I was thrilled when Reverse contacted me and asked if I would like some items from their collection, I was even more excited when I opened the package and it contained this faux leather busted pleated dress.
Every month Matalan contact 4 bloggers to take part in a themed style challenge. Last month they got in touch with me to join in on the autumnal theme. We each had £50 to spend on an outfit that had to be head to toe from Matalan (of course) and I decided to go for in store vouchers, rather than online.
I had spotted a red midi skirt online that I wanted, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it in store. So I went for a pair of tan suede effect shorts, red velvet peeptoe heels and a cream satin kimono blouse. My inspiration was the many colours of a dying leaf. I am trying not to use smiley or winking faces now, but a winky face would have gone here.
I love reading and looking at other blogs, more often than not, these are ‘normal girls’ with ‘normal lives’. They don’t have a stylist or someone telling them what to wear. Their style is completely natural to them. Every couple of weeks I will be conducting interviews with some of my favourite bloggers. Starting with the lovely Annika from accordingtoannika.blogspot.com.
So beautiful Annika, tell me a little bit about where you live, what you do for a living and your interests?
I’m a writer and occasional photographer, living way out in the Swedish countryside in an old yellow house with the man of my dreams and our two Siberian cats. When I’m not writing, reading, blogging or playing with the kitties, I spend my time watching about a billion different tv-shows, trying to play the guitar and the piano, or making weak attempts at getting our terribly unkempt garden into shape. I make my living writing and photographing for various Swedish magazines and newspapers, and this fall I’ll be studying creative writing at University, as a way to prepare myself for my next big project: writing a novel.
When did you start blogging and what made you start your blog?
I started blogging back in 2005, but then I had already been keeping “online diaries” for at least eight years. I guess something about sharing my personal life on the internet really appeals to me, haha! The blog “According to Annika” – my first one ever in English (not counting a failed attempt a little more than a year ago, a style blog I shut down in less than two weeks) – was born on May 15th this year. I was tired of my Swedish blog and needed a change, I desperately wished to start over. This time, I wanted a blog that would mainly center around personal style, but where I could also write about all the other things I’m passionate about: books, music, tv-series, movies, love, friendship, self-esteem issues, family, my everyday life and of course my cats! And though I wish I had the opportunity to spend even more time and energy on my blog, I still feel like it’s pretty close to how I imagined it.
I know its hard to define a style for most fashionistas, but how would you describe yours?
Haha, you’re so right, it is hard! Mostly because I don’t feel like I have a style. I’m still figuring it out, and I probably always will be. I’m constantly inspired by so many different elements that the result is nearly impossible to define. But allright… I would say my style is confused, curious and full of contradictions!
I would say my style is confused, curious and full of contradictions!