Introducing my new favorite lip gloss! Purely You Minerals leaves all of the nasty chemicals out of their products and uses only ingredients that are beneficial to your skin. Their lip gloss contains Vitamin E, olive fruit oil, and Rosehip seed oil, which is high in Vitamins A & C. I’ve been using “Blushing” daily, so I know I’ll use it on Valentine’s Day!

5. Gipsy Sheer Heart Tights from ASOS. I originally bought these from ModCloth {they were called “Achilles’ Zeal”}, but they’re no longer available from ModCloth. Happily, I found the exact same ones from ASOS so you can have them in time for Valentine’s Day too! I don’t think I have to explain why they’re perfect. ;)

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Friday Faves 11.9.12: Brought to you by the letter ‘B’

There are a lot of “B” items in this Friday Faves — book, buttons, boots!

1. C’est la Vie by Suzy Gershman. I’m only 16 pages in to this book, but I had to put it on my list because I’m enjoying it so much! Suzy Gershman’s memoir about moving to Paris is so honest and fun. I’ve never been to France, so I’m having a blast living vicariously through Gershman.

2. Crystal Slider Case in Raspberry from Incase. When I saw the Living Social deal last week for $50 worth at Incase, I bought it immediately. You can’t beat Incase’s quality for protecting your Apple products, and my previous iPhone was in their Slider Case even before I left the store. I love this dark pink and glittery one!

3. Pink floral buttons. I found these in a bag of buttons I bought a while ago from a Goodwill. They’re involved in a DIY tutorial I’ll be posting next week. ;)

4. Coral Shimmer mineral eyeshadow from Madison Street Beauty. I have 14 different shades of eyeshadow from Madison Street Beauty {you might remember me writing about the Apricot one}, and I love them all, but Coral Shimmer is my go-to. It’s a nice light shade, a perfect natural look for blue eyes.

5. Vintage Red Bellini boots via loveyvintage, $30. These are my favorite pair of shoes. I like them so much, I’m actually starting to enjoy the cold weather because it gives me an excuse to wear them!

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