Outfit Details:

handmade dress – Postlapsaria
heels – Nine West
belt – thrifted
handmade baby ruche bag – courtesy of Jenny N. Design

There’s so much more to life than fashion and beauty – but it’s the pretty packaging that makes life’s shortcomings a little more bearable. When I allow myself to laze around, drawn and weary in last night’s pajamas, everything feels so heavy. A shower, nice outfit and a little bit of makeup is a physical pick-me-up that in turn directly affects my mood. I’m the first to admit that a great deal of narcissism and self-indulgence goes into maintaining a personal style blog. I could just as easily snap dressform photographs of my daily outfits, but instead I choose to wear them and model them in my own environment. It’s an extra dose of that same pick-me-up I mentioned before – and unlike a glimpse in the mirror, I’m able to choose exactly which representation to put on display (let’s just be honest about that).

I guess my blog has become mostly about style, but I want to maintain the personal aspect as well. Whether or not the smoke and mirrors enhance my own mood, there is still so much more beneath the surface and behind the scenes: my friends and family, love and laughter. Heartache, anecdotes and random musings. I enjoy sharing little pieces of my life with you, and receiving your own stories (and pictures!) in return.

Reading your comments and feedback (whether full of praise or criticism) is encouraging; it gives me a sense of relevance even on the most humdrum of days. I don’t always have time to respond to every single comment, since I still maintain a full time career of being an old lady who is attached to her sewing machine. However, I want you all to know how much your presence (and readership) is appreciated. The support I receive on a daily basis is nothing short of incredible. This blog would just be a personal diary, if not for my audience. That is never lost on me.

Love love and forever gratitude,
Keiko Lynn
  1. Katy says: May 10, 20102:09 am

    I like the honesty of this post, and always enjoy reading your blog. :)

    and: pretty dress! I love lace dresses lately.

  2. OooKellyNicky says: May 10, 20102:10 am

    Adorable dress! And as usuall you look gorgeous.

  3. Rebecca, The Clothes Horse says: May 10, 20102:18 am

    That dress is absolutely lovely! I think it is my favorite Postlaparia dress yet.

  4. ♥Lola says: May 10, 20102:24 am

    I adore this dress, it's gorgeous :) That's what I love about your blog, it's so real and you're always so honest about your life, yet so chic at the same time :)

  5. Elizabeth says: May 10, 20102:32 am

    I love your blog. I like it even more when it is personal. It makes me feel like I actually know you (does that sound weird?).

  6. Anna says: May 10, 20102:43 am

    I love your meaningful blog posts.
    Adorable dress :)

    satinsugar.blogspot.com

  7. katrina says: May 10, 20102:43 am

    agreed 100% with Rebecca on this one. I love this dress so much! The eyelets, sweetheart neckline and empire waist. it's right up my alley!

    thank you for your honesty. the fact that I can relate to so much of what you share with your readers in this blog makes me come back day in and day out. :)

  8. Jenni says: May 10, 20102:53 am

    I always find your blog to be so refreshingly real. I am always touched by your honesty about your own life.

    It's just and added bonus that you have wonderful style that we all get to share in as well.

  9. Tailoverteakettle says: May 10, 20102:55 am

    While it seems like bloggers these days are so quick to "sell out" and become this major personalized brand that somewhat loses the meaning of the blog and why it initially drew readers in the first place, I feel like you've successfully managed both. You're running your own business and yet you keep the blog about you, not about the brand of the week or what you're trying to sell us next.

    I very much appreciate that you appreciate your readers, and that you've shared so much of your life with us. I'm trying to upstart my own blog/business (not so much fashion, but other crafty things) and you're one of the truly inspiring bloggers out there.

    <3 Liz

    P.S. That dress jaw-dropping. Seriously love it – you should sew some up for the shop!!!

  10. Sara Lynn says: May 10, 20103:01 am

    Beautiful dress! You look so lovely. Is your post title from the Ray LaMontagne song? lol that is what I thought of when I read it. :)

  11. Becca Jane says: May 10, 20103:02 am

    I love love this dress! It's so very pretty!

