April Instagram @KrembdelaKremb: Vol. 16

April Insta Collage

In April I took heed of my Insta famous friend @SheelaGoh and did whatever she told me to do in order to hopefully grow my Instagram account. First, she instructed me to clean up my feed–meaning keep it to style and anything nonstyle related get rid of it. This was a mammoth job as used to have over 3800 images! First, I downloaded them all so I do have a backup, and I started a family account where I have started to grow past family moments @TheKrembsFamily. Then, she had me evaluate who I follow and try to be discerning in this area. Finally, Sheela instructed me to start engaging by commenting on other people. This last bit is the hardest part to keep up with as obviously life tends to happen! At any rate, I’ll do whatever she tells me as I witness her following continue to grow. I’d like the same to happen for me! Oh, the last thing she mentioned was to continue with color. She advised that my community like that. What do you think?

1. This was my most popular picture. I do love blue! And the off-the-shoulder trend really works for my sloping collarbone! (The post from this pic will be coming to the blog soon….)

2. This pic was from our Spring Break vacation. I love it when I get a family picture in, and this one is a good one!

3. I had a Marilyn Monroe moment is the Little Red Dress that was meant to be!

4. In May, I made a serious attempt at getting back to DIY posts–even asking you my readers if you like them and want me to keep them up. The answer was YES! These were a pair of black heels that I turned to a Miu Miu ribbon heel style.

5. With Coachella hitting all the feeds of ever social network, I got inspired to embellish one of my bandana scarves.

6. I patched my denim shirt–every time I walked into Zara I was like, I can do this to that old denim shirt of mine!

7. On Instagram I receive such style inspiration, and in turn I become a bit of a copy catter! This colorful, crocheted tunic was spotted on Carmen Gimeno, and I had to have it. Luckily, I had a gift certificate from my dear friend Maureen that she gave me back in February for my birthday, so I was able to get it from Zara!

8. Another colorful, 50s inspired pic came from this post taken at our little hotel in Hua Hin. Sometimes with me, outfits are made just to match the wall!

9. This is probably my favorite pic from this past month. My good friend Weda (@theshortestfuse) took it for me. She’s been my Insta buddy since we started on Instagram together back in 2010 while living and working together in Beijing. We have many a selfie taken together for every time she came in to the library.

Are you on Instagram? It truly is my favorite social media platform. Let’s follow each other! You can find me here: @krembdelakremb

DIY: Miu Miu Ribbon Heels

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The other day while I was at the doctor’s office which is actually in a very fancy mall. As I was window shopping on my way through, I looked into Miu Miu’s window and was enchanted by the lovely heels I saw. As I kept stargazing, I realized, Wait! I could totally make these. Again, I will repeat my DIY mantra: I only conduct easy DIYs, and this one was exactly just that. Super. Simple. I quite like how I jazzed up this pair of heels, and with a very versatile addition like this, I can swap out different ribbons to accentuate my outfits! Let’s just say it pays to window shop! Right?!

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DIY: MIU MIU RIBBON HEELS

1. GATHER THE SUPPLIES.

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Four main items are needed for this DIY: are a pair of heels (any color would do), a leather hole puncher, 2 grommets, and some ribbon. Also, I used glue, a pin to clean my leather hole puncher, and a pen to widen my punctured hole. Next time I visit my local craft store, I plan to go wild with the ribbon and buy all sorts of colors.

2. PUNCH A HOLE IN THE SIDE OF EACH SHOE.

DIY Miu Miu Heels 2This was the easiest part. Just make sure to punch the outside of the heel and try to get close to the same spot for each shoe.

3. INCREASE THE HOLE WIDTH.

DIY Miu Miu Heels 3The hole puncher I used could only make a 4.5 mm hole at its largest setting. So I grabbed a writing pen and stuck it through the hole, enlarging it bit by bit.

4. ADD GLUE AND GROMMET AND PRESS.

Add glue to the entire hole are and then add the grommet. Then press with your fingers for about a minute. This glue dries quickly–which is nice, but it means you need to act fast.

5. LET THE GLUE DRY AND THEN CLEAN UP THE SQUIGGLIES.

DIY Miu Miu Heels 4The glue will dry pretty well within 15-20 minutes. Don’t worry about being messy with this glue. It easily cleans up with a light rub of the fingers. The squiggles come right off. Plus, the ribbon will be going through the grommet, so if there is glue in the hole, it will never be seen.

