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!

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.

A photo posted by Kathryn Elaine (@forestsandtea) on

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!