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Style Stories No. 10: Sweater Season

Sweater Season
It’s been cold in Hong Kong–like seriously cold especially by Hong Kong standards, so the wear of these three sweaters is completely authentic. If you follow along on Instagram, you will have quite familiar with these three pieces. I love each of them, and of course they each have their own little story.

Fisherman Sweater 1
I first saw this sweater on Sue from my Instagram feed. If you go to her feed as well, you will see this sweater proving its cost per wear. It’s basically the perfect winter sweater, and what makes it even more special is that it was hand-knit by Needle–a boutique started by two British knitters. (This sweater is called Coco. Charcoal is the only color left, but now it is half off! The Addie is also beautiful and comes in a pretty pale grey color–it is also half off!)

Mountain Sweater 1
I kept eyeing this sweater at Zara. I hemmed and hawed, but I never bought. Finally when I was ready to finally purchase it online, it was sold out. Then, in that rush of a week before going home for the holidays, during a last minute shopping excursion to the mall, I walked into a Zara, and there it was! Yes, I grabbed it and headed to the cashier register immediately. I have not regretted this purchase. To me this sweater is the quintessential ski sweater, so I have thoroughly enjoyed wearing it all winter long. (Next time, I know, don’t hem and haw. Just buy!)

Blush Sweater 1
I had been wanting to try out this pretty pale pink color for a while–it’s not the usual Annie color. I’m pleasantly surprised how nice I look (at least I feel it looks good) in pink. (And I will probably be wearing more of this color!)

Fisherman Sweater 2
I splurged on this sweater. It was just under $200! I never spend that much on my clothing. I made an exception on this piece however since I knew it was going to go the distance, and it has. I am wearing the heck out of it, so it has been worth the investment.

Mountain Sweater 5
I don’t know what took me so long to get this sweater. I know that when I think about something and fixate on it, I should just get it. I’m glad I did and while it wasn’t an inexpensive addition it didn’t break the bank either. By now, I’m starting to realize it’s better to go for quality when I really like it.

Blush Sweater 2
This sweater was on sale and then on sale again! So for $16 it seemed like a pretty good price to try out a new trend on me. Now I know that I like to wear a soft blush pink. I don’t mind taking a risk when it works out in the end–especially for such a deal!

Get your winter sweater now!

Before we get to the link up, I did some Banana Republic sweater shopping for you. Everything is already on sale, and then at the check out another 50% will be taken off of the price I have shown! Now, that’s a DEAL!




Last Style Stories’ Favorites….



Favorites from SS 9

Two weeks ago I ran a style story describing my week back to work. From the link up there were two bloggers that stood out to me: first, Sheela’s story about the word “cute,” and what that words to different people, was super interesting. I haven’t live in the States in 19 years, so it was intriguing to hear some of her impressions from her six years there. Also, Valentina stood out. I love everything about her outfit: the fun faux fur, the quirky bag, the sneakers, even the kitty cat hat. I love meeting new bloggers and have now become a reader of Fashion and Cookies.

Style Stories No. 10

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Love, Ann

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Throw On a Silver Dress

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Usually on a Friday, I get home from work and put on my sweats. After a week of work, I long for the movie night accompanied with some red wine and a bowl of popcorn. Occasionally, social duties call for a night out, and changing out of those sweats and into something cocktail worthy, in the cold winter months, can be challenging. That’s when I pull out my silver dress. Recently for a Chinese New Year work party this was exactly the case. I really just wanted to stay in, but with my warm layers underneath and this silver dress over, I instantly felt ready to attend the party. I even danced–which since having my hip surgery had been a long time coming!

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Silver Dress 7

Silver Dress 5

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Thanks for taking these pics Norbyah!

Just Throw on a Silver Dress!

I found some reasonable options for various figures all under $100–including mine which was only $23! Not bad for a cocktail dress!

