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.

When in Idaho….

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When in Idaho…do as the Idahoans, and to me that means adopt Wrangler jeans when I find them. Every time I travel, whether it be to some exotic location or a homecoming to family and friends, I always notice that my style adapts a bit to my location. Granted, I am more apt to have style liberty while living in Hong Kong, but the moment I hit Idaho, I tend to shift my approach to dressing. After almost 20 years of returning home to the summers in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve gotten used to it. I remember I used to pack my low, see-through sexy tops worn in Venezuela only to be shocked at how out of place they were in Idaho. I also remember packing all sorts of colorful, vibrant prints to wear to the grocery store only to be gawked at our local Miller’s. Oh, don’t get me wrong: I’m still forever and always over-the-top. I’ve just become more subtle in my ways–like a pair of booty hugging, cowboy Wrangler jeans. Now those totally fit when going to market in Spirit Lake, Idaho! When in Idaho….when in Idaho!

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Shop for Wrangler-like Jeans

Wranglers rock! Like seriously–whenever I’m in a second-hand shop and there are a pair of Wranglers in my size, I nab them. You’re probably used to seeing these Wrangler cut-offs all over my Instagram account! They were also picked up sedond-hand.) Therefore, since mine are used, I wasn’t able to find this exact pair. I did find some very similar options included in this gallery–I’ve let you know when they’er Wranglers (I found two pair), but unfortunately I could not find this exact style. Who knows how old they are!? But I know they’re gonna get a lot more use!! Get some Wrangler-esque jeans too!!

What do you think?

Do you like it when I include shopping options? I love doing it, but I actually never know if it’s worth your while. Please give me some indication of a yay or nay. You could tweet me (@krembdelakremb) or email me (annkrembs at krembdelakremb.com) if you’d prefer not to comment.

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I like to make special mention of the location where these pics were take, by my cutie pie niece Maeve. (You’ll be seeing more of her!) These pics were taken at my lovely sister and brother-in-law’s mom’s lake home out at Coeur d’Alene. Carol and Mike are such special people. Mike passed away last summer from early Alzheimer’s Disease. It was a sad summer remembering how hard last summer was losing him, but there was definite happiness refilled and found back in this lovely home. Carol is always so gracious to allow us a weekend up there. It’s usually the weekend right after we’ve left our own lake home, so it has become the perfect tradition, relieving us from the pain of leaving yet rejuvenating us for the long trip home to Hong Kong. Thank you for having us Carol, Julie, and Matt!

The Fab 40s in All White

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Wearing all white on a boat out pulling the kids behind is an outfit I could be found in any day of the summer out at Spirit Lake. Here I’m out on the boat with the entire fam pulling them for a ski. Our mornings out here are usually spent in this manner. (In fact, here’s a similar post back when I used to have long hair.) Mary called all white for July’s Fab 40s theme–a staple color that fills my drawers and wardrobe. The one item I’ve never thought to wear however is a white swimsuit. I went to my stylish sister for this item, and borrowed her halter one piece from Topshop. As if I needed more white to add to the plethora of options, but when I found this white mesh top at a local Goodwill shop I couldn’t really resist–plus it’s from Express. My white jean shorts were also a Goodwill find; they are Gloria Vanderbelt’s jeans that I chopped. I live in some sort of jean short almost all year round as seen by my Instagram feed. Do you ever wear all white? What do you do to make it different? One thing I added aside from texture was my evil eye white rope anklets that I wear both on the left and right. You can read my superstition for this symbol below…But first, take a look at seven other all white summer styling options.

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Mary from Curly Bird Chirps

Again, Mary is rockin’ an amazing dress, and of course she should with her curves. She makes me want to say, “Damn Girl!” But really, she’s so flirty and proves that being 40 something is fabulous!

My Ono Lifestyle

Mary invited My O.N.O. Lifestyle to join us this month. Nikki and Ornelle are a fashion blogging team based in Greece, so you can imagine the all white look was a cinch for them as proven in this shot. Wouldn’t that be fun to have a fashion blog with a friend? I sure think so–which is why I love this series so much!

Sheela Writes

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I will always have serious shoe envy for Sheela. Her collection of shoes is insane! And I just fall looking at them in a picture. Skinny jeans and a tee, now that’s an all white ensemble I can emulate. The heels, well, not so much–right now. Post hip replacement hopefully my heels will be back in full force!

Veronica from Cid Style File

Veronica is a new member of The Fab 40s bunch. Not only does she represent being fabulous in your forties, but she also styles for the plus size frame blogging over at Cid Style File. I love Veronica’s sporty take on an all white look. Welcome to the team Vero!! (That’s the Latin nickname for Veronica, and since Veronica is also a Latin blogger, I think she’ll relate to being called that. I’m already giving you a nickname!)

