SIA Inspiration: Grandma Moses

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

This is “Taking in the Laundry” by folk artist Grandma Moses (aka Anna Mary Robertson Moses). Shelbee picked it because hanging out laundry is one of her favorite chores (mine too! We only use our dryer on rainy/humid days. There is something so calming about it.) The painting is simple, but there are a lot of details here to create such a vivid scene, and I can’t wait to see how everybody is going to interpret it. Remember to send your outfits to Shelbee ( by next Tuesday, June 6th. Have fun!

Floral Forms

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Emil Bisttram’s “Floral Forms”, I knew I’d wear this skirt – the color and shape are just right to mimic the poppies in the painting. The top took me some thinking, but in the end, I decided to go simple and choose this striped button-up, as the painting contains some blue/green lines. And finally, my brooch is the perfect accessory (it’s an anemone, not poppy, but it’ll do.)

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interpreted this painting!

SIA Inspiration: Emil Bisttram

Welcome to another week of SIA! It’s Terri’s turn to host, and here is her pick for the inspiration:

This is “Floral Forms” by Hungarian-American artist Emil Bisttram. He was known for the “dynamic symmetry” in his works, and while that symmetry is present here, I also like how it is contrasted with the organic softness of the poppies. It’s definitely going to be a fun one to interpret! Remember to send your outfits to Terri ( by Tuesday, May 23rd, to be featured in the round-up. Enjoy!

SIA: Breton Women

Welcome to another week of SIA! Our inspiration this week is “Breton Woman” by Kanae Yamamoto, and we have a fun variety of looks, so let’s check them out!

First up we have my co-host, Shelbee, in a perfectly striped duster and a hat (this is another SIA where almost everybody chose some sort of headwear except for me!):

Up next is Reni, who went with a striped shirt and black pinafore dress, and topped them off with an adorable bow and headband:

My other co-host, Terri, went with a more minimalist and utilitarian look, but it’s no less chic:

Marsha also chose a simpler route with the black and gray/blue colors of the original print, but I love the little details of her shoes and jewelry:

Michelle, true to her style, went more colorful, but the influence of the print is still clear:

And finally, here’s me:

And that concludes another successful SIA challenge! Big thanks to all our participants, and don’t forget, we’ll have a new work of art next week, courtesy of Terri.

Hanoi Woman

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Breton Woman” by Kanae Yamamoto. I thought about wearing my gray striped dress, but the weather warmed up unexpectedly, so I had to look for an alternative. Luckily, my sister just handed this gray skirt down to me, so I paired it with my black blouse and added my feather brooch as a nod to some of the hard/soft lines in the print. All in all, I’m quite happy with how the outfit turned out – perhaps even more so than my original plan!

If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!