15th Links á la Mode

I had never submitted one of our Fab 40s posts to Links á la Mode, but there was something about September’s post that made me think it might just get chosen. For one, six of us highlighted the fall trend fringe, so it’s a very unique collaboration of 40+ bloggers. Second, with my friend I’m a Norbyah as the guest blogger also from Hong Kong, I thought it also might give us a chance. We’re always a very diverse group from all over the world. I don’t always post to Links á la Mode, but when I think there’s a good post on Kremb de la Kremb, I always give it a try.

This one got chosen!

Links á la Mode Kremb de la Kremb and The Fab 40s in Fringe and Fall Fringe Trends

Links à la Mode, October 8

Let’s Go Shopping for Fun Tennis Shoes

It’s pretty obvious if you follow me on Instagram that my daily #ootd consists of either my white Adidas tennies or my black New Balance ones. Hobbling around on crutches hasn’t lend itself as an excuse for me to sacrifice my style. Rather, I’ve just been rethinking my style–which as of late involves comfy tennies. And it’s pretty obvious I like variety. Having a white and black pair is just fine, but now I’m thinking about maybe just one more pair. Here’s what I found:

Let’s Go Shopping!

Fun Tennis Shoes that I'd like to be wearing each day while I'm on crutches. Crutches Style. Tennis Shoe Style

You too can get some fun Tennis Shoes:

I’m using affiliate links here–that means if you purchase one of these 8 pairs of tennis shoes, I’ll make a couple of cents. Thanks for shopping with Kremb de la Kremb. And, remember! If you ever want me to do the footwork for you, just say so.

1. Black Adidas like I’m a super soccer poser!

2. Colorful, quirky New Balance runners.

3. Wild and zany Nikes.

4. I had never heard of SeaVees, but I really like the simple, poppy red. It’s a Canadian brand new to me and super cute to boot (said with the proper ooooot;).

5. For awhile now I’ve been wanting some Chucks in the high top style. This color is so subdued. And if they get dirty, as canvas will, no biggie!

6. Just a touch of pink–love it on these Sketchers.

7. Another classic I’ve been lusting over are a pair of Supergas. My neighborhood is filled with classy French women, and this seems to be their tennie of choice, so I would be doing no wrong here….

8. Leopard? Oh yes!! Of course, and in Isabel Marant? Oui oui! (see above inspiration;)

Off the Shoulder with No Shorts?!

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Of course I brought my off the shoulder men’s shirt to wear as a cover up during last week’s beach to Thailand. And of course on the last day when I finally got around to taking some pics–basically right before we left–it started to pour! But, oh rain feels so good. (I love the rain. It’s odd but true; I think it has to do with university days in Seattle…) Now for the real question: would I really wear this top without a pair of shorts underneath?! That’s the real fun of these long shirts that could almost pose as a super short dress. What do you think? Shorts underneath or no?

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It was really raining! I was like a wet dog by the end of it. And I wore my jean shorts.;)

These two beautiful shots taken by my photographer, no other than Gigi herself, must be included. She really has a great eye from photo composition. Well, at least her proud mama thinks so.

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Off the Shoulder Outfit Details:

  • This top was made for The Fab 40s menswear interpretation. I was inspired by Geneva of a Pair and a Spare, picked up a second hand men’s shirt at my local thrift store, and enlisted the help of my tailor to make this top.
  • The wrangler jean shorts are from the same local thrift store, just different location.
  • The puca shells are from Boracay Island in the Philippines.
  • And the flower is from my photographer–see I told you she’s good!
  • I wore those Zara double pearls the whole trip along with my evil eye from a market in Shanghai.
  • And finally, I think I found the perfect natural lip color for me in Lovestruck by Topshop.
  • *This post has been linked up to Style Sessions, WIWW, Oh, Hey Girl! What I Wore, How I Style It, Visible Monday, and Brilliant Blog Posts.

    September’s Instagram @KrembdelaKremb: Vol 9

    September was a very, very big month for me filled and dedicated to recuperating after my hip surgery. Despite or maybe because of time spent healing, I felt like September was a great month:

    1. Yes, I’m wearing crutches, BUT I’m trying to wear them with style.

    2. Rani is never allowed on our bed. Right when I arrived home from the hospital, an exception was made. It’s as if her doggy sense knew I needed some extra cuddles.

    3. These are my new kicks! I bought them right away since I pretty much live in these black New Balance or my white Adidas. Basically, I keep wearing tennies thinking they’re the equivalent of a pair of booties.

    4. My little gal turned 12! Of course, a Nutella cake was made to celebrate her birthday.

    5. During some of my idle time resting, I often studied how to become a better blogger. I listened to some webinars, researched Instagram best practices, and even dabbled in creating a new look for Kremb de la Kremb. One special blog post I read was written by Lisa Humphries. Basically, her ninth way of making meaningful connections online really resonated with me: be nice. Something I try to do in real life and now am making a very concerted effort to do online as well.

