Friday, August 29, 2014

Tokyo Recommendations?

Kate Spade "Hello Tokyo" clutch (also available here - and in the phone case version)

Exciting news! I'm turning 30, next month (that's not the exciting part), and Bobby is taking me to Japan! We'll be spending most of our time in Tokyo, but would also like to venture out for a couple of days. We've been researching and planning out our trip, but I wanted to check and see if any of you had any recommendations to share. If you do, please let us know!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It was all yellow.


Outfit Details:
Corey blazer and striped shirt (c/o)
vintage shorts
Bonlook "Keiko" sunglasses in "Lily White"
Kate Spade "Goreski" glasses bangle
Becca Laws Kaleidoscope "K" necklace (c/o)
horse necklace, gift from Christine 
Coach Mini Tanner

Sometimes, I get really excited about things - and that's what excitement looks like, on me. Don't worry, it doesn't happen that often;)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cat-Eye Tutorial

I've done a cat-eye tutorial, before - but my routine has been updated a bit, in the last four years. Click the photo for full size of the step by step how-to!

Step one: Use a felt tip liner to draw the initial line, both above and between your lashes. I like using a felt tip liquid liner, like Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, because it gets between your lashes and doesn’t smudge, the way some pencils do. Most people skip this step, but then you run the risk of having a gap between your liner and your lashes!

Step two: Go over the initial line with a liquid liner. My absolute favorite is Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. The skinny brush is great for precision, and the liquid liner has a super slick finish. Tip: start with a thinner line and build it to your desired thickness. It’s easier to build than take away.

Step three: Imagine a dotted line that extends from your lower lashline and continues up and out, in the same direction. Now, draw a line to match that. Tip: If you need help keeping things symmetrical, you can draw a dot (on both sides) of where you want the tail to end, before drawing the entire line.

Step four: Connect the tip of that line to the initial liner, forming a triangle.

Step five: Fill it in!

Step six: Using a very light hand, line your outer, lower lashes with pencil.

Step seven: Finish with mascara.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Keiko X BonLook - Available, Now!

Great news: the Keiko x Bonlook glasses are now available on the site! As I mentioned in this post, I designed a pair of glasses for one of my favorite eyewear companies, Bonlook. They're available as both eyeglasses and sunglasses (prescription or non) and come in four colors: Miku Mint, Tessa Tort, Lily White, and Roxy Noir. They're $99 including shipping and prescription lenses, $69 for sunglasses and $119 for prescription sunglasses. To say that I'm excited about this opportunity would be a major understatement; I'm honored and forever grateful to BonLook and my readers for this opportunity. I'm also over the moon with the final product and I hope you will be, too. If you purchase a pair, please send me a photograph or tag them with #KeikoBonLook - I would love to see them in action and feature them on the blog!

Shop Keiko x Bonlook!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Rose

Outfit Details:
ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Dress in Rose Print
Nine West "Tasha" ankle strap sandals
Karen Walker "Anytime" sunglasses
rings from local boutique and Mr. Kate
NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in "San Paulo"
Papillionaire Sommer bicycle

I haven't been riding my bicycle nearly enough, this summer, so I'm taking advantage of all the remaining good weather and taking Maisy out as much as possible. For those of you wondering how I ride a bike in a dress, the answer is shorts. I almost always wear stretchy shorts underneath my dresses, even when I'm not riding a bicycle. Walking over the subway grates will teach you to always be prepared. I know firsthand that unfortunately, not all Marilyn moments are quite so glamorous!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hair How To: Volumized Ponytail Tutorial For Short Hair

Today's hair tutorial was based off of a reader's request, who wanted to know how I do my usual ponytail. Though I've been enjoying my shorter hair, I sometimes miss the versatility that came with the length. I rarely ever wore my hair down; I've always preferred updos. Short hair can make that a little limiting and somewhat complicated, but I've found my ways - like this faux updo and my nubby little ponytail. With my hair length, it can be difficult to gather everything into one elastic. Even when it gets just long enough to do so, it looks a little sad and flat. I've never liked a sleek ponytail on me; I prefer volume. Luckily, I've found that to be perfectly suited to my current style. Let me show you how! Follow the steps below to recreate my volumized ponytail.

Start with second day hair (preferably).

Spritz your roots with dry shampoo. This soaks up the oils and adds some texture to your hair, which helps when adding volume.

Tease (gently comb backward, toward instead of away from your scalp) your hair at the crown of your head. I like to start in small sections from the front, near my bangs and work my way back, and I also tease the roots at the sides of my head, too.

At this point, your hair should look a little crazy, like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet, or you're Robert Smith of The Cure. You can take a break and start singing Just Like Heaven, if you want. It's my ringtone, if you need some backup.

Smooth only the top layer of your hair with a comb, to hide the rat's nest you just created.

Pull up half of your hair, pushing up from the back to create even more volume. Criss-cross two bobby pins to secure (use more, if you need them).

Tie up the remaining hair with an elastic.

Gently loosen up the sides with your fingers.

That's it. Enjoy your tiny ponytail!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy.

(Photo from my instagram, print by Rifle Paper Co.)

Happy weekend! A good friend of mine got me tickets to tomorrow's Goo Goo Dolls show, and I'm hyyyyped. She was like, "Funny question - do you want to go to a Goo Goo Dolls show?" and I was like, "Sure" but 14 year old me was screaming and crying and fainting, because they just know me and all of my adolescent struggles. For those of you who don't know, I was full on obsessed with them for most of my childhood. Admittedly, I don't know any of their music past 2002, but Hold Me Up through Dizzy Up The Girl were my juvenescent credo. I still cry every time I hear "Name" and "Acoustic #3". Also, fun fact: my Open Diary, which is how this whole blogging thing started, was titled "When You Dream, Seventeen" - lyrics from one of their old songs. Yeah, the obsession was real. I'm soooo excited! If you want to watch the show, it will be streaming here: Sunday night (tonight). Maybe you'll see me crying or something. While I listen to all of my old favorites and feel the feels, check out some of these super sweet links that I've been clicking on. 

- Lena Dunham Birthday Suit Tee. Brilliant. Also, 90s Johnny Depp and Wes Anderson.

- I love a girl in glasses.

- Floral beauties by Seychelles, because I want to wear flowers from head to toe.

- "This is so goofy: We're watching people wear clothes." (I love her.)

- Three blogs to check out: Noelle's Favorite Things, Oui We, and New Darlings.

- Dress up your basics.

- Cat toilet seat cover. Yes!

- Has anyone ever ordered from boohoo? I was eyeing this geometric dress.

- Speaking of dresses, I just bought this dress and am already living in it.

- Not only did St. Vincent and Sophia Amoruso both make Vanity Fair's 2014 International Best Dressed List, they both named David Bowie as their style icon.

- Katie's beautiful tribute to Robin Williams. This one is also amazing.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Keiko Lynn x Bonlook and my new tattoo!

Outfit Details:
Kate Spade "Gable" dress
Bonlook "Keiko" glasses and sunglasses (coming very soon!) in Miku Mint, Roxy Noir, Lily White, and Tessa Tort.
BC Footwear "Up All Night" flats (c/o BC Footwear - and they're currently on sale!)
NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in "San Paulo"
Lulu and Georgia Pretty Prism Rug

I've been waiting to share this news for what seems like forever: I designed a pair of cat-eye glasses for Bonlook! They're the glasses I always dreamed of having, so seeing them come to life is quite a dream itself. I've always been in love with vintage, 50s cat-eyes (think Marilyn Monroe in How To Marry A Millionaire), but they are almost always too small for my face. Even current ones tend to be either a little too small or not exaggerated enough for my taste - or they're simply out of my price range. With that in mind, I designed a retro cat-eye with subtle embellishments and more modern proportions - they're a little on the larger size, without being overwhelming. They come in four colors: Tessa Tort, Lily White, Roxy Noir, and Miku Mint. If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might recognize those names! Naturally, I had to name them after four of my favorite little ladies: my littlest sister, two nieces, and my lil Miku pup. I promise that I will let you know as soon as they are available on the site; the intended launch is early next week. But just so you have all the info in advance, all four colors come in both optical ($99 including prescription lenses and shipping) and sun ($69 without prescription, $119 with).

