Friday, January 14, 2011

It's cold and snow's actually on the ground







It's just a snow fall of snow balls, evidence of the winter. And I can feel my hands again. We're almost home.

Outfit Details:
grey coat - courtesy of Asian iCandy
MNG by Mango cardigan - JC Penney, from a gift card I won
ModCloth dress - from a dress swap with Kim
tights - from my mom
lace up boots - courtesy of Wanted (order a size down - these run large)
scarf - Forever 21 men's section (borrowed from Bobby)
madison satchel - courtesy of Coach
Miku - from planet pretty princess


I finally got around to taking an outfit photo, which is sadly a blogging landmark for this week of no hot water. Without a proper shower I look somewhat like a troll doll/gremlin hybrid that doesn't deserve documentation. None of this bird bath, boiled water and washcloth crap. I need to shower in order to function, let alone look remotely alive. The hot water is back on and in result, I'm in much better spirits.

Being the big baby that I am, I still wasn't willing to stay outside longer than what it takes for me to walk to the train - so I took pictures inside. I would actually prefer to take all of my winter photos from the comfort of a heated interior, but I live in a tiny, dimly lit place and my only lens with a wide enough aperture for scant light is a 50mm (which means it's pretty useless for full length photos in a shallow space). I just ordered a 35mm f/1.8, so hopefully that will help, because I'm sure you don't want to hear me complaining about how goshdarn cold it is. Especially since most of you already know how cold it is and don't need a reminder. Except Florida, which in a really smug "eff you" move to the rest of the United States, was the only state without snow this week. My grandma had the nerve to mention how warm it was in Coral Springs. What a jerk.

I don't know why I'm complaining (I guess I'm just being a little brat) - I love snow. If it's going to be cold, we should at least be granted a snowy blanket of magic. It really hasn't gotten old for me yet. I, along with my old roommate Lane, was well into my twenties before I ever even saw snow. She called me outside to bask in its magnificence; we were like little kids that just saw a real live unicorn. Save for our lookalike Perlino Paso Fino, Diablo, and the unicorn/dog hybrid Miku that you see before your very eyes, I've never actually seen a real unicorn. It's too bad. I think I would like that very much.

135 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures!
    I like those boots.

    x

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  2. You looks so cozy, and the pupper is too cute.

    I'm buried in snow too, and unfortunately, hate it. Ugh. So cold and slippery and makes my walks home dreadful. Can't wait for spring!

    Laura

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  3. GORG darlin :))))

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  4. Love that chunky scarf! You look so warm and comfy!

    Lily
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  5. wow you look amazing, nice pictures and your face, you are so pretty!

    kiss xxx

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  6. i love the grey color palette! i am definitely on the same "i am not a fan of snow" boat as you. Living in Canada is definitely not as glamorous as everything thinks it is. The snow is pretty when it first falls, but as soon as a few cars roll over it, I'm over the gross sludge on the ground. haha

    Miku is such a cutiepie!

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  7. My mom absolutely convinced me that unicorns existed. She'd tell me that white horses are unicorns and that if you catch one of guard, you see their horn but usually they hide it really well.

    I'm still waiting.

    This post reminds me I need more light pretty delicate colours in my wardrobe. Everything is dark or bright and saturated.

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  8. You look so cozy and I love this little corned where you took your photos! So cute!

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  9. those boots are great, awesome, be-e-autiful :)



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  10. Very very sweet pictures!

    /Emilie
    http://edithinga.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you, everyone!

    Shannon: Your mom is awesome. Maybe Diablo has just been shy.

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  12. you couldn't drag me out of the house, let alone take a picture if i hadn't showered for a week. i really do look like something that should be locked in the basement and not let out.

    hope your hot water's fixed soon!

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  13. YOu look Gorgeous!!! Love your shoes!!! And Your dog is so pretty!!!

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    You are welcome to visit my blog too :))

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  14. Veronika: Thank you! It got fixed last night, which is why I finally took pictures:) Believe me, I was in no state to be photographed. I shower twice a day, bordering on obsessive compulsiveness...so this was my version of hell.

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  15. lovely outfit!
    I've never seen a blanket of snow or the actual snowing activity, just a little bit left in some mountain top.

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  16. No way, I didn't realise there was snow in every state! (bar one).

    I wish it would snow in London again, it is so much prettier when it is white rather than grey. Love your lace up boots by the way.

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  17. Love this look, amazing purse! <3

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  18. I know you don't want to hear this, but southern Arizona is still a desert and we're still seeing 70-something days (but 20-something nights)!

    I'll see what I can do about blowing some sunshine your way. Stay warm!!

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  19. Well, whether or not you spent the beginning of the week in a gremlin state, you look absolutely stunning here!

    Not to rub it in, but Cali's warming up nicely this week too. I agree with you, though - snow is beautiful, but it's a bitch to be so cold all the time.

