DIY: Acid Wash Jean Jacket


I’m going to start the month of September with a little DIY. It’s been awhile! I’ve mentioned Beth Jones Style before. There are a couple of her YouTube videos where she’s wearing this best acid wash jean jacket. Ever since I saw her in an oversized one, I’ve wanted my own. I was pretty close to having the perfect acid wash jacket from my local charity shop, but there was a guy that also wanted it, so I was a good Samaritan, and I let him have it. Since I had still been longing for that jacket I passed up and also one like Beth’s I finally decided to take matters in my own hands and just make my own. It couldn’t have been easier!

Keep reading to see how I made this acid wash jean jacket:

DIY: Acid Wash Jean Jacket

1. Gather the supplies.


First, I found a very large, pretty dark, mens’ jean jacket at Value Village. My diy patner (my niece Maeve) also found a cute little jean jacket for her to work with. The other two ingredients needed were a bunch of rubber bands and bleach. Finally a big container would help but this could also be done in a tub, and water is necessary. This DIY is not limited to a jean jacket; it could be done with jeans, cut-offs, or even a denim shirt. Also, this same process could be applied to black, grey, even red denim. Doesn’t matter–take your pick!

2. Start rubber banding your denim.


We took our denim, scrunched it up, and added a rubber band. We’d twist some more and add a rubber band. Basically you want to roll, twist, fold, and scrunch the item up holding it all together with rubber bands. The more used, the more acid wash the item becomes.

3. Place a gallon of bleach in a container and dilute with water.


We wanted the bleach strong–but not too strong. The water helps dilute the bleach but don’t use too much water. It’s a happy medium and up to your own choice. We filled the bin with 1 one part bleach 3 parts water. Let that jacket soak for as long as you like. We left in the bucket for about an hour and a half. For more of a wash keep it longer; for less of a wash, take it out quicker.

4. Dry the jacket.

There are two ways about drying the jacket: a machine dryer or the sun. For further bleaching, choose the sun. We chose the sun and could physically watch further bleaching happen. It was amazing! Once the jacket has been dried, a final wash is needed–to get all that bleach out! At this time line drying is the best option so no further bleaching occurs.

*Extra Step

While my jacket was drying in the sun, I took a spray bottle filled with bleach and sprayed the jacket in random places. It gave this really cool spotty vibe to add to the acid wash effect. I like it!!


Before you go here’s a special style story about these bright red high tops: my mom joined my niece, Maeve–the same one who created an acid wash jean jacket with me–on a school trip to NYC. One afternoon while they were shopping, my mom spotted these shoes in Aldo. She picked them and asked Maeve, “Who do these remind you of?” Instantly Maeve said, “Auntie Annie!” My mom got them for me. So sweet huh? I love them. And, yes, they are so me!!

*This post has been linked up to Not Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Fake Fabulous’ #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

The Fab 40s in DIY

There are times when I feel like I should change the niche of my blog. For example, maybe I should become the denim DIY blogger. Then there are other times when I feel like I should be the “Be stylish in tennis shoes” blogger. Oh hey! Look at that, I wore sandals in this post!! Back to this month’s Fab 40s theme: DIY. I had a little cheer, a loud “YES,” a oh-ya-baby-I-can-do-this moment. My last embellished jean jacket was created over a year ago. While I still do like it, I’ve had the makings of one on my mind. When Diane called this theme, let’s just say I was pleased to share my newest DIY creation! I took the lips from this tee when the Fab 40s styled Pop Art. From another tee I cut out the “I <3 KK" which actually stands for Kota Kinabalu but in my mind it could be the two K's in Kremb de la Kremb. For the collar and cuffs I used a bandana, and for a little extra embellishment I used some denim white trim. Voila, my new customized K de la K jean jacket a la DIY.
Let’s see how the others Fab 40s faired shall we….keep scrolling!

In addition to the jacket, I also made my waist bag. I simply cut to slits in the back of the silver clutch, and then passed my silver and gold skinny belt through. Also, of course, I cut off the white jeans–that’s a given!

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

Diane! Acid wash is my next project!! I’m so glad you offered directions. My niece and I just picked up jackets yesterday at my favorite local thrif shop, Value Village. Last summer we DIY painted denim jeans which is so fun, but this year we are ready to get friendly with the bleach. I was happy you offered directions with this jacket. I turned out SUPERB! There are two other things I totally ADORE about this styling of yours: 1) crop top! Yes!! And 2)cut offs–a summer must!! You’re a total inspiration Diane!