    6. I loved this pic from The Fab 40s post during September when we all styled menswear. I took a DIY idea from Geneva of A Pair and a Spare, and turned this men’s pen stripe shirt into the ever trendy off-the-shoulder top. I feel like my hair is very Leonardo DiCaprio, yet I can’t figure out how to style it like this again!

    7. Lucky us! My sister came to visit us for a weekend! It was a short little visit begging for more. My/our turn to visit next!

    8. With a Get Redressed event happening during the month of September, I was able to collaborate with Norbyah (I’m a Norbyah) and Jackie (M&Sandthensome). When Jackie went to sort and hand pick some clothing for us to style, she chose this feathered goodness knowing I would absolutely adore it. You were right Jackie, and thank you!! My ostrich feather skirt dreams have come true!

    9. With lots of rest recuperating came a great deal of reading. I think I read five books in September. Awesome! I wish I could read that many every month…. Being a slow reader is tough on my librarianship.

    If you are on Instagram, it’s time that we are following each other. I’m @krembdelakremb. What are you?

    DIY: 3 Tee Shirt Hacks

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    I seem to be collecting tees a the same rate as collectible magnets from travel destinations. I really can’t seem to stop–especially now that my style is taking on a more casual state with the increase wear of tennies each day. Regardless, there is something I often do to the tee shirts I collect: I hack them. Not every tee has that perfect J. Crew fit. Often times my tees are from markets and the fit needs some adjust. The process is easy–fold them at the seams neatly and cut away with some very sharp scissors.

    Basic Hack

    In order to cut somewhat evenly, I always fold the tee matching up the seams. In this way, when I cut the sleeves off, they should be even. Also, when I cut off the hem, there won’t be any sliding to one side since again the tee is folded in half. (Unless of course I’m going for an uneven look–now there’s a thought for my next tee hack!)

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    I fell in love with Ruby this summer. When I recently saw this tee in a night market while travelling in Thailand, I HAD to get it for myself!

    Off the Shoulder Hack

    Off the shoulder tops are the rage right now. They’re effortlessly sexy and the simplest of tee shirt hacks to make. I basically put the shirt on, and looked in a mirror to judge where the off-the-shoulder should start. Then I took off the tee and measured about an 1 1/2 down from the sleeve and shoulder hem. I folded my tee in half, matched the seams, and began to cut until I reached just below the tee collar. To finish off the tee shirt hack, I chopped off the sleeve hems as well.

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    I’m a Pisces with a very similar and always hidden tattoo (gasp!) of my fishies. When I saw this tee, it was one of those must haves just ‘cuz.

    Muscle Tee Hack

    We all have favorite tee shirts that become so old the arm pits yellow. Well, I shouldn’t speak for everyone, but I’m taking a guess that I’m not the only one experiencing this problem. To top it off, my favorite white tee had a hole in the armpit to boot. Since I wasn’t ready to toss this one or use it as a rag, I turned the tee into a muscle tank. Again, I lined up the sleeve hems. Then, I went about three inches below the armpit hem and cut straight up to the shoulder seam. Presto! My favorite white tee turned into a muscle tee.

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    Do you do anything to customize your tee shirts? I’d love to know as I’m always looking for new and different tee shirt hacks. Do share!

    The Fab 40s in Fringe

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    The Fab 40s are now into their 7th month. It feels like we just styled menswear just the other day! Now when it’s each of our turns, not only do we decide the theme to style, but we also get to invite a fellow 40 something blogger. With my turn this month, I was inspired by my friend and colleague Norbyah of I’m a Norbyah. Following her on Instagram, I saw a cool DIY project she created during the summer vacation months. She made her very own fringe bag! I admit it: I’m an easy-does-it DIYer. Her bag, that involved cutting the leather to create the fringe–well, it definitely impressed me. And it gave me both the theme and perfect person to invite to this month’s Fab 40’s post. Norbyah, as featured in a Style Story last week, is the Queen of Vintage. You’ll notice from her outfit details that all her clothing items are of high quality yet also recycled. I work with Norbyah, and I can admit it’s really fun to see what she’s wearing each day. Her remixes and revivals of repurposed clothing are inspirational. Welcome Norbyah!

