Most of us have an LBD (little black dress) and some of us have an LWD (little white dress), but I also believe all women should have an LBnWSD (little black and white striped dress). This staple can be dressed up or down. It’s a look that instantly feels chic. The dresses are usually quite seasonal–just add layers for colder temps, preferably in black. Red makes for an excellent accent with this dress: I chose red heels, a little red clutch, and my favorite new red lippy. Pearls are an easy accessory, yet I love how my leather jacket toughens it all up. The other great thing about a little black and white striped dress is their timelessness. My LBnWSD is from ages ago! Back in the summer of 2006, we started our vacation with a trip to the South of France with the Burkes and Debbie Diaz. We rented a home in Avignon. During one of our excursions to Avignon, I picked up this dress–without even trying it on, at the Zara there. I just knew it would be a classic for me, and it really has. It’s still in good shape, and I worn it to a wedding, a graduation, a cocktail party, and a few date nights in-between!
We have just under 7 weeks until Christmas! I plan to write an extra post each week with a gift guide for various types of people you might be thinking of this holiday season. The fiirst up, a twelve year old young man–there’s one in my house named Vincent! Nordstrom looks like the way to go with free shipping! Plus, they’re having a 40% off sale right now!!
Kremb de la Kremb Prom Designs
Last year I had such an amazing time attending the HKIS’ Interact Fashion Show. It was truly a feat! Student models, designers, and even planners created the entire show. I was just blown away by the talent. I also felt a little tinge of green envy at the chance these students were given. This year, when the call for designers was made, I casually asked the head designer, “Hey, can teachers design?” I was so pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic “YES!”
When I was with my sister Mary in Shanghai during a weekend in September, she asked me, “What luxury handbag would you choose?” She really got me thinking because I couldn’t really come up with one. Of course I’d love the epic 2.55 Chanel quilted bag, but I’d want it to be a hand-me-down from a grandmother or something. The Celine bag is super chic and very popular, but it looks like it’s already heavy before anything is even inside it. The Goyard is cool, but I’d prefer another HK designer MISCHA tote, and the Balenciaga is edgy, but….I don’t. The Chloe Marcie is probably the closest to my bohemian pull. When it came down to it, I realized it is the boho, eclectic bag that I covet beyond an iconic luxury handbag. I do have my Louis Vuitton Speedy 35, and I love it, but it’s the story behind this bag that’s already becoming more precious. While living in India, I used to covet this bag. It wasn’t until last spring when I received a substantial sum of money that I splurged on myself. At the time it felt right to treat myself to this luxury handbag. But to tell you the truth, I generally gravitate toward the leopard, fringe, beaded or sequins, snake bag–which in the long run is a little easier on my purse strings! (Heehee–pun intended.)
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Halloween has come and gone. Before those pumpkins go bad, I’ve rounded up some different options for what to do with the leftover pumpkins starting with this one: Ten Use for Your Pupkin.
- This last Saturday, I made Pumpkin Seed Crusted Chicken with a girlfriend. Mmmmm, it was so good. We paired it with some green beans. It seemed like the perfect autumnal meal.
- These Pumpkin Quesadillas look so yummy! Plus they look like the kids would get something nutritious out of quesadillas without even knowing it!
- These 31 weird ways to use pumpkin puree are worth looking at!
- Here’s the health benefits of pumpkin and here are seven reasons why pumpkins seeds pack a punch!
- This is how to roast your own pumpkin seeds.
- Usually pumpkins are carved for decoration at Halloween, but check out these five alternative ways to decorate with pumpkins. Each one of these would be neat for Thanksgiving decor!
- Right about now, people start getting excited about the Pumpkin Spiced Latte at Starbucks; unfortunately the truth is that there is no actual pumpkin in this drink. But hey, it tastes great!
- Finally this pumpkin roundup wouldn’t be complete without the “best” pumpkin soup OR the “best” pumpkin cookie. I opted for BBC’s Good Food version, and for the cookie I chose Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Favorite Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies–because they have 1 and 1/2 cups total add-ins–that means chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans, white chocolate, or a combination of any!
Kremb de la Kremb is hosting a SWAP on Wednesday, November 19. I’ve been contemplating this idea of getting friends together and swapping our stuff. I’ve had such fun at the swaps I’ve attended around Hong Kong, so I decided it’s time to get the community I’m a part of together and do the same. If you are reading this post, you are invited–especially if you are here in Hong Kong! If you are a reader from afar, consider attending the next swap in your community. It’s a great way to invigorate your closet. You get rid of the old while someone takes it as new. That’s a win-win! And you won’t believe what you can score–like these killer boots or this awesome bag or this intricate necklace.
If you plan to attend the Kremb de la Kremb SWAP on November 19th, please RSVP at this open Evite. You can deliver your used items to me beforehand, so they’ll be organized for the event. Or bring them the night of. I’ll be asking for a $50HK contribution to cover the hosting costs. Any extra money or clothing from the evening will be donated to Redress HK.
I enjoyed my first haircut with shorter hair for just a week, but it just didn’t feel short enough! I’ve been wanting to go really short for some time now, so I went back to Aman for the second haircut. When I visited her this weekend she was quite surprised, but she was eager to get started on the next cut. I know this haircut will last longer than a week. Eventually, I’ll get to a pixie, but in the meantime I’m enjoying this flippy new hairstyle!
Picture by Thomas Price of Teaspoon Photography
Happy Halloween! This year my awesome library team took inspiration from Jessica Quirk of What I Wore. We went with her simple version of a the Wicked With of the West. It’s so easy–which (insert wicked laugh!) we like. Last year we were all Zorros–again super easy. When a costume includes wearing all black, it’s usually a no brainer as most closets contain plenty of this absence of color. Here all we had to add was add some green makeup paint and a hat! We look pretty good I think! Happy Halloween from the HKIS HS Librarians!