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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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    Finding Prints Charming!

    What’s with all these labels and categories? Are you Liberal or Conservative? City or country? Pro-gress or Con-gress? A dog person or cat person? At least on that last one I can say I like both, but have neither! We watched my father-in-law’s ancient kitty for a while when Dad was having some medical issues and I definitely got attached to the old guy. The cat that is but I like Dad too! And when I was in China visiting with my family this summer I spent some time with my nephew’s unbelievably adorable Mini-Schnauzer puppy Wanan. Every time I see a cute little ball of fur I get the…

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    One month Anniversary

    There are so many special dates in my life. The day I met my husband, the day we got married. Actually we cheated here by getting married on the same day we met! Sneaky but romantic sneaky! The day I moved to the U.S.A. And the day that my blog turned one month old! It is hard to believe it but that day is today! I’ve been taking pictures and writing posts for a whole month already. During these 31 days, a lot of things have happened. I learned to use Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and a few other social media sites I hadn’t even heard of. I bought and at…

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    Don’t skip the scarf!

    I spent a couple months visiting my native China this past summer. Spent is probably the best word to describe our trip as I also spent a pretty fair amount of my hard earned cash on some new clothes! I owned a women’s clothing web store when I lived in Shanghai and got to be pretty good at the wholesale market tricks and techniques! I tend to look for cool off season items to save money. Of course this means that you’re always lagging behind the current trends, so it’s better to not try to keep up. To make sure my finds are still welcome in my closet when the…

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    Too playful for work!

    It can’t be. No, it CAN’T be! I really have to go back to work? It doesn’t matter how long you get off for the holiday break, it’s NEVER enough! There’s some little known law of physics that makes this time go much faster than any other! If it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun then I must have been having an absolute riot! Well, looking back it was pretty fun. So much great food, good times, family dinners, and parties, and dinner parties! So I really can’t complain even though I feel like it! Oh well, back to the daily routine it is! I’ve spent pretty much…

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    Say oui to layers!

    Until about 8 years ago, I’d never left my native China. But when I moved to America to marry my American husband it opened up a lot more borders. He often travels for work and because my teaching job leaves my summers open, if the timing is right sometimes I can tag along! This was the case in the summer of 2010 when we spent several weeks in Munich, Germany. What a great base of operations for exploring the Alps and beyond! I have always dreamt of seeing and smelling the lavender fields in the Provence area of France. Unfortunately, it’s still a dream as we got there about two…

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