Tuesday, November 1, 2011

moniker







Outfit Details:
hat - H+M
glasses - Ray-Ban
Joie Vanity Jacket - c/o Joie (their new e-commerce launches in a few days!)
grey shawl collar sweater - Bobby's
Free People loose knit tunic - Bloomingdales (it was $11 on sale!)
black tank dress (underneath - H+M
Hansel from Basel tights - c/o Emerging Thoughts
Vance boots - c/o Blowfish
bag - c/o Coach
K ring - Fancy Sexy Me (at Artists + Fleas in Williamsburg)
nail polish - Estee Lauder Purple Passion
lipstick - Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink

Contrary to what the product placement suggests, this post is not sponsored by Starbucks. My fall and winter, however, might as well be - I use hot coffee and tea as hand (and stomach) warmers. My favorite part is seeing how they spell my name; I rarely offer the correct spelling, because it's more fun that way. When I was a kid, I used to get annoyed at people who constantly mispronounced my name, but now that I'm an older and more patient adult (this is actually a total lie), I don't mind. People call me Keeko, Cocoa, Kiko (pronounce kEYEko), sometimes even Kayla. I don't even notice, anymore. If you have an unusual name - and I know it's common in Japan, but not the in the states - you have to expect it. For the record, it's Keiko and it's pronounced Cake-oh. But you can call me Keeko, if you want. I can't hear you through your computer, anyway.

Just don't do it in front of my mom. She might cut you.

86 comments:

  1. looves the tight and the jacket :)

    Greeting from Indonesia,
    Titaz

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  2. this post is hilarious. and know what is really funny? i run into similar issues with my name...and it is COMMON! i mean, diane is a simple name. right? so many times people have called me: diana, danielle, daniella, deena...and don't even get me started with the way people mispronouce my last name (maiden AND married)...i guess it is just something ya get used to! :P

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  3. oh yeah...and in high school my history teacher thought my name was denise. HAHA!

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  4. Your hair is so long! haha about your name, it makes it that much more special :)

    xoxo
    FAKE EMPIRE
    www.shopfake.com

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  5. Wow, lovely outfit! I really love it..
    xoxo.

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  6. I have to admit, I was unsure about how to pronounce your name when I first began reading your blog - I was so happy when about a week later you spelled it out for us. I can remember "cake"!

    I was in Italy earlier this month and came across this make-up store - Kiko Milano
    http://www.kikocosmetics.com/

    Now, I know you're not a Kiko, but every time I saw one (or walked into one, bought from one, swipe their eyeshadow across my lids) I think of you! If you're ever in Italy, stock up with all sorts of mis-spelled makeup goods!

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  7. haha I too have an insane problem with Starbucks spelling my name.

    beauty post too lady!

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  8. I've always thought your name was so pretty. I think it's so strange that people have called you KAYLA?!?!

    I don't have an uncommon name but people still mess it up all the time. At a restaurants, servers have sung happy birthday to Kristine, Katherine, or Kaitlyn, all of which are not Katrina. hahaha I feel your pain!

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  9. adorable outfit, my name is rhiannon and pretty much no one ever gets it correct. :)
    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh Cake-oh (just so you know i'm pronouncing it right) i love your posts. i used to have the same problem (my name is Radinka - which is pronounced just as it's spelt - rah-dink-ah)and people used to pronounce every which way but now, i could care less.

    Hooray for rare names. we never have to be associated w/ people who bring shame onto our names ... @ least not in North America.

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  11. Love your tights and jacket! I know how it feels too, few people get my mandarin name right and it's always very funny to hear how they pronounce it.

    Ash :o)
    ftashion

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  12. I adore your name. People ALWAYS call me Chelsea... and my name is Ashley. I seriously have no idea. lol.

    xo Ashley

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  13. Rhiannon: Is it pronounced like the song by Fleetwood Mac? Because I love that song.

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  14. Love your outfit! Your hair looks really pretty here! Your post made me laugh. I have a similar problem with my name Lindsay. Pronunciation is no problem but no one ever gets the spelling right. :)

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  15. you are truly beautiful, i love the outfit. I saw you on lookbook and hyped, of course.

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  16. Hahahaha....love this fun post....you cna onlyimagine what I get with my name: Collette
    Ive been asked on the phone if they want to accept "a collect call".....Cohlette, cowlette...it really is kinda funny..loving your glasses these days Sweets:)

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

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  17. I used to work with a Japanese girl named Keiko and she had the same problem as you so she just asked everyone to call her K (which is a shame because it's such a nice name and saying "K" you are basically halfway there to Kei-ko!)

