Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kimono Advent Calendar Day 3

I got this kimono last year but haven't worn it yet. It's a very nice silk tsumugi and I simply love the stripes. 

I paired it up with a vintage Nagoya obi. It's pretty short so I might convert it into a tsuke obi at some point. The obiage has both red and black stripes , but all the red stripes are hidden in the back under the obi. 


Kimono Advent Calendar Day 2

Hello Everyone,

For the 2nd day I decided to go all out in PURPLE and UME! I love ume! Purple is not one of my go to colors, normally, but somehow I accumulated quite a large collection of purple items. And no, I'm not willing to give them up! I'm very pleased with this coordination and definitely going to wear it sometime in February.

I'm also pretty excited about my new felt boater hat.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Kimono Advent Calendar Day 1

Hello Everyone,

My friend Hong came up with the idea of doing Kimono Advent Calendar (except that she is SLACKING!), so here is my first entry.

The kimono is vintage komon, I haven't actually wore it out yet. I got the kitty paw obi as a gift from Hong a while back, and it remains one of my favorite obi. The haneri was made fairly recently and you can see how I did it in my most recent issue of Western Girl Kimono Style online magazine. For some reason some people can't open the file, my home computer included, so I apologize in advance for that. I don't know why some people have no problems and others can't load anything.

I am pretty happy with this coordination and I definitely will wear it out one day!

~ Lyuba

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Western Girl Kimono Style Vol 1.2

The long awaited WGKS Issue 1.2 is finally here! In this issue you'll learn how to make haneri out of two cotton fat quarters and see one kimono coordinated with three different obi. 

This issue is longer than the first one, and it felt like I was working forever on it. I finally had to stop myself and just publish it, because otherwise I would never finish. I want to keep doing these mini magazines because it's fun for me, and it was getting to the point where it wasn't. I got an ok from several of my beta and proof readers (THANK YOU ALL!) and pressed the dreaded publish button. 

On to work on issue 1.3! 

~ Lyuba

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Western Girl Kimono Style Vol 1.1

Check out the very first issue of my mini-magazine that I plan on publishing semi-regularly HERE!

I hope to have the 2nd issue ready in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Since my last post...

Wow I haven't updated in a long while! I did, however, update my FB photo album, so you can check out my most recent coordinations. Sadly, I didn't get to wear kimono as often as I would have like to, but that kind of comes with the whole moving-across-the-world-and-getting-used-to-the-new-area thing. Last time it took me almost 2 years to get back into regular kimono-ing, so I'm hoping that this time it won't take me as long. Of course working a graveyard shift (nights) also doesn't help, as I'm asleep during the best daylight hours.

Anyways, here are some photos that I took but didn't post here.

We had another snow back in February in Clovis. It wasn't as much as back in November, but it was still fun to run out and take some photos. I even borrowed a dog specifically for this reason!
 I had a lot of fun styling this outfit. I tried something different with my hair, and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. Of course my husband had to help me with one side, but at least he was willing to do it! And did a great job at it too!
For anyone interested, the hat is my newest purchase at the local antique store, and the mustache belt is a separate belt from the obi! They just blend it so well that it seems like I have a mustache pattern on my obi.

Let me know if the comments if you had to take a break from your kimono-ing lately!