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On A Budget


“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

— Alexander McQueen

I decided to do a challenge, find a few pieces to add a little life into a Spring wardrobe, each item being under $50.00. I used only 6 stores: Old Navy, H&M, Gap, Kohls, Target, Forever 21 and American Apparel for this task. These are my picks for a mom, career lady or just the every day fashionable woman on a budget. Enjoy!



H&M, Fine-knit Sweater, $17.95, http://www.hm.com/us/product/25403?article=25403-D

Forever 21, Tie-Dye Zippered Top, $19.80


Old Navy, Women’s Tie-Front Blouse, $29.94



Gap, Essential heathered V-neck T, $22.95,


Target, Women’s Short Sleeve Tiered Top, $12.99


H&M, Lace Top, $14.95


Blazer & Cardigan

Target, Women’s Ponte Collarless Jacket, $29.99


Forever 21, Free Spirit Kimono, $19.80


H&M, Loose-fit Pants, $29.95, http://www.hm.com/us/product/23106?article=23106-C

Forever 21, Everyday Skinny Jeans, $7.80


Old Navy, Women’s The Pixie Skinny-Ankle Pants, $34.94



Kohls, LC Lauren Conrad, Lace Leggings, $20.00



H&M, Pencil Skirt, $34.95


American Apparel, Stripe Full Woven Skirt, $38.00



Forever 21, Surplice Lace Romper, $24.80



Target, Mossimo Womens Sleeveless Dress, $29.99


H&M, Maxi Dress, $17.95


American Apparel, Fine Jersey T Dress, $27.00



Old Navy, Women’s Denim Pointed Ballet Flats, $22.94


DSW, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leopard Print Sneaker, $49.95


Target, Women’s Sam & Libby Viva Strappy Heels, $34.99



Kohls, LC Lauren Conrad, Palos Verdes Tortoise Oversized Square Sunglasses, $30.00


Forever 21, Forever Cool Cutout Necklace, $9.80


*H&M, Shoulder Bag, $9.95


The Button-Down



“Fashion Changes, but style endures”

-Coco Chanel


The Button-Down shirt was once ONLY an option for suits or slacks. With a twist in color and pattern this shirt has become a wardrobe basic in or out of the office for everyone. Enjoy a few of my picks for this amazingly versatile top.



The Floral:

Brooks Brothers, Floral Print Shirt, $89.50



The “Girly Boyfriend”:

Gap, Fitted Boyfriend dot Oxford Shirt, $49.95



Uniqlo, Women Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse, $49.90



Lazy Woman, aka “Non Iron”:

Banana Republic, Fitted Non-Iron Candy Stripe Shirt, $69.50



The New Grunge:

Nordstrom, Current/Elliott, ‘The Prep School’ Plaid Shirt, $198.00



Hint of Polka Dot:

Burton, Eva Woven Top, $70.00



The Original:

Ralph Lauren, Plaid Camp Shirt, $165.00



The Jean Shirt:

Loft, Dark Chambray Softened Shirt, $54.50




The White with a twist:

Old Navy, Women’s Tie-Front Blouse, $29.94


Meet BKDC’s First Contributing Writer – Kelly Hecht


As I mentioned in the last two posts – in 2014 I am rolling out a new plan for this website. I plan to turn this into a powerhouse of information, fashion, art & design.

Kelly has been a longtime friend of mine socially and professionally. She has great style and a knack for words. Here at the BKDC – She’s going to share her passion for fashion, trend and whatever else she wants to. She’s that cool – and we want in!

Here’s a little bio – expect more gab from her in 2014!


About Kelly – From Kelly

“I am a chameleon. Whether it is fashion or life, I am looking for new ways to change and evolve. I am never satisfied in the same place for long.  I was born in Korea, and adopted as a baby.  Despite being raised in the DC area; I spend my time going between my hometown of Maryland and my second home New York City trying to eat Spanish tapas and traveling whenever possible.  My first “real job” was with The Washington Post’s local newspaper, naturally then the Gazette, and most recently I was a buyer for the Trump Organization in Manhattan.

