SIA: Karin At The Shore

Welcome to another week of SIA! Our inspiration this week is “Karin at the Shore” by Swedish artist Carl Larsson, and although the common theme seems to be floral, the looks are quite varied. Let’s check them out!

First up is my co-host, Shelbee, in a spot-on blue dress and black floral-printed kimono, and a spot-on pose too:

Up next is my other co-host, Terri, who went with the colors and featured flowers in her background instead:

Here is Kezzie, adorable as always:

Marsha found the perfect shirt for this challenge from her to-be-donate pile – talk about serendipity!

Sally also went with a layered look – I love the floral-on-gingham print:

Michelle went with floral too, but she featured green rather than blue in her outfit. Super summery!

Our Instagram participant, bu_terka, is also back with a minimalist outfit – unexpected, but I quite like it:

And finally, moi (or, considering the Swedish origin of this painting, I should say “mig”, which is Swedish for “me”):

Big thanks to everybody for participating! Don’t forget to come back next week for Terri’s pick – it’s the Fourth of July too, so I’m excited to see what she has in mind!

Salazar In The Garden

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Carl Larsson’s “Karin at the Shore“, I knew I’d wear this floral waistcoat, as it’s perfect for the flowers in the painting – in fact, I think it even features the same lilies as the painting! For the rest of the outfit, I didn’t want anything too dark and heavy (it is the summer, after all), but I did want to reference the woman’s dress in some way. In the end, I went with this white lace top and navy pants, because if you look closely, there are white lace trims on her dress. The shoes were, I admit, an afterthought, so I just picked what went well with the outfit rather than referencing the painting, but this pair is neutral enough so they’re all right. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how the outfit turned out.

If you haven’t send me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see how everybody did!

SIA Inspiration: Carl Larsson

It’s my turn to host SIA, and we’ve had some challenging pieces lately, so I went with a conventionally “pretty” painting:

This is “Karin at the Shore” by Swedish artist Carl Larsson. I picked it because of the soft watercolor tones, delicate lines, and the contrast between the lady’s dark dress and the colorful flowers. I thought it was a nice, summery image, but apparently it was painted in late autumn, and the flowers froze the next day. Well, I think it still works for summer. Remember to send me your outfits by next Tuesday, June 28th, and have fun!

SIA Inspiration: Salvador DalĂ­

It’s Shelbee’s turn to host SIA, and here is her artwork of choice:

This is “The Hallucinogenic Toreador” by Salvador Dali. Shelbee admits she doesn’t like Dali’s works because she finds them unsettling and uncomfortable, but she thinks the trippy effect could be fun, and there are a lot to work with in this painting. I agree – though I have no idea how to interpret it, I’m excited to experiment. Make sure to send your outfits to by next Tuesday, June 14th. Have fun!

Busy Lady (With Cheetah)

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s “Leisure Lady (with Ocelots)”. This one was quite a challenge for me, mostly due to the busy pattern of the lady’s dress. If it were winter, I would be able to put together an outfit quite easily, but when the weather is warm, I always feel disinclined to wear too many patterns (and most of my warm-weather clothes only have simple, streamlined patterns like stripes and plaid, or embroideries). After some searching, I managed to find this skirt – it’s certainly one of the busiest summer pieces that I own, and the pattern is reminiscent of animal print, which is appropriate, plus the colors match. I paired it with this turquoise top for the touch of blue/green in the lady’s dress, and of course, I had to accessorize with my cheetah brooch (no ocelot, but it’s close, right?) So I’m reasonably happy with the outfit… but I would be much happier if this was a winter challenge :)))