Friday, December 23, 2016

Mori Job Experience

Recently, I got my first real job at a small greenhouse. This won't be a post that talks about my boss or the work or anything like that, because I'd rather things like that remain anonymous, but I thought I'd share a few pictures that I took while working.


This first picture was from a field near where I worked. It was out in the country, so there were some beautiful views on the way to work each day!


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Working in an open greenhouse means I met a lot of little bug friends. There were a lot of beautiful butterflies, happy grasshoppers, and other fun insects.



The day I took this photo there was an overabundance of fog. It was pretty amazing.


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Another little bug friend. This one hung out with me for a few minutes!

Overall, I really liked working with the little plants. It was quite relaxing, and a perfect job for a mori girl like me! Do any of you have mori-esque jobs to share? What's your idea of a dream job? I'd love to hear from all of you. Have a great day my deers!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mori Music Find: Christy-Lyn



Hello my deers! Today I have another special mori music find for you all. Today, it is a YouTuber named Christy-Lyn.

I've been following Christy-Lyn on YouTube for a while now, and I have to say that she gets better and better with each video she makes. She is a very talented musician, that plays mainly harp, but also occasionally dabbles with ukulele and piano, as well as being an amazing vocalist. She has a soft, classical sort of sound, which goes perfectly with her selection of music, which is largely folk songs. I could honestly fall asleep while listening to her sing, it's just so relaxing! 







Have you heard of Christy-Lyn? If so, how did you like her music? If not, I hope you enjoy! Happy Listening!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Another peek into my closet...

Hello my deers! I hope you're doing well today :) I have another quick outfit post for you all. It's finally starting to cool down where I live, so hopefully you'll see more outfits from me soon! But for now, just a few outfits I've been able to squeeze in here and there in between hot spells and work. I hope you enjoy!






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Bonus Picture: My brother created his first mori boy coord the other day. He's so cute *^v^*

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Is There Really Such Thing as a Mori Lifestyle?



A common discussion amongst mori folk these days seems to be whether or not there is a mori lifestyle. When I first joined the community, I would have been someone who said there was. In fact, I even wrote a blog post about it. But while I still somewhat agree with what I wrote in that post, I now I have a slightly different opinion regarding the topic.

I do still believe that there are lifestyle aspects that fit in well with mori kei. Things like loving nature, and enjoying the small things in life. Even some more specific things, like mori-esque music and mori hobbies, like sewing or hiking. Everything I mentioned in my post I still think fits well with mori kei. But even though there are these things that fit into the mori "aesthetic", if you will, they by no means make up requirements for having a "mori lifestyle", nor are they required to even be considered a "mori person".

In my personal opinion, there is no need for a mori lifestyle because mori is a fashion style. And as a fashion style it is meant to be versatile. It's one of my favorite things about mori kei actually. It can bring together many different people, who may or may not the same beliefs, interests, and lives, and gives them a common ground through fashion. And if we look back at the history of mori kei, you can see even there that mori was simply fashion based. Mori kei was created by girls in Japan, who lived mostly in cities, about as far from forests as you can get. They sought a natural sort of fashion style to wear, and it developed around that.

Mori at its core is just a fashion style. Any lifestyle aspects that people wearing this fashion may participate in came around after that fact.

But even as I say this, you should know that I am okay with people who do want to live a mori lifestyle. Don't get me wrong there! I even participate in some things that fit within the mori lifestyle aesthetic, although I don't let it dictate how I live my life by any means. (I already liked those things, or was interested in them, before I ever started wearing mori kei.) But while I may not personally wish to change what I do and don't do to center around my clothing, it's perfectly fine with me if others would like to do so. In fact, when I first started wearing mori, I did want to change things in my life to fit the mori aesthetic. So in my opinion, we shouldn't mock or ridicule others if they say that they are only living a mori lifestyle and not dressing in the fashion, or if they say they live the lifestyle and wear the fashion. However, at the same time, if you claim to be a mori lifestyler, you can't expect people to always agree with whatever you consider to be mori or not. You may have an idea in your head of what a mori lifestyle is, but you have to be aware that it will vary from person to person. And I personally don't see mori ever developing a set "lifestyle", because everyone within the fashion has different ideas, likes, dislikes, and so forth.

(I should also note that if you call yourself a lifestyle mori, you also shouldn't ridicule others who do things that aren't what you consider to be "mori", while wearing the fashion. You have to remember that first and foremost, mori is simply a fashion and nothing more. Anything else that you attach to it is fine, but it's not required for anyone else to do the same.)

