Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipCodePride

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipCodePride

As you all know from reading my About Me page, I grew up in the north east of China, but after moving to Michigan to be with my late husband, I fell in love with the place. I am now settled in Detroit’s northern suburbs in the beautiful city of Troy where I am living life to the fullest as a teacher by day and a petite fashion blogger by night. As part of the #ZipcodePride campaign from Addressy, who provide an address verification service, I want to talk to you about some of the most awesome things about my home and why I love living in the heart of northern Detroit. If you live in this fabulous corner of the world too, then you’ll probably recognize a few of the places I’m about to mention, but if you haven’t made it here yet, make sure you add these things to your to-do and to-see lists for when you do.

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

The fabulous fashion scene

As a child, I had short hair and spent most of my time in my older brother’s hand-me-downs. Fashion was most definitely not at the forefront of my mind, but since moving by Detroit, the fashionista in me has come to life. Troy is one of the most cosmopolitan shopping destinations in the state of MI so it comes as no surprise that me and my fellow fashion bloggers love it here.

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

The Somerset Collection Mall here in Troy is actually one of the most profitable malls in the United States, with some of my favorite department stores, such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. It is only about a 10 minute drive from where I live. 😉

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

The buzzing music culture

Detroit was once home to some of the most incredible bands and singers in the world and this musical culture is still very much alive today. The White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Aretha Franklin and Eminem are just some of the big names who have shared the same sidewalks as me, which is pretty cool, right?

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

The famous Motown Records was launched here in the late 1950’s and went on to produce some of the most celebrated soul and pop albums of all time. Metro Detroit is also the birthplace of the wonderful Detroit Symphony Orchestra so, as you can tell, there’s a real diversity about Michigan’s music scene and all the people in it, and I love it.

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

There’s always something to do

One of the greatest things about living in Troy is that it’s virtually impossible to be bored. There is always a park to stroll round, a brand new shop to treat yourself, or a coffee shop to catch up on emails. You name it, Troy has it. One day you can be watching a basketball game at the park or shooting some blog photos in the beautiful woodland, while the next day you could be hopping in a cab from one bar to the next painting the town red.

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

Why I Love Living in Troy Michigan #ZipcodePride

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Branding herself The Wardrobe Stylist, Rania began styling and blogging nearly a decade ago. She worked with a long list of clients and as a blogger, she covered several coveted events. She recently launched the Reversible Pocket Square. Made from 2 distinct fabrics, the reversible pocket square takes a modern and innovative shift on the age old accessory, allowing the wearer to choose which side to showcase or have both sides conveniently peak through.

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Life After Loss the 6 Month Mark

Life After Loss the 6 Month Mark

If you have read the ABOUT ME on my blog, you may know that I was born and raised in China, and I struggled with poverty and family abuse for many years. I wanted a home so bad when I was younger, but I never really had one to go back to or get support from. I had many super lonely and insecure years when I was in my 20s. It wasn’t until I married my late husband that I slowly experienced what a home is. His unconditional love helped me finally feel safe, relaxed and happy.

Life After Loss the 6 Month Mark

My Dad was the only one who cared about me a little bit when I was young. It was two months before my high school graduation that my dad passed away. I was in a boarding school so we were only allowed to go home once a month. The last year of his life I barely spent any time with him. I didn’t even get a chance to see him when he passed away. When I got home, he was already in the coffin. I often dreamt about him. He always walked away and I would chase him, asking him why he didn’t go home anymore… but he just kept walking away and I was crying when I woke up.

Life After Loss the 6 Month Mark

After I met my man, no matter how deep he was sleeping, he always came to me and held me in his arms while patting me on my back. After my husband passed away I would often have dreams with him. Several days before the 6 month mark of my husband’s death, I dreamed of him again. He had come to my dreams a few times and it always had been quite light hearted. We were even still joking in my dreams and I smiled and then woke up. This time it was a real difficult one. In my dream he was dying. At the last moment, I was holding his hand and he used his last breath to mumble “I love you”. I woke up with tears all over my face. It was about 2 am and I just sat in my bed crying and crying. This time, he was not here to hold me, instead, he was the one who made me cry.

Life After Loss the 6 Month Mark

The next day, I texted my best friend and told her that I should not be alone on the 6 month mark. She replied “I am here for you and that day is yours”. So this past Tuesday we went for some shopping therapy, had a nice dinner and spent some lovely time on her back patio with a fire and wine. Of course I cried again, but most of the time I was grateful. That morning when I opened the windows at home, the air was very crisp, my garden was full of flowers, and the sky was so blue. I just spoke aloud “Thank you man, for giving me this beautiful home.”

Life After Loss the 6 Month Mark

My heart had never found a home until I met my man. I always believed that home is where he is. But now I suddenly realized, I can be my own home. I told him many times before he passed away that there was no way I could live without him. Now, a half year later I am still living, pretty well, without him. It is not because I have moved on. No, I just moved forward. He had planted the seed of life. The last 10 years somehow he had trained me well with the abilities to just simply enjoy being alive.

Life After Loss the 6 Month Mark

You can read all Life After Loss series here and Living with Cancer series here.

Photos credited: Grace Liang/@aprilwashereblog

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to get to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace

http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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