Empowering yourself and helping others

Empowering yourself and helping others

Do you know what I feel the best about being on the cooler side of my 40s? It is the confidence to be who I am. I don’t fight with myself anymore. This is me, an uptight, serious Chinese lady with a weird accent when I speak English. But those attributes also made me a hard working person and maybe a bit more memorable one to stand out in the crowd. 😉

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

//MLE empower tee // black sheer long vest// Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt //Toms tan open toe booties //red LV bag // tie bow //

It took me my whole life to find who I am and now finally I am fully empowering myself. Below is the poem my dear husband wrote for me based on my life story. It’s all true and you can follow my journey of awakening.

I was born in China, child number two.
My brother was first, more popular too.
The culture has said that boys are the choice.
Girls like me don’t get a big voice.
Because girls are below and boys are above,
I really don’t feel I got my mom’s love.

When I was young, I was poorer than poor
Straw was our roof and dirt for our floor.
The kitchen was special, it held our one pot.
But we had little food more often than not.
Money was tight so we couldn’t buy rice.
My brother and I stole soybeans from mice.

My mom and my dad worked every day.
No time for weekends. No time for play.
Farming and factories, iron and steel.
That was the way we paid for our meal.
Never heard of vacation. Hard work’s all we knew.
That’s what I learned. I still think it’s true.

I played with my friends, but that was hard too.
We moved house so often, every neighbor was new.
Another new month, another new house.
Another new school. But same worn blouse.
Times were quite hard, when I was a kid.
I’ll never forget of the way that we lived.

We didn’t know birthdays or parties like here.
Our one celebration was Chinese New Year.
The only sure time I knew there’d be food.
Some small lucky money. And new clothing too.
The rest of the year was day after day.
Of too much to do for too little pay.

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

I hated the mud. I hated the dirt.
I hated the way that my feelings would hurt.
When I think of my childhood, I remember my fears.
And the terrible words that came to my ears.
“You’re ugly, you’re stupid, shut up you can’t sing.
Don’t waste time pretending you’ll be anything.”

So I knew sometime later, in several more years.
I’d leave this behind. This place of my tears.
It started with high school, I lived in a dorm.
And being away from home was my norm.
But the tears didn’t stop, I often was sad.
And to make matters worse I now lost my dad.

But I got through high school, university too.
I now was a teacher with a job to do.
But I still didn’t feel my life was my own.
I had to go further. I had to leave home.
I had a big dream, Shanghai was its name.
So I packed my one bag and got on a train.

I showed up alone, no place to stay.
No one to talk to and no way to pay.
It was far from easy but I first found a bed.
And then got a job to get myself fed.
I was determined to be a success.
At least not to fail, so no time to rest.

I wouldn’t go home until I could prove,
My decision was good, I’d been right to move.
The years came and went but finally I knew.
Now I could visit, and this time I flew.
I went back to Shanghai, and made some new friends.
You might be thinking the story now ends.

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

But over in China the sun also rises.
On days filled with hope and sometimes surprises.
I’d sort of accepted it might stay just me.
When I went out to eat with two friends, just us three.
We sat at a table and ordered some food.
Then three men sat beside us, I thought it was rude.

One thing quite different about the big city.
It’s the first place I heard I might just be pretty.

It seemed that one of these men thought so too.
But he was American so what could I do?
It started quite slowly. But before we knew.
I thought I’d stay one. But now we were two.

I’d never left China, for even a day.
Now home’s in America and that’s where I’ll stay.
So many things have changed in my life.
I learned how to drive, and learned how to wife.
I’m still learning English, more all the time.
Now I speak it in dreams so I think I’ll be fine.

I guess those hard times I went through when young.
Have made me the woman that I have become.
You can’t have your now without the before.
You won’t see what’s rich without knowing poor.
I’ve come so far from that place that I hate.
I still can’t believe life could be so great!

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

//MLE empower tee // black sheer long vest// Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt //Toms tan open toe booties //red LV bag // tie bow //

Every time when I wear this tee from MLE Empowering Apparel I get a little bit emotional. As you read above, I am from a small village in China. We were poor, hungry, and girls were not valued by society. But I always believed that I am NOT worthless and I can accomplish so much in my life. Now as a 40s+ woman, I am still chasing my fashion dream.

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

//MLE empower tee // black sheer long vest// Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt //Toms tan open toe booties //red LV bag // tie bow //

Are you empowering yourself and others to live the life that you were meant to have? To live life to its fullest, it’s about being proud of our true identity and proclaiming it to those around us. By purchasing this MLE Empowering tee, you are empowering small scale entrepreneurs in Africa to change their lives for the better. 10% of every shirt’s profit will go straight towards enabling a woman to get a micro loan to help grow her business.

Are you living the fullest life you can? If not, what are you waiting for? The only one that can stop you is looking at you in your mirror every morning!

