Paisley Style Stories

paisley-6A while ago I wrote about my childhood objection to green–since then, I’ve been wearing the color on repeat. (I even picked up two new shades of green eyeliner from H&M’s new makeup line. Have you seen their colors?! Amazing!!) Around the same time that I was growing a distaste for anything forest green, I meanwhile began my strong affection toward all things paisley. My mom was dabbling, and making a serious profession at the time, of interior design. She had books and books of wallpaper. Oh, they were lovely–and large. It was then that I remember turning to pages of this mango type, very intricate print falling in love with it. When I asked my mom what it was, she told my 7th grade self that it was paisley. Awwww….Love at first site. It was two years later when I got my first job in 9th grade (other than babysitting) and saved all my money up for anything paisley printed from Benetton–remember all their gorgeous items? Then the sister line came along called Stefanel. I couldn’t wait for Christmas and the outfits my stylish Santa would bring me. To this day, I really can’t say no to anything paisley–as demonstrated by what I wore this week. Here are four days–some good, some not so good, that I wore for my four day work week. I thought I’d bring back my Style Stories. (In the comments, please let me know if I should keep up this series or not.)

Monday’s Paisley

paisley-5I woke up on Monday, like many Mondays, and just wanted to wear pajamas. Enter, silky, wide legged paisley pants. I felt so comfortable all day, and that comfort led to a very productive Monday–a rarity for me! I’m always very slow moving on Mondays, aren’t you? Also, I was excited to break in my new very inexpensive silver runner find from the weekend. Throw on a jean jacket and I was perfectly cozy on our first cold Hong Kong day.

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Tuesday’s Paisley

paisley-1I felt so rockin’ cool on this day! Wearing torn up jeans under a shift just feels cool. Plus I have a mesh henley that added a really nice layer to keep me warm–yes, it is starting to cool down in Hong Kong! Then, there are these shoes. Love. Love so much. These shoes are everything to me: comfortable with a three inch heel. If you read this blog, you know it’s been a very, very, very long time since I’ve been able to get away with a heel. (Yes, I’m admitting to posing in heels for style posts–they don’t ever actually get worn-worn.)

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Wednesday’s Paisley

paisley-11While I like the paisley bomber, and I adore these slouchy joggers, together they don’t work on my figure–at least in my opinion. These joggers need slouchy on top. I must remember this for our trip to India as I plan on wearing these pants every other day. I have them in black and bought another pair of green–just because I love them that much. But, this outfit, it doesn’t do it for me. Oh, and the could shoulder top, it’s in the give away pile. I need to embrace my round shoulders, and this style does nothing for them.

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Thursday’s Paisley

paisley-10Even a fashion blogger has an off day. This outfit is hideous! I can’t believe I’m even posting it. I need to put this skirt away and keep it for no-tights. Not sure if I know how to pull off blue tights. I remember trying last winter and feeling funny then too. I will have to ask and turn to my good friend Samantha of Fake Fabulous to figure out how to style these blueberry legs!

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It’s been a while since I wrote my style stories from the week. What do you think? Keep it up or don’t bother. Please leave me a comment so I know.

LRVD (The Little Red Velvet Dress)

little-red-velvet-dress-7Last week I insisted on updating the LBD (little black dress) to an LBVD (little black velvet dress). This week I am going to say something even more bold: it’s time to update the LBD to an LRVD (little red velvet dress)! Shall we all become the dancing red lady emoji this holiday season and enjoy some shimmer-shimmer with a little red velvet dress? I know I will be! When I saw this dress online at Zara, I knew I had to have it, and then when I saw that it came in XL (and even XXL), I ordered it. If I were to lift my arms too high, this little red velvet dress would be way too short, but luckily I bought myself a bit of extra length with an XL. In my opinion, a jewel tone dress is perfectly paired with, well, more jewel tones. I’ll always be the first one to say, “more is more!” So, I styled the dress with my blue velvet booties and pulled out my multicolored, satin scrap tote made from the Kala Raksha ladies India.

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little-red-velvet-dress-5I love this bag and barely use it because I don’t want it to get too worn, lucikly a trip to India is in my near future! (If I were to bring some of these lovely Kala Raksha bags back from my trip to India this December, do you think you would want to buy one? Let me know in the comments, through a tweet @krembdelakremb, an email or message through Facebook. You know how to find me!)

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Get Your Little Red Velvet Dress!

