Although my travel wardrobe was perfect for this week’s SIA (black, white, and blue, hello), I was too busy during my trip to take outfit photos, so here’s an “everyday” outfit. The white printed shirt is a no-brainer, and the pants are to mimic the blue-green background. I also added my polka dot mug for the coffee beans, though my mug is white dots on black rather than black dots on white.

The thing is, I’m not a coffee drinker. I love the smell of coffee, but I can’t drink it – it was actually tea in the mug (hence the post title, which is also a tribute to the most famous Discworld assassin).

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog for more interpretations of this painting!


SIA Inspiration: growARTS 3.0

It’s Erin’s turn to curate SIA, and she picked another growARTS piece:

And even better, everyone who participates in this week’s challenge will get their name entered into a drawing to win either this painting or a notecard made from the image! You guys just need to email Erin (looplooks@gmail.com) their photo by 7PM Central time on Tuesday, September 12th. Selfies, flat lays, etc. are all okay. You can also post on Instagram and tag Erin (@looplooks) and use the hashtag #SIAChallenge.

How awesome is that? Unfortunately I’m on the road, so I don’t know if I would be able to participate, but I will try to – especially since the piece is so minimalist, which suits me and my travel wardrobe perfectly. We’ll see.


For this week’s SIA, inspired by Gerda Wegener‘s self-portrait, I knew I was going to wear a blue shirt and a black skirt because that’s what she’s wearing in the painting. So I decided to give this blouse another try – it is, if you recall, my ill-advised online purchase which turned out to be too short and isn’t even in the right fabric. It’s actually perfect for this SIA challenge – the color is right, and it even has a pearl button in the back to mimic the pearl necklace she’s wearing.

I thought that I could make the blouse work with a skirt, but I still had to hike the skirt’s waist up to be able to tuck it in. It might work with a pencil skirt, but that’s not really my silhouette. In the end, I figure it’s just not going to work and give it to my mom. She has a short torso, so it looks great on her, and at least I feel better about giving it up.

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog for other interpretations of this painting!

SIA Inspiration: Gerda Wegener

It’s Jen’s turn to pick the inspiration for this week’s SIA, and as she just saw The Danish Girl, she decided to pick the self-portrait of Gerda Wegener (played by Alicia Vikander in the film, a role that earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, a bit undeserving IMO but that’s neither here nor there):

Wegener was a fascinating character (far more fascinating than her spouse Lili Elbe, I must say, but then again my opinion may be colored by my dislike of Eddie Redmayne’s performance) and this is a beautiful Art Deco portrait, with a lot of details for interpretation – the flounces on her blouse, the skirt, the pearls, even the pattern on the couch she’s sitting on – so this should be a good one. Just remember to send your outfit to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Monday, August 28th!

SIA: Synesthetic Art

Just as a reminder, this week we’re featuring outfits inspired by the synesthetic painting “Boy with a Coin” by Melissa McCracken. We just have a small group of regulars, so let’s get to it, shall we?

First up is Jen, who chose a flowy floral dress with all the colors in the painting. She even wrapped two scarves around her hat for some extra colors and added her yellow tote – genius!

Up next is Mike, who picked a brilliant blue shirt to echo the blue of the painting:

Erin wore this same dress for the last SIA challenge, but I don’t blame her for wearing it again (with fringed kimono added!) because it works quite well with the painting, especially against the backdrop of that blue chaise longue:

Finally, here’s me:

And that wraps up another fun SIA. It’s Jen’s turn to pick the inspiration next week, so don’t forget to check back!

Boy With A Coin

Sorry for the radio silence this past week. I had planned on posting something in the middle of the week, but then time got away from me, and I didn’t have anything interesting say anyway, so rather than to force a post, I decided to just take a break. Anyway, school is back next week, so hopefully I can have regular outfit posts again and the blog will be back on track.

Back to the matter at hand – here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Melissa McCracken‘s synesthetic painting. I had to admit, I picked this mainly because it’s such a beautiful piece. I had no idea what I was going to wear for it. By a stroke of luck, last week I went shopping with my sister and picked up a few new tops, including this lilac tunic (my sister called it “taro-colored”, which is quite accurate actually). Even though the color isn’t exactly right (the painting has more pink than purple), I thought the flowy silhouette would be a good fit for this. I paired it with my navy jeans and dark red heels to mimic the other colors in the painting. I thought about adding my yellow brooch as well, but it clashes with the purple. Besides, the tunic has some very pretty embroideries already, and I didn’t want to distract from them, so I figured this would do, even if it’s not as close to the painting as I’d like.

So that’s it for me. I’m probably going to post the round-up on Wednesday, so you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. Get to it!

SIA Inspiration: Melissa McCracken

It’s again my turn to pick the inspiration for SIA. After some debate, I decided on this painting:

It appears to be just a pretty abstract painting, doesn’t it? But this one is much more special. The artist, Melissa McCracken, has synesthesia, which is a neurological condition that mixes up your brain’s sensory responses, so you can “see” a smell or perceive that a number or a letter is of a certain gender (one of my classmates in college has this – to her the number 1 is male and number 2 is female, etc.).

Melissa McCracken’s form of synesthesia is known as chromesthesia, meaning she can see colors in sounds, so she translates her favorite songs into beautiful paintings. I find this fascinating, so of course I had to pick one for SIA. The one I ended up picking is for Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin“, not only because it’s one of my favorite songs as well, but also because the painting itself is gorgeous. I have no idea how I’m going to translate this into an outfit yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

You can learn more about McCracken from this interview and see more of her paintings on her website. And don’t forget to send me your outfits by next Monday, August 14th. Have fun!