Archives for December 2016

The Fab 40s are Mad for Plaid

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Of course I was thrilled when Jennie called Mad for Plaid for this month’s Fab 40s blogger collab. I’ve had this perfectly Christmas plaid skirt for a few years now. It belongs in my holiday box along with all my other Christmasy items. Yes, I have a wardrobe solely for this season! I cannot take credit for the adorable oppositely matching top. It belongs to my dear friend Dana. When she wore it to our office Christmas party I boldly asked to borrow it, and of course she said yes! Once it goes on sale, I plan to add it to my holiday party box. There are a few more items that I cannot take credit for; I shot this look at our school’s Christmas tree. I brought the outfit but forgot both a bag and coat–luckily my librarian assistant let me borrow both: a perfectly red long duster cardi and a cute striped tote. Without these two pieces I would have looked bare. So, thank you to two dear friends for helping out a style blogger in need. Merry Christmas to all and always remember to be mad for plaid!

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(I’m writing this post from a little haveli in Udaipur, India. The wifi is spotty to say the least. I’m already late with this post, so I will get it up and add proper links once I have stable Internet connection.)

Jennie from a Pocketful of Polka Dots
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Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor
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Samantha from Fake Fabulous
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Mary from Curlybyrdie Chirps
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Vero from Cid Style File
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Our guest, Alison from Get Your Pretty On
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Sheela from Sheela Writes
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And me!
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Christmas Sequin Top–Ping Pong Post No. 10

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When I realized my Ping Pong Posting month was December, I was pretty excited to share my beloved sequin top. I’ve had this sequin top for many, many years. It was purchased with my dear friend Mary Kelly during one of our shopping excursions in Caracas, Venezuela. It was on sale at a very chichi boutique. It wasn’t the holiday season, but I knew this top screamed to be worn for Christmas parties and New Year’s too. I have worn it many times for holiday occasions–in Caracas, Bombay, Spokane, Beijing, Seattle, and Hong Kong. This sequin top has been around the world and now even more so with a stop in the Isles of Scilly with a final destination in Scotland. I have passed on this top to Samantha; it now has a new home, but I know Sam will wear it as proudly as I have! Enjoy your new Christmas sequin top Samantha; many more style stories are ahead for this special garment! Merry Christmas to my Ping Pong Post buddies Samantha and Anna.

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Anna’s Island Style

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Anna is having some fun! Yes, this shirt screams for a cocktail, and her’s looks delish! She too paired the top with black pants and fancy heels. (Although, I bet she can actually wear those beauties!) Cheers Anna! Enjoy your holiday parties!!

Fake Fabulous

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Samantha has a very glamorous look going here–very worthy of the sequin top. Didn’t I tell you? It has an excellent new home! And those mint, satin pumps, well those too are a dream. I love how you’ve style this, and now I can’t wait to hear about the parties you’ve been to in this exact ensemble!

Kremb de la Kremb

sequin-top-1I mixed and matched two black pieces to create a semblance of a suit. A cape shows off the top nicely and wide legged pants help to accentuate my waist. I only stood in the sparkly heels but one day… one day! A bow clutch seemed appropriate since it is Christmas and all.
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I faked a chignon here with this big red flower hair clip. Hahah, the mullet was swept away here. And these earrings…well, I took matters into my own hands last January when Santa forgot to bring me these Rudolph earrings! Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

Merry Christmas from the Ping Pong Posters! Do you have a sequin top to wear during the holiday season?

Blush Velvet Dress with Booties for the Holiday

velvet-blush-dress-1I’m usually the one in vibrant Christmas plaid or blingy sequins and embroidery for the holidays, so this blush velvet dress is a little bit more subtle for me. Yet, the texture is glamorous as is the low cut neck and high slit skirt. I am still not able to really wear a high heel–much to my depressing dismay. So, I’m trying out a solid heel with these sparkly go-go type ankle bootie. What do you think? Does it work? I am not sure…Do I feel glamorous and celebratory in this dress with sparkles down below? Oh yes! Happy holidays! Ho, ho, ho!! I guess a blush velvet dress works just as well as Christmas plaid, or multicolored sequins or even just plain sequins. But if the blush velvet dress isn’t for you, there’s always the LRVD (little red velvet dress)!

