The Fab 40s in Ruffles

Jenny from A Pocketful of Polka Dots called ruffles this month. At first I was like, “Meh. I’m not such a ruffle girl.” But then I realized if I took a look in my wardrobe, it’s actually filled with ruffles. I had a laugh at myself!! There were so many options from a ruffle unitard, a one shoulder ruffle denim dress, or my fun Who What Wear romper from Target. I went with the polka dot flirty number. I’ve worn it so many times: in Suncadia for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary, for my sister’s baby shower, and for a meet-up with an annual lunch with two very good high school friends. This little outfit makes me feel dressed up but casual at the same time. It has ruffles on the sleeves and on the shorts. The wrap part goes to the perfect point of my décolletage while not showing too much. Finally, the icing on the top is being able to not wear tennis shoes with this number. It’s been a long time coming, but this summer I’ve been able to venture and return to the world of sandals and flats. Ahhhh, it feels so good to wear something other than tennis shoes! (Granted my tennis shoe collection continues to grow!) And it also feels good to wear ruffles. I guess I’m more of a ruffle girl than I knew!

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The Fab 40s in DIY

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

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

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

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

Tracy from The Naughty Forty Diaries

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

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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

Mary from Curyly Byrdie Chirps

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

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

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

The Fab 40s and Our Favorite Colors

I love when The Fab 40s get together. We all have such different styles, yet we have a common bond in loving and sharing our own style. I have to admit something: the last couple of themes were difficult to wrap my head around–there’s nothing princessy nor villainous about me, so dressing those parts was challenging. With it being my month to choose the theme I resorted to something easy–all of our favorite colors. In fact I tried to predict everyone’s favorite colors but I was way off! For me, my favorite color has always been many shades of varying midnight blues. I can vividly remember that first jumbo box of Crayola crayons and using that beautiful almost sparkly navy blue called midnight blue. It was literally love at first sight! And it’s been my favorite color ever since!!

The Fab 40s Favorite Colors:

These were my predictions, yet I was all wrong:
Diane–I think a pale blue
Jennie–either pink of purple
Mary–I’m going to go with yellow
Sam–red, for sure
Sheela–a deep red rose color
Vero–black, for sure
and our guest, Catherine–I guess peach!!

Let’s get to the real deal on all these ladies…

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I was wrong with Diane, but I was close with the pales–her fave is a pale pink! Diane you are pretty in pink!

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I was also very, very off with Jennie! She told me she barely owns any pink or purple. Maybe it’s her gorgeous hair that had me heading that way. Jennie’s favorite color is kelly green, and yes! I believe it. What a knockout dress!

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I was right! Mary’s is yellow! I just knew it, and Mary, I am so happy I was right with at least someone. You always–and this time is obviously included–rock the color yellow. It’s gorgeous on you.

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Now, here I was kind of right. Sam admitted to having too much red on the blog lately plus a hankering for wanting to try out pink. I think she’s done a smashing job with this beautiful color!

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I almost said black and white for Sheela but instead went for a deep red–which she admitted was also in her fave trio. But when one can wear this color combo so well, why wouldn’t one!?

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Again, with Veronica I was correct with the guess, but she went with another color she also likes: a deep burgandy, wine color. (Not red though; she was very specific about this!!)

Not Dressed As Lamb


This month I am so pleased and actually very honored to have Catherine from Not Dressed as Lamb be our guest. Wow, if you, like me, are a 40 something blogger wanna be, then you know Catherine. She is our guru. And she is our kindest champion as well. I have been writing and consulting with Catherine about my blogging questions. both big and small, for at leas the last four years or so, and she has alway been so supportive with exhaustive answers to my queries. She has become one of those girlfriends I have yet to meet in person…..maybe one day. I am continually amazed by her; and I’m not the only one! Just this past month, Catherine won UK’s best over 40 fashion and beauty blogger! This is huge, and I am so proud of her. Catherine is so deserving of this role and award. Welcome to our monthly collab Catherine. I thought you were a peach–I was close with the beautiful pink. Thank you for joining us!!

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And here I am in my favorite color in my favorite texture of this year: midnight blue velvet!


