Archives for August 2017

Spirit Lake in Hong Kong

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When I stopped in to see Bob at Thunder Ridge on Main Street of Spirit Lake this summer, he told me how great it was for his shop to be featured on Kremb de la Kremb last summer. That made me feel so good, and of course I volunteered to highlight this little t-shirt/gift shop from Spirit Lake again. Yet, this time, I wanted to put a new spin on it: I figured I should bring my Spirit Lake tee to Hong Kong and show it off here in the metropolitan town where I live. The two places found could not be more more opposite–and not just geographically speaking! I wore it just the other day when the whole family took a trip to Causeway Bay for some errands mixed in with bowling and finishing with dinner. This time around I paired my fashion forward tee (heehee!) with some sequin shorts–why not darling!? I don’t have any problem wearing sequin for a casual day; in fact I like to think wearing sequin on a casual day elevates my entire day’s experience. I feel this way often–as seen here, here, here, and here! There are two vital things to know about my style: I’m going to be comfortable but I’m also going to feel great! That means pairing things like Spirit Lake t-shirts and Old Skool Vans with short black, sparkly, sequin shorts! Why not Darling!? I have t-shirts that stay out at Spirit Lake and some that stay here in Hong Kong. I’m glad I brought this Thunder Ridge tee back with me. What do you think of Spirit Lake in Hong Kong Bob? Doesn’t it suit HK!!?

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Do you save sequin items for only fancy events?
Or do you wear them casually like me?

The Fab 40s in Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues
All good things must come to an end–at least that’s how the saying goes. I will not say that The Fab 40s is ending; it may pop up again. But, with members dropping, it’s a signal that a break from this blogging collaboration is needed. It’s been so fu though, and I have met some really neat ladies and feel they are my friends too. The blogging community must run on support of one another, and that is what I have always felt from my Fab 40s blogging buddies. This month you’ll find each of us in autumnal hues. I admit–my interpretation came out a little red, white, and blue, but I swear in the pic online, this long kimono looked like a burnt, rusty orange with dusky, pale blue! (Please go look, and tell me I’m wrong!) No worries for me though because I do love red, and lately any excuse to wear Hot Lave from Maybelline is a win in my book. It’s my new favorite red lipstick! If you read my post on Friday, you know I’ve had a rough go of it lately, so when I spotted this tee at my local H&M (yes, I can see H&M from my living room window, and yes, I find that crazy!), it simply spoke to me. Move forward. No looking back. Right?! Speaking of moving forward, I won’t be able to part with The Fab 40s so easily; I’ve already penciled in a tribute of sorts for the last Monday of September. (We always would post on the last Monday of each month.) It was a good run, and I’m not saying goodbye to the collaboration. You never know when it might spark up again….but until then, there so much love to everyone who contributed–both bloggers and readers–that I’d like to say thank you. Being in your 40s is FAB!!

Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues

Ok, one last look at some of The Fab 40s…

Mary from Curyly Byrdie Chirps

Mary and her dresses, they and her are just so pretty! I would love to sit on Mary’s bed and have her go through all the dresses in her closet. She has so many! And they are all so fabulous!! This one in a pretty teal blue is no exception. And Mary, you have a figure to die for! I’ll miss seeing your ultra feminine take at the end of each month Dear Mary.

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

I dare say that this combo reminds me of another Fab 40s–we could always rely on Sam as our print mixer, but that role has now been taken over by Jennie–easily! Stripes along side this unique paisley block print. I love it! And the color combo is also so unique and definitely very autumnal. Jennie, it has been so fun to see your style evolve and change and remain classy and chic always. You are a true style chameleon. I’m going to miss collaborating with you Jennie because you always offer me such style inspiration. And Jennie, you are looking fit girl! Way to go!! So petite!!

