Art

Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey

Gong Hey Fat Choy. This means Happy New Year (Cantonese).  Chinese New Year officially starts on February 8, 2016 and ends January 27, 2017. The monkey is the 9th animal of  the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac cycle.

If you are a monkey?

You are characterized as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.  The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.

In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.

Lucky signs for Monkeys…

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8
  • Lucky colours: white, gold, blue
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

Famous Monkeys

Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Michael Douglas, Alice Walker, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrall, Nick Carter, Patricia Arquette, Alyson Stoner, Christina Ricci, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez.

To find out your Chinese animal…

Your sign is derived from the year you were born in the Chinese lunar calendar.

The years below are a rough guide, but if you were born in January or February it may be slightly different as the new year moves between 21 January and February 20.

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

 

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Art, Interiors

the gallery wall

gallery wall

I’ve been secretly pinning gallery wall inspiration. Lately, I’ve been revamping my apartment and slowly creating a gallery art wall above my bed. Honestly, curating is a little tricky because you are limited with space and images and you have to create a hierarchy in terms of various sizes. What I’m finding is – display what I love and mix it up. When I’m finished, I’ll share my own little art gallery with you. Until then, here is glimpse of some images I pinned to my “art gallery wall” board…

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Art, Color, Fashion, Interiors, Pantone

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year

Earlier this month, Pantone announced the Color of the Year for 2016. 2016 is a special year because two colors were announced – Rose Quartz {13-1520} and Serenity {15-3919}. Pantone explained that the combination echoed a growing trend of challenging traditional perceptions about color association in fashion, art, interior and all types avenues of design. The colors bring a sense of calm and relaxation which seems to be the overall tone for 2016. Pantone started the Color of the year in 2000. Here is a glimpse of the Pantone colors in the last 15 years…

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Art, Holiday

skulls + flowers

skull art

The day after Halloween is known as the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish. This is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the blurred boundaries between life and death.  The tradition is that men, women and children honor their deceased loved ones by participating in a joyous festival. I’m so inspired by the artwork of this tradition. As inspiration, today is all about beautiful skulls + flowers. Here is a glimpse…

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{Images via Pinterest}



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Architecture, Art, Photography, Travel

Roman Holiday

Rome

Rome was the last city on the European trip.  All roads lead to Rome.  We spent 2 days in Rome. We explored the city by night and saw the Pantheon, strolled the Piazza Novona, and saw the St. Peter’s Basilica twinkling at night. The next day we saw the beautiful Vatican and explored the Colosseum.  We ate delicious pasta and pizza and treated ourselves to gelato and delicious tiramisu.  Rome is such a beautiful city filled with rich art and impressive architecture.  When in Rome…RomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRomeRome

arrivederci roma!

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Architecture, Art, Photography, Travel

oh florence!

Florence

The Italian adventure continues.  I spent one day in Florence and wandered around Piazza Santa Croce to the Piazza Della Signoria.  In a short amount of time I saw the Statue of David, Basilica of Santa Croce, Gucci Museum, wandered the cute streets for leather goods and gold, and of course more gelato. Here is a glimpse of beautiful Florence…

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