(This image was found on Google, therefore not my image but all other images in this post are my own)
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
As you probably know, last Friday it was Chinese New Year and 2014 is the year of the horse! Most of you probably don't know but I am part Chinese and I hold my Chinese culture very close to my heart. My Grandad was from China and moved over to England many years ago to open up his own business, a Chinese Takeaway (which is still going!!). Therefore my Dad is half Chinese and I am a quater, which I know isn't a lot but I am so proud to have a Chinese heritage. Every year around this time it takes me back to when I was a kid going around my Grandad's and him cooking up a Chinese feast! He made everything himself and was sure to fill us all up with his delicious food. He was more worried about feeding us than feeding himself! Unfortunately my Grandad is no longer with us so I tend to get emotional around this time but I always look back with fond memories of my Grandad and promise to one day teach my children about the Chinese culture and Chinese New Year in particular.
The necklace was a gift from my Grandad many years ago from Hong Kong, along with a silver and pearl necklace which I didn't photograph. It is real gold and Jade stone so it is very delicate and fragile and I generally only wear it on special occasions like on Friday. It's funny because it was only the other week my Dad bought down all of my Grandma and Grandad's jewellery they had kept and we were looking through it all, re-living old memories. I was fascinated with the coins and jewellery bought over from Hong Kong as it's all so intricate and beautiful. The red cherry blossom case is a jewellery case which I keep the necklaces in and the hanging piece hangs from a door in our dinning room :)
It's a shame we got rid of my Grandma's Chinese coats when she passed away as I would love to worn one on Friday. She had so many in all kinds of colours, all the colours of the rainbow in fact! At the time she passed I was very young so it didn't particularly interest me in keeping them, but I wish we had kept atleast one. Hey ho, maybe I will find one as pretty as them one day!
*This post is not me bragging at all, I just thought it would be nice to share with you a bit about my background. I don't want anyone thinking this is me showing off as it is not at all!
Anyway, I hope you liked this post, something a little different and a bit more lifestyle and background. I wish we had celebrated a little more on the day but we did have a rather large Chinese feast between me, my Dad and my boyfriend to mark the day :) Did you do anything to celebrate Chinese New Year? I'd love to know if you did!
Speak to you soon lovelies,