Monday, August 31, 2009

Winners of NStyle Vintage Giveaway

The winners of the NStyle Vintage Giveaway are:

$50 credit: Skylar Day

$25 credit: Paige

Free Shipping: Chelsea

Congratulations, girls!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Colts




I think I'm one of the few people who genuinely enjoyed high school. I loved my academics, musical theatre, the art program, everything. I even loved my teachers, save for a few.

Despite my love for high school, I never showed very much school spirit. I skipped most of the pep rallies, never attended homecoming, and wasn't exactly popular. Our class shirts were ridiculous - they said, "Tap it!" and I still don't really get what that has to do with colts. I chose to forgo the class shirts, in favor of my mom's old shirt. They had way better shirts back then!

This shirt dates back to 1976 - it has been passed down from my mom, to my older sister, to me, to my younger sister, and back to me. That is, until Tessa starts high school, in another year (so weird). We all went to Coral Springs High, and horse lovers that we are, it does seem appropriate that our mascot was the colt. As a matter of fact, my pony Shawn was the mascot for Ponytail Camp at CSHS!

I must admit, I'll be sad to let this shirt go...partially because I love the shirt, but mostly because it means Tessa is growing up, and it freaks me out! I still remember crying when she went to kindergarten.

Outfit Details:
Vintage Fedora - from my mom
Vintage CSHS shirt - from my mom
Cutoff shorts - thrifted
Bow belt - thrifted

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. What was your mascot?

Friday, August 28, 2009

NStyle Vintage Giveaway!



NStyle Vintage is offering prizes to three of my readers! To enter, simply visit NStyle Vintage and leave a comment below. Anyone can enter! Don't forget to leave an email address, so we can contact you, if you win.

Bonus Entries: Add NStyle Vintage to your Etsy favorites, or link to this post on your facebook, twitter or blog. Leave a separate comment with a link to your etsy favorites or your repost for additional entries.

The contest will end on Monday evening, at 9 pm EST. I will choose three winners at random. Good luck!


-Keiko Lynn

Shark and Princess

Let this be a warning to all of your children. I'm about to tell you a harrowing tale, based on true events.

Meet Tessa. Tessa used to be a normal little girl, carefree and full of wonder. She danced ballet, pranced around with furry friends, and performed improvised plays in front of her grandma's fireplace, for everyone's enjoyment.

Yes, she was a normal girl. That is, until she made a scowling face at her mother, at her request to wear a pretty pink dress to her Honor Society Induction. She didn't care for pretty pink dresses anymore, casting them aside with her ballet shoes, for jeans and converse. Tessa responded with a rather dramatic, pinched face, and feigned anguish, through forced tears. Her mom often warned, "Make that face and it might stay that way," but just like any other child, she didn't listen. That's when something even more peculiar happened - she turned into a shark!

Eh, she got used to it and went about her life. She had bigger fish to fry, so to speak, with the new school year approaching and her little niece coming to town for a visit.

Meet Roxy. Roxy is a normal little girl, carefree and full of wonder. She does gymnastics, wears a different princess dress on a daily basis, and knows all of the words to every top hit from the 80s, 90s and today.








Unlike her older Aunt Tessa, Roxy had not yet outgrown her princess dresses, and her favorite color was pink. We knew we didn't have to worry about convincing her to wear pretty pink princess dresses, but she did have a tendency to make funny faces. And when she didn't get her way (or didn't have enough beauty sleep), she would frown and pout and give us the evil eyes.

Roxy wanted to use my camera, so I let her take a few pictures. Just taking a few wasn't enough, and she made that very clear, by sticking her tongue out at me and folding her arms. Tessa warned her to check her attitude at the door, because if she made those faces, she might regret it.

Just like Tessa, she didn't listen. She made an angry shark face!

That's when the morphing began. I wouldn't have believed it, if I didn't see it with my own eyes.

And that's how Princess Roxy Mae turned into a shark.

The End.

-Keiko Lynn

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Keiko Lynn Dress




ModClothmade me their blogger of the moment, and named this dress after me! They were very kind and sent me one of my own. I couldn't wait to wear it!










