Thursday, February 24, 2011

bear hug!




(photos by Katy of sugarlaws.com)
Outfit Details:
Bear Hug Coat - courtesy of Spotted Moth
DKNY lace and chiffon top - courtesy of DKNY for winning the Cozy Style Off
vintage chiffon jacket - Beacon's Closet
tights - HUE
Coach Ginger Leather Satchel - courtesy of Coach
vintage yellow leather skirt - borrowed from Samara (it was her mom's!)
lipstick - MAC Pro longwear lipcreme in Unlimited


When I was in elementary school, a tiny kitten named Mittens followed my big sister Nicole and me to school. And by followed, I mean we coaxed her the entire way there and possibly picked her up and brought her into the classroom, but still. Nicole's teacher called my mom and she came to pick her up and it was all around adorable, but that same year, my snakes, Slick and Slimy, followed me to school (do you see a trend?) and made me show them to my kindergarten teacher. This was not quite as adorable; I don't think Mrs. Stevens ever looked at me the same way. The point is, animals follow me, even if I occasionally leave a path of treats behind me or put them in my backpack.

This is why I don't own a black coat. I used to, but it was too much of a hassle with these furry critters and their shedding. Miku is just one big fluff ball, and I swear my mom sought out the sheddingest (this is not a real word) kitties she could rescue before giving them to us. I say this because magically, her animals barely shed. Mine, however. They even defy the magic of the furminator. No amount of furminating, vacuuming, sweeping or lint rolling will keep stray hairs off my clothes. It's a constant battle. I would love to hear your secrets - but keep in mind that Miku needs lots of hugs, so keeping her away from my clothes is out of the question.

That being said, when I borrowed this amazing yellow skirt from my dear friend Samara, I had the grand idea of letting it be the focal point and pairing it with all black and some bright lipstick. Though I had no black coat, Spotted Moth sent me this cozy sweater coat, akin to wearing a teddy bear and therefore right up my alley. I carefully placed it in a garment bag and kept the little critters away from my closet. I waited to put it on until I got outside, safely away - and I carried a lint roller in my bag for emergency stray hairs. Despite my utmost effort in tricking the fashion world into thinking I live in a critter-free zone, I still found a Miku hair here, a Vester hair there. I could just hear Kim saying, "Perro! Gato!" as I picked off the stray hairs, and I almost looked behind me to see if Miku was in tow. But alas, the days of coaxing tiny animals to follow me around seem to be behind me.

I wish I could say it's because I'm all grown up, but it's really just that I wouldn't want them crossing these busy streets.

p.s. I was beyond flattered when this outfit landed me a spot in NY Mag's The Cut, as one of the most stylish people at fashion week. What a nice surprise!

82 comments:

  1. In love with ur coat n yellow skirt....=D

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  2. congrats! that jacket is awesome, and I love the skirt and colors!

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  3. love the coat!!!

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  4. i love the coat so much! and of course you paired it with an awesome and bright yellow skirt!!! you are too cute~
    <3 steffy
    steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  5. I can absolutely relate on the pet fur! I have a maltese pup (Scout) and a beagle (Snoopy), and I'm always finding their hair on my clothes, black tights, you name it, there's pet fur. The thing is.. my babies are just so adorable that I have to snuggle them at every opportunity; there's no other alternative!

    I'm going to stalk this comment thread for some tips now.

    ps: You look great--- but you already knew that!

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  6. ooh, congrats Keiko how lovely that you were featured and I can see why, your outfit is spectacular. Loving the yellow paired with the hot pink lips, the textures are fabulous. AND I just love those shoes. xx veronika

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  7. yellow is one my favorite colors and this outfit is wonderful. I love those shoes but I would NEVER be able to walk in them. A little furry friend help is a great accent :) Congrats!!

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  8. So cute! And an oh-so-stylish interpretation of the Second Ammendment. ;-)

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  9. love the coat!!

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  10. That's so adorable that little critters followed you around all the time!

    Congrats on being featured in The Cut. That yellow skirt is complete eye candy and that is such a lovely furry coat.