The Important Layers:

This might be repetitive but I cannot reiterate how important the fleece lined leggings or tights are alongside the thermal turtleneck. If it weren’t for these two items, I would have stayed on the couch! These under layers keep me warm and cozy–especially on a Friday night!


(My turtleneck is the first one–just in black. It’s super tight so it serves as a second skin.)

Get a Duster!

One last clothing item that made this outfit complete was a black duster cardigan. I’ve had this piece in my wardrobe for a very long time–I actually got it on a trip to Istanbul back 2008. (Yes, it is showing it’s wear therefore I’m in the market to replace it!) I find that this long black cardi is the perfect layering piece for some of my shorter items. I’m not afraid of a short hemline,but sometimes if I want to be a little more modest, I find this long coverup to work perfectly. This black duster is a staple in my wardrobe so I highly recommend one to you:

Do you have a dress that you throw on for those Friday nights when you have to go out? What is it?

The Fab 40s in Embroidery

Embroidery 1I was so excited when Sheela called this month’s Fab 40s’ theme to be embroidery. I have tons of embroidered items–any time I travel I seem to pick up one more embroidered bag. But then, when it actually came for me to style an outfit, I realized that really all I have are just that–a bunch of embroidered bags. It wasn’t until I was storing away my fancy clothing from the holidays that I remembered I have this embroidered beaded top (styled here with culottes) and this separate embroidered beaded skirt (styled for holiday dressing here). Since it’s unusually cold in Hong Kong right now, I wanted to figure out how to style these two separates while remaining warm at the same time. Enter the black velvet suit I was admiring pre-holiday season. I was so excited when I spotted this coveted black velvet suit up in a Zara in Vancover on super, super sale. To be honest during our holiday trip home, I became completely swayed by the post holiday season sales. I hadn’t been around these sales for many years; you could say I have made up for lost time! From suede culottes and a cashmere pink sweater to new Madewell jeans, I’ve filled in some gaps in my wardrobe! One final thought on the way I styled the embroidery theme. Wearing trousers under a dress or skirt is an easy way to do two things to an outfit: stay warm and also dress it down.

And now my two questions for you: Do you wear embroidered items? And, would you wear trousers under a skirt or dress?

Ready for more embroidery styled inspiration?

The Fab 40s in Emroidery!

Sheela invited the majorly classy Jess from Elegantly Dressed and Stylish to join us this month. She displays such intricate details in her blouse and sweater. Sheela has a rockin’ awesome cloud sweatshirt that I want. Dixie is plain gorgeous in all winter white. And Dawn Lucy is our boho babe in a funky vest. There are many options for embroidery here…which way do you gravitate toward?

Jess
Jess’ Outfit Details
Embroidered/embellished blouse–Chicwish
Green embroidered jacket–Anthropologie
Skirt–Zara
Pointed flats–Target
Handbag–Charming Charlie
Earrings–Green Tree Jewelry (an Asheville boutique)

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Sheela’s Outfit Details:
Cloud Sweater–H&M
Plaid Top, Green Suede Skirt, Pinstriped Fedora & Embellished Leather Collar–Poshmark (follow
Tasseled Green Suede Heels–JustFab
Ring–House of Harlow
Lipgloss–Vapour Plumping Elixir in Entice via Safe & Chic

Dixie Embroidery
Dixie’s Outfit Details:
Skirt and Top–NYC Boutique
Belt–JCrew
Shoes–Dolce & Gabbana
Coat–Banana Republic
Bag–French Connection

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Dawn Lucy’s Outfit Details:
Vest & Bag–thrifted
Jeans–KUT from the Kloth
Clogs–Zigi Soho
Sweater–Karen Scott

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Embroidery 8

Embroidery 4

Embroidery 3
My Outfit Details:
Velvet suit–Zara
Necklace and Earring Set–J.Crew
Top and Skirt–Forever 21 (actually not a set–purchased separately!)
Purse–Chanel
Heels–Target

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans? Ya right!

