Pink Dome

This week’s inspiration for SIA – the dome of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri – is gorgeous, but I had no idea how I could interpret it in an outfit. When I’m stuck in SIA, I would usually look at the piece’s color scheme as a starting point. In this case, I picked out pink, white, and blue as the main colors, so I knew I would wear this pink button-up and the blue oxfords. Luckily, the weather was cool enough that I could layer the button-up over my white eyelet top (it did get warmer at noon, but still), and I added my gold brooch to mimic the intriciate gold decorations on the dome. Then I finished the outfit with jeans because… well, they went well with the rest. Sometimes you just have to forget the inspiration and choose what looks good.

Remember to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this beautiful dome!

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Silver And Gold

Earlier this week we had some rain, and it finally felt like summer has ended. Note that I said “summer has ended”, not “fall has begun”. It’s still quite warm, but the heat is no longer muggy or oppressive, and in the morning and at night, there is a certain crispness in the air, which prompts me to bring this top out again. I don’t know why I associate it with fall so much – it’s certainly a summer-weight top, but the color and the print always make me think “fall” rather than summer.

I’m being a little cheeky with my jewelry in this outfit too. See if you can find my brooch!


SIA Inspiration: Old Courthouse Dome

This week is Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and she picks an amazing piece:

This is the interior of the dome of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri (and the photo is Daenel’s own!) While it isn’t the first time we featured a dome as inspiration (we did one a couple of years ago with the Tiffany glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center), this one is still gorgeous and has a lot of details and colors to interpret. You can find out more about the Old Courthouse and the dome here, and don’t forget to send Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmai.com) a photo of your outfit by next Tuesday, September 25th. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!


Tiny Glasses

I’ve noticed that I haven’t worn a lot of jewelry lately. One reason is that not a lot of my summer clothes go well with brooches, which is my jewelry of choice, but a bigger reason is that I’ve been feeling burned out on jewelry. I don’t buy them anymore, and I tend to focus mostly on the silhouette and proportion of my outfits instead of accessories. I’m sure when the weather cools down and I wear more layers, I would start wearing jewelry more, but for now, I’m keeping it simple. But that doesn’t mean I’m not having fun with it too – like with this eyeglasses brooch. Usually I would wear it horizontally like a normal brooch, but this time I decided to wear it like how you would put glasses into your pocket.


SIA: Autumn Rhythm

It’s time for another round-up of SIA, which is inspired by Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm”. We got the usual group of participants, but the outfits are quite varied, so let’s hit it!

First up, we have Nancy from Jodie’s Touch of Style – Jodie herself couldn’t participate, but she sends her stepmom’s outfit, which is perfect:

Next up is Mike, in a simple but spot-on outfit:

Then we have Kim of Fierce Fashion, who’s put together a great summer-to-fall transition outfit:

My co-host Jen chose to mimic the patterns of the paint splashes in her sweater and scarf (so jealous that she got to wear those already!) and sneakers, to great effects:

My other co-host, Daenel, sends an old outfit, but it’s lovely, so it doesn’t matter, right?

And here I am:

Another successful SIA challenge! It’s Daenel’s turn to pick the inspiration next week, so don’t forget to check back. Thank you!


Autumn Scribbles

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”. This shirt is new, and I have to admit, I bought it because I was thinking of SIA – the color may not be the same, but the scribble print is perfect for it, right? Of course, I didn’t buy it solely because of SIA. The shirt is silk, so it’s super comfortable to wear as well.

The rest of the outfit I kept simple and neutral, to stick close to the color scheme of the inspiration painting. Yes, it looks more summer than autumn, with the white pants and sandals, but the weather is still summery, so what can I do?

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up!


1930’s Vibe

With this outfit, I was trying to emulate a kind of 1930’s, Katharine Hepburn type of look. Of course, my pants are not structured enough and the shirt is a bit too casual, but it’s pretty close, isn’t it? I think a pair of white sandals may be more appropriate too, but a) I don’t have white sandals and b) I had to add a bit of color somewhere.

In other sad news, I stupidly threw these pants into the washing machine – I’ve machine-washed linen before and never thought twice about it – and now they’ve shrunk beyond recognition. Apparently the shop didn’t bother pre-shrinking their linen. I’ve tried to stretch them out as best as I could, and I’ll see if they can be salvaged with some ironing, but at best, they’re still going to look cropped. Just my luck. I’ve been looking for a good pair of wide-leg pants forever, and I managed to ruin the one pair that I found.