Lions and tigers and bears oh my…I have just the outfit for the Menagerie!

Options, Options, Options

It is wonderful to see petite options growing. Shopping for clothes for merely fit is becoming a thing of the past for petites and tanchis. It is becoming more and more of a tanchi problem to have more and more options because clothes with great fit AND style is becoming a reality for petites and tanchis. That means more dents on the wallet but fabulous style options – including this one insprired by the ‘Menagerie.’

Menagerie Inspired Style for the Tanchi

One of my favorite museums in San Diego is the Mingei International Museum. How can I resist when time and time again the exhibitions are well executed with interesting content? I marvel for hours! Currently, they have “Artful Animals from the Permanent Collection” in an exhibition called “Menagerie” until September 8th.The menagerie draws from cultures around the world, making for a zoo of animals. In the show, you’ll find from India – monumental ritual horses of Lord Aiyanar from Tamil Nadu, a maharajah’s steed in painted wood, painted clay animals by Sonabai Rajawar. From Japan, you’ll find paper mache toys, and a horse for a Daimyo’s son and Maneki Neko. Mexico exhibits Manuel Jimenez painted wood figures and Candelario Medrano painted clay mythical animals. There is a horse clad entirely with beads by the Huichol Indians of Jalisco; carousel animals from Spain and the United States of America; armadillos of clay, wood and metal from Central and South America; a monumental stone ram from the Han dynasty of China; Zuni owls; African animal masks; Toikka glass birds from Finland and many other familiar and exotic species.

It promises to be a good one!

What I wore: Anthropologie Carousel Inspired

For my visit to the museum to check out the exhibition, I wore a Painted Carousel Shell from Anthropologie (loose around the panza) that comes in petites! I topped it with a yellow mustard bebe blazer and black bebe cropped pants (how I love my bebe). Great for keeping this tanchi warm in the chilly galleries of museums.


For this inspiration of outfits from the San Diego art and museum scene with the Zara Spring 2013 look book, I used ceramic dinnerware with beautiful blue and white print and animals to pair with spectacular items! Unlikely objects inspiring great style. Here are items that look great for the Menagerie occasion!



Ceramic Printed Blazer
Linen V-neck Tunic
Zebra Print Scarf
Sandal with Metallic Detail
T-Shirt with Lace Back


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