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Soft Opening of BethKaya’s Self Care Cove

#bricknj coming for you! 11-7 tomorrow and sat // @selfcarecove
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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are staying warm in this fickle weather. We are going to wait till it’s a little warmer to do our grand opening so right now the Self Care Cove store front is officially open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 11 am to 7pm.

My store is located at 515 Drum Point Road – Brick NJ 08723 – It’s a little yellow building and if you can back into the driveway, you might wish to.

#bricknj coming for you! 11-7 tomorrow and sat // @selfcarecove

#bricknj coming for you! 11-7 thur fri & sat // @selfcarecove

The store features all of my favorite holistic bath and beauty brands and some new ones you’ve maybe never heard of. I have scouted independent brands from etsy and all over and have connected to bring you unique and honest products meant to make you happy and feel whole. I have handpicked such amazing items for you to explore. Books, Candles, Gifts, Home Fragrance, Plants and so much more.

Me // Home // Art // BethKaya // Self Care Cove . Photo By Geraldine Valecillos  . photo by @geraldineval_  jewels by @emmyeffdesigns & @eclecticriverdesigns

Me // Home // Art // BethKaya // Self Care Cove  Photo By Geraldine Valecillos @geraldineval_
jewels by @emmyeffdesigns & @eclecticriverdesigns

This has been my life’s passion and it means everything to have gotten this far and to have the support of the community. We have a suggestion box in front of the check out desk if you want to tell me about something you love or would like to see me carry at the store. We are also looking to host some support groups, open crafting hours, lectures and more in the space. Please look for BethKaya and Self Care Cove on social media / facebook & instagram.

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Stay tuned for more to come with my Spring line up!

Inspired Interview – Lex

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As mentioned in my last blog – I am going to be rolling out some new projects. One of those projects is a life study of sorts. I free flowed with some interview questions, inspired by questions I’ve been asked myself in interviews. These are also questions I feel frame the voice of what information I want to showcase from the individuals I’m blogging about. The protein. All of these individuals, are just that, individual. They are inspired, living their truth and sharing it with the world. Like me. Sometimes everyone feels like it’s an uphill battle, and sometimes feel alone. The fellowship is there that helps light the path for dreams. We can be inspired by real people, heroes in every day life. These same questions are going to be the root of this project, and the participants – the leaves of a beautiful growth. I’m not editing their words either – this is the freedom in the flow of affirming this stuff.  I’d love to start this project with Alexis Pellegrino, local musician, dance technician and swagger magician.
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Tell me about yourself in a few sentences.
I consider myself to be an appreciator, curator, and mostly….a creator of art. I don’t like to limit myself to a certain medium or style. I make music one day, paint another day, embellish a jacket in the morning, conduct a dance class at night for young adults, design graphics, design clothes. I am ALWAYS trying to learn and appreciate new things. I am inspired by everything. Currently, I’m working on my solo project, “Lex Rex and the Dragons”. 
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What is the “why” behind your magic?

I’m not sure I know how to express myself any other way. I think I have an addiction to expressing myself. 
 
Much like many people who express themselves through creative outlets, I had a pretty interesting childhood. I was terrorized in school. I like to skate and surf. As a kid I was ranked in the Eastern Surfing Association. I used to paddle out during the winter months and if you know anything about a full suit….you know having long hair is a pain. So, I chopped my hair off. Short cut, and I was absolutely a “tom boy”. I used to get made fun of for being “gay” and a “dyke”. Then my hair grew out, and I was made fun of for being expressive. I always dressed quirky. I’d paint my pants, paint my shoes, make t-shirts…..I guess I was pretty DIY punk at a young age…but I didn’t even know what that was at that age. I was just being me, really. 
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How has your past influenced where you are now with your career?
Honestly, my past has both negative and positive influences on my career….but I am a firm believer of believing in the universe. I was very nervous to start making and doing music. It is the only thing safe to me. Gets me the highest. I was nervous to put it out in the atmosphere for some time. It was/is sacred to me and I didn’t want to be put down like I was in school. 
 
In college I used to have night terrors, that I would never actually start making and doing music. So I said “Fuck it” I am going to do this, even if it is a slow process. I started playing the keys and doing some covers. posting them online. I was in a hair metal cover band for some time, then I decided I wasn’t being fulfilled by that. I started posting some covers more covers on Facebook and was getting really into the “scene” in Asbury. I started doing some small acoustic shows and here we are. 
 
