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We had our best turn out yet for February’s Dreamer Dress Up contest. The theme was Amethyst and Violet. In other words, shades of purple. We received some truly gorgeous submissions this time and we want to share them with you!
Our first two finalists brought out the beauty of purple’s darker hues. Olivia stunning cape brings out the richness of the plum in her Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs, and makes the lilac really pop. Meshel, who was very nearly in our top three, found a skirt that exactly matched the purple in her Multi Stripe Over the Knee socks. Olivia and Meshel really captured the theme of our contest with their sweet and flirtatious entries.
Heather’s lavender outfit, Long Cuffable Scrunchables, and tree hugging photo captivated the lighter side of purple. They also made us smile. Jess and Erin traveled from Washington to our shop in Portland to show off their violet socks. Jess paired her Striped OTK Toe Socks with a rainbow skirt, while Erin’s Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs added some color to her little black dress. Steph is staying warm and looking cool in her Fleece Lined Leggings. She sent a special message to her fiance on Valentines with this outfit by adding the Love Ya crews.
It is cold up in the North East right now, and that’s why Amy Lynn is wearing triple layers. She is getting cozy in dark red Purple Knees over plum M45’s, which she has layered over her Signature Cotton Tights by Foot Traffic. Sadeyeartist, as our next model prefers to be called, is also from the North East. She is keeping warm by staying indoors and wearing two Crinoline Skirts over purple Striped Tights. She stays extra warm with Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers which she keeps in place with Snappy D-Ring Garters.
As for our three finalists, we just couldn’t resist any of them. Summer rocks her plum and lilac Super Stripes, and an amazing guitar. Nate is lovely in his Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs. And Rose, well, Rose pulled together seven different Sock Dreams items into one of the best photos we’ve received so far! If you want to learn more about these three finalists and why we loved them so much, check out our newsletter!
Our next Dreamer Dress Up Contest is “Flora and Fauna”. Check out the official rules here! We want to see your best use of floral and animal themed products. Just send us an email to email@example.com by April 13th with the following:
- 1 or 2 photos, no larger than 500 x 700 pixels, which best show your entire outfit.
- A description of the Sock Dreams products used and how they fit the theme.
- Your full name, preferred public name, and preferred pronoun (they, she, he, etc).
- Your city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address.
Each person sending in a valid entry will receive a 10% discount code which they can use on their next purchase. Our three lucky winners will all receive a $50 gift card as well. Just think! That could be you!
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”.
The days have grown short, the Hunter’s Moon is waxing, and Halloween has arrived. What better way to celebrate than to deface a few squash?
We gathered 25 ripe pumpkins and carved them into an abundance of geeky, pop culture references. We had several from Doctor Who, and My Neighbor Totoro, and even one from the movie Labyrinth. We had cats, spiders, and crows. There were two Cthulhu and an alien Xenomorph. We also had one or two pumpkins that were impossible to explain.
Of course you can’t have a pumpkin party without pumpkin pie, so our good friends at Waves of Grain Bakery provided us with two mouth watering varieties.
Now we’re off to cavort in the night, seeking mischief, candy, and the company of fellow sock fanatics. Happy Halloween dreamers!
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For those of you who do not know, we sponsored a fantastic cosplay contest in The Mary Sue‘s Geek Girl Headquarters at the New York Comic Con this past weekend. The time has finally come to pick the winners! Check out the finalists on The Mary Sue’s Twitter, or on their web page and cast your vote for your favorite. The choices are tough and the competition is fierce, so make your vote count.
The grand prize winner of the contest will get an amazing prize package from us including, socks, leg warmers, sock glue, the world’s best water bottle, stickers, buttons, not to mention a $50 gift card. Three runners up will also get gift cards.
If you missed out on the action and are itching to show off your socks in outfit related contests, don’t fret. We’ve got several competitions lined up in the coming months with our new Dreamer Dress Up feature. Just sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on how you can be a winner too!