What to Wear to the Christmas Party?

For this year’s Christmas party I am determined to LOVE my outfit. Last year, I went to my school’s Christmas party, and I hated, absolutely hated what I was wearing. This may sound silly, but not being comfortable and confident in what I was wearing had an impact on my attendance. I didn’t have as much fun, I never really felt at ease, and I was preoccupied with my personal distaste for what I was wearing. This time around, I’m determined to love what I’m wearing to tonight’s Christmas party. I know if I’m comfortable and feel good, I will in turn have a much better time. I’ve put together two very different looks; I thought I’d ask for your help….Which outfit do you think I should wear to tonight’s Christmas party?

Option A: Christmas Plaid w/ a Sequin Mini

Here’s the thing about a night out for me: I can’t wear heels. Yes, you may see them every now and again here on Kremb de la Kremb, but it’s usually for a styled post–like Wednesday. I wore my sparkly black booties, yet I would be able to wear those for a four hour plus night. I just can’t do it–yet! (Never say never right!?) So, footwear comes first, and it might as well be gold. I also want to be dressy and of course Christmas-y. So, here I’ve taken my favorite Christmas plaid shirt and paired it with a blush sequin skirt. I think this outfit incorporates just enough glam while assuring comfort at the Christmas party.

This little reindeer ring comes out at Christmas time. When I spotted it at a swap, I scooped it up, knowing it would join the other holiday baubles in my holiday wear box.

Option B: Black Velvet Suit w/ a Sequin Top

I repeatedly state how half of my holiday wear box is filled with items picked up after the holiday season. This is the case here: the black velvet suit I had my eye on all winter at Zara but only bought it once it was on sale. The same went for the H&M top and was a lucky find. It was just one piece randomly left behind, and I snatched it as fast as I could. For sure I feel much better in this bright pink lip color which makes me make a mental note that those dark burgundy colors don’t work as well on me. Again, I chose comfy footwear; these are my winking kids’ shoes from the girl department at Target. It’s guaranteed I’d be comfortable wearing these sparkly shoes all night. Tennis with a suit reminds me of Ellen–if she can pull it off, maybe I can too.

Aren’t these earrings perfect for this top? Ironically they are also from H&M but just this season. It’s as if the two were made for one another, but there’s about three years in between….

What should I wear to the Christmas Party?

I’d like you to help me decide. Which outfit do you prefer? The more casual with the Christmas plaid blinged up with some sequins? Or do you prefer the black velvet suit with over the top sparkles? Please help me get dressed for my Christmas party tonight!

What should I wear to my Christmas Party?

Christmas Plaid with Sequin Skirt
Black Velvet Suit with Sequin Top

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Christmas Plaid Shirt Layered

Christmas Plaid Shirt

I tried mixing up my Christmas plaid shirt again. This time I layered it under a velvet pant co-ord I picked up at the end of holiday season sales last winter. Here’s the thing: I’ll give things a try. These green velvet pants are perfect: they’re comfy, a beautiful color, and on constant repeat. The matching top, well, it’s not going to work for me. I’ve seen other bloggers style their camisoles like this with such ease, but on me I just feel terribly un-chic–the opposite of what I was after. Luckily, getting rid of this top isn’t such a big deal since I got it for a steal. The pants however, they’re winners! And we all know how much I love the Christmas plaid shirt. Stay tuned for Friday. I plan to style it in the way I’d like to wear it to our Christmas party this Friday. Can you guess what I’ll pair it with?

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Are you able to wear this camisole style?

The Faux Fur Leopard Coat–Day 5

faux fur leopard coat

Ok, ok, ok. I cannot and will not unnecessarily force everyone into wearing leopard print. It isn’t for us all. And that is ok. All this week I have simply attempted to show various ways of wearing leopard print: from a touch of leopard print with jeans to leopard print skirts paired with black, to overly bold and even overly casual, leopard print can be embraced in subtle or over the top ways. I will attempt to say however, that there is one leopard print item that with resounding ease will elevate any woman’s day: this item would be faux fur leopard coat!

faux fur leopard coat

Similar to the way I styled two leopard print skirts with black, I’ve done the same with my faux fur leopard coat. I’ve had this coat since I moved to Hong Kong, so that means it’s been in my wardrobe six years this winter. Unless something tragic happens to it, I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. And yes, it only gets about a weeks worth of wear here in Hong Kong, but that one winter I did go home, it of course went with me. The best thing about a faux fur leopard coat is how chic I feel with one on. In these pictures, underneath the actual jacket I’m wearing a tank top, but I’m so warm! Simply paired with sparkly goodness, and I don’t even need any accessories. If I live in a cold weathered climate I think this would become my uniform: it’s chic yet comfortable all at once.

faux fur leopard coat

faux fur leopard coat

faux fur leopard coat

Shop for your Faux Fur Leopard Coat:

Or maybe you already have one!?
Do tell….

faux fur leopard coat

This time around, I’ve offered some faux fur leopard coats for you to shop. Personally, I used free shipping to HK and went with ASOS. (Pretty much a ton of vendors offer free shipping these days. Just look for a promo somewhere on the site.) I chose prices from $40 at target to $240 from Anthropologie. Whatever your budget, there’s definitely a faux fur leopard coat out there for you!

