SIA interpretation: Una and the Lion

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I chose the artwork for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and now it’s time for my interpretation! I chose Una and the Lion, painted by British painter Briton Rivière (1840-1920), which depicts figures from a story in Edmund Spenser’s epic 1590s poem, The Faerie Queene. Una represents “Truth,” and the lion represents “Honor.” You can read a translation of the story here and more details about why I chose this painting in last week’s post here.

I represent all three major figures in this painting:  the “fair lady” (the meaning of my name, Jennifer), the lion (my Western zodiac sign), and the lamb (my Chinese Zodiac sign). I totally get symbolism. Hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Una and the Lion SIA collage

Even though the colors in the painting are quite autumnal, I wanted to still look summer-y, as there’s still plenty of the summer season left up here in the Pacific Northwest. (We follow the actual seasons, with summer lasting through late September.) No maxidress; instead, I chose a floral skirt and tank top in shades of cream, to echo the color of Una’s dress. There are lacing details in Una’s hair and dress sleeves, so I chose accessories with criss-crosses and textural details, like my cognac rope tassel belt, my metallic sandals that criss-cross in the front, and my vintage wicker purse with darker-colored lacing details along the front. I also criss-crossed my hair with a rope braid in front! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories


Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

The backdrop of the painting is in the woods, so I also chose accessories of wood, including my copper-beaded bracelet with a wooden clasp, wood beaded earrings, and my stud earrings made from petrified wood. (My father’s mother made the last two on that list, the two sets of earrings!) The backdrop in these photos features trees along our new backyard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wood and bead accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Shades of cream with cognac accessories

And one extra fun detail:  the lining of my vintage wicker purse features logos and illustrations of famous car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Hillman, Porsche, and more. I wore this outfit on an outing with my husband and visiting in-laws to America’s Car Museum here in Tacoma. I am NOTHING if not coordinated! 😉

The museum also has a lovely deck with a panoramic view of downtown Tacoma and the marina. I could not resist getting a photo so y’all could enjoy the view, too!

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage purse liner of car logos

Librarian for Life + Style | Deck view from the American Car Museum

So there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a picture of an outfit inspired by my artwork choice this week — flat lays and selfies are also just fine — by tonight at I will post the round-up on my blog here on Wednesday morning.

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20 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Una and the Lion

  1. Theresa Campbell

    Love that skirt. And the accessories you chose are perfect for your outfit, especially considering the inspiration for them. The vintage wicker bag is adorable. I do love a cute vintage straw purse and the lining is so unique.

  2. Nicole

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I adore these basket bags. I always wonder where people find them. Also I wonder how you succeeded in braiding your short hair.


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