Sunday, November 29, 2009

I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter.






Outfit Details: thrifted blazer, thrifted dress (altered), vintage gloves, 80%20 shoes, vintage belt, tights from Urban Outfitters.

We're gearing up for the Bust Craftacular (December 6th!) and I'm behind on my posts. Luckily, I have quite a few from last week, because I've been busy/pajama-ing the last few days while I work/punch myself in the face repeatedly. Nevertheless, it's nice to look back and think, "Last week was awesome." I met up with my good friend Jason (my prom date!) and his boyfriend for lunch. I love seeing Jason because we can go a year without seeing each other and pick up right where we left off. Friends like that are hard to come by.

That was last week. This week has been a bash my head against the wall kind of week - but I'll save the sorry details for my friends, bless their patient little hearts. I'll just say that I've heard "You have the worst luck of anyone I know" more and more these days. It doesn't take much to make me happy; it really doesn't. It just seems like things keep going awry and it's rather frustrating if not downright maddening!

Yesterday, I sat at my sewing machine looking defeated and on the verge of tears. Kim walked up to me and said, "Do you need a hug? You look like you need hug."

I did. It helped.

Sometimes you just need a little reminder that it isn't the whole world who is against you. I always have my friends and family.

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beta Accessories Giveaway!




Today's giveaway is courtesy of Beta Accessories, who is offering one of my lucky readers a vintage scarf, made in Italy.

To enter, simply visit Beta Accessories and then leave a comment below.

Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST tomorrow, November 29th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in this post. Good luck!

-Keiko Lynn

Update: The winner is Belen! Congratulations:)

The Winner of the Recycled Rings Giveaway Is...

Kat! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone for participating:)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Brooklyn Flea



I've been working my butt off trying to get new items done for the BUST Craftacular (December 6th! Mark your calendars), so this is just a little outfit post from our day at the Brooklyn Flea. We sold a lot of goodies, ate a lot of great food (Whimsy & Spice, Red Hook Lobster, Pizza Moto!) and caught up with friends. I even ran into Mr. Newton, who asked to take some quick shots of my outfit. Lucky for me, since I didn't have any for the blog. See more at mrnewton.net. Thanks, Eddie!

The Brooklyn Flea is one of my absolute favorite places to visit on the weekend, and I'm sad this was the last outdoor one until Spring. They will have a holiday market in Manhattan and then move indoors in Dumbo until the weather is warmer. I'm sure I'll still visit the indoor market but I can't wait until the outdoor ones open up again. See you next Spring, Brooklyn Flea!

Outfit Details:
green coat - Zara
peter pan top - Beacon's Closet
Ruffled skirt - Postlapsaria
tights - TJ Maxx
shoes - Payless

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. If you enjoy street style blogs, add Mr. Newton to your list. You've probably seen his photos on refinery29 and Style Sightings - now he has his own blog.

Taken from a recent post: "There are so many beautiful and fashionable girls wandering around New York and other fashion capitals…and most of them are not models, but just normal girls going about their daily business…the street muses. I really appreciate each and every one of them and the effort they make towards making our cities better (cooler, prettier, more interesting) places to live."

Maybe that's why I enjoy his blog so much; it's a little more relatable than some of its counterparts that I frequent.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Recycled Rings Giveaway





Today's giveaway is courtesy of Recycled Rings, who is offering one of my lucky readers a watercolor peacock headband. Isn't it lovely?

To enter, simply visit Recycled Rings and then leave a comment below.

Bonus Entry: Follow the Recycled Rings blog and leave an additional comment for a second entry!

Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST on Friday, November 27th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in a new post. Good luck!

-Keiko Lynn

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Childhood Friends





When I was little, I had two safety blankets: my actual blanket, named Bee-kon, and my panda, Snowball. My mom threw away Bee-Kon when I was still a wee one (I'll never forgive her) but Snowball has lasted through the ages. I've had her since I was two (possibly three), so now you all know where my panda obsession began. She was a get-well gift for my mom and was passed down to me. Family, friends, boyfriends and loves all know Snowball very well and accept the fact that I will never get rid of her. She has gotten discolored over the years but that's quite alright; I still love her all the same.

I'm 25 but I'm still very much a child at heart - look at that pouty face. Some might find it weird that I've held onto a stuffed panda all my life, but who says growing up means letting go of the little things that bring us happiness? Now, if I was still walking around with my Bee-Kon and sucking my thumb...that might be a little different.

Do you have a childhood "safety blanket"?

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Market Publique Giveaway Winner

Penny is our winner. Congratulations!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Market Publique Giveaway!





Today's giveaway is courtesy of Market Publique, the vintage marketplace. Market Publique is offering one of my lucky readers this incredible vintage sea turtle necklace! He has movable limbs!

