The Very Hungry Caterpillars

It’s been a strange spring. The fact that we even have a spring is strange enough, since usually, we just have a few days of extreme humidity after the winter and then, bam, summer is here. This year, on the other hand, we actually have a spring with rain and slowly warming days. It’s nice to be able to feel the changing seasons. The downside of that, though, is that the insect population in our garden absolutely explodes. Sure, there are some nice ones like ladybugs, fireflies (which I’ve been watching every night), dragonflies, and wasps (yes, wasps are beneficial to your garden!), but there are plenty of nasty caterpillars and snails (I know snails are not insects, but they’re harmful nonetheless). Just check out these caterpillars I found on our sweet osmanthus tree, and the moth that they hatched into:

This isn’t entirely off-topic either, because all these bugs have inspired my outfit. The caterpillar brooch is obvious, but there’s a subtler touch – my shirt and pants are both made of silk, which, of course, comes from the silkworm. See, you can find fashion inspiration anywhere, even from nasty pests.

King Of The Jungle

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. I must admit, I picked the inspiration, William Morris’s Woodpecker Tapestry, because of this blazer, but hey, it’s my prerogative as the host, right? I’ve been feeling velvet this fall/winter, and the print of this blazer is the perfect combination of vintage and whimsical – my style sweet spot – so when I saw it at a vintage shop, I knew I had to snatch it up. For the rest of the outfit, I keep things simple, with shades of green, black, and brown.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the round-up of other outfits inspired by this tapestry!

Velvet And Silk

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a pair of 19th-century silk boudoir slippers, I knew I wouldn’t be able to capture the colors exactly, since I have nothing close to that rich purple in my closet. So instead, I decided to take inspiration from the contrast between the textures of the slippers – the silk and the velvet. I then ran the photo of the slippers through my photo editor to change their hues into a color scheme I could work with, and finally came up with this blue-green combo.

So that’s how this outfit came about – the silk blouse is a hand-me-down from my mom, the velvet skirt is a recent thrift find, and of course, I had to add a brooch to mimic the sparkly buckles of the slippers. For the touch of blue, I thought about wearing my lace-up flats, but they made the outfit too fussy, so I went with these oxfords instead. All in all, I’m really happy with the outfit, even if I had to bend and reach a bit to translate it from the inspiration. But isn’t that the fun of SIA though? Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by these slippers!