Velvet And Fur And Feather

This week’s SIA, inspired by Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, took me some thinking. I have several velvet pieces, but none in this exact color. I don’t have any fur or feather things in my closet either. In the end, I went with this sweater again – the pleats and the pearls remind me of the collar and undershirt of the lady’s dress. For the colors, I chose my trusty maroon corduroy pants (plus, corduroy is kind of similar to velvet too – indeed, in Vietnamese, corduroy is called “striped velvet”) and burnt orange coat, and as a nod to the feather on her hat, I accessorized with my feathery brooch. The final outfit is not as close to the original as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy with it.

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


Fall In Spring

(I was going to give this post a more pun-y title of “Fall into Spring” but decided that was too cheesy.)

In my post on Wednesday, I tried to add some colors and floral to the outfit to make it more “springy”. The weather still couldn’t make up its mind though, so in the end I just said, fuck it, I’m just going to dress like it was still fall/winter. I’m much more of an autumn person than a spring person anyway. Besides, I really wanted to wear this new owl brooch and these pair of wool pants (a hand-me-down from my mom), and neither of them really screams “spring”.


Four Seasons

Here’s my latest experiment with brooch clustering. It’s the time of transition between winter/spring/summer (because let’s face it, we barely have a spring. Usually it’s just a couple of weeks of horrible humidity before the heat begins), so I thought it would be fun to do a “seasonal” cluster. I was happy to discover that I have all the necessary pieces – the blossoming branch for spring, the bunch of grape for summer, the bird for fall, and the snowflake for winter – and they are all the same color/style too. The rest of the outfit I keep super simple, so the brooches can really shine. All in all, it’s a very cohesive cluster, and probably my favorite so far!


Tutti Frutti

I struggled a bit with this week’s SIA inspiration, “Gumball II” by Charles Bell, because it is super colorful and I have nothing nearly as colorful in my closet. However, as luck would have it, I recently thrifted this plaid scarf, and its colors fit the painting perfectly. For the rest of the outfit, I follow the white and brown color scheme of the painting. I also played around with the accessories a bit – I decided to add a cluster of “fruit” brooches, as a nod to the gumball colors and flavors (they do have apple and watermelon flavors, right? We didn’t have them growing up so I had no idea.) Ultimately, despite my initial struggle, I really enjoyed this challenge. What a fun way to close out a year of SIA!

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this. And our call for a new SIA co-host is still open, so drop us a line if you’re interested!