Style Story: Work Outfits Monday Through Friday

My style story is back this week! Monitoring my daily work outfits has been a great way for me to see what I actually wear and need in my closet. Just from last week’s post I was able to clean out my wardrobe by getting rid of a few items. This week was freezing, and I couldn’t seem to wear enough layers. Take a look:

By the way, Monday-Thursday’s pictures were taken by Tom Price of Teaspoon Photography.

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Beautiful Bali: Part 4, Ubud Rice Fields

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Beautiful BaliThe last time Kevin and I were in Ubud was 15 years ago. One thing that has not changed with this idyllic local in the mountains of Bali is its beauty. It’s just remarkable. On the other hand, the commerce has definitely increased as has the yoga zeal to the town. Also the culinary delights were delish. We stayed in a simple two bedroom villa out in the middle of a lush green rice field. And Santa found us all the way in Bali! Christmas in such a green area was perfect as were the torrential downpours. We found gods and monkeys amongst fields of rice. It was a magical return to Ubud.

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Poet and I Didn’t Know It!

IMG_0774One of the very best perks of being a librarian is getting to meet the fantastic authors, poets, and storytellers that stock a library. For the past few days, I’ve been lucky enough to make a new friend in Naomi Shihab Nye. I had always wanted to meet her ever since Shannon introduced me to her back in 1999, and the two of us then went on to become librarians. I got very close to meeting Naomi while working in Mumbai, but visa circumstances denied us then. Now here in Hong Kong we’ve been lucky to have her here with us all week long. Plus, my family has had the chance to hang out with her too! Naomi has such a positive energy about her that in knowing her I am left with a new set of opened eyes. She was so amazed by Hong Kong and loved it so much. She enjoyed our students and was impressed by our school. She’s a super thoughtful person–she brought me a little something each day from an article to a scarf to a loaf of bread. I just feel privileged to have met Naomi and to call her my new friend.

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Gift Guide: Jewellery for My Maharani Girlfriends

IndianJewelleryIndian women know jewellery. Oh, doesn’t that country know jewellery! It was amazing to live in India and collect bauble–from roadside trinkets to fine gold, I cherish every treasure I own from India (even the bangles with gems missing). Recently during December, I had such fun making gift guides for the Christmas season I don’t want to stop. So, I’m not! Instead, I plan to find friends who might be celebrating during the month and create a gift guide for them. (I know this may seem kind of awful because I’m not actually in the vicinity of personally gifting to these people, but can I say it’s the thought that counts?! I’m a shopper, so that’s the gift I’ll share.) This month, I have four beautiful Indian girlfriends who are celebrating their birthdays this January. I think of these four remarkable women all the time. Not only were they teachers to my kids, but they embraced me and gave me the gift of their friendship when I lived in their country. When I say beautiful, I am talking about their “beauty is as beauty does,” but they are also actually gorgeous stunners on the eyes as well. There’s Priyanka and Khush, Charlotte and Mrinalini. Because each of their body types is so different, I’ve attempted to provide jewellery style tips according to their unique voluptuousness while attempting to describe the best jewellery for different body types. The two trends I focused on were statement earrings and necklaces:

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Graphic Tees Please

GraphicTee4There are a couple of trends I’ve been slow to the take: one of them being graphic tees. I figured out why….when you wear a graphic tee, you’ve got to feel the message. The t-shirt actually says something, so when you wear it you have to remember that you are actually communicating to anyone who reads it. Recently, I’ve embraced my “RAD” tee and now this ironic one with “NOTHING TO WEAR.” Ya right! I definitely have no shortage of clothes. Although it’s true there are times when I feel like I don’t have anything to wear, so the more I incorporate my “less is more” mentality with my closet the better. Do you have a graphic tee that you wear–just ‘cuz the message is so good? What does it say?

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7th Links á la Mode

Last week’s new year’s post about my closet goals for 2015 made Independent Fashion Bloggers’ Links a á la Mode list! I don’t feel finished on this topic of maintaining my closet, so you can expect more in this area of organizing and maintaining an awesome wardrobe. (These are the other Kremb de la Kremb posts that have made IFB’s Links á la Mode: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.)

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In With The New

How’s your first week of 2015 going? The first week back to work, still bulging from the holidays? Hitting the January Sales like there’s no tomorrow? Cleaning out your closet? Planning your life for the next year? Even though it’s just another day like any other, the turn of a new year brings up so many things for everyone. What are you discarding? What do you want to bring in?

Links à la Mode: January 8th

Style Story: Work Outfits Monday Through Friday

I’m going to give this sort of post a try. We’ll see what you all think. Basically, these were my work outfits Monday through Friday. Once I got to work, I took a pic of what I was wearing. Many of my outfit posts on this blog have been styled outfits that are not always practical. (Like would I really make it out in these heels?!) Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to showcase my actual work outfits while explaining a bit of their style story. I indeed wore each of these work outfits Monday through Friday of this week. Some of them I like, and well….some of them will help me with my closet goals for 2015! I’ve given each a rating out of 5 with 5 being the highest. No 5/5s this week….

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Beautiful Bali: Part 3, Kickin’ it in Kuta

BaliKuta-12Bali is still beautiful! This recent trip over the Christmas holiday did not disappoint. Since we stayed in three different places, I’ll post this trip in three more “Beautiful Bali” posts to add on to part 1 and part 2 from our trip last October. For our first five nights we stayed in bustling Kuta which is in the southern part of Bali yet still facing west for ideal sunsets. It seemed appropriate during the days leading up to Christmas to be in Kuta as we had time for beach fun, any last minute pressie shopping, and then more beach for gorgeous sunsets. We took in the gorgeous culture with a bride and groom seriously dressed to the nines and child performers dancing for their wedding held at our hotel. The rock sculpture gods and ornate structures were seen throughout our hotel. Despite the heat, we even saw a sandman and a shirtless Santa! We easily settled into our trip and had a great time on this return trip to Bali.

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Kremb de la Kremb Closet Goals for 2015

NothingToWearSo fashion and style and clothing and shopping and lipstick and necklaces, ok, I better stop! Well, let’s just say all these (frivilous) items are of interest to me. It would only makes sense that when I go to make my goals for 2015 they would center around the above mentioned. Sure, I want to be more patient, I want to plan better meals for the family, and yes, eventually I want to work at losing those last few pounds, but what’s really attainable for me are closet goals!

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#ElleinHK Last Year on this Day

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Last year on January 6 of 2014, Elle arrived to stay with us in Hong Kong for six weeks. OH! It was such fun!! I end up missing her quite a bit since that time that she stayed with us. It was such a treat to spend a solid chunk of time with her. Elle is my goddaughter, so there’s an extra bit of pride set aside for her. She just turned 17 on January 2nd–I can still remember when she was just a little babe. Man, before Julie and Matt know it, she’s going to be heading away for college. I know this six week trip last year was a big one for the family; maybe it helped to pave a bit of the way toward their first one heading off. Now the two set of folks need to scheme for Vincent’s possible exchange and even Maeve’s. I looked up the hashtag #elleinhk and found some of these great pics while she was here in Hong Kong. Oh man, we had such fun exploring the city, shopping, and trying new things like surfing or trying different food. Who knows….maybe Elle will return for a follow up visit some day….

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