Year of the Sun Resolutions

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it
– L. M. Montgomery

New Year’s Resolutions are a bit like the holidays – they are full of hope for some people but mostly (at least where I come from) they are met with contempt, a remnant of stupider times, a relic that nobody really wants, handed down by well-meaning but square and archaic ancestors) by which I mean grandparents and meddling aunts and the like).
I, however, like New Year’s Resolutions. I like fresh starts in general, and while I agree with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s quote above that every day can be a new start I always felt extremely comfortable with the concept and symbolism of a new year.

As cliché as “new year, new me” might be I like making resolutions and even if I don’t always stick to them here are mine for 2019:

Skip fewer Historical Dancing classes

I’m one of those people who enjoy sports and movement but has to drag herself to actually do it. Having regular classes helps a bunch, though, and with friends they even double as social time (two birds, one stone). Historical Dancing also has the merit of being not only fun but also useful for LARP purposes (provided I can make my crew dance at some point) and other projects. It also helps to have people who kind of hold me accountable, or who just expect to see me there because I’m a regular, which I’m trying to become.

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Work off those UFO kilos

While I did a decent job losing some of my own weight last year my project piles were not so successful. No matter if by completion or by throwing them out I want to reduce my UnFinished Objects to at most half the workbench storage (as I’m typing this the whole thing is stuffed to the brim with precariously balanced piles on top). I not only want to craft more again, I want to use what I’ve got and I want to FINISH things.

Do more Yoga & swim more

In the same vein as my dancing resolution I want to do more yoga – the mindfulness is good for me and it’s a great way o get the blood flowing in the morning – and to get back into swimming. The next indoor pool is only a couple of minutes from my place so I’ve got no decent excuse not to go swimming at least every other week. Maybe I’ll invest in a waterproof mp3, too, so I can soak up info (hello, vast world of podcasts and audio books!) and splash around at the same time.

Explore

Explore

I’ve been living in Hanover for over two years now and I feel like I’ve seen nothing yet. I want to get to know this place more, learn its secrets, its hidden gems, its past.
And I want to go out into the world as well. Leave my comfort zone. Discover new places, see more cities and castles and cursed towers. I want to travel, not even necessarily outside the country because there are so many spots to find here yet – and on the way find out more about myself, too.

Make the Content I’d like to see

I think this might be a two-part resolution because it includes the question what it is that I want to see in the first place. I see a bit of a journey ahead of me in that regard but I’m looking forward to it.There are so many things I want to make – mostly videos but I want to revive this blog – or rather, revitalise because it’s not dead, I only need a good healer, not a necromancer – with its original thoughts and a good dose of faerie glamour.

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Be fae and feral

I think these will be my defining words for 2019. I like them. I’m fae. And I was feral once, wild and untamed. It’s not that I don’t value civilisation – I’m writing this on my tablet and you’re reading it over the internet and I spend uncanny amounts of time on YouTube and Netflix, and thrifting is hard without civilisation, you know – it’s more that I feel like I’m missing something about myself. And this thing I hereby, in passing, vow to find again.
I think this one actually ties in well with all my other resolutions, especially the exploring and crafting ones. And I can’t wait to see where it’ll take me.

Of course and as always there are the tiny ones – watch what I eat, read more, spend more time outside, the works – but these are the big ones. Do you have any resolutions, big or small, for this year? I’d love a comment about them (I’m always curious).

This post is part of #28DaysOfBlogging, a challenge to post every day in February.
Today’s posts on other (predominantly German) participating blogs:

Increase Creativity | Mondkunst | Haus und Beet | Digitallotsen | Mami Rocks | Applethree | Vorunruhestand | Gut Essen in München

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 13

13: What films, if any, inspire your Mori look and life?

Once again I had a hard time choosing, but here are three of my favourites:

Miss Potter

Miss Potter, 2006

The charming biographic picture about illustrator, mycologist and proto-Mori Girl Beatrix Potter is one of the best things for me to watch in a calm and gentle mood. The scenery is beautiful and the merging of the real world and Beatrix’ imagination is most wonderfully done.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables, 1985 By which I as always mean the miniseries from the 80s because I still haven’t had the time and mood to watch the new Netflix or PBS rendition.
Anne’s vivid imagination and positive outlook is something that works very well with my own take on Mori. I also adore the look of rural turn-of-the-century outfits and interior.

Brave

Brave, 2012

Merida is living my dream life (that is, if I had to live in roughly defined medieval times without internet). She spends her days in the forest, or climbing, or at the shore, and she gets to eat pretty baked goods.
For me Mori lifestyle isn’t only about quiet and calm, though, but also about choosing your own destiny, your own way. Brave is a film that applies to all aspects of my life, anyway, so I had to include it here.
There’s also the aspect of magic with the wisps which makes me dream of the woodlands again…

What films and series inspire you to dress like you belong in a forest or woodland village?