Basically what I'm trying to say here is this: yes, mori can have lifestyle elements, and yes, some things do fit better than others with the aesthetic, but that doesn't mean that mori has any set lifestyle elements to it that people have to follow in order to be mori.

So be a lifestyle mori if you want, and rock that! ^v^ Or be a fashion mori if you want, and rock that! :) Or be anything in between!! I just love mori, and I love to see other people loving mori as well, no matter their viewpoints. So hopefully, if you love mori kei, lifestyle or fashion, you'll be happy to see others enjoying it as well in their own unique ways. Whether that is through lifestyle elements, fashion style, or anything in between.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Mori Music Find: Cecile Corbel



Today's Mori Music Find is Cecile Corbel. Miss Corbel is a french singer, harpist, and composer who has a fairytale-esque style of music. She's quite popular amongst mori circles, and her music is very beautiful. In addition to writing her own music, she also does beautiful renditions of folk songs from many different countries.





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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mori Girl for All Seasons



Something that has always baffled me about the mori community is those who say they can't wear the mori girl style in certain seasons. I think that mori is a very versatile style, and one that can be easily adapted to whatever weather you find yourself in!

Take for instance the spring season. This time of year is perfect for wearing a few layers, light sweaters, and brighter colors!





In the summer months, it's a good time for only 1 or 2 layers, crochet vests, and lace pinafores. For me, this is the hardest time to dress mori, but it's still possible!





The fall months are a perfect time to pull out those cozy fall colors, chunky sweaters, and boots. This is my personal favorite season for wearing mori!



And then there is winter, which is a great time to pile on all of those excessive layers, warm sweaters, shawls, scarves, and other winter accessories. It's the perfect time to fulfill your dreams of being a cute and comfortable pile of fabric! (Or am I the only one with that dream? ^^; )




Basically, all I'm trying to communicate is that mori is great for every season! And if it is something you want to consider wearing full time, or something you want to wear every once and a while, it's perfectly feasible for whenever in the year, and wherever you live in the world. So go out there and enjoy mori in every season my deers!

Also, I hope you enjoyed this quicker post. I'm trying to post more regularly to this blog, because I really do love doing this, but I've just been so busy recently that I can't really manage any of the long informative posts I'd love to make. Hopefully you'll enjoy these shorter posts! That way I can get more content out more often. Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Brand or Thrift?



A common question for new mori folks is often where on earth they can find mori clothing. It can be quite daunting to jump into a style as obscure and different from mainstream fashion as mori, so it's only natural to wonder where to being! People are always asking whether they should buy their wardrobe from online brands, and places like taobao and aliexpress. Or should they purchase their clothing from thrift stores instead? Some people go for one or the other, and some even claim one is more "mori" than the other, but I personally fall somewhere in the middle. The majority of my closet is thrifted, but I have purchased from brand stores as well, and I love both options! So today I would like to give you a quick rundown of buying brand versus thrifting, and some of the pros and cons of both, to give you a better idea of where to start!

So lets start by talking about brand pieces. By brand, I mean pieces specifically designed for mori fashion, usually sold by Chinese or Japanese companies. You can find these pieces from Japanese stores, or on sites like taobao and aliexpress.

Some of the pros:

  • It's easier to find specific sorts of pieces when buying brand. You can search up "mori lace skirt" and find exactly what you want, hopefully in your size, within minutes. Very great for when you need a specific piece in your wardrobe!
  • It's fast! All the clothes you need are only a quick search away, which is great for when you don't like shopping, or just don't have the time to sift through piles and piles of clothes.
  • The pieces you buy will be specifically catered to mori, so there will by no need for altering of any kind, as the clothes are already tailor made for your style.

Some of the cons:

  • Buying brand pieces can be expensive. Not everything is expensive, but often each piece will run around 30 USD and up. I've found dresses that cost only 25 USD, which really isn't bad, but then I've also found dresses that cost 50 USD. It doesn't seem too awful if you're just buying one dress, but if you want to buy multiple pieces to start a mori wardrobe, it can add up really fast.
  • The long shipping times. If you've ever bought anything from China, you know what I'm talking about. It can take months to receive your order, unless you pay ridiculously high shipping prices to receive it sooner.
  • The size range of clothing from asian companies is usually very small. If you are bigger than a women's size L (in US sizes), you will have a hard time finding pieces that fit you.

