Seal Rock in La Jolla

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It’s hard to believe school has started for the Krembs family and August is just about to end. Summer in Hong Kong is gratefully still going strong, so trips to the beach will continue on into October, maybe even November. Meanwhile, I am reminiscing about how our summer started in La Jolla, San Diego. The last time (and first actually) I had been to San Diego was as a junior in high school. For this trip to southern California, it was so very fun to start out with just Kevin. We had three nights all to ourselves; it had been years since we’d gotten away like that. Then, three days later Kevin’s folks joined us with our two kiddos. We have such fun traveling with his mom and dad, and while this is going to sound very spoiled, starting our summer vacation out with a little trip away to somewhere new sets us up for an amazing summer as a family!

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There are so many highlights to visiting San Diego. One of our top activites included a trip to Seal Rock. The seals are just with in reach perching and sheltered on their rocks. Meanwhile, out at sea, the waves are ginormous and the surfers are crazily going about catching them! I mean, whoa! I’d be totally scared of running into the rocks or even more scarily being taken out to sea. The surfers on the other hand were apparently not phased. My other top activity was biking: we biked around Coronado, along Pacific Beach, and all around La Jolla. It was such fun to hop on a cruiser and, well, do just that–cruise!

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We really do have the best time traveling with Alex and Jane. We’ve taken road trips with them as well as gone camping with these two. They’ve always come to visit us wherever we’ve lived, and we’ve also taken trips abroad–one of our favorites being a trip to Greece. A lot of times couples have other couples that they travel so seamlessly with; I never would have guessed it would be with my in-laws, but we truly have the best times together. I find it to be so valuable for our kiddos too. Living overseas obviously means we aren’t around for the entire year. That’s why quality time definitely has to outweigh quantity times. Luckily this is the case with Jane and Alex!

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I have so many layers on in these pictures: underneath that DIY patched denim shirt is a sweatshirt and a long sleeved shirt. It is very important to wear layers while visiting San Diego–it’s a gloriously hot/cold place especially in June. One minute the sun was out, the next the wind was howling. At all times it was comfortable–just so long as I had my layers. (I get cold easily!)

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These two….Alex has always been called The Wild Zuper and now his son is definitely Wild Zuper Junior!

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Finally, here are the kiddos: Gigi and Vincent. What fun memories were had during this first summer trip to La Jolla, San Diego in June of 2016!

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Rust Shrug–Ping Pong Post No. 6

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Like my mother always said, “You never know until you try it on.” This was the case for our sixth instalment of the PPP. That means for half a year Anna (who got us started!), Samantha, and myself have been sending clothing across the globe for our own interpretations of styling a clothing item. I was definitely a Debbie Downer with the last piece. I did not mean to hurt the clothing item’s feelings (or the owner of the piece), but I just didn’t like it. But see, that’s part of our transatlantic fun! Who knows what will arrrive….and once we get the item, we have to figure out how we would actually style it. Which brings me to the item of this month’s ping pong post: a shrug, a rust colored shrug.

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And again, I didn’t meant to be, but I was a bit of a Debbie Downer with this piece as well. I opened it, and was like, “Oh no!” I have always hated shrugs–well, hate is a strong word, but I just haven’t really liked them. I’ve thought shrugs were kind of silly–like not a cardigan and not a scarf. However, I did have the perfect sundress to pair it with–a dress I’d never be able to wear to work as it breaks the dress code. Because of circumstance, I put the rust shrug on and wore it with the sundress around the house for a good full hour or so before venturing out to take the pictures. And guess what!? I loved it! I found that the shrug provided me with the perfect amount of layering while in the air conditioning of our apartment. Then, walking down the promenade of Stanley to the Murray House where these pictures were taken, the shrug provided me with the perfect layer. I found that I actually liked the shrug; I was so surprised.

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Initially, the reason I haven’t liked shrugs was because I know I’m a bit booby, and I thought this clothing item would just draw attention to my breasts. In turn, it actually distracted away for my décolletage providing me the perfect layer. So, mom is always right, right? I had to give it a try, and now I don’t want to have to send the item back. I want to wear the shrug to school so I can wear this sundress to work one day. Oh well….it’s already on it’s way back to Sam. However, guess who’s on the hunt for a shrug? Me!

