Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mori Girl 30 Day Challenge (Repost of Prompts)

I was recently thinking about redoing the Mori Girl 30 Day challenge that I had completed a number of years ago. Unfortunately, when I went to look for the original by Shady Oaks, it seems to have been deleted. So I've decided to repost all of the prompts here so that the challenge doesn't die out! If anyone can find the original post, then please let me know so I can link it here (it could be that the name of the tumblr has changed, or something like that).

Here are the prompts:

  1. Naturally, our first question is how did you get into Mori Kei?
  2. Who is/are your Mori idols? Who inspires your fashion?
  3. Have you ever lived in a rural environment? If you have, do you think it influenced your Mori-ness? If not, do you think living in a suburban or urban environment influenced your style any?
  4. Name 5 things you love about Mori.
  5. Name 5 things you dislike about Mori.
  6. What sort of things, outside of fashion, do you consider to be a part of a Mori lifestyle?
  7. Are you also into Lolita? I find a lot of Mori Girls do Lolita as well! Whether you are or aren't a Lolita, why do you think this is?
  8. What is your favorite type of plant life? Whether it be tree, bush, flower, fruit or vegetable, why is it so special to you?
  9. List 10 words that remind you of Mori or inspire your Mori life.
  10. What are your favorite books? Do you think they are Mori or not?
  11. Name 5 of your favorite Mori style songs or musicians, even if they're not explicitly "Mori".
  12. Name 5 Mori style hobbies!
  13. What films, if any, inspire your Mori look and life?
  14. Do you like to coordinate the colors in your outfits to match the seasons? What colors do you think are most appropriate for each season, and why, if you'd like to explain?
  15. Post a photo of your favorite personal Mori coordinate.
  16. Post at least 5 photos that inspire you. They don't necessarily need to be fashion!
  17. What’s your favorite season and why?
  18. Are you inspired by any foreign cultures other than Japan? What about them inspires you?
  19. Are you inspired by your own culture? If so, how do you incorporate it? 
  20. How do you feel about the fairly prevalent use of fur in Mori Kei?
  21. Where do you get most of your Mori clothes?
  22. What trends do you see taking the mori girl community by storm soon?
  23. Is your hair long or short? What’s your favorite hairstyle?
  24. Give us a mori girl inspired vignette! (a short, impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a particular insight into a character, idea, or setting) Don’t fret too hard over it, we’re not all writers by trade, haha. 
  25. What’s your favorite animal and why?
  26. When you’re out in nature, where do you often find yourself? (in the woods, a lake, river, etc. what’s your favorite spot? describe it for us!)
  27. What’s your favorite fairy tale or myth?
  28. Has getting into mori girl changed your perspective on life or how you live at all? how so?
  29. What other fashions are you interested in if any?
  30. Describe your ideal ‘mori day.’
I'll be redoing this challenge soon, in more depth. So stay tuned for that! If you haven't completed it yourself, you should definitely give it a try! It's a lot of fun. If you have completed it, or you do complete it in the future, please send me the link! I'd love to read all of your answers!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mori Kei and Minimalism: The Capsule Wardrobe Dilemma

This is a continuation of my discussions about Mori Kei and minimalism. This post in specific will focus on the idea of capsule wardrobe approach. Since I've already discussed this before, this post will be a lot shorter. Especially since I have never actually made a mori kei capsule wardrobe, nor have I ever seen anyone else make one. So all of this is speculation and imagination on my part!

Often when people think of a capsule wardrobe, they think of people who own only 15 pieces in their entire wardrobe. (If you aren't aware of what the typical minimalist capsule wardrobe would look like, there are some good resources here, and here.) However, a capsule wardrobe can actually be much larger, ranging from as small as 15 pieces, to 20 or even 30 pieces. But while that amount may seem all well and good for someone who wears blouses and jeans, it seems a bit unrealistic for someone who wears mori kei. So when we talk about a mori kei capsule wardrobe, we'll have to acknowledge that it will always be a bit larger than the typical capsule wardrobe. I would envision it to be closer to 40-50 items, although I think it would be possible to go smaller. It would simply depend on personal style and daily needs. 

Although I've yet to make a capsule wardrobe myself, based on already existing ideas I've come up with a sample idea for 30 item capsule wardrobe. This is obviously just a template and could be added to, or taken from, based on whatever you need.


