Here’s to 2016!

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Here’s a family picture taken on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. We spent Christmas in the SNOW
in Spokane, Washington at my sister and her family’s home. It was BEYOND beautiful! (Thank you to Matthew and Julie, Elle, Maeve and Thomas for making our 2015 Christmas so, so AMAZING!)

It’s already January 5th. Blogging and posting on Kremb de la Kremb has gone by the wayside on this fabulous winter wonderland holiday we’re having, and you know what? That’s ok. This is my hobby, and between so much activity, spotty wifi, and tons and tons of absolutely fabulous family time, I have let my posting on the blog subside a bit. I will be back, maybe in full force, maybe a little more laxed. The commonplace first post of the year is filled with blogging goals and style revelations, but not from me this year. Instead, I’m basking (intentional word choice) in the cold of the Pacific Northwest–from Schweitzer Mountain in Northern Idaho to Spokane where I’m from and Seattle where my husband is from. In fact as I write, we’ve taken a mini vacation from the vacation with a two night trip to Vancouver, BC. Don’t get me wrong: I do love blogging and styling outfit posts–in fact I have a ton of outfit posts lined up. I love the creativity with which this blog stimulates my mind. But for now, until my routine back in Hong Kong resumes, which definitely includes blogging, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my winter wonderland vacation in the Pacific Northwest! I’ll hit all those blogging and style goals later….

I hope you are also enjoying the start of 2016 with plenty of gusto!

Here’s to 2016!!

Love, Ann

December’s Instagram @KrembdelaKremb: Vol. 12

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December was a fantastic month! It was made most spectacular by traveling home for the holidays. We cannot remember the last time we went home for Christmas. We do know that in 2009 we went to Hawaii for brother Nicholas and Amy’s wedding, but there has to be a time before that when we went home to Seattle and Spokane for Christmas. We’re still trying to figure it out. Needless to say, this trip home for the holidays was something the kids had been hoping for for some time. The other thing that they were hoping for was a snowy Christmas. In fact, Gigi declared that’s all she would like. We were more than happy with the ton of snow we in, and we made sure to partake in just about every snowy activity possible. I’m not sure what 2016 will bring, but I do know that Christmas of 2015 shared with my sister’s family was one that will be remembered forever!

@Krembdelakremb on Instagram:

1. We got a very nice picture of the four of us on Christmas Eve Day just before heading to Christmas Eve Mass. There was plenty of snow for a very White Christmas!

December Collage

2. This #ootd (outfit of the day) picture was my most liked; I think it’s definitely the sparkly pants! By December (and it continues now), I’ll pretty much wear my runners with just about anything–including a little, ok a lot of sparkle.

3. We decorated the library where I work in all black and white. In anticipation of a snowy Christmas, we made it snow in the library! The students were encouraged to add to this chalkboard tree–which they did.

4. I ran a series of red dresses during December. This one was by far my favorite. I love this red dress that I picked up from my friend @Imanorbyah. Once I shortened it, it was ready for me. (Here are the other red dress posts: a boho tunic, a wrap dress, and a cocktail party dress.)

5. It was pretty awesome to be able to watch the Seahawks in Seatown. (Unfortunately, they are out, but they sure did give it a good run!)

6. This is me in snow after many, many years. I was very, very happy!

7. We saw so many different trees: my in-law’s, my folk’s, my sister’s, the ski mountain’s, and this one which belongs to my brother Adrian and his wife Kate. They called it a Charlie Brown tree. It was super cute!

8. We normally only ever see our cabin during the summer months. Imagine our amazement at seeing our cabin buried in snow!

9. I had such special sister time! We stayed with Julie and her family for over ten days…maybe it was twelve. We never got sick of one another (well at least I think anyway!); rather we just had such a wonderful time hanging out family to family. It was a really neat Christmas.

10. And, best of all, the kids got to ski and enjoy the snow. Gigi’s dream came true! Christmas 2015 was definitely a magical one!!

