Friday, February 18, 2011

Odd Fellows Collars Purchase

This is more of a dolly-kei relevant post, but I'm sure it may still be interesting to everyone.

I've seen quite a few beautiful "Odd Fellows" fraternity collars on dolly-kei street snapshot outfits and from Grimoire. They are quite expensive on the Grimoire shop website, so I never expected to be able to get a hold of one. Much to my surprise, I found a lot of inexpensive collars on Ebay. For those who are unfamiliar with the collars, they look like this:


And here are a few outfits I've seen them coordinated with:

They were very reasonably priced and beautiful so I went ahead and bought them (I was the only bidder). I payed for them on the 10th, they were shipped on the 15th and I just received them today. I contacted the seller before the auction was over to see if I could swap one of the collars for one in a different lot. He agreed to the switch if there were no other bidders on the lots (which there were not).

The package arrived in a large cardboard box and plastic bags and newsprint adds were used as cushioning. The postage price was also a little over $4 more than what I was charged for shipping. So I had won the lot of 5 collars and much to my surprise when they arrive, there were not 5, 6, or 7 collars... but 11! How exciting! The seller did not mention anything but it looks like he decided to give me all of the collar lots he had up for auction instead of the one I bought (no one else bid on the other 3 or 4 lots of collars). I feel so lucky! I'm going to contact the seller just to make sure this wasn't a mistake, but I think it would be kind of hard to mistakenly send me 11 collars instead of 5. I'm likely going to end up selling the repeats.

The collars were in a range or conditions and smelled a little old ;) Both machine and hand sewing techniques appear to have been used. Most of the clasps are not attached on one side, but that's easily fixable. I may just end up displaying the few that I feel are too fragile to wear. Not bad for an organization that was founded in 1819! Anyways, on the the pictures! (They are currently outside airing-out).

 Here's all of them above.

 Number 1 - gold and purple velor in great condition & definably wearable. The three chain links is an OF symbol.
 Close-up of the embroidery
 Number 2 - one of my favorites, gold embroidery on purple velvet with tassels! In wearable condition.
 Close up of crossed staff embroidery - another common symbol
 Numbers 3-6, yes I have four of these watermelon-colored velvet collars. All in slightly differing but wearable condition. (I'll probably end up selling the extra three)
 (Detached) clasp close-up.
 This one had it's tassels in the best condition.
 Number 7 - simple, wearable black and gold.
 Number 8 - Ornately American with Lodge patches and the FLT chain logo. Fair condition.
 Close-up of patches.
 Close-up of ribbons.
Number 9 - White with red trim and sequined embellishments. Wearable condition.
 Close-up of embellishment.
 Numbers 10 & 11 (only one pictured) - by far the oldest and most fragile/damaged. They would need a fair amount of work to restore to wearable condition but are still very lovely! (I'm also thinking about selling the extra - they are both in about the same fragile condition).
 Close-up of very worn embellishments.
 Damage at top center of collars (both have this)
 Close-up of hand-sewn fringe (I think all of the fringe is hand-sewn on all of the collars)
 Two of the collars had tags.
 Apparently they're from the same manufacturer?
The conditions of the undersides of the collar also vary - this one is pretty nice
 This one is a little more worn
 This one is in great condition

This one is in really nice condition as well.

That concludes my Odd Fellows collar adventure. Once they smell as little less, I'm going to start trying to pair coordinates with them. I don't think I own any dolly-kei clothing nice enough to coordinate with them though!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentines Day and thank you to all of my wonderful readers!

Tropical Style + Summer Curly Collection Scans

Quite a while ago on the mori girl lj comm I believe I read a post about a girl who lives in a tropical part of Asia and was looking for styling advice to suit her environment. I'm not sure why I suddenly remembered this, but I decided it might be a good idea to make a post for girl who may be in a similar position. This guide is intended to help those who live in more tropical parts of the world to in-cooperate their own unique surroundings into the mori-girl fashion. There are just as many natural resources and animals for inspiration as any forest! Perhaps those who live in southeast Asia, Hawai'i or just near a nice beach and want a summer alternative to thick woolen socks!

