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Day job: a world language teacher Hobbies: style, fashion, gardening, food, travel, and music

What to wear on Valentine’s Day—A colorful sweater dress

TGI Friday the 13th!

If you’ve been a regular reader you will have learned that A: I’m Chinese and B: the Chinese are a bit superstitious. Not so much for the black cat crossing our path or even breaking a mirror. We do like a good fortune telling though and always want to sit on the north side at the mahjong table so you face south for good luck. But everyone knows that! Today is Friday the 13th. For us Chinese the number 13 doesn’t hold a place of terror in our minds. I’m always so happy on any Friday that I can’t imagine it being unlucky! It’s only been in recent years and in the more tourist visited cities that our hotels skipped a 13th floor, and that sounds a bit silly to most Chinese. This year’s calendar must be especially troubling to westerners as we get two months in a row with a Friday the 13th. Don’t get me wrong, the Chinese do have special feelings about some other numbers though. The number 9 for instance is considered very lucky for love and relationships. It’s not unheard of for a man to spend hundreds of dollars to buy 999 roses for that VERY special woman. Drivers will pay a premium to get a license plate with lucky numbers and a phone number heavy with 6 and 8 is one you’ll never want to give up! Of course I don’t follow such silly beliefs, this is 2015 after all. Oh sorry, I have to run. My husband and I have a 9 o’clock reservation for dinner at our favorite restaurant. We asked for table number 9 but that’s only because it’s set up so I can face south!

What to wear on Valentine's Day
What to wear on Valentine’s Day

This is the second to last post for my Valentine’s Day suggestions. Tomorrow is the big day and I’ll finish up early enough in the morning so that if you haven’t seen anything that fits your mood yet there will be one more chance! Today is another comfortable shapely sweater dress. This one has a rich blue background and is covered in geometric shapes such as triangles, rectangles, arrows and lines in blue, black and gold. This focus piece really makes a statement and reminds me of Native American patterns I’ve seen. The hem is flared out and a bit longer at the sides than in the center for an interesting cut that adds depth and texture while helping to flatter my figure. This dress definitely has some color going on so I didn’t want to make the outfit too busy. That was easy to accomplish by going to my timeless and classic black tights and black leather heeled pumps. They really tie into the black highlights in the dress pattern without fighting for attention.

Pink winter coat
Pink winter coat

The sleeves end just at my elbows so left plenty of opportunity for some sparkle on my wrists. I love to use bracelets, rings and wristwatches to set off and compliment a piece like this. They coordinate well with virtually any color and style and add a bright pop of their own. Small splashes of red, gold, black or even thin bands of animal prints add a bit of class and are always on trend. Another touch of classic elegance came in with my soft pink quilted leather clutch. The shiny chain strap nicely matches the jewelry and the gold highlights on the dress. When it’s time to brave the elements I can’t go wrong with my coordinated soft pink winter coat. The final touch to the look came with my oversized and over cool round white sunnies. When you have an outfit that looks this good, you don’t need luck!

blue sweater dress
blue sweater dress
What to wear on Valentine's Day
What to wear on Valentine’s Day
Pink purse
Pink purse
Express Pink winter coat
Express Pink winter coat
Blue sweater dress
Blue sweater dress
Pink coat street style
Pink coat street style
pink coat street style
pink coat street style

Sweater dress @TJ Maxx
Pink Coat & Purse @Express
Leather heels @Nordstrom Rack
Bracelets @Juicy Coutere @The Limited
Wristwatch @Movado
Sunnies @Fendi
Cheers!

Grace

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How to style a green sweater dress for Valentine’s Day

Where’s the TV remote?

This time of year it seems to be one awards show after another. The music industry Grammys was on last weekend and the Academy Awards are coming soon. I love seeing what is being worn as much as who won what. These shows usually go on way too late for my bedtime so more often than not, I’ll just look at the wardrobe hits and misses online. In fact, we don’t watch much TV at all, and almost never watch it live when it’s happening. We record a few favorite shows and check them out later when we have a bit of downtime. For one thing we can zip through the ads and watch a one hour TV show in about 45 minutes! It seems my taste on favorites change with the seasons, just like my wardrobe! Some of the shows I used to really like have gotten old for me. There are a couple new ones that have taken their place but we don’t watch much at all. I know a lot of people who have TVs in pretty much every room. We are very unusual because we have one in our whole house! Maybe because I didn’t grow up here I don’t have the same appreciation for the shows that I can choose from. Not that TV was much better in China but at least I could think in Chinese while I was watching! Here, when I tune in, I usually have the closed captions on so that I can catch all the dialogue. You’d probably be surprised at how many times the words on the screen are different from what the actors say! One of those things you’d never know if you didn’t have the subtitles on. Maybe it’s the Chinese part of me but to tell the truth, I’d rather be working on a post or reading other blogs if I’m going to be sitting in front of a screen. Well at least until The Blacklist comes on!

How to style a green sweater dress for Valentine’s Day
How to style a green sweater dress for Valentine’s Day

We’re in the final few days before Valentine’s weekend. So I’m sprinting to the finish line with a few more looks that will be just right for a night on the town. Today is a rich green sweater dress. As I’ve mentioned I love the flexibility of a sweater dress for fitting your form while it keeps you from freezing. I don’t know why but it always seems that we get the coldest table at the restaurant! This emerald green dress is nicely broken up with colorful parallel bands of contrasting colors at the shoulders, hem and sleeves. The geometric edges of this pattern add interesting shape and texture to the solid field of green. There was enough color going on with the dress so I wanted to stay more neutral elsewhere. My black tights and leather heeled pumps made sure to compliment the focus piece without distraction. I love a nice statement necklace and got just that with my blingy oversized pendant hanging on a thick sturdy chain.

Green sweater dress
Green sweater dress

I always have to get that extra pop so grabbed my read leather clutch purse. The shiny metal corner accents nicely sparkle up the look while matching the gold in the dress pattern. Staying well-grounded in my earth tones is my super warm and stylish wool coat with faux fur collar. It’s a beautiful cocoa color and really flatters my shape even while out in the cold of winter. You’re probably thinking, cocoa is sort of like chocolate. Chocolate for Valentine’s Day? Coincidence? Maybe not! Even though I’m not a chocoholic I do have to sample the occasional piece; for research purposes only of course! Other than with the bag, this outfit goes away from the traditional red that you may think of for the holiday. But I never like to limit my possibilities on what I wear or what makes a great outfit. Now if you’ll excuse me I have some more research to do…Score! Caramel filled!

How to style a green sweater dress for Valentine’s Day
How to style a green sweater dress for Valentine’s Day
black heels
black heels
Brown faux fur winter coat
Brown faux fur winter coat
Red purse
Red purse
Green sweater dress
Green sweater dress

Sweater dress @China
Necklace @Forever 21
Purse @Michael Kors
Black Leather Heels @Nordstrom Rack
Wool coat @Invanka Trump @Carsons
Sunnies @Chloé
Cheers!

Grace

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