Your turn! You can get my exact dress at Zara OR here’s a bunch of other options to tempt your little red velvet dress desires!


*Special thanks goes to Priyanka for helping me with my smiles here. She caught me just outside her home before going in her front door.

**Also, this post has been linked to Sheela Goh’s #projectsisteract and Catherine Summer’s #iwillwearwhatilike twice.

Pink Pong Post No. 9

Pink Pong Post kremb-de-la-kremb-10This month I’m calling this PPP a Pink Pong Post! This stretchy top belongs to Samantha from Fake Fabulous. At first, I was a bit discouraged because my bustiness makes the black buttons on this top pop out demonstrating that it does not fit me. But, then I found the perfect concealer: a polka dot long scarf. Presto, button popper concealer and my ego wasn’t hurt any longer! I seem to always be coming up with tricks to adjust my more full figure, and that’s what it is. I shan’t be discouraged; rather I shall embrace what I have and figure (no pun intended!) out how to style accordingly. In the end, I feel preppy cute–this preppiness seems to be recurring often for me. In fact, a good friend recently remarked that she’s always thought of me as a bit preppy. Funny, as I never have. But, here I am, sporting a school girl take! Keep scrolling to see how Anna and Sam faired with this pink pong post….

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Look at that!
My hair kind of fits into a pony tail. I see you!! Also, notice how you can’t see any buttons popping. I’m a concealer!

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Sam from Fake Fabulous

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Blog: Fake Fabulous
Instagram: @fakefabulous

Anna from Anna Island Style

anna1Have I mentioned that Anna works at an art gallery? I think this fanciful, and very artistic styling exemplifies Anna’s line of work. Look at that gorgeous pink ruffle top. It’s so pretty. Yet as for me, I would never have thought to layer pink under pink, but it magically works. Anna is also a very bold pattern mixer always as proven with her artsy pants.

By the way, guess what!? It is such a small world. This month I was visited by one of Anna’s friends. He hand delivered a beautiful top for future ping pong posting. It was so neat to meet a friend of Anna’s. I love a small world! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Hong Kong Ben!!

Blog: Anna’s Island Style
Instagram: @annaislandstyle

Me, Kremb de la Kremb

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Blog: Kremb de la Kremb (Duh! Hahah, you’re here, so thank you!!)
Instagram: @krembdelakremb

*Thank you for the pics I’m a Norbyah!

**Also, this post has been linked to Sheela Goh’s #projectsisteract and Catherine Summer’s #iwillwearwhatilike linkups.

The LBVD (The Little Black Velvet Dress)

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An LBD isn’t something I often need to add to my dress collection. But, if the LBD has a special attraction–say like velvet AND fringe bell sleeves, then I’ll make an exception. This is my LBVD–little black velvet dress. With the holiday approaching us all very quickly–I believe Thanksgiving is actually in ten days (Ten days!!? Say what!), grabbing for a no-nonsense easy dress is going to be necessary. Granted, you don’t want to do the cooking in fringe like this, but since the sleeves are cropped, eating in it does not serve (heehe, notice the pun) a problem. Basically, I like a dress I can throw on that’s dressed up all on its own–like this little black velvet dress. It even looks somewhat fancy with no tights (not cold enough in Hong Kong yet) and sparkly slip-ons (yep, still no heels except for flatforms for me). This kind of look is exactly what my easy peasy styling is after.

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Get your Little Black Velvet Dress Too

Unfortunately, my dress is sold out. (The moment it comes back in stock, I’ll update this post.) But, with velvet seriously on the trend watch this winter season, there are plenty, I mean tons, of super cute LBVDs out there. Take a look and shop away! I only chose little black velvet dresses that I thought had something special to them–something to make them a little more substantial than the average LBD.

Shop away with Kremb de la Kremb!

(Thank you for the pictures I’m a Norbyah.)

*This post has been linked to Sheela Goh’s #projectsisteract and Catherine Summer’s #iwillwearwhatilike twice.