Living and working in both the NYC and the DC area, I have tried to develop a style all my own. I am looking for ways to stay both trendy and classic but find myself asking the question, “What does a 30 year old wear?” I want to focus on that question as I know I am not the only one that asks themselves that question each day. Trend spotting and setting is my lifeblood! I am constantly updating with the newest styles, every season on and off the runway. It is my mission to discover – how can these elements be tied together and how it can they be incorporated into your closet at home.  From Jordan’s to Chanel Espadrilles, Neiman Marcus to Target- I adore fashion and have a deep respect for people that make style their own. My number one rule on “style”: If you are in love with what you wear chances are you will look and feel good too.”

There you have it!

Have a great week! Stay Tuned!


Relationships Are Business Numero Uno


From my years of experience with my own business and with my work at Sony/IPC – the most important thing I’ve learned a business should be based on is GREAT relationships. If you don’t know your clients, how can you know what they need?

Part of developing marketing strategies and also products is knowing what your clients are looking for.

What is trending? What can’t they live without? What will you enjoy building ideas on?

This is the commonplace where sales and product development shakes a very important hand.

Your clients are the people who are inspired to act on what you do. If you aren’t tending to the flames of your client relationships, you aren’t tuning in! These are more than your clients, these are your friends who are bolstering what you do because they too believe in what you are doing.

Getting to know the people who appreciate what I do for them allows me not only to serve them further, but also chances are the person who’s needs I am filling, has something that can fill my needs. All relationships whether business or just personal are a two way street. Chances are these people can offer me something too if I take some time to make sure I meet their needs as a service provider and also as a friend.

Part of the reason I am bringing new blood in here as a writer and blogger is because I know I can’t meet everyone’s needs with the blog I hope to create. Having fresh voices will help round out the vision I know my clients are looking for!

Wording It Out In the New Year


2014 is about to get even wordier.

As I am sure you’ve noticed if you’re following me on Social Media – Things are getting pretty wordy with my jewelry as well as my Tarot practice. For the first time this blog will begin to feature the voices of some of my dearest peers and mentors.

>I am totally awesome because I keep even BETTER company.<
So here’s the deal – stay tuned as I start to roll out the 2014 Cast of BethKaya Design and Consulting. Be prepared for more art, fashion, business and spirit talk wrapped up in real information for the dream chaser in you. For the person kicking around an idea, a goal or a talent they want to get a grip on and aim it at the world. This blogs for you!

A person can easily eliminate any fear of competition if you focus on making your voice unique while appealing to the higher waves of trend. Everyone has the same  chance to make art or design things you enjoy as well as sell those items. This blog is also simply to help put designs skills to use spiritually, stylistically and on the homefront. It’s one thing to make things, it’s another to sell them or actually want them out on display in your own home!

If you’re reading this and you’re saying to yourself, “I have a voice and I want to use it” – Message me. Let’s put it to use. BETHKAYA is a label for MAVERICKS! Let’s light this blog on FIRE with Information, Spirit, Radical Ideas in Design, Art, Fashion and Homelife!

Very excited!

Blessings –


Sunday Funday – Mandala Coloring & Construction!


Look out – we’re link heavy but its worth it.

So…why mandalas?

What are they?

Why do I keep seeing them?

Do some homework! Essentially they are a wheel of design to represent principals in harmony – Mandala means “disc or wheel” in sanskrit. It’s never ending!






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Mandalas have been used in cultures all over the world as a healing and telling form of channeling and design.

These vibrational circles found on Tibetan temples and on Dutch Farm houses alike. They all have a harmony and melody and speak to us in different ways.

There is a formula to them and by tracing, learning how to construct or simply coloring or drawing inside of Mandala WILL help you channel things within yourself. They are for everyone, and for all ages.

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You can explore repetition, motifs, color, lines, and information inside of repetitive structures & enclosures. Lines, leaves, petals, bubbles, shading, hatching, doodling.
You’ll see a telling collection of fragements your mind is harboring and quiet your mind in the process. It’s a VERY therapeutic practice!

For Sunday Funday here are some RAD FREE PRINTABLE Mandalas you can color, trace, cut, or be inspired by!!!

Great for kids, Grandparents, Men, Women and YOU.










and even




Get out your pencils, pastels, crayons & Markers! You can even glue sequins or magazine words & clippings!

