Local Love: Brittany Morgan of Glitter & Bold

Local Love - Glitter & Bold feat via @poorandpretty

Say hello to Local Love! A reincarnation of my Etsy Spotlight and Indie Spotlight interview series, Local Love highlights creative entrepreneurs living in Connecticut (and maybe beyond!). Over the course of my blog and business, my little state has seemingly gone through a renaissance period — artists, makers, and DIYers are popping up all over the place. We’re banding together to make Connecticut a little more creative, and I’m so happy to be part of it. So twice a month, I will interview a local boss babe (or dude) to share their start-up story, inspirations, and tips for other creative entrepreneurs.

Local Love - Glitter & Bold via @poorandpretty
{ Photo: Victoria Gloria Photography }

We’re kicking off Local Love with Brittany Morgan of Glitter & Bold! Brittany’s hand painted mugs, pillows, and tea towels are beautiful, fun, hilariously sassy, and right up my alley. She recently launched a line of iPhone cases through Casetify and downloadable prints in her Etsy shop. I met Brittany earlier this year at Vintanthromodern, but we really got to know each other during (and after) Monarch Workshop. She whipped my chicken scratch handwriting into shape during her Modern Brush Hand Lettering class. Before starting Glitter & Bold, Brittany was an English teacher, and taught for almost a year at a university in the Dominican Republic. Yeah, she’s pretty darn awesome.

Live Bright Be Bold and Sparkle hand painted mug by @glitterandbold{ Live Bright Be Bold and Sparkle mug }

Sami: What got you started in hand lettering?
Brittany: Weirdly enough, copying other designs/fonts got me really interested in actually sitting down and making my own designs. Once I realized I was actually GOOD all on my own, I dove head first in all things hand lettered. Books, blogs, videos, trial and error, and lots and lots of Instagram ogling.

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Etsy Finds: Indie-Made Father’s Day Gifts

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold feat

Father’s Day is just around the corner, folks! If you’re looking for ideas, I’ve put together a Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury, filled with fun indie-made things. You might be able to get your gifts in time if you ask nicely for expedited shipping! Here’s a peek at what’s on the list:

best dad ever mug by @glitterandbold

Best Dad Ever Hand Painted Mug by Glitter & Bold.

robot skinny tie by @cinderandsalt

Robot Skinny Tie by Cinder & Salt. 

superdad card by @hartfordprints

Superdad Letterpress Card by Hartford Prints!

more cold brew kitchen towel by @andmorgan

Drink More Cold Brew Kitchen Towel by &Morgan.

Check out the full Dad is Rad Etsy Treasury for more ideas, like handmade wood cutting boards, beard care, minimalist wallets, and even a DIY bacon kit!


5 Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea Beauty Benefits feature

Hello, I’m Sami and I have a tea addiction. Black, green, white, oolong, herbal… you name it, I’ve got it. I drink it straight or make chai lattes in the winter and matcha green tea ice cream in the summer. Studies have shown antioxidant-rich teas can help prevent a boatload of health issues from cancers to heart disease, and they have some pretty great beauty benefits too!Green Tea Beauty Benefits via @poorandpretty

1. Reduces puffiness. Don’t have cucumber slices handy? You can use leftover green tea bags (chilled) for the same eye de-puffing effect.

2. Revives tired skin. The natural catechins (antioxidants with killer free radical-fighting powers) found in green tea promote healthy cell turnover to restore UV damaged or dying skill cells.

3. Prevents wrinkles. In addition to revitalizing skin cells, catechins also prevent cell damage before it begins by blocking enzymes that cause skin wrinkling.

4. Tightens pores. Apply cold green tea to your face with a cotton ball (or a spritzer) to shrink large pores and give your skin a healthy glow.

5. Toner. Green tea on its own makes an excellent toner because it tightens pores (see above), moisturizes, and provides an antioxidant boost. That’s why green tea extract is an essential ingredient in my Rose & Tea Facial Toner.

Rose Tea Facial Toner 2

Want to get more green tea in your beauty routine? Try my Rose & Tea Facial Toner and Green Tea Salt Scrub.