Zara DIY Pants: Gold Button Trousers

zara-diy-pants-19Here are the last pair of Zara DIY Pants: the gold button, side seam trousers. So far I made a pom pom hemmed pair, a double red stripe pair, and now this pair. Every time I entered Zara, these luxe gold button trousers especially took my fancy. The authentic version actually does offer a couple of functional buttons down by the side cut of the seam; mine however only have the side cut at the hem with gold buttons adorning the seam. I’ve had these wide legged, high-waisted trousers for a very, very long time. In fact, I think I purchased them during our time in India, so that’s before 2009! Regardless, I love these trousers, and now, with an updated look, I have a feeling I’m going to love them even more. They have always been super long, so I have to wear a heel with them. Luckily I have my new flatforms that give me almost 3 extra inches! Ahhh, high heels for Annie again! It’s been a very long time, but I’ll take a high heel any way I can get it. Another irresistible trend this fall is the bell sleeve. In my opinion this sleeve elevates any top, so here I’ve got the boring combo of a white top and black bottom, but the look in my opinion is super chic with these extras details.

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Zara DIY Pants: the Gold Button Trousers

Since the real gold button trousers are actually functional at the slit opening, I needed to choose a very wide leg to pull these Zara DIY pants off. Luckily as mentioned up above, I’ve had this pair for a really long time. They are definitely worn, and I’ve often thought of getting rid of the, but I just couldn’t do it. The high waist and the fullness of the leg kept me from giving them away. I’m glad I never did. This pair was perfect for my final Zara DIY pants. And again, just like the pom pom trimmed hem and the double red stripe, these were super simple. All I had to do was purchase similar flat, gold buttons. I brought the materials to my tailor, Yee, with a picture of the pants from Zara online, and she added the buttons to the side seam. The last step was opening up the bottom seam–something she resisted at first, but then finally accomplished after some prodding. Voila, another very easy pair of Zara DIY pants!!

Which pair do you think you would try out? The pom pom hem? The double red stripe? Or this gold button trouser?

And, are there any looks that you want me to try and figure out with a little DIY? Let me know in the comments…

PS May I make a recommendation? Elevate your standard white top with a bell sleeve. You won’t regret it! Just make sure it’s not a day of cleaning or cooking when you wear it. Wink wink.

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(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

Zara DIY Pants: the Double Red Stripe

zara-diy-pants-11Called the “Zara Item Everyone Wore at Fashion Week” by Who What Wear, it’s been love at first, second, third sight with these double red striped trousers. I repeatedly looked at them, almost buying them, but then figured this too easy a pair to recreate adding another Zara DIY pants to my to-do list. This trendy piece is half jogger track pant and the other marching band uniform. Any way you spin it, I kept falling in love with these pants and had to have them. According to my Instagram feed, I haven’t been the only one! If it’s not Zara’s version, there have been plenty others; they can either be dressed up or down. Of course, I went down as I pair most things with any one of my tennis shoes these days. Despite causual shoes, I felt terrbily chic in this outfit and especially loved all the money I saved by making the look on my own!

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Zara DIY Pants: the Double Red Stripe

Again, I searched through all my black pants and found a simple straight legged pair. I went to my gal Suzanne at TinTin Beads on Etsy, and she found the perfect 1 inch wide, red, gross grain ribbon for me. In fact, she made a separate entry on Etsy just for me. I went to my tailor, and she easily sewed the double trimming onto the side seam of each pant leg. If this DIY isn’t easy, I don’t know what is! I saved at least fifty dollars on this as I only spent about $15 to make these trendy, must-have, track pant. These Zara DIY pants could easily be done in any color combo; I just happened to copy the high street fashion, but for inspiration, look at all these interpretations.

What do you think of the double striped trouser? Too casual or something you might embrace?

I’ve got one more pair of Zara DIY pants ready for tomorrow, so do make sure to come back!

Norbyah, thanks for these shots. You line the pic of so nicely every single time!

PS The kerchief is often seen wrapped around the neck, but it can also be wrapped around the wrist providing a nice bracelet type accessory.

(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

Zara DIY Pants: First Up, the Pom Pom Trim

zara-diy-pants-7I love to shop–there’s absolutely no denying that. Often times though, my version of shopping simply means wandering aimlessly from shop to shop admiring what’s on display. Some people find shopping stressful; for me shopping offers me relaxation! One of the shops I frequent, online as well, is Zara. I always receive such style inspiration when I enter into this peaceful (at least for me) spot. During these frequent jaunts, I’ve recently thought to myself: “Wait. I could do that myself!” Therefore, this week I plan to offer you, my readers, three Zara DIY pants. I saw the pants in Zara and then figured out how to make something similar from the abundant pairs of black trousers in my closet. I will admit these Zara look-alikes were way cheaper than one more additional pair of black pants for me to rotate through. Now I’ve revitalized and recycled!

