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

How to style a pair of casual pants

Green’s the way the Cookie Crumbles!

It’s that time of year again. At family gatherings, office break rooms, the entrance to your local supermarket and your front door there’s an army of little girls dressed in green selling cookies! It’s almost impossible to say no to all of them so I always try to pace myself by getting a couple boxes of my favorite chocolaty minty snacks from one niece one year and a co-worker’s daughter the next. It doesn’t do a lot to help my diet but I like to support any group run by women! I like to think of it as kookie karma and hope it comes back to me not just as a larger dress size but maybe someday these girls will be reading my posts!

How to style a pair of khaki pants
How to style a pair of khaki pants

On my Saturdays I like to relax and take a break. That doesn’t mean I take a break from fashion though. As we all know, good style never goes on holiday! So my goal is to feel both comfortable but still polished. One of my favorite well worn pair of jeans usually does the job but for today’s outfit I decided to go green. And I don’t mean that I drive an electric car! I never had Girl Scouts when I lived in China so maybe this is my way to get my green on. I started with a very comfortable pair of light green slacks. They are made of soft cotton so that comfort level I was looking for was checked off. The green and tan color family stayed intact with my suede and leather wedge heel booties to make sure the walk was comfortable too.

Loft Khaki pants
Loft Khaki pants

I kept the soft cotton going with a just right for the weekend long sleeved pullover. This shirt is finished with a drawstring hem that acts as an interesting, fun and functional feature. I wanted to turn up the heat a little bit on the style-o-meter and my olive colored long vest comes through as it both keeps me warm and really complements the pants. This piece easily pulls double duty year round as it can be worn in the summer as a cool and comfortable dress. I always earn my color merit badge by adding just the right splash to my outfits and the greens and white were only too happy to share the limelight with my wine color wool hat and oversized purse.

White pull over
White pull over
Wine oversize purse
Wine oversize purse

Wine colored hat @Forever 21
Olive vest @Ann Taylor
White pullover & Green slacks @Loft
Booties @Nordstrom Rack
Purse @Valentina @TJ Maxx
Cheers, Grace!

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How to add a sophisticated vibe to jean shorts

TGI Denim!

Living in China through the first decade of my adulthood meant public transportation. I never drove a car until I moved to America! Most of my friends can’t believe it but I have only been behind the wheel for about 8 years now. My husband was my driving teacher. He only had a little car with a manual transmission at that time. So not only did I have to learn to drive a car in a country where the signs were all in a language I wasn’t fluent in, but I had to do it while shifting gears! I survived and so did our marriage but if anyone you know is in a similar situation, I suggest you find someone other than your significant other to teach you! I’ve gotten a lot better but still don’t like driving in the slush and snow of Michigan’s winter. I was on my way to work the other morning and when changing lanes on the freeway I got into a big pile of messy snow. My car slid back and forth until I got through it which woke me up better than any cup of coffee ever did! Needless to say, my first stop when I got to work was the bathroom to make sure my lane wasn’t the only thing needing changing!

Free People cutoff jean shorts
Free People cutoff jean shorts

Blue or black jeans are incredibly useful additions to anyone’s wardrobe. They can be worn the year round and never really go out of style. If you accessorize to fit the temperature you can even wear cutoff jean shorts in every season. Denim short shorts are very flattering for someone of my stature. I’m quite petit which is French, I think for short! They are the perfect piece for below the waist as they help to make my legs look longer and me look taller in the bargain. It would be silly to not acknowledge the fact that its darned cold around here this time of year. To make sure I can brave the weather I wear some flannel lined tights under the shorts and pair them with some high black suede boots for extra protection from the elements.

black dressy jacket
black dressy jacket

Depending on the rules of your office this look may be just a bit too casual even for casual Friday so check with your HR department before strolling in with it! I stayed in the blue family with a pretty and oh so toasty cashmere sweater. I wanted to bring the cutoffs up a bit on the class list and the sequins on the sweater bring a touch of sophisticated shine to this outfit. I have to admit that I’m not 18 anymore so try to look a bit more prim and proper than the denim shorts would usually suggest. By finishing with my short black floral jacket I add that just right dressy element. I love a good burgundy, color that is of course! It’s a bit more subtle and civilized than a brighter red tends to be and doesn’t jump out at you as much. I got that touch of rich elegance with my wool hat and oversized leather purse to add the grounded maturity I was looking for!

sequined sweater
sequined sweater
wine oversize purse
wine oversize purse
Black high boots
Black high boots

Cashmere Sweater @Nordstrom Rack
Boots and Jean Shorts @Free People @Lord & Taylor
Purse @Valentina @TJ Maxx
Wool hat @Forever 21
Cheers!

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