This week’s SIA inspiration, “Personnages aux Chevaux” by French artist Marcelle Cahn, is a true challenge for me. At first, I thought about going the equestrian route – my brown riding boots would be a good choice for both the colors and the theme – but then I didn’t know what pants to pair them with to mimic the rest of the painting. Then I thought about color blocking, but I don’t have the exact colors in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided to pick out the pieces that are closest in colors and put them together. I also added my pendant necklace as an interpretation of the exaggerated eyes in the painting.

The result is… interesting, I guess? Not bad, exactly. Although I’m leaning toward this kind of loose-fitting silhoutte now, I certainly would never pair these items together if it wasn’t for SIA, so at least it’s something new.

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting!


SIA Inspiration: Marcelle Cahn

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


This is called “Personnages aux Chevaux”, or “Characters with Horses”, by French abstract expressionist Marcelle Cahn. Kim chose it for the vivid color palette, the equestrian theme and even the emphasized eyes (yeah, that horse on the right has seen some sh*t.)

I don’t know how I’m going to interpret this painting yet, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing your outfits. Remember to send them to Kim ( by next Tuesday, March 26th. Have fun!

The Hardest Button

The post title not only refers to the song by The White Stripes but also to the fact that this SIA was harder to interpret than I thought. The colors are clear enough and I have most of them in my closet, but with the weather being quite unpredictable lately, I didn’t quite know how to combine them in an outfit. In the end, this is what I came up with – a layered outfit that works well for this kind of weather and has all the colors of the inspirational photo. I also added a brooch to mimic the intricate button on the top of the pile. All in all, I’m happy with it 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by her lovely photo!

SIA Inspiration: Buttons

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

Cute, right? This is Daenel’s own photo, and she picks it because spring is approaching, so the main colors (pink and ivory) would be appropriate. Plus, the textures of the buttons are really interesting and can also be a source of inspiration.

If you want to participate in this SIA, remember to send Daenel ( your outfit by next Tuesday, March 12. Enjoy!

SIA: Mirror Shrine

Welcome to another week of SIA! Just as a reminder, our inspiration this week is the Ali Ibn Hamzeh holy shrine in Shiraz, Iran:

We have a small but fun group this week, so let’s get to it!

First up is Nancy in a lovely teal dress and teal cardigan. Talking about sticking with a theme!

Up next, my co-host Daenel chose to focus on the glitter rather than the color of the mirror tiles. She finished off her look with a pair of wine-colored wedges, which is kind of perfect, actually, because Shiraz is known as the city of wine and poetry:

My other co-host, Kim, also chose her pieces to have a reflective feel, along with crystal jewelry and a killer neon-yellow top:

Finally, here’s me:

And that concludes our challenge this week. Big thanks to everyone for participating, and remember to check back next week for Daenel’s inspiration of choice!

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the mirror work of the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine in Shiraz, Iran, I had planned an outfit with my sequin T-shirt and green khaki trousers (for the glitter and the green color, you see.) Unfortunately, the weather cooled down unexpectedly, so I had to go with plan B – this embellished sweatshirt and a green scarf. My light blue jeans are simply to stick with the color scheme, but these boots are a revelation, if I do say so myself – the cutouts are to mimic the intricate design of the mirror tiles. All in all, I’m happy with the outfit, even if it wasn’t what I had in mind.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see how others interpret this artwork!

SIA Inspiration: Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine

It’s my turn to host SIA, and boy do I have a treat for you. Here is my pick:

This is a picture I took of the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine in Shiraz, Iran. I’ve just gotten back from a trip to Iran and let me tell you, it was dazzling, sometimes literally so, as is the case here. This 19th-century shrine houses the tomb of Emir Ali, a relative of Imam Reza, and is famous for the mirror tilework that covers its entire interior. I will tell you more about it in my travel posts, but for now, let’s focus on the artwork. Glitters/sequins would be an obvious choice; as for colors, there are greens and yellows and touches of light blue to choose from. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, February 26th. Have fun!