SIA interpretation: The Chocolate Girl

It’s time for my SIA interpretation! It was Salazar‘s turn to curate, and she chose a classic:  The Chocolate Girl, ca. 1743-44, by Swiss artist Jean-Étienne Liotard. The muted colors and mix of textures in the painting are lovely.

My starting point was my pleated cotton skirt in shades of bronze, white, and light blue. This skirt hasn’t been on the blog that often, seen here, here, and here, but I’ve had it for years. I added a light denim jacket, plain white tee, and my porcelain Wedgwood pendant necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

We’ve taken photos at various places outside our new home, but it felt like good timing to take some photos inside. Plus, my blogger pal Erin at Loop Looks — and SIA co-host! — has asked for some pics inside the house, so we took these photos in our living room. (Our couch is usually in front of this picture window, but we moved it forward for a few pics.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of porcelain pendant and pleated skirt

Above is a closeup of my skirt with its bronze ribbon detailing, plus a closeup of the Wedgwood porcelain pendant that my mom got in England decades ago — it’s so delicate and pretty!

Last week, I mentioned recognizing The Chocolate Girl painting from the cover of Longbourn. So OF COURSE I had to incorporate my copy of the book into the photos, along with a yellow tea cup (a birthday gift from Portland friends) and a porcelain dish for chocolate sweets (from Scotland, a gift from Sam’s great-aunt). The green metal tray is one we picked up years ago in Texas, and it’s usually in the center of our dining table. I thought it was a nice touch to bring it into the photo shoot in order to echo the tray the maid is carrying in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation tableau for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Lastly, below are some photos of me on our tufted couch, which is the newest addition to our living room. (It’s hard to find a smaller-scale sofa!) Our cat Ibsen was determined to join in on the photo shoot. (I think he was a little jealous of all the attention Brontë got last month in this SIA interpretation post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Weather:  Sunny fall day

Where:  Half-day at work (which gave me time in the morning for photos!)


  • Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Pendant:  Wedgwood, vintage, from my mom
  • Earrings:  Minnesota visitor’s gift shop, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old

similar denim jacket  //  similar long-sleeved white tee  //  similar floral skirt  //  similar ballet flats  //  blue circle pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | denim jacket + floral skirt collage

So there is still time to participate in SIA challenges! It’s easy, and bloggers and non-bloggers are encouraged to join in. All you need to do is take a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s art piece — flat lays and selfies are just fine, as well — and send to this week’s curator, Salazar @, by tonight. Salazar will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

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5 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: The Chocolate Girl

  1. Mike

    A great interpretation Jen. I think that the colors of your outfit match along well with the muted tones of the painting. And you have a lovely home! Thanks for the sneak peek!

  2. Brenda N.

    Lovely interpretation, Jen. You really captured the mood of the painting. The use of your window is a nice addition. Especially liked the pretty Wedgwood necklace. Fun to see the kitty enjoying the new sofa, too!

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