Ole Miss vs. Bama Game

Happy Monday! This weekend was definitely a great one (besides the whole losing against Bama thing ya know)! One of my best friends came in town to cheer on the Rebs in the Grove, and it was nice to catch up. I wanted to quickly share some of my photos from this weekend with y’all.

P.S. I am heading down to NC this weekend to visit my very favorite person, @alexandraelizabeth! I can’t wait to see my sista in just a few days.

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blue romper (still available!) | black choker (under $30)

xoxo,

Mackenzie

Fall Transition Accessories

Even though it’s 90-something outside here in Mississippi, I couldn’t help but remember that fall is just around the corner when I spotted that #PSL’s were back at Starbucks. I have yet to order my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, but I am excited for the weather to cool down a bit so it can start feeling a little bit more like fall. I thought I would go ahead and share some of my favorite fall accessories for those that are already getting to experience a little autumn weather sooner than me! I love summer-to-fall transition pieces, and I have so many that I am dying to break out over the next few weeks.

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Last First Game Day

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Any Ole Miss student can tell you that there is nothing quite like the Grove. As a senior, some of my fondest memories have taken place at the Grove. One of my favorite things about Ole Miss is definitely the incredible school spirit. It feels like just yesterday that I was a freshman, experiencing my very first tailgate before a game! Yesterday was my ‘last first game day’, and it was very bittersweet.

I had so much fun cheering on the Rebs yesterday with my friends & snapping photos in the Grove. For a last-minute game day outfit, I wore my new favorite white top with printed shorts and fringed booties! It was SO hot yesterday, so I was very glad that I was wearing shorts & a breezy top. I can’t wait for next week’s game- Bama!

xoxo,

Mackenzie


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Advice for Shooting Group Photos

Hey guys! During this past summer, I started a photography series here on my blog, but never really continued it. This past week, I decided that I want to create photography posts in the future, so today I wanted to share a few tips I’ve learned recently!

Last week, I had the opportunity to shoot some group photos for my sorority’s website. I typically only shoot solo portraits, so shooting more than one person was definitely a challenge for me at first. It’s definitely all about trial and error, but it was so much fun to try something different last Wednesday!

Here are a few tips I learned during that day for shooting group photos:

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This is something I have had to learn the hard way! During our photoshoot last week, we shot two different outfits in two different locations. For the first location, the models were wearing t-shirts. I had them stand in the Grove (where we shot all the photos) by a picnic table. If I would have scouted at the location ahead of time, I would have realized that the specific place that I placed them was way too dark. I sadly noticed this after we shot all the photos, and they were too difficult to retouch. Luckily, I found a fantastic spot with great lighting for the second outfits (pictured below). Walk around the area where you will be taking the photos and practice shooting from all different directions. This will help you feel more confident and prepared when you take the actual photos of the subjects. It will also help you find the best place to shoot the photos!

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When shooting friends and family, it can be difficult for them to come up with poses naturally. I always look on Pinterest and Instagram for ‘pose-inspiration’. For both individual and pair/group shots, I can find it helpful to have the subjects walk away from me and then walk towards me. I find that it looks natural and can really help them loosen up. I think this is an especially great suggestion for fashion shots! For group shots in general, I think it can be really helpful to have the group ‘fake laugh’. It sounds silly, but I personally think fake-laughing pictures can be adorable, especially for a group of girls!

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I love shooting at a very low f-stop because I love the gorgeous bokeh it creates. For the first set of photos (that we ended up not using), I shot at a 4.0 f-stop. I wasn’t happy with the photos not only because of the lighting, but because the high f-stop created a not so dreamy effect. However, if I would have used an f-stop that was too low (like a 1.8, for example), some of the members of the group would have been completely blurry! For the best set of photos (pictured below), I used a 2.5 f-stop, which I was really happy with! There was the perfect amount of bokeh, but the subjects were still all in focus. Score!

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Definitely be aware of spacing when shooting a group! Sometimes the subjects don’t realize if they are standing too close or too far apart from the others next to them. Let them know if they need to stand a little closer or a little farther away, and also be observant about the lighting on the subjects.

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Another error with the first set of photos was that all the outfits clashed. I told the subjects to wear whatever they wanted to, and the outfits ended up clashing together, which was entirely my fault. I should have had the girls send me photos of their outfits ahead of time, but I didn’t do that. Luckily for the second set of photos, all of the models’ dresses looked gorgeous together and really complimented each other. I think it can be very helpful to have the subjects wear solids and similar color palettes. For example, for a spring time shoot it can look lovely to have everyone in pastels. For family portraits, you can’t go wrong with white shirts and jeans. In addition, it can also be helpful when picking a location if you know the color palette you are working with!


All in all, last week’s shoot was an amazing learning experience for me! Photography is totally trial and error, and I always love learning new tips. This fall semester, I will be shooting portraits/group photos just for fun to gain experience. I hope you can find these tips helpful as well! To see more photos from the shoot, check out my sorority’s website & our updated ‘what to wear for recruitment‘ page.

xoxo,

Mackenzie

 

College Apartment Tour

Hello & happy Friday! It’s raining here in Oxford, so I thought I would make a little room tour of my new apartment. For the past three years in college, I have been living on campus. I have to say, I honestly do miss living in the dorm and the sorority house. However, it is nice to finally have my own room (and to have a slightly bigger closet- let’s be real)!

