Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Let a smile out and show your teeth

Do you like how I balanced out the picture where I look miserable with a bunch of smiling photos? Yeah, I did that on purpose. I was probably thinking about the fact that I'm about to turn 26. Let's not talk about it. Luckily, I had such a great week, I haven't really given it much thought - and that is something, because I'm holding onto my youth for dear life.

Rebecca Minkoff made all of our weeks/months/years by letting us each pick out a bag of our choice. I had no idea she had that surprise planned - I was even excited and surprised by the custom silly bandz they had for us. It doesn't take much to make me happy. You should have seen us all deciding on what bag to take. It was interesting how each of us gravitated toward completely different bags; there was something for all of us. Naturally, I went straight for this fuchsia number - it is the exact same shade as my favorite [discontinued] lipstick, MAC Pink Poodle. Even better - it's called the MAC clutch. Meant to be? I think so!

How many people do you know who would choose a purse based on their favorite lipstick color? Pretend like I'm the only one!

Outfit Details:
MAC clutch - courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff (thank you so, so much!)
open cardigan sweater - thrifted
grey t-shirt - forever 21
bb dakota mini - courtesy of ModCloth
Jeffrey Campbell heels - gift from Bobby

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Revolving Styles Giveaway!

Today's giveaway is courtesy of Revolving Styles, who is offering one of my lucky readers an authentic Dooney & Bourke wristlet (circa '06) and a 1970s vintage necklace.

To enter, simply visit Revolving Styles and comment below.

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Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST on Friday, September 3rd. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in this post. Good luck!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

The winner is Kathyrine. Congratulationss!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Makeup Monday: Purple Gaze

This is a look best suited for night time, but if you ask Kimberly, any of your local drag queens, or me, you can totally wear this in the daytime. Eff your day/night rules! (This is as rebellious as I get.) The trick is - you guessed it! - blending your shadows, both inward and outward. At night, you might be able to get away with poorly applied shadow, because you're probably in dim light. Daylight is not forgiving. Diffuse those harsh lines, or you'll look like a mess. Think of it as art. Blend, mix, layer, shade.
To see the products and instructions, keep reading!

EDIT: I added an image link to a full size photo of the makeup look - after the jump:

Tea and Sympathy

You got a sneak peek of my tea party outfit on yesterday's post; now you can see the whole thing! Oh, how exciting. You must be absolutely thrilled;) I can't seem to go to a tea party without dressing like some sort of cupcake (cupKeik?) or dessert. Next time, I might just bring Snowball the Panda and a throng of dollies. If you're going to have a tea party, you should always have some dolls on hand. But, I digress. On to more pressing matters:

I recently picked up a pair of the Steve Madden Caryssa platform pumps, while shopping at Nordstrom. I originally saw them on my friend Christine, and knew I had to get them in the "blush" color. Luckily, I had a handy little Nordstrom gift card and it was just enough to cover the entire cost. Gift cards are the best! In my haste, I failed to notice something in the store: the two shoes are completely different shades! I didn't even notice it until this day, while in broad daylight. I guess I have been wearing them at night, mostly, or just don't make a habit of staring at my feet for extended periods of time. Oh my goodness! How long have I been walking around with mismatched shoes? I must have worn them at least four or five times since their purchase.

What should I do? I imagine Nordstrom won't exchange them, since I've already worn them a few times and discarded the box. I'm not even sure if I still have the receipt. I'm pretty bummed, because I really adore the shoes - they're strangely easy to walk in and pretty comfortable (considering the insane height). I also love that they go with just about anything. I imagine the mismatched shoes were a quality control oversight, since no other reviews have cited this problem.

Haha...I just read over all of this complaining about shoes and I sound like a whiny brat. Woe is me!

Outfit Details:
Lace and jersey top with shoulder cutouts - borrowed from Kimberly
cropped lace camisole (underneath) - thrifted
bow belt - thrifted
Steve Madden Caryssa pumps in blush - Nordstrom
reconstructed ruffled tier skirt - original piece from my mom, reconstructed by me
nude fishnet stockings - gift from my mom

(Makeup Monday is still scheduled for today, so please check back later!)

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

pssst: Christine of My Style Pill is sponsored by Steve Madden and has a 15% discount code on her blog!

Edit: Steve Madden is helping me resolve the issue - they have been extremely helpful. A big thank you to my reader, Mel, for bringing this to their attention! The internet is an amazing thing:)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tea with Rebecca Minkoff

Last week, I attended Rebecca Minkoff's tea party, hosted by Rebecca and her incredible team. We sipped tea and champagne, ate delicious scones and sandwiches, and got a sneak peek at their accessories and debut shoe collection. Food, fashion and great conversation is my favorite combination, so you can only imagine what a great time I had. Rebecca reminded me so much of my American Sign Language mentor, Allison Wonder. I may or may not have been tempted to have a conversation with her in ASL. I'm not creepy at all.

