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!!

Shopping Patience

I do believe I have incredible shopping patience. I coveted this beautiful sequin skirt all winter long, but I could never get myself to splurge. It seemed quite expensive. Then, the fact that H&M didn’t have my size kind of helped–although there’s always ways of finding my size if my fashion fixation is strong enough. I just could never get myself to pay the full price, and at H&M I usually don’t because I know at the end of the season, their sales will be major! Case in point this beautiful sequin skirt. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor twice a week for almost two months now. His office just happens to be across the street from Hong Kong’s flagship H&M. I cannot NOT go in–especially when the red “SALE” flags are hoisted everywhere. I went straight to the skirts, and whadya know. There were three more sequin skirts, and a size 10 was waiting for me! I was thrilled, and obviously very impressed by my shopping patience. I paid 1/3 of the first asking price. Now it was definitely within my budget. I love it when my fashion fixations come true due to my shopping patience!

Do you splurge or do you wait for the sales?

Earrings and Skirt (It’s still available online!), H&M | Tee, Cotton On |
Waist Bag, Forever 21 | Velvet Sneakers, Steve Madden

Shopping with Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust

I’m a part of two really great collaborations each month: on the 20th I always post a Ping Pong Piece with Anna and Sam plus a guest blogger on a piece that is probably found in everyone’s closet. On the last Monday of every month, I also always post with The Fab 40s, six other 40 plus fashion bloggers and one guest. One of us chooses a theme, and we dress around with that in mind. For example I chose our last month’s post where we all wore our favorite colors, and I invited Catherine from Not Dressed As Lamb to join us.

I love both of these collaborations, yet I had been searching for one more. I’m a total shopper; I love to shop–both on the street, in the malls, amongst the markets and of course also online. In past cities where I’ve lived, I’ve always had a girlfriend to go shopping with. Here in Hong Kong, I have yet to find that gf. Meanwhile, I’ve been making many great friendships online with other like minded people–in fact that’s how the above two collaborations came about. I have met none of these women in real life, yet I feel close to them through our mutual interest. We all support one another. In terms of finding a shopping buddy, I knew it had to be with someone with whom I had a similar style: enter Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust. Debbie is a school teacher like me, but also, she has a deep love of style, clothing, and fashion. There are so many times when I see one of her outfits, and I think to myself: I would totally wear that. Debbie, like me is a shopper. When I mentioned this idea of online shopping together with her, she immediately said yes!

So in this post, here I am shopping with Debbie. We actually used the direct messaging service through Instagram. I’d screen shot some items; then she’d screen shot some items. In the end, we finally decided upon this Shein striped shirt. I’ve been working with Shein, and the graciously sent me this shirt for free. Meanwhile, Debbie’s never came–Shein warehouse issues…. (I think these warehouse issues have affected many of us!) So, I sent her this shirt, and it’s now hers–no sense in sending it back to Hong Kong! This collaboration has been in the works for quite some time, but I loved shopping with Debbie! I hope we do it again–what do you say Deb!?

Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust

I wonder if Debbie intentionally styled this striped shirt under this plaid slip dress. I’ve already commented on this dress before telling her how much I loved it. I think it was with this dress where I told her I felt like we were style sisters. We’ve both got a bit of boho mixed in with funk. She’s also very sporty–see the sneakers! (I need to replace my Adidas sneaks actually–maybe these are the ones….) I love that she paired this top with red plaid. I also like that she took care of the unflattering flare of the top by simply covering it up. Debbie, I could totally see myself wearing this exact outfit! Do you want to go shopping with me again? I sure hope so!

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

Me, Kremb de la Kremb


I went simple with black and white. These pictures were taken some time ago. I had just scored the pleather A-line skirt at one of HM’s crazy sales. I swear: do not shop at HM unless the item is on sale. So many scores!! I tried emulating the stripe with a little stripe sock and also matched the sheen of the skirt with my shiny black sneakers. With all this black and white, I felt I needed a little color so I opted for my Zara Girls fuschia snake crossover bag. This bag compliments the pink lippy too. My final touch was some stripey type black and white (with a little blue) statement earrings. I’m loving all the cool earrings out there right now. I can’t seem to hold back!

