Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tonight, I feel like more.





Outfit Details:
favorite shirt - courtesy of Queen's Wardrobe (they have the BEST stuff)
denim cutoffs - had them forever
socks - Urban Outfitters
dany shoes (I know, I wear them too much) - courtesy of jessica simpson collection
bra thing - American Apparel
Woodstock Bag - R&Em

I've never traveled outside of the U.S. I feel like a few people judged me when I told them that. In fact, I know they did - and I resent it. It isn't for lack of cultivation or interest; it's simply a lack of funds. When I was little, we were kind of (okay maybe a lot) broke - vacations were few and far between and usually local. Believe me, I would love to travel (and plan on doing so) - but first, I should probably focus on paying off my debt. In the meantime, I want to maximize my mini-travels. Our little trip to New Orleans made me realize just how much of the country I have left to explore. Here's to road trips and weekend jaunts with close friends. Let's get out of this country city.

p.s. Since a couple of you pointed it out - you can see a close up of my tattoo here.

113 comments:

  1. I have traveled outside the country and while it's fun and truly amazing there is so much of our own country to explore. I am now focused on getting through my own homeland before moving onto someone elses. Love your tattoo peeking out today.

    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl
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  2. um, you're a fox.

    also, i didn't know you had a tattoo!

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  3. Beautiful and really chic! This outfit is just perfect for such events!

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  4. I totally understand how you feel, I've left the country but only for family things like funerals or weddings so I never had time to explore the places I went to that much until college. Even then it was a family event, never got to do those crazy spring break trips like all my classmates.
    That is why I'm super looking forward to my honeymoon! Just me and my man in Greece and Italy!

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  5. I believe you pulled off the hotel room sexy chic!
    This blouse is lovely.
    I hope you've had a great time in New Orleans. I hear it's a fabulous city, with loads of history, character, and I'm told, yummy food.
    (And if you do feel like traveling outside the US, for giving me so many style tips and inspiration, you're welcome in Paris anytime!!)

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  6. your outfit looks so great! amazing :)

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  7. Love this outfit! Your blouse is amazing.

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  8. nice blouse!

    http://cappuccinowithfashion.blogspot.com/

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  9. the title of this entry and your cute-as-hell hidden tattoo have just made me adore you even more! <3

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  10. Adorable! and the shirt is wonderful!
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  11. I've only travelled outside of Canada once-to visit NYC. That's it.

    When I was young, my parent's idea of a vacation was camping a few hours from my hometown. Now, I can't afford to go by myself when I'm in school.

    The travelling will have to wait for me too...

    Kelly
    Enterkelly.blogspot.com

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  12. I LOVE road trips, prefer them to fancy travels. There is so much you miss out on seeing when flying & there is so much to see in the US that I don't think too much about the outside, I'm still too busy exploring this big place. There's a lot of land to cover.

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  13. I feel the same way! I am a broke college student but people seem to still judge me when I tell them Ive never left the country... sad
    one day!!

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  14. pfft- to those people who judge you for not having travelled, that's lame. that would be like if you judged someone for having more debt than you, so i wouldn't worry about it.

    it would be exciting though, to see your posts once you DO get around to travelling. those NOLA pics were rteally nice! any key cities you want to visit?

    also... more tattoo pics!

    you're gorgeous! great outift :)
    xo

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  15. adorable top! and yes, the world is ours to explore so keep on exploring and traveling! it makes you open to others ways of living!


    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  16. WOW! That shirt is just a perfect mix of sexy and elegant!
    Love that one!!!
    You look great!
    I hope one day you'll come in Italy!
    Bye!

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  17. You should never be judged because you haven't traveled! Everyone has their own circumstances and situations that prevent them from doing certain things.. yours happened to be money and travel.
    If it makes you feel any better, I've never been out of the country either. There's SO much to be seen and explored..someday that will happen!

    These photos remind me of the show Lipstick Jungle. It was only around for a few seasons, but I was hooked. Thanks for reminding me of my obsession with it. I may just have to watch some reruns :)

    XXXO
    Marissa

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  18. i know, right? i *wish* i could travel more. withing the u.s., and elsewhere. unfortunately, some people don't understand how priveleged they are to have had those opportunities.

    also, i feel like being a young creative comes with inherent sacrafices- such as money being distributed to projects before more "frivilous" things, like a trip to europe.

