5th Annual Hartford Trashion Fashion Show: Sunday, April 19

Trashion Fashion Show model feature

Trashion Fashion Show Hartford 2015 poster

It’s that time of year again! Now in its 5th year, the Hartford Trashion Fashion Show will be taking over Hartford City Hall next Sunday, April 19th to celebrate Earth Day, the arrival of Spring, and educate onlookers about sustainability.

Trashion Fashion Show model

It’s always a great time, with gorgeous upcycled runway fashion. I’m happy to be vending for my fourth year!

Poor + Pretty Booth

I will have plenty of my 100% natural sugar & salt scrubs, bath salts, lip & body balms, face masks, and more available during and after the show inside City Hall, but don’t miss the Earth Day Eco Market happening outside!


4th Annual Trashion Show this Saturday!

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It’s that time of year again! The 4th Annual Trashion Fashion Show is this Saturday, April 19th 6-9pm at Hartford City Hall. Get your tickets here. (All proceeds support the Sustainable Farm School.)

I’ve been lucky enough to vend at the past two shows, but this year will be a little different. I will be teaching a demonstration on how to make your own sugar scrubs and have tons of info about some of the toxic chemicals you can find in your brand-name cosmetics. Did you see my article on the Evergreen Design Co. blog?

Trashion Show Hartford CT

I am so pumped to see this year’s trashion fashion! It keeps getting better and better every year!


Bronto Summit: Days 3 & 4

I had so much fun over the last four days at the Bronto Summit, it was hard to leave! Here’s a look at Wednesday and Thursday:

Bronto Summit day 3 threads

Wednesday morning, I pulled on my brightest tights, hacked J.Crew cardigan, and this fun ruffle skirt from sugarplum USA. I tried to embrace the southern staple of “big hair,” but I will admit, I can’t really pull it off. I just end up looking like a first-year Hermione Granger.

Jon Bronto Summit panel

My co-worker Jon is a bit of a celebrity at the Bronto Summits, having been to the first one four years ago when there were only about 30 Bronto customers present. This year, there were over 150! He was asked to sit on a customer panel Wednesday morning, which only fed into his already-inflated, jumbo-Jenga-winning ego. ;)

Bronto Summit day 3 Angus Barn 2

Wednesday night, we were treated to a delicious meal at the gorgeous Angus Barn’s Lakeside Pavilion in Raleigh. Set in the middle of the William B. Umstead State Park, the rustic pavilion was truly spectacular. With outdoor fire pits and a gazebo overlooking a beautiful little lake, I wasn’t surprised to find out that it’s a popular destination for weddings.

Bronto Summit day 3 Angus Barn

I finally brought Jon’s ego down a notch when my team of fierce ladies beat his team of dudes at bocce ball:

Bronto Summit day 3 Angus Barn bocce ball

The conference ended Thursday afternoon, and Jon was so sad to leave that he tried taking off with a 10ft blow-up Bronto. {He didn’t get very far.}

Day 4 Jon steals giant Bronto

Jon and I had a few hours to kill before our flight, so we headed to downtown Durham and stopped off at The Cupcake Bar:

Day 4 Cupcake Bar

I indulged in four delicious miniature cupcakes: Cookies and Cream, Vanilla & Strawberry, Citrus Cooler, and Vanilla & Coconut. I liked them so much, I bought a shirt!

Day 4 Organic Transport ELF orange

As we wandered around a bit more, we found these interesting bike/car hybrid. Manufactured by Organic Transit in Durham, the ELF is a pedal-solar electric hybrid vehicle that founder Rob Cotter says “fills the space between a bike and a car.” I wish we’d had time to drive it around!

Day 4 Organic Transport ELF

Then, we stumbled upon this very cool-looking door:

Day 4 cool door in Durham

As we were looking at it, someone walked up to it to go inside, then asked us if we needed help getting somewhere. “No, we’re just looking at this awesome door!” {How many times have you said that in your life?} He laughed and told us it was created by a local artist. It looks like something out of The Jetsons, right?

Day 4 Bronto in fountain

And because we were weaning ourselves off of the Bronto conference, we couldn’t help dropping by their offices again, where we found this guy poking its head out of the bushes.


Happy Earth Day!

True story: when I was younger, my dad used to make us go out on Earth Day and pick up trash in the neighborhood. We’d be out there for a few hours, and it was amazing how much we would pick up. It’s another cherished family tradition I have, and it gave me real respect for our planet. We only made a small difference, but it was a difference nonetheless.

Trashion Fashion Show 2013 Hartford City Hall

This year, I’m traveling to North Carolina for a business trip, so I won’t be picking up trash, but I did go to the Trashion Fashion Show again! It’s truly incredible what can be created with items we’d normally just chuck in the garbage — paper plates, straws, gum wrappers, tissue paper, newspaper, etc. A snapshot of the “grand finale” of designs:

Trashion Fashion Show 2013 - dresses

Here’s my 5-minute runway synopsis:

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What are you doing to save the planet this Earth Day?


April 20: 3rd Annual Trashion Fashion Show in Hartford – celebrate Earth Day in sustainable style!


I am excited to be vending at the 3rd Annual Trashion Fashion Show! I had so much fun last year — the outfits were just incredible. I can’t wait to see what the sustainable fashion designers have cooked up this year. Here are the details:

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Hartford City Hall: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT
Who: Over 20 local artists, students, and designers, including students from The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Hall High in West Hartford. Trashion models are dancers, students, professionals, and a few area celebrities — catch Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra wearing a Trashion tie down the runway! Plus, shop and play with over 20 eco-friendly vendors and presenters, including Hartford Prints, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Poor & Pretty, and more. Pick up seedlings planted in egg shells by students at The Sustainable Farm School.
What? The Trashion Fashion Show is so much more than a celebration of Earth Day. This is a community-driven effort to promote environmental awareness and the Hartford area arts scene.
How much? Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for local children who attend The Sustainable Farm School. Get tickets here.

Still not really sure what “trashion fashion” is? Here are a few outfits from previous years, designed by sustainable fashion designer Rachel DeCavage, owner of sugarplum USA and the non-profit Evergreen Design Co.:

Trashion show dresses 2012

Trashion show dresses 2011