Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thelma and Louise



Lately, I've been missing Fellsmere. I'm this odd mix, with one foot in the city and the other in the country. I get restless when I have too much of either one. Right now, I'm missing my mom's ranch - the horses, goats, neighboring kitty cows and starry, starry nights. I want to swim with my pony, drink sweet tea and eat fried green tomatoes. I want to sit on the porch and watch the fireflies, while the crickets chirp and the scent of orange blossoms flood the air. I'm missing Fellsmere something fierce. It's a good thing I'll be there next week.

Tekserve wasn't able to recover most of my photos, but I got really lucky. They retrieved family photos (yes!) and several of my Fellsmere photos, from my last trip to Florida. They're a couple months old but I never shared them on here...so, here they are!


Unfortunately, you'll have to meet my horses another time. All they could recover were the photos of our goats, Thelma and Louise. This is Thelma. She's the most hilarious goat I have ever met. She loves to butt heads with everyone (gently), give kisses and follow you around like a little puppy. I love her.



Louise is the dainty, girly one. She's a bit shy but always sweet.


Thelma doesn't have a shy bone in her body.


Her favorite games include butting heads, chasing me around and pushing me out of her goat house, just to push me back in and repeat the process. She also loves chewing my clothing, when I'm not looking. What can I say? She loves fashion.



She also loves Bobby. And his hat.


Miku! She is a free spirit. I let her roam the property. She always comes inside with mud and leaves stuck to her.




Homemade swings are the best.


Sorry for the plethora of pictures...I guess I'm just a little homesick!

-Keiko Lynn


p.s. I'm in Los Angeles for the Unique LA craft fair...if anyone wants to come out this weekend, I believe I have a few free admissions to give out!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Little Lamb





I love, love, love this boy.

-Keiko Lynn

More pictures later...we're going out for the rest of the day:)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Most Awkward Girl in Existence

Evidence, to back up my claim. This is what 90% of my photos look like: fidgeting, eyes closed, probably about to fall over:)



Mustard blouse: TJ Maxx, $5
Vintage ruffle blouse (I had to make it sleeveless, due to damage): Fellsmere Inn Estate; I paid $50 for the entire estate of vintage clothing (my mom swears it was $100...but her memory is worse than mine)
Seersucker, bow front skirt: self-made, Postlapsaria.com (retail would be $65, but I give myself a hefty discount...wink wink)
Mustard tights: H&M ($12 for two pairs)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (gift from Bobby) 


I always get a kick out of some of the comments I get on here, because many are so kind and generous with compliments. I won't lie, it is a definite self esteem booster. Is it lame to get a self esteem boost from blog comments? Probably, but I'll take it where I can get it. The truth is, I'm awkward as all get-out and as clumsy as they come. My friends and family get a kick out of it and most of the time, I do, too. It usually takes a lot for me to be really embarrassed - I'm so used to tripping over my own feet, falling on the subway stairs, hitting my head on everything, walking into walls, dropping food all over me, missing my mouth when taking a sip of a drink, fidgeting like a little kid. And this, completely sober. I can't even use inebriation as an excuse.

I've embraced all of that, for the most part. Maybe I'm not this little bombshell who can stop a man in his tracks, but I have my moments of awesome. However, every once in awhile, I get ultra self-conscious. I'm a girl, okay? I have those days when I feel like this hopelessly unattractive, hot mess of a girl. This week, I've been up and down. I'll get dressed and feel great, but then I look at the pictures and feel awful. My solution? Justin Timberlake. Whenever I'm feeling a little down about my looks, I turn on "D**n Girl" and dance around like I'm hot stuff. If I'm out, I put it on my ipod and walk around like I'm hot stuff. I pretend that he's singing about me - and if Justin Timberlake thinks I'm hot enough to sing a song about it, then heck, I must be a catch. 

Hush your mouths, he's totally singing about me! 

-Keiko Lynn

What do you do to boost your confidence? 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Lock and Key



Here's a rundown of my day: blah outfit, more bad news from Tekserve, yelling at strangers on the street (they were making gross comments and I was already in a mood), the garment district, a picnic-style lunch with Catherine and Bobby and pretending that Tekserve didn't give me such bad news. I was supposed to go there today, but I'm just not in the mood to deal with it. They sent an email that basically said, "We were able to retrieve everything, except for all of your photos. And this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this." So, I have no idea what they were able to retrieve - maybe my music? Which, of course, is already backed up anyway. But my programs, my site, my photos (biggest bummer)...gone. The kicker is that they told us they were 99% sure they could get everything off for me, and that it would take 3-4 days. Two weeks later, I have come to find out that they were overly confident. Apparently, for an additional $600, I have a 7 in 10 chance to recover more data...but considering there 9 to 1 odds weren't in my favor, I think I'm going to cut my losses and move forward.


