I feel like reminiscing….Was it really two months ago when I was trapesing around Rajasthan, India. I want to take a moment to relive that trip. It’s funny: I’m at an educational conference this weekend where the world becomes quite small and one’s experiences get shared. I am always so proud to say that I lived in Mumbai–or rather Bombay as I prefer to call it. Those five years from from 2004-2009 have made such an impact in my life: so much so that I feel part Indian inside. Without getting too religious, I had an interesting conversation with my daughter recently. She was telling me that I had to give God (the Catholic one) all my devotion. She claimed it wasn’t possible to go halvies with Ganesha and Jesus. I simply listened; I didn’t attempt to argue with a 13 year old. But, I definitely don’t agree. Does that make me pagan? We’re saving this question for my mom–the lady who was a nun for five years and can get quite philosophical just like her granddaughter. The point is, how could I not have many gods after witnessing 20 years of different cultures and religions? This summer will mark 20 years married, 20 years overseas. After six countries and so much travel all over the world, I’ve got all sorts of ways of praying and many deities that receive those prayers. I think this is ok. Hopefully, one day, my daughter may think the same. One thing for sure that is a commonality that I find amongst all the religions I know of is Confucius’ Golden Rule: “Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.” With this rambling reminiscing I’ll end by wishing you a great day and an even better weekend!
I’ve worked with Shein again to feature this super cute, wool, cold shoulder winter dress. If one looks closely, the black and white checks can be seen. Plus, the cold shoulders have the cutest little ruffles that compliment the ruffles at the bottom. The final winning feature of this winter dress is POCKETS! Everyone loves pockets. Am I right?! Because it was a chilly day I simply wore a pair of leggings underneath to provide extra warmth plus a black cami–if it were really cold a black turtleneck would also work. And any dress that I can sport a pair of tennies with is a total winner of a winter dress in my wardrobe. These Old Skool Vans are new to the Kremb de la Kremb tennis shoe collection! My awesome Skyline Hong Kong Tote is from Louella Odié.
These totally hot Isabel Marant booots. They’re the sexiest shoes I own!
If you’ve been following along on my Insta Stories, you will have now been able to presume that the Kremb de la Kremb Closet has received a serious cleaning! On March 5th, this coming Sunday, Rug Lane will be hosting its 2nd market. While I attended the last one in the fall, I’ll be selling at this one. I’ve purchased my clothing rack, and I’ve seriously cleared out my closet. In this post I’m highlight just 20 of the things that will be up for grabs. Feel free to multiply this number by 10–maybe even more because currently I have four suitcases full of Kremb de la Kremb Style to sell.
I hope to see you at the Rug Lane Markets, Vol. 2 from 12-5, this Sunday at 19 Old Bailey Street in Central. Tickets to attend are being sold for $40HKD on Ticketflap; at the door the entrance fee will be $50. They’ll be drinks and nibbles and tons of people like me selling their wares. Last time I went, I did very well. For those of you in Hong Kong missing the second-hand experience, this is definitely an event for you. I hope to see you there this Sunday!
PS For those of you who cannot attend, please do let me know if there’s anything you’ve seen of mine that you like. I am very generous to my readers!!
Oh gosh! Sometimes the themes for our monthly Fab 40s collaboration are truly outfits I would wear. Take for example last month’s leather and lace, yes I would wear that outfit; or even the month before with plaid in December, again, I would definitely wear that! But this month’s theme, I am not so sure. Samantha called “pop art,” and I definitely used my librarian research skills for this one. I was not sure what to do! And I know I wasn’t the only one proven by our email strand going back and forth as to what we should all wear. Sam, you got us good this time around! I should take that back: it’s not like we’re trying to stump one another, but a good challenge was surely set. When setting out to dress in “pop art,” I wanted to incorporate both red and blue with hints of yellow. Those are the colors I think of when this art style is mentioned. While I love each of my pieces individually, I cannot say I’d wear this “pop art” outfit all together as one. The shoes are always on repeat, the skirt is leopard so I love it, and I made the shirt so it’s a fave. I also made the clutch just for this post, and I did buy the shirt which I do adore and will definitely wear again. (I used to have a crop top version that I got rid of long ago.) I just don’t think I’d pile all this pop into one outfit.
What do you think of a “pop art” outfit would you wear it all at once or individually? In my opinion I over did it! What do you think?
