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

Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe

Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe!

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

Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe
Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe

What are the Must-Have Items for an Edgy, Rocker-Chic Wardrobe? A leather skinny definitely is at the top of this list. Rocker-chic wardrobes are sexy, free, tough, and just a little unexpected. But if you have been following me for a while you may know that I love the fine line between cool and classy. So today I am going to twist the tough look a little bit and add more elegance to it.

Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe
Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe

My driving story continues:

Color and Grace meets Colored Lights

If you’ve been reading my posts you know that after I moved to America from China one of the many cultural adjustments I had to make was learning to drive a car. I had comfortably gotten through my whole life in China without this skill and until about 8 years ago thought I would never have to learn it. But here I was, in our little car with my future husband sitting next to me. You don’t need a certified teacher in Michigan if you are already an adult to learn to operate a car. It just has to be someone who already had a driver’s license. My husband did, and he had taught others how to drive his car with a manual shifter so he figured he could teach me too. Sometimes my husband makes good decisions. He did marry me after all. And sometimes he doesn’t. Having survived being taught driving by the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with, I can honestly say I don’t recommend it. This kind of activity comes with a lot of stress filled moments. It can be just plain scary learning to operate a machine that is capable of going really fast and hurting or killing not only you but others as well. Any time there’s a lot of stress there’s also a lot of emotion. We’d already had a few somewhat heated “discussions”. Not being a native English speaker probably added to my nervousness.

Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe
Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe

Things can happen fast when you’re behind the steering wheel and it helps to be able to understand the warnings being yelled at you! My husband and I actually have a great relationship. It’s rare that we have an argument and I’m pretty proud of that. One area we do see, or actually hear things differently is when he is giving me “suggestions” in tense moments. He usually thinks his voice is low and he isn’t yelling. He is wrong. I know yelling. I don’t like yelling. And I’m an expert. Native Mandarin speakers know how the meaning of a similar sounding word can change dramatically depending on the tone used. The same word with an upward lifting tone is completely different than one with a falling tone; and is different again from one with a steady flat tone. I can tell the difference. We Chinese have the ear for it. So I am able to detect when my husband is yelling at me, even if he doesn’t say a word. Like I said, I’m an expert. Most wives are.

Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe
Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe

Anyway, I had just pulled onto our town’s main road for the first time. As with most small towns in America our downtown was an intersection between two main streets, one running north and south and one going east and west. I was now heading west on the bigger of the two. There was a traffic light where these streets crossed and also one block away in three of the four directions. This pretty much defined the downtown business district. In between these traffic lights were restaurants, shops, a movie theater, banks, churches, our library and people! Not just people, but silly people who actually thought it would be alright to cross the street IN FRONT OF MY CAR!!! Yup, there they were. In fact, people were everywhere; on the sidewalks on both sides of the road. And in front of me was a bright red light. This meant it was time for the people who wanted to get from one side of the road to the other to cross over. There was even a light telling them it was a good idea to walk in front of me. What were they thinking? OK, I can do this. I was slowing down to stop at the light. Right foot on the brake. Left foot on the clutch. Slow…slow…stop. Hey. That wasn’t so hard. I looked back up at the red light. Wait a minute. It wasn’t red. It was green. Look in the mirror. Where did THAT car come from? You’ve GOT to be kidding! Shift into first gear, no pressure, look in mirror, not just one car behind me, lots of cars! Maybe a little pressure. Let out the clutch, and…stall…of course. Why wouldn’t you? Please ride along in my next post!

Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe
Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe
Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe
Leather skinny rocker chic wardrobe

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SHOP MY LOOK:

White sweater coat @old from China
Black striped shirt @Express
Black leather skinny @Nordstrom Rack
Black studded booties @DSW @Steve Madden
Leopard bag @Express
Bracelets @My arm charms

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:

Watch what I am wearing

Cheers!

Grace

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

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

SHOP MY LOOK:

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

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