Growing Beauty

Hello my loves!

I told you I would be back again today with another update and post. And I my friends, am a woman of my word! So hey! Happy Wednesday! If you’re a big socialite like myself, then you know today is Woman Crush Wednesday – a day of the week devoted to women you find beauty in. So what better day to write this post than today! I wanted to share with you some pictures my little sister and I took a couple of weeks ago for a few reasons.

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1 – My little sister is one of my best friends in the world. She has blossomed into such a beautiful young woman and I could not be happier with the person that she is today. She will be turning 21 next week, which is extremely frightening (cause I feel old as hell). She has matured and truly shined over the years of becoming an adult and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her. I mean, just look at her!

2 – Since she is getting older, we have grown closer as we now share more in common. I mean, ask anyone in our family – she’s always kind of been my mini me. But now she’s not so mini so we can be #GirlBosses together and that for me is even more exciting!

3 – She’s always been extremely supportive of me and my life choices no matter what they be. All of my family has! But you know you always want to make a big impact on your younger siblings, because they usually look up to you as role models. So for that, I have been extremely blessed and grateful.

We had so much fun this day just exploring and spending time together, which meant a lot to me because even though we can go out together now, well as of the 15th (FINALLY), she still has a life of her own and quality time will always be cherished!

This one is for you my little mini me! So proud of you and watching you grow up and turn into a beautiful young woman has been one of the best gifts God has given me!

P.S. How cute are we in these photos!? Status: #WCW
P.P.S. Let me know if you would like me to list outfit details in my posts

Deuces,
KJ

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Life Update : Blessings With My Name On Them

What is up my little writers and readers!? Where the hell have you guys been!? Okay, maybe you’re not to blame since I’ve been SERIOUSLY slacking on updating this bad boy…BUT I have really really good reasons and a bomb excuse!

Life. Has. Been. AMAZING.

Like seriously. I claimed it last New Years Eve that 2016 was going to be my year and it has truly been all that and then some! Amen, Hallelujah! Now some of you may be wondering, “okay…so if life is so great why have you not been sharing with us?” Well, to be completely honest, y’all know I don’t ever like to jinx anything, nor do I really like to brag. But this sh*t right here, is about to be all about the glo up! And if you don’t know what that means…google it. 🙂 Now let’s get to it.

#MOOD. When I tell you that this has been one of the most happiest times of my life, I’m not even exaggerating. I believe that I have finally, truly found the answer to my own happiness. Which is one heck of an accomplishment in itself. For those of you that have been following me for quite some time now, you know that I have been through some pretty rough moments. Ones that have always weighed heavy on my heart and truly had an impact on my daily mood. From self-confidence, to dating, to work, to friends…these past few years of my life have been an emotional roller coaster. ONE THAT I AM ACTUALLY VERY THANKFUL FOR NONETHELESS. Because without everything that I have been through, I wouldn’t have gotten to the place I’m at today. Right here, right now, on my couch, drinking wine and eating pasta (don’t tell my trainer).

YUM! That transition was not planned, but whoop there it is – it worked. So yes, speaking of YUM…this is a word that with deep DEEP sadness I have not used lately the way that I used to. BUT I AIN’T EVEN MAD. Okay maybe a little, cause I would kill for a brownie right now to keep it lit. So if you couldn’t guess, this is another huge success that I have accomplished over the past two years (truly, the past year) – my weight loss and personal health. Now if you follow me on snapchat you’ve probably been a witness to my workout documentation of my body transformation. If not, than here is a little photo of where I currently stand fitness (body-selfie) wise.

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I know you see those abdominal indents. I know you do! Thank you, thank you very much. I knew they were under all that fluff somewhere. So, yes, I have been busting my booty in the gym and eating healthier for quite some time. But ya girl still has some work to do. It’s coming, just wait on it.

PROGRESS and PATIENCE. Two things that go hand in hand when it comes to my work ethic. I have always been an extremely patient person in the work place (actually just in life in general lol). Since my background is in advertising and all things creative, it’s lowkey in my soul to have patience due to the billions of edits, feedback, stages, approvals, etc. etc. etc. that take place in the creative world. That being said, my patience has excelled since college but anyways, my point is I just recently was promoted at work and could not be happier! I’ve been wanting this for a while now and knew it would come one day, but I just continued to focus and work on bettering myself and teaching myself more and more so that I could handle whatever was thrown my way. WOO!

