Outfit: Blue & White Pattern Play

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Blue and white pattern play outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

I’m mentally tossing confetti in celebration of this three-day weekend. I love how Labor Day just sort of sneaks up on you. I’ve been getting a lot done for my natural beauty eBook, so I’m planning to do even more this weekend. Side note – I can’t even tell you how hard it is to do a photo shoot for an eBook when your entire office is in boxes. I’ll be so glad when our renovations are done and I have my new office!

Blue and white pattern play outfit via @poorandpretty

Our clothes are mostly in boxes, too, but I’m finding that oddly satisfying. I’ve been reading Do Less by Rachel Jonat, and she talks about how having a lot of things tires us out because we spend way too much time deciding between things (what to wear,  what to watch, etc). Psychologists called it Analysis Paralysis. Having less stuff these past few weeks has made my mornings so much easier! I have to sift through way less clothing to find something to wear, and I end up wearing my favorites more often. You might recognize this eyelet tank from my Summer Vacation Outfit.

Blue and white pattern play outfit closeup via @poorandpretty

I also love the pattern play I’ve got going on here. My polka heart jeans are tied for my favorite pair of jeans (tied with these from Madewell), my polka dot Timex Originals gets a lot of wrist-wear, and I’ve already gushed about my diamond-patterned crossbody bag from Bicycles & Buttons.

Blue and white pattern play outfit details keds timex via @poorandpretty

My navy Keds (gifted to me by my lovely Auntie Kathy) complete the navy and white look pretty perfectly, don’t you think? And what outfit wouldn’t be complete without a little (or a lot) of confetti from The Confetti Bar?

Blue and white pattern play outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

What are you doing to celebrate Labor Day weekend? Soaking up the last of the summer sun? That sounds like a good idea. On second thought… maybe Stan and I will spend a day lounging around by the pool or tubing down the Farmington River. ;)

Outfit Details: Polished Apprentice Top: ModCloth, $35. (similar, similar). Heart skinny jeans: Kancan Jeans, ModCloth, $50 (similar). Navy Keds: gift, but you can get ‘em hereDiamond Crossbody Bag: Bicycles & Buttons, $74. Polka Dot Watch: Timex Originals Dots, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

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Outfit: Summer Vacation (Finally)

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Summer Vaca Outfit - Covered in Confetti via @poorandpretty

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Rhode Island for a week with my family and I am jazzed. I haven’t had a lounge-around-lay-on-the-beach-for-a-week vacation in two years (not since Mexico), so I’m overdue. So I’m throwing confetti all around (thanks to The Confetti Bar)!

Summer Vaca Outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

I’m planning on reading A LOT. I have an unrealistic stack of books I’m planning on bringing. And guys, I’m really digging this outfit.

Summer Vaca Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

And I’m making super weird faces at you.

… Yeah, it’s time for me to go on vacation. But here’s a confetti kiss before I go:

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Summer Vaca Outfit via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Polished Apprentice Top: ModCloth, $35. (similar, similarRight on Cue Capri Pants in Orange: ModCloth, $17 (similar). White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59 (similar).Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti: courtesy of The Confetti Bar.

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Outfit: Dreamcatcher

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Yesterday was amazing. I took the day off from work (today too) to work on some personal projects + goals and I was SO PRODUCTIVE. Possibly more productive than I’ve ever been in my life. 

First thing in the morning, I packaged and shipped a few Apothecary orders. Then, I hauled about half my closet to The Confetti Bar and took a bunch of outfit photos in Jessica’s brightly-lit, magical, confetti-filled studio. We chatted about being entrepreneurs and collaborating while I flew through my wardrobe.

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Recognize that dreamcatcher tank? It’s from Cinder & Salt, and was on my birthday wishlist. Stan bought it for me! ♥ Grab one here.

Baked By Melissa Mini Cupcakes via @poorandpretty

Waiting on the doorstep for me when I got home was a box of Baked By Melissa‘s mini cupcakes (my favorites). Stan had ordered them for me, just because. I am a lucky lady! :) I ate them while tackling some blogging and freelance work for Vintanthromodern.