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

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Samantha is such a modern day Audrey, don’t you agree!? She’s always perfectly poised yet has such a fun quirk about her. I love that the most. She takes a boucle Chanel-esque jacket and styles it with a cool girl vibe. I think if I were to sit and sift through Sam’s jewellery collection I would be in style story hog heaven. She has so many amazing pieces.

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

I am sure you could guess why I totally relate to Diane’s looks. All. The. Time. This girl knows how to rock the tennies. And since that’s just about all I wear I’m constantly looking to her for style inspiration. Now, if I could only match her workout stamina…again, I’ll wait till I recoup from my pending hip replacement.

Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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This t-shirt! ‘Nuff said!! I think we all need this tee. In fact, I’m fashionably (well not really) late with my post and was late with my pic. Jennie maybe you should send this tee my way. And Jennie, I have to say I love how your preppy style is taking on so much more edge with each of our collaborations. Is it intentional or is it just kind of happening?

And me of Kremb de la Kremb

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In this post I’ve included a few pics of myself in a bathing suit. I put all sorts of images of myself online. In real life, I wear all that you would see posted here on this blog. I am aware that I am often OTT (over-the-top), bold, or maybe even perhaps that cursed term “not age-appropriate.” I am also aware that judgement is passed on individuals for their appearance all the time–some good, some bad. For this reason, the judgement passed, whether positive or negative, makes me feel protected. For the evil eye is a talisman to ward of evil thoughts. You will usually find one somewhere on my body. Currently as I write, I have hamsa silver necklace on (the hand with the evil eye in the center). Do you wear something for protection?

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Krembs Family (Semi) Cabin Candids

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During the summer when we have such fun reconnecting with our families, I try to make sure and take pics while we’re all together. It wasn’t until the very last moment with the Krembs Family that I realized I hadn’t brought my camera out, and there were 14 out of the 18 of us. (Unfortunately Brian and Jen Krembs were not able to make this weekend–maybe next summer at their place!! Hint hint!) Kevin set up my new lightweight tripod and did the running back and forth with the timer ready to make the portrait–remember when that was the way and not the extended selfie stick? (I still remain that the selfie stick is basically a personal tripod. You can read my rant here!) We had a great time with all the Krembs as seen by the following shots:

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Here are Kevin’s folks: lovely Jane and funny Alex. I love them like my own parents–in fact it was during this weekend that I called Jane “Mom” instead of “Jane.” For both of us it felt very nice. They’ll be back this Sunday–with a new family member, but I’ll save the surprise for another round of Cabin Candids!

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Here’s Corky and his family. Cork and his wife Sally live in Hong Kong, so we feel especially lucky to see them and our cousins Alex, Lauren, and Sofia all year long!

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This is the other Ann Marie Krembs. Oh we have a lot of fun having the same name. These are her two boys Conor and Seamus.

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There’s the Kremb de la Kremb Krembs! Love this photo of us in front of our cabin–maybe it will be seen again as our Christmas card this year!!

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Teenagers–or the strange kiddos that are now becoming men in our family that we just don’t recognize!

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Seamus and Gigi could pass as brother and sister, don’t you think?

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Auntie Annie Squared!

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And of course one last Krembs Family picture. Let’s go wild!!

Panoramas and Cabin Candids with Rusty and Ted

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I can’t say Rusty is our oldest friend–that’s not correct, but he is the friend that Kevin and I have shared for the longest amount of time. We met Rusty exactly five days after getting married when we arrived with him for both of our first posts overseas in El Salvador. That means Rusty has been a friend of ours for 19 years! Now with Ted as his partner and fiancé (Rusty proposed this last November), Ted has also become our good friend. They were with us this past weekend. Even though the weather was bad, with plenty of sleepy rainy mornings, we had a great time playing ladder ball, barbecuing plenty of flat irons, and returning to poker games or campfires at night.

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These panoramas are a no-brainer, but we’d never done them before. What fun!! Here Ted is contemplating Ted and below Gigi and Ted pointing with some oohin and awing.

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I managed to get an #ootd in plus some smooches.

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On to the boat for some true cabin candids…

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Gigi wakeboarding and her broad, toothy smile after.


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Vincent is so strong now behind the boat. He’s now at that age when you can feel him pulling the boat back. That equals man. Yikes!

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I had to pose with my tied scarf. While these little bandanas are half for fashion they are fully for warmth. I slept with one around my neck last night. They serve as a make shift turtleneck.

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I love catching a candid of Kevin driving the boat–there will be some more. And even though we don’t actually see sun set, we receive glorious sunsets all the same.