I Dare you to Wear More than Four Colors

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You know how we used to all look at the J.Crew catalogs, and think how are they mixing all those colors and prints together? Well, I used to think that anyway, but these days, it seems every outfit I put together is filled with this style called “pattern play.” I’m making some pretty great friends in this blogging community–who are all embracing this colorful style of dressing. Lead ringer among us is Sheela. She got six of us together to style four or more colors. Four colors could include different patterns as well: you know like leopard and plaid paired with a winter sweater, bright gloves, and a luxe bag! Here’s a take of six style bloggers who interpreted more than four colors:

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Colorful 2

Colorful 1

Colorful 5

My Outfit Details of Four Colors:

Leopard Fur–ASOS
Mountain Sweater–Zara
Plaid Pants–Forever 21
Earrings–Macy’s (similar)
Lippy–Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur in Berry Misbehaved (my new fave that I just found–I always check out what’s new at the drugstore when I’m home in the States)
Tote–Louis Vuitton Speedy 35
Red Gloves–from a market in China (similar)
Boots–from my Mom

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Here’s my good friend Sheela from Sheela Writes. Somehow, through both physical distance and time difference, we have become really good buds. In fact, while I’m in Hong Kong, I’ll sometimes wake and start chatting with her on Whatsapp. One of these days I do know we will meet with either a visit in the States or in Asia. Even though Sheela will say this was a difficult challenge for her, she still looks great–evidence that confidence is another item we wear. Sheela, special thanks goes to you for coordinating all of us!

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Samantha writes Fake Fabulous, and believe me there is everything fabulous about her and nothing fake. I’ve already stated my inspiration for Sam here. As per usual, she is bold and quirky and it always just works. When Sheela and I were figuring out a style challenge beyond our monthly Fab 40s, we turned to Samantha’s style. She definitely served as inspiration for this challenge. And of course, she totally rocked it!

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Liyana is a blogger I’ve just met; she writes Affordable.com. (I think she scored with the url, and I wonder how often she’s asked to sell it….) I love how simply colorful Liyana is. Look how expertly she’s paired dots. Can you find them all? Next time I go to Malaysia I know who I will be meeting! Make sure you go to Liyana’s “About Page;” her pic there is just about the cutest blogging portrait out there.

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Nicole writes Lipstick and Brunch. I always have a little hair envy for those who so boldly color their hair. I always wish I could just go for it (and not just on a photo shopped April Fools’ joke.) When I read about Nicole, I became very fascinated by her history. She’s Honduran, so I have a feeling if we become texting buddies like I am with Sheela, we might write a bit in Spanish. I love how colorful Nicole is–she definitely had no trouble with this challenge.

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Anna lives on an island–just like me, hence her blog, Anna’s Island Style. However her island is tranquil and isolated, hardly comparable to busy-busy Hong Kong. Yet, I think our commute to go shopping is similar in time getting there! I first met Anna when she started reading Kremb de la Kremb. Because she’s always been so supportive and encouraging, a friendship was sure to begin. Since her finding me, we email and Facebook: in fact in the new year, you can look forward to a travelling sort of collab between Anna, Samantha and me…

What do you think? Do you ever wear more than four colors? Do you need help figuring out how to do this? You could call on anyone of us, and we would totally be ready to help you.

Call on the Four Colors Style Pros:

Here’s Sheela in Houston.
Samantha is in Scotland.
Liyana is in Malaysia.
Nicole is also in Houston.
Anna is on Cornwall Island.
And I’m in Hong Kong.

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike twice, Turning Heads, and Thursday Throw Back.

