No, I haven’t just unearthed some forgotten outfit from last fall/winter. This was just a couple of weeks ago, when the temperature dipped slightly one last time before moving full-speed into summer. I got this sweatshirt from an end-of-season sale, right before it started warming up, so I was excited to wear it at least once instead of putting it away for next winter.
However, I found a sweatshirt + jeans combination too simple, so I tried adding some interest with the polka dot socks, but in hindsight, it would have been better to just keep things simple and let the sweatshirt shine on its own. The proportions look a bit off, don’t you think?
It’s Daenel’s first time to host a SIA challenge, and she picks quite a striking piece as the inspiration:
This is a lithographic trading card issued by Allen & Ginter to promote their cigarettes. They were the first tobacco company to manufacture and market such cards, and this is one in a series featuring quadrupeds.
Daenel picked this because she “seriously hearts monkeys“, plus the card is so colorful and spring-like. So get inspired, put your outfit together, and send it to Daenel (email@example.com) by next Tuesday, May 22nd. Have fun!
This week, we’re taking our inspiration from this beautiful Japanese dish with a design of cherry blossoms, and everybody put their best spring outfit forward, so let’s get to it!
First up is our co-host, Jen, who combined her navy pieces with the subtle floral in her scarf, belt, and earrings. And, not to take away from her super-cute outfit, but how gorgeous is that tree?
Next we have a first time (for me) SIA participant, Nicole from High Latitude Style. Her floral cardigan and plaid skirt are a great interpretation of the inspiration piece. Welcome, Nicole!
It took some searching, but Kezzie managed to find the perfect dress for this challenge:
Mike chose his plaid jacket to mimic the criss-crossing on the plate, and his green shirt is to match the green leaves. Too bad the cherry blossoms around his place are gone by the time he took the outfit photos, but they were beautiful while they last:
If you saw Jen’s SIA post two weeks ago, then you’d know that we have a new co-host, Daenel. She went with a simple floral/striped top and jeans, but check out her post for the great details, like her flower necklace:
Bev is also a new SIA participant. She learned about the challenge from Kezzie (this is what I love about SIA, it allows us to reach out and connect with fellow bloggers) and put together the perfect outfit for it. Welcome, Bev!
And lastly, here’s me:
And that wraps up another successful challenge. Thank you for participating and don’t forget to come back next week for a new inspiration courtesy of our new co-host!
I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA. See, when I saw the cherry blossoms and the criss-crossing on the inspiration piece, a Japanese Nabeshima dish, I’d decided to wear my white embroidered cardigan and navy gingham shirt, with light-blue jeans. Unfortunately, the weather warmed up unexpectedly and completely upended my plan. So in the end I picked another embroidered piece – this blouse – and navy culottes (they’re supposed to be culottes, but on my short legs, they look more like simple wide-leg pants. Which is just as well, because culottes are really unflattering on me) to represent the blue elements of the dish. Not the outfit I’d imagine, but I still liked it, both as an outfit and an interpretation of this week’s inspiration.
If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. Otherwise, see you in the round-up post on Wednesday!
Happy Star Wars Day! I didn’t actually plan my outfit for today, but you can say that it’s kind of Star Wars-inspired. My dress/duster coat can pass for a Jedi robe, right? (Even though no Jedi ever wears heels.) And my necklace looks a bit like a Kyber crystal, right? Also, I’m wearing a black T-shirt underneath my tan dress, which represent the Dark Side/Light Side of the Force… no? Reaching? OK, I’ll stop now.
Speaking of Star Wars, I’m not very excited about the upcoming Solo spin-off/prequel – I maintain that we don’t need a movie about the young Han Solo. What we see in A New Hope is what we get. Plus, I’m sorry, but Alden Ehrenreich looks nothing like Harrison Ford. (Now, if you’re going to have a spin-off about Lando Calrissian, as played by Donald Glover? I’d be all over that.)