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?

DIY: Colorful Feather Slides


It seems every time I pass by the Miu Miu window, I get inspired by their shoes! It happened last year with these ribbon lace pumps. This year it happened when I saw these colorful feather slides. I’ve had them on my mind for some time, and now I’ve finally made my own version. I love it when I make something that I know will not be found on anyone else; it gives me a bit of a thrill, as do my new colorful feather slides! What’s even better is this DIY was super easy and economical.

1. Gather your supplies.


I picked up this trim a while ago during a trip to Thailand–I wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, but I knew I loved it. The shoes I found at Forever 21. They’re real leather and are perfect for adding a little embellishment. The studs are from a semi-version of a craft store but more of a sewing store in Causeway bay. The trim was calling for something more–especially to subdue the tacky, bright orange red of the trim. Scissors, pliers, and glue were the other three necessary items for completing this DIY.

2. Cut the trim to the lengths of the shoes’ bands.


I made four bands of trim that matched the length of each of the shoes’ bands.

3. Add any embellishments to the trim. (Optional)


Then, I added the studs to each of the trim bands. This was a bit of an extra step, but I think in the end it made a big difference. It was a little extra touch that really added cohesion to the look of the slide–plus some funk.

4. Add glue and then the trim to the shoes’ bands.


I ended up having to switch the glue I used as the first one wasn’t working. The 3-1 always comes through! Then starting at the inside of the band, and I squeezed the trim on. I spent some time pinching the glued trim so it would really stick. Then, I just let them dry.

Viola! Easy Colorful Feather Slides!

DIY: Colorful Feather Slides


I have a feeling I’m going to get a ton of use out of these sandals. They’re fun, comfortable, and definitely unique. With all the color, they’re going to match everything! I love how these colorful feather slides turned out. They may not be Miu Miu, but who cares when I can have Kremb de la Kremb!

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

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.

Looking Back–I Definitely Have a Thing for Velvet

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When Zara no longer had this little mini dress, I picked it up at Shein. I’m still trying to figure out this brand….I do love it, but I don’t understand how they have all of Zara’s products.

Looking back on this past fall and winter, I will admit it: I’ve had a real thing for velvet! Pretty much every other outfit post has been in this luxurious fabric. I am either wearing a little black velvet dress or a little red velvet dress. My sweaters have been plush and fuzzy as have my sweats (not shown). I’m hoping this trend–since I love it so much–last for years and years. And then, this wishful statement makes me think….even if it isn’t a trend, and I love velvet so much, KEEP wearing it! Here’s the funny thing about me: I look ahead to the next Christmas. So, the black suit featured down below….I bought it after Christmas ’15 for Christmas ’16. The same has happened this year. I bought a beautiful, forest green, co-ord pant and cami outfit that I cannot wait to wear next Christmas. I don’t think I’ll be caring much if velvet is “in” or “out.” I love the fabric. I love it’s play with color. I love the way it feels. I simply love it and always have, so I’ll be wearing all these pieces again next winter–just you wait. Oh, and velvet for spring and summer….yep, I’ll be trying to see if I can make it work in the warmer temps!

Velvet LBD

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The tassels on this little black dress got me. I was smitten at first (web) site!

Velvet LRD

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Then when Zara offers you a luxe red shift–well, I ordered it online and was very happy when it arrived!

Champagne Blush Velvet

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Again, another Zara score. I finally found a store that had my size to try on. I liked the way this dressed draped almost (but not really) similar to an Indian sari where I’d be wearing the dress.

Champagne Blush Velvet Dressed Down

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With such a low cut and a high slit, I wanted to figure out how I could wear this gorgeous dress casually–add the Canadian tuxedo and presto, CASUAL!

Black Suit

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I do love this suit. I’m already sad that the winter season is over and I need to wait 9 months to pull out this wonder again. But! It is a wonder! It is the perfect black suit!!

Blush Sweater

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Oh, this sweater is so cozy. It’s like wearing a teddybear! Seriously. Cozy, luxe, and cozy–op! I already said that! I wore this sweater all holiday long when we toured through Rajasthan, India for winter break.

Sea Foam Velvet

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Probably my most favorite shoot and by far my favorite outfit for 2017, you might agree. This blouse, it’s just so pretty. And then I really hit the easy jackpot with this metallic mini against these Rajasthani walls.

How about you? Do you own a lot of velvet? Do you want to try it out? Ask me–I know I could totally help you if needed.

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

One Dress and Three Belts


I remember reading something from a blogger once (It was Christine from My Style Pill): she said she always saves the belts that come with a dress, but she never wears that exact belt with the dress. For some reason, that style tip has always stayed with me. Here, I took one blush dress and styled it with three different belts–including the one it came with. I chose two other belts that I don’t wear very often and have even considered giving away. I’ll be interested to hear which belt you like the best….and whether I should get rid of the other two.

The Original Belt


I actually kind of like the monochromatic look the original belt offers plus the way this velvet sash flows in the wind is rather nice.

Twice Around Leather Belt


I’ve had this belt for a very long time–long enough that there are stray threads coming off the belt if you look at it closely. Since it’s a double wrap belt, I always like styling it with a tie rather than using the actual buckle.

Kimono/Aztec Belt


It’s quite possible I got this kimono belt around the same time as the double wrap one up above; in fact, I also got a purple metallic kimono belt like this one as well. I like the kimono part of this belt, yet I often feel like the Aztec print might be dated. Or perhaps I just don’t know how to style it in the right way.

Which Belt?

Please tell me: which belt do you prefer? I actually, despite Christine’s style tip, prefer the original velvet belt. I’m inclined to get rid of the other two. What do you think?

Then and Now


I love the end of season sales. I always seem to get the best items at such affordable prices. For example, take these fun, rather wacky, wide legged culottes. After the new year, I picked them up at Zara for barely nothing. I knew they could be worn then in the winter and now in the spring. Spring takes so long to arrive doesn’t it? One day a sweater is needed; the next a white shirt suffices. At least this depicts the weather scenario in Hong Kong. (As I write this Friday night post, I’m in a very cozy and soft sweater–with the windows open letting the fresh crips air in.) The first way I’ve style these pants is with my cold shoulder, fisherman sweater. I believe this is the first time I’ve featured this sweater here on the blog, but for sure it has received it’s cost per wear this season. I have worn this sweater a ton this winter. It’s as if the cold shoulders offer the perfect amount of ventilation, so I’m never too warm while wearing this cute number. Keep scrolling through to see how I wear the pants now as Hong Kong is verging on springtime….


Now the perfect way to wear these flowing trousers is with the basic white shirt. The great thing about the white shirt for Hong Kong weather is it’s never too warm wearing it outdoors, yet it’s also perfect to wear indoors with the air conditioning perpetually running. The other item I was able to pick up at the end of winter sales from Zara are these super cute white mules. My good friend Maureen is always so kind and gives me a Zara gift card for my birthday in February. Because I had a feeling she would also love these shoes, I got them; I think they are so Moroccan cool. Now, if my knee will just allow me to wear them for a day I would be so happy. For sure though, they’ll make for great date night shoes, and they do have an eensy weensy bit of a heel!

What item do you have in your closet that works perfectly from winter to spring?

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!!

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?

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?