Friday, June 14, 2019

Mori Music Finds: Laurena Segura

Today, I have another small creator for you all, and someone whose music I've loved for quite a while now, Laurena Segura. Laurena is a Canadian musician from Montreal. She plays a number of different instruments, mainly guitar and banjo. Her style is charming and relaxing! My all-time favorite song of her's is definitely "Permafrost," which you can find on Spotify, by the way. She is still producing music today, however, her updates are a bit sporadic. Regardless, her music is certainly worth a listen!

If you are interested in Laurena and her work, you can check out her youtube channel, or her facebook page.

Have you heard of Laurena Segura? If so, what did you think of her music? If not, I hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Almost Mori: What is Hama Kei?

Back in its glory days, mori kei spawned many different sub-styles that grew fairly popular. Even to this day, mori continues to inspire modern fashion styles in Japan, and abroad through its online presence. However, as mori began to decline in popularity, many of these sub-styles slowly became less and less relevant, until many have almost disappeared from the mori community's conscious entirely. This is why I will be creating a series of posts entitled "Almost Mori" here on my blog, taking a look at a few of these styles that are similar to mori, or a sister style to the fashion. And what better way to start off this series of posts than with a summery variation on the mori style: hama kei!

It is probably hard for newcomers to the fashion to believe, but there was once a time the term "hama kei" was almost as well known as mori kei, at least in Japanese fashion circles. Even though it never became quite as popular to wear, it still had a fairly decent sized following and gathered some attention for a short time. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to find any information on the style, making it somewhat of a mystery for newcomers to the community. There are a few resources left on the internet, for instance, there is a great post in Polish discussing hama kei here (if you can't read Polish, I translated it and it worked just fine!) There is also a resource in English by Floralcore here. But generally, this style is rather unknown. Here, I want to outline the basics. So let's start with the center of the style: it's name.

The Name

Hama Kei's name comes from the Japanese word "hama" or "浜", meaning "beach" or "seashore", and "kei" or "ケイ", roughly translating to mean fashion or style. Together, they make seashore style, or hama kei. This unique style was created as an offshoot of mori kei, intended to be a version of what a forest girl might look like if she lived along the seashore, instead of in the forest. It was also occasionally called "Umi Kei" (umi being Japanese for ocean), but Hama Kei was the name that ultimately stuck.

The Fashion

Like mori kei, hama kei is intended to be a "natural fashion", or a fashion that mimics the feelings of nature, and tends to have more natural fabrics and colors. Similar to mori, hama kei often consists of flowing layers as well.

Picture Source: Mori-jayde
What makes hama kei stand out are its beachy themes. For instance, the color palette of hama kei is focused more on blues to represent the ocean, with whites, light greys, and occasionally browns. Outfit coordinates often have a distinctly beachy vibe to them as well, with seashell accessories, or net-like fabrics being popular.

Picture Source

Picture Source: SailorSkydive
Unlike mori kei, hama kei often can be a much simpler style. Although layers are popular, many hama kei coordinates are much simpler and more lightweight. Which, considering this style is supposed to reflect the lifestyle of someone who lives on the beach, makes sense! Pants and trousers are often much more popular in this style as well, with sandals often being a popular choice for footwear.

The Aesthetic

The mori aesthetic and hama aesthetic are very similar. Both are focused on a slow living mentality, with a love for nature. However, where mori is all about the forest, hama kei is all about the ocean. 
Where the mori girl can be found wandering the forest paths and living in a forest cottage, the hama girl can be found on the seaside, maybe living in an old lighthouse. Where the mori girl can be found foraging for wildflowers, the hama girl can be found searching for seashells and driftwood. A mori girl might prefer to walk barefoot in the grass, while a hama girl prefers dipping her toes in the sea.

A "Sister Style"

Picture Source: Sailor Ren
Due to its many similarities to mori, both fashion and aesthetic wise, and because it was created as something inspired by mori, hama kei is considered to be a "sister style" to mori kei. Because the community is, and has been, so small, those who wear hama kei are often considered to be a part of the "mori umbrella" and are often included as being part of the mori community, alongside other natural fashions such as Natural Kei and Yama Kei.

Have you ever heard of hama kei? Would you ever consider wearing it? I hope you enjoyed learning more about a mori sister style!

Stay tuned for more "almost mori posts in the future". Next up, we'll be looking at Yama Kei!

For more information on "Almost Mori" fashion styles, check out the posts below:

Yama Kei: Link coming soon!

Mori Gyaru: Link coming soon!

Natural Kei: Link coming soon!

ナチュラルコーデ (Japanese natural fashion): Link coming soon!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Mori Kei Activities for Summer

Summer is finally here, so it's time to finish out my mori kei activities posts with some appropriate things you can do for the season!

  • Go berry picking
Berry picking is both a fun activity and you get something yummy to eat afterward as well! You can go picking at a local farm, plant your own berry bushes to harvest from, or even go foraging in your local areas. Make sure to research what types of berries you can and can't eat before foraging though.

Picture Source
  • Walk barefoot in the grass
I'm not a believer in "earthing" or anything like that, but I do have to admit that walking through the grass in the summertime has its own sort of magic. There's nothing quite like kicking off your shoes and enjoying a walk through the grass. I'd highly recommend doing it!

