Monday, May 29, 2017

Recent Outfits

Here's another quick recap of my recent outfits posted on my instagram. As always, almost everything is thrifted. I hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mori Music Find: tricolor

Today's Mori Music Find is tricolor. This group is a bit different from the groups I normally share, but I think that you will all enjoy them just the same. They are an instrumental group based in Japan, mostly focusing on the fiddle, guitar, and occasionally accordion type instruments. They play original works along with the occasional traditional jig or reel from England, America, and other European countries. If you like Irish music or fiddling, then this group will probably be to your liking. I find their music to be fresh and happy, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face and get me tapping my toes!

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Instagram spotlight: puellasilva + quietblessings

Hello my deers! It has been a while since I last posted any instagram related posts, but today I'd like to resume that series by highlighting two more instagram users. As usual, I will focus on one smaller instagram user, and one with a larger following.

Today, I'd like to start out with a smaller instagram user named puellasilva. They have a lovely feed that consists of many pictures with the mori aesthetic, from nature to home, as well as occasional outfit posts, which are all quite lovely. I've been following them for quite some time, and I'm always pleased to see their posts on my feed!

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The next instagram user I would like to feature is quietblessings. Her feed is not really mori per say, but rather has many mori-esque themes. Mainly, her feed consists of pictures of her home, nature, and of course her lovely cat. Every one of her pictures always feels so relaxing and cozy, and I always enjoy scrolling through her feed.

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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!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mori Room Tour

Hello my deers! I just posted a new video on my youtube channel giving a tour of my mori inspired room. Check it out if you'd like! Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Big Dipper Wax Works Candle Review (Not Sponsored)

I recently starting diving into the world of Zero Waste living, so I've been spending some time looking up different alternative to things I already use. So when I finally used up all of my old candles that were made up of synthetic materials, it only made sense to look for a new, natural, zero-waste alternative. That's where this post comes into play. I thought it might be fun to share the purchase I made with you all, and give you my honest opinion. This is in no way sponsored, and I bought everything here one my own. But without further ado, here is my experience with the company Big Dipper Wax Works

Firstly, I should note that Big Dipper Wax Works uses all natural beeswax to make their candles, natural cotton for their wicks, and essential oils to create the fragrances in them. Normally, the candles they sell are sold either without any container, a glass container (which is recyclable!), or tins. I chose to purchase the tins myself. Although they are not as easily recycled, they are made up of mainly recycled materials, and can be reused by buying new votive sized candles to replace the old candles with when you are done. So that's pretty cool. I chose to purchase tins because they were cheaper, and I thought they would be bigger than they are, but I'll get into that more later on.

I purchased two tins, scented Harmony (lavender) and Enlightenment (Bergamot and Mint). They came packed in a small box filled with cardboard shavings. Both the box and the shavings were able to be recycled. It also came with a small informational card (which can also be recycled), a small package of matches made out of natural materials, and two honey sticks. The honey sticks were in plastic, which was a bit disappointing, but everything else was fine and I was able to dispose of it properly.

The tins themselves were without any packaging, which was amazing. But they were a lot smaller than I was expecting. You can see by the picture below how small they actually are in comparison to my hand. However, candles do last me a decent amount of time, so it doesn't bother me too much. I just wish it would have been a little more clearly stated how small they are. It does give the ounces on their website, but I guess I missed that the first time. Whoops!

The candles themselves smell great. If you like essential oil smells, you'll love these. They do have a slight hint of a honey smell when you sniff then, but once they're burning that goes away for the most part. They're also not overwhelmingly scented, and it's a soft smell that is very relaxing.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with these. As far as being natural goes, these candles are perfect. If you're looking to go zero-waste though, I would suggest getting some of the candles that are in glass, or package-less. But as a whole, I am pleased with my purchase, and I will definitely be considering purchasing a candle from them again in the future.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I can't wear mori kei because...

If you've been involved in mori kei for any period of time, you've probably met people who have excuses why they can't wear mori. You may even be that person. The one who has every excuse under the sun why mori is a nice thing, but they can't wear it. It's honestly one of the things that frustrates me the most. This is because I am of the opinion that anyone can wear mori. Anyone at all! And so today, I want to address some of those reasons people give, and debunk them.

So without further ado, here are all the reasons why you can wear mori:

I'm too tall...
I'm too short...

Mori girls come in all heights! From short little forest fairies, to tall ethereal elven figures. Both are beautiful, and both look great in the fashion! Besides, you can wear any style and look great, as long as you wear it with confidence!

I'm not asian...

The majority of those who wear mori nowadays are not Asian, so you've come across mori at just the right time. Browse the Mori girl/mori kei tag on instagram, and you'll see a lot of non-asian mori folk. Or just look at me. I am definitely not asian, and I wear mori. So boom. Debunked. *air horns play in the distance*

I'm not light skinned...

Although the majority of mori folk today seem to be asian/white, that doesn't mean all are. There are mori with all colors of skin, and they all look beautiful. A few good examples are miagers or c4tbus.

I don't want to wear skirts...

Check out my pinterest board for mori boy fashion or mori girl fashion that centers around pants. Problem solved!

I like bright colors...

No problem! You could wear a mori-inspired style if you like super bright colors, or you could look through the different variations of mori to find one that works better with the kinds of colors you prefer.

I still want to wear other styles...

Most mori folk aren't full time mori. A lot of them dabble in other fashions, such as lolita or dolly kei. You can still call yourself mori and wear other styles as well!

It's too "out there" and people will think I'm weird...

Yeah, they probably will. But let me tell you a little story. I live in a smaller town, where the majority of people wear leggings and sweatshirts, and where fashion is almost non-existent, and I wear mori almost full time. Sure, I get some weird looks, and yes I get asked if I'm from some weird religious sect, but the majority of people tell me they love my style and that they admire my confidence to wear it. I can guarantee that the positive reactions you will receive from wearing mori, coupled with loving the clothing you are in, will outweigh the few weird stares and odd remarks you will receive.

I'm to heavy...

There are plus sized mori too. And they look great. So sorry, this one isn't an excuse either! (Also, more plus sized mori folk need to post their coords. You guys are the cutest, and I need more of you in my life. Just sayin'.)

I have big boobs/curves/other "un-asian" features...

See all above answers...

So I hope by now I have made my point. There are a ton of other things that people will bring up as to why they can't wear mori, but these are some of the ones I see most often. Just know that, no matter what excuse you are thinking, the answer is always the same. You can wear mori! Anyone, literally anyone, can wear mori! No matter what you look like, what colors you prefer, or anything else. All it takes is for you to love the fashion, throw together some pieces, and go out into the world confidently and rock the clothes you love. So go out there and be the best forest folk you can be!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mori Music Finds: Sachie Hiraga

Today's Mori Music Find is Sachie Hiraga (平賀さち枝). If you like different and unique voices, than you will definitely love her music. She has mainly acoustic guitar focused instrumentals, which, coupled with her vocals, make for a lovely listening experience. 

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