Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bicycle Darling

Outfit Details:
J.Crew Horse Sweatshirt
Alice and Olivia dress - c/o Americana Manhasset
vintage hat
Illesteva x Zac Posen cat eye sunglasses
bag c/o Coach
Madewell sidewalk skimmers
vintage collar (gift from my mom)
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in "Beso"
and I was wearing shorts underneath the dress, don't worry:)

It's hard to believe that Governors Island is just a quick ferry ride away. It's my favorite weekend summer destination, in the city (it's only open on the weekends). It's the perfect place to havea day away from the hustle and bustle and crazy traffic jams, without having to go very far. They always have different events (like the Jazz Age Lawn Party), but it's also nice to just rent a bike and ride around the island. Right now they have Fête Paradiso, a vintage carnival featuring rides from the late 19th and 20th century that are both beautiful and creepy. It's definitely worth checking out, so make sure to get to the island before September 29th, when it closes for the season!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Something old, something new.

Outfit Details:
Lovers + Friends tiger shirt (c/o)
Joie "Kaylie" leather jacket (c/o)
scarf via TJ Maxx
Goldsign "Mr. Right" jeans (c/o)
Schutz "Diadelfa" pumps (c/o, couldn't find them for sale online, but the flats are really cute)
Rebecca Minkoff camera bag (similar version)
La Sardina Domino Lomography camera
See the makeup tutorial here
See the head scarf tutorial here

I've mentioned this before, but I'm the type of gal who can't help but wear all of her new things at once. It's like the first day of school - which is appropriate, considering the timing - when I would wear all of my new clothes in the first couple of days. The third or fourth day would come and I was left with last year's clothing and some hand-me-downs. I couldn't pace myself; I seriously would layer on the new stuff to the point where it didn't even make sense. I did the same thing on this particular day, wearing my new shirt, shoes, jeans, and jacket. Whoops! I guess I didn't learn much from that particular lesson. But at the very least, I did learn to love my old clothes just as much as my new ones. The best ones are those you wear over and over and over. My mom calls them "old faithfuls," and I have a closet full of them. But sometimes, it's fun to try something new... even if it only lasts you a day or two.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back To School Cuts With ARROJO

(Tessa and Ally are both wearing Bonlook Samba shades)

It's hard to believe these two are starting their senior year of high school. Just typing that makes me feel so old. I know I say this all the time, but it seems like yesterday that I was picking Tessa up from pre-school, and then crying because she was starting kindergarten, and that felt too grown up. I'm going to save the weep-fest for another post, because this one is meant to be about haircuts, and it's way too easy for me to get sidetracked and talk about how much I adore my little sister (I do). 

Tessa and Ally have been coming to visit me in New York every summer, for the past four years. Tessa has visited ever since I moved here, but it's so much more fun to have a friend along when you're a teenager, and Ally has been a welcome addition. My best friend even calls Ally her mini-me! There's nothing I enjoy more than playing the role of big sister, spoiling them and making sure they have a great summer, before school rolls in and ruins all the fun. We ate our way through NYC, shopped, went to a water park, to a show, the beach...I kept them busy! But one of the things I made sure to do was take them for their back-to-school haircuts, to get them started for their senior year. I took them to ARROJO, where I always get my hair done (by Tim and Flores). Ally got a trim with some added layers from Grace, and Tessa went for a dramatic transformation with Alis, chopping off her long locks into a shorter bob. As much as I loved Tessa's long hair, I love her just as much with short hair. Thank you to ARROJO for being so great with the girls, and good luck to Tessa and Ally in their last year of high school!

p.s. Before Tessa cut her hair, we collaborated on some hair tutorials. Check out the Mermaid Waves tutorial and Milkmaid Braids tutorial.

Friday, August 23, 2013

St-Germain and the Jazz Age Lawn Party

When St-Germain asked Bobby and I to be their guests at this year's Jazz Age Lawn Party, we immediately accepted with an enthusiastic "yes!" and packed a picnic basket for our favorite summer event. It's like stepping into the past, with dapper gents and decked out gals picnicking, dancing to Michael Aranella and His Dreamland Orchestra, sipping on prohibition era inspired St-Germain cocktails and immortalizing the affair with vintage portraits on a paper moon. There are 20s motorcars, antique gramophones, and even a bathing beauties and beaus promenade. Everything about it is exceedingly charming, and Governors Island - just a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle - is the perfect setting.

Outfit Details:
The WhitePepper sailor dress (on sale)
Seychelles oxford heels (old)
Anthropologie bow cloche
Juicy Couture sunglasses (old)
vintage parasol
(See Bobby's blog for his details)

Last year, I wore an authentic 20s day dress and practically ruined it because it was so delicate, so I decided to explore the rest of my closet and see what else could work. I've also received a lot of inquiries about what to wear to such an event, and the good news is that you probably have something in your closet, already. The key is to focus on the details: silhouette (drop waist), hats and hair accessories (a cloche, turban, a statement headband worn across the forehead), makeup (dramatic and expressive!), and a little something to take it over the top - a fan, or in my case, a little parasol.

At first, I considered a beaded, Gatsby-esque dress with art deco details and my handmade lace jacket, but soon decided it was more suitable for the evening (anyone want to throw a theme party?). My dropped-waist polka dot dress would have been perfect for day time, but it felt more mod than 20s. Still, with the right accessories, it would have worked.

