Having Tessa here was a dream. I love all of my sisters, but Tessa is my favorite. She’s everyone’s favorite. If any of my sisters, mom, or grandma say otherwise, they are fibbing through their teeth. My great grandma, at least, admitted her favoritism: “I love all of you girls. I just love Tessa a little bit more.” My grandma replied, “Mother, that’s not nice! I love all of you girls equally. But Tessa is very special.”

It’s not just because she’s the baby. She’s just one of a kind – so genuine and sweet, and 100% her own person. She does her own thing and never seems to be susceptible to peer pressure. She’s wildly intelligent and she has a killer sense of humor, to boot. When she decided to dye her hair blue (just as mine was, in college), her dad’s friend said “She’s just finding herself.” When they called her into the room, Tessa replied, “One minute! I’m busy finding myself!”

In short, I love her. I miss her. I miss all of my sisters. It’s a shame we’re all so different, only because we choose different areas to reside in, according to our own tastes. It does keep the fighting to a minimum, though. Absence makes the heart grown fonder.

Outfit Details:
Elizabeth and James dress – Gilt (click if you need an invitation)
belt – thrifted
cardigan thingy – beacon’s?, slightly altered (I just rolled the sleeves and machine stitched them)
Love to Strut heels – courtesy of ModCloth
Carpenter bee bag – courtesy of Spotted Moth

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. While on the brooklyn bridge, I ran into a lovely reader named Leah (not sure if she spells it that way). It was really cool. Funny that I was having my outfit photo taken!
p.p.s. I realize that saying I have a favorite makes me sound like a jerk. Rest assured, I love all of my sisters. We just all dote on the wee one;)

  1. Abby says: August 7, 20101:34 am

    Awwww, too sweet! I'm glad your sis is confident in being her own person. It usually takes way too long to get to that place, so good for her! :)

  2. SAMI. says: August 7, 20101:34 am

    OMG love those heart heels! they are too cute :)!!!

    i have two sisters and i could never choose a favorite. they are both going to be maids of honor at my wedding next year!

  3. roxy says: August 7, 20101:36 am

    what a sweet post. you and your sister looks fantastic!


  4. Yasmeen Buttons says: August 7, 20101:39 am

    Awww…this post makes me sad. I've always wanted a sister but it just didn't happen. I have two brothers x_x I'm sure it's not the same at all. Oh well..


    PS: Love the shoes. ModCloth does it again 😛

  5. amanda lynn? says: August 7, 20101:42 am

    this is so sweet! im also very close with my sister and she lives across the country. she actually just sent me this link to a study about sisters and they proved that having a sister can actually make you a better person. heres the link if your interested: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38543280/ns/health-behavior/

  6. Archives says: August 7, 20101:48 am

    i love this outfit!!!

    luckily, i only have one sister, and she is the best! :)

  7. Amber Rose says: August 7, 20101:49 am

    It's ok– We all love my little brother best. :)

  8. Ven says: August 7, 20102:03 am

    u r as lovely as always!! :)) i love the shoess!! anyway,, i always wanted to have a sister but unfortunetly , i dont have any,, but at least i have my youger bro :))!!


  9. Charmalade says: August 7, 20102:11 am

    That made me smile with the bit about your sister finding herself– what a spunky gal! Being an only child, I never personally had any familial sister bond. But that's why I'm fortunate to have such close friends. :)

    and PS: the outfit with THOSE SHOES is so put together and darling!

    Toast with Charmalade

  10. daisymay aka Chantele says: August 7, 20102:14 am

    Love your shoes! And your little sis hair is so cool! I was gonna get mine dyed at the tips but being a brunette means it aint as easy! Daisy Dayz Home

  11. Trishna says: August 7, 20102:21 am

    I really love reading about your sisters and your family in general, makes me realize just how much you love them. :)

  12. ShoesForDessert says: August 7, 20102:28 am

    I love these photos on the bridge! That was sweet to read about your family, and the favorite sister

  13. Kell says: August 7, 20102:31 am

    Your sister sounds amazing!

    My brothers and I all live states away. It sucks because we don't see each other often, but the benefit is definitely not fighting!

  14. Elle says: August 7, 20103:01 am

    I have 2 sisters. We're all so different, & I probably wouldn't "hang out" with them if we met & weren't related. But I love them a lot and I'm always glad to see them :)

    Keiko – I love your dresses. Just curious, do you wear pants or shorts much? I'm guessing shorts aren't your style since you seem more girly. (I love dresses, but in this summer heat I have been wearing shorts quite a bit…)

  15. Rio says: August 7, 20103:16 am

    Too cute! Love your sis's hair too! My brother and I always had crazy colored hair growing up! :)

  16. Jen says: August 7, 20103:32 am

    I adore the dress you're wearing. The color and ruffles are perfect. <3


  17. Catherine - The Girl In The Paper Dress says: August 7, 20103:43 am

    I know how it feels to be the favorite. Though I'm not the youngest, I am the shortest in a family of tall people so I'm considered the baby of the family. However, the only person who admits their favoritism is my grandmother. I love this post and your dress and shoes!

