Hit the road in style!

When I first moved to America, my husband and I didn’t have much disposable income. So for that year’s vacation, we figured we’d better try to stick to our budget and stay away from the airports. Instead, we went on a road trip around Lake Michigan. I remember we drove through a small corner of Indiana and then crawled through the terrible traffic in Chicago. We had left on a Sunday and thought we would have easy travelling, but it seems the Windy City is busy 7 days a week. The first night we made it into Wisconsin and stayed at a Bed and Breakfast (B & B) Inn. This was an old farmhouse a bit out of town. We knew we were arriving after hours, so the owners had told us in a letter how to find our way and get into our room And please be quiet because they would be sleeping! It was very nice but the bed we had was so small we almost fell out several times that night. The home cooked breakfast was great though and made up for the tiny room and bed. The owners were super nice and served us secret recipe crepes and fresh corn on the cob for breakfast. I thought this was a bit unusual but they said when the corn was in season they had it for every meal. After breakfast, we went sightseeing at the Wisconsin Dells. These are some islands in interesting shapes in the middle of a river. What we didn’t know was that the year before, there had been a terrible flood. A whole lake that had been there was now gone! This pretty much is the story of my life. No matter what I do or where I go, it seems I just missed the best time! Even the town of Wisconsin Dells was now mostly filled with touristy stores selling cheap souvenirs and T-shirts with rude sayings on them. The owner at the B & B told us that the city wanted to attract more visitors so opened up their laws to bring in businesses. But it seemed what they got was the kind they didn’t really want! It just goes to prove the old saying, you better be careful what you ask for because you might get it!

Black and white faux fur vest
Black and white faux fur vest

I think the thing that surprises me most about having my blog is how much I really enjoy communicating with you readers! I feel that I have made real friends and I wasn’t expecting that. So I want you to know that when I see comments and suggestions from you, I take them to heart. When someone wondered if I had other shades of lipstick, I knew to put away my current favorite and grab a new color. And when I read where someone thought a different hairstyle might be interesting, I grabbed my brush and got to work. Not to say I’m open to cutting it super short or going blond, but I like to keep my customers happy and also challenge myself in the process. I feel it’s the same with my wardrobe. Even though Michigan is currently in a deep freeze, I know that for the fashion world, spring is just around the corner. So, I’m putting away my boots and cashmere and you will start to see some spring wardrobe looks. I have to warn you though; most of my photo shoots will be inside my house instead of out in the snow covered yard. I love you all but not enough to risk frostbite!

Blue heels
Blue heels

Today, I’m going with a bit more of a casual look, featuring my classic skinny jeans. A white and grey button down shirt and faux fur vest really gives a fun weekend vibe to this look, and why not? Spring break is coming up next month and my husband and I are starting to plan out our travels. We’re looking at a road trip this year. Gas is still pretty reasonable so we thought we’d take advantage of it. Plus, the only limit on how many clothes I can take is what will fit in our trunk! I’m already putting together my travel wardrobe and am pretty excited to share our adventures on my blog and social media. I told my husband he’s in charge of making all the reservations and I’m OK with any place, as long as they have WiFi! This week, I’m also starting to feature more info about my jewelry. I’ve mentioned some pieces before and told how I love to pick up a vintage pin, necklace or bracelet when I’m at a yard sale or thrift store. With the warmer weather come shorter sleeves. I still want to have an accent pop of color, and a bit of bling on my wrist often does the trick quite nicely and on trend. I love the feel, look and sound of layering several bracelets, a wristwatch and chains while mixing in some rings and charms. The look you get by mixing sizes, materials and styles can really make a statement.

blue statement necklace
blue statement necklace

What spring trends are you going to try?

skinny jeans
skinny jeans
white and grey shirt
white and grey shirt
blue bag
blue bag
Hit the road in style!
Hit the road in style!

