Cows In Landscape

This week’s SIA, inspired by Gunta Stölzl‘s tapestry “Cows in Landscape”, is truly a challenge and a half. If it was during the cooler months, I could try some layering and some sweaters/socks to reflect the colors and texture of the piece, but since it’s still pretty warm, I had to resort to mimicking the colors instead. In the end, I chose this dress because there are some stripey bits at the corners of the tapestry that remind me of this plaid, and to add some textures and colors, I paired it with my braided belt and clogs. Finally, for a nod at the title, I wore my cow necklace too, though my cow is a far cry from the cows in the tapestry. But hey, I’m nothing if not committed.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this tapestry. I can’t wait to see what everybody came up with!


To Roll Or Not To Roll

As I was taking photos of this outfit, I debated whether to roll the legs on these pants or not. It may look a little awkward, but if I left them down, the outfit would look a bit… not sloppy (though I admit, the pants have an elastic waist, so the entire thing is just glorified pajamas), but a bit uninteresting. Too “normal”. So in the end, I rolled the pant legs a bit to show off the lacing of the flats. It’s a little thing, but it really changed the look of the outfit and made it look better thought out, don’t you think?


The Dining Room

There may come a day when I stop wearing this dress whenever SIA calls for some multi colors and patterns, but today is not that day. Yup, yet again I was stumped by the colors of the inspiration, Pierre Bonnard’s “The Dining Room in the Countryside”, and yet again I had to reach for this printed dress. I paired it with this plaid shirt to mimic the contrast between the window and door frames and the soft interior, and the color and weave of my sandals are a nod to the furniture in the room. The outfit is a bit all over the place, but I like it.

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


Cute As A Button

I bought these embroidered buttons a while ago with the intention of turning them into brooches, but I never got around to it. Then I thrifted this linen top, and the pink reminds me of the buttons, so I decided to add them to the top for a touch of interest – the top has a row of buttons on the side already; I only had to replace a few with my buttons, and voila, brand new top!

I actually wore the top untucked around the house, but with these jeans, that looks too much like pajamas (my clothes these days are all little more than glorified pajamas anyway), so for the photos, I had to tuck it in and put on actual shoes. If the outfit doesn’t look like they all go together, that’s why – I literally just threw them on 😀


Summer Layering

When the weather warms up, one of the things I always struggle with is how to make my outfits more interesting. During the cooler months, I can always rely on layering to play around with colors and textures, but that’s not so feasible in the summer. This year, however, with my newly purchased waistcoat, I have a summer layering item that doesn’t add too much bulk or weight. Of course, it only works with a lightweight waistcoat like this one, and only when it’s under 35 degrees Celsius (about 95F). Anything higher than that and I’m not even venturing outdoors, let alone worrying about having an interesting outfit.