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Happy Saturday!

Beyonce ,Dancing, Gif

First of all I want to say Thank You for all the mad love on the blog Thursday!  I had a lot of hits from that  post.  As I stated in my previous article I will be discussing my new style and fitness regimen.  Let’s start with fitness first because they both tie into each other.

Cookie, Monster, Gif

I’m going to make an appointment to go to the doctor soon.  For some reason I have gained 20 points within the last year.  Yes!  That’s a lot of weight for ANYONE especially in a year if you’re not pregnant.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure most people haven’t noticed the weight because of my height.  In fact when I went to the doctor a couple of months ago they were like, “You didn’t look like you weigh that much.”  So they weight gain may be part of my crossfit training.  I think I’m going to do two things.  Kind of like an experiment.   Once a week I will be measuring both weight loss AND inches lost.  I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to take pictures or not.  We will see.  The reason I want to do both is because sometime when you lose inches you look better than if you lose weight.  I am also still committed to running a 5K this summer.  So the month of May I will be gearing up for that.  My plan is run on average of 4 miles a day at least 3-5 days a week.  I haven’t been to crossfit in about a month.  YES!  I know!  I have been so busy with my business and travelling.

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My eating will change.  I am more Paleo, but I’m going to be a very strict Paleo this month.  This means fresh fruits and veggies with ZERO juices and artificial anything.  This will only be a challenge on Fridays when our group at work does Breakfast Club.  Every Friday a couple of people from the department brings breakfast for everyone, so as you can imagine, it’s not the healthiest thing at times.  Next week is my turn so I may bring HUGE breakfast burritos and fresh fruit.

 

How does Fitness and Fashion tie in?  Well, because I have gained so much dayum weight I can’t fit into my clothes anymore.  However, since my money is going to my business and everything that comes with that then I really have no room in the budget to buy new clothes.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have the money… but I really need to focus all my discretionary income on a business that could yield me a way to not work for the man anymore.  In order to maximize my wardrobe I will need to lose the weight.

Best, Decision, Gif

I have decided on my “new style.”  I was kinda getting bored with my current look.  Another reason I hadn’t posted too much on the blog.  However, I think that was because I was reading WAY too many fashion blogs and just comparing myself to those girls.  I kept saying, “If only I had more money.” Then I read an article that made me rethink about all the other fashion bloggers.  Honestly, we don’t the financial background of these women.  They could have SUPER high credit card debt, horrible credit, and on the verge of losing everything.  Some of them may have shopping addictions.  Some of them may have a $250,000 a year job.  Therefore, I should stop comparing my style and closet to these ladies because I don’t know ANYTHING about their personal life.  For me, yes I can AFFORD to do that, but at the same time I CANNOT afford to do that.  I really need to have my money grow on the investment of my photography business so I will be buying VERY few pieces.  When I do buy new pieces then I will post them on the blog and let you know. I mean I’m not going to completely deny myself, but if it comes down to do invest in my business or  my closet the business will win pretty much every single time.

Iggy Azalea Fancy Gif

So what IS this style?  I’m going to go for floral pastel rockstar.   I want to look young, fun, approachable, but still have that badass work ethic about myself.   Yes, I still be rocking the moto jackets and heels, but I really want to add more color and flair to my wardrobe.  Since I need to buy new clothes and accessories for my business I will have a lot of cool and fun pieces of jewelry to rock.

Iggy Azalea Fashion, Burberry Jacket,

I’m doing this because I realized something simple yet important while in San Diego that I already knew.  Style is IMPORTANT.  I mean it’s REALLY important.  Especially in the field that I’m in.  While at the retreat one of the other attendees asked the owners if their employees has a dress code.  Because they were all dressed colorful, fresh, and fun looking.  Now the ladies at the studio were rocking shorts, but in a really fun fashionable way.  They looked like the lookbook models off the Forever 21 website.   So the owners stated they did have a dress code because not only are they selling their services they are selling their look too.  Honestly, would you go to a hairstylist that never had her hair done and looked like she got out of bed, or would you go to a person that actually does their hair?  Her hair is her brand AND service.  You have to look like your brand and service.

Since I plan to only have another year left working for corporate America that’s why it’s important that I don’t spend way too much money on corporate clothes.  I live in Texas which means that I live in jeans.  I don’t want to spend way too much money on pants that I won’t be utilizing after a year.

 

Okay, so that’s about it for right now.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog.  Remember that the new schedule is now Monday, Wed, Fridays. I still start to have more OOTDs… and this blog will probably be more OOTD centric.  Also, if you have a blog please list it below in the comments so I can make sure I add you on BlogLovin’.

 

Be sure to LIKE my new boudoir Photography page HERE!

 

Happy Saturday Y’all!

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April Fools!

