Shake Your Little Shoulders

Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m freaking out! I know it’s ridiculous, and I can feel all of your eyes rolling right now…but I thought I would be a real adult by now, and I feel so behind. You know, the kind who can just run out and buy a new camera when hers is broken (see the darkness on the side? the shutter gets worse and worse). I know I’m on the right track and I’m working so hard to get ahead, but my goodness. Sometimes I just feel like I’m still a teenager – only with lots and lots of bills.

Twenty-six. Yikes. I keep telling everyone who takes my picture that I am 25, thankyouverymuch, because until 7 AM tomorrow, I am. I know I’m ridiculous. Everyone keeps telling me that your thirties are the best years. In your twenties, it’s a weird limbo between being a child and a full-fledged adult.

Anyway, enough of that jibber-jabber. These photos were taken before the ModCloth party and Robert Geller show. I was bummed that they overlapped, because I missed a lot of people at both the party and the show, since I was in such a rush. Speaking of being in a rush, I have to leave in a few minutes. Pictures from ModCloth and Geller and everything else, later! In the meantime, if anyone has a spare digital SLR just hanging around and gathering dust, I will gladly take it off your hands…and pay you in pictures of Miku’s precious face. It’s a fair trade!

Outfit Details:
trench dress (so comfy): courtesy of Queen’s Wardrobe
vintage bustier
twenty8twelve skirt: via Gilt (I’m obsessed with this site)
Felicita heels: courtesy of Nine West
tights: Target
belt: thrifted
Madison Brynne bag: courtesy of Coach

Love Love,
Keiko Lynn

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  1. I love the bustier top. I just turned 25 but I am happy to hear that it gets better in your 30s because I definitely feel in limbo. My camera completely broke, not even usable. So I had to charge one. I totally should not be charging things right now though so..yeah…oh well

  2. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day tomorrow πŸ™‚

    I'm not a fan of these transitional twenties (as I call them) but, hopefully all the hard work will pay off for everyone!

    Lastly, those shoes are fantastic!

  3. Honey I totally understand! I turn 26 in November, and until then I am 25 thank you for very much. I feel so silly about it, but the thought of being on the other side of 25 is so scary to me! It feels like the wrong side of 25… the side much much closer to 30. shudder.
    Anyway, happy birthday for tomorrow! I really hope you enjoy it !
    (as a side note, I love how long your hair is getting!)

  4. Happy early birthday! I know exactly how you feel. I just turned 25 on Sunday (12th) and I was a tad depressed. I'm still telling people I'm 24, 25 just doesn't sound right just quite yet.

    Kirsty xo

  5. Looking lovely, despite the misbehaving camera, as ever.

    I'm 26 in a few months. In the last couple years, I've learned to like olives and wear high heels. In the last few weeks, I bought a laptop, a sofa, made two customer complaints and got my own flat.

    I fear I've entered adulthood and it's not a comfortable place to be. No eye-rolling here! Just absolute, pure empathy!

    And a bit of jealousy about all the NYC fun you're having this week xx

  6. Happy birthday πŸ™‚

    I'd say you're quite an adult – you've followed your dreams and done more so far than many people in their 60s could ever dream of. Having extra cash lying around does not make thee an adult. Though who really wants to be all growd up anyway πŸ˜‰

  7. Keiko trust me you are doing just fine. Im 18, im starting out with nothing to be a fashion designer. You are KEIKO LYNN. You actually sell your clothing on the your own site. You are certainly well known. You have all these connections in the fashion industry to some point. Trust me thats a hell of a lot, so far so good.

  8. Happy early birthday! I hope you'll enjoy a lovely day tomorrow. As for the outfit, it's just as pretty as all your other outfits. I really like the trench dress, it seems like a very versatile piece.

  9. I know EXACTLY how you feel my dear. Just know that you will probably never have that moment where you feel like a complete grownup that has everything handled: it just doesn't happen! I feel like it's especially true for creative and liberal people (such as ourselves).

    You are still young and vibrant and have accomplished so much in your short time here on this earth.

    Allow yourself to be proud and give yourself a break tomorrow!

