Monday, September 17, 2018

Mori Magazine Scans Archive

One of the worst things I have found about being new to a fashion that is long past its popular days is that many of the "quintessential mori things" have long since faded into obscurity. For instance, brands have closed their stores, bloggers have deleted their content, and many of the fashion icons have left the j-fashion scene altogether. However, there is one thing that has always worried me above the rest with mori kei's growing inactivity, and that is the fact that all mori magazines have since stopped being printed and published.

Although it may be almost impossible to find a printed copy of most magazines these days, there are some amazing people who have taken to scanning their own copies of these elusive magazines and making them available for others to read online. I had been planning for ages to create a post with links to all of the resources that I have compiled over the years of magazine scans, and the links had been sitting in a blog post, unedited, for quite some time. Recently, I decided to open up the post once again and prepare it for publishing and to share with all of you. But, to my horror, I found that the majority of these links were so old that they had become inactive!

Finding all of these links slowly becoming inactive stirred a bit of a panic in me, and after I overcame my shock, I decided to do something about this. I couldn't simply let such important pieces of mori fashion's history be lost, so I decided to download every magazine I could find and re-upload them all in one safe place.

It has taken me quite a while to compile all of these resources, but I've searched every inch of the internet I could find looking for them, and I think have all of what's left now. So, I created a google drive folder that is open to the public that includes all of these scans, as well as the links to those who provided them (for as long as their sites and downloads stay active) and the only places I can find to purchase mori magazines on the internet.

Although I feel I've been pretty thorough in my collection of resources, I know that there are some magazines I am missing, or some that are incomplete or could be in higher quality. I also know that there might be some websites out there offering scans that I have missed. So, if any of you come across or have any of these scans that you notice I am missing, I would super grateful if you let me know. I set up an email for this archive for that purpose,, that you can contact if you'd like.

If you have any more questions about this archive or the sources from which this archive's content came from, please read the document listed in the folder. It should answer all of your questions, but if it doesn't, feel free to comment here or email me, and I will try my best to answer you.

Have fun viewing these resources, and I hope they inspire you as they have many mori folk before you!

(Backup link, just in case, for if the hyperlink stops working: 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mori Music Finds: Youmou and Ohana 羊毛とおはな

Today's Mori Music Find is Youmou and Ohana (羊毛とおはな). This duo is no longer actively creating music, but their beautiful, soft, acoustic sound is still charming and definitely worth a listen. Both their music and their music videos are charming and contain many natural, mori-like themes. In addition, Ohana often wears some very mori-esque coordinates.

Have you ever heard of Youmou and Ohana? If so, how did you like their music? If not, I hope you enjoy! Happy listening!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

My Mori Inspirations

A while back, I had a discussion with a few other mori folk about our mori inspirations. There are so many inspirational outfits, people, and brands out there to choose from, but it was quite fun to narrow down specific things that have inspired me the over the years. I thought it might be fun to share them here on my blog with you all as well! 

1) My first inspiration has always been the Wonder Rocket Shop workers. Although the shop has since closed its doors in Harajuku, the lovely workers there still prove a big inspiration to me. They always had such amazing coords, and I still look to their old photos for inspiration all of the time.

2) The main model for the shop Dear Li on Taobao has always been another inspiration of mine. She's one of the original mori icons and is pretty well known, and for good reasons! She's always so adorable, and her coords are so flowy and delicate. (She's known as dearlanglang on instagram, by the way, if you want to look at more of her photos.)

3) One of my inspirations that is probably a bit odd would have to be Victorian era fashion for little girls. There's just something about a pinafore that inspires me! I can't describe it very well, but I love the silhouette all the same.

(Illustrations are from the Samantha American Girl Doll book series.)

4) A mori girl that has inspired me that I've mentioned before is Nagashima Yuki. She was an old school mori girl who has since disappeared from the internet. But, when she was active, she had hundreds of different coordinates on her Instagram. A few pictures of her coords are still out there if you know where to look. She was one of my first inspirations and one of the first people who got me interested in the style.

5) Tasha Tudor is another inspiration of mine, but less for fashion and more for lifestyle. To keep things simple, she was the ultimate lifestyle mori girl. And, she was a talented artist as well! I love looking at pictures of her at work in her garden. She always looks so content.

6) Aoi Yu is another well-known mori icon, but I still love her all the same. All of her magazine photo shoots have such a cozy feel! They never fail to inspire me.

7) A lesser-known inspiration of mine is Julie Arkell. She's not actually a mori girl, but her clothing definitely has a mori flare. She's an adorable folk artist and her outfits reflect her colorful, fun, and amazing personality. She's definitely an inspiration for older mori folk!

9) Finally, one of my longest inspirations has always been, and always will be, the band Popoyans. Not only are they the quintessential mori band and amazing musicians, there outfits and personalities are so charming as well.

So, how abut you? What or whom are your mori kei inspirations? I'd love to hear about them down below!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Yet another outfit post!

