Monarch Workshop + Free Printables

Monarch Workshop feature via @poorandpretty

Monarch Workshop 2015 via @poorandpretty

I took the day yesterday to let the weekend’s events settle over me, and I’m still coming down from the incredible high that was Monarch Workshop. There were so many wonderful, inspiring, creative women all in one room — it felt like home. It was home. Finally! I don’t have to travel to New York, San Francisco, or some other distance to find my kindred sisters.

Photo Booth - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

It was two days of crafting, learning, yoga, networking, photo booth-ing (I’m with Melissa of the Haven Collective & Vintanthromodern Vintage and Bethany of Twenty Something Plus above), delicious food by Whisk + Brush, and lots and lots of hugs in Bananaland, Bridgeport. It was crazy cool women like Michelle Bablo who said “fuck this job” time and time again until she finally created her own kick-ass business as a “professional magic maker, gold fringe enthusiast & designer of colorful parties.”

Dream Team Q+A Panel - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

And Katharine Marino of YogaKat Fitness, who is probably the most loving, calm person I have ever met. She taught us to love our bodies, shake out negativity, and be present. She had us all pick out little wisdom cards and think about how we can apply them to our lives. Mine said “do what’s simple,” which is kind of perfect because I overanalyze and overcomplicate everything.

Do What's Simple - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

There was Nutritionist Debra Wolf who played us hilarious clips from Portlandia and showed us how to love our bodies from the inside out with healthy eating (and also: we consume far too much sugar).

Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

And crafter and textile guru Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom who left me with my greatest takeaway: own your path.

Monarch - Own Your Path doodle via @poorandpretty

Because my initial jot-down of this quote really doesn’t do justice to how much it resonated within me, I had to fancy it up a bit. I’ve designed it into two different printables/computer wallpapers:



Right click and save either image above to use it as a desktop wallpaper. You can also download higher resolution files to print and frame: download butterfly printable | download dots printable | download everything | these are large files and may take a while to download. :)

Photo Booth 2 - Monarch Workshop via @poorandpretty

I am so grateful to Jessica of The Confetti Bar and Latanya of Sprinkles & Booze for introducing me to this crowd of incredible creators. I’ve never felt so understood and accepted. I will be seeing a lot more of them that’s for sure! I’ve already begun to take what I’ve learned and work on myself and my future as a kick-ass entrepreneur.


eShakti: The Perfect Fit for Petite to Plus

eShakti dress customization

Before I jump in to why I love eShakti, I have to share one more wedding shower photo. I promise it’s relevant!

Jordan's wedding shower bridal party

Left to right (all of us squinting horribly in the sun): Beata, Brittany, Jordan (the bride!), me, and Kelsey (Jordan’s sister/Maid of Honor). See my adorable green dress? I got so many compliments on it at the shower! It’s the Brooklyn Dress with a halter top from eShakti. Remember them from my bridesmaid dresses roundup? You know how I said they offer customization and custom sizing? Because of this, I thought eShakti deserved a little more time in the spotlight.

eShakti dress customization

Shopping is difficult for pretty much every woman. None of us are the same shape, or exactly proportionate, so it’s hard to fit into almost anything factory-made. And sizes are a total joke. Why am I a 4 at H&M and J.Crew’s 0 is often too big for me? It’s ridiculous! So when I found out that eShakti offers custom sizing and styling for only $7.50, I fell in love. Here’s how it works:

eShakti Brooklyn halter dress

First, you pick a dress. It looks like the Brooklyn dress is currently sold out in green, so I picked the black one.

eShakti standard sizing options

Next, pick a standard size if it closely matches your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Then, enter your height.

eShakti custom sizing

Not down with the standard sizes? Click on the “custom size” tab and enter your measurements. If you give them your email address, they’ll keep your sizing on file for future orders. Super convenient!

eShakti customizing dress length

Want your dress a little shorter or longer? You can customize the dress length, too!

eShakti cutomizing sleeves and neckline

You can also customize the sleeves, straps, or neckline of many dresses. I’m telling you: serious customization, ladies!

eShakti dresses one print three ways

Here’s an example of one dress customized three ways. Now you can see why I recommended eShakti for bridesmaid dresses right? But even for non-bridesmaids, eShakti is a great find for all shapes and sizes. It’s like having an Internet seamstress!

