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!

Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

(Sorry for the pretentious title. I couldn’t help it!)

This week’s SIA inspiration, a portrait by South African artist Juanita Mulder, is a challenge for me, because it contains mostly bright, primary colors – red, blue, yellow, with quite a bit of black and white – which I haven’t worn in a while (except for the black and white, of course.) But I’ve never let that stop me before. Either I would find something else in the painting to inspire me, or I would find a way to sell my outfit even if it is only marginally connected to the inspiration at best.

In the end, I went with the bold, graphic quality of the painting (which means lots of stripes) and recreated the colors in darker, more subdued shades – maroon instead of red, navy instead of blue, and brown instead of yellow. At the last minute, I also threw on my leather jacket. The painting doesn’t feature a lot of black, but a leather jacket seems right somehow, because the woman looks so defiant, and to me, that means a leather jacket. I believe the spirit of the painting is there in my outfit, even though it’s not an exact replica (told you I would sell it :P)

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this portrait.

Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Jacket: Zara, Scarf: gift, Boots: hand-me-down

SIA Inspiration: Painted Portrait

It’s Jen’s turn to host SIA, and in her quest to find copyright-free artwork in the public domain, she came to Pixabay and ended up finding this portrait by an art teacher, Juanita Mulder, from South Africa (if you click on her name, you can see more of her artwork):


Jen picked this for the bold, graphic quality of the painting, and also because March is Women’s History Month, so a portrait of a woman by a woman is an appropriate choice. There are definitely a lot of elements to play with here. I’ve never heard of Pixabay before, but from this, it sounds like a great place to find inspirations!

Remember to send Jen ( your submissions by next Monday, March 13th. Looking forward to this!