Mullet Hair Goals

Mullet 1I’ve done it! I finally reached my mullet hair goals!! Forever I’ve been looking at this picture of Edie, bringing it to my amazing stylist, Aman, requesting that she attempt to create this sleek, mullet look. But, I have to face it: I have tons of curls! My hair, even when I blow dry it will never look like Edie’s. So, I became infatuated by this Zara model hoping that maybe this would be the kind of mullet I could achieve. Then finally with this last cut in December, right before we began our travels to India, I think Aman got it. Aman is a genius–and if you live in Hong Kong, please let me connect you with her. She is the best stylist I’ve ever had, painstakingly working with me until she gets my hair just right. Aman was the one who took my long locks off back in 2014. (Wow! My hair was sooo long!!) And now, with three years of short hair, I think I’m ready to grow it again. It’ll take a while; I have so many different layers. But, I’ve had enough of the mullet–or at least my family has. Keep reading to see why it’s so fun to sport a mullet….

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Mullet 2Mullets have a really bad reputation–like really bad, and for that I think having one has been kind of fun. I’ve done some research: so I don’t come across as bigoted, I won’t write about the stereotypes I found associated with them, although being a “femullet” does sound pretty cool! And I have enjoyed having hair that screams “business in the front, and party in the back!” I can totally relate to Laura Pullman from the Daily Mail because I too receive more attention from my hair now with a mullet than I ever did when it had been long, luscious locks. The attention is hilarious though: people don’t quite know what to make of my hair. It isn’t until I say, “I know. It’s ok. I have a mullet. I mean to have a mullet,” that they exhibit relief. I had one student ask his mom who is a friend of mine if, “Mrs. Krembs knows she has a mullet?” I love it!!! Of course I know it. That has been the entire inner societal prank going on in my mind. Although also, if I’m honest, I really like how rockin’ awesome mullets look. (If I think I’m a rockstar, I am a rockstar!) But, since I kind of seem to be the only one who appreciates my mullet, I have finally made a pact with my family to grow out my hair. But hey, maybe you could help me… Please vote if you think I should keep the mullet. (And I suppose if you agree with the fam, you can help their side too… wah-wah.)

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In regards to my mullet…
Yes! You rock it!! Keep the mullet.
Ann, it’s time to grow your hair out.
Hmm, nix the mullet but keep it short.

*Please note: as always, voting is completely anonymous.

**Also, I linked up this post to Not Dressed as Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike. Catherine has been named as the best blogger in the 40 year age group by Who What Wear! That’s somethin’!!

Just Give Me Comfort

Just Give Me Comfort 2Just give me comfort. That’s all I wanted all week long starting on Monday. I think right after an amazing holiday, that Monday always finds me wearing something resembling pajamas. Yet, the skirt I wore on Monday ended up in the give-away bin. I do want to feel comfortable, but if I lose any confidence because of what I’m wearing, it’s gone. That was the second time I felt like a frump in that tulle skirt, so bye bye! This was the outfit I wore on Wednesday, and wow! I felt comfortable and super duper funky with these glorified flare leggings! Then, by 11 am my week took a very serious turn for the worse, yet still, just give me comfort.

Just Give Me Comfort 5Look at my left leg in this picture. Do you see that bulging stuff around my left knee? Well, that’s my new knee brace. (Not pictured are the return of my cruthces.) Yes, I had quite a fall on Christmas Day when I tripped in a man hole; it caused me to lime my way through our amazing trip to India, but I just kept going, kept enjoying, kept hoping the left knee wasn’t too hurt. And then, this Wednesday morning, my left knee completely buckled and just gave out. (Thank goodness this did not happen in India because we would have had to come home.) As I’ve mentioned here on the blog before, I have dealt with chronic pain for some time but luckily now have had stupendous relief with Pinky, my new replaced right hip. But whoa and ouch! I hadn’t had acute pain like that in quite some time: when my knee buckled it was excruciating. To make a long story short, I tore my left ACL in 1995 and that repair graft that was done 20 years ago is now gone. I no longer have an ACL in my left knee–yes, maybe the fall had something to do with it, but my ACL had probably been deteriorating for some time now, especially considering how much my left leg had to compensate for the right leg and vice a versa because of my hip issues. Ya, I’m bummed. For a day I sulked. I feel defeated, but not quite. And of course I feel a little deflated; I was on my way with my new hip. But, not yet. The difference this time around is there is something I can do about it: I can strengthen my quads so they support my knees. I feel more hopeful with this injury whereas with the right hip, I just had to deal with pain. And really, just give me comfort, and I’ll be ok. So, heels, you’re on hold for probably one more year. Tennies, you’re still in. So folks, if you want to know how to look smart and confident while being comfortable you have landed on the right spot. Hey, maybe I’m falling (literally) into my new niché!

