Merry Thai Christmas

Do you remember our trip to the Philippines in October? Remember how I was gushing about the Forever 21 in Clark, Philippines? Well. It was during that trip that I basically purchased all the holiday outfits I’d wear during this winter break holiday to Thailand. When I saw this bright off-the-shoulder red lacy dress, I knew for sure it was going to be my Christmas dress in Thailand. Here in Railay, Krabi, all these decorated longboats serve as the perfect celebratory backdrop. In a spot with no cars–except for an occasional hotel golf cart–these longboats are the mode of transportation. While obviously rickety, they are definitely a fun ride!

I’m about to make a very spoiled statement: I’ve lost track as to how many times we’ve visited this beautiful country. We first came to Thailand in 2000–we think. Back then we were living and working in Saudi Arabia for the airline company’s school; we travelled like banshees on I-90 tickets (in airline speak that means you pay 10% of the ticket but fly standby). We met both of Kevin’s brothers here in Bangkok. (Also within that 2 year time during our employment at the airline company, we also travelled to Hong Kong for the first time and definitely fell in love with our now current home!) Basically ever since living in India, Thailand has been the place we’d go for some luxurious yet affordable comforts. And yes, each trip always seems to end with some awesome shopping for Annie in Bangkok. (This trip we’re on will be no different!) The extremely special part of this trip is my sister is here! We spent two days with them already on their sailboat, and tomorrow we meet her and her family in Chiangmai Mai. (For moment to moment details follow my Instagram stories!)

Here’s my silver fox photographer. While he refuses to let me take videos of him, he’s really getting into the selfie these days. I guess, when I think back on our 20+ relationship, he’s always been up for a selfie–even before that’s what they were called!

Have you been to Thailand?

What sort of things would you like to see while I’m here?

Style Stories: Forever 21, Oversize Me!

Oversize me! Sometimes I just want to wear oversize everything. It’s so comfy. It’s definitely on the sloppier side, but oh, it’s so cozy. Like this sweater for example, in a very soft chenile, is way too big–I almost got the medium but then was like no I want large! And these pants, very brand new at the time are way too long (curently they are in the drawer to take to the tailor), but at the time, these long flowy pants were so comfortable. Even it if doesn’t look good, sometimes I just want to oversize everything–even big honkin’ huge hoops!

Wherever I travel, I always love trying out a new to me Forever 21. Some of my best purchases have been in Forever 21s around the world. Imagine my excitement when the mall right near our layover spot had a Forever 21! I went twice: once at the beginning and once at the end. This particular outfit came from the Forever 21 in Clark, Philippines. It was a descent size. It was kind of like the Baby Bear in Goldilocks. It wasn’t too big or too small; it was just right. I spent enough money at this Forever 21 that they divided my bill up, so I now have several of these Forever 21 totes lying around the house now. That’s ok. They make for the perfect lunch or gym bag.

Some of my favorite Forever 21s include those that I would shop at while living in India. India now has several Forever 21s alongside an online site, but while we were living there it did not. Every trip we took away from India I would check to see if the location had a Forever 21. The first one I ran into was during a trip to Malaysia; the Forever 21 in Kuala Lumpur is great! I can remember Kevin taking the toddlers and letting me have some alone time in my favorite store. That seems to still be the case. He knows I can’t refuse a Forever 21. The other Forever 21 that stands out in my mind and is probably my favorite is the one in Bangkok at Central World. This one is HUGE, but, it’s all on one floor which makes it awesome. It’s filled with little rooms that I can tackle one at a time and till I’m through. When I can divide and conquer like that, it makes the fitting room experience all the more manageable. Can you remember those burnt orange leather shorts? I have gone through two pairs they are that good. The final little Forever 21 I do adore is the one back home in Spokane. It’s out at the Valley Mall, and basically to get to my cabin you have to pass it. Sooooo….that leads to many a spontaneous trip just to grab a lil’ somethin’ somethin’!

Do you have a favorite, go-to store?
Do share what it is. Maybe I would like it too….

In Clark Philippines we stayed at one of the cheesiest hotels we’ve stayed at yet. There was a night club on the roof–where these shots were taken–complete with a pool and jacuzzi tub at the bar. In the middle of the pool stood a raised DJ. Here I was photobombed by one of the other tourists there for a fun night.