The Fab 40s are Villains


Oh my! Who even like the villains? When Veronica called this theme for The Fab 40s this month I really wondered how I would style my outfit for this blogger collaboration. Then, I thought of one of my favorite movies: Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Both characters are actually the villains in a way. Plus they’re both the good guys in the end with a battlefield reconciliation (how did they live through that who knows!?). One of my favorite scenes is when Jane Smith is in the desert and John Smith interrupts her mission. I love it when later she figures out the intruder is her husband because of his after peeing leg shake. That’s hilarious to me and something only a wife would know. So here I am trying to emulate a very sultry yet hardcore killer while she’s lounging around in her desert hut waiting for her target. What do you think? Do I look like a killer? Hardly!! It was fun to attempt at any rate. Check out all the villains below:

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Veronica, who set the theme, also chose one of Angelina’s characters: Malificent! Also, Vero invited Jaye from Curvatude to join us this month.

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Welcome Annalise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder to this month’s blogger collab! Oops, I mean welcome Jaye from Curvatude. Excellent styling Jaye!!

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Diane chose Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series because she can relate to his loyalty and love for Lily, Harry’s mother. Trust me, Diane is a very, very loyal friend!

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Jennie is Bonnie Parker, circa 2017! Hmmm, makes me wonder how Clyde would look–cuz this Bonnie is a DOLL!

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This month Samantha is Viper… nemesis to the super-sexy Logan/Wolverine.

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Sheela is Poison Ivy–with red locks and all. (I would like to borrow that dazzling dress please!)

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Remember the scene with her legs kicked up? Well, I’m trying…minus the binoculars and lithe physique. Go Angelina go!!

The Fab 40s in Pop Art


Oh gosh! Sometimes the themes for our monthly Fab 40s collaboration are truly outfits I would wear. Take for example last month’s leather and lace, yes I would wear that outfit; or even the month before with plaid in December, again, I would definitely wear that! But this month’s theme, I am not so sure. Samantha called “pop art,” and I definitely used my librarian research skills for this one. I was not sure what to do! And I know I wasn’t the only one proven by our email strand going back and forth as to what we should all wear. Sam, you got us good this time around! I should take that back: it’s not like we’re trying to stump one another, but a good challenge was surely set. When setting out to dress in “pop art,” I wanted to incorporate both red and blue with hints of yellow. Those are the colors I think of when this art style is mentioned. While I love each of my pieces individually, I cannot say I’d wear this “pop art” outfit all together as one. The shoes are always on repeat, the skirt is leopard so I love it, and I made the shirt so it’s a fave. I also made the clutch just for this post, and I did buy the shirt which I do adore and will definitely wear again. (I used to have a crop top version that I got rid of long ago.) I just don’t think I’d pile all this pop into one outfit.

What do you think of a “pop art” outfit would you wear it all at once or individually? In my opinion I over did it! What do you think?

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The Fab 40s in Leather and Lace

Kremb de la Kremb Leather and Lace 2With the last Monday of every month, you can count on a Fab 40s post, and this month’s theme we’re all donning some leather and lace! Lately, there are two colors I’ve been into–green and blush. In fact, this week I plan for all blushing posts (insert two blushing emojis with waving hands). Originally, I thought of a favorite outfit from last winter: my cream lace top with my black (p)leather joggers. But then, with this blush color being on the forefront of my ootd rotation, I opted for this styling. Plus, the weather in Hong Kong hasn’t chilled yet–uh oh. Knock on wood because now that that’s been written it will probably become really, really cold, and when it’s cold outside, it’s the same temp indoors. For this post though, I was basking in the sun on the boardwalk enjoying the blues of my Stanley, Hong Kong neighborhood in some blushing leather and lace with some denim accents. And yes, that includes a fanny pack, op I mean waist belt (for my international readers), thank you very much! (Just like the mullet that I swept back into a pony tail, these little buggers sure get a bad wrap–no pun intended!)

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Mary at Curlybyrdie Chirps

IMG_3497Mary, I love Targé: what a score with that skirt!! And those boots–serious envy for those and Target options. Hey, now I’m inserting the green snake emoji. Heehe. I love the way you styled this month’s theme with accents of snake, and the theme was a good one. Thank you!

Kimberly at The Haute Life Now

IMG_3495Mary invited Kimberly from The Haute Life Now. I cannot believe Kimberly has four kids! You are one hot mama if I do say so myself. AND, more importantly, I love that you are rocking a crop top. I’m the same; I insist on wearing them with the high waist. However, I can’t pull it off nearly as gracefully as you. You look amazing and glamorous. Welcome to the Fab 40s this month Kimberly!!