Oh, and don't think I was going to end this post without mentioning my new tattoo! It was done by Becca Genné-Bacon. I'm completely smitten, and I'm pretty sure Miku loves it, too.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NYC Guide: My Favorite Spots In Brooklyn

(Illustration by Danny Brito)

I'm asked for NYC recommendations more than anything - more than makeup tips and clothing links combined. I don't mind it, at all; I like giving recommendations! But I figured it was about time that I start compiling a list for the blog, because I have a whole lot of favorite places and I'd love to share them with you. I started out by highlighting five of my favorite spots in my borough of Brooklyn. Consider this one of many to come. Warning: this is photo heavy!

Brooklyn Farmacy + Soda FountainCarroll Gardens
Personal Favorites: Chocolate Egg Cream, ice cream and homemade soda floats (Pink Poodle or the Strawberry with Strawberry ice cream), Cherry Lime Rickey

It's no secret that I'm one for nostalgia, so it goes without saying that this old-fashioned soda fountain tops my list of favorite Brooklyn spots. Housed in a restored 1920s pharmacy (the floor still bears the name, "Longo's Pharmacy"), this ice cream and soda shop has a menu full of delicious treats, including the Brooklyn classic, egg creams! I sometimes stop by for a classic chocolate egg cream, but when my little sister (or niece, in this case) comes to visit, we stop in for a variety of indulgences: sundaes that are big enough to share with the whole table, ButterBeer (yes!!), Hibiscus floats, homemade Cherry-Lime Rickeys. 

Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt St, Red Hook
Personal favorite: Maine Style lobster roll, Bobby likes the shrimp rolls and the lobster BLT. 

I love lobster rolls, and this is my favorite lobster roll in the city. It's super fresh and perfectly simple, which is the way I like it. Not overdressed, nothing too fancy - just big chunks of lobster, lightly tossed in mayo with minimal garnishes, served on toasted bread. It's an order at the counter, seat yourself at the picnic area next door type of place, so no worries about your messy eating habits.

Al Di La, 248 5th Street, Park Slope
Personal Favorites: Funghi e Polenta with a poached egg, Malfatti (Swiss Chard and ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and sage)

Al Di La is my favorite restaurant in my neighborhood; I've never had a bad meal. Their menu is seasonal and ever changing, but my favorite dish - the funghi e polenta with a poached egg - is a staple on their lunch menu. That's a major bonus, because though it gets packed at night,  lunch time is rather calm. The dish (and most others) is majorly decadent, so I make sure to walk there and back to trick myself into thinking I'm working it off (I'm not). So worth it.

(dishes, top to bottom: ricotta cavatelli, funghi e polenta, daily fish)

Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
Personal favorites: does "brunch" count? Pancakes, scrambles, pecan pie french toast.

Buttermilk Channel is open for both dinner and brunch, and both are great. I prefer going here for brunch, but only because breakfast is my favorite and should be served at all times. The atmosphere in this restaurant is great - and that's almost as important as the food. The owner, Doug Crowell, is a wonderful, friendly host who makes you feel so welcome; you can tell he puts his heart and soul into the place. He recently opened another restaurant, French Louie, which I've been meaning to check out. I think I'll do that, this weekend!

Dough, 448 Lafayette Avenue, Bed-Stuy
Personal favorite: plain glazed, because the donut itself is the best part!

Dough is now a household name in NYC, partly because of its presence at the Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg and local Whole Foods. Their Bed-Stuy outpost hosts an array of flavors, ranging from classics like glazed and cinnamon sugar, to Hibiscus or Chocolate with Earl Grey. You really can't go wrong with any, but the best part about Dough is exactly that...the fluffy, perfect dough. I usually get the glazed, Tessa gets the Hibiscus (pictured below, with matching hibiscus tattoo). But sometimes, we get an entire box and take a bite out of each. It's called research. Look it up.