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Now let’s see what the other ladies did with the rust shrug…I think you’ll find that this is the first time all three of us have some styling similarities!

Samantha of Fake Fabulous

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I remember when I first found Fake Fabulous and fell in love with Samantha; it was almost about a year ago. Anyway, when I found her blog, I started going through all her posts. I remember coming to this post of hers (you should seriously go look at it!) and just becoming even more smitten. This dress is the BOMB! And look how fabulous it looks on her. There’s nothin’ fake about it! Now notice that she styled the shrug with a patterned dress and tobacco colored clogs. Hmmm….any similarities? (And, ummm, that bag, it kind of has my name written all over it!)

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Anna from Anna Island Style

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Ok, let’s move on to Anna from Anna Island Style–the special lady who got our Ping Pong Posts started (this jacket from her Instagram feed was the impetus). Look at that skirt! It is amazing! I love the black petticoat underneath. It’s so full and fun and flirty. It screams, “Let’s go dancing!” And let’s have some fun while we’re at it. And like a pro stylist, she cinched in her waist with that black belt. And those wedges she’s wearing….ahhh, they make sigh. Again, do you see the similarities? Pattern skirt with a bunch of flare!

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And me, Kremb de la Kremb

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Like I said, I could never wear this dress to work, but I’d always like to. With a shrug that would be made possible. I pulled out the cowboy boots again for this one–just like I did for the very first Ping Pong Post with the famous jacket that got us started.

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Since I’m on crutches (And yes, I walked to this shoot’s location in flip flops. My bionic hip is not ready for the slight heel yet!), I need a small purse to carry that doesn’t need my arms. This tobacco colored waist bag is perfect. All I usually carry is my small wallet, a lippy, and my phone. For jewellery I piled on dainty necklaces to finish the look.

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All three of us paired the rust shrug with a patterned item. I find that uncanny. Usually we’re all quite different in our stylings, but not this time. I think that’s really cool especially since it hasn’t happened yet after six months of rotating clothes. I do believe we’ll keep this up and maybe make the sharing happen for six more!

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I’ll finish with this, last overly booby, picture. I contemplated posting it since the cleavage is abundant. At one point I was patching out my cleavage in Photoshop; in the end I decided to leave it as is. I have cleavage: that is a reality. Ironically this could have been avoided if I had worn a more supportive bra, but I went with one of those little cami type bralettes. Obviously this type of (or rather lack of) support is not for me. But do I remain self conscious or do I embrace that cleavage is a reality? Obviously my decision was to acknowledge that it’s there and just go for it. If I ever have to have surgery again, I might opt for an elective procedure to reduce and lift The Girls. Would you augment your breasts in any way? There’s a doozy of a question, but I wanted to know if anyone has done this or is contemplating it like I am….

Ping Pong Post Facts

Anna’s blog is Anna Island Style, and here Instagram is @annaislandstyle.
Samantha writes Fake Fabulous and can be found on Instagram as @fakefabulous.
You know my blog since you’re here! My Instagram is @krembdelakremb, and my Snapchat is also krembdelakremb.

Join us in all the fun platforms out there!

DIY with a Tailor: Gucci Inspired Jeans

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I’m restless having to lay low; although I know it’s necessary for the longer road of recovery ahead of me. Today, as I was simply getting bored, I remembered how usually on a Friday I like to post a DIY project. That was the routine I had created during last school year’s blogging rotation. Come summer, everything turns into mush and all routines are lost. Have a hip replacement, and the desire to do something rather than sit, hit me strong! That’s when I thought back to my ultimate summer project: these Gucci inspired jeans. I will never, ever be able to afford Gucci–at least not with my current day job. But a girl can dream….and I usually do! Especially about all the adorable patches found on Gucci denim. To the hardcore DIYer, I am a cheater, but I prefer to call it delegation. I create the desired look, initiate the process, and then ask someone to help with the sewing labor. I may have a sewing machine, but I am not skilled at it–yet! However, George, out at Spirit Lake, he sews patches on to Harley jackets for a living. I knew he was my guy!

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Check out his skills! If you are a reader from Spirit Lake, you must use George Sanchez otherwise known as Guy Plus Sewing. He even made sure that my 3D butterflies were sewn on just right!

