Monday, June 29, 2009

Dancing in Brooklyn

Today, I received this lovely little ModCloth dress (named Dancing in Manhattan) in the mail. It was great timing because I had just gotten out of the shower and didn't have an outfit ready. I used the name as an excuse to dance on the rooftop, with Bobby in tow. We may not be in Manhattan nor are we good dancers - but we're just over the bridge and we did our best!

It's too warm for even this light weight blazer but I didn't have much of a choice. I have this kind of gruesome, swollen lymph node and infection under my left arm and I figured I'd spare you the visual.

My dancing shoes. Which now that I think about it, probably aren't the best shoes for rooftop dancing. I'm surprised I didn't topple over the edge.

My makeup, which by chance kind of matched my dress. I already had one eye done when the mailman arrived. 

Outfit Details:
Dancing in Manhattan Dress: ModCloth
Double breasted blazer: vintage
Bow Heels: Nine West

Makeup Details:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
Benefit Benetint (cheeks)
MAC bare canvas paint on lids
MAC stars n rockets eyeshadow (purple)
MAC white pigment (middle of lids)
Urban Decay Oil Slick (outer/crease)
MAC freshwater (lower lash line)
MAC blacktrack fluidline
lipstick (I can't read the label anymore; it's worn off)
MAC dipdown fluidline (brows)

After a day of dancing, we're off to dinner. Did we do that backwards?

-Keiko Lynn

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Little Bits of Happiness, Part Two: Notes From Roxy

For Mother's Day, Roxy made cards for everyone. She dictated to Amanda, and Amanda wrote everything down verbatim. Since I'm not a mother (apparently people don't count Miku, which I think is ridiculous), Roxy made me what she called a "Happy Day" card. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the outcome. When I'm in a bad mood, this immediately brightens my day.

If you can't read the silver parts of the card, here is what they say (clockwise). Keep in mind that Amanda wrote down exactly what Roxy told her to write down (strict instructions from a three year old):

That's Keiko. Your hair is going crazy. No actually it's your face.
My name's old
That's Rowdy cuz I love him (Rowdy is one of our horses)
(whole entire hand)

To clarify, Axle and Pookie are two of their dogs (Lily is the third and she is an angel). They are well behaved, but apparently Roxy was afraid of them peeing on the card. My favorite part is how she wants a dolphin, so she can give it a thermometer.

My niece is crazy. I adore her!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Friday, June 26, 2009

Baby Keiks

It's pretty crazy to think that at around my age, my mom had three children. I found these old photos on an old photobucket account, and figured I would share them on here. Not much has changed; I still dress the same way and put my hands up to my face in half of my pictures.

It's so weird, looking at old photos. It seems like only weeks ago that we were chasing each other around the house and tattling on one another. We fought like crazy, but we were always close. We still are - just as my mom said we would be - but my goodness, we couldn't be more different from one another. I don't even think we look alike, not even a little!

Do you have pictures of yourself, as a child? I'd love to see them!

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. Since this blog is intended for personal reference [present and future], I'd like to go ahead and say RIP, Michael Jackson. Everyone knows I love and listen to way too much Michael Jackson, so it would just be ridiculous if I didn't mention it here. MJ, I will play my favorites (The Way You Make Me Feel, PYT (Pretty Young Thing) and Rock With You are my top three) even more often than normal, this week. Which is pretty scary, because they already monopolize my "sewing" playlist on itunes. I hope I have the pleasure of running into the Thriller flash mob, this week. I have a feeling there will be several more appearances.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Smiling With My Eyes Closed

Have you noticed that trend? I tend to smile like a five year old; it's just my thing.

Outfit Details:
Vintage Dirndl - Beacon's Closet (replaced the zipper)
Thrifted and reconstructed blouse
Thrifted belt
Jeffrey Campbell heels (I wear these a lot...mainly because they're the most comfortable heels I own. They're even better than most of my flats)

I've been working on tutorials for Emerging Thoughts, today. I was wondering, are there any specific tutorials you would like to see? I want to keep things somewhat simple (requiring little or no sewing skills). So far, I've been focusing on accessories, but I'm open to any suggestions you might have.

-Keiko Lynn

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Park Slope

We officially have a new apartment! It's a 2.5 bedroom (the half will be my sewing area) in Park Slope. Bobby and I are about to go shopping for paint and furniture. Expect a lot of DIY projects in the near future! We have a month and a week transition (we already have the keys), so it will be plenty of time for us to paint and move everything. I'm so excited! Exclamation point!

Outfit Details:
Vintage Dress - Melrose Fairfax Flea Market
Magenta belt - thrifted (or from my mom's store; I can't remember)
Tights - H&M
Shoes - Urban Outfitters

I have to admit, I will miss our apartment. Maybe not so much the neighborhood, but the apartment itself. I get attached to inanimate objects rather easily. It will be nice to live near all of the cute little vintage shops and restaurants, though...and to get away from some of the crazies in our area. I'll miss our mechanic friends next door, though! We will have to come and visit them when we have car trouble.

Yayyyyy new apartment!