    Happiest of birthdays to you!

    β™₯ Jade

  10. Happy birthday, sweet girl! I'm 25, and I know just how you feel–I don't think I'm anywhere NEAR where I want to be. But as my fortune cookie so wisely said: Success is a journey, not a destination. Hope you have a beautiful day!

  11. happy early birthday! I just started following your blog and although I don't know you, I'd like you to know that you make brooklyn a little more sunnier. Thanks! And keep being you!

  12. i love every bit of this outfit – you look lovely!

    oh man, i feel like a teenager still, too! trying to catch up and keep up with everyone else. SHEESH. it's exhausting. πŸ˜‰ i think a part of me will always feel really young, though. happy birthday, keiko! <3

  13. I just had a birthday in August, and I have to keep reminding myself that I'm a year older when asked my age. I feel like I'm going through a quarter-life crisis, and I don't know how to be a "grown-up". One of these days it'll come to me, I hope.

    Anyway, enough of that– Happy early birthday!

  14. Happy birthday Keiko-Lynn, from a long-time lurker πŸ™‚ Sounds like you're hitting the mid-life crises, I'm right there with you. I'm turning 25 in a month and I thought I'd be a proper grown-up by now – HAH! That so didn't happen.

  15. omg, i know exactly what you mean about turning 26. my birthday is in december and i'm dreading it! i don't know what it is about our age group that makes us feel this way. to quote another poster, the "transitional twenties" are rough….i still feel like a little girl pretending to be an adult.

    anyways, i'm loving the trench dress and especially how you combined it w/ the teal belt and green skirt. tres chic!

  16. Dude! Happy birthday!

    I totally get what you're saying. I'm turning 27 in just a couple weeks, and for some reason this is the first birthday that I've really felt gross about. I'm having many of the same feelings you described, "I haven't done all the stuff I thought I would have by now", "I don't know what I'm doing with my life", etc etc. It's comforting to know that someone else is feeling the same way.

  17. My birthday is the 16th and I totally know how you feel. I still think I am a teenager, well until I remember the student loans and credit card bill. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great one! Love the purple color of this jacket. – Katy

  18. Happy birthday Keiko! I'm a huge fan of your blog and don't worry! You're not old till you stop having fun & I hope that that doesn't happen to you.. ever!

    Love from LA,

  19. hello keiko, this is the second time I visit your blog. I have to say that you ve got a realy realy great blog =) I will keep visiting you every day..
    great work..

    greetings from germany from a turkish girl =)

  20. Happy Birthday!!!
    I know what you mean! I'm 24 and feel so much younger πŸ˜€ Still studying and still trying to make a living somehow :-/

    But maybe the others are right with saying the thirties will be awesome?!

    I hope you have/had a lovely birthday!

  21. Let me tell you, 28 SUCKS. I'm barely a month into it and I've already found 3 gray hairs (my first!) and I need glasses. I'm also getting unsolicited advice about skin care and creams that work for wrinkles. ughh!

    Anyway.. 26 isn't so bad. I liked 26. When I was 26 I didn't wear glasses and there wasn't a gray in sight. I miss 26.

  22. it's hard to believe that you feel behind at 25 (or 26, now). you have accomplished so much! i mean, look at you — a successful blogger and fashion designer with so many friends and a beautiful wardrobe. i hope i can say i have that much at 26. anyway, your hair looks lovely down (for once)!

  23. My Day of Dread came when I departed from being 28, which, to date, was the best year ever. 22, nah, too young, 25, nah, too in-between, 26, ok-ish, 27, looking up! And then the big Three Ooooooh hit me, and I experienced a big crisis (IΒ΄m now 30 and a half plus some). Word of advice: thirties are the new twenties, and if my boo (33) and friends are anything to go by (when it comes to dinners, concerts, clubbing, fashion etc. theyΒ΄re all out there even though they have babies and toddlers and are all doting yummy mummies and daddies); it looks like IΒ΄m in for some thrilling years. So enjoy your years, all of them, and no matter what comes your way (mortgage, babies, work, blah blah), make the most of the one life you do have. You only live once, remember?