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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 dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!

The weather is getting warmer every day and I am thinking ahead. For summer I live in shorts. But shorts can be a little bit too casual. So today I am going to create an outfit from a pair of shorts. My goal is to make it comfy but still stylish when I go out with my girlfriends for shopping and dinner.

How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!

My driving story continues below, enjoy! 😉

OK, quit stalling!

The things you do for love. Let’s review. I’m learning to drive after I came to live in America. Why did I come to America? It was a man’s fault. Most causes of trouble are. We had met in Shanghai a few years earlier and now we were going to be married. So here I was in America. Unless you live in one of the older major cities, mostly in the east, you didn’t have much opportunity in this country to hop on a subway train or ride a bus or use any other form of mass transit to get where you wanted. No, this country was set up for individuals, not masses. And for most places here, that means cars. Well, trucks, vans and SUVs too but pretty much you have to drive yourself. Fine. Like they say, “when in Rome, learn to drive” or something like that. So that’s what I’ve been doing in the last several posts.

How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!

I had just ventured onto the main street in our tiny town for the first time and was driving through our small downtown area. Our town was pretty typical in that at the main intersection that was the center of town, there was a traffic light. Now I’m all about color and I look fabulous in red if I do say so myself. But when you’re learning how to drive in a car with a manual shifter, red on a traffic light is definitely out of style. Give me a nice bright green anytime. But no, I had gotten to the light while it was red so slowed to a nice controlled stop. Just in time for the light to turn green. If you’ve been reading along you know that the only driving skill I had really mastered was stalling the car when I was trying to get moving. So that’s where we are now. Restart car, give it some gas, clutch out, slowly…and YES! I got going this time. Through the light and picking up speed. OK, now we’re talking. At least for a couple seconds because just in front, only a short block from where I had just stalled was the next traffic light. Maybe red isn’t as lucky a color as they kept telling us in China after all.

How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!

Stop. Good. OK now the light is green. Gas, clutch, slowly. YES! Hey, I’m sort of getting the hang of…wait, the lane I’m in disappears ahead! Through the downtown area the road was 7 lanes wide. There was a center lane for cars to turn left, then two lanes going each direction to drive in and another one at each side to park in. But once you started to leave the small downtown area that all changed. The parking lanes went away. And the driving lanes dropped from two going each direction down to one. And of course, I was in the lane that ended. No problem I thought, all I had to do was move over to the…HONK! HONK! Where did that car come from? He was right next to me but I didn’t see him in my mirror. So that’s why they call it a blind spot. You can’t see a car that’s in it. This time I turn my head, OK, all clear, turn signal on and move over. Hooray! I had just changed lanes for the first time: And lived to tell about it! No time to celebrate though, now I see a speed limit sign. 35mph! I had never gone that fast yet and this was no time to try it. Just at the last minute though my husband told me to slow down and turn right onto a smaller side street. Ah, this was better. Nice and slow we go. A stop sign, turn right. No stalling; thank you very much. Now we’re heading back towards our home but one street over from the main road. I like this one better. Not so much traffic. Not as many lanes. Wait, what’s that? A hill; with a traffic light at the top. It’s green, but I’m too far away. I’ll never make it. Hurry! Hurry! Maybe I will get through! Oh no! Yellow! Almost there! Red. I want to cry.

How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!
How to dress up shorts for a girlfriend date!

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Vest @old from China
Pullover top @Ann Taylor
Shorts @Express
Shoes @TJ Maxx
Bag @Coach
Bracelets @Guess


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:

WABISABI – The Real Beauty Project
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Style to Inspire with Rhea

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Cheers!

Grace

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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

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