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    much love.

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  11. Liv: It took me a second to get that, hahaha!

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  12. Love the yellow skirt with that beautiful black coat!

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  13. I just found a vintage coat in brown like your furry coat...love this look on you...gorgeous. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes

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  14. Ok..now that is ONE awesome looking coat..and you look awesome in it:) You totally deserve the feature!! You are one of the most stylish, down to earth bloggers I know...
    Keep on rockin!!!

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  15. I hear ya about the animal fur here and there!

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  16. Your outfits always blow me away! You look so pretty and I do love that coat! I peaked the the link and awesome to see you made NY Mag's the cut! So awesome! Congrats!

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  17. like a little tiny cute and stylish bumble bee! haha


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  18. I usually lint roll myself right before pictures. After I take pictures I smother my cats with love. I try to fight it but you can only do so much.
    My Heart Blogged

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  19. I have a persian cat and I rarely can wear black because of him! I am a walking furball always! That yellow skirt is just smashing!

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  20. Tão linda!!
    Um Beijo!
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  21. Great coat! You wear it very well.

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  22. I just adore that yellow skirt! Her mom is very fashionable!

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  23. That oat is gorgeous, but I have a pug so I cou
    D never wear something like it. Tan haor everywhere!

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  24. that's wonderful that you were featured! your outfit was by far one of the best in that slide show. also, i am in love with your coat. anything that feels like an animal or a blanket is the coat for me! i read your blog every day, keep up the great outfits! :]

    (ps, the word verification for leaving this comment is doushes)

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  25. somehow my family has managed to adopt the "sheddingest" dogs too. i understand your struggle. black clothes or cute furry animals? it's a touch decision. :)

    -janelle

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  26. I'd say you definitely deserved a spot on The Cut! It's a gorgeous photo too ♥

    I hate getting animal fur anywhere on me, because no matter which part of me it gets stuck to initially, it almost always end up in my mouth - which is an instant gag trigger. That makes me sad because I'd like to own a puppy someday, but I guess I'll try for one of those less shaggy breeds? :'D

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  27. I generally don't like shoes like that but you always seem to pull them off. DANG YOU!

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  28. ahhh! I LOVE this post! 1. because the look is beyond amazing..that skirt? LOVE. the coat.. love love. but mostly the pet love! my baby girl and her fur always, without fail, make an appearance on my clothes. I haven't yet found a trick to removing it, but, thought slightly embarrassed with dog hair on my coat walking around the city, love that shes THERE!

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  29. Beautiful coat. I am surprised that you didn't have pet hair on your tights:) That is something I fight everyday and eventually just give in.
    <3 AlbeeLucky.blogspot.com

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  30. You are so adorable! love that coat!


    Jacquelyn
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  31. LOVE this outfit! You´re so pretty! :)

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  32. This is such a great outfit, that skirt is so cute and fun! Nice coat too. :)

    Principessa Gabriella

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  33. love the combo! so sweet.
    animal's fur is so complicated to handle with! I guess, the only tip is having special brush with you all the time (still it barely works)

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  34. that coat is fab, love the combination of yellow and black

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    x

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  35. That coat looks so cosy! Unfortunately I don't have any pet hair removal tips - I just rely on lots of sellotape.

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  36. Simply fantastic! One of my favorite outfits for you & that is saying something. LOVE your style!

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  37. this outfit is perfect. love the skirt.
    xoxo

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  38. No wonder why!!! Thi sis an amazing outfit, the yellow, the fur... perfectly on trend without tying too hard! :D
    xxx

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  39. Black and yellow, great combination!! I love the coat!!
    xxx
    Luna
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  40. Love black & yellow combination!
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  41. A veritable Snow White you are, what with the yellow skirt and tiny woodland creatures following you around. I'd be super-duper impressed if you got them to clean house for you!

