This month's Bay Area Kei Bibliotheca theme was DIY July, and we knew we'd have something to say about this one! We've been excited for weeks about hosting an Otome Sewing Bee workshop this month on upcycling basic t-shirts into cutsews! As a sustainable fashion brand, R.R.Memorandum believes it is of paramount importance that we are able to do our bit to educate our supporters about ways in which it is possible to be sustainable with fashion consumption. In that vein, we were extremely delighted to host such a workshop!
Hooray! Summer is finally here (in the UK, anyway)! It feels like we have been waiting for just about forever for the sunshine to grace us with her glorious presence: not to mention the fact that last summer was a bit of a no-go what-with Miss Rona and all! Luckily, as the hot weather comes back, some restrictions are easing, and we are all looking forward to a good meetup or two. We have been lucky ourselves here at R.R.Memorandum to have enjoyed a few glorious and long-awaited days out. However, rather than simply talking about our favourite days out, we asked you, the lovely customers, followers and supporters of R.R.Memorandum, what your ideas of an ultimate dream outing for you and your local EGL community were. And the answers you gave us were absolutely GOLDEN.
For some time now, Jade’s emotive world and ability to tell her story has held me captive. Her story is of refusing to try to reconcile her vibrant pink energy with those who disapprove around her, and that really stuck with us at R.R.Memorandum. The work she does on her blog is incredible and something we look up to, and as such we wanted to celebrate her recently published poetry books on our blog through review.
The cherry blossom season has once again come and gone in Japan, the earliest since the 800s in fact. For centuries sakura has been the symbol of transience, a reminder of the impermanence of the material world, something to be admired precisely because it will soon pass. From as early as the Heian period (794-1185 AD), through the growing influence of Buddhism, Japan has been finding beauty in what the West would deem melancholy, irregular or even downright opposite of what we’d define as beauty. After all, while Japanese poets have been sighing over that which is imperfect and impermanent, giving birth to the complexities of wabi-sabiand mono no aware respectively, European aesthetic was built on classical principles of symmetry and perfection, best seen on Ancient Greek and Roman statues.