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Hey guys!

 

I am back!  Well, I plan on doing the 365 project as of today, April 01st.  I debated on when I was going to start doing it because on Saturday I will be flying out to Cali for the week.  However, I do have enough OOTD (outfit of the days) for the beginning of the month.  Right now, since I’m in the middle of fashion rediscovery for myself I figure this would force me to do other things… like make sure I dress cute.

 

Believe it or not I have been so incredibly lazy with what I wear.  To the point where it’s teetering on the IDGAF Level 5 realm.  Yeah… it has come to the point where I find a clean pair of pants and a shirt that may or may not match and then run out of the house.  Even when I shoot it’s all about the Adidas work performance gear.  It’s hard to get excited about clothes because I have nothing to wear.

 

I am excited about Cali because that may allow me to get a breathe of new air.  I want to see what the style is out there and  gather inspiration.  Also, I’m hoping to hit up some boutiques there that I couldn’t necessarily find in Dallas and just change the style game up.  In Cali I will be hitting up two cities and I may or may not have some vlogs while I’m out.

 

Since 2014 will be dedicated to more travelling I think I may do vlogs while I travel.  I’m deciding if I should do every day… but I think I may be too busy for everyday material so I’m leaning towards a compilation of the week.

 

Nonetheless, I’m super excited to hit the West Coast up because the last time I was there was about four or five years ago.  It’s a been long time coming.

 

Another exciting thing!

 

I HAVE A STUDIO!

 

Yes!  My studio is based out in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas.  Once I have competed the website I will share with you guys.  I have taken some amazing pictures so far.  Case in point this one below of my Sorority Sister!

 

I have good looking sisters, don’t I?

 

J

 

You know what else is new?!

 

I will now be concentrating on Boudoir and Portrait photography!  Yes!  While kids and weddings are cool and everything I just get more love and better photos from Boudoir and Portrait work.  I love contacting with people one on one to bring out the best for the photos.  In fact I have a new website and it’s called Wonderland Boudoir!

 

Yeah, that name is ah-mazing, isn’t it?

Below are some samples of recent work?

 

I really love the fact that I can actually see myself getting better.  It’s great not only know, but see progression in my work.  While I love my full body of work I will not take away the fact that I love it.  Even when I see past work I now see things  I could have done differently… but it’s great because I know how I could be better.  I really love that.

 

I really do that love that.

 

The NEWEST thing?

 

I have a remote now for my camera which will allow me to take more OOTD pictures!

 

That was another thing that stopped me.  The amount of time that it took to take these photos.  It wasn’t really the time, but I live in Downtown Dallas and there are always people walking around and want to stop and stare at what you are doing.  So I’m hoping my little device will allow me to shoot my pictures faster in one take and also allow for better pictures.

 

Wow?  Did I seriously just type all that?

 

Thank all of you for really hanging in there with me and this blog. Especially the last week were I was just super wordy in all my entries.  I have to give a shout out to S because the other week she really encouraged me to write the Kim Kardashian and Yeezy piece.  She also reminded me that I needed to scribe the “Too Old for Forever 21, but Too Young for Ann Taylor” piece.  After I finished those pieces it made me remember how much I just love writing.  That’s why I loved the blog. It is an creative outlet for me.

 

Well, there you have it people.  My first entry for the 365 project.  Which I will not only accomplish, but demolish.  Thank you all again for sticking with me… and I really can’t wait to jumpstart this.  If you aren’t already following me on YouTube  check me out at UrbanJungleFashion.  However, it’s not overly necessary as I will be posting all those videos on my blog as well.

 

In the comment below please let me know how everything is going on with you!

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I Just Want to Take Pictures of Pretty Flowers

Spring Rose, Black and White, Photography

Geez, I have been so busy lately in life that I seriously needed to stop and smell the roses.

I did.

