Cows In Landscape

This week’s SIA, inspired by Gunta St√∂lzl‘s tapestry “Cows in Landscape”, is truly a challenge and a half. If it was during the cooler months, I could try some layering and some sweaters/socks to reflect the colors and texture of the piece, but since it’s still pretty warm, I had to resort to mimicking the colors instead. In the end, I chose this dress because there are some stripey bits at the corners of the tapestry that remind me of this plaid, and to add some textures and colors, I paired it with my braided belt and clogs. Finally, for a nod at the title, I wore my cow necklace too, though my cow is a far cry from the cows in the tapestry. But hey, I’m nothing if not committed.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this tapestry. I can’t wait to see what everybody came up with!


Getting Jabbed

I wore this to get my first dose of COVID vaccination. I wasn’t going to photograph this – basically I just wore something sleeveless and comfy – but then I thought, “Hey, this doesn’t look half bad”, and decided to add the belt to make it more blog-worthy. Besides, I’d take any chance to get dressed up these days.

It’s a relief to get vaccinated, though I know I’m privileged to even get it at all – most of our vaccines are reserved for other parts of the country, where the outbreak is much worse, but as a teacher, I’m one of the prioritized groups. Besides, my mom hasn’t been able to get vaccinated yet due to her medications, so I’m doing what I can to keep her safe.


Flowers, No Butterfly

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by an anonymous watercolor sketch of flowers and a butterfly. This one is a bit of a loose interpretation. I noticed how the flowers in the sketch almost look 3D, so I mimicked those with my embroidered cardigan. My dress is to mimic the background of the sketch, and if I had a butterfly brooch, it would’ve been perfect here, but hard to believe as it may be, my large collection of brooches doesn’t include a single butterfly one! I have a lot of bug brooches – ladybirds and bees and beetles, but no butterfly. I’ve just never found a butterfly brooch that sparks my fancy, I guess. Anyway, I made up for it with my shoes – the color and the “wings” on the sides can be a reflection of the butterfly. So, not an exact match, but I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely sketch!


Stripes

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Mary Cassatt’s “The Child’s Bath”, I built my outfit around this dress. The striped pattern perfectly reflects the striped dress of the woman in the painting, and I also added a cross-stitch brooch to mimic the floral patterns of the carpet and the wall.

The only part of the outfit I’m not happy with is the shoes – I wanted something dark, because there is a bit of dark red/brown in the painting, but this dress is so quintessentially 80s that if I wore heels with it, I’d instantly look like an extra in 9 to 5 or Working Girl. So in the end, I went with these monk shoes, hoping they can modernize the outfit a bit, but they’re too clunky. Oh well. Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


Cottage Academia

Here’s another “Dark Academia meets cottagecore” outfit. This pairing is actually something I’ve planned to try for a long time, but the weather was never right – when it’s cold enough for the wool skirt, then it’s too cold for the shirt, and when it’s warm enough for the shirt, then it’s too warm for the skirt. I briefly considered wearing a cardigan with it, but I wanted the shirt to shine on its own. Luckily, the insane weather in the past weeks has given me a chance. Yes, it was still a little warm for the skirt, but by keeping things light on top, the outfit was actually quite comfy. And of course, I had to add a floral brooch to make it more spring-like – call me old-fashioned, but once it starts feeling like spring, I always feel compelled to add some floral touches to my outfit.