Picture Source

  • Try out Hama Kei 
Hama Kei is a sister style to mori focused on the sea. And what better time to try out a seaside version of mori than in the summer! Bring out your blues, stripes, and flowy fabrics, and try a new type of summer coord.

Picture Source

  • Go sketching/take pictures of wildlife and plants
I've talked about this activity in various posts, but it's always fun for each season to walk around finding things to paint, sketch, or take pictures of. Summer has lots of beautiful scenes and new things to see, just like every season. So get out there and document the beauty around you!

Picture Source
  • Collect and press various plants
I've also talked about this activity before, but I think summer is another great time for pressing plants. You can find various flowers throughout the season, as well as other green lovely plants to press.

Picture Source

  • Dip your toes in a stream or lake to stay cool
Another great summer activity, and a great way to cool off! Find a stream or lake, or another body of water, near you, and dip your toes in and enjoy the view and the sound of the water. Very relaxing!

Picture Source

  • Visit a local dock (lake or sea)
Similar to the last activity, visiting all types of bodies of water are great in the summer. Find a lake or seaside near you, and enjoy the view, maybe even go for a swim!

Picture Source
What are some mori-esque summer activities that you enjoy! I'd love to hear about them! Happy Summer, my deers!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Mori Movie Finds: The Secret Garden 1987

Today I have another movie find for you all, this time one of my childhood favorites: The Secret Garden (1987 Hallmark Version).

There are many versions of this classic tale by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and all of them are worth watching. However, my all-time favorite version to date is the Hallmark adaptation. There are certainly ones with better quality camera work, or prettier costumes, but this movie has its own charm and, in my opinion, is the truest to the themes and the feeling of the original novel. It has a great portrayal of the characters, the manor feels mysterious, as does the garden, and it never fails to pull me in every time I watch it! Plus, I love their depiction of Dicken! He's one of my favorite characters of all time, so it's great to see him portrayed well!

You can actually find the entire movie on youtube at the moment, so I'd recommend giving it a watch if you're interested. It's an enjoyable watch and a charming story!

Have you seen this, or any version, of The Secret Garden? If so, how did you like it? If not, I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mori Music Finds: la harpe de melodie

Today's Mori Music Find is yet another small channel, la harpe de melodie! I love finding small channels of talented musicians to share with you all, and this channel is a true gem. The lovely harpist who runs this channel posts covers of many traditional folk songs and classical pieces, often with very talented guests. I love the soothing nature of her videos, and she is a truly talented singer and musician!

Have you ever heard of la harpe de melodie? If so, how did you like her music? If not, I hope you enjoy! Happy listening!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mori Kei Activities for Spring

Spring is here my deers, so it's time to look at some more seasonal activities! I set this series aside for a while due to being busy, but at the request of a follower, I'm picking it back up again for this post. This is my favorite season, so I'm pretty excited about this list, and I hope you enjoy it as well!
  • Fly a kite
There's something truly magical about flying a kite in the air! It feels so nostalgic to me as well, as I often used to fly kites as a child. Plus, it's a great excuse to get out in nature and find a beautiful place to fly your kite. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even make your own kite to fly. You can find a tutorial on how to make your own kite here.

  • Plant a garden
Spring is the perfect time to get started on a garden. Whether it's a windowsill garden or herbs, or a garden made up of potted plants, or an elaborate vegetable garden, gardening is a fun and relaxing activity perfect for a mori spring. I personally love growing things that I can use in my own kitchen, but flowers or succulents are always pretty too! 

  • Get inside plants
Inside plants are another great spring option. You can, of course, have inside plants at all times of the year, but spring is another great excuse to find a plant friend that will liven up your space, and clean up the air you breathe! 

  • Take a walk in a rain shower
There's something so charming to me about spring showers. I love taking a walk in the rain, or playing in the rain! Be sure to dress warmly if it is still colder, and bring rainboots and an umbrella to keep dry if you aren't ready to play in the rain. And of course, don't go out in a lightning storm. You'll be surprised how different the world around you can look in the rain. Maybe you'll even find some mushrooms, or little animals out to play in the rain showers too!

  • Collect and press wildflowers
Collecting beautiful blossoms is a fun activity for spring, and a great way to remember the beautiful flowers and plants you see this season. Pressing flowers is surprisingly easy and fun. You can find a tutorial on how to get started here.

  • Set up a birdhouse, bird bath, or bird feeder and begin birdwatching
Take the opportunity to watch some of the local birds in your area. You'll be surprised how many lovely bird friends you will see with a simple bird feeder. And there's no nicer sound than listening to birds sing.

What are some mori-esque spring activities that you enjoy? I'd love to hear about them! (Also, if you've also made a post with mori activities for spring, or any other season, link to it down below! I'd love to check out other peoples ideas for mori themed activities.)

Happy Spring, my deers!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mori Music Find: Gungor

Today's Mori Music Find is Gungor. This music duo of husband and wife are often pinned as Christian artists, but they personally prefer not to be known as such. They have written both secular and faith-related works, and their music style is varied. They have created all kinds of experimental works, but their most common type is softer folk songs. Overall, I find their music very chill, and easy to listen to. They are one of my favorite go-to artists when I want to relax!

Have you ever heard of Gungor? If so, how did you like them? If not, I hope you enjoy! Happy listening!