First things first:

I saw three pandas last Monday. I almost died of happiness.

The whole reason I got to see pandas: Lauren and John. Washington, DC happens to be the halfway point (just about) between my best friends and me. We don’t have best friend rings but if we did, they would have been simultaneously glowing. I always miss Lauren, but lately, we were both missing one another so much it was awful. Remedy? A pretty spontaneous rendezvous at the halfway point. It was such a good day. I miss them so much.

John and I have been friends for freaking ever – we grew up just a couple minutes away from one another. I wish I had our second grade class pictures on hand. Lauren and I have been best friends since 6th grade. We bonded over our mutually tragic lives and then it grew from there;)

I played matchmaker for the first and only time when we were 16 (I think?). I use the term “matchmaker” loosely, because I really just not-so-craftily pushed them together. Shortly after the initial introduction, they started dating. Now, they are married; I was the Maid of Honor. They currently reside in Virginia and I’m in New York and I miss them every single day. I hope we can do this more often. It was one of the best days I’ve had this year!

I know it’s a pretty sloppy getup but I’ve been slacking with my outfit posts. Here’s what I look like when I am being very lazy! Lazy has been happening quite often, lately. The pants are too big on me and they don’t sit high enough anymore, which makes the legs too long. But they are like wearing pajamas!

Onto the animals!


They were holding hands. How cute is that?

These otters were so funny. The one on the right was crying to us about something. I don’t know what he was so upset about; I don’t know how to speak otter.

Meerkat. Meerkitty?

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

Edit: almost forgot the outfit details! Blazer and silk camisole – thrifted, ruffled cardigan – Beacon’s Closet, high waisted trousers – Urban Outfitters (on sale for $10 a couple years ago) shoes – 80%20, panda ears and panda bag – Smithsonian National Zoo

  1. Jenna says: January 31, 201011:30 pm

    Aww! Seems like you had fun! Those pandas… and a meerkat? Looks like you just walked off the set of The Lion King!
    Love the pants, by the way!

  2. β™₯Lola says: January 31, 201011:36 pm

    This is so lovely! Not a sloppy outfit at all πŸ™‚

  3. Yvonne says: January 31, 201011:38 pm


  4. Mademoiselle Robot says: January 31, 201011:45 pm


    So I just bought one of your dresses (the one that's going to London, UK) and I thought "hmmm I am going to have a look at her blog now" and I see a post about pandas and meerkats. So I think: "this is fate, this was meant to be!".
    I have the same panda ears that I bought in London zoo where sadly there are no pandas, but I did "adopt" the meerkats there for two years in a row which was nice, although it barely made up for the lack of pandas.
    I am totally rambling here, but nothing gets me going like a pretty girl who makes cute dresses and writes about animals.
    So goodnight, I can't wait to receive my dress, I am planning on making it a central part of my London Fashion Week wardrobe, will certainly blog about it and let you know.

    Take care xxx Laetitia

  5. Keiko Lynn says: January 31, 201011:49 pm


    Thank you so much! I hope you like the dress; I'm glad it is going to a fellow panda lover:)

  6. Fashion Therapist says: January 31, 201011:51 pm

    You look so adorable with the panda ears. πŸ™‚

  7. M. says: January 31, 201011:57 pm

    SO JEALOUS of the pandas, I need to go. right now.

    and I love your pants, I think they look great on you! and feeling like pajamas is a plus!

    lovelove, M.

  8. Linda says: February 1, 201012:05 am

    Um hello? That getup is amazingly cute! Where did you get the pants? (I'm guessing they are vintage)

  9. notjustmedical says: February 1, 201012:09 am

    Those animals are just so adorable!! Especially the meerkat!

    Doesn't look like a sloppy get-up, I like the electric blue against the grey trousers. I think it's a great outfit.


  10. urbanrhetoric says: February 1, 201012:10 am

    i know you are more of a dress/skirt wearer, but this outfit is divine! where are those pants from? they are so so cute!


  11. Keiko Lynn says: February 1, 201012:13 am

    Thanks, everyone! I edited to add the outfit details. The pants are actually from Urban Outfitters – sale rack. They were two sizes too big, so I had to alter them. But now they're too big again, so they hang a little lower than they should. I will probably take them in again.

  12. crispybenfranklin says: February 1, 201012:18 am

    Your sloppy is way better than my sloppy. My sloppy = track shorts and stained t-shirt. πŸ™‚ The pants are really glamorous-looking… Very 1930s.
    I love all the cute animals, especially the crabby otter. πŸ˜€

  13. Charmalade says: February 1, 201012:37 am

    Silly pictures of humans and pandas, I love it! Keiko, though I was pleasantly surprised to see you wear pants, I think the best part about your outfit are the panda ears. πŸ˜€

  14. Ce qui m'inspire says: February 1, 201012:39 am

    I love pandas!! And your outfit is so fantastic, it doesn't look sloppy at all. I love the camisole, the colour and the details are amazing!

