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!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Recent Coordinates

Another peek into my closet today! I think I waited a little bit too long to post them this time, so I apologize. This is pretty image heavy. Anyways, as always, you can follow me on instagram to see my outfits when they're posted. Also, almost everything is thrifted. 

I hope you enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

7 Tips for Wearing Mori in the Winter (Video)

Hello my deers!

I uploaded a new video on my youtube channel discussing how to wear mori in the winter. I noticed that a lot of mori folk complain about not being able to wear mori when it's cold outside, and I thought that was such a shame. I know I made a quick post about this in the past, but I thought I'd go more in-depth with this video.

I hope you all enjoy! If you have any other post or video ideas you'd like me to address, I'd love to hear them!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mori Kei Activities for Winter

Winter has officially made its way to where I live, so it's time for another activities list! I hope you enjoy these ideas, and if you have any of your own please feel free to share!
  • Make seasonal decorations 
You can find some Pinterest ideas here for different wintery themed decorations that you can make that have a very mori kei feel, and make your home feel cozy and festive! (If the links don't work, or you don't want to use Pinterest, some good search terms for ideas are "natural Christmas decoration" or "winter solstice decorations".)
  • Drink a hot cup of tea, cocoa, coffee, or apple cider
There's no better winter activity then cozying up with your favorite warm drink and enjoying a quiet moment by yourself!
  • Play outside in the snow
Get out into nature, bundle up in warm clothes, and have some fun in the snow. You could build a snowman, make a snow angel, have a snowball fight, or simply enjoy a walk through the snow-covered forest.
  • Roast nuts
The internet is full of different recipes on how to roast nuts at home. It's a fun activity to get you into the winter mood when it's too cold to go outside, and you get a delicious treat to eat afterward!
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  • Make paper snowflakes
Paper snowflakes are fun to make, and pretty to look at and display in your home. You can either make them from scratch, and see what lovely designs you can create, or you can search for paper snowflake templates for some wonderful results.

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

Happy Winter my deers!