6. INSERT THE RIBBON, THEN FOOT, AND TIE!

DIY Miu Miu Heels 12The shoe is finished! Just add the ribbon, put on the shoe, and tie the ribbon around your ankle. Next time, when I go to get more ribbon, I will make my strands longer so that I can wrap around one more time and tie a proper bow.

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HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY!

There’s no way I would be able go all day in a pair of heels. That type of shoe has unfortunately not made an appearance in my work day–yet! What I actually wore with this outfit was a pair of black converse. But! If I had it my way, I would have worn my DIY Miu Miu ribbon heels all day long.

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A Lace-Up Shirt on a Busty Figure

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I have been noticing all of these cute lace-up shirts with the deep “V.” I never thought to try one figuring my busty figure would peek right through. I was pleasantly surprised by this striped version: yes, there is a bit of my cleavage sneaking through, but the rope lacing alongside the stripes offers a nice distraction. So while I do have cleavage showing here, it doesn’t feel overt. The moment I tried this top on, I was like, “Yes! I can wear a lace-up shirt!!” This proves it’s always best to try something one just like my mom always said. Pairing this sailor top with white stitched, front pocket shorts, feels like the perfect nautical summer outfit for me. And oh, I do love a little nautical–always have, always will!

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Shop for a Lace-Up Shirt w/ Kremb de la Kremb!

If you are like me and want to try out a lace-up shirt but avoid flaunting your cleavage, I’ve found some affordable options for you from Forever 41–op, I mean Forever 21!

My nautical rope lace-up shirt is from the Forever 21 in Hong Kong. Aside from the one I’m wearing I found this busy black and white checked one will not allow a cleavage sneak peek; while this gorgeous coral cold shoulder doesn’t allow a sneak peek at all. This long black flowy one makes for the perfect swimsuit cover-up! Then avoid cleavage altogether when there’s a cami underneath this crochet version. And here’s a sure way to avoid any sort of sneak peeks with a party in the back!

The Fab 40s in Pleats

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The moment Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor declared this month’s styling theme every one of The Fab 40s got a little nervous–including me. Pleats, that’s what we were to style. The moment I saw pleats I thought to myself: Oh! Pleats look awful on me–they just enhance my ponchy ponch. I instantly started imaging the pleats on a pair of khaki trousers or even pleats on a midi skirt. Pleats at the waist add a an inch or two–something I try hard to avoid. It wasn’t until I thought out of the box, much like my companions below, that I realized pleats come in all sorts of ways. Take for instance this lovely handmade skirt I purchased on my travels through Lianjiang, China. This skirt is patched together from many pieces of fabric and all those folds, I mean pleats, add to the intricacies of this item. I love this pleated piece hand made from Chinese village women. It’s precious to me.

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Fashion on the 4th Floor

Diane called this theme. Look how whimsical and fun her top is. It’s almost like it’s a skirt top–the neck looks barely there. Because of her amazing shoulders, this neck and line look stunning on her sleek, athletic frame.

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Funky Forty

Yvonne is our guest blogger this month. She writes Funky Forty, and basically, she’s a gal after my own heart. I feel like I could wear exactly what she is wearing. Or at least I would try to. I would probably ruin this chic look though with too much color somehow. To me, Yvonne just rocks cool. Her outfit and the way she has styled pleats reminds me of my sister–whom I always try to emulate.

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Fashion Should be Fun

Dawn Lucy’s lace and leather are spot on. On the one hand, she’s edgy, but then on the next she’s got a whole Audrey Hepburn vibe going on. Do note–that’s a hosiery tattoo! I never knew!!

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Oh Samantha! This top is so angelic. It’s beautiful. And then spun with a little red and blue jeans, it reminds me of a modern day Marilyn Monroe. What a stunning and unusual top that’s just really, really pretty.

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I’ve begun to call this woman Queen She, and by this picture, you can tell why. Sheela just rocks all coolness. From the heels, to the skinnies, to the leather on top, Sheela displays pleats of an ethereal type with this top/dress. And the color, in blush, well it’s beautiful.

A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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Preppy cool in mint for Jennie. I love how proFRESH she is. This is a flirty outfit, one made for twirling. And with the collar turned up, Jennie shows just how to be chic.

