Moving Announcement

SO this is a totally maje.

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//  THIS IS FOR REAL.

And it’s happening very soon. Our life is about to be flipped upside-down. I’m so excited and terrified at the same time. We’ll be moving to Oah’u, aka, the best place in the world — duh.

I’ve desperately wanted to move out of Raleigh for a few years now, forever. (Here is why.) When Elvis and I first met, I told him that when I graduated Graphic Design school, I was out. I didn’t know where but, adios amigo, bon adventure, deuces. A year later, we went on vacation to Hawai’i because I was overworked, school was really exhausting, and he needed to visit home. I FELL IN LOVE. Not lust; mad love. I cried the whole plane ride home. I vowed to myself I would return. —–I’ve seen this in movies, — where people say that, then never do.  A few months later, as a couple we decided, 2 YEARS. So now, a year and a half later, it’s a reality. Working, saving, working, saving, planning, working.

We aren’t “just picking up and moving to Hawai’i” like everyone thinks. Let me break this down…Not only do we have to work to pay our normal bills (life ain’t cheap), but also save a —pardon my french— SHIT ton of money. I’ve planned out and budgeted mostly everything. And by budgeting, I mean working lots of extra shifts, not going out or having a social life, getting a new job, and making most meals at home. It’s been hard —really hard. The sacrifices and struggle have been oh so real.

I keep telling myself that we’re almost there. We’re ready to design our new life of love, happiness, and surfing. And SUNSETS, and the BEST BEACHES IN THE WORLD, and HIKING, and so much more.

We leave Raleigh in 21 days. We’re staying with my parents for a while in Detroit to kick off the trip. Then stopping in Nashville for my girlfriends’ wedding, then driving across the country to fly out of Los Angeles.

This will be the trip of a lifetime. And yes, we’re bringing our pup Liko.

Aloha and Adventure! In either order!

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Why I want to move out of Raleigh

People ask me all the time why I want to move out of Raleigh. It’s such a hard question. Admitting out loud that you don’t like a city is kinda negative. Everyone has a different experience. I know some people who love it so much, and others have plans of buying a jet pack ASAP. There isn’t some major reason I don’t like Raleigh. It’s the little ones, and those are the worst.

I’ve lived here in Raleigh for 7 years. There are a LOT of memories. Some of the best ever, and some I’d rather not remember. I’ve met so many people. A lot turned out to be great friends; some people I truly love and admire. But I have to go. This pisces needs the ocean.

Much love.

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New Headshots for Fall 2014

I haven’t had a decent picture of me in what feels like forever. I take #selfies, but it’s not the same as profesh grade. I’ve been hinting to my boyfriend that I needed some, which of course he obliged.

I chose the locations, outfits, set my camera settings, and handed it to him. I gave him some direction and ideas throughout the shoot to try and capture my vision.

During the shoot, it was 99 degrees outside and 100% humidity, so we tried to go as fast as possible. Total #sweatbath! At first I was really scared that I was going to have to toss all of them, but they turned out AMAZE. I really love them.  They also showcase my hardwork and dedication to pumping iron and yoga. #FTW #winning

Here are a view favorites from the shoot:

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