Pearls and Flora for Hubert Duprat’s Collaboration With Caddisflies

Welcome to my interpretation for this round of Style Imitating Art.

It’s still March, so I am letting Niki wear his St. Patty’s vest that I made him this year.

A Little Background

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspirational image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The next Wednesday, the curator shares all the submissions on her blog.

This Week’s Curator

Salazar is our curator for this round and has picked a pretty amazing piece.

Caddisfly larvae build themselves a protective house of stones (or anything they can get) with some of the stickiest sticky tape on Earth. Artist Hubert Duprat tried an experiment by giving them gold and pearls and look what they did-pretty artsy larvae pods.

My Choices for this Challenge

Two things stand out to be with the pieces; pearls and gold. I decided one element could have the strong presence and one element the lesser. Pearls won out!

I am going to start out with the most important element and that one is my Steve Madden brocade mules with the over the top pearl bows. You would not think these shoes would be on my radar, but when I saw them it was a slam dunk. They were on sale and I absolutely loved them and didn’t really care how many times I managed to use them, which has not been many for the five or six years I’ve had them.

They grab attention and want to be the star of the show so everything else I chose would just have to play second fiddle.

They do play nicely with my Ted Baker large floral print polyester organza kimono. I’ve actually worn this kimono for another Style Imitating Art back in September, 2021. Also, I wore it with pearls that time too.

I always say this kimono is my “fancy home hostess” look. I guess if I ever get around to having friends over for cocktails, I will be ready!

Under, my kimono I am wearing, again, a black column. Both the shell and pants were sewn by me.

My jewelry is being used to mix a little gold in with my pearls. The necklace is all cultured pearls, with the bracelet being a mixture of gold, freshwater pearls, and faceted glass.

At the last moment, I remembered this ring, combining gold and pearls again. It’s a pretty cool ring and reminds me of an octopus tentacle holding onto a pearl.

The Brighton cuff is the only item that is all gold and had interchangeable leather backing), which I love the idea of.

Michelle and I yesterday on a rare sunny day this week!

That’s it, I’m done.

By the way, our daughter Michelle was up this weekend and got to say hello and meet her new patient (Michelle is a veterinarian). We decided to adopt a new dog. Just this last Friday, we added Lynnie to our family. She is a two-year-old Poodle who escaped the Missouri puppy mill system. If you are not aware, Missouri has the highest amount of puppy mills than anywhere in the United States. Lynnie has a great attitude and I am thankful. She got out at two and didn’t have time to develop too many scars.

Her rescuer was wonderful and worked very hard with her for the month that she had her. We still have to work a bit with the potty training, which is to be expected with a dog from this kind of background. But, Lynnie is adjusting and is a delight to be around. Niki is getting used to the idea of having a new sister. At twelve, he’s pretty secure in his place in the hierarchy.

So back to fashion…

I hope this art inspires you to create a look and that you will join us. Send a photo of your SIA-inspired outfit along with a small blurb on how you were inspired to Salazar whose email is by tomorrow. She will share the submissions on her blog this Wednesday.

Anyone can participate and you certainly do not have to have a blog.

If you do share your inspirations on Instagram use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you are there. You can also tag us in the images. Our Instagram names are @terrigardner_meadowtree, @14shadesofgrey, and @shelbeeontheedge.

Time to go and see you later!

9 thoughts on “Pearls and Flora for Hubert Duprat’s Collaboration With Caddisflies

  1. How pretty are these Mules!!! And the kimono is a perfect match. Awesome!
    Congrats to your cute new family member.
    Are you also waiting for the spring, Terri? Today we had a bit of snow over here, it’s unbelievable. I can’t wait to wear spring clothes…
    Have a lovely week.
    XOXO Reni

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    1. Sick of waiting for Spring! However, we are getting some encouraging signs. Today, I pruned most of my roses-so I am taking the optimistic view.

      Thank you for welcoming Lynnie. I am glad I found her. She is what I needed and can’t wait to start making her a pretty spring dress👗.

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    1. Hi, Marsha and thank you. I lived three years without a “Poodle Girl”-it was time-I was just so lonesome for a girly girl-Lynnie is only 2 so I hope we have quite a few years together. She’s such a sweetie.


  2. Oh my goodness, Terri, your over the top shoes are so perfectly, well, over the top! I absolutely love them! And you are right, it matters not how often you wear them, they are just artwork in and of themselves. And of course, you know how much I love this kimono (and all other kimonos)! They really the most wonderful garment for that “fancy home hostess” style! I love the photo of you and Michelle and the pups. Congratulations on your new addition!


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    1. Thank Shelbee, yea my life this week as all revolved around the decision of getting her to feel like one of the family. Poodle is my favorite breed to own, even with all the work involved in keeping them looking good.


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