MIXTAPE MONDAY: usher in the autumn leaves.

This week's mixtape is dreamy. To me, at least! I really just want to crawl into a bubble bath with a book and this mix in the background. Plans for this evening? CHECK! 


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I've been kind of boring lately. I apologize! This weekend was very very busy and I'm hoping it really was as productive as I think. Still so very much to do! Hopefully I'll pick it back up this week and actually post something interesting! ;)

By the way, you can still enter THE GIVEAWAY!  It ends tonight and you've got a really good chance of snagging 1 of 4 prizes! 

Productivity


I am happy to report that it is only noon and I've already accomplished so much today! I've responded to all but ONE email (which I'm about to do!), I've charted out blog layout commissions and picked up working on one's I've already started. I've updated the CLOSET with 16 new items and I've weighed/priced several more orders. I've packed them up and they'll be ready for the post office in a few hours! I also cleaned the kitchen, packed Mr. Flynn an epic lunch, and worked a bit more on the blog design here!

As hesitant as I was in the beginning, I'm really starting to warm up to this ~clean and simple layout! I had no intentions on leaving it like this, but it's received so many wonderful words and I think it's a nice change of pace for me. Things will DEFINITELY still change sooner or later as I want to put up a fun Autumn-friendly layout, but I'm impatiently waiting on the leaves to change! (I KNOW, it's only the last week of August, but I'm SO ready!) I also don't have access to a scanner until Tuesday so the instax will just have to stay the way they are for the time being.


Speaking of productivity and updates, I updated the closet with almost 20 new items today! You should go check them out and buy something! If you buy more than 1 thing, email me at kaelahscloset@gmail.com and I'll combine the shipping (or try to give you a deal)! (I bought a kitchen scale so I can calculate shipping appropriately and not over or under charge!) Apparently I was too generous last week and I ended up losing so much money on international orders! :( Feel free to email me with any questions you might have about them! CLICK HERE to check them out!


Exciting news! There are only TWO sponsorship spots available for the month of September! One large and one small! And remember how I said I was sponsoring Elsie's blog, A Beautiful Mess, this month? Well, that's not all! I'm also sponsoring Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky and Elycia of Love Elycia! So my sponsors are going to be getting a trifecta of traffic, I hope! It's not too late! Shoot me an email at KaelahBee@gmail.com and we can talk! You can view my traffic HERE and I'm also available to whip you up a sweet button for a discounted price!

Okay! I'm off to be productive again!

Blog Re-design


Hey y'all! Things are going to be a bit crazy, mismatched and hit-or-miss around here over the weekend! I'm going to be redesigning the blog and I haven't even remotely decided how I want to go about it yet! BUT in order to ensure that I do something about it, I tossed my current layout, threw up an impromptu header (totally inspired by Naomi of The Rockstar Diaries and my rekindled love for my Instax), and now I'm going to be spending the entire weekend designing blog layouts for clients and myself! Huzzah! I guess that's one way to do it, right? (Hopefully the real/new layout/header will be up in a few days! I'm shooting for Monday at the latest!)

In the meantime, enjoy 6 of the instax photos from yesterday! (4 in the header and 2 above!) Yay! Oh, and check out Naomi's blog. It's honestly one of my absolute favorites and the fact that she's a bully mama makes me adore her even more! (and yes, I realize by saying 'inspired' I really mean "I totally jacked this idea, and hope she doesn't hate me for it!") The full blog redesign will go live in early December!

xoxo

Wedding Wednesday!

This week I am featuring just one wedding of my lovely lady friend from O'More, Amanda (now Mrs. Barnhart!) Now, I know most of you don't know anything about Amanda but let me let you in on a little secret or two... she LOVES the color pink (and I mean pinkkkkk. magenta, maybe? fuschia? PINK!) and she LOVES kitties. She's such a sweet gal and she's one heck of a talented graphic designer. This will probably be photo heavy so I'll cut it after a couple! Amanda is going to let us in on her bride-on-a-budget tricks and tips, too!

