First things first: can anyone tell me why my camera (nikon d50) is doing that (the black bar in the bottom photo)? There is tremendous light fallout. When I have the camera horizontal, it’s on the bottom. When I have it vertical, it moves with the camera (so it usually makes the right side dark). It does it with both of my lenses, so it has to be the camera. It doesn’t do it all the time but sometimes it ruins the whole photograph. It has been happening more and more often. I can’t figure it out!


Do you guys like my bruises and Hello Kitty bandaids? I like to think my bruised up legs make me look super tough, but really I’m just clumsy. I think everyone else knows the truth, as well. Either way, the cute bow really balances the toughness of my battle scars. My good friend Samara (who just finished law school…yay!) bought me this adorable bow belt last week, and got herself a matching purple one. We decided to be awesome/lame and wear them at the same time for breakfast. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me – otherwise I would have gotten pictures of us being twins. Maybe now that she has some downtime (j/k…bar exam time!), we can plan another matching day.

I would say “Wish Samara luck on her bar exam!” – but she really doesn’t need it. At breakfast, she was telling me how “over law school” she was. She said, “I don’t even care anymore. Give me a B and call it a day.”

“Oooh, what a rebel,” I said. “I can just hear Aerosmith’s ‘Living On The Edge’ in my head right now.”

Outfit Details:
blazer – thrifted
t-shirt – H&M ($4.95! I should have bought more.)
denim shorts – thrifted
heels – Calvin Klein, from Beacon’s Closet
bow belt – Anthropologie, gift from Samara

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

  1. sui solitaire says: May 16, 201012:43 am

    That might not be the camera, that might just be something blocking the lens' way (i.e., if you put it on a table, it captures part of the table that way). What I've done is put a book underneath the lens to level the lens so it doesn't do that. I'm pretty sure it's not a problem with the camera/lens itself. :) Hope that helps!

    And you are so beautiful. Really. :)

  2. Alice In Fashionland says: May 16, 201012:57 am

    My camera does that as well, though mine occasionally also randomly turns pictures pink. I really don't know why!

    Love your shoes, and what a cute dog you have!!

  3. daisymay says: May 16, 201012:57 am

    Your belt is so cute. I love the big floral bow, its so sweet. Plus your shoes are awesome! Plus the dog!

  4. Brandon says: May 16, 201012:57 am

    Hello leggy. Err, I mean, what's new, and how was trip flight back.

  5. Cadie says: May 16, 20101:02 am

    When I was in undergrad at Syracuse there was this wegman's that I loved to shop at and I would always use the half carts that have two small baskets. The cart also had an inconveniently placed bar on the bottom that I would constantly knock my shins on causing me to have bruises even if I was wearing jeans. It doesn't help that I'm clumsy too haha I'm constantly falling over or walking into things so I completely understand haha

  6. Sandra - If it comes in pink says: May 16, 20101:13 am

    the shoes go so well together with your outfit:)

  7. Jenni says: May 16, 20101:16 am

    My D50 does odd things too. It lets in a ridiculous amount of light sometimes. When using that particular camera I can forget about taking pictures around noon. It's awful.

    As far as the bar, my first reaction was maybe something is blocking the lens, but I think you would have figured that out by now. ha. It might be something on the mirror plates inside the camera or something on the sensors. Have you dropped it or hit it against anything that might have caused something inside the camera body to shift around?

    When's the last time you had it cleaned? Depending on where you got it and if you kept up with the warranty they will clean and repair anything that might be wrong.

    and i am jealous of your fire escape. haha… is that a weird thing to be jealous of? We had one off our room in college, my roommate and I, but we weren't actually allowed to go out there…. not that that stopped us. I always wanted to sit out on it at night.

  8. Shayela H. says: May 16, 20101:24 am

    so often i refrain from posting because I just want to say YOU ARE GORGEOUS. you're actually one of the prettiest people I've ever seen, and you never come off as snobby or full of it. you write well, and you dress well too. just love overall.

  9. mariska says: May 16, 20101:25 am
  10. Keiko Lynn says: May 16, 20101:26 am

    Thanks, everyone!

    Sui: It's nothing external blocking it, but that's what I originally thought (so I removed the hood and tried it several times without a tripod, etc.) I might just have to get it checked out. Thank you!

    Brandon: The trip back was stressful. Flying with Miku is an event in itself. She is always really good, but people act like they have never seen a dog before. They get her all riled up and it's impossible!

