Make the Cut: Design a ModCloth scarf!

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Got an passion for fashion? ModCloth just announced their second Make the Cut Contest of the year, with a new twist: you could design a scarf! Here’s how it works: You download their scarf template, give it a pretty printed pattern, and submit it by Friday, May 30th. Beginning June 9th, the top 10 submissions will be hosted in ModCloth’s Be the Buyer section, where the community votes on their faves. The winner will have their design produced and sold by ModCloth and receive $500! Official contest rules can be found here. Good luck!

This post was sponsored by ModCloth, which means I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on a link from this article. Read my sponsorship policy here.

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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?

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I am so pumped to see this year’s trashion fashion! It keeps getting better and better every year!

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Shop Mieux: the sweetest online consignment shop ever

Okay, ladies. You know how much I love consignment shops, right? (Peonies, Plato’s Closet, and Uptown Consignment are my Connecticut faves.) Well hold on to your stylish pants! I just found the sweetest online consignment shop ever: Shop Mieux. That’s French for “Shop Better,” which is pretty spot-on. (Edit: Mieux & Mieux officially changed their name to Shop Mieux this past December.) Here are just a few of the fun things you’ll find there:

Mieux & Mieux dresses via poorandpretty

Pretty dresses from Solemio, Kensie, Free People, Bebe, Zara… and more of your favorite brands, at crazy awesome prices. That Kensie dress is over 80% off. Seriously.

Mieux & Mieux tops & bottoms via poorandpretty

Tops and bottoms from J. Crew, Citizens of Humanity,  Fendi, 7 For All Mankind, all up to 90% off!

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And of course, shoes. From Ann Marino to Umberto Raffini and everyone in between, all in fantastic condition.

I must admit, I was a little nervous trying out online consignment. I have a hard enough time as it is finding clothes that fit (who doesn’t??). But Shop Mieux has a 14-day return policy (that’s 14 days after receipt, not 14 days after purchase), so I gave it a shot with this fabulous French Connection bow shirt:

French Connection bow top from mieux & mieux via poorandpretty

It was originally upwards of $150. I got it for $16. And I think you will agree, it’s perfect. I’m wearing it today! (I blame my wild hair on the windy walk up to the building this morning. Did I tell you our parking lot is ¼ mile from the office? Mmhmm.)

Here’s a slightly closer shot:

French Connection bow top from mieux & mieux 2 via poorandpretty

I would have never been able to afford something from French Connection if it weren’t for Shop Mieux! They have a physical location in Dallas, which I’m sure is a beautiful little boutique. If you’re in the area, stop by!

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10 dazzling New Year’s Eve dresses under $50

I love any excuse to get dressed up, but especially for New Year’s Eve! But I don’t love dropping lots of dough on a new dress, so I’ve found 10 fantastic frocks for under $50 that would be fabulous at any NYE soirée.

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1. Of the Bioluminescence Dress via ModCloth. 2. The More the Mulberry Dress via ModCloth. 3. Zenon Gold Foil Dress via Nectar Clothing. 4. Turning Tides Lace Dress via Ruche.

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5. Woburn Abbey Lace Dress via Ruche. 6. Across Town Ruffle Detail Dress via Ruche. 7. Enchanted Night Embellished Dress via Ruche. 8. Heart Cut Out Pleated Dress in Red via Chicwish. 9. Romantic Bliss Lace Dress with Bow Belt via ever+mi.crush. 10. Sweet Soiree Dress in Rose via ever+mi.crush.

How are you ringing in 2014?

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Red, Gold, and Houndstooth

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Even though it’s been 8 years (8 years!!!) since I roamed its halls, I’m feeling some high school pride today ~ our colors are red & gold. I’ve been thinking about high school a lot lately. My friend (and prom date) Jordan is getting married next year, and I’m one of her bridesmaids, along with Beata and Brittany, two more New Britain High School alumnae. This past Sunday, the three of us joined Jordan, her sister Kelsey, their mom, and Jordan’s soon-to-be-mother-in-law on a dress shopping excursion. I tried really hard not to, but I definitely cried when Jordan walked out in the first dress (which I suspect may be the one she chooses). I’ve already warned her that I’m going to be a wreck at her wedding. I can’t wait!

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It was too chilly to take these outside (not to mention we got our first snowfall today!), so I’m being a weirdo, perched atop the cozy couch in our living room. :)

Outfit details: Dress: Coach Tour Dress in Houndstooth, ModCloth, $48. Mustard Cardigan: Charter School Cardigan in Honey, ModCloth, $35. Red vintage boots: Bellini, loveyvintage, $30. Tights: Forever 21, $8.  Headband:  Swiped from Suzi.

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