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    Where is everybody?

    I’ve been in the USA for almost 8 years. I think I fit in pretty good now but it wasn’t always that way. When I first moved I had a very serious case of culture shock. Not only was I moving to a place where I barely spoke the language, but I was also going from Shanghai, a city with a population of almost 20 million to a small town in Michigan with less than 10,000 people! I think there were probably more than 10,000 people in my block of apartments in Shanghai! I had a few days to get a bit used to our little house and neighborhood with…

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    There’s no place like home!

    A couple posts ago (I post every day so can use the words post and day the same!) I started telling the story about my first day in America. My future husband’s brother picked us up from the Detroit airport and took us to his house to visit and meet. After a while, we left for the half hour drive to what would be my home. It had been a very long day. The flight from Shanghai takes about 17 hours with a stop in Tokyo. But that’s not including getting to the airport in China, waiting for our plane to board and take off; Then on the other end…

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    Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

    Today is a special post! A few days ago I got a comment from Florencia letting me know she nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Wow! My first international award! I am not even ready for my acceptance speech yet. 😉 First of all, I want to say thank you so much to Florencia for nominating me! The last two months have been a blessing to me since I started blogging. I feel like I’ve made friends from all over the world! Every day, there is something new to learn, and to enjoy! The rules are: 1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you. 2.…

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    How to tone down a short dress

    You’re not from around here! When I moved to America from China I was in for some major culture shock. It started at the airport. I couldn’t speak much English and had a hard time understanding the Immigration Officer. Luckily I was with my future husband and he waited in the long line of foreign visitors with me to help me though. After finally getting our luggage, I went out to meet for the first time, my future brother-in-law. He was picking us up at the airport and the first stop would be his house, where my fiancé’s car was waiting along with a whole bunch of his relatives! I…

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    How to tough out a punk outfit

    Let’s get straight to the point! When I was young and growing up in China, I was a bit of a tough girl. I didn’t care much what I said or whose feelings got hurt. The Chinese are known for not being very tactful in the way that most westerners are, but I was sometimes brutally honest and straight forward. Now that I’m a few years older, I’ve definitely mellowed. I started to pay attention to other people’s feelings. I think I finally learned to put myself in other people’s shoes, not that I don’t have enough of my own! This has helped me when I’m building my outfits for…

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    How to wear your after party dress to the office the next day

    And the winner for Best Motion Picture is… So as pretty much everyone in the world knows, the Academy Awards show was on Sunday night. I can’t remember the last time I went to see a movie at a theater so don’t get too excited about who’s up for the best actor and what film’s up for the best movie award. But I do love to check out the incredible fashions that come in on the red carpet. Of course, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone’s list of Oscar night fashion hits and misses will be a bit different. But the one thing you can…

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    How to leap on a Leopard sweater look

    Winter in August! Yesterday I told you part 2 of my first American vacation. Here is the final chapter. We went on a road trip to drive around Lake Michigan. Most of the nights we stayed in motels or a Bed & Breakfast Inn but my dear husband wanted to try camping so I agreed. Our first night in the tent was in the far north of Michigan and was actually pretty nice so I thought this trip would be no problem! As we continued through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula we went through one tiny town after another. It was a bit scary in some of these. They were empty! This…

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    How to style an all-black outfit

    Wake up and smell the coffee! A couple days ago I started telling you about my first vacation trip after I moved to America. My husband and I didn’t have much money so went on a road trip to drive around Lake Michigan. My husband likes camping and hadn’t gone for a long time so I agreed that we could do that for at least a couple nights. One of the stops would be in the town of Houghton in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Everyone around this area calls this part of our state the U.P. This is the home of Michigan Technological University where my step-son was a student. The…

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    How to spice up an all white outfit

    The pen is messier than the sword! Everybody I know from when I was young, including myself, is very surprised about how ladylike I am now. When I was young, I was often mistaken for a boy. I wore my hair super short and usually had my brother’s hand-me-down clothes on. I also was a bit of a Tomboy. I liked to play and climb, just like the boys in my village. So much so, that even my teachers called me a little monkey. It didn’t get much better as I got older. All through grade school, middle school, high school and on to college I had a hard time…

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    春节快乐!(chun jie kuai le—Happy New Year!)

    My husband and I met in Shanghai in June of 2004. Of course, it took a while before we became a couple, but we were definitely together when it came time for Chinese New Year in February 2005. By then, I had been living by myself in Shanghai for many years. I moved there from my hometown in northeast China to chase my dreams of big city life. When we met, I was living in a small apartment on the eighth floor, with no elevator. My future husband was NOT happy about that! I had almost no kitchen and didn’t really know how to cook much, especially a holiday meal.…

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    The lunar year of what? Sheep, ram, goat or lamb?

    This holiday really has me seeing red! Back in my home country of China, the New Year celebrations are starting to heat up. If you wanted to include the traditional days of preparation getting ready for the holiday and the holiday itself, you would spend about a month in total. And each day has its own special activity. On one for example, you should clean your house from top to bottom. As I’ve mentioned before, everything has a deeper meaning in China, and this cleaning is no exception. The idea is that you are gathering up and throwing away all the bad luck from the previous year in order to…

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