Will You Try a Bodysuit?

bodysuit
There are a few things coming back from the 80s, and I plan to give them a try. I don’t adhere to avoiding clothing items the second time around. Instead, I’m all for it! Heck, I still have some items from the 80 and 90s, so it’s all a win in my opinion! Bodysuits are one of the items that are having a comeback. I still have my two Madonna for H&M ballerina bodysuits from years ago. As of yet, I’ve currently collected 3 more–this embroidered, mesh black one being the second to make the blog. (The first one was this 3/4 sleeve one paired with my silver joggers.) If you plan to tuck something in, then by all means finding that desired item in a bodysuit is the way to go; they stay forever tucked–obviously. For someone busty like myself I have to admit that I like how they flatten my otherwise full figured top half. I’m not sure how it happens, but I sure don’t mind appearing less busty than I already am! The other bodysuit that will be featured next is the one shoulder version I just picked up at Forever 21. (Yes, the one in this post is also from Forever 21–which is already sold out, but this cream one is way prettier anyway!) These pics were taken during out spring break trip where I paired this bodysuit with one of my favorite pair of cutoffs: my Harley Davidsons.

Will you try a bodysuit this summer?

I’ve chosen a bunch that I love at the end of this post. And this one is on its way–the one shoulder sleeve bodysuit. I love it. I first saw it on @JessBobess and have been wanting to copy this exact look ever since! Such a simple outfit but oh so very cool!

bodysuit

bodysuit

bodysuit

bodysuit

I’ve gone BODYSUIT shopping for you!

Now, since this is a trend, in my opinion it’s best to start at a lower price point. If by chance you fall in love with wearing a bodysuit and want higher quality, then go searching at Revolve, Shopbop, or Nordies. Until then, I chose some perfectly cute ones from Forever 21. In fact three of the bodysuits below are in my shopping basket!

Which bodysuit are you going to try?

DIY with a Tailor: Deconstructed Denim

Deconstructed Denim
I’ve been eyeing all sorts of deconstructed denim lately. Keep in mind, I also pick up denim at my local thrift store (Mee & Gee or Me & George) any time I walk in the door. (In fact yesterday, I picked up two jean jackets and a jean skirt at Mee & Gee. I know! I don’t need them, but my DIY juices start flowing when it comes to denim…) I mentioned Geneva from A Pair and a Spare yesterday. Again, she’s the one who influenced me to attempt making my own deconstructed denim with her post here. The thing is, I could have given my pair a try with my sewing machine, but I actually prefer working with my tailor, Yee. She’s so sweet, and it’s quite fun to collaborate with her. I go in with my pictures, and then I attempt to explain what I’m after. We don’t speak the same language, but somehow we’re able to communicate. Granted, the first version fell off me. She ended up having to take a total of four inches in because they were so big. Luckily, we’re patient with each other, and as always, I was super pleased with the end result.

Deconstructed Denim

DIY Deconstructed Denim:

Deconstructed Denim
These were my directions:

1. I brought her two pairs of Levi’s–one dark, one light.
2. I instructed her to take out the side seam on the dark pair and insert the side seam of the light pair.
3. Before any of this was done, she had to take off the pockets.
4. Once the new seams were sewn in, we were able to place the pockets in a natural position.

Voila! I’ve got a pair of DIY deconstructed denim.

Do you think you’ll work with a tailor to make your own? Or will you buy a pair? There are a ton of options out there. Deconstructed denim is a hot trend right now.

Deconstructed Denim

Deconstructed Denim
This little blue, fishy, velvet bag is adorable. I got it from my favorite handbag designer: Louella Odié. Here’s the link to this exact little pouch bag. Don’t forget to look at all the beautiful totes too. If you decide to purchase, take an extra 20% off with this code: KREMBDELAKREMB20.

Deconstructed Denim

Deconstructed Denim

My Name is Asher Lev: A Book with an Outfit

I started a book club this year amongst the high school teachers I work with. It’s been a successful little club with the typical book club characteristics. One special perk though is I buy the book for all the teachers: sometimes they know what’s coming while other times I surprise them with a title. Recently, we had an author visitor, Julia Golding, and we read her super YA title called Dragonfly. Oh, it was so good–properly adventurous and romantic all at once. I loved it!! The special treat for our book club was meeting with this famous, UK author. By the end of the meeting, a big question was asked of her: what’s her favorite book? Her answer had me thrilled as it’s one of my favorite books as well–My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok. It was decided; My Name is Asher Lev would be our summer read.

