Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

As you all know, I love colors! For spring, I love to use bright yellow, teal and pink to brighten up my day. please see here for Spring must haves 2015

Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

Below my driving story continues…

This hour has 300 minutes!

Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

This was a day of “firsts”. My first time driving on an Interstate Highway or “freeway”; My first time almost being crushed by a huge truck; My first time going 70 miles per hour and even a bit faster when I had to get out of the way; AND now my first time driving in snow! Oh, and not just snow, but snow and dark. And the crazy thing was I had only been driving for about an hour! Some hours are definitely longer than others! There wasn’t much snow on the ground thank goodness. That would come soon enough as the winters in northern Michigan were known for lots of the cold white stuff. But it started coming down a bit heavier as I drove along. Where my in-laws lived was not too far from Lake Michigan. This was one of the 5 huge “Great Lakes” and was big enough to affect the weather nearby. It added water into the air which meant that it often snowed more than areas only a few miles behind me. The roads were still clear and I could see the lines telling me where the side of the road ended and the dirt and gravel “shoulder” began. I also saw the line in the middle of the road. This line of white paint was the only thing keeping those cars going the other direction at 55 miles per hour on their side of the road. I actually sort of missed the freeway now! There people were going faster and there were more lanes but everyone near me was at least going the same direction. The cars going the other way were far away and we were separated by trees and grass and a lot of room.

Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

Now, with the snow coming down it was making it a bit difficult to see sometimes. And when a car would go by me the other direction the wind he made would throw more snow and water onto my windshield. I’d done a bit of night time driving around our home. Usually out in the long straight roads that went through the farmland just outside our small town. These roads didn’t usually get much traffic so when it got dark I was able to turn on our car’s high beam headlights. You could see a very long way when these were on and they lit up the road quite nicely. When a car would come towards me, I had to turn them off because they were so bright you would pretty much blind the other drivers. Once the line of cars coming the other way passed me I thought these high beams would be just the thing so I pushed on the hand lever that turned them on. All I could see in front of me was a wall of moving white! What the HECK was going on? Well my husband explained that when it’s snowing and you turn these bright lights on they reflect off the snow flakes and pretty much come back at you and all you see is the snow directly in front of your car. Instead of helping you see further down the road they make it so you can’t see at all! All I could think of is what other “surprises” did I not know about? So I quickly turned the high beams off and grabbed the steering wheel a bit tighter. We only had probably another 15 minutes to go. At least that would be how long at the normal speed. But by now the snow was actually starting to stick to the road so my new normal speed was a lot slower than usual.

Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

Of course the people who lived in this part of Michigan were used to this weather and a lot of them also drove big four wheel drive trucks that could pretty much go through anything. And just to add to my nervousness one of these was behind me and wondering why this little car was going so slow. These trucks sit a lot higher than most cars so that means their headlights are higher too. In fact they were just the perfect height to line up with my rearview mirrors and blind me that way. So if I turned my high beams on I would be blinded from in front of me and now if I didn’t go fast on snowy slippery roads I would be blinded by the truck behind me. We were going up and down hills so the truck didn’t have a chance to pass me and just sat there right on my back bumper. But just then there was an extra lane on our road just for this situation. I was able to move over and that truck and a few others behind him who also didn’t mind going fast in bad weather roared by and went off into the distance. After another hill or two the extra lane ended but by this time the crazy drivers had gone by me so it was much calmer and darker when I got back into the main driving lane. By now all you could really see on the road were a couple dark lines where the cars had been driving. The painted lines had disappeared beneath the snow. So I kept our car heading on those tracks and we got closer to my in-laws. Finally we went down one more big hill. and then I could see some lights up ahead. This was the beginning of the small town they lived in and I was very happy when I saw that the speed limit was dropping from 55mph to a more reasonable 35 and then a very comfortable 25 miles per hour. We turned onto a side road, went to a stop sign and then I turned onto the street my husband’s parents lived on. And I didn’t even stall at that sign! I was never so relieved to stop a car as I was when we pulled into their driveway and I turned the key to shut off the motor. I took the keys out, dropped them in my husband’s hand and told him I was FINISHED driving for this trip. On the way home I was staying in the passenger seat where I belonged! Please come back to see how THAT works out!

Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015---teal trench coat
Spring must haves 2015—teal trench coat

SHOP MY LOOK:
Teal trench coat @old from China
White Tee @New York & Company old
Pants @Old Navy old
Shoes @Nordstrom Rack
Bag @Kate Spade
White Sunglasses @Fendi
Watch @Movado
Bracelets @My Arm Charms

TODAY’S LINK UP PARTY:

Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me

Garay Treasures

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

STYLE SESSIONS LINK UP

I do deClaire

I Feel Pretty

Celebrate Southern

Cheers!

