Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mori Girl Challenge: Day 30

Day 30: Describe your ideal ‘mori day.’


  • Wake up naturally to the sunlight filtering in through the curtains
  • Have a homemade breakfast, and a cup of tea
  • Read a chapter of a mori-esque book
  • Go on a short morning walk and enjoy the natural scenery
  • Ride a bike into town
  • Visit some small shops and window shop (antique shops, thrift stores, bookstores, etc.)
  • Eat lunch at a small, local cafe
  • Sketch at a local park
  • Return home for a homemade meal
  • Sit by the fire and play an instrument
  • Fall asleep with the window open to the sound of a light rain shower outside

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mori Girl Challenge: Day 29

Day 29: What other fashions are you interested in if any?

I like a lot of alternative fashions, but I don't wear any others than Mori Kei. Dolly Kei is probably my second favorite alternative fashion. I really enjoy the aesthetic. I also like Cult Party Kei and Lagenlook. Those are all fashions that I might consider wearing in the future, but I just don't right now.

I also have some alternative fashions that I appreciate, but I that I probably would never wear. Things like Lolita, and Gyaru. They're cute, they just aren't really my aesthetic.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mori Girl Challenge: Day 28

Day 28: Has getting into mori girl changed your perspective on life or how you live at all? how so?

Overall, I would say mori hasn't changed my life that much. It's obviously affected how I dress, and what types of clothing I enjoy and purchase. It has also somewhat influenced my decor choices, as I am now more drawn to natural decor than I was before. But other than that it hasn't changed much.

Most of my interests have stayed the same, although some of them have expanded to include different, mori-esque version of themselves. For instance, I've always loved all kinds of music, but after getting into mori I started listening to mori music more. But none of my interests have completely changed since wearing mori. Before mori, I already lived a life that fits in pretty well with the mori aesthetic. I already loved nature, liked living simply, and enjoyed mori-esque crafts. I think this is the case for a lot of mori folk. We already liked mori things, we just didn't know there was a fashion for what we liked.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mori Girl Challenge: Day 27

Day 27: What’s your favorite fairy tale or myth?

My favorite fairy tale is the 12 months. It was collected by the Brothers Grimm but was not created by them. It's been around for a long time, and its creation has been attributed to a lot of different cultures. The most commonly credited countries are Greece, Chezch Republic, Russia, and other Slavic countries. You can read one version of the story here if you'd like.

It;s my favorite tale because it ends more realistically than most fairy tales. I won't spoil the ending, but just suffice it to say that the end doesn't see the heroine become a princess for no other reason then she was in the right place at the right time. The happy ending comes about because the heroine had to work for it.

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Side note, as I was looking up information on this fairy tale, I found a trailer of a foreign film inspired by the 12 Months. It looks a bit cheesy, but also kind of cute. Unfortunately, I can't find any real information on it as I don't speak the language, but it looks like a cute mashup of some of the popular fairy tales.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mori Girl Challenge: Day 26

Day 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!)

I love all aspects of nature, but my favorite places to be are near rivers and in forests. My favorite spot in nature is a place at a natural park. It's near a river, in the middle of a nature preserve on a rugged trail. The spot is up above the river, about 100 feet in the air, and it's a large rock that you can climb. At the very top, there is a spot that is flat and overlooks both the forest and the river. My favorite time to visit the spot is in the fall when I can look out and see all of the beautiful colors there.

Here are some pictures of that area, both my favorite spot and the trail leading up to it.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Mori Girl Challenge: Day 25

Day 25: What’s your favorite animal and why?

It's not possible for me to pick only one animal, so I'm going to tell you about all of my favorite animals!

1) Western Hognose Snake

They're derpy danger noodles with button noses. If that isn't reason enough to like them, they throw temper tantrums where they pretend to be dead, and it's hilarious.

2) Quokka

These precious fur babies smile all the time, and just look so cuddly and precious. They're only in Australia though, so chances are I'll never get to see one.

3) Foxes

They just have such precious personalities, and they're such beautiful creatures. I've always loved them, and, by the way, their noises are adorable.

 4) Deer

We see deer a lot in my area, and they've always been one of my favorites. They look so majestic, especially when I'm driving to school and I see them standing in the foggy fields.

5) Horses

I love riding horses (although I'm not very good at it), and I think they're both sweet and majestic. One of my dreams is to someday own a horse.

6) Cats

I'm probably biased on this one because I've owned a lot of wonderful cats over the years that have loved to snuggle with me. But they're so cute, and I just love them!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mori Girl Challenge: Day 24

Day 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.

(I quite like the vignette I wrote last time around for this challenge, so I thought I'd repost it with some slight edits to improve it. I am by no means a fantastic writer, so please cut me some slack. I'm trying my best!)

The forest had always been her solitude and her home. From a young age, it had called to her, beckoning her to join in its splendor. The tall, ancient trees always felt as if they were reaching their leafy hands out to her, wanting to entwine their twisted fingers with hers. The vast grounds, covered in absolute diversity, enchanted her. From soft grasses and beautiful wild flowers to tall weeds and rich green mosses, no bit of it was alike, but all of it was precious to her. It made her feel as if she, with her own idiosyncrasies and quirks, finally had a place where she could belong. The little hideaways which assisted animals in playing nature's game of hide-and-seek with the elements, the streams full with water so clear that you could see to the bottom. All of it was majestic, to say the least. Some days she ached to run away; to become a part of the forest herself.

She stood, brushed off her skirts, adjusted her pack, and headed home. Maybe one day she would fully answer its call. But for now, the world was waiting for her.