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.
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.
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.