The Fab 40s in Faux Fur

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This month The Fab 40s are wearing faux fur. It’s already a known fact that I have a serious thing for faux fur. When Jane from My Midlife Fashion called this month’s theme, I got pretty excited. I love wearing faux fur, and this material is seriously having a moment. Believe it or not, this fluffy Chewbacca coat is probably ten or so years old. I picked it after all the holiday sales when we were home many years ago–mabye over ten or so years ago. We actually can’t pin point the exact year we were last home during a winter vacation. Take note of all the women in this post as they have expertly styled faux fur: from cuffed ponchos and full on clutches, it’s pretty easy to pick up a beautiful faux fur item to compliment your winter outfits.

My Midlife Fashion

Jane from My Midlife Fashion
Faux Fur Gilet–eBay
Polo Neck Jumper–Boden
Bracelets–Bella Jane Jewellery
Skirt–Zara
Boots–Clarks

guest blogger

Beth from Style at a Certain Age
Jane invted Beth to be our guest blogger this month. Beth has such classy style; I really do admire it. You will see what I mean when you visit her 2015 review post of her favorite outfits. To me, I think she looks like a Ralph Lauren model!

Pants–Loft
Tee–Banana Republic
Shirt–Ralph Lauren
Faux Fur Vest–H&M
Boots–JCrew
Suede Tote–Zara

Dawn Lucy

Dawn Lucy, Fashion Should be Fun
Cropped faux fur vest–Romwe
Faux fur tote–thrifted
Boots–Banana Republic
Jeans & Sweater–Old Navy
Earrings–Ralph Lauren

Sheela Goh

Sheela Goh at Sheela Writes
Invictus Faux Fur Trim Poncho–Poshmark
Ombre Dress–Urbanog
Booties–purchased in Malaysia
Lizard Skin Clutch–10 Crosby Derek Lam
Snakeskin Cuff–Unearthed
Rings–Gifts from Eve

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Dixie from Inside Outer Style
Pants–Zara
Top–Jcrew
Booties–Dolce & Gabbana
Faux fur–Zara
Sunnies–Ray Ban

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And me!
Coat and Sock Booties–Target
Sweater Co-Ord and Earrings–Forever 21
Silver Clutch–Vintage
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*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

The Holiday LRD, Round 4

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Here’s one last holiday lrd! I know I have way too many red dresses: there’s my boho version, my wrap dress, and my retro vintage. Now with this post, I’ve styled my cocktail version of the little red dress. Usually I spend my winter holidays vacationing in warmer climates. With a three week holiday this time around, I’ll definitely need to be dressing to stay warm. Therefore for this one shouldered holiday lrd I wore fleece leggings and a wool turtleneck underneath. Guaranteed I’ll be warm in all the snow! Plus all the fanfare on this lrd is so festive. I love this dress–so much. It was picked up during my travels at a Forever 21 in Bangkok. I’ve had it for years–and I don’t think I plan on binning it anytime soon. It really is the perfect holiday lrd–for cold or warm climates!

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Holiday LRD Details:

Red Dress–Forever 21
Black Turtleneck and Fleece Leggings–
Uniqlo Heat Technology
Sock Booties–Target
Red Clutch–This sweet number is a new acquisition; my library team gave it to me for Christmas
Red Earrings–Shenzhen Market
Sunnies–ASOS

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

The Holiday LRD, Round 3

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Oh! I do love the holiday lrd–as shown with this vintage one here, this boho one here, and this exact one also here! With Christmas just this week, I’ve got one more interpretation of the holiday lrd for Wednesday. The last time I styled this dress, I put a plaid shirt underneath so as to conceal my cleavage. When dressing for a holiday party however, I don’t mind if my cleavage were to show–it’s not like I’ve got it, flaunt it, but more like I’ve got it, so deal with it. A wrap dress for the fuller chested woman is a nice option. With the tie at the waist it offers a full figured woman more shape. Here, I embraced my figure by also complimenting the line of the dress with a similarly styled coat. I’m all wrapped up! Stay tuned for one last holiday lrd on Wednesday. Happy Holidays in your little red dress! Will you be wearing one?
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Holiday LRD 3

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Some Outfit Details:

Fuzzy beret–Ho Hai Lake, Beijing (similar)
Coat–Zara but handy-me-down from my lovely friend Caron
Little Red Dress–Target–ages ago!
Sparkly Shoes–Kate Spade
Clutch–Fabindia from my sister Mary
Lippy–best red from Bourjois Rouge Edition in Hot Pepper

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

I’m a Stylist!

