Monday, May 21, 2012

Puppy Kisses










Outfit Details:
vintage silk Japan scarf - gift from my mom
Rosé Garden Top - c/o ModCloth
Jungle Chic glasses - c/o BonLook
Citizens of Humanity floral jeans - Shopbop (also seen here and here)
lip color - MAC So Vain Kissable Lipcolour
liner - Urban Decay 24/7 liquid liner in Sabbath

Cliché at it sounds, it seems like only yesterday that little Miku came teetering into my life. My mom is as much of an animal lover as I am and never deprived us of furry, feathered, and reptilian friends throughout our childhood and beyond. We even had a few hairless rats, too, because sometimes the ugliest ones are the most endearing.  When I went away to college, I was incredibly lonely without an animal companion; I was nearly friendless as well, save for my roommates, Courtney and Stefanie, and a very busy pre-med Malisa. My mom smuggled my bunny Peanutty aka Nunner the #1 Bunner into my apartment, and I was happy again. A little over a year later - while home for Easter - my mom surprised me with a tiny little ball of fur named Miku.

Only, I didn't name her Miku. But I'll get to that.

Amanda was still in high school and living at home, at the time - and back then, we didn't get along as well as we do now. Though I got in pretty late and Amanda was sleeping, my mom insisted that I go into her room and say hello. Upon opening the door, a magical baby princess with a unicorn glow came out from under the dresser and I got really teary eyed and yelled out, "Baby kitty!"

I should mention that I call every kind of animal a kitty or bunny, at some point in time. Mice are kitties, birds are kitties, puppies are both bunnies and kitties. Cows are kitty cows - they get the supplement for whatever reason. But I digress, as I often do.

At first, I didn't realize she was even mine. Hello, I lived in student housing and wasn't allowed to have a bunny, much less a puppy, even if she would've raised the property value based on her presence alone. But my mom is a little crazy and doesn't like rules. She saw a puppy in need of a home and a girl in need of a puppy. We were a match made in puppy adoption heaven, and it turned out that Nunner and Miku were quite a dynamic duo, as well. I've never seen a bunny have so much authority over a pup. Then again, I've never met a bunny quite like Peanutty. She was a special one.

Once the initial shock wore off, I got down to the naming business. I've named many an animal in my life. Puppy, for instance. He's a cat. I also had a bird named Feathers - and yes, I'm the one who named Kitty Boos. I even named a friend's dog Sir Barks A Lot, when I was little. Clearly, I have a talent worthy of recognition. But my mom disagreed and shot down all of my potential names for Miku. First, I wanted to name her Bunny. Being that I had a bunny and could also have a dog named Bunny, I thought this was an excellent option. Luckily for The Glamourai and her adorable Papillon, I complied and went searching for more brilliant options. I still call her Bunny, though - along with a million other nicknames (Mikachu, Mikanese, Mookoo Las Vegas, Meeky Schmeeky, Sprincess, Love Bug, Baby Doll, Schmooks, Kugar, etc). 

Next up, I went for another obvious but brilliant one: Unicorn. Smacked down by my mom again, I altered it to Unico, like the lovable Sanrio character. Boom, she dismissed it. I tried out Cheese, in honor of my favorite character on Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends. At that point, she decided I was unfit to name such a beautiful creature and therefore took over that honor. It took her all of five minutes (I might be exaggerating) to grace Miku with a moniker I can't imagine her without. 

And that's how Miku got her name, in the same way I got mine: from my mom. I guess it only makes sense for both of us to have Japanese names. She is my little baby, after all.



80 comments:

  1. What a sweet story. I love both your names. She is totally snuggable.
    P.S. I call every cat, even my own Basil, "meow-meow". :)

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  2. What an adorable story. And beautiful photos, and gorgeous hair! I hope this little puppy gets featured on the blog lots more to come.

    x/o Becoming Urban

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  3. I love this story, that your mom knew what you needed despite the rules. That she named her. That you almost named her unicorn. The pictures are gorgeous. xo

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  4. This is such an endearing post. You are and Miku are so beautiful!

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  5. what a precious story; your mom is such a doll!