    (insert cool accent here) You look smashing, darling, simply marvelously comfortable. :)

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  42. you look lovely! I can see why they named that adorable sweater/coat "bear hug"! it makes you want to curl up really tight in it it looks so cozy.
    and thank goodness i'm not the only person dealing with pesky animal fur on my clothing. I hate it but my animals are too important to live without. I cary a lint roller in my purse at all times vacuum incessantly but even then it still doesn't work.

    blessings,
    bex

    bexastylediary.blogspot.com

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  43. Amazing. Im not surprised tough NY mag choosed you as one of the most stylish people. You deserve it!

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  44. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Keiko, I can sympathize ~ I have the same problem with my husky. I love her, but her fur gets EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME.

    If the hair collects too much on my clothes I use sticky tape wrapped with the sticky side out around my hand as a quick fix, but otherwise, {and I hope this doesn't sound completely lame} I just ignore it. > o <

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

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  45. Ooh, I love the colors in this outfit!


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  46. you look so darling!!!!!!! and smiley and happy. its making me smile at my desk :)

    LOVE this yellow skirt on you. You should wear this color more. xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

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  47. I love this look! Congrats on making the cut! I totally agree!

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  48. I have trouble trying to keep my black jeans fur-free. It seems every time I wear them my cats and dogs just know they need to rub up against my leg. If I plan on wearing my black jeans I try and get out of my house as quickly as possible before they find me, it's tough with 3 cats and 4 dogs though!

    I love the outfit, cute shoes!

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  49. I really love this outfit! I've been loving that neon yellow color lately, especially paired with contrasting seperates!

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  50. Congrats!! I love that bright yellow. And that coat is so cute and fluffly. I want to snuggle with it.

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  51. love the yellow skirt and that coat is fabulous.

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  52. I have the exact same problem because our dog, Chip, is short haired and sheds like it's autumn! I moved away from home six months ago for school and I'm STILL finding his hairs in my bedding, clothes and bags!

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  53. hi keiko I could not open your blog from Turkey, do you know why?

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  54. I have the same west)love it!extremely warm;)

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  55. Love the yellow skirt!

    xo,
    Lizette

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  56. The only way to deal with fur is acceptance. I have 2 german shepards and to be honest I've just stopped caring about bits of fur on my clothes. I vacuum every day, massage my dogs to induce "controlled shedding", groom them you name it. There's still fur everywhere. My kids will grow up looking like cousin It but frankly I don't give a damn and I suggest you stop caring too, you're fighting a loosing battle anyway :)
    (nice clothes fo better occasions are preferably stored in dry cleaining bags though)

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  57. thanks for the inspiration! just got me a pair of dany's and was looking for ideas :)

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  58. I love your outfit. The pop of yellow is perfect. The coat fabric looks great too

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  59. That coat is too stinking cute!

    I have also just learned to accept the fur--no matter how often I clean or run a lint roller over my clothes, I *still* get plenty of stray hairs on me. I think it's just life with the furry ones!

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  60. Great Look!!!

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    You are welcome to visit my blog too! Kisses:))

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  61. Love love the shoes., regret not buying them in stockholm ;(

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  62. I'm in love with that coat and lipstick. It makes me want to be pale all over again. ♥

    secondhand spring

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  63. Beautiful coat. I've actually been wanting a coat like this since I've been watching a lot of 3rd Rock from the Sun (available on Netflix instant now!). Harry had this furry coat, and I couldn't help thinking it looks so comfortable!

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  64. That coat is awesome. It looks so warm and cozy, perfect for not so perfect autumn or not yet spring weather.

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  65. aww you have just the cutest smile :D

    and those heels *_* AMAZING!^^

    Christine
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  66. Love this whole outfit! The leather skirt in bright yellow is so refreshing, and that coat, of course, looks like heaven.

    -rina
    www.thelatesttoughs.blogspot.com

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  67. I absolutely love your shoes!

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  68. Love the story, love the fact that you had snakes named Slick and Slimy, and totally relate to the dog hair problem!

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  69. LOVELY JACKET! I adore it!

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  70. No outfit is complete without a little dog hair on it!

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  71. I love love love love love this outfit!

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  72. Also snapped a picture of you in this outfit!

    http://lestyleengineer.blogspot.com/2011/02/nyfw-keiko-lynn.html

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