In the end, the sailor dress won. It has a slightly higher waist than the drop-waist silhouettes of the 20s, but the loose fit gives it a similar look - and the sailor details add to the overall vintage feel. The accessories and makeup pull it all together: a bow-adorned cloche, a vintage parasol, and heeled oxfords.

Clara Bow inspired my dramatic makeup - sleepy, smokey eyes and red lips - and I rounded out my brows just a tad, as those were the style, back then. It's easier and cheaper to pull together a period look when you hone in on the details, instead of doing literal interpretations. Of course, it was even easier for Bobby because this is basically his everyday look - he just added a boater and that was that!

Speaking of Bobby: as some of you know, he's a barman at both Milk & Honey and Lantern's Keep, which specialize in cocktails from the turn of the century. He created a special cocktail (above), reminiscent of the jazz age era, with St-Germain. Click over to This Fellow to see his cocktail creation (along with instructions on how to recreate it at home), and see more photos from our day on St-Germain's Facebook page!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fields of Gold

Outfit Details:
cotton eyelet jacket - Anthropologie
polka dot shirt - J.Crew (use code FALLSTYLE for 25% off $150 or more)
American Apparel skirt
Elizabeth and James cat-eye sunglasses - Gilt
Coach Legacy Mini Tanner (c/o)
Layers of cotton leave me feeling cooler than the gauziest of synthetic garments. On this particular day, the weather tricked us into thinking fall was just around the corner. It is, I suppose, but then the temperatures went back up and I remembered that summer still has a little life left in it. That's okay by me, because even though fall is my favorite season, it goes too quickly. Before we know it, it's winter forever. I'll hang onto the sunshine and longer days that summer affords; who wants a dark sky at five in the evening?

p.s. I'm in Maine, right now -  only for a couple of days. It's my first time here! Follow along on instagram.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Makeup Monday: Gold Rush Mani

Deborah Lippmann "Fake It 'Til You Make It" and "Glitter and Be Gay" nail lacquers. Gold ring is vintage, and the other ring and cuff are Sorrelli.

I love statement nails, but don't always have the time or patience for nail art. The compromise? Glitter! I prefer my nails to be pretty opaque, so I started with a shimmery, gold metallic (Deborah Lippmann "Fake It 'Til You Make It") and then layered it with a coat of vibrant, gold glitter polish (Deborah Lippmann "Glitter and Be Gay"). Pictures don't do the nails justice; the result is what I can only describe as party nails. Now, the only thing I'm dreading is removing the glitter. I always have a hard time getting it off my nails without a struggle and end up chipping it away (destroying my nails in the process). If anyone has some glitter polish removing tricks, please let me know!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

My week, on Instagram.

My week, on instagram. Follow along (and see a lot more photos) at @keikolynn.

1) Bobby, wearing Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Bang" on his cheek:)
2) The two of us.
3) Layers of cotton. The weather was starting to feel like fall!
4) Bonlook "Urban Dandy" frames and Stila Liquid Lipstick in "Aria".
5) Sleeping Kitty Boos.
6) Sleeping Vester. They just sleep all the time.
7) The sunsets around here have been especially magical, lately.
8) Schutz pumps.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beauty Spot: Colorful, Smokey Eye Tutorial

Products used - I purchased all of them at Nordstrom Beauty Spot:

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in "Celebrate
NARS eyeshadow duo in "Rated R"
MAC eyeshadow in "Deep Truth"
MAC eyeshadow in "Electra"
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in "Petrol Blue"
Stila "Stay All Day" Waterproof Liquid Liner
Estée Lauder "Turbolash" All Effects Motion Mascara

 Lips, cheeks, brows:  NARS Lipstick in "Niagara" , Smashbox blush rush in "Heartbreak", Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil

I teamed up with Nordstrom Beauty Spot to bring you today's makeup tutorial: colored smoke. I'm really excited about this collaboration, because I'm truly an avid Nordstrom Beauty Spot shopper! I do a lot of my shopping online, and I love that they not only have free shipping, but also the most amazing return policy. Since I like to experiment with a lot of different products, I love knowing that if something doesn't work out, I can return it or swap it for something else. For today's tutorial, I created a colorful, smokey eye. Based off of a traditional smokey eye, I swapped out the usual greys and blacks for something a little more vibrant, while still maintaining the overall sultry effect. Want to recreate this look? Grab your products, and follow along after the cut for my step by step tutorial - and make sure to check out Nordstrom Beauty Spot for more tutorials and beauty how-tos!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My So Called Life

Outfit Details:
Joie Kaylie Leather Jacket (c/o)
American Apparel babydoll dress
Zac Posen x Illesteva cat eye sunglasses
Hat Attack hat

"So when Rayanne Graff told me my hair was holding me back, I had to listen. 'Cause she wasn't just talking about my hair. She was talking about my life."

I've never been one to take my hair very seriously, but it's an obvious tell for when I'm going through something crazy. I'm that stereotypical girl who goes out and makes a major change in her hair when things have gone awry. Something about getting control back, yadda yadda yadda. I chopped off my locks earlier in the year and immediately, everyone started asking what was wrong. But that's the point in cutting it off, you know? I don't want to talk about it; I want to deal with it on my own and this is how I do it. It's funny how it becomes a symbolic ritual, something as silly as cutting your hair, changing the color. I'll probably grow it out later in the year, but I've actually been enjoying the change. And the fact that I haven't shaved it off means that things have been a lot better - that I've been better. There's only so much you can cut off before you have to grab the buzzers. And I don't think I could pull it off.