Happy Mid Autumn Festival

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!! Definitely one of the perks of living overseas is experiencing and celebrating local holidays and festivals. Since we’ve lived in Asia for over 8 years now, we’ve been able to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. When we lived in Beijing, where these pictures were taken, we took our first trip to the Philippines. Since that trip in 2009 we’ve been back many, many times—once to last spring to become open water certified scuba divers. Now during this week off, we’re in El Nido, Palawan which is also in the Philippines. I plan to take lots of pictures but until then check out this Google image search

Another perk of living overseas is friends made around the world. Last weekend when Vincent had a tournament in Beijing, it was a no brainer for one to take a quick flight up there and stay with my good friends Sandy and Tom—friends made while living in India. Our world as international educators just gets smaller and smaller. It’s pretty amazing.

For example take this small world story: while I was up in Beijing to watch Vincent’s baseball tournament, my sister-in-law sent a picture of ISB and posted it on our family WhatsApp thread. She asked if the picture looked familiar; little did she know Vincent and I were there at the International School of Beijing at the same time as her! Jen and Kevin’s brother Brian Krembs are also international educators and work at Jakarta International School. Jen was at ISB for an art conference. Right in the midst of cheering on Vincent, I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was my sis-in-law. What a small world!

Let me talk a bit about this fab leather jacket. I bought a jacket just like this one at a swap from Jasmine of Dress Me Blog Me and the designer and founder of Raven and Rose. Well, the jacket I bought was made of PU which seems to always deteriorate in Hong Kong’s weather. Emma, our helper who worked with us when we first moved to Hong Kong, is from Indonesia. It’s wonderful that every now and then our doorbell will ring and it’ll be Emma with her husband and little baby coming over for a visit. I love it; not many people just drop by anymore, so we’re always happy to receive a visit from Emma and her family. On one such visit, she told me about a man from her village in Indonesia who makes really nice leather jackets. I race to my closet, grabbed my PU one, and said goodbye to that old but loved piece. Here’s the same exact coat but now made in real leather. I love it! And the price for this custom made jacket is a sin! It was only $115!! I just might have to send away for more, very soft, very well made leather goods. 

If and when I see special tennis shoes, I pounce. Granted, this entire outfit is quite sporadic—colourful tweed sneakers, black and white tweed shoes, a bright top, and leopard scarf tied on my wrist, a waist belt bag, and a leather jacket. Oh, I forgot to mention fringe earrings and studded sunnies! More is more right?! At least to me. Despite all that’s going on, I felt very comfortable in this outfit. I feel like somehow it all works—right?! Hahah!


Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

This week I will only be publishing this post. I’ve heard the Wi-Fi is super bad where I’m going in the Philippines, so I saving myself the pressure of figuing out my Internet connection. But, rest assured, I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures!

Favorites from The Fab 40s

This was the first post. We styled the Pantone color of the year: marsala with denim.
(Look how short my hair was!)

On Kremb de la Kremb since March of 2015, every single last Monday of the month has been dedicated to a post from The Fab 40s. For two and half years there have been a group of us–in our 40s–coming together to share in our love of styling clothes. We would take turns choosing a theme. When it was our turn, we’d invite a fellow 40-something blogger. It will sound odd to read that we became friends, but we all did–in that virtual way that friends are made today in 2017. Some members came and left; it was natural for life’s events to take us in other directions. At present we’ve stopped posting, but I don’t thing The Fab 40s are done. We’ll be back…. Because I enjoyed these last Monday posts so much, I thought I’d highlight a favorite pic from each of The Fab 40s’ members. Enjoy!

The Fab 40s as Princesses

Sheela was our leader. She’s the one who created our concept and got us started. This was my most favorite styling of Sheela’s; the theme was princess, and she definitely played the Belle here in her beautiful rose gown. Ironically this is the one picture where we can’t see yet another pair of Sheela’s fabulous heels!

The Fab 40s in Marsala with Denim

I always felt a special bond with Dawn Lucy as she’s also a teacher. We were all extremely sad when she turned 50. But, we hope she started a Fab 50s group–that way we can join her in the upcoming years!

The Fab 40s in Faux Fur

One of my favorite color combos is when navy and black are paired perfectly together,
so this was an obvious pic of Jane. Her style is so urban chic–always!

The Fab 40s in Holiday Wear

Sequin joggers–yes please! Sequin joggers with a sequin blazer–double yes please.
This stunning combo was obviously my favorite look of Dixie’s.

