Style Imitating Art: Old County Courthouse Ceiling by Daenel A. Vaughn-Tucker

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Welcome to another week of Style Imitating Art, where we draw our style inspiration from works of art. Style Imitating Art {aka SIA} is hosted by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}, Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, and me. Every other Monday, one of us curates an art piece to use as style inspiration for the following week {host outfits are posted on the following Monday, with participant outfits shared on the curator’s blog on Wednesday}.

THE CURATOR

This week’s inspiration piece was curated {and created} by me. I chose this image because I wanted to do something a little different and use a photograph from my stash of images. I find the colors in the ceiling to be bold yet soothing. I see hints of peach, mint, gold, brown, and a bit of red and green. There are so many options!

Will you be bold or subtle? I think I’m leaning more towards the bold side.

What do you think you’ll wear? I can’t wait to see!

INSPIRATION ART WORK

Old County Court House by Daenel Vaughn-Tucker {living outside the stacks} Style Imitating Art

Old County Courthouse Ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri by Daenel A. Vaughn-Tucker, 2013

I took this photo of the Old County Courthouse Ceiling during a family trip to St. Louis, Missouri. I remember standing in the center of the room and bending almost completely backwards to take this photo and I was till angry because the image wasn’t exactly right. But the head rush I developed became a bit too much for me to repeat.

I think it’s fairly obvious why I had to capture this ceiling. I mean, it’s stunning. And, quite honestly, it reminded me of the ceilings in the churches in Italy.

The Old County Courthouse was designed by the law firm of Lavielle and Morton. Land for the courthouse was donated in 1816 by Judge John Baptiste Charles Lucas and St. Louis founder Auguste Chouteau. They stipulated that the land be “used forever as the site on which the courthouse of the County of St. Louise should be erected.” The courthouse was completed in 1828 and is a Federal Style building. This building is famous for the Dred Scott citizenship case.

THE CO-HOSTS

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Librarian for Life and Style}

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Librarian for Life and Style}

The starting point for Jen’s {Librarian for Life and Style} outfit were her Wedgewood pendant and her geometric slip-on sneakers, both of which reflect “the architectural feel of the ceiling.” I’m so in love with that pendant. It’s beautiful.

You can find out more about Jen’s outfit by clicking here.

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Librarian for Life and Style}

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Librarian for Life and Style}

Salazar {14 Shades of Grey} focused on the main colors of the dome for outfit — see the pretty pink, white, and blue? And then to bring in the gold details, she added that sweet little brooch. I also like that the texture of her top imitates the arches in the ceiling. And, ummmm, before I go any further, how fabulous are Salazar’s shoes? I love love love them!

You can find out more about Salazar’s outfit by clicking here.

I love that both Jen and Salazar drew their inspiration from pieces of jewelry. Now they’re making me wish that I’d dug through my collection of cameos… I’m almost certain I have something that would’ve worked. Anyway, this is why I love participating in these types of collaborations – we’re all so different but we sometimes the things that inspire us are connected.

MY LOOK

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

I wore this outfit to run some errands on Saturday morning. It was hot and humid, so I was worried that I’d be uncomfortable because of the heat, but I wasn’t. The kimono is light and airy and pairing it with the cami made it even more comfortable.

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Although, I have to admit, this outfit is so far out of my comfort zone. I’ve never worn a cami as a top. It’s always a layering piece, ya know? But I couldn’t find a top to meet my needs. Or rather, I just couldn’t pull the look together. I wanted to wear a graphic tee — I love love love the look — but none of my graphic tees seemed to fit the bill. Anyway, I think this outfit pulls in all of the colors of the ceiling, so I’m happy with it.

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

And can we talk about these shoes? Are they not the cutest? I’ve been trying to find a funky pair of brown shoes that I could wear with skinny jeans and these fit the bill perfectly. I think these shoes’ll look cute with skirts and dresses as well. Maybe even with tights? What do you think?

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Even my lipstick is a deeper shade of the mauve in the ceiling…

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Kimono Turquoise Tank Jeans and Brown Shoes for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Kimono, Cami, Skinny Jeans, and Shoes – Target | Earrings – Sloan + Themis | Necklace – Walmart

I’m gonna put this outfit in the “Keep Pile”. It’s comfortable and I absolutely love it. Although I do still plan to figure out a way to pair my kimono with a graphic tee.

Do you own a kimono? How do you wear yours? With a graphic tee or a solid top?

JOIN US

Join Us for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

 

Everyone’s invited to participate! The inspiration piece will be posted here on the blog on Monday, 17 September. Just send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, 25 September. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 26 September..

You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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