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In our second edition of our Dreamer Dress Up competition we saw a lot of ingenuity in the way our dreamers took warm weather clothes and changed them into cold weather outfits with Sock Dreams socks and accessories. Here is a peak at our ten favorites, and what they had to say about their outfits.
These first two finalists were very nearly winners. We loved Jennifer’s bright colors during this sometimes drab season. Not only did she turn a summer party dress into a great fall outfit, but she kept a little hint of sunshine with her Extraordinary Radiant Rainbows. Lindsay’s autumn color choices were a big hit here at Sock Dreams. She kept warm in her spring mini dress with Signature Cotton Tights, O Dreamy Stockings (in a gorgeous color that we, unfortunately, no longer carry), and Harajuku Arm Warmers.
Our next set of finalists had fun with indoor shots. Han had this to say about her outfit, “I love layers and was laying around the house, desperately not wanting to put on outdoor clothes to go get food when the idea struck me: don’t change the leggings and tank you are wearing–just throw more stuff on top! This was the result.” She knocked it out of the park with Chevron Sleeves and Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers. Alana was one of our first entries. She made her lace summer dress fall-ready with a long sleeved t-shirt and Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks. We loved what Whitney had to say about her outfit. “From keeping cool *eating ice cream* to staying cozy *dressed like a sundae*! I bundled up with layered long sleeves & hopped into Sock Dreams’ Neapolitan Stripes to keep my legs cozy.”
Jessica was used to staying warm in Alabama, when a cold wet spell hit. She couldn’t walk her dog in her usual clothing. Her solution? Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs. Megan says, “Sweet lolita pastels are more commonly associated with Spring, but I like to be able to wear my whole lolita wardrobe year round! ” She used our Blue Knees in Pink to coordinate and keep her legs from getting chilled.
And here are our winners! Holly is loving the autumn in her Classic Tie Dyed Striped Knees and Basic Fingerless Gloves. Phoebe is looking cool while staying warm with her Chevron Sleeves and Floral Tights. Candis took her babies Magnolia and Camellia out to enjoy their first snow in her Tie-dye Bamboo OTKs and Bamboo Cable Tights. She kept their tiny toes warm with Picnic Plaid Baby Socks.
All of our finalists received a 10% off coupon code, and our three winners each received a $30 gift code. If you want a chance to win make sure you enter next month’s competition. The theme is “Snow Day!” Show us how you bundle up for a wild winter. Click here for a complete set of rules and instructions on how to enter. And don’t forget to check out our Newsletter for more details about why we chose our top three. If you haven’t signed up for our Newsletter, now’s the perfect time to do it!
November 11th, 2014
We’re just three weeks in to autumn, but we’re already preparing for the December holidays! Why? Because we’re offering free USPS First Class International Shipping until the end of November! This way our friends overseas can order holiday socks in time for them to travel and make it through customs, while enjoying the same free shipping that US residents enjoy all year round!
Of course, this means we’ve released our winter logo stickers early this year, for inclusion with holiday orders!
Our holiday logo lady is enjoying some hot cocoa while getting cozy in Peppermint Spiral Cotton OTKs to match the candy border, with Long Cuffable Leg Warmers layered over them for even more coziness!
Our winter logo sticker is sporting the same sock and legwarmer combo, only in different colors. She holds a snowglobe, and inside of that snowglobe is another logo lady, who is holding another snowglobe…. perhaps containing another logo lady?
To obtain a sticker of your very own, just leave an order note requesting either a holiday or winter logo sticker when you place your order!
One of the things we’re known for here at Sock Dreams is our super-fast shipping: people are most often surprised by the speed of our free domestic option. It does help that we ship all of your orders –with a few exceptions– within 24 hours, but if we’re being completely honest with you, USPS deserves most of the credit for getting your socks across the country (and sometimes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon via mule), usually within two or three days! As we’re heading into our busiest season, I interviewed Shipper Ryan, who specializes in our domestic shipping, but knows quite a bit about all of it. Because he is both hilarious and paranoid about being misquoted, we present you with his responses, verbatim:
Rosalind: I know that USPS really goes above and beyond with some of the more remote locations that they deliver to… can you give us some interesting examples of this?
Ryan: USPS certainly does deliver mail to some faraway places, but to give our most exciting examples of the remote reaches our packages can go, we have to bring up the US Military. Working in partnership with USPS, military mail going to APO, FPO, and DPO addresses can end up in some off the wall places. We’ve sent packages to Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan (near zones of conflict), and to Aircraft Carriers in the middle of an ocean, but if I were to choose the most remote place our socks have been worn, that’s a no brainer. We have sent a number of orders over the years to McMurdo Station on the Northern edge of Antarctica. I know, I know, all edges of Antarctica are Northern. McMurdo happens to be nearest Tasmania and New Zealand on a Map. And the best part of these locations is that they are technically Domestic Addresses and, as such, qualify for our free shipping. So there is no reason you shouldn’t send socks to personnel that are overseas!