  12. Jodie says: May 10, 20103:12 am

    I agree! : )
    it always makes me feel better to be dressed, even at home.

    I love all of your Postlapsaria dresses, but they all seem to be the same length – and they're pretty short.
    Just wondering if you make any longer ones?

    xo

  13. lumikha says: May 10, 20103:15 am

    you sewed that dress? WOW! i heart it. i'm a sucker for lace and i feel that it makes any girl instantly even more girly…thanks for the nice entry post. thank you again for letting me sponsor your blog. i've been getting a lot of hits through your blog…:) keep up the awesome work!

  14. sincerelyangela says: May 10, 20103:15 am

    that is such a beautiful dress! I love that you always have something personal to share with us Keiko, it being a small detail or something very tragic that we the readers can relate to and that is something that keeps me coming back for more.

  15. kristina / prettyshinysparkly.com says: May 10, 20103:17 am

    I couldn't agree more about your post. I feel exactly the same way about my own style blog.

    http://prettyshinysparkly.com

  16. kristina / prettyshinysparkly.com says: May 10, 20103:22 am

    And yes that dress is STUNNING!

  17. Jasmine Iris says: May 10, 20103:23 am

    i've been lurking on your blog for a while now. when i was sick with the flu i would stay in bed and just read your blog ( not to sound creepy, i promise!) you just seem so sweet and i love your style. your new dress is absolutely lovely! :]

    thank you for having a great blog!

  18. Keiko Lynn says: May 10, 20103:56 am

    Thanks, everyone!

    Jodie: If there is a particular dress you want made to order, I accommodate special requests in terms of length, colors, etc. :)

    Tailoverteakettle: That is my goal! I decided to take on sponsors because blogging does take up a lot of time that I should be working, but I don't want this to turn into a false representation of myself. I will only wear or feature things that I truly love. Thank you!

    Sara Lynn: Yes! Haha, that song always cheers me up.

  19. Ollie Otson says: May 10, 20104:01 am

    You're amazing. I've been following you since LiveJournal days and have always enjoyed your posts because they're fun and honest. You share your personal life, as well as your style, with the world, and I thank you for that because most bloggers don't care to.

  20. Michelle Pyxus says: May 10, 20104:14 am

    In honor of honesty: I'm totally new to your blog! A friend of mine turned me on to your blog recently because she thought you were "totally my style"… She was right in more ways than one! I love your honesty and uuum… I LUV that dress! 8) Great job.. Keep up the good work – You've got a new fan!

  21. Maggie ☮ says: May 10, 20104:35 am

    aw. It makes me very happy and appreciative to read about bloggers like you, who take the time to appreciate their craft and the readers too. <3

  22. HAL says: May 10, 20104:37 am

    Gorgeous dress … I love your blog, you're so candid and seem like a really sweet person.

    HALCOHOLIC.com

  23. Kipuka says: May 10, 20104:39 am

    I always look forward to your posts. I've not fully embraced the fashion world yet, but am consistently inspired by your honesty and modesty.

    I worry, though, because you've not mentioned anything about Bobby. I hope he is still in your life – the pictures of you two together are, for me, the most beautiful.

  24. Gracie says: May 10, 20104:54 am

    Bazinga! What a great outfit, and a great post too, I agree entirely.
    I find that I really enjoy looking at people's style blogs like your own and I like doing my own too – but I find I have quite a bit of trouble with the narcissistic side of it, I'm just not used to taking photos of myself and showing off my style! Haha, but it is fun and does make you feel good!

  25. Keiko Lynn says: May 10, 20105:05 am

    Kipuka: Don't worry, Bobby is still very much a part of my life. He's currently in front of me and Kim, making excuses as to why he hasn't called the landlord to tell him our toilet is on the fritz. haha

  26. Out of Order says: May 10, 20105:06 am

    that dress is absolutely lovely! You inspire me to believe that someday I too can make a living sewing beautiful things for lovely people. Thank you for all your honest posts and positivity. Happy Monday!

  27. sarah says: May 10, 20105:19 am

    You're just such a beautiful person, inside and out :) Reading your blog is always a pleasure.

    You look fantastic in this outfit, too!

