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    What to wear on Valentine’s Day – Style a floral dress

    You have to stop and smell the roses! I’ve found that trying to tell people about how it was to grow up and live in China is pretty difficult. A lot has to do with the fact that there isn’t just one China. There’s the China of Shanghai and Beijing that most westerners think of. Huge skyscrapers, designer shops, expensive cars and the country’s rich and famous show up in movies and TV shows on a regular basis. But it’s a big country and there are a lot of places that are quite different. Where I grew up in the northeast part of the country there was and still is…

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    Video – How to Organize your Closet

    This goes here, that goes there…or else! I like to be organized. No, that’s not strong enough. I MUST be organized! It helps me with every aspect of my life. At work I have a daily planner that has every page completely filled. If it goes in the planner it happens. If I don’t have time to finish everything that’s on the page of the day it goes to the next day until it gets checked off. My coworkers even make fun of me a bit but I think they’re just jealous at my superior organizing skills! It does cause some small problems though, especially when I have to deal…

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    How to style a Cape Escape

    Do I have to go to work? Well I want to offer congratulations to Katy Perry for her great concert on TV yesterday! Oh, and I guess the New England Patriots won some sort of game too! I heard on the radio the other morning that someone is actually trying to get the Monday after the Super Bowl recognized as a national holiday. As much as I like long weekends it makes you wonder where this may lead. Would people want the day off every time there may be a hangover involved? Maybe you’d get off the day after St. Patrick’s Day or the day after you pay your income…

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    How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit

    Super bowling a strike! I am SOOOO pumped! It’s been a long season but it all comes down to today! Finally, the Idina Menzel and Katy Perry concert! I’ve heard there’s some sort of baseball or football game happening too but really, who cares about a bunch of big sweaty guys knocking each other on the ground? I might watch some of the clever commercials that are on between the opening act and the headliner but I’ll use all that grunting time to catch up on my stack of fashion magazines! I tried to talk my husband into a mall day. I figured it would be pretty empty there. After…

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    How to mix dressy and casual.

    Chinese talk out order. When I lived in China I went to university to become a teacher. My major was Education with a Minor in Political Science. After graduating, I worked for a time in as a teacher in my hometown. When I moved to Shanghai I left teaching for work in the corporate world. After I came to America I decided to give teaching another try. As you can imagine, learning PolySci in the People’s Republic of China was a very different experience than it would be at an American university. So I figured teaching government or history would be a big problem for me. What to do? Luckily…

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    How to style dressy shorts in winter

    Start bailing out that bucket list! My husband and I started putting together our travel bucket list about a year ago. We’ve knocked a couple things off in 2014 but this year we will have to slow it down a bit. I think we’re still getting bills from last years trips! Or maybe those are just the leftovers from the holiday gifts. Either way we plan to probably stay a bit closer to home this year. That’s not to say we won’t still check off a destination or two. Gas has been at its lowest price since I moved to America in 2007 so we plan to take advantage of…

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    Closet Tour—My Life in the Closet!

    I’ve made a big decision. In front of all you readers I’m going to come out of the closet! Not for long though because I just love it in there! Of course I’m talking about my walk-in closet. It’s actually a converted bedroom and it also happens to be my oasis from life’s daily drama. I’ve had some requests to show and tell so I’ve made a couple videos. This first one will show. And the next one will tell! It’s a pretty short movie so if you are going to make some popcorn you may want to do it now! In the near future I may also have my…

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    How to style a great Valentines Day outfit

    What holiday is it this week? China and in fact most of Asia don’t have a long history for celebrating the familiar holidays from the western world. I don’t share the common memories that my husband and most of the people I know here in America have. It’s kind of funny when someone’s talking and says something like “remember when we were kids and we’d try to spy on Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy?” They forget that where I grew up we had none of these stories or characters so the answer is no, I don’t remember! But I’m happy to say that I’ve been…

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    What to wear on Valentine’s Day. How to style a Red Cashmere Coat

    One if by land; Two if by sea! We Chinese are in general a superstitious people. It’s not at all uncommon to plan your life around something a fortune teller predicted. At the very least you always remembered what was foretold and if it happens, you wonder how they knew! I remember hearing that I would do a lot of traveling when I got older. I thought to myself, well maybe one day I’d make the 1000km trip to Shanghai but that was about it. When I met the American man I would later marry it soon became clear that my travels would be a bit more far flung than…

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    How to style for a formal Monday

    Good kitty! Growing up in China we didn’t have many house pets. One of things I found very strange when I moved to America is how spoiled so many of the pet dogs and cats are here. I would even get a tiny bit angry hearing people talking about how much they spent on their pets for some reason or another. We may have had one of these animals around the house in China but they had to work for their keep! A cat had better keep the mice out of the rice bag or he wasn’t going to be welcome very long. So it was quite a shock to…

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    What to wear on Valentine’s Day—How to feature a pink lace skirt

    A blast from the past and lace in your face! Sometimes I get the feeling that I was born in the wrong era. I watch old movies showing those pencil skirts, frilly cuffs and collars, high heels and cool stockings and think to myself, “I could wear that!” I’ve recently gotten a retro pillbox hat with mesh veil and my own pencil skirts. The clean cool lines of these fashions never go out of style. I prefer modern movies for entertainment but for glamour and sophistication you can’t do better than old time Hollywood. Both of my husband’s sisters live in the Los Angeles area and we went out for…

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