Monday, 30 April 2012

No pink... (kind of..)

While I was updating my little outfits page today, I thought "hmm. Everything is... pink..."
Not that this is a bad thing, but I have been wearing mostly pastel colours and pinks lately, and maybe with my hair also being pink this is getting a little out of hand, so I thought I'd break it up a little with a no-colour black & white outfit. Plus it's good to try something totally different sometimes (in fashion, and in life in general), so you don't get stuck in a rut!

Apologies for the lack of photos on this one... for some reason I only took a full body photo and then had a brain snap and forgot about taking photos of the details as well...

Blouse - Vintage
Collar Ribbon - DIY
Brooch - Ebay
Belt - Vintage
Bag - c/o Oasap
Tights - Wholesaledress
Shoes - Yesstyle

Playlist for this look:
M83 - We Own the Sky
Art Vs Science - A.I.M. FIRE!
Bertie Blackman - Byrds of Prey

Much love as always!

Annika xxx

Sunday, 29 April 2012

My Name on a Necklace!

While I was in the process of taking photos for my pillow case dress (see my last post), my dad surprised me with not one, but two packages of goodies which had just arrived for me in the mail! How exciting!
One is for a future collaborative DIY post which I am very, very excited about, and you will learn more about in the coming week ;) and the other was from the lovely people at My Name Necklace, who sent me an amazing personalised retro style name necklace!

Having the name "Annika", which is not a very common name and was far less so while I was growing up, I have never owned anything personalised. You know those cutesy fairies and bears and bike numberplates that aunties and uncles gave you as presents when you were little that had your own name on them - nope. I never got to partake in any of that. It always say "Amanda" "Angela" "Angelica" "Annabel" "Anne" and maybe if I got lucky, "Annie", but I never, ever saw or received anything with "Annika" on it.
SO, anyway, the point of this long rant is, I FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING WHICH IS PERSONALISED WITH MY NAME, wheeeeeee! At My Name Necklace, you can get your name, (or whatever word you want, I guess) made into a beautiful custom necklace for you!
I chose a Coca-Cola style retro font, and it's so beautiful! I'm completely in love with it. So thanks a bunch, guys!

I would also like to inform you that you can get 8% off a personalised necklace in any style just by using the code "Pineneed" at the checkout :)

That's my name!

Much love,

Annika ;)

p.s. Check out my last post to see how I styled this necklace.
p.p.s The Name Necklace reviewed in this post was provided by MyNameNecklace does not influence the opinion stated on this site. If you are interested in reviewing our Personalized Jewelry, please contact.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

I'm going to be really good at being a poor student

I'm going to be really, really good at being a poor student when I (hopefully) move out of home later this year.
Yes. Why?
Well, for starters, I sewed this dress myself.
And guess where I sourced the stripey material for the top?
A pillow case.
Not even a pillow case I already owned.
A thrifted pillow case.
(I washed it first)
That's how ridiculously thrifty I have gotten, apparently.
The light blue was some remnant material from a charity store as well.
But I really like how the dress turned out! I think the colours go really nicely together, and I love the stripes, even if it was once used for someone's sleepy head!

I also have a new boater hat (finally!)
This gorgeous hat is c/o Wholesale-dress.
I was seriously blown away by its quality, because it's flipping $4!!

Oh my god, I'm the cheapest person ever.

Dress - I made it!
Bag - c/o Mochi Beaucoup
Hat - c/o Wholesaledress
Necklace #1 - Vintage
Necklace #2 - c/o My Name Necklace
Tights - Forever 21
Shoes - Yesstyle

A lovely lady called Ashlee sent me an email the other day asking what music I listened to, because she was wondering how my music taste reflected my style and taste in clothing. From that, I thought maybe I would include a couple of songs in each look which go with the outfit, for anyone else who is curious about my music tastes! So this is my little list of songs for this look (& let me know if you'd like me to keep doing this in the future!):

Foster the People - Don't Stop (Colour on the Walls)
Regina Spektor - Hotel Song
Boy & Bear - Golden Jubilee

Hope you all had/are having a thrifty Friday!

xxx Annika

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Rainy day outfit

I wore this to uni the other day when it was raining.
No one "got" the umbrellas though, which made me do this - :(
Anyway. This is my new favourite sweater ever ever ever. And it was only $15. 

