The Siesta

This week’s SIA inspiration stumped me a little bit, because I wanted to include all the colors in the painting (Paul Gauguin’s “The Siesta”), and I do have most of those colors in my wardrobe, but they don’t necessarily go well together in an outfit. I then decided to concentrate on just one of the women in the painting – the one in the foreground, in the purple-pink top, navy skirt, and hat with a polka-dot band. My purple tunic is actually perfect for it, but it’s a little dressy for casual, summer wear, so in the end, I went for a simple tee-and-shorts outfit. I paired it with my cognac sandals to mimic the touch of orangy brown in the painting (can’t leave out all the other colors) and wrapped my scarf around my mom’s hat to complete the look. Not an exact match, but for SIA these days, I tend to aim for wearable, real-world outfits rather than matching the inspiration exactly, so I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfit inspired by this painting!

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Errand Clothes

I just wore this to run a few errands, but then I caught a glimpse of myself in some store window and thought, hey, that doesn’t look half bad, maybe I should take some photos! It helps that I’m wearing my new embroidered top (the boutique where I buy most of my embroidered tops and linen pants just had their annual sale.) Usually when I run errands or go to the store, I just throw on whatever clean things that are lying around and are not pajamas, but this top is more or less like a linen T-shirt anyway, so I don’t feel so dressed up.

Do you guys have specific clothes for errands (not as nice as your work clothes but not as ratty as your wearing-around-the-house clothes), or do you just where whatever’s on hand?


My cat wasn’t impressed


Second Chance

Remember these pants? I stupidly shrank them last year, and after trying to stretch them, I haven’t tried them on again to see how they turned out. Turns out they aren’t that bad. Not as bad as I’d imagined, anyway. They’re definitely shorter and less roomy in the legs than before, and not “dressy” enough for work anymore, but for casual wear, they’re still fine (I wore this to go shopping with my sister.) They were so shrunken that I was prepared to hand them down to my niece, so I’m just glad that they still fit.


Autumn Scribbles

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”. This shirt is new, and I have to admit, I bought it because I was thinking of SIA – the color may not be the same, but the scribble print is perfect for it, right? Of course, I didn’t buy it solely because of SIA. The shirt is silk, so it’s super comfortable to wear as well.

The rest of the outfit I kept simple and neutral, to stick close to the color scheme of the inspiration painting. Yes, it looks more summer than autumn, with the white pants and sandals, but the weather is still summery, so what can I do?

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up!


Last Of Summer Outfits

School has officially started this week, so this is the last of my summer outfits before we’re back to the work attire. Usually I’m glad when summer is over, but this summer hasn’t been too bad – mostly thanks to my watercolor class, and I’ve also been excercising more regularly with the help of Blogilates (it’s great for a couch potato like me, because it gives you a monthly calendar with workout videos for each day, which you can just follow along without having to think what exercise you’re going to do). I have more energy, so the days are more fun and productive. Plus, work is going to be extra busy this year. One of my classes is graduating, and I’m going to have to look over their theses… So yeah, I’m not looking forward to going back to work.

P/S: I just realize this outfit would be great for this week’s SIA, but I already have another outfit planned. Just wait and see đŸ˜‰


Casual Madame X

This week’s SIA inspiration, “Portrait of Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, should be an easy one to interpret, but because I don’t have an LBD, it took me a while to come up with an appropriate outfit. One of the highlights of the portrait is the contrast between the model’s pale skin and her black dress, so I decided to use that as the jumping-off point. Once I figured out a black-and-white theme, the outfit came together pretty quickly. I wore my sleeveless blouse again (I wore it for the last SIA) not just because we’re in the middle of another heat wave, but also because it echoes the strapped dress. I then included my pearl brooch to mimic the jeweled straps and my brown sandals for the brown details in the portrait. All in all, I’m happy with the outfit – it’s casual and comfy, but it still pays homage to the inspiration.

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this classic portrait!


Ebony And Ivory

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by a 18th-century Native American powder horn with Wampum shoulder belt. My linen pants reflect the ivory color of the horn, while my shirt mimics the color and design of the belt. I also include my strappy brown sandals for the intricate lines of the engraving on the horn. The outfit came together very quickly – I actually thought of it the moment I saw Jen’s email – which is always a sign that it works, both as a standalone outfit and as an interpretation of SIA, so I’m a happy camper.

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