Beautiful stars

I have been meaning to write this post for a while, but things kept getting in the way.

A few weeks after we lost the boys, I unexpectedly received post from the lovely Alison, aka Fat Dormouse. Inside the envelope was a card with a lovely message that made me cry and a beautiful zentangle.

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It’s now hanging in the corridor, just outside our bedroom, where I can look at it every day and remember our tiny stars. Once again thank you so much Alison for thinking of us.

The kindness of fellow bloggers never fails to amaze me. From wonderful gestures like this to a simple email just to check in and see how I’m doing. It is all appreciated. I may have never met most of my long-term readers, but I consider each and every one of you a friend ❤ (My real-life friends have been fantastic too but the kindness of what are, essentially, “Internet strangers” is honestly overwhelming.)

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Style Imitating Art: Blue Irises

Hello friends! Time for another style imitating art post – the first of 2019.

The inspiration this time was the Van Gogh Painting “Still Life With Irises”:

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I love the blue of the flowers! Unfortunately the only item of clothing I could think of with roughly that shade of blue is a summer dress and I didn’t fancy freezing. So here’s what I chose instead:

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The flowers are purple rather than blue but I thought the flowers plus green leaves were a decent match for the painting. The skirt is the wrong shade, really, but it kind of represents the beige-y surface the vase is standing on. Not the best interpretation, but I quite like it.

My grandma gave me the top last year and it’s actually the first time I’ve worn it. The label says it’s from Dorothy Perkins. The skirt is old and I don’t remember where it came from. I was also wearing purple tights, which you obviously can’t see on those photo but actually the skirt is long enough that you can’t see them at all when I’m wearing shoes.

How would you interpret this painting? If you want to join in, you have until tomorrow (Tuesday, 15 January) to send a photo of your outfit to 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Flat lays are fine if you prefer not to show your face.

Style Imitating Art: Bottles of autumn

So, funny story about my entry for this round of Style Imitating Art… I had my outfit all picked out, put it in the suitcase when we went away for a night, then we promptly left the suitcase on the train. Doh! On the plus side, when we went to buy a few necessary bits we found out that the supermarket in Yverdon les Bains sells bamboo tooth brushes. I had been planning for a while to look into ordering one (our branch of the same supermarket does not have them) but never got around to it. Silver linings. And the suitcase has been found – we can pick it up tomorrow. But anyway, I digress… with my original outfit gone, I had to think of something else to wear. Here is the inspiration art, chosen by Danael.

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It’s called Pocket Flask. I love the colours… so appropriate for autumn! And the patterns on the bottles are so interesting. Since we went out for the day today, I got Jan to take a photo of me with all the autumn colours of nature in the background, also so fitting for the inspiration. Here’s what I chose to wear:

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This owl dress is by “Miss Style London”. I believe I bought it from DaWanda, which was the German version of Etsy (but stopped hosting shops recently and is now just a craft site). I’ve had it for about 8 years though so I’m not 100% sure! I thought the colours were really fitting and the patterns at the bottom and on the owls were a good imitation of the patterns on the the flasks. I’m also wearing green tights (not visible, but never mind) and a brown cardigan from Primark (purchased before our move to Basel, so three years ago at least). Some close ups of the owls:

I added some earrings to the outfit, both because the colours fit and they’re kind of glassy looking (although I think they’re actually plastic), which seemed appropriate. Below a photo of me that actually shows one of them plus one of just the earrings. They came from a clothes shop… no idea which one.

It’s already pretty late, but if you fancy joining in and can cobble together an outfit at short notice please do, and then send it to Danael at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November). A round up will go up on her blog on Wednesday and it’s well worth checking out what outfits other people came up with inspired by the art. There are always some amazing contributions!

Style Imitating Art: Kate Bunce painting

It feels a bit odd to go back to any kind of normal blogging after my last few posts, but time moves on and I will have to go back to writing about everyday things at some point, however strange it feels. An outfit post seemed like an easy way back into it.

Today’s style imitating art submission features a top that I literally bought yesterday! Last night, I thought I would at least check what the inspiration is this time, and when I realised the top I had purchased mere hours before was perfect it almost felt like a sign. Here is the inspiration:

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The painting is “Melody (Musica)” by Kate Bunce.

And here’s my interpretation:

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This photo is so dark… but with the window blinds open the window was too bright and I could barely be seen. One day I will find a good place to take these photos (and a better way to prop my camera up so I can!). The top looks blue here for some reason, but it’s actually dark green. Hopefully you can see it better in this photo:

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Why am I so bad at selfies?

I absolutely love the flowers on it. Autumnal but still bright and cheerful.

I don’t have anything quite as blingy as the lady in the painting, but I thought this necklace worked, at least in terms of colour (and again the top looks blue… I promise it’s not!):

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Colour-wise, my skirt doesn’t really fit the painting, but I thought the style worked… flowy and kind of folky (like her sleeves). Jan has a concert with one of his choirs tonight, and this is the outfit I’m wearing for that. It feels nice and autumny.

The top was purchased from C&A yesterday, I don’t remember where the skirt is from (I’ve had it ages) and the necklace was a Christmas gift.

If you have an outfit you think would represent this painting, put it together (you can either wear it or do a flat lay if you prefer not to have photos of yourself on the Internet) and send a photo to 14shadesofgrey@blogspot.com by Tuesday, 23 October. She will then round up all the submissions on her blog on Wednesday. You don’t have to do a blog post of your outfit or even have a blog to join in.

What do you think of my interpretation? Does it remind you of the painting in any way?

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.

 

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?

Style Imitating Art – floral dish

Hello friends! I have something a little bit different for you today. I was encouraged by Kezzie to take part in a link up called Style Imitating Art. The idea is that one of the hosts (I believe there are several) picks a piece of art and the participants then have to put together an outfit based on it. And now you are going to find out exactly why I don’t do outfit posts…

The piece of art to be imitated was a Japanese Nabashemi ware dish, blue with a pretty floral pattern.

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As soon as I saw it I knew I had the perfect top… pale blue with flowers. And I was already wearing a slightly darker blue skirt that would provide a nod to the darker blue lines going across the plate. So, outfit found, the more difficult challenge was to get a photo of me wearing it. Being home alone and not having a tripod, a series of attempts to prop my camera up and get into position before the time ran out ensured. First, I tried to take the photo on my balcony… but apparently it was too sunny out there. Nothing I could do could prevent the top half of me from being brightly lit while the rest of me was in shadow. So into the flat I went. My next attempt, with me standing at the far end of the corridor, failed as the camera utterly refused to focus. So in the end I resorted to standing by the front door. Here’s the photo I eventually submitted:

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I’m still not sure I’m properly in focus and I am well aware that my feet are missing, but this was something like the 15th photo I took and at that point I gave up!

Anyway, ignoring my terrible photography skills, I think the outfit itself works quite well.

To see more style imitating art, check out Salazar‘s blog. I’m afraid it’s too late to join in now but perhaps you can another time. And for now you can tell me in the comments what you would wear if you were to let this bowl inspire your outfit.