That one time we went to New Mexico.

Clint and I have always had an itch for adventure. We’re always falling in love with the idea of the next somewhere. A sunset over a different landscape. Converting the next stranger into a friend.

I’ve been admiring White Sands for a while. The long, rolling hills of seemingly untouched earth. It looked like the feeling of freedom.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a short 3 day break from shooting and Clint helped my visual and adventuring dreams come true. We drove 14 hours into beautiful nothingness, stopping in Marfa, TX on the way.

Marfa provided a night we will never forget- a sleep under the stars, a land of tee pees, a surprise concert, chats over wine… and a freezing outdoor shower.

Then it was off to New Mexico.
We made it to the gorgeous White Sands- and experience that exceeded even my high expectations. We slept in a tent tucked in the mountains, found a random petting zoo in the snow, and ate our weight in road snacks.

Not everyone likes the rough (sleeping on the ground/brushing your teeth in a McDonalds) type of travel. And night number two in 25 degree weather? Neither did I.
But it’s these moments where Clint and I leave comfort behind and connect in a special kind of way.

So here’s a little glimpse into our adventure. Hope you enjoy the ride.

It’s been a minute.

Well, it’s been a while. *cue staind song to now be stuck in your head all day*

My absence has been related to: (since I know you all care soo much and all.)

1. Business has been insane. Like… I’m crying from both joy and sleep deprivation kind of insane. You see all those big princess cut halo rings on your facebook feed? Those are my beautiful brides. And they put food on my table with their gorgeous weddings that need to be documented. And let me tell you- prime wedding season had me living life out of my little duffel bag and using the word “Starbucks” as a holy word. And I have been loving every minute of it.

2. Somehow in there I squeezed in moving. We packed our 3 bedroom, 3 bath home in 48 hours. People, I don’t know how it happened. Or how I’m still married. But it happened. And then we moved to our little one room warehouse loft. But more on this later.

3. Oh, and then I got poison sumac on my… face. This produced a selfie I took and sent to a very select few that I trusted wouldn’t sell it to the magazines if I ever decided to run for president. Eyes swollen shut. Lips blistered. And I wish I could prove to you that I’m not over exaggerating- but I’m not that brave. And you don’t want to have nightmares of the Quisimido I looked like. The doctor gave me medicine and put me on complete house arrest for 5 days. And I went a little coo coo and started talking to my plants as I watered them.

How did I get poison sumac on your face, you might ask? Oh, you know. I saw this pretty little green berried plant I thought would be just perfect for a shoot.

If the devil himself had a physical form- it would be the picture below. (The plant, not my hubby.)

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P.S. Shout out to Cottonwood Road Photography for taking our anniversary pictures!

P.P.S. Book us for your wedding. I’ll film. She’ll photograph. Or we’ll both photograph. And we’ll throw in a free choreographed dance if the reception gets a little stale. We haven’t learned the dance just quite yet- but we will if this is something you and your future hubby/wife agree on.

4. Oh, and I spent about 3 and a half weeks in South Africa playing on a beach with penguins and learning how to surf after my husband sailed across the world for 9 weeks for work. I’ll post about this later as well. Jeez, we have a lot to catch up on. Pull up a chair.

5. Free People. Oh, that beautiful, inspiring brand that has been letting me run free with my camera. You know how when you were a little girl, you would dress up and put all your friends in your clothes and take pictures with those disposable cameras? (Was this just me??) Well- this is the adult version, where I get to style up outfits of whatever is trending in the fashion world and photograph pretty women wearing it. And I got to “suggest” we have the shoot in the “woods” across from my apartment this morning so I could walk to work. 🙂 But really, I am so crazy blessed to work for a company that allows such creative freedom that I can totally pull out some crazy idea and run with it (and sometimes it looks completely ridiculous- but they somehow still trust me). And I can’t get enough of it.

6. And a whole lot of back and forth with a long distance marriage. So- pretty much 2 weeks of editing until I see the sun rise while he’s gone (+totally considering popcorn a meal) (or getting the irrational, but totally wonderful grocery items that he eye rolls at: organic produce and individual waters) and then two weeks of dragging him around Texas for shoots and binge watching Scandal.

So, here I am, breaking the seal- and writing something down so that I can actually get back on this blog I love so dearly. Plus, far less people are brave enough to get married in the heat of July or August, so work life has finally (and temporarily) slowed down. And thank you [no, really. THANK. YOU.] for those of you who have recently pushed me to get back on here. Sometimes I wonder if putting my words out in the world even matter- or if I’m just jabbering on to myself. So I appreciate those of you who have encouraged me to start again- and that creating just for the pure enjoyment of creating is something worth sharing.

 

XO,

Ken

 

rad menswear shop + interview with store owner// MAVEN

Last week, I was in the 214 at a creative conference called Circles. It was one of the most inspiring few days of my life- but post to come soon about that.

This week, I’m in Lafayette, Louisiana and had the opportunity to photograph and interview some pretty awesome store owners/designers. So, if you’re ever in the neighborhood, here’s one of the shops to stop in.

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Definition: (as described on their business card)// Someone in the know about all things fashion; Someone that people look up to for their fashion sense and expertise; (a person who has special knowledge or experience in life; an expert at “winning”; the guy that gets the girl at the end of a movie, never taps out, and always knows when to hold’em and fold’em.)

This vintage inspired menswear store was one of the coolest (in every sense of the word) shops I’ve been in lately. To be honest with you, I was quite surprised to find so many gems tucked away in Lafayette, but the store owners informed me that this city is up and coming in the creative scene.

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Daniel co-owns the store (as well as the new installation of the women’s version across the street) with his wife, Christina. He was gracious enough to answer a few of my questions and let me photograph his wonderfully worn and inviting shop, even getting a chair for me to get some better shots of the decorations that were high up (#fixedlensproblems).

