Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Style Imitating Art: Decoupage by Mary Delany

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Hey, y’all, hey! How was your weekend? Mine was a nice, quiet lead-in to my vacation week. No lie, I’m soooo looking forward to this week off. I need the time. I feel like I’ve been on edge for the last few months: my patience has been short and my emotions simmering… I really need this time to decompress. And my first act of self-care was to sleep in this morning. Normally, I get up at between 5:15 and 5:30 am every morning, this morning, I woke up at my normal time and said “Nope, not today” and promptly fell back to sleep. At 7:15, I woke up with a start because of Bleu and Lola, but, y’all, they slept in too. I love my girls so much.


Welcome to Style Imitating Art. Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, Terri {Meadow Tree Style}, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art inspired outfits. Participants submit their art inspired outfits with the curator by 10 PM Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

For ideas about how this works, please see previous posts by clicking here.


This week’s work of art was chosen by Salazar.


Here’s what Salazar wrote about her inspiration pick:

…the paper collages (or more exactly, decoupages) of 18th century artist Mary Delany. It amazes me how realistic they are, considering they’re not paintings, and especially since Mrs. Delany didn’t start working on them until she was 72!
Since these are all the same style – realistic flowers on black background – I decided not to pick a specific piece, but rather the participants can choose whichever piece they want to interpret. I’m attaching here as an example, and you can see more of them here and here.


When I first saw Salazar’s inspiration piece, I knew I wanted to focus on the textures more than the colors. From my tweed textured leather earrings to my embroidered leather Mary Janes, that’s what I did.




This dress, along with the mid-length cardigan, are one of my favorite looks for casual Summer days at work. The material is lightweight, which is great for walking out into the intense Louisiana heat, while the cardigan provides a much needed layer for the frigid AC.


Visit my cohosts: Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey and Terri and MeadowTree Style. I know you’ll love their interpretations!


Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at by Tuesday, 7 September and I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 8 September.


Cardigan – Similar | Earrings – Similar | Necklace – Similar | Dress – Similar | Clogs – Similar

Sizing: I’m 5’4″ and a dress size 12 to 14 {M,L}. I wear a size 9.5 shoe.


Mustard and rust are neutrals. While I chose to pair them together and leave it at that, I could easily have added in teal accessories or, instead of brown or black shoes, I could’ve opted for a pair in the green or purple families. For more ideas on how to style dresses using fun color combinations, check out my Pinterest boards here and here.

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Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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For more stylish inspiration, check out the following linkups:

Where I Co-host

    • Ageless Style – Eight women show that style is ageless. Third Thursday of the month.
    • Fab Forties – Six bloggers, over the age of forty, show they’re still fabulously fashionable. First Monday of the month.
    • Style Imitating Art – Style inspired by pieces of art. Every other week.

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