Thursday, 28 June 2012

12:51 // Sneaky floral cutouts


Hat - c/o Wholesale
Necklace - Wholesale
Top (actually a dress) - Asos
 Cardigan - Forever 21
Skirt - Wholesale
Bag - c/o Oasap
Tights - DIY

It's been such a sunny winter day! I'm not at home at the moment, which is why I've not got my usual outfit background - I'm actually on holidays at the beach - and it is definitely not warm enough to swim, but it is warm enough for this summery ensemble!
I styled my new DIY tights with a black circle skirt and this floral cut-out top (which is actually a dress) that I have had for forever from Asos. It finally fits me properly because I have put on weight lately particularly in the, ahem, bustal region, haha. (Bustal is so not a word, but I'm going to use it anyway.) Lately I've been finding heaps of clothes that never fit properly, and were banished to the back of my closet, but now fit really well, thanks to a few extra kilos. It's been like uncovering a whole new wardrobe - awesome!

Hope you're all having a beaaaautiful Thursday!

xxx Annika

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

We're fated to pretend

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my lipstick a couple of posts ago! I used to wear bright red lipstick all the time, and then stopped for some reason, so I think I'll start wearing it often again.
Can I just talk about how much I love suspender shorts???? I don't know why I haven't gotten a pair earlier than now. These gorgeous ones were sent to me from oasap. I think I'm going to attach suspenders to some shorts or skirts I already own. I reaaaaally like them.


Blouse - c/o Oasap
Sweater - Big Bargains (??) some dress store on George St
Shorts - c/o Oasap
Tights - Not sure, they're years old...
Shoes - Vintage
Hat - c/o Wholesale
Bag - c/o Oasap
Necklace - Wholesale

I'd also like to announce that I have some buttons linking my blog now, if anyone feels like sharing the Pineneedle!

This little dog wouldn't leave us alone when we (Luciano and myself) were taking these photos. It was so darn cute, even though it constantly tried to rip holes in my tights (it didn't know. It was just excited and liked jumping). Anyway, this dog must have really liked us, because when cars and other people went past it decided it was our guard dog, running in front of us and barking and growling madly at whoever was apparently threatening us. I was sad though because I didn't know where it had come from and it didn't have an address on it's collar. Hope you got home safe, little guy!

I hope you're all having a beautiful day.

xxx Annika

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Take my hand if you know where I'm going

Just a quick outfit post today.
I am loving this new blouse oasap kindly sent me. The white/black contrasting collar and cuffs are rad. I just got some mustard suspender shorts and a mint blouse from oasap in the post this morning in fact, and am really really excited to show them to you, because they're kind of amazing!!!

So I have managed to get through all the emails you guys have been sending me now... I think...(and thanks so much for all your kind words!) but if I've missed you, please send me another email and let me know! I'm also thinking of setting up an FAQ page (especially for questions regarding sewing and wholesale-dress), so if there are any other questions you'd like me to answer and put on there, let me know now!

Blouse - c/o Oasap
Belt - Vintage
Skirt (actually a dress) - DIY
Socks - c/o Sock Dreams
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress
Shoes - Wholesaledress
Bag - c/o OASAP

Hope you're all having a lovely Tuesday!

xxx Annika

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Polka dots and some DIY tights


Dress - c/o Oasap
Tights - DIY on Vintage sheers
Shoes - Rubi Shoes
Bag - Vintage
Belt - Vintage
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress

Well... I told you all I'd have a procrastination product to show you when I was done studying. I made these tights one night when I was absolutely sick of calorimetry (I now know I can rule being a Calorimetrist out of What Kind of Scientist I want to be, in any case. Oh my god it is boring).
Anyway, they are a bit lopsided, but I decided I kind of liked that. What do you think of them?

xxx Annika

Hello again! & Giveaway results and another giveaway!

Well folk, I'm back!
Unfortunately, you won't be able to congratulate me on finishing my exams just yet, because due to me being sick, I wasn't able to do a couple of them. Which I am more than a little annoyed about - I was planning on having a carefree sewing-and-blogging-filled month! And now I have to wait 2 whole weeks until I can do them. Still, I don't have to study anymore (I have done far too much of that lately), so I am back, and you can expect to see some more posts here again!

First things first - here's an outfit post with a pretty floral skirt I made:

I was trying to make my skirt look all cool and swooshy in these photos. I think I kind of failed. I posted the best attempts though, haha.

Blouse - Wholesaledress
Skirt - I made it!
Belt - Vintage
Bag - c/o Wholesaledress
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress
Tights - c/o Oasap
Shoes - Dr Martens

And of course!
The winner of the OASAP giveaway....

Miss "Naama A", I really hope you enjoy your gift voucher and pastel slip! I will be in contact with you very shortly.

If you were disappointed about not winning the giveaway... OASAP is running yet another giveaway! All you need is an account to enter! Enter here.

What's been happening guys? Can't wait to catch up with you all!
And if you've sent me an email in the last week or so... I'm really sorry if I haven't replied. I'm going to get on top of all that today!

xx Annika

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Bye bye for a little while...

Hey guys!

Just letting you know that this will be my last post for the next 2 weeks, as I have my end-of-semester exams coming up and figured it might be nice not to fail Uni :) So if you turn up here looking for some new posts, that's where I am! I haven't abandoned you guys!

If you see me around here, please tell me to go away and study. I'm sure I'll be busting to share heaps of procrastination-creations with you all by the end of this two weeks!

I will still be responding to emails, if you want to get in contact with me (

And don't forget to enter my giveaway that ends on the 21st.

See you guys in 2 weeks! 