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FUNK OFF! Handmade Vegan Bath + Body Products!

FUNK OFF!"

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the super rad Michelle who runs the sweet little company FUNK OFF! with her (future) husband, Chad! They are based out of northern California and they're looking to spread the Funk Off word! I was flattered and excited when they asked me to check out some of their products and let them know what I thought!

Here is a blurb from their etsy so you will have a little bit of background info!
We hope you like what you see and we're certain you'll like what you smell when your order arrives! We've got a product for just about anyone, if you gotta get fresh why not Funk Off! 

All of our products are natural and cruelty free. In fact, all of our soaps are Vegan with the exception of the honey soaps, since technically honey is not Vegan. Our body sprays and lotions are Vegan too!
All of our natural, earth friendly products are made by us, we only work in small batches to ensure top of the line quality and freshness and long lasting scent. Every little measure, chop, mix, pour, cut, fold, stamp, wrap is done by us. We put the utmost care and attention into every detail, every step of the way to create a perfect product every time…not factory perfect, truly handmade perfect!!!
All of our scents are favorites. We’re not kidding! Originally we started with a trial of about 16 different scents (imagine smelling one after the other, 16 times in a row!), but once the results were in we were able to narrow it down to our Top 8 scents. So, every scent we bring you is the best one!
Each soap is made using the finest ingredients. Our natural soaps boast quality, the hemp and shea butter soaps have higher amounts of actual hemp seed oil and naturally crushed shea butter than most of their kind. And the palm oil in our bases comes from vendors that are members of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil!
Every bar of soap has a nice layer of exfoliating, apricot seed on it's top with a gentle amount of exfoliant throughout the entire bar. 
We hope you enjoy all of our natural products and eco friendly packaging! We do our best to make sure we are bringing you a truly handmade product, using hand stamped recycled packaging materials.


I was really excited when the box arrived and I opened it in the middle of class! The room quickly filled up with the sweet aroma of the soaps! I caught myself putting on the lip balm every 15 minutes even though I didn't need it! It stayed soft and silky for quite some time but it smelled so fantastic!


(I realize now that I forgot to add the 3 lip balms in the photos, but I assure you, they are awesome!).

FUNK OFF!
FUNK OFF!
FUNK OFF!

Michelle and Chad were so kind to send so many lovely goodies over to us! They even included more manly scents and such so that Mike could enjoy them too!

Okay but the REAL KICKER was opening the package and having something for Miss Georgia courtesy of their little pups! There was even a note! That truly tickled me because I'm such a fan of really personal packages and believe me, Georgia enjoyed that little treat!

FUNK OFF!

So my review: We can't stop using the stuff! As of right now, out of the soaps, the Sapmoss Bonsai has been my favorite, but we keep them in both of our bathrooms and we've both been caught washing our hands simply for the sake of the good smell and the nice scrub on top! And they're so pretty, too!

Mike and I walk around the house with our hands up to our faces smelling them and then we'll run over to the other and say "Smell this!" or "What flavor is on your hands?!"... I'm not exaggerating when I say this! (Seriously... come over. I bet we'll make you smell our hands... or at least go in one of our bathrooms and wash yours!)

Basically, Michelle, can we be your official spokespeople for Funk Off because we are IN LOVE! I'm requesting Funk Off! bubblebath, dish soap, and candles! The scents were so wonderful and so unique! 

Mike favors the Oatmeal - Milk - Honey Later Gator Lotion but I'm loving the Cool Mountain Moss Lotion! We've been spraying the Lavender Vanilla Keep It Fresh body spray around the house along with the Sandalwood Vanilla Nag Champa! (Aren't the names great?!) 

FUNK OFF!

FUNK OFF! comes highly recommended by both Mike and I (I guess I should throw Georgia in that mix, too!) and I definitely suggest you check out their Etsy, snag a few sweet-smelling goodies and spread the Funky word! CLICK HERE to visit the shop!

