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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What topics do you want to read about on Kremb de la Kremb?

This was my header from way back when I started Kremb de la Kremb in 2006.

I’m back! I took the summer off, and it felt so great, but to be honest I really do miss writing here on the blog. I was happy to post the few times that I did. I love the blogger collaborations I’m committed to. You can see I went shopping with Debbie in both June and July. Also, Samantha and Anna and I continued to feature our Ping Pong Pieces with coverups in July and cutoffs in June. And of course, I’m committed to my blogger collaboration with The Fab 40s. We featured ruffles in July and a DIY in June–my fave!

With the break from writing came a ton of reflection. That’s always the case isn’t it? While I adore posting my outfits, the break from blogging showed me there’s so much more I would like to write about. My blog is my creative outlet, and I plan to keep it that way. Before I aspired to blogger fame, yet I’m not so concerned with that anymore. What I do appreciate are you: the readers I already have. To that end, I want to ask you what you’d like to read about when you come to visit Kremb de la Kremb. While I’ll still keep up my outfit posts–since fashion is my passion! I do want to expand and write about other areas.

If you wouldn’t mind so much, will you please take this anonymous survey to let me know what topics you’d like to read here on Kremb de la Kremb. I will be so grateful! The other (big) change I’ll be working on is a little makeover. It’s been a while since this blog has received some design love; it’s time for a facelift!

Thanks again for letting me know what topics you’d like to see on Kremb de la Kremb!

Love, Annie

I went way back! Here’s a picture from one of my first posts, Italia Bellisima. I’m in Italy here! (I sure loved that dress. It was a copy of a dress made from a tailor in Indi. It’s long gone by now. Good thing cuz I know it would not fit!

The Fab 40s in Ruffles

Jenny from A Pocketful of Polka Dots called ruffles this month. At first I was like, “Meh. I’m not such a ruffle girl.” But then I realized if I took a look in my wardrobe, it’s actually filled with ruffles. I had a laugh at myself!! There were so many options from a ruffle unitard, a one shoulder ruffle denim dress, or my fun Who What Wear romper from Target. I went with the polka dot flirty number. I’ve worn it so many times: in Suncadia for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary, for my sister’s baby shower, and for a meet-up with an annual lunch with two very good high school friends. This little outfit makes me feel dressed up but casual at the same time. It has ruffles on the sleeves and on the shorts. The wrap part goes to the perfect point of my décolletage while not showing too much. Finally, the icing on the top is being able to not wear tennis shoes with this number. It’s been a long time coming, but this summer I’ve been able to venture and return to the world of sandals and flats. Ahhhh, it feels so good to wear something other than tennis shoes! (Granted my tennis shoe collection continues to grow!) And it also feels good to wear ruffles. I guess I’m more of a ruffle girl than I knew!

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Cover-Up: Ping Pong Post No. 5

I was so happy when Anna called a cover-up for July’s Ping Pong Piece; it’s pretty much all you’ll find me in this summer out at Spirit Lake. Although my version of a cover-up is a little different: it’s a very old white fisherman sweater. It’s been a very breezy summer, so while I am in a suit, I need something to keep me a little bit warm–especially if we go out in the boat. To me a cover-up is usually white. I am not sure why, but I usually gravitate towards a white sweater or sweatshirt, white men’s shirt, or white, lacy number. Once you’ll see down below, a couple of my friends agree….

Anna from Anna’s Island Style

Anna mentioned her age somewhere recently–it might have been on an Instagram image…yep here it is! I don’t know why but I am surprised Anna is 59. She’s so lithe and fit and I’m going to go ahead and say it, very sexy in her bikini and Marilyn Monroe-esque dress. It’s such a fun and flirty cover-up, in white! And, the best part about it is she picked up this ASOS number for only $5 at a thrift shop. Score!!


Mary Murnane

Anna invited Mary Murnane this month. I’m always enamoured by how classy Mary is. She’s just the epitome of classy chic. Her style is so tailored and basically, well suited! It was this post of Mary’s when I fell in love with her. I’ve always wanted to just wear a blazer–with nothing underneath. I still haven’t been able to master this look but it is definitely on my sartorial bucket list. Here Mary surprised me: she’s still very class of course, but she’s also quite angelic, don’t you think!?

