SIA Inspiration: Nebra Sky Disk

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

This is the Nebra sky disk, a disk from the Bronze Age (or possibly the Iron Age) found in the town of Nebra, Germany, which features the oldest depiction of the cosmos in the world. I’ve been interested in the celestial motif for a while, and this sky disk, with its blue-green and gold color scheme, can be a great source of inspiration. Remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, January 26th. Have fun!

Girl With A Pearl Brooch

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, took some thinking. Not because I don’t have any piece in my closet that fits the painting, but rather because I have too many – blue and black are the two colors I have the most, and yellow is one of my regular accent colors. In the end, I went with this gold taffeta blazer because the color and the shine of the fabric look like the robe of the girl in the painting, and I paired it simply with black jeans, a white sweater, and a blue silk scarf. For the “pearl” part of the paining, this Art Nouveau-esque brooch is the perfect finishing touch.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!

SIA Inspiration: Johannes Vermeer 2.1

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2021! First of all, Daenel and I are happy to introduce to our new co-host, Terri of Meadow Tree Style. Terri has been a regular SIA participant, and we’re excited to have her on board. For her first challenge as host, Terri has picked a classic:

This, of course, is Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring“. If you remember, we’ve featured this on SIA a few years ago back when I went to The Hague, and although I try not to repeat artworks on SIA, I think it’s time for an update. Don’t forget to send your outfits to Terri ( by next Tuesday, January 12th. Have fun!

A Year In Review: Favorite SIA Challenges Of 2020

Welcome to the no man’s land that is the week between Christmas and New Year. As usual, I’m taking this time to look back at my year and show off some of my favorite things, starting with the Style Imitating Art challenges (since Monday is SIA day around here.)

First is my pick, inspired by Edgar Degas’s “Little 14-year-old Dancer“. Any challenge that brought me to the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg is OK by me:

Daenel has a lot of interesting inspirations this year, but one of my favorites is the embroidered cap:

I chose this one more because of the outfit – the dress is colorful and the silhouette is just my style – even if it doesn’t exactly match the inspiration, Odilon Redon’s “Bouquet Of Wild Flowers” picked by Kim:

Daenel’s pick of these 19th-century slippers forced me to stretch my creativity a bit, which was why it was one of my favorite challenges:

I really enjoyed Kim’s pick of Paul Gauguin’s “Garden Under Snow“, even if my outfit was unplanned:

The Woodpecker Tapestry by William Morris is also a favorite, because it allows me to wear this blazer:

Finally, it’s Charles Bell’s “Gumball II” – just pure fun:

We’ll be back on January 4th with a brand-new host and a brand-new challenge, so stay tuned!

Tutti Frutti

I struggled a bit with this week’s SIA inspiration, “Gumball II” by Charles Bell, because it is super colorful and I have nothing nearly as colorful in my closet. However, as luck would have it, I recently thrifted this plaid scarf, and its colors fit the painting perfectly. For the rest of the outfit, I follow the white and brown color scheme of the painting. I also played around with the accessories a bit – I decided to add a cluster of “fruit” brooches, as a nod to the gumball colors and flavors (they do have apple and watermelon flavors, right? We didn’t have them growing up so I had no idea.) Ultimately, despite my initial struggle, I really enjoyed this challenge. What a fun way to close out a year of SIA!

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this. And our call for a new SIA co-host is still open, so drop us a line if you’re interested!