SIA Inspiration: growArts

It’s Erin’s turn to host SIA again, and this time she picked a piece made by one of the artists at growArts, an artisan training program for adults with intellectual disabilities. They help people to create art and sell them; the proceeds are then split between the artists and the program and go toward services for other disabled adults.

This piece is actually on sale, so if anyone wants to own it, you can get in touch with Erin to make it happen! If not, we can help spread the words about this awesome program by putting together outfits inspired by it. It’s colorful, the floral theme is perfect for spring, and there’s a bit of sparkle in it too. So get to it, and remember to send your outfit to Erin ( by next Monday, March 27th!

Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

(Sorry for the pretentious title. I couldn’t help it!)

This week’s SIA inspiration, a portrait by South African artist Juanita Mulder, is a challenge for me, because it contains mostly bright, primary colors – red, blue, yellow, with quite a bit of black and white – which I haven’t worn in a while (except for the black and white, of course.) But I’ve never let that stop me before. Either I would find something else in the painting to inspire me, or I would find a way to sell my outfit even if it is only marginally connected to the inspiration at best.

In the end, I went with the bold, graphic quality of the painting (which means lots of stripes) and recreated the colors in darker, more subdued shades – maroon instead of red, navy instead of blue, and brown instead of yellow. At the last minute, I also threw on my leather jacket. The painting doesn’t feature a lot of black, but a leather jacket seems right somehow, because the woman looks so defiant, and to me, that means a leather jacket. I believe the spirit of the painting is there in my outfit, even though it’s not an exact replica (told you I would sell it :P)

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this portrait.

Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Jacket: Zara, Scarf: gift, Boots: hand-me-down

SIA Inspiration: Painted Portrait

It’s Jen’s turn to host SIA, and in her quest to find copyright-free artwork in the public domain, she came to Pixabay and ended up finding this portrait by an art teacher, Juanita Mulder, from South Africa (if you click on her name, you can see more of her artwork):


Jen picked this for the bold, graphic quality of the painting, and also because March is Women’s History Month, so a portrait of a woman by a woman is an appropriate choice. There are definitely a lot of elements to play with here. I’ve never heard of Pixabay before, but from this, it sounds like a great place to find inspirations!

Remember to send Jen ( your submissions by next Monday, March 13th. Looking forward to this!

SIA: Sing Street

We have a very small group of just the hosts today, so it’ll be quick. It seems every time I curated an SIA challenge while traveling, the number of participants went down, even though I still tried to post as regularly as I could. Ladies, you know I can still receive and post your submissions, right? Maybe it has nothing to do with my traveling; maybe it’s just the inspirations that I happened to pick while I was traveling were more difficult to interpret than usual.

Not that I’m complaining, because the two outfits from Jen and Erin are great. And just as a reminder, our inspiration this week is the poster for “Sing Street” (by the way, did any of you catch the Oscars on Sunday? What the fuck.)

First up is Jen, who not only found the perfect colorful scarf, but also the perfect background for her outfit:

 Erin also found the perfect backdrop, and kept the rest of her outfit casual and comfy – a win in my book:

And finally, here’s tiny me against the skyline of Singapore:

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I guess this SIA is all about the backgrounds, isn’t it? Anyway, it’s been fun. Remember to check back next Monday for the next inspiration!

Singapore Street

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See what I did with the title there? Singapore Street = Sing Street. Get it? *rimshot* Yes, thank you, I’ll be here all week.

Anyway, here is my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the poster of “Sing Street” (sorry it wasn’t a proper “outfit” photo, I wanted to include the buildings in the background.) It’s pretty straightforward – all black with a green accent from my scarf and pops of colors from my sneakers. I also took the photo against the green of the Marina Bay to mimic the green background of the poster. I had something yellow with me as well – my umbrella – but I already got funny looks from wearing a blanket scarf in 90+ degrees, so I didn’t want to invite more funny looks by taking out my umbrella when it wasn’t raining.

(Though, to be fair, the scarf was not just something I wore for SIA; it has been a life saver on the train and in the shopping malls, where the AC is always set to “freezing” it seems. It surprises me how the Singaporeans can stand such extreme differences in temperature. And then it did rain pretty heavily right after I took these photos, so my outfit was actually complete.)

The round-up is not until Wednesday, so you still have time to send me your outfits (if you haven’t already.) And don’t forget to come back to see how others interpret this poster!

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T-shirt: ASOS, Pants & Scarf: local shops, Sneakers: Payless

SIA Inspiration: Movie Poster

It’s again my turn to host SIA, and since the Oscars is this Sunday, I decided to celebrate by picking a movie poster as our inspiration this week:

The movie poster is pretty much a lost art these days, but occasionally you can still find some great ones. I was debating between this and Moonlight, which is a great design too, but in the end, I decided to go with the poster of one of my favorite films from last year – the criminally underrated Sing Street (I watched it on the plane from Hanoi to Amsterdam and I was in love. Seriously, go watch it).

Of course, since I’m living out of a suitcase at the moment, the predominantly black-and-green palette helps too. That said, there are a lot of great little details and pops of color here for you to play around with, and if you can put together an outfit inspired by the movie itself, all the better. Just don’t forget to send your outfits to me ( by next Monday, February 27th. Enjoy!

Pond In The Woods

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Like I said, this SIA is pretty easy for me – green, blue, brown, black. When I saw the inspiration painting (“Pond in the Woods” by Georgia O’Keeffe, just in case you forgot), I immediately thought of this coat and this scarf. The rest of the outfit came together very quickly. Then I added my ceramic brooch, because the circle shape and the pattern are reminiscent of the painting, and the swirls of colors in the painting look like glazes to me as well. Done, and done.

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog to see how others interpret this!

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green coat green scarf navy jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

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Top: Uniqlo, Scarf & Boots: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Coat: thrifted, Brooch: vintage