Friday, July 30, 2010

Brooklynite










Apologies for this week's lack of posts. I've been very busy with Tessa and Ally, which has been an amazing break from the usual work, blog, sit and sew routine. These girls have had us in stitches. Ally is a mini-Kim, and Tessa is just her own person, through and through. I don't want them to leave! I already tried convincing them that Jet Blue closed down and canceled all flights forever, but they didn't believe me.

These photos are actually from before the girls got here, though I do have newer photos to post, after they leave. The dress I'm wearing was my first clothing purchase as a New Yorker...or at the very least, as a Brooklynite (I had a short stint in Astoria). I bought it at Beacon's Closet in Williamsburg, though I'm now more of a Park Slope Beacon's fan (nicer staff, better quality). Oddly enough, I also bought the shoes at Beacon's. I wouldn't pair this dress with those shoes again, but oh well, live and learn:)

Outfit Details:
50s cotton dress - Beacon's Closet (Williamsburg store)
shoes - Beacon's Closet (Park Slope store)
petticoat - ebay, 6 or so years ago!
vintage wicker purse - gift from my mom's BFF, Dawn

love love,
Keiko Lynn

Monday, July 26, 2010

Makeup Monday: Little Sister's Choice



I have to apologize in advance for the crummy pictures. I was sick all of yesterday and ended up doing my makeup / taking these pictures extremely late at night. Plus, I have been entertaining these beauties:


My little sister, Tessa, and her friend Ally:) Since Cheech (that's Tessa's nickname) is visiting, I let her pick out my makeup look. She chose smokey eyes with turquoise lids.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

a casual day for me and 'Ku




Yesterday was a very casual day. I had a lot of stuff to do, so I just threw on a pair of jeans and an old gap tee. I didn't have my camera battery charged, so I went with an equally casual photo (hello, photobooth). Miku also went the casual route; she was in no mood for fancy affairs.

Outfit Details:
Navy and white striped tee - Gap
jeans - forever 21

Love Love,
Keiko Lynn

FOUND: Cutiest Kitty









Hey Park Slopers: Did you (or anyone you know) lose a little kitty? We found her on the corner of Sackett and 4th avenue, looking a little confused and trying to cross the very busy road. She doesn't seem to be a stray - she is young, well fed, very friendly and wearing a flea collar. She does have a little battle wound on her ear, but hey, so does Kitty Boos (a rescue). We are posting flyers in a minute and have already posted on Craigslist, but in the event that she does not have a home, please let me know if you would like to give her [a very caring] one. Email me at keikolynn@gmail.com!

We cannot keep her with our other critters, so we have her separate from the rest and I feel awful about it. Please help us find her home!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn (and a very cutie kitty)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bag Lady









My back hurts. A lot. This is due to a variety of reasons:
  • Our box spring couldn't fit up the stairs, so we just have the mattress on the bed.
  • I am hunched over a sewing machine for hours a day.
  • I carry my life in my bag.

From time to time, I've thought about doing a "what's in my bag" post, but then I remember that I can't fit that much stuff in one frame. I carry bags that are unnecessarily huge, and still find a way to test their max capacity. But my back hurts. My shoulders hurt. When Jenny sent me this little tiny bag, I decided to give myself a break and carry it around for a few days. It is so cute and so light. But let me tell you, it was difficult for me to pack this bag with only essentials; I am not a practical girl. So I have a question for all of you girls who carry around cute little clutches and tiny handbags: how do you do it? Teach me how to downsize. I know I don't need half of the stuff I carry with me...but what if I do? :)

Also...to fellow animal lovers: how do you wear black? I love wearing black, but I rarely wear much of it, because it seems like no matter how many lint rollers I use, my animals' hair always follows me. Any secrets you want to share?


Outfit Details:
vintage necklace - $1 at a flea market, 6 or 7 years ago
dress - TJ Maxx...forever ago
twenty8twelve skirt (underneath the dress) - Gilt
ruffled vest - H&M
clutch - courtesy of Jenny N. Designs
shoes - courtesy of Smashion

Makeup Notes:
MAC Woodwinked and Carbon eyeshadows 
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Julie Hewett lipstick in Biba

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Monday, July 19, 2010

Makeup Monday: Though Rosy Lips and Cheeks





I did my best to beat the clock, but I lost. Hey, it's still Monday on the West Coast (as Michael kindly pointed out).
For my third Makeup Monday, I decided to do a look that was both summery and something I've been meaning to document. Remember the look from Rebecca Minkoff's preview? Well, I'm going to show you my own version.

