Archives for December 2013

Looking Back on 2013

Kremb de la Kremb 2013
What a great year! Looking back on 2013 I definitely rekindled my passion for fashion and blogged much more than I have in the past. It’s been so fun. My mind is much more creative than it has been in years which feels very good. I have had some amazing experiences here in Hong Kong that have opened up different opportunities. I’m really looking forward to what 2014 will bring…in the meantime, here are some highlights from the past year.

First up, the most visited post in 2013 was Big Wave Bay; it was definitely a favorite amongst you, my readers.
Friends on Kremb de la Kremb
Kremb de la Kremb hosted many friends this last year on the blog including Mary Kelly, Monica, my mom, Joanie, and my mother-in-law Jane, Sharon, and Maureen. I love having my friends on this blog. This is my open invitation: if any of you would like to appear on Kremb de la Kremb, I’d love to have you!
Kremb de la Kremb Hair
I’ve mentioned Independent Fashion Bloggers more than once here on Kremb de la Kremb. It’s a stupendous network for people like me trying to create a community online. I’ve made their Links á la Mode twice: once for My Five Hair Dos and another for Winter Tan.
What the Frock?!
I hosted my first trunk show for What the Frock?! I plan to have another show for Maria in the spring as well as host a couple of other get togethers that I have in mind….more on that later!
Kremb de la Kremb DIY
Every now and then, I get my craft on like the time I painted my black booties gold or took my tie-dye tee and tied it all up.
Plaid Shirt
Julie made an appearance when she took this Shirt Off My Back, but then I was super ecstatic when I found it again for myself.
Kremb de la Kremb Style
Every time I get dressed these days becomes more of a celebration: I love creating the ensemble of a full outfit from the clothing to accessories to the makeup and hair. I really, really enjoy getting dressed like when Kevin and I went out for our anniversary and I wore my rehearsal dinner dress, or the day after my mom and dad left town,  or one of the weekend days I went to town for a day of shopping, or simply wearing basic essentials for comfortable weekends. Putting together an outfit is actually fun for me!
Créme de la Créme on Kremb de la Kremb
Creme de la Creme on Kremb de la Kremb–both dressed up and casual. I was so excited to finally nab this very apropros sweatshirt. You’ll definitely be seeing more stylings of this sweatshirt in 2014 for sure!
Kremb de la Kremb Style Favorites
I met some pretty neat people this year like the folks at Swap and Shop where I scored these studded pumps, Kelly Framel of The Glamourai virtually, and these beautiful Italian Grossi sisters Marta and Angela at Vogue Fashion Night Out in Hong Kong.

Yes, 2013 was indeed spectacular for Kremb de la Kremb!!

New Year’s Eve Outfit Formula

New Year's Eve Outfit Formula
Just like having a Holiday Outfit Formula, I also have a New Year’s Eve Outfit Formula. It’s basically the same but in reverse. To dress up a bit more for this festive evening, I choose a fun sparkly, fancy, unique cut top and pair it with a black leather skirt and pumps. It’s that easy! Through the years of traveling, I’ve picked up quite an assortment, so I have plenty of options. If I will be in colder temperatures, any of these would look great under a black blazer or ballet wrap sweater. This year however, I’ll be in Thailand with my sister, Mary, so I’ll opt perhaps for little black shorts instead!

