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

Style Imitating Art {The Roundup}: 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 posted on Wednesday}.

This is the roundup post, where I showcase all of the participants. Please make sure you visit their blogs and/or Instagram pages to get the details on their outfits. And, while you’re there, don’t forget to leave some comment love.


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!


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.


Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Jodies Touch of Style}

Ms. Charlotte {the 80+ model from Jodie’s Touch of Style} has a fabulous sense of style. Her daughter, Jodie, submitted this photo from a recent Alaskan cruise — see they even kept with the whole vacation theme. Jodie wrote: “I figured this photo of my mom with her pinkish sweater against the brown wall and turquoise accessories was perfect!!” I mean, seriously, she has all of the colors from the ceiling in her outfit, right down to her bronzy shoes.

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Kezzie}

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Kezzie}

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Kezzie}

Kezzie from KezzieAG was so inspired that she submitted two outfits! Kezzie shared the reason behind her first selection was “because it had the mix of colours and shapes including a pink and a paler blue plus darker shades.  All of my jewellery (bracelet, earrings, necklace) all made a nod to that central white circle (the skylight?) and the necklace was a bit more ornate.  I chose the shoes because of their geometric shapes.” But that dress,  y’all! I’ve already told her that if we ever go shopping together, she gets to pick out my dress. Kezzi’s shoes are also pretty spectacular — note the reptile print. Fabulous!

You can read more about her outfits here.

Style Imitating Art Old County Court House {Fierce Fashion Blog}

Here’s Kim from Fierce Fashion Blog. I love the way she interpreted the image — her color choices are spot. And I’ve already told her a bizillion times how much I love her pink driving mocs. Kim wrote: “I have to say this is one of my favorite outfits/photoshoots, the colors are so happy!” I agree! The colors are definitely happy.

You can find out more about her outfit here.

Old Courthouse Dome SIA

Mike wrote that he “…noticed that the dome has a very “grid-like” pattern to it; linear you could almost say, which is why I chose my striped sweater.” I think that was one of the things that drew me to the dome — the lines, which are definitely reflected in Mike’s sweater. I even think the colors are more saturated versions of those in the photograph. I know he may not have planned it but Mike’s shoes also have the tones of the dome as well as some architectural elements!

You can read more about Mike’s outfit here.

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

This is Sam, Jen’s husband. He wore a light blue zip-up cardigan over a soft brown button-front. Jen wrote: “It’s funny, we both wore our SIA-inspired outfits on in-service days on our respective campuses. :D” Great minds, right? I love that color combo on Sam {and check out his shoes!}.

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 {14 Shades of Grey}

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.

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

Did y’all notice that there was more than just a color theme going on with this post? Everyone seemed to be wearing a fabulous pair of shoes! So incredibly fun, no?

By the way, I posted my Style Imitating Art interpretation on Monday, which you can see by clicking here.

Make sure you visit everyone so you can see more of what they wore and don’t forget to leave a comment so they know you were there.


Jen – Librarian for Life and Style

Salazar – 14 Shades of Grey


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, 1 October. Just send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Jen at  by Tuesday, 9 October. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 10 October.

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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