  28. Miss Emma Kitty says: May 10, 20105:28 am

    Love your blog ! You are very talented. I wish I could sew. I have a sewing machine but no one to teach me. I will have to take a sewing class.

  29. Gizelle | Vanilla Ice Cream says: May 10, 20105:43 am

    thanks for sharing not just your amazing personal style but your heart-warming personal stories as well…

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

  30. revital says: May 10, 20105:54 am

    wow! this dress is absolutely amazing! it looks simply perfect on you!

  31. Jenni says: May 10, 20106:19 am

    Gorgeous dress, per usual. Your posts are always so down to earth and thoughtful. 😀

  32. kelly ann says: May 10, 20106:19 am

    you're one of the few select bloggers that i wish i knew in real life… 😉 you're so genuine and refreshing and honest and i love that – there are a lot of style bloggers i stay away from because they seem so fake to me, but i have never once felt that coming here, to your space. always stay true to who you are, keiko, because who you are is beautiful. <3

  33. Bryce says: May 10, 20106:32 am

    Honestly, I was thinking the same thing as Kipuka. You were posting about emotions and feeling bad. And I always fear the worst for others when it comes to relationships. I'm really glad that everything is okay with you guys.

    -Bryce
    burntryce.blogspot.com

  34. Dixi Wonderland says: May 10, 20106:41 am

    Love this dress so pretty 😀

  35. The Sound of Lace says: May 10, 20106:54 am

    you always look so put together and your smile always makes me smile! love your blog and im glad you enjoy our comments!

    thesoundoflace.blogspot.com

    thesoundoflace.blogspot.com

    thesoundoflace.blogspot.com

  36. Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes says: May 10, 20106:58 am

    That dress is really wonderful.

  37. Ranter says: May 10, 20107:39 am

    I WANT that dress!!! I think everyone is quite narcisstic in one way or another, I know I definitely am.

  38. Une étincelle de mode says: May 10, 20108:34 am

    this dress is so cute!

    http://etincelledemode.blogspot.com/

  39. Sharon says: May 10, 20109:16 am

    I'd really love to know how you do your hair! (:
    I know this cute bun must be a very simple thing to do but I've tried so many times and it has never look anything like this.

  40. PenPot says: May 10, 20109:17 am

    That dress is gorgeous. As soon as I saw it I knew it'd be one of yours. You have such a beautiful and distinctive style.
    And it's a pleasure to read your blog 😉 No gratitude needed!
    xx

  41. Nadia Kamballa says: May 10, 201011:16 am

    lovely dress!! i love the heels, too!

    http://thenovembergirl.blogspot.com

  42. Leila says: May 10, 201011:38 am

    That dress is stunning, and so are you as always! I wish i could get my eyeliner as perfect as yours!
    love
    Leila

  43. misscola8 says: May 10, 201011:53 am

    This dress is wonderful, I love it!
    you look really beautiful 😉 I just love your blog 😉

    http://missarsouillevintage.blogspot.com/

  44. Alice says: May 10, 201012:33 pm

    You look so pretty 😉

  45. Adele says: May 10, 201012:37 pm

    i love your honesty. and you're one of the few fashion bloggers that's so personal and real on here (: xo

  46. Melanie says: May 10, 20102:19 pm

    Your blog is a great read. And that dress is fabulous.

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads

  47. Anonymous says: May 10, 20102:29 pm

    Hi Keiko! I adore your blog! I love the clothes and your hair and make-up is always inspirational! Melina x

  48. Lucile says: May 10, 20104:15 pm

    That dress is absolutly fabulous. You look gorgous on those pictures (and on the others too should I say !).
    That personnal part of your posts is why I love your blog. You're so much more than just a stylish icon. You seem full of life and have a look on your world always makes me smile and feel happy :).

  49. Ida says: May 10, 20104:32 pm

    omg, is it illegal to be so adorable in america? 😮

  50. Skyline Eyes says: May 10, 20105:50 pm

    That dress really suits you, you look beautiful! (: x

  51. libys11 says: May 10, 20105:56 pm

    that dress is so so so darling!! 😀

  52. Klara says: May 10, 20106:48 pm

    Your blog is amazing, just like you and just like your dress!