Leather Skirt Black PumpsSome Outfit Details
Each of these tops has a bit of a history that I will share here. There was a time while we were living in India that festive tops like the ones found in this post were pretty much a weekend staple–hence, I have a few!
Black Tube with Sparkles, Express
One time home, maybe the same Christmas that I bought this red plaid skirt, I happened upon this sparkly tube top. I knew for sure it was during our time in India when I needed more festive tops than normal.
Lace Tube, Forever 21
I remember purchasing this top when the only Forever 21 I had access to was the one in Bangkok. Since living in India and in Beijing and even now in Hong Kong, Thailand has become our go-to spot for an easy, relatively inexpensive, yet extremely pleasureful trip, and I always make a stop at my favorite Forever 21 in the world found at Central World in Bangkok!
Matte Sequin Racer Back, Old Navy
Summer sales at Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic are amazing. It’s always right before we leave that we’ll enter in to any one of these shops and seriously score on the deals. One such summer, I scooped up this awesome black sequin racer back. Probably won’t ever get rid of this one!
Lace Halter, Forever 21
I either got this on the same trip as the Lace Tube mentioned up above or on another such trip to the Forever 21. Before I frequented the Forever 21 in Bangkok, the one in Kuala Lumpur also became a must stop.
Gold Sequin Racer Back, random off-the-truck store in India
India had the best off-the-truck stores. That’s the name of the shops that have items ready for exporting that don’t quite make it to their intended destination. Instead, they seem to be literally off-the-truck in little shops for those of us in the host country ready to SCORE!
Colorful Sequin Halter, Venezuela
This top goes WAY back. I don’t even remember where I got it, but it was one of those shirts that I knew I’d keep forever. It’s just super festive in a classic, timeless cut; all the different shapes and colors of sequins make it look like a lit up Christmas tree. The one tricky part about this top is that it is short, so I always need to pair it with a high-waisted bottom.
Leather Skirt, Zara this season
Black Pumps, Forever21 this season
Lips, MAC Ruby Woo


2nd Links á la Mode on IFB!

Yay! I am so excited! This is my 2nd Links á la Mode on IFB! I entered my “Winter Tan” post into IFB’s Links á la Mode Roundup, and I made it!.

I’ll say it again: I cannot reiterate how great this network is for people like me trying to garner a community in the fashion blogging world. I am so grateful to Jennine Jacob and her team at Independent Fashion Bloggers–like Ashley Robison and Taylor Davies (just to mention two of the writers at IFB).

Thank you IFB for everything that you do to help all of us become better writers on our blogs!


New Year Chic

The New Year always makes us think about the way we spend our time. Did we make the most of the year? What were the best memories? Who dressed the best? What needs to change? This week’s roundup is a good mix of reflecting on the best of fashion in 2013 and what to look our for next year. So take a look and make the most of 2013!

Links a la Mode: December 26

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Krembs’ House at Christmas

It was especially fun to decorate the house for Christmas this year since we have just recently moved. We now live right in the heart of Stanley above all the action. Every day we watch the throngs of people coming to admire our little neighborhood. Here you can see up to our place from the road with Gigi looking on at our tree (that’s why the picture is so blurry).
Inside, with all the windows, the tree was super sparkly with the Blake Pier and Murray House adding to the lights.
My mom recently has started to hand down ornaments to all us kids. She remembers the ones we admired growing up. I was always quite in love with this Santa and his glittering, overflowing beard. Now he adorns our tree!
Here’s another one of my favorite ornaments from growing up. I would just stare and stare at this one. I think since I was young I’ve had a thing for sparkles!
I saw a friend do something pretty cool last year that I had to copy. At the end of the season, Tammy wraps up all the Christmas books. The following year when the tree goes up, all the wrapped books sit under the tree. Then, each night, the family opens up a one of the cherished Christmas stories. It was a fun tradition for us to start.
Another display for the Krembs’ house during the holiday season is all the past Christmas photos with Santa and previous Christmas cards. This is probably my most favorite. I love seeing the Santas we’ve seen around the world plus the kids’ growth in each photo. I also look forward to making each year’s Christmas photo: two of my favorites are the rickshaw from India and the Great Wall from China. This year’s was very special too–my mom and dad are in it from their visit in November!

Finally, we’ve got our ratty stockings made from years ago during our stay in Venezuela. One of these Christmases I must update them; they’re missing all their decor. I just don’t have the heart to replace them even though Gigi’s doesn’t even have her name on it anymore–and when it did it said, “Maria,” her given name.
Amazingly, the tree will come down on December 26th this year as we leave for Thailand for a week. Because the tree was right in the sun, it’s dry as dry, and we need to take it down before we leave. Of course I refused today, December 25th! No way can a tree be taken down on Christmas itself.