I didn't even like my outfit today; I was in a rush. Excuses, excuses.


Buuuut! I received this lovely little necklace in the mail, from Anirtak, and I love it. It's so cute and dainty. The best part is, it's only $10 at her Etsy shop.




The rest of my night will be filled with work. Is it weird that I'm looking forward to it? Work is the least stressful thing in my life; I love it.

Outfit Details:
Vintage Cardigan: Thrifted
Navy Shirt: Forever 21
Heart Lock and Key Lariat: Anirtak
Vintage Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, altered to fit and let out the hem
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Payless


Love love,

Keiko Lynn

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Sunflower, Most of All



Outfit Details:
flower hair clip - handmade, postlapsaria.com
vintage blouse - thrifted
bow belt - thrifted
vintage skirt - beacon's closet, hemmed shorter
tights - h&m
shoes - payless


Eyes: MAC Bare Canvas paint, Steel Blue pigment, White pigment, Urban Decay Oil Slick, MAC Blitz and Glitz Fluidline.


Last night was theInkwell (one of Jeremy's bands) / Janelle Monae / Of Montreal show, which was a lot of fun. Of course, I almost passed out a couple of times, which is not cute and rather embarrassing, if nothing else. The surgery I had on my head left me with a bit of nerve damage that sometimes triggers blackouts. They happen mostly in the shower or at shows. I am an old woman...what the heck? Tangent aside, it was a great show and I was so happy to have Jeremy, Lane and Erin in one room. Magical people. On another side note, I can't decide if Erin and Bobby were separated at birth, or if they're soul mates and I should release him to his perfect match.


In other news, all of this stress and nonsense (mundane chaos, if you will) has left me with little inspiration and a great deal of work. My worries are often written on my face, if I'm not making a conscious effort to smile. I blame it on my somewhat squinty eyes and pouty lips, that make me look miserable if not paired with a smile. The truth is, besides those petty, momentary wanderings of the mind (why aren't they done with my macbook? are my taxes in order? I forgot to send out those swatches. did I pay my credit card bill?), I've been content. Happy, even. I can poke fun at myself and move on with my day. I'm taking note from my fictional life coach (Maude, from Harold and Maude):

Well, if some people get upset because they feel they have a hold on some things, I'm merely acting as a gentle reminder: here today, gone tomorrow, so don't get attached to things.


Done. Granted, I'd shank someone if they took Snowball, my stuffed panda. Seriously, don't even try it.

-Keiko Lynn

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bunnies



My string of bad luck has not yet come to an end (maybe it never will) but at least I am able to laugh at myself and my silly misfortunes. Even better, I have people to laugh with me...and a puppy who stands on her tippy toes, anytime she senses I need to smile. Easter was a great day full of good food, colorful eggs, bunny ears and lots of smiles. I can't remember anything unpleasant about the day, which was a welcome release.

I'm starting to think that my luck is just mirroring my physical being...it's just klutzy. Nothing major, just some trips and spills that leave little cuts and bruises - nothing a Hello Kitty bandaid can't fix. If you have ever seen me in real life, you'd know what I'm talking about. I trip over my own feet, walk into walls, hit my head on everything...it makes for some very colorful limbs.



Bobby is a good sport. Unfortunately, he didn't bring his lamb ears (how rude!) when he moved here; fortunately, I happened to have a spare pair of bunny ears. Why? Because you never know when you need to be a bunny, and two bunnies are always better than one. Miku's bunny ears were purchased for this very Easter occasion. I can't pretend I had those laying around.







I actually purchase this dress for Kimbly, but I decided to wear it once before passing it on. It is second-hand, so no harm in wearing it, right? I looked everywhere for my pearls and couldn't find them. I swear, I am becoming my mom. She always puts things in a "safe place" and then can never remember where this "safe place" is. She just gave me this beautiful little vintage jewelry box but I'm having a hard time locating some of my most precious pieces. Thanks for the forgetful genes, mom! At least I now have a real safe place to keep them in...once I find them.


Outfit Details:
Betsey Johnson dress - Beacon's Closet
Cropped sweater - Anthropologie
Seamed stockings (I knoooow, they're too dark...I didn't realize this until it was too late) - Urban Outfitters
Bow belt - thrifted
Bow heels - Nine West
Vintage purse - gift from my mom's bff Dawn
Vintage gloves - park slope flea market
Vintage necklace - Hourglass Consignment

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. How did you spend your Easter?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!




Happy Easter, gals and guys! If you don't celebrate Easter, just enjoy all of the chocolate and bunny stuff that goes on sale, tomorrow. It's all about bunnies and colored eggs for me...and chocolate. I haven't had any chocolate today (Easter without the family = no Easter basket!), so I'm definitely looking forward to our dinner and dessert. Speaking of which, I am running late. I will leave you with these photos, as I rush off to dinner. I would have put bunny ears on the kitties, but I kind of want to live to see tomorrow. They would kill me in my sleep. Luckily, Miku puts up with my shenanigans.