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I will not lie to you: I’ve gained a little weight since I had my hip surgery this past fall. It’s not a big deal; I’ll get back to my old self in no time, but it does mean that there is a certain way I will be wearing my high waisted black skinny jeans! Basically, I won’t be wearing anything tucked in or cropped for awhile. Do you have one of these ponchos? In any color it will do, but trust me: the poncho is my ponch’s best friend. Do you see how there is a “V” that starts at the sides and goes down past the crotch? This style is the perfect ponch mask, AND it allows for me to wear my new high waisted black skinny jeans. The poncho does something else for my legs. Do you see how my upper torso looks as wide as the poncho goes? This wideness only accentuates the legs making them look more thin. It’s a style trick. Finally, I want to say a good thing about the way jeans are now coming high waisted–sometimes referred to as “mom jeans.” This is not a bad thing! The high waist offers support and again, keeps the ponch in check. It’s almost like wearing Spanx. I find that I hold my core more with this style of pants providing me a reminder to suck my tummy in and up. Another thing happens with a high waisted jean: the longer the waist line, the longer your leg will become. Finally, going with black is also a no brainer–black is slimming. It’s true! All these style tips coming from a poncho and high waisted black skinny jeans.

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High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans

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High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans 4

Hat, Target (oatmeal or grey) | Scarf, Uniqlo | Cashmere Poncho, Beijing Market |
Buffalo plaid shirt, Zara | Black Skinny Jeans, Madewell | Boots, Dromedaris

Remember these style tips:

  • A poncho provides great coverage to the stomach area.
  • A poncho with its width will make the lower half look skinnier.
  • High waisted skinny jeans keep the tummy in.
  • High waisted skinny jeans elongate the leg.
  • Finally, black is slimming.

Want a cool poncho?

I found a ton, but these are the ones that stood out. Please let me know if there’s a particular color or style you’re after. I’ll find it for you. Also, last year I ran a Poncho series; here’s the one up above styled over a sequin dress, a winter white one styled monochromatically, a khaki one paired with camouflage, and a beach poncho in Boracay.


Shop for the High Waisted Black Skinny Jean!

There are a ton of options, but I chose five of what I think are the best. These five pair go just a little bit higher up–which is a good thing. Believe me!

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

Layers On? Check!

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During a recent trip home for the holidays to the Pacific Northwest, there was a frequent questions going on in my mind: Are my layers on?! When I’m layered in fleece lined leggings and turtlenecks, I will admit, finding some style is difficult among all layers on my body. However there are a couple of key pieces not even really seen in this outfit that I recommend you invest in if you are prone to getting cold–especially if you live in a cold climate. Keep reading to see what I’m talking about….

Layers On 4

Layers On 3

Layers On 2

Hat, Uptic Studios | Scarf, Beijing Market | sweater, HM (on sale in cream!) | Cross
body bag, Zara Girls (make sure to always check there!) | Skirt, Forever 21 (with a matching top!
See it as a co-ord here.) | Boots, Dromedaris’ Kara from Mom (best boots ever!)

Layers on? Check!

In these pictures taken in Spokane, Washington after the first snowfall of their year, there are two vital layers necessary that are keeping me warm: the fleece lined tights or leggings and the heat inducing thermal turtleneck. I prefer both of these items in black, although nude is another nice option.

1. Black, fleece lined tights or leggings–this item is so amazingly comfortable and cozy. There are a ton of options from at various price points. Having lived in Asia for many years, I think it’s safe to say if it as foreign Asian writing on it, it’s a good one. I say this since I tend to pick mine up in the lady markets around Hong Kong and previously Beijing. I also know that Japan and Korea make great pairs too. My current pair in this picture are Japanese. No matter, they will keep you warm. Plus there’s one great benefit to fleeced lined tights or leggings: they are not super bulky but rather snug so they layer nicely under dresses and skirts plus trousers and jeans. I love mine and have multiple pairs since I wear them daily in the winter.