Enjoy! Share what you colored on my FB Page > Beth Kaya or BethKaya Design & Consulting!




It’s right around the corner! Big exciting things always churning and churning here at BKDC.

I have decided to focus more on the stories around the materials I use. I want you to value them in the ways I do.

Just got some new charms and things in over the last few weeks so stay tuned to the rock inspired charms and titanium fired quartz pieces that will be flowing into my etsy shop.

Also as always – my Garlands and Orbit Rings are hot. Studs are always a staple, but this season the Garlands and Orbit Rings really took off. Incorporating more sacred materials from various sources!

Check out some pics of the materials I’ll be rolling out this spring :


Titanium Fired Quartz Points

Rudraksha, Bohdi Seeds


Unpolished Baltic Amber


Lotus Seeds

More Titanium Quartz in Blue Hues

Red Lava

Siam Rosewood


Lots of focus on more of this coming soon! Stay patient with me!




My Current Studio


I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I think photos of my own and other folks art spaces are totally rad. They are art themselves!

I share my studio with my husband. My studio is outfitted with all of my supplies organized on shelving in utility totes.I do this because I like to work on the go and am constantly shuffling things around.

Since this is both a music and art studio, lots of of multi media and mediums are ever present!  Everything needs a home. My husband and I have desks on opposite walls with 360 of shelves. Here’s some studio porn – a regular feature on my Instagrizzle but will be here now too! To follow up yesterday’s post that had some of my earliest pieces and workspaces here is some current pics of my hot spot in the flow. ALSO I play and share tunes I’m spinning or mixing on SPOTIFY and Facebook!


My Mixing Side – with easy access to painting and jewelry supplies within reach


I have a Studio boutique – its a shelf of current works on display for visitors & clients
The top rack is a bracelet display

Headphones Hanging By My Jewelers Bench (Flex Drill Pictured)
One Pair for my PC tunes, and the Other for my Husbands


Another Scene from my Studio Boutique


My Jewelers Bench


My Fabric Stash Lives Above the Vistor Sofa

I have lots of Alt Lighting and Places to Store Supplies

Close Up of Jewelry Tools



The VAIO I mix on – Naturally I Painted On it – It Glows

My husband’s Keyboard for his Tune Makin

My Sewin Spot

Burning Sage

My Desk 🙂





The “Additive” Method


A long time ago a friend once gave me the riot act for bothering with Art School.

His motive was that Art School formally trains you to abandon natural artistic sensibilities. For me going to the Fashion Institute of Technology was more about refining my theory, networking, being able to say, here “I went to school for this I must be an artist”. I was pretty right about half of that. The history, design challenges, personnel, contacts, way of life, critiques and even competition, served me well as an artist. There is this curse though, and we’ll relate it to “trying on too many dresses”. Sometimes what you want to do with your art, and who you want to be gets really muddy when you learn new techniques. It’s also pretty important for an artist and a designer to be AWARE of several things:

-Mediums and Supplies out there



Being aware of yourself is pretty critical and I admit I lost my way sometimes with my identity as an ARTIST as I went through school. School was a slow process, I worked a pretty high stress job during the day and had to pay for every last cent myself. No loans, no credit cards – just me biting off what I could chew financially and sacrificing having a kitchen in my tiny NY apartment for a few years. (Think, Kramer doing dishes in the shower)

Now that I am settled down, a woman of my baby and my time – I have had the chance over the last few years to look back on my work, and think about it collectively. What are the themes present? How do I change them yet keep them the same? These questions had super telling answers. When I work, I work in layers on multiple things at a time. I always have works in rotation, and sometimes theres times when I cannot express myself on something any further, yet I know its not done. I come back. In 100% of my work there are floral, Nature and Sacred Geo  motifs and never ever dull sad colors. My colors are so bright you can taste them. (At least I do) The patterns in my jewelry and painted works, are textured, layered and continuous. I work on something, freeing that object from it’s former life, until it tells ME, “I’m done”.

The name of this method, to which my husband coined the moniker for is known to us now as “The Additive Method”.

By his definition, “It’s when you just express yourself on to something, and just keep expressing until you can’t express no mo.”