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

(Pictures in this post belong to the respective production companies.)

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 10

What are your favorite books? Do you think they are Mori or not?

Mori Challenge: Books | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI find it super hard to name favourites when it comes to books, so I just went with literature I find myself coming back to, my comfort books, if you will.

  1. Winnie Pooh. I think the original adventures – set in a timeless forest full of gentleness and warmth – go very well with my idea of Mori lifestyle.
  2. The Moomins. My boyfriend calls them “depressed albino potatoes” which isn’t too far off, to be honest, but they have a whimsy about them that fits the style very well. I’d also consider Snufkin a Mori person as well.
  3. Life on Seacrow Island. More Hama than Mori but still one of my favourites.
  4. Discworld. While some of the books aren’t mori-esque at all I think the witches and especially the books about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men could well be considered mori. And then there’s [Sagen und Legenden der Scheibenwelt] which centers around all the myths and folklore Pratchett used for inspiration in his novels, folklore being a wonderfully mori-esque field of study and all.
  5. Anne of Green Gables. With all her make-believe and her outlook on life and the beauty surrounding her Anne definitely makes for a good Mori girl example.

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 2

2. Who is/are your Mori idols? Who inspires your fashion?

This one is incredibly hard for me because I usually find my inspiration everywhere, and rarely with other people as such. Alas, after quite some thinking I came up with a few people and personas and characters who inspire my Mori Kei endeavours.

Choco’s Handbook

Choco's Style & Fashion Handbook: My Mori Kei inspirations | Hedgefairy
Choco’s Style & Fashion Handbook | via

The original handbook on Mori Kei has spreads that vary greatly from what we see most of when we look for inspiration for the style nowadays. The outfits are more colourful and less ethereal, and while I have nothing whatsoever against the sylphs of Mori Kei I think this is what I identify more with.
It’s rather hard to find scans of the book online after the one blog that actually wrote about it closed down but with a little luck you can still find the pictures.

Anne Shirley of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables: My Mori Kei inspirations | Hedgefairy
Anne of Green Gables (CBC & PBS 1985) | via

I am of course referring to my favourite adaption, the 80s miniseries with Megan Follows starring as our heroine (among other things because I haven’t seen Anne with an E yet). It’s not only her outfits that are compelling me to think of her as a Mori girl but also her outlook on life and general lifestyle. And pinafores just always work, don’t they.

Dickon Sowerby from The Secret Garden

Julia Sarda: Secret Garden Characters: My Mori Kei inspirations | Hedgefairy
Julia Sarda | via

The ultimate Mori person, this heathland-grown Yorkshire boy is a friend to all living things, knows a lot about gardening and is the wild yet gentle spirit I absolutely long to be when I think of Mori Kei.

Yu Aoi

Yu Aoi for Pretty Style: My Mori Kei inspirations | Hedgefairy
Yu Aoi for Pretty Style | via
Yu Aoi for Pretty Style: My Mori Kei inspirations | Hedgefairy
Yu Aoi for Pretty Style | via

Even though I couldn’t really get into Hagu when I watched the Honey and Clover anime I really adore the actress portraying her in the live-action adaption. Her style in photo shoots are is just so adorable and she’s awfully pretty, too!

This Dear Li Model

Dear Li model: My Mori Kei inspirations | Hedgefairy
Dear Li | via

Or is it their designer or stylist, then, rather? Anyhoo, I adore the outfit she is wearing and the fox hat – we definitely need more felt animal hats in Mori Kei.

Who are your Mori Kei inspirations?

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

Exploring Mori: Natural Kei

Now, some of you, after reading the title, will say something like “But Natural Kei isn’t a Mori substyle!”, and you’ll be right. In my book, however, Mori and Natural Kei are tightly related and the former sort of evolved out of the latter so I thought it was just right to cover this style, too.

Most definitions – especially about the difference between Mori and Natural Kei – cite some source about how Natural Kei looks more like someone who lives close to the woods but not inside (as opposed to Mori) and hence can afford more “trendy” things. Are you fucking kidding me. Natural Kei is far better suited to run around in the woods in than frikkin’ layer-over-layer white lace mori. Have you ever tried going through brambles in a pretty lacey flowy dress made out of thin muslin layers? I’ve tried going through brambles in padded pants and thick woolen jumpers, and it’s still a feat to talk about.

And there’s nothing more trendy about sturdy fabric and flannel. So fuck that.

Okay. After that unnecessarily ranty part I’ll go back to usual business. While writing this post – over the course of a few weeks – I kind of despaired about the fact that I covered most of the Natural Kei style topic in my Sarah Kay and Holly Hobbie posts and kept repeating myself. It’s tiresome but to have a complete article about the style I fear it’s necessary. Now. Business.

