Kremb de la Kremb Designs


Wouldn’t it be amazing to be an actual designer? I can remember when I read my first Vogue magazine… I was probably about 14 years old, and I would draw pictures from what I saw. Aside from daydreams of becoming a designer, I also had thoughts of working for the actual magazine. These thoughts were only in my head; they never escaped my lips. I was a small town girl, the oldest of five kids. There were expectations of me to go to college, but for what I was never really sure. A job in the fashion industry remained as a silent dream, and luckily I found another passion in literature. I wouldn’t have known how to articulate those fashion whims even if I had tried. I don’t have any regrets–my path of life has been extremely wonderful, and it has been with my literature degree that I was then able to become a teacher. With Kevin by my side we’ve accomplished one of our joint dreams which is living abroad. And now at 45 years old, I feel so fortunate to be embracing some of those old, younger self dreams that I only thought of with wonder.

This past Saturday Kremb de la Kremb designed (again) for the high school fashion show. (The first time was two years ago with five formal dresses.) This time around I made ten embellished bandana kerchiefs. I have enough jewellery to fill a treasure chest, so I simply adorned the scarves with costume jewellery that wasn’t being worn. My tailor Yee helped to hand sew them on. Now, tomorrow night, I’ll attempt to sell them with a spring shopping party at my home with three other ladies. Sue will be showcasing her jewellery line, Maria will be sharing her dresses (or frocks!), and Lauren will bring along the Louella Odié handbags she and her mother create. I’ll share my bandanas and I’ll also introduce Younique makeup to the guests. If you are one of my Hong Kong readers, and you would like to join us tomorrow night, please feel free to come on over. Here’s the evite; we’d love to shop with us at this Spring Shopping Party!

*By the way, I designed this jean jacket. I’d love to make more. All you have to do is ask, and I’ll tailor make one just for you.

The Fab 40s are Villains


Oh my! Who even like the villains? When Veronica called this theme for The Fab 40s this month I really wondered how I would style my outfit for this blogger collaboration. Then, I thought of one of my favorite movies: Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Both characters are actually the villains in a way. Plus they’re both the good guys in the end with a battlefield reconciliation (how did they live through that who knows!?). One of my favorite scenes is when Jane Smith is in the desert and John Smith interrupts her mission. I love it when later she figures out the intruder is her husband because of his after peeing leg shake. That’s hilarious to me and something only a wife would know. So here I am trying to emulate a very sultry yet hardcore killer while she’s lounging around in her desert hut waiting for her target. What do you think? Do I look like a killer? Hardly!! It was fun to attempt at any rate. Check out all the villains below:

Cid Style File


Veronica, who set the theme, also chose one of Angelina’s characters: Malificent! Also, Vero invited Jaye from Curvatude to join us this month.

Curvatude


Welcome Annalise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder to this month’s blogger collab! Oops, I mean welcome Jaye from Curvatude. Excellent styling Jaye!!

Fashion on the 4th Floor

Diane chose Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series because she can relate to his loyalty and love for Lily, Harry’s mother. Trust me, Diane is a very, very loyal friend!

A Pocketful of Polka Dots


Jennie is Bonnie Parker, circa 2017! Hmmm, makes me wonder how Clyde would look–cuz this Bonnie is a DOLL!

Fake Fabulous


This month Samantha is Viper… nemesis to the super-sexy Logan/Wolverine.

Sheela Writes


Sheela is Poison Ivy–with red locks and all. (I would like to borrow that dazzling dress please!)

And me, Kremb de la Kremb


Remember the scene with her legs kicked up? Well, I’m trying…minus the binoculars and lithe physique. Go Angelina go!!

The Sun is Also a Star: A Book with an Outfit

I’ve made a conscious decision to post at least one book in one of my outfit posts a month. Last month it was The Twentieth Wife. This month it’s The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon. Oh, this author! She is absolutely amazing. First, I was enthralled with Everything Everything–which I hear has now been made into a movie, but we all know the book will remain better. Then, because I adored reading Everything Everything, I couldn’t wait for The Sun is Also a Star to get back into the library. I even put a hold on the title. And, oh, it did not disappoint. Both books are totally different, but the way Yoon writes completely grabs and sucks the reader in. I know I’m reading an amazing book when it becomes both my home and school reading material. I especially know I’m reading a good book when I purposely tag along to be left behind in a park to read while Kevin hikes and Gigi has basketball. That was the case on this Saturday when I finally finished The Sun is Also a Star. Is it enough just to tell you to read Nicola Yoon? Or do you want a synopsis? Ok, fine. Keep reading….

