Leopard top and cutoff jean shorts

You mean between these lines?

So, I had to learn to drive a car after I moved to America. Most of you did that when you were still in high school. Here I was, an adult living in another country, not very comfortable reading English yet and sitting in the driver’s seat of a car for the first time. My husband thought he’d be the perfect teacher for me since he had grown up with cars and had a lot of miles of experience. There’s a saying that experience is a great teacher. We found out though that this doesn’t automatically mean that if you have experience YOU will be a great teacher! My husband works in the automotive industry as an engineer. That’s why we live in the Detroit area. It certainly isn’t for the great weather! So anyway, he knows cars. He’s driven for many years and even more miles. He’s taught other people to drive. But what he had never done is teach an adult from half way around the world with poor English skills and absolutely no experience with cars. But we had survived our first 2 days of driving practice and were more or less ready for day 3.

Leopard top and jean shorts
Leopard top and jean shorts

Our previous lesson had been in an empty parking lot. I had gone around the edge and up and down the rows to get the feel of shifting, turning, stopping and starting. It was pretty flat and open and safe so, other than a few somewhat heated conversations it was so far so good. We went back to that same lot to continue working on some of the basics. In Michigan once a person is over the age of 18 or so it’s no longer a requirement that they be taught driving at an official school. I guess the laws were set up to cover people like me who had moved here from some other country. Pretty much any adult with a driver’s license could teach another adult to drive. Well, legally anyway. Like I mentioned, just because you were OK to teach someone didn’t mean you could teach OK! So the way it worked is when you thought you were ready you had to take a road test with a state certified instructor. One of the things you would have to show is that you could park your car. Since I had to learn it anyway and we were already in a parking lot, this was what my husband thought we should practice for this lesson.

Hat @Rue 21
Hat @Rue 21

How hard could it be? Very hard as it turned out! I had a basic understanding that turning that wheel in my hand made the car change direction but I had never done it before where I was trying to be so accurate! Of course I knew why. When I went to the mall to shop in the future the parking lot wouldn’t be so empty. Especially if they had the sale I was dreaming of! So I practiced going down one of the aisles and then turning into a parking spot. First I would be on this line, then the other. Then I would be at such a crazy angle that I would be on both! I had better luck parking if I was turning right. I guess since I was on the left side of that row it gave me more room to make the turn. Turning left into a spot meant that first I had to go right a bit to get more room and that always messed me up! I also couldn’t judge the distance correctly and either stopped with the back end of my car hanging out into the aisle or pulled too far forward until I was over the line. Again, not a huge problem in an empty lot but not so good with other cars already parked. How could this get any worse I wondered? Then I found out. My husband/teacher now decided that he wanted me to back up into a parking space! Oh my. I hope you are enjoying the ride so far. Please come back for more!

Black Sweater Jacket @Forever 21
Black Sweater Jacket @Forever 21
Leopard Top @Calvin Klein @Lord & Taylor
Leopard Top @Calvin Klein @Lord & Taylor
Bracelets @My Arm Charms
Bracelets @My Arm Charms
Green Leather Belt @J Crew
Green Leather Belt @J Crew
Jean Cutoff Shorts @Free People @Lord & Taylor
Jean Cutoff Shorts @Free People @Lord & Taylor
Blue Leather Bag @Valentina @TJ Maxx
Blue Leather Bag @Valentina @TJ Maxx

Hat @Rue 21
Black Sweater Jacket @Forever 21
leopard top @ CK @Lord & Taylor
Bracelets @My Arm Charms
Green Leather Belt @J Crew
Jean Cutoff Shorts @Free People @Lord & Taylor
Blue Leather Bag @Valentina @TJ Maxx
Suede Fringed Booties @DSW

Cheers!
Grace

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An instant outfit—-Dress

Hi everybody! My name is Grace and I am the editor of colorandgrace.com. It is my pleasure to be the guest writer for this amazing blog by Rhea! I am so excited to have this chance to share my fashion “two cents” with you.

An instant outfit—-Dress
An instant outfit—-Dress

For most modern women, our life is so busy juggling family and work responsibilities that we often don’t take time for ourselves. So I really appreciate whoever it was that first created the dress for women. This one piece garment is a real life saver because it is so easy to style and naturally flattering to a women’s figure.

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What do you look for first when you go shopping? I always start with my colors because this is the first thing that catches my attention. You may already have noticed that my style depends on it. I LOVE bright bold colors so much that when I set up my blog’s name, color took top billing, even before my name! But it’s super important to know which colors work for you and which to stay away from. What colors are your best friends? Mine are red, burgundy, black and blue. As with most people, I have way too many black items in my wardrobe. So when I go shopping, I always remind myself to look for other colors first.

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The second thing on my dress checklist is the style. I wear a petite and only have about 5 feet of height to work with. I am also not the most curvaceous woman you’ve ever seen. My figure is closer to a clock than an hour glass! So I usually look for a dress length that ends slightly above the knees. Since I don’t have my high school figure anymore, a tummy friendly dress works best for me. It seems I’ve become a bit too American with my diet! A shift style dress is the best for most women who want to hide a few extra pounds. I also love a dress cut that flares out a bit at the bottom. This type of dress can create the illusion of more shape than I really have.

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Number three on my list is the fit. If the dress is too big on the shoulders or too long for the sleeves it can look like I’m swimming in it. Anything that makes me look even shorter than I am is a fashion no-no to me.

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I rarely buy clothes online because I am so picky! Plus you lose the thrill of the hunt! I must try things on first to see if it is the perfect piece that I was looking for. There’s a trick I use all the time to make sure I have a clear vision of what looks good on me. This is to wear the best fitting clothes I have when I go shopping. If the new one looks better or at least equal, then it is a yes. If not, better to let it go and save your money for something better. My unbreakable rule is to buy clothes for the body I have, not the one I wish I had. In other words, don’t buy something that may fit if you lose 10 pounds just because it’s on sale. Everything you buy should be for immediate use. After all, how can you show off your new clothes if they’re hanging in your closet?

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Red dress @TJ Maxx
Hairband @Loft
Clutch Purse @Saks 5th Avenue
Strength Elephant Charm Bracelet @My Arm Charms
Leopard Booties @Nordstrom Rack

Below you will see a small collection of my dress posts from the last 3 months. The reason I can’t show you any from earlier is I just started blogging in December! Unfortunately that means I don’t have spring or summer dresses to show you. Yet! But I will soon! I would love for you to check out my blog at http://colorandgrace.com for upcoming daily posts. I will be featuring more current and seasonal dress looks along with lots of other styles. There’s some pretty good story telling going on too! I hope you can find some inspiration and just maybe try something new.

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floral dress
floral dress
What to wear on Valentine's Day---A poncho dress
What to wear on Valentine’s Day—A poncho dress
How to style a classic little black dress for Valentine’s Day
How to style a classic little black dress for Valentine’s Day
How to style a rich red Valentine’s Day dress
How to style a rich red Valentine’s Day dress
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
Blue sweater dress
Blue sweater dress
How to style a 70s look?
How to style a 70s look?
How to wear your after party dress to the office the next day
How to wear your after party dress to the office the next day

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I also welcome you to share your thoughts and experiences with deciding on the perfect dress for you. What is on your must have checklist and where do you find your unbeatable deal?

Thanks again for reading!

Cheers!

Grace

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