I needed this reminder yesterday, so very badly. 
I thought some of you might, too.

Today I vow to treat myself by giving myself a pretty manicure,
curling my hair and dressing up even with no place to go.
Sometimes that's all it takes. 

Have a beautiful Sunday, friends! xo

Going With Your Gut...

I mentioned a few times this week on the blog that we were playing the waiting game, waiting to hear back about the little tan cottage from a few posts ago. That raised some questions with some as they wondered what happened with the green bungalow that we applied for + got. By now I forget what day all of this happened, but we found out from our neighbor (whose friends lived in the green bungalow until just recently) that they moved out because a neighbor had broken into the house while they were out of town. She went on to tell us that the house directly across the street is a halfway house and while that's all fine and good, one of the tenants was the one who broke in through the back window. (Cue me to remember seeing all of the dirt and scratched on the window sill of that window, too!) I already had my reservations about East Nashville simply because it's still far from the best part of town. It's "hip and fun" but it's still on the upswing. Anyway, our neighbor put Mike in touch with the girl who just moved out and while she was a little less than friendly, the wheels started turning in our heads. And by our I mean mostly mine. We laid in bed and all of a sudden I started having these crazy thoughts of what if someone broke in while we were home, what if they had a gun (then a totally craaaaazy senario played out. I'll save you the details, even though it would be totally possible.). It got to the point to where I almost started having a panic attack. We were set to sign the lease the next day. I told Mike to call the landlord in the morning and reschedule while we talked it through. I was terrified that something might happen to the girls while we were out and about or gone for work. It just started to feel like more trouble than it was worth. Other little things popped up here and there that gave me the feeling that perhaps the bungalow wasn't the best choice for us. Had it been the same rental price as the cottage, I may have overlooked most of them, but it was a huge (!!!) house with little insulation and a hefty price tag. I didn't want to stress about gas bills, our security alarm going off or if that sketchy neighbor still lived there. Something in my gut told me to keep looking.

We scheduled another showing of the 1920's cottage on Wednesday and we realized how much we loved the inside. It's a lot smaller than the bungalow, and it doesn't have quite the curb appeal or fenced yard, but we liked it. We liked it a lot. So we applied, was approved, and signed the lease last night. We're going to build a chainlink fence in the backyard for the girls, and we're going to manicure the bejeezus out of the front. It's going to be our little pet project. We're giving up a ton of room, but we're getting a sense of peace. The cottage is less than a stones throw from the bungalow, so things can still happen. They can happen anywhere. But at least now I don't have this overwhelming feeling in my stomach that it's wrong. 

We took measurements and laid out the house in our heads. I'll have my own studio/office which will be so nice for my productivity. We'll also have an entire room for Honeybean/Hive + Honey. We're on the hunt for a washer and dryer to paint pink (yep!) and we've already started delving into the other projects around the house. We'll be moving in in just 2 weeks (!!!) so that should give us plenty of time to cart our Xterra back and forth filled to the brim with boxes before saying so long to the loft. I'm really looking forward to it.

If anything, this experience has simply taught me that sometimes it really is best to just go with your gut instinct. We fell in love with the bungalow's charm but the inside left a bit to be desired. The cottage is cute on the outside, but the inside is beyond adorable. So many people pointed out that we should go with the house that's nicest on the inside as that's the part that'll be our home. Never thought I'd actually look forward to having walls and no brick in my house! We'll miss this little loft so much, but we're ready to move into a family home!

And finally I'll leave you with this picture (because it's the only one I have!)... It's the closet (!!!) in my office! It's ten feet wide! A whole 2 feet wider than my current wardrobe bar! The shoe shelves will fill the walls, but can I just tell you how excited I am to have French doors to my closet?! I'll miss my hanging wardrobe that we built, no doubt, but this is the perfect mix of function and style! Eep! Alrighty, emails are calling! Happy Friday! xo

Things I Love Thursday

these piranha plant wine glasses... what! ♥
♥ this amazing hair dryer! ♥
this fantastic quote + illustration ♥

these rollerskates (holy- you can buy them in pink/leopard, zebra, purple, etc!) ♥

this cute drawing ♥
these crafty hot dog sugar cookies! ♥
♥ these gloves. ♥
this incredibly inspiring workspace ♥
♥ these unicorn cookies... c'mon! ♥
♥ this amazing dreamy-worthy ombre cake... ah! birthday cake plz?! ♥

Other Awesome Things:
♥ // Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday (I know, I know) but I'm trying really hard not to turn our entire loft into this... Fighting the urge, y'all!