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  19. Hey guys, thanks for the comments/support!

    For those of you who inquired about the tattoo, see here:
    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4346674799_497fb7f4fd_o.jpg

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  20. If it makes you feel better about the non-travelling, I haven't left Canada since I went on an exchange program to Europe when I was in high school (almost 10 years ago - I am so old!) - For the very same reasons! I have been too busy paying for university and now paying down my student loans. But quick, smaller trips are definitely fun too!

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  21. Chantilly: Absolutely. I mean, I would rather be on a budget and do what I love, but it can be a struggle. When you factor in what I pay for materials and the time I put into each garment, I'm practically at minimum wage. haha. But still, I'm lucky that I can bring my work with me - I just stuff a suitcase full of fabric and my sewing machine.

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  22. Cute outfit ♥
    P.S - I lovee your tattoo!

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  23. i completely feel the same way! but i do plan on making my way out soooon.

    love your saucy outfit!

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  24. I like how this outfit is sexy yet sweet at the same time. With a little peek of the tattoo, too. :)

    I'd love to travel out of the country more than I can, but... college student with an extremely limited budget. I already fantasize and act on shopping urges as is! But it's true; there's so much Americana to explore. It's sad that I haven't ever been west of Chicago in YEARS. I assume it's all dust then evergreen. Only not really. :)

    Toast with Charmalade

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  25. Shit, you really look GORGEOUS.
    Love that blouse!

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  26. you are a pretty girl, why dress like a hooker..? i hope you didn't wear this in public.

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  27. you look very vintage chic!
    http://sarassweetstyle.blogspot.com/

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  28. I can't get enough of that beautiful blouse...and your lovely tattoo! Just traveling around by car is fun, because you get to stop and go as you please, and you can control your own budget. I hope you will get to travel more, Keiko, it can be addicting and full of wonder.

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
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  29. hey, i'm sure if money were no issue, travelling outside of the country would be the option for many (me included) but a) you live in a large city, there's tons of new stuff to find and explore in the city alone and b) this country is rather large and different...travelling it has always been a goal of mine.

    cute outfit, love the tattoo (from what i can see of it). also, keep doing what you love it will pay off eventually :).

    PinkPopMash

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  30. Anonymous: Thanks for the back-handed compliment, but I am curious where you pick up your hookers. Because from what I've seen, they don't normally dress like this. Call it risqué if you want, but definitely not a hooker getup.

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  31. pretty pretty

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  32. Great outfit. Love the bra thing and tattoo. Sexy!
    As for travelling - even if it's in your own country, it still counts. I love travelling - heading to Tokyo in 9 days too and im so excited!

    x

    http://aprilialove.com

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  33. I get so much inspiration from you and your blog! Thanks so much for your sincere posts!

    Sabrina Says

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  34. Loveeee socks and heels!! Totally cuteeee!! :D <3 I love it when people break the rules of fashion!! ;)

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  35. Every time I open your blog the first thing on my mind is "she's so beautiful" :) I love your style! You're a real inspiration to me! Good luck traveling :) You should come to Europe some day :)))

    And I love your tattoo!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

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  36. amazing oufit!
    beautiful shirt! :))



    love your blog, I liked you on Facebook! :)




    hoping to see you on our blog.

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  37. Traveling is about exploring something new, and in turn learning something new about yourself in the process. The destination isn't necessary the most important part - it's what you get from the journey, be it across the world, or across the street.

    Wow - how corny does that sound? But, I totally believe it's true.

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  38. I am in love with that shirt! And your outfit! (And can't blame you for wearing the Jessica Simpson shoes often, I love them, haha)

    As for traveling, I agree with Kayla - the US is ginormous! There's so many beautiful parts of our country, and even little adventures are well worth it. :)

    -Evelina
    effervescentevelina.blogspot.com

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  39. So you haven't travelled very far... but, man, you live in NYC!!!! EEEEE! A lot of the world comes to you! And then, when the time is right, you'll be ready and it will be amazing!

