Sunday, January 31, 2010

Best friends and pandas are awesome.


First things first:

I saw three pandas last Monday. I almost died of happiness.






The whole reason I got to see pandas: Lauren and John. Washington, DC happens to be the halfway point (just about) between my best friends and me. We don't have best friend rings but if we did, they would have been simultaneously glowing. I always miss Lauren, but lately, we were both missing one another so much it was awful. Remedy? A pretty spontaneous rendezvous at the halfway point. It was such a good day. I miss them so much.

John and I have been friends for freaking ever - we grew up just a couple minutes away from one another. I wish I had our second grade class pictures on hand. Lauren and I have been best friends since 6th grade. We bonded over our mutually tragic lives and then it grew from there;)

I played matchmaker for the first and only time when we were 16 (I think?). I use the term "matchmaker" loosely, because I really just not-so-craftily pushed them together. Shortly after the initial introduction, they started dating. Now, they are married; I was the Maid of Honor. They currently reside in Virginia and I'm in New York and I miss them every single day. I hope we can do this more often. It was one of the best days I've had this year!





I know it's a pretty sloppy getup but I've been slacking with my outfit posts. Here's what I look like when I am being very lazy! Lazy has been happening quite often, lately. The pants are too big on me and they don't sit high enough anymore, which makes the legs too long. But they are like wearing pajamas!

Onto the animals!



Pandas!



They were holding hands. How cute is that?


These otters were so funny. The one on the right was crying to us about something. I don't know what he was so upset about; I don't know how to speak otter.


Meerkat. Meerkitty?


Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Edit: almost forgot the outfit details! Blazer and silk camisole - thrifted, ruffled cardigan - Beacon's Closet, high waisted trousers - Urban Outfitters (on sale for $10 a couple years ago) shoes - 80%20, panda ears and panda bag - Smithsonian National Zoo

Friday, January 29, 2010

I dare you not to smile.

















A little while back, Roxy Mae looked at her mom with a sad face and said, "But I'm not a real princess. I'm a pretend princess." She felt defeated.

Well, I have good news for you, little Roxy Mae. Pretend princesses are the best and happiest princesses out there. Kingdoms fall and the riches wear thin, but that simply isn't so in the magical world of make believe.

Plus, real princesses don't have unicorns.

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Vampiiiiiires






Tessa and I have matching vampire teeth necklaces! I'd like to think that mine are representing True Blood and hers are representing Twilight/New Moon.

Also, I miss her:(

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. My vampire necklace is from Annie Jacks, $15. Tessa's was a gift from her friend.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Business Card Giveaway from The Eyeline and Happy Girl Greetings!





Today's giveaway is courtesy of The Eyeline and Happy Girl Greetings, who are offering one of my lucky readers 100 personalized business cards.

To enter, simply visit The Eyeline and Happy Girl Greetings and then leave a comment below.

Bonus entries:
- Leave a comment on The Eyeline and notify me, below.
- Visit Happy Girl Greetings and leave a comment with a link to your favorite item.



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

-Keiko Lynn

The winner is Juliet Meeks. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for participating. Our next giveaway will be on Monday...stay tuned!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Oh Sugar, Where've You Been?








It's no secret that recently, I've been a 25-year old walking cliché, moping around in quarter life crisis-mode and generally making a fool of myself. I'm going to do my best to keep more of my personal life out of this particular blog; sometimes I forget that more than just my friends are keeping tabs on this. I have a difficult time feeling creative or apt to blog about fashion when I'm going through a rough time. I apologize, profusely. Back to the pictures!

I just got back from New York (the other day) and felt like lifting my spirits a little. What did I do? Well, I did my makeup and partook in a self-indulgent, extremely vain photo session. Did it work? A little. A bit (or a lot) of eye makeup and fake lashes can do wonders for the self esteem.

Makeup Details:
MAC Bare Canvas all over lids and blended above crease
MAC Say, Yeah all over lids
Bobbi Brown smokey eyeshadow in crease and outer v
Revlon lashes
stiletto lash mascara
MAC blacktrack fluidline
Julie Hewett Cheekie cheek and lip shine in Bette on lips
brow pencil
Smashbox photofinish primer all over face
MAC mineralize skinfinish natural in Light
MAC mineralize skinfinish in Petticoat (cheeks)


Love love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. If you like this look and want to learn how to recreate it, stay tuned for the tutorial, which will be available on Emerging Thoughts (as soon as I finish it).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Hey lovelies, would you or someone you know like to sponsor my blog? I'm currently accepting new sponsors for February and onward.