A few years back I had some health issues that landed me with some speech problems. I saw a speech therapist 3X a week and they actually brought in an Art Therapist to help me as a nontraditional method, on top of their vocal exercises.

The sessions with the art therapist were rocky at first actually. I couldnt abandon my formal training. Aesthetic had become the ruler of everything. Thats not how art therapy works. You are just expressing what is in your mind. No rules, who cares if they are stick figures, there’s no critique just collective visual fragmentation.

I know this was about speech – and it was, I barely have a hint of a stammer anymore, but what this did for me artistically was allow me to tap back into an artistic identity that is about your collective consciousness. This is where genuine, real beauty or pain of the personal heart is allowed to set itself free. If you aren’t artistically inclined, I tell you, that you are.

You have the ability to create something unique and special to YOU, like a fingerprint. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you free yourself from the rules that say “I am not creative”, “I am not an artsy person” – they you surely will not be. If you give yourself the chance to ask some probing questions and “create on it”, I think you’d be surprised.

Think about the additive method I described, KEEP GOING with a work if you don’t like it. Do not give up on it. You just haven’t released the work from the medium, yet. Or, start over, and layer away again. Leonardo, Michelangelo; they did this too.

So did these guys, and you can argue their talent. Actually many have, but you know – drive and vision CAN trump talent. Just ask <insert celebs name that we all know got famous on drive and vision alone>.

I’m in no way comparing myself to these guys. I just think we take a similar approach to our work style. It’s pretty critical in my opinion to know also when appropriate to cite your or pay homage or gratuity to the legends and little people before you and with you presently. These two artists had heavy heavy vices, and art actually was one of them. Their vision transcends formal technique. There are awesome movies out about both of these tortured souls, and they are pretty good if you fancy a walk to the library.

Jackson Pollock


Jean-Michel Basquiat



We Got Spirit! Yes We Do!


I emerged into Spring with a really raw and fragile perspective.  My yard always gives me renewed connectivity to Spirit every season. The whole process of it – preparing the soil – tending to seedlings, playing dominion, the whole bit. My little family with our little “bit of earth” makes the most of it. The person who owned our house a very very long time ago put a lot of love and effort into the house and yard. They even left of trove of depression era Mason Jars inside of a handmade canning closet inside the garage. (My husband neglected to tell me about this after investing about a hundo in jars). To give him credit back,   my husband maintained this magic yard with his gentle respect and connection with nature , animals and plants. In our tiny little plot, there is generation after generation of natural magic. You can’t just buy this gorgeous piece of land and expect to grow things on it in this day and age. Bees,  are having a harder and harder time finding refuge with the pile of ecological issues going on. The word gets out. Animals know what trust means too!  Bees are in well abundance in our yard. If we were to ever leave, we can’t just take this with us.  Every state bird, caterpillar, worm, flower, butterfly, small animal and neighborhood vagrant et all , have traipsed through my yard at some point to mingle with our abundant species of plants, or my animal-speaking husband and little boy.

A little known fact about the latter portion of my child hood, we had cows, pigs, bees and sheep in our larger “backyard”. The bee pen shared a fence with our acre of land. I could unlatch a little link and enter a pen of easily 100 k bees in 9 hives or so. Bees smell fear. They smell threat. When you pose no threat, you are only getting stung if you step on them or they encounter you by accident. At certain times of the summer, honey bees drink a lot of honey and get really intoxicated. The queen  leaves the hive and flies to a pre-selected tree and all of the bees follow her. They swarm into a massive buzzing ball of bee. Our beekeeper neighbor explained and coached us little ones on the process. You can pet this phenomenon. They are so bloated from honey, they can’t shake their booty to sting. It’s absolutely incredible.

Why the bee talk? Well I did a lil tune up work with a light worker this Spring and Summer and one of the biggest take aways was that I needed to get down and respect a few things more and take on 2 major rituals.

– Daily Prayer                               and….

-Daily MULTIPLE Uninterrupted Moments with Nature – Trails, Walks, Lakes, Bays, Beaches, Garden alla Bare FEET!

Being raised in a bi religion family prayer was suggested, but not enforced.  It’s honestly just not a habit I really hadn’t been into unless I was begging for mercy. I know we’ve all had these lows where we look up at the sky and say “OK big being, take that wheel at any time now!”

