Favorites from The Fab 40s

This was the first post. We styled the Pantone color of the year: marsala with denim.
(Look how short my hair was!)

On Kremb de la Kremb since March of 2015, every single last Monday of the month has been dedicated to a post from The Fab 40s. For two and half years there have been a group of us–in our 40s–coming together to share in our love of styling clothes. We would take turns choosing a theme. When it was our turn, we’d invite a fellow 40-something blogger. It will sound odd to read that we became friends, but we all did–in that virtual way that friends are made today in 2017. Some members came and left; it was natural for life’s events to take us in other directions. At present we’ve stopped posting, but I don’t thing The Fab 40s are done. We’ll be back…. Because I enjoyed these last Monday posts so much, I thought I’d highlight a favorite pic from each of The Fab 40s’ members. Enjoy!

The Fab 40s as Princesses

Sheela was our leader. She’s the one who created our concept and got us started. This was my most favorite styling of Sheela’s; the theme was princess, and she definitely played the Belle here in her beautiful rose gown. Ironically this is the one picture where we can’t see yet another pair of Sheela’s fabulous heels!

The Fab 40s in Marsala with Denim

I always felt a special bond with Dawn Lucy as she’s also a teacher. We were all extremely sad when she turned 50. But, we hope she started a Fab 50s group–that way we can join her in the upcoming years!

The Fab 40s in Faux Fur

One of my favorite color combos is when navy and black are paired perfectly together,
so this was an obvious pic of Jane. Her style is so urban chic–always!

The Fab 40s in Holiday Wear

Sequin joggers–yes please! Sequin joggers with a sequin blazer–double yes please.
This stunning combo was obviously my favorite look of Dixie’s.

The Fab 40s in Hats

All of us always looked forward to how Samantha would style the themes. She’s unique, and quirky,
but always classy and chic all at the same time. That’s how her personality is too. She’s a no
nonsense woman that I really look to for style inspiration as well as friendship. (By the way,
I gave her this skirt, and I love how she style it. I never even saw the blues
in the skirt before seeing her style it in this way!)

The Fab 40s in Our Favorite Colors

The best thing about getting to know Jennie was seeing both her style and blog evolve from post to post. She just kept getting better and better! I chose this picture of her in her favorite color. Again, she surprised me because I would have never guessed that these greens were her favorite color; I thought she was a pink or purple girl,
but that is probably because she wears that hair color so well!

The Fab 40s in Formal During the Day

Out of all The Fab 40s, I could always picture myself in whatever Diane wore. Take this outfit for example:
I want it all. I love pairing sequins with something casual like cutoffs and sneakers. Seriously though,
she was always my style sister all the way!

The Fab 40s as Villains

For one of our posts we had to style a villian. I love that Veronica chose an
Angelina Jolie character just like me. I also always appreciate how fierce Vero is!

The Fab 40s in All White

Not many woman can pull off a bodycon white dress, but we could always rely on feminine, voluptuous Mary to rock another hot dress. I’d love to go through Mary’s dress collection. It’s immense from what we could all see!

Do you already miss The Fab 40s like me?
Hopefully we can get back together real soon….

(I think next month, on the last Monday of October, I’ll go through and choose my favorite looks from collaborating with The Fab 40s.)

Black Sleeveless Blazer X 3

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On Monday I featured this black sleeveless blazer with a hot new fall trend: tweed. Meanwhile, fall trends continue to infiltrate my sartorial mind. The key word here is fall; I’m thinking blazers, long sleeves, trousers, scarves, maybe even a beret, and definitely some sweet boots. Yet, in Hong Kong we’re not even close to our fall temps dropping which means I’m no where near wearing the aforementioned items. However, I want to dress like I’m in fall weather. Insert the black sleeveless blazer. The black sleeveless blazer adds a layer, but not a hot one. Here I’ve sampled three ways to wear a black sleeveless blazer in attempts to transition from summer to fall even in summer temperatures.

Black Sleeveless Blazer with a Tee

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My Wrangler jean cutoffs are a staple pretty much all year round, so if you are experiencing a true fall or autumn, just replace the cutoffs with your favorite jeans. A fun tee, like this birdie feathered number, is perfect under a my black sleeveless blazer. This outfit is casual but a little urban chic at the same time. It’s the perfect city outfit for a lunch and shopping on a Saturday. I like to be comfortable–that’s a must. The tee, shorts, and sneakers make it so, while a black sleeveless blazer elevates the outfit just a bit. Yes, the feather clutch and pom pom socks also add a nice, birdie touch, as does the cool wall over in Wong Chuk Hang. Haha!

