Life Lately: florapothecarie, Los Angeles, Glorious Pink Hair, and a Red Panda

Life Lately feat

I thought it was about time I come out of hiding and say hello. Life lately has been a wild ride, and I wanted to share a little bit about what I’ve been up to these past few months!

florapothecarie lineup

In January, I re-branded my product line and launched florapothecarie! (flor-uh-poth-uh-cary) Still 100% natural, but now with even more organic ingredients and beautiful new labels. I could write a whole separate post on my decision to rebrand (I may still!), but for now I will say this: it’s always a tough decision, but I did it for a few reasons: I want to be self-employed someday soon, and I wasn’t charging nearly enough for my products in order to pay myself, so I knew I needed to raise my prices. I also felt the name “Poor & Pretty” did my high-quality, handcrafted products a disservice, so I knew I needed a new name. I wanted to bring color back into my branding (I love color!), so I knew the aesthetic needed to change. I wanted to get away from Etsy. Anyway, it’s done and launched and beautiful and I’m so happy! You can shop the full lineup on my new website right here!

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OH! As part of my re-brand, I launched a product I’ve been working on for months: a natural cream deodorant (or deodorant paste). BIG thanks to my team of testers for trying it out and giving me such great feedback. They were totally in love with it, and I think you will be too. Buy it here.

Sami February 2016 Getty Villa LA

Last month, my wonderful incredible loving uncle flew me out to visit him and my aunt in Los Angeles. He thought I could use a little sunshine and warm weather, and he was so so right. The week I visited, it was sunny and 80-90 degrees every day (and I skipped out on a few New England snow storms). We visited the Getty Villa (above) and the Griffith Observatory, saw the Oscar-nominated short films, had dinner and a movie in the swankiest movie theatre I’ve ever been in, and relaxed on the beach.

Zuma Beach Malibu

Knowing me as well as he does, one day my uncle dropped me off at Zuma Beach (in Malibu, right off the Pacific Coast Highway), and left me alone while he went on a three-hour bike ride. The sun, the sand, the sea all called to me. I’ve always felt drawn to Southern California, and every time I visit, I feel like I’m home. I don’t know what this means quite yet, but I’m keeping my mind and heart open to the possibilities of my future.


I’m also totally in love with my pink ombré hair, which I can’t believe I never told you about! Of course, it was done by my super-talented bestie, Mish Jolie. IN OCTOBER. So yeah, I thought you should know about it. The photo above is from a boudoir shoot I did shortly after getting my hair done. Photographed by the lovely Cassandra Madeline, styled by Sammy Vigorito, hair & makeup by Rachel Toussaint. Truthfully, I’ve been struggling with feeling sexy and confident in my body for a long, long time. The boudoir shoot was my Christmas gift to myself, and worth every penny.

Red Panda - Beardsley Zoo

Also: I’m seeing someone new. His name is Rochan, and he is a red panda. Ha! Kidding. Sort of. I am seeing someone new. It’s very new, and very exciting, and that’s all I will say about it for now. Except that he took me to see this ADORABLE red panda at the Beardsley Zoo last weekend, and I almost lost my mind. He gets me.



Friday Faves: 14 Indie-made Valentines

Be My Honey Pie - feat

We’re down to just 8 days until Valentine’s Day, peeps! If you haven’t picked up a card for your Valentine yet here a few made by local and indie artists that I’m sweet on. Or, make your own!

Be My Honey Pie card - Made in the Shea'd

1. Be My Honey Pie card by Made in the Shea’d. I picked this up at Get Baked’s Love Local Market last weekend for my honey pie. ♥

