Heart And Rainbow

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, the tapestry “Damunt de tu només les flors” by Spanish textile artist, Carles Delclaux Is. At first, the colors really stumped me, until I remembered my maroon jeans – though it is more red/brown than purple, it is OK for the background of the tapestry. The exuberant patterns are also a challenge, but by a stroke of luck, I just bought this rainbow-colored neck buff, which is perfect (it also works as a beanie.) To top it off, I added my heart brooch to reflect the heart motif. It doesn’t go that well with the rest of the outfit, but it goes well with the tapestry, so I’m happy.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile art!

SIA Inspiration: Carles Delclaux Is

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

This amazing piece is a tapestry called “Damunt de tu només les flors” (“Above you only flowers”, according to Google Translate) by Spanish textile artist Carles Delclaux Is. Kim picked it for the heart-shaped motifs and the plaids. The colors are super fun too, though I have no idea how I’m going to interpret them… Anyway, if you want to participate, remember to send your outfits to Kim (fiercefashionblog@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, January 28th. Enjoy!

Black And White And Coral

This week’s outfit for SIA, inspired by a 19th-century snuff bottle, took me longer than I expected. The colors are very simple – just black and white – but because there are some designs/patterns on the bottle, I wanted to reflect that in my outfit as well. However, after trying different pairings and being happy with none of them, I decided to went back to the first choice – this black turtleneck and white pants. With the turtleneck, it looks like I’m channeling Steve Jobs (or rather, Elizabeth Holmes), so I added my necklace for the touch of gold and coral on the bottle’s stopper, and its intricate design does mimic the design on the bottle as well. It just goes to show, it’s best not to overthink things.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits in this challenge!

SIA Inspiration: Snuff Bottle

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2020! Daenel is the host for this week, and here is her pick:

This is a snuff bottle from the Qing dynasty. It’s pretty simple with the black-and-white color scheme, but the pattern on the bottle and the touch of gold and coral on the stopper can add some fun to the outfit. Make sure to send yours to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, Jan 14th. Enjoy!

A Year In Review: Favorite SIA Challenges Of 2019

As promised, this week I’m going to post a series of yearly review posts, starting with the SIA challenges. This year has been fun, with some unique inspiration pieces from my co-hosts, Daenel and Kim. I still prefer the “classical” paintings as inspiration, but it’s great to stretch my sartorial imagination once in a while. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite SIA challenges of 2019:

First up is Kim’s first challenge as a co-host. I like the casual look and the colors (blue, pink, and red), which I’d never think to put together:

Daenel always picks interesting pieces as her inspirations, but one of my favorites is her own photo of the buttons:

This is my own pick, inspired by Suzuki Harunobu’s “Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night“. Come to think of it, I featured this black top + tan/beige bottom combo in a lot of my outfits this year:

This one is Kim’s pick – the Merlot poster. I didn’t think I had anything in my closet to mimic such a colorful piece, but it turns out I have the perfect dress:

This next one is probably my most favorite SIA challenge of the entire year, not just because I love the inspiration piece (Ingres’s “Portrait of Comtesse d’Haussonville“) but also because everybody did such a good job:

Here’s another one of Daenel’s picks, Godward’s “Sweet Dreams”. Any SIA challenge that inspires more than one outfit is a win for me:

And finally, the Triadic Ballet – how could I not include it? It’s so weird, but so fun to do:

Don’t forget to check back on Jan 6 for a new piece of inspiration, courtesy of Daenel!

SIA: Triadic Ballet

Welcome to the last SIA challenge of 2019! As a reminder, our inspiration this week is the trippy Triadic Ballet by Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer, and everyone can have their pick of the different looks and costumes in the ballet to be the inspiration (I’m also including each of the inspiration image below the outfit.) Let’s get started!

First up is long time participant Mike, who chose a multi-colored sweater to mimic the multi-colored costume in the last act (and even mimicked the pose too!):

Up next is my co-host Daenel, who had a different approach – she went for the neutral color and brought out the colors in her make-up. The appliques on her dress are also disc-shaped, like the costumes:

My other co-host, Kim, went with a brown dress and “stompy” boots, and if you look at her inspiration, you can see why:

And finally, here’s me and my gold blazer:

Big thanks everybody for participating, not just in this challenge but throughout 2019 as well. Be sure to check back next week for a round-up of my favorite challenges, and we’ll be back with the usual inspiration on January 6, 2020. See you then!


Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. This amazing gold blazer is another of my score from raiding my mom’s closet, and when I saw it, I immediately knew I had to wear it for SIA. It’s perfect for the last act of the Triadic Ballet, with its black background, gold costumes, and round shapes. The post title is also a reference to another ballet – Spandau Ballet, in this case. (OK, so it’s not an actual ballet, but come on, “Gold” is one of their most famous songs, how can I not use it, right?)

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this ballet!