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How To:

Basically, my rule of them is that when it comes to patch work, a tailor is going to know exactly how to do this. For example you might remember my patched jean shirt. Yee, my Hong Kong tailor here in Stanley, Hong Kong, made sure that the horse was perfectly outlined. (Yee also took over when I knew I wouldn’t be able to sew a straight line with this striped off the shoulder dress!) With these Gucci inspired jean shorts I found a pair of grandpa color blue jeans at my local thrift store. I gathered more intricate, flowery type patches like daisies, strawberry patches, and butterflies. I arranged them symetrically similar to Gucci. Finally I worked with George and let him sew them on. I was so pleased with these shorts, and so was he. I have found that to be the case with all the tailors I work with; they are happy to do a more creative project than the normal hem job.

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Meanwhile, while I am resting up recuperating, Rani is a great pal–epecially during a shoot in my living room. And that took all the boredom away! Have a great weekend. Come tomorrow for the 6th Ping Pong Post!

PS, Here’s where to find some patches:

If you want to try out this easy DIY I found some places online that sell patches:

  • This Etsy shop, For the Love of Patch, sells in packs–which is a good option. Also, on Etsy, Your Patch Store, has a plethora of fun patches.
  • The Grindstore, a UK online store, has 16 pages worth of patches. From Australia there’s Iron On Patches–the more you buy the cheaper they get, and international shipping is just $3.
  • And finally, the ultimate source for patches comes from the Patch Club–anything is possible from this site!

Ballerina Wannabe and What It Did To Me

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If I were to describe myself, one characteristic comes to mind: I’m happy-go-lucky. I’m a positive person with my glass half full. I prefer to have fun, be spontaneous, and laugh. I have always been proud of my maiden name, Freuen, which in the German language is a reflexive verb meaning “to be happy!” My mom told me once, when I had grown-up, that she worried about me as a young woman because of my go-for-it attitude. She was right to worry; I have many a story to depict my shenanigans–and they didn’t end once I “grew up!”

Another characteristic to describe me would be my fierce independence. I don’t ask for much help, and not many people really, really know me. I prefer the airy fairy, happy smiling version of myself. I’m also confident–obviously; I’m writing and posting myself all over the Internet. I’m no Kardashian by any means, but I do have pics floating around these interwebs of me in my swimsuit. What what!? Crazy I know! However, just because I appear confident does not mean I don’t have insecurities, but I’ll save that for another post. Today, I’m talking about something else….

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The two characteristics mentioned above have kept me tight lipped about something–something major. I’ve been in pain, big time pain, for a while now. I don’t mention it much, but I’m beginning to. Basically, I don’t like to cause anyone trouble, and I don’t want to ever sound like a whiner. That’s why I’m always so upbeat here on this blog, and that’s why in person not many people have known what I’ve been going through. I can’t quite figure out why I’m divulging now, but it could have to do with not wanting to keep up appearances any longer. I can’t. I just can’t do it anymore.

This by no means is an indication that I won’t be posting all my stylish attempts, posting selfies, posting my favorite lipsticks, and posting pics of more and more of the tennis shoes I’m buying to replace my heels. But, there’s going to be a shift in how I write here. I want to write more honestly. If I have an opinion–even if it’s negative, I plan to start sharing it. If I lose a follower or two, so be it. I’ve had some serious struggles, and I really can’t keep them to myself any longer.

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I’ll start with the most recent update that can’t be avoided. I replaced my right hip. It was so utterly painful I could not bare it any longer. The details of this past year from the initial hip operation on August 28, 2015, are so many, both before and after, but suffice it to say that by the middle of April of this last year, I finally had to seek psychiatric help. I am not in any way embarrassed by this. In fact, I’ll most likely speak more about mental health. To start, if you feel depressed for any such reason, it is ok, and it is even more ok to go get help. The chronic pain I was experiencing was taking my mind, and luckily, because of anti depressants and anxiety medication, I was able to start thinking rationally again. It had been a while…

I still have a very long road of recovery ahead of me. This is it though–there is no other measure I can take now that my organic hip is gone. I am hopeful however, and I am fully motivated. I have amazing family support from my two kiddos and definitely from my super star husband. My employee has granted me the time off to recuperate, and I feel very lucky for this. But this is it: I have to make the most and best of my situation. Again, luckily with the positive attitude that permeates my life, I will make it through this.