I Love Ewe - Hartford Prints

2. I Love Ewe letterpress card by Hartford Prints! This has Suzi written all over it…

3. Cat Love Card by River Dog Prints.

Let's Make Out - Wiley Valentine at UO

4. Let’s Make Out card by Wiley Valentine, found via Urban Outfitters.

5. Love Greeting Cards 12 pack by Modern Memo.

Heart Garland - Rifle Paper Co

6. Garland Greeting Card by Rifle Paper Company, found via Ruche.

Kisses cards - Brika

7. Kisses Boxed Card Set by Shana Frase.


8. Lovey Dovey Letterpress Card Assortment by Smarty Pants Paper Co.

You Make My Heart Go Boom Boom Boom - The Social Type at UO

9. Boom Boom Boom card by The Social Type, found via Urban Outfitters.

10. Sugar Skulls card set by The Octopress.

Hay There heart glasses cards - Brika

11. Hay There Cards (set of 4) by Lemonwood Imprints.


12. I’m Keeping You Card by Sad Shop.

Sea How Much I Love You - Brika

13. Sea How Much I Love You cards by Cartoules Press.

You're My Person Mug by Glitter and Bold

14. You’re My Person mug by Glitter and Bold. Why not say it on a mug instead?


Friday Faves: 14 Swoon-Worthy Romantic Movies

14 Romantic Movies feature

I doubt this will come as a surprise to you, but I am a huge, HUGE sap. So in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you my top 14 favorite romantic movies.

Moulin Rouge!

1. Moulin Rouge! (2001). My all-time favorite romantic movie is Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! I’m a sucker for his films, and musicals in general. The songs, the costumes, the whole Ewan McGregor/Nicole Kidman dynamic… it’s all simply magical.


2. Love, Actually. Here’s one I can actually get Stan to watch. ;) The all-British cast is amazing — Hugh Grant (I’ll watch pretty much anything he’s in), Alan Rickman, Kiera Knightly, Emma Thompson… well, you know. There’s so much to love about this movie, but my favorite dynamic is between Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Daniel (Liam Neeson).

Say Anything

3. Say Anything. A classic, of course! Who could forget the infamous Lloyd Dobler “In Your Eyes” boombox scene that has been referenced and imitated throughout pop culture since 1989? Also, young John Cusack totally reminds me of Stan.

10 Things I Hate About You

4. 10 Things I Hate About You. I’m also a sucker for retellings of Shakespeare plays, and 10 Things I Hate About You falls right into that category (it’s a modern-day Taming of the Shrew). Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles form the primary couple in this rom-com, but let’s not forget it helped put a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the map. (And thank goodness it did!)


5. Elizabethtown. Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom are just so friggin’ cute in this movie.

One Day

6. One Day. I just watched this for the first time over the weekend while Stan was visiting friends in New Hampshire. I couldn’t even handle it. It’s one of those movies I wish I had seen with him – or at least when he was around. I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to ruin it, but if you haven’t seen it, do!

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day_sm

7. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Lee Pace makes me swoon. I loved him in Pushing Daisies, and I’m so sad it was canceled because he was so dreamy in it. (Writing this is turning me into a pre-teen all over again). And Amy Adams, as usual, is spectacular.


8. The Great Gatsby (2013). I love the 1920s. (Remember my murder mystery birthday party?) This might seem like blasphemy to some of you, but I like the 2013 Great Gatsby better than the 1974 original. I think Leonardo DiCaprio makes a better Gatsby. He’s more human, emotional, nervous, and likable. And I really do love Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top fantastical party scenes and modern music. I think many of us fell in love with Lana Del Ray’s voice in this movie. If you stop 20 minutes before the end of the movie, you can imagine a happier ending.


9. Titanic. Speaking of Leo, how could I not include Titanic? It was probably the first romantic film I saw in theaters. I remember seeing it with my first “boyfriend,” his mom, and his best friend. (I was in 5th grade. Pretty sure we just held hands and that was considered dating.) I maintained for a very long time that Rose could’ve moved her ass over to fit Jack on the door she floated on, but Reddit disproved this assumption with physics. So we can all stop thinking that now, and move on.

A Knight's Tale

10. A Knight’s Tale. I’m also a big fan of Renaissance-era film and TV (which is why Stan and I frequent the renaissance faires), so of course A Knight’s Tale is on my list. It’s quirky and fun, and I miss Heath Ledger. :(

Shakespeare In Love

11. Shakespeare in Love. While we’re in the Renaissance period, let’s talk about Shakespeare in Love. It’s purposefully inaccurate, which of course is part of its charm. Joseph Fiennes is dreamy (oh there I go again) as William Shakespeare, suffering from severe (and hilarious) writer’s block and Gwyneth Paltrow plays a fantastically strong female lead opposite him. It’s a kind of happier version of Romeo and Juliet.


