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

Hi, this is just a short post to introduce next week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece. 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 posted on Wednesday}.


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.


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!


Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at 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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