Tracy from The Naughty Forty Diaries

Diane invited Tracy from The Naugthy Forty Diaries. I’ve included two pictures of Tracy, just so you can become mesmerized by here eyes. She has the prettiest eyes on the Internet! I love her DIY! It’s such a simple way to add a personal touch to a tee: patches. Tracy I’ve gone overboard with patches on my own denim shirt. I love how your three say take me on vacation!

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

Our very classy Fab 40 named Jennie made this beautiful top: yes, she sewed it!! I am so impressed Jennie. It turned out perfectly. As always you are the effortlessly classy lady–even in a pair of cut-off hem denim jeans. You are our modern day Audrey of the group for sure!!

Mary from Curyly Byrdie Chirps

Oh, Mary, I want your jeans so bad! I’ve already referred to these jeans before, but when I was in high school I had the coolest pair of patched jeans. Instead of denim however my patches were red fabric. Oh, they were so cool. They even made it into my senior portrait pictures. I think you’ve given me yet another denim DIY idea here, so thank you. And of course, one can never go wrong with a Canadian tuxedo–especially one that includes denim heels!!

Veronica, I love what you did to your tee here. I too have done this choker style to my Guns n Roses tee. Isn’t it the easiest! Your camo tee turned out so cool. Now what I haven’t done is the ties on the sleeve–what an extra element of surprise DIY. I really like it. Was it hard?

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

We cover all sorts of themes over here with The Fab 40s…are there any you’d like to see?!

Cut Offs: Ping Pong Piece No. 4

With it being my turn to choose the Ping Pong Piece this June 20th, I am sure it comes as no surprise that I went with my summer (or pretty much year long) staple: cut offs! These particular cut offs are my absolute fave; meanwhile my husband (and one of my sisters) hates them. He can stand how big they are, but that’s what I love about these Wrangler, DIY, grandpa-like cut offs. They are so comfortable: the wash is perfect, there’s the proper amount of distressing, the leg holes are nice and wide, and the waist is a little big. Basically I feel like I’m in a pair of pajama bottoms when I wear these cut offs–granted I don’t care if it looks that way! I had to wear this tee for this month because summer has started, and yet I already don’t want it to end! I suppose this is very spoiled of me to say since I do get a 7 week break. Not everyone has that sort of summer break, but as a teacher, I’m going to embrace every single day I’ve got.

Ruth from My Little Nest

Since it was my month to choose the theme that means I also got to invite someone. I invited Ruth from My Little Nest–who has the most contagious smile ever! Ruth is also from Seattle, so I was pretty excited to invite someone from the PNW. For as much as I may complain about Instagram, I should not! I have made some pretty neat virtual friends, Ruth being one of them. She is always, so sweet, very sincere, and just a kind virtual friend. I am hoping I may get to meet her in real life this weekend when I’m in Seattle! She would be the first Insta friend I will meet. Aside from being a really nice person, Ruth also has amazing style. I often see what she’s wearing and think, “I’d wear that!” Maybe it’s a Pacific Northwest thing…. I mean look at those cut offs! They are RAD!! Thank you for joining us this month Ruth. If you want a super nice friend on Instagram, do follow @ruthyannie and make sure to start reading her blog too: My Little Nest.

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

I have a pair of white cut offs, so I’m not surprised to see Samantha in a pair. What does surprise me is the pairing with neutrals. Sam is usually so bold, so I was startled to see a more muted color palette this round. The great thing about this lady is she makes me think about doing new things with my own style. I would never pair my white cut offs with a nude, khaki sweater, but wow! It’s such a classy look. Thanks for giving me style inspo once again Sam!

Anna from Anna’s Island Style

Anna is also sporting some white cut offs…. from me! We brought back a bit of the Ping Pong Post this month as Anna was pushed a bit with cut offs as she didn’t own any. Well, I’ve got denim coming out my ears! Easily I was able to make her to pairs of cut offs: a pair of white denim cut off bermudas (worn and shown here) and cut off denim white skirt. Again, Anna proved that white cut offs look great with neutrals. I’m going to have to try this with both my white denim cut offs and my white denim cut off skirt. What would I do without all these amazing friends I’ve made virtually via blogging and Instagram!? Thank you for more style inspo Anna, and I think you look great in cut offs. I hope you wear them all summer long!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

These pictures were taken the weekend before we came home for our summer. Near our home in Hong Kong we have a variety of beaches to choose from–it’s actually really awesome. All the public beaches have fire pits to barbecue on to, so this was our first and last barbecue for the 2016-2017 school year. It’s so fun to pack up a picnic of food and barbecue on the beach during the sunset hour. I almost lost the sun in these pics; it went down so fast! Luckily my stellar photographer got the pics!

