Meet Pinky, My New (and very improved) Hip!

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This Friday will mark 8 weeks with my new hip. I’m pretty much at a loss of words. I will be so bold as to say my new hip is miraculous. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to walk normally, that to be 8 weeks post a hip replacement and walking without crutches, without a limp, well it is astounding to me. How can this be? To say I am elated would be an understatement. Yes, I am young at 44 to have an artificial hip, but wow, this one already works so much better than the one I was struggling with for far too long. I still have a long way to go. I need to build up the muscles in my legs and around the hip to stabilize this new joint. But, I can walk again, like actually walk. I can take a stroll with my family, and I can even foresee maybe going on a hike with them at some point. That was one of the main goals for replacing the arthritic one–to just be able to walk normally again, and I can. I have even started to go on walks for exercise–as shown from these happy pictures here. Oh! It feels so good!! And this is only 8 weeks post op. Yes, I will remain the steady tortoise in this race–I mean recovery, but already I am so, so, so very happy with my new hip. Pinky (that’s how I lovingly refer to it), you’re a winner, and I’m pretty happy with you. You can stay!

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It has been a really long time since I bought exercise gear–like forever. I still have the original–but perhaps now out of style–Lulu Lemon boot cut, yoga pant. I splurged on those pants and the black Lulu Lemon hoodie back in 2009. With Pinky causing a smile and a desire to get out and walk, I treated myself to some new workout clothes. Yes, these are not the ever-so-standard black version; rather I’m thinking of sunset days in San Diego where the palm trees streak all the promenades. Leggings, fun, overly bright ones, are having a moment, so I’m going to celebrate walking with the whimsical variety. Oh, I got this sports bra too, and it is surprisingly very supportive for my 36Ds! (Just get a size large.)

*Thanks for capturing these pictures I’m a Norbyah–even though I’m in leggings!

The Fab 40s in Hats

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Oh September! You are a blur for all of us Fab 40s. Vero chose such a great and very different theme for us this month: hats. The Fab 40s always post on the last Monday of the month, yet I was definitely caught by surprise with the somewhat early September date. I picked up this turban hat over a month ago. I thought–ooh, this will be a nice switch from my usual winter beanie. Also, my hair, my very boofy hair, has become so out of control. Tying it down with a scarf also seems to help…. When Vero called the theme as hats this month, I thought, “Sweet! I can try out my turban.” Easier said than styled…I really wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I called for my inner, urban gypsy. I added a pin to the turban–obviously, and then I added lots of gold baubles. I attempted to wear my sleeveless (DIY) black blazer with nothing underneath; I think it worked buttoned up. Also, for some reason, post hip replacement surgery, I’ve put on a couple of lbs; therefore, I opted for my stand by, every day worn, Wrangler cutoffs. I swear: these shorts have exceeded their cost per wear which was like $10 USD! Since I was drenched in lots of gold, I chose my rose gold tennies–another item that is on constant repeat these days. I am not embarrassed to admit I have twenty pair (maybe over!) of sneakers. Personal style is forever evolving, and mine is definitely headed toward the sporty chic these days with my daily wear of tennis shoes. Some people can wear hats with such ease. I have to admit, for how OTT (over-the-top) I am with my style most days, I do feel loud in a hat–like they draw too much attention to me. Isn’t that funny considering some of the outlandish getups I come up with. How about you? Are you a hat person? Some people just are.

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The Fab 40s in Hats

Let’s see if the Fab 40s are hat ladies….I have a feeling they will be! We’ll start with Vero who called the theme and her guest this month, Janeane from Designing from My Closet.

Veronica from Cid Style File

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Blog: http://www.cidstylefile.com/
Instagram: @cidstylefile
Facebook: CID Style File

Janeane Designing from My Closet

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Blog: https://designingfrommycloset.com/
Instagram: @designingfrommycloset
Facebook: Designing from My Closet

Mary from Curly Byrdiechirps

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Blog: http://curlybyrdiechirps.blogspot.hk/
Instagram: @curlybyrdie
Facebook: Curly Byrdie’s Show and Tell

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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Blog: http://www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com/
Instagram: @apocketfulofpolkadots

Sheela Writes

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Blog: https://sheelagoh.com/
Instagram: @sheelagoh
Facebook: Eccettica the Atelier

Samantha of Fake Fabulous

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Blog: http://www.fakefabulous.com/
Instagram: @fakefabulous
Facebook: Fake Fabulous

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I think Sam might be hat wearers in real life. What do you think? Also, I gave her that skirt! Doesn’t it look great on her!?

