DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Now that Jordan’s wedding shower is over, I can finally share these! She wanted a tea party theme, so I bought a few mis-matched vintage teacups from Goodwill and Savers and made these candles to use as centerpieces.

poured mica gold teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Just follow the instructions for my mason jar soy wax candles and use teacups instead! For four teacups of various sizes, I used about 5 cups of soy wax (measured prior to melting), 3-4 tbs of fragrance oil, and 2-3 dye chips.

poured mica gold teacup candles closeup via @poorandpretty

I was shooting for a golden color with the above candles; I used a pretty gold mica to create the glittery swirls…

Finished teacup candles via @poorandpretty

…But as you can see they turned out to be much more cream-colored. Candles are much harder to dye than soap!

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

They did turn out to be beautiful centerpieces though. I paired them with a few sprigs of lavender or butterfly bush that grows outside of our building at work, and tied them up with ribbon.

vintage doilies and handkerchiefs

Rachel gave me some vintage doilies and handkerchiefs, which really added to the decor. Here are a few shots from the shower:

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

Though parts of the room were darkly lit, you can see a bit more of the shimmer in this photo.

Wedding shower purple teacup candle via @poorandpretty

This was supposed to be a bit more purple, but I actually like this color better!

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

Of course, it ain’t a real tea party without tea! The other bridesmaids and I got together for a craft night to make these homemade tea bags, using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. It was a lot more work than we thought it would be, but they came out so cute and Jordan (and the guests!) loved them, so it was worth it. ♥

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Say hello at Brit + Co.!

So you know how I mentioned working on some exciting personal projects? I am so psyched to be guest blogging at Brit + Co.! I can’t think of a more fun & perfect blogging partnership. Check out some of my latest posts:

Natural Beauty DIYs Brit + Co.

15 Natural Beauty DIYs for under $15 – Of course my first post would be a roundup of my favorite natural beauty tutorials. ;)

Tea Treats Brit + Co.

Better Be-Leaf It: 14 Tea-Infused Sweet Treats – Yep, 14 delicious cookies, cupcakes, ice creams, and even a crème brûlée that you can make with tea. Double-yum.

DIY Valentines Brit + Co.

We Heart These 14 DIY Valentine’s Day Cards – Okay, Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make any of these sweet cards year-round!

DIY Jewelry Gifts Brit + Co.

12 DIY Jewelry Gifts Your Friends Will Actually Wear – these aren’t your run-of-the-mill summer camp gimp bracelets, ladies. There are some seriously nice handmade necklaces, earrings, and bangles in this post.

P.S. My Etsy shop is only open for another week, so grab up my vegan & non-toxic cupcake soaps, jars of frosting, coco balm, and coco body balm before I’m closed! Everything is 25% off!

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Gift Guide: Her

Gift-Guide-Her-poorandpretty

I’m doing a few more posts than usual this week because I’m so excited about the holidays! Here’s my final gift guide: things to get for women in your life.

1. Baked by Melissa cupcakes, delivered. Seriously. They won’t ship on Christmas Day, but you can have them ship on Christmas Eve and hide them somewhere ;) 2. Echo Touch Warmers Zipper Gloves via Echo Design — so she can keep her hands nice and toasty and still use her smartphone. 3. Camp Director Tote via ModCloth. 4. Etanesh Stripe scarf from FashionABLE — give her something that means something. With every FashionABLE purchase, you’re helping women create sustainable businesses in Africa. I love my scarves5. Snow White Druzy Studs made by Jumkha. I’ve never been big into jewelry, but I’m obsessed with Druzy right now. I also love this Druzy necklace6. Santiago Huckleberry candle by Voluspa — a wonderful slightly fruity, slightly sweet scent. Or get it as a reed diffuser7. Flying Bird Botanical Tea in all sorts of wonderful flavors via Leif Shop. 8. Silver Geo Bangle with Rhinestones from Spotted Moth.

Check out all of my gift guides:

Happy shopping!

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DIY Beauty: Green tea exfoliating mask

Happy Labor Day! Let’s take a minute to appreciate our skin today, which works so hard to keep us pretty. ;)

DIY green tea and baking soda exfoliating mask - poor and pretty

This is a mask you can easily whip up in seconds. At the core of it is one green tea bag (dry, not steeped!) and one tablespoon of baking soda. Rip open the tea bags and mix with the baking soda, then store this mixture in an airtight container. When you’re ready to use the mask, take one teaspoon of the dry mixture and combine with one teaspoon of the following, depending on your skin type:

  • water – for oily skin
  • milk – for normal/combination skin
  • olive oil – for dry skin
  • honey – for all skin types; raw honey is a great humectant (it rehydrates skin by drawing on moisture from the air).

I like to think of this as a “choose your own adventure” mask. Remember those books? I always seemed to choose poorly. Lucky, you can’t do that with this mask because no matter which liquid you choose to mix in, your skin is still going to be exfoliated. Win!

Tip: Always apply masks after you’ve cleaned your face with your favorite facial cleanser. Masks are not a substitute for cleansers.

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Friday Faves 4.19.13

to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I never read this in high school, so I swiped a battered copy from my uncle’s house a few summers ago and devoured it over the past few weeks. It’s amazing how relevant the book is today, and sad too. Racism hasn’t faded entirely from our society, but I think our generation’s big human rights issues focus more on sexuality, especially with regards to gay marriage rights.

to kill a mockingbird - color quote

Catching Fire movie trailer. Along the same vein — focusing on inequality, with particular emphasis on the wealth gap — is the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins {a Connecticut native!}. The books are incredible – yes, they’re technically young adult novels but the message within them is perhaps even more important for adults. Plus, my dad was the first in my family to read them! Anyway, I was psyched to see the Catching Fire trailer launch at the MTV Movie Awards:

I’ll be there for the midnight showing, of course.

butterfly necklace

My “Iron Butterfly” necklace. Remember the tribute I wrote for my Nana last month? She used to call me an iron butterfly, beautiful and loving but also strong-willed. My Aunt Kathy saw this pretty necklace in a magazine and said she had to get it for me immediately. It’s a lovely reminder of the strong women in my life, and that we always have the power to reinvent ourselves.

solaris cardigan anthropologie - poor and pretty

Solaris Cardigan from Anthropologie. I love this new addition to my closet, especially since I got it for 50% off! I’m going through a major polka dot phase, and I love that this has sort of sporadic dots in different colors. The buttons remind me of my J.Crew cardigan hack. I’m wearing it today!

sunny afternoon herbal tisane - simpson vale

Sunny Afternoon herbal tisane from Simpson & Vale. My brother gave me this tea for Yule/Christmas, and even though it was on my list, I put off trying it because it smells like it would be way too sweet. I finally tried it a few months ago and now I’m addicted. It’s only slightly sweet, with strawberry leaves, cornflowers, and hints of vanilla and pear. I’ve found it’s perfect for dunking shortbread cookies in, and sipping while you’re enjoying a good book.

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