If I were a man, this would be my store. With everything from wooden bow ties to vintage guitars- it’s a candy land for men who appreciate quirk, nostalgia and culture of the visual.

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“We’re one of the only stores… really the only one I know of… that sells menswear alongside vintage musical equipment” Daniel offers, “and we’re the only store that can sell American Apparel clothing by itself. Other retailers have can sell it with a screen print or design, but we’re the only ones that can sell them like they are straight out of the store.”

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Walking around, I kept finding more and more details that I loved, the interior begging me to move in. The sentimental touches really inspired me from the selling of local music to having a personal connection to the brands that hand craft their jewelry.

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“There really wasn’t a market for this type of store, so we decided to create it”, Daniel tells me as he explains that they opened their doors about 2 years ago, and then recently opened their women’s store after the success they found.

I love all of this, not just as someone who designs stores, but also as a lover of stories. I love seeing the heart and passion behind shop owners and hearing how a dream came to life. It doesn’t hurt that the dream they had was beautiful enough to photograph either.

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A big thank you to Maven for talking with me and letting me borrow some of your inspiration behind my lens. For those of you who can’t make the trek to LA, you can check out their online selection of goods here.

xoxo, k.

hanna(h)’s closet.

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Hannah of Cottonwood Road and I have teamed up together to bring you Hanna(h)’s Closet! Where Hannah and myself (Mrs.Hanna), will be taking one piece of clothing we both own (and love) and styling it our separate ways.

H- Fall is (hopefully) around the corner here in Texas and I am dying to start wearing scarves and sweaters again. This season I will be living in my boyfriend jeans. Perfectly slouchy and comfortable yet can be super chic paired with the right combination.

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I have been inspired by one of my favorite bloggers and style experts Beth Jones of BJones Style for today’s outfit.  I love that BJones calls them her “grandpa” jeans, might have to adopt that one. If only I knew how to do my hair like that… hanna(h)scloset1

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Mossimo Black & Tan Wedges

Celebrity Pink Boyfriend Jeans (similar)

Old Navy White Button Up (2009 – SO old)

Lost In Art, Texas Autumn Ikat Infinity Scarf

Kendall’s Inspiration

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I have been really digging the trend of mixing masculine pieces with feminine flare. As a tom boy at heart, I love anything oversized and rough around the edges. Boyfriend jeans are my go-to to make a polished look feel a bit more casual without losing it’s personality. – K

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BCBG Heels

Free People Boyfriend Jeans

Urban Outfitters Striped Top

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Tell us what you think! Taking suggestions for the next style post!

Happy Friday!

XO, K.

published shoot!

I told you that Cottonwood Road and I are doing alot of work together. I am so excited to share a few snap shots from a collaborative shoot we did. WHICH WAS JUST PUBLISHED ON THE LOVELY FIND! Whoo! Check it out here. I think they turned out so very lovely.

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Photos: Cottonwood Road Photography

Styled by: Kendall Hanna

Dress: Free People (you can find it here)

Clint’s Pants/Shirt: JCrew

Flowers: Bouquet and Flower Crown both made by me- DIY tutorial coming soon

Location: Houston, Texas

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a few outfit posts.

I have definitely cut down quite a bit on the fashion aspect of this blog. While I enjoy fashion and the art of it, I want my blog to focus on something more internal. I have thought quite a bit about what direction I want this blog to go. If this art form were a business, what would it’s mission statement be? What five words would describe this blog, if it were a person? These were things I wanted to really solidify. And while these things are still being worked out- in my blog and in myself, I have a few words that I hope guide this labor of love: adventure. creativity. consciousness. courage. and authenticity.

All that to say, I’ve been asked several times by readers why I haven’t posted one in so long, and honestly, I’ve missed the silly girlish pleasure of getting dressed up every once in a while. So I decided the next time I had some outfit pictures, I would post them. Read: when I wasn’t in a tshirt with a bed head for more than a week. Well. I pretty much always have a bed head- but that’s what braids and hats are for. amIright?

These pictures are not edited, for both time reasons AND because Clint is such an awesome photographer.

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In other news:

I am excited to be doing a collaborative styled shoot with Cottonwood Road later this month. We’ve been giddily texting ideas to each other for weeks. That woman is my creative counterpart.

I recently signed up for an online course taught by an amazing photographer on the different aspects/techniques/understanding of light in photography. She recently got scooped up to work with the ever famous A Beautiful Mess blog (try to control your envy), and is selling her online courses for half off until December. Go here to grab up a 8 week course from Arrow and Apple.

I will be going to Austin from Sunday to Tuesday with Maddie. While this is business related, it’s her first time the capital, and I am devilishly excited to introduce her to all that is weird and liberal.

TGIF, ya’ll. Enjoy your weekend.

xoxo, K.

weekend adventures.

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After a long (but fun!) week of Valentine’s day festivities, crazy work schedules, and making new friends, Clint and I decided to take the weekend to get some fresh air. We went to Brazos Bend State Park, which is about an hour outside of Houston.

Once we got there, we were taken back by how gorgeous it was. Before we even got to our camp site, we pulled over and I whipped out my camera. Even though I wasn’t wearing any makeup or had brushed my hair that day (thinking I’d only be seen by the trees, not a camera lens), you can’t fight inspiration when it strikes. The sunset was simply amazing.

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We set up our tent, roasted some hotdogs over the fire, talked about life under the stars and went to sleep in the FREEZING night. The next morning, we went hiking on a few of the trails.

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And a few fun shots we got tonight from the photo booth set up at our church:

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This week had an amazing service (AGAIN). I am so thankful to be at a place that feels like home. I am excited to grow into this church and into Houston. Finally.

XOXO, k.