Veronica from Cid Style File


Army green is always a perfect hue for autumn, and in mesh this top is right in line for the 2017 fall style report. I love embroidered jeans too, and Veronica’s pair is nice and subtle with just a touch on her left side. Plus Teva sandals–my go-to choice of shoe as well. Her’s match with everything too! I’m going to miss you Vero….I’m going to miss everyone. Therefore, let’s take our breaks and get back together real soon!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues

I’ve stopped counting how many times I’ve worn this waist bag aka fanny pack! Just get used to it. It’s all I wear, and it’s all I plan to wear in the foreseeable future–it’s just that good. Julie, have I thanked you yet?! Hahah. I think so. If you’re interested in having a luxe bag like this, head on over to Hustle & Hide Co, a local Spokane brand!

Autumnal Hues
The other item on repeat–aside from my lovely waist belt–is this fabulous pair of Céline sunnies that Smart Buy Glasses sent me. They are so gorgeous and definitely the most luxurious pair of sunglasses I own. I’ve been wearing them with everything–as you may have noticed. Head to Smart Buy Glasses for great discounts on very luxurious, name brand sunnies!

Autumnal Hues

Are you as sad as I am to see The Fab 40s end for a bit?
Don’t worry. I’ll pull my favorites from this series for the end of September. You can count on it for Monday, September 25. Until then, be FAB no matter what age you are!

The Style Stories that Broke the Blogger’s Back!

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Oh, it’s so silly! But these flat lays seen here in this Style Stories post, well, I ended up in the hospital because of them! That sounds awfully dramatic, so I’ll back up. I brought back my Style Stories two weeks ago with this post. I had such fun making the flat lays that I decided to do it again last week. To make these (somewhat silly yet extremely, creative outlets for me) I lay my soft white blanket on the floor in my living room, smooth it out, and place items on top of the blanket. I often go up and down getting things just right–the lipstick might not be perfectly straight, there may be a ruffle in the clothing, or an earring isn’t laying upright. Basically, there’s a lot of bending, smoothing, and straightening out involved. Oh and then, I climb up onto a chair and take a shot from overhead. This is all basic stuff–it’s not high risk, or it least it shouldn’t be. But, for me it is.

By the last flat lay on this Wednesday night, something had happened. Something felt extremely off. I hobbled off to Vincent’s bedroom, laid on his bed, and asked for the usual massage he’ll give my back that resuscitates me back to normal. This time that didn’t happen. All of a sudden I was completely stuck–stuck on his bed. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t moves my arms let alone my legs. It was scary. Really scary! Finally Kevin lifted me up, Gigi got my crutches, and somehow I made it to my bed. Fast forward to some meds, rest in bed, a visit to the doctor, and a request for an MRI on Friday afternoon. Yet, it happened again: on Friday morning around 9 am, I froze up again and couldn’t move. And this time I got quite hysterical–both in emotions and in pain. I was losing my mind, yet Kevin, rational thank goodness, got me to the hospital. I ended up getting that MRI, and it showed two tears in my L4 and L5 lumbar discs. The doctor said this was good because I did not need surgery, but on the other hand it was bad because those tears were SCREAMING! Yes, they were!!

On Saturday, I had an epidural procedure where he injected my spine in those two spots plus gave me six other shots. I didn’t care; I was out thank goodness! By Sunday I was discharged and brought home with the request to lay low for the following week. This part was so frustrating, but necessary! I had just had a great two first days of school with the students. The year was starting well, really well. I was present, excited, and ready to go! Forget that last August and even the August before that I’d been out. I was starting off on the right foot. But then….not so fast: Kevin called it my threepeat! This August and this start to the year also has had its challenges.

But enough of all this! Let’s get to the flat lays!
(And back to work on Monday–I’m ready!)

Monday

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I start every first day of school in an lbd–usually this one actually. I usually style it with gold as seen here. (I can’t believe I used to wear heels. Kinda breaks my heart! And, my hair was sooooo long!!) Rather than go with gold like I usually do, I went with silver and turquoise. Since I pretty much only wear tennis shoes, I opted for my Old Skools. Love them–they’re just as good as heels!

Old Skool VansBasically I copied my daughter with these. I can’t count how many pairs she’s been through. I thought it was about time I joined her in the Old Skool look!