Have any of you ever used Funk Off! products? If so, what did you think? What is your favorite? For those of you who haven't, do you think you'll ever give them a shot? Let them show you what loveliness smells like! 

xoxo

Featured Giveaway from our Sponsors!


It's that time of the month again! Time to let you jump on some goodies from our lovely sponsors! This month we have 4 featured giveaways (in this bit, at least!) so you have FOUR chances to win! (Well, really more than that, but there will be four winners in this one!)

There will be one winner for each sponsor. Winners will be drawn at random via Random.org so you can't choose what you win, but all of these items are so great so don't worry, you'll be happy no matter what!

Here's what we've got up for grabs this time around!



One winner will receive this adorable little red vintage beaded necklace!

One winner will receive their choice of custom felt + plush camera! Winner will be able to choose the fabric, thread, and button color!

One winner will receive a Nynga and the Bear tshirt and a 12"x12" painting titled "The Black Hole"

One winner will receive 1 set of Paul Frank magnets from StrangeCandy, a set of blank notecards from IssueGirl, and one necklace from Venenzia.



Now, here's how you can win one of these little goodies! Be a follower of this blog (you can use Twitter, Aim, Yahoo, Google, or Blogger! Just click "Follow" in the top navigation bar!) and visit the sponsors and leave them a little hello (or tell me what you love in their shop, if it's an Etsy)! 

If you'd like to earn extra entries, just tweet, tumble or blog about this giveaway and leave the link in a separate comment below! (This can give you up to three extra entries! So basically that equates to SIXTEEN chances to win!)

This contest will be open until Monday, August 30th at 11pm CST. Winners will be posted within 24 hours and will have 3 days to contact me or a new winner will be drawn! Good luck everyone!

xoxo

MIXTAPE MONDAY: wedding edition.

I had someone ask me on my FormSpring to do a wedding themed mixtape so here it is! Granted my choice in songs may be vastly different from yours, but hopefully you can find a tune or two that you're into! There are a few repeat artists (hey! I like what I like, okay?!) so maybe it's not a totally 100% legit mixtape of sorts, but this is what I want so there you have it! Snag the artwork and toss it into your iTunes if you'd like!


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There is going to be a lot a buzz around this little blog today so be sure to check back frequently! We've got a big giveaway coming up, as well as some fun photos and a review of Funk Off! handmade soaps and lotions! Huzzah!

xoxo

Kaelah's Closet

Two fun things to post about in just one entry! I don't know if this little blog can handle all of the excitement! Well, first off, you might have seen some lovely ladies around the blogosphere a'buzz with some fun little news! We just launched our very own 'zine! The 'zine is a 14-page 'zine full of DIY, recipes, tips to building a great blog, and lots of other goodies! Can't give it all away here! And guess what?! You can order your very own hard-copy straight to your door for $4 + $1 shipping! (That's domestic!) Don't worry, international friends! We've got you covered, too! Over in my left sidebar you will see two Buy It Now buttons! Click the second one! (It's $4 + $2.50 shipping!) This is just the first issue so you better bet that it's just going to get better and better from here! Help support the printed word and snag a copy! (It'll be worth something someday!)




Here's how it works: 
We will be accepting pre-orders until September 1. After that date, the zine's will be printed and shipped right to your front door!!

The cost for the 'zine is $4 an issue and $1 for shipping of course.
All you have to do to pre-order your copy is click on the "Buy Now" button below!!

It seems that I'm having some technical difficulties with the PayPal button so hop on over to Janel's post and buy it! Her button works! haha CLICK HERE to buy! (You can buy the 'zine from my left-hand sidebar! International readers, too!)

Let me know if you decide to grab one up! You will NOT regret it!

As for other exciting news, Kaelah's Closet has re-launched! This time we've got our own blog (because photobucket was a bit tricky!) There are only 26 items up for grabs right now but I'll be adding more as the days/weeks pass! All you've gotta do is leave your PayPal address in the comments of what you want, or shoot me an email at KaelahsCloset@gmail.com and I can combine shipping for you, too! Feel free to ask any questions that you may have! CLICK HERE to visit Kaelah's Closet!


