Sunday, March 30, 2014

Forest Girl 30 Day Challenge

20-  How do you feel about the fairly prevalent use of fur in mori girl?
If they're vintage or fake; then I'm okay with that.  I just avoid the newly-made ones as much as possible.  Luckily, I learned a little bit about clothing materials from my fashion instructors on how to nitpick some fabrics apart. 
21- Where do you get most of your mori girl closet?
No where specific.  I worked in fashion retail for five years,  so I've browsed in many neighboring stores. Like, I would find one piece from Sears and another piece from a thrift store. I also did a little bit of online shopping too.  For me, all it takes is a little bit of *forest fantasy* imagination and personal style to create a mori girl outfit.  I may not always follow 100 percent by a subcultural fashion's rulebook-- but I felt that I was still able to portray fantasy aspect of the style. 
22- What trends do you see taking the mori girl community by storm soon?
I've been noticing a rising trend of the black forest girl style by girls from North America, Europe, and Australia (oh the power of the internetz).  It works well on a lot of girls with cool-tone complexion.   Black is a classic color.  Now that I discovered American Horror Story, I get a bit of inspiration from that show.   For me, personally, I like to add in some deep reds and forest greens into my outfit.  
23- is your hair long or short? what’s your favorite hairstyle?
My hair is long at the moment.  I can't say that I have a favorite hairstyle, because I can't pick one favorite. I'm the kind of person who likes mild changes.  A few years ago, I had short hair in an A-line style-- I loved it, but my hair grew pretty quickly.  I also like my long mermaid hair too. I might have to cut my hair into a bob again to practice my hair cutting.    

Monday, March 17, 2014


For almost the whole year, I have been going through quite some changes.  So much has happened, and time flew by quickly.

In the end, I'm happy with the choices I made for myself, as I feel I have cleansed my soul.  Last February, I quit retail-- I worked there for about five years.  I decided to continue to study fashion, even if fashion doesn't offer me a sustainable income, it is part of my hobby, afterall.  It was a bit risky quitting my old job, but I have found temporary work places at a county fair and at a junior college bookstore.

Now, I'm working as a receptionist at a hair salon pending to get into a local beauty school.  I don't plan on making fortunes, I'm content with living modestly-- I just need enough to enjoy art and live comfortably.  Fashion will always be my life-long passion, but for now, it will just be something that I'll work on the side.  Although I'm still a busy person, my new lifestyle allowed me some wiggle room for my love life (boyfriend), family time (sister), and for my quiet time.  Maybe I just got lucky, but I'm glad that I didn't ignore what my heart values.

What are some of the changes you are proud of? Do share!

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Pinks

Dreamy late winter (more like spring in Cali) photos. Visit my Flickr here:

Monday, February 10, 2014

Awesome Links

♥ Cute cocktails recipes to try out!

♥ Adorable 3DS xl/ll cat case.

♥ This is now part of my favorite programs list.  Since I'm studying fashion, it's very inspiring to watch.

♥ A game with a beautiful story line.

♥ Catbug's away team.

♥ DIY floral letters!


Outfit Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day to me is a holiday about love, not just about romantic kind of love-- there's family love and friendship love. I created some outfit ideas for Valentine's Day.

Breakfast Date/ Casual Hangout  
Breakfast Date

I don't only think of red when it comes to Valentine colors, I also think of pastel colors too-- just like candy hearts! Just imagine walking out in a frosty morning to catch a breakfast date before your work shift starts.
*Ideally I would prefer a darker colored knitted tights instead of the light ones, but you get the idea.

Spontaneous Lunch Date
Spontaneous Lunch Date

If you reside in a warmer area like me (Northern California's temperature can be neutral in February), then  I would say this is a great outfit for a day out.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to go out for lunch-- but I can save this for a non-workday! Basically, I just played around with bright Barbie colors.

Candlelight Dinner Date- Oooh la la
Dinner Date

Any kind of flattering solid black dress should do!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Eve- New Year's Day

First Picture: Doll-like Bodyline jacket thrown over my grunge outfit.

Second Picture: Peter pan collared shirt and sparkly hot shorts.

Listening to Mario Paint's version of LCD Soundsystem's Dance Yrself Clean.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Greatest Gifts

So I read an article about the unfortunate side about having a birthday near Christmas.  Most people who were born in December agreed that having a birthday near Christmas is awful.  To be honest, I didn't think it was that big of a deal for me that my birthday is on the Winter Solstice.  What is also funny is that I had classmates who spoke out for me on how "terrible" it must have been for me to get "Birthday-and-Christmas" presents, when I really wasn't upset at my own birth date.  Growing up, I wasn't best with keeping track of quantity when it comes to presents and I didn't care if they used Holiday gift wraps for my birthday presents.  I received some random things that I liked-- that was good enough for me.

I know for sure my birthday celebrations during some of my teenage years weren't the best.  Then again, growing through total awkwardness makes things less ideal in general.  As I got older,  the celebrations did get better because I figured out a lot about myself and was more in touch with my taste.  I think having a birthday near Christmas is nice  because when it comes to late night outings, I can observe Holiday decorations.  Sure, I may not be able to invite loads of people during my celebration since most are busy during December, but given that I'm a natural introvert, a big gathering isn't necessary for me.

Like the past few years, Adam took me out to dinner and we strolled around downtown and the neighborhood to observe pretty lights.  All the birthday celebrations I had with him have been magical.  Sometimes I confuse my own birthday for Christmas or Christmas just starts early for me.

On Christmas Eve, we wrapped gifts as we embraced the cute wrapping supplies we found from a box that Adam's parents had preserved.  There were shiny wrapping papers, cute-printed sticker tags, and sparkly bows and ribbons to pick from.  I was "that person" who likes to do pretty box- wrapping, therefore, I had enjoyed wrapping papers.

After that, Adam and I lie on a carpet in the dark next to the freshly-cut Christmas tree in his living room.  The tree had colorful lights around, which made them looked like glowing skittles.  We sniffed the tree scent-- it smelled like winter pine.  As we lie down on the carpet next to the tree, we talked all night reflecting on childhood memories that mostly involved our past holiday experiences.  Our conversation was a mix of sadness (nostalgia) and happiness rolled into one, and I can't really pinpoint why, exactly.  But I knew that deep reflection from that night was quite a gift.

I wore my favorite cream-colored coat on my birthday.  Happy Holidays!