Monday, June 6, 2011

Mori Girl Monday : Budget Friendly Coordinates

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Back on another Monday with a few more quick coordinates! I've listed how much each item cost for these outfits. I've had most of these items for a while, so I've tried to be as accurate with the prices as possible. I hope this is helpful for those on a budget!

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This outfit uses store-bought, second-hand, and hand-made items. Its layers and knits make it perfect for autumn or early spring.
This outfit uses a t-shirt tunic from H&M ($12) as the first layer (it's underneath everything), a yellow plaid dress from Forever 21 (clearance for $16) that has faux leather straps & covered buttons, a long brown knit vest from the thrift store ($3) that has been decorated with lace and a woolen bow, and a hand-made skirt underneath (materials cost $10).
The scarf, which is a rose design, is from the thrift store ($1). The brown faux leather bag, perfect for holding treasures found on a walk through the woods is from H&M (around $15). The beautiful necklace, which has bits of lace and trim attached, is a gift from a friend (check out her blog: Moss Garden). Again, the shoes are a cheap online find (around $12).

On to the next outfit...

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I thought it would be fun to put together an outfit only using items I already own that I found at the thrift store. I cheated a little by adding the inexpensive pocketwatch necklace. It looks a little plain, but I think it demonstrates how easy it is to find things that work for mori girl. The long sleeve shirt cost $1, the knit tank cost $1, and the skirt was around $3. That's only $5! Add some sandals and a few accessories, and you're ready to go.

Let's see it spiced up a bit with some brown items...

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First let's count in the necklace, which was $6. The hat was found online for around $20, the H&M bag again for about $15, a vintage lace valence (found at a thrift store) with a scrap of lace for a belt cost about $4, the brown Loft skirt from the thrift store was $5, and the shoes found online for around $12.
This outfit comes in at approximately $67

Thanks for looking, and see you again on Monday!

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mori Girl Monday: Quick Basic Outfit Coordinate

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There are two things to really keep in mind when putting together a mori girl outfit. They are colour and material. Mori girls use a palette of earth tones (you'll sometimes see other colours mixed in, but we're sticking to the basics here). Materials are commonly natural, like cotton, linen, straw, and wool. Of course, you don't need every item of your outfit to be 100% natural. Many blends of synthetic fiber look quite natural, so pay closer attention to the look and the feel of items (stay away from anything shiny and fake looking!). Of course, mori girl wouldn't be the interestingly unique fashion it is without experimentation, but it's easiest to stick to these notions when just starting out.

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One of the best things about mori girl (besides how comfortable and charming it is) is how easy it is to find pieces for it. A trip to the local thrift store, or some browsing on ebay/etsy is sure to turn up, at the very least, one thing that can be easily incorporated into a mori girl outfit. An added bonus is that this makes it a very affordable fashion. Recently, stores have picked up on a natural/bohemian trend so it's quite easy to find accessories and other things that fit well with the fashion.

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(Photo from Wonder Rocket staff blog)

Layering is an important element of mori girl. If you find a skirt or dress that you think would look great in a mori girl outfit, but think that it's too short, then try layering it with a longer skirt. If you have two skirts of similar length that you want to incorporate into the same outfit, you can pin one up so that the other skirt can be seen underneath. The mori girl look of many textures and colours is achieved through layering, so don't be afraid to play around with it.

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Here is a fall or spring outfit for when it starts getting warm, but there's still a bit of a chill. Almost everything here is second-hand or homemade. The woolen capelet, which I made, is dark brown with a beaded closure. The dress is actually a skirt (brand: Old Navy) from a thrift store that has an elastic shirred waist, so it can be worn wherever you want. It has also been tea dyed. The dark brown skirt (brand: Anne Taylor Loft), belt, and vintage lace lace hanky are also from a thrift store. The pocket watch necklace and boots were purchased brand new online from bodyline and ebay, respectively.

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This is a slight variation on the outfit for a warmer day. The capelet has been taken away, and a vintage lace shawl has been added, along with a straw boater hat. The lace shawl is actually a valance, but it is very soft and detailed, unlike a lot of newer lace. The boater is from H&M.
Each outfit cost around $40-$60 total.

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So, as you can see, there are many pieces out there just waiting for you to find them and use them in your own mori girl outfit as you see fit. I'll be back next week with more mori girl coordinates <3

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tokyo: Asia Girls Explosion


(one of Yoshiki's "Yoshikimonos." Photo © Shizuo Kambayashi)
Yoshiki presented his new line "Yoshikimono" at Asia Girls Explosion, which he co-produced and hosted this past weekend in Tokyo.

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Series: Mori Girl Monday


(Actress Aoi Yu; photo from Dandelion)
Let's start kicking off the week with some back-to-basics, mori girl inspired posts. For those that do not know, mori girl (literally: forest girl) is a Japanese style based on a natural, woodsy look. It is said that the mori girl appreciates the little things in life. Many second-hand, handmade and vintage pieces are incorporated into this fashion that, according to legend, started on the social networking site Mixi back around 2007.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I Do Declare at DoV: Secret Life of Toys

Here is just a small sampling of what I Do Declare presented at Dance's of Vice: The Secret Life of Toys.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Prospect Park: September 2010

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday! For those in the cooler climates, here are some pictures from this past autumn to warm you up. Some lolitas had a picnic in Prospect Park. It was such a lovely day!


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New York Comic Con & Anime Fest 2010

This is long overdue! I didn't take a ton of pictures because I was busy the entire weekend with panels, presenting in the fashion show, and helping out here and there. Comic Con was huge and awesome. The Robot Chicken panel was my favorite, even though I was only there for about 20 minutes of it. Anyway, enough talk, on to the picures!


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