  53. rinacatastrophe says: May 10, 20106:52 pm

    Your welcome!

    I love this dress, you always look like a lady! and those shoes are adorable.

    -rina
    http://www.thelatesttoughs.blogspot.com

  54. Bella says: May 10, 20107:35 pm

    Love that dress! You're so talented.

    Do you mind sharing what lip color you're wearing? I really like it!

  55. Kate says: May 10, 20107:38 pm

    I loved this post. :)

    And I love that DRESS! holy. just gorgeous!

  56. PhotoPuddle says: May 10, 20108:06 pm

    Gorgeous dress. And I think your blog is fantastic.

  57. Fifth Sparrow says: May 10, 20109:42 pm

    I love your honesty and genuineness, you seem just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside!
    This dress is also absolutely gorgeous!

  58. jennine says: May 10, 201010:17 pm

    dress is absolutely stunning!

  59. Candycane says: May 10, 201011:53 pm

    That is an amazing dress – just beautiful!

    Sal xXx

  60. Kate says: May 11, 201012:11 am

    i love your blog because of posts like this… not only do you wear lovely clothes, you always sound like someone i'd like to be friends with.

  61. christine grace says: May 11, 201012:41 am

    that dress is adorbz! want!

  62. brandee vs. brenda says: May 11, 20102:08 am

    I was also worried about you and Bobby. So happy to hear things are still well! You're an inspiration. The compassion that just you alone hold- is incredible. Plain and simple.

    Thank you for having such a heart, and for being such a doll.

  63. a cat of impossible colour says: May 11, 20102:56 am

    Aw, thank you, Keiko! Glad the blog brightens your day as much as it does ours.

    Andrea xx

  64. Lisa says: May 11, 20104:40 am

    That dress is stunning. It has such a vintage quality to it.

  65. missmichellini says: May 11, 20105:40 am

    Hey Keiko!
    I was wondering if – since your handmade dress was listed as being from or on Postlapsaria – you were planning to sell it? It's one of my favorite dresses of yours and if it's for sale at all I would loveloveLOVE to be in line for it. :)

    I LOVE your blog and i love your style!

  66. Alicia (likely badger) says: May 11, 20105:44 am

    I just found your blog, and I enjoy your posts. I like that you write about everything, from fashion to horses. Your story about Rowdy really moved me. Thanks for putting yourself out there. :)

    http://www.likelybadger.com

  67. Gio Goi Jeans says: May 11, 20101:21 pm

    You look so gorgeous! Your dress is so cute

  68. Laura says: May 11, 20103:28 pm

    You look so pretty and airy and summery The blush and black is a wonderful color combo.

  69. Papa's gutes mädchen says: May 11, 20104:28 pm

    oh u look so pretty.

  70. butterfly307 says: May 11, 20105:01 pm

    such a lovely dress!! :)

  71. Anonymous says: May 11, 20105:54 pm

    This dress is awesome. Very rich-looking.

  72. veronika, tick tock vintage. says: May 11, 20107:03 pm

    what a gorgeous dress!

  73. L. says: May 11, 20107:06 pm

    i love your blog and the fact that it's not exclusivly about clothes, because, your right, there's so much more to life. and while the packaging is nice, it's really all thats underneath that counts. you, my dear, have both.

    heart,
    Betty Noir

  74. origami says: May 11, 20108:36 pm

    Your blog is fabulous, and always provides heartfelt commentary on life which, as a reader, I find most appealing. Even when you post "simple" outfit posts – there is always some whimsy or personal thought which makes your blog so very approachable.

    On a side note: Would you mind sharing what lipstick you are wearing in that last photo?

  75. Aury says: May 11, 20109:25 pm

    liz took the words right out of my mouth. You are special Keiko. You are extremely talented, you have amazing style and you look beautiful but you are beautiful on the inside too and that shines through on your blog. That's why I follow you. Always be yourself :)

  76. Trudy Callan says: May 11, 20109:50 pm

    Well said.