    Jenni: Yeah, I think it might be the sensors or something. I also noticed, however, that it is worse when it is bright out…so you are onto something there! I need to find a place that will clean it in shop. Everyone wanted to send it out to Nikon, which is ridiculous. I should've had it done at Colonial Photo while I was in Orlando but I wasn't thinking about it. Maybe B&H will do it…

  11. M-ily says: May 16, 20101:40 am

    Often when using flash, if your shutter speed is too fast then the shutter actually gets in the way of the light, causing that kind of darkening at the edge of your shot…but if you're not using flash, then it might just be a problem with the shutter itself. Either way, that would make sense since you say it happens more when the light is brighter.

    Camera rambling aside, love the outfit!! I'm a huge fan of how you wear blazers, so cute!

  12. libys11 says: May 16, 20102:10 am

    you are so cute!! i love how you wore those clogs!! 😀

  13. Margaret says: May 16, 20102:12 am

    Wow, you could do no wrong! The bow in this outfit is just perfect. And you're wearing one of my favorite colors. :)

  14. Maggie ☮ says: May 16, 20102:16 am

    I don't know whats going on with Nikon cameras but mine does this weird color fading thing when its not suppose to I think I'm going to try out a cannon instead :/

  15. Live It Orange says: May 16, 20102:44 am

    Your blazer is just exactly what I'm looking for at the moment. Totally loving your heels too by the way.


  16. Keira says: May 16, 20102:57 am

    This is too cute! I love the mix of the really casual denim shorts with the blazer and CK heels. And that bow belt is adorable.

  17. HAL says: May 16, 20103:12 am

    Adore your clogs here! You look outstanding. xo

  18. geektastic says: May 16, 20103:17 am

    I think your shutter isn't working as quickly as it should for whatever settings you have put for your shots, and that's what's causing it. i really hope it just needs to be cleaned though, because that is probably a quicker fix! but to me, it looks like the shutter isn't opening completely.

    I love your outfit! I can't handle heels that high unless there's a platform (I can wear heels with hidden platforms), but it's still cute!

  19. Keiko Lynn says: May 16, 20103:19 am

    geektastic: A couple of people have told me the same thing…I think you're right. I hope it just needs to be cleaned but my gut is telling me it is the shutter that's the problem. Oh and the shoes have a hidden platform:)

  20. Nathália Alves says: May 16, 20103:55 am

    Look at you girl so pretty
    nice smile :)

    love your shoes *-*
    this dog is so cute
    follow my blog ?

  21. Becca Jane says: May 16, 20104:29 am

    I love the bow belt! so cute!

  22. Miri says: May 16, 20104:50 am

    Cute blog! =) I really want your shoes lol

    Follow me back? mystique-glamour

  23. anna-lee and jesse says: May 16, 20104:56 am

    sounds like a sticky shutter. it might go away, or it might get worse… best to take it in and get cleaned up by nikon.

  24. Saara says: May 16, 20107:13 am

    I luuuuv the windowpicture, the first one!

  25. JT says: May 16, 20107:39 am

    very cute outfit. love the bow.

  26. Kristina says: May 16, 20107:40 am

    If it's not the shutter, it could be a mechanical problem with the internal mirror not retracting quick enough. That could be why it's worse in the sunlight (more shadows from the mirror being in the way).

    Just wanted to say, I love the blog! I'm a "Keiko" too (although, it's my middle name), I've always loved it.

  27. diariodeunacouturier says: May 16, 20108:50 am

    I JUST LOVE your outfit!!!

  28. Fashion Butter says: May 16, 20108:56 am

    ha! I am a big fan of the Hello Kitty Band-aids myself.

  29. Alice says: May 16, 20108:58 am

    You look amazing 😀 I love your heels ^^

  30. Nadia Kamballa says: May 16, 201010:20 am

    Cute outfit.. I love the heels and bow..

  31. le monde de skadiida says: May 16, 201011:35 am

    very beautiful outfit! (:

    something special – be part of it:

  32. lili_espiegles says: May 16, 201011:52 am

    Very nice outfit ! Blazer, belt, shoes…all is perfect !

  33. Manja says: May 16, 20101:41 pm

    This outfit is super adorable! I am also really clumsy and mysterious bruises appear on my legs regularly, haha

  34. Like Square Polka Dots (Caroline) says: May 16, 20102:09 pm

    That's too bad about your camera. A nikon d50 is a really great camera that should be working correctly…
    Anyway I love that belt! Such a great gift. Anthropologie is my favoriteee. Such a great blazer also. And it's thrifted– great find!

  35. Anonymous says: May 16, 20103:07 pm

    I love your smile. It's SO pretty.


  36. Desiree says: May 16, 20103:07 pm

    I think this is the most stunning outfit. You look amazing in those shorts and I love that you paired them with heels.

  37. PenPot says: May 16, 20104:29 pm

    That belt is gorgeous =) I want it!
    Beautiful outfit. Nice to see you back in the city!

