Poor & Pretty’s 5th Blogiversary Giveaway Bash!

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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.

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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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Coffee or Tea? The Scrub Showdown + Giveaway

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If you aren’t following Poor & Pretty on Facebook or Instagram, you may have missed a few of my latest additions to the Apothecary: Coffee Sugar Scrub and Green Tea Salt Scrub.

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Made with organic and fair trade certified Colombian coffee beans, my Coffee Sugar Scrub boosts circulation and reduces inflammation. Plus it smells like coffee, which to me is a total plus.

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My Green Tea Salt Scrub is handmade with matcha powder and green tea extract, which are masters at detoxifying, soothing eczema, and diminishing puffiness and redness, especially when used on the face.

If you’ve been reading Poor & Pretty for a while, you’ll know I’m kind of a tea fiend. You might even say I have a bit of a problem. (Stan and I have almost an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to tea.) I also love the smell of coffee. Not the taste, or the fact that it makes me jittery (even though I know some teas contain more caffeine than coffee), but I’m loving that I have coffee beans in the house — they’re so aromatic! So I thought it would be fun do to a little coffee vs tea contest.

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Here are the deets: Win a 4oz Coffee Sugar Scrub or Green Tea Salt Scrub! All you gotta do is leave a comment below saying whether you prefer to drink coffee or tea, and which scrub you’d like to win! The contest is open to U.S. residents only until Friday, November 28th at 11:59pm EST.  Get an extra entry if you “favorite” either of these scrubs on Etsy. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Zuleyka!

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Giveaway: Win a Timex Weekender Brit Kit!

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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!

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

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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!

 

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Outfit: Ahoy, Sailor! + Nautica Giveaway

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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 ;)

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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.

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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.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

The contest is now closed, thank you for entering!

Congratulations, Cindy A.!

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Recipe: Citrus Sans Basil Cupcakes + Giveaway!

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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!}.

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

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