Black Fringe EarringsOne day last spring I went earring shopping on Zaful. I bought about five pairs, and the total maybe came to $20. They have an insanely awesome selection of earrings. Hey, now that it’s almost fall, maybe it’s time for me to go shopping again. I think I can spare 20 bucks!

*A note on the belt–This belt was too small for me when I bought it, but I was determined to have it, so I figured out how to make it bigger. I went to a local craft store and bought some black canvas belting to match the width of the belt. I asked my local tailor to take of the belt buckle, add three inches, and then put the belt buckle back on. Presto! The extra inches are covered by the other side of the belt, and the belt now fits me. There’s always a way to make a belt bigger–usually right by the belt buckle!

Tuesday

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For the second day of school, we get all the students. I wanted to look nice yet of course demonstrate my sporty style too, so I paired my dress with my ballerina tennis shoes.

Who What Wear Snake DressWho What Wear in my opinion is rockin’ it at Targé. I mean everything they create has been so cute. All summer long I wore this romper; now for fall I’ve got this cute dress (it comes in plain black and also a cute poppy floral print). I’m hoping it becomes a repeat for me too!

Mixing Two Lippies: Pink Me Up and White GoldAgain, I went with my metallic lippy, but I only wanted

Wednesday

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I went super, super bright with my florescent shift on Wednesday. Again, I think I was just trying to set the tone that I am a zany dresser. Shock ’em now so to speak! This spring there were two cute ladies shopping in Zara when I spotted this shift. It was one of those moments where I went, grabbed a large, and purchased it. I just knew it was going to work for me, and it does–especially when I pair it with turquoise mascara and a hot pink lip!

Hot Pink Metallic LippyThis is for sure the brightest lipstick I own, and I LOVE IT! Plus not only is it bright, but it is also metallic. Like the last Style Stories post, I’ve got a thing for metallic lippy right now and this one ROCKS!!

Black Fringe EarringsThis was the second day I wore these earrings. They match a ton, and at only $3.72 I’ve definitely outdone my cost per wear!!

So, I only made it through three outfits last week.

And this week there were no outfits to report except for Wednesday’s Typhoon Hato getup. (I love that sweatshirt by the way!) But when I return to work on Monday, I think I’ll be continuing my tendency to wear dresses with tennis shoes. I like this vibe. It feels good–dress up sporty style! And, if I try to make flat lays again, I promise to try to use the kitchen table instead. Less bending over!

Typhoon Hato

Today was a typhoon day: Typhoon Hato came and rocked Hong Kong–especially the south side where we live. These typhoons that hit Asia can be quite devastating. Luckily the infrastructure of Hong Kong is so strong that Hong Kong will be back to running within the next day or two. Some places in the world have snow days; here in HK, we have typhoon days. So, to be honest, it was nice to have a day home with the family with nowhere to go, nowhere to be. Basically we were stuck with one another, and it wasn’t so bad. At times we were quite scared–like early in the morning when the storm turned to a T10 and we could actually feel our house swaying. We were a bit scared, but we had one another. Kevin reassured us that buildings are meant to sway–even though it is definitely an odd feeling in the midst of it. By one in the afternoon, we finally ventured out together. The wind was still blowing, but not too intensely, there were spurts of rain, but not heavy, and the waves were really coming in, but we were careful. Yes, we were cooped up today, yet no, it wasn’t such a bad thing! We do hope Hong Kong recovers quickly from Typhoon Hato. Most likely school will be back on tomorrow…

You can pick up my cute Gucci-esque sweatshirt from Forever 21 and here’s a link for my 80s Reeboks.