SELF TAUGHT SHAWTY. Last but not least, I’ve been working suuuuuuuper hard on building my creative portfolio lately, from KopyWrite to KJoiKaptures (same on IG), I really have been trying to venture out and continue to teach myself tools and tricks with a click. Being that outside of a couple of photography classes in high school and college I pretty much taught myself everything I know about photography – thanks to my advertising background, I learned to edit. But when it comes to social media and PR, I think I took one or two courses in COMM in college, but everything else I taught myself by reading and from experience. Which leads me to the point of this – I really want to begin to write more about what I do and how I do it. If you know me, you know I’ve been recently obsessed with YouTube and tutorials and such. In watching countless videos I became inspired to take what I know and share it with people because you never know who is watching, you never know who is reading, and you never know who you could end up helping make a difference in the world. What do y’all think?

That’s all for now – I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun post about more updates, a bit of beauty and a bit of booty (just kidding, but thought that would bring you back tomorrow). #thirsttrapteaser

Toodles,
K.Joi

KJKaptures…

Well…I finally did it. I stopped being worried about what people would think, stopped procrastinating, stopped being afraid, stopped blocking my blessings and finally started following a passion of mine. I have been studying photography and taking pictures just for fun for over five years now and now that I have a deeper feeling to pursue it a bit more, I’ve launched KJKaptures.

KJoiKaptures gives you a perspective on how I view the things I find beauty in; whether it be people, places, objects or activities. My goal is to Kapture and present every moment to you as if you were a part of it. 

You can follow me on Instagram here. I hope you enjoy it ❤

Perseverance

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12Lately, I’ve been feeling like people are trying my patience and testing just how far they can go with me. Usually it would just irritate me and I would just entertain the stupidity, but I have come to realize that the more space you give someone the more space they occupy. When I read this daily Bible verse it truly spoke to me. I had to tell myself that no matter what other people put you through, the only true test is the test of God. Devilish behavior has no space in my life anymore and I will no longer allow people to believe that they are entitled to get a reaction out of me. I’ve made a point in my life to exude positivity. Why work so hard on myself and continue to let people bring me down to their level over acts of immaturity? That doesn’t make sense.

This past weekend I went to the beach and it just really took me back to my childhood days. My family and I grew up on this beach and spent countless days and hours just playing in the ocean, spending time enjoying each other’s company, without a care in the world. While it was nearly twenty years ago (wow, that made me feel super old), just being able to put my feet in the same sand, same body of water, on the same beach where my life used to be filled with innocence and drama free; I’ve never felt happier and more free. As a continuation of working on bettering myself I have realized that not everyone is meant to be a part of your future, they may be there to occupy a moment of your life just merely as a hitchhiker looking for a ride on the side of the highway. It’s up to you to realize who is worth your time and who truly values it. If it doesn’t make you happy, it’s not worth it.

• Fashion Feature •

Continuing my randomness of bugging my friends to be my models, I’d like you to meet:

Britney

Britney B. 
Hometown : Between Los Angeles & Vegas
Current City : La Verne, CA

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Dream Job : Dope Mommy/Wife

Aspirations : To own as many old school Chevys & Retro Jordan’s as possible while being an exemplary woman who puts forth the effort to help as many people I can before I leave the earth.

Britney

Fashion Inspiration : Punky Brewster x Denise Huxtable x Hilary Banks

Fav Item to Shop For : I love to (window) shop for Presidential Rolexes, but an item I can’t help but buy anytime I go shopping is cool Socks.

Britney

Even though Britney and I went to rival schools (boo LMU, Go Waves!) when we first started working together we instantly became friends! I love her style from head to toe so I  just had to share it with you!

• Thanks Brit •

• A Creative With Creative Swag •

So one of the reasons I started this blog was to work on my graphic design and photography. In doing so I’ve taken it upon myself to recuit my friends to be my models (thanks in advance loves)

Meet Imari.
Hometown : Louisiana
Current City : West Hollywood
Imari Imari started in our NY office as an intern while in school and our agency loved him so much that we brought him to LA…his new home. Since then we’ve become great friends!

Let me just tell you that he never has a dull day.
His hair is perfect.
His swag is flawless.
and
His personality is everything.

Currently working in the Creative Department he has big dreams…one fly fit at a time.

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Dream Job : Director of Creative Services / Executive Producer
Aspirations : I want to be what Willis was talking about
Inspiration / Style : I like to look how I feel. Fashion is an important outlet to me. I can say so much by saying so little or nothing at all.

Imari

Thanks Boo!
•xoxo•

All I Want Is You Mini Movie

Video

In college I studied Digital Photography as a part of my multimedia design emphasis. For one of my courses we were charged with creating a live video using still shots and props. When I first got this assignment I just thought how crazy it was going to look in the end, but thankfully the long nights in the library and long drives through Malibu Canyon paid off.

I was thinking of creating a new one soon – about fashion in a runway type setting….just some creative ideas I’ve been thinking of doing when I have a day off!

Check it out 🙂