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

//MLE empower tee // black sheer long vest// Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt //Toms tan open toe booties //red LV bag // tie bow //

Ok, let’s talk about my outfit. The booties I am wearing are from Toms. They are not just super comfy. And I mean I can wear them the whole day for walking or working kind of comfy. But also Toms does some really awesome things. They will help a person in the world who needs a pair of new shoes because of my purchase. The unique tie bow and the black sheer vest I am wearing are both from Michigan local fashion designer Cheryl Zemke. And you can see this green and pink dress from her too which I wore on my last week’s post Adult Summertime outdoor Play Trends.

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

MLE empower tee + black sheer long vest+ Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt + Toms tan open toe  booties+ red LV bag+ tIe bow

//MLE empower tee // black sheer long vest// Chelsea 28 Olivia Palermo brown leather skirt //Toms tan open toe booties //red LV bag // tie bow //

Below are some suggestions for the open toe booties for summer.

All videos and photos if not credited to a certain person, are by Robert Buck and Grace Liang.

You can follow my Youtube and Snapchat (colorandgrace) to see more behind the scenes. Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Follow me on FB and IG for daily updates!:) Have a great day and see you soon!

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What is your best color?

What is your best color?

A few days ago when I talked to a local designer about featuring her designs on my “I WANT HER CLOSET” TV segment on What’s up Detroit, she said she needs to see what will be the best color on me. It got me thinking because I am ok with pretty much just about every color. I have a rainbow colored closet. 😉

I know most of you are already aware of this TV gig but just in case somebody is new to my blog. You can read What’s Up Detroit Tv host and I want her closet on What’s Up Detroit to catch up more. 😉

Ok, let’s get back to the color topic. Do you have a lot of different colors in your closet? Or are most of them black, grey, white or maybe tan? If so, and you ask me, I will tell you to try more colors as I did. And I have not regretted it at all because I am looking better and better with all those colors. Don’t believe me? See with your own eyes. 🙂

Red: My native China’s luckiest color. And pretty good for women’s closets anywhere. You can check out more at Michigan 2016 Walk fashion show post.

Michigan 2016 Walk fashion show Marchesa Notte red dress black lace choker + Karl Lagerfeld clutch + Betsey Johnson black bow heels
//Marchesa Notte red dress // Diana’s FairyTale Jewelry black lace choker // Karl Lagerfeld clutch // Betsey Johnson black bow heels //

Orange: From juice to sunsets, it’s one of my faves! Your’s too after you look here Azazie special occasion dress for our anniversary post.

AZAZIE CHERISH gown + Aldo nude party sandals

//AZAZIE CHERISH gown // Aldo nude party sandals // black skull clutch//Flower crown//

Yellow: As Michigan drivers know, yellow doesn’t mean slow down. It means keep going! There’s some more at How petite woman wear off-the-shoulder tops post.

How petite woman wear off-the-shoulder tops Michigan petite fashion style blogger blog street style spring outfit tips Topshop yellow off the shoulder top + Lord & Taylor scenery print skirt + Sam Edelman blue heels + Red LV bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

//Topshop yellow off the shoulder top // Lord &Taylor scenery print skirt // Sam Edelman blue heels // Red LV bag // Ray Ban sunglasses//

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What to wear to an opera Lanvin green top + Rita and Phill Custom-Fit Skirts + Red LV bag + black Bethany Johnson bow sandal heels + Rayban sunglasses

//Lanvin green top // Rita and Phill Custom-Fit pencil Skirt // Red LV bag // black Bethany Johnson bow sandal heels // Rayban sunglasses//

Blue: No need to feel sad. The blues can just as easily make you happy. Take a look The Burst of Elegance Fashion Show post.

Michigan petite fashion 2016 spring style blog/blogger L.k. Bennett blue cashmere coat+ lookbook store black lace open back romper+ LV red bag + Nine West red cutoff heels+ peal chocker

//L.k. Bennett blue cashmere coat // black lace open back romper // LV red bag // Nine West red cutoff heels // Guys and Gel peal chocker // Guys and Gel little monster fur bag chain//

Teal: And to hear the Tale of Teal you’ll want to read more at How Petite Women Wear a Maxi Dress post.

How Petite Women Wear a Maxi Dress lookbook store Teal Blue Plunge Maxi Dress Aldo black cut off heels + LV red bag + Ray Ban sunglasses

//lookbook store Teal Blue Plunge Maxi Dress // Aldo black cut off heels // LV red bag // Ray Ban sunglasses//

Purple: You won’t go wrong using this color of royalty. Read more at What to wear to a baby shower in the Spring post.

What to wear to a baby shower

//Cat print top//Joe’s skinny white jeans//Nine West red suede bow heels//Turtle necklace//LV red bag//

Did you see my point? I don’t have magic skin tone that will look great with all colors. But I can wear a lot of colors if the shades are right. So don’t tell yourself that you can’t wear a lot of colors. Just be brave and give it a try. You may be very surprised to see how good you look in a new hue. 😉

All videos and photos if not credited to a certain person, are by Robert Buck and Grace Liang.

You can follow my Youtube and Snapchat (colorandgrace) to see more behind the scenes. Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Follow me on FB and IG for daily updates!:) Have a great day and see you soon!

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