The Fab 40s in Hats

All of us always looked forward to how Samantha would style the themes. She’s unique, and quirky,
but always classy and chic all at the same time. That’s how her personality is too. She’s a no
nonsense woman that I really look to for style inspiration as well as friendship. (By the way,
I gave her this skirt, and I love how she style it. I never even saw the blues
in the skirt before seeing her style it in this way!)

The Fab 40s in Our Favorite Colors

The best thing about getting to know Jennie was seeing both her style and blog evolve from post to post. She just kept getting better and better! I chose this picture of her in her favorite color. Again, she surprised me because I would have never guessed that these greens were her favorite color; I thought she was a pink or purple girl,
but that is probably because she wears that hair color so well!

The Fab 40s in Formal During the Day

Out of all The Fab 40s, I could always picture myself in whatever Diane wore. Take this outfit for example:
I want it all. I love pairing sequins with something casual like cutoffs and sneakers. Seriously though,
she was always my style sister all the way!

The Fab 40s as Villains

For one of our posts we had to style a villian. I love that Veronica chose an
Angelina Jolie character just like me. I also always appreciate how fierce Vero is!

The Fab 40s in All White

Not many woman can pull off a bodycon white dress, but we could always rely on feminine, voluptuous Mary to rock another hot dress. I’d love to go through Mary’s dress collection. It’s immense from what we could all see!

Do you already miss The Fab 40s like me?
Hopefully we can get back together real soon….

(I think next month, on the last Monday of October, I’ll go through and choose my favorite looks from collaborating with The Fab 40s.)

Summer is Over

Summer is Over

I do love how a summer in the sun increases my freckle count!
Not my wrinkle count so much, but oh, I love the sun!

It’s always on Labor Day Weekend that most people feel that summer is over. For us, over here in Hong Kong, being back and in school already for a month, Labor Day is always a sure indication that indeed summer is over! Year after year at this time, I have this intense longing to experience American Labor Day. For example, this time around, my entire family back home is all together. I don’t often pine for a life in the States; I feel so fulfilled with my international life, yet, there are certain times of the year, Labor Day being one of them, that homesickness does set in. The are a few other times it always happens: Thanksgiving and Christmas for sure, the long month of March, maybe my birthday, but always most definitely Labor Day feels the strongest. It must be because we’ve just ended the summer, and the longing for that life we have during summer is just a short month away. The irony falls with the weather: summer is most definitely over here in Hong Kong! They typhoon rains are here for hopefully not much longer. By the end of September and for sure by October, we’ll be hitting the best beach weather Hong Kong gets. Sartorially speaking, I’ll be in shorts for another few months to come meanwhile trying to wear them in a fall type manner. One thing is for sure; summer is over, yet my matching of the white top and cutoff shorts–well that’s just my uniform continuing!

Summer is Over

Summer is Over

Summer is Over

Summer is Over

Summer is Over

What does the end of summer mean to you?

*This post has been linked up to Not Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Fake Fabulous’ #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

The Fab 40s in Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues
All good things must come to an end–at least that’s how the saying goes. I will not say that The Fab 40s is ending; it may pop up again. But, with members dropping, it’s a signal that a break from this blogging collaboration is needed. It’s been so fu though, and I have met some really neat ladies and feel they are my friends too. The blogging community must run on support of one another, and that is what I have always felt from my Fab 40s blogging buddies. This month you’ll find each of us in autumnal hues. I admit–my interpretation came out a little red, white, and blue, but I swear in the pic online, this long kimono looked like a burnt, rusty orange with dusky, pale blue! (Please go look, and tell me I’m wrong!) No worries for me though because I do love red, and lately any excuse to wear Hot Lave from Maybelline is a win in my book. It’s my new favorite red lipstick! If you read my post on Friday, you know I’ve had a rough go of it lately, so when I spotted this tee at my local H&M (yes, I can see H&M from my living room window, and yes, I find that crazy!), it simply spoke to me. Move forward. No looking back. Right?! Speaking of moving forward, I won’t be able to part with The Fab 40s so easily; I’ve already penciled in a tribute of sorts for the last Monday of September. (We always would post on the last Monday of each month.) It was a good run, and I’m not saying goodbye to the collaboration. You never know when it might spark up again….but until then, there so much love to everyone who contributed–both bloggers and readers–that I’d like to say thank you. Being in your 40s is FAB!!

Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues

Ok, one last look at some of The Fab 40s…

Mary from Curyly Byrdie Chirps

Mary and her dresses, they and her are just so pretty! I would love to sit on Mary’s bed and have her go through all the dresses in her closet. She has so many! And they are all so fabulous!! This one in a pretty teal blue is no exception. And Mary, you have a figure to die for! I’ll miss seeing your ultra feminine take at the end of each month Dear Mary.

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

I dare say that this combo reminds me of another Fab 40s–we could always rely on Sam as our print mixer, but that role has now been taken over by Jennie–easily! Stripes along side this unique paisley block print. I love it! And the color combo is also so unique and definitely very autumnal. Jennie, it has been so fun to see your style evolve and change and remain classy and chic always. You are a true style chameleon. I’m going to miss collaborating with you Jennie because you always offer me such style inspiration. And Jennie, you are looking fit girl! Way to go!! So petite!!

Veronica from Cid Style File


Army green is always a perfect hue for autumn, and in mesh this top is right in line for the 2017 fall style report. I love embroidered jeans too, and Veronica’s pair is nice and subtle with just a touch on her left side. Plus Teva sandals–my go-to choice of shoe as well. Her’s match with everything too! I’m going to miss you Vero….I’m going to miss everyone. Therefore, let’s take our breaks and get back together real soon!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

Autumnal Hues

Autumnal Hues

I’ve stopped counting how many times I’ve worn this waist bag aka fanny pack! Just get used to it. It’s all I wear, and it’s all I plan to wear in the foreseeable future–it’s just that good. Julie, have I thanked you yet?! Hahah. I think so. If you’re interested in having a luxe bag like this, head on over to Hustle & Hide Co, a local Spokane brand!

Autumnal Hues
The other item on repeat–aside from my lovely waist belt–is this fabulous pair of Céline sunnies that Smart Buy Glasses sent me. They are so gorgeous and definitely the most luxurious pair of sunglasses I own. I’ve been wearing them with everything–as you may have noticed. Head to Smart Buy Glasses for great discounts on very luxurious, name brand sunnies!

Autumnal Hues

Are you as sad as I am to see The Fab 40s end for a bit?
Don’t worry. I’ll pull my favorites from this series for the end of September. You can count on it for Monday, September 25. Until then, be FAB no matter what age you are!

The Style Stories that Broke the Blogger’s Back!

Style Stories
Oh, it’s so silly! But these flat lays seen here in this Style Stories post, well, I ended up in the hospital because of them! That sounds awfully dramatic, so I’ll back up. I brought back my Style Stories two weeks ago with this post. I had such fun making the flat lays that I decided to do it again last week. To make these (somewhat silly yet extremely, creative outlets for me) I lay my soft white blanket on the floor in my living room, smooth it out, and place items on top of the blanket. I often go up and down getting things just right–the lipstick might not be perfectly straight, there may be a ruffle in the clothing, or an earring isn’t laying upright. Basically, there’s a lot of bending, smoothing, and straightening out involved. Oh and then, I climb up onto a chair and take a shot from overhead. This is all basic stuff–it’s not high risk, or it least it shouldn’t be. But, for me it is.

By the last flat lay on this Wednesday night, something had happened. Something felt extremely off. I hobbled off to Vincent’s bedroom, laid on his bed, and asked for the usual massage he’ll give my back that resuscitates me back to normal. This time that didn’t happen. All of a sudden I was completely stuck–stuck on his bed. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t moves my arms let alone my legs. It was scary. Really scary! Finally Kevin lifted me up, Gigi got my crutches, and somehow I made it to my bed. Fast forward to some meds, rest in bed, a visit to the doctor, and a request for an MRI on Friday afternoon. Yet, it happened again: on Friday morning around 9 am, I froze up again and couldn’t move. And this time I got quite hysterical–both in emotions and in pain. I was losing my mind, yet Kevin, rational thank goodness, got me to the hospital. I ended up getting that MRI, and it showed two tears in my L4 and L5 lumbar discs. The doctor said this was good because I did not need surgery, but on the other hand it was bad because those tears were SCREAMING! Yes, they were!!