Every time I do a show, I do it and “pour some out” for the people who said I was nothing…..Thank you. 
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What are two major things that you can’t be without on your day to day operations?
Well, in 2016 I would be absolutely lying if I said my phone wasn’t a big deal. I am inspired a lot by photographs online as well as daily things I come across in life. I am always taking pictures with my phone, as well as listening to music. I also really love to stay in contact with my friends and family. They are very supportive of me and I am always showing them love as well. 
 
The other Major thing would be my backpack. I keep my journal in there, my dinosaur figurine Parizzz and my dragon figurine Rex Jr., My polaroid Camera, A plethora of headphones, pens, USB drives, my computer……it’s basically my life kit. 
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What is something that you learned only after you went for your goal, that you want to share with anyone shooting for theirs?

STAY TRUE TO WHAT YOU WANT, AND DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT FITTING IN OR BEING LAME. 
 
For SOOOO LONG, I tried to fit into the local scene. The rock that the local scene is doing isn’t exactly what fits me best. I grew up listening to Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Pop. That is where my music is focused now. That is me. Always be YOU!
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Where is the rush in this passion for you? 
The rush isn’t exactly the finished product. It’s the foreplay. It’s the mental vision, the inspiration, the soul, the guts and glitter behind
what I am trying to convey. The finished product is usually never EXACTLY how you envision it….if you are lucky and work with the right people…..it’ll be better. But like I said, it’s about the process. The process is the sexiest part. 
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What are the pitfalls?
The pitfalls are definitely just life in general…you know…the saying “Life Happens”. Your life happens, my life happens, the people you work with…their life happens. You have to trust the process though. We aren’t Interscope, we aren’t robots…..we are humans trying to make art, while living. Shit happens. In saying that, I am definitely what I call OD and absolutely OCD. I am always trying to make myself and the people around me challenge themselves and let the “babies” we make inspire them. 
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How do you manifest things into reality? 
Didn’t you see the Barbie Jeep I rolled in on? For real, I have one….her name is BJ. 
 
Reality is a big thing for me. I understand every artist has an ego of sorts. I see some people in the scene with some REALLY BIG egos. I don’t ever want to take anything for granted, I don’t want to take people for granted, I don’t want to be a monster and treat people like shit. I believe in being firm…I don’t believe in being a dictator. I work with kids everyday. if you don’t humble yourself, they will humble you….and sometimes even if you humble yourself, they will still humble you. haha
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Where are you hoping to head next?
I am currently in the studio, looking to have a single drop for my project “Lex Rex and the Dragons” before November. I am also having an EP in the works as well as some videos happening. Super stoked for that. I am excited to just live in the process. 
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Currently listening to? 
I am absolutely a playlist kind of girl. I’ll rattle off some artists on my current playlist.
 
Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie, Frank Ocean, M.I.A., Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Gorillaz, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rae Sremmurd, The Weeknd. 
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Some one or a quote that inspires you:
My dad is my biggest inspiration. He is arguably the reason I am a creative. He is a phenomenal Jazz musician. He still hustles teaching children and playing gigs. If i can be half the person my dad is, I’d be the happiest person. 
 
Both of my parents are my best friends. I literally and figuratively wouldn’t be here without their love and support. 
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What drew you to work with BethKaya? 
 
I love to work with passionate people. Beth is a passionate person. I am always supporting her endeavors and cheering her on via social media. It is so refreshing to see someone who makes quality art, who is also the most positive, supportive, and absolutely energetic person. I am also super inspired by her accomplishments thus far as well as her work ethic and drive. She is building an empire. HOMEGIRL is NOT MESSIN ROUND. #womancrush. 
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*Photos Property of Alexis Pellegrino
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Autumn is Here, BethKaya Line is Up and Trickling Out!

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It may not be officially fall yet but in my world it’s here – I am so dizzy and late on an update. I rolled out a few new soap tones and sets live in my etsy shop now! Bath melts are taking a little longer , they are actually the kind of thing that takes a bit of finesse!