Some days literally feel like every 10 minutes something is going wrong. HOW do I continue to be the inflatable clown that pops back up every every last blow?

What Am I Some Kind of Clown?

It’s praying when there is no wrong, but just to reflect on all of it. The good, the bad, the just because. This is your time to ask questions. To talk to anything that’s listening including Spirit/s, Ancestors  and “Our Higher Selves”.  This seems abstract but go with me here – It’s like having manners, to SPIRIT. Whatever you believe, you HAVE to resign yourself to one fact – this world is spinning in your very eyeholes. What harm does it do give credit where due? So just because I’m knocking a little, “What is up spirit? Thank you SO much for giving me all of the beautiful squashes, that came from bees that are SURELY doing their sacred work in my little sanctuary here.” back,  OR  “THANK YOU for this sanctuary, for the littlest bit of earth that my family has that was turned into a place where animals of all kinds feel safe, have food and give back to each other so my family can learn so many of your lessons and have wonderful foods to eat!” OR EVEN – “Dear Spirit, Where am I looking right now? Can you give me a piece of nature to guide me?” …..Run – On – Prayers over here.. you get the point.

Garden Bounty!

Grateful living is for REAL. I’m not saying ignoring the “real world” outside of being overtly gracious and concerned with what the rest of the world thinks. I feel SO much better when an entire gallon of orange juice falls out of the fridge onto a broken saucer with my 2 year old dancing in it when I take a second, BREATHE and say – ” ahhhh thank goodness I am home with him today and have the air in my lungs to breathe this air of frustration!” OR “What did I just learn from that?” How can I honor that it was really upsetting to break such a special dish and spill a whole gallon of orange juice but also put it all back into perspective here. It’s really honoring it and vocalizing things in a way of light even if dark. Picking the battle inside of the perspective of it’s place within the greater meaning of it all. Spilled Orange Juice? Annoying and wasteful perhaps, but not the end of the world. I had and have a lot of bratty behaviors that just have got to go in order for me to really really shine. These practices are curbing them into respectful places!

Easier said then done I suppose, and I certainly find myself caught up on a bad day or two, or more!

Sacred Fibonacci












WHY ALL OF THIS BABBLE? Reconnecting with my spirit, with my mother, earth inspires me. When I eat, and feed my family what we GROW OURSELVES it connects me with a spirit and she invigorates me with fire in my idea cauldron. We are literally EATING spirit! It’s incredible. As the growing season winds down I know my production level too will die down. That doesn’t mean we’re going to sleep! This means we’re going to school, to the thinking tank, to the white board.

My husband and I built ourselves a studio and now I have tools in home at my grasp. This summer was her first ride. I produced more than ever in a single summer and also have the biggest financial summer as an indie designer. My husband has a little recording and digital music making situation going on in the same room. This winter we fully expect to collaborate there as a family and produce exciting things musically once again. I’ve played harmonica for a long time now. It’s another facet that I’m not sure some people who are newer to my work know. Harmonica is an instrument that is classic to the original dub music made in Jamaica. It is also a bigtime American Folk Instrument.  I can work many genres with the use of modern effects and with my husband and my vast musical collection and knowledge – its REALLY exciting to think about. I hope you guys will help us spread our music when the time comes.

Here is a snapshot of the big projects I worked on this summer as I wrap things up for Autumn:

The most important project of all – ReBranding BethKaya



New Business Card



New One Sheet







Handpainted Items





Upcycled Scrap Headbands













I had a lot of gas in my creative tank to produce this stuff. Being open with my inspiration, giving credit and thanks where due. (Thank You, Brett Joseph and Terra Kroll for your mentorship)  This precipitated a lot more opportunities for me that I’ve had to date while working on my own. I actually worked my arse off to also be fair but I very much have been propelled by a deeper connection to my “dharma” my “sacred path” and have been given the light to work because of the light in my heart. With new angles on the work I am here to do, I can do things better, bolder, and with a greater impact.

Think about the women before us. Think of the conveniences we have now.  Lets reconnect with that and use our modern conveniences right along with it. This is the time to be more grateful, connected, mystical, and more enabled then EVER to do what any one truly wants to in their hearts.




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