On Saturday, I had an epidural procedure where he injected my spine in those two spots plus gave me six other shots. I didn’t care; I was out thank goodness! By Sunday I was discharged and brought home with the request to lay low for the following week. This part was so frustrating, but necessary! I had just had a great two first days of school with the students. The year was starting well, really well. I was present, excited, and ready to go! Forget that last August and even the August before that I’d been out. I was starting off on the right foot. But then….not so fast: Kevin called it my threepeat! This August and this start to the year also has had its challenges.

But enough of all this! Let’s get to the flat lays!
(And back to work on Monday–I’m ready!)

Monday

Style Stories
I start every first day of school in an lbd–usually this one actually. I usually style it with gold as seen here. (I can’t believe I used to wear heels. Kinda breaks my heart! And, my hair was sooooo long!!) Rather than go with gold like I usually do, I went with silver and turquoise. Since I pretty much only wear tennis shoes, I opted for my Old Skools. Love them–they’re just as good as heels!

Old Skool VansBasically I copied my daughter with these. I can’t count how many pairs she’s been through. I thought it was about time I joined her in the Old Skool look!

Black Fringe EarringsOne day last spring I went earring shopping on Zaful. I bought about five pairs, and the total maybe came to $20. They have an insanely awesome selection of earrings. Hey, now that it’s almost fall, maybe it’s time for me to go shopping again. I think I can spare 20 bucks!

*A note on the belt–This belt was too small for me when I bought it, but I was determined to have it, so I figured out how to make it bigger. I went to a local craft store and bought some black canvas belting to match the width of the belt. I asked my local tailor to take of the belt buckle, add three inches, and then put the belt buckle back on. Presto! The extra inches are covered by the other side of the belt, and the belt now fits me. There’s always a way to make a belt bigger–usually right by the belt buckle!

Tuesday

Style Stories

For the second day of school, we get all the students. I wanted to look nice yet of course demonstrate my sporty style too, so I paired my dress with my ballerina tennis shoes.

Who What Wear Snake DressWho What Wear in my opinion is rockin’ it at Targé. I mean everything they create has been so cute. All summer long I wore this romper; now for fall I’ve got this cute dress (it comes in plain black and also a cute poppy floral print). I’m hoping it becomes a repeat for me too!

Mixing Two Lippies: Pink Me Up and White GoldAgain, I went with my metallic lippy, but I only wanted

Wednesday

Style Stories

I went super, super bright with my florescent shift on Wednesday. Again, I think I was just trying to set the tone that I am a zany dresser. Shock ’em now so to speak! This spring there were two cute ladies shopping in Zara when I spotted this shift. It was one of those moments where I went, grabbed a large, and purchased it. I just knew it was going to work for me, and it does–especially when I pair it with turquoise mascara and a hot pink lip!

Hot Pink Metallic LippyThis is for sure the brightest lipstick I own, and I LOVE IT! Plus not only is it bright, but it is also metallic. Like the last Style Stories post, I’ve got a thing for metallic lippy right now and this one ROCKS!!

Black Fringe EarringsThis was the second day I wore these earrings. They match a ton, and at only $3.72 I’ve definitely outdone my cost per wear!!

So, I only made it through three outfits last week.

And this week there were no outfits to report except for Wednesday’s Typhoon Hato getup. (I love that sweatshirt by the way!) But when I return to work on Monday, I think I’ll be continuing my tendency to wear dresses with tennis shoes. I like this vibe. It feels good–dress up sporty style! And, if I try to make flat lays again, I promise to try to use the kitchen table instead. Less bending over!

The Spirit Lake Legend

There is no doubt that Spirit Lake is a magical place for our family. Every summer, blog posts are created in this beautiful setting. I’ve shared cabin candids, the layout and rooms of the place, parades and park parties. Spirit Lake is a place we anticipate the very second we leave. It’s kind of like Christmas. Once it’s over, you can’t wait for the next year’s. 

I speak of the magic, yet Spirt Lake actually does have a legend: the legend of two Native Americans complete love for one another. It’s a Romeo and Juliet version; the two destined love ones will be separated by an arranged marriage. To be together eternally, they jump off a cliff into the waters never to appear again. Legend has it that there spirits may be seen out on the lake rowing in a canoe when the moon is full. 

One day, I went up to the town’s park and took some time to admire the legend. Spirit Lake Park on Main Street is a beautiful sight. It’s also used quite frequently. We don’t take our kids to run around up there anymore, but when they were young, we often let them run free. Now we use it as a place to picnic. It’s so perfectly kept with it gorgeous flowers and green everywhere. Each time we visit we take moment to appreciate The Indian Maid and her Brave. Love is in the air for sure in this picture perfect park.

