Mori Kei, Natural Kei, and Hama Kei for summer...

I've really been feeling the whole look and vibe of Mori Kei and especially Hama Kei for the coming summer months. The idea of loose and airy clothing in lighter colors is not a new trend for the hotter part of the year, but it's always fun to work with different looks and layering techniques.

I currently have a lot of items for sale on my storenvy that I think would be perfect for a Mori and Hama kei looks this summer: http://castlebyth3sea.storenvy.com/

This piece is a loosely crocheted top in a nice cream color and I think would be perfect for layering over a green or blue maxi dress. That's how I'd wear it anyways, but I'm sure it'd pair up just as nicely over a tank top and shorts - the top reminds me of the color of sad and the texture like that of a fishermen's net.

This is currently selling for $12 but prices are always fluctuating as things go on sale. HERE

This white peasant style dress is made of a soft cotton fabric with a gathered neckline and elastic at the 3/4 length sleeves. It has a very 'boho' vibe, even though I hesitate to use that word, but would look fantastic with some chunky summer jewelry and really neat sandals. On the flip-side, I can totally see the dress being worn by a Gothic Romance novel heroine as she stands on a rocky crag, shawl draped precariously around her shoulders and long hair blowing wildly in the ocean wind.....

Going for $15.00, but also subject to change. Things will definitely go on sale in this category as we get closer to summer. HERE

Most of my Mori and Hama Kei line can be found HERE and HERE on my site. Right now, every order comes with a free surprise gift, something that will compliment your order, so it's a great time to buy!


Lolita items on Castle by the Sea!

Well, I finally caved. I didn't want to put up most of my Lolita wardrobe to sell, but it's become quite apparent that I will simply not have room for all of it in the truck. That's where you lucky readers come in - everything that I'm getting rid of will be available on my Storenvy to purchase. Right now I've got Bodyline's card dress listed, as well as an off-brand OP, a really cute pinafore that made me cringe to list, and some handmade stuff. Have a look for yourself, if you're interested in any of it - I ship internationally!




For Sale! Fanplusfriend Rococo Gothic Lolita Dress

I remember ordering this dress for a specific Lolita fashion show event that I was, sadly, never able to actually attend. So the dress sat, mostly unworn save for one random occasion where I wanted to feel pretty, and now the time has come to finally send it on to someone who love, cherish, and most importantly - wear it!

This dress is currently for sale on my Storenvy site, so please have a look-see, if you will.


Castle by the Sea - new items added!


Lots of cute Mori Kei and Hama Kei styled pieces up for sale, plus some great Gothic Lolita stuff. Check it out and tell your friends who like neat clothes!

Also, check out my marketplace location here: http://www.storenvy.com/stores/831690-castle-by-the-sea


My Storenvy is LIVE!

Hello all,

I'm not sure if I talked about this much, but there have been some plans in the works for a bit now about how to make money without having to hold down a "real" job and my partner actually encouraged me to start sewing again and maybe sell some stuff. So I ran with it - you see, there aren't many easily accessible shops that sell clothing in a Mori Kei, Hama Kei, or Strega aesthetic that a) are based in the U.S. (but ship worldwide) and b) aren't ridiculously expensive.

And the way I see it, everyone deserves to be able to wear awesome clothing, no matter their budget. And thus, Castle by the Sea was born. This is a place for me to sell handmade, thrifted, and refashioned items keeping my aesthetic themes in mind. I have three themed 'collections':

Bare Feet on Moss - this collection is my Mori Kei inspired stuff. Layered pieces, lots of lace, probably a ton of tea-dyed and refashioned items. I want this section to inspire dreams of wandering about a mystical forest whilst barefoot on a carpet of green moss.

Stone Halls - everything Gothic, Lolita, Strega and simply dark and decadent falls into this collection. Stuff with black lace, ruffles, long dresses, and anything Lolita inspired. If it looks like something the lady of a castle might wear, you'll find it here.

Salted Swells - this is the collection I'm most excited about. Hama Kei is a subset of Mori that I'm convinced doesn't get enough attention. So, I want to focus my summer set on pieces that are nautical in nature, remind me of the sea and ocean life, call attention to little details like the grittiness of sand or the sliminess of seaweed....maybe that wasn't the best example but you know what I mean. What would a sea witch wear? What would a selkie strolling along the beach wrap herself in? How would the ghost of a woman whose lover was lost at sea appear? These are all concepts that will influence my Salted Swells line.

So, the million dollar question: What's currently for sale on my shop? Well, not much at the moment. Right now it's just some thrifted pieces I'm looking to pass on, but I've got a good number of handmade items in the works and I'm SUPER excited to get those up.

So check out my store, pass the link around if you like, and hopefully something there will catch your eye and your fancy!