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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Classy trench coat and jeans

Is it supposed to make that noise?

As I hope you know, I’ve been writing about how I learned to drive after moving to America. My fiancé was my driving teacher and his old little car was my practice target! We had survived my first lesson without driving in the nearby lake so after a day or two to recover I was ready to give it another go. Maybe this time I would even get the car out of first gear! The adventures we had driving in our local cemetery ended on a scary note so we thought maybe we would try somewhere else for lesson 2. My fiancé/driving teacher made his way over to a large parking lot on the other side of our small town. This lot was mostly for workers at a local insurance company and was mostly empty after 5pm when they all went home. It was a pretty big lot with nothing but a few light poles to get in my way so it seemed like a safe place to practice. As with the first lesson I stalled the car several times until I got used to using the clutch and gear shift again. I could get going pretty fast before I had to slow down and turn so after several slow laps around the lot, it was time to shift into second gear!

Classy trench coat and jeans street style
Classy trench coat and jeans street style

I managed to push down the clutch, move the shifter back from first into second gear position and let the clutch out. Too quickly! The car jumped and shook and jerked around. I wasn’t expecting it so hit the brake; but without putting the clutch back in! So of course there was some more shaking and bumping until it stalled and everything was quiet again. Everything except for my “driving instructor” who was busy trying to “teach” me what I had just done wrong. I’m always very proud of our relationship and 99% of the time we get along great. But there is that 1% when things aren’t quite as smooth. My future husband had grown up around cars as most Americans have. He even had gotten a little battery powered car that he could actually drive around when he was just a kid. Even though I am a “bit” younger than he is my experience with cars was almost none. I had been in taxis of course and my brother even had a small car that he would sometimes take me for a ride in but that wasn’t until I was an adult. Growing up I was lucky to get to ride on a bus once in a while! So my fiancé couldn’t understand how foreign this whole experience was to me. What he thought would be basic knowledge that EVERYBODY had, wasn’t part of my experience at all. And to me it was just as obvious that this whole driving thing was foreign to me because (pay attention) I AM A FOREIGNER!

Paige skinny jeans
Paige skinny jeans

In general though I have to say my guy is usually very patient with me. He has done a lot of travelling for his job and spent a long time in other countries. So he’s pretty good with understanding other cultures and how difficult it can be to work in a language you aren’t very fluent in. I think since we usually communicate pretty well, probably because we know each other so good, he sometimes forgets that I’m still thinking in Chinese, even though I’m hearing English. At least when I was learning to drive that was true. Now that I’ve been in America almost 8 years and using English most of the time it’s become a lot more natural. I think when I first really noticed that I wasn’t automatically translating in my mind was when I had my first dream in English! Anyway, back to driving lesson number 2, I started the car up again and got it into second gear a lot smoother this time. Around and around the lot we went until I almost got dizzy and it started to get dark. I was feeling a bit more comfortable now and looking forward to lesson number 3. At least I was until my “teacher” informed me that, since we were practicing in a parking lot, in the next lesson, I would park the car! Please come back next time to see how that went!

Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans
Classy trench coat and jeans

There will be a giveaway from My Arm Charms starts on 3/16 and ends on 3/30. Don’t forget to check it out later!

Two-tone Trench Coat @New York & Co
Two-tone Bag @Michael Kors
Button Down Shirt @Loft
Cropped Jeans @Paige @Nordstrom Rack
Sunnies @Coach
Necklace @Ann Taylor
Belt @H&M
Shoes @TJ Maxx
Rings @Nordstrom Rack

Cheers!

Grace

Today’s link up:

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