Archives for September 2013

Black and Blue on Blake Pier

Black and Blue on Blake PierI love this dress, and I liked pairing it with black. I remember way back in high school I liked wearing navy and black together. It seems ultra conservative to me yet also very classy. I wore this exact outfit for Back to School Night, and I felt so chic in it that I wanted to post this outfit. What a better place to wear black and blue then on Blake Pier in Stanley, Hong Kong.
Black and Blue on Blake PierI’m enjoying my new statement necklace from What the Frock?! It has so many pretty colors in it; this time I let it play up the blues and blacks. Let’s see what else I’ll do with it next….
BlacknBlue1These shoes are really, really old, but they’re still holding up, and they are still my classic little kitten heel when I need them. I bought them back in 1999 on Christmas Day for a Christmas Dinner to be celebrated with Rusty McCarty in Rio de Janiero, Brazil! What a great trip!! Right Rusty?!
Black and Blue on Blake PierDo you ever wear navy or blue with black? I’m curious. Tell me if you do…

I’ve made a shopping gallery for you just in case;D





My First Trunk Show

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I hosted my first trunk show this last week for What the Frock?! It was a super fun night with about 30 visitors–which I thought was pretty good for my first event. Most who came walked out with a purchase which was great for Maria.

MaureenandMariaHere Maria and Maureen are getting to know each other. It was so fun for me to turn around and here the Spanish being spoken. Maria is from Mexico and Maureen is married to a Venezuelan; I thought it was really neat that they found their language so quickly.

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When it comes to trying on dresses, knowing your body type and knowing how to work with it are two womanly skills not necessarily learned at school, but these three ladies have it down! Sue, Nancy, and Bridget chose excellent designs for their figures.

Laura2PixlrWhile every girl seemed happy with the dresses they tried on there was something magical about Laura. Maybe it’s just her positive energy, but she really seemed to enjoy the night–which made me happy. The LBD she found was absolutely perfect for her. She even stated, “It’s the perfect amount of ‘boob’ dress!” We all need one of those–just enough cleavage! I can’t wait to spot Laura wearing this dress. Look at her shine!

Overall the night just made me smile. I love helping others to feel good about themselves, and I think the ladies felt that with the dresses they walked away with. Also, helping a new friend in Maria was also rewarding. What the Frock?! has a mission of providing great dresses to women in Hong Kong for a reasonable price, and I wanted to help Maria do just that to the great ladies I work with at HKIS!

*Please note: I will be asking Santa for a flash this Christmas. My indoor shots are not up to par. My photography here does not do these beautiful women justice.

My Five ~ Weekend Essentials

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In my opinion there are FIVE weekend essentials for throwing together a casual yet cute outfit. First, the perfect sailor shirt. This is actually my third Lands’ End version. (And yes, I’ll get my annual fourth this coming summer 2014.)

Boat62. Cat Eye Sunnies
A pair of cat eye sunglasses adds a bit of funky chic. My favorite are my Tom Ford’s.

Boat43. Cut-off Jean Shorts
Finding your perfect pair of cut-offs can be difficult, but once you do, you’re in luck. Here’s my recommendation: head to a second hand shop and go to the men’s department. Choose a pair one size to big and wide in the legs. (Don’t forget to check the pocket color! I did and my DIY pair have light blue pockets. Oh well!) Then, follow
The Glamourai’s directions on cutting them off.

Boat34. Red Lipstick
It’s no lie: I do love a red lippy. The solid, true vibrant yet strong version I keep returning to is
NARS Cruella. It’s pretty perfect.

Boat15. Black Flip Flops
I’m not picky about my black flip flops. I used to have Havaianas, but when those broke (after years of use) on holiday I found this pair in some market somewhere–I think in the Philippines or maybe Thailand–both countries have the soft cushy kinds only found in local markets.

For more options for your shopping pleasure, I’ve made a sampling from Shopcade.





Big Wave Bay

BigWaveBay1This last weekend Hong Kong celebrated Mid Autumn Festival plus the city prepared for what was supposed to be its largest storm of the year. Luckily on Sunday evening as Typhoon Usagi was approaching Hong Kong it shifted north therefore diverting us. The upcoming typhoon didn’t stop us from visiting Big Wave Bay Beach on Saturday. There were by far the largest waves I’ve ever seen out there: they were HUGE! And the surfers were out!
BigWaveBay7For me white tunic cover-ups are quintessentially the best beach wear. I love them and have a hard time resisting yet one more. Recently I dyed my old white cover-up shirt, so when I found this long, flowing chiffon style, I couldn’t resist. It’s perfect for a sea breeze. (I found a similar chiffon crepe style here.)

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Recipe: Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese? Huh?!

20130924-174829.jpgA day home from school calls for baking, and on Monday’s typhoon called day off, Gigi, Vincent, and I knew that we were due for some homemade cookies. On stock we had some peanut butter plus peanut M&Ms. With a quick little search (Gigi instructed me to use the image search on Google–her eyes don’t lie!), we found this interesting recipe from Ari’s Menu. The combo of cream cheese added to this recipe intrigued all of us. This recipe did not disappoint; rather it was surprisingly extra delicious with a crispy bite into a chewy center. On Kremb de la Kremb I only blog recipes I want in my recipe box, and these morsels are DEFINITELY in. Alternatively, they could be mixed with a variety of options just as we altered Ari’s Menu just a bit.