For some reason, grunge has been on my mind, lately. It comes up in so many conversations. Maybe it's because my best friend is moving to Seattle and we joked about how she should embrace the 90s stereotype and wear a lot of flannel. Maybe it's because I have been listening to a lot of the grunge era music I used to love. Maybe it's because I need an excuse to curb my showering (this is a lie). Either way, when I got dressed in the morning, all I wanted to do was wear a babydoll dress or a vintage slip and frizz my hair up. Crazy as she may, Courtney Love had a bit of a train wreck, offbeat, gutter beauty about her, back in the day.

Obviously, I am way too girly and clean to properly execute the look, so I traded in flats for heels, and put my lipstick on inside of my lips, instead of smearing it around my face. I haven't broken in the shoes yet, so I paired them with knee high socks, to keep the blisters away. The end result was nothing like I originally planned, but it was definitely more "me," you know? A little bit girly, a little bit over the top. Definitely a little 90s, but not the grunge part. Oh well, I guess I am a failure at being fussy-free and cooly unkempt. Maybe next time. Or maybe I'll just stick to being myself, eh? After all, when wearing your namesake, you should dress the part.


Outfit Details:
Bow barrette - Postlapsaria
Keiko Lynn Dress - ModCloth
Sparkle and Fade socks - Urban Outfitters
Navy Heels - Calvin Klein

You can read my interview with ModCloth over here. I also included some of my favorite items, so please check it out!

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. You can buy your own Keiko Lynn Dress! Click the link to see the listing. If you buy it, please send me pictures of how you styled it!

p.p.s. Click the Blogger of the Moment banner to see all of my favorite ModCloth items.

Monday, August 24, 2009

My Own Little Universe Giveaway

The winner of the My Own Little Universe bracelet giveaway is Corrie. Thanks to everyone for participating. Another sponsored giveaway is coming soon!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Contrast










I came home to a stack of packages; I have never felt so special! Usually, I don't get anything more than bills or return packages (it's like a big "PSYCH!" every single time). It ended up being incredibly convenient, because I had nothing to wear. Almost everything in my closet, at the moment, is meant for fall or winter; everything else is in boxes or the dirty laundry. I put together this outfit with three of my newly opened items (two from ModCloth and one from Cambridge Satchel, and paired them with my all time favorite blouse, which cost me a whopping dollar. I used to have this blouse in two colors, and somehow the other one disappeared. Strange.

The combination of an electric blue body-con skirt, bright yellow satchel and lace blouse may seem odd, but I like the contrast. I don't do all out sexy; it looks forced on me. I like a little more of a balance, of grown up and girly. As for the bag, it has quickly become my new favorite. I'm slowly getting back into smaller bags. My shoulder is thanking me.

Outfit Details:
Vintage, lace blouse with a button up back: Sanford Flea Market, back in '03
Belt: thrifted
Discotheque Skirt: ModCloth
Yellow Satchel: Cambridge Satchel Company
Bewitching Peep Toes: ModCloth


-Keiko Lynn


Friday, August 21, 2009

My Own Little Universe Giveaway

Today's giveaway is courtesy of My Own Little Universe. The winner will receive this handmade, upcycled chain bracelet, from their Etsy shop.

To enter, simply visit My Own Little Universe and then leave a comment below. Don't forget to give your email address!

*Bonus entries: If you have an Etsy account, add My Own Little Universe to your favorites! Leave an additional comment with a link to your favorites for a bonus entry. Don't have an Etsy account? Link to this post on your blog, twitter or facebook and comment with a link to where you posted it, and you will receive a bonus entry. Up to three entries per person! Each entry must be posted in a separate comment. The contest will end on Monday evening, at 9 pm EST. I will choose a winner at random. Good luck!

-Keiko Lynn

P.S. Katie, from My Own Little Universe, is hosting her own, separate giveway at her blog. She's giving away a pair of really cute earrings. Check it out here!

Cotton Candy Summer









My last couple of days in Florida were a little less hectic. Tessa and I mastered the art of giving Kitty Boos his medicine, which cleared up a lot of my time. We spent most of the day watching over him, but were able to leave him to rest for an hour or two, here and there. I didn't have much clothing on hand, since my visit was supposed to only be a week. I ended up altering this old dress, that had a matronly mock turtle neck and a dowdy, ankle length hem. I gave it elastic princess sleeves, lowered the neckline, added the button tab to the back and shortened the hem. Not perfect, but it worked well, in a pinch.

