Pink Dome

This week’s inspiration for SIA – the dome of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri – is gorgeous, but I had no idea how I could interpret it in an outfit. When I’m stuck in SIA, I would usually look at the piece’s color scheme as a starting point. In this case, I picked out pink, white, and blue as the main colors, so I knew I would wear this pink button-up and the blue oxfords. Luckily, the weather was cool enough that I could layer the button-up over my white eyelet top (it did get warmer at noon, but still), and I added my gold brooch to mimic the intriciate gold decorations on the dome. Then I finished the outfit with jeans because… well, they went well with the rest. Sometimes you just have to forget the inspiration and choose what looks good.

Remember to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this beautiful dome!

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SIA Inspiration: Old Courthouse Dome

This week is Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and she picks an amazing piece:

This is the interior of the dome of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri (and the photo is Daenel’s own!) While it isn’t the first time we featured a dome as inspiration (we did one a couple of years ago with the Tiffany glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center), this one is still gorgeous and has a lot of details and colors to interpret. You can find out more about the Old Courthouse and the dome here, and don’t forget to send Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmai.com) a photo of your outfit by next Tuesday, September 25th. I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!


SIA: Autumn Rhythm

It’s time for another round-up of SIA, which is inspired by Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm”. We got the usual group of participants, but the outfits are quite varied, so let’s hit it!

First up, we have Nancy from Jodie’s Touch of Style – Jodie herself couldn’t participate, but she sends her stepmom’s outfit, which is perfect:

Next up is Mike, in a simple but spot-on outfit:

Then we have Kim of Fierce Fashion, who’s put together a great summer-to-fall transition outfit:

My co-host Jen chose to mimic the patterns of the paint splashes in her sweater and scarf (so jealous that she got to wear those already!) and sneakers, to great effects:

My other co-host, Daenel, sends an old outfit, but it’s lovely, so it doesn’t matter, right?

And here I am:

Another successful SIA challenge! It’s Daenel’s turn to pick the inspiration next week, so don’t forget to check back. Thank you!


Autumn Scribbles

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”. This shirt is new, and I have to admit, I bought it because I was thinking of SIA – the color may not be the same, but the scribble print is perfect for it, right? Of course, I didn’t buy it solely because of SIA. The shirt is silk, so it’s super comfortable to wear as well.

The rest of the outfit I kept simple and neutral, to stick close to the color scheme of the inspiration painting. Yes, it looks more summer than autumn, with the white pants and sandals, but the weather is still summery, so what can I do?

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up!


SIA Inspiration: Jackson Pollock

Happy Labor Day to my US readers! We’re having a holiday weekend here as well, it was our Independence Day on Sunday, so we get Monday off too. Anyway, it’s my turn to host SIA, and here is my pick:

This is “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock. I picked it because it’s the end of summer and I know we’re all looking forward to the fall (even though in my case it won’t come for at least another 2 months and won’t stay for longer than 2 weeks). Plus, one of the books I read last month, “The Nature Fix“, mentions that these “drip paintings” are so pleasing to look at because they contain fractal patterns similar to those found in nature (scientists even use fractal analysis to authenticate Pollockesque paintings!) I have to admit, I’ve always thought that Pollock’s paintings are a mess, but apparently, there is a system to their chaos.

This is going to be a fun one – the color scheme is all neutral, but I’m interested to see how you guys will interpret the wild patterns of the paint splatters. Don’t forget to send me your outfits by next Tuesday, September 11th. Have fun!


Cyanotype

Here is my outfit for SIA, inspired by Anna Atkins‘ cyanotype photographs. Since the print of the dress mimics the cyanotypes so perfectly, I kept the rest of the outfit simple. And yes, this dress is made of the same fabric as my top from last Friday’s post. I like it so much that when I saw the top and the dress on sale, I had to get them both.

The dress is a little shorter than I like (I prefer midi-length, or at least below the knees), but for a summer dress, it’s great. Plus, pockets! My only problem is how to style it differently each time I wear it. The dress is so focus-pulling already that a change of shoes would not make much of a difference. I guess I’ll have to wait until the fall to try layering it.

Don’t forget to stop by Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by these amazing photographs!


SIA Inspiration: Anna Atkins

Jen is the host of this week’s SIA, and she picks a fascinating piece (or rather, a series):

These are the botanical photographs of Anna Atkins, a 19th-century British botanist and photographer, often considered the first woman to take a photograph and the first person to publish a book of photographs. She used a process called cyanotype, which result in these cyan-toned, ghostlike and delicate images.

As you can see, the color scheme is simple, but there is plenty of room in terms of prints and accessories to interpret this. Remember to send your outfit to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, August 28th. I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with!