Monday, June 30, 2014

Makeup Monday: Five Current Favorite Beauty Products

1) Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment: With so much traveling, my skin needs all the moisture it can get. The second I step off the plane, I feel like years have been added to my skin's age - and this treatment reverses that effect. I like to leave it on overnight, so I wake up with soft, hydrated skin.

2) Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow: I've made one minor change to my brow routine, by swapping out my powder for this brow pomade (still love the powder, but I tend to change up products now and then). It stays put, even when my t-zone is really oily, and the tint is just enough to color my brows without looking painted on.

3) Juliette Has A Gun "Not a Perfume": This has been my go-to scent for a few years. It's so subtle, which is why I love it; I'm usually really sensitive to perfumes. I wear it on an almost daily basis (Tocca "Stella" is my other one) and still love it.

4) Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo: My hair stylist can attest to how many bottles of this I've gone through. It's all-time favorite dry shampoo. Reasons: it doesn't leave a chalky residue, has a fresh scent, and gives my hair just the right amount of texture. I just wish it came in travel size, for traveling purposes! When I'm packing for a flight, I turn to Serge Normant Meta Revive Volumizing Mini Dry Shampoo or Pssssst! Dry Shampoo.

5) Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater: I love facial sprays - if for no other reason than they're refreshing and feel great on hot days. There are some that are more functional (I love Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray for setting my makeup), but I love that this one has a super fine mist and a lovely rose scent, and can be used all throughout the day. It's especially helpful whenever my makeup is feeling a little cakey or powdery! 

What are some of your current favorites?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Have a great weekend!

- I just ordered this watermelon dress from ModCloth, since it went on sale. I sized up, as suggested in the reviews…fingers crossed it fits!

- Speaking of fruit themed items, I’m also loving this watermelon clutch. Maybe I should paint my nails to look like watermelons, too!

- 8 must-have beauty items for your days in the sun.

- I laughed to myself while reading this article about The Notebook, because I had many of the same thoughts about the movie. Thanks for sending it, Lauren!

- This week, the incredibly charming Carrie and Miguel got engaged in Central Park. Best part? He put the ring in a tiny, burger-shaped box.

- I have a Facebook exclusive giveaway going on, right now! Ketzali is giving away one of their beautiful, hand loomed and eco friendly pieces to one of my readers. Go and enter!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Believe In Nashville

Outfit Details:
Casa Blanca Palm Hat from Imogene + Willie
Steven Alan shirt (old)
Hudson "Florence" short overalls (c/o)
Joie bag
Cynthia Vincent heels (old)
MAC Russian Red lipstick

Three friends of mine, my sister, and I recently went on a trip to Nashville, which is one of my favorite cities to visit. I have a few cousins there - and now one of my cousins has a baby! - and I generally enjoy any place that has good food, nice people, and some vintage shops for me to peruse. I'm easy to please. With the generous help of so many of my readers, my lovely cousin Claudia, and our "loose itin" planner Lauren, I've got quite the list of suggestions, if you're ever in Nashville. I'm working on a complete list for my next post! Tangent: I bought this hat at Imogene + Willie, while it was pouring outside. If you ever want people to buy something from your store, plan a torrential downpour and make sure you have cute hats that double as umbrellas!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Roxy and Ryder

I've been sorting through and editing all of my photographs from our last Disney trip (no, I don't live there - but yes, I wish I did) and couldn't wait to post this photo with my niece and nephew. I miss those little ones!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Let's Dance, Lover!

"Let's Dance, Lover" tee (on sale!) c/o Lovers + Friends
old Madewell lace shorts
Modern Vice spectators c/o Modern Vice

Because sometimes you just need to be a little goofy and shake it all out.

p.s. I'm currently in Nashville - follow along in real time on my instagram!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Five Random Facts About Me


I've been blogging for such a long time, and those of you who have been reading for at least a few years probably know quite a bit about me. Some of you have been following along since the beginning, have seen me through other relationships, through high school and college and moving to a new city. Some of you have watched Tessa grow up through the years (and graduate!), were there when I lost loved ones, and even when I occasionally lost my mind. But for all of the new readers out there, I thought it was about time I introduced you to a few random facts about myself - which I'll be sharing on here, now and then - and I hope you'll share something about yourselves, too.

1) I'm a lifelong insomniac, and I can't fall asleep for multiple reasons. One, I obsess about things. I sometimes have mild anxiety attacks while I'm laying down, just thinking about stuff or trying not to think about it. Two, Bobby snores - and he falls asleep immediately. But he got this little snoring contraption that has been helping with that. There are many other reasons, and sometimes there's no reason other than I just can't fall asleep. But lately, I've actually been getting a lot more sleep than usual; it has been such a relief.

2) I'm a horrible dancer. Awful. The worst. I come from a family of very gifted dancers, but I was born with two left feet. To add insult to injury, I was also the one with Broadway dreams. I majored in Musical Theatre, but never could improve upon my dancing. I eventually accepted reality and moved on.

3) All of my animals were rescued or adopted. Vester and Lacy were dumped with the garbage on the side of the street, Kitty Boos was a stray orphan kitten on a neighbor's farm, and Miku was adopted when she was a tiny pup. And since my animals are basically the best of the best of the absolute best in the whole entire world (I might be a little biased), that should be enough proof that adopting is the way to go.

4) My favorite movie is Harold and Maude.

