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Day job: a world language teacher
Hobbies: style, fashion,gardening, food, travel and music.

palm tree print trend for spring 2015

How to style a palm tree print trend for spring!


Dear friends!

I will be on my vacation from 3/20 to 3/28. You will still see my new post everyday but I will not be able to reply to your comments during those times. I will get back to you ASAP after I am back from my vacation.

Enjoy my daily fashion updates and my driving story.

See you and have a great day!

Grace

3/20/2015

How to style palm tree pants for spring
How to style palm tree pants for spring

PALM TREES AND TROPICAL PRINTS ARE IN STYLE FOR 2015!

How to style palm tree pants for spring
How to style palm tree pants for spring

I am so excited to see the palm tree print trend coming back for Spring and Summer 2015. Today, I want to show you an outfit I built on a pair of white palm tree print skinny jeans for inspiration. The tropical theme is great for warm summer days, Although you still see the snow on my background, we need to think forward! 😉

How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring

My driving story continues:

Hey! Slow down!

So far in my driving lessons my husband/instructor and I haven’t been on a road with traffic. We started my training in an unusual place, a cemetery. Then we moved to our city park and next to some of the side streets in our small town. I had yet to go out onto a main road. My driving teacher decided that this would be corrected in our next lesson. In most small cities and towns the downtown area is an intersection between two main roads. In America, the road builders like order and that means that usually one road runs north and south and the cross street runs east and west. My town was built with this pattern in mind. I had backed out of our driveway and headed towards the main road that goes through our town from east to west. I had to cross a railroad track and two stop signs to get there but it was pretty much downhill so I had no problems like I did when I was stuck at the top of a hill at a stop sign. Going downhill was easy in comparison. As soon as I took my foot off the brake we started rolling in the direction I wanted to go anyway. Then all I had to do was let the clutch up and give it some gas. Easy peasy and no stalling. At the second stop sign I was ready to pull onto the main road. Turn signal on. Check. Look for traffic. Check. Lift up on clutch pedal and…stall. Uncheck.

How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring

You begin to wonder about some strange things sometimes. Like for instance on every car is a little machine called a starter. When you turn your key this spins around and turns your motor until it starts. I’m guessing that’s how it got its name. I’m pretty mechanically minded like that. Anyway, like any machine, it only has so many times it can work before it breaks. In my short driving career so far, I guess I had to use the starter a couple thousand times already. Maybe that was a slight exaggeration but it certainly seemed that I would wear it out before I got my driver’s license. But I turned the key and once again, my car was ready and waiting. OK, turn signal still on. Check. Look for traffic. Where did all those cars come from? There was an unbroken line of cars and trucks coming and it looked to me like they were moving fast! The speed limit on the small side streets I’d been practicing on was 25 miles per hour. In fact I probably hadn’t gone much over 15 or 20. That was plenty fast enough for me. These cars seemed like they were flying! My husband/teacher explained that on the main road the speed limit was 35mph and only slowed to 25 where it crossed our little side street. But a lot of people didn’t actually slow down fully for another block. There was no way I was going to pull out in front of one of these racecar drivers.

How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring

So I waited: And waited. My “teacher” tried to point out that I had plenty of room to pull out a couple times but what did he know? I was feeling enough stress without his “suggestions”. Eventually the road cleared. Somewhere off to my left a traffic light had changed to red and stopped the flow of traffic coming towards me. It was now or never. I let the clutch up and pulled into the road. Now so far all the roads I had been on were only wide enough for one car going each direction, but as soon as I turned I found myself on a 7 lane road! There were 2 lanes for cars to go in either direction. In the middle was a special lane for people who wanted to turn left onto a side street. And on both sides was a lane for people to park their cars so they could get out and walk around the downtown. These cars were parked differently than in the parking lot where I had practiced. They were single file and front to back. I asked my husband how the heck they got their cars in those spots. He just smiled and told me that was another skill I would have to learn. They even had a special name for it. Two words that have come to mean terror to many new drivers: Parallel Parking. Oh my. Please come back for more!

