Monday, May 2, 2011

Blogs from the heart. By Anika.

This is the lovely Anika from By Anika. She blogs from Olso, Norway. She also happens to be the first blogger I'm featuring who lives outside of the USA!

Anika describes herself as a self worth activist. She is a strong woman and lives her life unapologetically. Her blog is very genuine, and honest. She is secure in the person she is, and that in itself is very fashionable. I feel like we all can learn something from her.

She wears a mix of handmade, store bought, and vintage items. By creating a lot of her wardrobe she cultivates a style all her own. A scarf becomes a top, two skirts a dress, and in the end Anika looks down right fabulous. Anika is unafraid of trying new things, and rocking any trend her heart desires.

Anika's Spreading the Love series features bloggers of all shapes, and sizes. You get their insight on how they view fashion. So far there have been over 60 bloggers featured!

Keep in touch with her on Bloglovin', Twitter, and Facebook!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet that would combine my love for designing clothes, writing, taking pictures and connecting with people. Blogging is the perfect fusion of my creativity in the various parts of my life.
by anika

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Everything! What I did not know when I started blogging was that there was such a community of bloggers out there. I felt shy about being a plus sized fashion blogger when I first started blogging, but now I feel so connected with so many amazing bloggers that my life is forever changed. My quality of life is enhanced to no end thanks to all of my blogger-friends.

Why do you think having your own unique personal style is important?

For me the way I dress is a self expression. When I dress in colours and patterns I am celebrating my own self acceptance. I have worked damned hard for it, and now every leopard print that I wear is my reward to my self. I have claimed my self worth, print by print, colour by colour. I dress the way I do because I am who I am.
by anika

What color or print combination have you been loving lately?

I am absolutely loving stripes, wide and narrow, and I prefer them horizontal thank you very much. I honestly never thought I would dare to wear horizontal stripes on my curvy shape, but I blew that box wide open too, and now I can`t get enough. As for colours I am really into navy blue, orange and nudes. Having avoided wearing colour for most of my life (because I felt so ugly that I needed to hide), every new colour that I can get away with feels like a revelation. My closet is like a box of sweets, and I feel happy doing my laundry now, because the colours are so pretty. Also, all of my colourful dresses fit. If they don`t make me feel fab they don`t belong in my closet.
by anika

When did you start shopping second hand?

I have been shopping second hand most of my life. As a teenager I went through a phase where I bought second hand mens shirts that I wore with ties and skirts. Then I took it to the next level and started creating pieces my self that are third hand. I am always reworking all of my clothes, and I love to use second hand pieces and create something new and fresh.

What advice do you have for someone new to shopping second hand?

My advice would be to not look at the limitations in the pieces, but to explore how you can make a second hand piece work for you by tailoring it. And, be prepared to look through a lot of stuff for the gems.

Do you have any second hand pieces with a story behind them?

I have a lot of fabrics and bags that were my mothers, and I love these pieces because they are like memories. I am always asking mum what the story of pieces are. I love sewing dresses from mums fabrics, bringing some of her with me in my every day life.

by anika
Go get a taste of Anika!

With all my heart,
<3 Vanessa


  1. I love Anika, she deserves all the love and features in the world!!!
    Much love to you both.

  2. Love Anika!! Thanks for sharing a little more about her! I already follow her blog, but it was great to see a different side of her!!

    Monique xx

  3. Another fabulous feature, Vanessa! I just adore Anika's personality; and her love of animal print! :)

  4. I love Anika! She is such a sweet lovely person. Thank you for featuring her - the whole world should get to know her. She can make anyone smile!

  5. Vanessa! Every week your features get better and better! I don't know how you can top this one- I LOVE Anika: her style, her spirit and for me she is smack dab in the heart of MY blogging community! Wonderful post of her. I really hope this introduces this fashion lovely to more people! -Bella Q

  6. I love Anika! What a great post, thanks for sharing :)

  7. I LOVE ANIKA!!!! Her blog is one of my faves by far...oh and this bit about her mom's fabrics so sweet. I literally walk away feeling happy after reading her blog b/c she is so uplifting. Plus she is like my print inspiration girl for real!

    Wonderful feature on a beautiful woman. LOVE ANIKA!! LOVE!

  8. I love how she uses such bold prints and her style is awesome. She uses a lot of leopard and that is so cute.

  9. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart Vanessa! I love that you are spreading the love chez toi, and I am so honoured to be included. I love pictures you chose :) I am so very touched reading all of the lovely comments your wonderful readers have left, whenever I feel low I`ll be back for a feel good cure. Thank you so much again. Lots of love, Anika

  10. That first dress is absolutely stunning- what a great sense of style! I will definitely be checking out Anika's blog!

  11. You look great, very interesting and I think I fell in love:)


  12. I'm back again and this time I'm spreading a little blog love around today. I was given the Blogger Luxury Award by Joandy of My Style by Joandy and I am now passing the award on to you! I'm not sure where the Luxury Blogger Award originated, but to me living below your means is a luxury because it's nice to have things you love without being stressed over how you're going to pay for them. You can find the rules for passing the award along on my post today, Thanks for writing such an inspiring blog!

  13. I love Anika! She's such a wonderful person, blogger! Amazing style & humour!
    Nice feature Vanessa! have a wonderful day! -xxoo
    Madison of FASHION TALES