    Enjoy your hot water! I can't imagine being without it for so long!

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  20. I love the way you put your outfit together, especially with that pair of boots. <3

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  21. Oh I love your boots soo much! :)

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  22. nice (possibly unintentional) minus the bear reference. you look gorgeous!

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  23. This is so beautiful! It's the kind of snow day outfit that I would love to wear. I especially like the draping of your clothes, and those boots.

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  24. Haha, "Miku from planet pretty princess" so cute. And I would like to see a unicorn too...

    I adore the lace up boots, and you just look so cozy and pretty in that outfit. Love the color scheme. Makes me want to take indoor pictures too.

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    much love.

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  25. LOVE your outfit today! I especially love the boots. I agree, if it's going to be cold, there at least should be some pretty snow to fit it right? haha

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  26. That first picture is devastatingly beautiful.

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  27. oh my gosh !
    love the photos/lighting.
    and your outfit is just to die for !
    i really like that chunky scarf and dress <3

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  28. The neutral color palette of this outfit is killer! Those boots and that scarf together are almost too amazing for me to handle! Love it!!

    Coffee and Inspiration

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  29. these boots are absolute perfection, lovely photos
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    xq

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  30. Such beautiful pictures and really love the colors!

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  31. i want this entire outfit. i love it! i bookmarked those boots on wanted the other day, and now i REALLY want them. they're perfect and i love the colour!

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  32. Your makeup is beautiful and i love those boots!! :)

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  33. Aw, you look beautiful Keiko! I'm not actually a fan of bulky, overwhelming scarfs, but you're wearing it really well. The outfit unexpectedly works all around. The boots are the perfect cap off.

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  34. I love your boots. They are amazing. <3

    "Except Florida, which in a really smug "eff you" move to the rest of the United States, was the only state without snow this week. My grandma had the nerve to mention how warm it was in Coral Springs. What a jerk."
    Haha!. I love reading your blog! You are so funny and have such a witty way of writing!! :D

    I love reading your blog and seeing all your outfit posts. I hope you'll have time to stop by my blog sometime.

    ~ Katie
    http://www.beautifully-pure.com

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  35. I absolutely adore those boots - I've always wanted a pair that lace all the way up. And I'm very impressed with how creative you got with the 50mm-forced-cropped shots. Been there, done that! ;) Not sure if the 35mm will help too much with widening the space out, though. You might want to think of investing in a 15mm. The almost-fish-eye effect is completely addicting. :D

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  36. I also live in Brooklyn, and apartments around here seem to have a lot of problems staying functional. Recently my hot water AND stove AND heating weren't working for a week. I had to shower at the gym which I do a lot, anyway, but the real problem was how cold the house was!!!! :(

    Those boots are so so cute.

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  37. These photos are stunning! You capture the casual yet chic outfit perfectly.

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  38. Giedre:
    The problem is that I need a rather wide aperture (I like to use natural light) and wide angle fixed lenses can be super expensive. I have a kit 18-55 that's decent enough, but it doesn't let in enough light. I know I still won't be able to take full length photos, but it will at least be a wee bit better.
    I would save up for a better lens but instead, I'm hoping to save for a bigger and brighter apartment. In my dreams:)

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  39. Ana: That's ridiculous! I thought we had a gas leak while our hot water wasn't working (Bobby said it was in my head) and I refused to turn on the oven until Bobby got home and inspected. I couldn't move anything with my one hand. As it turned out, the pilot light went out and that was that. I can't imagine not having heat, hot water or a stove during this harsh weather. Did your landlord address the issue or did you have to call 311?

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  40. Joanna: Bulky scarves always make me feel like I have several chins. I wear them for function but they make me feel weird!

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  41. I love the muted tones of this outfit. And those boots are fantastic!

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  42. i love these pictures! you are so adorable

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  43. aww, love those outfit.. especially the straps on the boots ^^

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  44. you still look amazing, friend! love that scarf and those boots!!!

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  45. I like this outfit a lot..You and your dog look adorable in this picture

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  46. is that a ring on your left hand?! are you engaged? :)

    beautiful lady! especially love the scarf!

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  47. Katie: Not engaged! Definitely not ready for marriage or engagement. I still feel like a kid. I just wear rings on my left hand...I can't wear anything on my right hand because it makes me feel...weird. It's one of my hangups along with chalk and styrofoam.

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  48. This outfit post was well worth the wait; you look absolutely divine! I love the color palette you chose, and your smile is just stunning. Keep doing what you do!

    Also, I'm still planning on sponsoring your blog! I don't want you to think I was leading you on, ha. My graphic design guru is in the midst of creating an ad. Will get back to you as soon as it's finished.

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  49. gorgeous boots && beautiful pictures !!

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  50. I can't even tell that your cold all bundled up! :]
    Im totally loving those lace up boots you have on! the color and style are perfect for this cold winter weather.

