SIA Inspiration: The Farmer’s Daughter

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

This is the cover of a seed catalogue, and Daenel picked it because she’s “hoping all the rain we’ve had this weekend will bring some pretty blooms in the coming weeks.” Well, you know what they say – April showers bring May flowers, right? I love that this image is season-appropriate while being so unexpected too (who would’ve thought of using a seed catalogue cover?!)

In terms of sartorial inspiration, I see a lot of colors here (green, red/pink, gray/taupe, white, and also a dash of yellow), as well as floral print if you want to go really spring-like. Just remember to send your outfit to Daenel ( by next Tuesday, April 23rd. Have fun!


SIA: Yawners

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, our inspiration this week is Joseph Ducreux’s “Self-portrait, yawning”. The group is small this time, so let’s get to it!

First up is Kim, who put together a neutral outfit updated with animal prints. I love how the prints add interest to the outfit without overwhelming it:

Check out her “yawning” pose 😀

Next we have Daenel, who opted for a bird-printed top to reflect the “whimsical” quality of the painting, and finished it off with funky red leather pants:

And finally, here’s me:

And that’s it for this week! Don’t forget to check back next week for Daenel’s pick of the inspiration!

SIA Inspiration: Joseph Ducreux

Welcome to another week of SIA! It being April Fools, I decided to pick something a bit more fun as the inspiration, and here it is:

This is “Self-portrait, yawning” by 18th century French artist Joseph Ducreux. He is best known for the unconventional and often humorous expressions in his portraits (one of them even becomes a meme). I remember seeing this painting at the Getty Center and being quite struck by how different it is from other “classical” portraits, so I thought it would be a good choice for an April Fools’ SIA. There are plenty of colors here (red, tan, white, and charcoal gray) and you can even take inspiration from the guy’s suit. Just remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, April 9th. Bonus point if you mimic the pose too!


This week’s SIA inspiration, “Personnages aux Chevaux” by French artist Marcelle Cahn, is a true challenge for me. At first, I thought about going the equestrian route – my brown riding boots would be a good choice for both the colors and the theme – but then I didn’t know what pants to pair them with to mimic the rest of the painting. Then I thought about color blocking, but I don’t have the exact colors in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided to pick out the pieces that are closest in colors and put them together. I also added my pendant necklace as an interpretation of the exaggerated eyes in the painting.

The result is… interesting, I guess? Not bad, exactly. Although I’m leaning toward this kind of loose-fitting silhoutte now, I certainly would never pair these items together if it wasn’t for SIA, so at least it’s something new.

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting!

SIA Inspiration: Marcelle Cahn

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


This is called “Personnages aux Chevaux”, or “Characters with Horses”, by French abstract expressionist Marcelle Cahn. Kim chose it for the vivid color palette, the equestrian theme and even the emphasized eyes (yeah, that horse on the right has seen some sh*t.)

I don’t know how I’m going to interpret this painting yet, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing your outfits. Remember to send them to Kim ( by next Tuesday, March 26th. Have fun!

The Hardest Button

The post title not only refers to the song by The White Stripes but also to the fact that this SIA was harder to interpret than I thought. The colors are clear enough and I have most of them in my closet, but with the weather being quite unpredictable lately, I didn’t quite know how to combine them in an outfit. In the end, this is what I came up with – a layered outfit that works well for this kind of weather and has all the colors of the inspirational photo. I also added a brooch to mimic the intricate button on the top of the pile. All in all, I’m happy with it 🙂

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

SIA Inspiration: Buttons

It’s Daenel’s turn to curate SIA, and here is her pick of the inspiration:

Cute, right? This is Daenel’s own photo, and she picks it because spring is approaching, so the main colors (pink and ivory) would be appropriate. Plus, the textures of the buttons are really interesting and can also be a source of inspiration.

If you want to participate in this SIA, remember to send Daenel ( your outfit by next Tuesday, March 12. Enjoy!