Hello my deers! I have yet another post full of coordinates for you all. I hope you enjoy, and as always, you can find more of my outfits on my instagram if you are interested!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Instagram Spotlight: lunar_moss + amyflyingakite

Today I have another Instagram spotlight for you my deers! The accounts I want to mention today are lunar_moss and amyflyingakite.

The smaller account highlighted today is Lunar_moss. This lovely person is a fellow mori fashion enthusiast with some lovely coordinates. They also have some aesthetically pleasing photos and some wonderful otome and lolita inspired coordinates as well. I always find their feed soothing, and it's definitely an account worth a follow!

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The larger account highlighted today is Amyflyingakite. Amy is a banjo player and musician, but what really attracted me to her feed was her lovely array of pictures featuring beautiful floral arrangements. It's truly breathtaking and wonderful, and it never fails to put a smile on my face when I see one of her pictures in my feed! I highly recommend checking her out for some inspiring photos!

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures I've shared here from these lovely accounts, and I hope you've found someone new here to fill your feed with lovely mori things!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Short Guide to Shopping on AliExpress

Hello my deers! I often get questions on my blog and instagram about where I buy mori kei fashion pieces online, and in all honesty, I'm not the best to ask about such things as I thrift most of my clothes. However, I do occasionally but mori clothing from AlieExpress, so I thought I could share what I know about buying from the sight in order to help other mori folk looking to find some unique pieces online!

First, let's talk about how to find mori clothes on AliExpress. There are a number of search terms that you can use to find what you're looking for. Mori girl is always a good term, and will come up with lots of great pieces, but you can also search for the specific items or fabrics that you're looking for, such as lace skirt, a-line dress, pinafore, natural shirt, etc. Keep in mind that it may require more than one search to come up with what you're looking for, and it may take a while to browse through all of the options, but don't get discouraged! With a little bit of patience, I promise something will come up!

Once you've found the item you've been looking for, there are a number of things we should look at before we add it to cart. First, and most importantly, you should look for ratings, both the ratings of the user selling the items, and the ratings for the items themselves.

To check the ratings of the seller, you can scroll down until you see the seller's name on the side. Underneath their name, there will be a rating in the form of a percentage of some sort, as well as detailed ratings that you can look at. You will be able to see how long the shop has been selling, and what their usual ratings are for quality, shipping, and communication.

Checking the ratings on an individual item is just as simple. There will be a star rating for the item at the top of the page which will give you a basic idea of the quality of the item. However, if you scroll to the bottom of the page you can also read comments on the individual items to find out even more information. The English in these comments can occasionally be a little strange as the site uses an automatic translator, but it can still have useful information and occasionally pictures of the item to give you an idea of what you're looking at.

After looking at the ratings, it's important to look at the descriptions for each item you are considering purchasing. This is because some items may be sent at random from multiple color selections, or may be made out of strange fabrics, or a number of other things. It's also equally important to read through the description in order to know the measurements of the individual item. This is especially true for AliExpress because the items will be in Asian sizes, which are very different from European or American sizes. By reading the description and the specific measurements, you can make sure you are ordering a size that will actually fit you. It's also beneficial to measure yourself and keep your measurements somewhere on hand in order to compare them to the measurements in the description. Additionally, when it comes to sizes, be wary of items that say one size, as these items often run around a small or medium size, or even smaller occasionally.

Another thing to keep in mind when ordering from AliExpress is the long shipping times. As the items are most often coming from China, it can potentially take a long time to reach you, sometimes even a month or more. Especially if you order during Chinese New Year! Therefore, unless you pay extremely high amounts for fast shipping, it's going to take some time to receive your item, so its best to plan accordingly.

One other thing to remember is to be wary of super cheap items. Basically, if the price seems to good to be true, it probably is. Remember that things will be cheaper on AliExpress than in department stores, but they won't be too cheap. For instance, you could find a decent dress for $10 USD, but usually, quality items for mori kei will be around $20 USD and up unless it's on sale. If a dress is $5 USD or under, it's probably cheap quality and no good, and not worth wasting your money on. However, if you're reading the details on items and paying attention to the ratings, you're likely to weed out these items before this point. But it is good to keep this in mind when you shop!

My last piece of advice is this: remember that Aliepress is sort of like a Chinese eBay. So treat it with the same amount of skepticism you would have whilst shopping on eBay. Be a smart shopper, think about each item you are purchasing critically, and you'll be good to go. Now have fun shopping, and I wish you the best of luck finding your next mori piece!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Mori Music Find: Elizabeth Mitchell

Today's mori music find is Elizabeth Mitchell. Mitchell is a folk musician who has worked with the Smithsonian Institute to record her renditions of American folk music. She is best known for her work with children's folk music in particular, but she has also recorded some originals and popular folk music as well. Her music feels almost as if she's singing specifically for you, or as if a loved one were singing lullabies to you. It's super relaxing and absolutely charming!

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