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May the 4th is a stellar day which celebrates all things Star Wars. As such, we are offering an equally stellar deal. From now until midnight, Stance’s Star Wars socks are 25% off! That means that the adult socks are only $15, and the kids versions are just $12. This sale is good online, and at our Portland shop as well. No discount code is necessary, just place your order and you’ll receive your discount automatically.
With this heroic footwear, you can honor Luke Skywalker’s defeat of the Empire. You can laud the alacrity of Han Solo’s Kessel Run. You can glorify Princess Leia’s rebellious nature, and iconic hair style. Or, if you are feeling more sinister, you could mark the occasion with the galaxy’s most notorious villian, his armored henchmen, and one very determined bounty hunter. Will you follow the path of the Jedi, or fall to the dark side of the force?
Why not get them all and have your feet decide which way is supreme? Whatever you choose, remember, the sale is for May 4th only, and supplies are limited. So get them now, before they end up in a sock drawer far far away.
Well, darlings, have we got news for you! Grab your wigs, your contouring brush, and your best set of sequins—we’re going to RuPaul’s DragCon!
The con is May 7th and 8th, with a little preview night on the 6th, in sunny Los Angeles. This will be the convention’s second year, but a first for Sock Dreams, and we couldn’t be more excited! Dreamers Nina and Rose will be bringing you the best in fabulous socks and fierce legwear, including selections from our very own Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks lines, the spectacular curvy-friendly tights from the Big Tights Company, and a few other surprises!
Come sashay your way to Booth 332 and say hello-hello-hello!
Spring is in full bloom these days and with it come the many annual events that mark this time of renewal. Last week we covered Eco-Friendly socks for Earth Day. We thought Arbor Day, a similar event solely dedicated to the planting and caring for trees, would be the perfect occasion to highlight all of our tree-themed socks.
The first American Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872 in the Great Plains of Nebraska. Pioneers knew the true value of trees at a time when they were of paramount importance for fuel, building materials, and as natural wind-barriers to keep soil in place. Trees are still very important to us today; they’re needed to moderate temperature, clean the air, and provide habitat for wildlife.
At the first Arbor Day, prizes were offered to Nebraskan counties and citizens for properly planting the most trees that day. In fact, it’s estimated by the Arbor Day Foundation that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day! The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and partners. Arbor Day itself may be seasonal, but your love for trees can be displayed all year-round with the right pair of socks!
Arbor Day is commonly observed in the United States on the last Friday in April, however, many states observe the day at other times to coincide with their region’s optimum planting weather. The State of Oregon officially recognizes Arbor Day as the first full week in April, but you can use this interactive map to find out when your state celebrates this day, as well. Protect your legs while you’re out planting trees with a pair of Dream Stockings. Not only will you look cute and keep dirt and allergens off your sensitive skin, you’ll be wearing eco-friendly regenerated cotton socks made right here in the USA.
If you don’t have the means to plant a tree of your own this Arbor Day, there are still plenty of other ways you can commemorate it! Spending some time cleaning up a public park, or volunteering with a local tree-planting organization, are two excellent ways to uplift your community. Additionally, mapping out a tree identification hike or hosting a “biggest tree” search in your neighborhood are fun ways to get out there and appreciate your local outdoors. If climbing trees is your favorite hands-on way to appreciate them, donning a pair of tights or leggings will help ensure that your modesty isn’t compromised—no matter how high you climb.
For more information about the Arbor Day Foundation and their current projects, you can visit their website to locate your nearest chapter and become a member. If you are planning on giving back this Arbor Day, please feel free to share your plans with us in the comments below! Regardless of whether you spend the day resting in the shade of a tree or volunteering in your community, we hope everyone gets a moment to reflect on the importance of trees and making the world a greener place this year!
Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks in Hunter
Spring is warming up here in Portland, so we’re venturing outdoors more, and with Earth Day just two days away, the timing couldn’t be any better! This is also the perfect time to take a look at some of our Eco Friendly socks. I won’t be going too far into what exactly makes a sock “Eco Friendly” because Dreamer Brenna already did a great job of that last year! Instead we’re going to take a look at the socks themselves, because our collection is constantly changing! As for the other “green” holiday that happens this week, well…. We’ll get to that a little later….
We’ve been seeing more and more organic cotton options in recent years, and we love knowing that pesticides weren’t used in the production of our foot coverings! We’ve written about how much we love Zkano before, and with all organic cotton socks made in the USA, as well as their own fiber recycling program, they’re really doing it right! We also love Toesox and Sweet Marcel for their dedication to organic fibers.
Now using new cotton that’s been organically grown is wonderfully responsible, but what happens to the remnants from the clothing industry? “Do they all just end up in a landfill?” we hear you ask, as a tear wells in your eye. No need to cry, dear dreamers – some of those scraps get rejuvenated and spun into recycled yarn, to live another day, like a beautiful sock phoenix rising from the ashes of industry. In fact, most of the socks from our own house brands, DreaM Stockings and Dreamer Socks, are made using regenerated yarn, which is a mix of cotton, acrylic and polyester – we find it feels and washes like cotton! Of course, it’s not just us – RockNSocks and QT Feet styles all feature regenerated yarns, and even B. Ella has been getting in on the fun with some of their cotton styles.
Something we’re particularly excited about is the steadily increasing availability of fibers that are more renewable than cotton. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass, which gives it the potential to be incredibly sustainable, but because rayon from bamboo requires a not-so-eco chemical process to become rayon, the FTC actually requires that rayon from bamboo be labeled as such, while true bamboo yarn won’t include the word “rayon”. Because this is a bit tricky, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all of our true bamboo options for you, so you don’t have to weed out the rayons.
But the renewable fiber we’re most excited about is still pretty scarce for us – we’re talking about hemp, of course! Hemp plants are fast-growing, low-maintenance, and don’t deplete the soil of nutrients that would allow other crops to come after it, unlike cotton. Hemp is a largely misunderstood plant, as it is related to psychoactive varieties of the cannabis plant, but we’re hoping to see more and more industrial uses of this incredibly versatile fiber.
Of course, the confusion surrounding various types and uses of hemp and other cannabis plants does make for a very tidy segue to that other holiday that happens to fall on today… 420!
The origins of the number and date that we associate with the indulgence in that other kind of cannabis (now legal for recreational uses in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Colorado) has been hotly debated, with no real consensus as to where it came from. That’s kind of beside the point, though, because the holiday is all about having fun and relaxing with friends. Even if you live in the vast majority of places in which recreational marijuana is still illegal, these socks are a perfectly law-abiding way of expressing your support for the legalization (or at least decriminalization) of what is, after all, an incredibly useful plant.
Wow, what a con! This was the first year Emerald City Comic Con expanded to four days instead of three, and what a difference that extra day made. One more day of seeing fantastic cosplay, buying fantastic trinkets, and meeting our fantastic customers!
And what lovely customers they were, too! Although we didn’t have a chance to snap pictures of everyone we saw, we’re loving the pics we did get.
Kate, Kimberly, and Tehia donned Striated OTKs in navy & royal, Elemental Striped Thigh Highs in Zephyr, and Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in tan & dark brown to accessorize their con looks.
It was great to be part of such an exciting con, and we loved the extra day we got to spend helping our socks find the perfect homes. A big thank you to anyone who stopped by our booth during ECCC! If you incorporated any of your purchases into costumes (or signature looks), we’d love to see them. Share them to us on Facebook or our other social media platforms, or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to let us know if you want us to share them with others–though we’re happy to see them either way!