Grace

how to wear a striped dress

How to wear a striped dress

How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress

There are a lot of people who don’t like wearing stripes, especially vertical stripes. I love stripes and wear them quite often. But for a petite person like me, there are a few tricks that will help us to pull off this chic look:

1. Pay attention to proportion: For striped dresses, usually an above the knee length is the best for a petite frame.
2. Pick a body friendly cut: A loose, baggy striped dress is a nightmare for a petite person and the whole body will just disappear in that striped bag. Don’t go too far with how tight it is either, the stripes may make your tummy look bigger than it really is when the dress is too tight in that area.
3. Show some skin: Allover stripes are a bad choice for a petite person. Showing some skin will help create a smaller silhouette overall.

How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress

Today we are back to my driving story again, enjoy! 🙂

Almost there!

How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress

So the good news is I was finally off the freeway. We were on our way to northern Michigan to visit my in-laws and my husband/driving teacher decided this would be a great opportunity for me to get in some freeway practice time. If you’ve been reading along you know that until today almost all of my driving practice had been around our small town and nearby roads in the countryside. This usually meant slow. And I was good with that. During my whole life growing up and living in China, I had never sat in the driver’s seat of a car. So being in control of one while going 70 miles per hour on an Interstate Highway was not my idea of comfortable! This was especially true when I got to play pass and be passed with a huge truck driven by a crazy person! Well, maybe he wasn’t really crazy but for someone who wasn’t used to this kind of driving it seemed a bit like it. In fact, I had only been driving for less than an hour but it had felt like a lot more. You know what they say, “time flies when you’re having fun”. I guess that proves that I was NOT enjoying it. Anyway that was over now. We had gotten to our exit and I had managed to get off the freeway without being run over or hitting anything so I was thinking that things were looking up. At this point we only had another 30 miles to go until we arrived at my husband’s parent’s home.

How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress

I had been to my in-law’s home many times so knew that this last part of the drive was actually quite beautiful. Northern Michigan was full of forests, lakes and rivers. And the road we would be on went past all of these. My husband offered to take over the driving but I thought since we were already going I would just stay behind the wheel and get another short driving lesson in. There was never much traffic on these roads and we only had a short way to go, so what could happen? I have often found over the last few years that this is always a dangerous question to ask! We went through the city that the freeway exit directs you into and, after stalling at the first red light, I managed to go through a couple more with no problem. Once through the small downtown area, the next intersection was our turn to go towards the small town my in-laws lived in. I was starting to get enough experience driving that I was finding a few things that I liked because they made it easier. One was a left turn arrow light. At most intersections, if you want to turn left in front of the traffic coming from the other direction, you just have to wait until you get a break. When you are at an intersection with a left turn arrow that means when it turns green you can make your turn and those other cars have to wait for you. I like this system a LOT better! It is pretty hard for me and most new drivers to judge how close and fast those cars are coming towards you. So, I would either wait too long, and make the people behind me upset, or I would go when there wasn’t much room and be too close to the oncoming car, and then they would be upset! But at this intersection, the arrow turned green and I turned onto our road and started to pick up speed.

How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress

Once we were on this road it was pretty much a straight drive until we got into the small town where we would finish our trip. There were a few curves and hills but no other towns to go through and the thing I really liked, no more traffic lights or stop signs! This may actually be fun for a change. It was getting quite dark pretty early now as it does in Michigan in winter. Our little car didn’t have many options but it did have a feature where the headlights came on automatically when it got dark enough. Mine were on now and lit up the road pretty well. There were a few cars in front of me and some behind so I could also see the road from their lights as we moved along. Hmm, that’s strange. The road looks a bit wet. It had been clear and dry all the way so far. And of course it was pretty cold out so it wouldn’t be raining. That must mean…SNOW! My in-laws lived “Up North” as they say in Michigan. And it’s not just a little bit north; they live almost 200 miles away from our home near Detroit. A lot can happen in 200 miles. Plus where we were going was closer to Lake Michigan. If you ever saw Michigan on a map you know that it is surrounded by huge lakes: So big they call them Great Lakes. Lake Michigan is one of the five and my in-laws lived less than an hour from the water. These lakes added a lot of moisture into the air and this time of year that could mean snow. So much for my “fun” drive! My “teacher” advised me to slow down a bit and just be careful. I thought that was pretty obvious and I didn’t really need a driving instructor to tell me that! I turned on my windshield wipers, grabbed the steering wheel a bit tighter and kept going into the snowy dark! I would never ask “what could happen?” again! Come back tomorrow to see if we ever make it!

How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress
How to wear striped dress

SHOP MY LOOK:
Striped dress @TJ Maxx
Black jacket @Kohl’s
Two toned heels @Nordstrom Rack
Red bag @Michael Kors
Watch @Movado
Bracelets @My Arm Charms

TODAY’S LINK UP PARTY:

Style to Inspire with Rhea

Mix it Monday

Bless Her Heart Y’all

Beauty101byLisa

Still Being Molly

Linkup Button

Pink Sole

Styled Up

Cheers!

Grace

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