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!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mori Kei and Minimalism: Introduction

Today, I'd like to talk about something a little bit different than normal. As you can probably guess from the title, this will be about mori kei and minimalism. If you don't know that minimalism is, you can check out these links here, and here for a quick summary. (They explain it better than I ever could.)

You might be wondering why on earth I'm talking about both mori and minimalism side by side. The answer isn't all that simple, but I'll try to summarize it in as few words as possible.

Basically, a few years ago I discovered the concept of minimalism. The idea really stuck out to me, and I sort of put it in the back of my mind to try it out. Ever since I was young, I was a generally untidy person. I could never find the space for all my stuff, or the time to clean, and so everything would just sit on my floor. As I got older, I realized that sort of environment was causing me a lot of stress, so I decided to clean up my life. But even then, I still couldn't find the space or time to clean no matter how hard I tried, so my room was still usually somewhat a mess, and very cluttered. So when I discovered minimalism, it seemed like the perfect answer to my problems. However, around that time I was still in high school, and there were a lot of changes going on in my life which made it hard to start minimalizing anything. So I decided that I would start calling myself an "aspiring minimalist" (which you may remember having seen in the descriptions of some of my social media profiles) and I told myself I would do whatever little things I could manage in the meantime.

I spent about a year like that. I got rid of a few things, I tried to think like a minimalist if I went shopping, but I never really did anything more than that. But what I did do during that time was get into mori kei. I really started building my wardrobe, and I incorporated mori so fully into my life that you really can't separate me and mori anymore. And with that, I am quite happy. But even though I loved my style and life, my messy problems still remained.

About 8 or 9 months ago, one of my lovely tumblr followers asked me a question about minimalism. They wanted to know how I put mori kei and minimalism together, and if I had any tips and tricks. I tried to give them a few, but in the process I realized something: I had put minimalism on the back burner and pretty much forgot about it. So that led me to re-evaluate what I was doing. I looked once again at what minimalism was, and asked myself if that was really what I wanted for my life. I decided it was, and within a few weeks I was purging.

So fast forward to now. I've gotten rid of many trash bags of stuff in the past months of things from my room that I just didn't use, pretty much every drawer is organized (although there are still a few more to go through), and although I still have way more stuff than I probably need I am no longer swallowed by it. I think I can safely call myself a minimalist now, although my "minimalist journey", as a lot of people like to call it, is still in it's early stages. But now, I can confidently say that I am becoming a minimalist, and living with a minimalist mindset. So now that I've reached this point, I would like to properly address mori kei and minimalism together, and give you a few of my tips and tricks. There are a lot of things to talk about though, so I'm going to be splitting this up into a few different posts.

This post just serves as an introduction to the types of things I will be talking about, such as fashion and lifestyle. So keep an eye out for those posts to come (hopefully sooner rather than later), and maybe my own minimalist journey can inspire you to live more simply and purposefully yourself.

See you soon my deers!

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 Finds: 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 Finds: 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!