Here is The Indian Maid, Hya Pam, which translates to Fearless Running Water. She’s accompanied with her love, The Brave also known as Hasht-Eel-Am-Hoom, or Shining Eagle. You can sense their desperate sadness and powerful love in this portrait of the two lovers. 



This simple outfit may be copied easily. The dress, which is super comfortable, can be dressed up or down. I wore this dress to my in-law’ 50th wedding anniversary party. I felt perfectly dressed up, yet casual at the same time. The dress in only $24.99, and it’s still available at Forever 21. The shoes are also from Forever 21–my go to spot even though I’m in my 40s. I like to call the place Forever 41!! Anyway, these shoes are so comfy plus cute–it’s exciting for me to branch out from my regular tennis shoe wearing. With the shoes costing $19.90 this easy outfit comes in at less than $50! I like that: looking cute for not much. It can be done! Please let me know if you’d ever need help. 

My Favorite Cabin Spaces

When we pull up to the cabin, this is our first view of the lake–always a glorious sight to behold.

Well, being out at our cabin on Spirit Lake in Idaho is becoming a distant memory,and of course the entire family is already looking forward to next summer when we can return. Before all my memories become blurred I thought I’d highlight a couple of my favorite cabin spaces from our home away from home.

This is the view from my bed every morning. I love waking up with the sun
and watching the diamond sparkles created on the lake.

My bed is on the left, and Kevin’s bed is on the right.
We don’t actually sleep in the same bed out at the cabin,
but we cuddle all the same. It’s cozy to have our heads
meet in a different way out at our cabin.

I love the leopard cushion covers on our bamboo furniture out on the porch. Leopard is a neutral in my book!

Here’s Ruby. My sister and her family are kind enough to let us keep
Ruby for spurts of time during the summer. We adore this little pooch.
She’s a hoot and so fun to play with–just don’t say “fish,” or
she’ll go a little bonkers!

Kevin took the picture of those daisies for me when we first dating.
He then had it blown up for me and framed. I love daisies;
they’re my most favorite flower of all.

Family Room

We don’t know any of the people on within this gallery of family pictures,
yet it doesn’t matter. Having these individuals up on the wall reminds me
of the family I have in India. India will always be magical in my heart.

In the upstairs bathroom we do have pictures of people who are important to us.
These bathroom walls are filled with moments with friends and family out at the lake.
It’s the best place ever to reminisce.

Have you been to our cabin?
If so, what’s your favorite space or touch about the place?

By the way, it’s an open door, so if you’re ever passing through northern Idaho, you know you have a place to stay!

Bringing Back My Style Stories: No. 14


I used to enjoy writing a Style Stories post once a week highlighting what I’d worn during the week–like the real outfits that actually get worn. This does one main thing for me: it helps me figure out what’s getting worn. If I wear something and don’t feel good in that item, then I have received the clue that it’s time to move on with that item. Perhaps I could even start to plan out n entire week in advance….a girl can dream right? Take a look at what I wore this week. I’ve linked any items that I highly recommend. Enjoy! And let me know what you think of this past week’s outfits.

Monday


The first day back to work is very casual. Only department heads show up, so it’s not quite the whole faculty yet. Jet leg was still kickin’ in, so I decided to wear a pair of shorts and be comfortable. Luckily I didn’t have any problems making it through the day; my jetleg wasn’t too bad surprisingly.

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Embroidered Shorts–My mother-in-law gave me a Target gift card for $25. When I walked into the Pasadena Target (a really good one by the way), I saw these and thought, “Oh those are the shorts I’ll buy from Jane’s gift card.” They’re so cute, and I had planned to bring them to the anniversary festivities in Suncadia, Washington for their 50th anniversary, but I forgot them! Instead I wore them on my own 20th wedding anniversary out at our cabin where we celebrated with my folks, my in-laws, and my godparents. It was a very special night! 20 years!!
Metallic Blue Runners–I’ve had these blue kicks for a while now. I love pulling them out. They’re bright and unstoppable. On a day when I need energy–like a jet legged one, they’re the shoes I grab for.
Hot Lava Lippy–I love this red lipstick. It’s the perfect shade of red WITH a metallic sheen to it. As you continue reading and viewing my week’s looks, you’ll see I’m all about a metallic lip!

