4 Ways to Wear Red Vintage Boots

4 ways to wear vintage red boots via @poorandpretty

Did you know that I’ve blogged 60 outfits? Wow! So I thought I’d do something a little different today, and introduce a “ways to wear” feature. I don’t have a huge closet (though I’m sure Stan would disagree), and I’m trying to reduce it even more. I do, however, have a few staples I wear over and over again, as any frugalista should. Because it’s fall, I’m going to kick things off with my favorite footwear: my vintage red Bellini boots I picked up from loveyvintage.


Outfit: Jewel Tones | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: January 2014. 

Red Gold and Houndstooth - poor and pretty

Outfit: Red, Gold, and Houndstooth | Season: Fall/Winter | Date: November 2013. 

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Outfit: Lace, Leaf, Leather | Season: Spring/Fall | Date: October 2012. 


Outfit: Falling for Leaves & Autumn Hues | Season: Fall | Date: October 2013. 

What are some of your closet staples you find yourself wearing again and again?


Outfit: The Retro Polka Dot Dress



Lots of outfit posts this month! I just have so many cute dresses and skirts to share with you. :)


This retro rockabilly polka dot dress might look familiar because it was in my Skirt Season post last week, where I shared my essential tools for smooth legs all summer. (I love this photo – it looks like I’m about to take flight!)


It’s also a celebrity! This dress was featured in a video I helped create at Timex for our new line of reversible polka dot Weekender watches. Turns out the dress fit me like a glove, so I got to take it home — perks of being the stylist! Check out the video:

So fun!!! I loved working on this, from concept to storyboard to shopping for and styling all of the outfits, to being on set and helping direct… it was such an amazing learning experience for me. I love being an Art Director!


I can’t get over how perfectly it fits! And it’s very light, so it’ll be great for hot summer days and backyard barbecues at my Dad’s. It goes great with the polka dot sunnies I also swiped from our video ;)


Outfit Details: Retro Polka Dot Dress: Maggie Tang, Amazon, $40 (similar). Polka Dot Sunglasses: Claire’s, $10 (similar, similar). Red Wedges: Merona, Target, $6 (similar, similar, similar).

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Outfit: The Perfect Patchwork Dress



Yes, yes, it is definitely skirt season, and I have lots of pretty new dresses to share with you! This pretty patchwork number came from Vintanthromodern Vintage, part of The Haven Collective.


I never gave vintage much thought until stepping into Vintanthromodern Vintage last spring. Then, it was still a pop-up shop and retrofitted fashion shuttle bus. Now, it’s found a more permanent home within The Haven Collective at 938 State Street in New Haven. I’ve always loved the concept of buying upcycled/recycled clothing, but I never seemed to look right in vintage. Or maybe the shops I’d been to just didn’t have the right flair. The Haven Collective’s owner Melissa, however, keeps her shop stocked with fabulously fun vintage and vintage-inspired pieces, like this dress (originally from Anthropologie) and my adorable balloon skirt. Definitely swing by if you’re looking for a great vintage shop!

I wanted the pastels and red flowers to stand out a bit more, so I’m wearing them with my red peep toe wedges and a few dainty bracelets in complementing colors:


That ID bracelet was a gift from my Aunt Kathy (who totally spoils me, and apparently thinks I might forget my name ;)


Outfit Details: Patchwork Dress: courtesy of Vintanthromodern Vintage (similar, similar). Red Wedges: Merona, Target, $6 (similar, similar, similar). Infinity Necklace: gift from Stan. ID Bracelet: Gift from my Aunt Kathy. Noma Bracelet: Handmade with For The Makers.

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Outfit: The May Flowers Dress + Giveaway!

Win 50 to Pink Basis via @poorandpretty feature

Outfit - May Flowers Dress and daffodils at Hubbard Park via @poorandpretty

Fo me, what marks the arrival of Spring more than anything else in Connecticut are the daffodils at Hubbard Park in Meriden. I didn’t make it to the Daffodil Festival this year, but Mish and I went for a walk in Hubbard Park on Saturday — the view of over 600,000 daffodils throughout the park is simply magical.