    People always muck up my name too (Rosalie) and call me Rose-Marie, Rosemary, Rosalyn. When I first meet people I just tell them to call me Rzy (rosie) so it's easier.

    :)

    ps- loving that nailpolish.

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  18. Love this outfit, your hair looks so pretty! I was wondering how often people mess up your name..they pronounce mine right but the spelling is always off haha hooray for K names!

    Krystle
    http://dearwinsome.blogspot.com/

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  19. Keiko Matsui (a Japanese jazz pianist) usually comes to mind for me whenever I hear or read the name "Keiko." I love Japan, so I try to be as cultured as possible. Your hair is gorgeous! The makeup touches and the hat are also cool-looking. I find the tunic to be very nice as well as the shoes. Looking nice, Keiko Lynn!

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  20. You look wonderful and the knit tunic is awesome btw who can bit that price? :o) xx

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  21. Its become one of the highlights to our work day when we head to Starbucks & receive our new moniker. Both my bestie & I have an unusual names so its always a good laugh whenever we are baptised with a new name.

    You always look fabulous. So envy your skin.

    xoxo

    Cinderella's Closet NYC

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  22. that's too funny about your name. I can totally relate because my name is Waverly & I feel like I have been called every name under the sun! everything from Beverly to water Lilly & it still bugs me lol.

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  23. Haha yeah people always missprounce my name as either Ariel(like the mermaid). I even got an Adrielle one time and there's not even a "D' in my name! I love having a unique name though but sometimes when I order food to go I just use a name like Tiffany or Sarah so they don't ask me to say it again like 15 times :p

    -Arielle (pronounced R-E-L)
    www.humblepievintage.com

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  24. Love your outfit and your hair! :)

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  25. I love those tights. Also, I totally get it, my name is Meanz and it's not at all pronounced the way it looks, I always tell people just to think of it like "breathe mints" or "mince meat" and then they get it. Honestly though, my parents told me they misspelled my name when I was born and that they should have gone a different route, but I'm okay with it. It's pretty unique. I don't get bothered by when people mispronounce it anymore, but I used to! Anyways, hope you're having a lovely day Keiko!

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  26. Suuuuper cute outfit, and I'm seriously loving that ring!

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  27. My name (Sara) is actually extremely common, but the lack of an h gives people a very hard time! Even my best friends forget to leave off the h. It's just one letter! Hahaha!

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  28. Love this outfit.

    You should check out http://starbucksspelling.tumblr.com/
    You'd appreciate it.

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  29. Haha - love it! I totally feel your pain.

    My name is Thessa (pronounced the same as Tessa) and people say Thessa (h is pronounced), Teesa, and my favorite - Theresa. There is no "r" in my name!

    http://tolookforstyle.blogspot.com

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  30. Yeeks! TOTALLY guilty of having mispronounced your name (in my head) for ages and ages...and I should KNOW better. I have a totally unpronounceable, unspellable name myself. In fact, when I go to a coffee shop I usually just skip the whole drama by giving out my sister's name...it's even funnier when she's with me and does a double-take. :D
    -giedre

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  31. I know what you mean! My name is Noelle (no-el), and in the Philippines, this is normally a boy's name. So when I introduce myself, people give me this weird look that says "was your mum crazy?".Then they smile and say "nice to meet you NICOLE"...:c

    http://onthefword.blogspot.com

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  32. love your hair!! it's so pretty.
    and your name is adorable. i love that it's different.

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  33. Your pictures are always so perfect!!!

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  34. I love how you layer all of your pieces. When I do it I look terrible...LOL.

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  35. My mother has a similar Japanese name and people mispronounce it like they do yours ("Coco", "Keeko", "Kaiko"). I cringe every time it's bastardized, but I grin and bear it for her sake. She's understanding like you :)

    And I love your herringbone tights! The spine is so pretty.

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  36. My name (Persida) is always mispronounced and often misspelled too. My name is Romanian and it's pronounced Purr-see-duh but people mostly want to pronounce it as Purse-i-duh. I'm mildly amused by the misspellings on my Starbucks drinks too. I've gotten Christina on multiple occasions and I'm thinking "not even close!" Haha!

