Style Imitating Art: Picasso in shades of blue

I wasn’t going to join in with Style Imitating Art this time round, but then I got dressed this morning and realised my outfit was perfect for the piece. The inspiration this time was a Picasso painting entitled Two Acrobats With a Dog.

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The quest to take a decent photo of myself without a tripod continues.

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As you can see, the main reason I thought this outfit represented the art was the colours – this dress is different shades of blue. I was also wearing blue shoes, which are cut off in the photo above so here’s a closer look:

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Finally, I took a close-up photo of my necklace for you. It’s more purple (and other colours) than blue but I thought the pattern on the pointy bits was similar to the taller acrobat’s clothing. There are also pink, golden and white squares that sort of match the colours in the painting.

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This time I can even tell you where most of my outfit came from! Dress: H&M two or three years ago, shoes: Deichmann last month. Leggings… I don’t remember. Primark maybe? The necklace was a birthday present from my grandma a few years ago and I’m not sure where she got it from.

How would you dress to represent this piece? And what do you think of my effort?

If you want to join in, you have until tomorrow (19 June) to submit a photo to Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey (you can find the e-mail address on her blog).

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Style Imitating Art: Memorial Day Poppy

I wasn’t going to take part in SIA this week but then I saw what the artwork was and couldn’t resist.

Jen from Librarian for Life and Style chose the botanical engraving “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]”

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Isn’t it pretty?

I feel like I’ve been interpreting the prompts very literally with my clothing choices, but as soon as I saw the picture I knew which top I wanted to wear, and once again it’s a very literally interpretation.

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The above photo was the best of a bad bunch! I started off in the spare room because there was actually natural light there, but every single photo was either way too bright or blurry, so I moved back to by the front door. I have no idea what’s going on with my hands here or why there’s weird light on the right but this is honestly the best of about 20 photos! Ugh.

Like in the photo, I wanted the flower to be the only pop of colour against the background (although my background is black rather than white), so I kept it simple and paired the top with a long black skirt. I then added a bracelet featuring a butterfly that I thought looked just like the butterfly in the art.

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I wanted to try and show you a better picture of the top without my hands in the way, so here’s a selfie (which I am terrible at!). Excuse the suitcase in the background – I’m busy packing for our flight later.

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This is the outfit I am wearing to run my errands today. I will get changed later before heading to the airport – I find long skirts get in the way while travelling!

I realised last time that most people say where their clothes came from on outfit posts. Unfortunately, for the most part I actually can’t! This top is about 10 years old and I know I bought it in Germany but couldn’t tell you where! The skirt was ordered online but I can’t remember which site. The bracelet I think came from C&A in Germany 5 or 6 years ago. Yep, I’m useless.

To participate in this round of SIA send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — to this week’s curator, Jen, by emailing librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Tuesday, 5 June. The SIA round-up will appear on her blog on Wednesday, 6 June.

And now I have to go and eat breakfast then take away some more recycling. I will post again on my return from England.

 

Off to the motherland!

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I’m off work this week, which theoretically gives me lots of time to blog but unfortunately doesn’t help with my lack of inspiration. Instead, I’ve spent most of the last 2 days cleaning and sorting out ready for us flying to England tomorrow. Does anyone else go in to major clean-all-the-things mode before a trip? The place must be tidy before we go away even though it’s going to be empty during that time. So things have gone to the recycling point, laundry has been washed, our bedding has been changed, I have hoovered and scrubbed and washed dishes. I was also naughty today and went shopping. I bought shoes, which is okay because I needed some for the wedding we’re going to on Saturday, but I also bought two summer dresses and a pair of trousers, which I really don’t need. Oh, and nail varnish. Oops! So much for my May spending ban!

Anyway, I have a shower that needs cleaning then I can finally sit down and have a cuppa! I hope you’re all having a much more relaxing day.

Style Imitating Art: Monkey Trading Card

Hello friends! I don’t know yet whether this will be a regular thing, but today I thought I would take part in the latest round of Style Imitating Art. This time, the art was chosen by Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks and it was this card that was originally used to advertise a brand of cigarettes:

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Even though there’s a huge monkey in the middle and Daenel literally chose it for the monkey, the first thing my eyes were drawn to was the two exotic birds on the left. I have two dresses that I immediately thought would work for this, but I went with the one that had a background to match the sandy colour behind the monkey.

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The left-hand bird is mostly red while the other has a blue head (you can’t really tell here so I’ll insert a close-up below), which sort of matches the birds on the card, and the dress also features green leaves for the trees. The long-sleeved top under the dress seems to be the same shade of grey as the background behind the red bird (it looks a bit like a cloud).  My tights are dark green, although they really don’t look it on the photograph. And if you’re wondering why I’m wearing a wool dress and tights in May, the day I took this photo all our sunshine had disappeared, it chucked it down all day and it was cold! I went out to buy lunch immediately after taking the photo and put on my winter boots (thinking about it, I should have put the boots on then taken the photo – they’re the perfect shade of brown for the monkey!)

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Blue(ish) bird

If you would like to participate, take a photo of an outfit inspired by this art (you can just lay out the clothes if you don’t want a photo of yourself to feature) and send it to livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by 9pm EST on Tuesday, 22 May. Danael will then round up all the solutions on her blog on Wednesday, 23 May.

What do you think? Does my outfit match the art? What would you wear to represent this art?

Three Days, Three Quotes third time lucky, day 3

It is the third and final day of my third time doing this challenge. I was nominated by Irish Procrastinator.

The rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you – Danke, merci, gracias!

2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

3. Nominate three bloggers each day.

Today’s quote has been attributed to various people, but it is thought to have originated from a Scottish author named Ian Maclaren, real name Rev. John Watson. I feel like I see versions of it everywhere, all the time, but it’s no less true for being ubiquitous.

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I know it’s hard to be nice to people who are rude or mean to you, but it’s always good to try and remember that we have no idea what those people are currently going through. And even people who appear happy and smiley may be anything but. Nobody has a perfect life and the absolute least we can do for each other is just be kind!

I am ignoring rule 3 and not nominating anybody, but if you would like to do this please feel free to consider yourself nominated!

Three Days, Three Quotes – third time lucky – day 2

It is day two of my third go at this challenge. This time I was nominated by Irish Procrastinator.

The rules state:

1. Thank the person who nominated you – THANK YOU!

2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

3. Nominate three bloggers each day.

Today’s quote is actually one I only heard relatively recently. At the weekend, we drove down to the Munich region for a family event and on the way back we listened to part of the audiobook of M is for Magic, a short story collection by Neil Gaiman. The quote actually comes from the introduction, which I probably wouldn’t have read in a physical book but for some reason we listened to it.

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If you know me even a little bit I don’t have to explain why those words immediately resonated with me.

I am breaking rule three and not nominating anyone since most people I would have chosen have already done this at least once. But if you would like to join in then please consider yourself nominated!

Three Days, Three Quotes – third time lucky

I was nominated for this challenge a third time, this time by Irish Procrastinator (ages and ages ago!). She is currently taking a break from blogging, but hopefully she will see my contributions at some point.

The rules, once more:

1. Thank the person who nominated you – thank you kindly, my dear.

2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

3. Nominate three bloggers each day.

Today’s quote is from the song “No Time to Sleep” by Tina Dico. I find it quite thought-provoking.

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I’m breaking rule number three again and not nominating anybody but if you would like to do this (again) consider yourself nominated!

If you would like to listen to the song, here you are: