Meet Kalia of Kalia Lily Photography

Today’s blog interview is close to my heart. I’ve know the lovely Kalia for a very long time. Way back in 2007 she was my daughter’s swim coach! Back then she split her time between the pool and the camera. These days she’s a full time photographer and does an amazing job! We’ve had her shoot all our family photos, and she recently shot my wedding. Her style is amazing and I will treasure our photos forever!  I was so happy when she agreed to do the interview and I’m very excited to introduce her to all of you.

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Tell us a little about yourself: Hi!  My name is Kalia.  I’m from Varna, Bulgaria.  It’s a city on the Black Sea.  (No Sharks in those waters!) My family moved from Bulgaria to Austria and then to Toronto, Canada.  I’m so thankful I was able to experience each place- really gave me a love for travel!   Eleven years ago we moved to South Florida.  I met my husband in West Palm Beach and now we have two boys-3 and 2 years old.  I’m really blessed to have my three men!

When did you first find your joy in photography? Years ago my dad shot film.  I loved looking through his photos over and over again.  While I loved everything “arts” related,  I  didn’t have a clue where my interests where leading.  Shortly after I got married my dad encouraged me to try Photoshop.  I would take pictures and then spend hours working on them.  It was just fun for me!  My mom looked at me one day and said “You love this.  You are up till 2am doing this!”  At that moment something clicked (cheesy pun intended).

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When did you start the Kalia Lily brand? About 8 years ago.  I would grab friends and family and just take their pictures for free- just to build a portfolio.  The other components came after, with  a lot of late nights and a lot of learning.  The brand though is ever evolving.  I want to give people a consistent product, but also challenge myself and try new things.

What do you find most challenging about running your own business? I would say wearing all the different hats.  You aren’t just a photographer, you are a business.  It might seem like most of my time is spent taking pictures but that’s just a small part.  For example, tomorrow, a good part of my work day will be spent learning the new features on the latest version of a program.  And juggling work and family…but I’ll talk about that more in question 7 ☺

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What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?  It’s hard to name just one because I feel so blessed to have this job.  I get to meet amazing people and build lasting relationships with them!  Many times I have captured a young couple’s engagement session, and now years later, I’m taking pictures of their growing family.   Also, I’m really thankful for the freedom and flexibility!  And lastly, I’m thankful that running my company allows me to be an artist every single day.

What do you do on your days off?  I’m laughing out loud thinking about this because I always try to pack way too much into the day!  I want to go thrifting, I want to paint, I want to go on a date with my husband, take the kids to the beach, see a friend, read a book etc. I never get to everything of course, but taking the kids to the zoo or downtown for dessert has become a favorite of ours.

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How do you juggle work & family?  This is a daily struggle!  But here are a few things that help me.  For one, I really don’t believe you can “have it all”.  I might be able to have a little of everything, but to chase success in all areas of life, all at once,  just leaves me feeling like a big, stressed out loser.  Also, I decided years ago, that it didn’t matter if my definition of success looked different than other people’s.  It my definition, I have a lot of snuggle time with my boys!

Who is your favorite Superhero and why?  My mom!  She possesses so many qualities I aspire to!  I’m so thankful for her.  From spiritual wisdom, to selfless love, to discipline, to her amazing cooking…I could go on and on!

Where can we find Kalia Lily online?
www.kalialily.com and www.kalialily.com/blog and www.facebook.com/kalialilyphotography

Is there anything else you would like is to know?
Check out KLP online for some upcoming contests and to see our latest work!  This summer my family went to Europe and this trip has inspired me to write more personal posts as well 🙂

If you’re interested in getting family photos done for the holidays, I encourage you to get in touch with Kalia. She is so sweet and s professional. You will not be disappointed!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local business owners. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida.  Northern Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great!

Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help, just contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole

Meet Allison Albert of Domestic Artisans

HI friends! I’m really happy about bringing you today’s interview. Allison is a Tequesta local that does some really awesome things!! I’ve seen her posts on Facebook for awhile now and finally reached out to her to learn a little more about her & her business. She’s so nice and happily agreed. So, here you go!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.  Hi! My name is Allison Albert. Originally I am from Williamsport, Pennsylvania but I spent most of my adult years in Denver, CO. My family moved here to Jupiter (my hubby’s hometown) three years ago. My husband Acey and I have a daughter Julia, currently a dance major at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. We also have Tini and Kona small mixed breed pups.

