Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Trees are Finally Turning

Well it seems like it took a while, but the trees are finally getting really colorful here.  I went out on Saturday and took some photos around the yard.  Unfortunately several of them didn't turn out very good once I uploaded them to the computer.  I'll have to try again when the weather clears.  It's really cloudy and rainy here today, but the weather on Saturday was gorgeous.  Just look at this sky!

This is our cottonwood tree.  There aren't many leaves left now after the rain.  The maples in the fence row are changing, too.  I took this picture earlier last week.

The color doesn't show up very well in the photo, but it's really a pretty gold color.  Our neighbors have a couple that are a fabulous bright orange.  Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to go down in the woods and get some good photos.

Some years ago my mom found a Solomon's Seal plant down in our woods.  She transplanted it to the yard and now it has formed a colony.  They turn a lovely golden yellow in the fall and have fruits that kind of look like blueberries hanging along the stem.

While I was out in the yard looking around I spied this little cedar tree struggling to find room under one of the maple trees.  I'll have to dig it up and move it to its own area so it will have plenty of room.

I just have one more photo to show.  I have another Mori outfit to share.  I'll make another post later this week to tell you about my Mori haul.

I'll see you all later!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

First Frost

Well, last night we had our first frost of the season.  Luckily I had already gotten most of the potted plants inside.  I moved the last of the herbs in yesterday evening.  I think everything in my yard would have been fine, though.  Since my yard is surrounded by trees and shrubs it needs to get down into the 20's before I really have any plant damage.  The roses seem just fine.  They'll bloom up until we get a hard freeze.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Busy Weekend

Had a busy weekend here.  We celebrated my Uncle's 90th birthday on Sunday, and I was asked to help put the photo boards together for the party.  So, I didn't have much time to do fun Mori things over the weekend.  I do have another outfit coord to show, though.  This was from last week.

And with the cardigan:

I think that's all for now.  I can't think of anything else to add.  I do have a couple of pieces of jewelry that I made but, I haven't gotten photos of them yet.  Hopefully I'll get them up later this week. 

 Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I am a Mori Girl

I can't believe how long it's been since I updated this!  I really need to do better here.  Maybe if I give myself a concrete goal for posting I could keep up.  Well, this is Tuesday so, how about I update at least once a week on Tuesday.  There, I've put it in writing!  Now I can't back out and I have no excuses for not getting in a regular update.  Perhaps I should put a reminder on my phone, too.  Hmmm...probably not a bad idea since I still have to have an alarm remind me to take my allergy meds.  There!  Now that that's done on to the new blog post!

I have recently been thinking about updating my wardrobe.  It's been basically jeans and t-shirts for several years now and I'm tired of them.  Don't get me wrong I love my jeans and T's it's just that I'm ready to wear something else sometimes.  So, in looking on Pinterest for some ideas I stumbled across the Japanese street fashion movement called Mori kei.

'Mori' means 'forest' in Japanese and that's the feeling that the style tries to evoke, that of someone who lives in a forest-type setting.  Now I'm not sure which forests they're taking their inspiration from, but it certainly isn't the one I live in!  The style consists mainly of loose, flowing layers; soft neutral or pastel colors; and lots of layers.  Floral and fauna images and prints are acceptable and Scandinavian-style patterns are also popular.  The clothes also seem to have more detailing than a lot of other styles that I'm used to.  Pintucks and pleats on blouses, ruffles and lace on skirts, and peter-pan collars all add to the overall look.  However, I would never wear this style out for a ramble in my woods!  All those loose, flowing layers would get hopelessly tangled in the underbrush and briars!

I have a Pin-board of many outfits now for inspiration called 'I'd Wear This'.  I keep adding to it as I find new photos on a daily basis.  I'm trying to incorporate at least a semblance of the style into my everyday wardrobe.  I've found (due to a major closet and dresser drawer clean-out) that I already had several items that were great for the Mori style that I'm going for.  The area thrift stores also yielded a veritable treasure trove of goodies.  The problem I seem to be having is that the weather is not cooperating very well.  We are now into the third week of October (well into the fall season) and the temperatures are still in the 60s.  It's very hard to do much layering in the warmer weather.  Anyway, here is a picture I took of me in my first attempt at wearing a Mori style outfit for work.  (It ended up being way too hot!)

This was also my first time being photo-bombed. :D  I think I did ok for a first attempt.  I'll probably be wearing most all my outfits to work which means skirts are out.  I'll be wearing jeans or kahkis mostly. Shoes are also giving me a hard time.  I have wide feet and a high instep so finding shoes that fit right is becoming more and more of a problem.

Accessorizing my outfits will be a snap, though!  Since I make jewelry I figured I could just make a few things that would work.  Well, I found a line of jewelry components at Hobby Lobby that were perfect for the Mori style, and they were half off!!  WOOT!!  So, I have been crafting jewelry like mad to go with my new look.


Bracelets & Earrings

I've been having too much fun with this style to do much else lately.  I'll try to get some fall photos up soon.