I love a story with multiple narrations which The Sun is Also a Star has. Natasha is a 16 year old illegal immigrant from Jamaica who will be deported within the day. She’s also a realist believing in scientific fact. Daniel is a sentimental Korean American who cries if he ever sees anyone crying. He’s also aware that he aspires to be a poet, but with Korean parents, they already have his plan of life outlined. These two individuals’ paths cross–more than once, and every time they cross, fireworks both implode and explode. Along with their narrations little factual tidbits are included from facts about African hair wigs to side stories of other characters. Basically, I never wanted to put this book down; rather I wanted to keep reading, learn more about the characters, and hope for an impossible happy ending…

PS Nicola Yoon, I sure hope you’ll want to come to Hong Kong when I invite you for next school year!

Oversized Denim and Summer


Once one vacation is over, I instantly start thinking of the next….And the next vacation is summer–which this outfit reminds me of. Basically, oversized denim is my summer uniform. We’ll reach our cabin by June this summer, so I’ll be layering in oversized denim and lots of cozy sweatshirts. Then later on in the summer, Kevin and I will drop Vincent off at a baseball camp in California which then allows us to have a little private getaway! With Gigi staying with her cousins, Kevin and I will cruise up the coast from LA to San Jose–in a convertible! I can’t wait!! This is our little adventure to celebrate 20 years married this July 25th. Other family fun includes a Krembs’ reunion in the middle of Washington State to celebrate my in-laws 50th reunion. Isn’t that cool?! They’ve been married for 5-0 years!! Oh, I forgot to mention what will kick off our summer: the Lawn Mower Races on Spirit Lake Main Street! Yes, I’ll be wearing this outfit for sure because it will be time for me to fit into that rugged Idaho look.

Athleisure: Silver Joggers and a Unitard


Now that the knee topic at hand is off my chest, let’s take a look at my last athleisure outfit–and yes, it involves a bit of my chest!! I picked up this new, tags still on it, unitard at the Rug Lane Swap that I participated in last month. After 4 weeks of the bone broth diet, I tried the unitard on and found I rather liked it! This outfit, with the sexy low cut of the unitard paired with my sleek silver joggers made for a great Friday night date night with Kevin. And yes, of course I wore tennis shoes. I told you; it’s my thing! Now, what I do want to stress is that I now fit back into this bra. It’s miraculous because usually my cleavage merges in to form a mushy line, but with this bra, it perfectly separates me. I like! Because this is so rare for me to find in a bra!! And, this summer, I plan to stock up on more of this wonderous bra (now avaiable at Walmart or Amazon). And while we’re speaking of bras, I’d like to share me secret: I order ten from Bare Necessities with free shipping, try them all on in the comfort of my bathroom, and then take advantage of the free return shipping. Five out of the ten were winners! And the comfort of trying them on at home is worth that trip to the post office. I swear!

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

Athleisure: Flared Pants and a Bad Knee

To personalize my bomber, I bought my initials at a local craft store. Easy peasy DIY just the way I like ’em!

I’m an optimist. I tend toward happy. If I think I am I am. I’ve been studying the Law of Attraction wherein what I think is what will become; therefore I’m still promoting positive vibes. My maiden name, Freuen, is a German reflexive very meaning “to be happy.” Yes, happiness is not only in my name, but in my very being to be a happy go lucky person. I giggle and laugh, goof around, and definitely prefer to smile over anything else (in fact, as I write this the waitress just called me a joker!). I like to have fun–almost to a fault.

This personal background may hope to explain why my physical ailments have me so bewildered. I just can’t really believe it, but it’s the truth of the matter. I had my hip replaced in August of ’16. Just when this brand new Pinky was starting to feel remarkable, my left knee started acting up. Granted, the ACL tore that I experienced in my youth was repaired in 1995; that means my ACL graft was about 27 years old and has had two other clean out arthroscopic surgeries. My left knee has been through the ringer to say the least. In January of this year when I found out that I no longer had an ACL, I was not surprised: it has completely worn out, so that my left knee is now ACL-less as well as fully and completely overgrown with arthritis–not too mentions very, very painful.

