Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weekend Wear

Outfit Details:
Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote in Poppy - gift from Foley + Corinna
striped top - J Crew (actually from the crewcuts section)
polka dot shorts - Forever 21
belt - thrifted
straw hat - Gap
lip stain - Laura Mercier in Hibiscus

Frizzy hair + hat + loose shorts + flats + roomy bag = weekend uniform. My best friend Lauren was in town and we ate, shopped and walked our way through the holiday weekend. More pictures to come!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rebecca Minkoff + Keiko Lynn for Animal Refuge Kansai - plus giveaway!

I am thrilled to announce my partnership with Rebecca Minkoff to raise funds and awareness for Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK), a non-profit organization aiding in the rescue and care of animals affected by the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. Rebecca Minkoff has agreed to donate $1 for every new "like" on their facebook page - and they are giving away a one of a kind Japan MAC bag, as a thank you to one of my lucky readers, for your help in spreading the word. Let's raise some money for this wonderful cause! Here's how you can help:

1. Like Rebecca Minkoff and Keiko Lynn on Facebook to get the latest updates. For every new fan Rebecca Minkoff receives from now until June 6th they will generously donate $1 to ARK.

2. Share this post with friends (twitter, facebook, email, blog!), spread the word and help raise awareness for animals left homeless after the March 11th Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

3. Sponsor a pet from ARK for $36 per month (about 3000 Yen). Head here for details.

4. U.S. shelters have offered to accept animals from ARK in order to free up space for incoming rescues. If you can afford it, please consider sponsoring a flight (or partial flight).

5. Donate any amount you can afford. Every little bit counts.

One new fan will be selected to win my one of a kind Japan MAC, illustrated by artist Logan Real. Visit Rebecca Minkoff on Facebook on June 7th to see if you've won.

In addition to their final donation, they are sponsoring this little fur ball, Fairlady, in my name. Doesn't she look a little bit like Miku? I can't thank the Rebecca Minkoff team enough for their generous spirit and I hope you'll help us to spread the word.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Glass Houses

Outfit Details:
Bardot dress - gift from Foley + Corinna
Mid-City Tote in Poppy - gift from Foley + Corinna
diamond mesh bra - American Apparel
Dany platforms - gift from Jessica Simpson Collection
glasses - Ray-Ban (style RB5226 | 2034)
rings - Beacon's Closet and H&M (similar rings here, here, here and here)
lipstick - MAC Russian Red (blotted) with Laura Mercier's Hibiscus stain over the top

I'm in love with Foley + Corinna's entire ready to wear collection. I've been a fan of their bags for awhile, but wasn't familiar with their clothing until they approached me about sending me a couple of items (I'm a lucky gal!). Though I immediately knew exactly which bag I wanted, I had such a hard time deciding on the clothing item (I love every piece) and ultimately left the decision up to them. I think they made an excellent choice - this dress is perfect. I've already worn it a few different ways and plan on keeping it in steady rotation.

On this particular day, we started out with an early pie trip before Bobby had to go to work and I had to endure a rainy day without an umbrella (as I said on my twitter - #wettshirtcontest!). Before all of that, however, I had Bobby snap a couple of pictures of my outfit as we were walking to the pie shop. While doing this, I noticed that the adjacent window had a little video camera pointed straight at me, recording everything. Which is weirder, the fact that I'm acting like I'm some kind of model, posing for pictures on a random street - or a possibly creepy person recording their neighborhood's activity with a freaking handheld video camera?

We'll call it a wash. I don't want to throw any stones in this glass house of mine.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Considering how much I talk about food, one might assume that all I do is eat. Eat and work. Look, I don't drink or smoke or do drugs and I certainly don't dance. This is my fun time. Let me have my pie.

