But like, as well as, in addition to.

Outfit Details:
vintage coat – Beacon’s Closet
lace top – thrifted
twenty8twelve skirt – super sale at Gilt (click if you need an invitation)
lattice heels – courtesy of Lulu*s
sequin clutch – courtesy of Juicy Couture
rhinestone bracelet – from the Fenton/Fallon jewelry making party (I removed it from my DIY necklace)

Just keepin’ it real with my bruises and bug bites from the farm. The newlyweds (Jon and Amanda), Roxy (their daughter), Shelbey (Jon’s sister), Bobby, mom, my stepdad, Tessa, her boyfriend (!!!!) and I all went to dinner on my last night in town. In Coral Springs, there are a few food must-haves for me: Laspada’s hoagies, Publix subs (really!), Blue Moon, Big Bear’s beer muenster cheese soup and…Sweet Tomatoes! Yes, I got this dressed up to go eat soup, salad and blueberry muffins. We may have really great food in New York but I always miss Sweet Tomatoes. I’m a cheap date! I don’t want you to make my salad for me. I want to make it myself. I also want small portions of three different types of soup, thankyouverymuch. Variety…and freshly baked blueberry muffins! Also, when is New York going to realize that sweet tea is a necessity? It’s practically my religion.

As mentioned before, I met Tessa’s boyfriend. I was expecting to hate him just on pure principle that he is stealing the innocence and youth from my baby sister, but he’s actually really great. He fits right in, and though six feet tall, he’s still very much a kid – which I appreciate so, so very much. Both of them have their heads on straight and don’t seem to be in a rush to grow up and be too cool for their families. I lectured both of them on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and holding hands or kissing…and then I told Bobby to give him the third degree. He gave him a faux menacing look and pointed his finger at him. Then they became best of friends and bought matching speakers for their iPods. Good job, Bobby. I do have to give the kid credit, since he was thrown into a room with a small portion of our very large family and blended right in. If anyone stuck out like a sore thumb, it was me…in my vintage jacket and sequin clutch, which I received in my gift bag from the Juicy Couture bag preview. Like that transition?

Before I left for Florida and wedding festivities, I attended a preview at Juicy Couture’s showroom to check out their new handbags and talk to the designer, Kirsten Schwinn. I’ve always prided myself on being open minded and not judgmental at all (suuure), but let’s be real: Juicy Couture immediately brings to mind tracksuits and sweatpants with words on the butt and though I have nothing against them, they aren’t something I have in my wardrobe. I knew they had a lot more than that to offer, as demonstrated by The Glamourai Kelly  and the fact that Erin Fetherston recently signed on as a creative consultant, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect and was excited to see what they had in store for us. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. I was immediately drawn toward the overtly girly bows and raw chiffon ruffles, and obviously thought of Kim when I saw an entire wall of glitzy sequins. Kirsten acknowledged their effort to breathe new life into the entire line, making everything a little more fashion forward, while still staying true to their customers. It’s kind of exciting to see Juicy grow. The moral of the story: don’t judge a brand by just its tracksuits – there’s a whole lot more in the store.

Love Love,
Keiko Lynn

p.s. Use the code KEIKO for 15% off any purchase at Lulu*s! FYI, the shoes I’m wearing would be $33 with the discount.

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  1. You look sooo gorgeous here, Keiko! Love this outfit so much, so lady-like and vintage glam. Stunning! & So cute that you met your little sister's boyfriend… my little sister is very close in age so I don't feel quite as protective as I would if she were as much younger as Tessa is! So cute though.

  2. Oh man! I used to live in Plantation and Davie so this post is very dear to my heart. Ever since I left south FL for Boston — I haven't gone back. But I do miss certain things — particularly food places. Mmmm Laspada's, Big Bear's Brewing Co., and Sweet Tomatoes! Good choices! Its suburbia at its best and I do miss it at times. I also miss good Latin food!

  3. This is such a cute outfit 🙂

    And it is soo true, if you ever walk into a Juicy Couture store, you will see that it's not all about the tracksuits. They have some really great stuff!


  4. I don't know where in the south sweet tea stops being acknowledged but it has not made its way to Chicago and this is a tragedy. Southern food in general doesn't exist here. I mean, obviously this is not the south but you'd think someone would bring a rib shack our way and brew us some sweet tea!!

    That's my sweet tea rant. I like the new blog layout!

  5. Oh! I wanted to say that I may or may not share the same sentiments about Juicy but they do have some really cute things every now and then. My mom gifted me a SUPER cute POLAROID CAMERA CHARM (!!!) that has a little polaroid that pops out. It's so cute and inventive. I would have never expected it from them.

    Do you think Erin F will do more bunny print stuff like what she did for her Target line? YES PLEASE!

  6. I am a sucker for gorgeous coats. I guess it has to do with the fact that I am an Oregonian and have quite a few of them… okay, it is more like a whole closet full, but I NEED them!! 🙂

    "The moral of the story: don't judge a brand by its tracksuits."
    – Hilariously great advice.

  7. I love your outfit! The blouse is lovely, your coat is adorable, and can I pretty please steal your clutch for a wedding I'm going to in April??

    Love it, love it love it!

    Glad you had fun on your trip!

    ~ Katie

  8. I love your pretty outfit!!!! Being a Floridian I have found that it's super easy to overdressed in Fl. and that Publix has the best subs ever… I'm so glads you had such a good time i love your little sequin clutch =)

  9. That's a gorgeous outfit!

    I was pretty apprehensive when I met my little sister's boyfriend, too – it's really strange! Boyfriends are only for grown-ups, not little sisters!

  10. I too just went to Florida to see my family, and also basically REQUIRED a Publix sub while I was there.

    I love living in the Northeast but I do actually miss some things that only exist in the South.

  11. Ahh I recently moved back to FL and there are Publix groceries on every corner, and a Sweet Tomatoes down the street. Those blueberry muffins crumbled over the vanilla fro-yo is where it's at.
    I adore all the texture in this ensemble. And those heels are perfection.

  12. I bet you turned a lot of heads in that gorgeous coat!

    I'm heading to Florida next weekend…I'm excited even though it's a really quick trip. Luckily, I live in TN so I get to enjoy sweet tea daily. I don't think I could ever live outside the South because I would never know what to drink at restaurants!