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

IMG_3496Oh wow Diane! I almost thought of wearing my cream lace top with my (p)leather shorts. We would have almost been twins–yet I’d be in sneakers which I know you also quite possibly could have chosen. Diane, I love your legs! I know I get complimented for mine too, but yours are strong for real. You look elegant and healthy all at once. What a beautiful look on you!

Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots

IMG_3494Jennie, your preppiness is changing so much, yet it’s still the same. There’s such a fun quirky edge these days to all your stylings. I love it! Only you could create such rockerish preppy looks: coated denim with polka dots! Of course!! And your hair….it’s just so cool. Also, Jennie, can we swap clutches? That one is fabulous!

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

IMG_3491Samantha your hair is getting so long. It’s so cute and fresh. As I write I’ve chopped my mullet off, so now I’ll be following all your growing out a pixie tips. Also, hmmm…this top! I really, really like it. I love that your shoes and sweatshirt are almost one in the same. So cool. Plus, the fur ball additions–perfect tough. Basically, you are just cool. There. I wrote it down. (Like I haven’t already before!! I’m full of emojis today, so I give you the sunglass emoji for sure!)

Veronica from Cid Style File

IMG_3488Uh oh, I’m giving out the wrong emojis–you literally need the sunglass one Vero with the guitar too because you ROCK! Seriously. This is such a bad@ss outfit, yet you are wearing a dress! This styling is fantastic–never can one go wrong with all black with gold accents and a moto leather jacket. It’s time for me to pull mine out. And I just picked up a super H&M score, so I do think I will try to copy you with this entire outfit. (I’ll tag you when I do.) Although, you know me, I’ll probably have to pull out some tennies–wait till you see my emoji ones. (No, I am NOT joking! I have a pair….)

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IMG_3490Queen She. I did save you for last. You reign over us all. I think that’s all I can say. You took my favorite color, blush, yet elevated it. All of us can only look to you for cues on how to be better. ‘Nuff said. Oh, and the queen emoji for you. (I just had to hand one more out!)

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Kremb de la Kremb Leather and Lace 3Then there’s me. I swear after commenting on all these fabulous ladies’ interpretations of leather and lace, I kind of feel like the immature kid of the group. I mean, even my shoes are from the girls’ department. Hmmm….is it time for me to grow up? I doubt I could even if I tried. SMIRK!!

Now, do go visit The Fab 40s!

Guest Kimberly at The Haute Life Now
Mary at Curlybyrdie Chirps
Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor
Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots
Samantha from Fake Fabulous
Veronica from Cid Style File
Sheela at Sheela Writes

*This post has been linked to another Fab 40 blogger, Not Dressed As Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike.

The Fab 40s are Grunge!

kremb-de-la-kremb-grunge-4I’m pretty proud of my 90s era, and yes, it did include some grunge, but of course it did: I was attending university in Seattle, Washington at the U of W. While my sorority sisters were donning there pledged initials on their sweatshirts, I was sporting my black babydoll dress with white polka dots. No, I don’t have that coveted dress any longer, but when I found it’s 2016 equivalent at Zara, I had to get it for this post. I’d wear that dress every time I’d hop a bus to go to downtown Seattle–which was often. I was the small town girl hitting the big city, and I wanted to see it all. That babydoll dress, with a pair of Doc Martins and my dad’s authentic army jacket, saw the town. Girls in my sorority would call me an “Ave Rat” since I liked venturing around new, and sometimes not so taste-worthy, neighborhoods, but I didn’t care. I wanted to fit into the grunge scene of Seattle–not necessarily the preppy Greek row thing to do, but oh, I was ecstatic to be living in Seattle, Washington. Meanwhile, bands like Nirvana, Sound Garden, and Pearl Jam were playing at small bars getting known, and I was there to witness it all. And now, here I am still venturing around the cities in which I live. I think the travel bug was instilled in me long ago….

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Diane Calling Grunge

img_4692-1Thanks for the theme this month Fashion on the 4th Floor. It was such fun Diane! I doubt anyone had to Google their grunge looks this time around–especially not you. And yes, let’s go walk that Ave together shall we!? You look so cool in your white babydoll and stud boots!

Guest Blogger Sherry from Petite Over 40

img_6211Diane invited Sherry, ironically a Seattle blogger! Now I wonder if we were stomping around Seattle’s streets at the same time. Sherry is a writer in many capacities–one of which is her style blog, Petite Over 40. Make sure to also follow Sherry on Instagram @petiteover40.