The next round of visitors arrive on Wednesday. I’ll try to catch some candids of Kevin’s family during their visit to the Kremb de la Kremb cabin to post next week. Stay tuned for some more pics from our trip to San Diego later on this week. And as for a little DIY–I do have something up my sleeve there as well.

I hope you are enjoying your Summer ’16. Have you joined the Snapchat craze. I have….it turns my day to day life into a reality show! Hahha! No but really, if you’d like to follow what happens out here at the Kremb de la Kremb Cabin, follow me on Snapchat–I’ll let you guess the username. *wink wink* (Ok, it’s krembdelakremb.)

Charlie’s Angels and Some Cabin Candids

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I just spent a fabulous weekend with my sisters! And style wise, I think I have finally figured something out: while I will always try to be urban chic like my sister Julie (she’s in the middle) and flowy feminine like my sister Mary (she’s on the right), it’s time I just start accepting that I always go for a little cross between sporty, glam, and boho. Basically, we are Charlie’s Angels! This isn’t to say they’re personal styles will not stop completely influencing me, but I do need to simply embrace what I am and continue to celebrate what they are. Right! Earlier on this day, I had called dress up night out at the lake–basically because I wanted an excuse to pull out my black sequin shorts. In turn to this night’s dressing requirements you can completely see how each of us interpreted what is referred to as “Dress-up Night at the Lake.”

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It’s hard to capture a picture of Julie–she’s a bit camera shy, but I think I still was able to capture her beauty. I don’t know why since she’s strikingly beautiful.

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Mary is hilarious! Here in this shot she’s calling out to all the boys, “Oh, don’t worry about me! I’ll get all the chairs!” As you can see she’s super strong! And in our family of five kids, she’s always been known as “The Pretty One.”

Some Cabin Candids

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A post out at the Kremb de la Kremb Cabin wouldn’t be complete without some summer cabin candids. Unfortunately I did not get everyone from the family in this session, but there’s still time. Here Maeve and Elle are “cheek to cheek.” A photo term Julie and I were used to taking when we were young girls–we still all take the “cheek to cheek.”

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My goddaughter graduated from high school this year. She’s so beautiful! You probably recognize Elle from all the pics from her visit to Hong Kong.

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I captured two candids of Vincent. Yes, he is definitely a young man now.

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And to end this post, I got two candids of some of the men in the fam. Here’s we’ve got Mathew, Julie’s husband. He’s always so smiley! And another husby in the mix, my smiley eyed guy referred to fondly as KevStar.

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Kremb de la Kremb Cabin: The Love Shack and Bunk Room

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Aside from The Family Room, there are two other bedrooms that flank the middle room. On the right there’s a room that has always been called The Love Shack. If I remember correctly, I think the Coynes were the first couple to stay in there. It’s always been a cozy little room with a double bed. The bedspread is a quilted blanket from one of our trips to Antigua, Guatemala during our first two years overseas and married. There’s also the fleece quilt that I made for Kevin one Christmas when we were dating. The picture of daisies–my favorite flower–was a gift to me from Kevin; he took the picture, enlarged it, and gave it to me during our first year of dating. It’d be an understatement to say the room is filled with some romantic gestures of our courtship.
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The Bunk Room

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The bunkroom, to the left of the downstairs rooms, is simply that. It sleeps two people, but honestly it doesn’t get much use. No one ever wants to stay in there–could be the musty smell or the abundance of spiderwebs, this room is hardly used. Despite this, it’s still a cute room with an elephant rocker from the kids’ toddler years in India. Probably next summer we’ll try to invest in making this bunk room more comfortable, or we’ll just convert it into the sports room and fill it with all the water toys and lake goods.

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There’s one more bit of the cabin to post before the end of this summer season: the upstairs.

July’s Instagram @KrembdelaKremb: Vol 7

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July’s Instagram = Lake Pictures!

We were out at the like for all of this past month, so if you follow @krembdelakremb July’s Instagram is mainly all about the lake.

1. The summer out at the lake seemed to start the moment Gigi jumped out of the boat, arms and legs spread wide. Freedom. Love. Joy. It’s all there in this Insta capture!

2. My daily uniform out at lake consists of either jean shorts or my swimsuit. For the 4th of July, I did post a Style Story, but then I stopped since this is the look each and every day!

3. Each summer a recipe stands out–one that just keeps getting repeated. I made this zucchini, walnut, and quinoa salad multiple times. Also on high repeat were the sausages prepared from the butcher at Super One on the South Hill of Spokane. Those were the other tasty treat that accompanied this healthy salad. (Another recipe I posted was my Grandma Soogie’s cucumber salad.)