I've lived pretty close to this little pie shop, Four & Twenty Blackbirds for the past couple of years, but it happens to be in an area that I rarely wander through. So, though it has been on my list of places to try, I didn't actually go there until Vanessa, Amy and Jenn arranged for a weekend pie journey. After much enjoyment, I decided to take Bobby. We had the salty honey custard pie, salted caramel apple pie and mint iced tea. Last time, I also sampled the Lavender Honey Custard and Black Bottom Oatmeal - all are delicious. If you're ever in the Park Slope/Gowanus part of Brooklyn or if you're feeling like taking a little journey, check out Four & Twenty Blackbirds. Tell them that Keiko sent you. They'll have absolutely no idea whom you're talking about.

Asian iCandy Giveaway!

Today's giveaway is courtesy of Asian iCandy, who is offering one of my lucky readers a this adorable crossbody bag from their online shop.

To enter, simply visit Asian iCandy and comment below with your favorite item in the shop.

Bonus entries:
Follow Asian iCandy on twitter
Like Asian iCandy on Facebook

Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST Tuesday, May 31st. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in this post. Good luck!

p.s. Use code "keiko" for 15% off any order!

p.s. See winners of past giveaways here (announced at the bottom of the entries).

The winner is Steffy's Pros and Cons.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hair Tutorial: Messy Bun

I get questions about my messy bun all the time, and I've always been hesitant to do a tutorial. Why? Because this is my lazy go-to - and I never really knew how to do a step by step on how to make your hair into a rat's nest. I tried demonstrating it with photos, but it's really difficult to do your hair in slow-mo and use a remote at the same time. I ended up just doing a video. This is basically just like the easy little bun/ponytail hybrid that every gal has done at some time in her life...just messier. Way messier. It's just the way I like it, because you don't have to worry about upkeep throughout the day. Hope the video helps, but if not...I'll try again;)
The volume powder spray I use in the video is: Sachajuan Volume Powder.

p.s. See my past hair tutorial here.

EDIT: I just realized that when I uploaded the video, it cropped a lot of overhead space - you can barely see what I'm doing with my hair! Does anyone know how I can fix this (or if I can upload a full version of it to another site)? Uploaded a new, uncropped version.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

puppy paradise

Outfit Details:
Juicy Couture Era Sunglasses - gift from the Juicy Couture event with Tracy Anderson
camisole - DKNY (it's the lining cami from one of my blouses)
crochet vest - thrifted
floral bed jacket with fringe trim - self made (only one in the floral, but I have several in different fabrics for the shop)
shorts - H&M
Dany platforms - gift from Jessica Simpson Collection
belt - thrifted
Mid City Tote in Poppy - gift from Foley and Corinna
rings - vintage (from my mom) and Beacon's Closet
lipstick: Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Melon (worn over an NYC lip stain in Rock on Ruby)

Miku was thrilled to be at the park and promenade; the weather as of late has left her without her usual playtime with other furry little friends (other than our cats). Hillside Park is such a wonderful, large and well cared for dog park - so many of New York's other dog parks are sad, small and filled with concrete - and it happens to have an extraordinary view of Manhattan. Right near the promenade and adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge, it must give these pups quite a feeling of luxury. Though, I do think Miku would be just as happy to roll around in mud and follow the horses around at the ranch. She's a pretty pup and might look high maintenance, but she's nothing of the sort and not even a bit prissy. Much like her mother (as in me, not her biological one), she is not afraid to get a little dirty and is always up for an outdoor adventure. You can take the girls out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girls.

Okay, we grew up in South Florida. But still, we have horses and goats and stuff. Doesn't that count?
p.s. In case you're wondering, Miku is not wearing a muzzle. It's called a gentle leader:)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Makeup Monday: Inspired by Adele

As I was flipping through last month's Teen Vogue (yes, I'm a subscriber, even though I'm 26), I came across this stunning photo of Adele:

I loved the use of purples in not just the shadow, but also the liner and mascara. Paired with a light, neutral lip and beautiful contouring, this went to the top of my list of looks I wanted to try on myself. I figured I would make it into a Makeup Monday and show you my own take on it! I'm saving the contour tutorial for a later date, so this look mostly focuses on the eyes, with some mild contouring using Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess underneath and Smashbox Illusion highlighter on my cheekbones.