How did I get here? Well, that’s the thing, we aren’t suppose to look back. But when you’re at the doc, he’ll want to know what you’ve done. All I was able to say was how active I was. I was an athlete at one time in my life. I used to play volleyball and was a cheerleader in high school. As an adult, I ran, skied, stretched with yoga, and hiked. And ultimately, my whole life, I have always been very, overly flexible, AND I have always been a show off. So, I was the girl that was doing the Chinese splits, touching my stomach down to the floor, and then pulling my legs through to lay flat on my stomach. I was the young girl that held my legs high over my head in a raised, extended leg kick begging my mom to let me dance. I wanted to be a ballerina, a gymnast, a dancer. Oh, I wanted it so bad! When I described all these things to the doc, especially the desire to be a dancer–not ever properly trained, he named all of these reasons as the cause for the degeneration in my hip. My right hip was filled total osteoarthritis, and it was progressing at a rapid rate! The pictures made it look like a white, over grown forest. I don’t regret any of it: I’ve always been a ballerina wannabe. And I still am if truth be told. I love to dance. It makes me happy. And as stated before, I like to do things that make me smile–only those things.

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But let’s be real. Or I should say I’m going to be real. I’m going to try. Guaranteed I’ll still be smiling because that’s just me. I prefer to be happy. So, here’s to me and here’s to finding happiness with my new hip. I am hopeful to become strong again. I am hopeful that I will be able to walk again. That is really the only thing I want–oh, and to dance!

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It’d be a shame not to include pictures of this sweet little lady (who happens to be my photographer!). She fills me with such happiness. Her tenderness in caring for me is beyond precious. I have to stop myself for feeling bad for my kids. I think, “They don’t deserve to see their mom in such pain.” It breaks my heart how many tears they have witnessed. But this Gigi, she’s always there, always consoling me. Always helping me to feel good again. I think I need to borrow her tee, don’t you!?

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*These photos were taken out at Spirit Lake during the summer BEFORE I got my hip replacement on August 5, 2016. Maybe, one day, I’ll be able to stretch like that top pic again…

DIY Painter Jeans

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Over the summer I came to realize that Maeve, my cute little niece, has some of the same jeans as me. Op, I mean genes! Hehe. Maeve is a budding DIYer as well, and so the two of us got to it a couple of times. One of our main projects was some DIY painter jeans. Just like the splatter booties I made this spring, this is as easy a DIY as it gets. Anyone could accomplish this, and you don’t have to be a master artist to do it–in fact quite the opposite. The messier the better with DIY painter jeans. Here, out at Maeve’s grandmother’s lake home (featured last week), we both grabbed our recent collaboration, a white tee and tank, and headed outside for a photoshoot. I gave her one of my anklets to wear, so we were perfectly matchy matchy. Maeve is a dancer, so she even showed me the way to point the toe with the heel up. During the summer Maeve proved her passion with these other DIY projects: painting a tee, sewing a patch onto a white cap, making some cutoff jean shorts, and using the remnants from those jeans to create a crossover purse. Ya, I’d say she’s a DIYer–just like her auntie!

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Really, these couldn’t be any easier. It’s even silly to include directions, but here are some details not to forget.

1. Gather the supplies.

We used a variety of different paints, making sure that acrylics were included as they won’t wash out in the washer. Because we were on the grass we ended up not needing the newspaper, but if this were to be done inside, lay newspaper down. We used both paper plates and ceramic bowls for the kitchen: the paper plates were for smearing our colors onto, and the bowls were used to clean our brushes. The most important item was the plastic gloves. These were the best artist’s brush for smooshing paint around. The brushes, with a little paint diluted with water, were excellent for creating the splattering effects.

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2. Start painting and smooshing!

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We started of by wearing the jeans so the paint would be placed perfectly on our body, and then for the splattering we laid the jeans out on the grass. Maeve went with a color palette; she wanted pinks and purples to be prominent. Gigi went for all colors just as Gigi would. I was a little like Gigi going for many colors, but I really wanted white to be the primary color.