Then I took a photo of it.  ;)

This past weekend I had the honor of hosting a great engagement session at the Dallas Arboretum.  I love shooting here near the first days of Spring.  Especially with heavy overcast.  That’s actually the best time to shoot.  With life going as fast as it is right now I forget that the beauty is in the details.  Flowers are some of the most beautiful creations on this planet and I love it.

Never fear I will be coming back with a vengeance starting April 01st.  I needed this first quarter to reexamine what  means to be me and where my fashion taste is going.

Yellow, Spring Flowers Spring Tulips

PS:  I have reopened my Etsy shop.  Right now I am selling the photos (without the logos of course).  If you’re interested please feel free to purchase and I will personally sign the photos!

My Etsy Shoppe

Happy Spring 2014!

Who am I Right Now?

nothing to wear

Style reflects who you are.  As of right now my style cannot be determined.  With the many changes and translations that I have had in life within the last three years I feel completely all over the place.  I feel like an artist with a paint brush and a canvas, but I have nothing within me to produce.

Many of you have been following me for years.  I have started off in YouTube land and then began blogging.  Now I’m at an age where Forever 21 won’t cut it in the work place and Ann Taylor is more for 45 year old women.  So where do I shop?

Yes, I can always turn to the ole faithful Express…  but that’s getting kinda boring.  I’m just not a Gap type of girl.

You know me.  I’m Urban with a pinch of traditional.  I love the Americana style… but it’s hard to translate that into work attire.

Club Monoco or J. Crew?

Listen, if Ihad $200 to drop on a shirt or $450 to drop on a trench coat I still wouldn’t.  I get it, I’m part fashion blogger but I’m also a business owner, I work full time, and I’m single.  I pay all my bills.  If I had to spend money on either  a $200 for button up or save that money for a trip to Japan.  Trust and believe that Japan will win EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. 

Many places aren’t enticing me to spend with them.

For two reasons, style and price point.

I’m part of Generation Y.  Sorry, I will NOT be referring to myself as a millennial or whatever the hell they want to call it.  As of right now Gen Y has a majority of the buying power.  What retailers are finding out is that Gen Y’s are bloody cheap.  We have most of the buying power because we are more educated, having kids later life, and are saving our money for experiences… not material possession.  In fact, I think more Gen Y’ers are moving to the hipster mindset.  They are buying more from thrift stores because the items are unique, the cost is cheap, and it’s of better quality.  Also, you have to remember we are the group that was hit the HARDEST with the whole recession.  We were the first hired… therefore the first fired.  It was so hard to find a job many people I graduated with had to wait tables longer than they cared for.  Every dollar counts for us.  Every penny saved.  Our first stop in any store?  The clearance section.  Where do we like to shop? Ross!

#SorryImNoSorry there is no way that I’m spending $3200 on a pair of Jimmy Choo’s. Your shoes were made in Vietnam.

You know what I can do with $3200? Buy a trip to Japan, first class and round trip.  Purchase a D800.  A NICE down payment on a car.  Or how about purchasing Mac Pro? Jimmy Choo somehow thinks his in season rhinestone covered shoe is worth $3200.  No boo.  Give me something that will create everlasting memories…. Not some shoe that could feed a third world family for at least 2 years but will only take up precious real estate in my shoe closet.

I’m sure that the cost for making that shoe was less than $7.  He’s making about a $3193 profit.  I don’t blame him though.

Dayum, do I digress or what?!

Style is important to our quasi narcissist generation.  Yup we are cheap and a little bit of showy… but who can blame us, we do look good.  However, I can’t really rep anything that doesn’t make me feel good.  That I’m just not in LOVE with.  As of lately the fashion world really hasn’t come out with anything that’s just a wow factor… and I feel as though I’m rocking the same clothes all the time just on a different day of the week.  Right now we are in the era of the 90’s throwback, crop tops (where some girls should get a gym membership first) , flannel buttons ups, and Nirvana t-shirts.  Don’t get me started on the Doc Martens.   Didn’t wear them then… won’t wear them now.  Other than that nothing really stands out.