2. Black, heat inducing turtleneck–many brands now have a type of thermal underwear garment option that increases the heat of an individual. My favorite brand is Heat Tech from Uniqlo. Lands’ End has a fabric called Thermaskin; Nike has one called Tech Pack; J.Crew has a line called Tissue. Again, the great thing about this under garment is that the turtleneck is very thin almost becoming a second layer of skin. I can remember how frigid cold Beijing was in the winter. There would be days where I just remained in my Uniqlo Heat Technology.


Want more options for getting your layers on?


Check out Cuddle Duds, Jockey, or L.L.Bean.

*This post has been linked up with #iwillwearwhatilike, Throw Back Thursday and Fun Fashion Friday.

Style Stories No. 9: Back-to-Work

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Here’s a sampling of what I wore this past week. It was difficult arriving back from an amazing trip where we went home for the holidays. Arriving late on Sunday night made getting up for work on Monday a bit difficult. I declared Monday a jeans day for myself. By the end of the week I stepped it up a notch. I feel very lucky that I have a pretty relaxed dress code at work receiving a lot of freedom in my sartorial ways. During the trip away, I managed to get some shopping in Stateside. Oh what fun! Especially after the holidays when the sales are rampant. Wow! I’m not shopping until after Christmas next year–if I can hold tight.

*You may have noticed a difference in the image up above. Santa delivered a Wacom tablet so I’m giving it a stab. I still have a ton to learn and much to get better at, yet I do love being able to write on an image though. It’s pretty nifty. All the images are from @krembdelakremb. Follow me and my style shenanigans on Instagram!

Back-to-Work Style Notes:

This is what I recommend from this week’s back-to-work Monday through Friday outfits:

  • After pining away for my sister’s Madewell Flea Market Flares that she let me borrow this summer, I decided to take the plunge and finally get a pair myself. It had been sooooo long since I invested in blue jeans. (Like 2009!) Lucky for me this pair was on super sale plus I was able to get a pair of black high waisted skinnies. I tell you what ladies: try out the high-waisted jeans. They feel so great over my ponchy pooch!
  • The thing I love about the co-ord trend is that out of this one outfit, I now have a top and bottom to mix and match. This is the co-ord I wore to the first day of school. I like how it comes across as a dress rather than separates. I’ve taken down my shopping guides and added the co-ord shop back to my shopping section on Kremb de la Kremb.
  • Zara is also having a major sale! I did really well there because I also was benefitting from the Canadian dollar. These navy blue suede culottes were a no brainer. I was also able to score the black velvet suit I had been coveting all fall long at a fraction of the price. It will be my go-to holiday outfit next year. I highly recommend stopping into the nearest Zara near you!
  • Anything from Banana Republic that is on sale can also have another %40 taken off with the code “BR40.” Here’s my exact blush sweater that I scored for US$16! (It comes in 12 colors, so there’s gotta be a color for you there!)
  • Except for special events, I am still preferring to wear a flat heal for work. My New Balance tennis shoes have been pillows on my feet, yet I’ve been wanting to mix it up a little. These new brogues with tassels were a stupendous find (again, at Zara). I can tell they will be on high rotation.
  • On a final note, I recommend you splurge (or find the perfect one on sale–don’t worry, I’ll help you!) on some faux fur! I big puffy black coat–like I wore on Tuesday, is so very cozy and suits just about every outfit. I’ve found some plain black versions for you at various price points from ASOS–the offer free shipping world wide! Trust me. You’ll love it. You can thank me later….


Shopping Day Dreamer

  • So, I do not own these, but I just wanted to include one of the items I am coveting from the after the holidays sales at J.Crew. They are still a fortune–even on sale, but maybe they’ll come down a bit more. I find these gold sequin culottes beyond fabulous. In the window at our Hong Kong branch they’re paired casually with a pair of neon New Balance. I was smitten!!
  • Another item that I kept going back to time and time again was this pair of Free People sock boots. (A sock boot is when the calf shaft is tighter around the ankle and goes up a little further than an ankle bootie. You can expect to see more of them.) They’re the deepest shade of navy, so they’d almost pass as black. They’re the perfect sock boot fit, and amazingly, they didn’t feel to high in even though there’s about a three inch heel there. I really can’t stop thinking of them. My birthday is in February–hint, hint to a possible gentleman reader.