♥ // Speaking of fighting the urge... I'm suppressing my need to sand and paint absolutely every piece of furniture we own after seeing this awesome makeover. We did some major work to 2 dressers and a side table in summer '10 and I think we're still recuperating! (But man alive it looks gorgeous!)

♥ // Since we're moving in the next 2-2.5 weeks (hopefully!), I've been glued to Pinterest in my down time and I can't help but find a million and seven things I want to do. We're going to try and procure a cheapo stackable washer + dryer for the new house for the time being and I kind of want to give this a go. The dials are really shoddy, but it could be so cool! $10 appliance makeover?! Nice!

♥ // Penny over at Poorly Drawn Things just released new silk screened pouches in her shop! Proooobbbbably worth checking out. Just sayin'.

♥ // This DIY postcard calendar journal on Design*Sponge has got me wanting to make something soon! It's such a fun and minimalist approach to journaling. It'd be fun to look back and see what I was doing (in a jiffy) several years ago. 

♥ // I'm going crazy with wood pallet DIYs and I'm already dreaming up a headboard, bed platform, coffee table and maybe even this if I'm feeling reallll crazy. We want a raised bed garden in the backyard but this could be rad for some herbs maybe?

♥ // Things I'd really like to add to my closet: these (SWOON!), these (!!!, and in black... and maybe aztec). And even though I never wear watches, I'd totally give in for this black + gold lion watch or the white + gold skull watch from Betsey Johnson. Srsly... I'll take both.

♥ // I'm totally loving the prospect of moving into an actual house in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping today brings us good news about the little cottage. Cross your fingers! I promise to delve more into our decision later if we're able to rent it! (but I'm totally not loving the waiting part!)

What are you loving this week?

Kaelah's Closet is Restocked + Open!

Just wanted to pop in and let y'all know that I restocked + reopened Kaelah's Closet yesterday! Over 30 new items listed (pages 1-4!) and ready for new homes! All orders placed today will be shipped out bright and early tomorrow so feel free to check it out! It'd be nice to move a lighter load come February!

In the shop you'll find: Betsey Johnson shoes, ModCloth dresses, and new-with-tags/never-been-worn pretty things! 

CLICK HERE to shop!

Also - I still have some February sponsor spots open if anyone is interested! Feel free to email me (kaelahbee at gmail dot com) or check out the sponsorship page to snag your spot! xo

Sale Shopping 101: Hunting the Bargains

I've been wanting to write a post like this for quite a while, but I've yet to give myself the time to sit down and do it. But here it is! It's absolutely no secret that I enjoy shopping. A lot of bloggers do. And even though we tend to showcase our new purchases like our pride and joy, most of us still have adult bills and responsibilities to handle. Whether we get our money from working a job or two, blogging, parents, whatever, delegating how you use it can be tricky. Most people enjoy fancy new shoes or splurging on their favorite magazine... I'm no millionaire (ha! To dream...) but I like to treat myself to things like that, too. I get asked almost daily via Tumblr how I afford so many shoes or dresses or the things that I buy. My trick: buying almost everything on sale. The sale score I'm probably most proud of is my Jeffrey Campbell shoe collection. All but 2 pairs were bought on sale. It makes a big difference to snag a pair of $160 shoes for only $35 (or $8 like my most recent prize!)  Okay, so a lot of people don't want to spend their hard-earned money on Jeffrey Campbell shoes... I know their appeal is lost on a lot of people. But for those of you who do want your own pair, hopefully this will help! This isn't just about shoes though! I'm going to share some of my absolute favorite sites below where I grab my biggest deals.
Karmaloop is one of the only websites I've seen that drastically marks down their Jeffrey Campbell shoes. I'm not sure why they do it, but they're also sneaky about it. Jeffrey Campbell is one of the only brands they carry that they routinely add the disclaimer "Promo Codes Do Not Apply" to. (The others being brands like Nixon and Burton). However they sometimes lift that disclaimer and allow you to purchase them with discount codes... they just don't tell you that. I have the Karmaloop app on my phone so I check it every so often to see if it's lifted or not, and if they have a stellar discount code on top of it, I go for it. Sometimes the codes are as much as 50% off. They don't let you stack your discount codes online most of the time, but I had an issue one night and I called Karmaloop's Customer Service number and the associate was so incredibly helpful. He said that they often let you stack your coupon codes if you call, but some associates won't. It's really just a trial and error. He saved me $70 with that simple phone call one night! The easiest way to stay on top of their deals is to just visit the site daily and look at the top part of the page (in red)... they always have their biggest coupon listed there. Right now it's slow since it's post-Christmas but the holiday sales were out of this world. Pay extra close attention around holidays (of any kind!) because that's what they usually use! (PLNDR is a flash sale site that is a derivitive of Karmaloop. It's mostly street-wear which I'm not crazy about, but I've managed to snag some insane deals on Wildfox, Betsey Johnson and Free People! You just sign up and check out the daily sales. PLNDR also gives you a $10 credit after your first purchase.) -- (disclaimer: I am a rep for karmaloop and have my own discount code to give to my readers. i accumulate "points" if you buy things. [read: i earn 50 points for every $10 spent using my rep code] Everything below is honest + would be whether or not I had a rep code!) Note: Karmaloop also carries brands like Free People, Betsey Johnson, Senso Diffusion, and Sam Edelman... their discount codes are always valid for these brands! -- You can save 20% off your order with the repcode KAELAH. It's also valid for 10% off of PLNDR gear!

