SIA Inspiration: Miguel Vallinas

It is my turn to pick the inspiration for the last SIA challenge of 2017, and here it is:

This is a photo in a series titled “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, which features people (in some very enviable outfits, I must say) with flowers for their heads. You can learn more about the series here. Pretty flowers, fashionable clothes, and a deep message about identity? Yes, please.

I picked this particular photo because I think it’s the one that can be most readily translated into real life (i.e. I have most of the pieces in my closet :P) but honestly, every photo in the series is great. Just don’t forget to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, December 19th. Enjoy!


Stars And Silhouette

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA, I immediately knew that this star-and-stripe scarf is going to be the foundation of my outfit – the colors and the prints are just perfect, right? You have the stars for the “celestial” part, and the stripes for the silhouette part of the photo. The rest of the outfit takes a bit more thinking. In the end, I went with these jeans because the wash looks a bit like the sky in the photo and the boots because there is a touch of yellow near the bottom of the photo. The black turtleneck and jacket – well, they’re a no-brainer. So a lot of thought went into this seemingly simple outfit, but that’s the fun of SIA.

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog on Wednesday for the full round-up!

SIA Inspiration: Celestial

It’s Erin’s turn to pick an inspiration for this week’s SIA, and she chose this composite photo inspired by her celestial-themed Christmas tree:


Gorgeous, isn’t it? As it happens, I already have the perfect piece for this, so I’m quite excited about it. What about you guys? If you’re inspired, put together an outfit and send it to Erin ( by next Tuesday, December 5th. Enjoy!

Weaving Anew

My outfit for SIA, inspired by the “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural in Tacoma, is pretty self-explanatory, as you can see: the blue and yellow color scheme is clear, the plaid shirt is to mimic the “weaving” part of the mural, and the brooch is to mimic the flowers in the mural as well, other than adding a touch of yellow.

Now that I think about it, my “Sunflower” outfit from two weeks ago would make a pretty good interpretation for thisĀ  week’s SIA as well. Maybe I’ll submit both! There is still time for you to send your outfit to Jen if you haven’t already, and remember to check her blog on Wednesday for the full round-up of all interpretations of this mural.

SIA Inspiration: Tacoma Mural

It’s Jen’s turn to pick the inspiration for this week’s SIA, and she picks this new mural in her town:

Titled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew”, this mural is intended to honor and support Native American voices in public art. Since Thanksgiving is coming up, Jen thought it would be an appropriate choice. How thoughtful! You can learn more about the mural here and see a full view of its design here.

Its meaning aside, I love that this mural is very minimal in colors – only various shades of blue and yellow. It’s right up my alley! Just remember to send your outfits to Jen ( by next Tuesday, November 21st, to be included in the round-up.

SIA: Black Cats

It’s time for another SIA! Our inspiration this week is “Kuroki Neko”, aka “Black Cat”, by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso. We have plenty of cute and fun outfits today, so let’s get to them!

First up is Jodie, who’s clearly on the same wavelength as me, because she posted this outfit the same day I posted the inspiration painting. She even has an adorable black cat purse!

Next up is Jen, in a pattern-mixed outfit with her cat-print dress and striped scarf. She also took photos in an actual Japanese garden with a gorgeous maple tree in the background:

Mike‘s outfit is self-explanatory, but he has something extra – a cat postcard he painted himself! How cool is that?

As for Erin, she tried to get her dog to stand-in for the “cat”, but he wouldn’t have it. It’s OK though, her outfit is cool anyway:

And finally, here’s me:

Kuroki Neko

This outfit came together very quickly for me. I took one look at the inspiration painting, “Black Cat” by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso, and though, “Yellow, black, and gray. Done.” If it were colder I would’ve worn a gray sweater underneath the black blazer to mimic the texture of the tree trunk, but for now this T-shirt would do.

What actually took a long time is deciding which of my cat brooches to wear. In the end, I opted for this instead of the wooden one, for a bit of sparkle. I figured the outfit was minimalist enough, so it needed some actual bling to stand out.

Don’t forget, you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. There are some pretty cool ones already, so this should be a fun round-up!