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

Spring fashion 2015 must have

Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!

Spring fashion 2015 must have---A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!

Everybody has a tan or brown trench coat. So how can you stand out from the crowd? Here is how I do it. 😉

Spring fashion 2015 must have---A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!


My life story in America continues below:

Time to leave the parking lot!

If you’ve been riding along you know I had to learn to drive after I moved to America from China. My fiancé at the time decided he could teach me so we started the lessons. We started small, in a local cemetery of all places! Then we moved the practice to a local parking lot in our small town we were living in. Well you can only get so much real world practice without going out into the real world, so my future husband/driving teacher decided it was time to hit the road. Well at least a little bit. I still didn’t feel comfortable going fast or with a lot of traffic but luckily we were living in a tiny town with a lot of quiet neighborhoods I could practice in. So I backed out of our driveway without hitting anything and put the car into first gear, and stalled. Here we go again! If you haven’t been following my posts, SHAME ON YOU! Joking! But you won’t have read that our only car I had to learn with had a manual shifter. So that added an extra layer of difficulty to my learning. This kind of cars is actually pretty unusual in America. I know a lot of adults who grew up here that don’t know how to use a clutch to shift gears. But just because misery loves company didn’t mean I loved our car! But I also didn’t have any choice. So I started the car again and got it going down our street. As with most small towns there were a series of streets going one direction and then cross streets going at mostly right angles. Sometimes I would have a stop sign at the intersection, sometimes the cross street would have a stop sign and sometimes we both had a stop sign. I was going so slowly that I pretty much stopped at all of them!

Spring fashion 2015 must have---A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!

But that was OK. It gave me some good opportunities to practice starting up again. Give it some gas…let the clutch out slowly…slowly…stall! Darn, darn, darn! Ok, start the car, give it some gas, look in the mirror, AHHHHH, THERE’S A CAR BEHIND ME!!!!WHERE DID THAT COME FROM???WHAT DO I DO??? My husband had been trying to teach me to check my mirrors often and look around to make sure what was going on around my car. But until now, I had never been in a place where there were other cars going the same direction as me. OK, don’t panic, you can do this, clutch out slowly…STALL! What was I forgetting? Oh yes, B..R..E..A..T..H..E.. Look in the mirror: Yup, still there. But they didn’t seem upset. Better to not look. Start the car, gas, clutch…slowly…YES! I was moving again. I took a quick look in my mirror and was thrilled, that other car had turned on the cross street and it was all clear behind me again. This was MUCH better. Shift into second gear, let the clutch out and just in time for another stop sign! You have GOT to be kidding me. How did they expect anyone to get anywhere with all this stupid stopping and starting? Gas, clutch, hey, no problem this time! OK, yay for me! Wait, there’s nothing but trees in front of me. My street ended and I had to either turn left to go on a cross street or right to go into our city park. After the near death experience I had just had I thought a nice drive in the park would be just the thing to get me back on track: Right it was.

Spring fashion 2015 must have---A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!

So far, so good! Everything was going slow and smooth and then, the pavement ended. Oh, the road kept going but once we got into the park, the road was made of dirt. It was not only dirt but it had been raining recently so was actually more like mud. And it wasn’t exactly flat either. There were low spots everywhere that had filled with muddy water which splashed up when my tires hit them. Sometimes this dirty water would even land on our windshield directly in front of me. Great, now I couldn’t see where I was going! OK, I had learned this. Where was the control for the windshield wipers? Here? No, that was the turn signal. Here? No, that turned on my high beams. Ah, here it was! What a silly place to put it. There were so many things to remember. Where did I push or pull or turn for this and that. And we had a pretty small uncomplicated car. I couldn’t imagine if I had some big luxury car with touch screens and voice controls. Well, actually I imagined it all the time, in fact. EVERY TIME I HAD TO PUSH THAT STUPID CLUTCH IN! Anyway, my windshield was clean now and I kept going around the park. If you’ve read some earlier posts you know that our small town has a lake nearby and this park was right on the shore. It even had a swimming beach for the summer. One thing I liked about this park was that the traffic only went one direction. That meant I didn’t have to worry about cars coming towards me. The road pretty much made a big circle. First it went next to the lake then turned to go around a big hill before turning again to head out towards the entrance gate. There was one place on the way back out where you could turn around to go by the lake again. My “teacher” directed me to use this little turnaround road. No problem I thought. Wait. What’s this? Another stop sign? AND this time I was on a small hill. OK, maybe problem! Find out how much of a problem when you come back to read my next post. Please that is!