4. I read Bellweather Rhapsody. It was a fun little book to follow up our visit to the Timberline Lodge. It’s a clever, twisted mystery that is so intricate it was a delight. I also highlighted my sunnies of the day with every 4th picture on Instagram. It was a little trial I attempted (to be artsy fartsy with my feed–scroll down to see). Did you notice?

5. This pic was one of my most liked of the month–our first night out there eating pizza from 4th and Main Pizza on the dock.

6. I got my craft on this summer! I made some fringed sandals, an ostrich bag, and some doily bowls. Plus I added a trim to this mini skirt to make it just a bit longer. It has been so fun doing DIY projects. I have a few more to come. Do you like reading about my DIY attempts?

7. Kevin and I celebrated 18 years this summer! We had a nice raclette meal with his mom and dad. It’s one of the kids favorite meals each summer.

8. I fell in love with a sweet little Yorkie Terrier this summer named Ruby. Plus, I love wearing my (mom’s) cowboy boots all summer long. I think they look amazing with a pair of cutoffs. Only in Idaho! (Although I did purchase this pair so that I can keep my mom’s out here at the lake yet have another pair for Hong Kong.)

9. I started a history series of our cabin during this month. I covered the screened in porch and the Family Room. I’m not sure if I shoudl continue the series this summer or just wait till next. Can you weigh in?

Kremb de la Kremb Cabin: The Porch

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The porch is the heart of our cabin. It’s the location that comes to mind when I think about our cabin. Most of our hanging out occurs on the porch. When I’m not here the porch is what I day dream about, and while I am here it’s where I actually do dream–literally. Kevin and I sleep head to head each night on the porch in an “L” shape. We’ve tried the coziness of The Family Room downstairs where there’s a bed where we’d both fit, yet we always return to the porch where we can sleep in the fresh open air under piles of heavy, wool blankets. The porch is where we often eat breakfast and put out snacks. When guests are out visiting (which is often), the porch can fit everyone–there’s the leopard sofa at one end, the picnic table in the middle, and our day beds in the corner. The special spot can be accessed by both the great room and the kitchen through beautiful lead iron glass doors or by the stairs that lead to the lake. Of course, the main beauty of the porch however is the view out to our little lake, Spirit Lake. That can’t be beat.


The view….Ahhh!

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I sleep on the left and Kevin on the right.

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Touches of our travels are found throughout the porch: the little ornate dresser,
elephant bookshelf and paisley bedspreads are from India. The bench at the picnic table
is from China. The pretty pottery is from Venezuela. There are blankets from our travels
to both Guatemala and Peru. Plus interspersed here and there are second had finds from
shops in the area. The picnic table, bamboo lounge set, and beds came with the cabin!
Like us, it’s very eclectic.

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I love having a leopard upholstered lounge set!


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There used to be this awesome antique fair right by our house every summer.
Unfortunately, well fortunately for them, the fair has gotten so big that it
moved to Spokane and the spring so we always miss it now.
This little DIY find was a total score!

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This is Ruby, my sister’s family dog, and we totally and utterly fell in love with her.
In fact, Rani might be getting her Raj when we return to Hong Kong.

Recipe: Grandma Soogie’s Cucumber and Walla Walla Sweets

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In Washington State there’s an onion that grows in Walla Walla that can actually be eaten as an apple. It’s a sweet onion that is bursting with flavors. While I personally have never eaten a Walla Walla Sweet like an apple, I know people who do, and they love them. My family also loves this state onion: rather I follow this simple recipe passed down from my Grandma Soogie. What’s interesting is this recipe is quite local–I’m not the only granddaughter who remembers this summer salad of cucumber and Walla Walla Sweets from growing up in the Pacific Northwest.

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What’s nice about this salad is the ingredients are flexible. Basically the onion and cucumbers will get pickled, so if you want them sweeter add more sugar; if you want them not so tart add less vinegar and so on….

  • 1 Walla Walla Sweet onion
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 cup vinegar (apple, white, or red can be used–even rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cup sugar
  • lots of pepper and a little salt
Slice the cucumbers and the onion.

Sliced CucumbersThe thickness you slice your veggies may also vary. I prefer the cucumbers a little thicker so they stay crisp and the onions a little thinner so they get nice and soft. Here, some may prefer both sliced thick or both thin. Tailor it to your preference.

Layer the cucs and Walla Walla Sweets

Layer 1
First layer the cucumbers in the bottom of a shallow dish. Then layer the onions. Now add your salt and (lots) of fresh ground pepper. As a final step sprinkle half the sugar on this layer.

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Repeat. Again, layer the cucumbers, then the onion, and salt, pepper, and sugar this second layer.

Add the vinegar then the oil.



Refrigerate, shake it around a couple of times, and serve.

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Does this recipe look familiar to you? Is it a local recipe for you too? If so, where are you from?