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

how to style a long vest

How to style a long vest

I styled this white long vest on the post called What to wear on the airport! Today I am going to Atlanta and I am wearing the exact same vest.

How to style long vest
How to style long vest

Below my driving story continues:

All things must pass…

How to style long vest
How to style long vest

So I was driving on the freeway my first time. We were on our way to northern Michigan to visit my in-laws when my husband/driving teacher decided this was a good chance to get me some high speed driving experience. I had spent most of my time behind the wheel so far inside the city limits of the small town we lived in. That meant that I was a LOT more used to going 25 miles per hour than I was going 70! But here I was in the right or slow lane on Interstate Highway 75 or I-75 as everyone says and driving a crazy 70mph! But the good thing was that there was relatively little shifting! I have to admit I enjoyed that part: Driving for miles and miles without having to put my left foot on the clutch and reaching with my right hand to move the gearshift. And our little car even had a very convenient option called cruise control. This meant that once you got to the speed you wanted to drive, you could push a button and the car would keep going that exact speed. When you were going up a hill it would automatically give the motor some more gas and then on the other side it would lift up the gas pedal to slow you down. I hadn’t had much of a chance to use this feature in most of my lessons so far. In the small town we lived in it seemed all I did was drive from one stupid stop sign to the next! And most would be on a hill so I could have another opportunity to stall the car when I tried to start up again! So this was actually quite nice to be able to not worry about shifting or even using the gas pedal! I started thinking to myself that I could do this!

How to style long vest
How to style long vest

Of course, as it always seemed to happen in my driver’s lessons, as soon as I thought I had figured it out, something would happen to assure me that I had not! And there it was in front of me. Wait a minute. That looked like the same huge truck with what seemed like 50 wheels that almost made our car as flat as a dumpling wrapper when I was trying to get on the freeway from the rest area. But how could that be? He had to be moving at like 90 miles per hour when I saw him disappear into the distance. I was barely going 70. I never thought I’d see that monster vehicle again! Well as my husband explained, there was a very long uphill stretch of freeway that we were on. Michigan doesn’t have any real mountains but there are some pretty good sized hills, especially “Up North” as they say. There are even a lot of snow resorts near my in-law’s small town. As it turns out there is a long line of unbroken hills that they call a ridge in this part of Michigan. You don’t really notice this because it happens sort of gradually. But the trucks notice it. They are able to go pretty darned fast on flat ground and of course downhill. But on a long uphill drive they sort of lose their edge. They are so crazy heavy that their motors just can’t keep them moving at that same speed. So now I was actually catching up to this giant piece of moving metal.

How to style long vest
How to style long vest

This did NOT make me happy. Until now I was quite content to stay in the slow lane and just concentrate on keeping the car in my lane. I was even able to look around a little bit and see some of the scenery. This part of Michigan is actually quite pretty. There are lots of lakes, rivers and forests, and apparently big stupid trucks that couldn’t make it up a hill without getting in my way! So now what? Well there were only 2 choices. Either I had to slow down, a lot, to stay behind this multi-ton menace. OR I had to pass him. My husband had already warned me about following any of these big trucks too close. It seems they take great pleasure in throwing rocks at your windshield with their 50 tires and I wasn’t looking to complicate my day even further by looking through a bunch of chips and cracks. So I was going to pass my first truck! Look in my side mirror. Check. This had fooled me once so I knew it wasn’t enough. Check my blind spot. Check. Turn signal on, move over into the fast lane and start passing the truck. There weren’t many cars on the freeway so I just let our cruise control keep our speed right at the limit. When I had been trying to get onto the freeway this same truck had zoomed by me so fast I didn’t really get a chance to see how long it was. But now that I was passing the truck at a much slower speed it seemed like it was as long as a train! Oh well, so it may take a while. No problem with that. After all, no one was behind me…HEY!!! WHERE DID THAT CAR IN MY MIRROR COME FROM? And where the HECK was that next rest area?

