I get really excited when I’m in Japanese magazines, because as a mere Hapa, I have Asian envy. ViVi did a little feature on DIY fashion and it looks like I’m in good company – hi, Tavi! I bought this dress at H&M before I even moved to New York (I was just visiting). The sleeves hit right at the waist line and were oddly puffy at the bottom, making me look like Humpty Dumpty. I shortened the sleeves and also the hemline, adding a black trim to both. As for the shoes, I just put on some cute little vintage shoe clips that my mom gave to me. Voila, a [slightly] new outfit!

Outfit Details:
dress: H&M, modified by me
bow sash: available at Postlapsaria.com
Cambridge Zip Top Tote: courtesy of Coach
shoes: Target
shoe clips: from my mommy

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

  1. Sarah Bibi says: August 4, 20107:34 pm

    Keiko, I LOVE this dress; well done! Let me know when you no longer want it in your closet. <3

  2. Kimberly June says: August 4, 20107:34 pm


  3. Alice says: August 4, 20107:36 pm

    you look so pretty ^^

  4. Jen says: August 4, 20107:41 pm

    I love your hair and dress! The changes you made to it are amazing.

  5. Spela says: August 4, 20107:47 pm

    love the outfit! nice blog

    please come by and follow back ;D


  6. ❀Cate❀ says: August 4, 20107:48 pm

    Beautiful dress love the colour xoxox

  7. Becca Jane says: August 4, 20107:53 pm

    Well the dress turned out beautifully! I love the colour on you, so so pretty! Congrats on the feature too!

  8. What Ner is saying says: August 4, 20107:55 pm

    I'm half Filipino and I know exactly how you feel…but when I see hapas like you I like to think that maybe there's such a thing as hapa envy πŸ™‚

  9. Bernadette says: August 4, 20107:56 pm

    Congrats! I heart ViVi, so I'll be looking forward to seeing the actual story when I pick up my copy. I also heart the dress: the colour is gorgeous. So feminine and sweet…loves!

  10. Lauren says: August 4, 20108:00 pm

    Love the dress and the big bow! That is a great color on you!

    Small Time Style

  11. ilene @ muchloveilly says: August 4, 20108:01 pm

    congrats! and wow super impressed by the modifications. love the green dress and shoes. oh and your hair looks great! overall, everything is stunning!!

  12. Monkey says: August 4, 20108:09 pm

    As the Japanese say "Kawaii desu"!!!

    I've only recently started following you and I love your outfits – gorgeous!


  13. .Alyspank says: August 4, 20108:10 pm

    So beautiful! I think I remember seeing that dress once in H&M and walking away from it because of the sleeves. Definitely looks better the way you have it- especially with the trim!

    -Weezy from http://beautysimplistic.blogspot.com

  14. Laura, Owl Eyes says: August 4, 20108:18 pm

    What a darling dress and shoes! I love the changes you made to the dress πŸ™‚ Congratulations on the magazine mention!

  15. Carina says: August 4, 20108:24 pm

    such a pretty dress, i love how you've altered it πŸ™‚

  16. Erin Cathleen says: August 4, 20108:25 pm

    How awesome! I love Asian fashion magazines; they're the greatest. And you fit in so well! I love your outfit, too. It's so Chanel-Parisian. πŸ™‚

  17. stylefyles says: August 4, 20108:29 pm

    any clue what's in the little word bubble coming out of your mouth?

    I think green really must be your color!

  18. Archives says: August 4, 20108:30 pm

    congrats, you look darling! πŸ˜€

  19. nikol says: August 4, 20108:30 pm

    wow congrats on being in a Japanese magazine, especially Vivi!! it really is a bomb dress!

  20. Rio says: August 4, 20108:52 pm

    Super cute and congratulations on the feature! πŸ™‚

  21. Ashley says: August 4, 20108:56 pm

    That's rad!

    I was once in a spanish magazine when I was into paintball.

    BTW i love the color of this dress! It's so pretty!

  22. Justice Pirate says: August 4, 20109:03 pm

    what a beautiful dress. It is so pretty. This is my favourite in a long time on you. .