Shop It To Me
Shop It To Me is a great resource if you're picky about what you're looking for but you don't actually want to do the looking. You set up your account and choose the brands you love (Anthropologie, Steve Madden, Marc by Marc Jacobs, etc) and they send you alerts any time something from there goes on sale. The great thing about SITM is that you don't have to ever go looking for those coupon codes or discounts. They do all of the dirty work for you. You can also choose the frequency of emails (or none at all!). You have complete control over the price range, brand, category and even retailer! I've scored some serious shoe deals from SITM. The discounts are as much as 70% off, too! You can sign up here if you'd like, and shop away! Don't forget to invite your friends because you can rack up giftcards to your favorite stores like Sephora!

Ideeli + Fab
Ideeli is a great resource for people hunting deals up to 80% off of professional attire + designer apparel, but my favorite section of their site is Home! Ideeli is where I snagged my pretty pink Kitchenaid mixer and lots of really cool bamboo utensils! I also got the Babycakes mini cupcake + pie maker for only $11! If you love nesting and making your home efficient, I definitely suggest Ideeli. Sign up here if you want to check it out! // Fab is kind of like a designer's dream... no matter what kind of design you do. It's almost like shopping from a museum (at least in my mind). Almost every single art print we have hanging in our loft has come from Fab. The only complaint I have is that the shipping is sometimes really slow, but the savings are so so so worth it! They always have really cool lighting, furniture, and accents for your home. // Both Ideeli and Fab are invite-only sites but you can sign up for each one here: IDEELI + FAB!

Other sites that I check frequently: Haute Look (think more upscale, designer stuff. But the site is huge!), Gilt Groupe (7 for all mankind, Helmut Lang, Elizabeth + James... trendy urban designer stuff), Beyond the Rack (sales on items up to 90% off!), Ebates is a great place for extra stacked coupons and it gives you rebates on places like too!

and last but most certainly not least, no matter where you shop online, always always consult RetailMeNot! 

Retail Me Not
It's the mecca of every coupon code you can imagine! Comes in really handy when you'd like to snag free shipping or an extra 10% off. Just search the website name and see what pops up! If you're feeling friendly you can upload some coupon codes that you know of too! You don't even need to sign up to search the database. Win/win!

Other things to keep in mind: Online sales are all about timing. Flash sale sites are really great if you can get there first. You'll have your pick of the offerings and you won't feel guilty about saving some cash. // It's worth saving any credit you might accumulate to purchase something big and awesome that you otherwise may not have spent your money on. // Stay ahead of the game by always checking the "Upcoming Sales" pages. // Do you holiday/birthday shopping throughout the year for family and friends. See a deal that you know your sister might love? Snag it when it's available and store it away. The savings really add up if you're smart about it! // If you have a specific item in mind, a quick Google Shopping search could save you mega moolah! Amazon is a great place for stuff, too! Especially if you're looking for electronics.

I've even had someone ask me if I had a shopping addiction lately! I promise I don't, but I like to stay on top of sales so that I can snag something I'm really coveting without having to shell out an arm and a leg. My Jeffrey collection wouldn't be possible without them! It's like Extreme Couponing of the Internet... and I'm not the least bit ashamed!

Do you have any sites that you find helpful in scouting sales? How about tips for finding the best deal possible?