12. Amélie. The French film Amélie revolves mainly around do-gooder Amélie Poulain helping out friends, family, and strangers… even if they don’t think they need her help. Audrey Tautou is adorable in it, and in the end, she finds a little happiness of her own.

Pirates of the Caribbean

13. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. You might be surprised to find this on my list of romantic films. But I do love the romance between Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp looks hot even as a dirty scoundrel.


14. Stardust. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust follows a hopeless romantic named Tristan as he chases after a fallen star (played by Claire Danes) to prove his love to a woman in his village. It’s a sweet, fantastical movie, made even better by Robert De Niro’s portrayal of a cross-dressing pirate.

What’s on your list of most romantic movies?


DIY Hand-Stamped Valentines

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Hand Stamped Valentines via @poorandpretty

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So while Stan and I were stuck inside yesterday due to Winter Storm Juno, I snuck into my office for a while to make these hand-stamped kraft paper Valentines. They’re easy to make, and are a cute idea if you’ve got kiddies in school — they can make these for their classmates!

Hand Stamped Valentines supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

heart drawn on foam via @poorandpretty

Step One: Draw a small heart on the sticky back foam. You’ll be sticking this to the cork so make sure it’s small enough to fit.

Handmade cork stamp via @poorandprettyStep Two: Cut out the heart, peel off the sticky paper, and stick it to the cork. Try to get it as centered as possible.

blank folded kraft paper card

Step Three: Cut an 8½” x 11″ sheet of kraft paper in half and fold each half into cards.

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Card Duo via @poorandpretty

Step Four: Mix up your paint colors, paint them on your heart stamp, and stamp away!

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Cards via @poorandpretty

You can make lots of different designs.


Wedding Fever

JorDan Wedding - Stan and I

JorDan Wedding - Stan and I

These last few months have been a little crazy for Stan and I because we were in back-to-back weddings! I’ve shared a few peeks leading up to Jordan’s wedding (my bridesmaid dress, the wedding shower) which took place on August 31st and Stan was a groomsman in his friend Paul’s wedding on September 7th. Here are some snapshots from the two events:

JorDan Wedding - Beata Brittany and I

Left to right: Fellow bridesmaids Beata, Brittany, and I.

JorDan Wedding - The dress

Jordan’s beautiful dress!!

JorDan Wedding - ceremony

Jordan & Dan ♥

Isn’t the venue beautiful? It was held at Wood Acre Farms in Terryville, CT.

JorDan Wedding - horse drawn carriage

They took a horse-drawn carriage ride after the ceremony, awww.

JorDan Wedding - Jordan Beata and I

Jordan, Beata, and I.

JorDan Wedding - Jordan + bridesmaids

Jordan and her bridesmaids! Left to right: Sister and maid-of-honor Kelsey, Brittany, Jordan, Beata, me, Sadie.

Regi + Paul Wedding - crab!

We spent last weekend in New Hampshire for Paul and Regina’s wedding. On our way to lunch after the rehearsal, we were almost eaten by a giant blue crab!! (Oh and, that’s another eShakti dress. I love it!)

Regi + Paul Wedding - Stan and Regi dance

At the reception on Sunday, Anton (one of Stan’s fellow groomsmen) teamed up with the bride (Regi) to troll Stan. They asked the DJ to play a Nickelback song (he hates Nickelback), and Regi asked him to dance with her. You can’t say no to the bride!

Regi + Paul Wedding - dancing

Nick (another groomsman) and I got on the floor along with the groom and his mother-in-law to ease Stan’s pain. He was a good sport about it though. ♥

Regi + Paul Wedding - Newlyweds + Stan and I

Left to right: Stan, Paul, Regi, and I. She looks just like a princess!

Regi + Paul Wedding - Stan and I

Both events were lots of fun, but we’re a little wedding’d out. We do clean up nice though, eh? ;)

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