Friday, January 31, 2014

Miss Kellie goes to Rolling in Thyme & Dough

A few weeks ago I went with the Central Texas Mori Girls to a lovely breakfast place in Dripping Springs, called Rolling in Thyme & Dough! I've never had such flavorful food until I ate there with my family earlier this month and I just had to share my culinary find with the mori gals.

This time I had a delicious sandwich and my favorite drink of theirs; a dirty chai! Most coffee shops can make up a dirty chai (espresso + chai), but Rolling in Thyme & Dough makes by far the best.
Besides the yummy food, my favorite thing about the place was the decor and exterior!

The whole setting was very mori-esque and we had a blast taking fun photos. I only wish more girls could've come, because I know they would've enjoyed it as much as we did. ^^
The lovely Mia and myself! Check out her blog ^^

I hope you enjoyed going to this magical place vicariously! Hehe. The CTMG have a Valentine's crafting party this Sunday, so please look forward to my post about the event ^^

Have a fanciful Friday!


Miss Kellie ⚘

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Miss Kellie wears Pink Brown

Yesterday I went to a friend's birthday party and had a lot of fun with everyone ! ^___^

I ended up taking off the belt and replaced it with a dark brown one. The blue looks cute but I think it was too distracting. 

All of you pear shaped ladies know how hard it is to find good pants! These are the most flattering pants I've ever worn ( and they're velvet! ), but unfortunately, like all pants, they stretch out a bit as you wear them. I really need to take these to be dry cleaned so they'll shape up, but I'm currently out of cash. Pooh!

Since I wear wigs most days at school, I've been experimenting with hairstyles! I was thrilled to find out that I could finally do a milkmaid braid. I'm still working on blending the braids together more fluidly, but I still loved it. And I think the bow was a cute touch!

This is my favorite purse currently! I got it from taobao and it even came with a matching notebook and file folder. It's definitely my style and is very mori-able.

Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Pants: Anthropologie
Cardigan: Merona (Target)
Boots: Target
Belt: Target
Purse: Taobao
Pearls: My Granny's
Shoes: Second hand
Bow: Twinkle Mingle on Etsy. (totally recommend her, I had a wonderful transaction!)
Wig: Ebay, of course!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

MOR101: Mori kei vs. Natural kei

UPDATED 101114

One of the biggest questions in the mori community is, "What's the difference between mori kei and natural kei?" I think this is a great topic to discuss, since there seems to be a lot of confusion and since the styles are actually very different! Additionally, there is a lot of history here and you can make your own decision about my interpretation.

 The History

The oldest style between the two is the natural kei, but it has quite a different aesthetic than what I believe is most modern. Traditional natural kei came around the 1970s and is more shabby-chic. Moss Märchen was one of the leading natural kei blogs until she closed in late 2012, but she does a great job of explaining natural kei. Here are some images from her blog to give you an idea of traditional natural kei.

I think this style is slightly closer to what might have already been worn in the time period that it came about. Natural kei is described as being similar to "Little House on the Prairie," where the wearer lives on the edge of the forest but not quite in it, so she can afford more trendy clothing.

The mori term came around 2007, purposed to name a style that already existed. I really recommend checking out this video to show what Japanese mori girls thought about the style as it became recognized.

This is the literal difference between mori and natural kei. However, I want to propose a more modern interpretation of the difference...

 Mori Kei 

Firstly, mori kei, literally means "forest style." So, girls that dress in mori look like they live in and are from the forest. In my own interpretation, mori girls tend to have more of a "forest spirit" vibe. White or beige, lacy, lots of layers. Mori kei, over natural kei, tends to be more popular in Japanese street snaps, because it's more over the top than natural kei.

 Natural Kei

Natural kei is best described as the style of girls that live in a small town near the forest and will spend time in the woods. They are able to afford finer clothes, clothes with color, clothes with patterns, and a few whimsical or quirky pieces. Definitely less lace pieces, but not necessarily less layers (though natural kei can get away with fewer layers while mori kei cannot). Once mori began to become popular in the western culture, many people started tagging this type of mori also as natural kei. This was most likely confusion or in order to gain more attention to their posts, but I think that calling this natural kei is appropriate because it goes along with the concept of traditional natural kei (living on the edge of the forest), but with modern clothing (pants, for example).

My favorite natural kei brand is DearLi on Taobao!
Update: Lately, Dearli only has a few natural and mori pieces, but they're definitely super cute and deserve a look at.

❁ Remember

That most of the time, these two sister styles are crossed over and each are inspired by the other. Don't be afraid to mix them up or wear natural one day, then mori the next! Most of the time, I will say "mori kei" and mean both, since they're nearly the same in concept, but it's good to know the distinction and where the natural kei term originally came from in case you want to get technical. I leave it up to you to decide if you want to take on the modern interpretation of natural kei or not. ^^

Also check out my MOR101: Introduction to Mori Kei post, especially if you're confused about Choco's mori list.

The most important thing is to wear what makes YOU feel like a forest girl :)

Until next time,
Miss Kellie