It was neat to see that, despite all of us having completely different styles, almost everything could be worked into any of our wardrobes. They pay attention to detail without making anything overly designed or fussy, and everything is exceedingly wearable. That's what caught my interest in the first place, but the warmth behind the tightly knit operation makes everything that much more alluring. There's nothing like getting to know the people behind a company; it can make or break a consumer's experience. We were all lucky enough to go home with a purse of our choice, which may have made the experience that much more.

See more photos after the jump - and make sure to check out the feature on Rebecca Minkoff's blog, Minkette.com, for more pictures and links of the bloggers in attendance!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Meet me in Montauk.

Despite the tremendous winds and misty rain (or maybe because of it), Montauk was lovely. Trite as it may be, Montauk reminds me of two things: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Circa Survive. We didn't even think to put the old Circa album on, but by coincidence, were listening to the new one. As for the movie: you might not think it just by reading my blog, but Clementine and I have a few things in common. We're both messes; we're destructive by defense and afraid of normalcy. I've been working on that. Well, the destructive part. Luckily, I have a really patient, supportive guy on my side.

Too many guys think I'm a concept, or I complete them, or I'm gonna make them alive. But I'm just a f***ed up girl who's looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours. - Clementine

Outfit Details:
umbrella - Muji
Tyler moto jacket and purse - courtesy of Coach
light blue jacket thing with crochet details - vintage, from the Fellsmere Inn
bustier - vintage
bb dakota skirt and belt (from another dress)- courtesy of ModCloth
tights - we love colors
Senso shoes - courtesy of Solestruck

Love Love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. He's at work right now, but you can see more photos at Bobby's blog, This Fellow.

p.p.s. Before I forget: My friends at Tweet My Bag are hosting an awesome giveaway for the rest of today and tomorrow. They're giving away a free Zara Terez bag to one lucky winner each day this week. Obviously I'm a little late on this, but you have today and tomorrow to enter. Just upload a photo of you with *any* handbag and you're entered in the contest. The odds are very good! Do itttt.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pigtails and freckles, braces on your teeth

These photos were obviously taken on the same day as my makeup monday post. I originally wore this dress for Closetista, but decided to wear it again (for more than an hour) a few days later. Instead of my go-to bow sash, I paired it with this incredible vintage belt that my mom got for me. It's covered in beads and rhinestones!
My good friend Drew Lindo is in town, so I have to cut this short. More outfit photos that aren't boring inside photos (the weather has been gross) later.

Outfit Details:
vintage lace dress - thrifted
bead and rhinestone belt - gift from my mom
lace tights - courtesy of ModCloth
bow pumps - Nine West

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Makeup Monday: Here, Kitty Kitty

"Sexy" is a foreign term to me; when someone tells me to be sexy, I just end up in stitches. I'm immature like that. Sex kitten makeup, however - I can do that! Several looks come to mind, but what I demonstrated here is more of a daytime sex kitten look - understated and soft, with pinky nude lips and a classic cat eye.

Makeup Details:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink (cheeks)
MAC Embark eyeshadow (brows)
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot (base)
MAC Buff de Buff eyeshadow (crease)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Benefit Badgal Lash
Rimmel lipliner in Eastend Snob
MAC Pink Plaid and MAC Hug Me mixed together

For the eyes, I started with a neutral base (MAC Bare Study paint pot) and then put a soft beige-pink (MAC buff de buff) in and above the crease, to give more contour. The crease color for this look can just be a couple shades darker than your natural skin color. Just pack the color in and above your outer crease, and blend with a fluffy brush. This part is all optional - it will look just fine without any shadow at all. But don't skip the primer/base!

The main attraction of this look is the cat eye. You can make this as subtle or dramatic as you want, simply by building upon the line, up and out. I wanted to do a video tutorial of how I do the classic cat eye, but two things happened: 1) I left my fluidline open and it dried out, making the process a little more cumbersome, and 2) I found this great cat eye tutorial on MAC's artists in action series. That's almost exactly what I do and use, except I prefer the Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush, which has a very fine point. Either will do; it's just a matter of preference. I also do the line in shorter strokes, connecting as I go.

For the lips, I mixed two of my favorite lipsticks: MAC Pink Plaid and MAC Hug Me. Pink Plaid was a little too pink and matte; Huge Me a little too glossy and neutral. Together, they create a creamy, pinkish nude. Don't be afraid to mix your colors! I like to take a little of each and mix it on the back of my hand (you can also use a palette), until I find a color I like.

Note: If you have beauty marks, go over them with a wet q-tip or a little makeup remover, to take off the makeup. Let them show through!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Go Colts!

Starting tomorrow, my little sister Tessa will be a freshman in high school. I know I sound old when I say things like this, but it feels like I just walked her home from kindergarten, yesterday. I cried when she started kindergarten, so you can only imagine how much I'm freaking out about this.

The Colts shirt was passed down from my mom, to my older sister Nicole, to me, to Amanda, back to me, and now to Tessa Marie. It's kind of neat that all of us went to the same high school - and that, as horse people, our mascot is a colt!