Instant Replay

one. waking up to these faces every morning. g is always passed out at the end of the bed. two. reminiscing over old photos of georgia when she was but a wee pup. three. scored these tartan litas for eight dollars! be still my ugly shoe lovin' heart! four. warm lunches at panera. five. pretty spring dresses are already hitting the shelves!

one. attitude pup. two. pipkin doing what she does best. three. playing with their new "fruit platter" toy set from target. four. wearing my new (and dangerous) senso diffusion shoes. five. pipkin being pathetic (another thing she's great at!)

one. georgia cuddling with dad. two. jeggings on a target run. three. georgia snoozin. four. pipkin snoozin. (seriously... if sleeping were an olympic sport [and bulldogs could compete], my girls would take gold every time. you don't even know. five. there was a bulldog security sticker on the bungalow... that means it's meant to be right?!

one. enid has picked up a habit or two thanks to the dogs... sleeping like this is definitely one of them. two. wearing my jeffreys that i scored during modcloth's cabin fever sale. three. had a photoshoot yesterday with elle + holly of jam and toast. i was loving the ombre theme. four. mike got some cuddle action with riley, elle + bryan's pup. five. and i had to get some too.  // all photos taken with my iPhone 4

This is what I've been up to the past week. Today I'm working on a bunch of design projects and I'm feeling stoked about them. Don't you love vague entries like that? haha What have y'all been up to?!

PS; Are you on Instagram? My username is 'kaelahbee'... come find me and let's be friends! xo

PPS; How many pictures of my animals sleeping can I possibly upload?!?! It's a little overwhelming, I know. But I can't help it!

Spinning Wheels...

Thanks for all of your good luck wishes on house hunting. It's been stressful and daunting (and a little disappointing, to be honest!) but we're making headway! We keep running across the most amazing houses only to have them snatched up right in front of us. We found two that we really like, in the same East Nashville neighborhood, but totally polar opposites. 

The first is a huge 1899 Victorian bungalow with a mass amount of space and a huge fenced in backyard that the girls would absolutely love to play in daily. The other is a sweet little cottage with a lot of personality (and lower price tag!). One thing we absolutely don't want to sacrifice is a fenced yard for them so even though the second house doesn't have a fenced yard yet, we're hoping the landlord would be okay with us putting up a chainlink fence (with the help of my rad stepdad). I mean, who would say no to a free fence?! Anyway, we applied for the larger bungalow last night but we won't know if we were chosen until probably tomorrow. If we are, we're going to weigh everything between the two houses and go with the one that's a better fit. If we don't, we'll just keep looking I guess!

House hunting can be so fun, but I'm a really impatient person and I get stressed with stuff like this! Not only that, but we're looking to leave the loft a month early to snag one of these houses if they're up for grabs. Hence this post... Our landlord hasn't listed our loft on Craigslist or anything yet, but we were given the okay to start fielding some applicants that might be interested that way we can time up our exit perfectly. If we get either of the houses above, we're looking to move Feb 15th. (I'd assume it'd be ready to live in the following week or so.)

There's so much we love about our loft (the brick! the wardrobe! the lofted bed! the creative freedom!) but we know the girls suffer on days we can't take them to the puppy park. That's such a big deal for us and every time we move we're constantly saying "I wish we could find a place with a fenced yard!". So we vowed to make it happen... now I'm hoping it doesn't backfire! :P With that being said, if you are in/around Nashville and you're looking to move into the Midtown/Downtown area in the next month-ish (or by March 1st), and you're interested in our loft, let me know!

Rent varies slightly based on how many people are living here, but it's between $850 and $875 for 1 or 2 people and that includes water, trash and recycling. We've done a lot of small renovations and additions to the place since we've lived here and we're leaving most all of them. 2 giant walls are exposed brick (one original, one painted white), and we repainted everything! The kitchen is mustard yellow with white cabinets, the bathroom is a pale blue, and the back wall is a pretty honeydew green. You can see more photos around and about HERE. If you look at the first entry, you can see a snippet of the kitchen. The people in the building are wonderful and very artsy fartsy. It's a really great place to live. I know we're going to be saying "I miss blah blah blah" about it daily, but I think a house is the next step for us!

If you're at all interested or know someone who is, feel free to email me (kaelahbee at gmail dot com) and I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have about the place! If we hear good news back from either of the houses then we're going to tell our landlord to go ahead and list it. If you want it, it might be smart to get in now! That way you can come by and see it with all of our stuff still here. It's definitely a place for a creative/imaginative person or couple! This could all be premature, as they may not pan out for us, but we'd like to at least be prepared. No one likes to pay 2 rents! And now I'm off to a photoshoot with Mike! Have a great Sunday!

