Floral Pocket

When I saw this week’s inspiration for SIA, a floral embroidered pocket from the 18th century, I knew I was going to wear my embroidered blouse. What to pair with it is another matter though. At first, I wanted to pick out some colors from the embroidery, but I’d already wear this blouse with my green pants (and for SIA too). In the end, I decided to go the easy route and wear my black pants because of the black background. It wasn’t until I uploaded these photos that I remembered my yellow culottes – which would look interesting as well. But never mind. I wore this to my second proctoring session, and yellow pants might be too distracting for the students. Black is a better choice.

Don’t forget to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun piece!

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SIA Inspiration: 18th-century Pocket

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and she picks a really fun piece:

Can you guess what it is? It is not a handbag, but rather an 18th-century pocket! Back in the days, women’s pocket is not sewed into the clothes but a separate accessory tied around the waist, like a fancy fanny pack. The intricate embroideries of this particular pocket are truly impressive and can be a great source of sartorial inspiration. So put together an outfit and send it to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, July 16th. Enjoy!


SIA: Children At The Beach

Welcome to another week of SIA! This week our inspiration is the summery, beachy watercolor painting by Post-Impressionist Maurice Prendergast, “Children at the Beach.” Let’s get to it!

First up we have our co-host Daenel, who put together a simple look with a lovely pale yellow top and jeans:

Next, we have a new SIA participant – Dotty! Check out her beach-ready outfit:

Long-time SIA participant Mike is back with a blue polo shirt, in his awesome new backyard:

Our other co-host, Kim, took inspiration from all of the blue tones in the painting:

Kezzie is adorable as always in her blue skirt, and, in keeping with the whole nautical theme, koi necklace!

And finally, here’s me:

Thank you for participating, and remember to check back next week for Daenel’s inspiration of choice!


Not At The Beach

I wanted to put together something a little summery for this week’s SIA, inspired by Maurice Prendergast’s “Children at the Beach”, but I still had to go to work (so! much! paperwork!!!), so here is a work outfit instead. The print on my blouse and the blue color are to evoke the sea and the sky in the painting, naturally, and my pink loafers are to mimic the softer, daintier colors of the children’s clothes. It’s not beach-appropriate, but it’s SIA-appropriate, and I’m OK with that.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to drop by on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely watercolor!


SIA Inspiration: Maurice Prendergast

Happy the start of summer! I hope you guys are enjoying your summer wherever you are, because honestly, I’m not. It’s just too damned hot over here (last week it was in the 100s again, with a heat index of 120F!!!) Anyway, I still want to pick something to celebrate summer with SIA, and here it is:

This is “Children at the Beach“, a watercolor painting by Post-Impressionist Maurice Prendergast. As you know, I’ve been painting with watercolor again lately, and it is usually quite difficult to find classic watercolor paintings since the medium is not as steady as oil paint, so I’m quite happy to have discovered Prendergast’s work. There are a lot of soft, delicate colors here, and you can put together some beach-inspired, summery outfits for this. Don’t forget to send them to me by next Tuesday, July 2nd. Enjoy!


Blue Enamel

Confession time: I didn’t wear this outfit for SIA. I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit“, including this pair of mustard pants (another pair of wide-leg pants, I know, I know), my blue gingham shirt, and black heels. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to even wear the outfit, let alone to take photos of it, because I spent most of last week taking care of my dog, who got into a fight with a neighbor’s dog and was bitten pretty badly. Thankfully, the vet was able to stitch her up and she is stable and eating again, but it was quite a stressful couple of days.

So for this week’s SIA, I just looked through my existing outfit and picked the one that’s as close to the inspiration as I can get. I ended up choosing this one – just imagine my shoes are black and it’ll be perfect.

Here’s the poor silly thing, before she got hurt


SIA Inspiration: Van Gogh 4.0

It’s Kim’s turn to host SIA! It’s National Fruit and Vegetable month in the US (huh, who knew?) so she wanted to feature something with fruits and vegetables, and she picked this “Still Life with Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit” by SIA’s favorite, Van Gogh:

There are a lot of fun colors, textures, and patterns here – the blue plaid, the grayish-blue of the table cloth (it almost looks like medium-washed jeans), the floral-on-black patterns of the cup and jug, and the bright yellow and orange of the fruits and the background. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember to send your outfits to Kim (fiercefashionblog@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, June 18th. Have fun!