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Some of you may have noticed over the years that we here at Sock Dreams are rather fond of our vices… while “sock hoarding” is probably the number one vice for most of us, we’re also fans of assorted boozes, in moderation. Gumball Poodle has been good enough to supply us with so many boozy word socks over the years that it wasn’t until after a photoshoot at our friendly neighborhood bar (featuring virgin drinks – after all, it was 3PM and we were all on the clock) that we noticed kind of a conspicuous hole in our sock liquor cabinet…. ABSINTHE!
Distilled with anise seed and fennel (which makes it taste vaguely of licorice), Absinthe was once very popular among artists, writers, Parisiennes and romantics in general, but gained notoriety due to its traditional inclusion of wormword. Stemming from severely overblown reports of the psychoactive properties of this drink (in reality it is no more hallucinogenic than whiskey or vodka), it was made illegal in many countries for the better part of a century. It was relegalized in the USA a few years back, and while those of us who have tried it are more fond of it in theory than reality, there’s no denying the allure of this infamous beverage.
Those of you familiar with the history of this drink (or perhaps the film Moulin Rouge) may also have heard of “la fée verte,” or “the green fairy”. This is not only a euphemism for the drink itself, but the embodiment of the artistic spirit and romantic ideals. About 2 minutes into our conversation about getting ABSINTHE socks it became clear that we would need coordinating fairy socks. We settled on the spelling, “FAERY,” as it was a nice compromise between “fairy” and “faerie”, and looked the best in our signature Art Nouveau font.
And so it is that we present to you our two new Sock Dreams exclusive styles from Gumball Poodle – ABSINTHE and FAERY in inverted colors – perfect for mixing or matching! We recommend pouring them over a sugar lump and diluting with water until they become slightly cloudy…… or just put them on your feet and enjoy! Most importantly, always drink (or wear) your ABSINTHE responsibly!
It’s almost time for the most romantic of holidays, and while we know it’s not for everyone, we still think it’s a great excuse to to honor love of all kinds.
LOVE Knee Highs from Gumball Poodle keep their message simple and to-the-point.
Love is a wonderful thing, because it doesn’t have to be about romance. This is still a great time to celebrate platonic love, or the love for yourself that can be so difficult to foster. It can be about your love of socks, or the love that a sock company feels for all of its amazing customers…. like you!
Heart Lace Foot Wraps would be unique and romantic even without the adorable little hearts that cover them!
It so happens that this sock company has so much love for their customers that we want to give you all a special valentine:
From February 6th until 11:59 PM on Valentine’s Day (which will be on Saturday the 14th), we’re offering 20% off of all orders of $14 or more! Just enter the code, “SonnetSocks” when you go to your shopping cart between now and the 14th!
Our Valentine’s Logo Lady is available as a sticker – just make an order note requesting one when you place an order!
Much love, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
You might not be aware of this, but some of us like to dabble in the divinatory arts… while none of us have the natural talents of Professor Trelawney (then again, her talents are subconscious, so we might be kind of like her when her abilities aren’t manifesting), we thought it might be fun to do a general reading for the new year, using some of our fancy tools!
Ever ambitious, we thought we’d start out with scrying, or crystal ball gazing. This is thought to be one of the most difficult forms of divination, as it relies on the diviner’s ability to see images in the ball, other than the reflections of the room. Gazing into the ball, the image began to clear, and I beheld….. my own hands, magnified. This probably doesn’t mean much, except that we have a lot of room to improve on our scrying over the next year. Moving on, then.
Even if you only see your own hand while scrying, your hand could be quite the sight in Palmistry Arm Warmers from Una!
We had to try out some tasseography, or the reading of tea leaves. These days you can learn darned near anything on the internet, and that’s how we learned tasseography. After looking up instructions and a visual guide to leaf formations, we made some tea, drained the cup, gave the dregs a swirl, and dumped them out onto a napkin. Examining what was left in the cup we saw… er…. some tea leaf globules? Perhaps they represent new socks? We didn’t find any meaning for “globule” formations in the guide, so… probably socks.
Next we did a bit of light Tarot; a form of cartomancy based on Medieval playing cards. It’s a good method for beginners, as each card provides a wealth of information and symbolism to interpret. As we concentrated on the year to come, I let my hand play over the backs of the deck, until it came to rest on the card that felt right…. flipping the card, we beheld the face of Justice. This card represents the search for truth, pure impartiality and true fairness. We hope this is a good omen for the year to come, but if you’ve been naughty you might want to watch yourself!
Upcoming Tabbisocks arm warmers in oatmeal.