    I've just gone through your blog and am very impressed. I am adding you to my blog list on http://www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com and signing up as a follower. I look forward to your future posts. In between sewing projects, I love to do What I'm wearing posts. I have a fun one coming up next week sometime. It keeps me young. I am a 45-year-young homemaker/mom.

  77. Laura Loo says: May 12, 20102:15 am

    i was going to write 'that dress is adorrrrable!' and then saw that… what?! you made it?!?! you are so talented, miss!! you designed the pattern and all? I'm impressed.. I'd love to wear that!

  78. Rūta says: May 12, 20108:29 am

    amazing dress, so girly. And beautiful makeup as allways.

  79. Elle Croft says: May 12, 201012:40 pm

    I love your transparency – thanks for sharing who you are with us.
    This dress is so perfect; you have amazing talent.
    Oh, and I absolutely agree re: the physical pick-me-up. Putting on a nice dress and some lipstick is a certain transformer of my mood!

    http://www.ellecroft.com

  80. Fabulocity in Amish Country says: May 12, 20105:27 pm

    This dress is gorgeous! You're handmade items are always sooo fabulous! :)

  81. Emma says: May 12, 20106:33 pm

    Keiko, as a fellow self-confessed mostly awkward-feeling part-nerd, I love that your blog is about your style, but still REAL. You have inspired me so many times to try a new look I might not have dared otherwise – and feeling inspired, I am confident. Thank you for sharing you with us. We kind of love you.

  82. Marley says: May 13, 201012:41 am

    Oh Keiko, I love your blog, your style, etc- but I want you to know that right now, reading back on your posts about being in Florida and losing your horse are helping me get through losing my beloved Frodo. When I scream and cry in my car, I remember your story, and I don't feel so alone. I'm incredibly grateful for that.

  83. Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) says: May 13, 20101:25 am

    You look so beautiful here!! I love this dress you made, you are so talented. Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration!

    http://www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

  84. Rebecca says: May 13, 20102:27 am

    I hope you add some dresses like this to your shop, because I want one.

  85. Jade Sheldon says: May 13, 20108:39 am

    You look as gorgeous as ever!! Don't ever let anyone get you down: just keep doing what your heart tells you.

    ♥ Jade

  86. Sharon Stratton says: May 13, 20108:58 am

    keiko you are simply beautiful! xx

    http://sundayschooltime.blogspot.com/

  87. haz says: May 13, 20105:21 pm

    Your beauty spot is, well.. beautiful.

    Amazingly so.
    Don't ever do anything evil to it please. It would make people all around the world very sad.

  88. Erin Cathleen says: May 14, 20103:26 pm

    Keiko, I simply adore this blog and all your colorful outfits and photos. Thank you for continually giving us something to smile about. Please up the gorgeous, inspiring work! Gratuitous animal pictures don't hurt, either. :)

  89. Release Karma says: May 15, 201012:27 am

    My jaw dropped. That dress is gorgeous! I love your blog. :)

  90. Trishna says: May 15, 20102:27 pm

    Your beauty on the inside is what keeps me coming back here. Love you Keiko.

  91. Isabelle Ljungblom says: May 15, 20108:37 pm

    Lovely dress!

  92. Mascara or Motoroil says: May 16, 20105:27 pm

    YOU are the best thing! I loooove this dress, it's so incredible!! As soon as I saw it I knew that it had to be a Postlapsaria! :)

    On a more serious note though, you have the most wonderful way of talking about the ins and outs of style blogging.

    More than other things I've done it does help me to come out of my cave and embrace the day. And just when I think it is serving me more for my own purposes, someone will tell me how something I posted got them inspired and got them to leave their funk. So that to me makes it all worth it.

    And if anyone is inspiring people with their impeccable style and taste, it's you!!!

  93. Colleen says: May 19, 20102:44 pm

    This post has actually inspired me to get off my ass and take a shower, despite the fact that I will probably just be lying around the house doing homework all day. I really like your blog, I'm glad I found it. Will follow!

  94. Marie says: May 24, 20104:16 am

    you look positively radiant/gorgeous in these photos. what an excellent dress. it's so cool you designed and created it yourself. well done