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  40. you're just perfect

    xx ♥ yamina.
    http://beyondurclothes.blogspot.com/

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  41. Keiko, who cares what people have said to you, you live in New York just like the person above me stated. You're in the capital of the world! By the way, you look so cute in your outfit. I could NOT pull it off. I love the color of your blouse!!!!

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  42. You're living my dream if you're going to road trip and explore America - I live in Australia and I have travelled overseas and I get judged because I have already been to America and want to go back before I go to other countries. No matter what you do, people will always have another opinion on how they think you should be doing it. PS - You definitely don't look like a hooker. Quite a few girls in the city I live in wouldn't even wear a bra at all under that top and I am not joking. I'd call this look adult chic and I love it on you.

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  43. I hate when people will rag on ya for not traveling internationally, as if everyone can afford to. I agree with you, this country is big and worth exploring in the meantime!

    Also, that shirt is amazing and I love seeing people brave enough to go for it with the sheer tops!

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  44. Traveling overseas is a luxury not many of us can afford, so just know you are not alone. I live less than two hours from Mexico and I've yet to cross the border. Have to buy a (ridiculously overpriced) passport first.

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  45. I live in Canada and I've travelled a lot outside Canada (US, Europe, and Asia) but I've barely seen my own country! So here's to discovering your own country's diversity in culture and landscapes as well as seeing what else the rest of the world has to offer.

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  46. That shirt with the bra thingy is spot on!

    Have a lovely day!

    Linds
    http://myialife.blogspot.com

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  47. very sexy outfit. the thigh highs are incredible

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  48. I'm just wondering how anyone can even judge you for not traveling outside the US. What exactly are they judging? I am certain that traveling miles from one's home does not make one a better person. Then again, I am just a poor girl who has not traveled beyond the southern states. I think that you are great, and a damn straight, real girl!
    Side note: I used to dream that I would live in NYC, and work in fashion. I live vicariously through you. <3

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  49. Do not ever be ashamed of where you came from. My mother was a HARD working single mother and we were ALWAYS broke. We didn't ever go on any vacations until one of my siblings was old enough to start taking us on weekend trips with her hard earned pay. I live in California. I have been to Mexico once and Hawaii twice. I have traveled to different parts of the country, but I find even just exploring my one state is an adventure. We make the most of it. With limited resources and limitations you do what you can (a skill we learned from our Mother's perhaps?) and make the absolute best of it. Have the greatest time, wherever you are, and laugh all along the way while your mockers marvel at your sense of contentment because you are happy with what you have.

    you are fabulous, and mean people are simply jealous. Hurting people hurt people.

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  50. Anonymous: I'm definitely not ashamed of where I come from. I think I appreciate everything much more than I would've if I grew up super privileged. My mom worked really hard to take care of us - at one point, she was working five different jobs (one full time, and a bunch of part-time). Unfortunately, she never got a dime of child support - and she was too proud to take from the government. It's kind of nice to hear from people who have similar backgrounds, so thank you for the comment:)

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  51. p.s. I don't mean to make it sound like everyone has judged me for not being out of the US - most people are totally cool about it. But I have occasionally gotten snarky comments about it.

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  52. Hey, you got to do what you got to do right? I don't think anyone should judge you for that. I'm in the same boat as you too so I completely understand. Lots of love! xx

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  53. Dont worry about not having traveled outside the US. I have done some traveling when I was younger but I haven't left the East Coast of the USA so don't feel bad!

    The outfit is crazy cute by the way!

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  54. Good for you! People are stupid - don't listen to the haters. Enjoy your mini-vacations and road trips. I think they tend to often be more memorable simply because they lack the stress of a giant trip or traveling overseas.

    Also, you have the prettiest smile!