Dreamcatcher-outfit-via@poorandpretty

It was a good day! I’m aiming to be just as productive (if not more) today. Tomorrow will be a day of relaxation. ;) How’s your summer going?

Outfit Details: Dreamcatcher Tank: Cinder & Salt, $36. Green shorts: American Eagle, $15 (similar, similar). Grey Moccasins: Minnetonka Kilty Suede Moccasins, $43.

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Outfit: The Perfect Patchwork Dress

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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.

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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:

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

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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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Hello, Skirt Season! How to Have Smooth Legs All Summer

How to have smooth legs all summer via @poorandpretty

After a few rainy days in April, spring seems to have passed right by, and we’ve been launched into an early summer. (We’ve had at least four 80º days in Connecticut the past week!) This is just fine by me because I get to break out my skirts and shorts! I love my legs and I love showing them off, so I’m psyched to team up with Schick® and Skintimate® during their Rock Your Legs promotion to celebrate the steps we take every day as women. 

Skirt Season Leg Love - polka dot dress via @poorandpretty

When skirt season rolls around, I’m happy to make my razor work double-time. Honestly, shaving is relaxing for me. I don’t mind spending a little extra time in the shower or bath because when I get out, I’m putting my best leg forward. ;)

Here’s what I’m using to have smooth, confident legs all summer:

Summer Leg Beauty Essentials - Schick Skintimate Naked Bee via @poorandpretty

1. Skintimate® Strawberry Tangerine Twist® Women’s Shave Gel. This smells incredible! It smells like strawberry Kool-Aid, freshly squeezed orange juice, and Japanese gummy candies all rolled into one. You don’t need much and it leaves your legs feeling super smooth and smelling wonderful.

2. Schick Hydro Silk® Disposables. I like my razors without (too many) frills. As of late, I’ve mostly used Stan’s leftover Dollar Shave Club razors because I’m too lazy (and cheap) to buy my own. But this little lady is pretty awesome. It’s got five blades surrounded by a water-activated moisturizing serum made with shea butter. It curves gently and pivots in a way Stan’s razor doesn’t, plus it has a grippy handle and a cap that isn’t terrifying to put on. Seriously, does anyone else feel like they’re going to slice their fingers off any time they replace the cap on a disposable razor? Well anyway, this one has a nice, non-scary, easy-to-slip-on cap. 

 3. The Naked Bee Vitamin C Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30. I’m a mix of Danish, Swedish, Irish, Italian, and a tiny bit Native American, but my legs scream 100% Scandinavian. As soon as sunlight hits them, they start to burn. So I have to make sure I’m wearing sunscreen in the summer. This is the only one I’ll use because it’s non-toxic, doesn’t leave white streaks like most natural sunscreens, absorbs well, isn’t greasy, and smells amazing. In short: it’s perfect.

Shaving Razors from Schick via @poorandpretty

Schick also sent me a few other razors to test out — a Schick Intuition Revitalizing Moisture Razor (left, orange) and their new Schick Hydrosilk TrimStyle. I’ve used (and loved!) the Schick Intuition before, which has 4 blades surrounded by soap so it lathers while you shave, eliminating the need for shaving cream. For this reason, it’s great for traveling. The Schick Hydrosilk TrimStyle is also pretty sweet — it’s got a regular razor on one end and a bikini trimmer on the other. As I said before, I tend to prefer no-frills razors, but I know this will come in handy once our pool opens up.

Skirt Season Leg Love - stripe skirt yoga tree pose via @poorandpretty

So whether you’re doing a few tree poses in yoga class (or in the backyard), dancing the night away, soaking in some sun, or simply sitting in the grass taking photos of your legs and getting weird looks from your neighbors (that’s me!), rock your legs this summer and always. Stand tall, girl!

Embrace the Paste - Leg Love @poorandpretty

How will you #rockyourlegs?

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P.S. Schick is sponsoring Pitch Perfect 2, which I can’t wait to see! There are so many hilarious rockin’ women in that movie. Schick is currently running a promotion with Ahold (Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s) for a FREE movie ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2. Just purchase two Schick women’s shave items ($10 minimum value), and you’ll receive a print out at the register to redeem a code for your free movie ticket. The promotion runs through May 23, 2015.

All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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