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black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer with a Dress

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This off-the-shoulder is a pretty cute little number. Yet, there are times, when off-the-shoulder isn’t necessarily appropriate. Take church for example–I would not have felt comfortable at St. Anne’s if I hadn’t have covered my shoulders with my black sleeveless blazer. This solution would also help me be able to wear this dress to work without breaking our school’s dress code. I’m a teacher so I should serve as somewhat of a role model right?! Also, layering in this way takes my summer dress into the fall season. Again, Vans are my go to for comfort, and it’s a fun touch to add a couple of stripes to my socks and a touristy bag–even though I’m a local.

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black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer as a Suit

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Finally, I turned my black sleeveless blazer into a suit by simply pairing it with black trousers. It might be a bit risqué, but I do love wearing nothing underneath but simply a bra. (A bit of bra tape helps here if needed.) To compensate for any flash of skin, I tied a scarf around my neck. Again, my Old Skools completed this outfit but alongside the help of a colorful beaded clutch. (Almost a year ago last fall, I styled up my black sleeveless blazer similar to here, but with my ol’ faithful Wrangler cutoffs instead. Somethings never change–like me in cutoffs and sneakers!)

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black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

What do you think of my three black sleeveless blazer looks?
Is there one styling you see yourself veering more toward? One you might try? I easily has this black sleeveless blazer mad by asking my tailor to simply take of the sleeves. The blazer seemed a bit done, but not all the way done. I’ve done the same thing with one of my white blazers too so I also have a white sleeveless blazer as well. Shall I style up that next?

Just in case…

Here are four black sleeveless blazers for under $35!

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Sam’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Style Stories No. 16: Dresses with Sneakers

Dresses with Sneakers

I’ve learned a few lessons since the last time I tried out my style stories. Remember, I broke my back last time?! Hahah, not really, but kinda sorta. Anyway, since that time, I’ve been working hard at Gym (I’ve given the fitness room a name), trying to strengthen my back. The other thing I’ve done is move my flat lays to the bed, so I don’t have to lean over so far. Also, I’m using a ladder instead of climbing up on a chair. I will not be discourage! I will persevere!! Ha.

Recently I witnessed one of my blogger friends, Sam over at Fake and Fabulous, create a capsule wardrobe. I have tried this, but I have found it doesn’t really work that well for me. I want all my options. Instead I do something different: I set out with a theme in mind for the week. Here’s an example of a complete week in which I wore a dress with sneakers every single day. Setting a theme does a couple of things for me: obviously, first it gives me focus when I get dressed each morning. In fact, with a theme in mind, I often have a few days planned out. Second, when I dress with a theme like dresses with sneakers, I’m really able to evaluate whether or not the dress I wear is working for me. If it isn’t, I’ll give it away. If it worked, and I felt good, it can go in the drawer to be put away and cycled through. If it felt really, really good, the dress will go back into the wardrobe for one more wear before it gets stored away. (This makes me realize there’s an entire post waiting to be written about how I handle tight, small storage spaces with a mammoth, oversized collection of clothes….)

Dresses with Sneakers

The accessories I wear are another item that get decided for the week–they are usually the auspicious jewellery I’ll wear for the entire week. I’m very superstitious about my jewellery thinking it’s going to protect, heal, guard, help, give me super powers, you get the idea. It’s sill really, but I’ll save that for another post… For this week I chose my rose gold evil eye (purchased in Shanghai with my sister Mary), my gold Sanskrit good health pendant (a recent purchase on Etsy from Azaggi), and my gold AMK monogram letters (another purchase made with my sister Mary during a different trip to Shanghai–if you look closely there’s an A, M, and K. She got the one with an M and W!) Just for an example I changed up my jewellery again this week: I’ve gone with just a simple silver hamsa hand. Each week my necklaces and rings shift in a very whimsical way but always with the intention to protect or stir special memories. Like I said, I’ll elaborate more later.

Sanskrit Good Health PendantI pay too much attention to trends. I always have. I’m not ashamed of it nor will I ever stop. It’s just a part of me. Hence, when I started seeing round, simple pendants popping up in abundance on my Instagram feed, I felt ready to get my own–but it had to be my own. Remember that week of bedrest after my back broke because of this post? Well, I found my pendant: it’s a Sanskrit circle of perfection meaning “good health.” I’ll be surprised if I ever take it off! Yes, I’m auspicious about the jewellery I wear. I always have been, always will be.

