Looking Back + Looking Forward

Another year has come and gone... How many times have you read that on a blogger's recap post this week?! I won't bore you with the details of every single month or detail that has transpired during 2011, as I'm sure no one is as interested in them as I am myself. (Kind of a Catch-22 with bloggers, isn't it?! Hmm..) Anyway, I've said it before and I'll say it again, 2011 was a whirlwind year for me + this little blog.

A few highlights include...
+ A roadtirp to Wilmington, NC with two of our favorite people, Susannah and Chris. and getting engaged on the riverfront, canopied by twinkelights and captured on film. (I can't imagine better people to share that moment with!) Here's Mike take on it + Susannah's too!

+ Getting whisked away to NYC to stay at the Ace Hotel and attend the International Women's Day Celebration hosted by Levi's + Vogue. (Thanks for the trip, Levi's! View photos here!) 

+ Turning 23 + making my 23 before 24 list of goals! Still have a handful that I need to complete in the next 3 months! Here's to hoping I can do it! ()

+ Moving into our factory converted loft and trying to make it our Home Sweet Home. Full of shoes, twinklelights, and furry little lovemuffins (our pups!). (See the Loft Tour posts here: Twinklelights, Bedroom, Wardrobe [Updated], Workspace [Needs Updating], and Outside)

+ Deciding to launch a new handmade hair accessory shoppe, Hive + Honey. It's been a labor of love, though I can't wait until I can devote more time to it as a vital part of Honeybean.

+ We managed to sneak up to Chicago at the end of June and surprise Susannah for her birthday! It was all under the 'guise that we were driving to Northern Kentucky to foster a bulldog puppy. We were sitting on her couch when she walked in from work! That was one of my favorite parts of the year! (We also went back in September for Renegade Craft Fair but of course I'm awful at taking pictures!)

+ Making the decision to push forward with my dream of owning a small independent shoppe by joining the mobile biz craze and making Honeybean Mobile Boutique a dream come true! We unveiled her once we brought her home! Now you can shop online during the winter months, too! Lots more inventory to come! I'm even more excited about our next step...

+ We brought a sweet kitty (we named her Enid!) into our family and we're now compete as a family of 5. We took our first ever holiday card and we're preparing for another, even better, year to come. 
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

It really means so much to me knowing that so many of you take time out of your busy day to stop by my little slice of the internet. The web is such a crazy place if you think about it! I've grown to become such close friends with people I never would have had the opportunity to meet had it not been for this little blog. I know it sounds silly to say but I count my lucky stars every day to have the opportunities that I do. Pursuing my dream of owning my own businesses wouldn't be possible if it weren't for y'all! There are days I question myself as a blogger, and this entire blog in itself. But then I'll get an email or a comment that makes it more than worth it. I know I'm not out there changing lives in a huge way. I'm not curing cancer or lobbying for governmental change, but even if I can only bring a little sunshine into your day, I'll consider that a success! Thanks for making this so fun and exciting for me... It's like we're all on a journey together. Let's make sure 2012 is the one to remember! 

I'll be sharing my "New Year's Resolutions" in the next day or two! I'd love to hear about yours, too! So long, 2011. You were awesome, but 2012 is going to kick your butt! xo


  1. WOW you really had a whirlwind year in 2011! So much to be proud of. :) I know for me personally, I have a GREAT vibe about what's in store in 2012. Hope it'll bring lots of happiness and success for you as well!
    - Mandi @ www.lifeinbeta.com

  2. What a crazy whirlwind year! It looked brilliant though! Heres to a great 2012!


  3. You've had an awesome year! I love what you've did with the camper BTW. You and Susannah could be sisters!

    Best wishes for 2012, looking forward to seeing your adventures, especially with the shop!

    xo -S

  4. Aww... What a wonderful year you had, girl. Hope 2012 will be much, much better for both of us. Happy new year :)

  5. happy new year!! I hope all your wishes will come true and you'll have a successful year. all the best from germany,
    Paula :)

  6. You've had a wonderful year! Wilmington, NC is my favorite place of all time what a great place to get engaged!

  7. Happy New Year!



  8. Wow you've done so much last year! That's awesome. I'm hoping to be selling my cupcakes at a farmers market this year, take woodworking classes, get my full drivers license and maybe sell some dresses. Thanks for te inspiration!! All the best for 2012!! :)



  9. Awe! What a great year for you! Wishing you more happiness and success in the coming year! Happy New Year!

  10. You had a pretty damn good year! Getting engaged, starting a business, moving...all three pretty huge things. I really enjoy reading your blog, and I'm looking forward to your 2012 posts!

  11. Love this post! Glad I stumbled upon your blog this year! Definitely one of my favorites! (although i've been on a mad hunt for that top shop sailboat dress ever since! =P )

  12. happy new year! great post♥


  13. that's me!!!! it obv was an insanely awesome year for me too. congrats on an awesome 2011, cant wait to se see more in 2012.


  14. You and your little family are THE cutest! If there is one resolution you should it have, its should be to never stop being adorable and amazing as you are :)

    Have a fantastic new year!

  15. Wow!!! I didn't realise you got engaged....a very late congratulations me dear :)

    Happy New Year!!!

  16. Happy New Year,Kaelah! Here's to a great 2012!

  17. Really seems like you had a wonderful year. Hope 2012 is twice as good :D

  18. what a year. congrats on all your accomplishments!!

    xx kelly christine

  19. just recently found you through an IG mama recommendation, I LOVE following you on our blog and even your twitter. I can't wait to see what 2012 will bring and also to see if you get that beautiful house you posted last night on twitter :-)


  20. Loved this post, you've had such an eventful year! I've only recently discovered your blog, and have jut spent a few lovely hours reading your previous posts and envying your fabulous closet. Hope you have an equally productive 2012.

    xx Fran alittlevintagestory.blogspot.com

  21. Happy new year Kaelah! I hope 2012 brings you only good things.

  22. Such a great year! I hope 2012 will be a better one! Happy New Year =)

  23. Looks like you had amazing year. Thank you for this blog and I wish you great 2012! xxxx

  24. It sounds like you've had a wonderful year. You have so much to be proud of. I'm glad I've stumbled on your little blog world, you're so much fun to read about and follow!

  25. recaps are actually one of my favorite posts! especially if I haven't followed the blogger all year!! I am about to go read all versions of your engagement :D

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