    -Kyung*

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  51. I really really like these photos!

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  52. You look so beautiful Keiko!!!
    I love the scarf ans boots ;)
    Kisses

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  53. wooow thats a great outfit! so cozy!

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  54. pretty pictures and i adore the boots :)

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  55. So beautiful! Never thought such muted colors could be so flattering! Love all the pieces and photos as well!! Adorable pooch!!

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  56. This is such a gorgeous look :-)

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  57. What an amazing outfit! Those boots are gorgeous!
    xoxo
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  58. Ooh, Keiko I love this!! You look so incredibly cozy & warm! Your layering is perfection, and I want that big scarf! Adorable.

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  59. Absolutely gorgeous!!! The color palette, Miku, the boots, one of my fav posts! :)

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  60. Keiko....I really like this look on you. U look a little different...maybe its the dark eye shadow with dark hair. U look a little spanish...but you look lovely!

    Dhalia :-)

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  61. You are so beautiful, this outfit looks so cute and cozy. And I want those boots!

    xo sarina

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  62. This is some nice photography!

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  63. Awesome photos, and those boots are gorgeous!

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  64. Wow, those boots are simply amazing. Glad to hear your hot water is back on.

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  65. wonderful pics! really awesome and cute dog :)

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  66. This other blogger Color Me Katie is looking for people with colorful creative occupations for a photo-project. how much more colorful can you get than a pile of fabric! i immediately thought of you! here's the linkage http://colormekatie.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-photo-project.html

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  67. really nice scarf.

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  68. beautiful. you look so pretty and you have a great sense of style. These soft colours let you skin shine!

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  69. Your eyeshadow looks great, bring back Makeup Mondays! :)

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  70. That sucks about the hot water. During august I lost my air conditioning. Did I mention I was in VA which was experiencing their hottest summer ever? It was a week of hell and sweat.
    BTW you are unbelievably gorgeous!

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  71. Lovely photos! I'm really digging that scarf. And I also picked out those Wanted boots in brown and had to send 'em back because they were too big. I'm digging the grey ones, they look fab you!

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  72. Looks like a fun outfit to wear. I have similar boots but they are oxfords. I love yours though! I'm in the snowy weather in N. NJ here, so I feel you!! I don't mind it though.

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  73. I love, love, love your eyeshadow!!
    Care to let a girl know what kind you used? :)

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  74. hey i found your blog a few months ago and just wanted to tell you how much i enjoy reading it. also, you're absolutely beautiful. lucky girl :)

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  75. That is such a thick scarf you're wearing! I love it. Can you wear that as a shawl too?

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  76. That's one of the best things about living in an apartment - you don't have to get bogged down with shoveling and all those negative feelings when it snows!

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  77. great pictures! and those boots are gorgeous

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  78. Such a great outfit. I love it, especially the scarf and coat. Your make-up is fantastic as well. What kind of eyeshadow is that?

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  79. I love your makeup today! Is it one of your make-up Monday's from the past and if not, can you do one for this please?!

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  80. those boots are hot! and i agree with anna - your makeup is great today - can you do a tutorial if you haven't for this look?
    pretty please....

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  81. love the outfit simple and refreshing!!!! the pastel colors look great on you

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  82. I miss winter. I am dying in the summer heat in Sydney. Winter means magical snow, layering, cute coats, and even cuter boots! Gorgeous outfit!

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  83. Where I live in England was the only place in the UK not to get snow in early December, instead of being relieved I cursed my bad luck. I adore snow.

    I also adore those boots, they are magical boots of love and along with your dog are two things I'd steal should I ever wake up one day and Narnian magic has transported me to your apartment...saying that I'm tiny your boots wouldn't fit me, I'll just play with your pets until you call the police. :D

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  84. I love the soft, ethereal quality of this outfit, even though some of the pieces, like the boots, are more edgy. Great combo!

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  85. You look amazing

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  86. I love every piece of clothing you're wearing in those pictures! ;) beautiful!
    xx Melody

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  87. great outfit and lovely blog

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  88. Love the monochrome look, especially those boots

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  89. Absolute perfection, there's not a thing I don't want from this picture: Your hair, that scarf, the cupboard you're sat on , the dog, the boots, that light. Beautiful.

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  90. Those boots are amazing! I have wanted a pair for so long just like those ones!

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    billyhoss.blogspot.com
    xoxo

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  91. Oh HEY THERE CUTE THANG ;)

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  92. Awesome boots, I love your hair too :)

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  93. Hi, I’ve just post on my blog an article with my favorite outfits for January, you’re in, if you don’t want I can deleted the picture and off course I’ve linked to your blog. Thanks Leah.

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  94. Gorgeous as usual. The eye makeup is really rockin' in this one!