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3. Lay to dry and then wear!

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Really, it’s that easy. We laid our jeans out on the bushes. Once they were dried, we washed them–especially since the paint made them very stiff. Some of the paint came off, but that made them look all the more realistic–just like an artist!

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Will you be taking an old pair of jeans to make some painter jeans? I recommend doing so; they make for the perfect weekend jean.

When in Idaho….

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When in Idaho…do as the Idahoans, and to me that means adopt Wrangler jeans when I find them. Every time I travel, whether it be to some exotic location or a homecoming to family and friends, I always notice that my style adapts a bit to my location. Granted, I am more apt to have style liberty while living in Hong Kong, but the moment I hit Idaho, I tend to shift my approach to dressing. After almost 20 years of returning home to the summers in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve gotten used to it. I remember I used to pack my low, see-through sexy tops worn in Venezuela only to be shocked at how out of place they were in Idaho. I also remember packing all sorts of colorful, vibrant prints to wear to the grocery store only to be gawked at our local Miller’s. Oh, don’t get me wrong: I’m still forever and always over-the-top. I’ve just become more subtle in my ways–like a pair of booty hugging, cowboy Wrangler jeans. Now those totally fit when going to market in Spirit Lake, Idaho! When in Idaho….when in Idaho!

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Shop for Wrangler-like Jeans

Wranglers rock! Like seriously–whenever I’m in a second-hand shop and there are a pair of Wranglers in my size, I nab them. You’re probably used to seeing these Wrangler cut-offs all over my Instagram account! They were also picked up sedond-hand.) Therefore, since mine are used, I wasn’t able to find this exact pair. I did find some very similar options included in this gallery–I’ve let you know when they’er Wranglers (I found two pair), but unfortunately I could not find this exact style. Who knows how old they are!? But I know they’re gonna get a lot more use!! Get some Wrangler-esque jeans too!!

What do you think?

Do you like it when I include shopping options? I love doing it, but I actually never know if it’s worth your while. Please give me some indication of a yay or nay. You could tweet me (@krembdelakremb) or email me (annkrembs at krembdelakremb.com) if you’d prefer not to comment.

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I like to make special mention of the location where these pics were take, by my cutie pie niece Maeve. (You’ll be seeing more of her!) These pics were taken at my lovely sister and brother-in-law’s mom’s lake home out at Coeur d’Alene. Carol and Mike are such special people. Mike passed away last summer from early Alzheimer’s Disease. It was a sad summer remembering how hard last summer was losing him, but there was definite happiness refilled and found back in this lovely home. Carol is always so gracious to allow us a weekend up there. It’s usually the weekend right after we’ve left our own lake home, so it has become the perfect tradition, relieving us from the pain of leaving yet rejuvenating us for the long trip home to Hong Kong. Thank you for having us Carol, Julie, and Matt!

Thursday is the New Friday

This Thursday is the new Friday. At least for me. My summer has been a paradox of emotions. On the one hand it’s been so fun to reconnect with family and make  new memories. On the other hand, my hip pain has gotten to such a drastic point, that I must take action. This decision isn’t made all on my own: I have an amazing husband who helps and supports me so much, and my two kids are there to give me the love and attention that they as children should be receiving–not their mom! Just recently the pain got to such an excruciating point, that we made an appointment for my hip replacement this September 2nd. Than, as if it was a miraculous night, the office wrote to say there was an opening this Friday, August 5th. Yet that was the day I was traveling back to Hong Kong with the kids. However, my husband’s nickname isn’t KevStar Travels for nothin’! He managed to switch our tickets home for Wednesday. So, yes Thursday is the new Friday–I leave for Hong Kong today on Wednesday, arrive on Thursday evening, and check into the hospital on Friday morning. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I am so excited to get this hip out of me and start to get the old, yet youthful and active, Annie back. Perhaps this post might give some insight into Kremb de la Kremb’s low activity level these days.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some little items that make my 14 hour flight a little more bearable….

