Nordstrom Gift Gui..

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6th Links á la Mo..

My recent post about the Louella Odié Skyline Tote made it on this week’s Links á la Mode on Independent Fashion Bloggers. I wrote about this Hong Kong tote traveling all over Shanghai. It was such a fun collaboration with Louella Odié. I’m happy for both of us to get more exposure on IFB!


Keep it Clever

Do you know the difference between a cocktail dress and a gown? Do you know how a man’s suit should fit? How about what you should buy on vacation (as there are SO many things!)… Well, for all the little bits and pieces you need to know this season, we’ve got you covered in this week’s links!

Links à la Mode: December 4th

Recipe: Grandma So..

RecipeOne of my most prized positions is my Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Roll recipe. I remember being a young adult, probably in my 20s, and realizing I needed to know how to make her famous rolls for future holidays when I would be doing the cooking. I asked her during one of my regular card playing visits, and she wrote it out for me on a piece of pharmaceutical notepad paper. As it began to weather I have protectively had it laminated. Her procedure is a little tricky in places but with practice, both Kevin and I have figured out how to make them. They’ve become a bit famous in many of the places we’ve lived. The best thing about these cinnamon rolls was always that they were served with the meal as the bread–not as a dessert! Growing up we had them three times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Now my kids request them too–this batch is for Gigi’s Christmas celebration at school today.

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Christmas Cookies ..


Cookie Plate Image from Glorious Treats

It’s about time for the Krembs family to start pumpin’ out the Christmas cookies. We usually have a set of staples that we always make–like Pfefer Nuts, Russian Tea Cookies, and Spritzers. The Pfefer Nuts are already made–probably because they are so easy. The Russian Tea Cookies are up next, yet I don’t know if I have my Spritzer cookie mold thingy…so it’s time for me to find some new recipes. Hence, this Christmas Cookie Roundup! Have a look and maybe you’ll find some new ideas for your Christmas cookies this year. I know I have!

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Red Trench and a S..

RedTrench1I’ve been wanting a trench for a while (right Maureen!?). I always see one, try it on, and think, meh. Not for me. But then, I realized what was wrong: the color! I am not a khaki colored trench coat kind of person. They just don’t suit me. Now red, that’s a trench I can invest in! Mary and I had these matching red trench coats made during my first visit when we went to the market below the Science and Technology Museum. It was this past visit in Shanghai when I first got to wear it. And now with the temperature dropping in Hong Kong, I’ll be able to wear it here too. And, I’ll wear it with confidence because I think it suits me.

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Hong Kong in Shang..

LouellaOdie.3-3As seen from so many updates here on the blog, my Instagram feed, or my Facebook page, we recently visited my sister Mary in Shanghai for Thanksgiving. It was such fun, and I’ll try not to post too much from the trip. One post I will dedicate my awesome travels to is Louella Odié. Louella Odié is a local Hong Kong handbag boutique. First, the reason I love this line of bags is the printmaking. With a brother as a printmaker, I have grown to have an appreciation for all things printed. With this mother-daughter team, mom Karen is the artist behind Louella Odié while Lauren is the businesswoman. The team is sensational as are the bags. I was so excited to carry The Hong Kong Skyline Tote throughout my four day weekend in Shanghai. It’s as if the bag, as many of my personal items, became a being, and She was often referred to as Her. Take a look at where She went in Shanghai!

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Christmas Plaid

ChristmasPlaid1I’ve had my other plaid Christmas skirt for YEARS! It’s pilled on the sides and to be honest, it’s just time to get rid of it. (We’ll see if I actually do!) That’s why when I saw this Christmas plaid skirt in the middle of the spring last year, I jumped on purchasing. I set it aside for just this day, December 1st, and I plan to wear it in multiple ways–just like the last Christmas plaid skirt. I love Christmas, and of course I love dressing in holiday spirit. In fact, I’m invited to a 12 pubs of Christmas crawl where tacky tinsel is expected, but, I told the host, I can’t do tacky Christmas. Or maybe I do, but it’s pretty authentic for me…Merry Christmas! Time to pull out the Christmas plaid!