Having found the tarot to be a bit vague, as it often is, we decided to ask yet another source: the pendulum. A pendulum can only give “true or false” answers, and you must calibrate these responses before asking any questions. On the other hand, it’s darned hard to not get a clear answer when there are only two available! After determining the swing patterns in which the pendulum gave each possible answer, we asked it, “True or false? 2015 will be a less trying year than 2014 was.”
The answer was clear: “tralse”.
Well dreamers, the year is very nearly over. 2014 has been a pretty intense year for a lot of us, it seems, with ups and downs all over the place. As such, we wanted to end the year on a happy note, and we felt that our local vintage cinema – the Moreland Theater—would be the perfect venue.
A meeting through the curtains – on the left Zaf wears Vintage Pinstripe Net Pantyhose with Satin Opera Gloves and a Layered Tulle Petticoat. On the right Sabrina rocks Spandex Fishnet Pantyhose, Stretch Lace Gloves, and a Mid-Length Petticoat.
And so, the Monday before New Years Eve, we got ourselves all glammed up, masquerade style, and headed over for the last photoshoot of the year. All things considered, it’s been a pretty good year for photoshoots, with carousels, abandoned train tracks, and gelato galore! We really kind of went above and beyond preparing for this one though….. one must go big for New Years, after all.
Dreamer Kori is wearing Lace Gauntlet Arm Warmers, which conveniently leave her hands free.
The Moreland Theater has been operating in Sellwood (or more accurately West Moreland) since the 1920’s, when it was also a venue for Vaudeville acts. The interior definitely reflects the era in which it opened, which is exactly why we wanted to take photos there! They also happen to be our neighbors, and you know we love to support our fellow local businesses.
To the right: Rae lounges in plum Floral Tights, which perfectly match her mask. To the left: Sabrina’s pairing of Mid-Length Petticoat and Fishnet Pantyhose is simple, yet simply glamorous.
In addition to treating ourselves to a fancy dress photoshoot, we wanted to treat all of our customers to something nice, too…. While we can’t really send you all bottles of champagne, for various reasons, we can offer you a sale! From now until 11:59 PM PST on January 2nd, you can get 20% off orders of $15 or more! Just enter the code, “Socky2015” when you go to check out!
Left: Surveying the theater in Kimi OTKs, Shimmer Organza Petticoat, Double Grip Clips (though one is at half-mast) and an upcoming style of sleeves from Tabbisocks! Right: Kimi OTKs, Floral Tights, Vintage Pinstripe Pantyhose, Signature Cotton Tights, and Fishnet Pantyhose.
Most importantly, don’t forget to have a happy (and socky) new year!
Happy holidays dreamers! Things have been in full swing here at Sock Dreams HQ. We’ve been extra busy getting socks to their destined dreamers, whether they’ve been naughty or nice. All of that industriousness wont stop us from announcing this month’s Dreamer Dress Up winners however.
We saw various levels of bundling for our Snow Day theme. Some of you from warmer climates don’t need a whole lot to keep cozy in the winter. Others find it necessary to pile on the layers. Radlee was, without a doubt, our best bundler. She didn’t stop at layering a pair of M Stripes over some Long Cuffable Scrunchable socks. She also used another pair of Long Cuffable Scrunchables as a scarf and some Quad Marled Rib Knees as mittens.
Christina doesn’t see a lot of snow where she comes from. The nights can still get pretty cold once winter hits. When she cozys up on the couch after a long day, she keeps comfortable in a an over sized sweater and her favorite pair of Floral Tights.
While Summer Anne has seen more wind than snow in her home town, her OTK Tube Socks have been sufficient to keep her toasty. She particularly loves the jewel tone of this royal blue pair. The bright color helps banish some of the season’s dreariness. Besides, it matches her secret Santa gift perfectly!
Speaking of colors it is time to announce our next Dreamer Dress Up Theme. Since this one will take place in February, the theme will be Amethyst and Violet, for the gemstone and flower of the month. We want to see what you can create using Sock Dreams products in shades of purple.
And if purple socks isn’t enough to get you excited about entering the next competition, we’ve got two great reasons that you should. Starting now, everyone who sends in a valid entry will receive a personal, one time, 10% discount code. Not only that, but we are also upping our prizes! All three of our next winners will receive a $50 gift card!
Send your submissions to email@example.com. Make sure that your entry includes all of the following:
- 1-2 photos, no larger than 500 x 700 pixels, which shows off your entire outfit.
- A list of the products you used, how they fit the theme, and why you made your choices.
- Your full name, your preferred public name, and your preferred pronoun (she, he, they, etc.)
- Your city, state, zip code, and phone number.
- Your email address.
See our official rules for complete details. And congratulations to this month’s Dreamer Dress Up Winners!