Local Love: Brittany Morgan of Glitter & Bold

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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.

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{ 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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Outfit: Summer Vacation (Finally)

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Tomorrow, I’m heading to Rhode Island for a week with my family and I am jazzed. I haven’t had a lounge-around-lay-on-the-beach-for-a-week vacation in two years (not since Mexico), so I’m overdue. So I’m throwing confetti all around (thanks to The Confetti Bar)!

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I’m planning on reading A LOT. I have an unrealistic stack of books I’m planning on bringing. And guys, I’m really digging this outfit.

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And I’m making super weird faces at you.

… Yeah, it’s time for me to go on vacation. But here’s a confetti kiss before I go:

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Outfit Details: Polished Apprentice Top: ModCloth, $35. (similar, similarRight on Cue Capri Pants in Orange: ModCloth, $17 (similar). White Crochet TOMS: White Crochet Women’s Classics, $59 (similar).Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti: courtesy of The Confetti Bar.

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DIY Soothing (Non-Sticky) After Sun Aloe Spray

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Even with my best attempts to cover up with sunscreen, I always end up getting sunburn at least once every summer. Stan and I keep a bottle of Aloe gel in the fridge, but we hate how sticky it gets. So I came up with this not-so-sticky alternative: a spray, made with aloe juice, coconut oil, and the soothing essential oils of lavender and peppermint.

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Ingredients:

You can buy all of these supplies through Bramble Berry (my go-to for natural beauty ingredients!) or your local natural foods store.

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Using a funnel, add all the ingredients into your bottle, then shake it up and spray your sunburned areas. If you have it on your face, keep your eyes closed while you spray. Shake before each use.

Because this contains water, you’ll need to store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for 2 months.

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Friday Faves: My Natural Hair Care Routine

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Have you noticed me wearing my hair natural a lot more lately? Not straightened, not pulled back, just down and wavy. I’ve gotten so many compliments from friends that I thought I’d let you in on my secret. Oh, and FYI – this is not a sponsored post.

These are the three products that have made my awesome hair possible:

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1. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo, $10 at Target.

2. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner, $12 at Target.

3. Poor & Pretty Apothecary Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray, $14.

Seriously, that’s it. No balms or texturizing gels. Just these three natural and awesome hair goodies.

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I have unruly thick, wavy hair that refuses to behave, especially in humidity (thanks East Coast!). So I have had a lifelong battle trying to find the perfect mix of hair products that will tame my mad mop. I’ve tried all kinds of natural shampoos & conditioners — bar shampoos, no-poo’s, castille soap based shampoos, you name it. I’ve even tried making my own. My hair would be too dry, too oily, or I’d have to put it up or straighten it for it to look good. Then I found SheaMoisture.

SheaMoisture’s Curl & Shine shampoo and conditioner are amazing. It has seriously changed my life. My hair is healthier than it’s ever been and I can actually wear it down! Packed with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Hibiscus Extract and more, SheaMoisture’s Curl & Shine shampoo and conditioner hydrate, shine, and boost my natural waves, without stripping my scalp’s natural oils with harsh surfactants. They don’t leave my hair oily either. I wash + condition every other day, then spritz on my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray to give it a little extra mermaid wave texture, and I’m good to go. If it starts to feel oily on my non-wash days, I’ll use my homemade dry shampoo.

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I’ve totally embraced my wild, wavy, natural hair now. If your hair is anything like mine, hopefully I’ve helped solve your hair problems too! xo

P.S. I’ll say it again: This is not a sponsored post. I am not being paid by SheaMoisture or anyone else to write about their products. This post does, however, contain affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. But you know I only recommend stuff that I love! You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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Why I Refuse to Shop at Hobby Lobby

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I have never shared my political views on this blog because it never felt like the place to do so. Lately, though, I’ve become more aware of how I vote with my dollars. As an entrepreneur, I know the value of a dollar acutely. When I spend money on Kate Stepehen Jewelry rather than Charming Charlie’s, I know that money is funding a local artist’s passion and livelihood. And I know that I’m getting a ring or necklace made of superior quality metals, lovingly handmade. More and more, I’m carefully putting my money toward people and causes I care about, and keeping it out of the pockets of organizations that fund the opposition. And that is why I refuse to shop at Hobby Lobby.

I am pro gay marriage, pro gender equality, pro-choice, pro environment, and pro American-made. I am ecstatic that bans on gay marriage have been declared unconstitutional and I am pumped to be living in a time when we might (hopefully) stop obsessing over gender and sexual orientation, kick religion out of politics, let everyone have equal rights, and focus on things like student debt and global warming. You know, actual issues, not “problems” made up by intolerant people hiding behind religion.

Like Hobby Lobby. If you’ve been reading Poor & Pretty for a while, you know I’m all about crafting and encouraging creativity. But I will NEVER step foot or spend a penny in a Hobby Lobby. Why? Because founders David and Barbara Green have donated MILLIONS of dollars on anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-women policies through the National Christian Charitable Foundation. [Read more about this here, here, and here.]

You probably know all about the Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, but in case you don’t, it’s the case in which Hobby Lobby fought against the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that birth control be covered under the company’s health care plans. And they won. Because the Greens believe that using birth control is the same as getting an abortion (nevermind what science says). Essentially, Hobby Lobby is able to claim religion as a reason to exempt itself from federal law. I find Tyler Coulson’s reaction totally appropriate: 

The Old Testament is a foundational document for those faiths that we call Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. And the language is clear – at the end of seven years, the Lord commands that creditors shall forgive the debts of their neighbors and brothers. It is called the Lord’s Release.

 

It is my sincerely held belief that this language applies directly to student loans guaranteed by the federal government. I believe this because, although the words “neighbor” and “brother” are a bit dodgy, the addition of what I call The Foreigner Clause in Deuteronomy makes clear the meaning:  Creditors, including the federal government, must forgive all debts owed by debtors belonging to the same nation, tribe, or clan, or who are citizens of the same state.

Tyler Coulson

What if a female Hobby Lobby employee is raped and can’t afford Plan B? Hobby Lobby isn’t paying for it. Looks like she’s going to have to have the child, and I’m sure they’re not going to help her with those bills, either. She might even end up on food stamps and taking government aid because she’s only paid $10/hour. It’s an extreme case — one that I hope would never happen — but you see where I’m going. Thankfully, however, Obama found a loophole to this whole fiasco — if the company won’t pay for birth control, health insurance will.

This isn’t a rant about religious intolerance. I consider myself “religion-free,” but I’m all about believing in whatever makes you happy, as long as it doesn’t tread on anyone else. That’s why you’ll never find me in a Hobby Lobby. I’ll buy my craft supplies elsewhere, thank you very much!

P.S. I’ve chosen to close comments on this post because I don’t want to get into a political debate. Please remember this blog is an expression of my viewpoints and lifestyle, and while I totally encourage independent thinking, this isn’t the place for a political discussion. Thanks!

P.P.S. Don’t worry. I won’t make a regular habit of blogging about politics. I just thought it was important how — as a penny-pincher — every cent counts. Vote with your money by supporting your local entrepreneurs and businesses who put their money towards employee welfare and the betterment of humankind. ♥

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