How to style a Spring leather jacket
Leather jackets are the perfect outerwear when the weather is warming up. I have several different color leather jackets and I wear them all the time during Spring. Here are the looks for a brown studded jacket paired with some white skinny jeans.
Read my driving story below: 😉
I’m on a roll now!
So, there I was: At a stop sign: At the top of a small hill. For most Americans this is never a problem. Their car has an automatic transmission and they don’t have to think twice about stopping and starting. Just take your foot off the brake and give it some gas. Easy peasy! But if you’ve been reading my posts you already know I’m not most Americans. I moved here from China almost 8 years ago after getting engaged to an American man I had met in Shanghai. One of the things I had never done in my entire life there was learn to drive a car. So my fiancé had decided it was time to change that. The only car we had was his little commuter car he had bought to drive back and forth to his office. We lived in a small town pretty far from Detroit where he worked. He wanted to get the best gas mileage he could for his 100 mile daily round trip so that meant our car came with a manual transmission. He got an extra 2 or 3 miles from every gallon of gas. I got a headache! Here I was, a non-English speaker, learning to drive in a country with all the signs in English AND learning in a car where I also had to change the gears!
So if you’re not familiar with this kind of car what happens when you push the clutch to the floor is you pretty much disconnect the motor from the wheels. When you’re sitting on a nice flat road or parking lot, nothing happens. But if you’re on a hill when you do this, the car wants to roll down the hill. This is not a problem if you’re facing down the hill. In fact it helps you get moving when you’re starting out. BUT if you’re looking uphill, you still start rolling down the hill, this time going BACKWARDS! Oh my! So that’s what was happening now. As soon as I took my foot off the brake to move it to the gas pedal the car immediately started to roll backwards. Quick! Let the clutch out! You can guess what came next, stall! Start the engine, car in gear, move foot from brake, rolling backwards! Clutch out AND…stall. Well the good thing was that by now I had rolled backwards enough that I was pretty much off the small hill now. OK, go forward, and; Yes, I made it! I had gotten up the hill and onto the road that went back into the park. OK, I didn’t exactly stop at the stop sign, but 2 out of 3 isn’t too bad I thought!
I drove around the park and back to this little hill several times. Eventually I was able to take off without stalling, and only rolling back a little. There weren’t any other cars near me so it was no problem to roll just a little bit! But enough of this driving in circles my fiancé/driving instructor thought, and we headed out to the exit gate of the park. Back on the small side streets we were going in the direction of the main road that went through our small city’s downtown. I wasn’t quite ready for that street yet. That one had traffic and traffic lights! So I took a left to start heading back towards our house and immediately went downhill. The bad thing about going down is that on the other side there’s always an up. And sure enough, at the top of the up was another stop sign! And this hill was no little bump, it was serious! Suddenly, I was homesick. Oh, Shanghai: subways, busses, taxis, no hills. Who was this Henry Ford guy anyway and what the HECK was he thinking? I was stuck in a little car at a stop sign at the top of a steep hill. The only thing I was sure I could do was go backwards very fast as soon as I let off the brake pedal. Oh, well, only one thing to do, let’s go for it! But not today! You’ll have to come back to my next post to see how we did.
SHOP MY LOOK:
Brown Studded leather jacket @Wilson’s Leather
Sparkly pullover Top @Ann Taylor
White skinny jeans @Nordstrom Rack @Joe’s
Leather Bag @Calvin Klein
Bracelet @My Arm Charms
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