Love Love,
Keiko Lynn 
p.s. I am lucky to have such a great little sister. When I said that they treat you like young adults in high school, she replied, "But I like being a kid!" I hope she never loses that quality:)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Three Times a Lady

I have literally worn the same pair of shorts three days this week. It's partially because I have wanted a pair of shorts like this for a very long time, and now I finally have them! Mostly, it has just been a chaotic work week. When I managed to get out of the house, I couldn't even find it in me to wear a different outfit, let alone document them on the appropriate day. Therefore, I recreated each look for you - sloppy hair and all.

Day One: Chelsea Garage Flea Market and brunch at Jane with Samara, Shae and her awesome mom. If you haven't seen Shae's blog, Everything Style, add it to your list right.now. She is not only a beauty with great style, but also a really great photographer and a wonderful gal. After meeting her mom, I see where she gets it from. She reminded me of my mom in some ways; it made me homesick!

Day one outfit details:
Scalloped "Lovely Wave Shorts" - courtesy of Queen's Wardrobe
belt - from my mom's shop (Margate, FL) , Hourglass Consignment
striped t-shirt - Gap (years old)
necklace - courtesy of Corvus Noir
blazer - thrifted
shoes - Steve Madden

Day Two: Frumpy frumpy, but oh-so-comfy. I wore this to work in all day, and then went to dinner with Bops. Afterward, we met up with Samara and went to our friend Peter's apartment. There's another blog to check out - he will quickly become your favorite. Apparently half of my friends are bloggers. I really do have a life off of the internet...it just involves talking about the internet with other people whose lives are displayed on the internet. Did I mention that Bobby started (and regularly updates) a blog, This Fellow?

Day two outfit details:
Scalloped "Lovely Wave Shorts": courtesy of Queen's Wardrobe
pink slouchy sweater - thrifted
If you find yourself caught in love locket - courtesy of Kellyssima
t-strap flats - courtesy of ModCloth

Day Three: Oh my gosh, forgive Miku's awkward growing out phase of her summer shave. She is so embarrassed! She just got groomed today and is looking less disheveled. I didn't even do anything noteworthy in this outfit. I think I got all dressed up just to work all day...and then I walked to the store. It was cold, so I put on some tights. Yeah, I wore those shoes to the store. I've even been wearing them around the house. They need to be broken in!

Day three outfit details:
Scalloped "Lovely Wave Shorts": courtesy of Queen's Wardrobe
Moschino button down with crochet sleeves - Beacon's Closet
tube top (underneath) - Forever 21
necklace - I made it at the Fenton Fallon party!
tights - Target
Senso Tina shoes - courtesy of Solestruck

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. I promise that I will wear something different in the next post. Promise.

Closetista Video!

Watch me awkwardly giggle my way through an interview on Closetista.com! I can't even watch it; I get uncomfortable seeing myself speak.

The sale is still going on, so please check out what I'm offering for custom orders!

Love Love,
Keiko Lynn

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Postlapsaria on Closetista tomorrow!

Tune in tomorrow at noon for a custom, made to order Postlapsaria sale on Closetista.com! Prices will be way below retail value - for a very limited time!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Monday, August 16, 2010

Makeup Monday: Simple Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes are one of the easiest looks to achieve. I can't say this enough: blending is the key to achieving this look. I know I sound like a broken record, "Blend, blend, blend!" - but so many people forgo it and end up with a mess. Smokey eyes can be as subtle or dramatic as you want, but the lines should be diffused - hence the name, smokey. For this Makeup Monday, I decided to give you a step by step guide to achieving a simplistic smokey eye:

1) Prep your lids with a neutral base or primer. I used MAC Bare Study paint pot, all over my lids and up to my brows.
2) OPTIONAL: Using a soft black eyeliner, color in your lids (only up to the crease), following the natural eye shape. Blend with your finger or a sponge tipped applicator.
3) Apply a soft black eyeshadow (I used MAC Carbon) to your lids and up to your crease, following your natural eye shape.
4) Using a more concentrated crease brush (I use either the MAC 219 - my favorite - or the E.L.F. crease brush), pack the same black eyeshadow into your crease and on your outer lids. You want the pigment a little darker here.
5) Blend like crazy, up and out. You want this to look diffused, with no harsh lines. This is going to bring the softened color above your crease and extended a bit in your outer lid. To blend, I use a MAC 224 in small, circular motions. If you don't have a brush like this, you can use a regular eyeshadow brush (same small, circular motions) or even your finger.
6) Put a little bit of shimmery white/silver/pink or whatever light color eyeshadow you want on the very outside of the black. Blend it into the shadow. This will make the outside even softer.
7) Add a little more of that shimmery shadow in the inner corners of your eyes, and on your brow bone (I skipped the brow bone because my base was already shimmery).
8) Line the top and bottom lash line. Smudge with a brush or sponge applicator.
9) OPTIONAL: Go over the bottom lash line with black shadow and blend.
10) Add mascara. Done!

Love love,
Keiko Lynn