So here I am… stuck in the middle.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I have no qualms with spending more money on high quality pieces that will last for years, but first I have to come across those pieces at the reasonable prices I’m willing to pay… after much research of course.  The fashion community hasn’t presented that to me… so I’m stuck here with nothing to wear.

Have any of you come across this style block I have? 

Kim and Kanye’s April 2014 Vogue Cover

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Vogue April 2014

If seeing Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of Vogue makes you want to cancel your subscription, then do it. Vogue probably didn’t need you as a reader anyway.

I did write an article about this a couple of days ago, but deleted it.  The world didn’t need another opinion about a topic that would be forgotten about it next week.   However, after a good conversation with S last night she told me that I needed to do this.

So I am.

I’m going to put it out there.

I like both Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

I get it. Kim Kardashian made a sex tape and that’s what spiraled her from being the daughter of OJ’s defense lawyer to being one of the world’s most talked about women.

Believe it or not Kanye is one of the most prolific artist of this generation. He is Hip-Hop’s Mozart. He is constantly reinventing himself and digging deeper into the definition of “self” to bring more music out.

Most artist don’t do that and that’s why their work sucks.

Yes, he is egocentric.

But how can he not be?

I honestly don’t see a problem with someone giving themselves praise for a job well done.

So what he write his blogs in all caps.

So what?!

However, Kanye has done something in this life that many can’t do. He is an inspiration. He does write inspiring music. Yes, the more artistic he goes the deeper down the rabbit hole he falls, but weren’t most artist crazy? Aren’t most artist different?

Freida Kahlo spent her life painting just herself. No one called her egocentric.

Piaccso and his Blue Period. Being depressed he only painted in blue for about four years, and those paintings depict depression and society poverty. While he could hardly sell his work then those paintings are some of the most sought after work as of today.

Any Warhol (who I think was just a glorified copy cat and scribbler) was a highly regarded artist. Loved by many.

My point is that artist dealt with inner struggles and that’s why their work was great, and people will always have opinions about the work.   Kanye does the same thing , but unlike many artist, he’s not humble and knows of his greatness. Since he doesn’t follow the status quo of being humble he’s labeled an idiot.

Lets all be honest… what idiot thing has Kanye REALLY done?

*cricket ,cricket*

Well, what idiotic thing has Kim done?

Yes, she had a sex tape.

So let’s examine that.

In all the years that Kim has been in the spotlight we have known her to date or marry at least four people: Damon Thomas, Ray-J, Reggie Bush, Kris Humphries, and Kanye West.

She was in exclusive relationships with all these people.

She actually married Damon Thomas when she was 19 and they were together for four years. Her only crime here was being married as a teenager. She claims she got a divorced because he was abusive towards her. Now what abusive actually means in this relationship was not defined. They separated after three years of marriage.

Ray-J: They were in a relationship for three years and then a sex tape was released. No brainer of what cause this break up.

Reggie Bush, Another one part of the three year club. Of all the men discussed so far I believe that Kim loved Reggie with all her heart. Their relationship came off as genuine, and I feel if he had asked her then she would have given up the stars for him. However, during this time period they were each at the top of the world, but just on different mountains. Even though they could see each other at that point, they were too far to make anything happen. I believe that if fame wasn’t in the way these two would be happily married. However, you only live this life once and both of them being at the height of their careers as such a younger age chose the work over the relationship. What do you pick? Love or Dreams?

Well, we know that your dreams won’t wake up one day and not love you anymore.

Kris Humphries, only after six months of dating he proposed to her with a 20.5 carat ring. C’mon now ladies. Show me a woman here that wouldn’t have taken a time to have thought about that too. A two million dollar ring sitting on your finger?! Ladies, lets be honest. I can see how one could get caught up in that. Kim Kardashian had an interview were she did explain herself and their marriage. She basically stated that she knew she didn’t want to marry him, but didn’t know how to tell him or end the circus. She got caught up and at one point she felt that it was too late to stop the marriage. So instead she went with it and then got a divorce. I think she was really humiliated about the process. She had finally gotten passed the sex tape, but this happens. In fact they were only married for 72 days, but it took 536 days for them to officially divorce. Yes, you can tell he was bitter. He wanted to divorce to say that it ended because of fraud. He felt like he was being used for the show.