Tuesday


This exact outfit has been my serious summer repeat; I have worn it multiple times. I feel very cute and sassy in it. This type of outfit that makes the most of my assets and hides what I need to–ie show my legs, hide the summer holiday gut plus discreetly highlight my décolletage. The luxe Hustle & Hide Co belt bag was a treat from my sister. It’s also a piece I keep wrapping around my waist. It holds my lippy and phone–two essential to carry around during my work day.

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Evil Eye Earrings–I get so many compliments on these earrings! And, they were only $6 bucks. I pretty much always have some sort of evil eye on my person whether it’s in the form of earrings, a necklace, ring, or bracelet.
I like to ward off any evil thoughts headed my way.
Polkadot Romper–This romper, well, I can’t say enough about it. It has been my go to all summer long–from lunch dates with girlfriends to the first day back to work, this romper has been my favorite summer purchase.
Bow Satin Slides–I am attempting to not wear tennis shoes every day, and these slides work for me! I bought them in yellow too, and there is also a pale pink. They’re comfy plus a little dressy at the same time. Yay to slides for me!!
White Gold Lippy–I’m super into metallic lips these days and Maybelline has a great line of colors. I have the White Gold, Hot Lava, and Copper Rose. I totally recommend them–plus they’re $7 bucks a pop. Maybelline makes great lippies!

Wednesday


Every summer Kevin will go into the Nordstrom Rack to buy new shoes. While he’s there, I take advantage of him shopping and pick up a new dress for school. I never bother to try it on–I just choose one I know will work for me. This was the case with this gorgeous velvet shift. It’s hard to see, but there are two pockets right in front perfectly situated for carrying my phone while walking the library floor.

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Velvet Shift–Score! I always appreciate that Kevin lets me throw something in the cart when we’re at the Nordstrom Rack, and believe me. Velvet is still totally hot so get your velvet on!!
Huarache Sandals–I found these on clearance at Target. Oh, I’m going to miss jaunts to that very lucky store….
Metallic Lipgloss–NYX is one of my new favorite cosmetic lines. It started with my love of their blue mascara, but now it’s expanding into all their lovely lip colors. Their metallic line is awesome! I have both this rose gold color and also the brightest, hottest pink–both so 80s.
Gold Hoops–Big, thick gold hoops are another throwback to the 80s and even 70s. I’m really loving this pair.

Thursday


For Thursday, I was determined to wear my Reebok tennies. This is very silly, but I’m actually pretty proud of owning them a full year ahead of my sister. She bought a pair this summer, and when she showed them to me, I declared, “I already have those!” She didn’t copy me or anything, but I felt pretty cool to own something before her. That never happens! From there I added an embroidered mini and a tied men’s shirt. I often find that a pair of sneakers works with a shorter hemline–at least for me.

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Mens Button Down–During one of my jaunts to Forever 21 (when it used to be in Causeway Bay), they had featured this men’s shirt in the women’s department. I snatched it up without even trying it on. I’m happy I did. It makes me feel very Beth Jones Style when I tie it like she does hers.
Embroidered Mini–I picked up this embroidered mini at Zara, but I was able to find it still available on Shein. It’s a goodie.
White Reeboks–And my Reeboks! Classic, comfy, and totally 80s aerobics style! Love them!!

Friday


I was going to wear a lbd on Friday with the leopard sandals and belt, but then I was like, “Wait! Wear shorts while I still can.” New students arrive on Monday with an orientation, and school starts on Tuesday. I’ll have plenty of upcoming days to wear my little black dress–like next week, so I was happy I went with shorts.

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The Simple Sandal–Geneva from A Pair and a Spare has created The Simple Sandal. These sandals are sooooo comfortable, and with each wear they just keep getting better. They come in black, cognac, tan, nude, and leopard. Obviously I chose the leopard!
ELF St. Lucia–I love finding dupes. I head to pinterest, put in a favorite, and search for “NARS Laguna dupe.” Presto, St. Lucia came in. So for $3 instead of $30 I’m trying out a new bronzer that looks just like my favorite. So far I’m pleased with this cosmetic duplicate.
Voile Satine–I’ve been super into oils lately: HM’s body oil, coconut oil, and my old favorite Bio Oil. (I say old favorite because my niece pointed out an app called Think Dirty. You put in the product and it gives you the rating of the product. I do not recommend trying it. I found out that my beloved Bio Oil is really, really bad for me. Hmmmm, I may finish my full bottle anyway since I love the smell and feel so much.) My sweet sister Mary gave me this bottle of Voile Satin by Diptyque. It smells so lovely and reminds me of India in a beautiful way.
Old Navy Shorts–These are the shorts I turn to when I’m a bit on the heavier side–which usually happens right after a fun filled summer at the cabin. Uh oh. I like the style and length because they flatter my legs yet flatter my heavier gut. I really recommend this style of shorts.