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

I can totally relate to Sam’s cover-up here. While yes, I am experiencing warmer weather out at Spirit Lake, the moment I hit the Pacific Coast, out come all my layers. Layers on a 20 degrees Celsius beach are absolutely necessary. Of course we can always count on Samantha to be bright and cheery in any circumstance. It’s just her way! And I love it!!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

If by chance it gets hot enough for me to shed the sweater, I’ll then replace the upper cover-up with a bottom one, and it’s usually a pair of my cut-offs. Ever since I was a preteen heading to the lake with my family, I’ve always maintained that something should be covered–either my top half or my bottom half. It’s been my suit wearing habit for as long as I can remember.

What’s your favorite type of cover-up?

A Ginham Top–Shopping with Debbie


Debbie, from Fashion Fairy Dust, and I have been shopping again! This time I let her know that I’d been wanting a black and white gingham top. So just like last month, we went to Instagram and sent direct messages back and forth of items we liked. It’s amazing all that we can do in the palm of our hands these days! Since I’m in the States for the summer we also were not limited to global shipping which meant we could shop at one of our (similar) all times faves: Targé!! It was kismet; the moment I sent her this pic, she agreed whole heartedly that it was the piece. What’s so amazing is how there are many subtle similarities with both of our stylings. See if you can find them….

Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust


The only thing that Debbie and I verbally agree on is the piece to buy. Then, after we’ve shot our looks we send out two pictures to one another. I’ve called Debbie my style sister before, and now there is evidence as to why: she paired the top with distressed denim and red just like me. I love the touch of red in her scarf and those cute cherry shoes. Plus that studded black belt–well, I’ve been looking for something similar! Plus her jeans are perfectly distressed. I could totally see myself wearing this exact outfit. Can’t you?

I met Debbie via Instagram. Follow her here: @fashionfairydust
and read her blog here: Fashion Fairy Dust.

Since I knew I also wanted to pair this top with red, I headed to my favorite thrift store of all time: Value Village on Boone in Spokane, Washington. I went into the store with the thought of either red jean cut offs or a red denim skirt cut off. Value Village did not fail me; I instantly found a pair of poppy red jeans in one of my favorite labels to cut off. If you are ever at a thrift store and you find a pair of Gloria Vanderbelt jeans, buy them! They make the perfect pair of cut offs. I’m not kidding. I have Gloria Vanderbelt cut off jean shorts and cut off hemmed jeans both in white. They are my favorite. She adds the perfect amount of stretch to her denim. I’d also like to note something special about the way I style this top: I’m not wearing tennis shoes!! I found a very comfortable black satin bow slides at Forever 21, and I am so excited that they work for me. (These cute slides also come in a pretty pale pink or a bold marigold yellow.) Finally, this kitschy bag is new to me as well. I just couldn’t resist it (nor the price) on Shein.

Would you like to go shopping with Debbie and me? Let us know.
Also, how would you style this black and white gingham top?

The Fab 40s in DIY

There are times when I feel like I should change the niche of my blog. For example, maybe I should become the denim DIY blogger. Then there are other times when I feel like I should be the “Be stylish in tennis shoes” blogger. Oh hey! Look at that, I wore sandals in this post!! Back to this month’s Fab 40s theme: DIY. I had a little cheer, a loud “YES,” a oh-ya-baby-I-can-do-this moment. My last embellished jean jacket was created over a year ago. While I still do like it, I’ve had the makings of one on my mind. When Diane called this theme, let’s just say I was pleased to share my newest DIY creation! I took the lips from this tee when the Fab 40s styled Pop Art. From another tee I cut out the “I <3 KK" which actually stands for Kota Kinabalu but in my mind it could be the two K's in Kremb de la Kremb. For the collar and cuffs I used a bandana, and for a little extra embellishment I used some denim white trim. Voila, my new customized K de la K jean jacket a la DIY.
Let’s see how the others Fab 40s faired shall we….keep scrolling!

In addition to the jacket, I also made my waist bag. I simply cut to slits in the back of the silver clutch, and then passed my silver and gold skinny belt through. Also, of course, I cut off the white jeans–that’s a given!

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

Diane! Acid wash is my next project!! I’m so glad you offered directions. My niece and I just picked up jackets yesterday at my favorite local thrif shop, Value Village. Last summer we DIY painted denim jeans which is so fun, but this year we are ready to get friendly with the bleach. I was happy you offered directions with this jacket. I turned out SUPERB! There are two other things I totally ADORE about this styling of yours: 1) crop top! Yes!! And 2)cut offs–a summer must!! You’re a total inspiration Diane!

Tracy from The Naughty Forty Diaries

Diane invited Tracy from The Naugthy Forty Diaries. I’ve included two pictures of Tracy, just so you can become mesmerized by here eyes. She has the prettiest eyes on the Internet! I love her DIY! It’s such a simple way to add a personal touch to a tee: patches. Tracy I’ve gone overboard with patches on my own denim shirt. I love how your three say take me on vacation!