It's that time of month, too! I'm still accepting sponsors for the month of September, but there are only 3 spots left! Snag one up by clicking on the "Sponsor KaelahBee" button over in the right sidebar! Email me and we'll get the ball rolling! I've purchased a large ad on Elsie's blog, A Beautiful Mess, for the month September and she's unveiling her new layout to her 10,000+ followers! Get in on the action! 

Don't worry, I have a Mixtape post to be doing soon! If I don't get it up tonight, it'll go up tomorrow! I also have a fun Sponsor Giveaway coming up! 4 chances to win some goodies! Yay!

xoxo

Sweet Little Home Tour : Part Three

Last but not least... Mike and I's bedroom! (It's very girly... I know. I didn't force anything on Mike. He said he wanted me to decorate however I wanted and this just happens to be what I like haha)

Master Bedroom

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Sweet Little Home Tour : Part Two

Part Two is my personal Studio and well, I guess the bathroom across the hall! Haha

Kaelah's Studio
Kaelah's Studio
Kaelah's Studio

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Sweet Little Home Tour : Part One

Okay, so apparently I have about 74 photos or something so this will be in three parts. We've done a lot for only having lived here for three weeks (to the day!). I'm in love with our little home and I can't even begin to express how much I love living with Mike. Anyway, here you go! Enjoy!

Welcome to our Home Sweet Home! First up is our Living Room and our Kitchen! (I guess our Dining Room fits into that too but there really isn't much in there... we have yet to acquire a kitchen table.)

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Welcome Home!

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Foodie Feature: Mike's Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

This is a great and fun recipe if you're home alone or not super hungry, or well... you're like me and you really just fail at all things cooking related. There's NO cooking involved! Except a small stint in the oven just to melt/toast it all! Even I can do that, people! So I know you can, too! Mike is a pizza LOVER! I mean LOVER. And I am not really a fan all that much so this was a nice compromise for the two of us. It's really yummy and so so simple! The rest is allllll Mike! Enjoy!


Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza


Ingredients:

  • Fresh mozzarella (not the stuff in a bag. look for it in a package in the deli area. it will clearly say "fresh mozzarella."
  • Fresh basil
  • A pack of garlic naan bread
  • A jar of you favorite tomato sauce (I used "fire roasted tomato and garlic")
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • A tall frosty beer for the chef (totally optional)

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step one:
Lay out your desired number of naan breads on a baking sheet. (Cooking these on a baking sheet will yield a soft chewy crust with crispy edges while cooking them directly on the rack will result in a crust that is crispy all the way through. I prefer them on a baking sheet but you decide what's right for you) use a pastry brush or a clean set of hands to brush the bread with a light coat of olive oil. After the olive oil I usually toss on just a pinch of black pepper.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step two:
Take your tomato sauce and use a spoon to spread it evenly around the top of the bread leaving just a little bit of a border on the outside so you have a nice crust when it's done. Now take some of your basil (not all of it) and sprinkle it evenly on top of the tomato sauce.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step three:
Take your shredded mozzarella and spread in evenly on top of your pizza. use as much or as little as you like. Sometimes the fresh mozzarella is a little tough to grate. the best way to do it is to used the big holed sized of the grater and use light pressure. It's ok that it crumbles apart (and it will) because you can use all those crumbles too. It's just cheese and it's all going to look the same after it spends a little time in the oven.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step four:
Take the rest of your basil and spread it out evenly on top of the cheese. Now really really really lightly drizzle olive oil over the whole thing and then crack some pepper on top of it just to finish it off.

Step five:
Place your pizza(s) in an oven that has been preheated to 350. let it cook for about 12-15 minutes. You're looking for melted cheese and a golden brown edge on the crust.

Garlic + Basil Naan Pizza

Step six:
Nom.

We served our Naan pizzas with a side of vegetables. This is completely optional of course! 

Side of Vegetables

Let us know if you decide to try it!

xoxo