Sunday, January 30, 2011


I would like to share a new hobby I'm discovering... stamp collecting! No, not postage stamps, rubber stamps. I'm not sure where the interest sprouted from, but I have quickly fallen in love. Rubber stamps have a very nostalgic and natural feel, don't they?

These are the first two stamps I have bought (notice that they are a fern and fawn)? (^_^)

I decided to make stationary envelopes with them, but I smell a new banner image possibly as well!

Oh! and the cute air mail pouch that the stamps are sitting on was Christmas gift my friend purchased from Fred Flare

My most recent stamp purchase is a little biscuit cookie from this shop. I would really like to get my hands on a few lace stamps and adhesive lace tape as well.

 Here are a few other cute ones:

I haven't bought anything from this shop yet, but here are a few of my favorite stamps and stamp sets:

I hope to establish a cute collection of stamps <3

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's in My Bag?

I'm always really interested in seeing "what's in my bag" type photos and posts, I guess that's a little creepy... Or maybe my OCD just enjoys seeing items evenly spaced. Anyways, I thought I'd try one! My style is a cross between classic lolita, and mori-girl/natural kei aesthetics, so my bag contents tend to reflect that. This was fun to make ^_^

My actual bag (bag from Japan, lace collar from EGL comm)

  1. Innocent World ribbon wallet (my pride and joy) + Capybara-san cookie key chain
  2. Sanrio 2011 date-mate (got from the Sanrio fashion show)
  3. "Catch-all" journal for miscellaneous thoughts
  4. New vintage home economic guidebook
  5. Black glove for chilly weather
  6. Ipod Nano + Deary Lou case 
  7. Bert's Bees Honey chap stick 
  8. Choward's Violet mints (they taste like flowers!)
  9. My Keys 
  10. My LG Optimus phone + HK/Lawson screen cleaner 

 So what's in your bags? Do you have a bag post (yet)? If so, link away!

Stationary Goodies

I made a wonderful discovery at my local craft store this weekend <3 Cute shabby-chic stationary items... for only $1 each! Squee! >3<

I also picked up some vintage DIY valentines... they're almost too cute to give away :p

Another vintage goodie: a 50's style home economics guide book

I also got a few more things, but you'll have to wait for a later post to see them ;)

Calico Critters

It's finally happened everyone. I've caught on to the Calico Critter craze... and I couldn't be happier! I first saw these cute little fuzzy dolls on blogs like Pink Milk Tea and in toy stores in Japan. (Although they are known as Sylvanian Families in Japan). They even sell complete houses and furniture for these little cuties. These tiny critters just scream mori! I want to keep them all in my pockets <3 From the wide variety of forest families to their dainty calico clothing and aprons. There joints are pose-able and are very well made. My boyfriend bought me the grey Cottontail Rabbit family for Christmas and I bought the Hedgehog twins soon after. They are usually sold in family 4-packs and baby twin packs of the matching family (sold separately). Aren't they just adorable? I want to start using them in little photo shoots! The Calico Critter website has all the families avaliable plus cute games and activities! The Hopscotch rabbits and deer are next on my wish list~ Is it just me or am I growing younger as I get older v_v;;

Here's a cute Japanese commercial:

My Cotton-tail rabbit family!




... and Sister!

These are my Pickleweeds Hedgehog twins

Little Brother

and little Sister~
I hope you found these cute!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Magazine Scans: Nu Comfie

Nu Comfie Magazine 
I received lots ogf happy comments about my last magazine scan post, so I broke out one of the other magazines I bought in Japan from last summer. Not everything was quite mori, but I thought it had a lot of cute outfits and decor. Scanning magazines is harder than it looks! (>.<) Enjoy~

Friday, January 7, 2011

Who's That Mori Girl? Frida Kahlo

I would like to present the next notable mori-girl in this series; Frida Kahlo. The self-taught painters was born July 6, 1907 as Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón in Coyoacán, Mexican . Kahlo was best known for her self-portraits, often including natural motifs as well as national and indigenous tradition, and the depiction of the female experience and form. 

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition figure prominently in her work, characterizing her work as folk art.  Her work has also been described as "surrealist", and in 1938 one surrealist described Kahlo herself as a "ribbon around a bomb". 

Frida is seated far right
Kahlo contracted polio at age six, which left her right leg thinner than the left, which Kahlo disguised by wearing long, colorful skirts. Through out her life she suffered health problems, many of which stemmed from a traffic accident in her teenage years. These issues are reflected in her works, more than half of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best". 

On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was riding in a bus when the vehicle collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries in the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. An iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus, which seriously damaged her reproductive ability. Reproductive imagery is also a common theme in her work. 

Kahlo also has a very unique sense of style, often adorning her hair with ribbons, fresh flowers and other headdresses. While she experimented with both feminine and masculine styles of dress, she often opted for traditionally patterned skirts, dresses and shawls dripping in lace and tassels. Her ethnic style of dress and layering mimics the shape of mori-girl fashion. Her choice of vivid hues is somewhat unfamiliar to natural-kei styles, but did reflect the traditionaly styling of her clothing.

Frida also opted for a natural styling when it came to her hair. She often declared that she was proud of her facial hair (eyebrows) and chose not to tame them. 

Kahlo also kept a variety of unusual pets including deer, hawks, monkeys Mexican hairless dogs; thought to have healing properties. 

Kahlo's sense of personal styling and affinity for nature clearly reflects a mori sensibility and lifestyle. 

More information on Frida's life can be found here.