Look at my buff photographer: she set her mind on abs during the month of June, and by golly she got some!!

10 Denim DIY Projects

This pair of deconstructed denim is my most recent denim DIY.

I love DIY projects. What I’ve come to realize with all the DIY that I do, is that I particularly love a denim DIY project. I have a few denim DIY projects up my sleeve that I need to create, but first I wanted to recap some of the denim DIY projects I’ve already done. I found ten! Let’s take a look….. I hope this post offers you some easy denim DIY inspiration!

This DIY patched denim shirt is one of my all time faves. I love how it turned out. All the patches were picked up in a night market in Thailand too, so there’s special sentimental memories attached to the shirt.

My other Thai special is this embellished jean jacket. I created all the patches and
designed where everything would go. But then I gave pinned up jacket to the concierge
at a Thai hotel who gave it to the hotel’s driver who gave it to the village tailor.
So yes, it took a village! This is another sentimental and favorite denim DIY of mine.

To copy the fashion stars must be the best form of flattery right? I feel very proud of the Eva Chen inspired star patched jeans. I’ve had the jeans forever; now I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of them!

Speaking of copying….check out these Gucci inspired cutoffs. Definitely a fraction
of the cost of the designer label’s pair! And mine are Kremb de la Kremb!!

This is a no brainer, but I often just cut off the hem. That’s pretty much the easiest denim DIY out there! (These pants are up for something new actually–stay tuned….) And if you want to get the ankle cropped jean,
just take your favorite pair and cut off to your ankle. Easy peasy and a money saver!

These are my favorite cutoff jean shorts. They’re nice and big.
I made them from a men’s pair of Wranglers. (They’ll be featured again real soon!)

Creating your own jean shorts doesn’t have to be limited to blue denim.
Try white or even black jeans and cut them off to your desired length.

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The other thing that can be cutoff is a denim skirt. Just make sure to go past the slit in the back.

Why buy distressed jeans? Just use scissors, an exacto knife, and a cheese grater,
and get distressing on your favorite pair!

These are totally inspired by my mom, Joanie. She’s an artist and has always made such cute doodles.
She helped me with this pair: DIY color book cutoffs!

This last denim DIY is the very first time I worked with Yee! This was back in 2013–four years ago! I took two sentimental pieces and attached them to a sleeveless shirt I was never wearing.
Speaking of which, it’s time to pull that shirt out!

What sort of denim DIY would you like to see on the blog?

I can tell you I have a couple of projects in mind: a super fringy hemmed pair of both jeans and skirt plus the need for a new embellished jean jacket. Also, I can’t wait to get to the thrift stores in the States where I’m able to stock up on all sorts of great denim! Oh, and I definitely want to try to make my own acid wash jeans so I guess that means there’s more than a couple of ideas on my mind!

But really, what would you like to see or know how to do?

DIY with a Tailor: Deconstructed Denim

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I’ve been eyeing all sorts of deconstructed denim lately. Keep in mind, I also pick up denim at my local thrift store (Mee & Gee or Me & George) any time I walk in the door. (In fact yesterday, I picked up two jean jackets and a jean skirt at Mee & Gee. I know! I don’t need them, but my DIY juices start flowing when it comes to denim…) I mentioned Geneva from A Pair and a Spare yesterday. Again, she’s the one who influenced me to attempt making my own deconstructed denim with her post here. The thing is, I could have given my pair a try with my sewing machine, but I actually prefer working with my tailor, Yee. She’s so sweet, and it’s quite fun to collaborate with her. I go in with my pictures, and then I attempt to explain what I’m after. We don’t speak the same language, but somehow we’re able to communicate. Granted, the first version fell off me. She ended up having to take a total of four inches in because they were so big. Luckily, we’re patient with each other, and as always, I was super pleased with the end result.

