Sunday, 30 December 2012

Farewell, 2012! Bring in the New Year!

Farewell, 2012! It's been a good one!

The Pineneedle Collective has had a pretty amazing year. As I only started blogging properly last December (only one year ago), it's crazy to see how much this little space has grown in 2012, particularly as I also started commuting 4 hours a day to university at the same time!

One of the highlights of blogging for me this year was that I was able to "meet" so many lovely people, either in the blogging community or those who are just readers. You've been nothing short of amazing. I'm constantly amazed by the thoughtful comments you leave, pictures you draw me and intelligent thoughts you leave in relation to my science posts! And even if you haven't left me any comments or sent me messages (goodness knows there's so many blogs that I silently creep on), it's awesome to know that there's so many of you reading and appreciating what I have to say. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here's some of my blog highlights from the past year!
My DIY Valentines tights - with more than 50000 pageviews, this was a post which I had the most awesome feedback on, and have subsequently seen popping up all over the internet! It is amazing to know they've inspired so many people!
Dying my hair pink, lilac and blue... and (accidentally) green...
Learning how to make my own dresses and then subsequently making a whole heap from anything I could find, including pillowcases and tablecloths.
Starting a love-affair with wigs in this post (may have also been a consequence of attempting to maintain my bright pink hair and subsequently destroying it...)
Introducing my science alter-ego in this post and beginning to add a scientific fact to each  outfit post! This is the thing I'm most proud of in 2012, especially as it's helped me to discover other fashionable science bloggers and the fact that I have a whole bunch of intelligent blog readers! I'm inspired by the feedback I get on my science posts, especially the few messages I've received where someone's told me they want to do science because of my blog! I aspire to be a Brain Cox-esque science communicator one day, so it's been a very modest, but good start.
This outfit (which I named Crouching Tiger, Hidden Lion) is my favourite of 2012. I'm  pretty proud of it.
And just this month, opening my own store! This is an idea I'd been toying with for months and I finally did it! And I've even made some sales, so I've been pretty chuffed with that :)

And that brings us to last night. I wanted to share with you all some shots I took last night with my boyfriend's little brother (hi Johnson!) who has just started getting interested in photography. I wanted to show him how to do "long exposure" shots and this is what we came up with! I felt like they were quite appropriate photos for bringing in the new years, and so this is how I'm ending the post. Happy New Years, everyone!
I attempted to write "Pineneedle" in the one below, but failed pretty badly. It kind of looks like it says Pineneedle, right?  And because Johnson is also a 13 year old boy, I was obliged to do one that said "Batman".

Hope you all have a wonderful New Years and that 2013 is full of learning, love, laughter and good things. I'm very excited (and nervous!) for 2013. Did I mention that I'm going to Japan in 27 days?? And then moving out of home?!

I will have one last post tomorrow showing off a New Year's countdown outfit!


  1. Oh I'm so jealous!
    Take me with you to Japan???
    Congratulations on an amazing year, heres to another great one!!
    Lots of love Aimie xxx

  2. That looks like "pineneedle" to me! You have to write backwards AND right to left- it's tricky!

    It sounds like you've had a great year and, by the way, the world totally needs a female Brian Cox. You've got it in the bag!


  3. Hi Annika!
    Regarding Emily Temple cute, I never bought in store and when I was in Tokyo I didn't visit any store, and I don't know where they are if there are any since they are constantly changing, but in Tokyo, you can visit the Marui One located on Shinjuku, the Emily Temple cute is located on the 3rd floor.
    They are constantly changing styles, my Pippi dress is pretty old, so I don't know if you'll find something like it, but I'm sure you'll find beautiful pieces, but hey, I'm too biased since is my favourite brand ever! Though I haven't bought any dress as of lately since they are a bit pricey and I'm broke xDDD

  4. Wow what an impressive post, you accomplished a lot this year!! Sounds like you have a ton of exciting things in the works too. I can't wait to see what you do in Japan!! <3 Congrats on all your success! The next year's going to be just as good, I can feel it

  5. ah, those last pictures are so neat! i love taking pictures like that. you seemed to have such a great year!

    lindsey louise

  6. Going to Japan! My goodness I am jealous?
    What for? Holiday? Uni placement? You have have have to blog about it, I want to go so badly but I'm such a wuss.
    Also, congrats as a general on a reallt awesome year of blogging! I think it's awesome you integrate science with fashion.


  7. I just found your blog a couple days ago, and I love it so much!! I immediately started following your blog!! Your blog is so cute, exciting to read, and very inspirational!!! Can't wait to see what new adventures and things you blog about in 2013! Have a wonderful New Years, and also I'm so jealous you are going to Japan!! Hope you have a wonderful time!!! ^___^

  8. It's so nice to read how much your blog grow in 2012. It also makes me smile to check these beautiful outfits ...
    So Annika, I want to wish you happy new year <3

  9. I love the long exposure shots! I've been meaning to try those out someday, but never get a chance. I love the batman one!

  10. Yaay 2013! I'm so glad I found your blog this past year. You're definitely a huge inspiration to me and I'm glad we can be internet friends (at least, I consider us to be, haha). You're awesome and I hope 2013 is grand for you!

  11. What a year for you (all those hair colours, haha!) I have loved 2012, and look how much your blog has grown AND you've even opened a shop. This is all just so wild and wonderful. As wild as a lion on a skirt. Happy New Year! I've been away at Tasmania for Falls Festival and so I have missed that wonderful Mermaid post below. How beautiful, and weird to see you out and about. Happy New years :D Bring on 2013

  12. oh my gosh I LOOOVE that shot with your pink hair and the birdie headband with the mint dress. amazing!

  13. Hi Annika :3 I have been reading your blog since I found you on few months ago !
    Your DIY ideas are so incredible and I love your style <3 so incredible!
    and I decided to leave a comment for the first time because I found out that your are coming to Japan, my country!!!
    Where will you visit and what will you do? Since I'm from Osaka I want you so badly to visit there as well! There're so many fashionable girls and super good foods such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki <3
    Hope you'll have a memorable time and meet a lot of lovely people!
    Please post some article about Japan ;)

    1. Hey! Thanks so much for such a nice comment :) I'm actually staying in Osaka, right in the city centre, for about 10 days in February! I've been to Osaka before and HAD to go back - it was our (my boyfriend and mine) favourite place in Japan, and we also have some friends there that we want to visit. Everyone was so friendly, and the FOOD! Okonomiyaki is our absolute favourite!
      I will definitely be posting about Japan though - I'm even bringing my computer with me so that I can blog when I am there!

  14. Your valentine tights are really adorable, so cute! I'd like to see more pictures of them! I hope, you didn't have to throw away them.


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