Kremb de la Kremb TeeI’m a stylist! Well, just about anyway. Today I sent off my final module to the London College of Style. The very last assignment is this very blog post announcing my completion.

What makes me a stylist?

Under the guidance of LCS I’ve increased my styling skills in so many ways. Here’s a couple of highlights from my experience:

  • Learning all there is to know regarding different shapes and sizes of people including the colors that work for them
  • Understanding the terminology and structures found in fashion
  • Designing my own line of clothing for a fashion show
  • Helping real life people with their wardrobes–like a pregnant woman’s transitioning body, a lady who can’t stand shopping, and overwhelming closet clean out
  • Styling Meryl Streep for an award ceremony
  • Giving Harry Conick Jr a makeover
  • Creating a men’s editorial in various cities around the world (with large ferris wheels), highlighting each city’s style vibe
  • Providing a brand image with Rebel Wilson for a plus sized fashion line
  • Shooting an editorial based on all sequins
  • Would you like a stylist to help you?

    I can help you in all sorts of ways. And don’t worry about the long distance. These days, between emailing, texting, and face-to-face calling, there’s no problem with figuring out a way to communicate. I could help you in so many ways. Here are just a few ideas: I could revamp your wardrobe, help style you for an event, or refresh your personal style.

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    The Perfect Work Party Dress

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    Last Christmas when we spent our holiday in Bali, I found the perfect work party dress. It seems like the most unusual place to find such a sparkly item, but when I saw this shift, I fell in love at first sight–regardless of where it was found. Since I love dressing up, I had no qualms with wearing this sequin number to my work party–however I knew that it is a bit of as showy number. Therefore I took two measures in an attempt to (try) calm it down: I paired it with worn-in riding boots and a denim jacket. Hopefully these two items added some casualness to the perfect work party dress. Then there were two more measures I took to match the glamour of the dress: first, I added some Indian baubles with my Rajasthani style cocktail ring and earrings. Next, after a long work of day, I layered on the kohl, mascara, and shimmery red lippy–almost as good as getting refreshed with a shower.

    What do you think? Would you wear this perfect work party dress for your holiday office party?

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    Perfect Work Party Makeup

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    Some Outfit Details:

    Dress–New Look (Same but in black)
    Jean Jacket–Gap
    Riding Boots–Chevignon, Florence, Italy–eek! From 1993 (beautiful 2015 version)
    Jewellery–Amrapali Jewels
    Makeup–MAC Buried Treasure, Chanel Lipstick in Sexy;), and Rimmel Scandaleyes (Seriously love this mascara!)

    *This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

    *This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

    The Holiday LRD, Round 2

    Holiday LRD 2.3It was just last week that I was showcasing a holiday LRD (little red dress). It turns out that I have another holiday LRD (and maybe even a couple more–we’ll see!). This little red dress now appears to be more of tunic since I might have (again!) hemmed it too short. Both the snowflake tunic and fringed gilet were given to me from Firefly–it’s part of being a brand ambassador for them. I cannot complain! And both these items are now on serious sale! My friend Norbyah took the photos–which also inspired the hat. I had seen one on her reminding me to wear my own. The cool–or I should say hot–thing about wearing a hat is how it keeps one so warm. We have now reached the point in Hong Kong weather where layers are so helpful. So while I don’t need a ton to keep me warm, I was plenty cozy and also protected from the cool breeze and light drizzle.

