Giveaway: Win a Timex Weekender Brit Kit!

Timex Weekender Brit Kits

Remember the crafternoon I hosted a few weeks ago with Timex and Brit + Co? Well, I’ve got a few leftover Brit Kits so I thought I’d give them away to you, crafty readers! The kit comes with a Timex Weekender Slip-Thru watch in lime green or orange, three colors of embroidery floss, a pack of embroidery needles, and instructions — everything you need to embroider your own watch. This is a super-exclusive giveaway, because they aren’t available anywhere else!

Timex Weekenders closeup

Here’s a side-by-side closeup of the two watches: you’ll notice the green is a bit larger than the orange.

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - Mish's watch

This is just one of the fun patterns you can use to on your watch strap. See all of the patterns we chose at my crafternoon here. Feel free to think outside the box, too!

How do you win? Just leave a comment below and tell me which watch color you’d prefer: orange or green. That’s it! The contest will be open until Friday, September 5th, and I will announce the winner on Saturday. Open to US residents only. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Jenn!



Outfit: Ahoy, Sailor! + Nautica Giveaway

Outfit Ahoy Sailor - on deck @poorandpretty

Ahoy there! Happy Friday! These week was busy, busy, and very rainy. I’m looking forward to a little sunshine this weekend. But I do have something that will brighten your day: I’m giving away one of two Nautica blazers! But first, a few more outfit photos ;)

Outfit Ahoy Sailor details @poorandpretty

I have so many sugarplumUSA tank tops! And this is another J.Crew Jackie Cardigan that I button-hacked (with the buttons I later found from my original Jackie Cardigan hack!) I love how the buttons match the wheel on my tank top.

Outfit Ahoy Sailor accessory details @poorandpretty

Remember my glittery black Timex? I couldn’t resist getting it in white, too. I’m also wearing a pretty ID bracelet my Aunt Kathy gave me. It reminds me of those rope bracelets sailors wear.

Nautica Giveaway - striped blazer via @poorandpretty

Okay, okay, on to the giveaway! I was really hoping this one would fit me, but it’s just a little too big. At size XS, it will probably fit a woman who wears size 0-2. (In women’s sizes, I wear a petite 0.)

Nautica Giveaway - striped blazer closeup via @poorandpretty

It has little pockets and silver buttons with “Nautica” stamped on them. I love the pop of red inside the blazer, too. Here it is on the Nautica website, retailing for $75.

Nautica Giveaway - blue blazer via @poorandpretty

The second one is a bit bigger (size S), and would fit a woman who wears a size 2-4.

Nautica Giveaway - blue blazer closeup via @poorandpretty

I love the red detailing with silver buttons on the sleeves!

How do you win a blazer? Simply leave a comment below, telling me which blazer you would like (stripe or navy) and if you could set sail to one place this summer, where would you go? The contest is open to US residents only and will close next Friday, May 9th at 11:59 pm EST.

Outfit Ahoy Sailor 2 @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Striped Cardigan: hacked Jackie Cardigan in navy and white, J.Crew, $20 on sale. Nautical Wheel Tank: courtesy of sugarplumUSA. Navy skirt: Uptown Consignment, $8. Red Wedges: Merona, Target, $6.  ID Necklace: Gift from my cousin Karyn. ID Bracelet: Gift from my Aunt Kathy. Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex.

The contest is now closed, thank you for entering!

Congratulations, Cindy A.!



Recipe: Citrus Sans Basil Cupcakes + Giveaway!


For our second monthly cupcake recipe {last month was Bahama Mama, remember?}, Suzi and I took inspiration from my Citrus & Basil cupcake soap. We consider ourselves to be pretty good in the kitchen, but even we couldn’t think of a way to combine citrus and basil into a cupcake without it tasting strange. So, we skipped the basil and went wholly citrus {truthfully, we were going to add it as a garnish, but our grocery store was out of fresh basil!}.


Oh, and, you can win your very own Citrus & Basil cupcake soap, too! Details at the end of the post!

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Indie Spotlight + Giveaway: Joy Atkisson of Purely You Minerals

Joy Atkisson Purely You Minerals - Poor & Pretty

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.

Purely You Minerals 2 - Poor & Pretty

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.

Purely You Minerals - Poor & Pretty

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.

Purely You Minerals foundation 1 - Poor & Pretty

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.

Purely You Minerals eyeshadows - Poor & Pretty

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.

Purely You Minerals Berry Red lip gloss - Poor & Pretty

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.

Purely You Minerals foundation 2 - Poor & Pretty

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.

Purely You Minerals blushing lip gloss - Poor & Pretty

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.


Indie Spotlight + Giveaway: Krissy & Dennis Maksymiw of Kleiner Eisbär

Kleiner Eisbar Freight Street Gallery Handmade Market

In keeping with my second resolution to be social, I’m so happy to introduce you to my new friends, Krissy & Dennis Maksymiw. They’re the husband and wife team behind Kleiner Eisbär, makers of hand bound notebooks & felted trinkets. I met the pair at Freight Street Gallery’s Summer Handmade Market last year — we were booth neighbors! I’d recently begun making a scrapbook for my & Stan’s anniversary, so I asked them a lot of questions {though what I made was nowhere near as artisanal as theirs!} Now that we’ve done several events — and painted ornaments — together, I thought I would ask them even more questions, and share the interview with you. Don’t forget to enter to win one of their hand bound planners! {Details at the end of the post.}

Kleiner Eisbar - hand bound books

Poor & Pretty: Okay, first: What does “Kleiner Eisbär” mean?
Krissy Maksymiw:
It’s German for “little polar bear.” There was a famously adorable polar bear in Germany named Knut and he was referred to as “kleiner eisbär.”

