18th Links á la Mode

Ballerina Wannabe 1
Every now and then, I write a post that I think Independent Fashion Bloggers will really appreciate, so I submit it to Links á la Mode. That was the case with the very raw and open post I wrote a few weeks. I admitted to being my happy-go-luck self, but I also confessed to some serious chronic pain that I was experiencing. Luckily, and already, the pain is so much better. I still have pain, but now it’s the pain caused from using muscles that have been utilized in a long time. I’m actually experiencing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), and even though it hurts, there’s a little bit of me that’s enjoying the pain because it means my muscles are actually working! To date, I made it to work this morning and am walking the library floor without a crutch. If I leave the house to the city–like we did yesterday for a movie–then I bring one crutch. I feel and see forward movement and this is good. Also, of good news….my post was chosen for Links á la Mode.

Ballerina Wannabe 4

Links à la Mode, September 1st

Style Stories No. 10: Sweater Season

Sweater Season
It’s been cold in Hong Kong–like seriously cold especially by Hong Kong standards, so the wear of these three sweaters is completely authentic. If you follow along on Instagram, you will have quite familiar with these three pieces. I love each of them, and of course they each have their own little story.

Fisherman Sweater 1
I first saw this sweater on Sue from my Instagram feed. If you go to her feed as well, you will see this sweater proving its cost per wear. It’s basically the perfect winter sweater, and what makes it even more special is that it was hand-knit by Needle–a boutique started by two British knitters. (This sweater is called Coco. Charcoal is the only color left, but now it is half off! The Addie is also beautiful and comes in a pretty pale grey color–it is also half off!)

Mountain Sweater 1
I kept eyeing this sweater at Zara. I hemmed and hawed, but I never bought. Finally when I was ready to finally purchase it online, it was sold out. Then, in that rush of a week before going home for the holidays, during a last minute shopping excursion to the mall, I walked into a Zara, and there it was! Yes, I grabbed it and headed to the cashier register immediately. I have not regretted this purchase. To me this sweater is the quintessential ski sweater, so I have thoroughly enjoyed wearing it all winter long. (Next time, I know, don’t hem and haw. Just buy!)

Blush Sweater 1
I had been wanting to try out this pretty pale pink color for a while–it’s not the usual Annie color. I’m pleasantly surprised how nice I look (at least I feel it looks good) in pink. (And I will probably be wearing more of this color!)

Fisherman Sweater 2
I splurged on this sweater. It was just under $200! I never spend that much on my clothing. I made an exception on this piece however since I knew it was going to go the distance, and it has. I am wearing the heck out of it, so it has been worth the investment.

Mountain Sweater 5
I don’t know what took me so long to get this sweater. I know that when I think about something and fixate on it, I should just get it. I’m glad I did and while it wasn’t an inexpensive addition it didn’t break the bank either. By now, I’m starting to realize it’s better to go for quality when I really like it.

Blush Sweater 2
This sweater was on sale and then on sale again! So for $16 it seemed like a pretty good price to try out a new trend on me. Now I know that I like to wear a soft blush pink. I don’t mind taking a risk when it works out in the end–especially for such a deal!

Get your winter sweater now!

Before we get to the link up, I did some Banana Republic sweater shopping for you. Everything is already on sale, and then at the check out another 50% will be taken off of the price I have shown! Now, that’s a DEAL!

Last Style Stories’ Favorites….

Favorites from SS 9

Two weeks ago I ran a style story describing my week back to work. From the link up there were two bloggers that stood out to me: first, Sheela’s story about the word “cute,” and what that words to different people, was super interesting. I haven’t live in the States in 19 years, so it was intriguing to hear some of her impressions from her six years there. Also, Valentina stood out. I love everything about her outfit: the fun faux fur, the quirky bag, the sneakers, even the kitty cat hat. I love meeting new bloggers and have now become a reader of Fashion and Cookies.