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

Pair Bold with Bold–Leopard Print, Day 4

pair bold with bold

Ok, so yesterday I went very basic pairing leopard print with black. This is the easiest and shall I even say tamest (hehe) way to go with this wild print. But, today, I’m just going to go for it, and pair bold with bold. Why not! Take this wild print and match it with even more. Don’t worry about being OTT (over the top); just embrace it! The last time I featured this sweatshirt was out at my cabin in my cowboy boots sitting on my leopard sofa. With one of my very favorite sweatshirts, this time around I’ve gone with an Asian flare mini, and since I already had a lot going on with both the top and bottom, I threw in some studded boots as well. (These are a recent score from the Ruglane Market I attended last weekend.) Hey, call it pattern mixing or just pair bold with bold.

pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

I have to admit something: I love it when Gigi is my photographer. Here I am in a pretty wild outfit, and ironically, she just brings out the zany Annie. My smile feels pretty bright along this bold styling.

pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

Ok, what do you think?
Pair bold with bold and go wild or stick to tame styling leopard print with black?

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

A Leopard Print Skirt X 2–Day 3

leopard print skirt
Yesterday’s post featured a pretty loud pair of pants. Today, I’ve tamed things down with more of a simple styling of a leopard print skirt. Leopard print is easily paired with black–which I’ve done with two different leopard print skirts. I have a theory: match structure with flowy. So, the first version of the leopard print skirt features a straight pencil skirt and a black flowy blouse. The second style demonstrates the reverse: since the leopard print skirt is flowy I went with a more streamlined, fitted black top. Wearing structure with something loose allows me to accentuate different parts of my figure. I’d never be able to wear both a tight top and tight bottom–I’m way to curvy. And I’d feel terribly uncomfortable in something overly full. That’s probably why I don’t really wear maxi dresses; there’s just too much fabric making me feel larger than I’d like.

leopard print skirt

No way am I going to show off my ponch! See the length in that blousy black top? Well it’s covering my muffin top. The back of this blouse also covers my bum–another rather round area! Whenever I wear a pencil skirt, I try to pair it with a shirt style just like this one. Then, the fitted jean jacket added some more curves around my rib cage. I felt great in this leopard print skirt despite it’s tight structure. Because of the blouse I’ve concealed some of my figure’s trouble areas.

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

Wanna see some crazy leopard love? Check out this styling of this leopard print skirt back in 2014! Even I can’t believe how over the top I am!! (And check out my long locks. Wow, my hair was so long!)

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

Another Leopard Print Skirt

leopard print skirt

Here’s another leopard print skirt–well, actually they’re shorts, but they’re so full they appear more like a skirt. Because of the fullness and flowy material, I wore a more structured black top with this one. Again, full with full would just be too much, and I could never pull off tight on tight. But, a little fullness with a little tight, that works for me. Again, both my tummy and bottom are covered up by the fullness of the skirt. My waist is shown by the gathered waistband hitting the black tee that has been tucked in. Once more I went with a structured jacket that curves inward. So much of how we dress can be created by the illusions the lines of our clothing can make. If anything, remember this!

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

In my opinion gold is the best compliment to leopard print. I always choose gold over silver when accessorizing with this pattern.

leopard print skirt

I’m wondering about these boots…Is it time to put them to rest? They are very worn in. I’ll have to find out if my sister still has hers; I tend to follow her lead. And, I’m not sure if fringe has lost its moment…

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

A leopard print skirt styled with black.
Is this something you could wear? I think so!

For those that don’t wear leopard, am I swaying you just a bit? I surely hope so. RoarRRRR!

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

Racing Stripes X 2

For someone who wears tennis shoes pretty much every single day, racing stripes are a win win for me. In this post I’ve styled two sets of racing stripes: a pencil skirt plus a trouser. I wore both of these outfits to work/school. In each of both outfits, I felt professional despite the fact that I was wearing sneakers. Adding a bold lipstick, some quirky earrings, and additional touches like perfectly matching socks compliment the outfit. Since I wear some sort of sports shoe daily, I have had to figure out how to dress them up. You’ll have to tell me…

Do I look like I’m headed to the gym?
Or do you believe me when I tell you I wore these two outfits to the library where I work?

I’d had my eye on this racing striped pencil skirt for a while. It was never in the actual Forever 21 stores, so I finally gave Forever 21’s global shipping a try. It worked out perfectly! I was so happy to finally get this skirt. It basically has my name written all over it! And guess what? It’s only $6.54! That’s a steal. Go get your own here! (And the lip tee is only $5.34!!)

Whenever we head to the Hong Kong International Airport, I always make a quick stop at Zara. During out last trip over October break, I really hated the bottoms I was wearing. Luckily, I snatched up these racing stripe trousers. They are my new perfect traveling pant. They’re super comfy yet somehow polished looking at the same time. I love that our airport has a Zara; and yes, I do make sure to get one piece every time I use the airport! Hahah!

Do you get away with wearing sports shoes to work?
I’m just curious; I really do wear comfy shoes every day. I hope you get to as well!

*I’ve linked this post with Jess’ Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike, and Samantha’s #fakeittuntilyoumakeit.

Fall Layers and Zara Editorials

fall layers

Has anyone else noticed all the fall layers lately? Dresses are being worn over pants. Entire outfits are layered with a kimono. Textures and prints are also contributing to the layers. For sometimes I like to just go to Zara.com and look at all their editorials. Then satiated with tons of stylish inspiration, I try to emulate what I just saw. “Lights Galore” was a beautiful editorial filled with tons of haphazard fall layers. I tried to resemble “Lights Galore” in my outfit: chenille sweater over a floral dress over a DIY of two tone jeans. Then I added some sparkles for good measure with a velvet sash belt, ornate beaded bag, and glitter blush booties. I’m not sure if I pulled off the fall layers, but it was very fun to try.

fall layers

fall layers

fall layers

fall layers

*I’ve linked this post with Jess’ Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike, and Samantha’s #fakeittuntilyoumakeit.

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

black sleeveless blazer
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

black sleeveless blazer

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!

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer with a Dress

black sleeveless blazer

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.

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer as a Suit

black sleeveless blazer

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!)

black sleeveless blazer

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!!

| 1 | 2| 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 |

*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

Dresses with Sneakers

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.