Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hot at the Museum

Last weekend, Justin and I had a chance to visit an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) - it was the last days when impressionists were on display. I adore that period and adore both softness and boldness of impressionistic paintings. It revealed so many talents, each with their own uniqueness - it's hard to pick just one favorite. Thank goodness, we don't have to pick only one - we can enjoy them all.

Here is what SAM tells us about this exhibit. "The Seattle Art Museum is proud to present Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art (in Washington, DC). The collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings, considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world. This exhibition features 68 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. These works, which are prominently presented in the East Building of the National Gallery, have long been treasured by the museum’s visitors and prized by art historians."

As you can see, a wide range of artists was presented - some of the names were unfamiliar to me. I was not sure at all exactly why I felt drawn to this particular dress from Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant collection. Frankly speaking, my first thought was something soft, watercolor-like, perhaps floral ... and it would be quite inspired, and I wouldn't be the only woman at the museum who had that thought. I chose this ensemble instead.

Isabel Toledo's clothing is the finest in my closet, for sure. It is timeless yet modern and fresh, charming yet with character at the same time. Hmm, sounds so much like impressionistic art. Could it be why this is what was calling me that day? 

The answer to my question became obvious when I entered the world of Renoir's feminine beauties. Of course! Now I know why I thought of this outfit.

Even though, I told Justin that I wouldn't take the jacket off at the museum because I felt too "naked" without it (to which Justin only said, "I hope it will be very hot at the museum!") - I did. First of all, it is not inappropriate at all to look pretty, while surrounded with such beauty. And secondly, it was very hot at the museum indeed. 

Dress, jacket and faux fur coat - Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant (last year)
Boots - Naturalizer
Purse - via TJ MAXX
Pearls and scarf - gifts


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  1. Well it is very clear an artist should have been there to paint you! YOU so resemble the art! I adore the lace trimmed dress, and the texture of the coat. The paisley shawl is a beauty too. Museums are always such a pick me up!
    I am also a fan of Naturlaizer, so comfy!
    xx, Elle

    1. Thank you, Elle. Justin was my artist, as always. :)

  2. I love Isabel Toledo, and her husband Ruben, who is an artist and graphic designer. Your dress fits the exhibition theme wonderfully and you look dazzling with the jacket and without. I laughed when Justin said he hopes the gallery will be hot. I hope the splendour of the gallery visit stays with you for days and days.

    1. I watched (or read) an interview with both of them - it's fascinating how they work together. They created perfumes for LB, by the way - I think they might be still available on the web. Lovely scents! And yes, my impressions of impressionists will last for long, perhaps forever. :)

  3. Oh my gosh. With your beautiful hair and the colors in your outfit next to the green green bush you honestly look like an impressionist painting. So lovely.

  4. wow! you look like the reincarnation of a impressionists muse!!
    stunning dress and awesome coat! especially on you! you can wear opulence like nobody else!
    love the photo with you totally taken by the painting! i wish you were here - we had a blast in all the art museums and galleries in dresden!!!
    i had a fab museum moment this year too:
    in vienna - while your "hibernation" :-)
    tons of hugs for you my beautiful friend!

  5. Oh I would love a night of art and culture. your dress was fabulous for the occasion.

  6. You and Justin are artists together, not unlike Isabel and Reuben. :-) The delicious colors and composition highlight your beauty. I love every piece of your ensemble and also enjoyed the "unveiling" as I read the post. So happy you were able to spend magical time with your love as you were uplifted by art. XXXOOO

  7. You look great Natalia. Wonderfull for museum visite.
    Wish you a great weekend, kisses Tina

  8. ohhhh, gorgeous!!!, lovely outfit, such an amazing ensemble, love the fabric and those lace details, those subtle, beautiful shades!. And you look gorgeous, I need to say it once more!
    Love that your coat has some kind of 20's vibe (isn't it?), elegant and a little bit artsy, which is perfect to go to watch some Impresionist Art. Fabulous!

  9. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I think you look close to that paiting.

  10. Awesome look and it does go very well with Renoir's girls in laces:) You are beautiful. It must have been a wonderful day out in the museum!
    I've chcecked the website and I see that they have really plenty of exhibitions. I'd love to see some of them for example Europe Imagines the East. I think it's kind of fairy tale like:)


  11. How wonderful you got to see those paintings. I've been fortunate enough to have visited the National Gallery of Art in DC and it's amazing! I adore the Impressionists. My favourite painter is Degas and you're wearing colours that he would have used in some of his paintings, particularly the darker ballet paintings.
    And that coat - oh I adore it!
    A beautiful dress so elegant for a museum. You look like a painting - beautiful.

  12. You do so resemble those lace clad beauties.
    A hottie in a hot museum! No wonder Justin was taking photos of you instead of looking at the art on the walls!
    Xo Jazzy Jack

  13. What a stunning outfit for a day at the museum, I just adore the rich colors and textures. The last time I visited the museum, I was in very casual jeans and shirt and good walking shoes and think I need to step up my game next time :)
    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


  14. Stunning outfit for a trip to an Art Exhibition, you are indeed a picture yourself. So glad it was hot enough inside to show off the intricate lace details on your top. I too love the sequence of photos from rugged up in that wonderful coat to the full beauty of the lace. I too am a great admirer of the Impressionists and am planning my fix in Paris.

  15. That dress is absolutely beautiful...and I really like the crochet jacket that comes with it!

    Those impressionist paintings are amazing...I'm a big fan of impressionst painters as well. With your delicate complexion, you would have beeen a perfect model for impressionalist painters. I bet you enjoyed seeing this exhibition.

  16. The rich warm colours of your outfit suit you so well, and the lace overlay is such a pretty feature. I'm glad you enjoyed the exhibition - I think seeing paintings in the flesh (so to speak) is a very different experience from seeing reproductions of the images in books, cards, etc. The scale, the colours, the brushstrokes - it's good to see them all close up and personal. xxx

  17. This is a very beautiful dress, such a nice colour and all those lacy details! The coat is yet another beautiful piece, what a texture, huh?