*I’ve linked up this post to #iwillwearwhatilike.

Breton Stripe Shirt–Ping Pong Post No. 7

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It was my turn this month for the Ping Pong Post collaboration running between me, Anna, and Samantha. I’ll be honest: I wanted to go with a simple classic. What’s more sure than a Breton strip shirt? The version I chose–a hand-me-down from my sister–has a bit of spunk to it; it’s boxy and cropped. I love when I’m able to sigh sartorially around my sister, and she instantly hands over the piece. I was interested to see how my friends would style something so simple, and of course, I was instantly impressed! For me, I simply pulled out my inner pirate. My hair is out of control these days, so often the best thing to do is tie a kerchief around it. I strung tons of gold upon myself with even a pearly thumb ring. I went for Johnny Depp coal eyes to increase my Caribbean seawater look. Of course, when it comes to shoes, I went with runners, but even those are rose gold!

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Anna from Anna Island Style

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I love this. I repeat. I. Love. This! Anna took my breton stripe shirt and turned it into a skirt. Isn’t it genius! Gosh, she’s so svelte and cool in this look. I want her arms and figure and everything! With a quick glance, even the tan belt cinching her waist with looks like a tan stomach. I really admire this ingenious look!

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Samantha of Fake Fabulous

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Now Samantha, she could pass as French here instead of Scottish! How flirty and cute she styled this basic breton stripe shirt. I swear I think this styling makes her look like she’s ready for Paris Fashion Week to begin momentarily. Also, she has the red skirt I’ve been wanting for a while now. But one quick question Samantha: is it really the season for tights again? Your cold weather happens so quickly!

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Me, Kremb de la Kremb

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What about you?

I bet you have a Breton stripe shirt in your wardrobe or at least something close. I’m curious… How do you usually style it?

Get connected with the Ping Pong Posters

  • Anna Island Style is @AnnaIslandStyle on Instagram and a Facebook page here.
  • Fake Fabulous is also @FakeFabulous over on Instagram as well as @FakeFabulous on Twitter, and a Facebook page under again the same name, Fake Fabulous!
  • And I’m @krembdelakremb pretty much everywhere! Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • *This post has been linked up to Sheela Writes.

    Influenced by Teens

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    I now have two teenagers. I work as a high school librarian with teenagers. It can’t be helped. I’m influenced by teens. What can I say? But, I love it. Working with kids, I like to think it helps keep me young. I don’t stop to think, “Oh, I’m 44. I shouldn’t probably wear mid-calf socks with lips all over them.” Rather, what happens to me, is I start noticing a trend happening around me, and then I attempt to embrace it. And the trend I’ve been noticing around the teens is to wear your socks midway up the calf. The quirkier the socks, the better. Socks are in–at least among the teens. I’ll tell you what: I felt great on this day wearing this outfit to work. I even received a few compliments from kids at the library–always a great thing! So yes, I am seriously influenced by teens, but I prefer it that way. I’d prefer to be the crazy, colorful librarian than the fuddy duddy one! I’d like to know: who influences the way you dress? For me, it’s totally the teenagers around me.

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    My dress and shorts are from Zara, and I picked up the socks at Forever 41–Op! I mean Forever 21!

    Just to be clear, I did wear a pair of shorts under this very short, t-shirt shift dress!

    *Norbyah, thanks for the pics Sweetie! You get them good each and every time. Free this week?!

    *Also, this post has been linked to the #iwillwearwhatilike and Sheela Writes link up.

