Cozy Blue

This is my second outfit for SIA. I wasn’t going to put together two outfits for this challenge; these mustard jeans and the navy sweater were actually going to be the foundation for my one outfit, but they look absolutely horrendous with my Van Gogh socks, so I had to start again. However, I still thought that the jeans and sweater looked good together and it would be a waste to scrape that outfit altogether. I added my brocade boots, and thus we had a pretty solid interpretation of the inspiration painting.

Originally, the outfit was just going to be the sweater and jeans, but it has been quite arctic around here (we’ve had snow up in the mountains), and I had to add this coat. Luckily, it matched my sweater perfectly (you know how non-matching shades get me all twitchy.)

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Empire Inspired

For this week’s SIA, I took the inspiration from both of the Empire-style dresses in the photo. My mustard jeans are to mimic the yellow dress, my white shirt and striped sweatshirt are to mimic the white dress with the striped spencer jacket (I know, the stripes and dots are green, but I don’t have anything green-striped), and finally, my boots are to mimic the embroidered shoes and the paisley shawl (the appliques on my sweatshirt are a nod to the paisley too). When I first put this together, I was afraid that the pieces are a bit too random, but they ended up going together pretty well, even if I do say so myself.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for the other interpretations of these lovely dresses. Also, this is the last SIA challenge of the year, as next week is Christmas and then there’s New Year (where did 2018 go?!), but we’ll be back the first Monday of January. See you then!


Plants And Insects

For this week’s SIA, I knew I’d wear these pants to mimic the color of the watermelon and these boots to mimic the flowers and insects in the painting. What’s left is the background. At first, I thought about bringing out my mustard cardigan or yellow scarf, but the yellow looks garish against the green of my pants, so in the end, I picked a more neutral sweater and added my dragonfly brooch to it. I’m quite happy with the end result – perfect for SIA yet still functional, and that’s what these challenges are all about.

Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


Blue Spring

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Primavera” sculpture by Cuban artist Rafael San Juan, I knew that I wasn’t going to be literal about it, only that I was going to wear my leather jacket – it’s my go-to “edgy” piece. But then I remembered that I do have a butterfly-printed shirt (well, bird-and-butterfly), which is perfect for the butterfly crown of the statue. I topped it off with my copper flower brooch because it looks kinda similar to the material of the statue, and thus, my oufit is complete. As it turns out, it’s a more literal interpretation than I’d expected, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for the round-up post!


Last Outfit Post Of 2016

white sweater printed scarf black jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

I was debating whether to post this outfit or not. Let’s face it, the blogosphere is pretty much dead in the week between Christmas and New Year, and the outfit itself is not that interesting. But then I decided to stick to the schedule anyway, because this is the only outfit I have left in my 2016 folder. So here’s a black-and-white look to close out the year.

I’ll the back later this week with the book reviews and the year in review post, as usual.

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white sweater printed scarf by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: local shop, Boots: Betts, Scarf: gift


Jeans Are The New Tights

navy dress navy skinny jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

Thank the gods for this trend of dresses with pants. It’s much more comfortable than dresses with tights, it looks more interesting/grown-up than dresses with leggings, and because of that, it makes getting dressed a lot easier in the morning. Which is exactly what I need when I’m running around like a headless chicken with a million things to do.

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navy dress navy skinny jeans black booties by 14 shades of greynavy dress tree brooch by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Gap (thrifted), Jeans: H&M, Brooch: local shop, Boots: Betts


Natural Whimsy

gray embroidered cardigan navy jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

Did I ever mention that this cardigan is actually from the kid’s section? If I like something enough, I have no problems with buying from the kid’s or the men’s section (as long as it fits, of course!) With this one, I fell in love with the embroideries, so I just got the largest size available.

I’ve always loved embroidery. Of course, that was before it became a big trend in 2015-2016. Now embroidery is everywhere, but I don’t see anything I really love. At least the embroderies on this cardigan are somewhat cohesive, as opposed to what is called “forced whimsy” by my favorite celebrity style bloggers, Tom and Lorenzo. Are they whimsical? Yes. Forced? I don’t think so.

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gray embroidered cardigan by 14 shades of greynavy jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

Cardigan: local shop, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Betts