• Over 40s fashion tips

    How to style an oversized sweater

    What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine! If you’ve read my bio page, THANKS! Also you probably saw that when I was younger I would often wind up wearing the hand me down clothes from my older brother. I wore my hair short and was a bit of a tomboy growing up. One of my girlfriends actually had to bring me home to show her parents I was also a girl when rumors reached her home that she was out with some boy! I wasn’t sure if I should be insulted or complimented! Later when I grew up and left my hometown for the bright lights of the…

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    How to feature a soft pink coat

    Say ya to da fashion! For the first several years after moving to America we would make the long drive to the far far north every winter to visit my stepson. He was attending Michigan Tech University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His birthday is in February and we always liked to celebrate with him. The U.P. as its known was settled by people of Scandinavian heritage and has its own language, customs and food. This part of the country is pretty wild and rugged and as you’d expect they get tons of snow! Some of these trips were pretty scary when you couldn’t even see the road. My husband would…

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    How to feature a blue wool coat

    Wearing the blues! One thing that was pretty strange for me when I came to America from China was all the fuss over the college sports teams. In China the universities are just something you had to get through so that you could start making money! There they were more just a path in your life instead of a destination. I must admit that I find the college loyalty and pride that I see here and sort of feel like I missed out a bit. Although on the up side, you never got in trouble by cheering for the wrong team! Here in Michigan you really only have two choices.…

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    My first How to video—How to style layered winter outfits by using plaid shirt

    Hi everyone! Welcome to my first video. I think it is pretty obvious that I am not a trained actor! And sorry if my pronunciation and accent are a bit difficult. I’ve been in America for almost 8 years but English still gives me trouble sometimes. But I’m trying hard and will get better. And my videos will too! I promise! Anyway, please take a look and I hope you enjoy it. Cheers! Grace

  • 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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