I’m a complete sucker for anything that says “Créme de la Créme. I basically can’t say no–and for obvious reason! *wink wink*

Wide Legged Pants: Ping Pong piece No.5

It’s the twentieth, so therefore Samantha, Anna and I plus Liyana are brining you a Ping Pong Piece. For August we are featuring wide legged pants. I must say right off the bat that I may have not taken the challenge all the way. I probably should have featured these wide leg pants: my flowered very full pants. But, when Samantha called this theme I instantly thougth of my wide legged white jeans (similarly styled here but with a bit more cheeky fun!), so there you have it. I also wanted to style the purchase I made back in June with Debbie again with my favorite slides–but this time in yellow. You hear me talk a lot about Krystal Bick from This Time Tomorrow. Folks not only is she one of the most stylish bloggers out there, but she is also one of the kindest. I keep seeing her in yellow satin slides paired with just about anything, like a neutral, that I had to be the copy catter that I am and give it a try. I have to say; I like it! Finally, you will be seeing a lot, I mean a TON, of this Hustle & Hide Co waist belt from my sister. I can’t not stop using it; it’s the best! Julie, I am publically thanking you here on the blog. I love it so much! Let’s see how the other PPPers did this month with real wide legged pants…

Samantha from Fake Fabulous


Sam’s picture came in first, and I was like, “Uh oh, I should have worn my really wide pants.” I mean look how cools these wide pants look under a dress! Sam is used to layering as exemplified here. I wear plenty of short hemlines and need to take note: pair pants underneath. It not only looks super chic but keeps things more modest. I love how casual cool Sam is here. I will be copying this look dear friend, I’ll be copying for sure. And it won’t be the first time!

Liyana from Affordorable.com


Samantha invited Liyana from Affordorable. I have been following Liyana from her travels to her life in Malaysia for a while now. Liyana is the “modest personal style blogger.” While she always maintains modesty, she also always remains totaly and effortlessly stylish. Like me, she loves her kicks. I always enjoy seeing what she puts together–like here, she’s got classy pinstriped wide legged pants, with a tailored long blazer, and fun print head scarf. Plus! She’s carrying a wonderful matching title. (This is something I like to occasionally add to my posts;) I really appreciate each and everyone of her outfits. Follow both her blog and her Instagram. This was the second pic to come in, and yet again, I was like, “I missed the boat on this one!”

Anna of Anna’s Island Style


Now Anna’s wide legged pants are very similar to the pants I should have styled for this Ping Pong Piece. Mine are floral like hers yet in different colors, and like her I usually wear mine with a plain colored top because the pants seak for themselves. It was with Anna’s mail with these pants, that I considered retaking my pictures for this collaboration, but as time would have it, just couldn’t get it together. I do love Anna’s pants. They’re so fun, and they’re a definite last flowing goodbye to summer with their fresh colors. Oh, I sure don’t want summer to end–I’m pretty sure my friends here may agree…

And me, Kremb de la Kremb


In this photo if you look up above in the lefthand corner you will see two windows of our apartment. I cropped the picture so you could see where we live. Often times if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see the view out my windows. Here, I’ve offered a pic of those two windows. I have to admit: I love living in Stanley, Hong Kong. It’s a wonderful, incredibly vibrant neighborhood of Hong Kong. 

Now… let’s take a look at the wide legged pants I should have featured as founded on my Instagram feed… 

Here’s my flower power styled with my navy pea coat.

And here’s another styling back when I had super long hair. I was also able to wear high heels back then! Goodness, I was quite thin too! Something to strive for….both the hair and physique!! The heels I don’t care so much about (although I still have these boots just in case!).

The Spirit Lake Legend

There is no doubt that Spirit Lake is a magical place for our family. Every summer, blog posts are created in this beautiful setting. I’ve shared cabin candids, the layout and rooms of the place, parades and park parties. Spirit Lake is a place we anticipate the very second we leave. It’s kind of like Christmas. Once it’s over, you can’t wait for the next year’s. 

I speak of the magic, yet Spirt Lake actually does have a legend: the legend of two Native Americans complete love for one another. It’s a Romeo and Juliet version; the two destined love ones will be separated by an arranged marriage. To be together eternally, they jump off a cliff into the waters never to appear again. Legend has it that there spirits may be seen out on the lake rowing in a canoe when the moon is full. 