I first read My Name is Asher Lev during my freshman year of high school. To this day it has left me with such memories. Because it has always been a book I recommend to other readers, I decided to read it once again as an adult. The second time through I still loved it. Now this summer when I read it for a third time, I know I will enjoy it all over again.

Take a moment to check out my turquoise mascara! It is very reminiscent to turquoise lined eyes from my freshmen yearbook picture. Once I went into 9th grade, Mom allowed me to start wearing makeup. Finally! And well, I was heavy with the liner for a while! Hahah. To this day I love a little blue and now turquoise mascara. Love it!

A large component of this book is the spiritual conflict that Asher experiences. He’s a born and raised Hasidic Jew with very strong parental expectations to follow his religion closely. Yet, Asher is also a prodigy with an extreme talent for painting–and the subject matter that he cannot resist happens to be crucifixes. This definitely poses a problem for Asher and his devout parents. I don’t have extreme pressures to be Roman Catholic, but I will always recall the disdain I received from my mother for wearing a Hindu Lord Ganesha. After she visited me us India for over six weeks, I think she was able to relate to my appreciation and love for this Hindu god. Because of all the worldly experiences I’ve had, I can’t help but incorporate many faiths into my spirituality–Ganesha being one of my gods right alongside Jesus.

This book also brings back many sartorial memories: like those red patched jeans from Jill Kramp that I’d give anything to still own to this day. Those Levi’s were perfect and the only evidence I have of them is my senior picture. In attempt to be artsy fartsy, I wore my DIY painter jeans that were made with my adorable niece Maeve last summer.

The other item now found in my wardrobe that was ever present back in the late 80s were my penny loafers. Oh, that right foot penny loafer; may it rest at sea at the bottom of Coeur d’Alene. We were on board my father’s new purchase (spurned on my teenage bout of rebellion the night before–but that’s another story!). He had just bought a very big cruiser boat. We had just finished looking at it, when we all departed. I was the last to come off the boat, and as I was stepping on the the dock, the ladder I was holding on to started falling backward. Yes, I fell in to the frigid April lake waters. My dad grasped me by his army jacket that I wore without fail. As he was pulling me out, I felt my right penny loafer slip off, and I couldn’t retrieve it as best I tried. Now as an adult, I have a new pair of penny loafers that I love because of the first pair I owned. RIP right penny loafer shoe from 1988!

Gosh, I wish I still had my dad’s army jacket it too. It was so RAD–literally it was. It had a few medal pins on it plus the writing of his name and number. This is another item like the red patched jeans that I don’t recall giving away yet to this day wonder why I would do so. The “RAD” tee was an obvious choice for this homage to my late 1980s high school years. It was a word I consistently used then; it’s a word I so frequently (and nerdily so) use to this day. From penny loafers to painted jeans, to being rad and falling in frigid lake water in my dad’s waterlogged army jacket, it’s comforting to know I can pull out special items reminiscent of my high school days. It’s as if nothing has changed, but then everything has. And now, with my third reading of My Name is Asher Lev this summer, I wonder how I will interpret it one more time. One thing is for sure: I know I will enjoy it all over again because it is an amazing book!

A Mesh Dress and Instagram Friends


Last week I had a bit of a tantrum about Instagram. While the tantrum is still present, here’s the truth: I do wake up, open up my Instagram, scroll through the feed, and find style inspiration. This happens often, and it was definitely the case when I went to wear this mesh dress. I saw this picture of @cindyscurry, and I instantly knew what I was going to wear to work/school that day. (The last time I’d worn this dress it wasn’t so work appropriate!) Here’s what I’d like to say about Instagram: I have made some really neat connections and even friends from this social network. Yes, I get down about my numbers and wish I had both more likes and followers, but aside from statistics, I have proof. I’ve made girlfriends (and a few male friends too) around the world from Instagram. I need to make sure I don’t forget about that!! I started to make a list of all the friends I’ve made in order to share them here, but it’s way too long, and it would break my heart if I accidentally forgot one of you. Needless to say, despite low numbers, I do love the #instafriends I have made. You rock. And, you help me get dressed in the morning! So, thank you very much not only your friendship but your style inspiration too.

