Le Quai Saint Michel Et Notre Dame

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Maximilien Luce‘s “Le Quai Saint Michel Et Notre Dame”, I struggled a bit because although there are a lot of colors in the painting, there is not one major color that stands out that I could use as the basis for an outfit. In the end, I picked out the two colors that jump out at me the most (or the two that are easiest for me to recreate :P) – blue and yellow – and went from there.

Luckily, I just got this dress made by a tailor (I got frustrated with trying to find a nice shirt dress in store, so I just had it made), and keeping with the blue-and-yellow theme, I paired it with yellow accessories and blue oxfords. I think the delicate stripe pattern can reflect the brush strokes in the painting too… can you see it? Or is it just in my head? Oh well, I like the dress anyway.

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

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SIA Inspiration: Maximilien Luce

It’s another week of SIA, and the curator, Kim, picked this piece as the inspiration:

Titled “Le Quai Saint Michel et Notre Dame”, this is the work of Neo-impressionist Maximilien Luce. Now you have all heard about the fire at Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago. The damage that this monument suffered is truly heartbreaking, which is why Kim wishes to commemorate it in SIA. (I was lucky enough to see Notre Dame in its glory when I went to Paris in 2008, though I didn’t go inside.)

As for the painting itself, there are a lot of colors here that you can use – I see light blue, pink, purple, with accents of dark green, dark blue, and even a hint of red. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Don’t forget to send your outfits to Kim (fiercefashionblog@gmail.com) by next Tueday, May 7th. Have fun!


April Flowers

I had several ideas for this week’s SIA, inspired by the cover of a Gregory & Son seed catalogue, but because the weather has been so unpredictable lately (last week it went from 70 degrees one day to 100 the next!!!), I didn’t decide what to wear until the day of. I simply picked out the main colors in the inspiration image – gray, green, pink/red, and a touch of brown – and pulled pieces from my closet accordingly. My scarf also has a floral print on it, though it may be difficult to see.

By a stroke of luck, our rose bushes have started blooming – and there are roses in the image as well. I wanted to take photos with the flowers, but because of the position of the rose bushes, it proved to be impossible, so here are some photos of the flowers instead:

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see how others interpret this springlike image!


SIA Inspiration: The Farmer’s Daughter

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

This is the cover of a seed catalogue, and Daenel picked it because she’s “hoping all the rain we’ve had this weekend will bring some pretty blooms in the coming weeks.” Well, you know what they say – April showers bring May flowers, right? I love that this image is season-appropriate while being so unexpected too (who would’ve thought of using a seed catalogue cover?!)

In terms of sartorial inspiration, I see a lot of colors here (green, red/pink, gray/taupe, white, and also a dash of yellow), as well as floral print if you want to go really spring-like. Just remember to send your outfit to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, April 23rd. Have fun!


SIA: Yawners

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, our inspiration this week is Joseph Ducreux’s “Self-portrait, yawning”. The group is small this time, so let’s get to it!

First up is Kim, who put together a neutral outfit updated with animal prints. I love how the prints add interest to the outfit without overwhelming it:

Check out her “yawning” pose 😀

Next we have Daenel, who opted for a bird-printed top to reflect the “whimsical” quality of the painting, and finished it off with funky red leather pants:

And finally, here’s me:

And that’s it for this week! Don’t forget to check back next week for Daenel’s pick of the inspiration!


Self Portrait, Yawning

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Joseph Ducreux‘s “Self-portrait, yawning”, came together very quickly. I just bought these pants – they’re a part of my on-going process to embrace different silhouettes – and the color is perfect for the painting; I knew I had to wear them. The funny thing is, I didn’t realize I didn’t have anything tan in my closet until I tried putting together an outfit for this SIA. Beige, yes. Brown, yes. But tan? Nope. It’s such a basic neutral color that I never thought about it, so I guess it’s good that I have these pants now.

And of course, I had to try to mimic the “yawning” pose. I had no problem yawning, considering these photos were taken early in the morning. Getting the pose right is another matter…

If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


SIA Inspiration: Joseph Ducreux

Welcome to another week of SIA! It being April Fools, I decided to pick something a bit more fun as the inspiration, and here it is:

This is “Self-portrait, yawning” by 18th century French artist Joseph Ducreux. He is best known for the unconventional and often humorous expressions in his portraits (one of them even becomes a meme). I remember seeing this painting at the Getty Center and being quite struck by how different it is from other “classical” portraits, so I thought it would be a good choice for an April Fools’ SIA. There are plenty of colors here (red, tan, white, and charcoal gray) and you can even take inspiration from the guy’s suit. Just remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, April 9th. Bonus point if you mimic the pose too!