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  6. great story and lovely pictures! *.*
    kisses from the bottom of the seas

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  7. What a sweet story!! Your puppy looks so precious. Those pictures just make me so happy, I love the soft pastel color scheme! :)
    PS - Be sure to check out my giveaway!

    xoxo, Taylor {CoverGirl and Converse}
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  8. I love your top! It's so cute and your dog is sooooo adorable!

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  9. Oh my goodness, what a touching story!

    Michelle
    www.michelleesque.com

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  10. Always love how you tie your scarf!

    Ash :o)
    ftashion

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  11. sweet pet stories! i see how much you value your animal friends. :) these photos are delightful.

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  12. This is such an adorable puppy! :)
    Really great shots, too!

    ♥Looona Lou

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  13. So sweet! I love the name Miku. Your head scarf is so cute.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  14. What a sweet story! Beautiful photos too-love the soft lighting!

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  15. Awww, so precious!!!!! What adorable photos too!

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    www.rachelslookbook.com

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  16. awwh! i'm a huge dog lover/animal lover as well! this is such a sweet story and such, such adorable photos of the two of you!

    great pots!

    alissa b
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  17. Love the pics!
    AWESOME!

    XXX

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  18. miku is the cutest most adorable thing! this post kind of makes me sad though because i have been an animal person my whole life too but me and my bf decided it wouldn't be a good idea to get another until we settled down a bit more :( but there are so many days i ask him if we can get a puppy and secretly i know i could probably convince him hahah

    -Jessica
    http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com/

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  19. This is definitely my favourite post.
    Your outfit is amazing and Miku is absolutely adorable!
    And I must agree, you definitely have a talent for naming pets. :)

    Ammy x

    http://ammy-says.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. you look great!

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  21. Miku is so adorable! I love the story of how you got her :)


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    xo, S

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  22. I have a million nicknames for my animals too. I like to take songs and insert their names into them. It's funny I was just talking about this with someone yesterday.

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  23. Your puppy is so cute! I wish my puppy would let me take pictures of her! She runs every time I bring out my camera!

    -Katie

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  24. Miku is sooooo adorable. I'm a huge dog lover, they're such loyal friends!
    Happy Monday Hun xoxo
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  25. The pictures are amazing, Kiku is super cute and you look beautiful! ♥
    The story is interesting and touching.

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  26. This is adorable! It really makes me want to go crawl back in bed with my pooch!

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  27. My cat's name is Mika and we call her Mikachu all the time. So funny that you call your Miku that too.

    She's currently curled up under my legs keeping me company while home sick. Furry companions are absolute necessities for me too.

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  28. Sometimes, we need some lighthearted and heartwarming things to help us get through the day. This post is both lighthearted and heartwarming. Just beautiful. Miku is a heavenly beautiful dog, and you (Keiko Lynn) are heavenly beautiful as well.

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  29. ohhh love this little story! We have cows on our farm and my fiancee and I both call them our kitty cows. I also called my most darling kitty of all time (real name Riely) Sir Licks-a-Lot! We also call the birds that eat out of the feeder Piggies...(they eat all the seed in just a matter of a day or two. Thanks for sharing! It's good to know I am not the only one out there that calls other animals by a different species ;)

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  30. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

    When I was little I wanted to name our very masculine black cat Suzy. I must have heard the Johnny Cash song...

    Luckily my mom named him Midnight instead.

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  31. I love Japanese names. Thanks for sharing this story too! Do you know what Miku means in Japanese?
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  32. so adorable, i love the light in these!! you're silly like me haha i had a parakeet named feathers! he was the coolest. i haven't been without a bunny companion for over 10 yrs..constable bun-bun was one of my favorite names. copper has about 10(shoop,shoop-a-loop,sho-sho-lou..he ate my shoes when he was a puppy! haha
    numba one bunna..wh-what!

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  33. How sweet... Love these photos!

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  34. Woow, cute!! I love your pictures :)

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  35. So adorable!

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  36. Adorable photos. :) Love the pants!

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  37. Haha! Your naming situation is classic! Such a sweet series of photographs, not only because of the puppy kisses, but the soft peachy colors and textures remind me of those pastel colored marshmallows!
    x
    www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

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  38. Those photos are adorable!! I love how your mom shot down all your names and picked! Too cute!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  39. I love Miku, so cute! I need to feature my dog on my blog soon!


