Saturday, December 7, 2013

UGG Australia Creative Council





 



Outfit Details:
Express coat (currently 40% off)
Express lace top (c/o)
old H+M skirt
HUE over the knee socks
Lunetta slippers - c/o UGG Australia
Rovimoss bag
Hat Attack hat


It recently hit me that I've been in Brooklyn for seven years, which seems like a lifetime when I consider my original thought of "trying it out" for one. I never had a plan for where to go next; I just liked knowing that moving was an option. I went by myself, and knew almost no one...and I needed an out, just in case. But marking that emergency exit with a one year time stamp meant that at the very least, I had to give it a shot. That's how I approach most things in life: if it doesn't work out, you can always change your course. It makes everything just a little less intimidating, and you'd be surprised how many happy accidents have come from this school of thought. 

Born and raised in South Florida, I was certain I would freeze to death during my first real winter. Lane (my roommate) and I both ran outside and were giddy and grinning like little kids for our first snow. Both of us in our early twenties, seeing snow for the first time: I'll remember that forever, as a defining "we're not in Florida anymore" moment. Having our apartment fill up with steam because our radiators weren't connected (and calling the fire department because we didn't know what was going on) was another one of those. But the snow was happier, so that one goes in the scrapbook.

As it turned out, I did freeze that winter - but not to death, of course, or else this post would be a lot cooler because it would be coming from a ghost. It took me a few years to find the balance between being warm and looking like a functional, stylish lady (and not a walking sleeping bag), but I eventually embraced the cozy and myriad layers that come with dropping temperatures, and even came to love it.

Which brings me to some exciting news I'd like to share: I joined the UGG Australia Creative Council for the upcoming season, to share my take on winter style. If you haven't heard of the Creative Council before, it's a personal project-centric alliance that was created as a platform to explore inspiring endeavors and share that inspiration with others. With that being said, my project is not just about getting dressed, it's about sharing my favorite winter experiences. Having complete creative freedom is my favorite part of the job, and I have some fun things planned to share with you. In the meantime, check out my welcome video and try not to laugh at how awkward I am on video. Or laugh, but just don't tell me about it.

 


This post is part of my collaboration with the Creative Council of UGG Australia. #creativecouncil

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful coat and shoes! Unique outfit!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  2. lovely coat!

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

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  3. Beautiful outfit!
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  4. So cool, Keiko! What an inspiration you are. I've thoroughly enjoyed following you on your journey. Excited to hear more about this collaboration with UGG. :)

    Melissa
    thebeesknees-mel.com

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate that so much.

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  5. Hi Keiko, I don't think you look awkward al all. You seem like a natural to me! I love your style, especially the layering and color.

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. Thank you! I think it's just awkward to see yourself on video.

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  6. Keiko, what camera do you use?
    and how you edit your photos?

    thank you! Kiss (=
    Mayara Macedo

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    1. Hi Mayara,
      I use a Canon 5D Mark II, with a variety of lenses. The one I use the most is the 50mm 1.4. I also use photoshop to edit, as well as RadLab (a program use within photoshop).

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  7. I love your coat...but the fact it 40% off makes me love it even more!!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Right?! I was debating between this one and the navy version, but I really liked the pops of red.

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  8. I`m not that into fahion blogging, but you are one of the rare fashion bloggers that I like to follow. Your style is unique, the photos very professional and the whole atmosphere on your blog is very inspirational. Keep up with good work, and keep that smile on your face. Best regards from Serbia

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  9. Yay to joining the creative council… I´m sure you´ll come up with some great ideas to inspire us. I hate the idea of looking like a walking sleeping bag! haha
    Also, don´t be shy because you look just fine on video!. I remember that you said something similar when you did your messy bun tutorial, but then and now I still think you shouldn´t be so hard on yourself, it´s great to watch you and hear your voice!
    I love how you always include color in your outfits, despite the season. Keep it up!! And I´m looking forward to your upcoming ideas on the Ugg CC.

    XO
    Jannine

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    1. I think it's just weird to see yourself on video, or hear your voice on an answering machine. And thank you! I like to wear a lot of color during the winter - it cheers me up.

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  10. Oh you weren't awkward at all! Congrats to you!

    xoxo
    The Occasional Indulgence

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  11. I've seen so many female bloggers recently refer to themselves as awkward in videos. I'm not sure if that's the en vogue thing or not. You were very self-assured, confident and professional in your video. You are good at what you do. Please don't sell yourself short. :)

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    1. For me, it's just hearing my voice and seeing my crooked teeth. My teeth don't bother me in pictures, but when I'm talking, it shows how much they've moved in the past few years. Something maybe I only notice, but I don't love it!

