SIA Inspiration: Movie Poster

It’s again my turn to host SIA, and since the Oscars is this Sunday, I decided to celebrate by picking a movie poster as our inspiration this week:

The movie poster is pretty much a lost art these days, but occasionally you can still find some great ones. I was debating between this and Moonlight, which is a great design too, but in the end, I decided to go with the poster of one of my favorite films from last year – the criminally underrated Sing Street (I watched it on the plane from Hanoi to Amsterdam and I was in love. Seriously, go watch it).

Of course, since I’m living out of a suitcase at the moment, the predominantly black-and-green palette helps too. That said, there are a lot of great little details and pops of color here for you to play around with, and if you can put together an outfit inspired by the movie itself, all the better. Just don’t forget to send your outfits to me (14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com) by next Monday, February 27th. Enjoy!


Pond In The Woods

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Like I said, this SIA is pretty easy for me – green, blue, brown, black. When I saw the inspiration painting (“Pond in the Woods” by Georgia O’Keeffe, just in case you forgot), I immediately thought of this coat and this scarf. The rest of the outfit came together very quickly. Then I added my ceramic brooch, because the circle shape and the pattern are reminiscent of the painting, and the swirls of colors in the painting look like glazes to me as well. Done, and done.

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog to see how others interpret this!

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green coat green scarf navy jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

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Top: Uniqlo, Scarf & Boots: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Coat: thrifted, Brooch: vintage


Black Lace

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When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – the woodcut lace design by Isabella Parasole – I immediately thought about my lace tights. Once I had the lace element down, the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly – black tights layered underneath and a dark gray dress to make the white lace really pop, just like in the print, and a silver brooch and cut-out heels to mimic the intricacy of the lace.

I wore this last week, for my last day at work before the break (I still have a few work outfits left to post), back when it was still cold enough to wear two pairs of tights. Now the sun is back, which is good, but I could never get used to the Lunar New Year without a bit of drizzling rain.

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black wool dress lace tights black heels by 14 shades of greyblack wool dress silver brooch by 14 shades of grey

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full round-ups of all the outfits inspired by this work of art!

Dress: tailor, Tights: Target & Forever21 (I think?), Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: Dutch flea market


SIA Inspiration: Isabella Parasole

Last challenge, we have an Italian sculptor, and this time, we have an Italian engraver and designer from the same period, courtesy of Jen – Isabella Parasole, the first to publish a manual on lacemaking and embroidery based on her own designs in 1616. I’m including here one of the prints, but you can see more of them here:

Jen picked her because of how modern her designs look, especially with the dark background of the woodcut and the white lace patterns. I already have an idea for this, but I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Remember to send your outfits to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Monday, January 30th, to be included in the round-up!


SIA: The Sculptures of Bernini

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2017! As a reminder, this week’s inspiration is the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. I guess it’s a bit more challenging than usual, which is why we have a small group this time, but each person has a different look, so let’s get to it.

First, we have Nancy, who submitted not one but two outfits – one inspired by the general look of the sculptures, and the other inspired by “The Damned Soul” in particular (did you know Bernini used himself as a model for it?) Way to hit it out of the park, Nancy!

Up next is Mike, whose Christmas sweater and khaki pants are the perfect fit for the color and textures of the sculptures:

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Here is our co-host, Jen, in a winter-white outfit inspired by “Blessed Ludovica Albertoni” and “Mary Magdalen“. There are flowers embroidered on her skirt, which adds a nicely unexpected texture:

Finally, here’s me:

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Big thanks to everybody for participating, and don’t forget to check back next week for Jen’s pick. Here’s to another successful year of SIA!


Marble As White As Milk

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I had to admit, when I picked the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini as this week’s SIA inspiration, I didn’t know what my outfit would be. I just had some vague ideas about an all-white or all-gray outfit, but that’s about it. Then, I watched the episode about Bernini on Simon Schama’s Power of Art again (amazing series, you guys should really check it out) and was particularly struck by “Apollo and Daphne“, so I decided to use it as the basis for my outfit. My jeans and sweater mimic the texture of the skin and the hair of the two figures, while my leaf-printed scarf is a nod to Daphne’s leafy fingers. The only part I’m not happy with are my white sneakers – they’re too sporty and don’t really go with the look. I should’ve just worn my brown boots and not worried about maintaining the white theme.

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Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: local shop, Sneakers: hand-me-down, Scarf: gift


SIA Inspiration: Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2017! Technically it was Erin’s turn this week, but she is still in the midst of moving, so we decided to switch orders around a bit – I’ll go first, then Jen, and Erin will be back once she has settled in.

One of my resolutions for SIA this year is to pick more interesting artworks. I just went through my SIA Pinterest board and noticed that it mostly features paintings of women in dresses. Pretty, but not particularly challenging. So, in an attempt to pick something a little off the beaten path but still classical, I present to you the sculptures of Italian master Gian Lorenzo Bernini:

This GIF set is from an episode about Bernini in the documentary “Simon Schama’s Power of Art”. I’m just going to quote the episode here: “No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another – marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.”

I didn’t pick a particular sculpture because to me, this challenge is about drapes and textures rather than shapes and colors, but feel free to pick one that speaks to you and base your outfit on it (here is the full list of his works.) Don’t forget to send me your outfits by next Monday, January 16th. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!