Merry Christmas to everyone! From the Krembs’ House at Christmas to yours!

Holiday Outfit Formula

Holiday Outfit Formula
For the holiday season, I always have a couple of set outfits–outfits that will go easily from work to a party and make me feel festive for any occasion. The go-to outfit this season was an easy formula: black turtleneck + black booties and black tights + a festive skirt. These three skirts were in definite rotation for December, 2013. I wore my MAC Ruby Woo all month too adding glittery and sparkly earrings accordingly. Do you have a holiday outfit formula? Share!
Holiday Outfit Formula

Some Outfit Details
Lips, MAC Ruby Woo
Black Turtleneck, Uniqlo–I especially like this one because it has some hints of sparkly shining through.
Black Booties, DV Juju–I copied my sister Julie as detailed here.
Red Velvet Floral Skirt, Forever21
Black Embroidered Skirt, Forever21
Red Plaid Skirt, so old! I picked this skirt up ages ago when I was home one holiday season. I was running through Fred Meyer and saw it for US$5! Of course I picked up–even though it was too big. It was too easy not to take to the tailor and have it made to my size. I love this skirt and pull it out every month of December!

Photos by Natlie Chyi

Merry Christmas Mary Kelly!

Kremb de la Kremb Christmas Giveaway
This holiday season, I have been totally addicted to this Holiday Lippie combo: MAC Prep + Prime Lip under MAC Ruby Woo. I’ve always tried wearing Ruby Woo before, but because it’s such an incredibly dry matte, I could never get it to apply. That was until I started wearing the lip primer first–now the intense red color glides right on.

This holiday season, I wanted to give a gift to one of my readers. I am so happy that my dear friend Mary Kelly won this Kremb de la Kremb Giveaway! It was a few years ago that MK gave another one of my favorite red lippies: MAC Prolong Wear A11. It’s what she’s wearing in the beautiful picture of her below. I hope the Ruby Woo will be a welcome red to her makeup bag. There were many shopping trips with Mary Kelly–I remember she has some very particular requests for reds as many of them go orange on her. MK, you will have to let me know;D


I adore Mary Kelly’s effortless style: she’s a casual chic kind of girl always rocking a cool pair of blue jeans and a white tee with some sort of twist. She’ll punch up her outfits with a beautiful scarf (like in this picture), a cool jacket, or a pair of red shoes. Mary Kelly embraces both color and prints but in a very simple, classic, and understated sort of way. I love seeing what MK’s wearing. I love how she’s always so perfectly put together with what seems to be no effort at all. I’m so happy you won this gift MK. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for being such a great Kremb de la Kremb reader. Merry Christmas Merry Kelly!

Kremb de la Kremb Christmas Giveway

Kremb de la Kremb Christmas Giveaway

It has felt like a late start to Christmas this year for me. Yesterday and today I was finally able to be a busy Santa’s elf, and I picked up something for you, my readers! On my Monday, I’ll be giving away my new favorite holiday lippie–can’t tell you what it is yet! Enter to win!!

1. Follow @krembdelakremb on Instagram.

2. Regram this picture (in other words post it to your feed).

3. Tag me with @krembdelakremb and use the hashtag #krembdelakrembchristmas.

On Monday, I’ll draw the winner! (And I’ll share my new favorite holiday lipstick with all of you plus one special winner will be sent the lippie;)

‘Tis the season for a Kremb de la Kremb Christmas Giveaway! You have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to enter on Instagram.

Merry Christmas!



