Monday, September 29, 2014


Tilted Spheres, Richard Serra
Sheet metal, 2002?

It's time for another sculpture as Style Imitating Art inspiration! This one was picked by Salazar, who is beginning a capsule wardrobe soon. So she wisely (unlike myself) picked a piece of artwork that she could actually interpret! Send your outfit photos to Salazar by Monday, October 6th to be included in the roundup!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Necklace: J. Crew Factory | Cardigan: Target | Top: Target | Skirt: Talbots | Flats: Gap Outlet

Man, I hate when I wear something and halfway through the day I realize that it badly needed ironing. Blehhhhhhhhhh.

Style Imitating Art: The Star

Hey y'all! It's Style Imitating Art time again! As a reminder, this week's inspiration was The Star by the inimitable Edgar Degas. Let's get started!

First is Stephanie, who looks absolutely charming. The scarf is an awesome touch!

Next is Kezzie of KezzieAG, and please oh please look at her post because there's an adorable collage at the end of her frolicking in the yard! IT's too cute.

Sacramento at MIS PAPELICOS is a first timer here at SIA, and she looks great! I love her pink skirt. It matches the artwork so well!

Isabella over at Adventures in HEL has a FLOWER CROWN, y'all. That's all you need to know.

Jen of Librarian for Life and Style sent in a twofer this week: Jen AND her husband Sam! It doesn't get much better than that.

My SIA co-creator, Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey, has a skirt with tiny dancers on it. (Cue Elton John.)

And lastly, here's my outfit. Unfortunately lacking a flower in my hair, but next time I'll remember!

Everyone did an amazing job this week. I love all the outfits and I especially enjoyed seeing some of your attempts to photograph your dance moves! Classy stuff, everyone. Great job!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dressed down

Dress: Boden | Belt: Target | Heels: Urban Outfitters | Lips: NARS Annabella

This DRESS, y'all. I've wanted this dress since it showed up on Boden's website months ago, when it was $168. (Not. Joking.) When it finally went on sale for half off, I thought FINE, I'll get it. You have convinced me, Boden! So I ordered a size down (my usual Boden size) and it was ENORMOUS. I almost never feel small due to clothing, but the entire thing was two inches two big. Weak. So back it went and I decided not to switch out on sizes, since it just wasn't worth it to me to keep sending dresses back and forth looking for the right fit. So out of sight, out of mind it went.

Until last week, when Boden sent me an email that some of their clearance items had been marked down to 80% off. And this dress was one of them! $33.60. Whoaaaaaa. You can safely assume that I broke down and ordered the next two sizes down to find the right dress size, and obviously things worked out, since I am now wearing this dress. BAM.

Also: ew. I need a haircut so badly, y'all. It's time to break out the scissors.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Necklace: made by T. | Dress: Ann Taylor Factory Store | Wedges: Target

HELLO FOOTBALL SEASON! I get derpy around this time every single year and my blinders go on and all I see is footballfootballfootball. I told my boyfriend that if he survives this fall with me, we'll be in good shape. I don't think he understands what I mean when I say 12pm-12am every single Sunday. Let's see how long he lasts before he snaps.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


The Star, by Edgar Degas
Pastel on paper, 1881

If there has ever been a master of the medium of pastel, it is Edgar Degas. Pastel is a really difficult medium to work with--finicky, grimy, and not for the faint of heart, because the colours aren't mixed ahead of time and application can't be pre-tested. There's no way to cover up the mistakes of a pastel error, like you could with acrylic or oil paint (or like you could rinse off, with some watercolour). I remember using soft pastels when I was very, very young; my grandmother had a small tray of them and let me do what I would with them, which was almost Degas quality.

Degas' skill is at its finest in The Star, which beautifully combines highlights and lowlights. If you look closely, you realize that solid colours aren't really solid--they're amalgamations of other, less delicately manifested hues. There's almost a texture to each part of Degas' painting: the cotton candy softness of the ladies' tutus; the scratchy, crisp texture of the prima ballerina's dress; the wooden, yet leathery footing of the stage. It's amazing.

Please send me your photos inspired by this painting by Monday, September 22nd. (God, it's almost October.) I can't wait to see how you all interpret this beauty.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sharks and cake

One of my favourite people from college got married over the weekend at the Virginia State Aquarium in Virginia Beach, and I was happily in attendance, along with A. We left on Friday and didn't come back until today, and it was a nice bit of time off that I really needed.

I left my dress at home (!!!!) and had to drag A. to Target the night before the wedding to rummage for a new dress. Thank god for Target, amirite? They came through in the clutch!

It was an awesome wedding and a great weekend, and I'm so happy for E. and M. and their dear dog who will no longer live out of wedlock. Yay!