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    Norbyah from I’m a Norbyah
    Outfit Details:
    Blouse–Tory Burch (bought second hand at the Get Redressed Pop Up)
    Jeans–DIY distressed Guess from Goodwill

    Fab 40s in Fringe Jane
    Jane from My Midlife Fashion
    Outfit Details:
    Scarf, Blazer, Jeans, and Boots–Zara

    Fab 40s in Fringe Dawn Lucy
    Dawn Lucy from Fashion Should be Fun
    Outfit Details:
    Crochet cardigan–Roxy
    Clogs–Zigi Soho
    Bag–Carlos Santana

    Fab 40s in Fringe Dixie
    Dixie of Inside Outer Style
    Outfit Details:
    Shawl–American Eagle Outfitters
    booties–Nine West
    Fedora–NYC Boutique

    Fab 40s in Fringe Sheela
    Sheela from Sheela Writes
    Outfit Details:
    Vest–Leathertongue by Emily Payne
    Graphic Tee–Esprit de Corps
    Capri Pants–Herban Devi
    Fringed Suede Booties–Shoedazzle
    Gold Flower Ring–Kate Spade
    Gold Band Ring–Poshmark
    Leather Hat–Australia
    Nails–Elegantly Wasted by Trust Fund Beauty
    Lipstick–Sad Girl from Anastasia Beverly Hills

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    My Outfit Details:
    Feather earring–Market in Hua Hin, Thailand
    Vest and Dress–Forever 21
    Lippy–Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here

    *This post has been linked up #iwillwearwhatilike, Turning Heads, and Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me.

    Recipe: Venezuelan Pancakes

    Venezuelan Pancakes 5Back when we were living in Venezuela, there was an easy weekend trip we would often take. We’d pick up cheap flights to Margarita Island, and then we’d stay at the windsurfing beach seven minutes away from the airport. Ultimately we found the cutest little posada, and each time we went the pancakes were ordered–habitually. Finally, I had to inquire, and luckily the ladies in the kitchen graciously shared their recipe. It’s as easy as making a smoothie and makes for the perfect weekend breakfast–and even some weekday mornings if we’re lucky.


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    The ratio is super easy. It’s 1:1:1. If I’m making pancakes for just the two kids, I keep the ratio to one, but if I’m making pancakes for the whole family I push the ratio to two. If I’m cooking for a full house, I’ll extend the ratio to three.

    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 egg
    • one heaping spoon sugar
    • both vanilla and cinnamon to taste
    Blend All Ingredients.

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    I toss all the ingredients into a blender and then blend for a bit of time so the mixture becomes nice and creamy–about a minute.

    Oil and Heat a Pan.

    Venezuelan Pancakes 3.Add a little olive oil (sometimes we use almond, walnut, or coconut oil) to a pan and heat it up. A single batch will make about three pancakes. Pour the batter into the pan and swirl the pan around to form a circle.

    Watch for the Bubble

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    You know it’s time to flip the pancake when these little hollow holes keep appearing. You’ll noticed that the edges are also looking cooked. At this time I flip the pancake. It doesn’t fall apart or seep out because it’s become mostly cooked except for the very top layer.

    Cook the Other Side.

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    Cooking the other side does not take as long as the first side. I’d say just about a minute more of cooking and the pancake is done.

    Serve ‘Em Hot!

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    The unfortunate thing about pancakes no matter the recipe is they’re best served hot, so eating together isn’t always an option. Add a little butter and maple syrup. And emmmm, Venezuelan Pancakes. Or if you’re like my daughter, just add Nutella!

    Books: Rehab Reading

    Reading Books During Rehab

    All the pictures from this post have been pulled from my Instagram feed, @krembdelakremb.

    During the past three weeks I’ve been able to dedicate a fair amount of my time to reading. While having hip surgery isn’t the best reason for free reading time, I sure have enjoyed that aspect of my recovery. I read four books during my rehab, and I thought I would share my reviews with you.

    Reading Books During Rehab

    1. Eleanor and Park–5 Stars

    Rainbow Rowell in my opinion is a master writer. I have yet to read a title of hers that I did not like, and I have read all of her books. Granted it took me two tries to get into Eleanor and Park, but once I did, I was smitten. Sometimes I think one’s state of mind is vital to appreciating a book. I must not have been in right place the first time around. The second time I went to read it, I could not put it down. Here are a few of the reasons why I think people would enjoy this book:

    • The relationship between Eleanor and Park takes place in the 80s–a decade filled with misfits.
    • The relationship between Eleanor and Park is interracial.
    • The relationship between Eleanor and Park happens despite demographics–one being poor and abused, the other being loved and supported.
    • The relationship between Eleanor and Park takes it’s time; it’s slow moving, cautious, and respectful towards the individuality of each of the two involved.

    Basically this story is just lovely, and in quick alternating bits from Eleanor and then Park each chapter just passes by. Before I knew it, I’d finished this beautiful story of love that forms when friendship happens first.

