Beijing, Beijing air, belle du jour, Cartier, Lantern Day, Pink, Pollution, Spring festival
And it’s finally over. Chinese New Year, the welcoming of The Horse into the calendar year, the Lunar New Year, Lantern Day they have all passed and life is back to normal. Well, almost.
Beijing has had its usual bout of pollution so combined with the dry brutal cold, most Belle du Jour are hibernating making it more challenging to catch them « au naturel ».
Red is China’s color. During the Spring Festival (yes, that time of the year has many names) red is absolutely everywhere. China’s red Flags are flapping into white skies, lanterns, scarves and enveloppes are given to one and all. Red, symbol of joy and abundance is everywhere.
Pink is a ‘desaturated’ red and after days and days looking in an empty and cold city I was lucky to cross path with a pretty Belle du Jour, all in Pink, all smile and quite elegant in her variations on red.
When the outside air is cold and probably unsafe to breathe, the only refuge is shopping. Indoors.
After days of walking about seeing NO ONE stylish… Finally. Light at the end of the tunnel. Impeccable in black and white, Givenchy bag, high tops and a pretty smile. Perfect. Belle du Jour.
Thank you Tian.
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Happy New Year!
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