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  37. My bad, you've been 'key-ko' in my head all along, haha.
    I have that problem and my name is common! Only cause its not spelled like Christina that I get Kristen, Kristi, Kristeen (my least favorite!!!), the list goes on..

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  38. Oh my gosh. I've been pronouncing it wrong in my head this whole time! I feel foolish. Gorgeous bag.

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  39. I love this! My parents named me Lauren, but the pronunciation is "Law-ren", and only like 5 people know to say it that way. I used to correct people all the time, but the last 10 years have been spent answering to anything...including "Laurie" or "Laura" ha!

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  40. I don't really think of Keiko as being hard to pronounce, but you never know how people will confuse your name. I've had plenty of people call me Betsy or Beth instead of Becky.

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  41. My name is super easy. I don't think anyone has ever mispronounced "Shannon" but I will admit, I've gotten uppity about my last name before.
    It's Lambert (Lam-Bert). Easy. But it's French and some people insist on pronouncing it with a French accent (Lam-bear). Normally, I could careless...but I'm not French. Also, my last name should be Badger but the government changed my dad's last name when they took him away from his mom (research: Residential Schools) because my dad was native. They changed his name to Lambert and there you have it. Plenty of Native people here in Canada have French last names but it irks me when people pronounce it French cause they think I'm French when really I'm Native and the government took away my dad's original last name. You could say it's a sore spot. I rarely correct people though because I know they don't know the history of my name.

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  42. love your glasses (:

    xx

    skadiida.blogspot.com

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  43. Lol that last line got me. My name is Shivon and people usually get that wrong so I started going by my middle name which is Ria and now people are like oh hi MA-ria and I'm like what...why are you tacking a "ma" onto my name lol. Love the outfit.

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  44. A Starbucks cup is now my favorite accessory for the season. And it doesn't help that I live in Seattle either.

    Beautiful outfit. Love the tights.

    www.geekettegazette.com
    www.thegirlieblog.com

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  46. I feel your mom's pain.

    My actual name is Melanie, but I have gotten Melody, Mel-ON-neeh, etc in the past as far as pronounciation of my name. My son even gets the same kind of treatment as I do, considering his name is Zakaria (Zak-ah-rye-a).

    I am deeply considering the point of changing my name to Lotus Melanie and my son's name to Zakariah.

    It might help people..who knows?

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  47. I would like to hear the story of how you got your name. I really like it!

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  48. I really love your lips and how any lipstick looks good on them!

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  49. Funny story, sometimes I get the same with my name which is very.. very common but I don't get mad it's actually funny.

    Xo
    Nicole
    The Owl Girl

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  50. Such a nice outfit! LOVE IT

    Check out my blog if you like:

    http://fashionflirtblog.blogspot.com/

    xxx Jasmin

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  51. although my name is not difficult, people mispronounce Kelsea and say kel-see-ah all the time.

    however, it's my last name that gets 'em. Shiosaki. Japanese as well.

    fantastic outfit may I add! :-) Starbucks always brings a smile.

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  52. Those tights are amazing! They look so cozy.

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  53. you are such an inspiration to me!

    Love,
    Nee

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  54. Brilliant post! Your hair is beautiful, so is the rest of the outfit. You look so cozy and ready for winter.

    http://iammeggy.blogspot.com

    xx

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  55. I must say I pronounced your name ~Cake-oh~ right from the start. It's quite beautiful. :)

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  56. hee hee I do the same thing too! My name is soo common, but it's androgynous. So, It's not that common for girls. (My name is Christian). I get Christina, Christine, Christopher (? lol ?)... I don't get annoyed anymore, but I still hesitate when people ask me what my name is..

    Lovely post as always! I love the fuchsia nails!!! <3

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  57. This post made me laugh! If I worked at Starbucks and you said your name, I would have just stared you down in confusion until you gave me a way to spell it.
    My name is Hannah. Which is common, and I got Hana as a spelling at Starbucks. Weird.
    You look lovely as always!
    Hannah
    http://alittleburdtoldme.blogspot.com/

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  58. My name is Jacqueline, but sometimes my dad will call me Keikoline, I have no idea how it would be spelled, but it's pronounced Keeko-lynn. So when I saw your name I thought that was how your name would sound. I'm glad I know now how to pronounce it. =) Your name was one of the things that drew me to your blog. Your style and personality kept me coming back. =)

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  59. I've gotten some really weird spellings of my name... and my name is not uncommon in the slightest! I am used to the double Ls or even sometimes a Y instead of an I, but someone actually spelled it "Alecen" once. That's not even a name!!

    xo, alison*elle

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  60. I feel your pain! My name is Kirsten. When people read my name, they read it as Kristen. When people hear my name, they repeat it back to me as Kirsty, Cassie, Chloe, Cassidy, Kasten (??!) Justin (???!!!) .. aghhhh. I am an adult but I still get really annoyed by it, so clearly I'm not as patient as you, haha.

