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A PEEK INTO MY LIVING ROOM | Behind the Scenes | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

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A PEEK INTO MY LIVING ROOM | Behind the Scenes | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

When my husband and I moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina from Orange County, CA I was pleasantly surprised with how affordable real estate was (think $$$$$$ to $$). When we lived in CA we were paying almost triple for a 600sqft apartment! WE HAD NO SPACE.... I mean we literally could never get away from each other.... which wasn't always a bad thing, but it wasn't ideal.

Side note: If you are a newlywed and are living in 600sqft area I promise it will make you a better couple!! You learn so much about the other person. I think everyone should have to share a tiny space with the one that they love. If you can make it through that, you can make it through anything!

Anyways,

Dustin (my hubby) was reluctant to buy a home at first, him being Active duty military could mean us moving at the drop of a dime, but my addiction to reruns of Fixer Upper convinced me that I had to have WHITE CABINETS and a farmhouse styled home... ASAP! (THANKS CHIP + JO). So I got him on board to buying a house in Jacksonville and here we are almost 2 years later.

We have already done so much to this house in the past 2 years! When we moved in the walls were all different shades of YELLOW and GREEN and there was linoleum and carpet in every room. Step 1 was to eradicate the yellow and green walls. Step 2 was to get rid of carpet and linoleum once and for all. Step 3...find cat resistant furniture. Step 4.... MAKE IT PERSONAL.

So yes, decorating has always been one of my favorite hobbies. My mom is an interior designer so it runs in my blood. I would say my current style is a chic mixture of farmhouse + rustic + industrial... I LOVE MY neutrals! The splashes of blue and complimentary warm wood tones give my space the right amount of POP. And more importantly, I added SO MANY personal elements to turn this house into a home. I am so excited for you to see!

WELCOME IN:

 

Bookcase & Drapes: Target  TIP: If you are like me and you don't have time to search for super cool vintage books just flip over the books you have laying around to create the same effect! My college textbooks finally have a purpose!

Bookcase & Drapes: Target

TIP: If you are like me and you don't have time to search for super cool vintage books just flip over the books you have laying around to create the same effect! My college textbooks finally have a purpose!

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I AM OBSESSED WITH BEER GROWLERS! To the point that I won't let me husband refill them because they are my "DECOR". You can find the BEER DEN growlers at your local Lowes food store for under 5 dollars! The Growler on the top is from a Brewery in Shelburne, Vermont called FIDDLEHEAD! It's a little piece of our vacation to Vermont this year and I love that.

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HMMMM....there seems to be a theme here....

I swear we are not alcoholics! We just LOVE craft beer and good wine! The best part of the "Cork Box" is that each and every cork was a bottle of wine that we shared together! So many great bottles & good conversation shared over the past 3 years with my husband.

My couch is an IKEA EKTORP and I delightedly found this on Craigslist!  It originally had brownish/green slipcovers that I hated....so I ordered these white slipcovers to make it BRAND NEW! The best part about the EKTORP is the slipcovers... They can be washed & replaced, which is essential if you have CATS that like to use it as a scratching post!

My couch is an IKEA EKTORP and I delightedly found this on Craigslist!  It originally had brownish/green slipcovers that I hated....so I ordered these white slipcovers to make it BRAND NEW! The best part about the EKTORP is the slipcovers... They can be washed & replaced, which is essential if you have CATS that like to use it as a scratching post!

Love you More Pillow: Marshalls

Love you More Pillow: Marshalls

Photo: Kristina Elizabeth Photography  Table: Ponzio Design

Photo: Kristina Elizabeth Photography

Table: Ponzio Design

My mom found this table and redesigned it for my husband! He kept finding super cool shells on his trips to the beach & I wanted to display them! If you look closely you will see a few shark teeth in there!

Candles are a MUST in this house....it just creates such a cozy environment! I am so happy to have found "SWEATER WEATHER" at Target! Dustin and I are OBSESSED with Biren & Co candles as well! We stumbled upon our first Biren & Co "Tobacco Vanilla" Candle at a boutique in Vermont and now we are HOOKED!

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My amazing husband installed our laminate wood flooring! We were thinking about putting a more grey toned flooring in here but I am SO GLAD that we went with a warm medium tone. Grey would have washed everything out. These laminates are durable and easy to clean!  Floors: Pergo Max "Crossroads Oak" @ Lowe's Improvement

My amazing husband installed our laminate wood flooring! We were thinking about putting a more grey toned flooring in here but I am SO GLAD that we went with a warm medium tone. Grey would have washed everything out. These laminates are durable and easy to clean!

Floors: Pergo Max "Crossroads Oak" @ Lowe's Improvement

I made this ottoman with my mom out of an old PUB table! We took the legs off a side table and cut them down to make it the perfect height! The top is foam and covered in a "blackout curtain" that we found!! This is my favorite color of blue in the whole room!

I made this ottoman with my mom out of an old PUB table! We took the legs off a side table and cut them down to make it the perfect height! The top is foam and covered in a "blackout curtain" that we found!! This is my favorite color of blue in the whole room!

AHHHH THE CLOCK! I don't know where this room would be without this piece! My hubby's favorite. I grabbed this from Hobby Lobby!

AHHHH THE CLOCK! I don't know where this room would be without this piece! My hubby's favorite.
I grabbed this from Hobby Lobby!

My mom made this vintage console for me for my birthday! I am obsessed with the handles! Media Console: Ponzio Design

My mom made this vintage console for me for my birthday! I am obsessed with the handles! Media Console: Ponzio Design

Bath & Body works candles are another obsession of mine!

Bath & Body works candles are another obsession of mine!

The one thing I have always wanted was a WORKING FIREPLACE. We put this baby to good use in the winter time!  Lantern: Micheals Craft Store

The one thing I have always wanted was a WORKING FIREPLACE. We put this baby to good use in the winter time!