Kanye West, Well if we wanna keep up with the three year club theory then Kim and Kanye only have one more year to go so all you haters just need to wait patiently. It’s very well known that Kim and Kanye have been friends for a very long time. She knew Kanye around the time she was seeing Ray-J. This wasn’t a fly by night relationship, he was actually there during the whole Kris Humphries catastrophe. In the song Cold (originally named Theraflu) Kanye admit that he he fell in love with Kim about the same time she was in love with Kris Humphries. In fact Ye hasn’t been shy about the love for Kim. He adores her and, to me, they are perfect for each other. They can really understand their goals and the objectives. Sometime you just need that type a person in your life.

Wow… that was a whole mouth full and I really had no intention of going that deep with it. However, how is it fair that we are judging Kim by her past relationship with people? Just because she has a sex tape and divorced her husband after 72 hours we have thrown rocks and stated she’s not deemed for fashion greatness because of past decisions?!

Do you know how ridiculous that sounds?

Listen, Kim Kardashian is not a political representative nor does she represent hate of any kind. She’s just a woman who made mistakes and perhaps she made those in the name of her career, because she felt she had no other choice, or because of naivety… but who are any of use to judge?

“Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it. I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?),” Anna Wintour states.

Vogue isn’t about politics, or moral integrity, the magazine is about high end fashion. Point blank. End of story. If you guys were really that worried about moral integrity then you wouldn’t be rocking Coco Chanel. It has long been a fact that Chanel was a Nazi sympathizer and spy. In fact, where do you guys think she got most of her money? I personally do not rock Chanel, but I bring this up because if you are going to judge her for this at least the playing field should be fair for everyone.

If you just scrolled down all the way to the bottom just know that I thing the cover is amazing! Anne Leibovitz is an amazing photographer.

Opinions by Korin

 

“No Matter Where You’re from Your Dreams are Valid”

Lupita Nyongo’s acceptance speech for her portrayal of Patsy from Twelve Years a Slave was beyond beautiful and brought me to tears.  Lets be honest, there was no actress this year that could touch Lupita’s performance.  Her first movie ever and girl came out with a vengence.  She brought tears to my eyes because it’s so rare to see such genuine and eagerness in people these days, especially in Hollywood.  I  love the fact this beautiful woman  won and how beautiful and graceful her words were that have pierced the world.  She made a statement anyone can hold true.  That our dreams are valid.

Thank You Lupita for your grace, beautiful, and presence.  

You are truly a Queen.

 

 

“People who don’t think shouldn’t talk.” 

Mad Hatter black and White

In reference to yesterday’s blog post I wanted to show you how I’m also going to make the Mad Hatter’s hat!  The Mad Hatter is iconic symbol and I wanted to make sure I made a cute hate to match.  Check out this video by Thread Banger for a cute way to make a Mad Hatter’s Top Hat.

 

I will show you guys my results when I’m done this week!

Happy Monday!

DIY Lace Rabbit

This coming weekend I have a huge boudoir project.  I will be shooting five girls in an Alice and Wonderland inspired session.  I have five characters that I am prepping for and one of those characters is the White Rabbit.

The White Rabbit is a favorite to everyone.  However, I am having an issue with the ears.  I wanted to buy some fancy lace one’s from Etsy, but those bad boys are running between $45-$75.  Of course I’m like, “No Ma’am!”

What does one do?

Go to YouTube of course.

LOL!

Here we have Klaire showing us in a quick four minute video on how to a lace rabbit headband.

I’m sure I can pick up all these from Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s for less than the cost of shipping these bad boys.

I will create a follow up post to show you guys how I did!

 

Happy Sunday Funday!

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