Your turn!

Unlike my six style promises of 2016, I can’t make any promises in terms of my style stories’ link up, but it’s back this week. I will try my best to resurrect this link up!

Share any of your style stories. I want to see what you’ve been up to!


Faux Fur Fun

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This week on Wednesday, I told you style promise #4 was going to be a cinch for me. I always have fun getting dressed, and with this faux fur hat on, it’s fair to say I felt extra fabulous! If you see a little smirky smirk going on in these outfit photos, it’s real. Adding faux fur in my opinion gives a fun touch to an outfit. While the entire faux fur coat like my leopard one isn’t for everyone (nor my Chewbaca version for that matter!) just adding a little touch of it, does something for an outfit. For one, faux fur is going to look cozy but more importantly keep you cozy–as this hat did for me. (I really never needed a coat in this outfit on our way up to Vancouver.) Another thing is that faux fur in a small dose is going to add a little, not a lot, but just a little spunk to your outfit. Really, I want you to trust me on this. Whether it’s adding a faux fur cuff to your gloves, coat collar, or hat, faux fur is going to feel fun! Check out my faux fur shop for plenty of options.

How can you wear Faux Fur?

  • cuffed on your gloves or shoes
  • with a bauble in your hair, on your bag, or on top of your toe shoe
  • as a vest, coat, or sweater
  • lining your hood or collar
  • as a scarf or stole

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Fur Hat 3

Fur Hat 5

During the winter holiday home to the Pacific Northwest, we took a mini vacation from our vacation. We left Seattle for a two night stay in Vancouver. We stopped for lunch and an amazing bookshop in Fairhaven;
make sure to go to Colophon Cafe if you ever pass through!

My Outfit Details

Fur Hat–Target (Visit this shop for tons of easy options to add a little faux fur fun to your outfits.)
Cream Sweater–Needle (The Coco only has charcoal left)
Cream Jeans–Chico’s (These were a hand-me-down from my mom during our visit home to the Pacific Northwest.)
Grey Boots–Zara (old–actually bought in Hong Kong back in 2009 when we visited for my in-laws wedding!)
Lippy–Maybelline Lip Studio Blur in I Like to Mauve It (These lip pencils were my drugstore score while I was home. I picked up four colors!!)

Convinced? Add a touch of Faux Fur to your Wardrobe:

 

Nah…How about for the home?

I’m asking for this throw for my birthday even though I got this one for Christmas.

*This post has been linked up to Turning Heads, #iwillwearwhatilike and Fun Fashion Friday twice!.

My Style Promises for 2016

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For some reason, this is my favorite post from 2015. I just love these pants to no end,
and I like how I styled them here with a simple white tee. Also of note: my hair.
I can’t seem to get it to look like this again, but I’ll keep trying.

There’s no better way to start posting on Kremb de la Kremb in 2016 with a few style promises. Now granted, these style promises are things I will try to attempt during this coming year. Making style promises feels very safe since I love to get dressed every day, I get a thrill out of putting together outfits, and I enjoy helping others to feel stylish. They are little promises just to myself that I will consider and do my best at fulfilling. If I keep revisiting these style promises, it’s quite possible I could fulfil them throughout this 2016 year.

Style Promise 1: Design and Make More Clothes

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I dress this skirt up, and I dress it down. I wear to school and I wear it for formal events.
It’s so versatile yet makes me feel classy every time.

This is a lofty promise, so I’ll start with it. I absolutely loved designing a collection for the fashion show put on by the school I work for. It was so exciting and felt very invigorating. I am not designing again for this spring’s show, but regardless, I’d like to try creating more items just for me–like this skirt that I love and always get a ton of compliments on when I wear it.

