Monday, February 3, 2014

Your Chinese zodiac year - don't get screwed this time! (Fashion Blog Post)

Okay. Fine. You're not superstitious.

Neither am I. But considering all the bad luck that happened during my last zodiac year, I feel obligated to warn everyone.

What bad luck happened to you last time?

What didn't happen? I grew a humongous tumor, suffered severe hemorrhage, was rushed to the ER, got a transfusion worth four bags of blood, got another transfusion a few months later, gained 20 pounds from treatment, underperformed at work, and ended the year with very painful surgery.

By the end, I was exhausted! But as soon as next year rolled around, things started looking up.

When my mom told me about the Chinese Zodiac Year last time, as well as how to fend off bad luck, I brushed her off. Oops! Shouldn't have done that. Yet somehow, I still don't believe the curse. But this year, I'd rather play it safe.

Perhaps you can too, when your Zodiac Year comes around?

Wait! Wait! What is the Chinese Zodiac Year?

Sorry. Forgot to explain.

In Mandarin, an individual's Zodiac Year is called "Ben Ming Nian." It's your birth year on the Chinese Zodiac. It comes every 12 years, as there are 12 zodiac signs on the Chinese calendar. For example, I was born in the Year of the Horse. This year, also the Year of the Horse, I turn 36. This is my third Zodiac Year.

Your Zodiac Year brings you bad luck, because you offend Tai Sui, the God of Age. It's an ancient superstition, and I can't find out why, so you'll have to go with it.

Ways to prevent bad luck on your Chinese Zodiac Year:

These are tips I've read or learned from my family. I've no guarantee of their validity. I will do them only because, again, better safe than sorry.

1. Pray to Tai Sui.

Find a picture of Tai Sui, pray to him, and hope for the best.

2. Wear red undergarments.

The Chinese see red as lucky. It's the color you wear on happy occasions like the New Year and weddings. It also fends off evil.

You should wear red everyday during your Zodiac Year, so red undergarments are preferred.

Again, no idea if this works, but I just dropped 50 dollars on new underwear, so let's hope so.

3. Wear red in general.

If not red undergarments, then red strings, belt, jewelry, silk ribbon, etc. Any red clothing, like today's bright jacket, suffices.

4. Wear jade.

Jade is another lucky symbol in China. If you go with jade, wear it on the left side to enhance luck. Again, there's no evidence of this working. It's only tradition. Also, you can't buy your own jade. It must be a present from someone else.

That's about all I know of.

Thanks for reading.

Good luck on your own Chinese Zodiac Year.

And Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!


  1. love ur blazer

  2. You look totally cute and lovely jacket!! xx

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  3. thanks for sharing,love your look.That red jacket is so beautiful
    have a great week

  4. Happy Chinese New Year! Loving your blog so far - nice outfit!
    Let's follow each other :)

  5. Do you know where we can read up on our specific zodiac year? Kind of like horoscopes? Because I know some signs are luckier this year than most :P
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  6. oh wow! you went through a lot. you did an amazing recovery. GOD bless you! i did not know about this! i've been learning about CNY and this is the first I heard about the zodiac signs and bad luck. thank you so much for sharing.
    LOVE your outfit. that tee and blazer look so good on you.

  7. Happy belated Lunar New Year to you =) I love that red blazer on you. So pretty. I am not that superstitious but I've heard stories before.

  8. Happy New Year! Yes, last year wasn't my greatest...fingers crossed for a brighter 2014!

  9. Beautiful bracelet and great post!! Would you like to follow each other on GFC, bloglovin and facebook? please let us know.
    a beautiful maison

  10. Amazing look, I love your red blazer!!!!!!!!
    Have a nice day!!!

  11. Love your outfit and that red blazer looks amazing on you.

  12. LOVE your blog by the way! would love you to give me some advice on my blog, as im trying to make it as good as possible

  13. I'm sorry you had an awful year. I hope this year is fantastic!
    36? You? No way! You look like a teenager!
    You're very beautiful in red!
    I'm a monkey! Any advice is welcome!

  14. I'm sorry about your year.. I know this year would be better and wow you look very young for 36. My mom is also a horse, but this year is her 4th =)
    hehe I love the tip of wearing more red undergarments! I've actually been trying to wear more red in general as I find that I don't have much red clothing and I kinda want a change !

  15. Absolutely in love for your red jacket!


  16. Hey gorgeous, i just found your blog, i like it, would you mind to see mine and maybe follow each other, just let me know.

  17. I didn't know this... but you're exactly 12 years older than me!

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  18. I totally keep up with most of these traditions!
    Happy Chinese New Year! :)

  19. Any excuse to wear red I'm bound to use...I've had bad luck lately and I have to admit that 2014 is not looking good so far:(


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