Love love and dainty Easter gloves,

Keiko Lynn, Bobby and Miku

Friday, April 10, 2009

All That Jazz



Despite my aversion to going outdoors until Sunday (for fear of an anvil falling on my head), Bobby dragged me out of the apartment and into the new Topshop. We didn't buy anything, just browsed, but it did me a bit of good to forget about my ailing family members, electronics and that leaky ceiling (and subsequent lot of ruined clothes). To further our escape from reality, we indulged in delicious comfort foods: Curly's and their pizza shop neighbor, Artichoke. Bobby ordered from Curly's and I waited in the long line at Artichoke, and we split the two. The artichoke slice was worth the wait. I was in a great mood, after that. We also had itty bitty, bite-size cupcakes (rainbow color!) from that little place on Spring St. (I think it's on Spring). There is an obvious connection between my happiness and colorful food. Remember Kim's comment about not getting to the ice cream man on time? Bobby tracked down the ice cream truck, mere minutes later, and bought me a swirl cone with rainbow sprinkles...it definitely made me feel better. I love rainbow sprinkles!




Outfit Details:
glasses - Bobby's (I didn't actually wear them)
shrunken double breasted blazer - thrifted (high school days!)
sequin blouse - Beacon's Closet
bow belt - thrifted
shorts - thrifted and altered
tights - h&m
shoes - jeffrey campbell

-Keiko Lynn

Keiko and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

This week has been awful. Every time I say, "It can't get worse than this," it does, so I've stopped saying it and started accepting that yes, it can and it probably will. Since my dreadful week officially started on Sunday afternoon (following a lovely picnic day) I can only hope that's where it will end. It makes sense, since Monday is the day I should be receiving my new phone and restored MacBook (fingers crossed).

About backing up... most of my photographs and important data are backed up - I do have an external hard drive. But a crucial memory card worth of photographs was corrupted in the transfer, and a few others were never transferred at all. Here's the irony - remember how my MacBook crashed right when I was backing up my files? It did it again, only I hadn't even connected the drive, yet. It was just sitting there, on the table. Why do I get punished for trying to prevent such an atrocity?! 

I know Kim filled you in on the rest of my misfortune, so I'll spare you the details. Suffice to say, I haven't been in the best of moods. I'm trying to laugh it all off, but it's proving to be rather difficult. I just keep telling myself that Monday is my day. Monday is my day, despite my persistently leaking ceiling. I'm just grateful that my grandpa is out of the hospital and that my great grandma is in good hands.  

Love love,

Keiko Lynn

p.s. We just got a new modem, after waiting around for time warner (they don't deserve proper capitals) for approximately 7 hours (they were supposed to be here at noon...it's past seven).

p.p.s. Friends/family: If you need to reach me, call Bobby.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

And the winner is... not Keiko!

Hi everyone! Kimbly here.

Murphy's Law is out to get Keiko. As soon as she has her internet and computer back, she'll update and fill you guys in. Here's the summarized version:

1) Her grandpa had a minor stroke and was hospitalize. (He was released!)
2) Her great- grandma had a heart attack and is currently in the hospital. (Luckily, she's ok.)
3) Her computer crashed... AGAIN.
4) She had to pay a lot of money to retrieve the data. (They are still working on it.)
5) The cats (little darlings) knocked over a flower vase which spilt water on the modem a.k.a. fried it.
6) The ceiling is leaking REALLY badly. It has so far soaked her mattress, sheets, and a laundry bag's worth of clothes. (Note: the ceilings are metal which equals rusty water AND the clothing dyes all bled onto each other.)
7) The super, manager, AND landlord are all Jewish and won't answer their phones for the duration of Passover... which just started tonight.
8) While she was trying to get into the car, she dropped her water bottle all over herself, soaking her coat, jeans, and phone. Needless to say, her phone does not work.
9) I told her she needed a 9th because bad things come in 3's. She thinks it's the guy in the hall that keeps banging his door and making Miku bark. I think it's the fact that she missed the ice cream truck man while trying to change out of the wet jeans (courtesy of the water bottle in number 8).

Onto more uplifting news, we have a winner for that amazing clutch from Hourglass Consignment. Now I'll be honest: I wanted to add a comment and pretend to pull my own number at random. But I have a conscience. So the winner is...:

jasminelily

Keiko will be contacting you shortly, as soon as she picks up the pieces of her shattered life. Luckily, she has friends like me to poke fun at her comically horrible situations.

I hope you all have a fantastic Easter, Passover, etc.!!!

Love,
Kimbly

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hourglass Consignment Giveaway!