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Zara DIY Pants: the Pom Pom Trim

This pair of Zara DIY pants was pretty easy to make. I picked a pair of cropped black pants from my closet. I purchased some pom pom trim. (For those in the States, a quick trip to JoAnn’s or Michael’s will get you trim. For those overseas in a place like Hong Kong, go to Tintin Beads’ Etsy shop. She has tons of items, and if it’s not available in the shop, she’ll find it for you!) Then, like usual, I cheated a bit by working with my tailor. She attached the pom pom trim to the hem, and we decided to go with two rounds since my pom poms were not as long as the Zara version. I’d say they look pretty passable.

What do you think?

And stay tuned for tomorrow. I’ve got another pair of Zara DIY pants to share….

Thanks for the pics I’m a Norbyah!

PS These penny loafers have been such a score! I bought them from the boys’ department, but with a chart conversion, you’ll find that boys shoes go all the way up to 39. I ordered a 5.5: a perfect 37.

(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

Embracing Green

embracing-green-9After 30 years of ignoring the color, I am finally embracing green. Crazy right? Well, I’ll explain. When I was in 4th grade, we moved into a beautiful new home that my mom helped to design. At the time she was working as a free lance interior designer, and our house was her showcase. Obviously, with blue as my favorite color, I would have preferred for my room to be in any hue of blue. But, my mom had an entire whole house color scheme with the basement designated in forest green with accents of peach. With the hallway carpeted in forest green and my room in peach, the obvious choice for my wallpaper was forest green with tiny peach little flowers all over; ironically, I would have been happy with my next door brothers’ plaid room in the same color scheme. I don’t even know if my mom knows these strong feelings about that room, my first room to myself, but I hated the decor. I’ve just never been a forest green person always loving midnight blue, peacock blue, teal blue, turquoise blue, any shade of blue. My eyes on the other hand are naturally probably more green than blue. Because of the sharing of the green shaggy clothing item last week, I’ve been set on introducing more green into my wardrobe. And guess what? I’m liking green–in specific that army green that pulls out the yellow in my eyes. Granted, any shade of blue is still my favorite color, but it feels good to finally be embracing green after some 30 odd years!

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Do you have a favorite color? What is it? And do you have a color you avoid? Again, what is it?

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Just in case you’d like to embrace some (army) green like me, I’ve found some cool options for you:

(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

The Fab 40s Attempt Preppy

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I knew what I was going to call for this month’s Fab 40s’ theme: preppy! It was during May when we were all dressed in boho style that the idea came to me. Jennie, who used to be our most preppy, and who has now become one of our most boho, asked me if it would be hard for me to dress preppy. I had to think about that…I am not every very preppy in my sartorial ways even though I love so many elements of preppy: plaid anything, white and pinstripe shirts, navy blazers, and rolled up pant legs. I definitely have all these elements in my closet, but I would never call my style preppy. I have to many other things to add to my looks: patterns like paisly, texture in favor of sequins, and frequent short hems. Plus I always end up adding some element from one of the places I’ve lived making my style way more boho than preppy. But it was funny; when I was required to dress in a bohemian way, I struggled, yet for this look, my preppy came out easily. Maybe it’s the librarian in me!

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RetroChicMama

preppy-look-from-rcmFor this month’s blogger collab, I invited someone I have admired for a long time: Michelle from RetroChicMama. I love Michelle’s style, but I love the story behind her blog even more. Wow! She has so many different experiences in her life–some of which I wanted way back from when I could daydream about what I would become when I grew up. Besides visiting her blog and becoming addicted to her beautiful style, do take a moment to read her story. It’s pretty awesome! As is her wide legged, casual blazer, preppy lewk!

Curlybyrdie Chirps

photo-23-10-2016-3-31-11-amWell isn’t Mary perfectly preppy! Look at this striped dress–yes, I do not believe Mary has featured anything other than a super stylish dress (maybe there’s been a skirt or two, but she is OUR dress wearer!). The thing about Mary is I do have a hard time believing she is a day over 30. We (The Fab 40s) need to request her beauty regiment, because that lady looks like a twenty-something in my honest opinion. And that youthful dress proves it!

Sheela Writes

dsc_0229Is this a Blair Woldorf double? I do see it as so. Oh, Queen She, I’ve been meaning to watch Gossip Girl all over again, and you have pushed me over the edge into the binge. You may be all sultry shy sitting there, but I know better: you are a true vixen!! As per usual dear Sheela.