  15. Rush says: February 1, 20101:10 am

    Usually I just look at the gorgeous pictures you put on your blog–but this time, I had to leave a comment.

    I absolutely LOVE your outfit. The trousers fit you so well, & the blue is darling on you.

    Gosh there is absolutely nothing that isn't absolutely right about it.

    You look amazing.

  16. Luxe. says: February 1, 20101:21 am

    I'd love to see a panda in real life! Also I love the cut of your pants!.x

  17. AndiPants says: February 1, 20101:33 am

    Those pandas are super cute and I really like your trousers.

    A bit random, but did you model for Debbie Stoller's Stitch Nation? I ran across a pattern for a hat and the model looks just like you.

  18. Lexie says: February 1, 20101:34 am

    i love your outfit! if this is you being lazy … you definitely put most of the world to shame!

    also, how cute of you to play matchmaker for your best friends! what a happy threesome you make!

  19. Kendi Lea says: February 1, 20102:04 am

    I love the panda ears and your pants are fantastic! If they were still around I would definitely add them to my wardrobe.

  20. Melanie says: February 1, 20102:12 am

    Cute outfit! What an all-around adorable post!

  21. ru.kurarin says: February 1, 20102:22 am

    Not sloppy at all! I love the pants and the blue. This adorable post really made my Monday better.

  22. libys11 says: February 1, 20102:27 am

    not sloppy at all.. i totally love the blue top you have!!! really brightens the outfit! πŸ˜€

  23. Capricioustraveler says: February 1, 20103:00 am

    Love the outfit!

  24. Sara Lynn says: February 1, 20103:16 am

    I love the outfit and the pandas are soooo cute!!

  25. Fabulocity in Amish Country says: February 1, 20103:17 am

    So cool that you got to see pandas and good friends! And for being your so called "sloppy" outfit, it's super cute!! I loveee those pants!

  26. Keiko Lynn says: February 1, 20104:09 am

    Andipants: Yes ma'am, I did a couple of modeling thingamajigs for Debbie a couple months ago…where did you see it? I didn't think they were out yet!

  27. Love Simone says: February 1, 20104:50 am

    Even "sloppy" outfits can look chic πŸ™‚ Especially at something lowkey like the zoo!

    PS love the photos of the animals, especially those adorable otters!


  28. Aury says: February 1, 20104:55 am

    Cutest sloppy outfit EVER!

    That's so sweet about your bestfriends coming down to see you and the fact that you brought them together:)

    And the animal pics are just adorable!

  29. AndiPants says: February 1, 20105:14 am

    Someone mentioned Debbie Stoller on a knitting blog I read and had a picture of a pamphlet with you on it. The website ( is also up and has pictures of the patterns you modeled.

  30. The Sound of Lace says: February 1, 20105:33 am

    these pandas are so cute! and so is that whole outfit!! the blue is great with those pants….and "sloppy" far from it! I miss by bff too, she lives in AZ…and im in CA. πŸ™

  31. fashionforwriters says: February 1, 20107:23 am

    Pandas are amazing and meerkats are funny looking! I once tried to sing that Deerhoof song, "Panda Panda Panda," to a panda in a zoo and everyone laughed at me and made fun of me lots. I like your lazy outfits, especially the long pants!

    My co-blogger Meggy and I are holding a little giveaway over at our blog (Fashion for Writers) Please enter it (if you feel so inclined!)

    xo Jenny

  32. orange-lilly says: February 1, 20108:01 am

    I love your outfit. You look fantastic.

  33. mendedlullaby says: February 1, 201010:06 am

    I wish my sloppy looked as lovely as your sloppy! And seeing you in Panda Ears just reinforces my idea that you're a lovely little ray of sunshine that makes me smile! I love that you're uninhibited enough to just do what you like. I say that because I catch no end of flack for being the sort of girl who likes to wear tiaras for no reason and come from a group of people who think I'm utterly mad. <3

  34. butterfly307 says: February 1, 201010:59 am

    wow, such a beautiful story…
    And, I love, love, love your lazy outfit!! Looks great!! The pants are cool!!
    Have a great week!!