I got this polkadot mesh dress at Shein for only $12. It’s a fun one because it has to be layered–there are a ton more ways to wear this dress, and I’m ready to figure them out!

White Shirt: Ping Pong Piece No. 3


For one year, Anna, Samantha and myself sent items around the world for the Ping Pong Post that would happen on the 20th of each month. This year, we’ve made a list of items that most likely every woman has in their wardrobe, and we style it. Plus, we’ve added a new touch: we invite a fellow blogger to join us. This month, Samantha chose the very basic white shirt. We all have them. I mean I feel I can guarantee that every woman has a white button down shirt of some sort in her closet. The fun thing is a white shirt can take on so many different shapes and forms–as you will see in this Ping Pong Piece post. It’s our third round of choosing a piece, and Samantha invited Monica, aka Señora Allnut. Definitely, the white shirt can be styled in a variety of ways and comes is a multitude of styles.

Fake Fabulous


Samantha chose a sleeveless variation and one we can barely see, but Sam is an expert at layering as proven here. She needs to layer because where she lives is usually quite brisk–and I believe that may be an understatement. Do you notice how her white shirt is eyelet? Matching the dress? There’s texture galore, and I love all the other touches that add even more texture: the belt and shoes being my favorite.

Señora Allnut


Monica is a vibrant dresser, so styling a white shirt was actually a bit of a challenge for her. (Not shown in the picture here is the very vibrant red trench she had layered over this outfit.) Similar to Samantha, Monica is a bold print mixer: stripes, floral, and colorful beads. In my opinion her long white shirt serves as the perfect duster to this outfit pulling it all together.

Anna’s Island Style


I knew we could rely on Anna to wear the white shirt most of us have. It’s a tailored long sleeve button down. But, the cool thing that Anna has done here is funk up the basic with a vest and trouser in two quirky prints clashing together. Clash is the wrong word because this pairing totally works. I love the modern cowboy vibe she’s sporting. And those silver gun metal boots?! Want!!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb


I have so many white shirts. It’s actually ridiculous. I have the tailored one like Anna, the long duster like Monica, and I even have a sleeveless version like Samantha–although mine is in a linen/denim sort of fabric. Recently though, while I was snooping around Shein, I saw this long, tied version of a button down, white shirt. I felt I had to have it for my spring break trip to the Philippines. In my opinion it was going to make for the perfect travel shirt and beach coverup combined. Turns out I was right. I love this version of a white button down shirt.



This week I decided to try it out for work. I knew that my belly sometimes peeks out through the hole from the tie, but with some high waisted jeans, I took the risk. I love the idea of an all white outfit, so that’s exactly how I wore it–with white everything! Even though there are no bold colors to be found, I think wearing all white is in fact a bold feat. And, guess what?! I didn’t spill anything on myself all day long. Wow! Now that’s a record!!

What’s your favorite way to style the white shirt found in your closet?

Bright Stripes

Right about this time of year, I switch out my wardrobe. The fall and winter items get stored away, and out come the spring and summer clothes. When I saw this dress, I realized I hadn’t worn it in a while. The last time was during spring of 2015. These bright stripes needed some love again. The thing is, the last time I wore this dress, I wore it with the cutest pair of metallic blue pumps. It’s hard not being able to wear high heels; I miss them so! But, my overuse of sneakers wasn’t going to stop me from these bright stripes. This time I pulled out my white Nike Air Force Ones, white frilly socks, and white sunnies. To add some pops of color I styled the dress with my new turqoise ring from Zoko jewellery and flower power turquoise earrings from India. The final touch was my second hand, cute as can be, little purse that was “Made in Mexico.” I love the way the flowers on the bag perfectly match the flowers on my ears. And basically the only thing that will fit in that little bag is my new tabasco lippy. (At Etude House, it’s such fun! You pick out your lip balm and then the perfect case to match. Yes, I’ll be getting more!) So, see! I can wear cute bright stripes with tennis shoes. I have to. It really is the only type of shoe I wear each and every day! So I will wear dresses with tennis shoes, but I will always still add frills, colors, and jewels!

*This post has been linked up to Not Dressed As Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike.