SIA Inspiration: Vintage Fabric

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

This is a piece of vintage fabric that Daenel bought to cover a bench, but it ends up being too small – too bad, because it’s gorgeous. I can see a lot of rich colors here, and the embroideries can be a source of inspiration as well. Remember to send your outfits to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, February 25th. Have fun!


SIA: Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer

Welcome to another week of SIA! This week, our inspiration is Edgar Degas’s sculpture “Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer“, so let’s see how everyone interpreted their inner ballerina!

First up is our co-host, Kim, who chose a pleated skirt and not pointe, but pointed-toe shoes (snake-print, no less!)

Our other co-host, Daenel, couldn’t take outfit photos this week, so she went through her archives to find what she had. Below is her favorite, but make sure to check her post to see other looks as well:

Up next is Leslie, who went all-in with the ballet theme with a pink tutu and pointed-toe strappy pumps:

And finally, here’s me:

What a fun challenge this has been! Big thanks to everybody for participating, and remember to check back next week for Daenel’s inspiration of choice!


A Night At The Ballet

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Degas’s sculpture, “Little 14-Year-Old Dancer.” The outfit itself is pretty self-explanatory – I simply took inspiration from the neutral colors and ballet theme of the sculpture, hence the ballet flats and the skirt (which I think should be called my “ballet skirt” from now on.) However, you may notice that this is not the usual background for my outfit photos. In fact, it is very unusual – it’s the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia!!!

That’s right, I just came back from a 2-week trip in Russia, during which time I had the wonderful opportunity to watch a ballet at the prestigious Mariinsky (I originally wanted to go to the Bolshoi in Moscow, but their schedule didn’t quite line up with my travel plan.) I had to admit, this was the reason I picked this sculpture as the inspiration for SIA, because I knew I’d have the chance to take my outfit photos at the theater itself. I’m still kicking myself for not getting a picture of me in my seat, but I was so overwhelmed by the experience that I barely even remembered to take pictures at all (I snatched these quickly during the intermission.) So here are some pictures from my seat instead – our seats were not the best, but they’re the best we can afford (we were in the 3rd box on the 1st tier, and they cost about $70 each). The ones with a better view of the stage are naturally more expensive.

As for the show, we saw La Bayadère, which, while not as well-known as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, is actually one of the most famous classical ballets in Russia. It’s good that I knew nothing about it beforehand, because that means I could fully enjoy the experience and understand the story from the dances alone – and it’s truly amazing how the ballet manages to tell the story so clearly just with music and dance moves. Of course, this being the Mariinsky, the technique, music, and costumes are all top-notch. And the three leads are perfectly cast too – I’ve seen photos of other productions, and while I have no doubt the other dancers are all experts, their looks are not as well-matched to their characters as the ones I saw (being a filmmaker, I can’t help but notice these things).

(You’re not supposed to take photos during the performance, so all of my photos were during the curtain calls.)

Stay tuned for my travel posts, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this sculpture!


SIA Inspiration: Edgar Degas 2.0

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

This is, of course, Edgar Degas’s famous sculpture, “The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer“. We’ve featured one of Degas’s “dancer” paintings on SIA before, so I decided it would be fun to go with his sculpture this time around (actually, my outfit for that challenge would work for this one as well.) I like this for the neutral color scheme, and you can also use the ballet theme as a source of inspiration. Remember to send me your outfits by next Tuesday (February 11th) to be featured in the round-up. Have fun!


Heart And Rainbow

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, the tapestry “Damunt de tu només les flors” by Spanish textile artist, Carles Delclaux Is. At first, the colors really stumped me, until I remembered my maroon jeans – though it is more red/brown than purple, it is OK for the background of the tapestry. The exuberant patterns are also a challenge, but by a stroke of luck, I just bought this rainbow-colored neck buff, which is perfect (it also works as a beanie.) To top it off, I added my heart brooch to reflect the heart motif. It doesn’t go that well with the rest of the outfit, but it goes well with the tapestry, so I’m happy.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile art!


SIA Inspiration: Carles Delclaux Is

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

This amazing piece is a tapestry called “Damunt de tu només les flors” (“Above you only flowers”, according to Google Translate) by Spanish textile artist Carles Delclaux Is. Kim picked it for the heart-shaped motifs and the plaids. The colors are super fun too, though I have no idea how I’m going to interpret them… Anyway, if you want to participate, remember to send your outfits to Kim (fiercefashionblog@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, January 28th. Enjoy!


Black And White And Coral

This week’s outfit for SIA, inspired by a 19th-century snuff bottle, took me longer than I expected. The colors are very simple – just black and white – but because there are some designs/patterns on the bottle, I wanted to reflect that in my outfit as well. However, after trying different pairings and being happy with none of them, I decided to went back to the first choice – this black turtleneck and white pants. With the turtleneck, it looks like I’m channeling Steve Jobs (or rather, Elizabeth Holmes), so I added my necklace for the touch of gold and coral on the bottle’s stopper, and its intricate design does mimic the design on the bottle as well. It just goes to show, it’s best not to overthink things.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits in this challenge!