Snow Shadows

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Tom Thomson’s “Snow Shadows“. I knew I’d wear this striped button-up to reflect the blue shadows in the painting, and the rest of the outfit came together quite quickly. This is my first foray into styling sweater vests, which I’ve never worn before, having always thought of them as rather frumpy. But I quite like it styled in a menswear-inspired way like this, and it adds some much-needed pattern and texture (not to mention warmth) to the outfit, to reflect the texture of the painting.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this week’s inspiration. This is also the last SIA challenge of the year – we’re taking a break during the holidays – so see you after the New Year! (I’ll post a round-up of my favorite SIA challenges the week after next.)


Jazz Stories

What’s this? What’s this? (I know the song is more appropriate for Christmas, but it fits here too.) Am I wearing a… blazer? Yes! We just had some rain over the weekend and the temperature has dropped enough for me to actually wear some layers. If it wasn’t for that, I would probably have to wear my reliable red printed dress again for this week’s SIA, inspired by Faith Ringgold’s “Jazz Stories”. However, thanks to the temperature drop, I decided to reflect the colors and patterns in the piece with my red blazer (check out the pattern of the lining), yellow skirt, and navy loafers. A brooch shaped by a musical instrument would’ve been perfect, but I don’t have any – I can’t play any musical instrument and figure it would be presumptuous for me to wear one. So I wore this lady-shaped brooch instead – it kind of looks like the lady in the painting anyway, so it’s not that far off.

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


Tree Frog

We’ve had some heavy rain lately, and our frog and toad population just exploded. (Though we don’t have actual frogs. We only have tree frogs.) Coincidentally, I just bought a frog brooch – I’m aiming to own brooches representing all the insects/small animals in our garden – so of course I had to put together an outfit inspired by the frog. And it’s not just a matter of slapping the brooch on either. I actually thought carefully about it, and I chose these culottes and this shirt because the green and the blue stripes are meant to represent the frog’s colors. I then wore the brooch on my shoe for some added interest; plus it stands out more on the black shoe than on my top.

What do you think? A pretty good representation, right?


Culottes To The Rescue

As the weather starts warming up, I find myself reaching for culottes more and more. They’re just as flowy as skirts but comfier because they don’t require a pair of bike shorts underneath. And they come with pockets more often than skirts! Take this pair, for example. I told myself I already have a navy skirt and several pairs of wide-leg navy pants, I don’t need another pair of navy bottom, but in the end, the culottes still won. But it’s OK, since they’re basic and go with everything, so I expect to wear them a lot.


The Belt

blue striped shirt navy jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I have to admit, I had no idea what to do about this week’s SIA. It’s a piece of street art, so it’s too colorful for my usual palette of black, white, gray, and blue. At first, I thought maybe a graphic tee would do the trick, but then I remembered I don’t have graphic tees in my closet anymore except for the old ones I wear to bed. In the end, I looked more closely at the piece and saw that it features a lot of stairs, windows, and fences, and those I could recreate with stripes. I used my silk scarf as a belt (it was too hot to actually wear it as a scarf) for some added colors and patterns. Plus, the mural is featured in a street in Detroit called “The Belt”, so I thought it was only appropriate. Finally, I paired it with jeans and my black oxfords to echo the strong, bold lines of the piece. More loosely interpreted than usual, but I’m happy with it!

Don’t forget to drop by Erin’s blog tomorrow to see the full round-up.

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navy jeans black oxfords by 14 shades of greyblue striped shirt navy jeans scarf belt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Jeans: H&M, Scarf: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond