SIA Inspiration: Clara Peeters

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This still life is the work of Clara Peeters, a 17th-century Flemish artist. Terri wanted to focus more on female artists who practiced during a time when it was a male-dominated field (which sadly means almost all art history up to the 20th century), and the choice of a still life is really interesting. There are a lot of colors and details here – if you look closely, you can even see the artist’s reflection on the pewter pot, how insane is that?! Deadline to send your outfit to Terri ( is next Tuesday, October 4th, as usual. I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with!


I mentioned in this post that I’ve been looking for a novelty border print skirt. The embroidered skirt is lovely, but it didn’t really scratch that itch, so imagine my excitement when I came across this cityscape skirt. It’s a bit more understated than those true vintage border print skirts, but that actually makes it more wearable and easier to style for me. I kept it simple by pairing it with a navy shirt here, but I can’t wait until it gets cold enough so I can wear it with my city print sweater for double the action!

SIA: Sunspots

Welcome to another week of SIA! This week’s inspiration is “Sunspots” by Swiss artist Cuno Amiet, and while this is a relatively easy piece to interpret, it’s great fun to see how varied all the outfits are. Let’s check them out:

First up is my co-host, Shelbee, who went with a lovely green printed kinomo and even added some lime green flowers in her hair to mimic the sunlight on the grass:

Up next is Sally, who wore her adorable rabbit-printed shirt with green pants:

My other co-host, Terri, had a slightly different interpretation – yes, there were green and white in her outfit, but she also wore a lot of gold accessories for the “sun” part:

Marsha also went with a different shade of green, but the print of her dress is gorgeous:

Suzy said green is her favorite color, and it shows – I love all the different shades of green she had here:

And finally, here’s me:

Big thanks to everyone for participating, and don’t forget to come back next week for a new challenge, hosted by Terri!

Morning Sun

This is yet another green, hand-me-down dress from my sister. I don’t understand why she keeps buying these green dresses and foisting them on me – surely, after the first or at least the second one, she would’ve realized that she doesn’t like green and stops buying them? (Actually, the fact that they’re all green is just a coincidence.) I’m not complaining though, especially because this dress is perfect for this week’s SIA, which is inspired by Cuno Amiet’s “Sunspots“. I really leaned into the green theme with my green shoes and owl brooch, not because there is a hidden owl in the painting, but because my owl brooch has green eyes. The early morning sun as I took these photos was a nice addition as well 🙂

Remember to check back on Wednesday to see how everybody interpreted this challenge!

Subliminal Dressing, Part II

I’m continuing my theme of “if I dress like fall, it will come”. It’s difficult to see, but there are Japanese maple leaves printed on my scarf, and the long skirt is also fall-ish (it’s linen, but still too long and heavy to be worn in the height of the summer.) It wasn’t until later that day when I tried taking the scarf off that I realized I totally messed up the knot. I should’ve remembered how to tie right knot thanks to all those years wearing the red scarf of the Young Pioneers, but in my defense, it’s been over 20 years since I last wore it.