The Fab 40s in All White

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Wearing all white on a boat out pulling the kids behind is an outfit I could be found in any day of the summer out at Spirit Lake. Here I’m out on the boat with the entire fam pulling them for a ski. Our mornings out here are usually spent in this manner. (In fact, here’s a similar post back when I used to have long hair.) Mary called all white for July’s Fab 40s theme–a staple color that fills my drawers and wardrobe. The one item I’ve never thought to wear however is a white swimsuit. I went to my stylish sister for this item, and borrowed her halter one piece from Topshop. As if I needed more white to add to the plethora of options, but when I found this white mesh top at a local Goodwill shop I couldn’t really resist–plus it’s from Express. My white jean shorts were also a Goodwill find; they are Gloria Vanderbelt’s jeans that I chopped. I live in some sort of jean short almost all year round as seen by my Instagram feed. Do you ever wear all white? What do you do to make it different? One thing I added aside from texture was my evil eye white rope anklets that I wear both on the left and right. You can read my superstition for this symbol below…But first, take a look at seven other all white summer styling options.

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Mary from Curly Bird Chirps

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Again, Mary is rockin’ an amazing dress, and of course she should with her curves. She makes me want to say, “Damn Girl!” But really, she’s so flirty and proves that being 40 something is fabulous!

My Ono Lifestyle

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Mary invited My O.N.O. Lifestyle to join us this month. Nikki and Ornelle are a fashion blogging team based in Greece, so you can imagine the all white look was a cinch for them as proven in this shot. Wouldn’t that be fun to have a fashion blog with a friend? I sure think so–which is why I love this series so much!

Sheela Writes

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I will always have serious shoe envy for Sheela. Her collection of shoes is insane! And I just fall looking at them in a picture. Skinny jeans and a tee, now that’s an all white ensemble I can emulate. The heels, well, not so much–right now. Post hip replacement hopefully my heels will be back in full force!

Veronica from Cid Style File

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Veronica is a new member of The Fab 40s bunch. Not only does she represent being fabulous in your forties, but she also styles for the plus size frame blogging over at Cid Style File. I love Veronica’s sporty take on an all white look. Welcome to the team Vero!! (That’s the Latin nickname for Veronica, and since Veronica is also a Latin blogger, I think she’ll relate to being called that. I’m already giving you a nickname!)

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

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Samantha is such a modern day Audrey, don’t you agree!? She’s always perfectly poised yet has such a fun quirk about her. I love that the most. She takes a boucle Chanel-esque jacket and styles it with a cool girl vibe. I think if I were to sit and sift through Sam’s jewellery collection I would be in style story hog heaven. She has so many amazing pieces.

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

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I am sure you could guess why I totally relate to Diane’s looks. All. The. Time. This girl knows how to rock the tennies. And since that’s just about all I wear I’m constantly looking to her for style inspiration. Now, if I could only match her workout stamina…again, I’ll wait till I recoup from my pending hip replacement.

Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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This t-shirt! ‘Nuff said!! I think we all need this tee. In fact, I’m fashionably (well not really) late with my post and was late with my pic. Jennie maybe you should send this tee my way. And Jennie, I have to say I love how your preppy style is taking on so much more edge with each of our collaborations. Is it intentional or is it just kind of happening?

And me of Kremb de la Kremb

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In this post I’ve included a few pics of myself in a bathing suit. I put all sorts of images of myself online. In real life, I wear all that you would see posted here on this blog. I am aware that I am often OTT (over-the-top), bold, or maybe even perhaps that cursed term “not age-appropriate.” I am also aware that judgement is passed on individuals for their appearance all the time–some good, some bad. For this reason, the judgement passed, whether positive or negative, makes me feel protected. For the evil eye is a talisman to ward of evil thoughts. You will usually find one somewhere on my body. Currently as I write, I have hamsa silver necklace on (the hand with the evil eye in the center). Do you wear something for protection?

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Grey Tunic–PPP No. 5

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Whenever I get a parcel from either Anna or Samantha, I get the thrill of receiving a gift. I never know what will be inside for the upcoming Ping Pong Post. The three of us are on our fifth round of styling a shared item, and unfortunately the thrill for me was lost on this one. I can remember being shockingly disappointed by this piece. I don’t say this to offend Anna who bought it for all of us to style in a charity shop; it was just a piece that I would never in a million years wear. I had no idea what to do with this grey tunic: it was rather sheer and very stiff. It was way too long for my frame and in a cut that would do nothing for my figure. To top all this off, it was in a color reminiscent of my grey days in Beijing–a color I have avoided since living there from 2209-2012. And, it had a Mandarin collar–another style that I have always avoided while living in Asia unless I’m wearing the traditional qípáo also known as a chenongsam.

