Tree Of Life

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Keith Haring’s “Tree of Life“, I knew I had to go a bit interpretative because I have nothing in my wardrobe that can reflect the painting accurately. I have nothing in those colors, even. After digging around, I came up with this William Morris waistcoat – the leaf print is certainly reminiscent of the “tree” in the painting, and the colors are quite similar as well, only in more muted tones. I layered it with my maroon dress, which miraculously matches the background of the waistcoat. It’s still too warm for layering, but the waistcoat is light enough, so it wasn’t too bad early in the morning. Basically, I took a Pop Art painting and turned it into an Arts and Crafts outfit instead. But hey, that’s the fun of SIA, right?

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

’86, Baby!

Ever since season 4 of Stranger Things dropped back in late May, I – and most of the world, apparently – have succumbed to the charm of Eddie Munson/Joseph Quinn (because let’s face it, most of Eddie’s charm comes from Joseph’s performance.) I’ve never been invested in Stranger Things – I’m more than a casual viewer, but I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan, and especially with the long gap between season 3 and season 4, my interest had dipped. When season 4 came out, I watched it just to see where the story went. Little did I know I would become obsessed with a character and the actor on a level I haven’t been since Richard Armitage as John Thornton in North & South. I guess the character resonates with me so much because I was pretty much Eddie in high school – I was that combo of nerd and metalhead (I listened to nu-metal, but still), and I was an outsider who reveled in that status because I didn’t feel like I belonged. And yes, his death hit hard (I’m sorry if that’s a spoiler for you, but honestly, unless you’ve been living under a rock…) I rarely cry at movies or TV shows, yet I was pretty much in a daze for an entire weekend after the finale because I was so upset.

So for my birthday, I thought I’d treat myself to a Hellfire T-shirt. The outfit is super simple – it’s not an Eddie cosplay (I’ve never been interested in cosplaying; I prefer to take inspiration from a look and put my own spin on it), but I guess you can say the distressed jeans and the sneakers are a nod to Eddie’s iconic look, and the whole thing is definitely an homage to the character anyway. Eddie, this is for you.

(I actually am an ’86 baby, so it’s perfect)

Strawberries And Poppies

In keeping with the “face mask” theme this week, I’m pairing the strawberry mask with another dress this time. I actually got several colors that I think are neutral enough and would go well with a lot of things, and this is what I’d originally planned to pair with the strawberry one – I wear a lot of blue and navy, so the embroidery provides the perfect pop of red. I wasn’t going to accessorize my dress with anything else at first, but it was looking at bit empty, so I echoed the red with this brooch (I’m still not sure if they’re poppies or anemones. I’m leaning more toward poppies, because anemones should have black centers.)

Strawberry Tea Set

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Childe Hassam’s “Strawberry Tea Set”. I knew I’d wear this dress, which is a perfect interpretation of the woman’s dress in the painting, but the accessories took some thinking. I have no strawberry brooch (something to be rectified as soon as possible!), but luckily I just bought a bunch of embroidered face masks to jazz up my outfits, and as luck would have it, I bought a strawberry one! There’s a bit of yellow in the painting too, so I added my yellow belt, and the embroidered flowers on it are also a nod to the pattern of the tea set – but let’s face it, it’s all about the face mask in this one. Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody did!

Basic Owl

This is a very basic outfit, right down to the owl brooch (owl, for some reason, was the motif of the early 2010s, the height of Modcloth and the twee-as-fuck style à la Zooey Deschanel, so I always associate it with “basic hipsters”.) The outfit is actually built around this faded red +olive green color combo, which I’ve wanted to try for a long time, and the shirt looks bare, but I couldn’t think of what brooch to wear, so I settled for a “basic” one. Ah well. At least it’s cute and doesn’t clash with anything.