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Thank You!

I wanted to extend a big thank you to those who bidded on my auctions.  The grand total was:

$672.09

100% of the proceeds were donated to Global Giving for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Thank you to those who bidded and won, and thank you to those who spread the word!

“Uh, Momma, I think this might be a little big still!”

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Hi everyone! I’m still here! Having a baby sure does take up a lot of time! It’s been a lot harder than I expected, learning how to balance life, hobbies and babies – but I think I’m slowly getting the hang of it!

I’ve got lots to catch up on and post about kimono – but in the meanwhile, how about I tide you all over with a photo of Lily….in kimono…that is possibly a [...]

A Precious New Flower In My Life

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I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve had a chance to update KimonoAsobi.com, but, I’ve had a very good excuse for my absence!

After 23 hours of an all natural, drug free labour, Lily Isobel made her grand entrance into the world and into my arms and heart on my birthday.  That’s right – Lily and I share our birthdays! I’ll never receive a more perfect gift for the rest of my [...]

Baby Taisho kimono, here we come!

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Today we had  our anatomy ultrasound. I am very excited to announce that we are having a little girl!

You know what this means, right?

Lots of cute, adorable, baby Taisho kimono to fill our closets!

Of course, most importantly though, is that the doctors have stated she is doing excellent! Also, isn’t her little nose just the cutest thing?

Taishō Era Indigo Striped Houmongi

I’ve always been a fan of indigo – there’s just something so luscious about the colour I simply cannot resist.  I also go crazy for stripes – so obviously, this kimono caught my eye immediately!  Of course, the placement of bamboo on the sleeves, and the bold, cheerful patterns along the hem helped roping me in.

Front Detail:

What I find particularly fascinating about this kimono is that it shows an interesting evolution [...]

What’s Black, White & Red All Over

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I’ve started an “IG Kitsuke Challenges” sub-forum over on ImmortalGeisha – to help encourage people in experimenting with their ensembles:

http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewforum.php?f=32

Today I finally had a chance to experiment for the “What’s Black, White & Red All Over” Challenge.

There are already some great outfits posted by other members:

http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?t=11785

My Entries:

SUMMER ENSEMBLE:

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WINTER ENSEMBLE

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Genji Warehouse Shopping Spree!

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When my friends Christy and Kate were visiting (unfortunately Bai Mianxi had already left to go back home) – we decided to make a trek to the Genji Warehouse.

I’m quite familiar with the storeroom in the city, as I buy from there all the time, but I’ve never been to the warehouse itself before, though.

Of course, no self respecting kitsuke enthusiast would go shopping for kimono, not wearing kimono – so we all [...]

Summer Chic

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I haven’t had a chance to practice kitsuke for nearly 3 months for various reasons and I’m all sad. I needed to take some photographs for PuchiMaiko so I figured I’d use that as an excuse to dress up. Unfortunately I discovered today that – I am woefully out of kitsuke shape. I need to practice dressing much more frequently.I decided to wear my gorgeous shimmery blue hitoe with my Taisho era chidori obi. The [...]

Photo Shoot Preparation…

Argh!

Photo shoot today!

*sweats it*

With the help of Christy in the wee hours of this morning – I managed to put together a very nice outfit using bits and pieces I would not normally have thought of doing. So I have two outfits – my beloved indigo hanabishi komon with the orange juban, white han-eri and the red hakata obi and my new outfit put together with help from Christy – a deep [...]