Wednesday Wishlist: Birthday Edition

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My 28th birthday is Sunday. 28!! I’m basically 30. I graduated high school 10 years ago. That is insane! I feels like only yesterday that I was in drama club (of course), that Jordan & I went to prom together, that I registered to vote… crazy. A decade! CRAZY. I can’t even. Let’s move on to the best part of birthdays: gifts! Here’s what’s on my wish list:

Wednesday Wishlist Birthday Edition

1. Patron Prestige Skirt in Pink via ModCloth. Flirty & feminine & pink & tulle. Yes, please.

2. Dream Catcher Eco Flowy Tank by Cinder + Salt. I pretty much want all of Rachel’s clothing in my closet, but this dreamy tank especially.

3. Florabunda Large Agenda by What girl doesn’t want a giant planner with stickers and inspiring prints inside?

4. Cherry Pop Nail Polish by 100% Pure. I love this color! It’s a deep red with a dash of purple ~ super sophisticated.

5. Beginner’s Cold Process Soap Kit by Bramble Berry. I want this so Stan and I can finally make soap from scratch together! (We’re weird/awesome that way.)

6. Cupcakes from NoRA Cupcake Co. Okay, maybe I don’t need a whole truck, but a few cupcakes from NoRA would be heaven.

Let’s pretend I’m not almost 30, okay? Okay. xo

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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.


Outfit: Lots of Dots


Lots of Dots Outfit via @poorandpretty

I have long been a fan of polka dots, but I think this outfit really captures my polka fever. We’ve also been a little bit polka dot crazy at work, but I can’t tell you why just yet; it’s a secret! ;)

Timex Weekender Slip Thru multicolored white watch via @poorandpretty

Speaking of work, I think my multicolored Timex Weekender SLip-Thru with a white strap goes pretty well with this outfit, yeah? Especially when I throw on my Yellow-So-Cute Coat from ModCloth. They don’t have it for sale anymore, but here’s a similar peacoat that’s a bit more suited to the season.

yellow bow belt via @poorandpretty

How perfect is this yellow bow belt? Hand’s down my favorite belt.

paparazzi photo via @poorandpretty

Oh and here’s me walking away from the super nice yellow car in our parking lot (no idea what kind), Dave chasing me with his iPhone and pretending to be the paparazzi. (We have fun!)

Lots of Dots Outfit closeup via @poorandpretty

Outfit details: Polka Dot CardiganForever 21, $23 (similar). Yellow bow belt: Forever 21, $5 (similar, similar). Vintage Purple Pencil Skirt: Maison St. Germain, $20 (similar). Watch: Timex Weekender Slip-Thru, courtesy of Timex.  Polka dot tights: H&M, 2 for $10 (similar). Flats: Rampage, Peonies Couture, $15.

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15 Beginner Sewing Tutorials for National Sewing Machine Day

Guys. Sewing machines are apparently SEW important (I had to) they’ve got two days dedicated to them. One is June 13th and the other is tomorrow! The first US sewing machine patent was issued to Elias Howe Jr. on September 10, 1846. Jury’s out as to why June 13th is significant. I’m celebrating by breaking out my sewing machine and tackling a few beginner projects. Here are 15 to inspire:

handmade poppy pouch - poor and pretty

1. Field Poppy Pouch via For the Makers — this tutorial uses a needle + thread, but I used my sewing machine to sew the sides. It was the first non-test project I completed on my sewing machine, so I had to include it.

fabric napkins and placemats via smile and wave

2. Cloth Napkins and Placemats via Smile and Wave. This is a great first project – you just need able to sew in a straight line!

felt coaster via whimsey box

3. Felt Coasters via Whimseybox. I do have a lot of felt lying around…

felt ipad case via cheryl style

4. Felt iPad Sleeve via Cheryl Style. These would make great gifts for friends with tablets! Make them smaller, and you’ve got an iPhone sleeve.

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

5. Tea Bags via A Beautiful Mess. I made these — along with teacup candles — for Jordan’s wedding shower, remember?

envelope pillow covers via i heart stitching

6. Envelope Pillow Cover via I Heart Stitching. Pillow covers are an easy way to switch up your living room or bedroom style.

herbal sachet via craftypod

7. Heart Herbal Sachets via CraftyPod. How cute is this little herbal sachet? Fill them with lavender and chamomile and place them under your pillow if you’re having trouble sleeping. You can also store them in your dresser to make your clothes smell lovely.

circle garland via natty by design

8. Circle Garland via Natty By Design. Use a big craft circle punch to cut out a bunch of colorful circles and string them all together with your sewing machine. Easy!

brigitte head scarf via tilly and the buttons

9. Brigitte Scarf via Tilly and the Buttons. This adorable head scarf is from Tilly Walnes book, Love at First Stitch, filled with lots of fun clothing and accessory sewing tutorials.

cotton top via a beautiful mess

10. Simple Cotton Top via A Beautiful Mess. I love how summery and breezy this top is!

hem jeans via brit + co

11. How to Hem Your Jeans via Brit + Co. Hemming jeans is Sewing Machine 101, and comes in handy for shorties like me.

maxi skirt dress via delia creates

12. Maxi Skirt / Dress via Delia Creates. Delia calls this the “Versa Skirt” because it’s so versatile. I usually have a hard time finding maxi skirts that I’m not tripping all over (though I suppose knowing how to hem would be helpful there, too!)

paper bag skirt via simple simon + co

13. Paper Bag Skirt via Simple Simon and Company. This has got to be the cutest elastic waist skirt ever!

color inserts via BurdaStyle

14. Color Inserts via BurdaStyle. Add a pop of color to a blazer, pair of jeans, or any other article of clothing. BurdaStyle is a great resource for seamstresses of all levels.

bow belt via tilly and the buttons

15. Bow Belt via Tilly and the Buttons. I couldn’t resist including this bow belt! I want to make these in every color imaginable.


Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway + Outfit

Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway

On Sunday, Mish and I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway!!!! It was so incredible. NPH was the perfect Hedwig. We marveled at how he could dance, jump, and do splits on stage in GIANT HEELS, whereas we can barely walk in them. And his improv in between songs was hilarious (of course). You must, must see it. I need to watch the movie all over again.

Mish & I on the train to NYC

I’m so glad Mish and I went together. We don’t hang out nearly as much as we used to, and I miss her so. ♥

Hedwig and the Angry Inch outfit

Had I planned my outfit a little better, I probably would have worn something a bit more glamorous and had crazy makeup with lots of glitter, but maybe next time. ;)

Outfit details: Coach Tour Top: Marshalls, $14 (similar, similar). Pink & Navy Striped Skirt: J.Crew, $20 on sale (similar). Navy Blue TOMS: Navy Canvas Women’s Classics, $48. Pink Hair Flower: gift from Mom. Clock heart necklace: handmade by White Flag Designs (now OHWTO), $30. Pink Beaded Bracelets: gift from Aunt Kathy. Watch: Timex Women’s Croco Strap, courtesy of Timex.

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