Natural Kei came up in the 1970s in Japan, at the same time the West had a surge of nostalgia for prairie dresses and turn-of-the-century styles itself. In the end Natural Kei was an inspiration for the creation of the Mori Kei style about 30 years after its own birth as a fashion.

I’d say that the main difference between Mori and Natural Kei is the choice of materials, amount of layers and the fit. Closer to actual historic styles the dresses’ bodices are tighter, sometimes even laced, the layers are usually between two and three and there are a lot more patterns going on. Again, see the Holly Hobbie/Sarah Kay post.

Imagine Little House on the Prairie. Imagine Anne of Green Gables. Imagine Medicine Woman.

 

Natural Kei (Pants Edition)

Natural Kei (Pants Edition)

Natural Kei

Natural Kei

So here we go for the “Must-Haves” list:

  • a patterned dress, preferably in deep nature colours such as chestnut or dark green
  • or a comfy pair of pants, maybe corduroy
  • if you wear pants: braces!
  • a wide linen shirt and a nice vest
  • tie-up or granny boots
  • some sort of hat (a boater hat or a newsboy cap would be ideal) or bonnet

  • something knit
  • something with a floral pattern
  • a leather satchel or school bag

Natural Kei is a little more vintage, maybe a little bit more appropriate for more formal occasions than mori alone and accessories can be made easily from old linens (like the apron: take a rectangle and add ties). No tutorials this time, I already used them up on the Sarah/Holly post.

Have a wonderful rest weekend!

Mori Media, Part I

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I’ve seen more than one of these for Lolita but I can’t recall one for Mori, so here’s a list of mori-able books, films and series for you!

🐇 Miss Potter.
Film (2006).
A fantastical biopic on Beatrix Potter, creator of wonderful characters and beautiful illustrations. As someone who preferred the countryside and the quiet live there to the big city troubles she might as well be counted as a prototypical Mori girl. All of Miss Potter’s works might count as a source of Mori amusement themselves. The illustrations are inspiring and pretty, as is the depicted-on-screen life in the country.
Sadly, her ambitions as a mycologist aren’t part of the picture as well, but this might have been too much to pack into a tight space of 92 minutes.

🌱 The Secret Garden.
Book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
There have been several adaptions, but none of them will ever beat the original for me. Mary Lennox might be insufferable at first but slowly grows into a Mori girl with the help of nature’s wonder, a robin, a cranky gardener, her shut-in cousin and – a rare example – perfect Mori boy Dickon.
Let the book (or one of the adaptions) inspire you to experiment with gardening and the healing aspects of nature and the growing life all around us, and of course the costumes in every screen version, too. Don’t be to jealous of Dickon’s menagerie of fantastic pets, though (I know I am).

🍁 Anne of Green Gables.
Books by Lucy Maud Montgomery; miniseries (1985-87).
There’s more than this one adaption, but it is my favourite, so I mention it specifically. References to Anne Shirley have been scattered around this blog since (nearly) its beginning. She has inspired me again and again to dare to dream, to allow myself to be wrapped up in my fairytale-loving mind once in a while, and of course to wear pretty pinafore dresses and striped high-collar blouses. Tomorrow is always fresh, without any mistakes in it. Let that sink in.
The book’s also available at Project Gutenberg, by the way, and apparently there’s a musical adaption, too. I’ve got to check that one out.

🐁 Brambly Hedge.
Books by Jill Barklem; Stop Motion TV specials (1996).
Oooh, Brambly Hedge. The tiny, extremely detailed cross sections of tree-stump houses. The cute clothing. The description of picnics and feasts. The fact that the entire cast are mice. How is that not wonderful? As for Mori qualification: Living in the woods? Check. One with nature? Check. Slow living? Check. Cute? Check. Also, check.
The picture at the beginning of this post is from their official website, all credit goes to them.

🌿 Pettson & Findus.
Books, by Sven Nordqvist; several adaptions.
For those who don’t know this children’s book series, it’s about a (sometimes) grumpy old farmer named Pettson and his speaking, trouser-wearing cat Findus. There are also the muckles, little beings that live in and around the farm-house, too. Pettson and Findus cherish the small adventures that happen all the time, and there’s also a year book with ideas for every month that I recommend strongly for everyone who likes gardening and being outside in general.
Also, and I just mention this in case you don’t know yet, the illustrations are the cutest. And they have a official website, too!

🌰 The Secret of Kells.
Film (2009). I already wrote a post on this film over five years ago, but it’s still on my list. Again, the artwork is just beautiful, and the overall style is very serene (except for the Viking hordes, of course).

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As the post title suggests this is but the first list of, well, maybe not many, but more than one. Are there any films or books you’d recommend for Mori people that I forgot (or maybe have an opinion on one of those on the list)?