SIA: Synesthetic Art

Just as a reminder, this week we’re featuring outfits inspired by the synesthetic painting “Boy with a Coin” by Melissa McCracken. We just have a small group of regulars, so let’s get to it, shall we?

First up is Jen, who chose a flowy floral dress with all the colors in the painting. She even wrapped two scarves around her hat for some extra colors and added her yellow tote – genius!

Up next is Mike, who picked a brilliant blue shirt to echo the blue of the painting:

Erin wore this same dress for the last SIA challenge, but I don’t blame her for wearing it again (with fringed kimono added!) because it works quite well with the painting, especially against the backdrop of that blue chaise longue:

Finally, here’s me:

And that wraps up another fun SIA. It’s Jen’s turn to pick the inspiration next week, so don’t forget to check back!

Boy With A Coin

Sorry for the radio silence this past week. I had planned on posting something in the middle of the week, but then time got away from me, and I didn’t have anything interesting say anyway, so rather than to force a post, I decided to just take a break. Anyway, school is back next week, so hopefully I can have regular outfit posts again and the blog will be back on track.

Back to the matter at hand – here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Melissa McCracken‘s synesthetic painting. I had to admit, I picked this mainly because it’s such a beautiful piece. I had no idea what I was going to wear for it. By a stroke of luck, last week I went shopping with my sister and picked up a few new tops, including this lilac tunic (my sister called it “taro-colored”, which is quite accurate actually). Even though the color isn’t exactly right (the painting has more pink than purple), I thought the flowy silhouette would be a good fit for this. I paired it with my navy jeans and dark red heels to mimic the other colors in the painting. I thought about adding my yellow brooch as well, but it clashes with the purple. Besides, the tunic has some very pretty embroideries already, and I didn’t want to distract from them, so I figured this would do, even if it’s not as close to the painting as I’d like.

So that’s it for me. I’m probably going to post the round-up on Wednesday, so you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. Get to it!

SIA Inspiration: Melissa McCracken

It’s again my turn to pick the inspiration for SIA. After some debate, I decided on this painting:

It appears to be just a pretty abstract painting, doesn’t it? But this one is much more special. The artist, Melissa McCracken, has synesthesia, which is a neurological condition that mixes up your brain’s sensory responses, so you can “see” a smell or perceive that a number or a letter is of a certain gender (one of my classmates in college has this – to her the number 1 is male and number 2 is female, etc.).

Melissa McCracken’s form of synesthesia is known as chromesthesia, meaning she can see colors in sounds, so she translates her favorite songs into beautiful paintings. I find this fascinating, so of course I had to pick one for SIA. The one I ended up picking is for Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin“, not only because it’s one of my favorite songs as well, but also because the painting itself is gorgeous. I have no idea how I’m going to translate this into an outfit yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

You can learn more about McCracken from this interview and see more of her paintings on her website. And don’t forget to send me your outfits by next Monday, August 14th. Have fun!

SIA Inspiration: Spring In Chicago

You read that right. It’s summer now, but Erin found this beautiful photograph of her old apartment building, so she decided to use it for this week’s SIA:

Even better? It was taken by her friend, Vinod Kalathil. You can see more of his photos here or on his official website. Now, I have no idea what I’m going to wear for this (bringing out my tulip-printed wrap skirt again, perhaps?) but I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Remember to email your outfits to Erin ( by next Monday, July 31st!

Black And Copper

For this week’s SIA, inspired by this steel wool photo by a young Italian photographer, I knew I wanted to wear all black with gold/yellow accent. The black outfit came together very quickly (sorry it looks so wrinkled – that’s what you got for wearing a cotton t-shirt and linen pants around the house), but I couldn’t figure out what the accent would be. My fringed yellow scarf would be perfect to mimic the color and the sprays of the steel wool, but wearing a scarf in this weather is out of the question. In the end, I opted for my circle necklace – the color is more subdued, but I think it worked quite well.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for other outfits inspired by this photo!

SIA Inspiration: Steel Wool

Thank the gods for SIA, because otherwise, I would have no content to post these days. I’m starting to think that I should run my blog according to the academic year and just put it on hiatus in the summer. Anyway, in the meantime, here’s this week SIA inspiration, courtesy of Jen:

This cool “steel wool” photo (so called because the sparkles were created using some steel wool; you can Google “steel wool photo” for tutorials if you’re interested in photography) is the work of a young Italian photographer Jen found on Pixabay. It’s simple but quite striking, and there are a lot of ways you can interpret it. Black and gold seems like a no-brainer, and Jen also suggests polka dots, which can be interesting. Just remember to send your outfits to Jen at by next Monday. Have fun!

SIA: On The Road

It’s a late SIA round-up this week due to the Fourth of July (hope my US readers all had a fun and safe celebration), but here we are. As a reminder, this week’s inspiration is one of the “On the Road” GIFs by Chinese artist Oamul:

First, we have Jodie, her mom Charlotte, and her stepmom Nancy, from Jodie’s Touch of Style – three very different outfits, but each of them has some elements from the inspiration (love Jodie’s floral blazer!)

Next is my co-host, Jen, who not only found the perfect shirt dress to mimic the painting, with its Asian-inspired floral print, but also found the perfect backdrop with a blooming rhododendron bush:

My other co-host, Erin, chose to mimic the flower seller’s outfit rather than the entire piece, and she, too, found the perfect background at her local farmer’s market:

Like Erin, Mike opted for the more neutral look of the flower sellers. He wished he could’ve taken photos at the local community garden, but for now, these plants will do:

Kezzie has two submissions this week – one of herself and one of her husband (steathily snapped while he was sleeping because he wouldn’t keep still for a proper photo!) – both featuring awesome bicycle prints. How cute!


And finally, here’s me:

What a fun SIA with a lot of variety! Great job everyone, and remember to check back next week for a new inspiration courtesy of Jen!