2. When did you start the DOMESTIC ARTISANS brand and what are the services you offer?  I began Domestic Artisans soon after we relocated to Jupiter. I was eager to begin a new endeavor, which encompassed all of my passions and hobbies. Cooking, Baking, Childcare, Home Management, and Gardening. Domestic Artisans, LLC is the umbrella under which many things are created. And most recently much of my attention has been on Brooke Linn’s Bees.

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3. How did Brooke Linns Bees get started?  Brooke Linn’s Bees is now a big part of Domestic Artisans and was born out of my little garden here at home. I have been growing loofah (Yes! They grow on a vine and extremely well in South Florida). I was amazed at how many bees the loofah’s big yellow flowers attracted. So I said, I’m going to start a beehive right here in my backyard! Now I have seven hives in four locations around Jupiter and Tequesta and we’re always looking for host families. We are treatment free apiary and we sell bees wax and unfiltered honey.

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4. Who makes up the DOMESTIC ARTISANS crew?  Domestic Artisans and Brooke Linn’s Bees is run by myself with help from my husband, Dr. Acey Albert M.D. (Internist and Pediatrician) and Julia when she’s not dancing!

5. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
The most challenging part of owning this business is keeping up with demands of the customers while remaining focused on the slower processes, somewhat old fashion and home grown processes that I base this business on and enjoy most.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
I enjoy making things that people love and running into someone at Publix who refers to me as “the bee lady”! That is so fun and most rewarding for me.

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7. What do you do on your days off?
When I’m not working I’m paddling boarding, traveling or volunteering at my daughter’s school.

8. How do you juggle work & family?
Luckily my work is everything that I love and I’m lucky my family also loves what I do.

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9. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
My super hero is my Mom. She’s about as super as they come. She raised five successful and happy kids, taught us all to cook and garden and really is the inspiration for starting Domestic Artisans. I’m trying to get her down to Jupiter to work with me.

10. Where can we find DOMESTIC ARTISANS online?
Domestic Artisans and Brooke Linn’s Bees can be found on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/Brookelinnsbees and www.facebook.com/domesticartisans

11. Is there anything else you would like is to know? I am super excited to announce that I have merged with Tequesta Coffee Lounge! We have so many exciting things coming to the neighborhood! Please follow our page to hear about new offerings as well as upcoming events! I can’t wait to see you all there beginning October 8th, 2015!

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Tequesta and Jupiter both have many small businesses that make living here great! If you’d like to know more info on how you can move to our area, contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you find the perfect home in Jupiter or Tequesta!
Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help!

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Until next time, keep supporting each other.

Cheers, Nicole

Meet The Ladies Of Chelley Co.

I can’t believe I’m still posting blog interviews about totally awesome, local business owners! You guys!! Our area is full of so many talented folks!! The ladies at Chelley Co. are a very dynamic duo!! I’ve been following them on instagram for awhile and am super excited that their company has just launched! Check out the interview and then go check out their site!

1. Tell us a little about yourselves:
Danielle Casey (Jupiter, Florida) Danni Mitchell (West Palm Beach, Florida)

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The Chelley Co. Team

We both grew up in South Florida and aside from a few years spent here and there in other cities, states and countries we have always called South Florida home. No human babies yet, haha .. but Danielle has 1 cat and Danni has 4 cats! …and we absolutely adore each and every one of them! :))

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2. When did you start the Chelley Co. brand and what are the services you offer?
Chelley Co. was established in 2014 as a stationery company. We have recently transitioned into a lifestyle brand & our carefully curated online shop (jewelry, home decor, paper goods, kids & woman apparel, accessories and gifts) will be launching in August 2015! The items in the shop have all been hand selected from artists/makers near and far that we have scouted out through social media and other online avenues.

Our philosophy is all about creating through collaboration within the community.

There are three components to Chelley Co.:

-#MadebyChelley (stationery and other paper goods that we create)

-Artists & Makers (we hand select talented artisans from near & far to feature on our website … and sell their products!)

-#ChelleyCollabs (we collaborate with artists and makers to create one of a kind products exclusively sold on ChelleyCo.com)

3. Who makes up the Chelley Co. crew?
Danielle Casey & Danni Mitchell

4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
For us, it’s distance! Danielle currently resides in Miami and New York while Danni in WPB — thankfully, technology allows us to work virtually pretty efficiently but it’s amazing what we accomplish together when we’re in the same room!