Rosalind: What is the most exciting (domestic or otherwise) location we’ve shipped to, in your opinion?
Ryan: There is one street that comes to mind, here in America, and that is “1 Infinite Loop”. We have a couple of customers who order from there and we always give an excited Whoop of jealousy whenever one comes, as we’re all big nerds who wish we were cool enough to live on “1 Infinite Loop”. Tech heads will recognize the address as the street that encircles Apple’s HQ.
Rosalind: Here in the states we pretty much have a number and a street for an address. Can you explain some of the different ways that other countries do addresses?
Ryan: Almost every country we ship to has similar address elements to what we do in the states, though they may be arranged differently. Many European countries, for instance, put there Postal Code before the City. Some stand out exceptions off of the top of my head would be Spain and Puerto Rico, which have similar addressing styles that include a dearth of information when compared to domestic addresses. Though we can verify the addresses as properly formatted for the country they are going to, we usually have to move information around so USPS recognizes them as addresses they can ship to. Ireland is another standout, as most [addresses] do not have postal codes, instead using the destination county, and some do not have street addresses. These last always give us a chuckle, as we cannot be certain if the package is going to a business or a landmark. We just assume that the destinations are small enough or the mail carriers are so awesome, that they just know where these packages are intended to be delivered. But I like to think that a certain percentage of Magic is used for the delivery of our Ireland-bound orders.
Rosalind: What is the funniest thing about shipping? Are there even funny things about it?
Ryan: Answering unexpected interview questions. Oh, and all of the Puns!
And there we have it! From Antarctica to puns, our shipping department has seen it all. While we’re on the subject, you might have noticed that we’re offering free airmail international shipping until the end of November, so even if your friends overseas aren’t in the military or conducting research in Antarctica, there’s no reason not to send them some socks this month!
Last month we announced our new monthly contest, Dreamer Dress Up. Our first challenge to you was to create a Halloween costume which featured some of our socks, or accessories. We had a lot of amazing entries. They were so good, in fact, that we had to share our ten finalists with all of you!
These first three finalists are looking spectacular in shades of red. Malia McCollister, a former ballet dancer, used the Puffy Chiffon Mini Petticoat to give her Firebird costume the right flare. Elizabeth Hedrick used tons of layers to make her pirate queen costume come alive, including a Mid-Length Petticoat, Ruffle Striped OTKs, and Flapper Buttoned Sock Garters. Yoko Mizuhara, our next finalist, modified her Solid Opaque Thigh Highs for her Bombshell Harley Quinn costume, and is a huge advocate of It Stays! Body Adhesive.
Our next two finalists are rocking the steam-punk look. Brianna Clarke is ready for a Victorian Air Ship ride in her Solid Over the Knee Stockings and her Extra Long Simply Adjustable Sock Garters. Amy Robinson made some creative edits to her Solid Opaque Thigh Highs, which she keeps held high with her Double Grip Clips.
We loved Cindy Dulay’s portrayal of Mary Sanderson, the middle sister from the movie Hocus Pocus. She is using the plus sized Striped Over the Knee stockings to keep her witchy legs warm. And speaking of needing to stay warm, our next entrant, known only as Pixi Faery, is staying snuggley by layering rust colored Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks and Dark Brown Knees.
And now for our three winners, who will each receive a $30 Sock Dreams Gift Card!
In her portrayal of the Queen of the Rainbow Goblins, Joyce Churchia created her own sleeves using Rainbow Knee High socks and Cotton Overknees, and completed her outfit with Vertical Rainbow Fishnet Tights. Kathleen Weaver is clearly excited about her Peter Pan costume, and so were we! She is wearing the ever popular Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks in olive. Our final winner, and perhaps our favorite, is Sara Bielaczyc. How adorable is she in her purple Chevron Sleeves and green and plum Super Stripe Knee Highs?
We want to congratulate all of our finalists. And to do that, we decided to throw in a bonus. We are giving each of them 10% off their next purchase! Feeling a bit jealous? Click here to find out how you can enter November’s Dreamer Dress Up contest. And don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter to see who will win next time!
Are you all stocked up for Halloween? Well, if you’re like us, you’ve been ready to go since November 1st of 2013. But for those of you still scrambling to get your leg wear together, we have some Shipping dates that will help you plan your purchases!
•Free/First Class: 5-9 days estimated shipping time (not guaranteed) – order by the 21st
•Priority Mail: 3-5 days estimated shipping time (not guaranteed) – order by the 25th
•Priority Express Mail: 1-2 days, guaranteed – order by the morning of the 29th
While you’re at it, make sure you request one of our spooky Halloween stickers, featuring our logo as the wickedest of witches.
If witches aren’t your thing, we have a lovely Autumn sticker for you to choose as well. Just let us know your preference and we will include one in your order.