5) If you're wondering where the name "Keiko" came from, I'm 1/4 Japanese. I was named after my Oba - my paternal grandma. And if you're wondering how to pronounce it, it's Cake-Oh, not Kee-ko. But I'll answer to either, because I'm used to people mispronouncing my name (it doesn't bother me)! I love my name, and can't imagine myself with any other.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Makeup Monday: What's in my makeup bag?

Since I started my Invisalign® treatment, I've been playing around with my normal makeup routine, so it's time for me to update you on what's currently in my makeup bag. For those of you who missed my last posts (read those posts here), I'm currently receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment in exchange for sharing my experience, once a month (full disclosure here).

After years of being a statement lip girl, I decided to try out giving my eyes the full treatment - at least some of the time. I actually used to be a statement eye girl (never without a smokey or vivid eye), but after having some sensitivity issues, I switched to the lips and scarcely looked back. I later realized that my sensitivity is specific to purple shadows, so I can safely shift the focus back to my eyes. I'm not giving up lipstick - never, ever! - but it's time to dial it back. Why? Because wearing a bright red lip and removing my clear aligners = red fingers and smudged lips, and I've gotten lipstick on my Invisalign aligners a few times. I don't want to risk staining them, since the entire point is for them to be clear! In an effort to keep them as clean as possible, I've been limiting my lipstick days and sticking to finishes that don't budge. It's actually pretty fun to play up my eyes a little, to switch things up. I've even taken to wearing false lashes every now and then, since mine are non-existent.

Since my switch-up, I decided to document what's currently in my makeup bag (which is by, by the way). I know it seems like a lot to carry around (it is), but I'm a perpetual over-packer when I'm traveling, and that seems to also carry into my normal, everyday life. There are some products missing from my daily routine (primer being a main one), but these are just what I carry around with me on a daily basis for touch ups or disasters where I need to completely redo my whole face and everyone else's around me. One day that will happen, and you will all thank me for being so overly prepared. Here's what I'm currently carrying:

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, Brow Wiz Pencil, and dual sided brush. I always carry my brow stuff with me in the warmer months, just in case I need touch ups. In the winter, I just bring my pencil. Hands down, Anastasia Beverly Hills reigns supreme in the brow world.

Eyes: Too Faced Lash Injection, Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, dual sided shadow brush, Too Faced Boudoir Eyes. As I stated in a recent post, I use two liquid liners: one felt tip, one brush. The felt tip Stila pen is perfect for getting between the lashes and doing an initial line, and the Urban Decay liner has a sleek, ultra opaque finish with a brush that's incredibly precise. I carry around a compact shadow set; even if I'm using a totally different set (like the Naked palette), I bring a similar kit in a smaller size, or individual shadows for touching up. A mini mascara is all I need; full sizes stay at home.

Face: NARS concealer for touch ups, Too Faced Beauty Balm, NARS Illuminator (to highlight the cheekbones, cupid's bow, inner corners of my eyes - or I mix a tiny bit with the beauty balm for a dewy look), Boscia blotting linens to get rid of shine, NARS Orgasm blush, a compact mirror, MAC 187 brush (for blush, or if I need finishing powder).

Lips: MAC Prep and Prime Lip, MAC Unlimited pro longwear lip creme (this doesn't budge), and Stila "Aria" Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (this *really* doesn't budge, but it can be a little drying if you wear it all day). Primer is a must for me.

Invisalign: My Invisalign container (complete with "rubber gum" to help lock the trays in, when I initially put them in) that holds my Invisalign clear aligners when I’m eating meals or brushing my teeth, Burt's Bees to keep my lips from getting chapped, a travel toothbrush to clean my aligners (I usually carry a separate travel brush for my teeth, or a packet of Wisps), travel floss. It's important to keep both your teeth and aligners clean, and sometimes it's not possible to run to a bathroom and do the full cleaning. In a pinch, I use Wisps to clean my teeth, and after this post, Bobby found these wipes that are great for cleaning my aligners while I'm out and about.

Whew! That's a lot, isn't it? It's a wonder that I can fit them all into a normal sized bag. Now's your turn - what's currently in your makeup bag?

p.s. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, you can request more info, here.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Stripes and Crop Tops

Outfit Details:
vintage hat
Topshop crop top
Lauren Moffatt shorts (old)
Ugg oxfords (c/o, old)
vintage horse bag
thrifted open cardigan
Bonlook glasses

It's mid-June and I'm still wearing tights and sweaters, but I'm not complaining. In the blink of an eye, that New York Summer we know and love - and love to hate - will bring its fierce heat and funny smells, so let's not complain about this June gloom too much. For the most part, the grey and drizzly days were perfectly matched with my own personal raincloud, since I've been under-the-weather (get it?). In the very least, the combination gave me a lot of time to catch up on super important things, like Orange Is The New Black season 2 in its entirety. That's the problem with Netflix making all of the episodes available at once: idiots like me don't know when to stop and save some for later. I know season 2 just came out, but can they hurry up and give me season 3, already... so I can binge-watch that, too?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Paris Photo Diary

Exploring Paris

Carousel at Hôtel de Ville

Serge Gainsbourg lived on the street where we stayed

Sacré-Cœur and Hôtel de Ville

Musée Rodin

Notre Dame de Paris

Télescope Cafe.

L'Éclair de génie

Beautiful view from Printemps.

Final photo roundup from Paris, from both my camera and iPhone.