  23. Chandler says: August 4, 20109:16 pm

    This dress looks awesome! Good job


  24. Side Street Style says: August 4, 20109:20 pm

    Oooh love this vintage inspired dress and the bow sash you made. Well done on your japanese magazine feature πŸ™‚

    Laura x

  25. Megan V says: August 4, 20109:21 pm

    Adorable! I thought that dress might have been vintage, reworked! Really really cute and I love the giant sash bow!

  26. ShoesForDessert says: August 4, 20109:28 pm

    You are seriously a doll! I love the green of that dress and all the motifications you made to it, especially the black trim. Looks gorgeous and made for you!

  27. Jonna says: August 4, 201010:06 pm

    Love the outfit! x

  28. Pawi Macarena says: August 4, 201011:30 pm

    i loved your whole outfit! your dress and those shoes are amazing πŸ™‚ you rocks!! πŸ™‚

    have a nice day and don't forget to visit my blog πŸ™‚

  29. Rebecca says: August 4, 201011:32 pm

    I think that dress looks great. I can't believe it was originally from H&M.

  30. Anonymous says: August 4, 201011:43 pm

    Asian envy?! We full Asians are so jealous of Hapas for their stunningly good looks! And you are the most beautiful of them all πŸ™‚

  31. Jenni says: August 4, 201011:46 pm

    This dress is adorable! I can't imagine it any other way!

  32. kelly ann says: August 5, 201012:12 am

    that dress is so FABULOUS… i couldn't love it more. and your hair is looking so long and gorgeous!

  33. Ven says: August 5, 201012:28 am

    i love ur dress!! πŸ˜€ the boww is too cutee!!


  34. Joanne Angelina says: August 5, 201012:28 am

    OH my gosh i can't believe your in Vivi! I actually glance at their amazing fashions from time to time, that's super amazing! Great images too, I love that dress- and the shoes! take care!

  35. BRANSON says: August 5, 20101:06 am

    Absolutely stunning Keiko! Great to see you last night.



  36. Anonymous says: August 5, 20101:06 am

    Ahhh congrats on ViVi, I pick up my copy at Family Mart every month & I can't wait to see my fav. blogger in there πŸ™‚

  37. Lemondrop Marie says: August 5, 20101:07 am

    Gorgeous dress, love the restyling you did!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  38. The Little Dust Princess says: August 5, 20102:03 am

    You have great talent! You look great too πŸ˜€

  39. *karen says: August 5, 20102:04 am

    Mere hapa? What you talking about gorgeous? As a plain old Asian in Hawaii, I am always suffering from hapa envy! Cute dress, love that shade of green.

  40. Trishna says: August 5, 20102:15 am

    H&M Really!!! You really have managed to personalize it to look like it is another one of your gorgeous creations. πŸ™‚

  41. sharonlei says: August 5, 20102:23 am

    You always look so fabulous. I love the modifications you did to that dress. It's perfect!!

    xx Love & Aloha

  42. libys11 says: August 5, 20102:43 am

    you have the cutest dresses and the most amazing of diys! πŸ˜€

    Animated Confessions

  43. Copious Couture says: August 5, 20103:06 am

    I adore that dress… the bow on the front is so perfectly ladylike!


  44. Ashley says: August 5, 20103:19 am

    Hapas UNITE!! =D


  45. Marjorie P. says: August 5, 20105:35 am

    I just bought that dress at a Buffalo Exchange! I am in love with it, puffy sleeves and all πŸ™‚ It is such a treat to see you in it! Love the bow sash too.

  46. Alexandra says: August 5, 20105:48 am

    Love the modifications, you look gorgeous as always!

    Love Alexandra


  47. Delightfully Tacky says: August 5, 20106:55 am

    Ah, Keiko! You look so fabulous in rich, bright colors! This green looks amazing on you.

    I like the shoe clips. I don't have any, but it's a fun idea to jazz up some shoes!

  48. Charlie says: August 5, 20107:26 am

    love the dress, the bow is fantastic! also, the little clips are so cute ^^

  49. OhhhSusieQ says: August 5, 201011:31 am

    Cuuuuuute dress!! C:

  50. Sher says: August 5, 201012:11 pm

    Wow, a Vivi feature!! That's so exciting! I love that magazine:)


  51. Karen says: August 5, 20101:50 pm

    Congrats on the Vivi feature! That's so cool. I really like what you did to the dress, wish I knew how to moidfy some of my own dresses.



