SIA: Women Admiring Plum Blossoms

Welcome to another week of SIA! This week, our inspiration is Suzuki Harunobu’s woodblock print “Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night“, and we have a variety of great looks, so let’s get to it!

First up is a regular SIA participant, Kezzie, who is back with a lovely embroidered dress with bell sleeves to mimic the kimono sleeves in the print:

Up next is our co-host, Daenel, looking lovely in a floral jumpsuit:

Our other co-host, Kim, chose to recreate the colors rather than the print itself, which results in a fun and funky outfit:

Leslie is also a long-time SIA participant, and she’s back with a gold-embroidered blouse. She also included a pose like the woman in the print – how fun!

Shugunna has been participating in the last few SIA challenges, but this is the first time I featured her on my blog, so welcome, Shugunna! She has not one but two lovely dresses for SIA:

And finally, here’s me:

And that’s it for another SIA challenge. Big thank to everybody for participating, and don’t forget to check back next week for new inspiration!

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Reverse-Engineered SIA

When I pick the inspirations for SIA, I often have two approaches. Sometimes I’d see a work of art so cool that I have to feature it on SIA right away, regardless of whether I can recreate it in an outfit or not. Other times, though, I already have an outfit in mind and would find a painting to match. Reverse-engineering, so to speak.

This week’s SIA inspiration, the woodblock print “Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night” by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu, is a bit of both. I’ve saved the print on my Pinterest for a while but didn’t feature it on the blog because I didn’t know what I would wear for it. Then I saw this skirt. The color is perfect, and the pleats even mimic the stripes on the woman’s kimono. Top it off with my black printed top to reflect the dark background of the print, and we have a perfect SIA outfit, even if I say so myself.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for all the looks inspired by this lovely woodblock print!


SIA Inspiration: Suzuki Harunobu

It’s again my turn to host SIA, and here is my pick:

Titled “Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night“, this is a print by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu (1725 – 1770). It’s perhaps a little late for blossom season, but I still love this for its elegant, poetic imagery and neutral color palette. The print on the woman’s kimono and the plum blossoms themselves can also be sources of inspiration for your outfit.

If you’re properly inspired, put together an outfit and send it to me by next Tuesday, May 21st. Have fun!


Le Quai Saint Michel Et Notre Dame

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Maximilien Luce‘s “Le Quai Saint Michel Et Notre Dame”, I struggled a bit because although there are a lot of colors in the painting, there is not one major color that stands out that I could use as the basis for an outfit. In the end, I picked out the two colors that jump out at me the most (or the two that are easiest for me to recreate :P) – blue and yellow – and went from there.

Luckily, I just got this dress made by a tailor (I got frustrated with trying to find a nice shirt dress in store, so I just had it made), and keeping with the blue-and-yellow theme, I paired it with yellow accessories and blue oxfords. I think the delicate stripe pattern can reflect the brush strokes in the painting too… can you see it? Or is it just in my head? Oh well, I like the dress anyway.

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


SIA Inspiration: Maximilien Luce

It’s another week of SIA, and the curator, Kim, picked this piece as the inspiration:

Titled “Le Quai Saint Michel et Notre Dame”, this is the work of Neo-impressionist Maximilien Luce. Now you have all heard about the fire at Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago. The damage that this monument suffered is truly heartbreaking, which is why Kim wishes to commemorate it in SIA. (I was lucky enough to see Notre Dame in its glory when I went to Paris in 2008, though I didn’t go inside.)

As for the painting itself, there are a lot of colors here that you can use – I see light blue, pink, purple, with accents of dark green, dark blue, and even a hint of red. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Don’t forget to send your outfits to Kim (fiercefashionblog@gmail.com) by next Tueday, May 7th. Have fun!


April Flowers

I had several ideas for this week’s SIA, inspired by the cover of a Gregory & Son seed catalogue, but because the weather has been so unpredictable lately (last week it went from 70 degrees one day to 100 the next!!!), I didn’t decide what to wear until the day of. I simply picked out the main colors in the inspiration image – gray, green, pink/red, and a touch of brown – and pulled pieces from my closet accordingly. My scarf also has a floral print on it, though it may be difficult to see.

By a stroke of luck, our rose bushes have started blooming – and there are roses in the image as well. I wanted to take photos with the flowers, but because of the position of the rose bushes, it proved to be impossible, so here are some photos of the flowers instead:

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see how others interpret this springlike image!


SIA Inspiration: The Farmer’s Daughter

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This is the cover of a seed catalogue, and Daenel picked it because she’s “hoping all the rain we’ve had this weekend will bring some pretty blooms in the coming weeks.” Well, you know what they say – April showers bring May flowers, right? I love that this image is season-appropriate while being so unexpected too (who would’ve thought of using a seed catalogue cover?!)

In terms of sartorial inspiration, I see a lot of colors here (green, red/pink, gray/taupe, white, and also a dash of yellow), as well as floral print if you want to go really spring-like. Just remember to send your outfit to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, April 23rd. Have fun!