    Gigi is a Young Lady

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    Gigi is 13 today. It’s cliché to say this, but it really does feel like yesterday when she was my little cuddle bunny born in Venezuela. Yes, she was a bit tremenda as an infant, crying her way through a colic stage, but she was always and still is so close to me. I used to pat my chest, and she would climb atop me and we would sleep just like that. To this day, we snuggle most nights, Kevin leading her to her own bed after we’ve fallen into an entangled sleep. I’ve already wondered how I will handle her departure for college six short years away. I suppose this mental prep starting now will hopefully ease the heartbreak. I also sometimes wonder if it’s natural to feel so close to my daughter–should I be more distant offering her more space as she becomes a young woman. Then I remind myself to quit worrying and let the natural closeness we have continue. If we cuddle in another 13 years when she’s 26 , I will not be surprised.

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    Of course being close to someone exceeds physical touch. The two of us, most likely similarily to other mother-daughter teams, can read one another so well. Gigi always knows how I’m feeling and can offer me wisdom to alter my state. I’m not quite sure how she’s always been able to have a wise-soul philosophy about her; her emotional intelligence and intuition have always been beyond her years. She reads people and know instinctively how they might be feeling in any given situation.

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    There are so many ways that I look up to my 13 year old girl. Again, can that be normal? Oh, who cares!? She is really quite amazing. Gigi is kind and thoughtful–attributes I admire and try to be in my own daily life. She’s creative with an imagination that helps her soar. Her athletic abilities amaze me–to see her run is to feel free. Then her gumption to just give anything her all is quite aspirational–an example, dropping in on skate ramp this past weekend. Finally, Gigi’s just fun: her giggle and smile are always and forever will be contagious.

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    Gigi is 13 and becoming a young lady before Kevin and my eyes. The sporty tomboy is still ever present, but there is a feminity also maturing in our daughter. She recently started cotillion–etiquette classes where the students learn to dance and socialise in a formal setting. On this first night, she appeared angelic, and yes, she brought mist to Kevin’s eyes when he witnessed his daughter as a young lady, a beautiful one at that. The very best part of Gigi’s beauty is she is also so very pretty on the inside as well. My mom always told me “Beauty is as beauty does.” I’ve never had to say this to Gigi–she just is.

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    Happy Birthday Dear Gigi! I love you so much!!

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    And this girl’s got a sense of humor! I love that she doesn’t take herself too seriously! Gigi, you’re a hoot and so fun to be with.

    USS Midway

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    Just in time for Labor Day, here is one last summer post from our trip to San Diego where we spent some time aboard the USS Midway. I’ve mentioned how great the trip was from sunsets on La Jolla Beach to alone time and date nights with Kevin. We cruised along promenades on bikes and watched surfers and seals on the rugged beach. Summer is so long gone now–we’ve been back in Hong kong since August 4th (Kevin July 30th!), and the Hong Kong rainy season is definitely settling in. Gone are days at the beach and long gone are days our at our summer cabin. This is the last series of pictures from our time in San Diego, but the memories are here for keeps. One of the best things we do at the start of each summer is take a little trip with Kevin’s folks. They happen to be our very best travel partners with half exploration and the other half sitting around looking for the next ice cream shop. I feel lucky that we are able to travel so much with my in-laws; this sort of bond doesn’t happen for everyone. Enjoy these pics from our touring upon the USS Midway, and if by chance you copy this same itinerary, make sure to eat at Puesto afterward–best darn tacos in all of San Diego! (Ask for the kitchen special!)

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    Of course I caught a candid of Gigi in front of a wall of her very favorite color: GREEN!

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    Wild Zuper Junior and Wild Zuper Senior (apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!)

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    “Danger” meaning stick your arm in all the way to find out why….!

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    Busted–I did match my outfit to both the tour of the USS Midway and the taco stop at Puesto later on. I can’t help it. I like to match my occasions!

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    I guess we really can’t fault him: another example of the apple not falling very far from the tree!

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    *This post has been linked up to Sheela Writes.