Also, these socks are pretty awesome, aren't they? As I think you've all probably noticed, I wear frilly lace socks at every chance I get, so I just got myself 4 more pairs from wholesaledress. I'm giving into the pastel mint trend juuuust a little tiny bit with the these minty coloured ones.

Umbrella Sweater - Wholesaledress
Blouse - Vintage
Bag - c/o Mochi Beaucoup
Skirt - Momo from Japan
Cameo Brooch - Ebay
Socks - c/o Wholesaledress

Hope you're having a happy day!

Love, Annika

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Caramel Cupcakes

I was in the city the other day having dinner with my boyfriend, and I knew that I had to walk home from the train in the FREEZING COLD, and I didn’t have a cardigan. I also knew I would have to either spend $10 on a taxi, or $10 on a cardigan/coat so I could brave the cold walk home. I then found a $10-or-less pop-up-shop selling cute cardigans. So guess which one I chose? (Of course I chose the cardigan.) Such a better/wiser investment! It’s so damn cute, and warm, and it has the most adorable little elk on it, who are howling at a christmas tree or something, but oh my! It's so cute!

You may also have noticed my amazing bag.
In fact, the title of this look refers to my new satchel bag, c/o Mochi Beaucoup. How damn cute is it?? It’s actually ridiculously nice, deliciously so, and the little scalloped edges just push the cuteness factor over the edge (in a good way).

Here's a nice close up of it (yeah, I'm also wearing a different dress. This photo is for a future outfit post actually, but I didn't get good close ups of the bag earlier, and I felt it needed some.):
The name of the bag is actually "Salted Caramel Cupcake Satchel". I'm sure you can see why!
If you want one for yourself (or anything else at Mochi Beacoup, for that matter), you can get it 20% cheaper than usual just for reading my blog, just use the code AVPNMB20 at the checkout.

Dress - Vintage from Osaka
Bag - c/o Mochi Beaucoup
Cardigan - No brand
Belt - Vintage
Socks - Vintage
Shoes - Yesstyle
Hair bow - I made it

Have a lovely day!

Annika xxxxx

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A Stripey Skirt from a Vintage Dress

Whoever is leaving all these amazing dresses in my thrift stores - I can't thank you enough! This one I made into a high-waisted skirt, because the top part had a whole boob-tube thing going on - which I do not do.
I also made this blouse all nice with some DIY - all I did was sew two lengths of black ribbon underneath each collar bit, but it has totally transformed the top. Who knew that I would get bored of peter pan collars? Well, this is a neat way to revitalise them.

Skirt - Vintage & DIY
Blouse - Wholesaledress & DIY
Tights - c/o Oasap
Belt - Vintage
Shoes - Yesstyle

Hope you're all feelin' fine and dandy!
xxx Annika

Friday, 20 April 2012

Super Tricky Skirt Shorts

Have a look at the above picture. What you're probably thinking is "Oh! That's a quite lovely mustard skirt."

Oh, wait.

It wasn't until I went to try on my new "skirt" at home, that I discovered this funny thing.
They're actually weirdo giant pants, deceiving me with their skirty like appearance! Ahh, the joys of charity stores. (However, they were only $1. So I'm not too upset.)

So now I have one of two options, and I need your help for this one.
Whatever you guys decide, I will (probably) do!

So, should I make these pants into a skirt (see top picture), or bubble-hem high-waisted short-shorts (see below)?

YOU DECIDE. I relinquish to you, reader, the power to determine the fate of this garment of clothing! How exciting!

I love you all,

Annika xxx

Queen of Hearts Tights

Ahoy there!
Bringing back the hand-painted tights! I was actually commissioned to paint these for a burlesque Tim Burton show happening this weekend, for a Queen of Hearts Costume. I took these photos "to show" the person who asked me to paint them, to make sure they were alright. I may have gotten a little carried away though... and taken a whole bunch of outfit photos with them as well. But, I managed not to rip them... so no harm done! (Unless they read my blog. Let's hope they don't read my blog.)

Shirt - Vintage
Tights - DIY'd (originally vintage sheers)
Bag - c/o Oasap
Boots - Rubi Shoes
Necklace - Stolen from boyfriend
Cameo Brooch - Ebay

Here's a little DIY...
How to make "Queen of Hearts" tights

What you will need:
Sheer white tights
Black fabric/acrylic paint
(*Important: The paint must be fairly thick, ie not runny*)
A stencil
A pair of legs to paint on
A paintbrush

What you do:

Making your stencil:
Get a long length of cardboard and fold it in half. Draw half-lovehearts on the folded edge of one side of the cardboard, larger at the top and getting smaller gradually as you go down.