Peanut Butter Cookie Base*

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 of a cream cheese packet
  • 1 small jar of creamy peanut butter (12 oz)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup smashed up pretzels
  • 1 medium packet of peanut M&Ms (8.2)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Use the silicon.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugars until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla and again mix it all up. Fold in the flour mixture. Once thoroughly mixed add your goodies. We added peanut M&Ms and the smashed up pretzels. (Ari adds pretzel M&Ms, rice crispy cereal puffs, and chocolate chips.)
  4. Roll dough into balls just about 2″ and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake until edges are golden and cookies are just set, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Let stand for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Beware! They’re really good, so good luck just eating one!

*I’m renaming it this because I plan to use this as my peanut butter cookie base from now on–no matter what else gets thrown in.

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Sundowner

Sundowner2I love the beach! I just love it. I feel so extremely lucky to live 10 minutes away from this one. In Hong Kong, especially on the south side, one can get to whatever kind of beach they’re hoping for–in minutes. There’s one with huge waves (Big Wave Bay) and there’s another one with tons of people (Deep Water Bay). There’s another beach that’s about a kilometer long (Repulse Bay) and yet another that’s maybe 100 feet (Turtle Cove). All of these beaches line the south side of Hong Kong Island. The one I’m at, my favorite beach, is Chung Hom Kok. It’s usually quiet and always lush. And the best part–it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from my home!

Sundowner1During this particular sunset visit to the beach, I grabbed my very old and rather done white cover-up shirt; however, it’s been redressed! I died it a lavender color by seeping it with some purple sweet potatoes. Also, I finally wore my Christing C. St. Germain shorts. They’re silky and lacey plus paisley making them perfectly elegant for the beach.
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You Are Invited! What the Frock? will be at My House

You are invited!You are invited! What the Frock?! will be at my house this Thursday, September 26, from 5:00 pm to 9:00. 
You are invited!Beautiful Maria will be here at my house with all of her frocks and statement jewellery. I’ll have nibbles and vino while you shop the evening away at #10, 30 Cape Road, Chung Hom Kok. Bring your cash or checks. We’ll be here waiting for you!
You are invited!

You are Invited!

If you’d like to RSVP that you are indeed coming, please click here. All are WELCOME!

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Friday Fashion Feature: Zac Posen

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 6.29.41 PMZac Posen is a very young yet ultra famous American fashion designer. He has especially become a favorite among all the starlets and fashion models. Having grown up in Soho, NYC with a corporate lawyer mother and an artist father, he was exposed to a trendier more affluent upbringing then most. His interest in fashion started very young: he depicts creating dresses for dolls at a very young age. By age 16 he was already interning for Nicole Miller and received pre-college entry into Parsons The New School of Design. At the age of 18 he went to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and by 21 his leather strips with hooks and eyes creation as his graduating final project was showcased at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Mr. Posen started young and fierce; today, he is 33 years old with a very bright future ahead.

Zac Posen’s big break is remembered by a dress that he created for Naomi Campbell. Reportedly he made it for her, and then it began to trade several hands garnering him attention. After graduating, he moved back home and set up shop within his old home. His first show in 2001 was actually in a synagogue. No matter, influentials like Anna Wintour from Vogue were there, front and center. He was thereafter able to establish his studio in Tribeca, NYC. In 2004 Posen received financial backing from Sean Combs. In 2008, with hard economic times abundant in the US and worldwide, Posen created a more affordable line called ZSpoke. He also created a collection for Target, the American mega popular store.

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Zac with the celebrities: Selma Blair, Claire Danes, Maggie Gyllenhall, Naomi Campbell, and Coco Rocha

Posen had a very smart strategy starting out and this is big part of the reason for his immediate success: he went after a starlet crowd. With socialite backing, he was sure to become a known name. He knew that “amazing hype from celebrities in clothing drove the business.” As stated by the designer himself regarding his clientele, “It’s very strong women [who wear my line]. Extremely confident and self-assured and powered [women].” This definitely describes those wearing his clothes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Claire Danes, and Natalie Portman to name a few. When asked about his future, Posen is very optimistic. In fact he has been quoted saying, “I’m definitely planning ahead for a brand that spans the universe, a Zac Posen universe.”

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Admittedly, it’s difficult to choose just one self portrait of this very handsome designer.

Fall Heat

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Fall Heat Jewellery: Coral earrings (similar) // Turquoise Necklace (similar) // Coral Necklace (similar) // Ganesha pendant (many options here) // Layered crosses

Fall in Hong Kong won’t arrive until it’s actually winter everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s not that Hong Kong skips fall; we will get one. It’s just that while it’s cooling down in other places, leaves are changing, and signs of winter are becoming prevalent, Hong Kong summer reaches its peak. For example this Sunday while at the beach the register marked 38 °C (yes, that’s 100.4 °F folks!). I am not complaining. I love the weather, and I love the sun, and I especially love that I am still visiting the beach on weekends. What I will confess to are styling queries. How do I embrace the season of fall style while dressing for the heat? Easy–embrace the colors, incorporate textures, and of course, wear booties!
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Fall Heat: Orange suede shorts (two similar options here and here) //
Geometric tank (similar) // Denim vest // Studded booties // Rendezvous Lipstain

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