Inspired By Nature Challenge, Day One

Hi everyone!

I'm trying to do all five days of Bella's "Inspired by Nature" outfit challenge. It really is turning out to be a challenge for me. I spent a long time in my closet yesterday trying to put some things together.

I couldn't do the colors in the picture because I don't own anything light pink or purple, so I went for mood and shapes instead. I chose this outfit based on the softness of the photo--the soft, muted colors, the light and the rounded silhouettes of the elephants. I felt very peaceful looking at the picture. My outfit also has a safari aspect because the photographer was in Africa (obvious leap, I know).

Thank you for looking! Comments and suggestions are always appreciated.

Silk Tunic: Anthropologie
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Cole Haan
Bag: Anthropologie
Belt: Swapped

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 10 years ago

    Beautifully executed Ana!

  • Claudia replied 10 years ago

    Nice! I love the top which mirrors the reflection in the water.

  • Joy replied 10 years ago

    You've captured the essence of the photo, Ana. You look wonderful! I love the print of the tunic especially.

  • Beth Ann replied 10 years ago

    Such a wonderful take on a Safari look, Ana. I like that you though to tuck a tunic (I have a couple I could treat this way. And I'm so ready to see button front skirts back! This one has such a lovely proportion, and the "double breasted" buttons will prevent the horrible "gap" you sometimes get with button-fronts. Very soft and lovely overall! Now --- when are you booking your flight?

  • HelenInCanada replied 10 years ago

    Ooh, yes - this looks amazing. You took the inspiration and worked it! Love the blouse and skirt.

  • bella replied 10 years ago

    what an amazing top!
    Ana - yes, please post your pic in the other thread as well. I like keeping all the pictures in the same place for posterity and ease of access.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Beautiful, Ana! I like your interpretation.

  • ManidipaM replied 10 years ago

    I'd never have imagined a safari look could be so polished and pretty --- thanks so much for this, Ana! You evoke natural cycles and earthiness and a sense of joy and promise, and... relief? hope? that I felt the image captured in that moment, in that gathering by the water that must have happened yesterday and will, gods willing, happen tomorrow too. There is a certain fragility to each, which your flowered top echoes, and a stability that your skirt matches. Love the iridescence of the purse, reminiscent of the moon.

  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Fabulous look, Ana. It really does capture the feeling. Manidipa put it so eloquently, so I will let her speak.

  • Sara L. replied 10 years ago

    I love the floral shirt tucked into the skirt! I probably wouldn't have thought of it because I would be worried about cutting off the print, but it looks great.

  • Isis replied 10 years ago

    Great interpretation! Not literal, but very much echoes the feeling of the picture...and you look great!

  • Tanya replied 10 years ago

    What a gorgeous look Ana! Very fresh take on the inspiration photo, and I absolutely love that tunic.

  • cjh replied 10 years ago

    Oh, missed this since you did a separate post. Very nice! Love the colors, the "safari" feel. You look great.

  • Kiwichik replied 10 years ago


  • Sarah A replied 10 years ago

    wonderful interpretation, i really like the top tucked. how creative!

  • Chrizzle replied 10 years ago

    Beautiful, poetic interpretation of the photo. Mandipa and others expressed why it works so much better than I could.

  • CocoLion replied 10 years ago

    You are a vision of feminine style. I like the casual, temperature-appropriate approach.

  • Angie replied 10 years ago


  • Laura replied 10 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • nicoleb replied 10 years ago

    You look great Ana!

  • Ana replied 10 years ago

    Thanks everyone! Sorry I didn't have time to check in earlier. I really appreciate all the comments and compliments! And thank you for the K-rating, Angie! And Manidipa, your comment was gorgeously written! Thank you so much!

    I'm glad the outfit wasn't too off the mark from the inspiration. I'm really struggling with tomorrow's outfit. Still thinking about it...

    This is a really fun challenge, though. :)

  • velvetychocolate replied 10 years ago

    Very glamourous and I love this outfit on you! Manidipa's right - you really know how to make 'safari' look fab. Pairing a lovely floral print top with a safari-ish skirt is another one of those 'killer' combinations, and I would never have thought to try something like this - extremely inspiring and very beautiful on you.

  • AJ replied 10 years ago

    A fresh take on safari! Luv the whole outfit! Is that top a recent purchase?

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