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    2. I didn't even notice your teeth. But, mine have also shifted in the past decade since my braces, and I don't love it either. So I can empathize! But really, you are very poised.

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  12. this seems like a really weird council for you to join, especially considering how much you love animals: http://veganamericanprincess.com/the-truth-about-ugg-boots/

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    1. Hi Alysa,
      I am not vegan and I do wear leather. Perhaps it's a grey area, but I'm not perfect and don't pretend to be - I also eat seafood and in the last year or so, poultry. I have spoken extensively with UGG about their practices, where they source their leather and shearling, and in what countries. What they use is a byproduct of the meat industry - they are not raised for their pelts - and only sourced from the US, UK, and Australia. They require their sources to supply a certificate of origin form, as well as adhere to all animal welfare laws, and they stick to those three countries because of them. I mean absolutely no disrespect, so I hope none of this is read as sarcasm or at all authoritative. I sincerely respect anyone's beliefs or lifestyles and just wanted to clarify that I didn't enter this partnership blindly.

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    2. Heyyy. I'm usually not one for chiming in but I feel this is important. I was surprised to see you join this council too, Keiko. I have read mixed things about UGG and I've seen some videos and articles removed from the Internet for containing inaccurate and misleading information about the brand. I'm glad you investigated with UGG about their practices and found comfort in your findings before blindly agreeing to join. I read regularly and get a sense of excitement for you when opportunities like this arise, so I can only imagine how you must have felt initially and I give you much respect for double-checking. I in no way want to insult your choices or values. I am a follower of yours, and wish you nothing but success.
      Although you've done your homework, you may be interested to read through the current animal welfare laws Australia has in place if you haven't already. http://www.publish.csiro.au/Books/download.cfm?ID=2975 That's the link, it says 2002 but I haven’t found anything newer. Looking past the harsh and gloomy nature of the overall document there’s some basic facts that should hardly be considered acceptable. On page 13 there’s item 2.5.2.6 0.6m^2 isn't a very big space. Being a reader of yours I know you are well aware of just how big the animals allotted this space are. Then there’s most of page 14, sounds like they can go for a pretty long time without food and water, which isn’t exactly humane or stress free if you ask me…but you haven’t so I’ll move on. My point is, adhering to animal welfare laws isn't all it's cracked up to be. The same goes for the US and I yet to read the laws for the UK but I have a pretty good feeling when I do it will seem like deja vu. Seriously give it a read.
      So, the animal rights aren’t within your control and maybe the document won’t faze you. Did you consider your direct influence on your reading demographic when deciding to join the council? You make it clear you understand the majority of your readers can't afford the brand name products you sport. In the past you’ve posted links to alternative items and look-a-likes that are more within our budget. We appreciate that greatly, we do…don’t stop doing that. BUT with UGG, you know there are tons of knock offs out there. When one of us low budget readers want to style our feet like you there’s going to be tempted to get the knock off. What HAS been confirmed to happen in manufacturing those is awful. http://www.peta.org/blog/animals-skinned-alive-uggs/ Fair warning, the video is difficult to watch. Definitely read the article if you can’t stomach the video.
      I still have my reservations about what goes in to making a brand name UGG and if you don’t you don’t. But I think it’s safe to say you’re going to influence a lot of people into getting the cheaper version, which terrible. I’m sure you have a contract and are already committed. In the very least you may want to mention to readers this is one item to not get the knock-off of.

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    3. I really appreciate your reply! Everything I had read previous was that they were being raised for their pelts, so I'm glad to hear otherwise :) Thank you for clarifying. There is so much information out there, it's sometimes difficult to find articles that get the whole story without being one sided (or leaving things out.. and really, I only shared that particular article because everything else I could find was Peta, and they're pretty sketchy).
      Thanks again for replying! I love your blog <3

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  13. Love your outfit, especially your coat!

    xoxo Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

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  14. Love this outfit, especially the red details of the coat, top, and shoes :)

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  15. I absolutely adore you outfit and those shoes are so adorable!

    MarieDarling!

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  16. You are adorable and beautiful and to a Southern gal who never learned how to put on makeup or put together an outfit, you seem impossibly cool.

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  17. Soo inspiring! Looking forward to what your tips for winter clothing *

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  18. I saw quite the opposite of an awkward lady in the video... instead, I saw an eloquent woman who is passionate about what she loves to do.

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  19. you are looking so gorgeous!! i like you skirt and coat..
    amazing look!!

    http://www.jollychic.com/?a_aid=SIRIUSIT

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  20. Love the top :)

    xx

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