SIA: Primavera

It’s time for another SIA challenge, and the inspiration is the sculpture “Primavera” by Cuban artist Rafael San Juan:

We have a good mix of outfits, so let’s get started! First up is Nancy, who is back with a combination of “soft” and “strong” between her pleated skirt and knitted sweater. The sweater’s shoulders are even ripped, sort of like the statue:

Up next is Mike, who took inspiration from the title of the statue rather than the statue itself. As long as it works, I say:

Our co-host Jen goes above and beyond as usual, starting with the color (brown/bronze/green) and finishing with the hard lines vs. soft curves in her accessories, outfit, outerwear, and background:

Our co-host Erin also chose a brown-black-blue color pallette, and her poncho is to reflect the lines and the deconstructed aspect of the statue:

Finally, here’s me. It’s interesting that we all went with green/blue in our outfits – is it because of the background in my photo?

And that wraps up another fun SIA challenge. It’s Erin’s turn to host next week, and don’t forget to check on Monday to see what she picks!


Blue Spring

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Primavera” sculpture by Cuban artist Rafael San Juan, I knew that I wasn’t going to be literal about it, only that I was going to wear my leather jacket – it’s my go-to “edgy” piece. But then I remembered that I do have a butterfly-printed shirt (well, bird-and-butterfly), which is perfect for the butterfly crown of the statue. I topped it off with my copper flower brooch because it looks kinda similar to the material of the statue, and thus, my oufit is complete. As it turns out, it’s a more literal interpretation than I’d expected, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for the round-up post!

St. Patrick’s Day

A few housekeeping notes first: I’m keeping my Cuba travel post to one per week because 1) it takes a long time to write one of those posts and assemble all the pictures so I just don’t have the time to write more; 2) I don’t want to overload the blog with too many travel posts at once; and 3) I want to drag it out so I can relive the trip for as long as possible.

Also, until I’m done with the travel posts, I will try to maintain at least one outfit post per week, and this week, here’s a green outfit, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

I got this sweater from the boys’ section of the store, can you believe it? Apparently I wasn’t the only one that set my eyes on it either, because when I brought it to the check-out counter, several ladies in line asked where I saw it and were really disappointed to learn it was the only one left.

I didn’t wear this specifically for St. Patrick’s Day – this outfit was from a while ago, and I think I was subconsciously influenced by Link from The Legend of Zelda – but St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so it’s perfect, isn’t it?

SIA Inspiration: Rafael San Juan

It’s again my turn to curate SIA, and here’s my pick:

This striking sculpture is called “Primavera” (Spring), and it’s installed on the Malecón, the seafront drive of Havana, for the city’s 12th Biennial of Arts in 2015. Made from recycled steel and inspired by the movements of the Cuban ballet dancers, it is to honor the strength and spirit of Cuban women. My friend and I saw it on our last day in Havana, and it struck me as the perfect choice for SIA, since it is appropriate for both International Women’s Month and the spring season. Plus, it allows for a wider range of interpretation – there is no color scheme to adhere to, while the contrast between the hardness of the material and the softness of the curves and the butterflies would also be interesting to interpret in an outfit.

You can learn more about the sculpture and see more photos of it in this article and this interview of the artist. Don’t forget to send me your outfits by next Tuesday, March 20th. Enjoy!

A Distant Memory

I’m still sorting through my Cuba photos (1500+ of them!!!) so the travel posts will have to wait. In the meanwhile, here is a straggler of an outfit post. This was from back in early February, I think? I didn’t even remember which sweater I was wearing underneath the coat. But it was definitely during one of our worst cold snaps. The weather is warming up fast now and bundled-up outfits like this are definitely a thing of the past. All of these items have been put away for next winter. Still, you guys know me. I’d take that kind of cold over summer heat any time, so I’m still trying to hold on to winter for as long as I could.


I’m back from my Cuba trip! There are a massive amount of photos to sort through, and I’m still recovering from the looooong flights, but rest assure that there will be a lot of travel posts in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, here is a teaser and an SIA post, all in one.

Before I left for my trip, I asked Jen to send me the inspiration for the upcoming challenge so I could plan ahead. The inspiration, which is the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray, turns out to be perfect, as I was traveling with a friend, so I decided to recreate the painting if we could.

We finally got a chance to take the photo at our casa (homestay) in Trinidad, as it has a nice little cove with plants and chairs. There wasn’t a plate of fruit for us to use as props, so we had to make do with an ashtray, but it looks pretty close, doesn’t it? Here are some more photos of my full outfit during our sightseeing of the town:

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for the full round-up on Wednesday!

SIA Inspiration: Belle

For this week’s SIA, Jen picked a painting I’m quite familiar with – the 1779 portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, by an unknown artist (formerly attributed to Johann Zoffany):

I have reviewed the movie about Dido’s life before, and the painting (slightly altered for the movie) is a pretty important plot point. It is one of the first European portraits to have a black subject on an equal eye-line to a white aristocrat, and as it features two women, one a woman of color, Jen thought it would be an appropriate pick for March, International Women’s Month. The movie “Belle” was also written and directed by two women of color, Misan Sagay (the writer) and Amma Asante (the director), so it’s all very fitting.

I’m still traveling now, but I will try to see if I can put together an outfit from my suitcase. I’m also traveling with a friend, so maybe I can persuade her to recreate the actual painting with me! That would be fun, wouldn’t it? We’ll see. In the meantime, don’t forget to put together an outfit of your own and send it to Jen ( by next Tuesday, March 6th!