Ebony And Ivory

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by a 18th-century Native American powder horn with Wampum shoulder belt. My linen pants reflect the ivory color of the horn, while my shirt mimics the color and design of the belt. I also include my strappy brown sandals for the intricate lines of the engraving on the horn. The outfit came together very quickly – I actually thought of it the moment I saw Jen’s email – which is always a sign that it works, both as a standalone outfit and as an interpretation of SIA, so I’m a happy camper.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece!

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SIA Inspiration: Powder Horn

It’s Jen’s turn to host SIA, and she picked a very interesting piece:

This is an engraved powder horn from the late 18th – early 19th century. The style of engraving and the Wampum shoulder belt suggest “it was made by a Penobscot Indian, possibly for a Massachusetts soldier during the Penobscot expedition of 1779–80”, which is why Jen chose it, to honor the Native Americans after Independence Day last week.

You can see more details of the engraving and learn more about this powder horn here. The color scheme is mostly white/beige and black, but the engraving can provide a lot of interesting graphical touches, so it should be fun. Remember to send your outfits to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, July 17th. Enjoy!


Summer Floral

We are still in the grips of a heatwave, so here’s a simple outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by a piece of Spanish embroidery. Since I’ve worn a very similar outfit for another SIA challenge, I decided to switch it up by pairing this floral T-shirt with white jeans and adding my green heels to mimic the green scroll at the bottom of the piece. I have to admit, the shoes are kind of an afterthought and I’m not entirely happy with them because they are a bit formal and don’t really go with the rest of the outfit, which is more casual. If I had built the outfit around the shoes, I would’ve worn my embroidered blouse instead. But it was too hot to think anyway, so here we are.

Don’t forget to send your outfit to Daenel (if you haven’t already) and check out her blog on Wednesday for the round-up of all outfits inspired by this work of art!


SIA Inspiration: Spanish Textile

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here is the inspiration she picked:

This is a fragment of embroidered Spanish silk from the 18th century, and Daenel chose it for the pretty, summery floral pattern, which is feminine without being too girly. This one should be a no-brainer, right? In fact, the outfit I wore for SIA a couple of weeks ago would be perfect for it, which means I have to come up with something else… Anyway, just remember to send your outfits to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, July 3rd. Have fun!


SIA: Blue And Gray Acrobats

Welcome to another week of SIA! Our inspiration is Picasso’s “Two Acrobats with a Dog“, and we have a lot of fun and surprisingly similar outfits, so let’s check them out!

First up, our co-host Jen and her husband, Sam, are in matching outfits with their argyle tees, reddish jeans, and slip-ons. How cute are they?

Up next is Bev, who looks lovely in a blue dress and blue shoes. Check out her post for close-ups of her necklace, which also mimics the colors of the painting:

Kezzie also has the same idea as Bev about the blue shades and the leggings, in a cute tank top and beautiful silk skirt:

Our co-host Daenel is in the middle of moving so she doesn’t have access to all of her clothes, but she did a great job with what she has.Apparently she and I had the same idea about wearing plaid pants:

Finally, here’s me:

And that concludes another fun SIA challenge! Be sure to tune in next week for a new inspiration courtesy of Daenel!


One Klutz With A Dog

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Picasso’s “Two Acrobats with a Dog”. I’m the furthest thing away from an acrobat as you can imagine, hence the title. As for the dog, I couldn’t get mine to pose properly, so I had to make do with a photo of her from the back (maybe she’s camera shy.)

The outfit is self-explanatory, as you can see – blue, gray, and plaid in place of the harlequin pattern. I also tried to mimic the same pattern in my triangle necklace. I was only a little bummed out  when I realized that I’d forgotten about the touch of tan/yellow in the painting. My tan oxford heels would have been perfect… but then again there are black diamonds in the harlequin pattern too, so maybe my black pumps aren’t so bad after all.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit photos, you still have until tomorrow. Otherwise, remember to come back on Wednesday for the full round-up. See ya!


SIA Inspiration: Picasso 2.0

It’s again my turn to pick an inspiration for SIA, and as we’ve had some unconventional picks lately, I decided to go back to the classics and choose a painting by Picasso:

This is titled, simply enough, “Two Acrobats with a Dog“, and despite its blue tones, it’s actually from Picasso’s Rose Period. We’ve already featured another Rose Period painting, “The Actor“, in SIA a while back, but I can’t resist this because of the blue tones (naturally) and the dog (of course). The harlequin pattern can also be an interesting detail to interpret in an outfit.

So rememeber to send your outfit to me by next Tuesday, June 19th, and check back on Wednesday for the round-up. Have fun!