The doctor has done what he could with all sorts of different injections. Ultimately I’m left with a decision: when do I want to get my knee replaced? Do I maintain where I’m at now with a ton of painkillers and anti-inflammatories every time I walk just a little too much. Or, do I bite the bullet and get the rotten bugger out of me. That’s the decision that’s ahead of me right now. Most likely, I will opt for the knee replacement. You can imagine I don’t like being told to limit the amount of walking I do. Heck, my job is filled with walking up and down a library floor; if I can’t do that, well, I can’t very well work! Also, if I can’t go out shopping for a two hour jaunt, you might as well shoot me now. And more importantly, I want to go do things with my family. As it is right now, I cannot. They go on the walks and hikes, and I stay behind waiting for their return. This is in no way how I want to live right now. For an individual who is too good at living in the NOW, I’m being tested once again by a failing body.

My spirits (miraculously) remain high. Luckily with the help of depression medication (that I’m not afraid to admit) I have not experienced depression like I did a year ago from my hip pain. My mental wellness remains healthy, thank God, and my spirits remain high; I’m still laughing and having fun. But once again, I have a very big decision ahead of me: when do I replace my left knee? I think I’m probably opting for the sooner, the better! Let me deal with the stages that accompany me at 65 years of age when I’m 65 years old. For now, I’m 45 years old, and I have a very, very sick left knee beyond any repair a doc can do.

What are your thoughts? I’d actually really appreciate any advice or items I might not be considering….

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

Athleisure: Sparkly Sweater Pants

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Athleisure, a style that seems to have become my own, but first… Awwww, this week for spring break I’m away in Bohol, Philippines! I made sure to have all my content for this week uploaded before even arriving to the Philippines because this area, and our resort in particular, are not best known for their Internet service. Rather, the blues of the water and sky with the white sandy beach make for picturesque posts to come…plus some much relished R&R.

For all this week, I’m offering three ways I incorporate an athleisure style. I pretty much only wear tennis shoes now which I’ll expound upon later on Wednesday. But, somehow, I haven’t let tennis shoes cramp my style, nor my flare for bling. Here, I may be in silver brogue runners, but paired with sparkly silver sweater pants I still feel just enough glam. Plus, adding a big ol’ statement necklace adds to my glamorous vibe! For comfort, these sweater pants are pyjama worthy hence I wore an oversized white shirt and sweater too. This outfit with its athleisure style has become my style–especially since I wear some sort of sneaker every single day (unless I’m at the beach where you’ll find me properly barefoot–like right now as I write!).

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PS I apologize for no posts on Wednesday and Friday. The week escaped me, and before I knew it I just wasn’t able to hit the publish button on both of these nights. Much of it had to do with my knee and my physical ailments. But like I said; I’ll save that update for Wednesday….

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

More Fishnet


Did I fool you on Saturday’s alternative makeup post? It was a rather cruel joke, making you watch me put that hideous makeup on for five minutes, but, oh well! I hope you had a little laugh!! This is the third Monday where I’m featuring fishnet, and there’s nothing silly about this outfit: I would totally wear this. Not to work or anything but definitely for a night out or even a city day where I wanted to look extra funky and attempt cool. I almost featured this look for the Ping Pong Piece post where we featured fishnet, but then I decided to go with big fishnet tights under ripped up jeans. Then last week, I featured smaller tights for my princess interpretation. But this outfit, I’ve had it waiting to make it to “publish.” There are a couple of features to highlight. First, both the top and the earrings are from a new-to-me market called Lai Chi Kok; this is the old clothing factory district for Hong Kong, but now there’s a whole sale clothing market. A friend and I only had about 20 minutes there, but guaranteed I could have spent more than a few hours wondering through all the shops, aisles, floors, and buildings. It’s immense!! Also of note is my (p)leather jacket. I scored it from Jasmine of Dress Me, Blog me at a swap. Unfortunately since this PU leather is starting to come apart, yet I love the style and fit so much, I sent it with my old helper now friend to Indonesia to be replicated in real lamb’s leather. I cannot wait to get this goodie back! Finally, these are my Mee & Gee Levi jeans that Kevin cannot stand, but I do love them despite their large size. They are perfectly comfortable, so there. Kevin is already planning to cohort with my sister to get these jeans banned just like these jean shorts they both hate–which happen to be my favorite!

Are there any features of this outfit that you two would wear? Would you wear fishnet as a top? What about the earrings? Too big? Also, these jeans–they’re huge and the total opposite of skinny jeans. Would you wear them? And finally I have one last question: what item in your wardrobe would you copy if you could?