Sample, all-seasons, mori kei capsule wardrobe:
  • Four dresses 
    • One white dress
    • One cream/beige dress
    • One Brown Dress
    • One fun dress (pattern or color)
  • Four skirts
    • One lace skirt
    • Once brown skirt
    • One white skirt
    • One fun skirt (pattern or color)
  • Four blouses
    • One short sleeved blouse
    • One long sleeved blouse
    • One sleeveless blouse
    • One fun blouse (pattern or color)
  • Four sweaters
    • One brown sweater
    • One tan sweater
    • One cream sweater
    • One fun sweater (pattern, color, or harder to work with)
  • Three scarves
    • One brown
    • One white
    • One lace
  • Three pairs of shoes
    • One pair of lace up, high boots
    • One pair of ankle boots
    • One pair of sandals or sneakers
  • One shawl
    • Could be cream or brown, but should be versatile
  • Two bags
    • One fancier (lace, color, basket, etc.)
    • One practical (backpack, larger bag, simple leather, etc.)
  • One hat
    • Could be a sun hat or a knitted hat
  • Three pairs of tights
    • One cream
    • One brown
    • One fun pair (color or pattern)
  • One pair of pants
    • Either cotton in brown or cream, or mori kei type jeans
So what do you think? Do you feel, like me, that a mori kei capsule wardrobe is achievable? Or do you think minimalism and mori fashion just don't mix? Have you ever considered putting a capsule wardrobe together? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one. Until next time my deers!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mori Music Finds: La La Leah

Today's mori music find is the little YouTuber, La La Leah. I found her channel by accident when I was looking for covers of a Dodie Clark song, and I fell in love with her beautiful voice and sweet smile. She's currently almost at 200 subscribers, but in my opinion, she deserves way more! She's an amazing musician, and not only are her covers lovely, her original music is amazing. So please do check her out. I can assure you it will definitely be worth your time.

Have you heard of La La Leah? If so, how did you like her music? If not, I hope you enjoy! Happy listening!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mori Kei Things I Miss (video)

I recently did a little walk down memory lane on my youtube channel, to look at some mori things I miss. Here it is if you're interested!

And here are all the pictures and links used in the video:

Wonder Rocket: 

Mori Street Snaps:

Yuki Nagashima:

Go Halainn:

Georgia from Sunny Morning Diarys:

Miss Kellie:


Friday, June 16, 2017

Mori Music Find: Jean Ritchie

Today's mori music find, Jean Ritchie, is a bit more vintage than usual. Jean Ritchie was an American-Appalachian folk singer who passed away in 2015, but her music is timeless. She sang all kinds of folk music, both American and English, and played many different instruments, such as the Appalachian mountain dulcimer which she is the most famous for, and the acoustic guitar. She also wrote some of her own works, such as the lovely song "Black Waters" which talks about about mountain top removal in the Appalachian mountains. I highly recommend her album "Mountain Hearth and Home" (which can be found on spotify to stream) that contains some of her best recordings.

Have you heard of Jean Ritchie? If so, how did you like her music? If not, I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mori Adventures: Searching for a Ghost Town

Today I have a bit of a different post for you all. I wanted to share about a recent adventure that I had with my mom. As part of a completion of the 101 things in 1001 days challenge, I wanted to try and visit a ghost town. However, the nearest "wild west" type of ghost town is way too far for me to visit in one day, so I had to settle for the ghost town equivalent in my area.

Most ghost towns anywhere near my area are small towns of a few buildings that were abandoned in the early 1900s for various reasons. But, sadly, most of these towns have had all of their buildings leveled. So when I found out that there was supposedly a ghost town in my state that had a few buildings left, as well as being still officially on the map, I decided I had to visit. So, my mom and I took a road trip to see if we could find the town.

We drove around for about 3 hours, got lost a couple times (and had to backtrack to areas where we had any service to get GPS), but eventually we reached an area in the actual middle of nowhere where the town was supposed to be. Unfortunately it had been leveled at some point, which was disappointing, but we decided to get out and look at the sight where it had been. I'm glad we did, because we were actually able to find outlines of where the buildings had previously stood. And although the area was very overgrown with trees, we were also able to find bits of an elaborate 1920s fence, the remnants of the railroad that had once traveled through the town, and piles debris from where they had knocked down the buildings and left the rubble. There were bits of shingles, old pipes, and other things like that. It was a bit eerie, but also very interesting to see where an entire town had once stood.

The concrete in this picture was the outline of where a building once stood. You could even see some bits of sidewalk left in front of it.

These were the piles of rubble left over. In one pile there were even some bits of cloth and an old toy.

Even though there weren't any buildings left, it made for a fun road trip with some lovely scenery along the way, and it was a bit of a scavenger hunt. It was also great to spend some time with my mom. Besides, it's always fun to try new things, even if they don't work out quite how you planned.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mori Music Find: Gabrielle Aplin

Today's Mori Music Find is Gabrielle Aplin. She is an English singer-songwriter who gained notoriety through her youtube covers, and later started to publish her own music. A friend of mine introduced me to her music a while back, and I love the soft, relaxing feel of her work. Also, her voice is quite unique, and lovely to listen to!

Have you heard of Gabrielle Aplin? If so, how did you like her music? If not, I hope you enjoy!