One day, I went up to the town’s park and took some time to admire the legend. Spirit Lake Park on Main Street is a beautiful sight. It’s also used quite frequently. We don’t take our kids to run around up there anymore, but when they were young, we often let them run free. Now we use it as a place to picnic. It’s so perfectly kept with it gorgeous flowers and green everywhere. Each time we visit we take moment to appreciate The Indian Maid and her Brave. Love is in the air for sure in this picture perfect park.

Here is The Indian Maid, Hya Pam, which translates to Fearless Running Water. She’s accompanied with her love, The Brave also known as Hasht-Eel-Am-Hoom, or Shining Eagle. You can sense their desperate sadness and powerful love in this portrait of the two lovers. 



This simple outfit may be copied easily. The dress, which is super comfortable, can be dressed up or down. I wore this dress to my in-law’ 50th wedding anniversary party. I felt perfectly dressed up, yet casual at the same time. The dress in only $24.99, and it’s still available at Forever 21. The shoes are also from Forever 21–my go to spot even though I’m in my 40s. I like to call the place Forever 41!! Anyway, these shoes are so comfy plus cute–it’s exciting for me to branch out from my regular tennis shoe wearing. With the shoes costing $19.90 this easy outfit comes in at less than $50! I like that: looking cute for not much. It can be done! Please let me know if you’d ever need help. 

My Favorite Cabin Spaces

When we pull up to the cabin, this is our first view of the lake–always a glorious sight to behold.

Well, being out at our cabin on Spirit Lake in Idaho is becoming a distant memory,and of course the entire family is already looking forward to next summer when we can return. Before all my memories become blurred I thought I’d highlight a couple of my favorite cabin spaces from our home away from home.

This is the view from my bed every morning. I love waking up with the sun
and watching the diamond sparkles created on the lake.

My bed is on the left, and Kevin’s bed is on the right.
We don’t actually sleep in the same bed out at the cabin,
but we cuddle all the same. It’s cozy to have our heads
meet in a different way out at our cabin.

I love the leopard cushion covers on our bamboo furniture out on the porch. Leopard is a neutral in my book!

Here’s Ruby. My sister and her family are kind enough to let us keep
Ruby for spurts of time during the summer. We adore this little pooch.
She’s a hoot and so fun to play with–just don’t say “fish,” or
she’ll go a little bonkers!

Kevin took the picture of those daisies for me when we first dating.
He then had it blown up for me and framed. I love daisies;
they’re my most favorite flower of all.

Family Room

We don’t know any of the people on within this gallery of family pictures,
yet it doesn’t matter. Having these individuals up on the wall reminds me
of the family I have in India. India will always be magical in my heart.

In the upstairs bathroom we do have pictures of people who are important to us.
These bathroom walls are filled with moments with friends and family out at the lake.
It’s the best place ever to reminisce.

Have you been to our cabin?
If so, what’s your favorite space or touch about the place?

By the way, it’s an open door, so if you’re ever passing through northern Idaho, you know you have a place to stay!

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics
Recently I’ve been reintroduced to water aerobics. I used to take weekly classes back when I lived in Saudi Arabia, but that was ages ago. My mother-in-law goes to her water aerobics’ classes religiously each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. No matter what she leave to make her class by 9 am. For my in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary, we spent a lovely weekend in beautiful Suncadia, Washington. One of the mornings, Jane and I attended a water aerobics class. From that hour in the pool I became hooked all over again. I ordered myself some water weights and water gloves and have started jumping in the water to workout. I shouldn’t really call it working out–it’s too fun! But, I definitely get sore and can feel the benefits of “lifting” weights in the water. Luckily this habit continue to form since I live near beaches and the school where I work has a pool. Water aerobics is low, low, low impact–something my joints completely appreciate! It’s safe to say thanks to Jane I think I’ll be religiously joining her habit of moving about in the water at least three times a week!

Do you enjoy water aerobics?
I’m included some links and resources down below.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics Resources

POPSUGAR Fitness–Popsugar has a great set of videos with in and out of water examples. String these together for a great 30 minute workout.