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

Our very classy Fab 40 named Jennie made this beautiful top: yes, she sewed it!! I am so impressed Jennie. It turned out perfectly. As always you are the effortlessly classy lady–even in a pair of cut-off hem denim jeans. You are our modern day Audrey of the group for sure!!

Mary from Curyly Byrdie Chirps

Oh, Mary, I want your jeans so bad! I’ve already referred to these jeans before, but when I was in high school I had the coolest pair of patched jeans. Instead of denim however my patches were red fabric. Oh, they were so cool. They even made it into my senior portrait pictures. I think you’ve given me yet another denim DIY idea here, so thank you. And of course, one can never go wrong with a Canadian tuxedo–especially one that includes denim heels!!

Veronica, I love what you did to your tee here. I too have done this choker style to my Guns n Roses tee. Isn’t it the easiest! Your camo tee turned out so cool. Now what I haven’t done is the ties on the sleeve–what an extra element of surprise DIY. I really like it. Was it hard?

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

We cover all sorts of themes over here with The Fab 40s…are there any you’d like to see?!

Cut Offs: Ping Pong Piece No. 4

With it being my turn to choose the Ping Pong Piece this June 20th, I am sure it comes as no surprise that I went with my summer (or pretty much year long) staple: cut offs! These particular cut offs are my absolute fave; meanwhile my husband (and one of my sisters) hates them. He can stand how big they are, but that’s what I love about these Wrangler, DIY, grandpa-like cut offs. They are so comfortable: the wash is perfect, there’s the proper amount of distressing, the leg holes are nice and wide, and the waist is a little big. Basically I feel like I’m in a pair of pajama bottoms when I wear these cut offs–granted I don’t care if it looks that way! I had to wear this tee for this month because summer has started, and yet I already don’t want it to end! I suppose this is very spoiled of me to say since I do get a 7 week break. Not everyone has that sort of summer break, but as a teacher, I’m going to embrace every single day I’ve got.

Ruth from My Little Nest

Since it was my month to choose the theme that means I also got to invite someone. I invited Ruth from My Little Nest–who has the most contagious smile ever! Ruth is also from Seattle, so I was pretty excited to invite someone from the PNW. For as much as I may complain about Instagram, I should not! I have made some pretty neat virtual friends, Ruth being one of them. She is always, so sweet, very sincere, and just a kind virtual friend. I am hoping I may get to meet her in real life this weekend when I’m in Seattle! She would be the first Insta friend I will meet. Aside from being a really nice person, Ruth also has amazing style. I often see what she’s wearing and think, “I’d wear that!” Maybe it’s a Pacific Northwest thing…. I mean look at those cut offs! They are RAD!! Thank you for joining us this month Ruth. If you want a super nice friend on Instagram, do follow @ruthyannie and make sure to start reading her blog too: My Little Nest.

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

I have a pair of white cut offs, so I’m not surprised to see Samantha in a pair. What does surprise me is the pairing with neutrals. Sam is usually so bold, so I was startled to see a more muted color palette this round. The great thing about this lady is she makes me think about doing new things with my own style. I would never pair my white cut offs with a nude, khaki sweater, but wow! It’s such a classy look. Thanks for giving me style inspo once again Sam!

Anna from Anna’s Island Style

Anna is also sporting some white cut offs…. from me! We brought back a bit of the Ping Pong Post this month as Anna was pushed a bit with cut offs as she didn’t own any. Well, I’ve got denim coming out my ears! Easily I was able to make her to pairs of cut offs: a pair of white denim cut off bermudas (worn and shown here) and cut off denim white skirt. Again, Anna proved that white cut offs look great with neutrals. I’m going to have to try this with both my white denim cut offs and my white denim cut off skirt. What would I do without all these amazing friends I’ve made virtually via blogging and Instagram!? Thank you for more style inspo Anna, and I think you look great in cut offs. I hope you wear them all summer long!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

These pictures were taken the weekend before we came home for our summer. Near our home in Hong Kong we have a variety of beaches to choose from–it’s actually really awesome. All the public beaches have fire pits to barbecue on to, so this was our first and last barbecue for the 2016-2017 school year. It’s so fun to pack up a picnic of food and barbecue on the beach during the sunset hour. I almost lost the sun in these pics; it went down so fast! Luckily my stellar photographer got the pics!

Look at my buff photographer: she set her mind on abs during the month of June, and by golly she got some!!