Saturday, June 20, 2015

My new blog

Hello, my sweet followers!

As most of you know, I'm no longer active here. However, I have started a new blog for my travels in Korea and would love to see you all there!

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There's also still some mori piece left on my storenvy !

Missing you all :)

Miss Kellie

Monday, January 5, 2015

Withdrawing from J-fashion

Hello dear forest dwellers,

Yes, the bad news is that I'm sort of slipping away from mori. Mostly for financial reasons, but those reasons helped me to realize where my priorities were.

As many of you know, I started a project called the Mori Box, which is a subscription-style box filled with mori goodies. At first it seemed to be very successful-- I received way more orders than I'd anticipated! Everything was going fine until it was nearing the time for the items I ordered to be shipped to me. Here begins a long, complex process which I'll try to sum up as simply as possible. There were issues with backorders, delays, miscommunication, and having to order more items when I hadn't been informed of availability until the last minute. It was hectic to say the least, but the EMS fees to ship the items to me were even more hectic to deal with. I ended up in the negative at this point, and additionally had to pay to ship my customer's items out from my home out of my own pocket.

Everyone was very understanding, patient, and sweet. A couple girls even offered to pay for the shipping to their homes, which was the sweetest thing ever and really cheered me up.

Nontheless, I still lost a lot of money. I'd started the mori box in hopes of raising funds to study abroad this summer in South Korea, but I ended up losing so much. This made me realize that I was giving too much time and money to my mori life, when I should be instead saving every penny for studying abroad. Going to Korea means a lot to me, and it will be an opportunity for me to learn and practice Korean so that when I move there next year, I'll be a more efficient teacher for my students and be able to function better in the city and amongst the people. This is so important to me.

And this is why I've decided to withdraw myself from mori. I don't like saying I'm "leaving mori" because it sounds so definite and forever. I'm keeping a few pieces so I can keep in touch with my local J-Fashion communities, but I will be selling a lot of my pieces and won't be buying any more.

Another reason why I've decided to withdraw is sort of the future of my blog. I've been considering for a while what I'm going to do during my studying abroad with my blog since I'll be gone for two months, and then what will I do next year with my blog when I move to Korea to teach indefinitely? J-Fashion isn't as socially accepted in Korea as it can be here, and shipping my clothes to Korea will cost a fortune. So I'd have to quit next year anyway. This is just easing me into that transition.

What will happen to my blog? When I (hopefully) study in Korea this semester, I'll be vlogging and blogging about life in Korea, and it will continue when I move there the following year. I'm not sure what I'll do with it during the space between those times, though. I'm also probably going to leave this mori blog here and start a new one for my life in Korea blogging.

As I said, I'm withdrawing myself, but not totally leaving. I've made so many friends in mori, lolita, and J-fashion communities that leaving J-fashion all together would feel like I'm leaving all the friends I made. So I'll be lingering :) Just won't be buying new things and will not be as active in the communities.

Thank you for staying with me for so long, friends~

Until we meet again,
Miss Kellie
“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Saturday, December 20, 2014

First Dolly Kei Coord:: Grimoire Astronomy Dress

Two ways I wore my Grimoire Astronomy Map dress

This was my first big purchase for J-Fashion, so I wanted to make sure I was happy with the dress in a full coord. This was also my first "official" dolly kei coord, but I almost felt like I could've fit in with the Grimoire staff! 
If you don't know what dolly kei is, I wrote a post a while back about it here.

I wore this to my university's j-fashion club meeting for International Lolita Day at a local British tea shop!

Collar: Dearli
Tights: Grimoire replica
Shoes: Angelic Imprint (taobao)
Cardigan: My mom's
Purse: Vivienne Westwood knock-off
Bow brooch: Storenvy

This was the second coord I wore with this dress at my local lolita community's Christmas party!

Wig: Dreamholics
Cape: Dearli
Tights: Grimoire Brilliant Swan tights
Headbow & Shoes: Taobao offbrand
Purse: Vivienne Westwood knock-off

I wore several ear cuffs and clip-ons
since my ears aren't pierced.

Japanese Street Fashion Club group photo!
Me and my lovely friend Ann~ She should be a model for BBTSB!

I hope you enjoyed my first dolly kei coords! Have you tried dolly before?
Miss Kellie

Monday, December 15, 2014

Inspired Forest { Mori Shop Spotlight + DISCOUNT CODE }

Hello dear forest friends,

Today I wanted to share a friend of mine's mori etsy shop with you! Do you know Anie from Anie Inspired? Did you know she has an etsy shop with her own mori themed art and accessories? Here are my favorite selections from her shop.

Welcome to Inspired Forest

10% off discount code: MISSKELLIE 

Woodland Alphabet Poster print
Two turtle doves holiday cards
How to be a mori-girl zine
Acorns and Leaves charm bracelet

Rose Quartz & Amethyst ring

I hope you love my selections as much as I do! Anie is so talented is very dedicated to her shop. I definitely recommend looking around her store and I'm sure you'll find something that speaks to you on a forestry level (hehe). 

Love always,
Miss Kellie

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Doll from the Attic" Mori Coord + Red Bud Isle vlog

Hello my dear followers!

Today I wanted to share with you the coord I wore for a recent small meet-up with a couple local mori girls. We wanted to take advantage of the fall colors before winter takes over! The perfect place to enjoy the autumn scenery is Red Bud Isle, which is very colorful most of the year and even more colorful during the fall.

My main pieces are from Cawaii
Bag is customized from urban outfitters
Wig is from Dreamholics
Everything else is off-brand or taobao!

Hope you enjoyed my vlog! Is it still autumn where you are or did the leaves already fall?

Miss Kellie

Saturday, November 29, 2014

OTT Mori coord for Japanese Street Fashion Showcase

As some of you know, I'm the Vice President (currently standing in for the Pres.) of my university's Japanese Street Fashion Club. We recently were given the opportunity by the Japanese Association to hold a fashion show at their Fall Festival and I was in charge of the event. Since the festival was hosted at night, we weren't able to get good pictures of the show, but I definitely wanted to share my mori coord with you!

Sweater, blouses, underskirt- thrifted
Overdress, overshirt- forest girl fans
Socks, tights- ebay
Shoes- customized Angelic Imprint
Bag- customized Urban Outfitters
Purse- My mother's, from my great-aunt
Necklaces- my grandmother's
Hair accessory- handmade
Brooch- handmade from my line DoMoCu
I thought that the more Harajuku interpretation of mori (mostly lacy layers and lots of piled-on antique and lacy accessories) would be appropriate because our club is for Japanese Street Fashion, which implies something a little more over the top in reference to Harajuku and other popular fashionable street cultures. Also since it was a fashion show, I thought over the top would be more eye-catching and fun c:

We had such a great time performing and (in my humble opinion) totally stole the show away! I'm really proud of everyone I worked with on this project and will look forward to doing it again next year. 

Yours truly,
Miss Kellie

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mori Girl Google Hangout

The first of it's kind, as far as I know! Natalie of Vanillery Garden  is hosting a video chat "hangout" on Google for mori girls on December 27th!

The event page is here, but you have to join the Mori Girls group in order to access it. I will definitely be there, as will several other mori bloggers! Are you going? 

Yours truly,
Miss Kellie