Poor & Pretty’s 5th Blogiversary Giveaway Bash!

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(Photo by Jillian Farrell)

Five years ago, my friend Mish and I began Poor & Pretty as a way to share our frugal DIYs, beauty tips, thrifted outfits, and favorite places to shop, eat, and play in our great/tiny state of Connecticut. I took the reigns solo a few months in and have continued to pour my heart and soul into this blog. Other than my relationship with Stan, it’s the longest commitment I’ve ever had! This blog pushes me to be creative and live passionately every day. It led me to meeting some of the most inspiring people I know call friends, and empowered me to make the leap into entrepreneurship. And I could not have done it without all of you amazing readers!

To thank all of you for sticking with me these last five years (and hopefully many more!), I’ve got some fantastic goodies for you. I’ve partnered with a few of my favorite Connecticut-based small businesses and lady entrepreneurs to bring you the biggest giveaway bash I’ve ever hosted. These businesses embody everything Poor & Pretty readers hold dear: creativity, a sense of place, a reverence for quality handcrafted goods, and a zest for life. Let’s meet the makers:

Blogiversary Giveaway - cinder and salt

Remember Rachel DeCavage of sugarplumUSA? She’s transitioned most of her designs over to her new company, Cinder + Salt. Her focus remains on creating eco-friendly, sustainable clothing and accessories for men and women. The new brand is inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent; the scent of campfire on your clothes and the taste of salt water on your skin. Through Rachel’s hand drawn designs, she always aims to capture her appreciation for nature, whole living and authenticity.

Blogiversary Giveaway - cinder and salt gift card

Cinder + Salt is giving away a $20 gift card to their shop, so you can use it on any of Rachel’s hand-drawn designs — whether it’s on a tee, a comfy slouchy pullover, an overnight bag, skinny tie, or even ornaments! Check out her shop here. Details on how to win the $20 gift card is at the end of this post.

5th Blogiversary Giveaway - the confetti bar

The Confetti Bar’s Jessica Serra Huizenga is on a mission to “spread happiness & confetti all around.” She’s doing a great job of it, too, with over 40 unique handcrafted confetti mixes, including biodegradable and plantable options. She does customization for weddings, birthdays, or other fun events, and has worked with kate spade new york and West Elm. She’s one of my favorite inspiring Instagrammers.

Blogiversary Giveaway confetti bar - cup of confetti

Jessica has been sweet enough to donate one cup of confetti to the Poor & Pretty Blogiversary Giveaway Bash, so go look at all of her pretty mixes! I’m especially fond of Reindeer Food (made with real oats!) and Unicorn Dandruff (pictured above). Details on how to win is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway - Hartford Prints

Meet the Gale sisters! From left to right: Rory (younger sister), Callie (middle sister), and Addy (older sister), founders of Hartford Prints!, a boutique letterpress shop right in the hart of Connecticut. From stunning wedding invitations to offbeat greeting cards, Addy’s printing prowess, Callie’s killer style, and Rory’s graphic genius work together to make effortlessly beautiful designs. They just celebrated one year in their retail space on Pratt Street, and if you’re in the area and haven’t popped in, you should definitely visit the bright turquoise shop.

Blogiversary Giveaway Hartford Prints - punny holiday greeting cards

They’re giving away a 6 pack of their punny holiday greeting cards – 2 each of the above designs. A few of my friends can expect to see these from Stan and I this year. ;) Details on how to win the greeting card pack is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway - kate stephen jewelry

Like her unique, handcrafted jewelry, Kate Stephen is a total gem. She creates beautiful, sculptural adornments with natural and upcycled materials. Some of her favorite materials are copper, brass, handpicked seashells, sea glass, stones and vintage beads. She made me the lovely copper necklace and wire-wrapped quartz ring I wore in my Something Wicked outfit post. As a fully self-employed entrepreneur, Kate works tirelessly to inspire and foster community within the Connecticut maker community, which is why she co-founded State of Makers. Details on how to win is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway Kate Stephen Jewelry - half moon brass necklace

Kate has contributed one of her half moon brass necklaces as a giveaway item. It features a sculpted and hammered brass half moon on a brass chain. Kate would like you to know that copper and brass naturally oxidize over time and develop a patina. Some people love that look and some prefer to keep it shiny. Here are some suggestions for how to shine up your copper or brass jewelry using common household supplies like lemon juice or ketchup.