I love the way lip stains make you look like you just ate a popsicle, or indulged in a bowl of juicy cherries. I have absolutely no pigment in my lips, so the benefit of a stain is even greater. Even if other layers wear off, at least I am left with a little bit of pigment.

This is a picture heavy post, so please continue reading after the jump!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Retro Threadz Giveaway!




Today's giveaway is courtesy of Retro Threadz, who is offering one of my lucky readers a $50 credit to their store! With their exceptionally affordable prices, you could easily get more than one item!

To enter, simply visit Retro Threadz and then leave a comment below.

Up to TWO bonus entries - leave additional comments with the following:
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Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST on Monday, July 19th. You must leave a valid email address or some way for me to contact you in order to win. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in this post. Good luck!

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. Check out the Retro Threadz blog!

The winner is Debbie. Thanks for participating!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dreams unwind; love's a state of mind.










The combination of sheer black, draped fabric and lots of lace makes me think of one of my mom's favorite female vocalists, Stevie Nicks. Though my outfit is a lot less dramatic than her legendary getups, I had Fleetwood Mac stuck in my head all day. It's not all that uncommon for me - I'm actually quite a fan of their music. For some reason, I get teased a lot for that, but I couldn't care less.

Since I made this dress up as I went along, I'm now wondering if it was a subconscious influence from my playlist. Sometimes that happens! Either way, I'm very happy with the outcome. I've actually worn this dress twice since I made it, in different ways. I just forgot to take a picture of the first one. I'm sure it will be in heavy rotation - I love how comfortable it is. Comfort, believe it or not, is really important to me. It's the same reason I carry emergency flats in my bag!

Outfit Details:
Lace dress: made by me (Should I make a limited run for Postlapsaria?)
belt: thrifted
sheer black cardigan - Beacon's Closet
30s necklace - gift from my mom
Carpenter Bee Bag - courtesy of Spotted Moth
beige platform pumps - Dots


Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Forever Friends



Before anyone comments on how wrinkled and unkempt this looks, let me present to you my defense. Bobby and I woke up very early, on one of the hottest days of the summer, and made the 4+ hour drive to Washington, DC. Oh, I forgot to mention: Bobby's air conditioning broke. So, 105 degree weather, no air, and 4.5 hours later...this is what I looked like. It's my own fault...what was I thinking when I got dressed that morning?


The trip was well worth the misery. We met up with my forever friends (the best kind of friends), Lauren and John. You may remember them from my last trip to DC. It's kind of a halfway point between us. Lauren and I have been best friends since 6th grade. John and I have been friends since 2nd grade. Years later, they married:)




At least I wore flats. I actually did remember to bring wrinkle spray, but completely gave up on the idea when we got there. I just wanted to run to the nearest spot with central air. About the bracelet: it's a beautiful leaf bracelet, and arrived with the leaves pressed together a little bit (to prevent breakage, I'm sure). I think you're supposed to spread them out, but I kind of liked them overlapped. Next time, maybe I'll shape them in a different way.

Last time we met in DC, we went to the zoo. This time, we went to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I love our little halfway meetups! I miss the two of them so, so much. Tell me, are you still close with many of your childhood friends, or are most of your friends newer? Most of my friends are people I've been friends with for a lonnnng time, but I do have some newer friends (mostly through blogging!)