The diet I mentioned on Wednesday has started! In the meantime, I wanted to demonstrate once again how I have been styling an apple shape. I wear longer shirts and blazers, and I tend to wear tighter pants. This outfit is similar to Monday’s outfit. Basically, I am making every attempt to conceal the tummy weight I am carrying beneath the shirt and blazer. Every single woman seems to find something they don’t like about their bodies. I bet men do to, but in my opinion they may not fixate on it as much as the female gender. Women, it’s time to find something we do like on our bodies, and then FLAUNT it! I like my legs. So, I will do everything I can to make use of them while concealing something I don’t like as much. Am I going to let my heavier tummy bring me down? No! Instead I will try to fix it, and in the mean time style my physique in a way to accentuate what I do have at this moment: skinny legs.
I would like this waist back!
It’s just 21 days! That’s what I keep telling myself. Really, it’s just 21 days. Here’s the thing: I have to do something! I’m an apple in terms of my figure, so when I gain weight, it goes straight to my tummy. As it is right now, I can only wear so many leggings and long tunics. I miss wearing a belt or tucking in my shirt. It’s really up to me, and if I set my mind to it, I can get back to the weight I like to maintain. It won’t be easy, BUT I can do it. Plus, it’s just 21 days. It might turn out to be more, but by then (hopefully!) it will be easy.
I’m going to go on the Bone Broth Diet. And, because I know I’m going to need help, I’m making the announcement public over here on Kremb de la Kremb. In fact, I intend to use this post as my daily journal. (Hopefully there won’t be too many swear words! Hehehe!)
This was almost going to be our last Ping Pong Post, but luckily the three of us have put our thinking caps on, and we have figured out how to continue. In terms of mailing our items across the seas, this is the 12th time we’ve done it: this time around the black top we’ve styled belongs to Sam, yet I am now the lucky owner as she’s passed it on to me for keeps. She definitely felt buyer’s remorse with this item after she paid way too much. That’s the worse when that happens, and usually the very reason that I wait for the sale. For me, and with some of the (unwanted!) weight I’ve gained, this kind of top is perfect. It rounds in where I’m skinniest at my legs. When I do gain weight I am definitely an apple, carrying my kgs/lbs at my midsection, breasts and even chin. My legs always seem to stay the same. With a top like this styled with an untucked shirt, you have no idea of the muffin top beneath! Hahha! Yes, I do have one–especially now. But! I will do everything in my power to style it away. Wait to hear what I’m going to do about the extra kgs/lbs till Wednesday–the day after I turn 45!
Before you read this post, pleace check out this picture of Carmen. The woman has amazing, no covetable, style. When I saw this picture of her, I knew I had made a mistake and maybe should have just bought this black, delicately embroidered tunic. But, it was very pricey–at least for me–at a $130. I just couldn’t guarantee I’d wear it enough at that price tag. Instead, this was one of those items where I’d be waiting for the sale, and hopefully, I would get lucky….and guess what? I did! Before returning to Hong Kong after our travels through India, we had a stop over in Kuala Lumpur. We were staying at the iconic Traders Hotel that sits directly across the Petronas Towers. Right at the base of those super tall towers is a mall, and of course we went in–a couple of times. During one of the mall visits, I went in for a very quick jaunt to Zara. The moment I saw this piece, I instantly thought of all the times I had wanted it but said no. I could even remember commenting on Carmen’s pic describing my discouragement with myself for not purchasing it. But, lo and behold, there it was, and lucking my waiting for the sale came through. This is a beautiful piece that I know I will now get plenty of wear out of, AND I only paid $50 instead of $130! The funny thing is…don’t ask me about the price of my shoes!!!
What item has you waiting for the sale?
To avoid being too overly predictable–velvet, blushing pink, and sneakers–I tried something new. I wore things under the dress: a crisp white shirt and a pair of embroidered jeans under the dress make for a way more casual look to this ultra shimmery velvet crush dress. I am often guilty of eating my breakfast or lunch in a 5 minute break. It’s awful really and not a very French way of eating and enjoying my meal. Therefore, if I place a fashion magazine under my nose, I have the chance of taking 15 minutes to eat rather than 5. I also benefit in my #ootd department. Recently while reading the February People Style Watch, I came across a couple of trends to try: the white shirt and crop jeans under the dress. Presto! I read, learned, and executed! What do you think?
Do you wear something under your dress?