SIA: Still Life With Irises

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2019! As a reminder, our inspiration this week is Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Irises“:

Everybody brought some fun and colorful looks to the table, so let’s hit it! First up, we have Bev, looking lovely in her floral blouse and maxi skirt:

Next is my co-host, Daenel, who chose to focus on the texture of the painting with her jeans and eyelet top:

Then it’s Leslie – she couldn’t find her ideal outfit, so she had to settle for her “typical uniform”, but I think she looks great:

Kezzie says she “nicked” elements from my outfit for her own – nothing wrong with that!

Finally, we have Kim, who chose her outfit to emphasize the rich texture of the gold background:

And here’s me (my second outfit will get its own post on Friday):

Big thanks to everybody for participating! You’ve certainly brightened up a dreary winter day. Remember to check back next week for Daenel’s pick, and if you’re interested in being a SIA co-host, there is still time! Email me or Daenel for details!


Blue Irises

I was so inspired by this week’s SIA painting, Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Irises”, that I put together two outfits. This is the first, and the second is going to be posted later in the week.

This outfit may be a little heavy on the greens and blues and a little light on the yellow, but I did it on purpose to let these socks shine. I have to confess: I picked this painting for SIA partly because of them. I got a few pairs of “famous painters” socks, but out of all of them, this painting is the easiest to interpret in an outfit, so I knew I just had to feature it in SIA.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, there is still time! And remember to check back on Wednesday to see how the other participants did!

SIA Inspiration: Van Gogh 3.0

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2019! Here’s my pick:

This is Van Gogh’s classic “Still Life with Irises“. It’s not the first time I picked Van Gogh for SIA, but it is the first time I chose such a well-known piece. However, it’s been so cold and gray around here in the past few weeks that I just wanted something a little cheerful to brighthen the day; plus, it should be a fun and easy piece to interpret, a perfect start for the year. Remember to send your outifts to me ( by next Tuesday, January 15th. Enjoy!

Just as a reminder, our call for SIA co-host is still open until the end of January. Email me or Daenel ( for more details.

SIA: Helped Wanted 3.0

If you have read Jen’s post last Friday, then you know that she is wrapping up her blog. While Daenel and I are saddened to see her go, we are determined to keep SIA going, so here is our announcement for a new co-host. If you:

1) Have a blog (it doesn’t have to be a style blog, though a focus on fashion would certainly help),

2) Are interested in fashion and art (especially visual art)


3) Can keep a regular posting schedule,

feel free contact me ( and/or Daenel ( For more details on the responsibilities and schedule, please check my previous “Help Wanted” post.

Regular SIA will be back next week, starting with my pick of the inspiration, followd by Daenel’s, so the new host will have plenty of time to choose an artwork for their first challenge. I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a grea 2019, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

A Year In Review: Favorite SIA Challenges of 2018

As promised last week, it’s going to be a week of yearly reviews here on the blog. Since Monday is usually a day for SIA posts, I thought I’d stick to the schedule and start with a review of my favorite SIA challenges and outfits of the year. Here they are, in chronological order:

The first one is inspired by Jen’s pick, this portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray. It was so much fun doing SIA in Cuba!

Then it’s Erin’s pick, Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow, which was also her last challenge as an SIA co-host. My outfit is simple, but I love the fact that it matched the painting so well:

Here’s another one of Jen’s picks, the beautiful cyanotype photos by Anna Atkins. Again, my outfit is super simple but it’s spot-on for the inspiration, if I do say so myself:

I love this next pick by Daenel simply for how different it is – the inspiration is the dome of the old courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. The pieces in my outfit are a little random, but it works as a whole:

Here’s one of my own picks, “Melody (Musica)” by Kate Bunce. I like the beautiful colors and intricate details of the inspirational painting, and everybody did such a good job on this challenge too:

And finally, this is another one of my picks, again with a plant/flower theme – “Watermelons and Field Mice” by Shin Saimdang:

And that wraps up a year of SIA challenges. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Empire Inspired

For this week’s SIA, I took the inspiration from both of the Empire-style dresses in the photo. My mustard jeans are to mimic the yellow dress, my white shirt and striped sweatshirt are to mimic the white dress with the striped spencer jacket (I know, the stripes and dots are green, but I don’t have anything green-striped), and finally, my boots are to mimic the embroidered shoes and the paisley shawl (the appliques on my sweatshirt are a nod to the paisley too). When I first put this together, I was afraid that the pieces are a bit too random, but they ended up going together pretty well, even if I do say so myself.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for the other interpretations of these lovely dresses. Also, this is the last SIA challenge of the year, as next week is Christmas and then there’s New Year (where did 2018 go?!), but we’ll be back the first Monday of January. See you then!

SIA Inspiration: Empire Dresses

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

These are a pair of Empire-style dresses from 1815-1820, another of my favorite eras in period fashion. I would wear either one of them in a heartbeat, but sadly, that is not a viable option. Still, there are a lot of lovely details here to interpret – the rich gold color and the paisley pattern on the shawl of the dress on the left, the stripes and polka dot-like trims of the dress on the right. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Don’t forget to send your outfit to Daenel ( by next Tuesday, December 18th. Have fun!