How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring
How to style palm tree print trend for spring

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White fedora hat @Meijer
Grey sweater jacket @Nordstrom Rack
Dark green top @Lord&Taylor
White palm tree skinny jeans @Nordstrom Rack @Joe’s
Shoes @DSW @Nine West

GIVEAWAY:

You regular readers may remember I co-hosted a giveaway in February with one of the prizes being the Rock Star Bracelet from My Arm Charms. I got so many comments about this great piece of bling that I was thrilled to see it’s the grand prize in this month’s giveaway! This is a giveaway for US residents only. A winner will be selected at random on the Rafflecopter link and entries verified then. This giveaway is from 3/16 to 3/30. As an added bonus you can get $10 off a minimum $30 subtotal purchase by joining the My Arm Charms e-mail list.

Rock Star Bracelet
Rock Star Bracelet

See it here: http://myarmcharms.com/products/rock-star
This glamorous Rock Star Bracelet is edgy, model chic in a bold teal and features:
-Leather
-Cast metal design
-1 3/4″H
-Adjustable (7 1/2″L or 8 1/2″L) button-snap closure
-Lead and nickel compliant

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

US Residents Only. Winner is contacted via email, you must enter a valid email and must confirm receipt within 24 hours from the time and date emailed. This event is in no way administered, sponsored or endorsed by, or associated with Twitter, Facebook, Google, Pinterest or any other Social Media platform. No purchase is necessary to enter. Odds of winning are contingent on the number of entries received. You will have 24 hours to respond or prize is forfeited and a new winner will be selected. Void where prohibited by law. The SPONSER is responsible for shipping and delivery of the prize unless otherwise stated and the owners of Colorandgrace.com are not liable for prize delivery or receipt. You will hold colorandgrace.com harmless of all claims. All entries will be verified before winner is notified and any bad entries will be disqualified. Sponsor has the option to replace prize with something of equal or lessor value if the prize is no longer obtainable.

TODAY’S LINK UP PARTY:

Stylish Saturday

The Fashionista Momma

Cheers!

Grace

how to style A Leather on leather trend outfit

How to style a leather on leather trend outfit!

How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit

Leather is the way forward this season. Skirts, skinnies or satchels; whatever wardrobe staple you’re after, make it leather – the classic, luxe fabric we love all year round. See how I interpret leather on leather trend.;)

How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit

My driving story continues below. Enjoy!

It’s all downhill from here!

In a sort of famous book called “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams there is a simple message on the cover of the title book. It says “Don’t Panic”. This message was lost on me. I was learning how to drive in our little car with the manual shifter and I was stopped at the top of a steep hill. The only direction I was confident in going was backwards, and at a pretty high rate of speed. It was a “good news, bad news” kind of situation. A quick look in my mirror showed that no one was behind me. That was the good news. The bad news was that this meant that there would be nothing to slow my uncontrolled race in reverse until I found a tree or house or some other large solid object. I looked next to me at my fiancé/driving instructor. He seemed pretty calm. Obviously he didn’t have as full an understanding of our predicament as I did. Just because he’d been driving cars with these stupid clutches and shifters for decades and could stop on hills and get going again didn’t mean I could. And I was pretty sure I could prove it! I was thinking maybe I could just park the car here at the stop sign and walk home but my “teacher” said this was not an option. OK. Well even though we lived in a pretty small town it was big enough to have a hospital nearby so I was pretty sure we would survive whatever happened next…probably.

How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit

The problem all came from basic addition. If you’ve ever driven a car with one of these non-user friendly shifters you know that there are 3 pedals on the floor. A clutch to be used when changing gears, a brake for stopping and a gas pedal for going. A quickå inventory of my lower limbs confirmed what I already knew, I only have two feet. We Chinese are pretty well known for being good at mathematics so it didn’t take me long at all to figure out that something wasn’t adding up. I was one foot short; and I don’t mean I have trouble finding the right length skinny jeans, which I do, but that’s another story. But what this does mean is that you have to use your two feet to operate three pedals, pretty much at the same time. I was finding this wasn’t a big problem if you were stopped in a fairly flat area but it got much more interesting if you were on a hill. I had to let up a little, BUT NOT TOO MUCH, with my left foot on the clutch. At the same time, I had to sort of keep my right foot, or at least the heel, on the brake while I reached over with my toes to start pushing on the gas pedal to keep me from AHHHH, I STALLED AGAIN! Well I was getting quite good at restarting the car at least.

