Guest Blogging Series…

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So,  in case you didn’t know I love art history. I decided to minor in it in college because I couldn’t get enough art history classes. I also met Kev in art history clases- 20th Century Art to be exact. I knew I wanted to take some time away from blogging when the baby came and I knew I wanted to ask some blogging friends to do some guest blogging, but I didn’t know what about. Then I came up with this great idea to mix fashion and art. I asked each blogger to pick a piece of artwork that spoke to them in some way. It could be famous, not famous, new, old. whatever piece of artwork they wanted and then to create an outfit inspired by the piece. It was so freakin’ fun to do this and to see everyones pictures and outfits to come in. I can’t wait to share them all over the next 2 weeks. I will be back to regular blogging on Oct. 4th. Can you believe how soon Oct. is coming?

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I decided to kick off the series with a post myself. My favorite period in art is the Renaissance. I think I surprise a lot of people when I say that but I could look at gold framed religious art from that time period for hours. I love the feel to them all & the history of each family who commissioned the paintings, they way they are painted, the mix of religion and mythology, and I love how everything has a deeper meaning. Each piece is like a puzzle that is waiting to be put together with all its different pieces.  One of my favorite pieces is “Primavera ” by Botticelli. It is also called the “Allegory of Spring” & if you go to the wikipedia page or do a little more research there is so much more to this painting then just what you see. I don’t want to start writing about it all because I will have a blog post that is a book, but I hope that if you are interested you will go read a little more about it.

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I chose to create an outfit based on the goddess Venus who is in the center of the painting. She is residing over the garden and I was really drawn to her as my inspiration. Venus is the goddess of love, beauty and fertility. I thought it was fitting as I am 40 weeks pregnant still in these pictures. I wanted to create an outfit that was overly romantic feeling with soft colors and fabrics. I layered a blouse under my H&M dress and belted with with a thick brown belt. I have been dying to wear this crystal headband from ban.do and had yet to find the right outfit to wear it with. It was perfect for this one though. I don’t think I would have thought to add my orange cardigan to this pale pink dress but I wanted something orange to match the picture and I actually really like the 2 together. It was so fun putting this together.

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Headband: c/o ban.do
Orange Cardigan: NY&Co.
Ruffle Blouse: Swap via theswapaholics.com
Dress: H&M
Belt: Kevs
Wedges: MIA via DSW

Read More about Botticelli’s “Primavera” and see more images at wikipedia

  1. I totally love this idea! This is a great one, Jen. I hope you enjoy your time with your new family : )
    I can’t wait to see who you’ve asked to guest blog.

  2. Lovely post Jen, and a great idea for a guest series – I can’t wait to see what the other girls come up with! My grandparents had this Botticelli print on their wall when I was growing up and I was always fascinated by the different figures and their lovely drapy costumes. Many congratulations to you and Kev on the birth of beautiful Rowan, and enjoy your maternity leave!

  3. What a great idea for your time away! I love it! And the outfit is great too!

  4. You are a goddess Jen! Love your take on Venus!!

    I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts!

    Lulu Letty

  5. This is a WONDERFUL idea! I loveeeeee this! Your outfit is great, and I can’t wait to see all the other posts. Enjoy your time with Rowan… loving all the adorable pictures on Twitter!

  6. Lovely. It resembles the painting quite well. I can’t wait to see these everyday. How creative!

  7. I’m excited for this series of fashion and art. Always love a good outfit that makes me feel feminine.

  8. This is probably my favorite guest-blogging idea ever!! Such a great concept! I love your choice of painting and the inspired outfit. 🙂

  9. This is such a brilliant idea! And I love the outfit!

  10. I love that you are combining fashion and art! Art history was one of my favorite classes in college!

    If you love religious art from the Renaissance, you should consider visiting the Bob Jones Museum & Gallery in Greenville, SC. They have the one of the largest collections of religious art outside of the Vatican. They have major works by Rubens, Tintoretto, Veronese, Cranach, Gerard David, Murillo, Ribera, van Dyck, Honthorst, and Doré (just to name a few).

    Check out their website if you’re interested: http://www.bjumg.org/index.html

  11. This is such a cool idea! I love art history as well, so I can’t wait to see more. Just pretty pretty pretty!

  12. Love this idea and you look great! I think you should do this as a weekly /monthly thing on your blog. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the art work to! Enjoy you time off and looking forward to the guest posts to see their artwork choices and outfits to match! x

  13. This is a fabulous idea! It reminds me of the Project Runway challenge when the designers had to create pieces inspired by art from the Met (which remains one of my favorites from the show). Looking forward to seeing more. And congratulations on your baby!

  14. oh man, i know i am going to love this series – fashion & art together is one of my favorite combos! just wanted to point you in the direction of artfully awear, a blog run by an adorable girl named ariel who writes about this subject all the time. she also has an insane talent for pattern mixing. (http://artfullyawear.blogspot.com/) enjoy!

  15. love this! it’s like america’s next top model! 🙂 haha. can’t wait to see everyone’s favorite art pieces and their fashion interpretation! such a great idea

  16. aww lovely photos, you look beautiful

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    xx

  17. Okay, true story time, I was in a later Shakespeare class and the last play that we read was “A Winter’s Tale,” where at the end a statue turns into the king’s supposedly long-dead wife. My professor wanted to have somebody act it out the last day of class so there I am, standing on top of a table wearing a short dress, pretending to be a statue. She brought in a copy of this painting so I would know how to pose (like Venus). Aside from that strange memory I really do love that painting.

  18. This is such a fun idea!
    I love your inspiration and the outfit is gorgeous.

    Can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with!

    X

  19. I am also a lover of art history, so I’m really excited to see these upcoming posts! Great idea!

  20. this is such a cool idea! i can’t wait to see how people interpret it.

  21. What a wonderful idea for a guest series. I used to work for an art museum, so I love posts like this and reading other people’s perspectives.

    And you are just glowing in the outfit post 🙂

  22. Eek! This is brilliant! I love art and art history – I’m so excited to see this side of you on your blog too! What a wonderful idea – can’t wait to see what others do!

  23. Love that orange cardigan so beautiful with that kind of flower, gives a light on the outfit

  24. i really love this orange, its so vibrant and great if you want to add a bit of colour to fall clothing!!

  25. What a great idea for a series, and I love your own interpretation of it. You look like a Renaissance goddess! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store with these guest posts!

  26. This is such a great idea!
    I love art…though I’ve never taken any art history classes or anything. Can’t wait to see the rest of the series.

  27. Totally saw those wedges at Marshalls! They were $10 on clearance! Great pairing!

  28. I LOVE this!!!!! I was an Art major, too, and I’m so excited to see these posts! I love the way your modern outfit reflects this old painting. So cool!!

  29. SUCH a great idea. I can’t wait to read these!

  30. This is a GREAT idea. I, too, love art history and have done some art/fashion posts. I wish I could have guest blogged for this! But then, I don’t even take outfit photos… ha. Anyway, you look lovely, and I hope you are doing well! 🙂

  31. This idea is really funny! I can’t wait to see the other posts!
    And I wish you a great time with your baby 🙂

  32. this is/has been a GREAT series, i hope it becomes a semi-regular thing– maybe twice a year, or when you need a mommy break from blogging? 🙂

  33. I just wanted to say that this is a very cool idea.

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