GONG HEY FAT CHOY! Happy Chinese New Year! Also known as Lunar New Year. This year marks the year of the Fire Rooster, and the last Fire Rooster was in 1957! The new year begins this Saturday, January 28th at 8:08 am. Chinese New Year has always been a fun celebration for me growing up. My Mama, is Chinese, and would share this holiday with my brother and I growing up. I loved going over to my Goong-Goong’s (Maternal Grandfather) house, and he always gave me and my cousins little red envelopes, known as “lai see” in Cantanese (hongbao in Mandarin) with money inside! It didn’t matter if it was a dollar (as a child) or $20 bucks, that little red envelope was always exciting!
Chinese people love the color red, and regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Sending red envelopes is a way to send good wishes and luck. Actually, the significance of red envelopes is the red paper, not the money inside. Wrapping money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers. Hence, it is impolite to open a red envelope in front of the person who gives it to you. Those who receive a red envelope are wished another safe and peaceful year. (source: chinahighlights.com)
For more information about Chinese New Year, check out China Highlight’s website HERE
As I have grown older, I love to share this tradition with my three daughters. When we lived in Las Vegas, we would visit the Bellagio Conservatory, as the Bellagio did an amazing and beautiful fresh floral display. They would have lion dancers, traditional Chinese musicians, and burn incense. If you ever get the chance to visit Vegas in January – Februrary, I would highly recommend it. We would also make a trip to Sunville Bakery on Spring Mountain, in the Chinatown district right off the Strip. Sunville Bakery has the best red bean curd mooncakes, a must to eat when celebrating Chinese New Year. I’m quite bummed that I won’t be able to experience going there this year, and will need to research fun Chinese New Year activities here in Houston. Any recommendations are appreciated!
For this shoot with the super talented, Taylor, of Taylor Elizabeth Photography, I wanted to continue shooting all the amazing Mural Walls in Houston. She suggested the Dragon Wall, at the Frenetic Theatre, and it inspired me to write a post about my heritage. This pink dragon art is my favorite, because 1..it’s PINK and 2…it’s badass. My word for 2017 is FEARLESS, and what symbolizes fearlessness…but a dang DRAGON! I love this quote – “Do not fashion me as a maiden that needs to be saved by a dragon. I am the dragon, and I will swallow you whole.” Does that not make you feel like YASSSS? The Dragon is my spirit animal this year, and I’m ready to unleash my full potential into my business, my family, into other Girl Bosses that are ready to SLAY this year!
I was born in the year of the Goat, and an Earth Goat. Earth Goats are righteous, honest, straightforward, and will never harm their friends.
The Goat’s Personality: Calm, Gentle…
People born in a year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.
They have very delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance, and acquire professional skills well. Although they look gentle on the surface, they are tough on the inside, always insisting on their own opinions in their minds. They have strong inner resilience and excellent defensive instincts.
Though they prefer to be in groups, they do not want to be the center of attention. They are reserved and quiet, most likely because they like spending much time in their thoughts. Goats like to spend money on fashionable things that give them a first class appearance. Although goats enjoy spending money on the finer things in life, they are not snobbish.
(source: chinahighlights.com) This pretty much describes me very well!
Okay, let’s talk about outfit deets…I’m obsessed with this Satin Cherry Blossom Bomber jacket by Chelsea28 from Nordstrom (currently sold out, but I have linked my other favorites for you.) I scored it during their half yearly sale, and I was thrilled to discover that it’s also reversible! You can flip it to just all black and pink or the cherry blossom print. Of course, I love the cherry blossom print, as I love chery blossoms. Cherry blossoms have a special significance in Chinese and Japanese cultures. The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
My custom necklace is from Baublebar…and I love it! It took about 4 weeks for it to be made, but so worth it! Create your own custom design necklace and nameplate HERE
My ring is also from Baublebar and these ear climbers are from Kendra Scott, my Christmas present from the Hubs. And, do you see how long my eye lashes are getting??? Lash Boost! Get it HERE
I had two Confetti poppers left over from NYE, and really wanted to play with them for this shoot. Taylor thought I was cray…but it was a lot of FUN popping them! The first was kinda a dud, but the last one went POP!
So, GONG HEY FAT CHOY Girl Boss! Wishing you “great happiness and prosperity”!