Featured Sponsor: The Loudmouth Lifestyle

This month we have the pleasure of having Stephanie of the blog The Loudmouth Lifestyle as our featured sponsor! Stephanie is such a sweetheart and is always so kind so I'm really tickled to share more about her with you today. Below is a little question and answer sesh, as well as a chance to win a large ad space on her blog! Peep below to find out how xo

Hi Stephanie! We're so excited to have you as LCH's Featured Sponsor for January! How about we start off with you telling us all a little bit more about yourself?
Thanks, Kaelah!  I’m a 20-something lady living the dream in LA.  Eating, sleeping, and shopping are my favorite hobbies… in that order.

Your blog, The Loudmouth Lifestyle, is a really sweet slice of the internet. When did you start blogging and what made you take the leap?
I began my blog on the tail end of 2010.  I’ve always had a passion for writing and photography; blogging allows me to combine these things and share them with the world!  I’m still learning, and it’s a fun process.  I really can’t imagine my life without the blog now.

Were you inspired by other bloggers at the time? If so, who? Who are your current inspirations?
The first personal style blogger I became hooked on was Keiko Lynn, and she’s still my blogging idol.  I love the way she pulls together layering pieces – it’s magic.  I’ve also been blessed with wonderful friends in the blogosphere that inspire and motivate me daily!

What made you uproot your life in "small town Michigan" and head west to Los Angeles?
As beautiful as Michigan is, I always wanted to leave… I was probably 12 when I decided I wanted to move to a big city that also had warm weather.  My parents didn’t realize I was serious until 10 years later when I could actually leave home!  I love and miss my family, but being out here on my own has been wonderfully rewarding, and I don’t plan on moving back.

What is a typical "Day in the life of Stephanie" like?
I get up around 6:30am for work, and I’m there until 6:30pm.  I don’t have access to internet at the office, so during my lunch hour, I run home to answer e-mails and tweets.  After work I shower, eat dinner and work on the blog for a couple hours.  I try to get to bed at 10, but if I have plans with friends it ends up being around midnight.  I’m super busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Do you feel like blogging has helped you in any facet of your life? If so, how?
Absolutely.  It’s given me a creative outlet for my passions.  Plus, I’ve met awesome people from around the world!

What are some of your favorite posts that you've written on The Loudmouth Lifestyle?
One of my most popular recent posts is 5 Blogging Rules to Break.  I also wrote about Why I Blog and What it Means to Live Loudly.

If you wanted to make sure the Honeybees knew at least one thing about you, what would you want that to be?
I try to have as much fun as possible, because life is too short not to!

Thanks Stephanie! You're a gem! 

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If you'd like to be entered to win a large ad spot on Stephanie's blog, here's how you can!

Visit Stephanie's blog and leave a sweet comment on one of her posts. Then return here and say you did, then leave your email address or a way to contact you if you win!

If you'd like extra entries, do the following and leave a separate comment for each one:

A winner will be drawn next week and notified shortly thereafter! Good luck! Happy weekend, friends! xo

Congrats to comment #33 for winning!

Things I Love Thursday

Thursdays seem to come and go at the speed of light around here. I'm not sure if it's because it's one of the only weekly features I rarely skip or what, but Thursday is kind of like my Sunday (except not really...) so I want it to linger a little longer! I've got a tummy full of french toast (thanks Mike!) and I'm ready to seize the day. Here's a little mid-day pick me up... adorable + cute things! Enjoy! xo

this workspace (+ i normally avoid bright colors) ♥

♥ tom deininger's murals of "stuff"... amazing! (click thru to see!)♥

♥ five little things to remember daily. ♥

♥ this is the most adorable thing in the world. ♥

♥ be still my koala lovin heart! this is adorable!

this awesome pea car (but you'd think it'd have awful blind spots!) ♥

these sweet bunnies. ♥

♥ this poppy flower embroidery. ♥

♥ this inspiring quote. ♥

♥ this is now my desktop background. ♥

Other Awesome Things:

// I am in love with practically everything in Katie Daisy's Flickr photostream...

// I love love love Virginie's "Day Off" look with the sweet sweater and full skirt... so adorable! 

// Do you fear you spend entirely too much time on Tumblr or Pinterest? Need the "shock value" of productive time gone out the window to snap you back into your work routine? Rescue Time is for you! It's kind of amazing how much time we spend on "non-work" related sites and interests... even when clocked in! (It blocks certain distracting websites for a set amount of time... For those of use who lack willpower. Me!)

// Madison Sonnier wrote a powerful article for Tiny Buddha and I think many of you can relate to it... It's permanently in my "bookmarks" now.  Realizing your self worth and believing in your path... when all we can seem to do is compare ourselves to others.

// Hot Cocoa Cookies... that's all I'm going to say.

// and maybe one more little recipe... Baked Zucchini Chips. Yum! I love zucchini.

What are you loving this week?