Jazz Stories

What’s this? What’s this? (I know the song is more appropriate for Christmas, but it fits here too.) Am I wearing a… blazer? Yes! We just had some rain over the weekend and the temperature has dropped enough for me to actually wear some layers. If it wasn’t for that, I would probably have to wear my reliable red printed dress again for this week’s SIA, inspired by Faith Ringgold’s “Jazz Stories”. However, thanks to the temperature drop, I decided to reflect the colors and patterns in the piece with my red blazer (check out the pattern of the lining), yellow skirt, and navy loafers. A brooch shaped by a musical instrument would’ve been perfect, but I don’t have any – I can’t play any musical instrument and figure it would be presumptuous for me to wear one. So I wore this lady-shaped brooch instead – it kind of looks like the lady in the painting anyway, so it’s not that far off.

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


SIA Inspiration: Faith Ringgold

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

This is “Jazz Stories” by Faith Ringgold. It’s a super fun and colorful piece, and Daenel picked it because she loves “the creativity that flowed from the Harlem Renaissance” and to her, jazz is the epitome of that era. I have no idea what I’m going to wear yet, but I can’t wait to find out. Remember to send your outfits to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, October 19th. Have fun!


SIA: Flower Decoupages

Welcome to another week of SIA! This week, our inspiration is the wonderful flower paper collages/decoupages of Mary Delany, and everybody brought out their best autumnal floral looks, so let’s get to it!

First up is Shelbee, who went with the blue cornflowers and layered a summer dress on a black turtleneck to make it more weather-appropriate:

Up next is my co-host, Daenel, who, like me, went with the red peony, but she chose to mimic the textures rather than the colors:

My other co-host, Terri, wore the unusual color combination of red and olive green, but it’s a great representation of the inspiration, I think:

Reni chose the cornflowers as well. The black background of her dress and accessories are perfect:

Kezzie went with the general feel of the pieces rather than a particular one, but her outfit is great too:

We have a newcomer this week – Darlene. She, too, went with the general floral theme of the inspiration. Welcome to SIA, Darlene!

Suzy went with a color-blocked look, with her dark red sneakers as a fun, unexpected touch:

Finally, here’s me:

It’s been a great challenge! Thank you for participating, and don’t forget to check back next week for a new inspiration, courtesy of Daenel!


Late Bloomer

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the flower collages/decoupages of Mary Delany, I had to dig into my storage and brought out this dress. I’s a hand-me-down from my mom, and I haven’t worn it in a while because it’s a little short for my taste now, but for this challenge, it’s perfect (so glad I didn’t donate it!) I layered it with a knotted black T-shirt and topped it off with my flower brooch as a nod to the 3D feel of the collages – and I mean, come on, you wouldn’t expect me not to wear a brooch with this, would you?

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see how everybody did!


SIA Inspiration: Mary Delany

It’s my turn to host SIA, and I’m picking something a little different:

These are the exquisite paper collages of 18th-century artist Mary Delaney – yes, those flowers are made of paper, they’re not paintings! Even more remarkable, Mary Delaney didn’t begin these collages until her 70s. Since they’re all of the same style (realistic flowers on black background), I decided not to pick a particular piece; instead, you can choose which flower you want to recreate in an outfit. You can see more of the collages here. Remember to send your outfits to me by next Tuesday (October 5th) to be included in the round-up, and have fun!