Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sock Dreams + Discount Code

Just a little while ago, a cute Portland based company called Sock Dreams got in contact with me and asked me to review some of their tights and socks.
You all know how much I love patterned tights and socks, so this was actually like a dream come true.
 In the above photo, I am wearing their floral tights in plum.

I am thoroughly impressed with Sock Dreams. Right off the top, with any pair of patterned tights I would normally be sooooo soooo super careful with, because most patterned tights are very delicate and feel like they're about to rip when putting them on (and do). However, the floral tights do not have any kind of fragility issues - in fact they're very sturdy, elastic, warm and comfortable, without being super thick. Plus they have the most amazing pattern on them, so I'm really happy that I won't be too scared to wear them out!

Wearing (above):
Dress worn as blouse - vintage
Skirt - Momo (Wonder Rocket)
Tights - c/o Sock Dreams
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress
Pocketwatch Necklace - Vintage
Shoes - Rubi Shoes

Then there are these over-the-knee "O Chevrons".
They're so delicate-looking and creamy, and go well with my black and white brogues, and with basically any dress I pair them with.

Wearing (above): this post for details

These gorgeous navy & mustard coloured socks (below) go just perfectly with my vintage brogues and new dress from Glamorous UK (another thing I am reviewing real soon!).

Wearing (below):
Dress - c/o Glamorous UK
Bag - Asos
Hat - c/o Wholesale
Socks - c/o Sock Dreams
Shoes - Vintage

These subtly patterned creamy over-the-knees are also from Sock Dreams, and are, like the others, ridiculously comfy, as well as going with just about every single dress and skirt.
AND THEY ARE MADE FROM BAMBOO. No joke!! They're so incredible!

Thanks heaps to Sock Dreams for sending me these awesome socks. I can definitely recommend them to my blog readers, because they're well made, comfy, warm and also pretty cheap (most pairs of socks and tights go for around $10, and some are even cheaper).
And because it's coming into winter for us southern hemisphere ladies (it's finally cold outside! Boooo! But yay because now we can wear pretty tights!)... Sock Dreams gave me a discount code for anyone living in Aus and NZ, for 50% off shipping.

Discount code:

Click here to go to their website.

Awesome, right?

I hope you're all having a spectacular day!

xxx Annika

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Cold night, hot light

It was cold and windy (and night time), and Annika was procrastinating on studying thermochemistry. So she decided to don fake eyelashes and put her hair in a bouffant, and then, of course, to take some photos. This, she concluded, was far more important at this moment then learning about thermochemistry. She had also gotten some sweet Dr Martens for her birthday, and decided it would be a shame for them to go un-photographed any longer (plus, she wanted to show them off. Because they are freaking sweet).

Dress - c/o Oasap
Socks - c/o Sock Dreams
Shoes - Dr Martens
Headband - Christmas present (handmade)

The title of this look is from this Yeah Yeah Yeah's song (click here).

I hope you're all splendid!
xxx Annika

Friday, 25 May 2012

Knee-highs, satchel backpack and my birthday :)

It was my birthday yesterday - I'm 20!
I'm feeling pretty old. I can't believe that my teenage years are now officially over!
What better way to celebrate this very self-centred day than to wear a necklace with my own name on it??
I had a very nice birthday though, my boyfriend took me shopping at some markets in Sydney to choose a loooverly dress as a present, and to eat out at a really good Japanese restaurant (I had Japanese food TWICE in one day actually, because my family took me out that night again! Hooray!)

Dress - Paddy's Markets, Sydney
Belt - Came with the dress
Necklace - c/o MyNameNecklace
Socks - c/o Sock Dreams
Bag - c/o OASAP
Hat - c/o Wholesale-dress
Shoes - Raben Footwear 

Much love
xxx Annika

Monday, 21 May 2012

DIY Skirt & Leaf Print Legs

I figured I should post an autumny kind of look, seeing as I AM actually experiencing autumn here (even though I've been pretending to be a northern hemisphere spring lady for the last few months).
These leafy tights from Wholesale-dress, which look like falling leaves, are helping me to slowly accept autumn's presence.

How are you all today? Looking forward to the week ahead or sad that the weekend is over?


Blouse - Vintage
Skirt - DIY
Bag - c/o Wholesale-dress
Shoes - Wholesale-dress
Tights - c/o Wholesale-dress
Hat - c/o Wholesale-dress
Cardigan - Market stalls

xxx Annika

Sunday, 20 May 2012

FunkKit Stickers & Brogues DIY

Think these shoes are cute?

