Modern Fashion Plate

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the 1886 fashion plate of Scandinavian magazine Freja. OK, I have to admit that I actually put this outfit together before Jen sent the inspiration, but this fit the inspiration so well that I decided to use it for SIA too. My plaid blazer and striped top (my “Edwardian shirt” may have been a better choice, but I’ve worn it a lot lately, so this would do too) mimic the white dress with plaid trims, while the pattern on my brown boots can be seen as an echo of the brown lace dress. I would love to be able to wear an actual 1880’s dress for this SIA, but this is a good, real-world interpretation of the inspiration, and I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday for other outfits inspired by this fashion plate!

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Glassed Up

I don’t know if that post title makes sense or not. I’m just trying to find a play on the word “glass”, since this outfit is inspired by the blown glass flasks picked by Daenel, and I already titled a post “Glassy” (terrible, terrible pun totally intended), so this is the best I could do.

Anyway, on to the outfit. I used the main colors of the flasks as the jumping-off point, hence the green pants and brown oxfords. There is yellow too, but that shade of greenish yellow would look horrible on me, so I opted for my tan sweater instead. The sweater also has a texture that mimics the pattern of the flasks, so win-win. And finally, I topped it off with my glass brooch, and voilà! All done. I’m pretty happy with this outfit, as it is a good interpretation of the inspiration (if I do say so myself) but still works well on its own.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see the other outfits inspired by these cool flasks!


Cleopatra

This week’s SIA, inspired by the poster for the 1917, Theda Bara-starring film “Cleopatra”, is a difficult one for me. It has mostly autumnal colors – rust, orange, gold, etc. – and the weather where I am is not cool enough for those yet. There are a lot of patterns too. After some thinking, I decided to go with this printed top – the busiest thing I have in my closet, and these jeans and heels to mimic some of the colors in the poster. The result may not be as close to the inspiration piece as I’d like, but it’s a perfectly functional outfit, and I’d take that over some forced attempt to mimic the inspiration exactly.

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog on Wednesday for the full round-up of other oufits inspired by this kickass poster!


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 😉


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!


Artist’s Wear

This summer, I’ve been doing something a little different with my vacation time. Beside catching up on my freelance projects, I’ve also been taking an art class – watercolor, to be precise. And this is usually what I wear to class, complete with a giant bag to hold my palette, portfolio, and painting board. It’s a sitting-on-the-floor type of class, so I need something comfortable that allows me to cross my legs, hence the baggy pants. Also, even though watercolor is far less messy than oil paint, I still manage to get paint on myself, being the klutz that I am, so I pick a top where the paint won’t show.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I’ve dabbled in watercolor before, but I’ve never taken an actual class, so it’s been really fun. To be honest, it’s nothing I can’t learn from Youtube, but I need a class to give me the inspiration and motivation to paint everyday. I’m going to show you guys some of my paintings soon!