More Fishnet

Did I fool you on Saturday’s alternative makeup post? It was a rather cruel joke, making you watch me put that hideous makeup on for five minutes, but, oh well! I hope you had a little laugh!! This is the third Monday where I’m featuring fishnet, and there’s nothing silly about this outfit: I would totally wear this. Not to work or anything but definitely for a night out or even a city day where I wanted to look extra funky and attempt cool. I almost featured this look for the Ping Pong Piece post where we featured fishnet, but then I decided to go with big fishnet tights under ripped up jeans. Then last week, I featured smaller tights for my princess interpretation. But this outfit, I’ve had it waiting to make it to “publish.” There are a couple of features to highlight. First, both the top and the earrings are from a new-to-me market called Lai Chi Kok; this is the old clothing factory district for Hong Kong, but now there’s a whole sale clothing market. A friend and I only had about 20 minutes there, but guaranteed I could have spent more than a few hours wondering through all the shops, aisles, floors, and buildings. It’s immense!! Also of note is my (p)leather jacket. I scored it from Jasmine of Dress Me, Blog me at a swap. Unfortunately since this PU leather is starting to come apart, yet I love the style and fit so much, I sent it with my old helper now friend to Indonesia to be replicated in real lamb’s leather. I cannot wait to get this goodie back! Finally, these are my Mee & Gee Levi jeans that Kevin cannot stand, but I do love them despite their large size. They are perfectly comfortable, so there. Kevin is already planning to cohort with my sister to get these jeans banned just like these jean shorts they both hate–which happen to be my favorite!

Are there any features of this outfit that you two would wear? Would you wear fishnet as a top? What about the earrings? Too big? Also, these jeans–they’re huge and the total opposite of skinny jeans. Would you wear them? And finally I have one last question: what item in your wardrobe would you copy if you could?

Clockenflap Style Story

clockenflap-4I had such a blast at my very first Clockenflap festival. I was so excited about going that I kind of forgot about how much I would enjoy preparing what I would wear to such an event. Then, once I was actually getting ready to attend, I realized I needed first and foremost to remain warm, but with layers because I was sure to get hot from dancing. I decided for each day I’d wear my army jacket–I scored this Banana Republic piece at one of Get Redressed’s pop-up shops. This second-hand layer had barely been worn–until this weekend. I wore the heck out of it!! And with that here are my style stories and experiences from my very first and very fabulous Clockenflap–a festival I will definitely be attending each and every year from here on out while I live in Hong Kong.

Clockenflap, Opening Night

clockenflap-5We had a beautiful day off after a Thanksgiving dinner with the other HK Krembs when all of a sudden it was time for Kevin and I to head into town for the festival’s opening. I tried not to go through too many clothing options as I am often apt to do. I knew I wanted to wear my pretty embroidered jeans and in the end I just paired an army green shirt to subtly layer underneath the army green jacket. (Yes, green has seriously reentered my life!) It’s said in order to keep warm, keep your head covered; well I brought my cream, cashmere beret that fit into one of the pockets. I didn’t actually need to wear it, but having it reassured me if I were to get cold. For this night I felt I had dressed for the festival perfectly. It’s actually the only time I did….



Clockenflop in Tons of Rain

clockenflap-3I really don’t know what I was thinking on this day. Seriously. I wanted to be funky but casual cool at the same time. I wanted comfortable shoes, but this option was awful. See, it rained so hard on Saturday. It wasn’t just a splattering of rain here and there; it was a full day of torrential rain. I was freezing! Tights were actually a pretty sound option because my pant legs didn’t get drenched, and the sweatshirt definitely kept me cozy. But my feet were sopping; there were literally squishy puddles coming out of each step! The jacket served as a nice layer, but it was obviously not waterproof. We put in a good amount of time on Saturday, but in the end, we bailed. We just couldn’t put up with anymore rain. (There was so much rain, the only shots I got were on the bus ride home!) I’ll call this look my wet dog look. Ick!


Clockenflap, Last Day

clockenflap-2Because I had been so cold the day before, I over layered on the last day. I did not need the sweater. It was tied around my waist the entire time. Otherwise, for this day I was set. But, it was on this day, that all the cool people were out. I do not look remotely cool! I look like I’m from the Pacific Northwest–not a bad thing, because it’s true: that’s where I’m from. But, if I was going for a hip vibe here, I have to admit there’s nothing hip about this layered, super cozy, outfit. Next year… well I’ve already started planning!


clockenflap-1Now Gigi, she’s effortlessly cool in her sweatshirt and sleek joggers. She’s just a hipster without even trying!

Style Stories No. 12: Moto Jacket Love


Thanks for these pics Norbyah–and for trying to bring out the tough girl in me!

