I thought I would struggle a bit with this week’s SIA, inspired by the Korean jogabok wrapping cloth, because it’s so colorful and I don’t have anything like that in my closet. But then I noticed there are white and blue squares in the cloth, and I have just the right piece for it. Then I added some pink and red accents with my belt and shoes, and my bow brooch as the last touch, to mimic the bow in the middle of the cloth – and I’m done. It was way easier than I expected.

Top: Mango, Pants & Heels: local shops, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for other looks inspired by this piece!

SIA Inspiration: Jogakbo

No, “jogakbo” is not the name of a new, up-and-coming artist. Rather, it’s the name for this type of Korean patchwork cloth, which Jen chose for our SIA inspiration this week:

Like the Japanese furoshiki, the Koreans also have a type of cloth used specifically for wrapping clothes, food, gifts and other things called “bojagi“, and “jogakbo” (or “chogakbo”) refers to the type of patchwork bojagi made from scrap fabrics (“jogakbo” can also mean the patchwork technique itself).

Now, this one has a lot of fun colors to choose from, so I’m thinking some color blocking is in order. The great thing is that you don’t have to include them all; you can simply pick any combination of colors that you like. Just remember to send your outfit to Jen ( by next Monday, April 24th!

SIA: Monmon Cats

As a reminder, this week we’re featuring outfits inspired by the Monmon (tattooed) Cats painting of Kazuaki Horitomo. I will try to refrain from cheesy cat puns (like “purrfect”, for example. By the way, my spell check is not even highlighting it, which I find truly worrying.) Hit it, cat ladies (and gent)!

First up, we have Nancy from Jodie’s Touch of Style, in a cozy jacket and a pop of red:

Next up is Mike (who now has a blog – check it out!), in a simple but classic look:

Jen has the coolest accessories – check out her embroidered belt and super adorable cat tote:

Erin is a dog person, so she took a photo with her dog, Chewie. I love the casualness of her outfit and that her flats show off her tattoo as well:

Melissa, a long-time SIA participant, is back with a lovely outfit and not just one, but two kitty pins:

How adorable are Kezzie‘s cat collar and brooch? She always brings it!

And finally, here’s me:

That’s it for this week’s challenge! Thank you for participating, and return next week for a new inspiration from Jen!

Tattooed Cats

One of the things I love about SIA is that it inspires me to put together outfits that I’d never come up with otherwise. Takes this outfit, for example – I would never decide to pair these particular items together, but now that I did, I was quite happy with it. It has a vaguely 80’s feel (I think it’s the combination of the high-waisted pants and the shoulder pads on my jacket), but I like it. And of course, it’s perfect for this week’s SIA, inspired by the Monmon Cats painting of Kuazaki Horitomo.

I wanted to get my cats in the photos – they happen to look quite similar to the two cats in the painting, one is a tabby and the other a tortoiseshell – but when I took these photos, they were having breakfast so I didn’t want to interrupt them. At least the cat on my jacket is not running anywhere 🙂

The full round-up will be posted tomorrow, so remember to drop by!

Top: Mango, Pants: Topshop, Jacket: tailor, Heels: Zara, Brooch: local shop

SIA Inspiration: Horitomo

It’s my turn to pick the inspiration for SIA, and check it out:

How awesomely bizarre is this? This is called “Monmon Cats”, aka Tattooed Cats. They’re the work of California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo. As a self-proclaimed cat lady, there’s no way I’m passing this up. There are many to choose from (you can find more here), but in the end, I picked one with a relatively simple pattern (or two) that can be interpreted in an outfit.

Deadline is next Monday, April 10th as usual. Bonus point if you have a kitty in your photo with you (I will try to get mine to cooperate!)

Rosy And Sparkly

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a roses-and-sequins painting of the growArts program, I had decided to bring out my trusty rose-printed tunic. However, the weather turned cold suddenly (the last cold snap of the season, I believe), so I had to go with a looser interpretation. In the end, though, I’m quite happy with the outfit – it has most of the colors of the painting, and the embellishments on my sweatshirt bring just the right touch of sparkles. I also managed to take pictures with some pink roses in the background, so the roses are represented as well.

Don’t forget to check out Erin’s blog to see other outfits inspired by this!

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Pants: Mango, Heels: Zara

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!