things that excite.

Seeking out inspiration can feel like a full time job- much less actually creating something. I have been really focusing on really digging up knowledge and creative sources- on and off the computer screen. This quest, while it may seem fruitless to some because of the lack (no) pay, I genuinely believe that it does sooo much for my work. It gets me excited and clears my mental fog. To witness someone else’s pure creative genius just makes me want to conquer the world.

That being said, I have to remember to dislodge myself from the limitless sources of inspiration and actually produce something myself.

So let’s talk about a few things that I have found lately that excite me:

1. Getting featured in New York Minute Magazine.

I was featured in an online publication that focused on my “hipster” styling. While I was semi reprimanded for my lack of brushed hair (guilty as charged), I was honored to be in their fashion section. Check out the full article here.

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2. Typography.

This has been extra exciting lately, since I am currently learning how to produce my own. This has opened up a world that I am limitlessly impressed by. The pure talent of some of these artists baffles and inspires me. I truly wish I was only interested in one creative venture at a time- because I feel a full on typography all nighter coming on. //All images below found on Pinterest.

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3. Summer reads.

Right now, I am book marked and dog eared in about 7 different pieces of literature.

Including, but not limited to:

1. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist- author of another book titled “Bittersweet”, which I also love.

2. My So Called Freelance Life by Michelle Goodman- a wonderful and honest view of what it means to run your own creative business.

3. How To Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer- a not so typical love story recommended to me by an old English teacher of mine.

4. A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway- I am very drawn to all of his work.

I would give you my opinion of these pieces, but I haven’t gotten far enough in to give you an educated review. To come later. A book I recently finished (and loved) (in a “I hate this” all encompassing, can’t put it down way) was The Paris Wife by Paula McClain. It’s a story written from the fictional voice of Hadley, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife (I told you I have a thing for him). I have recommended this book to several of my friends, and they all loved it. I would say more, but I’d ruin the story. Go read it.

Hope you’re having a very nice Wednesday.

XOXO, k.

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.

four great things.

Here are a few things that made the month of January special, that I happened to catch with my camera.

art1*One: My best friend, Corie, came to visit me for a weekend. We never stopped laughing… or eating. Corie is one of those gems of a friend that is always down for a new experience- no matter what it entails. This quality we share never fails to get us in trouble and, consequently, provides the best stories. This particular weekend had us galavanting through Houston, singing at random Karaoke establishments, making friends with strangers, and making sure we ate everything the city had to offer.

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Two: Clint and I went to visit my family for my younger brother’s birthday. I can’t believe how old they are getting. And they both tower at least 6 inches over me.

I was also able to visit my grandmother, Mimi. We had lunch and talked about anything and everything. I always feel so blessed to have her cheerful encouragement in my life. She always tells me that I give her hope in the current state of the world, but in reality, she gives me hope in myself.

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Three: This last time Clint was home, we were able to experience lots of peaches. (Clint and I describe the good things in life as peaches and the bad as pits.)

1. After months and months of searching, we found a church that we both love. This is a hugely exciting thing to us, since we have been craving a Christian community- and between me going to church on my own when he was gone, and us not “clicking” with a church when he was here, it was a frustrating roller coaster.

2. I applied for my dream job. I honestly believed I had no chance at getting it, but after several rounds of interviews, I got a call offering me the position! I am still completely blown away and insanely excited. Starting tomorrow (ah!) I will be helping with the design of Free People stores. I will help plan events, pick what goes on manequins, style customers, and help design the inside of the store… the perfect collision of everything I love into one job description.

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Above: Me in my favorite little nook of the house. The coffee table is an old war trunk and we found that killer wingback chair at an estate sale when we first moved to Houston.

And below: Clint and I went to several different museums over the two weeks he was home. It was so funny to see my grown husband get all giddy for the dinosaur exhibit at the Museum of Science- and then he completely geeked out over the natural gas exhibit like the engineer he is. I love him.

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Home: I went to Canton last weekend, and found this awesome iron canopy. I decided to attach it to an old window frame (that came from a barn in Austin), to keep from having to drill any huge holes in the wall. Then I went to World Market and got some sheer curtains that I could tie on. Then I put a chandelier inside, and voila!

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Four: I have a thing for instant cameras. My most recent addition to the collection is Fujifilm’s instax 210. This guy is a wide shot camera, producing pictures about 3 times as large as the popular 7s. Definitely too large to casually carry around, but the pictures are easier to see and the camera provides alot more control over your results than the 7s (lightening/darkening options, different zoom lengths, ect)

I am also excited about this year’s planner from Kate Spade. Each month is sectioned off by beautiful pictures and fun quotes.

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Off to my first day of my new job tomorrow. Wish me luck.

xoxo, k.

shameless friend promotion.

Meet Mark. Dear friend, fluent in ebonics, and dangerously clever behind a lens.

The first time we fluidly exchanged Nicki Minaj lyrics in an everyday conversation, I decided we would be best friends. Other than our late night phone calls where he recites the day’s happenings, with a cigarette dangling from his lip James Dean style, he spends his time inviting the world into his creative brain one snapshot at a time.

Here are a few of my recent favorites:

Mark (or Queen Mark as I refer to him as) inhabits the streets of the DFW, if you’re wanting someone to take of a picture of you being fabulous.

Here is his tumblr. Check it.

xoxo, k.

gimme some sosie.

Here are a few pieces that I recently bought from an online boutique called Sosie. They have a pretty good selection, and are very reasonably priced.

Solid 3/4 shift dress in mint

Solid 3/4 shift dress in mint

I love the color of this dress. Mint is a wonderful shade that is seasonless. While it’s perfect for bare legs in the summer, I can pair it with tights and boots in the fall, and it will be just as lovely.

Colton chambray top

Colton chambray top

Colton chambray top

I am in love with chambray shirts. I really love this look sleeveless, and it also allows you to pair it with a cardigan or blazer without the bulky bunch of the denim sleeves underneath. I like the tailoring in the back, as well.

Check out some of their other stuff here.

Hopefully everything fits when it comes in the mail. But I just love getting things in the mail. It’s like sending yourself a present.

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

xoxo, k.

i don’t need kate spade to make my feet pop

I’ll be the first to admit- I am in love with Kate Spade’s new line of nude shoes with neon tips. But if you, like myself, don’t have $250 to drop on a pair of flats that are going to be out of season after 3 wears, you may find this DIY tutorial worth checking out.
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Materials:
• Nude Patent Pumps – These are from DSW for $40, but here is a great pair for $34 from Steve Madden that would also work great
• Pink Fluorescent Neon Spray Paint or even better Floral Spray (color even less likely to chip!)
• Packing Tape
• Old Towels (to protect your shoes when you spray)

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Tape Shoes. First you’ll want to tape your shoes. The area you don’t tape is where the color will be. I taped the rubber sole also because I wanted to get a nice, clean finish. You don’t have to tape the inside of your shoes, since we will cover them with an old towel.

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Next cover the shoes. Take them outside and spray 2-3 coats on the shoes (don’t use more than 3 coats as the layers of paint are too much and will most likely start to chip). Then spray the color with a sealer to protect and so it won’t chip. This one works well.

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pink and yellow neon shoes DIY

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If any of you try this, let me know how it goes!

xoxo, k.