Style Promise 2: Practice Body Love

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This was my most popular post last year.
I was so nervous to publish it since I am in a two piece X 5 for this post!

I’m getting older. It’s a natural force that happens to everyone. My body is what it is. I can take measures to hopefully help it look good, but some changes are going to occur that can’t be stopped. The legs I usually love….well they’re getting these weird little wrinkles above the knees. I don’t like it! I also don’t enjoy my perpetual double chin–one that I’ve had my whole life despite my age. There are things about my body I could decide to hate, and there are things I can decide to love. I want to continue to embrace my style because I love getting dressed. My body isn’t going to have the benefit of changing this philosophy, so I plan to love my body–with all it’s aches and wrinkles and splotches… I’ll stop there!

Style Promise 3: Continue to Collaborate

Jumpsuits

This was the second post by The Fab 40s when we all styled jumpsuits.
This was my second most popular post of 2015!

In 2015 I have been AMAZED by how many friendships I have made via blogging. It is really astonishing. Since I feel so rewarded by the community of blogging friends I’ve made, I don’t see an end in establishing new relationships via the Internet. I’ve become friends with some women whom I truly admire. Whether we in the morning, send cards to one another, or collaborate on blog posts, I plan to continue the community that’s being created because of Kremb de la Kremb.

Style Promise 4: Have Fun with My Style

Go Bold with Cozy 2

Yes, my heart did flutter when I received this skirt!

It’s true. I’ll say it just one more time in this blog post: I love getting dressed. I find it fun. It’s something I look forward to every day, and when there’s an event or occasion to dress for, I feel a little thrill. It’s also true that I’ll try things. If you want, I can be the one to experiment for you. I have no problem with that since I like to be the first to wear something new anyway. (Take for instance culottes, now that they’re so popular, I’m kind of like, Meh. I will still wear them though–like I always have.) Since I believe so strongly that getting dressed is fun this is an easy promise for me to fulfil. Call it done!

Style Promise 5: Clean Up the Blog

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Remember my profession of self body love. Here’s an example of that chin I can’t stand.
But, I do like the flip of my hair!! This was my third most popular post of the year stating my belief that,
“If you think you are, you are!”

I guess it’s pretty evident that I’m claiming to be a fashion blogger, style blogger, call it whatever you want. I write blog posts about what I like to wear. The identity confusion behind Kremb de la Kremb needs to be clarified. It’s been on my mind for so long now. I don’t know how I’ll make it happen; I just know it needs to. So, this is a style promise I’m continually making to myself: to find my blogging niche and go with it.

Style Promise 6: Keep Learning About Photography

Two Suede Shorts

I am always inspired when bloggers double themselves up in an image,
so I taught myself how through Photoshop Youtube tutorials.

A blog is only going to be as good as it’s pictures. At least that is my opinion anyway. I go back to blogs and become the author’s reader when the pictures look good. (Writing is also important, but if I’m honest, not as much.) It’s the visual eye candy that has me repeatedly visiting my morning rounds of blogs. I want to do the same for my readers, so this promise is one I am always working at. In fact, Santa brought me a cool new device that will hopefully add some interest to my images. I just have to figure out how to work it! I’ll let it be a surprise….

My Six Style Promises

  1. Design and Make More
  2. Practice Body Love
  3. Continue to Collaborate
  4. Have Fun with My Style
  5. Clean Up the Blog
  6. Keep Learning About Photography

There they are! Six style promises that I think I can try to stick during 2016. It shouldn’t be too hard; although a couple of them will take some work. In fact the only one that will be totally easy is number 4. I do that every single day!

Would you like help with your style? Please, give me a holler if you do. I want to help you enjoy getting dressed every morning too.

Love,

Ann

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike, Turning Heads and Thursday Throw Back.

Here’s to 2016!