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I’m beginning to realize Mary has a covetable collection of dresses. This one with colorful poppies is another winner, and the halter neckline works on just about every figure. Mary is stunningly statuesque here and the colors are so spring filled.

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For me, I chose my black crop top with laced back alongside my sleeveless denim jacket. I can’t seem to stop wearing my evil eye earrings–they’ve been on serious repeat lately. I opted for my Star Wars Vans because they match exactly to a tee. It couldn’t be helped. I grabbed my leopard backpack at the last minute. I’m not sure it totally works, but leopard goes with anything in my book. Finally, I wore tons of blue mascara and an orange lippy–playing matchy matchy makeup with my skirt. This happened to be a very real outfit that I wore to work last week. My friend Norbyah took the pics after school right outside my apartment building.

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DIY: Embellished Bandana

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I know, I know, every one is so over Coachella. Yet, despite all the hype, some really cool looking style comes out of this festival. And, I want to be a part of that: the #trending bit! I seriously would be fine to just be a fly on the wall at this event, just staring at everyone’s getup. And some of them are just that: getups. But, I’d be looking closely, and I’d find some gems: like the embellished bandana–if Chiara is wearing it, well, It’s coming! The bandana kerchief trend is big–it’s seen around necks, tied to belt loops, and wrapped around wrists. Well, now I’m ramping it up; I created an embellished bandana.

And it was a cinch!

Gather the sluppies.

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I took an old black bandana. Then I grabbed a bunch of random necklaces that don’t get worn all that much. I wasn’t sure what I’d use. I took off any hooks and latches. I also needed needle and thread for the stitching.

Arrange the necklaces.

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I took my time here, arranging different necklaces in different ways. In the end I opted for four. Then I pinned them down.

Hand sew the necklaces on to the kerchief.

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This part is time consuming, but you can sit in front of the TV and stitch the necklace to the bandana. The stitching doesn’t have to be perfect either–you just want the necklaces to hold to the scarf. For some necklaces you might choose more sporadic stitches, other a tight stitch. For example, the big bobbly shiny one on mine just has a few stitches while rhinestone is more secure. Luckily the stitching will barely be seen. (Alternatively, this is another one of those DIYs where you could bring the scarf to your tailor and have them sew on the necklaces, but I’m not sure how expensive tailors are in the US. It’s worth enquiring at your local dry cleaner.)

Voila! Embellished Bandana!

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For Fun, here’s a pick of my cute photographer after I planted her with purple kisses!

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Black Shirt Dress with a Red Trench – Ping Pong Post No. 2

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I’m ping pong posting again–this time with a black shirt dress. Remember last month when I featured this cool plaid cape-like coat? (I should say tartan–as it hailed from the UK, and that’s how they say “plaid.”) This time around, Anna from Anna Island Style sent her black shirt dress to both Samantha from Fake Fabulous and me. I chose to add a little color with my red trench. Which by the way, I had always wanted, but it wasn’t until I chose the right color for me, that I felt comfortable wearing a trench. The classic khaki colored one makes me look a little ill! I adore sparkle so I added it to my top and bottom the the sequin beret and glitter booties. To pull just a little bit of the white from the black shirt dress I let my little lace white socks peek through. The final touch that coordinates all the colors together was my découpage black bag that I made myself from some fabric and a vintage clutch. This is just my interpretation…scroll on to see two more very different stylings of this black shirt dress.

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Sequin beret, H&M | Double Back Red Earrings, Chinese Market | Red Trench, Shanghai Tailor | Shirt Dress, Anna’s | Clutch, DIY with Découpage | Socks, Forever 21 | Booties, Zara

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I love the way Anna decided to just open up this dress up and wear it like a cardigan. I have a feeling if she wore it normally, it would just drown her svelte figure. Instead, with this open look accompanied with all sorts of print mixing, her figure is phenomenal! Even if Anna has or does not have hips, the cut of the open dress knocks them away. I love how styling clothes in certain ways can give us women a figure. Case in point. Anna looks sensational!!