Fierceness from Cid Style File

novemer-fab-40s-grunge-look-cidstylefileYep, Cid Style File can hang with me too. That burgundy eyelash sweater is the perfect compliment to the all black look–and I do believe my grunge sister Vero here sported the Doc Martens too back in the 90s.

Flirty Jennie

the-fab-40s-in-90s-grunge-2-of-2I love how natural pink hair looks on Jennie from A Pocketful of Polkadots. It’s like, I look at her, and think, “Of course, pink hair is her natural color.” It’s amazing how flirty she pulls off this color. One April Fools I joked about having pink hair, but on her it’s just as flirty and fabulous as it should be. I have hair envy for sure!

Rockin’ Sheela

dsc_0076I know I jokingly call Sheela Queen She, but it is with reason. I mean check her out! She’s rockin’ this look. Now her sister from another mister is Courtney. And with a tiara on Sheela’s head it’s no wonder I call her a queen.It truly is her rightful title.

Samantha Babe

img_6000Ummm, Samantha could seriously pass as a student here, don’t you think? She’s so youthful, and hip, it’s as if she’s truly a uni student. I know if she were in my class, I’d always be looking to see what she’s wearing. (Heck, we’re not in the same class, but as my fellow blogger friend, I already do! I’m constantly looking to Sam for how to be Fake Fabulous!)

Gossip Girl Mary

maryI know Gossip Girl is a show beyond the 90s, but there were certainly times when Jenny Humphry’s style, even Blaire’s and Serena’s, verged on grunge, and to me, Mary represents the Gossip Girl grunge look. Curly Byrdie here is party school girl, but way more party tough grunge!

And Me!

kremb-de-la-kremb-grunge-8I copied the dress I used to wear back then. I can remember it was from The Limited–remember that store? I actually worked there in high school–even back then I needed to afford my (growing) wardrobe. Since I don’t own a pair of Doc Martens, I went for the next best pair: the boots my mom gave me. The military jean jacket was a score from my local secondhand shop, Mee & Gee. I love this graffiti wall–I’ve been wanting to shoot in this area for quite some time, and finally this grunge look seemed to suit her. Thanks for snapping my pictures I’m a Norbyah.

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kremb-de-la-kremb-grunge-3I tried to pose all fierce for these pics, but truly I feel better with a smile on my face! Hahaha. Every now and then I try to be something I’m not!

What style stories do you have from the 90s? I bet you have some!! Do share.

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.)

The Fab 40s in Hats

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Oh September! You are a blur for all of us Fab 40s. Vero chose such a great and very different theme for us this month: hats. The Fab 40s always post on the last Monday of the month, yet I was definitely caught by surprise with the somewhat early September date. I picked up this turban hat over a month ago. I thought–ooh, this will be a nice switch from my usual winter beanie. Also, my hair, my very boofy hair, has become so out of control. Tying it down with a scarf also seems to help…. When Vero called the theme as hats this month, I thought, “Sweet! I can try out my turban.” Easier said than styled…I really wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I called for my inner, urban gypsy. I added a pin to the turban–obviously, and then I added lots of gold baubles. I attempted to wear my sleeveless (DIY) black blazer with nothing underneath; I think it worked buttoned up. Also, for some reason, post hip replacement surgery, I’ve put on a couple of lbs; therefore, I opted for my stand by, every day worn, Wrangler cutoffs. I swear: these shorts have exceeded their cost per wear which was like $10 USD! Since I was drenched in lots of gold, I chose my rose gold tennies–another item that is on constant repeat these days. I am not embarrassed to admit I have twenty pair (maybe over!) of sneakers. Personal style is forever evolving, and mine is definitely headed toward the sporty chic these days with my daily wear of tennis shoes. Some people can wear hats with such ease. I have to admit, for how OTT (over-the-top) I am with my style most days, I do feel loud in a hat–like they draw too much attention to me. Isn’t that funny considering some of the outlandish getups I come up with. How about you? Are you a hat person? Some people just are.

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The Fab 40s in Hats

Let’s see if the Fab 40s are hat ladies….I have a feeling they will be! We’ll start with Vero who called the theme and her guest this month, Janeane from Designing from My Closet.