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Here’s a family picture taken on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. We spent Christmas in the SNOW
in Spokane, Washington at my sister and her family’s home. It was BEYOND beautiful! (Thank you to Matthew and Julie, Elle, Maeve and Thomas for making our 2015 Christmas so, so AMAZING!)

It’s already January 5th. Blogging and posting on Kremb de la Kremb has gone by the wayside on this fabulous winter wonderland holiday we’re having, and you know what? That’s ok. This is my hobby, and between so much activity, spotty wifi, and tons and tons of absolutely fabulous family time, I have let my posting on the blog subside a bit. I will be back, maybe in full force, maybe a little more laxed. The commonplace first post of the year is filled with blogging goals and style revelations, but not from me this year. Instead, I’m basking (intentional word choice) in the cold of the Pacific Northwest–from Schweitzer Mountain in Northern Idaho to Spokane where I’m from and Seattle where my husband is from. In fact as I write, we’ve taken a mini vacation from the vacation with a two night trip to Vancouver, BC. Don’t get me wrong: I do love blogging and styling outfit posts–in fact I have a ton of outfit posts lined up. I love the creativity with which this blog stimulates my mind. But for now, until my routine back in Hong Kong resumes, which definitely includes blogging, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my winter wonderland vacation in the Pacific Northwest! I’ll hit all those blogging and style goals later….

I hope you are also enjoying the start of 2016 with plenty of gusto!

Here’s to 2016!!

Love, Ann

December’s Instagram @KrembdelaKremb: Vol. 12

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December was a fantastic month! It was made most spectacular by traveling home for the holidays. We cannot remember the last time we went home for Christmas. We do know that in 2009 we went to Hawaii for brother Nicholas and Amy’s wedding, but there has to be a time before that when we went home to Seattle and Spokane for Christmas. We’re still trying to figure it out. Needless to say, this trip home for the holidays was something the kids had been hoping for for some time. The other thing that they were hoping for was a snowy Christmas. In fact, Gigi declared that’s all she would like. We were more than happy with the ton of snow we in, and we made sure to partake in just about every snowy activity possible. I’m not sure what 2016 will bring, but I do know that Christmas of 2015 shared with my sister’s family was one that will be remembered forever!

@Krembdelakremb on Instagram:

1. We got a very nice picture of the four of us on Christmas Eve Day just before heading to Christmas Eve Mass. There was plenty of snow for a very White Christmas!

December Collage

2. This #ootd (outfit of the day) picture was my most liked; I think it’s definitely the sparkly pants! By December (and it continues now), I’ll pretty much wear my runners with just about anything–including a little, ok a lot of sparkle.

3. We decorated the library where I work in all black and white. In anticipation of a snowy Christmas, we made it snow in the library! The students were encouraged to add to this chalkboard tree–which they did.

4. I ran a series of red dresses during December. This one was by far my favorite. I love this red dress that I picked up from my friend @Imanorbyah. Once I shortened it, it was ready for me. (Here are the other red dress posts: a boho tunic, a wrap dress, and a cocktail party dress.)

5. It was pretty awesome to be able to watch the Seahawks in Seatown. (Unfortunately, they are out, but they sure did give it a good run!)

6. This is me in snow after many, many years. I was very, very happy!

7. We saw so many different trees: my in-law’s, my folk’s, my sister’s, the ski mountain’s, and this one which belongs to my brother Adrian and his wife Kate. They called it a Charlie Brown tree. It was super cute!

8. We normally only ever see our cabin during the summer months. Imagine our amazement at seeing our cabin buried in snow!

9. I had such special sister time! We stayed with Julie and her family for over ten days…maybe it was twelve. We never got sick of one another (well at least I think anyway!); rather we just had such a wonderful time hanging out family to family. It was a really neat Christmas.

10. And, best of all, the kids got to ski and enjoy the snow. Gigi’s dream came true! Christmas 2015 was definitely a magical one!!