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    This last picture is a sample of some over-the-top-ness. I added the tie from the first Holiday LRD. Then for more layers I added a fur infinity scarf as well as a red and black leopard scarf. I think if I were cold, I just keep it two the two scarves. Because wearing a hat is already on the more daring side (at least for me anyway), I didn’t need to add any extra color with the red tie.

    Some Outfit Details:

    Hat–Forever 21
    Earrings–exchange years and years ago from my good friend Annie
    Lippy–Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper
    Gilet and Tunic DressFirefly c/o
    Fringe Boots–Tory Burch
    Extras–Tie from this dress, Zara leopard scarf, and Forever 21 faux fur infinity scarf

    *This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

    Style Stories No. 8 and Blog Readers

    Two weeks ago I hosted a link up right around Thanksgiving–which is always a weekend filled with gratitude. I took that moment to thank a few (9 to be exact) fellow bloggers: individuals that have helped me to become a better blogger. A blog however would be nothing without its readers. A blog needs readers. Yet, readers of a blog are hard to pinpoint. While my readership (thankfully and luckily) continues to increase, I often times do not know who those readers are. The statistical dashboard of a blog will only tell me so much. However, it is through the comments on Kremb de la Kremb where I can really begin to tell who actually checks in and reads this blog (sometimes a daily basis!). I am proud of my five very steady readers. I love them. I rely on them. They keep me going. With their feedback, and the fact that I know they’re reading, I often keep at it so as not to disappoint. Five is a rather small number in the blogging world, BUT, it does not matter. I feel inclined to keep writing just because I love that these five fabulous women are reading (and then commenting). Thank you ladies! Thank you so much for reading Kremb de la Kremb!

    A Blog Needs Readers–My Five:

    Kremb de la Kremb Readers

    Petite Silver Vixent

    Jacqueline is a somewhat new reader, but she’s very consistent and super supportive. When the communication between bloggers exits the comment field and enters into emails, you know you’ve got some blogger love going on! For Jacqueline, who is pretty fresh into the blogging world (she just wrote her 50th post!), it’s been fun to get to know her and encourage her to do things like submit her posts to Independent Fashion Bloggers and then get chosen–like I knew she would!

    No Fear of Fashion

    Greetje is the most honest woman I’ve met in a while. I love how she just says it as it is. She also questions some of my style decisions making me rethink things or support sartorial decisions. I really appreciate how straight forward she is. She reminds me of my most honest girlfriend Caron who will also tell it as it is. Each one of us need women like that in our life. Without them, we might be, well, I don’t know. Doing some pretty silly things!

    Anna’s Island Style

    Anna is also a new reader that I just love. She’s consistently supportive and always inquisitive. In fact we have such appreciation of some of our wardrobe items, we’re actually figuring out how to create some sort of exchange between us. She loves my orange paisley pants, and I love her orange plaid cape. We’ll figure it out! Also, a discussion of lipstick and recommendations for Anna are a topic we discuss on the side.

    Fake Fabulous

    Samantha made it on to my other blog list too in terms of influencing me to become better. But, it started with her being such a supportive reader. She’d always comment and initiate the blogger love; in turn I started to get to know her, visit her Fake Fabulous, and in turn fall in love. That’s the thing: this whole blogger community, it’s all reciprocated some how. Now, I check in to her site daily as well, always eager to see her next sartorial move. One time, her post drove me to tears since I just wanted to really get to know her in person–not just online.

    Sheela Writes

    Sheela also made it on my influencer list, but also she’s one of my best readers. She always leaves short little notes that are filled with jokey lines only we would get. Like I said before, we text on the side, asking daily questions so it’s no surprise that she’s become one of my best readers as well as influencers. In fact on the side we’re trying to figure out another style challenge for ourselves. Stay tuned for that!

    Who Are Your Blog Readers?

    If you’re here to link up, you know what I’m talking about. Who are your dedicated blog readers? I know you have some. Who are they? Don’t be bashful to share. They deserve some blogging love!