How to style long vest
How to style long vest
How to style long vest
How to style long vest
How to style long vest
How to style long vest
How to style long vest
How to style long vest

SHOP MY LOOK:
White long vest @TJ Maxx
Heart print bow tie shirt @Loft
Gold cross body bag @Valentino
White skinny jeans @Guess
Leopard print shoes @DSW @Nine West

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Grace

ripped boyfriend jeans outfit

Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit

I styled a post here about how-to-wear-ripped-jeans-without-looking-trashy and now here is another.

Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit

Here is my driving story again!

On the road again!

Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit

Wow, where were we? Here I was posting about my experiences while learning to drive and then I got sidetracked. But it was a great detour! My husband and I went to Cancun, Mexico for our spring break vacation. You probably know that already if you’ve been a regular reader. And I have heard from a lot of you who were wondering if I would ever get back to the driving stories! Well today’s the day! So, to review, I had never driven a car my entire life in China. But after I moved to the USA to be with my future husband, this was no longer an option. At least in the part of America I had moved to. My husband worked in the automotive industry as an engineer. That’s what he was doing in China when we met. And that also meant that we were living in the Detroit area. After all it wasn’t known as The Motor City for nothing. The headquarters of Ford, GM and Chrysler were all in this area. He works for a supplier but they all have offices near the Big 3 customers. Anyway this whole part of the country relies on you buying a car to keep them working so there’s not much of what you would call public transportation available. Adding a bit of complication to my lessons was the fact that the only car we had was with a manual shifter. Up until now most of my lessons had been in the very small town we lived in or the nearby countryside.

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Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit

But now we were on our way to northern Michigan or “Up North” as everyone around here calls it. My husband’s parents lived in an even smaller town about 200 miles away. The route was about 90% Interstate Highways. These roads are a great way to cover large distances in pretty short times mostly because people who use them drive FAST! I hadn’t been behind the wheel on one of these freeways yet and wasn’t real comfortable going much above 45 miles per hour. The speed limit on the Interstates in Michigan is generally 70mph but most drivers seem to just take that as a suggestion. The left lane is called the passing lane but it’s more accurately known as the fast lane. If you pull into this lane and you’re only driving 70mph there’s a very good chance you’ll either get a huge SUV or pickup trucks front grille filling your rearview mirror or at the least they will wave at you with a very special one finger salute! Once we got a couple hours into our 4 hour drive we stopped at one of the freeway rest areas to take a quick bathroom break. But when I returned to our little car I found my husband sitting in MY seat. He thought this would be a great opportunity for me to get my first freeway experience. I guess it did make a bit of sense since we had gotten pretty far from most of the bad traffic areas.

Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit

That didn’t really help much though as when I was getting up to merging speed there was a huge truck with about 50 wheels blasting down the freeway and having no intention of moving over so I could get onto the road. Luckily he was going so fast he was pretty much already over the next hill before I was able to get over into the right side or “slow” lane. This was my welcome to the high speed fun of the Interstate Highway system! My assignment for this lesson was to drive at least pretty close to the 70mph speed limit to the next rest area. They space these roadside bathroom and picnic places about every 40 or 50 miles in Michigan so at freeway speeds that meant I only had to drive for a little over half an hour. After the excitement of the crazy truck when I was just getting started things actually got pretty calm. The freeways are built for high speeds. That means there are very few sharp corners or crazy hills. There are not traffic lights or stop signs or cross streets. When you’re driving a car with a manual shifter this is good news! I had been having my biggest problems when I was starting from a stop sign or light when I was on a hill. But there was none of this on the freeways. So after I shifted through the gears up to the 5th gear all I had to do was keep the car in my lane and make sure I wasn’t going to run into anyone driving slower than me. I guessed that there wouldn’t be many people on this road that I would be driving faster than! As usual, I guessed wrong! Come back next time to find out why!

Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit
Ripped boyfriend jeans outfit

SHOP MY LOOK:

Black and white jacket @old from China
Top @old from China
Boyfriend ripped jeans @JustFab
Leopard heels @DSW @Nine West
Leopard bag @Express

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Grace

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