    2. The Winner’s Curse–5 Stars

    Oh, this book was good! Marie Rutkoski has created a series with this Winner’s Curse that I want to read more about; it’s not guaranteed that I’ll continue with book two, but with Kestrel and Arin, I want to know what’s going to happen to them. Although it was made in a fantasty world, the setting became very medieval to me. It made me think that it could have happened in a land similar to Saudi Arabia with vast mountains set up against a sea. The women all wear a dagger right at their waste too–while it’s the style and simply for show, it’s a tool that works and sometimes comes out for its purpose to shield, protect, or harm. The relationship that’s instigated into romance between the general’s daughter and her slave was magnetic. Despite the fact that it shouldn’t work out, the reader desperately wants it too. A winner’s curse is an actual term; in an auction it’s win the winning bid wins, but really the winner didn’t win because the winner paid way too much for their prize. This story is so good: think war strategy with love mixed in…a dangerous combo for sure.

    3. The Geography of You and Me–3 Stars

    While reading The Geography of You and Me I thought it was good, but then now when I look back on it, I find it less memorable than the others. The book, like the other stories I read, is a romance, and I should like it better since it’s all about long distance and making a relationship work despite distance. I myself have lived the famous saying: distance makes the heart grow fonder. I’m not going to give up on Jennifer E. Smith and plan to give one of her many other novels a try. Similar to Eleanor and Park, maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I read this. I did like how committed both Lucy and Owen were to getting themselves together–despite some serious long distance and circumstantial troubles.

    4. Red Queen–5 Stars

    This book is superhero fantastic! Wow! I loved Red Queen! It’s one of those novels where readers are going to determine what team they’re on, and I am definitely on Team Cal. There are two different types of people: the reds with red blood and the silvers with silver blood. Silvers have extraordinary powers like being invisible, creating fire, or even water. Reds, Reds just work and create a comfortable life for the Silvers. They also go to war and die for the Silvers. When the heroine of this story, who has regular old red blood, finds that she has a power, she’s an oddity that the Silvers want to hide. While there’s some foreshadowing that I caught onto, there were some surprises along the way. There was also one kiss that gave me the butterflies in my tummy–always a really good sign in my book! (No pun intended.)

    *Bonus Title: The Secret Garden

    Coloring Books
    This wonderful book is worth mentioning; Johanna Basford is an illustrator and has created several coloring books that are just spectacular. There’s The Secret Garden and The Enchanted Forest that I know about. Gigi received The Secret Garden for her birthday with some fancy markers. We’ve been having some relaxing fun just filling in these colorful flowers. We just sit there and chat and color petals in bit by bit.

    Here! Buy the Books at Target:

    *The book links used in this post are affiliate links: if you purchase any of these books from my links, I’ll receive a couple of cents. Thanks for shopping with Kremb de la Kremb. As always, if you have any requests, I’d be much obliged.

    Style Story: I’m a Norbyah

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    I’m dedicating this post to introducing my HK blogger friend and colleague, Norbyah of I’m a Norbyah. Norbyah is the quintessential inspiration when it comes to recycled clothing. She is an absolute expert at revitalizing clothing–especially vintage and second hand items. Like me Norbyah received some samples from the Get Redressed Pop-up. Once she put on these two pieces she looked instantly put together; the trick here is simply tying the blouse into a makeshift crop top, but the high waist of the skirt doesn’t leave too much for the imagination. If you browse through either Norbyah’s blog or Instagram feed, you will see it’s flush with all sorts of quirky and fun clothing that’s definitely been given new life. Finally, the signature of Norbyah has got to be the head scarf; she has an amazing collection of vintage scarves. I wonder how many you have Norbyah? While in these pics she’s dawning a hat, one look at her style pics on her blor or in her Insta feed, and you’ll realize she knows how to tie a tie! It was super fun taking these pics of Norbyah: her smile is contagious!

    *This top and skirt on Norbyah will be available at the Get Redressed Pop-up event at the Pizza Express in Wan Chai from 11:30-9:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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    I Got Redressed–Again!

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    Ok, ok, busted! I am so posing in these pics, but my photographer threw in a soccer ball, and since we were on the court, I pretended a bit. But this 2nd Get Redressed outfit is so sporty; it’s fitting. Jackaline, of M and S and Then Some, picked up this outfit for me too as she was sorting clothes for this week’s major event. Jackie definitely knows I’m not afraid of a mini…But really, this skirt, it’s Miu Miu. The top is Balenciaga. This Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, you will want to attend the Get Redressed Pop-up at the Pizza Express in Wan Chai.

    *I need to apologize if you are not a local of Hong Kong, but you can always tell me of any requests….! I really mean that.

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    Pics by Gigi.

    Round 2 of Get Redressed:

    Sunnies–my own from a market in Shenzhen, China
    Earring–Ben from the 4th stall on the left at Jardine’s Bazaar in Causewway Bay, HK
    Skirt–Miu Miu
    Tennies–my Adidas

    Here’s yesterday’s Get Redressed Outfit, here’s information about the event, and here’s my post from last year’s scores.