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Dress, Ichi from TK Maxx | Trousers, H&M | Top, Primark | Belt, H&M | Shoes, SixtySeven from TK Maxx | Bangle and rings, charity shop | Sunglasses, Quay Australia

Samantha in the Black Shirt Dress

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This lady is a gal after my own heart. I mean for starters, look at the shoes! I can’t seem to get enough of runners these days, so pairing this shirt dress with these casual sneaks equals perfection to me. The other tiny but statement making addition that I love is that necklace. Being a Pisces, I adore anything fishy–even if it’s a skeleton of a fish. It’s just cool, and Sam’s necklace is edgy. Hoops and a crossbody bag and I kind of feel like I’m looking at myself! (Well she’s tinier, but you can see what I mean!) This styling screams off duty, hangin’ out on the weekend, I’m cool, so let’s hang out! I’ll hang with you Sam!!

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Dress, Anna’s | Necklace, Tatty Devine | Shades, Primark | Bag, Yosa | Cuff, A gift | Shoes, Guess

How would you style this black shirt dress?

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I really am curious….how would have you worn this shirt dress. Would you add color, would you dress it up or down, would you style it in some personal way that’s different than the norm? I’m curious, and I want to know, so please, do share!!

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*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike. It has also been linked to my fellow Fab 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fun Fashion Friday Link up.

Some Dresses Are Meant to Be–Especially this Little Red Dress!

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This little red dress was seriously meant to be. About a month ago, we were downtown for a movie, and afterwards we stopped at our flagship H&M. On display was this cute little red dress, but unfortunately, it was already sold out. I almost picked up a drapey shirt dress in the same color, but then was like, Nah, not special enough. Then, just this weekend I went to my local little H&M. I was on my way out when the guy putting away the clothes had this one dress in his hands! Woah! Stop for a minute. I grabbed it and brought it to the cash register without even trying it on. See, it’s the little red dress that was meant to be!

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Because this dress is so wide, I gave myself a waist with the belt. I’m full figured on top, so cinching this dress provides me with a waist. Just to see the difference, I have a few pictures without the belt. It did feel a bit tent-like, but I can imagine for the beach, pool, or dock, no belt would be necessary–the belt would only be an extra accessory I would not want to deal with. Styling it both ways just proves the versatility of this dress!

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I found a Little Red Dress for You!

I checked the H&M online shop just to see if by chance it’s still available, but unfortunately it is not. I did however find several very similar different options. A little red dress will be the perfect summer ensemble for you: think barbecues, park concerts, or road trips. Throw on your little red dress, and you are good to go!

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Jess’ Turning Heads. It has also been linked to my fellow Fab 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fun Fashion Friday Link up.

I Love a DIY Post!

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I have to be honest: my favorite type of post is a DIY post. Finding something I like, then seeing, if just by chance, I could make it myself, well it’s a real joy. Recently I did it here when I wanted a patched shirt. I also made my own off-the-shoulder shirt as seen here, here, and here. Same goes for the fringe sandal trend and the tassel heel trend. I’m no pro at it, but I do fancy a little do it myself here and there. I also like how these fringe sandals turned out last year as well as these tassel heels. Then there’s all the bags I’ve DIYed, but by far, my most favorite DIY that I have ever made is this ostrich feather bag featured up above. I think it turned out so well, and it’s definitely my preferred black clutch that I always grab for–it’s just an all around fun bag. I’ve découpaged a bag and hand-stitched one, but those feathers are my love!

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In terms of DIY posts on Kremb de la Kremb, I have a ton of DIY ideas lined up, but before I continue, I want to hear from you….I suppose, regardless of what you say, I will probably keep going with a DIY post here and there just because they are such fun, but as my reader, what do you think of them?

Please take a moment to answer these three questions. Really when it comes down to it, I write for you, so I want to make sure you enjoy your visits to Kremb de la Kremb. (Don’t worry–the survey is set to anonymous, so I’ll never know your true thoughts, but the thoughts will help guide my DIY direction.)

If you’d rather not answer, you could always check out my To-Do DIY List over on Pinterest. It’s continually growing. Truthfully, I actually have a little corner in my room piled with the projects ahead: star jeans, cold shoulder dress, lace up sweatshirt, and super long frayed jeans–just to mention a few!

