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chambray shirt and short skirt

Chambray shirt and short skirt

Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt

Chambray shirts are the new one size fits all fashion piece. Along with a casual weekend look, It can go with a pencil skirt or blazer to create a more modern style business casual vibe. It also can go with a girly skirt to project a tough but still feminine image. This is truly a must have piece to pull a boho outfit together as well. I guess most of you have a chambray shirt in your closet. What I love the most about a chambray shirt is the youthful feeling it can bring. How do you wear your chambray shirt?

Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt

The story of my car shopping continues below…

Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt

Shopping? I can do this! Car shopping? Maybe I can do this!

I had a car dream. Or is that a dream car? Anyway, when I was younger and deciding how famous and successful I would be, my vision was to drive to Beijing, China’s capital city. And I’d do it in my Mercedes Benz. But my reality was a bit different. I fully expected my first car to pay the price for my inexperience. My new vision included the scratches and dents I guessed I would put on my car until I got a bit more used to this whole driving thing. So I scaled back my requirements a bit. We decided that I would probably be better off with an American car. One reason was that if it needed some repairs it would probably be easier and cheaper to find parts or a place to work on it. Well if I had to back off on my Mercedes, how about a Cadillac? That was American. They were even made in Detroit! I guessed I could probably live with one of those. We started looking around. You see a lot of second hand cars and trucks sitting by the road when you are driving around and we began to pay more attention to those. Usually they were trying to be sold by the owner of the car. The other choice was to go to a used car dealer. Our small town had a few of these too. But I was finding out that even a second hand Cadillac was out of my price range!

Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt

Another thing I didn’t like when my husband explained it to me was that these big fancy cars usually needed to use the more expensive premium gasoline. The final thing that changed my mind was the size of these cars. They were usually quite big! I had been driving our car for my lessons and practice and it was pretty tiny. It only had 2 doors and I felt sorry for anyone who had to sit in the back seat. It was very small and uncomfortable. But the good thing was that it was easier to get into a parking spot because of its size. I was worried that a big car would give me more trouble parking than I already had! Anyway, maybe I had to drop my requirements a bit more! So we started coming up with a list of “must haves”. First on that list was an automatic shifter! My husband told me that would not be a problem. Even though he had the manual gear shift in his car there weren’t many people in America that had them. They were getting less and less popular too. So probably 90% of the second hand cars we saw were automatics. I wanted something a bit bigger than our little car. That would make me feel safer with a bit of metal around me! And I thought having 4 doors would be easier and more comfortable if we had some extra people in our car.

Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt

There were a couple other things on the list like front wheel drive which was a lot better for driving in snow. It would be nice to have things like power windows and a nice radio. Our little car didn’t have power anything! And of course, it had to be good looking! After all, I do have an image to think of! But we also had a pretty small budget to work with. I hadn’t been in the country that long and wasn’t doing anything to make money so we were limited to whatever my husband could put away after we paid all our bills. We went to the used car dealers in town and stopped at some of the cars we saw next to the road. But we couldn’t seem to find anything that was just right! So now we started looking a bit further from home. We went to the next town and then the one after that. But it was the same story. All the towns around us were just as small as ours or even smaller so there just wasn’t a very good selection to choose from. I was starting to wonder if I’d ever find my car! Find the answer in my next post!

Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt
Chambray shirt and short skirt

SHOP MY LOOK:
Chambray shirt @Express
Wine color skirt @Forever 21
Bag @Micheal Kors
Hat @Meijer
Shoes @Nordstrom Rack
Sunglasses @TJ Maxx
Beaded wrap bracelet @Rocksbox
Strength Elephant charm bracelet @My Arm Charms
Silver wrap bracelet @The shopping bag

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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

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