My sponsorships are small-business friendly, with low weekly or monthly rates and several opportunities to maximize your exposure.
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Love love,

Keiko Lynn

Monday, January 18, 2010

I'd like to think I'm the mess you'd wear with pride.









I haven't been putting much effort into my appearance, lately. It's oddly refreshing. I wake up, shower and walk out the door five or ten minutes later. I look a little messy but it gives me more time to spend with my family.Today, we all had lunch at my mom's store. Yesterday, we had brunch. Family and food - what could be better? I've been here a month and I'm dreading leaving them on Wednesday. I wish I could bring them all back with me!


Outfit Details:
sample top - Postlapsaria
skirt - thrifted and hemmed
tights - Target
Blimey shoes - courtesy of Seychelles

Makeup:
blacktrack fluidline - MAC
brow pencil
Julie Hewett cheekie cheek and lip shine


Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hello, My Name Is Keiko.



It has been quite awhile since I made a random facts post. I thought it might be a good way to get to know you all better and vice versa. Please share some information about you! I'd love to get to know all of you a little better.

- I was born severely pigeon toed. I wore corrective shoes/braces with a bar between them. I'm still pigeon toed but it's nowhere near what it used to be. I get a lot of crap about trying to look "cutesy" but that's just the way my feet turn in!

- Barely anyone calls me Keiko. It's mostly Keiks, Baby Keiks, Panda, Unicorn or Keiko Lynn. There are several others but those are the main ones. Dave always called me Face. I thought that was pretty funny.

- I'm 1/4 Japanese.

- My aversion to cursing is more of an obsession than a distaste. I wish I could bring myself to say the eff word every once in awhile, just for the sake of letting out aggression. I can't. I've tried. It's weird.

- My dad is in prison until 2020. I still haven't visited him but I actually, finally tried (and failed). He's been there most of my life.

- To me, there is nothing better than swimming on horseback. That is when I'm the happiest you will ever see me.

- I didn't wear a stitch of makeup until college. I also didn't wear dresses. My, how things have changed!

- At 25, I'm the second oldest of four girls. I also have a step-sister, but no brothers.

- If I had to pick a theme song for my life, it would be The Prize Fighter by The Velvet Teen. It's such a magical song.

- When I'm tired, I fiddle with my upper lip. See the second picture? Kind of like that.

- I know only two languages: English and American Sign Language. ?tnuoc taht seoD .tsohg ni klat osla nca I

- I'm Agnostic, pro-choice and a registered Democrat. I'm also 100% for same sex marriage and equal rights for all. I'm not a straight ticket voter and I take politics very seriously.

- Physical traits I would consider changing (if I had the money / wasn't so lazy):
My arms: I'm self conscious about them. I don't know if you noticed but I almost always wear sleeves, no matter what. My ex called them "lunch lady arms" and that pretty much sealed the deal. I'll get over it when I get off my lazy butt and tone them! But I'm so laaaazy.
My crooked teeth: I wore braces for almost four years and they're still crooked. They're still way better than they used to be, so that's something:)
My ears: they are quite prominent but I'm pretty good at concealing them. I call one of them my Colbert ear. I love him, so I guess it's not that bad.

-Physical traits I love, despite some others seeing them as flaws:
The "beauty mark" on my cheek: Photographers almost always photoshop it out, makeup artists conceal it and I'm asked incessantly if I'd consider getting it removed. Sorry guys, I kind of love it. As long as it's not cancerous (I've had it checked), it's staying.
Being pigeon toed: It's a trademark.
My nose: I wanted to punch the few people who told me I should get a nose job.
The gigantic scar on the back of my head: I used to hate it but now I like it. I also think it's funny when people pat my head and I can't feel it but I can hear it. I giggle about it a lot.


-My current measurements (I just took them) 35-27-38. Height, 5'7". Shoe size, 9. I don't weigh myself anymore. What's the point?


Love love,
Keiko Lynn



Monday, January 11, 2010

My Clown, Let Me Love You.











Outfit Details:
vintage ruffled blouse - courtesy of The Vintage Mistress
altered dress - thrifted (altered to fit, hemmed)
belt - thrifted
tights - Target
"Blimey" shoes (living in these...so comfy) - courtesy of Seychelles


This is the second time I wore this outfit, since I didn't really bring a whole lot of clothing with me (and I've ended up staying longer than intended). Both times, I felt like a circus clown - maybe a little bit of a princess clown. It makes me think of The Bird and the Bee's song "My Love." It's a little silly but definitely a happy outfit. The first day I wore it, I was a sad clown. This day, happy clown. It all balanced out. I guess sometimes it's okay to recycle outfits.

Love love,
Keiko Lynn