Saturday, February 01, 2014

OFF TO THE RACES?

No, it's the Year of the Horse




Yesterday, the 31st January, marked the start of the Chinese Lunar Year, the Year of the Horse – the wood horse, taking over the year of the snake - the water snake. The horse is not my Chinese zodiac sign, but I  find it interesting to read the astrologers yearly life predictions and find out what each animal in the 12-year cycle that makes up the Chinese zodiac signifies. I used to be quite interested in horoscopes and astrology when I was very much younger, always interpreting the astrologers views about what we Virgos had in store for the coming months and years. There is still a small part of me that believes there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world, but I stopped reading my horoscopes when I realised that my horoscope forecast differed, and quite considerably, according to what newspaper or magazine I bought!

So the year of the Horse, according to one astrologer is:

“a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it."

Of course there are lots of other predictions about the year ahead, depending on what print you read, but I particularly liked this one because I felt it was relevant to everything I strive for, except the surprising romances; I’m quite happy being single and flirty in 2014! Do you read horoscopes or follow astrology?

So on to the outfit: whenever I wear this jacket, some bright spark asks if I’m going horse riding. I’ll admit, it does look a little like an equestrian riding jacket, especially when I wear it with knee-high boots, but I love it nonetheless, and I think it makes me look a little more like a ‘lady’ in their 30’s.







Blazer H&M
Leather-look jeans Oasis
Bag Kate Spade
Pumps Louboutin

Later x

24 comments:

  1. Morning Colleen! The new Chinese year already sounds great and positive, I was as you regarding astrology and horoscopes, I checked out them more when I was younger though still now I do it sometimes. Im Scorpio while for the Chinese signs Pig. Btw, you just look gorgeous dear, love the blazer the the pop of color of the bag and the top, flawless and bright combo, the heels are to die for!:)
    Happy Sunday and also a great week ahead! Kisses! xo

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    1. aaah Scorpio, the next zodiac in the cycle after Virgo. x

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  2. Are you wearing an anklet?? Those are a really nice touch, I think they're so sexy but I never remember to put one on... Anyhow, that's what it says about 2014?! I'm actually very exited for this year then.:) "Production is rewarded." That's my favorite part. Don't you hate it when you work hard and it doesn't seem to be paying off??? I know I do...

    As for your comment: your feet actually don't look like they're in pain, they don't look like they're jammed in there whether the shoe fits or not - thank god.:) And that actually wasn't a Photoshop effect, I grounded some chalk, mixed it with water and sprayed my face with it. It was pretty messy, I'll tell you that.:D

    I hope your personal reasons are pleasant ones, dear... If not, hold tight, I'm sending some positive energy towards you!
    xoxo

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    1. I am wearing an anklet; in the UK there's a name (not a pleasant one) for people who wear them, but I wear them nonetheless.

      Yep working hard with no gain is not fun!!. I've replied on your blog about the photoshop x

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  3. Wow very elegant and chic!!! I love your blazer!!!
    Have a wonderful sunday!! my g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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    1. and my like in bloglovin too, doll!!!:)))

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  4. I like you too in this "horse riding chic" outfit! the blazer suits you perfectly and the brownish shades looks phenomenal on your skin tone! p.s-the bag is to die for.. I am so envy! it upgrades the total look to another level!

    I so read the horoscope.. It's fun and its my way to start the weekend! life begins after coffee and the morning paper! I am libra and everythine hope for some good news from the horoscope:)

    Hope you'll have a fantasic horse year!

    kisses,
    http://rosdays.blogspot.co.il/

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  5. I don´t believe at horoscope so much. Last week my mother read me my horoscope and yes it was fitting. Then we checked out it was not my. She read the wrong starsign. :D

    You look great with your classy blazer and the bag gives you outfit the touch of color. I´m in love with your shoes.
    I wish you a wonderful horse year.

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    1. ha, that made me chuckle about the horoscopes

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  6. amazing outfit....I love the bag...

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  7. Love your smart outfit with pops of fShion! But yes mercury retrograde now!! But I hope you are just taking a break for nothing serious. I wish you all the best for the year of the horse. Tame the stallion Colleen! Xxx

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  8. Wow!!!You are rocking this look from head to toe.I love your retro look blazer so much.Never knew you were Virgo,I am a virgo but i don't believe in horoscopes and astrology. Love your Orange bag so much. Funny i am also wearing an orange shoe,wore them to church this morning Have a lovely week babes..
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  9. Beautiful as always!! Love this look, absolutely chic.
    Best wishes to you Colleen!

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  10. These type of jackets are my favourites. I used to go horseback riding and still love this fashion style. You look great, really lovely heels with this! :)
    Madison

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  11. I don't take any notice of horoscopes but I do think there are sometimes some interesting links made between star signs and personality. I like this classic look and the top is the perfect colour with the jacket too.

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  12. I read Susan Miller's Astrologyzone and Cafe Astrology. It's just a habit. I don't believe in horoscopes if it's general reading. It has to be personalised as an individual has lots of varying moons, ascending and descending signs, etc. I'm a Dragon and a Capricorn. Personalities clash, which is me. I can go dainty with perfectly coiffed hair, then go grunge next. Apparently I have a good fortune this year. I just always believe that I should have a good fortune :) Happy New Year of the Wooden Horse (whores according to a BBC translation....did you see that???! Hahaha) to you Colleen!! xxx

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    1. I'd be too scared to have it too personalised - I'd never go to a tarot or get my palm read - I'm happier reading the general stuff, then I can ignore it if it is bad ha. I hadn't seen the BBC translation, but I looked it up - very funny! xx

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  13. That bag!!!
    That bag is everything!
    Love!
    You look super gorg! The pop of color with the bag is perfection!

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  14. Hi dear Colleen, you look great in your look and for sure not as if you wanted to go riding :) I have a similar jacket and this jacket belongs to my winter uniform for work if I need a more classy style. And your bag is simply adorable!

    I read very seldom horoscopes, simply caused by the fact that I mostly forget the content immediately after I read it. But I bought a detailed horoscope for my husband and me, and I have to admit it includes really a lot off true things. I read this bought horoscope when I need an advice or a hint and mostly it helps :)

    Happy week!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  15. I actually looked at this blazer at H&M - I remember it quite distinctly - and then, at the last minute, left it behind. I've always regretted it and do so particularly seeing how beautiful it looks on you. And you were right about my jeans from my post yesterday, these are so similar. But I think the coated look of yours is more sophisticated and edgy :)
    xox,
    Cee
    www.cocoandvera.com

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  16. Yes, the new Lunar year fell exactly on my birthday and like you, I read the predictions :) Try a great site, it's normally so accurate, everybody to whom I recommended loved it - it's said to be, by experts, the best in the world, But I think you know it already, astrologyzone. My moon is in Virgo, I love it :) The blazer may look equestrian, but I love that pattern! I loved the bag too, and your hairstyle! You look always so gorgeous! Nice trousers detail too! denisesplanet com

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  17. That blazer is everything! Love it x
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