  35. A.M. says: February 1, 201012:40 pm

    Hello! I don't know you, but I'm glad you were in my part of the country for the weekend! The National Zoo is great, and your outfit, of course, is lovely. πŸ™‚

  36. mirattes says: February 1, 20101:37 pm

    Pandas are so lovely and cute. Your outfit adorable as always. Best wishes from europe

  37. Good Girl Gone Blog says: February 1, 20102:35 pm

    Are you kidding? This outfit is anything but sloppy. I would use the word chic, but to each her own πŸ˜‰

  38. jjparks says: February 1, 20102:57 pm

    haha I have to agree with the above posters. I consider myself dressed up if a hoodie or sweatpants aren't involved.

  39. Diana says: February 1, 20103:50 pm

    Aww. Yay for pandas! I love that you wore a panda ear headband – so cute!

  40. Dodo says: February 1, 20104:01 pm

    OMG it's a Stokstaartje (dutch for Meerkat. Stockstaartje translated to english is stick-tail).
    Anyways, too cute! I almost ordered a comfy panda suit for staying at home times. I would love being a lazy panda!

  41. elena says: February 1, 20104:38 pm

    PANTS! I think this is the first time I've ever seen you sportin pants since I started reading your blog! Love the animal photos, they are too adorable. The meerkat totally reminds me of my mom's cat Chibi. So glad you had an amazing day! πŸ˜‰

  42. Trisha says: February 1, 20105:12 pm

    I bought that same panda bag when I was in DC this past summer! Love it! Yay to pandas!

  43. DearBeatrice... says: February 1, 20105:22 pm

    pandas are the absolute cutest!! loving the panda ears and the trousers! πŸ™‚

  44. Candice Virginia says: February 1, 20105:46 pm

    This looks like such a fun day! And those pants are AMAZING, especially with the pretty tank/blazer combo–not sloppy at all. Super cheap Urban sales are one of my all time favorite things. πŸ™‚

  45. Megan V says: February 1, 20106:16 pm

    Oh my gosh. Everything about this is way too cute. Your outfit. The pandas! Meeercattt! Ha! Cute Overload πŸ™‚

  46. Brandee says: February 1, 20108:15 pm

    I said "Oh my God" at every picture…in a good way. A really good way. πŸ™‚


  47. Sharon says: February 1, 201011:28 pm

    I really like this look a lot.
    And the trip looks like it was lots of fun.

  48. Anonymous says: February 1, 201011:36 pm

    Hey Keiko! I love your blog and I think you're super cute, but sometimes I feel like your outfits could be better! Now is the perfect example; I absolutely love that blazer and those slacks, but the shirt and shoes aren't working! Maybe you could have worn a sequined shirt and some different heels–Just my opinion. I look forward to your next post!

  49. Lulu says: February 2, 20102:09 am

    those pants look really great on you, in my opinion. i saw the pics and the first thing i thought was, "ooh i love those pants!" and i think that someone has to wear something well in order for me to think that about their clothing. =]

    ps-i adore your panda attire!

  50. brooke says: February 2, 20102:38 am

    awh well done on your matchmaking! good on you =] they look like a great couple. xx

  51. Kansas Couture says: February 2, 20105:04 am

    I think the loose trousers look super chic!

  52. Samantha says: February 3, 201011:07 am

    Aww I love pandas and your outfit looks lovely – the trousers are an amazing find!
    Also I know how you feel about having your best friends live so far away – it gets hard sometimes!!

  53. Mo says: February 3, 20108:44 pm

    omg i just realized i've never seen a panda in my entire life….i need to change this

  54. Katie says: February 4, 201012:18 am

    cute explosion

  55. A glance at my world says: February 5, 20104:58 am

    I LOVE the pants!

  56. OmgLia says: February 5, 20106:33 am

    those pants are to die for!

  57. Hanako66 says: February 5, 201010:50 pm

    you look absolutely darling!! meerkats are always my favorite and oooh, how cute are the pandas, so fun!

  58. Sylvie says: February 5, 201011:45 pm

    Love love love your outfit, you lovely panda girl!!

  59. made_in_kyiv says: February 8, 201012:04 pm

    meerkat is soooo cute!!

  60. marisa says: February 26, 20105:31 am

    wow , beautiful outfit!

  61. sparatic_flare says: March 8, 20105:20 am

    Those pants are to die for! *sigh* if only I could find some like that… You are absolutely gorgeous too btw and I have really enjoyed the outfits you put together and your hair and your makeup! Your writing is also fabulous!

  62. BreakingOutOfTheShell<3 says: June 16, 20103:43 am

    My Husband and I adore Pandas!!

    I call him my Panda! (giggles)

    I think you are just darling!

    We may just be secret Best Friends hee hee, we have a lot in common!

    Love your Blog!

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