Hi there. I’m Grace and I welcome you to my blog!
My Mini Bio:
I am a 40+ uptight petite woman.;) Born and raised in China, I struggled with poverty and family abuse for many years. I moved to America for love in 2007. Married to the most amazing man with two step kids, two granddaughters, and two granddogs. After 10 years of being happily married, I lost my husband to cancer. Don’t cry for me, his life is living on with mine. I am living my life to the fullest every day as much as I can. I believe “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future.” For my day job, I am a full time middle school and high school teacher. Based in Troy, Michigan, United States.
I grew up in northeast China. My hometown was about midway between the borders with the then USSR and North Korea. That means I got the terrible combination of Russian winters and DPRK fashion! This part of China is peppered with blue collar factory cities and rural villages. I lived in both as a child.
My husband grew up in a typical upper middle class American family, nice house with a pool, stay at home mom, 4 kids, 2 dogs, family vacations and color TV. Pretty fortunate…My childhood was filled with hunger, tears and frost bite! We barely held onto a small house with a straw roof and dirt floor. No running water or indoor toilet. I never had a toy, a TV or bike. I had never seen a private car until I was 11 years old when we moved to a small city. I loved sitting on the side of the road just watching cars driving by. Very fascinating!
Most Asian cultures have traditionally valued sons above daughters and my family was no different. I was never coddled as a young girl and often was mistaken for a boy as I would wear my hair short and dress in my older brother’s hand-me-down clothes. So it’s not surprising that no one thought of me as a beauty and that included myself! It really wasn’t until I became an adult and moved (ran?) away to live in the much more modern and glamorous city of Shanghai that I even began to see myself as anything other than plain looking at best. You can read the poem my dear husband has written for me about my early life here. It is all true and I bet is quite different with yours. 😉
Then I met my husband who was working in Shanghai for his American employer. He is the first man that ever told me that I am beautiful. I didn’t believe him even though he said that everyday. But I decided to not let him down. I started to learn more about fashion, style and makeup. After a few years, I actually began to see something pretty when I looked in the mirror. My husband honestly loves anything I wear or any way I do my makeup so I have to work to please myself. But I love to make myself feel good, so when I look in the mirror and see a pulled together stylish woman it makes my eyes happy too!
Women can do amazing things and prove it every day. We graduate from college, raise families and hold down jobs as well and often better than our male counterparts. I truly believe the old saying that “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” To me this means that you need to make time to make yourself happy. Living in Shanghai exposed me to fashion in a big way and I’ve wanted to be involved in some way with that world ever since. I enjoy dressing to impress and never tire of hearing my coworkers mention this outfit or that. I love color as you can probably tell by the name of my blog and always try to use that just right accessory to really set off a look.
This is my 3rd year of blogging and I really love it. But my dear husband was fighting with a very rare type of cancer since the beginning of 2016 and he passed away early this year. So this blog also became my outlet to take my mind off of the stress while keeping up my hope for a brighter future. You can read more about living with cancer here and Life After Loss here.
I hope my post can help you find the best in yourself and make you happy! I focus on Over 40s Petite style. My personal style is Elegant, polished and fun. I am only 5 feet (150cm) tall. My bust is 37 inches (94cm), my waist is 30 inches (76cm) and my hips are 37 inches (94cm). I wear size 7.5 shoes. As you can see, I am not the 6 feet tall perfectly figured woman, I have a lot of problems. But I have managed to look the best I can. And you can too!
I know you have lots of choices on how to spend your time and I sincerely thank you so much for choosing to do it with me! Don’t forget to follow me on FaceBook and Twitter for new post updates. And please spend some quality time with my Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and lifestyle products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram story daily to know me better as a person. Finally I’d LOVE it if you would follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and lifestyle videos.
Have a great and colorful day!