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  95. The boots, the bag, the scarf, the MIKU, its too much. I want it all. It sent me into a Veruca Salt singing episode, the girl not the band that is!!

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  96. The boots are gorgeous (as is your dog)! You look super cozy in these pictures ;P

    I know how you feel about the cold. I live in northern Canada, and my window doesn't shut all the way and so I have a constant breeze in my bedroom! I huddle in bed until the last possible moment because I don't want to feel the cold, and I usually end up late for everything :P

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  97. nice boots! the scarf and dress combo look really nice too.

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  98. I love what you are wearing.... so beautiful!!!!!!







    Carissa
    http://copiouscouture.blogspot.com

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  99. I'm so in love with this outfit! It is the perfect mix of texture and comfy/girly. I just bought similar boots this weekend so I may have to give this a try!
    xo L

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  100. The boots are KILLER! Also love the greys - sexy, smokey.

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  101. Keiko, this is one of my favourite of your outfits! So, so sweet. I love the colours, I love the layers, I love the textures.

    xo
    Jessica @ myloveisgrowing

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  102. Hey Keiko, Trois Femmes nominated you for most stylish blogger award. Check it out in our post here:
    http://tresladies85.blogspot.com/2011/01/were-nominated-stylish-blog-award.html

    xO

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  103. i love these photos. your boots are a fabulous statement. and hooray for hot water!
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com

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  104. LOVE this makeup! tutorial? or any up close pics?
    i just got those boots in blue in the mail. they are SO comfortable!

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  105. I love how you are always so put together, right down to the eyeshadow! I love how your hair looks so effortless, but beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration, I really love your blog!

    Sabrina
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  106. Hi Keiko,
    I've become a constant reader of your blog, since a couple of months I think. And I'm always impressed by your hair-do. Please, tell me how do you do your pretty bun [or how should I call it] to look so light, not too 'heavy', and stylish. Maybe a tutorial??:) I tried many times to do my hair as yours, but no way, I just can't... please, help:)
    Skwarynia

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  107. :D gorgeous keiko :D

    Love the pictures & love the outfit, extremely beautiful :D

    http://www.style1509.blogspot.com
    Live.Laugh.Love. - everyday.

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  108. What a gorgeous, chic, and cozy look! I am going to go to my local forever 21 men section to look for that scarf! your outfits are always so inspirational!

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  109. I love the way you suit i love the dog and i love you... hoping for possible dream hahaha...

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  110. I love everything about this look! I am still sort of new to your blog, so I am sure you have been asked this a million times already, but how do you do that cute bun you are always rocking? I'm in love with it! :)

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  111. I love the look and your amazing doggie :))) I can't wait for a new post, I check your blog everyday now and nothing :)))
    <3333

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  112. Ashley: Thank you! Once my hand heals, I will try and do a video of it. I don't know if I can possibly do a full on tutorial because it really just involves me making a mess on top of my head, haha. I just loop my hair through an elastic a couple of times and then mess with it.

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  113. Stefi: Makeup Mondays are coming back! I promise!

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  114. Anonymous: Yikes, I think I'd rather be cold. At least I can just bundle up!

    Andrea: Yeah, the boots run rather large. Luckily, I saw some reviews and ordered a size down. But honestly, I think I could have even gotten a half size smaller! They're huge.

    Leah: feel free to use pictures from the blog. Thank you!

    Sherry, Rachel, Shirley : Thank you, gals!

    ieatmodestmouse: I don't have close ups but I can re-create it for a makeup monday. It's really just one eyeshadow, so it's my go-to look for a little drama with minimal product:)

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  115. Great! Thank you so much, and I look forward to your hair tutorial!

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  116. woww, what an amazing look of yours, gorgeous lady. I just love these kind of shoes. Also your dog is cute. the complete perfect look.. nice sharing

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  117. i love the color combo here and the knit scarf! xx

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  118. Your style is amazing, and you are beautiful. Shared on: http://capharnaumm.tumblr.com/

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  119. How do you fold your scarf? I can't seem to figure it out, but you've done it beautifully. :)

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  120. A perfect winter look! I love your scarf :) Also, I saw a close up of your ring in an earlier post, and it is so adorable!

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  121. The colors are so calm and beautiful!!

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  122. if i may ask where did you buy yoiur boots

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  123. Love your boots! The same boots are featured on my blog.

    http://thestyleenchiridion.blogspot.com/

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  124. Your blog is so lovely and I see you're a fan of Minus The Bear! =]

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  125. omg this post is too freaking cute!!
    I feel like I know you through your style of writing!!

    Love your humor =)

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  126. Love the boots and bag :)

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  127. Hello kieko!! Must say that you are so georgeus and everything you wear is so nice. You hair style is amasing, I whant one like that but the hair dresser never understands me :P Next time I mabe take a pic of you with me ;)
    Have a nice day Greetings from Sweden

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