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*I linked up this post to Not Dressed as Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike. Catherine has been named as the best blogger in the 40 year age group by Who What Wear! That’s somethin’!!

Blue Velvet and Blue Walls

blue-velvet-8Blue velvet with blue walls….awww, fixes everything–at least this blue velvet shirt does. This velvet shirt was on pretty constant repeat during our family trip through Rajasthan, India. The temps wavered in the morning and at night; plus there’s constant shade from palace and fort corridors. This particular velvet shirt is now gone, but I’ll tell you what: I am not through with velvet. I love the material, so therefore I have been stocking up. I already posted my black velvet suit with plaid and a black velvet dress, the crushed red velvet dress plus the blush wrap dress, yet I’ve got more up my sleeve–both literally and figuratively. May I give you a shopping tip please? Now that the holidays are over, all the velvet options are on serious discount, so stock up now. I know I am!

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Now let me tell you about this alleyway filled with blue walls looking like blue velvet because it is very special to me. When we lived in Inida, there was a repeat tour, much beloved like this velvet shirt, that we took many, many times. We’d start in Udaipur–which we had done on this trip to celebrate Christmas in the Lake City. From Udaipur we would always go to Rawla Narlai, a hunting lodge in the village of Narlai. Like years before, Lala was there to meet us, and he still remembers Gigi. He mentioned the treasured picture we gave him of the two of them. At dusk, Lala would always take us on a village walk, and when we requested it for this visit, he didn’t hesitate to take us. The village is the same, as if it has frozen in time, with the villagers being as kind as they’ve always been. Some things have changed like the renovation of their Jain temple, but that was about it. When I saw these two blue walls just outside the hotel, I felt inspired to match it. I grabbed the blue velvet shirt and my Indian tee with two elephants and a peacock. I pulled out my gold skirt and sparkly boots. I figured these were all the magical colors I saw in the walls and in the village. It wasn’t too hard to try to match one of my favorite spots in all of India: Rawla Narlai. (I’ll make sure to post an actual hotel post eventually–especially since it’s always the must stop that we tell people to make when they ravel to Rajasthan!)

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*I linked up this post to Not Dressed as Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike. Catherine has been named as the best blogger in the 40 year age group by Who What Wear! That’s somethin’!!

A Mini-Me Post to Start 2017

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It’s 2017! Actually for a while now, and this is a very delayed first post for the new year. Despite many attempts to post on Kremb de la Kremb, the wifi was never quite strong enough, but our return family trip to India was beyond amazing. I can’t wait to share more of that in the near future….

Posting problems aside, I am very, very happy to have this mini me post be the first of the Kremb de la Kremb new year. Yes, this blog is an attempt at a style blog, but my family does come first, and therefore deserves the first post of the 2017 year. Back in late November, the four of us–our two mini-mes (I have looked up the plural of mini-me and it is mini-mes) went up to the Peak in Hong Kong for a walk (my first with the new hip which was one of my goals) to take our Christmas picture. This was the Christmas picture that was supposed to be sent out in December as a Christmas card, but hey, the picture of the four of us together was an awful picture that wouldn’t work, but these pictures did! (The Christmas card will now be a New Year from a picture chosen from one of the many family pics taken from our trip to India…)