The Evil Eye Necklace–Speaking of auspicious jewellery… I need to dedicate an entire post to the evil eye and my connection with it. Suffice it to say that there is one on my body at all times–either my ears, neck, wrist, fingers, or ankle. I will for sure have one on. Now, this one was purchased in such a great little boutique in a very HUGE Shanghai market. I’ll never be able to find another one just like it. But for you, my dear readers, I have entered the Etsy vortex and found 11 evil eye necklaces that I would be willing to drop bank on just to own just one more evil eye….It’s my good wishes Etsy gift to you!!

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*I’m curious….if you looked at all my Etsy evil eye shopping, which one catches your eye! Hehehe! Get it!?

Dresses with Sneakers: Monday

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Navy Polkadot Dress–I love how sometimes when you walk into H&M everything is either $50HKD ($6USD) or $100HKD ($12USD). In situations like that it’s almost like shopping at a charity shop, but the items are brand spanking new. This $6 dress was a no brainer. I don’t think I even tried it on.

Ruffle Socks–I can’t stop buying cute socks! First, my sneaker collection is enormous. Once I started wearing only sneakers, I’ve wanted plenty of options. Now, I need the cute socks to wear with the cute sneakers. These, plus all the other ruffly ones I one, are total winners!

Dresses with Sneakers: Tuesday

Dresses with Sneakers

Striped Zara Dress (US Link)–I paired this dress in this post to highlight my DIY acid wash jean jacket. I loved how sporty yet chic I felt in the ensemble. Total winner. Basically, those flatlays that broke the blogger’s back–well they broke the bank too! That week off on bed rest I took a little online trip to Zara and bought three very cute dresses. The socks I wore with this short shift are not shown, but I paired the red high tops with white fishnets. It was an outfit that felt pretty darn good.

Dresses with Sneakers: Wednesday

Dresses with Sneakers

Zara Plaid Dress (US Link)–Here’s another Zara dress from my bedrest splurge. I just couldn’t resist the plaid. I mean, I love plaid! Now, it’s a very blousy, bag like dress, so to fix that I tied a jean jacket around my waist all day. To pull out the red, I wore red tassel earrings, and to pull out the navy, I wore my navy gum soled shoes. Again, this outfit felt great! There’s nothing like feeling good in what you’re wearing. This equates to confidence–our very best accessory.

Dresses with Sneakers: Thursday

Dresses with Sneakers

Zara Floral DressThis is the final Zara dress–again, I love it. It’s bright and fun and just feels magical to wear–hence the pairing of my magical sneakers. I mean how perfect: rainbow sneakers to match the rainbow dress.

Magical Rainbow Sneakers(US Link)–I bought these fun sneakers online from Forever 21–where they’re sold out, but don’t you worry! Rocket Dog, the brand that makes them, still has them. If you want a fun sneaker, that will elevate anything you’re wearing (check out the orange bodysuit set), get these sneakers. They seriously ROCK!

Dresses with Sneakers: Friday

Dresses with Sneakers

Velvet Crush DressThis drees was only $12!! I am not kidding. There’s this rather random online shop called Shein. I think they must have Zara’s designs or something; they are always selling Zara items, but once the clothing arrives there is never a label present. It’s like a “Made in China” thing. Maybe? I don’t know. I do know that I often see Zara items over there on Shein–like this velvet crush dress that is still available in all sizes for only $12USD!

So, that was a week of dresses with sneakers!
Up next I’m thinking of planning out a total bohemian week. What do you think? Yay or nay for the Style Stories and my flat lays….?

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Same Same But Different: White Top with Denim

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Just on Monday, I stated that summer is over, yet the yearly uniform that I consistently wear of a white top with denim remains in high rotation. Whether it’s a t-shirt and cut-off jeans, a white sweater and denim skirt, or a white flowy dress worn open with Levi’s, pairing a white top with denim is my go-to style. Isn’t it everyone’s? It’s such an easy breezey look to wear: it’s always comfortable and most definitely always on trend. It’s one of those timeless looks that never goes out of style. I’ve been wearing white tops with denim since I was in high school. The beauty of this look is it compliments the seasons as well. It’s one of those timeless outfits that I see on teens and my own mother.