As we are all aware, the fashion is best suited for girl who appear to have stumbled out of a deep European forest. This may be a little discouraging for those who don't live where thick forests are common, and we do not want anyone to shy away from this fashion if they are indeed interested! Without further ado, here are my tips for girl who want to embrace mori-styling but live in a tropical environment.

I took a bit of inspiration from last summer's edition of Spoon & Spoon Travel magazines (The photos are from the Curly Collection shoot in Chiang Mai, Thailand).

Head wear -a must to protect your face from harsh sunlight
  • Straw hats
  • Frayed raffia hats
  • Tropical flowers
  • Boater hats 
  • Tropical leaf & flower crowns
Clothing - keep it cool and light!
  • Knee-length white/cream sundresses
  • Bright colors
  • Tribal patterns
  • Light cotton skirts
  • Peasant tops
  • Nautical stripes
  • Floral motifs 
  • Mexican/south American patterns 
Shoes - open to let the sand tickle your toes
  • Hemp sandals
  • faux leather sandals 
  • Bare foot on the beach!
  • Frayed ankle cuffs (think hula-skirts for your feet)
Bags - to carry your tropical treasures
  • Woven straw totes (very popular)
  • Burlap sack
  • Old feed bags 
  • Clean seafood sacks
  • Small woven baskets 
  • Light backpacks
Other Accessories - shells, silver and sea glass, oh my!
  • Shell jewelry
  • Wooden jewelry
  • Rope/hemp bracelets and necklaces
  • Sea glass-hued jewelry
  • Mexican/south American jewelry (stamped silver, gold etc.)
  • Nautical rope motif items
Hair & Make up - salty sun-kissed waves
  • Wild waves
  • French braids
  • Pig-tail braids
  • Fish-tailed braids 
  • Sun-faded colored highlights
  • Topknot buns
  • Sun-kissed glowing skin
  • Rosy blush
  • Freckles (use a brown eye pencil if you have none ;)
And here are the magazine scans

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monthly Challenge Theme: Grasses

 Theme: Grasses

No matter where you live, what temperature or time of the year it is, there is plenty of grass. Tall, billowing golden grasses or short, soft green sprouts that squirt when you squeeze them. I know moss is the usual forest motif preference of mori-girls, but we seem to forget the abundance and variety of grasses as well. Your challenge this month is to capture the movement, color and variety of the grasses around use. Document their shapes, sizes, colors, smells or even taste. Take modest samples or simply capture their existence through art. For this challenge, grass-stained knees are a must.

Valentines Day Cookies Brooches + Other Crafts

Hello everyone! Today I'd like to share a few quick and cute biscuit/cookies brooches I made. The materials were just felt, fluffing, pins and lace. I thought they would look cute on a scarf or collar for Valentines Day <3

Heart biscuit with lace bow

Heart, circle and rectangle biscuits

I also did a little bit more crafting~

Left-over lace sewn onto my backpack

More left-over lace on a cookie key chain

I didn't make this, but I re-glued the pin and thought it was too cute not to share! *

My favorite item - a vintage velvet rose brooch with lace/velvet/pompom strings

I thought it would look cute on a bag or outfit for both mori and classic lolita

 That was some pretty fun crafting!

* This is the artist who made the bunny brooch!

Friday, February 4, 2011

February Lifestyle Ideas

I almost forgot to do lifestyle tips for this month, sorry!

  • For Valentines day, make mori-themed valentines. Use pictures of forest animals, cute mushrooms, doilies and lots of lace!
  • Make this yummy rose cake (recepice by agewa) I know I'm going to try it!
  • Coordinate greens and browns with soft pink for a lighter look
  • Make more Valentines treats like rose brownies or lavender macaroon
  • Accessorize with mini silk or fabric roses - add them to your hair, scarves, jacket, wherever!
  • Bring a miniature rose home with you 
  • A simple lace or crochet collar adds a sweet touch to a coordinate
  • If you have a willing someone, give them a mori-makeover (couple photos, perhaps?)
  • Be your own Valentine and treat yourself to a gift from the mori-esque shop Ruche
  • If you have the time and space, why not adopt a small friend as your valentine?

Snow Day

My wish came true! I woke up to a blanket of snow and no school! I love how one inch of snow cancels school here! :D The snow was so light and powdery and so fun to play in! I couldn't resist taking a few photos in my matching fawn earmuff and collar set.