Some Style Stories just happen. I’ve been on the lookout for a cool moto jacket for a while now. I have this sleek one that I picked up a swap, but sometimes with too many layers it’s a bit snug and to be honest almost too elegant. It’s not the true, edgy biker, moto jacket. Every time I go to my second hand haunts here in HK, I haven’t ever seemed to find one to my liking. Finally, with a generous gift card from a friend, I ordered a pleather one at Zara. But then, something miraculous happened! I went to a meeting and the room was freezing. I remarked how cold I was and my colleague mentioned I could wear the jacket that was hanging on my chair. When I put it on, it was like sparks of magic–it seriously fit me perfectly. Geoff said to me, “Ya, that coat has been hanging on a fence at the beach all week long. I finally brought it in.” He was going to add it to the trunk of clothes for students to paint on and such. But, after seeing my enthusiasm for this jacket, Geoff generously gave it to me. He could see my love at first fit! Now, I can’t seem to get enough of this coat. I did end up taking the Zara one back. This one is just too good to be true. I can feel that a real motorcyclist used to wear this worn in leather moto jacket. It has been loved. And now, I’m doing the same. I oil it with leather conditioner each time I wear it as there’s a good amount of seawater that dried it out. I’m set to take it to our local leather man in order to fix some of the wear and tear. Most importantly, I like to believe I wear this coat with the love it deserves. I feel rockin’ awesome in it, and (silly of me but) I think the coat feels it too!

Moto Jacket 2

Moto Jacket 4

Moto Jacket 5.5

Moto Jacket 3

Do you have a Love Style Story?

Do you have something in your wardrobe that was just meant to be? Maybe there’s an item in your closet that was just destined to be yours no matter what. Tell me about it. I’d love to hear the style story!

Or take a moment and link up your own style stories. Please spread the love and include a link back to Kremb de la Kremb. In the next few days I’ll try to make sure and visit your blog. And I hope Kremb de la Kremb readers are doing the same.

Thanks for linking up!

Love, Ann

Style Stories No. 12 Link Up

PS. From Style Stories No. 11 Link Up

My FavesHopefully from all the link ups from around the web you are getting to know different bloggers around the world. I know I am! Two bloggers stood out to me from the Style Stories No. 11 Link Up. First, if I were to place my thumb over Debbie’s cute face and lovely ginger hair, that outfit is exactly something I feel I would wear! Seriously. It’s like Debbie is my style twin or something!! (I am now after a similar plaid dress. I already have the baseball tee and boots.) I wonder if the fact that we’re both teachers makes us both like this outfit…just a hunch. What do you think Debbie? Kirsten is ironically also in plaid. Here’s to plaid ladies! But the style story from Kirsten’s post really got me. She has just moved, which I can relate too, but the neat thing about her new home is she is 15 minutes from a castle. Yes, castle! Can you imagine? I just finished reading Me Before You, and I’m having pictures that her new town might have Lou Clark in it…Thanks for linking up ladies.

Make sure to visit these two blogs: Debbie at Fashion Fairy Dust and Kirsten at The LIFB Issue!
Also go follow them on Instagram: @fashionfairydust and @thelifbissue.

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

Are you ready to link up your style stories!? Yay! Have at it!! Please just link back to Kremb de la Kremb in some capacity either with a link on your post, a link in your blog roll, or by using my Style Story badge. Thank you! I’m looking forward to your style stories!

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. 5 + @catoinamsterdam

I am making friends with the coolest women–around the world. No I haven’t met them in person yet, but I am getting to know them regardless of time and place. This week for my Style Story Link Up, I want to introduce you to @catoinamsterdam. For ease I’ll refer to @catoinamsterdam by her name, Carin. But have it be known that if you are on Instagram, and you like to seek inspiration from stylish outfits, then stop reading this post, click on this link right now, and select “FOLLOW.” Carin is known in Instagram as @catoinamsterdam, and to put it simply she is known!

In the short three months that Carin has been on Instagram she has created one of the most exemplary communities I’ve seen. Carin is first and (obviously) foremost very, very stylish. But, this is not her only claim to fame. Carin is also super nice, encouraging and supportive, very fun, and finally engaging. She replies to every single one of her comments as well as graciously and continuously commenting to others on their own pics. I know this from experience. This is how we started to firm up our friendship: it was about a month ago that I began writing her the old fashion way as pen pals. (This is the old fashion term for those individuals who write hand written letters and send them through the physical post via an individual called a postman.) Now I’m anxiously waiting for my postcard to be sent over from Holland–yes, the “amsterdam” in her handle refers to where she lives. Lucky huh!?! Until I travel to Amsterdam or Carin travels to Hong Kong, we’ll continue growing our friendship via the many modes available to us today.

Now, go ahead and take a look at why I follow Carin and why you should too! You’re going to see bold colors, fun pattern play, whimsical touches, and my favorite, confidence. Her smile and stature all tell us Carin is proud to wear what she’s wearing each and every day!

Follow @catoinamsterdam

@Carinamsterdam Collage 1

@CatoinAmsterdam Collage 2

All pics were taken from @catoinamsterdam with permission.
I like to take a little credit for outfit inspiration on the “C” sweatshirt–right Carin?

Link Up Your Style Story!

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

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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