And thanks again for being completely awesome.

I'll leave you with a photo of what I did to my hair last night (if you follow my Pinterest, you would have seen that I was having serious hair envy, and I had a couple of tubs of blue and lilac hair dye lying around so this was inevitably going to happen...)

(There's a bit of nude back for you there, leaving my blog on a totally scandalous note!)

Bye bye for now!

xxx Annika

Monday, 11 June 2012

Autumn Leaves and Creepers

I took these photos way back when it was still autumn, but realised I had never posted them! So, it is "autumn" themed, but really, that doesn't make sense at all because it's not autumn anywhere in the world.
Ah well.
These leafy tights from Wholesale-dress and awesome comfy (and warm!) sweater from OASAP are helping me to slowly accept the COLLLLD!

Also, I'm still refusing to wear pants, even as the temperature drops.
The way to avoid pants all winter will be to wear skirts and multiple tights, and shorts and tights when the weather is really cold. I've managed to grow out of all my high waisted shorts from last winter (yay for putting on 10kgs in 3 months!...) so I got some new ones from Wholesale-dress, and am really pleased with them; they fit much better than my now too-small version of these same shorts (in dark blue) from wholesale-dress that I wore all last year.

Sweater - c/o OASAP
Shorts - c/o Wholesale-dress
Hat - c/o Wholesale-dress
Bag - c/o Wholesale-dress
Tights - c/o Wholesale-dress
Shoes - c/o OASAP
(Ok, yes, I'm wearing all freebies from sponsors. Hey, I'm poor at the moment and this is my only source of new clothes, don't judge me!)

Hope you're all having a lovely sunny autumny (or winter! or summer! or heck, spring, why not?) day, wherever you are!

Oh and before I go, I just created a facebook page for the Pineneedle Collective! Go ahead and like it (if you like me :D)

xxx Annika

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Take you to the candy shop, I'll let you wear some colour-block

Colour-blocking sweetness! This backpack from Asos and skirt from Sugarlips Apparel just happen to go together ridiculously well.

May I direct your good selves to this song by the Baseballs (much better than the 50 Cent original, they (amazingly) make the song so sweet). This is the song that I had stuck in my head whilst taking these photos, and hence the title.

Blouse - Vintage
Bowtie - DIY
Skirt - c/o Sugarlips Apparel
Cardigan - Sydney Markets (pop-up shop)
Backpack - Asos
Belt - Vintage
Shoes - Asos
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress

Much love!

xxx Annika

Friday, 8 June 2012

Oh hey there, cute socks!

Aren't these just the best socks??
I am so in love.
Sheer at the top, with cute little bows. The lovely Shop with Romi sent them to me and I'm sure I'll be styling them again and again, especially with anything navy!
So, I tried to match my feet to my entire outfit. Navy contrasting with red/brown and light brown. My feet are like a mini version of the theme of my outfit... haha. I'm so cool.

Vest - Vintage
Socks - c/o Shop with Romi
Skirt - Wholesale
Bag - Vintage
Shoes - Vintage
Hat - Wholesale

xxx Annika

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Handmade Blouse - More Photos, Styled Differently

Here's some more photos of my handmade blouse, styled a bit differently with high waisted black shorts and a ribbon bow attached to the blouse.

I didn't talk much about making the blouse in my last post, and heaps of you asked how I made it, so I will real briefly now. I used a really simple pattern, and hence the blouse is quite an "oversized" style (ie I couldn't be bothered to add any buttons, zippers etc and I actually wanted to have to ability to get it on and off without dislocating my shoulders).

This is the basic pattern I used (cut this shape out of fabric twice, sew it together right sides facing each other - except for the arm and neck holes of course - and then add interfacing on the neck, hem the arm holes and add a collar), and when I have more time (my Uni holidays will be coming up in about 3 weeks!) I will endeavour to do a full DIY on it for you all.
The collar bit looks really dodgy in the above photo, I just needed to fix it by ironing it properly though.

Blouse - DIY
Ribbon - DIY
Shorts - ??? (Cotton On?)
Tights - Forever 21
Shoes - Rubi Shoes
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress
Bag - c/o Wholesaledress

Much love, all!

xxx Annika

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Handmade outfit, hooray!

I totally made this blouse and skirt!
This is what I spent all of last Saturday 3 weeks ago doing instead of studying.
And now I am procrasta-blogging.

But I'm really pleased with this blouse! Here's some close ups of it
to show you how not even terrible it is:


I’m really enjoying DIYing vintage style clothes at the moment. I make new clothes so I look like I’m wearing old clothes. There’s something just not quite right about that…

Also if you guys could vote for my look here that would be so fantastic - I am trying to win a feature in Asos magazine, plus an Asos shopping spree!

Blouse - I made it
Skirt - I made it
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress
Socks - Tutuanna
Shoes - Vintage

Hope you're having a lovely day,

Annika xxx

Sunday, 3 June 2012

DIY Dress - Beige & Lace with a Peter Pan Collar

Hey guys!
I'm excited to show off this new dress today, because I made it myself! I'm definitely getting better at making my own clothes. This is far better than any of the dresses I have made thus far, because I can actually get it on and off without any trouble and the insides aren't all scratchy, which was a problem with this dress (although that was because of the fabric I chose to use, which was very... carpet-like...)
So, hooray!

Here's the dress the other day... I decided that perhaps it was a little dull though.

I then decided to add the collar to it. What do you guys think. Good addition?


Dress - I made it!
Belt - Vintage
Socks - c/o Sock Dreams
Bag - c/o OASAP
Shoes - c/o OASAP
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress

xxx Annika