30 Rock gif Lemon Good Ideas that go wrong

You like how I did that right?  It’s so funny.  So I did write that post with the full intention of starting back in April, but then I thought about it and knew that I could not start in April with all the travel and personal and work relate projects that I have/had going on.  I did want to start in May.  Problem is that I already had that piece scheduled to post on April 01 and I totally forgot to take it down.  Next thing I know I have people liking the post.

Boudoir  Divas San Diego Retreat

Here’s the thing… I have been mad busy working on my photography business.  If you guys aren’t following me on Facebook or Instagram then you aren’t aware that I went to San Diego, California for a week.  I went to San Diego for a boudoir retreat the second week in April.  Little did I know that this retreat was going to not only help me grow as a business, but on a spiritual level too.  However, I will write more about that on my new site.

 

New Site?!

 Yes!

 

Now don’t worry I’m not giving up this blog, but I do have a Boudoir centric blog now!  Actually that brings me to my next point…

 I STARTED A NEW BOUDOIR BUSINESS!

 

Yes!

Wonderland Boudoir of Dallas Facebook

 This is why the blog was placed on such a backburner for the last quarter.  I have been working on project after project getting this boudoir side of my business ready.  Come this weekend I will write a more in-depth article of what I have been doing and some plans that have been made in pencil.  However, I have had photo shoot after photo shoot to create promos and advertising.  Then before going to San Diego I wanted to update my whole portfolio because I didn’t have any legit boudoir work.  So I had to work with models, and MUA, and Hairstylist, and coordinate a location, and times.  ON TOP OF having a full time job.  On top of managing my personal relationships.  If you think this blog was placed on the backburner you should see the list of people that I owe IOU’s too.  However, my friend are very supportive and understand.

 Quite honestly I am at my tipping point though

 To elaborate.  I am doing everything from the ground up.  Growing this business from a seed and currently I’m anticipating watching it sprout.  However, in order for this tree to produce fruit I have to water it, watch it, take care of it, and do everything I can do it make sure it’s healthy.

With that being said I just don’t simply have enough time to hang out.  I don’t have downtime because I have a goal.  My goal is to be fully self employed by June 2015.  In order to do that I have to place me and my needs first.

With that being said I have to start telling people no.  “No, I can’t do any free photoshoots for you.  No.  I can’t do any additional updates.  No.  I just don’t have time to go drink at a bar.”

Telling the truth does not make you a bitch

Like many people, it’s really hard to tell my friends no.  Especially when they do so much for me.  Funny thing is… it’s really not the friends that have been helping me out (doing footwork) for my business.  It’s the friends that see my work on Facebook or my blog and send me messages that state if I can hook them up with certain types of photos.  So my friends who have helped me get this far either physically, mental support (listening to my rant for hours on end), or by referrals yes, I will hook them up.  At the same time, those are the SAME friends who still offer to pay me for my services.  Funny how that works, right?

Preach

I say all that to say that this whole project is a learning experience for me.  You can’t make money by giving away too much of your product.

For the month of May I will be creating and building new boudoir sets, buying and creating  furniture pieces, and hiring models and MUA for the shoots with pieces.  So with this I have another announcement.

 I will be creating more YouTube videos!  YEAH!

 Hell Yeah Gif

For most of you who have followed me for a while you know I started off in YouTubeLand and blogging just came second nature… then I just started blogging.  However, I need to really marketing myself and what I do so YouTube videos it is.  To be quite honest I don’t see these videos as being the best, because I will be placing most my money into the business and not the software, but at the turn of the year I will be focusing on creating better content.  Right now I just need to get back into the habit of sitting down and creating videos.  The videos will be more vlogging style at first and you guys will get to see more of my personality and my activities to get things done.

 Another announcement!  I have a studio!  Yes,  I do!

 Studio FourFourFive Dallas Studio 445

This is why you need to follow me on Instagram because you would have already known this!

 

Okay.  I don’t want to make this blog too long so I will stop right here.

 

However, I do want to tell you guys some other goals for this month:

  •  Lose 5 lbs,
  • Blog Mon, Wed, Fri on UrbanJungleFashion
  • Blog Tues, Thurs on Wonderland
  • Have my sets built and on the new site by May 25th.
  • Get into at least three wedding shows for the rest of year.
  • Start advertising the sets June 01st.

 

So there will be a lot of content for May that I will be excited to share and I have decided on what my new personal style should be so more about that later!  Yes, I know it’s Thursday so consider this a bonus post.  I will have a continuation post tomorrow on the blog to further explain what’s going on with my fashion sense!

 

TTYT

 K

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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!

 

 

 

 

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Please Don’t Shoot Me!

Change is Coming

I knew I should have waited to start my 365 project, but I thought the beginning of the year would be better.  As many of you guys know I just started a new position in late January.  It hasn’t been quite a month yet, but it is coming up and I’m just now getting used to the new change.