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  61. your hair looks beautiful in these pictures!

    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  62. You have such beautiful hair! And you look as chic as ever!!

    x Aliya
    www.papermoonsandmacarons.blogspot.com

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  63. "I can't hear you through your computer anyway" made me laugh so much!

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  64. Haha oh I loved this post. I'm sorry about people always mispronouncing your name. That must be really frustrating. People always pronounce mine right but often throw in random spellings of my name. It's weird because my name has a pretty straight forward spelling, I think.

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  65. everyone always messes up my name with Alexandra instead of Alexandria. i have to tell them i have an "i" in my name lol. after highschool i cut it short to just Lexy to make it more easier on people.

    i love love love your boots and jacket! overall i love this outfit entirely! i'll have to try this out ^_^

    TTFN

    Lexy♥

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  66. ooh love the outfit, and those tights!!!

    <3Meghan

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  67. Just started to follow your lovely blog! you've got a great style, I love your beautiful hair and the glasses <3
    greetings from germany

    Fräulein Frühling

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  68. i love your shirt! :)

    http://dredreveries.blogspot.com

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  69. I am in love with your lipstick!

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  70. starting to look officially cold in NYC.
    love the outfit.
    love,
    SUZE

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  71. I always have that same problem with my name as it's not very common, Teaka. There's so many ways people spell it that I know know that anytime I say my name and I know they're writing it down I automatically follow it with the correct spelling.

    Regardless I wouldn't change my name for anything. Cheers to unique names!

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  72. My name is Elis (Elise without the 'e'). I have been called Alice, Ellis, Eli, Elizabeth (WHAT?!), Alyssa, Alicia...And when I answer the phone at work, people think I'm saying "Alicia", "Lisa", or (my personal favorite) "Louise". And don't even ask for my last name, haha.
    It's rather entertaining,though. I used to get irritated, but now it's just funny.

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  73. Ooooooooooooooooh, I always thought it was Keeko. I feel so sheepish.

    No matter how you say it, you outfit it truly adorbs. It's looking chilly in NY!

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  74. god, you should see the way they spell my name at starbucks. i once received a coffee that just said "shat." i must confess, i was a little weirded out drinking a brown substance with this label...

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  75. haha you are funny!

    i have the most common name and people at starbucks still spell it wrong!

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  76. I love your name :)
    I love your outfit, head to toe. You always have so many details.

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  77. haha I've totally been thinking your name was KEY co this whole time lol. Glad to be set straight. My name is common but it's spelled with a C. As a kid I used to go around saying, "I'm Catie with a C." It doesn't bother me now though. I know it's kinda weird.

    Now I did know a girl whose name was Rhea. Try explaining THAT on a regular basis.
    (Ray Uh) haha

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  78. i know how you feel, i never felt like my name was that uncommon, but apparently the rest of the world does because nobody spells it right. i used to get super annoyed, but now i find it amusing. bonus points go to the most creative :)

    http://malloryphillipy.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-sorry-who.html

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  79. Hi, new fan here. because of that style book my sister bought and only you caught my attention. In my head, your name has always been "Key-ko". lover

    www.aiscracker.com

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  80. people never get my name right (daria), and it's not that I accept it, is just that I've learned to ignore it. as a kid, it was so much more frustrating!

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  81. Great look and gorgeous locks. Ps. Love your quirky writing style. Refreshing sense of humor.

    Love Rose Vintage

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  82. I totally feel you with the name thing. I've actually had people write "Anal-Ese" on my coffee cups which makes me think of a laxative or lubricant. haha! I love hearing about other people's names however and I didn't realize that was how you pronounced your name. I'm glad I know now. :D
    You look fabulous anyway. The warm and cozy layers, cute nails and awesome shoes make this outfit totally chic for the cold weather. Love it!
    XOXO

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