Green Tea Salt Scrub 8oz teacup

Available in 4oz or 8oz, my Green Tea Salt Scrub combines green tea extract and matcha powder as a powerful antioxidizing and anti-aging duo. Paired with Dead Sea and Epsom salts, this lightly scented scrub exfoliates and remineralizes skin and soothes eczema. When used on the face, it tightens pores and diminishes puffiness and redness.


Outfit: The Tassel Top!

Tassle tank Ruche outfit feat

Tassle tank Ruche outfit closeup via @poorandpretty

I know I just did an outfit post last week, but I had to show you this tassel tank top! It’s the Anepalco Embroidered Top from Ruche, and it might be my favorite top ever. I’d been eyeing it for a while and I finally bought it (and the long pink cardigan) for myself before deciding to curb my spending habits in an effort to pay off my student loans by the end of 2016. It will be tough, but I can do it!

Tassle tank Ruche outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Speaking of student loans and education… 2015 marks my 10-year anniversary of my high school graduation, which floored me. When I was 18, I thought I’d be a famous actress, married, with a kid or two by now. When I first realized it had been 10 years, I started to feel a lot of pressure. I’ve been invited to a private Facebook group where all of my classmates have been posting old and new photos of who they were and who they’ve become. Many of them are married and have children. I started thinking, why aren’t I married? Why don’t I have kids? Oh god… they’ll be asking me that at my reunion! I have done nothing with my life!!!

Tassle tank Ruche outfit via @poorandpretty

Whoa. Then I remembered: I don’t define success by having a husband or kids. I’m pretty darn happy with who I am, and what I’ve accomplished. I have a small business, this blog, and an amazing boyfriend who I do not feel I need to marry just because everyone else is doing it. We’ll know when we’re ready, but for now, life is good. And seriously, thank goodness I don’t have kids because then I wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans in two years. Isn’t it crazy how your perspective changes as you age? ;)

Tassle tank Ruche outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Simple Melody Draped Cardigan: Ruche, $33. Anepalco Embroidered Top: Ruche, $39. Copper Ring: Kate Stephen JewelryBook Shop Stop Jeans: Angry Rabbit, ModCloth, $55 (similar, similar). Button Wedge Boots: Miz Mooz, DSW, $120 (similar, similar).

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Favorite Pre-Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday deals seem to arrive earlier and earlier each year. I’ve been getting specials emails for a week already! Here are a few going on right now from my favorite shops:

Black Friday Deals

Poor & Pretty Apothecary: I’ve got two pretty sweet deals going on in the Etsy shop. The Spa Night Gift Set is 2 4oz scrubs or one scrub and a whipped body butter for $18 — that’s up to $8 off the retail price. If you want to pamper your recipient (or yourself) even more, grab the 8oz duo Spa Month Gift Set for $32, a savings of up to $10. These are the lowest prices of the season, folks!

100 Percent Pure - Sugared & Spiced

100% Pure: I love everything I’ve used from 100% Pure (have you read my review?), so I immediately added their Sugared & Spiced set to my Yule wishlist and told Stan. ;) It’s $116 worth of makeup for $68. They also have a vegan brush set for $95 (reg. $170).

anthropologie- tops under 40

Anthropologie: A little on the pricey side, I pretty much only shop Anthropologie when they’ve got a good sale going. Lucky for us frugalistas, they’ve got one now! Lots of lovely tops under $40. I’m particularly fond of the Cedar Street Tee and the Cassia Scoopneck.

eShakti - 40off

eShakti: One of my favorite new dress shops is offering 40% off site wide until end of day today!

ModCloth - seize the deal

ModCloth: They’re switching it up with Daily Deals — new items listed at 50% off for one day only, every day until Black Friday.

Ruche - Black Friday Deals

Ruche – Oh boy. Ruche has so many great deals happening! There’s the $15 and under sale50-75% off Clearance, Dresses for $9.50+, and over 30% off outerwear. AND You can enter to win your wishlist!

Happy shopping (and saving!), ladies! xo

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