What about you? Do you often pair a white top with denim?

white top with denim

white top with denim

white top with denim

I have another question: for a while kimonos were very trendy. (Here’s three versions of my black kimono, a pretty floral one, and also my very Asian red one worn for Chinese holidays.) Now it appears that the long kimono is where it’s at. Another way to create a long kimono look is by opening up a buttoned dress. Have you tried this? It’s my current favorite way of wearing this sheer white number that I’ve had forever. Here I wore this lace white dress open prancing around palaces in India! Then I wore this gorgeous white dress again layered with a blazer on top and jeans underneath, yet this time around closed as a dress.

So, here’s my second question: Are you wearing your buttoned dresses open?
And third, after this post and multiple stylings of this button down dress, will you consider wearing a dress open?

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white top with denim

white top with denim

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

Wide Legged Pants: Ping Pong piece No.5

It’s the twentieth, so therefore Samantha, Anna and I plus Liyana are brining you a Ping Pong Piece. For August we are featuring wide legged pants. I must say right off the bat that I may have not taken the challenge all the way. I probably should have featured these wide leg pants: my flowered very full pants. But, when Samantha called this theme I instantly thougth of my wide legged white jeans (similarly styled here but with a bit more cheeky fun!), so there you have it. I also wanted to style the purchase I made back in June with Debbie again with my favorite slides–but this time in yellow. You hear me talk a lot about Krystal Bick from This Time Tomorrow. Folks not only is she one of the most stylish bloggers out there, but she is also one of the kindest. I keep seeing her in yellow satin slides paired with just about anything, like a neutral, that I had to be the copy catter that I am and give it a try. I have to say; I like it! Finally, you will be seeing a lot, I mean a TON, of this Hustle & Hide Co waist belt from my sister. I can’t not stop using it; it’s the best! Julie, I am publically thanking you here on the blog. I love it so much! Let’s see how the other PPPers did this month with real wide legged pants…

Samantha from Fake Fabulous


Sam’s picture came in first, and I was like, “Uh oh, I should have worn my really wide pants.” I mean look how cools these wide pants look under a dress! Sam is used to layering as exemplified here. I wear plenty of short hemlines and need to take note: pair pants underneath. It not only looks super chic but keeps things more modest. I love how casual cool Sam is here. I will be copying this look dear friend, I’ll be copying for sure. And it won’t be the first time!

Liyana from Affordorable.com


Samantha invited Liyana from Affordorable. I have been following Liyana from her travels to her life in Malaysia for a while now. Liyana is the “modest personal style blogger.” While she always maintains modesty, she also always remains totaly and effortlessly stylish. Like me, she loves her kicks. I always enjoy seeing what she puts together–like here, she’s got classy pinstriped wide legged pants, with a tailored long blazer, and fun print head scarf. Plus! She’s carrying a wonderful matching title. (This is something I like to occasionally add to my posts;) I really appreciate each and everyone of her outfits. Follow both her blog and her Instagram. This was the second pic to come in, and yet again, I was like, “I missed the boat on this one!”

Anna of Anna’s Island Style


Now Anna’s wide legged pants are very similar to the pants I should have styled for this Ping Pong Piece. Mine are floral like hers yet in different colors, and like her I usually wear mine with a plain colored top because the pants seak for themselves. It was with Anna’s mail with these pants, that I considered retaking my pictures for this collaboration, but as time would have it, just couldn’t get it together. I do love Anna’s pants. They’re so fun, and they’re a definite last flowing goodbye to summer with their fresh colors. Oh, I sure don’t want summer to end–I’m pretty sure my friends here may agree…

And me, Kremb de la Kremb


In this photo if you look up above in the lefthand corner you will see two windows of our apartment. I cropped the picture so you could see where we live. Often times if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see the view out my windows. Here, I’ve offered a pic of those two windows. I have to admit: I love living in Stanley, Hong Kong. It’s a wonderful, incredibly vibrant neighborhood of Hong Kong. 

Now… let’s take a look at the wide legged pants I should have featured as founded on my Instagram feed… 

Here’s my flower power styled with my navy pea coat.

And here’s another styling back when I had super long hair. I was also able to wear high heels back then! Goodness, I was quite thin too! Something to strive for….both the hair and physique!! The heels I don’t care so much about (although I still have these boots just in case!).

