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how to style a yellow blazer

How to style a yellow blazer

What color represents spring better than yellow? None! I am wearing this yellow blazer to my training conference today. Because the dress code is business casual, I paired it with a white skinny jeans and flats. If my brain has to work so hard then it is better that my body is a little bit relaxed. 😉

How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer

Here my driving story continues…

What goes up must come down!

How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer

So here I was, driving for my first time on a freeway and at freeway speeds too! We were in northern Michigan so I had that going for me. There was no rush hour traffic and big city congestion to worry about. But there was this one huge truck that I couldn’t seem to get out of my life. When I had first gotten onto the Interstate Highway from one of the roadside rest areas this truck had almost made me into a speed bump as I was trying to merge into the slow lane. But he had roared off into the distance and I was able to concentrate on just keeping our car in my lane. Our little car wasn’t very fancy at all but one nice feature it had was cruise control so I was able to use that to keep a constant speed. This was quite handy when you’re just learning as it gives you one less thing to think about. But as we started on a very long uphill part of the road, I noticed that the truck I had thought was gone for good was in front of me and getting closer. Actually I was the one getting closer. My little car didn’t have a big motor but it was big enough to keep us going at 70 miles per hour. The truck weighed probably 1,000 times more than our little car and there weren’t many motors that would keep him up to speed on a long hill like this. So I signaled, checked and checked again, then moved over into the left or fast lane to pass the truck. This all seemed to be happening in slow motion. This truck was huge. It had the front part where the driver sat and then a long trailer and behind that, was another long trailer! No wonder his motor wasn’t able to keep up with the speed limit!

How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer

One thing I’ve learned about the freeways, at least in Michigan, is that the speed limit signs are pretty much just suggestions and the fast lane is just that. It’s for people who want to go FAST! Even though the truck was slowing down, the driver was still doing his best to keep up. So it was taking a long time for me go get around this long collection of wheels and metal. I had my cruise control set to 70mph exactly. That was the speed limit after all and was already the fastest I’ve ever driven. It seemed to me almost like I was flying! I was gradually moving towards the front of the truck, one set of wheels at a time. But then I glanced in my mirror only to find a car right behind me! And I mean right near me! There couldn’t have been enough room to walk between us. That is if you could walk at 70 miles per hour! When you’re a new driver, you are always nervous to begin with and every time I saw someone was behind me it put extra pressure on. At a stop sign it usually meant that I would stall even when I wasn’t on a hill. So here, going 70mph, a car behind me close enough to touch and a truck as big as a house on my right, and on my left was nothing but trees. That left in front as the only direction I could do something with. My husband/driving teacher told me to just speed up a little to get around the truck quicker. But I had the cruise control on and I was already going the speed limit! How the heck was I supposed to do that? As it turned out it was actually pretty easy. I just gave it a little more gas.

How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer

My husband explained that the way the cruise control worked was you could speed up a little bit just like you would usually by putting your foot on the gas pedal. And when you were ready to go back to your set cruise speed all you had to do was take your foot off and it would take care of it. To go slower or stop completely all you had to do was touch the brake pedal and the cruise control would be automatically turned off. Easy peasy. Of course it was to him. He’d only been driving since they invented these stupid cars. Well maybe he wasn’t quite that old! Anyway, I sped up, 71…72…73…74…75 WOW! This is really pretty fast! But it was working! I was getting around the huge truck much quicker now. It probably helped that we were still on the long uphill road and the truck was actually slowing down at the same time I was speeding up. Anyway within what seemed like several minutes but was really only a few seconds I was finally in front of the truck and it was clear for me to get back into the slow lane where I belonged. I checked my mirror, set my turn signal, checked my blindspot and started to move over to the right and WHERE DID THAT CAR COME FROM?!?!?!? It was that same stupid car that was behind me. He was in such a hurry that as soon as he was barely in front of that truck he cut over and then was going as fast as he could! I had been doing what my “teacher” had told me which was to wait until I saw the whole vehicle I had passed in my mirror until I pulled in front of it. The more I drove the more I thought maybe there were a LOT of drivers who needed some more training! Anyway, I got over and took my foot off the gas and we settled down to a calmer 70mph in the slow lane. Just then we were at the top of the long hill we had been climbing and I saw the view in front of me. The freeway went off into the distance and you could see for miles. It was actually quite beautiful and I started to enjoy the drive again. This part of Michigan is full of forests and even though it was late autumn and the leaves had already fallen there were still thousands of pine trees around and they stayed green all year. I was admiring the view and looking forward to spending the weekend with my in-laws when all of a sudden my thoughts were interrupted by a huge truck coming up next to me in the fast lane! Yes. THAT truck. You’ve GOT to be kidding me! Now that we were no longer going uphill he was making up for lost time. Hop in and ride along tomorrow to see if I ever get rid of this monster!

How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer
How to style a yellow blazer

SHOP MY LOOK:
Yellow blazer @old from H&M
Striped Tee @French Connection
White ripped skinny jeans @Guess
Red Sunglasses @Marc Jacobs
Coral bag @Nordstrom Rack
Flats @Nordstrom Rack
Bracelets @My Arm Charms

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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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