On my recent trip home, my mom was kind enough to donate a couple of vintage items from her shop, Hourglass Consignment, for a giveaway. Today's giveaway is for a lovely, vintage evening bag. It has intricate beading, scalloped edges and a snap closure. Leave a comment below, for a chance to win! The winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, at 9 pm EST. Make sure you leave your email address or contact info, if you are not a registered user...I need a way to contact you, if you win.



Thank you to my mom, for the amazing giveaways. If you are in or around South Florida, please check out her store: Hourglass Consignment, in Margate, on 441 and Atlantic Blvd.

I have several wonderful giveaways lined up, so keep checking back!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Morton Salt Girl



Today, I inadvertently dressed as a walking salt advertisement, which was just fine by me. It has been windy and rainy all week (although today was mostly windy) and I have been getting a serious case of cabin fever. Having an entire day out of the house was extremely refreshing. We had brunch, bought a lot of really awesome things at antique shop and did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. I spent half an hour searching through boxes of old tintype photos, magazines, advertisements and other little bits of nostalgia, from past generations. We ended up leaving with a 1915 edition of White Fang, a beautiful portrait of a woman (from 1926), a vintage "Alteration and Repairs" sign for above my sewing station, some antique bottle openers and a stack of [redacted - I know you're reading this, mom!] for my mom's birthday. The best part was finding a super old negative (of a woman hanging clothing on a line), inside of the book. I love the random things that people leave as bookmarks.


I spent most of my day pushing my hair out of my face.





umbrella: ny street vendor
vintage dress - thrifted, altered to fit and hemmed shorter) ($2)
silver tights - urban outfitters ($3.99)
shoes - jeffrey campbell ($50)
vintage bag - hourglass consignment
p.s. I have matching hotpants underneath. Not the same fabric but same color:)

Lovely as it was, I'm already itching to get out, tomorrow. Tonight, I have a lot of work - I'm finally putting up a ton of new headbands and have to start planning for the Unique LA event. Tomorrow, we are having a picnic! That is, if the weather permits. Please, please, please...permit!

-Keiko Lynn

Friday, April 3, 2009

Bust Magazine Shoot



I've been a little busy lately (and honestly, in a bit of a funk), but I'm finally getting around to posting the behind the scenes photos from my shoot with Bust! The shoot took place on Tuesday, at Karine's (the photographer) apartment and then in front of the library. We shot three (and a half) different outfits, but I only have two to show you. Catherine joined us and took these pictures - thanks, Catherine! She wrote more about it on her blog, so you can read a little more about it, there. She even referenced how much I tripped, while walking around. I wish I could blame it on the heels, but I just can't walk, in general. I stumble all over the place; my ankles are constantly giving out on me. It's gotten so that I'm not even embarrassed anymore...I take a few spills now and then and just laugh it off.


This is me, trying to do a mini-leap and still maintain a nice expression. Not quite! Hopefully some of Karine's photographs caught me looking a little more normal.



Me, Karine and Lisa (from Bust). Sometimes my eyes disappear when I smile.


We got stopped by a foreign news crew, who asked me if this was the new American style. I don't even remember my response. I just giggled a lot. Now they're going to think that everyone leaps around in ruffled skirts and trips in their heels.



We ended up going back to Karine's apartment, again. She wanted to shoot something with sequins, because of the pretty back lighting.



I had to throw something together at the last minute, because I hadn't planned on using the sequined vest. While I was pretending to be a model, her little dog Nico was hamming it up in the background. Having animals around definitely lightens the mood. It also didn't hurt that Karine was by far the nicest, easiest photographer to work with. I'm looking forward to working with her again, in the near future!

Overall, the shoot was a lot of fun. Lisa and Karine were great, and Catherine was a huge help. Catherine and I had a nice lunch and Bobby came to meet us, afterward. That's when the day took a turn for the worse. Dun dun DUNNNN! He got a parking ticket AND got impounded. We walked up to the car, as they were hooking it up to the tow truck. The guy was a total jerk and wouldn't even explain anything. It also bothered me that he had the doors open and was fishing around inside...so shady. To make a long story short, we followed it to the impoundment lot. Two hours and $300 later, we got the car back. Woooohooooo!



There were signs posted that said, "Picture taking prohibited!" I sure showed them!!!


Bobby was relieved to get the car back. I was, too, but I also wanted to punch that guy in the face. I know it's his job, but he seemed to really enjoy ruining someone's day. Rude, rude, rude!

Oh well, all is well that ends well. At least we got it back!


-Keiko Lynn

p.s. Outfit Details - I almost forgot!:
1) Vintage top (altered to fit) - Fellsmere Inn (I bought the entire estate's vintage clothing)
Tiered ruffle skirt - Postlapsaria (I made it)
Tights - I've had them since high school
Heels - nine west
Vintage Bag - Hourglass Consignment

2) Vintage top - thrifted
skirt - postlapsaria
sequin vest - thrifted
tights - h&m
shoes - jeffrey campbell