It was the perfect opportunity to show off my new dress — I’ve dubbed it my “May Flowers Dress” — from Pink Basis. And they’re so sweet, they’re giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky Poor & Pretty reader!

Win 50 to Pink Basis via @poorandpretty

To enter, visit Pink Basis, then leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you think you’ll splurge the gift card on. Strappy new sandals? A form-fitting body-con dress? Or maybe you’re in dire need of a new bikini? 

Entries must be posted by Monday, May 11th, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be contacted by email on Tuesday, May 12th, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. This contest is closed – thank you for entering! Congrats to winner Emily S!


Outfit - May Flowers Dress via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: May Flowers Dress: courtesy of Pink BasisMustard Cardigan: Charter School Cardigan in Honey, ModCloth, $35. Pink Bow Belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar). Green Tights: Marshalls, $5.  White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59. 

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How to Wash Delicates at Home: The Story of a Vintage Balloon Skirt

Vintage Balloon Skirt Outfit feature via @poorandpretty

I found this adorable vintage balloon skirt at Vintanthromodern Vintage at The Haven Collective a few weeks ago, and I’m so excited to finally break it out!

Vintage Balloon Skirt Outfit via @poorandpretty

I was a little hesitant to buy it at first, because I knew it would need a little extra care during the washing process. 

Vintanthromodern Vintage balloon skirt via @poorandpretty

When I brought it home, it needed a little brightening up, and it had a few stains on the aqua balloon:

balloon skirt spots closeup via @poorandpretty

I didn’t want to take it to a dry cleaner — I’m a firm believer in DIY, didn’t you know? — and I have no room for toxic stain removers in my house. So when method asked me to try out their new 4x concentrated laundry detergent, I thought it must be kismet.

Method 4x laundry detergent lineup

I’ve long been a fan of method’s cleaning products. I use their all-purpose cleaner (the pink grapefruit smells amazing), glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, fabric softener spray… you get the idea. Their 8x pump laundry detergent has been a laundry staple for over five years. I couldn’t wait to test out their new detergent, especially with all of the fun new colors and fragrances!


I opted for pink, of course — spring garden. Their new biodegradable and hypoallergenic formula is 97% naturally derived and sits in a bottle made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, which is music to my ears. method’s detergents do not contain harsh surfactants and chemicals that cause skin irritations, and their fragrances are free of phthalates and tested for allergies. 

Method 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent spot treatment balloon skirt via @poorandpretty

And another great thing? You don’t need a separate stain remover. method’s 4x laundry detergent will do that, too. So I rubbed a tiny bit of the spring garden detergent on my skirt’s spots and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Method laundry detergent cap comparison

After my skirt was good and spot-treated, I set my washer to delicates mode and used cold water. Cold water is the most energy-efficient way to wash any clothing, and method’s laundry detergent is formatted specifically for cold water washing. I added in my capful of detergent — and do you see the size of that cap? It’s TINY! I had to photograph it next to a standard size for you to believe how small it is.

 Laundry in washing machine via @poorandpretty

I added my delicates — balloon skirt included! — to the washer and let it do its thing. And when I took the skirt out of the dryer last night, it was brighter, whiter, and the spots were gone:

balloon skirt no spots closeup via @poorandpretty

So of course I put it on:

Vintage Balloon Skirt Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Red Ruffle Tank: J.Crew, ThredUp, $13. Yellow bow belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar). Vintage Balloon Skirt: courtesy of Vintanthromodern Vintage. Chevron Tights: Target, $6. Red Glittery Cap Toe Flats: Plato’s Closet, $6 + I added the glitter in this tutorial.

Wanna try out method’s new laundry detergent for yourself? Use code THREEFORME for $3 off your online purchase here. They’ve also got a super fun partnership going with ASOS and you can enter to win $1,000 to spend on ASOS clothing, woo! Details here

Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.