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Stay tuned for new scent hue announcements and tune into my @BETHKAYA instagram account for some giveaway updates! The blog content is going to ramp up big time. My little one is off to school and I have more time for the business. The plan is to expand presence which is already in motion. BETHKAYA just landed at new yoga studios in NJ, NY and Scotland! I will be doing blogs about all the locations that carry my label and interviews with some of my peers in the self made industry. These are always textured and interesting people, so I want to share their mission & why with you through an interview style process here on the blog.

In the mean time here are some of the latest creations live in my shop, These are seasonal things that might not come back next shift around the sun. I love working my shop like a farm to table cafe of sorts. It somewhat is; with ingredients being fresh, seasonal and limited here and there. Every season the “menu” takes a different shape. It’s a really lovely and quasi ephemeral way to design intentional bath and body. Check it out:

✨A few new things in the shop just for Fall - including this #THIEVES guardian #soap - Historical #EssentialOil Blend known as Thieves - Clove, Orange Peel, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary - gets its moniker from the time of the bubonic plague when bodies would pile up and pillagers used this blend to thwart contracting plague while robbing their discarded spoils. I've paired this blend with a soothing guardian soap and #blackonyx perfect for blocking illness and bad energy infections. ✨Till midnight I'm including Black Orgone Tetras in ALL shop orders.⚡️ BethKaya / etsy ⚡️

#THIEVES guardian #soap – Historical #EssentialOil Blend known as Thieves – Clove, Orange Peel, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary – gets its moniker from the time of the bubonic plague when bodies would pile up and pillagers used this blend to thwart contracting plague while robbing their discarded spoils. I’ve paired this blend with a soothing guardian soap and #blackonyx perfect for blocking illness and bad energy infections. ✨

These all smell like fall. #apples #clove #oranges ⚡️#Vegan long burning non GMO soy and candelilla house mix wax blend Candles inside of Crystals now with wooden wicks that crackle ad more scent Shout at me if you want one before I list this batch ✨there are some Sweet orange and Vetiver ones live already in my shop! $25-30 +Shipping ✨BethKaya/️Etsy me✨should i ️Auction something tomorrow? Have you guys entered the ️Alien / Orgone giveaway a few back? Have a great Labor Day Weekend! ⚡️

These all smell like fall. #apples #clove #oranges ⚡️#Vegan long burning non GMO soy and candelilla house mix wax blend Candles inside of Crystals now with wooden wicks that crackle ad more scent  ⚡️

Matchy Matchy ☺️ Some new pairings and combos live in my ✨etsy✨ like thos faithful shea full bar soap with matching shimmer spray! also don't forget about the #leofiregiveaway anddddd the collab giveback a few posts back (with the shelves!!) ⚡️ my little one started school today - sadness! enjoy your week!!

New Pairings✨ like thos faithful shea full bar soap with matching shimmer spray!

✨have no fear , clear skin is here! #MORINGA bars restocked!!!✨

✨have no fear , clear skin is here! #MORINGA bars restocked!!!✨

1 oz signature Crystal fragrance solids are back in stock to travel with your fav BETHKAYA tone, perfect to roll with you in the handbag or backpack! Shout out to @capsociety and @etchythingsandaccents for their custom work that helps me keep my brand tight !

1 oz signature Crystal fragrance solids are back in stock to travel with your fav BETHKAYA tone, perfect to roll with you in the handbag or backpack! Shout out to @capsociety and @etchythingsandaccents for their custom work that helps me keep my brand tight !

✨New✨ Now my signature Crystal fragrance solids come in 2oz Cobalt Glass ! Fragrance solids are enduring, travelable and another sensory vehicle! I use these almost more than my oils, I love to swipe and rub behind my knees, in my hair and décolleté! Now live ✨www.bethkaya.etsy.com✨

✨ Now my signature Crystal fragrance solids come in 2oz Cobalt Glass ! Fragrance solids are enduring, travelable and another sensory vehicle! I use these almost more than my oils, I love to swipe and rub behind my knees, in my hair and décolleté!

Latest orgone Lens Necklaces

Latest orgone Lens Necklaces

 

Crystal and Aroma Infused Life

Crystal and Aroma Infused Life

Intentioned Crystal essential Oil Roll Ons - Customize Yours !

Intentioned Crystal essential Oil Roll Ons – Customize Yours !

