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Hi, how was your weekend? Ours started off bumpy but ended quiet enough. Bleu woke me up early Saturday morning, whimpering because of the storms. She’s terrified of thunder. After things settled down, she slept all day long while I drank even more coffee than usual. LOL


Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, Kim {Fierce Fashion Blog}, 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. And that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.


This week’s image was chosen by me.


DP295192 {Met Museum Open Access Collection}

Snuff Bottle | China |Qing dynasty | 19th century

For more information about the inspiration piece, click here.


Black Cardi Leaf Print Top Wine Faux Leather Pants {living outside the stacks}

Remember when I posted the inspiration piece, I shared my tips and tricks for how to mimic the artwork without being literal? If not, I shared the tips down below…

You’ll notice I’m following my main point, which is: don’t be literal. You can see all of the inspiration colors in my outfit, along with a few complimentary colors.

Black Cardi Leaf Print Top Wine Faux Leather Pants {living outside the stacks}

I also re-worked some pieces that I’ve never worn together before. Generally, when I wear these faux leather pants, I stick to a neutral top because the pants are so bold. I think the print actually tones the “boldness” down a bit, but the shoes? Not a fan. I usually wear my lace up oxfords with them, but now I wish I’d chosen a pair of pumps. The openness would’ve created a longer leaner line, instead of the chopped look I was sporting. Even a pair of nude flats would’ve worked.


I chose this snuff box because I wanted to try something different. Whenever I pick inspiration pieces, I tend to either go for bold colors or neutral prints. But this black and white? Well, it seems simple at first glance, but there really are a lot of layers.

There are the colors: coral, gold, black, and white {you can even use the gray from the background as a color choice}. But there are also different textures. These textures can be reflected in fabrics such as silk or tweed. Now, think about prints. You can go with solids or houndstooth. There really are a lot of options.

My main tip for participating is not to just look at the colors but look at the textures, think about complimentary colors, etc. In other words, you don’t have to be literal in your interpretation. It’s all about looking at the items in your closet in new and creative ways — mixing colors and patterns and just having fun.


Make sure you stop by and visit my co-hosts at 14 Shades of Grey, and Fierce Fashion Blog. You’ll definitely want to see their interpretations as well. Make sure you come back on Wednesday to see my co-hosts’ outfits.

Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}

salazar {14 shades of grey}

Salazar wrote that she “went simple with the black and white color scheme, but I also added my necklace for the touch of gold and coral on the bottle’s stopper and to mimic the designs on the bottle.”

That necklace is stunning. I think Salazar has the most beautiful jewelry collections.

Kim {Fierce Fashion Blog}

Kim {fierce fashion blog}

Kim wrote that she: ” forgot I had this shirt and went to get it for something else, so decided to take some photos.  (Yes, I’m liking the orange wooden post in the foreground, the rust on the metal cover by me feet, and the orange “fencing” in the background-LOL!)”

I love how the corally reds are reflected not just in the natural surroundings, but Kim’s top as well. And, um, yes, in the soles of her boots. I don’t think I’ve ever seen white combat boots before – those are super cool.

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Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me {} by Tuesday, 14 January. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 15 January.

You don’t have to have a blog to join, you can share your images on Instagram as well! Just tag Kim, Salazar, and me or use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you’re there. We’d love to see how you interpret the inspiration piece.

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 – Ten women, over the age of forty, prove that style is ageless. First Tuesday 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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