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Gingham Skirt and a Colorful Fence

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Sometimes I find a setting and then decide an outfit! This was the case here. I mean, this colorful fence was made for me. If I did have a yard with a fence, I would be so tempted to be the eyesore of the neighborhood and paint it in rainbow colors! No really, though, let me share a few details about this very inexpensive outfit. Outfits don’t need to cost an arm and a leg–at least not for me. This midi skirt for example is from a market. Granted I bought it at a Thai night market, but my point is that if one keeps their eye open there are bargains everywhere. Like this top: I bought it used from an Instagram shop. And the little tied scarf was also used from a market. My Adidas runners are the most expensive item I’m wearing, but they’ve definitely earned their cost per wear. Granted, my outfit isn’t fancy, but I felt good in this ensemble–a little throw back to the 50s almost. Tell me: do you feel better in expensive clothes OR is it enough for you to feel good in what you’re wearing?

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A Gingham Skirt Just for You:

Just in case you want to copy this look I found some gingham skirts for you at very reasonable prices:

  • This Mod Cloth midi version with larger gingham is very, very cute! While this one looks exactly like mine but with a bow.
  • Old Navy has a super small, checked gingham skater skirt in black and white.
  • Macy’s has a very classy black and white midi

  • Bloomingdale’s has an A-line option in black and white.
  • While this is the most expensive one I’m listed, it is handmade and so sweet found on an Etsy shop.
  • Out of the options I’m sharing, this might be the one I have to order: a black and white pencil skirt from Revolve Clothing. It’s perfect!
  • Just for the fun of it, I’m including three dresses from Urban Outfitters: an off the shoulder in red and white and this perfect black and white sundress or this one.
  • Wanna See the Gingham Skirt for You:



    *This post has been linked up to my good friend Sheela’s link up and my fellow FAb 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fashion Should be Fun as well as Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilke. It has also been linked up to Jess’ Turning Heads.

    Go Ahead, Blush!

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    Blush. That color moment since you’ve been seeing a lot of this color. It’s not quite pink, nor nude. It’s a definite cross of the two–verging and a pinky nude. Call it the pink for the beginner. Ironically, pink is a color that according to my coloring, will look good on me. Well, at least I think anyway. But, I haven’t ever really been a pink wearer. I mean I did attempt this bold pink dress, yet I never felt like myself. In blush however, I do. It’s subtly pink and perfectly neutral. It’s a color you might be seeing more of rose quartz being one of Pantone’s colors of the year. Recently, during a holiday trip in the month of February, I picked up both this blush sweater and blush flats.

    *Looking at these pictures, I’m noticing that blush items look more nude than pink. Perhaps that’s the magic of this color–it goes both ways.

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    Go Ahead, Blush!

    I’ve done some searching for you. Choose the item you’d like, and I found it in blush.

    Softest Tee: Over at J.Crew they’re known for the softest vintage tees; take your pick in either crew neck, scoop neck, or v-neck. Or take all three!

    Jeans: Blush denim is the perfect signal that spring is here!

    Culottes: Imagine how chic these (p)leather culottes would be all year long; wear them with a white tee in the summer, white shirt in the fall and spring, and a white cashmere sweater in winter. This mixed fibre pair could also be an option. Nothing wrong with a piece this versatile!

    Skirts: This sheen version is the perfect updated ballet skirt. (This matching top turns the outfit into the smartest co-ord.) Or, for some boho chic go with suede with this button mini (I have a very similar version, and I love it!) or this fringe asymmetrical.

    Dresses: This simple ruffle dress could be worn to work, the beach, or even to bed. Most importantly, it looks comfortable! Then, there’s this versatile maxi dress that can be tied in three different ways!

    Lace: This robe, oh! Click the link just to see how beautiful it is. For sure, one would feel so sexy in this! And then, this romantic dress. Goodness, it’s just gorgeous.

    Swimsuits: I’m not sure if a blush swimsuit would pass or if it would just look like underwear, but with a color blocking one piece, it would be no problem. (Plus black on the bottom is sure bet for slimming!)

    Shoes: Opt for strappy flats or strappy heels–either way this nude color will elongate many a leg. Or, for making legs look longer, try strappy over-the-knee boots!

    Blush: Remember? That makeup that we brush on our cheeks? The namesake of this trending color, blush. Well, NARS makes one, called Impassioned, and it is the best color I have ever found for my cheeks! It surprised me as it seems like it’s barely present, but it’s a sensational color.

    Wanna Blush?

    Here are all the items mentioned up above in a visual slideshow for your window shopping pleasure. Shop away!

    This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike. It has also been linked up to Jess’ Turning Heads and to my fellow Fab 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fun Fashion Friday Link up.