Fashionistas and friends,
Beinvenido to my fashion haus, 05.2019. Linking up with some of my favorite gals, Carrie & Jill, Jennie, Nancy, Laura and Gail, to share a couple of Style Imitating Art interpretations as well as a few other looks just for fun. Glad you are here with me and hope you will pop over to visit the other gals, too.
Style Imitating Art
Early in the month, I’d put together a couple of outfits for the Style Imitating Art challenges that Daenel, Salazar and Kim host but wasn’t able to get my posts posted. Making up for lost time today.
“Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night”
The inspiration for this week’s SIA look comes to us from Salazar who selected the woodblock print below. It is entitled “Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night” by Suzuki Harunobu.
The moment I saw this print, I was reminded of a blouse I purchased years ago for my very first SIA post, here. Imagine my surprise when I opened the closet to discover said top was nowhere to be found. And then I remembered having purged it early this spring.
Plan B was this Loft popover that survived the purge, even though it doesn’t get much wear. I think that is partially because I have to wear a cami with it. Never know if I should leave the cami untucked (but what if it hangs below the popover?) or tuck it in (and then you see the top of my pants and belt under my blouse). Loft cropped dress pants, Kohl’s black wedge sandals, Charming Charlie layered gold necklace.
The gold embroidery in my blouse reminded me of the pattern in the woman’s kimono in the print. And the tones of my outfit are similar to those in the art. When I was a little girl, my father brought home to me a pair of sandals from Japan. Would have been like Cinderella’s step-sister trying to get them on now so I subbed in my black wedges.
“Catalogue of Home Grown Seeds”
The week of April 22, I was in Kentucky but had taken photos of my interpretation for the SIA art piece that week. It was Deanel who chose this nursery catalog from the 1890s.
I immediately thought of a kimono my BFF had gifted me in the same teal-aqua-turquoise color of that in the art. From the top of my closet, fell a felt rose brooch that I usually wear pinned to my winter coat. Attached it to my kimono to represent the roses on the catalog.
That pop of yellow – the sun? – on the art can be found among the flowers on my kimono. Paired it with a Merona tee from Target and Loft Outlet skinny jeans.
Waaaay back the first part of April, Salazar chose this self-portrait by Joseph Ducreux‘s as her curated piece for that week’s Style Imitating Art challenge.
You know what I thought of when I saw this painting? Those little red noses Walgreen’s sells as part of their Red Nose Day charitable campaign. In fact, I bought one in Kentucky after this SIA challenge, just in case I need a bulbous red nose for an upcoming SIA. And, FYI, tomorrow, 05.23.2019 is Red Nose Day! Not sure why I thought of the red noses, because the artist really doesn’t have a big nose of any color.
My interpretation of this piece was based on a cream and tomato red Loft blouse which narrowly escaped the purge. I like it a lot and have the tomato red cropped pants and a flippy little skirt that go with it. But I have always felt like both the pants and skirt are a bit snug. Working on that issue now with Weight Watchers, so looking forward to getting more wear out of these pieces. Loft boyfriend cardi and Loft khaki cropped chinos, peep-toe pumps from DSW.
The Style Imitating Art challenges are an opportunity for me to step outside my fashion comfort zone. And to put together looks that I might not otherwise have thought of.
My Fashion Haus, 05.2019
Next up, some outfits I sported over the past few days. I told you about my Alison & Aubrey kimonos in this month’s 5 Friday Favorites, here. At that time my polka dot kimono hadn’t arrived. But it has now!
And hey, check out my oft too-tight tomato red Loft cropped pants. That Weight Watcher’s is nothing short of a miracle. Portofino white utility blouse from Express and black patent pumps from Kohl’s.
The gals on the Get Your Pretty On Facebook page have been discussing whether embroidered jeans are in or out this season. Many of them love their jeans and hate that they may have purchased them last year only to have them go by way of the dodo bird. I only got to wear my embroidered jeans once last year – late to that trend I was – and they are fitting so much better already this year. You can bet I am wearing mine, by golly.
Old Navy embroidered Rockstar skinny jeans. Loft Outlet tee, embroidered flats from DSW, me thinks.
So, that’s what I’ve been wearing in my fashion haus, 05.2019. But boy, I need a haircut or something. Face lift, maybe? I look worn out. Come on, payday!
Do you have embroidered jeans? If so, are you still wearing them? How about cold shoulder/off the shoulder tops? Thinking I might wear my OTS maxi for wine fest this weekend but wonder if everyone will be whispering about how behind the times I am? On the other hand, does it really matter?
What plans have you made for the long weekend? If you find yourself with a couple of hours and nothing to do, may I suggest you watch “Taking Chance” as part of your Memorial Day celebration? Which, I just learned, is based on a true story. Very much worth the time spent watching.
Whatever you do, be safe and have fun. And come back to visit again soon. Hopefully, this worrisome security message on my blog will be gone by the first of the week.
Hugs and kisses,