    The Girl in the Paper Dress

  18. Merv says: August 7, 20104:27 am

    haha, I like to think I'm my family's favorite as well because I'm the baby.

  19. Estefany says: August 7, 20105:44 am

    Aw, you make me want to have a sister. I love my brother too much though =)

    Your heels are to die for! So pretty with the hearts!


  20. style-haus says: August 7, 20106:10 am

    so sweet how you have so much love for each other. :) love this look and how vibrant the dress is! the heels are amazing too


  21. Lainey says: August 7, 20106:15 am

    That first picture is just so unbelievably stunning. I want to take pictures on the brooklyn bridge. So amazing.

  22. Haven says: August 7, 20106:29 am

    Haha I think it's sweet that you all have an extra special bond with the littlest sis.

    I really love your outfit. :) Gorgeous, as always.

  23. libys11 says: August 7, 20106:37 am

    aawww these are such sweet photos!! i can totally see how your sister is a standout on her own!!

    love your sheer cardigan thingy! 😀

    Animated Confessions

  24. Charlie says: August 7, 20106:49 am

    your sister is so cute, and so confident. wish I was like that when I was her age, or even now!

  25. Ms K says: August 7, 20107:32 am

    I love your studded heels, it matches so well with the bag=)


  26. Bea says: August 7, 20107:33 am

    Oh, your sister sounds amazing. :) The story about your grandmother and great grandmother really cracked me up!

    Tessa's hair is all sorts of awesome too.

    B from A plus B

  27. HM says: August 7, 201011:36 am

    Haha that's so cute!

    I have 3 sisters myself (one is my twin) and we all play the favorites question with my mom and grandma. haha.
    I think we all like my twin the most too cause she's the youngest (born 45 minutes after me) and just so darn cute and sweet and just plain ol' awesome. Yay sisters!

  28. Jen B says: August 7, 201012:28 pm

    Tessa really takes lovely pictures. I hope it's something that she pursues even as a hobby.

  29. Q's Daydream says: August 7, 20101:46 pm

    She is adorable! You both look great!

  30. eat.sleep.wear. says: August 7, 20102:10 pm

    this is SOOOO preciousss. i love the time i get to spend with my sister also. Its always so special. and that rorange on u is HOTTTT girl. you look fab.

    xo, Kim http://www.eatsleepwear.com

  31. Velvet says: August 7, 20102:28 pm

    Both of you look so happy together! Very sweet.

  32. Gabriella says: August 7, 20103:08 pm

    I really like your dress, it has a wonderful color! The pictures are lovely


  33. ❤Cate❤ says: August 7, 20103:12 pm

    Awww sounds like you're the best of friends not just sisters.

    p.s. LOVE those shoes

  34. Maggie ☮ says: August 7, 20103:30 pm

    aww Keiko you are such a doll :) Its okay my sister is my favorite (shes my only sister) lol

  35. Britty says: August 7, 20105:05 pm

    hahaha oh sweet you and sister are so cute together! i really like your outfit the handbag is pretty awesome!

  36. Annie Cristina says: August 7, 20105:22 pm

    Your sister is adorable! I love my little brother, but I wish sometimes I had a sister, too.

    Oh, and thank you so much for introducing me to Gilt with this post. It's now my new favorite store. :)

  37. manique says: August 7, 20107:12 pm

    aww glad to see you have a good relationship with your sisters :) LOVE that dress on you, the color is amazing


  38. Em Moon says: August 7, 20108:44 pm

    what a sweet post! and those shoes are beyond adorable! I have two sisters (one older, one younger) but as it turns out, it's my big brother who everyone loves! we always say the reason he turned out so well is from living in a family of girls!

  39. Bad Taste Toast says: August 7, 20108:52 pm

    You two look so cute :) I hadn't thought that this is your sister though, you look so different.
    I dyed my hair purple when i was 15 and my Mum nearly fainted. But I think you have try out what you like at this age and she looks as if she's a very nice and happy little lady :)
    Btw I love your matching shoes and bag1 especially the shoes with the hearts <3

  40. kerry says: August 7, 201011:37 pm

    wow i love the studded detail match you did here, mixed with the red, it's show stopping :) found your blog recently and have been avidly reading since. such a nice read each day so thank you!


  41. Biang says: August 8, 20102:40 am

    I like the outfit, especially the shoes that have studs on it.

  42. naomi says: August 8, 20103:19 am

    I can't imagine having such an amazing strong style setter to look up to as you whilst growing up. I am sure that it has let her explore her individuality so much more freely. You two are infinitely adorable together.


  43. number the first says: August 8, 20101:08 pm

    Its good o see you all get along so well. I think its so sad when sisters don't get along. Also I love <3 that your shoes have little hearts on them! its just so charming.