What do you think of this new format for my Style Stories?

It was fun to make, and I can see it being useful if I were to actually plan out my outfits a full week ahead?

What topics do you want to read about on Kremb de la Kremb?

This was my header from way back when I started Kremb de la Kremb in 2006.

I’m back! I took the summer off, and it felt so great, but to be honest I really do miss writing here on the blog. I was happy to post the few times that I did. I love the blogger collaborations I’m committed to. You can see I went shopping with Debbie in both June and July. Also, Samantha and Anna and I continued to feature our Ping Pong Pieces with coverups in July and cutoffs in June. And of course, I’m committed to my blogger collaboration with The Fab 40s. We featured ruffles in July and a DIY in June–my fave!

With the break from writing came a ton of reflection. That’s always the case isn’t it? While I adore posting my outfits, the break from blogging showed me there’s so much more I would like to write about. My blog is my creative outlet, and I plan to keep it that way. Before I aspired to blogger fame, yet I’m not so concerned with that anymore. What I do appreciate are you: the readers I already have. To that end, I want to ask you what you’d like to read about when you come to visit Kremb de la Kremb. While I’ll still keep up my outfit posts–since fashion is my passion! I do want to expand and write about other areas.

If you wouldn’t mind so much, will you please take this anonymous survey to let me know what topics you’d like to read here on Kremb de la Kremb. I will be so grateful! The other (big) change I’ll be working on is a little makeover. It’s been a while since this blog has received some design love; it’s time for a facelift!

Thanks again for letting me know what topics you’d like to see on Kremb de la Kremb!

Love, Annie

I went way back! Here’s a picture from one of my first posts, Italia Bellisima. I’m in Italy here! (I sure loved that dress. It was a copy of a dress made from a tailor in Indi. It’s long gone by now. Good thing cuz I know it would not fit!

Cover-Up: Ping Pong Post No. 5

I was so happy when Anna called a cover-up for July’s Ping Pong Piece; it’s pretty much all you’ll find me in this summer out at Spirit Lake. Although my version of a cover-up is a little different: it’s a very old white fisherman sweater. It’s been a very breezy summer, so while I am in a suit, I need something to keep me a little bit warm–especially if we go out in the boat. To me a cover-up is usually white. I am not sure why, but I usually gravitate towards a white sweater or sweatshirt, white men’s shirt, or white, lacy number. Once you’ll see down below, a couple of my friends agree….

Anna from Anna’s Island Style

Anna mentioned her age somewhere recently–it might have been on an Instagram image…yep here it is! I don’t know why but I am surprised Anna is 59. She’s so lithe and fit and I’m going to go ahead and say it, very sexy in her bikini and Marilyn Monroe-esque dress. It’s such a fun and flirty cover-up, in white! And, the best part about it is she picked up this ASOS number for only $5 at a thrift shop. Score!!


Mary Murnane

Anna invited Mary Murnane this month. I’m always enamoured by how classy Mary is. She’s just the epitome of classy chic. Her style is so tailored and basically, well suited! It was this post of Mary’s when I fell in love with her. I’ve always wanted to just wear a blazer–with nothing underneath. I still haven’t been able to master this look but it is definitely on my sartorial bucket list. Here Mary surprised me: she’s still very class of course, but she’s also quite angelic, don’t you think!?

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

I can totally relate to Sam’s cover-up here. While yes, I am experiencing warmer weather out at Spirit Lake, the moment I hit the Pacific Coast, out come all my layers. Layers on a 20 degrees Celsius beach are absolutely necessary. Of course we can always count on Samantha to be bright and cheery in any circumstance. It’s just her way! And I love it!!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

If by chance it gets hot enough for me to shed the sweater, I’ll then replace the upper cover-up with a bottom one, and it’s usually a pair of my cut-offs. Ever since I was a preteen heading to the lake with my family, I’ve always maintained that something should be covered–either my top half or my bottom half. It’s been my suit wearing habit for as long as I can remember.

What’s your favorite type of cover-up?