  38. butterfly307 says: May 16, 20104:41 pm

    what a cute outfit!!!
    love the bow!!
    hopefully, you will visit me some time on


  39. Jasmine Iris says: May 16, 20104:49 pm

    i realllly love that belt. i am obsessed with bows heh. :]

  40. rinacatastrophe says: May 16, 20105:57 pm

    I love your Calvin Klein heels, do you know what they're called?


  41. SWF_Terra says: May 16, 20106:03 pm

    I adore this outfit. So superbly casual but not? And I am so infatuated with big bows around my middle. I've been doing it constantly lately. Such a sweet addition to your badass bruises :)

  42. Elissa says: May 16, 20108:11 pm

    I saw the first photo in my reader (bloglovin) and was like. Woah. Those shoes. Must read this post. I can't believe someone would give those shoes away! Well, I'm sure they got like, $6 out of the deal, but were they CRAZY???? Love 'em, they're pretty much my ideal.

  43. katthroatworld says: May 16, 20109:08 pm

    you're so adorable! :) cute look~

  44. naomemandeflores says: May 16, 20109:35 pm

    Lovely outfit! I also love cute bandaids!

  45. Amy says: May 16, 20109:49 pm

    oh my. I need those shoes in my life!

  46. Becky says: May 16, 201010:47 pm

    I am so happy this outfit exists. It's SO cute!

  47. Gracie says: May 16, 201011:42 pm

    Ooooh I love this outfit, and the dog! Oh the dog!

  48. Becca says: May 16, 201011:55 pm

    Love how the bow belt jazzes up the tshirt. I think you'll get a ton of wear out of this. Excuse me while I got to Anthropologie and find one for myself!! Also, adore the first photo! You look amazing.

  49. Lovers, Saints & Sailors says: May 17, 20101:47 am

    That really is a gorgeous belt. And made even better knowing that your friend has the same. What a sweet idea.

  50. Kathyrine says: May 17, 20102:51 am

    At first I thought that the bow was some sort of graphic on your tee! Its a really cute bow belt!
    Lovely outfit, I think adding a blazer with anything brings instant cool and I absolutely love love your heels! :)

  51. ShoesForDessert says: May 17, 20103:59 am

    Those shoes are adorable and I love your bow belt!!

  52. B says: May 17, 20104:53 am

    Hey! Miku looks bigger! Haha. Anyway nice new outfit post venue. I'd be a bit scared to be posing up so high. Nice to see you back in NY too. :)


    A plus B

  53. Kate Rose says: May 17, 20106:17 am

    gee whiz, my legs are always a-bruising easily too, not fun :(
    Twin days are so much fun! I like planning colorful tights days with my fashion buddy

  54. Mart says: May 17, 20108:21 am

    Love your shoes!

  55. Anastasia says: May 17, 201010:54 am

    Well whether she needs it or not. Good luck.

    and I love your belt.

  56. simplychic says: May 17, 20101:16 pm

    great blue clogs.

  57. Wireless ISP software says: May 17, 20101:47 pm

    You look so cute and sexy in that outfit. Your overall look is awesome. I'm inspired.

  58. olgaaaa86 says: May 17, 20101:59 pm

    You blog is the best that follow!!

  59. MOUSEVOX VINTAGE says: May 17, 20105:18 pm

    This exact same thing happened with my Canon a few years ago and one of the mirrors were stuck due to a loose pin. It was a cheap and easy repair.

    I carry Hello Kitty tissues with me that say 'Sniff' on them. :)

    You look beautiful, as per usual. xo.

  60. Nicki says: May 17, 20105:32 pm

    Really love this look, it's simple but really cute! Especially the belt =).

  61. Liz says: May 17, 20105:51 pm

    SO classically beautiful!

  62. Anonymous says: May 17, 20107:41 pm

    Your shoes are ossom! :)

  63. Silvia says: May 18, 201012:34 pm
  64. Skyline Eyes says: May 18, 20103:32 pm

    Great outfit, adorable dog. (:

  65. Mallory says: May 18, 20103:34 pm

    oh my gosh, those shoes are PERFECTION! love love love them! :)

  66. Diana, The Girl Overboard says: May 18, 201010:27 pm

    Love how you turned a simple outfit into something truely awesome by adding that bow belt and the clogs! Just gorgeous!


  67. Jessica says: May 20, 20103:22 am

    LOVE this outfit. The blazer, the belt, the shoes. So understated and chic. Perfect!

  68. Danielle says: May 21, 201010:19 pm

    I like your blazer.

  69. Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) says: May 24, 20105:17 am

    I love all the blue in this outfit, and the bow is just too cute!