I'm super excited about this giveaway, although I know Kim is bumming out. This is her favorite giveaway item yet, and poor Kim will be sad to say goodbye to our little sea turtle friend.

To enter, simply visit Market Publique and then leave a comment below.

Bonus Entry: Add Market Publique on Twitter and comment with your username for an additional entry!

Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST on Tuesday, November 24th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in a new post. Good luck!

-Keiko Lynn

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holiday Sponsorships Available!




Hey gals and gents, do you want to sponsor my blog? The holidays are just around the corner!

My sponsorships are small-business friendly, with low weekly or monthly rates and several opportunities to maximize your exposure.
Click the picture for details and email me at keikolynn@gmail.com for more info.

Love love,

Keiko Lynn

Friday, November 20, 2009

Open Your Heart; I'll Make You Love Me






I listen to old Madonna more than I should admit. Kim completely ruined this song for me (not really) when she told me what really goes on at peep shows! Here I thought they were classier joints where young fellas waited outside with their hearts a flutter, and went dancing off into the sunset.


Outfit details:
pink lace top - thrifted
grey skirt - thrifted, altered
grey fishnets - not sure
pink socks - forever 21
grey heels - Jeffrey Campbell
Cambridge Zip Top Tote - courtesy of Coach
The makeup I used can be seen here.

The socks were an afterthought - more of a warm-my-toes decision than a fashion choice. Sometimes you just have to keep your feeties from freezing (my coat was removed for the pictures).

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. New Yorkers, we will be selling at the Brooklyn Flea tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am-5pm. Come out and see us! We'll have Postlapsaria and vintage clothing, as well as accessories from As All Get Out.

House of Le'Moore Giveaway!




Today's giveaway is courtesy of House of Le'Moore, an Etsy shop full of vintage finds. One of my lucky readers will win a $25 credit for the item(s) of your choice.

To enter, simply visit House of Le'Moore and then leave a comment below.


Entries will be accepted until tomorrow (Saturday), 11/21, until 9PM EST. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in a new post. Good luck!

People of Montreal, please help! We need to find a home for this kitty!

Yana, fellow kitty cat lover, has been taking care of a homeless kitty that showed up at her deck. She is searching for a home for her, or even a no kill shelter that will take her in and care for her until she is placed. If you want to take the pretty girl in, know someone who will, or know of a great shelter with free space, please let Yana know. Spread the word!

Yana's blog can be seen here, along with a picture of the kitty.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bat Your Lashes




I often receive cosmetics in gift bags and in the mail, and there is nothing more fun than testing them all out. After a disastrous day with a crappy concealer and vanishing lipstick, I took my own advice and played with some new makeup on a less hectic day. The irony is that I ended up liking this makeup more, and it didn't budge the whole day. Even through brunch and a mid afternoon nap. What did I use? Naturally, I made an itemized list, just in case you want to recreate this look or something similar. It seems like a whole lot of products for such a subtle look:


Face:

- I prepped my whole face with Smashbox Photo Finish. This is by far my favorite primer - it makes your face silky smooth; it's the perfect base for makeup. Think of it as a gesso, only for your face! I was so happy to find this in my gift bag from the Seychelles preview, because I've been out of it for so long. If you want to pick some up for yourself, here's a tip that I have always employed: buy the travel size, instead. At .5 oz, you can buy two and get the same amount as the full size and save $4.

- I applied Christopher Drummond concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. This concealer is awesome. Maybe it's because I usually just use a bit of foundation or some cheap crap I got at the drug store, but I was impressed with the coverage and overall look of this. Bonus: their makeup is organic and they don't test on animals (same goes for all of the products I'm listing). At $22.50, I feel like this is worth the price.

- I then dusted Christopher Drummond Veludo Velvet Foundation in Light over my whole face. I usually don't like loose powders because they are too similar to chalk, and we all know I hate chalk as much as I hate styrofoam. Everyone is always raving about mineral makeup and I decided to give it a go. *Pros: The coverage is nice and even, without looking cakey. It didn't budge all day, even when I used it without the primer. It also didn't irritate my skin at all and that is a rare thing, with my sensitive skin. *Cons: At $65, the price is way out of my range. Also, I still can't get over loose powders and chalk being cousins.

Eyes/brows:
- No matter what I am doing with my eyes, I always, always use MAC paint all over my lids. In this case, I used Bare Canvas. Paints make your shadows pop and keep your liner from slipping, creasing and giving you raccoon eyes.

- I did an initial line on my top lashline with MAC fluidline in blacktrack. This is my favorite liner, period.