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. Why is it that I can always hear the UPS or Fedex guy when he comes, but never the USPS mailman? I currently have some returned packages waiting for me at the post office, because they never bother to ring my doorbell or knock on my door. Even more annoying than the fact that some of my Postlapsaria packages were returned!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Apartment Hunting... testing my patience. New York brokers are about to get a collective smack in the face. We thought we found/were getting the perfect apartment, but the broker dropped a bomb on us. After going above and beyond normal expectations in the application process, she told us we needed to come up with six months of rent, plus security and broker's free, up front. That's not normal!

Needless to say, we are washing our hands of her...and the amazing apartment. Goodbye, adorable Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights apartment. It's kind of a drag to be back on the hunt, after being ready to move in to the last one. Oh well...Park Slope, it is. As frustrating as this whole process is, it's nice to have little sunshine Bobby by my side. I am the pessimist and he is the optimist; he keeps me from pulling out my hair.

We looked at a few today (a couple of misses and one moderate hit) and have a few more to look at, tomorrow. Wish us luck!

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. These pictures are from last weekend - the weather has been too awful to photograph my outfits. Raining outside and too dark, inside.
p.p.s. Don't forget to enter the Destroyed by Design giveaway!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Destroyed by Design Giveaway

Yet another giveaway. Hope you don't mind! I'll have a regular post for you all, this afternoon. We've been busy with apartment hunting (and applying - fingers crossed!), not to mention this dreary weather. In the meantime, I have another freebie to offer!

Destroyed by Design is offering this hand crafted, laser-cut, acrylic birdie necklace to one of my readers.

For a chance to win, visit Destroyed by Design's Etsy and leave a comment below. Earn a bonus entry by posting a link to this giveaway on twitter or your blog, and leaving a separate comment below. Don't forget to include your email, if you're not a registered user!

All comments must be in by 8 pm EST on Sunday, the 21st. A winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

-Keiko Lynn

Monday, June 15, 2009

Little Bits of Happiness, Part 1

It doesn't take much to make me smile; the tiniest little things can brighten my mood. In an effort to remind myself that even in the most stressful times, life is beautiful - I'm going to start compiling a weekly list of some of the random little things that make me happy. This one is going to be a long one. Don't be offended if I left you off the list - I need to keep some important ones handy for the future lists!

My Little Baby Pony, Shawn:

He's not actually a baby, he's thirty-five...but he'll always be my little baby! I've had Shawn since Christmas, ever! He has been my best friend all through life - I even ran away with him, once! I always say we lasted about twenty minutes in the tomato fields, but I think even that is stretching it. I had a rough time in childhood, but having our horses around made everything so much easier. Shawn has brought so much happiness to my life, he should have a whole post to himself. I love my little old man.

p.s. When l first met him, his name was Shaitan, but we called him Shawn. We also have a Paso Fino named Diablo. We didn't name either of them but it's kind of funny that we have two horses named Devil. They are both very gentle and sweet, so don't expect to meet a couple of evil horses!

Cow Hugging:

Particularly, these cows. I think it's because the only other cow whom I've successfully hugged was a cow named Strawberry, who lived on my mom's friend's ranch. She was very nice. These cows belong to my mom's neighbor, and I love them. It's difficult to get pictures of them with a fixed lens, because they are very curious and always want to inspect my camera. I don't know their names, but they are the friendliest little kitty cows I have ever met.

Being Goofy With My Sisters:

Two of my sisters were absent this day but Tessa, Amanda and I laughed so much, we were practically crying. I don't even remember what we were laughing about. Probably nothing. It doesn't take much to get us going, when we're around one another. We're either bickering or laughing, always.

My Niece and Nephew:

Roxy Mae and Jackson are the funniest little characters. I'm constantly laughing when I'm around them. They have the best conversations. Jack: "I can't wait to go to my doctor. He's really nice!" Roxy: "My doctor is not nice. He shot me and then he said a bad word!"

Kid Cereals (and Panda Mugs):
My mom made fun of me for eating kid cereal. Then again, she likes Grape Nuts, so what does she know? Captain Crunch and Quaker Oh's mixed delicious. At least I used skim milk?

Delicious Treats in Mini Form:
Everything is better in mini form. Mini red velvet cupcakes? Delicious!

Animal rescues:
Leo is one of the many rescued animals in my mom's house. She (they didn't know she was a girl) was kept in a cage so small, she became hunched over. They completely neglected her. Now, she is very happy, but it took her a long time to trust people again.

Axle (my sister's dog) was due to be euthanized, the day after she first saw him at the local pound. There's nothing wrong with him - he's well behaved, knows several tricks and is very loving. Unfortunately, because of his size, no one wanted him. Luckily for Axle, Amanda took him home. He joined a fellow pound rescue, Pinky Ernest Tooters - a Hemingway kitty. Yay, Pinky and Axle!

You would have to know this kitty to understand. He is the epitome of magic and love. His name is Zipper, but we've always called him Thzipper, because we imagine him with a really cute speech impediment. It's kind of like when my cousin was little, and he referred to himself as Twistopher.

They're one of nature's fun little games.

Roxy's Infatuation With Bobby:
Like mother, like daughter. "Boppy" was her first word. Enough said!

love love,

Keiko Lynn