Velvet And Fur And Feather

This week’s SIA, inspired by Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, took me some thinking. I have several velvet pieces, but none in this exact color. I don’t have any fur or feather things in my closet either. In the end, I went with this sweater again – the pleats and the pearls remind me of the collar and undershirt of the lady’s dress. For the colors, I chose my trusty maroon corduroy pants (plus, corduroy is kind of similar to velvet too – indeed, in Vietnamese, corduroy is called “striped velvet”) and burnt orange coat, and as a nod to the feather on her hat, I accessorized with my feathery brooch. The final outfit is not as close to the original as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!

SIA Inspiration: Rembrandt

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and she picked an absolute classic:

This, of course, is Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh. Terri wanted to pick something from the Dutch Golden Age; plus, there are a lot of interesting textures to work with – the velvet, the lace, the fur, the feather, etc. – and there’s a hat too! I can’t wait to see everyone comes up with. Remember to send your outfit to Terri ( by next Tuesday, January 25th. Have fun!

SIA: Sweet Dreams

Welcome to our first SIA challenge of 2022! This week’s inspiration is “Sweet Dreams” by Rus Khasanov, and we have a great selection from both new and seasoned participants, so let’s get started!

First up is Shelbee, who sent in not just one, but two outfits, featuring tie-dyed and paint-splattered tops:

Up next is Reni, who was inspired by the black-and-gold section of the video. She also chose a ruffled dress to mimic the movements of the video:

Marsha is a new participant, and she chose a colorful printed dress to reflect the colors in the video. Welcome to SIA, Marsha!

Michelle found the perfect top:

My co-host, Terri, built her outfit around this amazing scarf:

And finally, here’s me:

Big thanks to everybody for participating! Remember to come back next week to see what Terri picks for the next challenge!

Sweet Dreams

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Rus Khasanov’s “Sweet Dreams” video. I mostly took inspiration from the video as a whole, though the blue-and-pink color scheme is a major part of said inspiration. I also thought that the pattern and bobbles on my sweater are a good nod to the drops of paint and bubbles in the video, and the shine of the skirt can reflect the glitter without being too literal about it. Overall, I’m really happy with the outfit. Check back on Wednesday to see how everybody else did, and don’t forget, if you’re interested in becoming in SIA host, to email me and/or Terri before January 21st!

Help Wanted & SIA Inspiration: Rus Khasanov

Happy 2022! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful and safe New Year celebration. We have two orders of business today. First up is the sad news that Daenel has decided to step away from hosting SIA. Terri and I certainly going to miss her, and we wish her all the best. In the meantime, we’re looking for another co-host. Having three hosts brings a lot of variety to the challenge and helps to space out the linkup so it’s not much of a burden on our schedule. So if you have a blog, are interested in art and fashion, and can keep a regular posting schedule, please contact me ( and/or Terri ( before January 21st, for more details.

The second order of business is as usual: my pick for the first SIA challenge of 2022. It’s something a bit different – it’s a video by Russian visual artist Rus Khasanov, who uses household material such as soap, oil, and paint to create mesmerizing abstract works of art. His videos are all amazing, but after some debate, I decided to choose “Sweet Dreams“. You can watch the full video on his website, and here’s some gifs and screencaps to give you an idea:

Gorgeous, right? Since it’s the New Year and everything has been so drab and bleak lately, I thought we could do with some colors and glitter. Remember to send your outfits to me by next Tuesday, January 11th, and don’t forget to contact me and Terri if you’re interested in hosting as well!