Veronica from Cid Style File

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Janeane Designing from My Closet

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Blog: https://designingfrommycloset.com/
Instagram: @designingfrommycloset
Facebook: Designing from My Closet

Mary from Curly Byrdiechirps

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Blog: http://curlybyrdiechirps.blogspot.hk/
Instagram: @curlybyrdie
Facebook: Curly Byrdie’s Show and Tell

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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Blog: http://www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com/
Instagram: @apocketfulofpolkadots

Sheela Writes

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Blog: https://sheelagoh.com/
Instagram: @sheelagoh
Facebook: Eccettica the Atelier

Samantha of Fake Fabulous

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Blog: http://www.fakefabulous.com/
Instagram: @fakefabulous
Facebook: Fake Fabulous

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I think Sam might be hat wearers in real life. What do you think? Also, I gave her that skirt! Doesn’t it look great on her!?

*I’ve linked up this post to #iwillwearwhatilike.

The Fab 40s in a Bomber Jacket

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I have so much to cheer for! Really, I do!! Besides having pretty much the cutest bomber jacket ever, I have some things to bounce around the bleachers for acting like a cheerleader once again. For one, I’m walking, slowly but surely. I went back to work today–yes, it was only for two hours, but that is a start. Maybe by the end of the week, I’ll work up to four, and ultimately by next week, I’ll hopefully put in full days. And finally, the real thing I was cheering about in these actual pictures was some good news brought to me by my son. He just started high school; as a ninth grade freshmen, he’s now the baby of the school. Yet, his youth didn’t stop him in his tryouts for the baseball team. He made the A-squad varsity team! It’s quite special as a baseball mom to see my son making his dreams come true.

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I’ve had plenty of dreams that I’ve had as a youth come true: for one, I wanted travel in my life. Kevin and I have really been able to make that happen when we stumbled upon international teaching over 20 years ago. We both knew we wanted to travel, but we really had no idea how to make it a reality until we got those first jobs in El Salvador. We’ve been traveling ever since. I never dreamed I would become a librarian, but I can admit, that it is the dream job. I love working with kids, reading and talking about books, and helping people find information. Plus, the planning, purchasing, managing, and promoting involved in my job are awesome perks that access other skill sets of mine. The dream that I never once announced, but silently whispered to the extent of evaporation was working in fashion. Now, no, this did not happen, but maintaining Kremb de la Kremb and showcasing what I think to be as my style, that fulfills that unannounced dream I had as a youth.

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When Sheela announced that August’s theme was bomber jackets, I have to admit I was pretty stoked. I already own three–the first one being featured for another Fab 40s round up when we dressed up in our sparkles during the day. Since I had already featured this “A” bomber jacket from a date night down in San Diego at the start of the summer, I pretty much thought I’d show off my third bomber not yet seen. (Hey, come again this Wednesday!) But, then, I just couldn’t help but show off this “A” bomber jacket again. I mean, it’s pretty “A”mazing right?! Heehe.

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Let’s see how The Fab 40s featured each of their bomber jackets for this super hot fall trend. I’ve tried to link out in tons of ways with either shopping options or Instagram pics, so you too can get in on the bomber jacket craze and get to know The Fab 40s!

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IMG_1289You must go visit Sheela’s post (or see it here on her Instagram) just so you can see the back of her bomber jacket. I do believe it might be a phoenix–or something quite elaborate, mystical, and out of this world! I wasn’t able to find her exact bomber jacket; however hers is from Romwe where they have 8, yes that’s eight, pages of options! And, I just want to also compliment Sheela on her heel situation. She’s so skilled. I mean, I look at those smashing red gems on her feet and fall. My name, Ann, might mean “grace,” but it doesn’t make it true! Sheela on the otherhand according to the Urban Dictionary means “A female who is known for being physically fit and is sensual in everything she does.” I could not agree more!!

Color and Grace

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Since it was Sheela’s turn to pick the theme, it was also her turn to invite a fellow 40 something blogger. Hence I introduce Grace from Color and Grace. Of course I do love this colorful and bright bomber from a newly introduced shop to me–Choise (where the bomber is only $16.90!), but you can all probably guess what I am coveting from this superbly put together outfit….those shoes! I think I must have them! And! They are only $13 from another new to me shop called YesStyle which happens to be from Hong Kong. I mean, where have I been?! Grace, I have two questions for you: can we please go shopping together?! And are they comfortable? (And Grace, I just totally got sidetracked from your where you shop. I need to get back to writing this post…but do you agree with this one?!)

