Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chinese New Year Colors


Scarf by Alpha Gypsy, Sneakers by Vans,  Bag by Fabiola Pedrazzini

The vibrancy of Chinatown gets me every time. It's what I grew up with. Some don't get my deep obsession with anything that connects me to my Asian roots, but I'll stand by it with a bubble tea in both hands. Firmly. This blog ain't called COLOR Me Nana for nothing. I appreciate the way my senses go into a wild overdrive in this part of the city, and especially so during Chinese New Year. The bakeries, the firecrackers, and yes, even sometimes the fish from the street markets feel somewhat homely. I love it all. I can't remember a year when I didn't head to the Chinese New Year parade with my family in whatever city we happened to be in during that time. I remember being extremely scared of the dancing dragons as a child, but I loved the sound of the thumping drum and the way I felt it beating in my chest with ever pound. My mom always filled a red packet of money for my sister and I to save up for whatever our hearts desired. We held onto our red packets for years, all for the sake of good luck and good fortune. Chinese New Year means years and years of childhood confetti dreams and fried rice dinners for me. And never a year goes by that I regret attending the parade to once again watch the dancing dragons (I'm no longer scared) and to hear that pounding drum beat over and over again. 

22 comments:

Natalia/Shandrese said...

I love these photos! Great post!

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Dani said...

I'm not even a little bit Asian, but I am obsessed with the cultural warmth that Chinese New Year here in NYC always brings. I wish we had an American holiday that incorporated so much color and fanfare (and food!)

One of my favorites- great shots :)

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Vodkaandarose said...

Great pictures...and I love all the little colour papers...;))

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Unknown said...

i am so glad you didnt miss the parade in nyc you and sister is such
a trooper and love you guys so very much.I think we never missed a year to celebrate cny. love your and natalie so much and never forget your roots.

Maricruz said...

Great photos! Everything looks so cool xx

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Ruth Miranda said...

THis is something I would so love to experience at least once in my life.
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Unknown said...

yaay nice pics!! looks a very funny festival :D xoxo
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Seeking Style said...

Ah NY must be so much fun to live in! So much culture!

xo Jennifer

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Maddie Toy said...

these photos are seriously so beautiful. This looks like so much fun! and i love your outfit!
xo,
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Love at First Blush said...

What a wonderful, colorful post and beautiful photos! I think I spy a Chatime bubble tea in your hand. ;)


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Moira Parton said...

Chinese New Year seems so much fun and lively! x

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Unknown said...

These are such great picture! Making me really missing having CNY in Taiwan where I was born :)

Nakia Pleasant said...

These photos are so awesome !!I love your outfit sooooo so much great styling Nana.
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Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Amazing photos xx

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library of stars said...

Such beautiful and colourful photos! It looks like it was such a fun and incredible experience. I love your outfit as well xx

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Unknown said...

Sparkly sanitation truck!! <3

Seriously, so. much. love. Thanks for taking me there with you!

xx

FASHIOLIEZTA MAGAZINE said...

Great pics. Love!

Anonymous said...

The bold colors look amazing in your photographs - now I feel like I should have at least attended the parade once in all my years in NYC. Perhaps next year...



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Mariel Parton said...

these photos are so amazing Dylana.
It's a dream to go to a China town and celebrate Chinese new year, the colours and everyone's excitement is just amazing and I'm sure the event is just something to remember :) <3

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Nikki Williams said...

how cool! gorgeous photos, and it's awesome it reminds you of childhood :)

xxoo,
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Unknown said...

even when i totally love your outfit post because you have such a great style, these kind of post are truly my favorites! you have a great eye for capturing life that is simply stunning!

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