SIA Inspiration: 1880s Fashion Plate

This week, Jen is our SIA host, and her pick is right up my alley:

This is a 1886 fashion plate from the Scandinavian fashion magazine Freja. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that the 1880s is one of my favorite eras in fashion (I don’t know why, because the silhouette is so exaggerated that it can look awkward. I actually find the bustle quite graceful.) In fact, I’ve been toying with the idea of using a fashion plate as inspiration for SIA, but they tend to be quite difficult to be translated into a modern look. This one, though, has some nicely neutral colors and classic patterns (plaid, lace, even floral too if you count the flowers on the hats), which should be fun to interpret.

Remember to send your outfit to Jen ( by next Tuesday, November 20th. Have fun!


Glassed Up

I don’t know if that post title makes sense or not. I’m just trying to find a play on the word “glass”, since this outfit is inspired by the blown glass flasks picked by Daenel, and I already titled a post “Glassy” (terrible, terrible pun totally intended), so this is the best I could do.

Anyway, on to the outfit. I used the main colors of the flasks as the jumping-off point, hence the green pants and brown oxfords. There is yellow too, but that shade of greenish yellow would look horrible on me, so I opted for my tan sweater instead. The sweater also has a texture that mimics the pattern of the flasks, so win-win. And finally, I topped it off with my glass brooch, and voilà! All done. I’m pretty happy with this outfit, as it is a good interpretation of the inspiration (if I do say so myself) but still works well on its own.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see the other outfits inspired by these cool flasks!

SIA Inspiration: Blown Glass Flasks

For this week’s SIA challenge, Daenel picks an unusual inspiration:

These are 19th-century pocket flasks, which Daenel chose for their colors (which are very seasonal appropriate) and intriguing patterns (which can be easily mimicked in an outfit). It’s a really fun inspiration, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Just remember to send your oufits to Daenel ( by next Tuesday, November 6th!

SIA: Melodies

Welcome to another SIA challenge! This week, our inspiration is the painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce, and we have a lot of exciting outfits, so let’s get to it!

First up is our co-host, Jen, who layered her floral shirt dress over a sleeveless fit-and-flare dress. So clever and such a pretty transitional outfit!

Next is Bev, who had the perfect top – and check out her post for a close-up of her gorgeous necklace:

Mike‘s outfit is simple and on point as usual, but check out the carpet in his photo – isn’t it perfect for the painting or what?

Our co-host Daenel put together a lovely fall-appropriate floral outfit:

Kezzie always features something special in her outfits, and this time is no exception:

Kimberly has a lovely, colorful outfit, and her boots are spot-on:

Believe it or not, Kezzie is not the only one featuring a mandolin/guitar in her photo – newcomer Catherine also has one!

And finally, here’s me:

What a fun SIA all around! Remember to check back next week for Daenel’s choice of inspiration!


This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Kate Bunce‘s “Melody (Musica)”. I tried to recreate the red-and-green color scheme of the painting with my red shoes, but ended up looking like a walking Christmas tree, so I toned it down with my pink shirt instead. It goes better with the green, and the embroideries can mimic the foliage in the painting (both the actual blossoms and the print on the lady’s dress). I would’ve stopped there, but then I noticed the necklace the lady is wearing in the painting, so my vintage-looking necklace made for the perfect outfit-completer.

You still have until Tuesday to send me your outfits, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see the full round-up!

SIA Inspiration: Kate Bunce

It’s again my turn to host SIA, and here’s my pick:

This is the painting “Melody (Musica)” by  Kate Bunce, an English painter associated with the Arts and Crafts movement and influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. You can clearly see the Pre-Raphaelite influences in the strong lines and the rich colors, while the Arts and Crafts touches are shown in the pattern on the woman’s dress and the flowering branch behind her. I had saved this for a while, intending to use it in the spring, but then I forgot about it, and I figure waiting until next spring is too long, so here we are. Remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, October 23rd. Have fun!

(And it is not until now that I realize it looks strangely similar to Jen’s SIA pick last week, the “Cleopatra” poster. Ah well, never mind. At least the colors are different.)


This week’s SIA, inspired by the poster for the 1917, Theda Bara-starring film “Cleopatra”, is a difficult one for me. It has mostly autumnal colors – rust, orange, gold, etc. – and the weather where I am is not cool enough for those yet. There are a lot of patterns too. After some thinking, I decided to go with this printed top – the busiest thing I have in my closet, and these jeans and heels to mimic some of the colors in the poster. The result may not be as close to the inspiration piece as I’d like, but it’s a perfectly functional outfit, and I’d take that over some forced attempt to mimic the inspiration exactly.

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog on Wednesday for the full round-up of other oufits inspired by this kickass poster!