Blogiversary Giveaway NoRA Cupcake Co

Who bakes the best cupcakes (and sometimes s’mores) in Connecticut? Carrie Carella, founder of NoRA Cupcake Company, nestled North of Rapallo Avenue in downtown Middletown. With over 100 flavors, I can’t say I’ve tried them all, but believe me I’m working on it! So far, I’m all about the Bananas Foster, Irish Car Bomb, and Raspberry Lemonade.

Blogiversary Giveaway NoRA Cupcake Co - cupcake 6 pack

Carrie is giving one lucky Poor & Pretty reader a coupon good for any 6 cupcakes from her bakery. You can bring ‘em to your next holiday party (they’re big enough to share), or you can keep them all to yourself while muttering “my precious” under your breath. We won’t judge you either way. ;) And if you’re nearby this Thursday, stop in for NoRA’s First Thursday to stroll, shop, eat and drink in the local vibe! I’ll be there with my Apothecary products. Details on how to win the NoRA Cupcake Company 6-pack coupon is at the end of this post.

Blogiversary Giveaway - Northeast Nutmeg

Northeast Nutmeg is the new kid on the block, having just launched last month. Founders Erin and Allie have a knack for inventing deliciously creative handmade candles that both smell and look incredible. Each candle is made using soy wax from soy grown right here in the USA and feature lots of local Connecticut small business ingredients.

Blogiversary Giveaway northeast nutmeg - soy candle

Erin and Allie are giving away one of their hand-poured candles! All of their scents are wonderful — I just bought a bunch of them and haven’t decided if I’m going to keep them all to myself or give them as gifts. It’s been that kind of holiday shopping season for me! They will also be at NoRA’s First Thursday this week. (I’ll have to control myself.) They’re also hosting a candle-making demonstration at the Haven Collective on December 14th. Want to win the Northeast Nutmeg soy candle? Details below.

OMG How do I win?! I know, it’s a little overwhelming. What do you choose? So many awesome things! Here’s the deal: Scroll through the items in the Rafflecopter box below until you’ve selected the item you’d like to win and enter your email address. Then, leave a comment on this blog post about what you entered to win (and if you’re going to keep it or gift it ;) You can score extra entries by sharing this giveaway with your friends or following any of these wonderful companies on Twitter. Please only enter once, and for one item. We want to spread the joy around by letting lots of people win this holiday season. If we catch you using alter egos or different email addresses, we’ll sadly have to disqualify your entries. :( The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only until 11:59 pm Monday, December 8th. Good luck!!! This contest is closed – thank you for entering! Congrats to the winners!

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Winners:

  • Cinder + Salt Gift Card: Laura M.
  • The Confetti Bar Confetti: Suzi J.
  • Hartford Prints! Holiday Greeting Cards: Jessica B.
  • Half Moon Necklace by Kate Stephen Jewelry: Brittany D.
  • NoRA Cupcake Co. 6-Pack of Cupcakes: Anne M. C.
  • Northeast Nutmeg Candle: Sue V.

If I have not contacted you yet, I will shortly. Thank you again for participating!

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Outfit: Dot Dot Bash

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Dot Dot Bash outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

Happy Black Friday! I hope your Thanksgiving was full of delicious food and great company. As per tradition, Stan and I spent it at my Dad’s house and I went over earlier to make cranberry sauce and bread. I also contributed apple cup pies. It was a smaller crowd than we usually have — just my Dad, his girlfriend Carolyn, my aunt Kathy and uncle Ray, Stan, and I. My “little brother” Chris came by later for games, pie, and a movie. ♥

Dot Dot Bash outfit via @poorandpretty

Good thing Stan and I took these photos before all the snow! We got a few inches over the last two days, but it’s still at that pretty, not piled-high-and-dirty phase so I like looking out at it. I’ll be wearing this very dotty outfit to the Celebrate Shelton Black Friday Handmade Market tonight.

Dot Dot Bash outfit shoes closeup via @poorandpretty

Oh, and now that the cat’s out of the bag on our new polka dot Weekender watches at Timex, I can tell you my marketing idea! I thought in our advertising we should say, “Dot dot bash: you’re invited to the polka party.” But mostly I got quizzical, concerned looks. So I used it to title this outfit post instead. ;)

Dot Dot Bash outfit accessories closeup via @poorandpretty

Until I can get my hands on one of the new reversible polka dot ones (early next year), I decided to wear my lime green DIY embroidered Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch.