24 Popular Water Workouts–Over on Youtube someone has already compiled these 24 workouts. With a waterproof phone case and a tripod, there’s at least 60 minutes to go from here.

Water Aerobics Diagram–Army Real has a super diagram with easy to read directions. I’m thinking I’ll print this out and then laminate it. This resource will be perfect poolside.

Pinterest Pool Workouts–Have a hey day with all the options found on this Pinterest page….

Get TrainedAquastrength offers online training to become a certified instructor. Hmmmmm, I might look further into this one!

Water Aerobics Equipment



Do you have any tips or tricks for water aerobics?
Do share. I’m just a beginner. But oh, it feels so good to get in the water and move about!

Bringing Back My Style Stories: No. 14


I used to enjoy writing a Style Stories post once a week highlighting what I’d worn during the week–like the real outfits that actually get worn. This does one main thing for me: it helps me figure out what’s getting worn. If I wear something and don’t feel good in that item, then I have received the clue that it’s time to move on with that item. Perhaps I could even start to plan out n entire week in advance….a girl can dream right? Take a look at what I wore this week. I’ve linked any items that I highly recommend. Enjoy! And let me know what you think of this past week’s outfits.

Monday


The first day back to work is very casual. Only department heads show up, so it’s not quite the whole faculty yet. Jet leg was still kickin’ in, so I decided to wear a pair of shorts and be comfortable. Luckily I didn’t have any problems making it through the day; my jetleg wasn’t too bad surprisingly.

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Embroidered Shorts–My mother-in-law gave me a Target gift card for $25. When I walked into the Pasadena Target (a really good one by the way), I saw these and thought, “Oh those are the shorts I’ll buy from Jane’s gift card.” They’re so cute, and I had planned to bring them to the anniversary festivities in Suncadia, Washington for their 50th anniversary, but I forgot them! Instead I wore them on my own 20th wedding anniversary out at our cabin where we celebrated with my folks, my in-laws, and my godparents. It was a very special night! 20 years!!
Metallic Blue Runners–I’ve had these blue kicks for a while now. I love pulling them out. They’re bright and unstoppable. On a day when I need energy–like a jet legged one, they’re the shoes I grab for.
Hot Lava Lippy–I love this red lipstick. It’s the perfect shade of red WITH a metallic sheen to it. As you continue reading and viewing my week’s looks, you’ll see I’m all about a metallic lip!

Tuesday


This exact outfit has been my serious summer repeat; I have worn it multiple times. I feel very cute and sassy in it. This type of outfit that makes the most of my assets and hides what I need to–ie show my legs, hide the summer holiday gut plus discreetly highlight my décolletage. The luxe Hustle & Hide Co belt bag was a treat from my sister. It’s also a piece I keep wrapping around my waist. It holds my lippy and phone–two essential to carry around during my work day.

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Evil Eye Earrings–I get so many compliments on these earrings! And, they were only $6 bucks. I pretty much always have some sort of evil eye on my person whether it’s in the form of earrings, a necklace, ring, or bracelet.
I like to ward off any evil thoughts headed my way.
Polkadot Romper–This romper, well, I can’t say enough about it. It has been my go to all summer long–from lunch dates with girlfriends to the first day back to work, this romper has been my favorite summer purchase.
Bow Satin Slides–I am attempting to not wear tennis shoes every day, and these slides work for me! I bought them in yellow too, and there is also a pale pink. They’re comfy plus a little dressy at the same time. Yay to slides for me!!
White Gold Lippy–I’m super into metallic lips these days and Maybelline has a great line of colors. I have the White Gold, Hot Lava, and Copper Rose. I totally recommend them–plus they’re $7 bucks a pop. Maybelline makes great lippies!

Wednesday


Every summer Kevin will go into the Nordstrom Rack to buy new shoes. While he’s there, I take advantage of him shopping and pick up a new dress for school. I never bother to try it on–I just choose one I know will work for me. This was the case with this gorgeous velvet shift. It’s hard to see, but there are two pockets right in front perfectly situated for carrying my phone while walking the library floor.