Fashion on the 4th Floor

photo-1-1-2000-12-02-00-amOk, the preppy outfit is amazing. Diane has rocked the look. But, for just a second I want my readers to notice something else: look at all the perfect lines. The “V” of her vest, the perfect symmetry of the handbag, the cross section lines of her body as well as her feet. I get really into editing pictures, and my goodness Diane, yes the outfit is amazing, but the edit is equally spectacular. Call me geeky, but this pic and styling could be an advert in a magazine!

A Pocketful of Polka Dots

fab-40s-go-preppy-5030Jennie, my preppy friend! Of course you got the preppy look nailed with a mix of stripes and gingham, perfectly worn jeans and riding boots, the blazer and pearls. I am so anxious to read your post to see what you thought of styling preppy–especially since you have become so much more bohemian in your style since May. It’s funny isn’t it? We are chameleons–especially when we have such fun playing dress up with one another. Great look here Jennie! And now, I’m off to read your post…You’re post sounds similar to mine from Boho May!

Cid Style File

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When I look at Vero‘s styling it made me remember I missed something vital in my own interpretation of preppy: leopard! I love the shoes she’s got on here. Of course that bold yet subtle pattern makes the outfit–along with plaid, a vest, and some skinny maroon pants. Veronica even has the leopard accent with your handbag too. Yes! I love a hashtag (or two) for this: #leopardlove or #loveleopard. Take your pick!!

Fake Fabulous

photo-16-10-2016-9-42-57-amI love this modern preppy rendition from Samantha! Everything is typically preppy–BUT the cold shoulder adds such a marvellous modern take to the preppy look. It’s still gingham, with pegged pants and tobacco pairings with the brogues and handbag, but the cut out shoulders and ruffle add a real youthful, 2016 spin to preppy today. I love this outfit, and Sam, I love your hair! That side sweep part with your grown out pixie are super chic!

Kremb de la Kremb

kremb-de-la-kremb-preppy-7There are two proud pieces that I have been holding out for with this post: first my penny loafers! I am pretty darn excited to proudly wear these shoes again. I won’t go into the long story of the last time I wore this style of shoe, but I’ll leave a hint by saying that when I last wore penny loafers, I lost one during a very scandalous moment of my 16th year. (Please go ahead and ask if you’d like to know more…) The other proud piece of this outfit is my spectacular tee because, yes! Reading is sexy!! I’m a librarian by day, and of course, I wore this exact outfit to work, and these pictures were taken in my very own library. I’m so proud of being both a librarian and a reader. You’d think by definition I would definitely be preppy, but pretty much every librarian I’ve ever met also has a little spark of boho in her. Just check out a librarian’s jewellery–it’s usually always overly artsy! Which by the way, I scaled down my accessories for this post. I opted for heaps of sentimental gold, especially with the charm bracelet, and I even wore my glasses which I never ever wear. (They’re only for one eye, so I usually just let the other one see.) I guess there’s more to this outfit like plaid pants and a navy blazer that I added gold buttons to just to be a perfectly preppy as possible. Yep, it’s definitely in me!

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I couldn’t resist! It is my library afterall!

So, are you a preppy dresser? If you are, what’s the signature to your preppiness?

(This post has been linked to #iwillwearwhatilike.)

Collecting Brooches and What to Do with Them

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Chances are you already have some brooches in your jewellery box. Perhaps they’ve been passed down from your mom, aunts, or grandmother. You may have received these jewellery baubles for past birthdays or Christmases. Maybe you even have some pins from the 80s or 90s. It doesn’t really matter how many you have, where they’re from, or how old they are. What does matter is it’s time to pull them out and start wearing them. Wear one brooch or wear all of them at once, but this fall and into winter it’s time to start accessorizing with your brooches. Here I show you how just one looks to all of them. Oh, and don’t forget to use really cool looking earrings as brooches too!

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Find Brooches

  • In your own jewellery box, your mother’s, aunts’, or grandmothers’
  • Second-hand, charity, vintage, and craft shops
  • On your travels
  • In other items like earrings or necklace pendants that could work as a brooch
  • Add Brooches

  • To your outerwear–jean jackets, blazers, winter coats
  • To your hats and scarves even to the cuff of a pair of winter gloves
  • To the side of your waist, blouse closure, or back pocket
  • To the tongue of your shoes, cuff of your pant leg, or handbag

    Do you have a brooch collection? How do you wear your brooches?