Kleiner Eisbar polar bear stamp

P&P: Yes! I remember Knut! Polar bears are my favorite animal.
Dennis Maksymiw:
  I believe that there are few things bigger than David Hasselhoff in Germany, and Knut is one of them. Yeah, Knut’s that awesome. So awesome that our business name is inspired by him.

Kleiner Eisbar - wedding guestbook

P&P: Back to business: I’m blown away by how gorgeous your hand bound journals are. How did you get into making them?
Krissy and I were getting married and we wanted a guestbook that didn’t suck. Pretty much every guestbook out there is the standard silver one with lines for people to either write their address or to tell us congratulations. I find the idea of guests giving their addresses silly. If they’ve been invited, then clearly we already have their addresses.

Kleiner Eisbar - wedding guestbook 2

So, I watched an incredibly boring video with a guy who resembles Stanley Tucci {in none of the good ways}, ordered some supplies, and set out to make a book a week or so before our wedding. The cover uses banana leaf paper and the end sheets were printed with feathers and made in Italy. We encouraged our guests to draw us pictures instead of leaving us the traditional congratulatory messages. It was fantastic.

Kleiner Eisbar - wedding guestbook entry

Krissy: We tried to keep elements of our wedding as handmade and local as possible. We did many things ourselves, and with help from our incredible friends and family. So making our own guestbook seemed natural.

Dennis & Krissy of Kleiner Eisbar

P&P: As a husband and wife team, who does what?
Krissy tends to do more of the repetitive tasks, like printing, or stab bindings and I bind the books that take more time and have more steps. Even if I’m making three or four hard cover books at a time, they’re different enough that I feel I’m making something unique. I also manage the website and do the designing.

Kleiner Eisbar hand bound book in progress

Krissy:  I’m terrible at cutting straight and measuring, so if Dennis takes care of that then I’m good for the rest of it. If it’s tedious, I am all over it. I tend to bounce around to different things, so I just adapt to whatever needs to be done. I’m also responsible for the needle felted dolls and critters.

Kleiner Eisbar - felted whale

P&P: So, how long does it take to bind an average book?
Hardcover books take several hours to make over the course of three to four days. Softcover books can be done a bit quicker, but still probably take around an hour with perfect bound books taking a bit longer than smaller chapbooks. Designs are usually kicking around in my head for awhile before I sit down and spend a few hours drawing them up in Illustrator or InDesign.

Kleiner Eisbar - Scandinavian Inspired Wedding Guestbook

P&P: What inspires you?
 Anything and everything Scandinavian. Mid-century modern design is fantastic.

Krissy: I love art, especially contemporary art with an emphasis on Pop. Children’s literature has always been big for me as well. I can never get enough of picture books and can sit in the children’s section of a bookstore for hours on end. Music has always been an inspiration to me as well. I feel like what I latched onto in my formative years helped shape me into who I am today. I’m a preschool art teacher, so I find that working with young children is a huge inspiration. I gain so much every day just by being around the children I teach. I also find animals {both land and aquatic}, cute things, and miniature things to be inspiring.

Kleiner Eisbar - Coptic Handbound Sketchbooks

P&P: Krissy, I love your felted creatures, but what are a few of your favorite creations?
Krissy: Aw, thanks! All of my favorites are not book related. I have a few paintings that I have done that I’m really fond of. I also have some stuffed kitty dolls I made about two years ago. I also have a couple of large plush seahorses that I made maybe four or five years ago. I designed the pattern for them and they are completely sewn by hand.

Kleiner Eisbar - stuffed kitty dolls

P&P: What does your studio/creative space look like?
Dennis: We don’t really have one. We make all of our stuff on our bed. On a good day, I can set up an ironing board to work on, but it takes up the only space we have and ends up being more of an inconvenience than it’s worth. Here’s a garland that hung on our wall before our cat tore it down:

Kleiner Eisbar - heart garland

Krissy: Darn it, Sami! I was going to ask you for organizational tips! Anyway, Todd Selby won’t be photographing our space any time soon. Right now we’re in an interesting room situation, but we are trying to make the best of it. We don’t have a lot of space. We also try to recycle and reuse stuff as much as possible with our business so we have things in piles. One of our goals for the new year is to redo the space and make it work for us.

Kleiner Eisbar giveaway - planner customization

Krissy & Dennis are giving away two hand bound planners to help keep you and a friend organized through 2013. They’re so cool, they’re even letting you design your own. How do you win? “Like” Kleiner Eisbar on Facebook, then leave a comment below or on their Facebook page about how you’d like to design your planners. Choose from the 7 cover designs and two twine colors above, and select which inside design you like best {below}. See a few examples of finished planners here.

Kleiner Eisbar giveaway - planner page options

Not really sure how you’d like it designed? Tell them to surprise you! If you comment on their Facebook page, please make sure to indicate you’re entering to win their giveaway on Poor & Pretty, to avoid any confusion. The contest is now closed, thank you for entering!

Congratulations to Shannon!

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