Bolero Jacket from Get Redressed


Finding second hand in Hong Kong isn’t the easiest. We have the chain of stores called Mee & Gee–which is great for jeans (for example the Levi’s in these shots are from there), but all of Mee & Gee’s clothing comes from Korea and Japan, so the sizes are always quite small for my full figure. About twice a year though, there’s a great sale called Get Redressed, and the clothing is always both high quality and in more Western (plus) sizes. That’s where I got this smashing bolero jacket. It was love at first sight; then when I slipped it on I was sold. Ironically, the dress from Monday’s fairytale princess post was also from the same Get Redressed pop-up. However it wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had to have that dress! I experienced shopper’s remorse. Luckily with a phone call made the next morning, and a detailed explanation of the cute Kate Spade rhinestone collar dress, plus a very kind husband to go retrieve it, I had the dress the very next day! Ahhh, second-hand shopping… I do love it! I have to be honest though: I miss the availability of large US thrift stores like Goodwill, Value Village, or Savers (which I’ve actually never been to, but I plan to visit one this summer while in California). I love meandering through the large aisles of those gigantic stores pushing along a shopping cart. It’s the hunt and then the score. For now, while in Hong Kong, I’ll enjoy Mee & Gee and anticipate the next Get Redressed. When is it by the way?!

Do you like thrift stores? What’s your favorite one? My favorite is the Value Village on Boone Street in Spokane, Washington. It’s not too big and not too small. It’s just right!

The Fab 40s are Fairytale Princesses


For some reason, after flaunting all around India pretending to be a princess (a search of “MaharAnnie in my blog’s search box will prove this), I found this month’s Fab 40s theme to be difficult: we were to style ourselves as fairytale princesses. Sheela is our romantic, and I do love her so. I’ve been listening to her anticipation of Beauty and the Beast for a few months now (Meanwhile I’m insisting that she watch La La Land. Have you seen it yet dear Queen She!?), so I was not surprised when Sheela called fairtyale princesses as our theme. I felt so stumped by this. Has anyone noticed that I wear some form of tennis shoes in every single outfit post these days? Which princess wears runners? I guess when I went to style the outfit I had Kate Middleton in mind, the Duchess of Cambridge. I am nothing close to her style, but I could imagine her wearing both this style of dress with a rhinestone collar plus the white cape, maybe even the gloves too. The sparkles though, those are all me and my style as are the fishnets which again, I don’t think Kate will ever get caught in (but you never know about the bedroom! Op! There I go again–not acting princessy at all!!) Sheela asked us which fairytale princess we related to however. My answer was Princess Merida from Brave–I adore her fiery spirit, and in real life I chose Princess Stephanie, again for her fire. I’m a bit rebellious–can you tell?!

Shall we peak in on the other Fairytale Princesses?


This is Belle! Look at that rose dress! It’s beautiful!! As is Queen She. Wow, Sheela everything about you is just stunning!



Sheela invited Shelbee On the Edge to join us this month. And here we have the true Merida! What a cool way to dress like this fiery princess. I think I got the wrong memo!! I love this picture of you Shelbee and am so happy you joined us this month.



Here we have Pocahontas. Mary actually does have Native American Indian heritage, so this was a very easy choice for her. Her dress with the jeans underneath are make for the perfect modern heroine.



I love it! Diane chose to emulate one of her childhood favorite female characters–who also used to be a favorite of mine. I mean I wanted to be this sassy girl. She’s Joe from The Facts of Life. Remember her? Oh, I only watched that show for her right Diane?!


Elsa is here! And Samantha, your new do!! I love it!! Here’s to the pixie that is so you!!


In second grade, a fairytale princess was set in Jennie’s mind from Hans Christian Anderson. I know you know who she is! This is The Little Mermaid! You have truly captured the spirit of a fairytale princess here.


We have another Pocahontas, and not only that, but a glimpse into spring and summer styles to come. Vero, you make me want to join you at a music festival in this look. I think we’d rock out well together!!


Then there’s me. I don’t think I got the right memo!! If I were to do it over, I think I would have pulled out one of my Indian saris and all my Indian jewells and been Mehrunnisa. But again, she’s a real life princess. Hmmm….can I have a do over?!

That’s a lot of fairytale princesses! Wow!! Who is yours?