    18th Links á la Mode

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    Every now and then, I write a post that I think Independent Fashion Bloggers will really appreciate, so I submit it to Links á la Mode. That was the case with the very raw and open post I wrote a few weeks. I admitted to being my happy-go-luck self, but I also confessed to some serious chronic pain that I was experiencing. Luckily, and already, the pain is so much better. I still have pain, but now it’s the pain caused from using muscles that have been utilized in a long time. I’m actually experiencing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), and even though it hurts, there’s a little bit of me that’s enjoying the pain because it means my muscles are actually working! To date, I made it to work this morning and am walking the library floor without a crutch. If I leave the house to the city–like we did yesterday for a movie–then I bring one crutch. I feel and see forward movement and this is good. Also, of good news….my post was chosen for Links á la Mode.

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    Links à la Mode, September 1st

    DIY Color Book Jeans

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    I wanted to fit one last denim DIY before Labor Day this Monday. And I also wanted to offer a DIY that didn’t involve a tailor. This time it will be all on you! Have you noticed how coloring has become the trend for relaxation? Well this do it yourself project takes coloring to another level: here you have a pair of jeans to create the DIY color book jeans. This DIY could be done on any color and any length of denim. Since I wear cutoffs almost every day off, I went with a pair of white ones. (I initially got the inspiration from a pair that my mom colored this summer, but she did not use permanent ink, so the moment they were washed, all the color was gone!) The key to these diy color book jeans is to doodle a design and then simply color it in. It’s really that easy–and just like the coloring books, it was a very relaxing, calming, and meditative DIY. In the end, I just ended up with a really cute product that I can actually wear!

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    1. Find a pair of jeans to color.

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    From my thrifting this summer, I had an abundance of white jeans, therefore I chose the pair loosest in the legs chopped them off to my desired length.

    2. With a very fine black permanent pen, outline your design.

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    This could be a vine of flowers like I’ve created, some waves, paisley or geometric designs, a portrait or landscape, or even just a zentangle (more meditative and calming effects to be had!).

    3. Color the design with permanent markers.

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    Because the markers will run and bleed a bit, I dotted the color in. Don’t be afraid to mix colors either. I used to shades of green on the leaves and both yellow and red for the flowers.

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    Style Tip

    Did you notice to crossbody bags? That’s intential. One is for money and my lippy and the other is for my phone. I like to use two complimentary small bags. Would you like to see more pairings to see how it’s done? Here I paired the bright and cute “Made in Mexico” over the natural colored fringe. Both matched my shorts and belt, and in my opinion tied the look together.

    *This post has been linked up to Sheela Writes.

    My Third Bomber Jacket and Bomber Jackets for You, ALL Under $50!

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    I told you I’d be back today in a bomber jacket! This is my third version of the fall trend that is making its way into your closet! I started getting excited about the bomber jacket back in June when I purchased my lacy Zara version, my letterman “A” jacket, and also this paisley one. Yes, this is true: I have three bomber jackets. To be honest it’s very difficult to choose just the right one–although out of my three I definitely know I will gravitate toward my monogramed one. I’ve received some feedback lately that for you too it’s been difficult to find just the right one. So don’t worry. I can relate, and I am here to help. Keep scrolling through my outfit pics, and you will find over 30 options all for under $50 USD! (Ok, there is one that is $56, but hey, it’s super cute, so there.) Here’s the thing: this is a new-ish trend that is definitely having a moment. It’s understandable to be a spendthrift while trying out the trend. And believe me…the options I found are worth every little penny! In fact there are two down below that I might not be able to resist….

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    The thing about the bomber jacket is they’re super easy to style: jeans, suede, even sequins pair well with a bomber jacket. Here I busted out my Guns ‘n Roses tee. Since I was tryin’ to be all rocker, I also pulled out the studs. These little booties of mine are so old, but hey, they’re flat, comfortable, and meet the criteria needed for my hip. They stay despite how old they are! I tried out something new with my makeup here in this styling too. I went with a rather nude lip. I’ll be honest: I don’t think I like it. I always end up loving it on others, but on me, I feel just that–nude! I find it funny that bold and bright lipsticks offer me coverage of sorts! Makes me chuckle. By the way, I ask you to weigh in on another style of mine if you can make it through all the bomber jacket options….

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    Don’t worry. You won’t hurt my feelings. I’m fully aware I have a mullet; I’m quite proud of it actually (even though the curls don’t allow for the real length to show). I’d really be interested to hear what you think….

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    The Fab 40s in a Bomber Jacket

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    I have so much to cheer for! Really, I do!! Besides having pretty much the cutest bomber jacket ever, I have some things to bounce around the bleachers for acting like a cheerleader once again. For one, I’m walking, slowly but surely. I went back to work today–yes, it was only for two hours, but that is a start. Maybe by the end of the week, I’ll work up to four, and ultimately by next week, I’ll hopefully put in full days. And finally, the real thing I was cheering about in these actual pictures was some good news brought to me by my son. He just started high school; as a ninth grade freshmen, he’s now the baby of the school. Yet, his youth didn’t stop him in his tryouts for the baseball team. He made the A-squad varsity team! It’s quite special as a baseball mom to see my son making his dreams come true.

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    I’ve had plenty of dreams that I’ve had as a youth come true: for one, I wanted travel in my life. Kevin and I have really been able to make that happen when we stumbled upon international teaching over 20 years ago. We both knew we wanted to travel, but we really had no idea how to make it a reality until we got those first jobs in El Salvador. We’ve been traveling ever since. I never dreamed I would become a librarian, but I can admit, that it is the dream job. I love working with kids, reading and talking about books, and helping people find information. Plus, the planning, purchasing, managing, and promoting involved in my job are awesome perks that access other skill sets of mine. The dream that I never once announced, but silently whispered to the extent of evaporation was working in fashion. Now, no, this did not happen, but maintaining Kremb de la Kremb and showcasing what I think to be as my style, that fulfills that unannounced dream I had as a youth.

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    When Sheela announced that August’s theme was bomber jackets, I have to admit I was pretty stoked. I already own three–the first one being featured for another Fab 40s round up when we dressed up in our sparkles during the day. Since I had already featured this “A” bomber jacket from a date night down in San Diego at the start of the summer, I pretty much thought I’d show off my third bomber not yet seen. (Hey, come again this Wednesday!) But, then, I just couldn’t help but show off this “A” bomber jacket again. I mean, it’s pretty “A”mazing right?! Heehe.

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    Let’s see how The Fab 40s featured each of their bomber jackets for this super hot fall trend. I’ve tried to link out in tons of ways with either shopping options or Instagram pics, so you too can get in on the bomber jacket craze and get to know The Fab 40s!

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    IMG_1289You must go visit Sheela’s post (or see it here on her Instagram) just so you can see the back of her bomber jacket. I do believe it might be a phoenix–or something quite elaborate, mystical, and out of this world! I wasn’t able to find her exact bomber jacket; however hers is from Romwe where they have 8, yes that’s eight, pages of options! And, I just want to also compliment Sheela on her heel situation. She’s so skilled. I mean, I look at those smashing red gems on her feet and fall. My name, Ann, might mean “grace,” but it doesn’t make it true! Sheela on the otherhand according to the Urban Dictionary means “A female who is known for being physically fit and is sensual in everything she does.” I could not agree more!!

    Color and Grace

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    Since it was Sheela’s turn to pick the theme, it was also her turn to invite a fellow 40 something blogger. Hence I introduce Grace from Color and Grace. Of course I do love this colorful and bright bomber from a newly introduced shop to me–Choise (where the bomber is only $16.90!), but you can all probably guess what I am coveting from this superbly put together outfit….those shoes! I think I must have them! And! They are only $13 from another new to me shop called YesStyle which happens to be from Hong Kong. I mean, where have I been?! Grace, I have two questions for you: can we please go shopping together?! And are they comfortable? (And Grace, I just totally got sidetracked from your where you shop. I need to get back to writing this post…but do you agree with this one?!)

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    You will not believe the owner of Samantha’s super cute, floral bomber! It’s her daughter’s. This goes to show that it is always worth taking a look through the girls department. While I don’t really fit in the girls’ department I will admit that over half of my crossbody bags come from Zara Girls. They have the BEST little purses! Also, sometimes the girls’ department has the best tees–like this one that’s a size 13-14 with the very best message. Come on, we all know how to tuck our knees into the shirt and stretch the heck out of it until it fits! Right?! Samantha, aside from loving the fact that you are wearing your daughter’s jacket perfectly–in fact it looks large on your tiny frame, your pixie is growing out nicely. For anyone doing the same, make sure to read Samantha’s nine tips on the first stage of growing out your short hair! Look how long it’s growing (and admire what Sam did with this revealing top!).

    A Pocketful of Polkdadots

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    Jennie has introduced me to another winner of a store: Allegra K. That’s where she got this beautiful floral bomber. And now, with three newly introduced shops I do delcare I’ve been living in a cave and only relying on Forever 41-op, did it again, Forever 21 for all my wardrobe. Jennie, thank you for the introduction. Her beautiful navy bomber–that also comes in pink shades–is only $17! I mean really!?! Where have I been!? And also, I have a feeling this compliment is given out in abundance, but Jennie, your hair and its color is so very pretty.

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    Mary here has the perfect fall colored bomber jacket. Paired with that slimming skirt, it creates one of my favorite color combos: rust and navy. Mary picked up her bomber from H&M–a favorite high street option for picking up a blazer. In fact, on H&M’s website, they have a whole section dedicated to bombers. Unfortunately, Mary’s isn’t still there, but hey, have a look through 24 more styles! While a bomber jacket is typically a casual clothing item, Mary once again styles with femininity–which is just simply her nature.

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    Now this is what I’m talkin’ about! Nice and fierce with the bomber jacket in its original color: army green. I’ve been contemplating this exact color Vero…I like that this version replicates the reason the bomber jacekt is called a bomber jacket–or rather a flight jacket. This style was created for pilots during WWI; the cockpit was not enclosed therefore these jackets were made to help keep the pilots warm. I’ve been thinking how cool it would be to purchase one just like yours and then patch it up with militarise paraphernalia. At any rate, you look very, very cool in this one Vero. Very cool indeed! And I can see you can do fierce very well. Check this pic out! I love it!!

    Fashion on the 4th Floor

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    Here we have peachy goodness that’s flirty and sporty all at once. I think if Diane and I were to compare our sneaker collections we would be onto something. By chance are you a 37 Diane?! I love how she manages to always delicately pair her runners with the feminine pieces she styles. She did this last month in our all white ensembles too. The reality difference between Diane’s wearing of sneakers and mine however is that she wears them for real while I wear them out of necessity. Have you ever seen one of Diane’s workouts? Check this out: lifting while balancing on balls, abs galore, and dexterity beyond belief! I get breathless just watching! Not to mentioned very motivated to one day also work out again. (By the way, is that a tattoo on your hip? I’m thinking of getting one…!)

    And me, Kremb de la Kremb

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    Like I said up above, I’m pretty smitten with this bomber jacket. It’s in one of my favorite colors, red, and accented by my favorite color, blue. It’s shiny and does offer the perfect layer. But most specially, it carries my initial. I “A”dmit. I like that part the best. while this exact “A” is no longer available, I got it over at Boohoo.com where there are over 150 reasonable priced options. The searching options at Boohoo are very convenient, so as the last option mentioned in this post, I highly recommend checking out their selection. I can’t finish this post without mentioning three other notable items within my styling of this bomber jacket: first, of course, I’ve paired it with a cute “K” tee. It’s pretty obvious I’m into branding! Also, this outfit features my newly upcycled boyfriend jeans that I made and posted about last Friday. I was ready to get rid of this old pair recently, but now, with the star patches I had put in, they will definitely return to being my favorite pair of jeans once again. And finally, these star shoes. Awwww, I sigh. I never, I mean never spend this much on myself, and so I will not admit their price (if you want the link you will kindly have to ask–oh all right, I’m such a pushover. Here’s the link!). I will say that these are my recuperation pair. The pair of tennies that I felt entitled to splurge on as I know my cost per wear will make the purchase totally worth it!

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