- Lashes! I have short, straight lashes - even when I put a ton of mascara on and curl them, nothing. I took full advantage of the lashes Revlon sent to me. These have a self adhesive, which made them a cinch to put on. I was worried they would drift throughout the day but they stayed put. I chose a more subtle pair for this look (I believe they're called flirty). After applying the lashes, I went over them with another line of fluidline and some Prescriptives mascara.

- For a little bit of shimmer, I used Christopher Drummond's radiance booster on my brow bone and near my tear ducts. I don't think that's the intended use but it looked really pretty!

- Let's not even talk about the brows. It's a sensitive subject. I lost my 266 MAC brush and haven't found a suitable replacement. It was a special edition holiday brush with stiffer bristles, which is why I can't replace it with the regular one (it's too soft). Is the new holiday brush kit's 266SE suitable for brows? I'm wondering if it's worth paying $50 when I only need one of the brushes.

Cheeks and lips:

- Enter my new holy grail makeup product: Julie Hewett cheekie cheek and lip shine, in Bette. I received this way back in September in my Coach gift bag and only recently started using it. It somehow ended up on my mantle and was forgotten until just last week. Now I can't stop using it. It gives the perfect amount of flush to the cheeks and lips and doesn't budge. It also doesn't irritate my lips (another rarity) and has the perfect amount of pigment. A little goes a really long way. I just smudged it on with my finger; it makes it look more natural. I want to buy this in every color (it comes in seven shades). It is perfect. Does anyone have experience with any other Julie Hewett products? I'm curious.


Love love,
Keiko Lynn

La La Links



- I'm on Glamour.com as their best dressed reader!

- Check out my Symmetry Seven answers at Style Symmetry!

- Weardrobe just launched an awesome new feature, where you can browse similar item suggestions (under "shop this look") for each featured outfit. If you're ever wondering where you can get something similar to what your other favorite bloggers wore, be sure to check out Weardrobe! You can currently see some of their suggestions on the main page.

Exclamation point!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Winner of Corvus Noir Giveaway

The winner of the Corvus Noir giveaway is...
Kate!

Congratulations, Kate! Thank you to everyone for participating. With the holidays coming up, there are a whole lot of giveaways planned. Please check back!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Week's Review


One of these days, I'll get caught up and won't be writing about things that happened two weeks ago. One of these days. I had a very busy week, complete with actual social outings. Gasp! The hermit left her habitat not once but three times in the week, for something other than errands and work. In an effort to catch up to relevant events, here is what you missed, in three parts.

1) Two lunch dates with three lovely girls!



First, lunch at Red Cat with Vanessa and Cara. I love them! Apparently I decided to dress up as a little boy from a period film. What the heck. I don't know what to tell you guys. The hat made it even more ridiculous, but my ears were killing me and I needed something to cover them. Despite my odd little costume, we had a great lunch and they brought me my little envelope clutch (the ones we got to design/oversee at Coach). Pictures of that later! Outfit details: thrifted blazer, vintage beret, antique blouse, vintage bow, vintage belt, 4 stroke jeans? or maybe forever 21, vintage boots.


The next day, I had lunch at Ella with Pamela from Market Publique. After lunch, we headed over to their space down the street. They gave me these amazing vintage orange gloves that match my coat perfectly! I put them on immediately; my fingers were frozen. I'll give them a proper debut later in the week, now that the weather is going back to lower levels. I also picked up a really freaking cute necklace for a giveaway...wait until you see it next week! Outfit Details: vintage beret, vintage coat, vintage dress, forever 21 shirt, Market Publique vintage gloves, thrifted belt, Target tights, ModCloth shoes.

After our lunch, I fell down an entire flight of stairs at the station. It not only hurt like crazy, it also ruined the heels of my shoes. I am so graceful.

2) We rescued a pup and found a new home for him!




While thrifting in Long Island, we came across this little guy. He was tied to a pole with a rope and had no collar. We found out he had been there for over seven hours - someone abandoned him. We took him home, obviously! After calling shelters and posting on craigslist, we pretty much confirmed what we already knew - no one was looking for him. We found him a loving new home. Kim and I both cried when we dropped him off. He is the sweetest, cuddliest little pup. He just melts in your arms.

3) My Lloyd Dobler dreams came true!


Kim and I were surrounded by the Lloyd Dobler "Mobler" and they all held their boomboxes above their heads, playing "In Your Eyes." It was probably one of the best things that has ever happened to us. I was laughing so hard, I started tearing up. They didn't know it at the time, but I knew one of the Lloyds...so we knew what was going on. Yep, that's Bobby on the right!