This new position is great but the drive is so much longer than any drive to and from work.  Getting to work takes about 40 minutes… and getting home can take close to 90 minutes.  Then when I get home I still have crossfit, time with my dog, personal relationships, and working on my photography business.  Juggling all this has become difficult, but I have so much to do, but there is nothing I can really drop.

For now I will be post about 3 times away week until February 28th.  Beginning on March 01st I will begin the 365 project.  Between now and March I will test my new daily schedule.  I’m hoping this new schedule maximize my time to fit my needs.

  •  5:45-7AM Crossfit (includes travel time)
  • 7 AM-6:30 PM Work (includes travel time to and from work)
  • 6:30PM-11:30 PM (Time work on Photography/Blog/Personal Time)

 

I believe the biggest challenge for me will be going to crossfit at 5:45AM.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am NOT a morning person.  Don’t talk to me, don’t look at me, don’t breathe in my direction before 10AM.

This is going to be a freakin’ challenge.  But you make changes not excuses for your goals.

The moral to this story is I’m starting the 365 project again March 01st.  I will start posting all my regular post (Monday Links, Top Fashion Bloggers, my photography, and my OOTDS).

Right now I’m also working on huge personal projects.  I cannot wait to announce these new announcements within the next two weeks.

 Okay… I have stepped off my soap box. 

 Thanks for being patient guys.  I’m really excited about this schedule.  I’m going to use this next week to test my getting out the door by 5:45AM skills!

 

Have a great Monday!

K

 

 

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SORRY!

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013, GQ, Maxim

I really thought I had a post up for yesterday and then today I see my last post was on the ninth.  *ugh*  Well, it’s only one day.  I’m not trying to make this a habit or anything.  I have been so busy editing, shooting, editing, fashion shows, editing, networking.  It’s really about my photography right now and I can’t believe how much I’m growing and getting better.  I guess I can finally see it.  Right now I am still working on getting my style and technique down and I feel like i’m finally getting to the point where I may have a signature style.  It’s just really important to be the stand out in a staturated market.

Well, tomorrow I will be working on my boudoir style.  Tomorrow morning we are  going to guerrilla style it. I have a model and we are going to shoot in a public place in Downtown Dallas in full lingerie.  This should be fuckin’ amazing! My goal is to be done with the shoot w/in 45 minutes.  There will only be one look and this model has worked with some well known names in the Dallas area so she should be able to bring it.  Anywho… one of the ways I get ready is, not only be Pinterest, but by magazines.  There is something about feeling the pages between your fingers and using a tab to highlight pages.  I get most of my magazines through half prices books.  You can can get on the stands magazines for about a dollar.  You guys know I rarely buy retail. LOLOLOL.

Once I find a look I like I study it and then write a note as to why it worked for me.  This helps me remember this look and lets me use it for my own work on how to instruct the model to stand.  Once I get my D800 in a couple of months I will use my D7100 as a video camera and take you guys on a behind the scenes shoot with me.  I can show you guys exactly what I do and whom I work with.  I think it would be great for everyone to see what a real production looks like.

This week I will hit you guys up with a lot of my most recent work!

I have a Fitness model shoot on Monday.  My first ever! So tomorrow I will also be hitting up Half Priced books for Fitness Magazines.

Well, My friends i about to come over so we can have movie night and I still need to run to Target!

Have a fantastic Saturday Night!

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It’s a Celebration Bitches!!!!

It’s the Good Life!

As the Birthday Girl I have decided that I will pick a list of what I would have wanted for my birthday!

Birthday Wishlist 2014

1//2//3

4//5//6

7//8//9

10//11//12 

So you guys have seen my birthday wishlist!  Since it’s my birthday today I am in serious doubt I will bet getting any of these items, but I wanted to still share them with you anyway

FYI…

I kinda think it’s creepy Google knew it was my birthday.

Google Birthday

Since today is Thursday I won’t be partying too hard.  I will be going to Crossfit tonight.

Black Girl Crossfit

However, I will take the time to pop one bottle to champagne.

pop champagne

So I hope not to look like this at the end of the bottle.

Tired Kitten

If I do it will be well worth it because I’m going to feel like this as the liquid hits my tongue!

Kanye Jay-Z Gif

I wish all you guys could join me!

Rihanna Gif

So we can dance together all night!

Beyonce Dance Gif

Since not all of us live that close let just celebrate in spirit!

Despicable Me Gif

Don’t worry.  I don’t drink and drive.  Taxi baby.   Girl I got this!

Girl I got this gif

Thank you in advance for the birthday wish!  *muah*

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Merry Christmas Eve

From My House to Yours!

Dog Present on Christmas

I let Jax open a present early and he LOVED it!

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