How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit

Let’s try it again. Let up the clutch, heel on the brake, toes on the gas, push, push, STALL! My next few words were in Chinese. I hadn’t learned those special words in English yet. Surprisingly, my future husband understood me perfectly. He must have been studying. It was only then that he reached down between our seats and pulled up on the parking brake lever. Now when I let off the brake we didn’t roll back. This allowed me to put my foot fully on the gas and let the clutch off while he lowered the parking brake and I was finally able to get through the stop sign, across the cross street and onto the flat level road on the other side. I was NOT happy. I asked my “instructor” why the heck he hadn’t showed me that parking brake trick before. He said he thought it would be better if I learned to use the pedals with only my feet and that using the hand brake was sort of “cheating”. This of course led to some more “observations” from me, all in Mandarin. Once again, he wasn’t able to translate word for word but the main theme came through loud and clear. And just to make sure we were on the same page I switched back to my poor English. If there were any trick, tip, cheat, work around or easier way to get me to a driver’s license, I wanted to know about it. When we learn to speak Mandarin there are 4 unique tones that can change the whole meaning of a word. As it turns out there is a fifth tone that a wife uses with her husband that is instantly understood. I think this is universal and not limited to Chinese. Anyway, I am pretty sure he got the message. This was enough driving for this lesson. I had yet to go onto a main street or deal with a traffic light. That would be next. I’m coming back, I hope you do too!

How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit
How to style a leather on leather trend outfit

Find a sponsor for your web site. Get paid for your great content. shareasale.com.

SHOP MY LOOK:
Leather jacket @Forever 21
Cropped top @Guess
leather skirt @Nordstrom Rack
Leather tall boots @DSW
Leather studs bag @TJ Maxx

Spring Trends

GIVEAWAY:

You regular readers may remember I co-hosted a giveaway in February with one of the prizes being the Rock Star Bracelet from My Arm Charms. I got so many comments about this great piece of bling that I was thrilled to see it’s the grand prize in this month’s giveaway! This is a giveaway for US residents only. A winner will be selected at random on the Rafflecopter link and entries verified then. This giveaway is from 3/16 to 3/30. As an added bonus you can get $10 off a minimum $30 subtotal purchase by joining the My Arm Charms e-mail list.

Rock Star Bracelet
Rock Star Bracelet

See it here: http://myarmcharms.com/products/rock-star
This glamorous Rock Star Bracelet is edgy, model chic in a bold teal and features:
-Leather
-Cast metal design
-1 3/4″H
-Adjustable (7 1/2″L or 8 1/2″L) button-snap closure
-Lead and nickel compliant

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

US Residents Only. Winner is contacted via email, you must enter a valid email and must confirm receipt within 24 hours from the time and date emailed. This event is in no way administered, sponsored or endorsed by, or associated with Twitter, Facebook, Google, Pinterest or any other Social Media platform. No purchase is necessary to enter. Odds of winning are contingent on the number of entries received. You will have 24 hours to respond or prize is forfeited and a new winner will be selected. Void where prohibited by law. The SPONSER is responsible for shipping and delivery of the prize unless otherwise stated and the owners of Colorandgrace.com are not liable for prize delivery or receipt. You will hold colorandgrace.com harmless of all claims. All entries will be verified before winner is notified and any bad entries will be disqualified. Sponsor has the option to replace prize with something of equal or lessor value if the prize is no longer obtainable.

TODAY’S LINK UP PARTY:

The Skirtista Diaries with Rhea

Style Elixir

Fun Fashion Friday Link Up!

PASSION FOR FASHION

Cheers!

Grace

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