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?

Eyebrow Care (Vlog No. 4)


I promise this vlog is no joke. You can safely watch all the way to the end and know that I am being honest throughout. My last alternative makeup vlog got a few of you you, but it was posted on April 1st. Now you know that deep down I’m a jokester!!

This vlog today takes your through my eyebrow care. I actually don’t do much relying on filling my brows in more than anything. Have a watch, and if you think of any questions email me or leave them in the comments. I thank Benefit Cosmetics for giving me all the products featured here, and despite some bias because I love the brand, all opinions are mine and very honest.

My Eyebrow Care

Basically, in a nutshell this is my eyebrow care:

  • Tweeze when necessary and ONLY underneath the brow;
  • Trim my eyebrow hairs every 3-4 weeks;
  • Fill in my brows with the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil (I use color #4);
  • If I want them to be especially set and stiff, I use the mascara like product from Benefit called Gimme Brow (for this one I use #5);
  • For a special event or a night out, I’ll opt for the more precise look of Ka-Brow again in #4.

*I researched the conditioner product called Browvo, and I now know why I don’t use it that much. It’s for making brows look fuller. I don’t need much help in that department, so that must be why I’m skipping it. Aside from the beneficial growing properties in Browvo, I did learn however that it could be used on its own, AND it’s a great at making your brow makeup last longer. Hmmm….I might start using it more often!

That’s it! Basically, my eyebrow care is pretty low key, and I rely heavily on filling them in.

What’s do you do for your eyebrow care?

*Thanks for giving me all these products Benefit HK! I love you guys!! If you are local to Hong Kong, click here and you can search for any one of the 38 Benefit Cosmetics branches near you!

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

Blazers–Ping Pong Piece No. 2

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Oh this pink blazer….does it have a story! When Anna called this month’s ping pong piece to be blazers, I knew I had to showcase this pink blazer. It haunts me! Here goes….I bought this pink blazer with my dear friend Sandy during a shopping spree in Beijing at an H&M in a fun area called Qianmen Dadjie. Those trips were so great: we’d go to brunch at Capital M and shop the area. Mmmm, memories. Fast forward to Hong Kong, and I found I never really wore this blazer, so I gave it away at this swap. It wasn’t shortly after I gave it away, that I actually went looking for it and realized it was gone from my closet. Darn! Oh well…but then, fast forward to another swap held by the same people, and I couldn’t believe it, but my pink blazer was sitting on the rack! I bought it back!! Ironically, just recently at the Rug Lane Swap, I attempted to sell it again, but it never sold. I guess it’s mine to keep, don’t you think!!?

Do you wear blazers? Describe your favorite one! Plus, read through to see how the others styled their blazers.

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Anna’s Island Style

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I’ve actually been on the hunt for a floral blazer. I think it’d be fun to own one. Anna’s husband gave her this one for Christmas. Isn’t that sweet?! I can’t imagine Kevin ever buying me clothes…. I really admire how Ann has paired it with all white; it’s very elegant.

When the Girls Rule

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Anna invited Julia from When the Girls Rule to join us this month. I really love the color of her blazer. The cornflower blue is right in line with the pink of mine. I’m also interested in trying out the longer length jacket which looks great on her. Julia’s blazer looks really nice with that pretty, spring, floral dress.

Fake Fabulous

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I’d like to rename Samantha from Fake Fabulous to Fabulous Print Mixer. She seems to style as effortless as can be–and the is never, ever anything fake about her! I used to have a blazer like this Sam, but I think I sent it to one of you two when we would mail pieces around the world. Who has that pinstriped suit?

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

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One thing I will never get rid of is this very old navy blue tank from a market in Florence. “Ciao Bella!” Oh what wonderful words!! I love Italy, and I always claim how I’d like to be Italian. Yet, it’s no secret I wear tennis shoes with everything these days, so I attempt to balance out a formal blazer with a tank and cut-off denim skirt.

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Now…what should I do with this blazer!?

Reminiscing 


I feel like reminiscing….Was it really two months ago when I was trapesing around Rajasthan, India. I want to take a moment to relive that trip. It’s funny: I’m at an educational conference this weekend  where the world becomes quite small and one’s experiences get shared. I am always so proud to say that I lived in Mumbai–or rather Bombay as I prefer to call it. Those five years from from 2004-2009 have made such an impact in my life: so much so that I feel part Indian inside. Without getting too religious, I had an interesting conversation with my daughter recently. She was telling me that I had to give God (the Catholic one) all my devotion. She claimed it wasn’t possible to go halvies with Ganesha and Jesus. I simply listened; I didn’t attempt to argue with a 13 year old. But, I definitely don’t agree. Does that make me pagan? We’re saving this question for my mom–the lady who was a nun for five years and can get quite philosophical just like her granddaughter. The point is, how could I not have many gods after witnessing 20 years of different cultures and religions? This summer will mark 20 years married, 20 years overseas. After six countries and so much travel all over the world, I’ve got all sorts of ways of praying and many deities that receive those prayers. I think this is ok. Hopefully, one day, my daughter may think the same. One thing for sure that is a commonality that I find amongst all the religions I know of is Confucius’ Golden Rule: “Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.” With this rambling reminiscing I’ll end by wishing you a great day and an even better weekend!

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Styling an Apple

Cream Beret | White Shirt | Navy Blazer (I switched out the buttons for gold ones) | Paisley Pants | Navy Sneakers

The diet I mentioned on Wednesday has started! In the meantime, I wanted to demonstrate once again how I have been styling an apple shape. I wear longer shirts and blazers, and I tend to wear tighter pants. This outfit is similar to Monday’s outfit. Basically, I am making every attempt to conceal the tummy weight I am carrying beneath the shirt and blazer. Every single woman seems to find something they don’t like about their bodies. I bet men do to, but in my opinion they may not fixate on it as much as the female gender. Women, it’s time to find something we do like on our bodies, and then FLAUNT it! I like my legs. So, I will do everything I can to make use of them while concealing something I don’t like as much. Am I going to let my heavier tummy bring me down? No! Instead I will try to fix it, and in the mean time style my physique in a way to accentuate what I do have at this moment: skinny legs.

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MaharAnnie

MaharAnnie 9There is an important reason why we chose to travel through Rajastan during our most recent trip to India over our winter break: I always feel like a princess there. I’m serious! Yes, it’s beautiful, and the people are very, very kind. Rajasthan is also filled with tons of history and packed with culture. These attributes also played into the decision, but most importantly, I feel like a Rajasthani princess while I’m there. It’s a very magical place that takes me back in time. Everything seems so decadent even amongst the chaos. My heart feels quite full when I am in Rajasthan. The word for a queen or princess in Hindi is “majarani.” Since I feel like royalty while I’m there, I took on a new name: MaharAnnie! What was extremely special, is to every Rajasthani person that I introduced myself as MaharAnnie, there was a little twinkle in their eye and sparkle to their smile. They had no problem obliging and calling me by my new nickname. If you think you are, you are–right!!?

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*Stay tuned for Wednesday when I will share more pictures of this beautiful Rajasthani hunting lodge called Rawla Narlai.

**This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.