The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 5

I am feeling on top of the world this morning!

Hence on Day 5 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge, a batik sarong fabric that showcases a contemporary interpretation of otherwise traditional patterns, is just the right choice for my cheongsam! And… the colours of reds and greens echo that of the forthcoming Christmas season too.

I thank some of the visitors to my blog for comments on wanting to see my shoes as well….so here I pair the outfit with green accessories and red sandals with ladylike bows. YES, even at 93, I love ribbons and bows (chuckle).

Mixing and matching, contrasting and complementing colours and patterns is so much fun! That is why dressing up is such a joyful activity.

Until tomorrow, have a wonderful and blessed day today.


The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 3

Three done, about_____┬ámore to go!! I am referring to the number of cheongsams I have in my humble collection. Seeing as how I am 93, the cheongsams just kept creeping into my closets over the years – without much fanfare! Would anyone care to guess how many more are yet to be included in my Cheongsam Challenge?

Some are more suited for day and others for evening. Today being Day 3 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge, I chose to wear a batik piece, with a bold and dramatic zig-zag pattern in maroon and navy blue that runs down the front, while the more subdued tiny leafy pattern adorns the back and sleeves. There is no opening that runs across the front shoulder so as not to vie for attention with the fabric pattern.

I have paired it with black sandals though you do not see it in the photograph. The green accessories add a touch of contrast to the whole outfit.

The Christmas tree is a miniature reminder that it is ‘Christmas everyday’ hence it is up all year round!

Have a wonderful start to the week and God bless.



The Cheongsam Challenge: Day 2

At the age of 93, I still never cease to be fascinated by the colours and patterns of batik sarongs. Though I do not wear the creative pieces of fabric as a sarong, I love having them fashioned into cheongsams.

Most if not all of my batik cheongsams were tailored in Shanghai and are a testament to the fine workmanship of the Shanghainese tailor.

This particular piece of batik oozes shades of lilac and complementary colour tones in the floral patterns that make it oh so pretty! Paired with lime green sandals to echo the leafy greens of the batik, and I am ready to go out.

I have made some batik pieces into blouses a la Chinoise (in design) – and those are picture perfect too. I just might be enticed to share them here on another posting…..

But for today, it is the Lady in the Lilac cheongsam for Day 2 of Suzanne’s Cheongsam Challenge.

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!