Also: it has been almost exactly five years since I started Poor & Pretty. CRAZY. Stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday!

Dot Dot Bash outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Pink Oversized Sweater: Old Navy, $15 (similar). Pixie Polka Dot Pants: Old Navy, $27 (similar). Oxfords: Le Bunny Bleu, $60 (similar, similar). Polka Dot Infinity Scarf: Old Navy, $5. (similar, similar). Watch: Timex Weekender Slip-Thru, courtesy of Timex and Brit + Co.

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Favorite Pre-Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday deals seem to arrive earlier and earlier each year. I’ve been getting specials emails for a week already! Here are a few going on right now from my favorite shops:

Black Friday Deals

Poor & Pretty Apothecary: I’ve got two pretty sweet deals going on in the Etsy shop. The Spa Night Gift Set is 2 4oz scrubs or one scrub and a whipped body butter for $18 — that’s up to $8 off the retail price. If you want to pamper your recipient (or yourself) even more, grab the 8oz duo Spa Month Gift Set for $32, a savings of up to $10. These are the lowest prices of the season, folks!

100 Percent Pure - Sugared & Spiced

100% Pure: I love everything I’ve used from 100% Pure (have you read my review?), so I immediately added their Sugared & Spiced set to my Yule wishlist and told Stan. ;) It’s $116 worth of makeup for $68. They also have a vegan brush set for $95 (reg. $170).

anthropologie- tops under 40

Anthropologie: A little on the pricey side, I pretty much only shop Anthropologie when they’ve got a good sale going. Lucky for us frugalistas, they’ve got one now! Lots of lovely tops under $40. I’m particularly fond of the Cedar Street Tee and the Cassia Scoopneck.

eShakti - 40off

eShakti: One of my favorite new dress shops is offering 40% off site wide until end of day today!

ModCloth - seize the deal

ModCloth: They’re switching it up with Daily Deals — new items listed at 50% off for one day only, every day until Black Friday.

Ruche - Black Friday Deals

Ruche – Oh boy. Ruche has so many great deals happening! There’s the $15 and under sale50-75% off Clearance, Dresses for $9.50+, and over 30% off outerwear. AND You can enter to win your wishlist!

Happy shopping (and saving!), ladies! xo

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eShakti: The Perfect Fit for Petite to Plus

eShakti dress customization

Before I jump in to why I love eShakti, I have to share one more wedding shower photo. I promise it’s relevant!

Jordan's wedding shower bridal party

Left to right (all of us squinting horribly in the sun): Beata, Brittany, Jordan (the bride!), me, and Kelsey (Jordan’s sister/Maid of Honor). See my adorable green dress? I got so many compliments on it at the shower! It’s the Brooklyn Dress with a halter top from eShakti. Remember them from my bridesmaid dresses roundup? You know how I said they offer customization and custom sizing? Because of this, I thought eShakti deserved a little more time in the spotlight.

eShakti dress customization

Shopping is difficult for pretty much every woman. None of us are the same shape, or exactly proportionate, so it’s hard to fit into almost anything factory-made. And sizes are a total joke. Why am I a 4 at H&M and J.Crew’s 0 is often too big for me? It’s ridiculous! So when I found out that eShakti offers custom sizing and styling for only $7.50, I fell in love. Here’s how it works:

eShakti Brooklyn halter dress

First, you pick a dress. It looks like the Brooklyn dress is currently sold out in green, so I picked the black one.

eShakti standard sizing options

Next, pick a standard size if it closely matches your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Then, enter your height.

eShakti custom sizing

Not down with the standard sizes? Click on the “custom size” tab and enter your measurements. If you give them your email address, they’ll keep your sizing on file for future orders. Super convenient!

eShakti customizing dress length

Want your dress a little shorter or longer? You can customize the dress length, too!

eShakti cutomizing sleeves and neckline

You can also customize the sleeves, straps, or neckline of many dresses. I’m telling you: serious customization, ladies!

eShakti dresses one print three ways

Here’s an example of one dress customized three ways. Now you can see why I recommended eShakti for bridesmaid dresses right? But even for non-bridesmaids, eShakti is a great find for all shapes and sizes. It’s like having an Internet seamstress!

Where have you had success shopping for your size? I’d love to check out your recommendations in the comments!

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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!

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