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  55. I cant believe people would be nasty to you because you havent travelled out of your country! Thats just ridiculous, I have only ever been out of New Zealand once and only to Australia which is like right beside us lol I have wanted to travel SOOOOOOO bad since I was young and I still do but Im not made of money.....Im hoping to one day and New York and the big ol US of A is definately on my list!

    p.s. I love the knee high socks! xx


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  56. I lovve your shirt! Reminds me of house of balfour :)
    La Petite Marmoset

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  57. oh, so hotness, i hope i can wear this kind of outfit as well

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  58. One of the most awesome and incredible experiences of my entire life was driving cross country this past summer - New Orleans was one of our stops, as was Memphis (Graceland!), the Grand Canyon and Vegas. My favorite places were Houston and Austin, and I never in a million years expected to love Texas the way I did! Next up - the northern route! I completely agree with exploring this country because there are so many incredible things to see and interesting people to meet. Good luck with your travels!

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  59. Adorable and sexy..you look like a sexy kitten!!

    I think everyone would like to travel overseas but not everyone has the ability to do so due to financial reasons or whatever but that doesn't mean we miss something important in life. Lately I start to think that we can have the greatest time/feeling just by enjoying the simple things in life. That matters.

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  60. Keiko, you are beautiful! I love that we get to see a little bit of your tattoo peeking out. Sexy and tasteful at the same time!

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  61. I know exactly how you feel--I've never traveled outside of the US either. People judge me too. Oh well. One day!

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  62. I've only started travelling recently and it's not cheap. Don't let those people make you feel bad about it. Not everyone can afford it, and it's none of anyone's business why you haven't travelled outside the US. Travelling doesn't make you a less cultured person. Some people go overseas and all they do is stay in their hotel room and eat KFC.

    America is so big, going to different parts of the country can be just as enriching and amazing :)

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  63. Deftones-Digital Bath?

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  64. Goodness, that outfit is soo sexy! Va-voom!

    I was really lucky to have a travel-lovin dad growing up. Thanks to him and my grandparents, I've been to a lot of places in the US. Then as I got older, I was able to visit Mexico, Japan, Singapore, and NY on my own. I sooo have the travel bug. My next destination definitely has to be somewhere in Europe!

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  65. You're SO gorgeous! Love the look!

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  66. that blouse is absolutely fab

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    x

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  67. I too haven't travelled around the world except to Australia and Norfollk Island which is NZ equialevent to visiting another state (US styles). I use to beat myself up about it and compare to other people but then I realised people have different circumstances, priortiies etc and for me coming from a home where money was scarce etc - being financially okay is my prioritity. I am going to Japan for the first time this year however. So excited.

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  68. traveling is pretty much the same in your own country or abroad, but the feelings (for me) are a little different. When you are NOT in your home-country it feels a little brake out.
    Love your outfit, it's very enegetic!

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  69. I love this outfit. You are absolutely gorgeous! I can see tattoo. :D:D
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  70. I love your style and your great pesonality.

    But honestly. Those tiny shorts (which even looks they bit too small) with the overknee socks and platforms does nothing good for your great figure! You're womanly and beautiful.
    But I think this look cuts up your leg into 3 pieces in a bad way.
    Im in no way trying to be mean and bitchy. Please don't take this the wrong way.

    Your're beautiful, talent and clever - keep up your wonderful blog! Love reading it.

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  71. You're gorgeous and don't let anyone else tell you you're not xoxo

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  72. I really love your shoes!! I can't help to look them ;D

    I don't many traveled in my (short) life too! People don't believe me when I say I have never go to England while this country is not far than France!

    (I'm sorry for my bad english but I try to practise when I post comments!)

    Lunneth
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  73. This shirt is so damn beautiful ! Think about people like me who would like to visit your beautiful country !

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  74. I think it's weird to judge someone for not travelling that much, what the hell? I started travelling more (like the first time since I was 3 years old) when I was sixteen years old, just because there was no money before and by now I can pay it myself. I've never travelled outside of Europe and although one talks about the usa as a country, it's a union of states, so I think it's just the same way. I'd like to visit America one day and do a super good long road trip from the top to the bottom, you miss so much when you go by plane, but I can't afford, but there's always something to save for!

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  75. I don't understand why would people judge you if you haven't traveled outside of US? It's not like it's a crime or a fault to not have enough money to travel abroad.