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I let this piece sit for a bit. It sat and sat, and then I created a story for myself–a style story. An often weekend event in Hong Kong is a junk boat trip. A group of people head out on these old teak wooden boats for a day of fun and sun on the water. I imagined I was heading out on a junk trip with my tote in hand and my coveted jean shorts on. I took this grey tunic and turned it into a piece of fabric. Once I imagined it was a scarf and started tying it around me like a cover-up, I felt like I was onto something I would actually wear. It was tricky, but I folded the collar under at my chest, and I tied the sleeves at the back. This first tie covered up my bandeau to my bikini top. Then I tucked the back, long tail into the front. I still had the wings of the front of the tunic, so I tied those at my lower back. Basically, I made myself a tube top: now this would be something I would wear. I added my flower tie belt that that matched the black lined flowers on my grey scarf–presto, no longer was it a grey tunic. Because I’d be on a boat, I went for my Teva sandals. I was ready for a day out on the water; too bad it was all made up!

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Let’s see what the other ladies did….

Anna from Anna’s Island Style

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Anna really got each of us on this piece–intentionally. She managed to make the tunic look dressy yet summer casual. I love how she played up the color as metalic rather than plain old grey. Look how the top actually shimmers in the sun along with her sparkly necklace. Her silver pumps paired with the cropped, fresh, white jeans is perfect–too bad she forgot the matching silver clutch beside the tripod. I’ve done that before too Anna!

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Samantha of Fake Fabulous

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Samantha is known for her vibrancy with color. I love how she added both lilac and blue to turn this dull grey tunic into something colorful. And with legs for days, adding those black skinny jeans proves she’s got an enviable figure. I love how Samantha looks in skinny jeans; she can seriously rock this style! Of course the other thing Sam is known for is a little quirk–which I love, so her fun sandals and interesting accessories are the perfect compliment to this styling.

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Phew! We all did it!! Next month I promise to be more conventional! We have a piece from Samantha to style…

Aside from following Anna and Samantha on their blogs, make sure you are also following along their Instagram handles: @annaislandstyle and @fakefabulous. And don’t forget about me @krembdelakremb.

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What would have you done with this grey tunic? Please share–I’m curious!

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Krembs Family (Semi) Cabin Candids

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During the summer when we have such fun reconnecting with our families, I try to make sure and take pics while we’re all together. It wasn’t until the very last moment with the Krembs Family that I realized I hadn’t brought my camera out, and there were 14 out of the 18 of us. (Unfortunately Brian and Jen Krembs were not able to make this weekend–maybe next summer at their place!! Hint hint!) Kevin set up my new lightweight tripod and did the running back and forth with the timer ready to make the portrait–remember when that was the way and not the extended selfie stick? (I still remain that the selfie stick is basically a personal tripod. You can read my rant here!) We had a great time with all the Krembs as seen by the following shots:

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Here are Kevin’s folks: lovely Jane and funny Alex. I love them like my own parents–in fact it was during this weekend that I called Jane “Mom” instead of “Jane.” For both of us it felt very nice. They’ll be back this Sunday–with a new family member, but I’ll save the surprise for another round of Cabin Candids!

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Here’s Corky and his family. Cork and his wife Sally live in Hong Kong, so we feel especially lucky to see them and our cousins Alex, Lauren, and Sofia all year long!

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This is the other Ann Marie Krembs. Oh we have a lot of fun having the same name. These are her two boys Conor and Seamus.

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There’s the Kremb de la Kremb Krembs! Love this photo of us in front of our cabin–maybe it will be seen again as our Christmas card this year!!

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Teenagers–or the strange kiddos that are now becoming men in our family that we just don’t recognize!

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Seamus and Gigi could pass as brother and sister, don’t you think?

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Auntie Annie Squared!

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And of course one last Krembs Family picture. Let’s go wild!!