I'm hoping things start looking up. My best friend, Lauren, is in town right now. I'm so glad to have her here; she is always a life saver. I'm happy to be smiling again.

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Boobear Update

Kitty Boos, recovering and taking it easy.


He's shaved in a couple of different places, where he had his little shots and such.


Pain medication/sedative kicking in.

Five of Boo's medications. Three liquids and two pills, twice daily. Poor baby:(

I'm sorry I haven't been updating. Florida was anything but a vacation, for very obvious reasons. Between vet visits, medicine, litter box patrol, etc., I had little time to update, and little will. I felt like I was jinxing everything, because just when I would say he was doing better, he would take a turn for the worse.

Here's the past couple of weeks, in a nutshell:
Boo had a severe urinary blockage and almost died - I thought he was dead when I picked him up. He made it through the first night, was feeling a lot better the second, and spiked a bad fever on the third. One vet thought he blocked again, but his regular vet said he did not, and that the surgery was unnecessary. Picked him up on the fourth day. Extended my Florida stay, to take care of Boo. Gave him five different medications, twice daily. Started him on a special diet. Woke up at least five or six times a night, to make sure he was breathing. Jumped up every time he used the litter box, to make sure everything was normal. He started eating again, and was getting back to being alert, playful and cuddly. I talked it over with the vet and he said everything was looking great, that his cultures were normal, etc., but that I should wait to travel with him for about a month, since he is recovering. I booked a flight back to New York, leaving him in the care of my lil sis and parents. He was doing great.

Around 1 AM, a few hours after my flight landed, Tessa called me and said his urine was red and he was straining again. I called the vet and he said to bring him in. I was ready to jump back on a plane. I was shaking and crying, thinking he blocked again, but it turned out to be another complication from the catheter and medications. They put him on an IV, gave him some pain medication and sent him back home. I can bring him back toward the end of September, as long as his checkup is good and Dr. Frankel gives the okay. Until then, Tessa is updating me at least three times a day, and taking special care of him.

About the animal hospital: I took Kitty Boos to Coral Springs Animal Hospital. My first impression was awful - the receptionist was kind of abrupt and wasn't helpful at all. Before they even touched him, they typed up an estimate. Unfortunately, I literally ran out the door with Boo in my arms, leaving my purse behind. I had to send my mom to pick up my purse and bring it to me, because they wouldn't do anything until I had all of the payment. Luckily, I was able to put about $1500 down and get things started, and paid the rest when I picked him up. This made me furious - it was an emergency, they told me he would die if we didn't start right away, but wouldn't even start until I had the $1500 down. I understand it is a business, and they need to get paid. But really, you can't even start? I even asked if I could just give them my card number or something, while we waited for my mom to get there. Then, when my mom arrived with my purse, the receptionist was nowhere to be found. Turns out, she slipped out when her shift ended, not waiting for her replacement (who came twenty minutes later). So much time was wasted, and I was feeling a lot of ill will toward the hospital.

In the end, the animal hospital was actually a lot better than I expected. The hospital facility is pretty incredible, and it's clear why their prices are higher. I felt comfortable leaving Boo with them, because the staff was really attentive and informative. His regular vet, Dr. Frankel, was amazing. He was super nice, considerate, and patient. He updated me every step of the way, and did a pretty good job at reassuring me. He has been calling to check on Boo, answering all of my annoying emails, and even waived the emergency visit fee the other night. I also called the vet office a million times, and they were always really patient with me. I appreciated that, because I know I am annoying. I can never have kids; I am neurotic.

After hearing stories from several friends who had similar experiences there, I came to the conclusion that the money thing is a hospital rule, not an individual one. It made me feel like they didn't care about the animal, only the money, but that just seems to be a rule put in place for everyone. Like I said, I understand it, I just don't like it. But I definitely realized that they are animal lovers - at least Dr. Frankel and the nurses I met.

Now, we just have to keep a close eye on Boobear. Once he is up here, it will be a breeze, because I am home all the time. Also, we can add him to the pet insurance, which will be great. I don't want to jinx anything anymore, so I will just say that he is still recovering, and he is so grateful for all of your well wishes and support. So am I!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. Did you know that Kitty Boos is a blogger? He doesn't use it anymore, but he used to keep a livejournal and leave me comments. It was a great mystery, until my friend Korey confessed to making it for him:)