Lantern: Micheals Craft Store

Photo: Amanda Lynn Photography

Photo: Amanda Lynn Photography

AND LASTLY:

My favorite part of my living room? MY PHOTOS! If you couldn't tell? They are everywhere! PRINT YOUR IMAGES. There is no better way to personalize your space then with your favorite memories. So much has changed from the time that these were taken last year! So many great things! I am just glad we have them to look back on.

I hope you love my space as much as I do! Now to start decorating for fall....

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Orange is the New Black | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

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Orange is the New Black | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

There are many perks to be branded a 'Lovely Lady' of Boudoir by Alexandria Kenyon. If getting to watch me being super fun and VERY awkward on Facebook Live doesn't entice you, you also have the opportunity to keep up with my latest work, be inspired, see behind the scenes exclusives, hear from previous clients, and so much more...

And ..... Every now and then I have a special contest exclusive to the Lovely Ladies Facebook group.

A while ago I announced the Boudie Babe Contest! The winner, Haleigh, was gifted an all inclusive boudoir experience with me to, include a custom designed Little Black Book!

This shoot was a mixture of moody and sultry!  As Haleigh stepped out of her comfort zone, I stepped out of mine as well! I faced my fear of Orange HEAD ON.  If you ask any of the women who have gone through my boudoir experience what my preferred color of lingerie is... they most likely know it's black...or almost anything neutral.

However, each and every boudoir experience is personalized to you and a huge part of being true to YOU is bringing in those items that reflect who you are.... even if your boudoir photographer feels some sort of way about the color Orange!

I am not surprised that her hubby's Orange Oxford (Go Vols!) worked so effortlessly.  The mint brought out her striking blue eyes and the orange highlighted her bronze glowy skin! So...... although I am firm believer that that Orange will NEVER be the new black.... I will acknowledge how amazingly it complimented this session.

Now let me introduce to you...the stunning Miss Haleigh.

Here is what Haleigh had to say about her experience:

"I have gained over 20 pounds the past couple of years and it makes me very insecure with my body. I usually HATE pictures of myself because all I can see is the extra weight I have put on. It was scary to show so much skin in front of camera at a time that I was so uncomfortable with my body."

"I was stunned with the outcome of the photos! I had no idea I could look so sexy, especially after gaining weight. And Alex is so much fun to work with! She walks you through everything."

"I think everyone should have a boudoir experience. Even if you have reservations about it because you're not comfortable with the way your body looks."

Can we all stop for a second to appreciate her LONG modelesque legs!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are enchanting Haleigh! Thank you for going on this wild ride with me and allowing me to share it with the world!

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I always thought that I had the Resting Bitch Face | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

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I always thought that I had the Resting Bitch Face | Jacksonville NC Boudoir Photographer

When Jessi came to meet me for a cup of coffee there was a sense of urgency behind her motivation to have a boudoir experience. Her one year anniversary was quickly approaching but she still had a few reservations holding her back from jumping right into it. Of the few reservations she had, the one that stood out the most was feeling out of her comfort zone. She explained that,

I knew my husband would absolutely love it, but I’ve never done anything like this before. He always tells me how beautiful I am whenever I’m wearing lingerie even though I don’t feel comfortable at all....

So many women have come to me under the impression that the women who have gone through my experience are confident super models who lack any reservations when it comes to such an intimate experience. That the women I shoot are natural "PROs" in front of the camera who are ultimately fearless when it comes to boudoir.

But I can tell you that most, if not all of my clients, are afraid of not feeling comfortable, or feeling awkward during their shoot. And trust me it's 100% normal to feel this way.

Now, I can't take all the credit for your transformation between reserved to ultimately fearless super model, but somewhere in the midst of your shoot it will JUST CLICK. Sometimes it's because I put you a pose that makes you feel good, or I show you HOW AMAZING YOU LOOK on the back of my camera, or because I tell you a cheesy joke that is so HILARIOUS that you feel okay to let go and let out an AUTHENTIC SMILE.

Sometimes you need a little push and I am here to get you across that finish line. 

Today's post highlights Jessi's transformation from reserved to FEARLESS.

Hair and Makeup by Allyson Wonderland Makeup Artistry

Hair and Makeup by Allyson Wonderland Makeup Artistry

Here is what she had to say:

"I knew my husband would absolutely love the photos, but I've never done anything like this before. My husband always tells me how beautiful I am whenever I'm wearing lingerie but honestly I don't feel comfortable in it at all. I am super shy with my chest, and I show as little of it as possible. I always thought that I had the "resting bitch face".

"I did this for him, but in reality I did this for me to feel comfortable in my own body."

"Our first meeting went great and she really got a feel of what I was looking for. During the shoot she seemed like more of my best friend than a stranger. I loved the entire experience! I absolutely love when people pamper me. I could've fell asleep when Ally was doing my hair, it felt so good! Ally made sure I was comfortable with what she was about to do."

"We both had a vision and she created it."

"I was not expecting to feel so comfortable right when we started. I feel like we definitely clicked, and the laughing and joking made me relax and let go."

Alexandria taught me everything and the photos came out amazing! She went above and beyond to make sure to work within my time frame. I am so glad I went with my gut and followed through with her.

"You don't have to do this for anyone, do it for yourself. I feel as if we are so caught up in work, school, home life, that we truly forget how beautiful we are. We are all beautiful and doing a boudoir session proves it. I never knew I could look so fierce, soft, or sexy."

Isn't she absolutely breathtaking? All reservations aside Jessi rocked the shit out of her session. Thank you Jessi for allowing me help you cross that finish line and for allowing me to share your testimony and images with all the women who may feel like boudoir is out of there comfort zone.

 

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