Like this:

Cut these out and unfold the cardboard. You should now have a nice stencil with some pretty love hearts.

Use these stencils for painting your tights. Follow instructions on how to do this here.

Don't forget to let them dry for a loooooong time on your legs! Wear them around for a few hours. I'm serious!!


Annika xxx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Sneak peek of my next DIY and a future outfit post...

Just finished painting these babies!
As seen on my new blog banner...
Stay tuned for an outfit post and DIY.

Tights - DIY
Shoes - Rubi Shoes


Cheap stuff!!! Coupon Codes!

Cheap stuff! I bring you all a knowledgeable little list of coupon and discount codes for you to use on online stores. Because I've just hit 500 followers which is absolutely incredible, and I can't thank you all enough! I love you guys! So here's some coupon codes that you can use on various online stores to get some cheap stuff as some thanks!

Just whack AVPNMB20 in at the checkout and get 20% off

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for 8% a pretty necklace with your name on it, use "pineneed" at the checkout

20% when you enter "Annika20" at the checkout

It's far too bizarre to do a post without photos, so here's a pretty photo of a nebula.

Thank you all for your amazing and continued support of my blog!

Annika xxx

Monday, 16 April 2012

Just a sweet vintage skirt

The purpose of this post today is to show off this sweet white linen pleated skirt I thrifted last week.

This skirt makes me feel like a 1920s tennis star. Much like this lovely lady:

Wearing (me, not the 1920s lady... although I do wonder):
Skirt - Vintage
Blouse - Vintage
Bag - c/o Oasap
Socks - Vintage
Collar doo-dad - DIY
Cameo Brooch - Ebay
Belt - Vintage

Have a beautiful day, all!

Annika xxx

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Fairy Floss

I am having the best luck vintage shopping lately - someone's amazingly well dressed grandma with an incredible pastel dress collection is going around getting rid of her clothes (I speculate). This beautiful dress was $2. And I found it just hanging there, all lonely and unloved, outside on the street on the cheap rack of my favourite op shop! I was near hyperventilation, believe me.

I'm wearing:
Dress - Vintage
Tights - c/o Oasap
Cameo Brooch - Ebay
Sweater - Vintage (from Tokyo)
Bag - Vintage
Belt - Vintage
Ring - Ebay
Pocketwatch Necklace - Markets in Sydney
Shoes - Forever 21

And here is a picture of me from yesterday when I was on a date at Luna Park (an amusement park in Sydney), eating some Fairy Floss in a real ladylike way.

Aw yeah, I have fairy floss hair.

Annika xxx

Annika made a dress

I really like the style of dress with a high waist, a 60s style bodice and a poofy circle skirt.
They go for $100 + on websites like Jones & Jones, but really they are so simple and easy to make yourself.

All you need to do is find a cheap pattern from a charity store/op shop that you like the look of (any kind of basic dress is fine) and use this as the pattern for your bodice. As for the skirt, you can follow my circle skirt tutorial here (sans velvet), and then all you have to do is join the two together!

And basically any combination of prints and colours will look nice as well, particularly if you work with a patterned/plain combination, I think. Or you could do the dress all the one colour. There's loads of possibilities!

Dress - DIY
Bag - c/o Oasap
Shoes - Yesstyle
Tights - c/o Oasap
Collar embellishment - DIY
Cameo Brooch - Ebay
Belt - Vintage
Hat - Wholesale

Hope you're all having a creative day,

Annika xxx

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

DIY Scalloped Denim Shorts

What you need:
some plain old denim shorts with a straight hem
a sewing machine
a pen
some pins

What you do:
1. Cut out a scallop shape from some cardboard, like the one in the picture below.
2. Fold the edge on your shorts up approximately the height of your cardboard stencil, on the RIGHT side of the shorts.

 3. Trace around the scallop shape, making scallops all the way around the cuff of your shorts. Pin the folded up bit to your shorts so it doesn't move when you start sewing.

4. Using a small straight stitch, sew around your drawn lines. Lift and readjust the foot as you go to make it easier!

5. Cut out your scallops, just outside the line you sewed. Now iron, flip the hem inside out, iron again, and you're done!

xxx Annika