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Velvet Shift–Score! I always appreciate that Kevin lets me throw something in the cart when we’re at the Nordstrom Rack, and believe me. Velvet is still totally hot so get your velvet on!!
Huarache Sandals–I found these on clearance at Target. Oh, I’m going to miss jaunts to that very lucky store….
Metallic Lipgloss–NYX is one of my new favorite cosmetic lines. It started with my love of their blue mascara, but now it’s expanding into all their lovely lip colors. Their metallic line is awesome! I have both this rose gold color and also the brightest, hottest pink–both so 80s.
Gold Hoops–Big, thick gold hoops are another throwback to the 80s and even 70s. I’m really loving this pair.

Thursday


For Thursday, I was determined to wear my Reebok tennies. This is very silly, but I’m actually pretty proud of owning them a full year ahead of my sister. She bought a pair this summer, and when she showed them to me, I declared, “I already have those!” She didn’t copy me or anything, but I felt pretty cool to own something before her. That never happens! From there I added an embroidered mini and a tied men’s shirt. I often find that a pair of sneakers works with a shorter hemline–at least for me.

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Mens Button Down–During one of my jaunts to Forever 21 (when it used to be in Causeway Bay), they had featured this men’s shirt in the women’s department. I snatched it up without even trying it on. I’m happy I did. It makes me feel very Beth Jones Style when I tie it like she does hers.
Embroidered Mini–I picked up this embroidered mini at Zara, but I was able to find it still available on Shein. It’s a goodie.
White Reeboks–And my Reeboks! Classic, comfy, and totally 80s aerobics style! Love them!!

Friday


I was going to wear a lbd on Friday with the leopard sandals and belt, but then I was like, “Wait! Wear shorts while I still can.” New students arrive on Monday with an orientation, and school starts on Tuesday. I’ll have plenty of upcoming days to wear my little black dress–like next week, so I was happy I went with shorts.

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The Simple Sandal–Geneva from A Pair and a Spare has created The Simple Sandal. These sandals are sooooo comfortable, and with each wear they just keep getting better. They come in black, cognac, tan, nude, and leopard. Obviously I chose the leopard!
ELF St. Lucia–I love finding dupes. I head to pinterest, put in a favorite, and search for “NARS Laguna dupe.” Presto, St. Lucia came in. So for $3 instead of $30 I’m trying out a new bronzer that looks just like my favorite. So far I’m pleased with this cosmetic duplicate.
Voile Satine–I’ve been super into oils lately: HM’s body oil, coconut oil, and my old favorite Bio Oil. (I say old favorite because my niece pointed out an app called Think Dirty. You put in the product and it gives you the rating of the product. I do not recommend trying it. I found out that my beloved Bio Oil is really, really bad for me. Hmmmm, I may finish my full bottle anyway since I love the smell and feel so much.) My sweet sister Mary gave me this bottle of Voile Satin by Diptyque. It smells so lovely and reminds me of India in a beautiful way.
Old Navy Shorts–These are the shorts I turn to when I’m a bit on the heavier side–which usually happens right after a fun filled summer at the cabin. Uh oh. I like the style and length because they flatter my legs yet flatter my heavier gut. I really recommend this style of shorts.

What do you think of this new format for my Style Stories?

It was fun to make, and I can see it being useful if I were to actually plan out my outfits a full week ahead?

California Dreaming

Kevin and I had such an amazing trip through California this summer! We rented a convertible (white GTE Mustang) and drove north from La up the coast. We stopped in five places: Venice Beach, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. (I’ll make sure to link the places I recommend at the end of this post.) This summer Kevin and celebrated 20 years being married. We can now make that statement in which more than half of our life has been together. Incredible!! And wonderful all at the same time. I do love the life we have created, and I feel very blessed (as cliché as that word is, it’s true) to be with Kevin Krembs.

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