Sheep By The Sea

It’s SIA time! The inspiration this week is Rosa Bonheur’s “Sheep by the Sea”, and by a stroke of luck, we just had a cold snap this week, so here I am, in sweater and wool culottes and boots – unimaginable, considering this time last year I was still wearing a single layer. The cold snap is not going to last long, but even then, the weather is not warming up too much. It looks like we’re going to get some proper fall weather this year, hurray!

Anyway, back to the outfit. I knew I’d wear this sweater, which perfectly captures the color and texture of the sheep’s woolly coats, but the rest of it took some thinking. Eventually, I remembered this pair of culottes, since they have the brown and green of the background in the painting. Plus the tag says Glen Prince (from what I can gather it’s a British wool company), which is very apt, considering the painting is supposedly of the Scottish Highlands. Finally, I added a little neckerchief to mimic the blue sky, and these boots to finish the outfit. I was trying to pull off the whole “Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral” look, not sure if I succeed, but I like it.

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


Woman With A Dog

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA challenge, inspired by Pierre Bonnard’s “Woman with a Dog“. I went with the textures and a similar pattern (plaid vs. gingham), and although the colors are not quite the same (the colors in the original painting are more navy/mustard, while mine are more green/cognac), I’m quite happy with it. Best of all, my “skirt” is actually culottes, so they’re super comfy to wear.

I tried to get my dogs in the photos with me, but they wouldn’t have it. Just typical. When I want a clean shot, they have no problems photo-bombing me, but when I actually want them in the photos with me, they’re like this:

Well, I had to make do with my dog brooch instead.