For my senior year, I reused my bedding from California (which was actually reused from my sister’s freshman dorm room). For decor, I wanted to keep it simple, but a little eccentric this year. My favorite decor piece in my room? Definitely my cow skull that I picked up on a whim at an antique mall in Dallas. It’s definitely not everybody’s cup of tea, but I thought it was a cool find. My other favorite decor piece would definitely be these cactus lights. They’re amazing!

[You can shop all my decor by clicking the link under each photo!]

So without further ado, here is my college apartment room:

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Wall art from Hobby Lobby

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Anthropologie bedding (linked similar)

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Gold pillow 

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Gold wall decoration from Hobby Lobby (couldn’t find link, but it’s available in-stores)

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Cow skull (linked similar)

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Watercolor flamingo (linked similar)

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Gold lamp 

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Printer

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White soft blanket (have had this one since freshman year!)

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Hanging calendar (mine is from Target; linked a similar option)

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Giraffe decor (linked similar) | Cocktail book (20% off!) | San Francisco book (20% off!)

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Gold pen holder 

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Voluspa candle | Skull sticker (c/o of Show Me Your Mumu + linked similar)

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LV neverfull purse

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Printed mirror (my mom & sister made this for me when I was in high school)

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I use plastic drawers under my bed as well to store t-shirts, socks, etc.

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Vintage western belt (linked similar) | Horn necklace (linked similar)

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Black western booties

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Mosaic skull

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Repotted these plants

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Tall gold lamp from Hobby Lobby

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White & blue tile shower curtain 

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Cactus string lights

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I hope that you enjoyed my college room tour! Thank you for checking out my blog.

xoxo,

Mackenzie

Senior year: What’s in my Backpack

Hi friends & happy Monday! Today is my first day of school, and I have seven classes left before I graduate college (!!!). Time seriously goes by so quickly. It feels like just yesterday I was a freshman- walking into the wrong classes and getting completely (key word: COMPLETELY) lost on campus. Senior year is something so bittersweet.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten so many requests to do a back to school/what’s in my backpack post. I recently picked up some new school goodies like this amazing floral planner. Going back to school shopping always gets me started to begin a new semester. I hope you can find this post helpful! Let me know what you keep in your backpack. www.mackenziekendall.com | backpackwww.mackenziekendall.com | backpack


[P.S. My college apartment room tour will be up soon this week! I am so excited to share my new apartment.]

xoxo,

Mackenzie

Cool for the Summer

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On me: layered crop top | tropical skirt | bull cardigan (SO comfy- borrowed this piece from my stylish Mom) | converse  //  On Alexandra: off shoulder blouse (on sale- under $50) | shorts (on sale- under $50!)

Happy Wednesday night! I am finally back in the lovely state of Texas. It’s been so nice catching up with my family and hometown besties. However, I have to say I am missing the gorgeous Northern California weather. Luckily, there has been a cool front here in Dallas, making it bearable to brave the outdoors.

My sister, Alexandra, and I headed to Dallas to explore our favorite Texas city. Our day consisted of Steel City Pops (the best!!), decor shopping at antique malls, and my favorite restaurant, Blue Mesa. It’s been so nice to be back home with my sister and my family! In just two days, I am heading back to Oxford to finish my final year of college. I’m super excited to catch up with all my college friends and to decorate my new apartment!

What are you looking forward to this school year?

xoxo,

Mackenzie


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blue embroidered dress | yellow sunnies | black booties

*inserts Beyonce lyric*

Hello & happy Friday! Can you believe this week is already over? What I am even more in shock over is the fact that my summer internship is over. It went by so flippin quick. As you may know, I had the opportunity to intern for Oracle in Silicon Valley this summer. It was incredible. Incredible may actually be an understatement. Today was my official last day, and I may or may not have cried.

For my last day of work, I wore my very favorite office-friendly dress. In fact, this may be my favorite dress I own. I can’t even count the number of times I have worn it over the past few months. After stealing it from my mom’s closet for weeks, she finally let me keep it in my closet and take it to California. And boy, do I LOVE it. Not only is it comfy, but it’s so easy to just throw on and go. For work, I paired it with my favorite flats. To make it more ‘night-ready’, I threw on my favorite black booties to dress it down a bit + a hint of edge. For dinner, my dad and I headed to Lemonade in Palo Alto. I heard countless rave reviews about it, so I decided to check it out for myself. It was absolutely amazing! If you have a Lemonade near you, it’s a must-go. It’s such a unique concept, and the food was delicious. My favorite thing there? The lemonade, of course.

xoxo,

Mackenzie

 

 

Embroidered Mini Dress

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mini dressembroidered dress (on sale!)| sunglasses | sandals

Happy Wednesday! Do you ever have a specific piece in your closet that you love, but just haven’t worn yet? That piece for me was this amazing flutter sleeve dress. It sat in my closet for weeks and weeks before I finally found the opportunity to wear it. For a night out with friends, I paired it with my favorite lace up sandals and yellow sunnies. It also looks amazing with neutral booties for fall. Best part about this dress? It’s currently on sale! I hope you all are having a fantastic week so far!

xoxo,

Mackenzie