Local Love: Made in Connecticut Gift Guide

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When I saw Bethany’s Connecticut Wish List inspired me to put together a Made in CT gift guide! So if you’ve got Connecticut pride (or know someone who does), here are a few favorites from the Nutmeg State’s makers:

Connecticut Heart by B.Meyer Studio.

Holiday Candle Collection by Northeast Nutmeg.

“Shhh… There’s Wine In Here” Mug by Glitter & Bold.

Holiday Spice Scented Confetti by The Confetti Bar.

Lapis Blue Graduated Spike Necklace by Kate Stephen Jewelry.

Soap + Lip Balm Gift Set by Treefort Naturals.

Northern Forests womens hoodie by @cinderandsalt

Northern Forests Lightweight Hoodie by Cinder + Salt.

Small State, Great Cheer Letterpress Greeting Card Set by Hartford Prints!

Vanilla Chai Soy Candle by Rayne Home Decor.

Assorted Hand Lettered Gift Tags by Karri Lee Designs.

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Chocolate Face Mask by Poor & Pretty Apothecary — that’s me!

Don’t forget to place your orders by this Thursday, December 17 to ensure delivery by Christmas. I will be closing up the shop afterwards to make way for a brand-new experience, launching early 2016. Stay tuned. ;)

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Shop Small this Holiday at these Upcoming Events!

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It’s been quiet on the blog lately because I’m gearing up for the holiday season! Here’s where you’ll find me in the next few weeks:

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Shop Small Bus Crawl at Cinder & Salt

Saturday, November 28 | 10am – 8pm | 520 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the best of Connecticut’s makers! Yelp Hartford is sponsoring this amazing unique shopping experience: the Shop Small Bus Crawl! Hop on a bus at Hartford Prints!, then stop in at Cinder & Salt‘s soft opening on Main Street in Middletown (that’s where I’ll be!), and finish the day at Vintanthromodern, New Haven’s coolest vintage clothing spot. The bus has already sold out, but you can still swing by any of the above businesses. They’re all hosting pop-up shops with local artisans + complimentary cupcakes from NoRA Cupcake Co. + boozy drinks.

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Holiday Maker’s Market at New Britain Museum of American Art

Friday, December 4 | 5:30pm – 8pm | 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT 06052

Stop in for art, live music, local shopping, great food & drinks! It’s NBMAA’s annual Holiday Maker’s Market! I’ll be in good company with Cinder & Salt, Hartford Prints! Kate Stephen Jewelry, Riverdog Prints, Treefort Naturals, and so many other talented Connecticut makers.

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Holiday HVN hosted by Happiness Lab at The Grove

Saturday, December 5 | 2pm – 9pm | 756 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

More details to come, but right now the local vendor lineup for Holiday HVN is pretty spectacular! I’ll be in good company with B. Meyer Studio, CityLove, Grand Vin, A Happy Life, Hot Blood, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Lunch Box 23, Peterson Sweater Co., Rayne Home Decor, Stonehill Design, Strange Ways, and Vintanthromodern.

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Upcoming Workshop: Make Floralfetti Natural Beauty Products with The Confetti Bar!

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DIY floralfetti beauty products with @theconfettibar @poorandpretty

Coming up on Saturday, November 7, I will be co-hosting a magical DIY beauty workshop with Jessica of The Confetti Bar! We’ll be mixing up our own sugar scrubs, body oils/perfumes, and bath teas with The Confetti Bar’s floralfetti. Reserve your spot here!

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Mix and match pretty petals, herbs, and mica with pure essential oils to make concoctions that look as beautiful as they smell!

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We’ll also chat about what’s in our cosmetics and why it’s important to read labels, plus learn how we can make our own natural beauty products with ingredients we already have in our kitchen.

Floralfetti Natural Beauty Workshop with @poorandpretty @theconfettibar

Students will each take home a sugar scrub, body oil or perfume, bath tea, and a sneak peek at my eBook, The Poor & Pretty Guide to Natural Beauty on a Budget. We hope you’ll join us! Buy your ticket here.

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Local Love: Randi & Jolie of Rayne Home Decor

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We’re continuing my Local Love entrepreneur interview series with Jolie Vazquez and Randi Bayne, the candlemakers and abstract artists behind Rayne Home Decor. I first met Jolie and Randi at a Hartford Prints! Mother’s Day event this year, and instantly fell in love with their minimalist packaging, zen display, and of course the smells! I was surprised at how much I loved their blends of fragrances I’d never think to put together — but hey, that’s why they’re the candlemakers, and not me. ;) Let’s get to know them!

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Sami: What scents are you burning right now?
Jolie & Randi: We’re burning our new Ruby Rose candle (grapefruit & rosemary), which we named through a social media contest, as well some Sensual Hut (caribbean teakwood) tealights.

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Sami: That sounds heavenly. So what got you started in candle making?
Jolie & Randi: Lighting candles has become an important daily ritual for us for years now. We started looking into how many waxes, additives, etc… that could possibly be in candles and we weren’t very pleased. So we we decided to start making soy wax candles so that we could know what we’re burning and so that we can offer quality made candles for others at affordable prices.

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This Saturday: Bridgeport Arts Fest

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Bridgeport Arts Fest July 11 2015

Join me this Saturday, July 11 at the McLevy Green for the Bridgeport Arts Fest! I am so excited for this event because I’ll be surrounded by lots of friends and fellow creative entrepreneurs — BBA Bracelets, Cinder + Salt, Flotsam & Whimsey, Glitter & Bold, Hartford Prints!, Kate Stephen Jewelry, Rayne Home Decor, Refabed Chic, RZP Art and so SO many more crazy talented CT artists. See the full artist lineup here. See you there?

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