Faux Fur Vest @Neiman Marcus
Two Tone Button Down Shirt @Vera Wang Princess
Blue Statement Necklace @Nordstrom Rack
Blue Leather Bag @Valentina @TJ Maxx
Skinny Jeans @Ann Taylor
Shoes @DSW
Wristwatch @Movado
Bracelets @Forever 21 & @TJ Maxx

Cheers!
Grace

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How to style a 70s look

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I usually get a bit mad at my husband when we compare childhoods. He grew up in America during the glory days of the 60s and 70s. I hear him talk about going on family camping trips and cross country drives while staying at national parks and motels. He had a swimming pool in his back yard and all the regular toys of the times. Meanwhile, in China people didn’t have food, much less toys. I’m quite a bit younger than my husband but even with that, when I tell about the conditions where I grew up, he can’t believe it. He’s said more than once that it sounded like America in the times of the pioneers. Where I lived, in small villages in northeast China, we didn’t have running water or central heat. I never had a single doll. If I wasn’t going to bed hungry at the end of the day, I was pretty happy. Of course, when you’re a kid you don’t really know all these things. You still manage to have fun with your friends and find other things to play with. In the 70s, China was still a pretty poor country. But late in that decade things began to change. President Nixon visited and the country finally started to really open up to the rest of the world. It was the beginning of the new China. It would still be a long time before we saw westerners coming to vacation and work, and even longer before the economy started to explode but that was when the fuse was lit.

How to style a 70s look?
How to style a 70s look?

Back here in America in the 70s, it was the time of disco, flared pants, suede shoes and jackets and sleeveless dresses. Well guess what? They’re back! Fashion trends come and go and then come back. And that’s exactly what is now happening. This year, the 70s style is really hot. Today, I’m doing my take on recreating a 70s proper lady look. Although outside my house, the temperatures are bitter cold and the ground is still covered in snow, it’s time to think about spring. I’m not the only one around Michigan who’s had their fill. I’ve decided I will no longer participate in winter. Spring will be here, at least on the calendar, in just over a month from now. Close enough! We were just talking to my sister-in-law today. She lives in California and has saved some tomato seeds from several heirloom varieties she enjoyed. She’s going to send us some so we can get them going inside and then move them out to the garden once this arctic blast finally moves along. I love spring! The smells and colors after a long grey winter. It’s the season of gardens and birds. It’s also the best season to wear pastel colors. So for today’s post, I chose a soft light blue tweed dress. I love the simple cut and jeweled decoration at the collar. It really adds a touch of chic elegance to the dress. To stay with the pastel theme I used my light yellow boxy leather tote for a soft but colorful pop. Unfortunately I do still have to live in the reality of today’s weather so to keep me warm and heat up the color splash, I covered up with my Leopard print cardigan. It not only keeps the chill away but also added a fun, casual feeling.

Yellow tote
Yellow tote

The sleeveless dress left plenty of opportunity for some statement jewelry on my arms. I’ve said before that a cool bracelet can pull double duty as it plays off the jeweled collar on the dress while adding welcome color of its own. I’m always on the lookout for interesting, classic and of course affordable bling. Recently, I came across an online jewelry store called “My Arm Charms” and picked up a couple really cool bracelets from them. I liked the look of a lot of their products but you know how it is when you see things on the web. You can never be sure what you’ll get. So I figured I would just dip my toe into the water to check the quality. I’m pleased to report that my order was filled immediately and the quality is great! I love these types of bangles and usually pick them up at one of the local discount fashion brand stores. But there, I have no doubt I’d have to pay more to get less. And to go one better, I also just found out that MyArmCharms.com is hosting a giveaway this week. If you like what you see on my wrist, there’s little doubt that you’ll like it on yours. You can click here to see their offerings and enter the giveaway contest. Now I’ve got to go, my husband got his leisure suit from the cleaners and we’re going to the disco!

leopard cardigan
leopard cardigan
My Arm Charms bracelets
My Arm Charms bracelets
Blue tweet dress
Blue tweet dress
My Arm Charms Elephant drop charms bracelet
My Arm Charms Elephant drop charms bracelet
How to style a 70s look?
How to style a 70s look?

Blue dress @Nordstrom Rack
Leopard Cardigan @New York & Co.
Shoes @DSW
Strength Drop Charm Elephant & Davina Cable Cuff bracelets @My Arm Charms

Cheers!

Grace

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