For what I used and step by step instructions, continue reading after the jump.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

down came the rain

Outfit Details:
MAC Clutch - gift from Rebecca Minkoff
Take a shine to top (also available in lavender) - gift from ModCloth
skirt - H&M
umbrella - gift from Accessorize
Sophie Theallet for Nine West Mary heels - gift from Nine West
lipstick: Dior Addict in Stiletto
delicious lobster roll: Red Hook Lobster Pound

The weather was dreadful yesterday. I'm usually a fan of rainy days, but I think it's because I grew up in Florida thinking that a rainy day was either a sunny day with welcome, sporadic showers or a straight up hurricane. Hurricanes are awful - I've lived through some doozies - but when I was little, I enjoyed the days off of school, the camp-life living, hurricane parties and playing in the fallen trees. New York rainy days are just cold, dark and very wet.

Since we couldn't take Miku for her playtime at the dog park, we headed to Red Hook to eat lobster rolls and chowder. Bobby had a shrimp roll, because he doesn't know what life is, but he'll figure it out sooner or later. If you haven't had a lobster roll from the pound, let it be known that they are really good and reasonably priced. Perhaps it's because I'm accustomed to the Brooklyn Fish Camp $35 price tag for a tiny roll, but at $15 with chips and a pickle, Red Hook's prices are alright by me.

After our delicious meal, we headed back to the apartment so that I could hide my wretchedly frizzy hair under a hat, then headed to a Gucci cocktail party and preview at Cipriani. As glamorous as that sounds, I fell while walking down their stairs. Hands and knees, bam. Karen was a witness. The end.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

that swagger

Outfit Details:
chiffon top - gift from ModCloth
sports bra (underneath) - Forever 21
floral skirt - Forever 21
tights - we love colors
Mother of Pearl shoes - gift from Seychelles
Ray-Ban glasses
vintage hand necklace and ring - gifts from my mom
K ring - gift from my step-grandma
Mid City Tote in Poppy - gift from Foley and Corinna
lipstick: Dior Addict Lipstick in Diorkiss

Yesterday, while chatting with my friend Katy, a guy walked up and said "Look at you in those glasses, lookin' all smart and sexy. You got that swagger!" Though it was kind of awkward at the time, I couldn't help but think of Miss Kimberly and how much she would appreciate that line. I came home, had a long phone conversation with her and totally forgot to tell her about it. Instead, we watched my favorite scenes from Dirty Dancing on repeat and lamented over Johnny Castle, talked about ridiculous things and planned a road trip. Priorities, you know? But seriously, they don't make them like Patrick Swayze anymore. He was a quadruple threat!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

in bloom

Outfit Details:
dress - self made
yellow jersey slip (underneath) - H&M
straw hat (men's section) - Gap
 Romance boots - gift from Seychelles
aviators - 80s Purple, borrowed from Bobby
bag - gift from Coach
hair tie - just a classy little finishing touch

You may have noticed that my clothing site has been sad and nearly empty, as of late. I'm still putting most of my time into Postlapsaria - I mean, I have to pay my bills! - but over the past year I have been doing mostly small wholesale orders and custom orders from longstanding customers. That's about to change. I miss maintaining my own site and I'm getting a bit bored of making the same things, over and over. I'm planning on doing an entire overhaul, so it might be a few more weeks before the site is completely back to normal. The past couple of weeks, I've been concentrating on making some new things just for the site and managed to make a couple of things for myself. While watching My So-Called Life in its entirety for the millionth time, I re-fell in love with Rayanne's rusty lace babydoll dress and made one for myself in a couple of different colors of lace. I went ahead and made another in this super soft, sheer cotton that can be layered over different colored slips, depending on my mood. I just love the shapeless babydoll dresses of my youth - no Spanx required for a getup like this. The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland Brooklyn.