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(Thank you for the pictures I’m a Norbyah.)

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike twice.

Black Velvet Suit with Plaid

black-velvet-suit-with-plaid-1I got this black velvet suit last year–after the holidays! Basically, that means I have been anticipating wearing it all year long. I also bought the Christmas plaid shirt after the holidays to wear with this black velvet suit. Who knows why then for the recent office Christmas party I didn’t wear this ensemble. I don’t know what has been coming over me lately style wise. I won’t say I’m losing it, but maybe I kind of am! Why did I wear a cranberry velvet top instead? I had a great time at the party–it was the first time my employer has thrown such an event. The funny thing is though I’m still regretting what I wore. Has this ever happened to you? At any rate, I am very, happy to own a black velvet suit–it is so easy to dress down (as seen here with a Christmas plaid shirt) or up (just add a sequin top). I highly recommend this investment. If you can’t wait for the post season sales, I’ve rounded up a few for you at the end of this post–and the shirt too. It’s a total winner and on constant repeat these days. In fact, that could be why I didn’t wear it to the party; I had worn it all Friday day long with a pair of jeans.

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Get your own Black Velvet Suit

Here are a few options for you to choose from including a skirt version. If you can hold out, wait till after the holidays when these items will go on mega sale, but if you must have it for your office Christmas party, here you go! And, may I recommend this shirt one more time? I love it!!

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

Clockenflap Style Story

clockenflap-4I had such a blast at my very first Clockenflap festival. I was so excited about going that I kind of forgot about how much I would enjoy preparing what I would wear to such an event. Then, once I was actually getting ready to attend, I realized I needed first and foremost to remain warm, but with layers because I was sure to get hot from dancing. I decided for each day I’d wear my army jacket–I scored this Banana Republic piece at one of Get Redressed’s pop-up shops. This second-hand layer had barely been worn–until this weekend. I wore the heck out of it!! And with that here are my style stories and experiences from my very first and very fabulous Clockenflap–a festival I will definitely be attending each and every year from here on out while I live in Hong Kong.

Clockenflap, Opening Night

clockenflap-5We had a beautiful day off after a Thanksgiving dinner with the other HK Krembs when all of a sudden it was time for Kevin and I to head into town for the festival’s opening. I tried not to go through too many clothing options as I am often apt to do. I knew I wanted to wear my pretty embroidered jeans and in the end I just paired an army green shirt to subtly layer underneath the army green jacket. (Yes, green has seriously reentered my life!) It’s said in order to keep warm, keep your head covered; well I brought my cream, cashmere beret that fit into one of the pockets. I didn’t actually need to wear it, but having it reassured me if I were to get cold. For this night I felt I had dressed for the festival perfectly. It’s actually the only time I did….

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Clockenflop in Tons of Rain

clockenflap-3I really don’t know what I was thinking on this day. Seriously. I wanted to be funky but casual cool at the same time. I wanted comfortable shoes, but this option was awful. See, it rained so hard on Saturday. It wasn’t just a splattering of rain here and there; it was a full day of torrential rain. I was freezing! Tights were actually a pretty sound option because my pant legs didn’t get drenched, and the sweatshirt definitely kept me cozy. But my feet were sopping; there were literally squishy puddles coming out of each step! The jacket served as a nice layer, but it was obviously not waterproof. We put in a good amount of time on Saturday, but in the end, we bailed. We just couldn’t put up with anymore rain. (There was so much rain, the only shots I got were on the bus ride home!) I’ll call this look my wet dog look. Ick!

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Clockenflap, Last Day

clockenflap-2Because I had been so cold the day before, I over layered on the last day. I did not need the sweater. It was tied around my waist the entire time. Otherwise, for this day I was set. But, it was on this day, that all the cool people were out. I do not look remotely cool! I look like I’m from the Pacific Northwest–not a bad thing, because it’s true: that’s where I’m from. But, if I was going for a hip vibe here, I have to admit there’s nothing hip about this layered, super cozy, outfit. Next year… well I’ve already started planning!

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