SIA Inspiration: Edouard Manet

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

This is the appropriately titled “Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent)” by Edouard Manet. We’ve featured a number of Impressionists on SIA over the years, but this is the first time a Manet painting is chosen as the inspiration, so I’m excited. The colors are mostly neutral, but there are a lot of rich textures and patterns here that you can play with. Don’t forget to send your outfit to Kim ( by next Tuesday, October 22nd. Have fun!


Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

When I hear “Sweet Dreams”, the song is the first thing that pop into my head, so naturally, I have to use it as the post title. Sorry if I gave you an earworm.

Anyway, here are my outfits inspired by John William Godward’s painting, not the Eurythmics song. I put together two outfits because I couldn’t include all the elements of the painting – the green and maroon fabrics, the white, gray, and pink marble, and the animal print – in just one look. I chose these green linen pants as the base because the color is perfect, and for one outfit, I paired them with my pink T-shirt and animal print flats (it’s leopard print, not tiger, but hey, they’re both big cats), and for the other, I paired them with my white shirt, maroon monk strap shoes, and animal print belt (I think the print on my belt is zebra, actually, but it’s close enough.) I prefer this second outfit simply because I think the shirt and the shoes go together a little better, but the other is good too.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting!

SIA Inspiration: John William Godward

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here’s her choice of the inspiration:


This is “Sweet Dreams” by John William Godward, who is best known for his paintings of languid women in classical settings, with exquisite contrast of textures – just check out the marble, the fabric, and the tiger skin in the painting above. Daenel picks it for the animal print, but there are a lot of good details and colors here as well. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Just remember to send your outfits to Danenel ( by next Tuesday, October 8th. Have fun!

SIA: Portrait of Comtesse d’Haussonville

Welcome to another week of SIA! Our inspiration this week is “Portrait of Comtess d’Haussonville” by French Neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and we have a lot of good stuff, so let’s get started!

First up, Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style sends in a photo of her mother, Charlotte, in a lovely blue dress and a bracelet to provide a pop of red:

Next is my co-host Kim, who took inspiration from the countess’s dress and her ivory skin:

My other co-host, Daenel, also found inspiration from the muted blue and gray tones of the painting, as she doesn’t wear those colors often:

Up next is Mike, who went with the texture of the countess’s dress rather than the color, and the buttons on his shirt also match the intricate details of the jewelry and the mirror:

Long time SIA participant, Kezzie, is back with a lovely blue top, red skirt, and a red flower brooch:

Leslie also chose a blue dress, but she accessorized with neutral rather than going for a pop of color:

And finally, here’s me:

It’s been such a fun SIA challenge! Big thanks to everyone who participated, and remember to check back next week for the next challenge, courtesy of Daenel!

Portrait Mode

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ingres’s “Portrait of Comtess d’Haussonville“. I got this dress from an end-of-summer sale, and immediately knew it would be perfect for this challenge with its different shades of grayish blue. I added my brooch to mimic the gold bracelet and ring the Countess is wearing as well as the mirror frame, and my shoes are perfect to mimic the red velvet bow on her hair. I even tried posing like her but I ended up looking silly, so here are some normally-posed photos instead 😛

Don’t forget to send me your outfit, and check back on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this wonderful portrait!

SIA Inspiration: Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres

It’s my turn to host SIA, and I decided to pick a classical – or, rather, Neoclassical, piece:

This is the portrait of Comtesse d’Haussonville by Neoclassical French artist Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres. I’ve always loved Ingres’s works, especially his portraits, for the exquisite way he mastered the different textures of fabrics (for example, you can clearly tell that the countess’ dress is satin, while her hair ribbon is velvet), hair, and skin. This one look simpler than some of his other portraits (“Portrait of Baronne de Rothschild” comes to mind), but it has a lot of beautiful colors – blue, red, gray, touches of yellow and brown, etc. – and details which I think would translate well into an outfit.

So, if you would like to participate in this week’s SIA, just remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, September 24th. Have fun!

Wine Red

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a poster for Cordial Médoc liqueur, I know I’d wear my maroon printed dress and heels, since their color perfectly mimics the red grapes in the poster. There is yellow in there as well, but neither of my yellow things – a scarf and a belt – looks right with the dress, so in the end, I decided to forgo the yellow and just added my grape bunch brooch to finish off the outfit. Besides, there are touches of yellow in the print of my dress anyway, so I’d figure it would do. All in all, I’m quite happy with how it turns out. Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this poster!