Vibing one this piece very much, communication, throat, third eye , courage of words - ️Lapis, chalcedony, chalcopyrite, Amazonite, brass, quartz, stainless , hematite , orgone accumulator on ️Lapis chain ⚡️

Communication, throat, third eye , courage of words – ️Lapis, chalcedony, chalcopyrite, Amazonite, brass, quartz, stainless , hematite , orgone accumulator on ️Lapis chain ⚡️

More Henna Art Then Ever On my @BETHKAYA Instagram . . #henna

More Henna Art Then Ever On my @BETHKAYA Instagram

Image from Barxod Magazine - See Full Article in the PRESS section of my website. ALSO check out www.karmacartel.com for 2 exclusive fragrances only available through that channel.
Image from Barxod Magazine – See Full Article in the PRESS section of my website. ALSO check out www.karmacartel.com for 2 exclusive fragrances only available through that channel.

 

When I take pics of orgone, mystical creatures visit!

When I take pics of orgone, mystical creatures visit!

What do you think?

 

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BK

Karma Cartel Fragrance Launch – Collab

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Back in October of 2015 I vended a local punk rock flea market. In the front area I remember meeting these two well dressed young men, with sleek correlating gear on. They were Jose Serrano and Chris Rockwell, partners for the clothing and lifestyle brand, Karma Cartel. I wouldn’t know it till nearly a year later, they would be collaborating with my own brand.

Chris runs a local series of events and coordinates with a lot of local talent in a very unique way. Support, Encouragement and Teamwork seem to be values that engulf the activities that the gentlemen take part in and host.

We found ourselves cosmically meeting to create a new flavor for their incredible brand, a pair of fragrances. These fragrances would embody the moral, spiritual and even swagger of their blooming indie label.

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Several smell sessions and thought storms later, a really effortless set of communicating fragrances were born. ” K ” & ” C “

While entirely meant to both be unisex, one employs more of an assertive vigor while the other is softer and vulnerable.

image1Each is firmly rooted in  fine sandalwood and home brewed madagascar vanilla. “K” is twisted with brighter coconut tones and “C” is bound in leather & amber.  “K ” is paired with genuine grade AAA peridot and moonstone and whole Jasmine Buds. “C” is met with genuine garnet & coffee moonstone as well as red sandalwood bark.  Sandalwood and Jasmine both represented a karmic relationship, as both are deemed in some cultures as holy and sacred natural offerings. Both are made of certified green fragrances and plant concentrates and are nearly completely natural. image2 The outcome of this duo is much like the collaboration itself, my organic vibe meets their urban luxe & street spirit driven aura and the results are in the fragrances. Like all of my hues, each is meant to take you somewhere you longed to be,  perhaps once knew, and most certainly wish to go to again and again.
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Karma Cartel is launching this line Thursday August 18th! Visit their site, check out their label, and read more about these fragrances as well as snag them for yourselves! It was a pleasure designing for such a lively brand rooted in community and culture.

BethKaya Kiosk

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Heads up! I have some exciting news! BethKaya was hand selected to represent the NJ etsy community at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets this summer! Isn’t that a hoot? So if you are visiting the Jersey Shore or you are a local, totally come – shop – check out the cool shops andddd my kiosk!

June 11 & 12      and       July     9 & 10    2016

Totally come visit, see my beautiful hand made displays in person by artist

J Drew Silvers  @JDREWSILVERS which between those and my creations, the visual presentation is something both myself and the outlet management folks are totally jazzed about!

Cheers to New Ventures!

XOBK

Rings N Things

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Oh just milling about with various different things. Obsessed with making rings since I have had little time to really turn out a well thought out project. I can finish a ring in 2 minutes! It’s kind of interesting. Went to a giant sleepover party with some awesome ladies a few months back and decided I would make a ring for everyone in the house. Like a balloon animal! It was a gas and we all had these amazing little pieces of jewelry in common but specific to ourselves as I let each gal pick out their center stone.

Having a 2 year old is an amazing ride – it’s a fast one. We played easter bunny for the first time and he plowed through that basket enjoying each surprise, not even knowing fully what each item was. He just marveled that each of these colorful things was just for him. He ooooooooh’d and thissssssssssss’d. Good stuff. The Crocus’ are springing up, so we are getting the gardening beds ready for the big plant. My seedlings caught a fungus this year and are tanking one by one. Just goes to show you sometimes, no matter how hard you work on something, or how many hours, some things simply don’t work out. Any how not much else to report which since Sandy is a good good thing. Enjoy your spring!