Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Happy Year of the Tiger! This New Year is extra special for me, because I was born in the Year of the Tiger – though according to the Chinese sexagenary cycle, I’m a Fire Tiger, and this year is the year of the Water Tiger. Also, apparently, my birth year corresponds to the element of “wood” (out of the five elements – metal, wood, water, fire, and earth), so I’m not just a Fire Tiger, I’m a Fire Tiger of the Forest (Chinese horoscope is very confusing) – hence the William Blake quote in the title.

And that’s also why, for this New Year outfit, I gave a nod to my birth sign with this tiger-embroidered top and the green color scheme (for the “forest” bit, get it?) We’re having a very simple celebration this year due to the pandemic, so I’m keeping my outfits casual.


Plants And Insects

For this week’s SIA, I knew I’d wear these pants to mimic the color of the watermelon and these boots to mimic the flowers and insects in the painting. What’s left is the background. At first, I thought about bringing out my mustard cardigan or yellow scarf, but the yellow looks garish against the green of my pants, so in the end, I picked a more neutral sweater and added my dragonfly brooch to it. I’m quite happy with the end result – perfect for SIA yet still functional, and that’s what these challenges are all about.

Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


Taste Of Fall

Hope all of my US readers had a fun (and delicious) Thanksgiving. Alas, it was a normal working day for me, and the end of the semester is quickly approaching too, so there are papers to mark, grades to turn in, and a million other things. It’s always my least favorite part of the semester, but I guess you have to get through that to reach the nice break on the other end.

It doesn’t help that the weather has been really annoying lately, hot and dry followed by cold and wet. It can’t seem to make up its mind if it wants to be late fall or early winter, which means I often can’t decide what to wear until the morning, and by then it’s either too late to take photos or I don’t feel like it. So here’s an old outfit from a couple of weeks ago, when it was nice and cool.


Poppy #2

This is outfit #2 for SIA, inspired by this illustration of a Memorial Day poppy. It’s actually my original outfit, but I wasn’t too happy with it when I put it together. The pants are OK, but I don’t have any bright orange piece in my closet that can match the poppy in the illustration and I had to make do with this peach T-shirt. I figure the design on the shirt can also be a nod to the swirling lines of the poppy itself. It may not be the perfect SIA outfit, but it’s still a pretty good outfit on its own, so I decided to give it a chance.


Teatime

Although my travel wardrobe was perfect for this week’s SIA (black, white, and blue, hello), I was too busy during my trip to take outfit photos, so here’s an “everyday” outfit. The white printed shirt is a no-brainer, and the pants are to mimic the blue-green background. I also added my polka dot mug for the coffee beans, though my mug is white dots on black rather than black dots on white.

The thing is, I’m not a coffee drinker. I love the smell of coffee, but I can’t drink it – it was actually tea in the mug (hence the post title, which is also a tribute to the most famous Discworld assassin).

Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog for more interpretations of this painting!