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Nordstrom Gift Gui..

I love Christmas shopping for my sisters–they have to be the easiest people to shop for on any list. I have many sisters: 2 biological, five through marriage, and several more just from strong friendships made through my life. While unfortunately this is a window shopping compilation of Christmas presents, each one on this gift guide has a particular sister in mind. Can you guess what’s for who? Merry Christmas Sisters!! I wish I was with you this Christmas ‘2014.

1. Monogramed Necklace

2. Gemstone Earrings

3. Seattle Umbrella

4. Lip Maestro in the Best Red

5. Faux Fur Loop Scarf

6. Gold and Navy Watch

7. Initial Business Card Holder

8. Leather (Tech Gloves

9. Vanilla Brown Sugar

10. Plaid Pajamas

11. Tartine Cookbook

12. Gold Face Candle

Get shopping for those SISTERS!!

Christmas Shopping..

ChristmasShoppingwithKdlKIt’s November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Oh, but it is so much more! Today is Black Friday–the day after Thanksgiving in which the holiday shopping season may officially begin. I’ve actually never witnessed a Black Friday since I live abroad, but I can only imagine the frenzy. Then, on December 1st, it will be Cyber Monday, the one day out of the year with the highest amount of online purchases made!

It’s a given that I am a shopper. I love it. And to be honest, I’m actually quite good at it. I understand it’s not for everyone though. Therefore here on Kremb de la Kremb I have been creating various gift guides for you: here’s one for a handsome young man or spunky little girl, and here’s another one for the perfect host gift. This weekend you’ll get to see the perfect gift guide for sisters–since I have so many! So stay tuned…

I have also started to use an affiliate program here on Kremb de la Kremb with a program called RewardStyle. Basically, I find an item, create the link through rS, and then if a purchase is made from that link, I get a little commission. It’s like I work at Nordstrom for example, but through my computer. So, since I love shopping, and I’m pretty good at it, use me! Use the links I’ve provided below. I’ve included the sales and deals for you too–and I’ll continue to do so. More importantly though, if there’s something you’re after, and you just can’t find it, well ask me! I’m your (personal) shopper!

Merry Christmas!! And happy, happy shopping!!



Here are some links to shop from–there’s more too, so if you don’t see your store listed below just let me know. Thank you;)

Ann Taylor

50% off

Ann Taylor Loft


Black Friday huge sale sitewide
Cyber Monday free shipping


Black Friday 30% off, Code: TGIBF
Cyber Monday 30% off, Code: ILOVEMONDAYS

Banana Republic

50% off one full-priced item, Code: BRFIFTY
40% site wide, Code: BRFORTY



up to 80% off

Forever 21

Black Friday deals under $5, $10, $20


Black Friday 50% off sitewide, Code: BLKFRIDAY


Black Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no mimimum, Code: HOLIDAY
Cyber Monday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum, Code: MONDAY

Nasty Gal


Old Navy

entire store will be 50% off

Revolve Clothing

Black Friday select items up to 80% off
Cyber Monday 20% off final sale

Saks Fifth Avenue

up to 60% off select styles



Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000, Code: GOBIG14


All sorts of specials!

Urban Outfitters

Black Friday additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores
Cyber Monday take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150


Zappos Announces Fast, Free Giving! For every order placed on from Black Friday to Cyber Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America.

Breaking Thanksgiv..

ChristmasBooksThere’s a Thanksgiving tradition that got broken this year: we put the tree up early! Usually Kevin is highly against this, but a special arrangement was made since a) we won’t be in Hong Kong for the actually turkey day and b) we had a chance to have our Hong Kong cousins over to decorate the tree. We feel so lucky to have family here! I mean how awesome is it that we get to see relatives often–and now even more with my sister Mary in Shanghai. We usually put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. One tradition that wasn’t broken–the kids adorned the tree!

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