  52. Catherine - The Girl In The Paper Dress says: August 5, 20102:11 pm

    I am hopelessly in LOVE with that dress. Seriously.

    The Girl in the Paper Dress

  53. Toni says: August 5, 20102:23 pm

    that is one gorgeous dress!
    love your hair and congratulations on the feature!


  54. Daria Hlazatova says: August 5, 20103:44 pm

    came across your blog and just couldn't but leave a comment on your dress – it's GORGEOUS!!

  55. jenn king says: August 5, 20104:40 pm

    this outfit is way too perfect! i'm a hapa too. and i also have asian envy. i'm hawaiian/chinese and half caucasian and i'm obsessed with japan.

  56. Joanna Ladrido says: August 5, 20105:08 pm

    wow you're going global! congratulations! i love the green dress! so pretty! nobody wears green as well as u! gorgeous!


  57. Skye says: August 5, 20105:25 pm

    Oh wow congrats :] β™₯

    I love that dress! It's a really pretty colour β™₯
    & The shoes are really cute :]

  58. StyleFrost says: August 5, 20105:57 pm

    Gorgeous green, love how you've made it look amazing!

  59. Laura says: August 5, 20107:57 pm

    I love your dress it's so so so pretty you look gorgoeus I love the modifications you did to it too =)

  60. Chloe says: August 6, 201012:33 am

    CONGRATS on the mag feature! I'm a total Japanese mag-addict…you're such fantastic inspiration!

    chloe **http://flowerponychloe.blogspot.com

  61. Kirstin says: August 6, 201012:11 pm

    How awesome! You look gorgeous, as always πŸ™‚

  62. Anonymous says: August 6, 20101:23 pm

    hi you look very cute and your blog is amazing:) thank you!

    /swedish girl

  63. Winnie says: August 6, 20102:33 pm

    I saw this in Vivi too…and I always get excited whenever I see bloggers I recognise. Well done!! I really love what you did with the dress too, I'd never have thought it was originally H&M!

  64. Jennifer - Stylish Clin d'Oeil says: August 6, 20105:36 pm

    Very cute colors! Love the bow for the belt^^

  65. Dani Banani says: August 6, 201010:16 pm

    love your bow dress!!you look so pretty!!and the shoes are to die for!!kisses

  66. amanda says: August 6, 201010:52 pm

    that dress is the best. i am seriously drooling over it.

  67. Ms. Chyme says: August 6, 201011:46 pm

    Cute dress. The bow looks so perfect in the front.

  68. Jenni Wells says: August 6, 201011:55 pm

    lovely dress, my favorite color! you are simply stunning.


  69. happy owl erin says: August 7, 20106:21 am

    honestly, I am obessesed with that dress. Just posted about it tonight. Oh how I wish I had an H&M nearbye. You look darling as usual.

  70. replica handbags says: August 7, 20102:38 pm

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  71. Judy says: August 9, 20104:02 am

    I love your hair in these pics. Great job with the dress, and congratulations on the feature. =)

  72. Krameymartin says: August 10, 20105:49 pm

    Love that dress! The green and black are perfect together!

  73. Carmen says: August 10, 20108:43 pm

    Pretty green dress i like it !

  74. Shelby says: August 12, 20107:14 am

    you are like a fashion genius! love this outfit

  75. Belen says: August 14, 20104:15 am

    I ADORE anything with a nice big bow on it, so this dress is AMAZING in my eyes. πŸ˜€

  76. Fern says: August 18, 201012:33 pm

    I've been reading your blog for a LONG time, but have never commented. I live in Japan this year, and saw this feature while flipping through a magazine at the hairdresser. I got so excited and almost started explaining to the hairdressser that "I know this girl!", but then realised… I don't! Feels like it though – thanks for the lovely reads πŸ™‚

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  78. lynngoh says: December 2, 20108:15 am

    You are amazing! ViVi mag is so hot in Asian man! You are hot too, Chic! <3 I am so impress bout you! Great!
    You are amazing, Just The Way You Are

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