A crowd of Lloyd Doblers went around the city with their boomboxes above their heads, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of "Say Anything." Some recipients were bewildered, others annoyed (I saw one in particular that looked so angry), but most got a huge kick out of it. One girl even posted on missed connections, saying how they made all of her dreams come true. That's a girl after my own heart! We couldn't help but smile all day.

Now you're all caught up! What was your week like?

-Keiko Lynn

Monday, November 16, 2009

She doesn't need much besides the clothes on her floor.








I hate doing laundry. Mainly because it means I have to go to the laundromat. I miss the days of in house washing machines and dryers - I left those in Florida with central air and swimming pools, boo. I'm a spoiled little brat and Bobby always does my laundry. When he doesn't get around to it, I just make new clothes! That's what I did for this outfit; I had nothing to wear, so I made a dress. When my clothes no longer fit into the hamper and are strewn about the floor, you know it's time for me to suck it up and do laundry. The best/worst part about all of this is that I made the dress that morning, and was late because I spent more time on it than I thought I would. I messed up the bodice and had to hack off an inch and a half, because I didn't have time to start over. It ended up being a less flattering, baby doll style. But you know, at least I wasn't naked.

I look miserable in that last picture because I was in a horrible mood and was running super late for the Seychelles preview. I'm always running late. Once I got there, I had a great time. I met some really awesome gals and gents, oohed and ahhed over all of the beautiful new designs and even got my nails done. It was all fine and good until I got on the train and realized that I had eyeliner all under my eyes and my lipstick was just a line around my lips. Word to the wise: don't ever try out new makeup products when you are going out. Try them out at home first and stick to your staples when in doubt! I looked like a clown. Lesson learned!

Outfit Details:
coat - Zara
sweetheart dress - made by me
tights and shoes - Target

Love love,

Keiko Lynn

p.s. Don't forget to enter the Corvus Noir Giveaway!

Corvus Noir Giveaway!




Today's giveaway is courtesy of Corvus Noir, who specialize in the dark and beautiful transformations of vintage and antique findings. One of my lucky readers will win this Corvus Noir handmade/one of a kind, reworked vintage Ingersoll pocket watch pendant (2"w x 2.5"h) from the 1940s. The chain was made from a mix of vintage chains and measures 22".

To enter, simply visit Corvus Noir and then leave a comment below.

BONUS: Double entries to anyone who adds them on twitter and leaves an additional comment.



Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, 11/18, until 9PM EST. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in a new post. Good luck!

p.s. For those of you in New York, Corvus Noir sells at Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg - it's right off the L train Bedford stop.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Advintagous Giveaway Winner

Sorry for the delay! The winner of the Advintagous vintage wicker bag is...

Linda!

Congratulations! Stay tuned - there's a Corvus Noir giveaway tomorrow!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Postlapsaria Update

New handmade clothing at my site! Click the pictures to visit each item.

Postlapsaria "Merrylegs" skirt in brown and navy.


Postlapsaria "Lorelei" Dress in red and white lace.


Postlapsaria "Merrylegs" skirt in plaid flannel.


Postlapsaria "Maelee" grey knit top.

I just updated Postlapsaria with some new items. Please take a few minutes to check it out! Click here to visit the shop. -Keiko Lynn www.postlapsaria.com

Advintagous Giveaway!



The timing for this giveaway is kind of ironic, since I just wore a very similar purse in my last post. Want a cute little wicker handbag of your own? Lucky you! Advintagous is offering one of my lucky readers this 1960s honey wheat wicker handbag. Can I enter this one?


To enter, all you have to do is visit Advintagous on Etsy and then leave a comment below.
Don't forget to leave your email (spell it out to avoid any unwanted emails from spammers) if you are not a registered user - we need a way to contact you.

Bonus entries to anyone who adds Advintagous to their Etsy faves and leaves an additional comment.

Entries will be accepted until tomorrow night (Saturday 11/14) at 9pm. A winner will be announced shortly after. Good luck!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Go and love some more.










Outfit Details:
little boy's blazer - thrifted
dress (with slight alterations) and tights - H&M
Her Majesty heels (available in four colors on the site) - courtesy of Seychelles
vintage wicker bag - gift from Dawn, my mom's best friend

This week has been full of physical and emotional ups and downs. Such is the delight and absolute anguish of a young lady's life! Overall, I am mostly happy happy with a hint of stressed the heck out for no particular reason other than being a worrier. I've just been busy, sick (I'm always sick) and missing my friends and family something fierce. I have this overwhelming need to build a fort, have a sleepover and hug and laugh and be sillypants. Luckily, I have just the right people in mind for that, and the holidays are just around the corner.

My life is far from perfect by any stretch. But gosh darn it, I am lucky in love. Family, friends and otherwise.

love love,
Keiko Lynn