So now lets talk about thrifting. By thrifting, I mean buying pieces secondhand, either in stores in your area, or through online thrift shops.

Some of the pros:

  • In most countries, thrifting is cheap! You can buy multiple pieces for the price you'd pay for one brand piece.
  • You can find some truly unique pieces that no one else in the mori community will have. This can give a touch of individuality to your outfits.
  • Thrifting is also very ethical, which is always a plus!

Some of the cons:

  • Thrifting can be very time consuming. It takes time to sift through racks and racks of clothing, especially if you've never thrifted before and don't know quite what you're looking for.
  • It is hard to find specific sorts of pieces. It can often take multiple visits to thrift stores before you find the type of thing you are looking for, which can be frustrating if you are in need of a certain type of piece right away.

I believe that both thrifting and buying brand are great ways to get into mori kei. But whether you exclusively buy your clothing from online shops, or buy exclusively from thrift stores, or a combination of both, it doesn't matter! Just have fun building your wardrobe, and use the methods for building a wardrobe that work best for you.

Hopefully though this was somewhat helpful to you! And I'd love to hear from you if you have any other pros or cons to add to the discussion. Happy shopping my deers!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Mori Beginnings

I can remember clearly the first time I wore mori kei. I had only discovered it a month prior, and it had taken only a few weeks for me to convince my mom to help me remake my wardrobe. We spent hours looking through thrift stores, not quite knowing what we were looking for and buying everything we thought might work. After hours of blind shopping I had somewhat assembled a wardrobe, and I was eager to create outfits. I spent hours mixing and matching my pieces, and I came up with several outfits I was happy with. (Although looking back, there were all really awful.)

Up until that point in my life, I had only worn t-shirts, jeans with holes in the knees, and worn-out converse shoes. That was my wardrobe, and I had never experimented with fashion (besides a weird phase in middle school where I wore fingerless leather gloves all the time, and dyed a large strip of my hair pink). So the idea of going out in public in such a unique style as mori was a bit daunting to me. I spent a whole month with my mori clothing just sitting in my closet, and debating whether or not I really wanted to do this. I thought about where would be the best place to wear mori and get the least amount of stares from people, I wondered whether it would be better or worse to make my debut around people I knew or strangers, and, above all, I wondered whether I would have the courage to share my outfits with the mori community (which at the time was the morigirls livejournal page). In the end, my love for the fashion won out, and I decided to wear my first outfit on a family outing with some relatives who were visiting from out of town.

In hindsight, I'm not sure how I ever thought that was the best idea because my relatives are very modern and trendy. They are basically everything mori is not. But I did it anyways, and tried not to feel too weird under their glances towards me, and tried not to blush when they asked me questions about my sudden change in style.


This was my first outfit. Looking at it now, it's really not that great (especially the wonky skirt). But in that moment, I felt beautiful, at home, and for the very first time, comfortable in my skin despite my relatives thinking I was weird. I knew then that I truly wanted to be a mori girl.

And now, almost four years later, I'm still wearing mori. I wear it almost every day really. My classmates recognize me by it, my friends make kind hearted jokes about their "favorite mori", and my family members still try to buy me anything with lace on it because "isn't this mori?" Mori still feels as much like home to me as it did the first time I saw a picture of a model wearing, and I suspect it will remain that way for quite some time to come.

So tell me, when was the first time you wore mori? Was it a good experience, a bad one? I'd love to hear your stories! Until next time my deers!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Instagram Spotlight: Spica.0510 + Momochy_

Hello again my deers! I'm back again with another Instagram spotlight. Today, I want to highlight two different instagram pages for you. One already has a large amount of followers, and another is a smaller account that I feel deserves a bit more love. Both are lovely in my opinion, and I hope you enjoy them too!

The first account I want to spotlight is momochy_. She is a lovely artist from Japan who makes mori and lolita inspired art. Her style is very cute and soft, and never fails to make me feel warm inside. She's relatively popular, and rightly so, as she really is a great artist. I really enjoy her use of soft, pastel colors!

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The second person I'd like to highlight is spica.0510. She is one of the few remaining Japanese mori girls I have found, and she's very adorable! I always love seeing her coordinates come up in my feed.

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She also occasionally posts photos of nature and her mori pullip dolls, among other mori things.


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!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recent Outfits

Hello my deers! I have another outfit post for you all today. As always, you can keep up with my outfits on my instagram (@forestsandtea) if you're interested, and almost everything I'm wearing is thrifted from local thrift stores. I hope you enjoy!



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