DANCING ON MY OWN.

Updated on Jul 06, 2011
magenta H&M dress - burnt orange Jeffrey Campbell heels - black leather GINA TRI
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accordingtoannika 's Thoughts:

Please check out all the photos of this outfit here!

As soon as I got in front of the camera in this outfit, I started to move like a prima ballerina wannabe. I find that interesting, since the outfit itself obviously has nothing whatsoever to do with ballet dancing – and still, somehow, it does. There’s something about the hair tied back in a bun, the bare shoulders, the wide skirt and the high heels that makes my mind immediately associate to a ballerina.

As a kid, every activity I tried out, I just had to be a natural at. I needed people to tell me, “oh wow, Annika, you’re so great at this, I can’t believe you’ve never done it before!”. Otherwise, I felt like a complete failure and told my parents, “I hate this, it’s boring and I’m never going to do it again”. The more talent I had, the longer I would stick around – I did gymnastics for a while, as well as high jumping, played the piano and sang in a choir – until other people started becoming a lot better than me, and so I quit those activities, too. I guess the only thing I was always really good at was writing, and well, that’s probably why I ended up writing for a living.

Anyway – dancing was not one of the things I had a talent for. Quite the opposite. Like so many other kids, I wanted to be a ballet dancer, and my mom took me to a dance studio to let me try it. I have no idea how old I was – six?- but what I do remember is that we didn’t get to try any of those cool moves I’d seen on tv. Instead, we were walking around in a circle, while the teacher repeated the sentence “pick the apples… and put them in the basket”. And we were, as you can imagine, pretending to pick apples from a tree and put them in an invisible basket on the floor.

Coordination has never really been my forte, and it wouldn’t surprise me if I tripped on my own feet at least three times while picking the imaginary apples. When I asked the instructor when we’d get to dance Swan Lake, she laughed and told me we had a lot more pretend apple picking to do before we’d get to that. Needless to say, that was not the answer I was hoping for, and my dream of becoming a prima ballerina died there and then.

During the last twenty years of my life, the only dancing I’ve been doing has been on the crowded dancefloors of various clubs, and alone at home, with the music turned up extremely loud and noone watching or judging. That suits me a lot better than years of imaginary apple picking. But that doesn’t mean I can’t put on a pretty dress and pretend to be on my way to rehearsal for my latest lead role at the Royal Opera House in London!

(Photos by me.)

Comments (52)

lovemins
lovemins on August 03
i just found your blog and you are so freaking stunning! totally following your blog :) xoxo saskia (lovemins)
S_agapoxxx
S_agapoxxx on July 25
stunning little floral number :)
kpierre
kpierre on July 21
lovely dress!!
SugaRaeSoyJoy
SugaRaeSoyJoy on July 14
i love everything about this! just made this a fav
cjung
cjung on July 14
so hot
flowerchick
flowerchick on July 14
pretty!
emma224
emma224 on July 13
lovely dress!
mare_santos
mare_santos on July 11
pretty chic !!!
blueflowers
blueflowers on July 10
i love the shoes!
lisatoriomg
lisatoriomg on July 10
As much as I love your outfits, I'm always eager to read your stories behind the pictures--I love your writing style!
EvaLavender
EvaLavender on July 09
gorgeous dress!
kittenmirasol
kittenmirasol on July 08
Beautiful dress!! :)
margiereyes
margiereyes on July 08
funny story, maybe you could have been a ballerina if you continued picking invisible apples. nonetheless, stunning picture and those shoes are simply adorable!
goddesss
goddesss on July 07
beautiful!
heyitscrichel
heyitscrichel on July 07
soo beautiful!
inkiedinkie
inkiedinkie on July 07
i like the mix of patterns
benzerj
benzerj on July 07
what a pretty dress
onlyzaira
onlyzaira on July 07
That is such a pretty and unique dress! :) love it
bkgurl33
bkgurl33 on July 07
lovely
sundaycrossbow
sundaycrossbow on July 07
gorgeous! those shoes are fantastic!
katslovefashion
katslovefashion on July 07
beautiful!
endrea
endrea on July 07
lovely as always!
Vemo
Vemo on July 07
cute dress and shoes!
Annachiara
Annachiara on July 07
wow :D
sleepwalker
sleepwalker on July 07
amazing like always.
humanstarr
humanstarr on July 06
oh how pretty the dress!
shoeaholic
shoeaholic on July 06
the dress is so LvoeLy & hot shoes!
CoutureCrush
CoutureCrush on July 06
another gorgeous dress ! the lip color goes well together !
jenuang
jenuang on July 06
so beautiful!
SuzeV
SuzeV on July 06
love your dress & the lip color looks great on you!
anonymours
anonymours on July 06
love the dress
em1986
em1986 on July 06
stunning dress and heels
commonsenseandstilet
pretty!
immadi
immadi on July 06
lovely dress
cherry8888
cherry8888 on July 06
Wonderful dress!
ZaneZanite
ZaneZanite on July 06
beautiful dress and stunning shoes
everydaylook
everydaylook on July 06
love your dress!!
Beeswonderland
Beeswonderland on July 06
Gorgeous dress!+1
Mimi_Walker
Mimi_Walker on July 06
love the dress and your hair is flawless ...the shoes are also amazing:)
ladyalamode
ladyalamode on July 06
love the mixing prints here... SOOO pretty as alaways
kittenhood
kittenhood on July 06
love this dress on you, you look stunning
Zuzana
Zuzana on July 06
I was wondering how many pairs of lita you have :) These are really cool. Beautiful dress too. So chic as always.
accordingtoannika
accordingtoannika on July 06
Thank you! I have four pairs of litas.
bethany_144
bethany_144 on July 06
pretty dress!
lunaree
lunaree on July 06
i envy your shoes :) so pretty!!
Amundi
Amundi on July 06
Pretty dress! I feel the same way about doing things until you are good at until someone comes along and is better, it just throws you off. And it's terrible that that's the way we approach some things!
Rock102
Rock102 on July 06
love the dress!
popchampagne
popchampagne on July 06
very pretty! +1
TaraAsturias
TaraAsturias on July 06
FAVE! beautiful!
cabb
cabb on July 06
lovely dress! :D
mochaccinoland
mochaccinoland on July 06
u look so graceful & beautiful! gorgeous dress!
Smyles
Smyles on July 06
Wonderful color & cut! ;)
stellapnp
stellapnp on July 06
you look so stunning dear!! beautiful retro dress and hairstyle!! love your shoes!! so stylish!!
accordingtoannika
accordingtoannika on July 06
Thank you SOOOO much, sweetie! <3
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