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 (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, November 6th!

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A Perfect Match

This is another “duh” outfit, one that seems like a no-brainer but I didn’t think of for the longest time. I mean, the navy stripe on this top matches the navy of my culottes perfectly – it’s not often that two of my items are a perfect match like that – so naturally, I had to pair them together. Then, when it came to accessories, I know I wear this brooch with this top a lot, and these shoes with these culottes a lot too, but again, they go so well together, so why change it, right?


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!


Melody

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!


Windowpanes

The weather has been cooling down considerably over the last few weeks, but I’m still posting stragglers from late September – early October, so please bear with me through some very unseasonal outfits.

Anyway, this outfit looks like it’s been matched very carefully, right? The eyelets on my top match the plaid on my pants, and the blue pendant matches the blue loafers. The truth, though, is that I put almost no thoughts into it at all, other than, “Oh yeah, those will go together.” It’s one of those outfits that just came about naturally, which goes to show, sometimes it’s best to go with your instincts and not to overthink it.


A Disco Ball Hanging By A Thread

This shirt is a little more sparkly (well, a lot more sparkly) than I usually wear, but it was on sale, so I thought I’d give it a try. The only two setbacks are 1) it’s hand-wash only due to the fragile sequins, and 2) if it’s sunny out, I would essentially turn into a walking disco ball and wreak havoc on any oncoming traffic. Still, I’m keeping it, because it’s fun, and apparently silver is one of the trends for this fall. When the weather is cooler, I can try pairing it with a blazer or my leather jacket, to tame the sparkle a bit.

This is the reflection I cast on the wall as I was taking these photos


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.)