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Nevada Landscape Clutch by Lee Coren For Sale at chelleyco.com

5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
Two things.

1.) Giving opportunity to Artists & Makers. We have an internship program and have been able to have a handful of students from Palm Beach State College work side by side with us. Watching them learn and grow with us is not only rewarding but so inspiring!

2.) Getting the chance to collaborate with those we’ve always looked up to creatively! Nothing is cooler than checking your inbox on a Monday morning and receiving an email from someone you have adored on Instagram for what seems like ages wanting to work with you!

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‘Zodiac Flora’ Stationery Line Collaborated On With Melissa Deckert (a designer out of Brooklyn, NY) #ChelleyCollabs

6. What do you do on your days off?
Unfortunately, there is no rest for the wicked. But on the off chance we get to squeeze in a few hours we usually spend them outdoors with our boyfriends, family and a bottle (or two) of wine.

7. How do you juggle work & family?
It can definitely be tough but we do the best we can to maintain a healthy balance. Letting the phone completely die in order to sit through a family dinner works great We definitely look forward to the day where we feel comfortable enough to take an entire weekend off!

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‘Little Swimmers’ Dress by Noémiah For Sale at chelleyco.com

8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Catwoman! because…CATS!

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Greeting Cards From Their First Stationery Line #MadebyChelley

9. Where can we find Chelley Co. online? (Website/Social Media)
@chelley_co

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10. Is there anything else you would like is to know?

We launched August 15th and if you’re local to Florida we would love to hear from you!

 

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida.  Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great!

Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help, just contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole

Meet Jenny Kiker of Living Pattern

Oh my gosh you guys! I’m SO excited about today’s blog interview!! I love, love, LOVE artzy stuff and talented people are the bomb diggity. If they happen to be local talented people, that makes things even more awesome!! That’s why today’s interview is so exciting! I’m so happy Jenny agreed to do the interview, she is one very talented lady! So without further delay, meet Jenny!

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1. Tell us a little about yourself: 
Jenny Kiker From Charlotte, NC. I’ve been in Florida for almost 5 years now. No human babies, but one fur baby and many green babies. My cat is named Inka, after Inka Essinghigh. My green babies are made up of innumerable ferns, succulents and cacti. I also have a 6 foot fiddle fig tree, a bonsai, and lots of Monsteras!

2. When did you start the Living Pattern brand and what are the services you offer?
Living Pattern is in its second year. We offer artist prints that are fresh, modern and organic. Original art is also available as well as commissioned sets.

3. Who makes up the Living Pattern crew?
Living Pattern is made up of myself and my boyfriend Chris. He is a graphic/ web designer.

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4. What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
I think the answer is simple: Everything. Not the fact that any one task is too difficult, it’s just the fact that, between the two of us, we touch every corner of the business. From, the art itself, to packaging, to shipping, to finance, to PR, to marketing, to customer service – all while things continue to grow as well.
 
5. What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?
The most rewarding thing has been the response! We’ve been featured by Design*Sponge, A Beautiful Mess, and Luxe Magazine and have been building a solid group of supports on Instagram – @livingpattern. So much encouragement and positivity from fans will really put a smile on a girl’s face 🙂

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6. What do you do on your days off?
Chris and I don’t take many. We skip going out to focus on our dreams. Our friends must think we don’t like them anymore but that’s the price admission. The time we take away consists of trips to the mountain and being in nature. Even then, we are always scouting for more intricate and saturated definitions of what “Living Pattern” is.

8. Who is your favorite Superhero and why?
Poison Ivy  (We had a feeling on that one 😃)

9. Where can we find Living Pattern online? livingpattern.net (Website) –  Living Pattern (Facebook)@livingPattern (Twitter). Be sure to follow her daily creative process on instagram: @livingpattern (instagram)

Thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please support our local entrepreneurs. They are a very important part of our little slice of South Florida.  Palm Beach County has many small businesses that make living here great!

Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Interested in how much your current home is worth? Just let me know, I’m happy to help, just contact me! Myself and the rest of the Sean Underwood Real Estate Team would LOVE to help you!

Cheers, Nicole