It was Salazar’s time to curate an SIA inspiration piece, a seasonally appropriate painting called “Spring Rain” by Russian-born French artist Erté. I loved this piece’s Art Deco stye, fresh colors and pattern-mixing of florals, dots, and horizontal stripes.
There is still time to participate in SIA. How? Just take a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice and email Salazar (email@example.com) by tonight. Then check back tomorrow for the SIA round-up on Salazar’s blog, 14 Shades of Grey.
“Spring Rain,” Erte, date unknown
Almost immediately, I had the idea of pairing my green-and-purple striped button-down with my black dotted skirt. But when I put the two pieces together, I realized that I needed something else to tie it all together. Then I thought of my purple sweater vest, and it all made sense.
No umbrella for me on this sunny spring day, but I like to think the tree behind me is serving as a kind of canopy. ;)
A couple of weeks ago, I repainted my toenails a mint color. I chose open-toed wedges when I realized how the nail color tied into the whole look. :)
Details: Striped button-down: The Limited, old / Black dotted skirt: Lands’ End, this winter / Purple sweater vest: JCPenney, old / Black strappy wedges: Dillard’s, old / Black skinny belt: JCPenney, gift-carded last spring / Purple flower beaded earrings: Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
I wore this outfit to a librarian conference — and received a few nice comments from fellow librarians who said I always looked “so put together,” a compliment my mom will surely appreciate! — and this conference day was extra-special. That’s because I got to meet up afterwards with Gracey, a fellow smiley blogger, from Fashion for Giants. She also dressed that day in her SIA inspiration outfit — such style synergy! We both did a skirt + blouse + sweater combination, along with polka dots.
We met up for tapas in downtown Salem and enjoyed non-stop conversation along with our patatas bravas. This is only the third time we’ve met up in person, but I already feel like we’re kindred spirits who just naturally fall into conversation whenever we see each other. Gracey is so lovely to be around — so genuine, smart, and funny. Her energy is infectious! And for more of her outfit, check out her Fashion for Giants blog.
We had a lot of fun taking photos of each other, as well! Gracey also took a few close-ups, and as you can see below, she kept cracking me up! The close-ups also reveal more of my purple flower earrings (pulling in those floral shapes in the inspiration illustration) as well as a bit more makeup than usual. Unlike the chic lady in the inspiration illustration, no black-lined lids for me; rather, I went for purple eyeliner along the top lids only. (Click the collage below for a bigger image.)
The first time I met Gracey in person, I also wore the same black accessories: strappy black wedges and skinny black belt. Perfect for “Mix It Monday,” eh? :)
Link ups: Mix It Monday / Monday Bloom / SIA / More Pieces of Me / On the Daily Express / Trend Spin Linkup / Monday Mingle / Fashionably Employed Linkup