One Dress and Three Belts


I remember reading something from a blogger once (It was Christine from My Style Pill): she said she always saves the belts that come with a dress, but she never wears that exact belt with the dress. For some reason, that style tip has always stayed with me. Here, I took one blush dress and styled it with three different belts–including the one it came with. I chose two other belts that I don’t wear very often and have even considered giving away. I’ll be interested to hear which belt you like the best….and whether I should get rid of the other two.

The Original Belt


I actually kind of like the monochromatic look the original belt offers plus the way this velvet sash flows in the wind is rather nice.

Twice Around Leather Belt


I’ve had this belt for a very long time–long enough that there are stray threads coming off the belt if you look at it closely. Since it’s a double wrap belt, I always like styling it with a tie rather than using the actual buckle.

Kimono/Aztec Belt


It’s quite possible I got this kimono belt around the same time as the double wrap one up above; in fact, I also got a purple metallic kimono belt like this one as well. I like the kimono part of this belt, yet I often feel like the Aztec print might be dated. Or perhaps I just don’t know how to style it in the right way.

Which Belt?

Please tell me: which belt do you prefer? I actually, despite Christine’s style tip, prefer the original velvet belt. I’m inclined to get rid of the other two. What do you think?

A One Shoulder Sweater


One day a couple of weeks ago, I was in the belly of Hong Kong riding the MTR (that’s the name of HK’s subway system). I can’t remember what stop I was at, but one of the advertisements really caught my eye: it was of a woman in a gorgeous white one shoulder sweater with a string of pearls around her neck. I’m pretty sure the advert was selling the pearls and not the sweater, but no matter. The image stayed with me, and once I got to a computer, I went searching for a white one shoulder sweater–granted the one I saw on the model was cashmere and mine is cotton, however I think I’ve emulated her look exactly.

This made me think… what grabs your style attention? Is it ads? Magazines? Blogs? Is it the colleagues you work with our strangers on the street? For me, I think I am forever and always examining what people are wearing. In fact, I often remember the outfits people were wearing when I first meet them, and I always remember what I was wearing. I find style inspiration all around me. Where do you?

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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.)

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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Sshhhh!

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.)

I had to have these Embroidered Jeans!

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Earrings, Forever 21 (old, but similar) | Cold Shoulder Top, ASOS | Embroidered Jeans,
Zara (sold out, but this is their new–and even better–version!) | Glitter Bag, Zara Girls
(old, but similar) | Glitter Boots, Zara (last year, but these are very close)

I had to have these embroidered jeans. I mean I really had to have them. And, I was prepared to go to whatever lengths to find them! I first stumbled upon these embroidered jeans while I was resting in my Command Center post my hip surgery this fall. Check out how beautiful these Zara gems look on the stunning Maria Bernad. You can see why I had to have them!

embroidered-jeans-6The first pair I got were a size 4–yes, that’s laughable because I have only once fit in a size 4. It was a brief and glorious–if even short lived–stint, but it hasn’t and most likely will not happen again. I’m ok with that. But the drugged out mom told her kids when they went to the movies to get me whatever pair they could. I didn’t care about size at that point. I wasn’t even able to pull them past my knees, but I held on to them just for the patches in case I weren’t to find my proper size.

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It was time to head online, but there they were not an option in Hong Kong. Next I went to the Zara US site: I had my sister ready to receive them and ship them over, but to no avail they were sold out there too. It was at this time I turned north to China, and guess what? I found them!! But there was now a new hitch. China does not take Hong Kong credit cards, and I no longer have a Chinese bank account–once we left Beijing we closed our accounts.

embroidered-jeans-4Oh the struggle was getting real. I felt desperate by now feeling that I must, I had to have these embroidered jeans. I had the very small pair sitting as standby–I planned to used the patches on another pair of jeans if need be. That’s when Andrew came in! I used to work with Andrew in Beijing, but he has since left the school and now runs a business purchasing items in China for expats. This was the perfect solution for my dilemma and so easy. Within a couple of days, I finally had the proper sized embroidered jeans thanks to the help of Andrew. (If you need Andrew’s contact information, just let me know.)

embroidered-jeans-5Are you like me? Desperate when you become fixated on an item. When there is a will, there is a way–that’s way I say, and WEAR! Let me know if you need help finding an item. Chances are it will become my fashion fixation too, and I’ll be able to help you out. I mean it. Let me shop for you! All you have to do is ask….