Style Stories No. 10

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Love, Ann

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Style Stories No. 9: Back-to-Work

Here’s a sampling of what I wore this past week. It was difficult arriving back from an amazing trip where we went home for the holidays. Arriving late on Sunday night made getting up for work on Monday a bit difficult. I declared Monday a jeans day for myself. By the end of the week I stepped it up a notch. I feel very lucky that I have a pretty relaxed dress code at work receiving a lot of freedom in my sartorial ways. During the trip away, I managed to get some shopping in Stateside. Oh what fun! Especially after the holidays when the sales are rampant. Wow! I’m not shopping until after Christmas next year–if I can hold tight.

*You may have noticed a difference in the image up above. Santa delivered a Wacom tablet so I’m giving it a stab. I still have a ton to learn and much to get better at, yet I do love being able to write on an image though. It’s pretty nifty. All the images are from @krembdelakremb. Follow me and my style shenanigans on Instagram!

Back-to-Work Style Notes:

This is what I recommend from this week’s back-to-work Monday through Friday outfits:

  • After pining away for my sister’s Madewell Flea Market Flares that she let me borrow this summer, I decided to take the plunge and finally get a pair myself. It had been sooooo long since I invested in blue jeans. (Like 2009!) Lucky for me this pair was on super sale plus I was able to get a pair of black high waisted skinnies. I tell you what ladies: try out the high-waisted jeans. They feel so great over my ponchy pooch!
  • The thing I love about the co-ord trend is that out of this one outfit, I now have a top and bottom to mix and match. This is the co-ord I wore to the first day of school. I like how it comes across as a dress rather than separates. I’ve taken down my shopping guides and added the co-ord shop back to my shopping section on Kremb de la Kremb.
  • Zara is also having a major sale! I did really well there because I also was benefitting from the Canadian dollar. These navy blue suede culottes were a no brainer. I was also able to score the black velvet suit I had been coveting all fall long at a fraction of the price. It will be my go-to holiday outfit next year. I highly recommend stopping into the nearest Zara near you!
  • Anything from Banana Republic that is on sale can also have another %40 taken off with the code “BR40.” Here’s my exact blush sweater that I scored for US$16! (It comes in 12 colors, so there’s gotta be a color for you there!)
  • Except for special events, I am still preferring to wear a flat heal for work. My New Balance tennis shoes have been pillows on my feet, yet I’ve been wanting to mix it up a little. These new brogues with tassels were a stupendous find (again, at Zara). I can tell they will be on high rotation.
  • On a final note, I recommend you splurge (or find the perfect one on sale–don’t worry, I’ll help you!) on some faux fur! I big puffy black coat–like I wore on Tuesday, is so very cozy and suits just about every outfit. I’ve found some plain black versions for you at various price points from ASOS–the offer free shipping world wide! Trust me. You’ll love it. You can thank me later….

Shopping Day Dreamer

  • So, I do not own these, but I just wanted to include one of the items I am coveting from the after the holidays sales at J.Crew. They are still a fortune–even on sale, but maybe they’ll come down a bit more. I find these gold sequin culottes beyond fabulous. In the window at our Hong Kong branch they’re paired casually with a pair of neon New Balance. I was smitten!!
  • Another item that I kept going back to time and time again was this pair of Free People sock boots. (A sock boot is when the calf shaft is tighter around the ankle and goes up a little further than an ankle bootie. You can expect to see more of them.) They’re the deepest shade of navy, so they’d almost pass as black. They’re the perfect sock boot fit, and amazingly, they didn’t feel to high in even though there’s about a three inch heel there. I really can’t stop thinking of them. My birthday is in February–hint, hint to a possible gentleman reader.

Your turn!

Unlike my six style promises of 2016, I can’t make any promises in terms of my style stories’ link up, but it’s back this week. I will try my best to resurrect this link up!

Share any of your style stories. I want to see what you’ve been up to!

