• Over 40s fashion tips

    How to style a plaid shirt

    Snow dazed! If you’re reading this post that probably means you’re on my blog website. I also hope it means you’ve read a bit about me on my bio page. If so, you know I was born and raised in northeastern China. Among other things that means cold nasty winters! I remember sitting in my grade school classroom and not being able to feel the pencil in my fingers. So when I got of age, I figured that enough was enough and moved to Shanghai. Although not what you would call the Deep South, but it’s generally much warmer there than my hometown. I got used to the steamy summers…

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    How to style around a hot pink purse

    Resigned to consign! When I look around my walk in closet even I have to admit that I have a lot of clothes. Never too many but a lot! When I want to make a bit of room for another must have piece I often choose a few items that I’ve fallen out of love with a bit. Maybe they weren’t quite as flattering as I once thought. Maybe they somehow shrunk while on the hanger and are a bit tighter than they used to be when I first bought them! Anyway, my first choice is to take them to a local consignment or resale boutique. At least I might…

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    How to style a pair of casual pants

    Green’s the way the Cookie Crumbles! It’s that time of year again. At family gatherings, office break rooms, the entrance to your local supermarket and your front door there’s an army of little girls dressed in green selling cookies! It’s almost impossible to say no to all of them so I always try to pace myself by getting a couple boxes of my favorite chocolaty minty snacks from one niece one year and a co-worker’s daughter the next. It doesn’t do a lot to help my diet but I like to support any group run by women! I like to think of it as kookie karma and hope it comes…

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    How to add a sophisticated vibe to jean shorts

    TGI Denim! Living in China through the first decade of my adulthood meant public transportation. I never drove a car until I moved to America! Most of my friends can’t believe it but I have only been behind the wheel for about 8 years now. My husband was my driving teacher. He only had a little car with a manual transmission at that time. So not only did I have to learn to drive a car in a country where the signs were all in a language I wasn’t fluent in, but I had to do it while shifting gears! I survived and so did our marriage but if anyone…

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    How to add color to a black and white outfit

    Red, fur and blue! I’ve been seeing an advertisement on TV lately for the US Navy. The tag line is something like “To get to you, they have to go through us.” It’s pretty effective! I’m an American citizen now but wasn’t for most of my life and seeing that sent shivers through me. I’ve come to love and appreciate my adopted country. I’ll always be Chinese and am very proud of its culture, history and accomplishments. And I certainly don’t agree with America, Right or Wrong; if we do something stupid, I have no problem calling it stupid! But all in all, I love my life since I’ve moved…

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    How to style a floral blouse

    Add a cup of flower. I got a visit from an old friend this week. One of my orchids finally flowered! I have quite a few plants around our home and love the little reminders of summer when I’m looking out at the white blanket of snow on the ground. I have four orchids and the last petals fell off months ago. I’m not sure why or how they decide to get their bloom on but so far only one of the four got the urge. I’ll take what I can get! In China I lived in apartments for the last several years before moving to America so never had…

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    How to style a jean jacket

    Not your Grandmother’s Grandmother. As you may know, I’m a teacher. There are several teachers in our family. My husband’s older sister is a retired teacher. She’s never had kids of her own but she’s had hundreds of her kids over the years that still remember her when they happen to cross paths. I’m somewhat similar. I have a stepdaughter and stepson. My stepson is married with a 16 month old daughter and another child due this summer. So, that means…seven plus five carry the two…oh my…I’m a GRANDMOTHER! It’s really the best deal around. I get to have the fun of spoiling an adorable baby without ever learning how…

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    How to style a lips print outfit

    Pucker up! Yay. Monday. But I really can’t complain. We had another nice weekend. There’s a couple more empty wine bottles for the recycle bin. After all, I always like to do my part for the environment! We took another batch of photos on Saturday. You’re seeing some of them today! It was c-c-cold but sunny so we had to make the best of it. My husband is my photographer so got to get frostbite along with me. It seems that misery really does love company! He’s a bit older than I am. I don’t want to say how old but his first camera was black and white! Well, maybe…

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    How to dress up a basic white button down shirt

    Seriously? Yes, but with a smile! Aaahhhh. My husband and I had our first massage of 2015 last night. That’s one of the things I miss most about my native China. Of course the other is the food! Oh, I guess my family is in there somewhere! For about the cost of a fast food combo meal here I could get a 90 minute foot massage at any of dozens of places within a few minute walk from my Shanghai apartment. When I went back to China this past summer with my husband for his job one of the first things I did was locate the nearest spa. What a…

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    How to create a tough chic winter outfit

    Too cool to be cold! Well that was fun. That first full workweek of the New Year is always such a struggle to get through. Of course it didn’t help that Michigan is currently locked in a deepfreeze of weather! I’m a blogger in real life but my paying hobby is teaching. I felt like I hit the lottery on Thursday because the school I teach at was one of only a handful that didn’t close due to the -20°F wind chill! Lucky me! After sitting in a frigid windy parking lot all day my trusty ride made some definitely not normal noises when I started driving home. At least…

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    Fashionable Friday

    This has been a looong week. The end of the first full week of 2015 couldn’t come soon enough! I think all the online banking and autopay setups mean I can go weeks or even months before accidently writing 2014 on a check! I have to say, so far, so good, with the New Year though. This winter has had a later than usual start for Michigan. Especially when compared to other parts of the country or a year ago. We had a record winter for snowfall and low temperatures last year. This was a record I could really have done without breaking! I know we will still get our…

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