Spring fashion 2015 must have---A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have---A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have---A Pink Trench Coat!
Spring fashion 2015 must have—A Pink Trench Coat!

SHOP MY LOOK

Pink trench coat old from China
Sweater @Tommy Hilfiger
Skinny Jeans @Loft
Leopard pumps @DSW @Nine West
Bag @michael Kors

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:

what i wore

Mid Week Muse is a linkup party

The Wednesday Pants – Link Up!

Cheers!
Grace

What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day

What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day

Why is everyone wearing green?

One thing I’ve been surprised about since I moved to America is how much American’s like to celebrate other country’s holidays. I think that often the holidays are more popular here than in whatever country they came from. Of course this isn’t always true and in fact, I’ve been a bit disappointed in how little Chinese New Year is observed. Even with the Chinese people that are living here. I always have a big dinner and decorate our home but many of my friends that also came here from China don’t do anything. I think they could learn from a lot of the Americans who love to honor other country’s traditions. I have heard from some people I know who are from Mexico that Cinco de Mayo isn’t a very big deal there at all. But here there are all sorts of parties and festivals. But I think the one that really takes the top place is St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t know how it is everywhere in America but around the Detroit area, people go crazy for it. It seems that every year on March 17 the whole world is Irish!

What to wear on St. Patrick's Day
What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day

As you may have guessed, this is not the same in China. When I lived there, I never even heard of this holiday. But when I met my future husband in Shanghai, he decided it was his job to open my eyes to a more international viewpoint. So it was with this in mind, that in the first March after we met, he was going to introduce me to Irish culture. Shanghai is one of the biggest cities in the world and attracts people from all over. And of course in order to make those people feel at home, there are plenty of businesses that try to remind them of where they came from. One of these was an Irish pub named O’Malley’s. This occupied a huge mansion in one of the old colonial neighborhoods of Shanghai This place had been well known for many years to all the foreign business people who had moved to Shanghai for their jobs, and was the place to be in Shanghai for all things Irish. They served Irish stew, featured musicians playing Irish music and of course poured out gallons of Guinness. My fiancé decided we would pay them a visit so I could taste my first corned beef and try my first Irish beverage.

Green long dress
Green long dress

I am not much of a drinker. And that’s especially true for beer. I much prefer a nice glass of wine. So that made it extra difficult to swallow that Irish beer. I think that you have to either really like beer or maybe have some very strange taste buds to actually enjoy Guinness! It doesn’t look or taste, like any beer that I had ever tried. It was nothing at all, like Chinese beer! Although my future husband didn’t seem to mind it, I was not a fan! So he was looking at the menu to try to find something he thought I might like better when the waitress mentioned that they had a sale on a drink called a B-52. Of course, I had never heard about this but my guy seemed to know what it was and said I’d probably like it. What he decided I didn’t need to know was that these drinks were made of 3 different kinds of alcohol in one glass! The waitress brought out a small tray of 4 tiny glasses. The special price they had was that you only paid for 2 but got 4 glasses. They were pretty interesting looking and like I said, quite small so I figured I would try one. It was DELICIOUS! Creamy and sweet with a taste of coffee and maybe orange, it didn’t taste like alcohol at all. By now, our food had come and I was enjoying that too. I had never eaten corned beef but I really liked the taste. In the northeast part of China where I was from, we eat a lot of potatoes and cabbage so this Irish food was actually pretty familiar to me. There were some men in a corner playing music and I was having a very nice night. Time for another one of those tiny B-52s I thought. It was so smooth and I didn’t feel tipsy at all. So we might as well get another order: And maybe another after that. I am not sure how many tiny glasses showed up that night, but the next morning I was introduced to another Irish tradition, a headache! That was exactly 10 years ago and I haven’t had a B-52 since! But I still like corned beef, potatoes and cabbage! I hope you have a Happy and Safe St. Patrick’s Day!

leopard short jacket
leopard short jacket
What to wear on St. Patrick's Day
What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day
pearl necklace
pearl necklace
What to wear on St. Patrick's Day
What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day
What to wear on St. Patrick's Day
What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day
What to wear on St. Patrick's Day
What to wear on St. Patrick’s Day

SHOP MY LOOK:
Leopard Jacket @H&M
Green long dress old @from China
Leopard booties @Nordstrom Rack
White leather bag @DKNY

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:

Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me

Garay Treasures

Trend Spin Linkup with Laura @ Walking In Memphis in High Heels

STYLE SESSIONS LINK UP

Cheers!
Grace

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