Style Story Link Up No. 3–Reality vs Wishful Thinking

Style Story3.3This week I really started to feel fed up with wearing sport shoes. Granted, they are so comfortable, but there were times this week when other options would have looked so much better. Therefore, for this week’s Style Story, I posted a picture of what I actually wore next to a picture of what I would have liked to have worn. Wednesday, as detailed up above, was a day off from work, so I felt comfortable in my Christmas plaid slip-ons all day long. I had just firmed up our family Christmas plans, so these Christmas plaid shoes seemed utterly appropriate.

Style Story 3
On Monday, I wore a leather skirt. For sure the open toed booties look way better. I should have paired the leather with any one of my many graphic tees. I’m coming up with a formula here….I just need to figure it out. Tuesday’s outfit could go either way. The white slip-ons work, but the boho fringe is so much more!

Style Story 3.2Thursday was a bust. I happened to be downtown early in the evening for a doctor’s appointment. When I saw a glimpse of myself in the mall mirrors, I gasped and then chuckled. This combo didn’t work at all! Again supporting this formula forming in my mind, I think it goes something like this: if one wears tennis shoes, one more casual item must be incorporated. On both Monday and Thursday, I needed one other casual item to balance out the shoes. I’ll make sure to remember this as I get dressed this coming week. Friday too…my tennies can work but the sandals just match the whole boho vibe so much better.

Can you tell I’m getting tired of the tennis shoe look? I mentioned the doctor: I’ve got another 4-6 weeks in them, so it’s time to ROCK IT AND OWN IT!

How was your style this week? Did you hit any ruts? Or did you have an awesome (opposite) week where things just worked? Please tell me your Style Story! I’d love to hear it….

And fellow bloggers, link up!! I love seeing what you’re up to and connecting with all of you!

Style Story Link Up No. 3

Style Story Link Up No. 2–I Learned a Lesson This Week!

Style Story Link Up I Learned a Lesson Weekly Style Work Style

Oh! I learned a lesson last week. Basically, I found out that I really like my options. I was trying to follow the October Capsule Wardrobe I’ve been offering as an optin if you join my email list. I mean, if I’m going to promote a capsule wardrobe, I should be able to follow it. But, this past week I found out that I like my options. No, let me amend that: I love my options. While I tried to follow the items in the capsule, I deviated greatly. I think this is ok, but also rather hilarious. Now that I know this about myself, I am definitely not adhering to something for one very long month! I can see how capsule dressing is a great idea for travel or certain situations. In the meantime, I’m scheming of a better optin for all of you to join my email list–unless you’d just like to join just for future Kremb de la Kremb updates. If so, link here. (Don’t worry. I’m not creating an email list to spam you rather for the day coming soon when I can really, professionally offer my style services to you. I’m just one assignment shy of becoming a certified stylist!)

Style Story Link Up No. 2

*This post has been linked up to Brilliant Blog Posts.

First Style Story Link Up

Style Story Link Up

I love a good Style Story. I seem to have a story behind pretty much everything I wear each and every day. And, I also have really appreciated how other bloggers offer link ups–a place where bloggers can share a link and then connect with other bloggers. What’s a Style Story without connection? Kind of nothing. If my clothing and choices in what I wear have a story, it’s most likely I want that story to be shared. Therefore in an attempt to connect with others and their Style Stories, I’m starting my own link up. Share a post or a picture from Instagram or even a comment from your Style Stories. That’s the sort of connection I’m after. You in?

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7th Links á la Mode

Last week’s new year’s post about my closet goals for 2015 made Independent Fashion Bloggers’ Links a á la Mode list! I don’t feel finished on this topic of maintaining my closet, so you can expect more in this area of organizing and maintaining an awesome wardrobe. (These are the other Kremb de la Kremb posts that have made IFB’s Links á la Mode: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.)


In With The New

How’s your first week of 2015 going? The first week back to work, still bulging from the holidays? Hitting the January Sales like there’s no tomorrow? Cleaning out your closet? Planning your life for the next year? Even though it’s just another day like any other, the turn of a new year brings up so many things for everyone. What are you discarding? What do you want to bring in?

Links à la Mode: January 8th