I call reference to mini-me of this first post of 2017 because I’ll be honest: I think each one of our kids is a little mini-me of each of us. Gigi definitely has my facial structure, freckle complexion, and Freuen nose. Yet, Gigi’s eyes are all Krembs–seriously, she’s actually a mini-me of the other Ann Krembs, Kevin’s sister. There are pictures of the other Ann at 13, and it’s seriously hard to tell the two of them apart. Meanwhile, Vincent is a total mini-me of Kevin; I mean they seem identical. But while Gigi’s eyes are all Krembs, Vincent’s face my be Krembs but his eyes and eyebrows are all Freuen. See, each of our kiddos are each a mini-me of each of us. How lucky are we?! I have to admit seeing myself (and Kevin) in each of my kids is such a wonderful pleasure. What else is a pleasure is when these two cute and handsome teenagers allow me to post them on the blog. It’s a special moment when they give me the yeah. So here are the four of us, playing around in an exercise park up on the Peak of Hong Kong. Enjoy! And happy, happy belated new year!

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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

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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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The Fab 40s are Grunge!

kremb-de-la-kremb-grunge-4I’m pretty proud of my 90s era, and yes, it did include some grunge, but of course it did: I was attending university in Seattle, Washington at the U of W. While my sorority sisters were donning there pledged initials on their sweatshirts, I was sporting my black babydoll dress with white polka dots. No, I don’t have that coveted dress any longer, but when I found it’s 2016 equivalent at Zara, I had to get it for this post. I’d wear that dress every time I’d hop a bus to go to downtown Seattle–which was often. I was the small town girl hitting the big city, and I wanted to see it all. That babydoll dress, with a pair of Doc Martins and my dad’s authentic army jacket, saw the town. Girls in my sorority would call me an “Ave Rat” since I liked venturing around new, and sometimes not so taste-worthy, neighborhoods, but I didn’t care. I wanted to fit into the grunge scene of Seattle–not necessarily the preppy Greek row thing to do, but oh, I was ecstatic to be living in Seattle, Washington. Meanwhile, bands like Nirvana, Sound Garden, and Pearl Jam were playing at small bars getting known, and I was there to witness it all. And now, here I am still venturing around the cities in which I live. I think the travel bug was instilled in me long ago….

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Diane Calling Grunge

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Guest Blogger Sherry from Petite Over 40

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Fierceness from Cid Style File

novemer-fab-40s-grunge-look-cidstylefileYep, Cid Style File can hang with me too. That burgundy eyelash sweater is the perfect compliment to the all black look–and I do believe my grunge sister Vero here sported the Doc Martens too back in the 90s.

Flirty Jennie

the-fab-40s-in-90s-grunge-2-of-2I love how natural pink hair looks on Jennie from A Pocketful of Polkadots. It’s like, I look at her, and think, “Of course, pink hair is her natural color.” It’s amazing how flirty she pulls off this color. One April Fools I joked about having pink hair, but on her it’s just as flirty and fabulous as it should be. I have hair envy for sure!

Rockin’ Sheela

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Samantha Babe

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Gossip Girl Mary

maryI know Gossip Girl is a show beyond the 90s, but there were certainly times when Jenny Humphry’s style, even Blaire’s and Serena’s, verged on grunge, and to me, Mary represents the Gossip Girl grunge look. Curly Byrdie here is party school girl, but way more party tough grunge!

And Me!

kremb-de-la-kremb-grunge-8I copied the dress I used to wear back then. I can remember it was from The Limited–remember that store? I actually worked there in high school–even back then I needed to afford my (growing) wardrobe. Since I don’t own a pair of Doc Martens, I went for the next best pair: the boots my mom gave me. The military jean jacket was a score from my local secondhand shop, Mee & Gee. I love this graffiti wall–I’ve been wanting to shoot in this area for quite some time, and finally this grunge look seemed to suit her. Thanks for snapping my pictures I’m a Norbyah.

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What style stories do you have from the 90s? I bet you have some!! Do share.