You can make them yourself, really easily!
All you need to do is visit FunkKit, get some stickers, grab a plain old pair of shoes and you're ready for this DIY!

These stickers were originally intended for use on sneakers, but they can definitely be put to use making a pair of oxfords or brogues look incredible as well. The inspiration for this DIY also comes from this amazing shoe store, and I've got some more cartoon-like stickers to try out on these shoes when I feel like a change (the stickers aren't permanent either!)

This blog post was a bit gif-heavy, so I've included a break in this post. You'll have to go past the break to see the gifs and the full instructions! I recommend that you do, because you'll get to experience a little old thing I'd like to call DIY-O-Vision. Intrigued? You'd better check out the full post, then!

Friday, 18 May 2012

Make Believe Wardrobe

As I am obsessed with printed clothes at the moment, and also procrastinating on an assignment, I made a new tumblr at

The idea of it is that I find a bunch of plain clothes, find some pretty prints or photos, and put them together through (somewhat dodgy) photo manipulation, to make a fantasy wardrobe of things which don't actually exist (....yet....)
The links to the images I used to create these babies are on the tumblr.

For example, here's a blouse I made...

Using this
and this

Make believe clothes :) If only this cat print blouse existed... ahh...

Here's some more I made today:

etc.... join the tumblr if you want to see more of this sort of thing, (and then be sad because you can't actually obtain these clothes in any way. Or, maybe it can be inspiration for a very ambitious DIY project.)

What do you do when you're procrastinating?

xxx Annika

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

May Style Icon on Chictopia

So I almost missed it (I need to pay more attention, dammit!) - but I was recently announced a May Style Icon on chictopia!

(And may is my birthday month, too! Happy happy times!)

Thanks so much chictopia, it's certainly a real ego boost :) and of course, thank you to all of you for your amazing, encouraging support! I've been blogging for about 9 months now, and can't believe how quickly people have taken to my blog, it's awesome!

Here's a picture of me looking all bashful and stuff, which I felt was appropriate for being awarded this title.

I love you guys!

Annika xxx

Scallops & Satchel Backpack

Alrighty. So today I am wearing four amazing things from four amazing sponsors.

This creamy scalloped/paisley patterned dress is from Sheinside. How. Nice. Is. It.
So nice. That's how. I feel like I'm wearing my grandma's old curtains, and I'm totally loving it.

The lightly patterned knee-highs are a gorgeous gift from Sock Dreams in the US. I will be doing a review on a bunch of lovely socks very soon, plus a discount shipping code for all you lovely Australians and New Zealanders. This is just a brief teaser.

My bag is from OASAP. It's in a gorgeous cream/brown contrasting colour, and can be both a shoulder bag and an adorable backpack. I've been using it for uni all week, and have gotten a bucketload of compliments!

And this belt (does it look familiar?? It's the one from my giveaway! I had to get one for myself!) is from Mochi Beaucoup. Pretty sure it's the cutest piece of clothing with animals on it ever. The puppies look like they are kissing!!!! I mean, come on, way too cute.

Dress - c/o Sheinside
Blouse - Forever 21
Bag - c/o OASAP
Socks - c/o Sock Dreams
Belt - c/o Mochi Beaucoup
Shoes - Raben Footwear
Hat - c/o Wholesale-dress

& thank you for all your kind comments on my handmade dresses! You're definitely encouraging me to continue slaving away over the sewing machine (quite at the detriment of my studying...)

Have a lovely day everyone!

xxx Annika

Sunday, 13 May 2012

DIY Dress - Orange Stripes & Paisley Print

Hello there! I am going dress-making crazy. Once I found these two amazing incredible fabrics whilst thrifting the other day, I knew they were meant for each other. So I made a dress out of them!

Here they are in closer detail. Such pretty fabrics!!

Dress - I made it!
Belt - Vintage
Bag - Vintage
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress
Bowtie - I made it
Socks - c/o Shop With Romi
Shoes - Rubi Shoes

I'm also going to give a sneaky shout-out to my mum, because it's mothers day today! My mum is an amazing woman, she is my thrifting partner-in-crime with a spectacular sense of style (I'm seriously going to have to take a picture of her for my blog one day, and then you can all see where I get my sense of style from), and is probably the most kind and compassionate person I've ever come across. And I know she reads my blog ;) Happy mother's day, mum!

I hope you're all having a super nice day (especially if you're a mum)!

xxx Annika