The Year of the Monkey is finally here bringing much anticipation of a great year ahead for all of us. I did not head back to Singapore this year for festivities with the family so to kick off celebrations this year (making the best of it here in Hong Kong) we had a spread of the traditional Hotpot with " Lo Hei"!
My lovely neighbours and I had this wonderful " Lo Hei" which is a traditional toss salad widely popular especially during the Lunar New Year. Although it is not a Chinese tradition per se, but more of that of a Singapore / Malaysia tradition, yet it is catching on. I even saw a pre-packed version now available in our Hong Kong supermarkets. With every ingredient in the salad resembling some auspicious meaning for good luck and wealth in the family, it was a great delight to share with friends and family at this time of the year.
The weather amazingly started to slightly warm up during the day here in Hong Kong and then dropping to a cooler 7 - 9 degrees in the evening, I was so lucky to be able to put on this chinese dress, otherwise known as a " cheongsam" that was sleeveless, even during Hong Kong's Winter. This was in fact one of those outfits from Foster Bay ( my previous online clothing store) which we had sold over Chinese New Year a few years back and it's nice to have it out again for old times sake! Miss running that business though... it was fun!
Wanted to stick to a more traditional route this year so nails were a bright red and gold, and jade jewelry came out of the safe, to bring back the old Shanghai feel.
Even whilst in the midst of this photoshoot, the weather significantly got colder, so I threw on this faux fur peachy pink coat to keep warm and it was the first time ever I had to match a fur coat to my cheongsams! Always celebrated Chinese New Year back in Singapore with hot, humid weather and everyone was going for sleeveless dresses or tops - so to throw on a fur coat over my cheongsam for the first time, it felt weird yet fun!
These really old pair of Burgundy Mary Janes was whipped out of the closet for that perfect heel height match to a busy evening. Love how that tone of red just stands out instead of a bright chilli red.
Here's one for the old " vintage" look for the album!
Here's wishing one and all a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy Year of the Monkey!! For a little fun trivia before I sign off, do have fun checking out your horoscope for the Year of the Monkey based on your Chinese Zodiac sign. You may wish to click on this link to read your horoscope for the Year of the Monkey!
Cheongsam ( Dress) : old, Foster Bay ( similar styles here)
Shoes : old ( similar here)
Bangle : ( similar here)
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