An Interview with Annika of The Pineneedle Collective
Hi! I'm Annika. I'm 19 years old, I live in Australia and I have a frequently changing head of hair. I both adore and love to blog about vintage fashion, DIYS, sewing and being generally crafty, and also where to find well-priced clothes, internet shopping and anything else in the fashion world which inspires me. Currently studying science, I plan on becoming the best dressed neuroscientist at my own lab in Tokyo, rocking up to work with a big floral 50s dress under my lab coat and cat-eye safety goggles. Come find me at The Pineneedle Collective!
What do you do when you're not blogging? What is your job?
Annika: I am a full time student, studying science! I also make a small living selling my clothes at markets, when I get motivated to do so!
How did you come up with your blog name?
Annika: Haha, my best friend actually came up with it and I kind of stole it off her... In fact, the Pineneedle Collective was her pub trivia team's name! When I was trying to come up with a name for my blog, she casually suggested that, and I went "why not?" - and it stuck!
How would you describe your personal style?
Annika: Colourful, girly, eclectic and vintage inspired.
Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
Annika: My best friends, who were always better dressed than me, who introduced me to vintage and op shops when I was about 15. That event, I believe, has been the most influential on my style, and I've been building a small mountain of vintage clothing ever since!
What would be the one fashion tip you would give to a friend?
Annika: Why buy when you can DIY? Seriously. Don't buy something that's brand new and $300 when you could pretty easily make it (or at least, something similar) yourself! Or when you could thrift something equally as good!
3 fun facts about you:
Annika: 1. I bleach my hair once a month and dye it every 2 weeks - and somehow, it is still ridiculously soft. 2. I eat a ridiculous amount - 6 or 7 meals a day is my norm - gosh I love food! 3. My boyfriend has much nicer hair than me - seriously, he has the most gorgeous silky long hair!
What inspires you?
Annika: In the fashion world I am most inspired by modern day vintage ladies who dress up every day like a pin-up models from the 50s, and exude this total confidence. I aspire to be like them! In the outside world, I am inspired by amazing scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Susan Greenfield.
How are you able to stay fashionable without spending a lot of $$? What are your tips and where do you shop?
Annika: Well, while I think that I still actually DO spend too much $$ on clothes... I save a lot by thrifting (about 2/3 of my wardrobe is thrifted), making my own clothes (with thrifted materials, even better), and shopping wholesale!
In your opinion, every woman should own:
Annika: Okay, the answer to this popped straight into my head before I realised how stereotyped it sounded - and this still sounds majorly misogynistic - but a sewing machine! I'm serious. It's quite liberating being able to make your own clothes, and it means you own things no one else in the world owns!
4 things you can't live without:
Annika: 1. My wardrobe. I can't believe I am saying that, but if it were to suddenly disappear, I would be completely devastated! 2. My liquid eyeliner. 3. My boyfriend. He is the most amazingly supportive, sweet guy ever. 4. My family. Ditto on the supportiveness & sweetness. *Not in order of importance!!*
If you had a time machine that could take you back in time, what year would you go to and why?
Annika: If I had a time machine I would be taking that baby to the future!! I'm so curious to see where humans will be in a couple of hundred years. But if I HAD to go back into the past, I would go to the beginning of the 90s, so I could dress like a grungey teenager and watch Nirvana play live!
People would be surprised to know that I...
Annika: Am a massive nerd. Actually, I'm not sure if people would be surprised by that. But anyway, I am. I love science, I love learning and I love thinking about the universe and all the amazing ways in which it works. I also really quite like maths.
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