Outfit: Blue & White Pattern Play

Blue and white pattern play outfit feature via @poorandpretty

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: Mint Chocolate Chip + 7 Year Stamiversary

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit feat via @poorandpretty

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit via @poorandpretty

Today is my & Stan’s 7-year anniversary!!! Kind of unbelievable. We celebrated last night by binging on buffalo wings, ice cream, and episodes of The Office. Tonight, I’ll be moving lots of stuff out of my office to prep the room for hardwood floors while he plays D&D with his friends. That’s love, baby. 

Oh, and I’m posting photos of Stan & I over the years on Instagram today if you want to time travel with us! ♥

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

We’ve had so much ice cream this summer, and from so many great local creameries! One of our favorites is Sweet Claude’s in Cheshire. While I was in Rhode Island, we had ice cream at The Sweet Spot in Narragansett. This past weekend, our friends Anton and Briana introduced us to Frisbie’s in New Britain. Our orders are almost always the same: I love Black Raspberry and Stan’s all about the Mint Chocolate Chip.

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit back via @poorandpretty

I had to call this outfit Mint Chocolate Chip, especially because it might be one of Stan’s favorites. ;) I switched into it as soon as I got home from work yesterday. If it wasn’t socially unacceptable, I would have worn it to work too — it was so damn hot!

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit makeup Au Naturale 100Pure via @poorandpretty

I’m also digging this lipstick in a big way. It’s Au Naturale’s Sangria lipstick, a shimmery fuchsia shade. It makes for a very pretty pop of color, don’t you think?

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit details via @poorandpretty

Here’s a peep at a few more outfit details — the purse came in one of my Stitch Fix boxes, the watch is this sparkly Timex, and I picked up the bustier from Amazon to wear to The Rocky Horror Picture Show last October. It was not fun to wear in October, but perfect for a lazy anniversary date night in August!

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Striped Bustier: Metal Mulisha, Amazon, $25. Green shorts: American Eagle, $15 (similar, similar). Tribal Purse: Street Level, Stitch Fix, $48 (similar, similar). Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

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Outfit: The Retro Polka Dot Dress

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

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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!)

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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!

Retro-Polka-Dot-Dress3-via-@poorandpretty

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 ;)

Retro-Polka-Dot-Dress-with-sunglasses-via-@poorandpretty

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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10 Ways to Rock Florals

10 Ways to Wear Florals via @poorandpretty

Whether it’s a flower crown or a floral print dress (totally a 90s throwback), April showers have come and gone so now it’s time to wear flowers.

Outfit - May Flowers Dress at Hubbard Park bridge via @poorandpretty

1. A Floral Frock. My flirty floral dress from Pink Basis was the perfect outfit to pay homage to spring. Don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Pink Basis gift card!  // Dress via Pink Basis (no longer available).

2. Twice is Nice. Two floral dresses are better than one! I couldn’t resist including this pretty 60s-esque dress, too. Just look at those bell sleeves! // Dress via Ruche.

3. The Botanical Blazer. Artsy meets chic meets professional in this Fab Floral Designer Blazer, with so many fresh spring hues. // Blazer via ModCloth.

Lipsy-floral-clutch-via-ASOS

4. Pocket(book) Full of Posies. Dress up any outfit with a pop of flowers when you carry around this dainty little Lipsy purse. // Clutch via ASOS.

 

5. Marigolds à la Main. Dress up your hands with marigolds or daisies with this casual-and-sweet Timex Weekender Floral wrist accessory. // Watch via Timex.

 

6. Nail Garden. I would not have the patience or steady hand to create something this beautiful on my nails, but I sure would let someone else try. Any takers? // Nail Art via Brit + Co.

7. A Crown of Flowers. This floral crown is simply stunning – and relatively easy to make! // Gilded Floral Crown Tutorial via The Day’s Design.

8. Queen Anne’s Necklace. This handmade necklace is created with Queen Anne’s Lace, dyed and pressed, and preserved within an antique brass pendant. // Necklace via KATEEMARIE on ScoutMob.

9. Tip Toe-ing Tulips. Okay, maybe their aren’t any actual tulips on these shoes, but I’m trying to be clever here, folks. Either way, these floral heels are toe-tally perfect for garden parties. // Floral Heels via Ruche.

10. What’s your agenda? I can’t even put into words how awesome ban.do’s large floral agenda is. It’s got fun doodles, pockets, stickers, color-coded month tabs… Pretty much the exact thing I need to get myself organized. (I do have a birthday coming up… ;) // Florabunda Agenda via ban.do

How will you wear florals this spring?

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Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY via @poorandpretty

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - five straps2

Every once and while this magical thing happens where my work life coincides with my blog life. For those of you who don’t know, I have a full-time gig as an art director at Timex, which is why you see me wearing a lot of Timex watches in my outfit photos. A few weeks ago, I had this wild idea: let’s take some of our white nylon Weekender slip-thru straps and dip dye them in Easter egg dye because Easter is coming and I love pastels and DIYs! And my boss said go for it, and so I have. And you can too!

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - materials and results

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Timex Weekender with white nylon strap and multicolored dial — get it here. This is my favorite watch from our Weekender line because of the colorful dial!
  • PAAS Egg Dye Kit
  • vinegar & water — see the instructions in the egg dye kit for details, but I found this worked best with vinegar
  • Glass jars or plastic cups
  • Paper towels (for drying & cleaning up messes)

Here’s what you do:

Can’t see the video above? Watch it here.

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - five strap bottoms

Experiment dipping different lengths for different times.

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - three straps

I used the yellow, green, and pink color tabs to achieve the above results. I was shooting for an ombre effect with the pink one, but when I double-dipped it, it just gave me a weird hot pink patch, so I dipped it in the green after I took this photo, and it turned purple. The yellow one gave me a great ombre though!

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - yellow watch flat

To achieve an ombre effect, only dip an inch or two of the strap into the dye for about a minute, then take it out and lay it flat on paper towels. Watch the dye spread up the strap in a beautiful gradient!

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - yellow watch

Pretty, pretty!

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - 1 watch 3 straps

The Weekender line is awesome because you can easily switch up the slip-thru straps, creating different looks to go with different outfits. (You will not be surprised to hear that I have 10+ straps for my Weekender.)

Timex Weekender Dip Dye DIY - 5 watches fan

A few notes & precautions: Let your strap dry overnight before putting the case back on and wearing it. The color will not rub off on you (or your clothing) when it’s dry, but if it gets wet, the color will drip off. So keep your newly-dyed straps dry, peeps!

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