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!

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.

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.

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!

Wool Cold Shoulder Winter Dress

I’ve worked with Shein again to feature this super cute, wool, cold shoulder winter dress. If one looks closely, the black and white checks can be seen. Plus, the cold shoulders have the cutest little ruffles that compliment the ruffles at the bottom. The final winning feature of this winter dress is POCKETS! Everyone loves pockets. Am I right?! Because it was a chilly day I simply wore a pair of leggings underneath to provide extra warmth plus a black cami–if it were really cold a black turtleneck would also work. And any dress that I can sport a pair of tennies with is a total winner of a winter dress in my wardrobe. These Old Skool Vans are new to the Kremb de la Kremb tennis shoe collection! My awesome Skyline Hong Kong Tote is from Louella Odié.

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Waiting for the Sale

Black Embroidered Tunic | Jeans (on sale!) | Sneakers

Before you read this post, pleace check out this picture of Carmen. The woman has amazing, no covetable, style. When I saw this picture of her, I knew I had made a mistake and maybe should have just bought this black, delicately embroidered tunic. But, it was very pricey–at least for me–at a $130. I just couldn’t guarantee I’d wear it enough at that price tag. Instead, this was one of those items where I’d be waiting for the sale, and hopefully, I would get lucky….and guess what? I did! Before returning to Hong Kong after our travels through India, we had a stop over in Kuala Lumpur. We were staying at the iconic Traders Hotel that sits directly across the Petronas Towers. Right at the base of those super tall towers is a mall, and of course we went in–a couple of times. During one of the mall visits, I went in for a very quick jaunt to Zara. The moment I saw this piece, I instantly thought of all the times I had wanted it but said no. I could even remember commenting on Carmen’s pic describing my discouragement with myself for not purchasing it. But, lo and behold, there it was, and lucking my waiting for the sale came through. This is a beautiful piece that I know I will now get plenty of wear out of, AND I only paid $50 instead of $130! The funny thing is…don’t ask me about the price of my shoes!!!

What item has you waiting for the sale?

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My First “Courtesy Of” with Shein

courtesy of Shein 3This cute sweatshirt is courtesy of Shein! Oh, I want, no make that dream to have a “courtesy of” anything when it comes to writing this blog, and it finally happened with clothing! It has gratefully happened with both jewelery (Lustre) and handbags (Louella Odié), but so far it hasn’t occurred within the clothing department–except for that one off post with prom dresses years ago (Fame and Partners). The great thing for me is Shein is a clothing outlet that I can support: it’s actually difficult to find any items over $30 USD, the shipping is free (around the world), and they offer tons of codes for even more discounts. Me likey! (In fact since I can’t seem to get enough velvet, I just made an order today for two more velvet dresses–this draping, steel grey blue, wrap one and this blushing pink t-shirt dress for only $14!) I had trouble figuring out what to choose among the pages and pages of fashionable options, but then I kept gravitating toward this chevron navy, white, and red hoodie. These colors are both our school colors and my son’s baseball team’s colors. With this hoodie, I can support the team without having to be logo’d out. It ended up being the perfect lightweight layer for this past Sunday’s game. Go Eagles! And thank you so much Shein for the courtesy of picking out a piece. I hope we can work together some more. (And to help me with that dear readers, please click on any of the Shein links; they’re keeping track, and if I do well….maybe I’ll be able to have some more courtesy of Shein!)

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Some Dresses Are Meant to Be–Especially this Little Red Dress!

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This little red dress was seriously meant to be. About a month ago, we were downtown for a movie, and afterwards we stopped at our flagship H&M. On display was this cute little red dress, but unfortunately, it was already sold out. I almost picked up a drapey shirt dress in the same color, but then was like, Nah, not special enough. Then, just this weekend I went to my local little H&M. I was on my way out when the guy putting away the clothes had this one dress in his hands! Woah! Stop for a minute. I grabbed it and brought it to the cash register without even trying it on. See, it’s the little red dress that was meant to be!

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Because this dress is so wide, I gave myself a waist with the belt. I’m full figured on top, so cinching this dress provides me with a waist. Just to see the difference, I have a few pictures without the belt. It did feel a bit tent-like, but I can imagine for the beach, pool, or dock, no belt would be necessary–the belt would only be an extra accessory I would not want to deal with. Styling it both ways just proves the versatility of this dress!

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I found a Little Red Dress for You!

I checked the H&M online shop just to see if by chance it’s still available, but unfortunately it is not. I did however find several very similar different options. A little red dress will be the perfect summer ensemble for you: think barbecues, park concerts, or road trips. Throw on your little red dress, and you are good to go!

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Jess’ Turning Heads. It has also been linked to my fellow Fab 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fun Fashion Friday Link up and Sheela’s too.

Gingham Skirt and a Colorful Fence

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Sometimes I find a setting and then decide an outfit! This was the case here. I mean, this colorful fence was made for me. If I did have a yard with a fence, I would be so tempted to be the eyesore of the neighborhood and paint it in rainbow colors! No really, though, let me share a few details about this very inexpensive outfit. Outfits don’t need to cost an arm and a leg–at least not for me. This midi skirt for example is from a market. Granted I bought it at a Thai night market, but my point is that if one keeps their eye open there are bargains everywhere. Like this top: I bought it used from an Instagram shop. And the little tied scarf was also used from a market. My Adidas runners are the most expensive item I’m wearing, but they’ve definitely earned their cost per wear. Granted, my outfit isn’t fancy, but I felt good in this ensemble–a little throw back to the 50s almost. Tell me: do you feel better in expensive clothes OR is it enough for you to feel good in what you’re wearing?

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A Gingham Skirt Just for You:

Just in case you want to copy this look I found some gingham skirts for you at very reasonable prices:

  • This Mod Cloth midi version with larger gingham is very, very cute! While this one looks exactly like mine but with a bow.
  • Old Navy has a super small, checked gingham skater skirt in black and white.
  • Macy’s has a very classy black and white midi

  • Bloomingdale’s has an A-line option in black and white.
  • While this is the most expensive one I’m listed, it is handmade and so sweet found on an Etsy shop.
  • Out of the options I’m sharing, this might be the one I have to order: a black and white pencil skirt from Revolve Clothing. It’s perfect!
  • Just for the fun of it, I’m including three dresses from Urban Outfitters: an off the shoulder in red and white and this perfect black and white sundress or this one.
  • Wanna See the Gingham Skirt for You:



    *This post has been linked up to my good friend Sheela’s link up and my fellow FAb 40s friend Dawn Lucy’s Fashion Should be Fun as well as Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilke. It has also been linked up to Jess’ Turning Heads.