  44. Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark says: August 8, 20103:24 pm

    your posts when you see your sister always make me wish I had a sister too. You are so sweet together.

  45. Nadia Kamballa says: August 8, 20103:27 pm

    The story about ur sister is just so sweet. Now I miss my sisters.. You look pretty, btw. I love ur shoes, so cute!


  46. Laura says: August 8, 20105:41 pm

    Awe I love the pics of you and your sis!!!! and your outfit is amazing =)

  47. andrea k (blonde bedhead) says: August 9, 20103:23 am

    Lovely outfit and Tessa sounds like such a great sis! My youngest sibling is so witty too! Love the photos!

  48. Leona says: August 9, 20107:33 am

    I think I've fallen in love with those shoes. They are amazing!

  49. Jenni Wells says: August 9, 201011:51 am

    gorgoues dress. I love how the shoes compliment the bag so well.


  50. monkeyandsquirrel says: August 9, 20102:41 pm

    your outfit is adorable… as is your little sis!

  51. Chelle says: August 9, 20105:45 pm

    Those shoes are incredible! Love the whole look!




  52. Anonymous says: August 9, 20105:51 pm

    Hey, its okay to have a favorite. I have 5 nieces and nephews, but one of them has grabbed my heart the most. He is down right darling, and seems so much older for his age. The kid is 4, and he is pretty much a master in chess.

  53. Evelina says: August 9, 20108:18 pm

    first picture is so beautiful!

  54. MissZuri says: August 9, 20108:20 pm

    very cute ensemble!!! i love the bag and cardigan thingy

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  55. Anonymous says: August 9, 20109:22 pm

    i think i understand … .we prefer to be around some people more than others its just life.

    besides i understand that shes the baby everyone must dote on her ..

    i do think that dying her hair blue was a way of trying to find herself lol .shes experimenting with style and rebelling a little with cookie cutter hairstyles.. just as you dont continue to have blue hair now ..she will one say not have blue hair either .. it was just a way of expression at a certain time in your life..

  56. Anonymous says: August 9, 20109:22 pm

    i think i understand … .we prefer to be around some people more than others its just life.

    besides i understand that shes the baby everyone must dote on her ..

    i do think that dying her hair blue was a way of trying to find herself lol .shes experimenting with style and rebelling a little with cookie cutter hairstyles.. just as you dont continue to have blue hair now ..she will one say not have blue hair either .. it was just a way of expression at a certain time in your life..

  57. Alexandra says: August 10, 201012:22 am

    You two are so cute! You look gorgeous, I love that outfit. And your sister looks lovely as well!

    Love Alexandra


  58. genevieve says: August 10, 20101:09 am

    Oh my. Your family sounds like such a fun bunch, and the pictures with Tessa are utterly adorable! Gosh, I love her hair.

    I'm completely obsessed with your shoes, I think. They're darling, and the little hearts are so much fun! They go super well with the bag, and the dress is the most lovely shade. Great injection of color!!

    I wanted to give you a quickie heads up. I know it's not at all exciting, as I;m a totally new blogger, but I've linked you from my blog! I hope you don't mind (if you do, just shoot me an email or something). You're a huge inspiration to me; you always have such wild, fun outfits. I wish I had your self confidence when it comes to clothing, and reading this is certainly helping!! Oh, and I LOVE your stories. Especially about people's reactions to your clothing on the street; your descriptions always make me smile!

  59. Kate says: August 10, 20106:54 am

    I love my sister. I just love her in a less shouty way now that she's on a different continent.

    I have blue hair at the moment, too. I love it, and I forget that it's weird, sometimes. It's how I feel like I should look, at least for now. Do you have any photos of you with blue hair that you would be willing to share?

  60. Chantel says: August 10, 20106:11 pm

    I am i love with this dress! so girly, yet vampy as the same time!

  61. Chantel says: August 10, 20106:12 pm

    I am i love with this dress! so girly, yet vampy as the same time!

  62. Danielle says: August 12, 20102:47 am

    I'm glad I only have one sister. There's really no room for favorites, haha.

  63. Becca Jane says: August 13, 20103:34 am

    It's always so nice to have visits with sisters! I miss mine, they are all so far away!

    I love this dress – and those adorable heels! So cute!

  64. lil violence says: August 13, 20106:30 am

    Hello Keiko,
    It's Lia! The reader you met on the bridge! It was very nice to meet you after being an reader of your blog for about a year now! So fun to see you wearing an outfit in person and seeing the end results on the blog!

  65. grrfeisty says: August 15, 20107:33 am

    when you talk about tessa like this it totally makes me miss my younger sister! so awesome :)

  66. ...One Girl says: August 17, 20103:23 pm

    those shoes are cute as can be!

  67. Mae Lu says: August 17, 20103:53 pm

    I never had a sister, posts like this make me wish I did. I had a brother instead. He's okay.

    Mae Lu, thereafterish.