Fake Fabulous

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You will not believe the owner of Samantha’s super cute, floral bomber! It’s her daughter’s. This goes to show that it is always worth taking a look through the girls department. While I don’t really fit in the girls’ department I will admit that over half of my crossbody bags come from Zara Girls. They have the BEST little purses! Also, sometimes the girls’ department has the best tees–like this one that’s a size 13-14 with the very best message. Come on, we all know how to tuck our knees into the shirt and stretch the heck out of it until it fits! Right?! Samantha, aside from loving the fact that you are wearing your daughter’s jacket perfectly–in fact it looks large on your tiny frame, your pixie is growing out nicely. For anyone doing the same, make sure to read Samantha’s nine tips on the first stage of growing out your short hair! Look how long it’s growing (and admire what Sam did with this revealing top!).

A Pocketful of Polkdadots

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Jennie has introduced me to another winner of a store: Allegra K. That’s where she got this beautiful floral bomber. And now, with three newly introduced shops I do delcare I’ve been living in a cave and only relying on Forever 41-op, did it again, Forever 21 for all my wardrobe. Jennie, thank you for the introduction. Her beautiful navy bomber–that also comes in pink shades–is only $17! I mean really!?! Where have I been!? And also, I have a feeling this compliment is given out in abundance, but Jennie, your hair and its color is so very pretty.

Curlybyrdie Chirps

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Mary here has the perfect fall colored bomber jacket. Paired with that slimming skirt, it creates one of my favorite color combos: rust and navy. Mary picked up her bomber from H&M–a favorite high street option for picking up a blazer. In fact, on H&M’s website, they have a whole section dedicated to bombers. Unfortunately, Mary’s isn’t still there, but hey, have a look through 24 more styles! While a bomber jacket is typically a casual clothing item, Mary once again styles with femininity–which is just simply her nature.

Cid Style File

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Now this is what I’m talkin’ about! Nice and fierce with the bomber jacket in its original color: army green. I’ve been contemplating this exact color Vero…I like that this version replicates the reason the bomber jacekt is called a bomber jacket–or rather a flight jacket. This style was created for pilots during WWI; the cockpit was not enclosed therefore these jackets were made to help keep the pilots warm. I’ve been thinking how cool it would be to purchase one just like yours and then patch it up with militarise paraphernalia. At any rate, you look very, very cool in this one Vero. Very cool indeed! And I can see you can do fierce very well. Check this pic out! I love it!!

Fashion on the 4th Floor

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Here we have peachy goodness that’s flirty and sporty all at once. I think if Diane and I were to compare our sneaker collections we would be onto something. By chance are you a 37 Diane?! I love how she manages to always delicately pair her runners with the feminine pieces she styles. She did this last month in our all white ensembles too. The reality difference between Diane’s wearing of sneakers and mine however is that she wears them for real while I wear them out of necessity. Have you ever seen one of Diane’s workouts? Check this out: lifting while balancing on balls, abs galore, and dexterity beyond belief! I get breathless just watching! Not to mentioned very motivated to one day also work out again. (By the way, is that a tattoo on your hip? I’m thinking of getting one…!)

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

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Like I said up above, I’m pretty smitten with this bomber jacket. It’s in one of my favorite colors, red, and accented by my favorite color, blue. It’s shiny and does offer the perfect layer. But most specially, it carries my initial. I “A”dmit. I like that part the best. while this exact “A” is no longer available, I got it over at Boohoo.com where there are over 150 reasonable priced options. The searching options at Boohoo are very convenient, so as the last option mentioned in this post, I highly recommend checking out their selection. I can’t finish this post without mentioning three other notable items within my styling of this bomber jacket: first, of course, I’ve paired it with a cute “K” tee. It’s pretty obvious I’m into branding! Also, this outfit features my newly upcycled boyfriend jeans that I made and posted about last Friday. I was ready to get rid of this old pair recently, but now, with the star patches I had put in, they will definitely return to being my favorite pair of jeans once again. And finally, these star shoes. Awwww, I sigh. I never, I mean never spend this much on myself, and so I will not admit their price (if you want the link you will kindly have to ask–oh all right, I’m such a pushover. Here’s the link!). I will say that these are my recuperation pair. The pair of tennies that I felt entitled to splurge on as I know my cost per wear will make the purchase totally worth it!

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