Outfit Details:
You Were Mint For Me dress - courtesy of ModCloth
50s cardigan with crochet details - a gift from my mom
pink belt - thrifted in Cape Cod
Twinkle Toes T-strap Flat - courtesy of ModCloth
Everlasting leaf and branch bracelet - courtesy of Kellyssima
Carpenter Bee Bag - courtesy of Spotted Moth

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. For one week only, Kellyssima (the maker of my leaf bracelet) is offering a 30% discount for purchases over $20 to my readers! Mention KEIKO when you check out and she'll send a refund via PayPal. Discount does not apply to shipping costs and to items on sale.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Makeup Monday





I'm often asked about my daily makeup routine. Though the amount of products and labor intensity varies according to mood, plans and time allotment, my day to day look is generally consistent: clean face, rosy cheeks and lips, defined upper lash line. Keep in mind that while this is a simple look and can be achieved with just a few products, the main benefit of the various, seemingly superfluous makeup products is longevity. That, and a seamless finish. Most of this is thanks to the use of primers. I can not recommend them enough! It's like putting gesso on a canvas. Not only does it provide a smooth base, it also helps your makeup stay put. I'm going to show you the long and short of my daily routine:

Ultimate beauty routine - for longevity and a flawless finish:

These are the brushes I use for this look:
1) Small, flat (looks pointy here but it's not) concealer brush (this one is ELF from Target, $1)
2) Stiff, angled brush for brows (this one is Sonia Kashuk from Target)
3) fine tipped, bent eyeliner brush (this one is Sonia Kashuk from Target)
4) regular blush brush (this one is a MAC SE, but any medium to large blush or fluffy brush will work)



Let's start with my face:
1) After moisturizing, I apply a small amount (one pump) of Smashbox photo finish primer all over my face.
2) I apply concealer where needed, using the small concealer brush and in this case, Christopher Drummond concealer. (tip: you can also use your foundation as concealer - use the stuff on the lid, which tends to be a little thicker).
3) I lightly dust MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light all over my face, using my regular blush brush.
4) I apply MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Refined on the apples of my cheeks. Any blush will do!


I prefer my brows to be more defined, so I fill them in with eye shadow, in short strokes. I set them with clear mascara.


Next, eyes!
1) I use a concealer brush (or my fingers...which is what I normally do) to apply a primer to my eyes. I use MAC paint pot in Bare Study, which has a subtle shimmer. This keeps my eyeliner from budging, and if I wear shadow, it keeps it from creasing.
2) Using the bent eyeliner brush, I apply MAC fluidline in dipdown (a dark brown) on the upper lashline, only on the outer 3/4, gradually increasing the thickness toward the outside of my lids.
3) I finish with a coat of brown mascara (this one is Prescriptives) on both the upper and lower lashes.


Finally, my lips. I apply a nude lipliner along the edges of my lips and blend with a brush (this one has two ends - liner and brush - $3). I then use my finger or a brush to apply my favorite lip product, Julie Hewett's cheekie cheek and lip shine in Bette. Done!

I know it looks intense, but it takes less than ten minutes and lasts all day. If I'm in a rush or don't plan on being out all day, here is
the abridged version:

A dust of powder, touch of blush to the cheeks, swipe of mascara, smudge of lip stuff, and of course, my brows. It looks pretty similar, but the difference at the end of a long day is extreme. If you ask me, the primers and couple of extra steps are absolutely worth it!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Friday, July 9, 2010

She took my love, then ran around.








Keep away from this girl!

Whenever I wear an outfit like this (or basically anything that doesn't have a doppelgänger in the children's department), Kim says something like, "You little hoochie mama!" or "I taught you well." It is all in love and fun - we pick on one another. You see, Kimbly is the type of girl who believes anything that covers your butt is a dress and that your boobs belong at your chin. We tend to be polar opposites in many ways (bra sizes included), but sometimes I catch her buying girly 50s dresses (that you'd normally find in my closet) and other times, I can be found wearing a fitted little mini that's a wee bit scandalous. I like to balance it out with a loose fitted top. I really can't be bothered to wear much more in this horrible heat.

p.s. Let it be known that Kim is not really a hoochie mama. Like I said, we poke fun:)


Outfit Details:
skirt - forever 21
Walk 'n Roll top - courtesy of ModCloth
peep toe heels with bows - courtesy of Smashion
(I left my purse upstairs, when we were taking pictures. Oops!)

Makeup Notes:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light (face)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Refined (cheeks)
MAC blacktrack fluidline (eyes)
Julie Hewett cheekie cheek and lip shine in Bette (lips)

Love love,
Keiko Lynn