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DIY Deconstructed Denim:

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These were my directions:

1. I brought her two pairs of Levi’s–one dark, one light.
2. I instructed her to take out the side seam on the dark pair and insert the side seam of the light pair.
3. Before any of this was done, she had to take off the pockets.
4. Once the new seams were sewn in, we were able to place the pockets in a natural position.

Voila! I’ve got a pair of DIY deconstructed denim.

Do you think you’ll work with a tailor to make your own? Or will you buy a pair? There are a ton of options out there. Deconstructed denim is a hot trend right now.

Deconstructed Denim

Deconstructed Denim
This little blue, fishy, velvet bag is adorable. I got it from my favorite handbag designer: Louella Odié. Here’s the link to this exact little pouch bag. Don’t forget to look at all the beautiful totes too. If you decide to purchase, take an extra 20% off with this code: KREMBDELAKREMB20.

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Deconstructed Denim

DIY: Colorful Feather Slides


It seems every time I pass by the Miu Miu window, I get inspired by their shoes! It happened last year with these ribbon lace pumps. This year it happened when I saw these colorful feather slides. I’ve had them on my mind for some time, and now I’ve finally made my own version. I love it when I make something that I know will not be found on anyone else; it gives me a bit of a thrill, as do my new colorful feather slides! What’s even better is this DIY was super easy and economical.

1. Gather your supplies.


I picked up this trim a while ago during a trip to Thailand–I wasn’t sure what I’d use it for, but I knew I loved it. The shoes I found at Forever 21. They’re real leather and are perfect for adding a little embellishment. The studs are from a semi-version of a craft store but more of a sewing store in Causeway bay. The trim was calling for something more–especially to subdue the tacky, bright orange red of the trim. Scissors, pliers, and glue were the other three necessary items for completing this DIY.

2. Cut the trim to the lengths of the shoes’ bands.


I made four bands of trim that matched the length of each of the shoes’ bands.

3. Add any embellishments to the trim. (Optional)


Then, I added the studs to each of the trim bands. This was a bit of an extra step, but I think in the end it made a big difference. It was a little extra touch that really added cohesion to the look of the slide–plus some funk.

4. Add glue and then the trim to the shoes’ bands.


I ended up having to switch the glue I used as the first one wasn’t working. The 3-1 always comes through! Then starting at the inside of the band, and I squeezed the trim on. I spent some time pinching the glued trim so it would really stick. Then, I just let them dry.

Viola! Easy Colorful Feather Slides!

DIY: Colorful Feather Slides


I have a feeling I’m going to get a ton of use out of these sandals. They’re fun, comfortable, and definitely unique. With all the color, they’re going to match everything! I love how these colorful feather slides turned out. They may not be Miu Miu, but who cares when I can have Kremb de la Kremb!

*This post has been linked to Not Dressed As Lamb’s #SaturdayShareLinkUp.

DIY Tie Leggings


It’s been a while since I posted a DIY project. Perhaps it’s a seasonal thing, and I find spring, summer, and fall DIYs easier than winter. Or maybe the inspiration hasn’t struck lately–until now. I have a few DIY ideas lined up. The first and easiest are these DIY tie leggings. Any DIY that only needs a pair of scissors… well it’s a no brainer and sure way to get me going on the DIY motivation train. These DIY tie leggings were a cinch and also super forgiving. I didn’t even have to cut straight–although I did try!

1. Gather the supplies.


A pair of scissors and a pair of leggings is all you need. That’s it! I chose a lycra pair since I knew anything I cut would curl up–which is exactly what I wanted for these DIY tie leggings since I’m not the best at cutting a straight line.

2. Mark the length below your knee.


With the leggings on, use a fabric pencil (or in my case an eyeliner pencil) to mark how far up the leggings you plan to cut. I went below my knees.

3. Cut out the side and inner seams.


Now cut along the seam to take it out on both sides. This will give clean seamless ties for the DIY tie leggings.

4. Cut each flap down diagonally to the end.


This part was a little tricky, and I might have done it wrong. Basically you want to cut diagonally down each. First decide which way you plan to tie, and then start cutting on that side. The back flap will be pulled across to tie in the opposite direction, so you again cut diagonally from the side from which you will pull. Luckily, and obviously, cutting straight didn’t matter. With a couple of pulls on the new ties, the instantly curled in making the ties even more narrow.

Put those leggings on and start tying your DIY tie leggings!

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.

Cute White Bell Sleeve Tops

(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.

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