Where have you had success shopping for your size? I’d love to check out your recommendations in the comments!

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Gift Guide: Her


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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FashionABLE: How beautiful scarves empower female entrepreneurs in Africa

FashionABLE Etanesh & Meseret scarves - poor and pretty

Have you heard of FashionABLE? It’s a non-profit organization that works to create sustainable businesses in Africa through scarves. They do this by empowering women to start small business cooperatives, and partnering with manufacturers who are required to employ women with fair wages and fair hiring practices.

FashionABLE Meseret scarf - poor and pretty

Each handmade, 100% cotton scarf — like the woman it is named after — has a story. The scarves are tagged with handwritten notes from their namesakes. The tag on the Meseret scarf (above) reads: Because of you, I am ABLE to… “To  love well again – Thank you, Meseret.” When Meseret was a child, her father passed away, and she entered into prostitution to help support her family. She worked on the streets for 13 years, but she now helps create scarves with FashionABLE. Read her full story here.

FashionABLE Etanesh scarf - poor and pretty

Meseret is not the only FashionABLE woman who turned to prostitution as a means to support herself and her family.  The company has partnered with “Women At Risk” to rehabilitate former sex workers. Etanesh turned to the streets after her uncle died, leaving her alone and penniless. Through FashionABLE, Etanesh is now ABLE to “see my son, Abel, grow in character.” Read her full story here.

Sami wearing FashionABLE Etanesh scarf - poor and pretty

Here I am wearing the Etanesh scarf, also available in Emerald Green and Dragon Fruit Pink.

I love when I come across a non-profit organization that is doing actual good in the world, rather than enticing you to donate money without knowing how that money is spent. My favorite part: “your purchase of a scarf creates jobs, so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.” What’s that proverb? “Give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish and you feed her for a lifetime.” Something like that ;)

wall of scarves - poor and pretty

So, the next time you add a scarf to your collection, make it mean something. ♥

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Be Positive: Quotes by inspiring women

In continuing with my resolution to Be Positive, I wanted to share a few more of my favorite quotes. In honor of National Women’s History Month, I selected quotes by a handful of women who have worked to make the world a better place to live, and dared to go where they were told they couldn’t.

Maya Angelou

Creativity begets creativity! Quote via Ruche.

Carrie Bradshaw

I love the way this artist styled this Carrie Bradshaw/Sex and The City quote. And yeah, maybe Carrie Bradshaw isn’t a historical female figure {and maybe she spent far more on shoes than I ever would}, but her character said some pretty wise and brave things every now and then.

Amelia Earhart

I love this Amelia Earhart quote, and the way it’s styled on this poster from Peanutoak Prints.

Lilly Ledbetter

This styled quote by equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter is from a fabulous article on, “Quotes that Make Us Proud We’re Women.”

Margaret Mead

Even if you’re feeling small, don’t forget you still have the power to change the world. This poster of a Margaret Mead {an American cultural anthropologist} quote was designed by the folks at ABDO. It’s big enough to print & hang on your wall, too! Get it here.

Dolly Parton

I listened to a lot of Dolly Parton growing up {my mom is a big country music fan}, and while I’m not a fan of the fact that she’s had plastic surgery, you can’t deny that Dolly is one fierce woman. She has done great philanthropic work in support of literacy, nature conservation, job creation, AIDS/HIV research, and more. And as the co-owner of Sandollar Productions, she helped produce Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anyone who knows me personally will know how much that means to me, ha! Someday, Suzi and I will go to Dollywood, right Sue? Quote via Ruche.

Eleanor Roosevelt

And of course, Eleanor Roosevelt, who may be one of the fiercest women of all, encourages us to be fearless. Quote styled by ModCloth.

What are some of your favorite quotes by leading ladies? See more of mine on Pinterest.