    I've never been on a plane until I was 31! because of the same reason. I wonder what they will say about me.

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  76. Same here, I've never had the funds. I wish I would have went back in college, but oh well I feel like we will all make it there eventually.

    Miranda
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  77. the blouse is gorgeous and i love the peekaboo black bralet/geisha face!! I just went out of the country for the first time this fall on a cruise to the Bahamas! It was super cheap and really the only way I could afford a tropical vacation..even if we were surrounded by oldies and only got to spend 2 days on land. I grew up broke too haha so our travels consisted of camping an hr away on the weekends, we never even left the state(IL) At least you grew up in Florida...jealous!

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  78. You look gorgeous!
    love outfit

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  79. I love your style so much.. it just seems so fluid and natural :D

    and your tattoo looks ace :) I especially love those little flowers!

    x
    Christine
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  80. Love the shirt!! It is very cute on you!!

    xoxo asiahlynn

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  81. soo natural and girlie!!

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  82. great looks and style added your link to my inspiration links page on tumblr for easy reference http://modelnvs.tumblr.com/dailys there will be a lot of reblogs from your tumblr...

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  83. i always dream and wish of traveling and exploring so many amazing countries but also even in the US there are so many places i want to see, love the outfit and love that we can see a little bit of your tattoo!

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  84. A lot of people are just snobs. Especially in the scenes you may find yourself within - fashion & NYC. You will meet a lot of incredibly privileged people who have no idea how much privilege they have. They will look down on people who haven't traveled outside of the country, but most of them have never been to, say, rural Vermont or the South Bronx. Sure, they've seen the Eiffel Tower, but how often do they really "see" the birds that flit along the ledge outside their window?

    World travel is overrated, since so often people just look for what they already expect to see (what the guidebook tells them is important). Better to open up your beautiful eyes to whatever this world brings you every single day. And you do, dear Keiko. When life finally offers you the opportunity to take that trip to - Paris? Marrakech? Mumbai? - you'll carry that same ability to really see and you'll find inspiration from someone else's everyday.

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  85. USA is so big, so many things to see :) It's totally different here in Europe, we travel a lot because in EU we don't need vizas or even to stop at the borders. And it's cheap! You can get free bus tickets or fly for few euros to the different country for a weekend. Everything is near - You can take a trip to another country in the morning and be back in the evening to sleep in your own bed ;)
    But in USA every state seems worth visiting. So just think about Your trip to another state as a trip to another country :) Traveling is not about visiting other countries, it's about moving, meeting new people, experiencing new things. I get a feeling from Your blog that You constantly do all of these things! :)

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  86. I love your blog...
    You have an amazing eye!

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  87. ****HAIR QUESTION!****

    Hi Keiko -

    I was wondering how you do your messy-bun hair style? I love it. I would love to try it out, but was wondering how do you get it to stay in place all day? I would love to wear this work!

    Please respond!

    Thanks,
    Christina

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  88. Don't sweat the judgement. Going out of the country is a great experience, but only if you know you haven't spent money you need for more important things. It took me over a year to save up to travel, but I had friends where I went so I only had to pay for a flight and some spending cash. I went to London and I am slowly (very very slowly) saving up to go again. Maybe travelling the country might make the rest of the world more in perspective, that's something I've never gotten around to doing. Keep the great outfits coming! :D

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  89. Paying off debt definitely stinks; I'm working on the last of my student loans now. But I can't wait to get to the end and--yes--have more money for fun stuff like travel!

    Such a pretty blouse. :)

    http://thebohemienne.wordpress.com/

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  90. "bra thing". Only American Apparel can get away with a name like that ;)

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  91. Traveling overseas is financially possible for anyone. If you have $1000 you can afford to travel abroad comfortably, but you can probably even do it for as little as the cost of a plane ticket + $300 spending money. I know in the US a plane tickets can easily run $500+, and nice hotels will start at $100, but can of course easily cost $400/night or more. Everyone's budget is different, and accommodations vary. I've stayed at hotels abroad that have been as cheap as $10 a night, and they weren't horrible conditions, although it certainly wasn't the Ritz.