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  40. these pictures make me so happy... love your dog!

    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  41. omgosh! i love the floral prints everywhere and your baby is SUPER CUTE!!!! awww. love love love

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  42. You look so happy and pretty!

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  43. Dogs are the best. I LOVE My little Vivian- as a fashion addict and collector of all thing fashion, I still say Vivian was the best thing My Mom ever bought me!!


    With Love From Hollywood, Kier

    Fashion Addict
    Fashion Addict

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  44. This is such a cute post! Miku is absolutely adorable.

    Love your citizen jeans... and your nail polish too (what color/brand is it?

    Hudson East
    HudsonEast.blogspot.com

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  45. Miku is so cute :)

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  46. Awww this is so cute! I love the vintage feel that corresponds with your outfit, the bedding, and the lighting. So magical!
    ~ Jillian

    http://forelyse.com/blog/

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  47. Aw so sweet!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  48. Such a beautiful dog!

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  49. These pics are darling, and while Miku steals the spotlight a bit, I do love the lace top you have on!

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  50. I love her name! She is a total cutie.

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    Affordable clothes where trendy meets bohemian!

    Shop Godis, Mix and match your own style!
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  52. miku is the best! you're so on trend with those cool printed pants.

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  53. This story is so sweet and funny, thanks for sharing!

    (Oh, and you look beautiful, but that's a given!)

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  54. I love that your mama gave Miku her name. So sweet.

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  55. Miku is so cute, and those photos are just adorable.

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  56. Miku is adorbs!!! I love your story about her and how she got her name.
    You're Awesome, Keiko, cute animal names and all :D

    TTFN
    Lexy♥

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  57. Keiko, I've always wondered what it was about your blog that made it my favorite. Of course, I think you're so beautiful, and I love your style, but I also think you have a lovely disposition.

    What makes you my favorite blog, I've realized, is your writing. With some blogs, I just scroll for the pictures, but there's something special in your anecdotes and the breezy and eloquent way you write that draws me in as a reader. I find that I can read a whole post about your pets or family and actually care or relate, even if our lives are different.

    Anyway, I'll stop gushing now. Just thought I'd let you know what a wonderful blog you run. It's not just fashion with you. You're sharing your life and your being, and I can tell you that your readers really appreciate that.

    -Bianca

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  58. LOVE your pastel colour combinations!

    so yummilicious, like those macaroons!

    My recent collection features vintage ribbon clip-on collars and I'm really keen to sponsor them for your styling!

    Please visit www.thedancingjewels.com

    xoxo
    hueys
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  59. im really diggin these soft pastels. They look so crisp and clean, but soft and comfortable at the same time!
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  60. so adorable! and I love your feminine yet casual outfit!


    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  61. You look awesome! So sweet photos! Cute dog! Like it! Chic.

    xx
    biskvittka.blogspot.com

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  62. Awww you two are just a cute couple. Pretty ladies. :)

    Here's my little sweetie
    Ollie the Dog

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  63. What breed of doggy is Miku?

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  64. @ritamila : She's half Pomeranian, half Eskimo:)

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  65. @isleofbooks She's half! the other half is Eskimo.

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  66. @Kat: It depends on the kanji used, but the one I choose is "Beautiful sky"

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  67. @julie d: It's MAC 3D Silver Glitter mixed with gel. I'm doing a post on Monday:)

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  68. What a sweetie! Doggie kisses are the best.

    My parents NEVER name our pets. I always end up doing it. Which is fine, because I also have an amazing talent for it. haha.

    -april.

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  69. Amazing photos!!! And you pants!!!! - I love flowers :)

    eM/Ieva
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  70. This story warmed my heart! As a woman obsessed (with her sweet dog), I'm happy to see another card carrying member. My little mini doxy went a full month with no name (other than Baby, Sweetie, you...) until I was satisfied with a winner (Roxy!). Lovin Miku's toothy grin. HOW OLD IS SHE??

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  71. Keiko, thanks for sharing the story of how Miku was named. I can relate to your love of animals (having grown up with a small zoo at home) and how loneliness during college led me to the most significant adoption of my life. Which is a pretty huge statement, considering that I myself am adopted!

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