I’ve always loved big cats, because my Zodiac is all associated with big cats – in the Chinese Zodiac, I was born in the year of the tiger and the hour of the tiger, and my Western Zodiac sign is Leo. I don’t know much about astrology, but according to Chinese astrology, I’m a “tiger in the forest” or something like that, meaning my “tiger” part tends to be hidden. It makes sense, since people always seem surprised when they learn I’m a Leo/Tiger, because I’m so quiet and reserved (though if they’ve worked with me on film sets or are my students, they would soon learn that I have a temper.)
All this is a roundabout way to talk about my cheetah print. If I want to be pretentious, I could say that it represents the “hidden tiger” part in me (because it’s hidden under the blazer), but the truth is that it just doesn’t fit on the lapel of my blazer, so I wore it on the turtleneck underneath instead.
This top is one of the few new pieces I bought this year. I got it from my favorite local boutique which specializes in embroidered linen clothes, and my sister actually convinced me to buy it by saying that it “looks like something out of Star Trek” (it must be the collar.) Now I don’t know which Star Trek she’s been watching, but it doesn’t look like any Trek uniform I know. If anything, it’s more like Star Trek meets cottagecore (hey, isn’t that Picard though?) Either way, it’s given me an idea to style this top, with the cropped pants and the boots. And the color of the pants is quite Trek-appropriate, I think (though apparently Kirk’s uniform is not mustard, it’s green!)