    While traveling abroad certainly doesn't make you a better person, it gives you a broader background. Again, not all travelling experience are created equal; a trip to a very similar city as yours isn't going to expand your mind as much as travelling somewhere completely different. I can honestly say that after living and travelling abroad I have a better appreciation of things back home, like electricity, running water, garbage disposal, sanitation, security, and city planning. When you go to a foreign country and you have to speak a foreign language, you learn to appreciate and respect travelers/immigrants so much more because you know how hard it is to be a stranger in a strange land.

    Anyway, I hope you're able to travel soon. I'm sure you'll love it when you do! :)

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  92. The AA bra looks so great peaking through the back of that top!

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

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  93. Don't ever let anyone make you feel bad about not being able to travel! America is so incredibly diverse and exploring it can be just as enriching! Of course everyone wants to travel the globe, but being realistic and traveling within your means is super important (and just as fun) as well.

    xx Melina

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  94. You are the only girl in the world who could pull off that outfit so beautifully.
    I recommend Paris. Or you could like Helsinki, too.

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  95. I was lucky enough to travel to Italy after graduation but did so on a very tight budget and stayed with family friends. It was a great experience and I wouldn't change a thing about it.

    Like you, I also grew up with very little (pretty much no) vacations and I never felt like I was missing out. My mum was a single parent and, from what I have read here, was very much like your mother in that she definitely made our situation work. All of that being said, I have also spend a lot of time exploring the US on road trips (also on a very tight budget) and those trips are the ones that really, really have stuck with me. They mostly involve driving to see one family member or friend and exploring their little part of the world.

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  96. Favorite outfit!

    http://yesterdays--sweetheart.blogspot.com

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  97. There is something about you and lace that brightens my day. It's so classic and feminine.

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  98. You look very romantic. Lots of us Americans have not ever been out of the states. Heck loads of people who live in NYC have not ever let the NYC area. Anyway I did notice that you wear those shoes a lot. Are they really comfy?
    Cheers,
    Bre

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  99. If you ever need a street team leader for 'Keiko Lynn for blogger of the year!!", let me know. Seriously, I'd lead with so much enthusiasm, it would rock your world. I LOVE that you wear your Dany platforms with so many different things! I can imagine as a blogger, there is pressure to push yourself to wear a variety of shoes, but I think having one shoe that fits such a diverse closet is crucial! Besides, too many people waste money on brand new clothes, shopping my closet is my favorite thing to do (and it is better for the environment, that's for sure!).

    PS Is that last line a reference to Camera Obscura? Because if it is, you just got even more awesome. :D

    Kristin

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  100. In Australia, some people refer to places they've visited as if it's an achievement. Eg. "I've done Europe, Asia, America etc..'.

    It really irks me when people say such remarks as travel becomes some sort of contest, ie 'doing' as much continents or countries as possible rather than appreciating a specific place in depth.

    I think such statements suggest that extensive travel does not dispel ones ignorance. Sometimes, some of more ignorant people are ones who have travelled more. It's more of a case of how you travel rather than where you have been.

    So as you mentioned, traveled or not-travelled the real point of difference is ones really interest and appreciation of towards cultures.

    Hope you'll be able to travel overseas soon!

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  101. Jenm, your low-cost travel is not affordable for everybody. I believe Keiko and so many of these comments made that point eloquently.

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  102. You look so gorgeous! I love this look. So edgy. And I've only been to Canada once and most recently Mexico because my family could only afford camping. I feel ya. I'm also trying to pay off debt before I plan big travels. No judgement from me, I completely understand! And there are so many great places in the U.S. to explore like you said!

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  103. I'm with ya on never being out the country. I've only been on an airplane like 6 times, and all within the last 5 years.

    I plan to travel a lot more, but alas that requires funds. Which I lack.

    Love the tat, bt dub.

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  104. I feel your pain - I've always yearned to travel, but just haven't had the opportunity (or enough money) to do so.

    Here's to making the most of things! :)

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  105. I completely agree! While I have been out of the country before the likelihood of it happening again anytime soon is slim and slimmer, small vacations it is for now :)

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