Pfeffer Flowers

These mouth watering holiday cookies are usually called Pfeffer Nuts, but in the Krembs’ home we’ve started to call them Pfeffer Flowers. Folks, these cookies are absolutely scrumptious. Plus, the batch makes a very large amount so gifting them or bringing them to parties is always a sure hit. They are a little salty, a lot creamy, and utterly delicious. If you aren’t already making them for your holiday cookie tray, please, do give them a try!
Pfeffer Flowers
Mix the following ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
Pinch salt
6 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp cinnamon (of course we double this in the Krembs’ house;)
1/2 tsp ginger
3 cups flour

Chill this mixture. Before, to make Pfeffer nuts, we would have rolled out the dough into ropes, cut into morsels, and then rolled them into mini 1/2 inch bite sized balls. But now we make Pfeffer Flowers, so we roll out the dough to the desired thickness and use a small flower cookie cutter to make little bite sized cookies. This new way creates more uniform amongst all the cookies; I think it makes the cookies look a little more special. You could use stars or little snowflakes–just make sure it’s a smaller cookie cutter as these cookies are packed with taste (not to mention a little more than a few cals!).

Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 325° for 20 minutes–or until slight brown.

*Please note: The dangerous thing about these little flower bites of heaven are the size. You can eat them by the handful if you’re not careful! Share them and listen for the mmmmm’s!

Merry Christmas from Stanley

Stanley Hong Kong Christmas

All the palm trees in Stanley Plaza have little bundles of blue glittery packages and these bright pink bubble captions. Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas from Stanley! I am so excited to have moved to this charming, extra special, Southside neighborhood of Hong Kong. Granted we lived just a ten minute walk away before in Chung Hom Kok, but now, we live in it, on it, of it. Stanley is spectacular, so you can count on hearing and seeing more of it in the future. For this little holiday walk through Stanley, Vincent and I stopped at each Christmas decoration within a one block radius of our home.

When I went to get dressed for work on Tuesday, I knew in the evening that I’d be going to a holiday party, so I chose to wear this dress all day long. This will probably sound crazy, but sometimes I actually enjoy being a little more dressed up for school. It adds a little perk to my step–like a little reminder that sounds in my head, “I’m super dressed up today because I have a party to go to tonight!”

There’s something extra special to say about this colorful, kimono style, Trina Turk dress: first, my gorgeous sister-in-law wore it during her wedding celebrations that occurred during the Christmas holiday of 2009. Just a few days later in 2010 while in Seattle, I found the same dress! I bought it to wear to my other sister-in-law’s wedding during Chinese New Year of 2010. Stories, stories, stories….they always seem to accompany the items I wear. And I when I wear them, I’m taken down a little memory lane. So Amy and Sally, while this has become my festive go-to holiday dress, I love this dress even more because of you two! I think of each of you every time.

*This post was prompted by IFB Project #126: Celebration Style. What better place to post my holiday frock than in all the festive decor in Stanley, Hong Kong.

Stanley Hong Kong Christmas

This is the tree at the mezzanine level in the Stanley Plaza. (I think it must be sponsored by Chupa Chups as that’s the crazy installation right next to this tree.)

Stanley Hong Kong Christmas

Upstairs in the Murray House near Blake Pier in Stanley, there’s a couple of quaint alcoves covered in pretty wreaths.

Murray House Hong Kong Christmas

This is the tree up on the second floor outdoors at the Murray House. Yes, I’m getting rained on here! But, that’s ok; it made it all the more fun trying to get the shot. Granted there was a bride waiting in line to get a similar shot.

Chupa Chups in Hong Kong

Here’s the wild Chupa Chups Christmas decoration. It’s definitely cute, but admittedly it kind of seems out of place somehow.

Stanley Chrismtas

Last but not least, this is a glimps of the decoration installed right out our living room window. It’s fantastic and beyond bright. I’ll make sure to post a picture of the entire site at night in all its glory.

Some Outfit Details
Dress: Trina Turk (old)
Leopard Coat: Asos
Envelope Clutch: My mom got it for me in Stanley, but here are three similar clutches–one, two, and three.
Booties: Dolce Vita Juju

Fall Into Winter {Round 2}

Fall Into Winter
I bought this dress this fall (along with this one) with every intention of its use carrying me from fall into winter. During the fall I paired it with my denim vest, some cowboy suede booties, and gobs of accessories.
Fall Into Winter
Now that the winter weather has set in here in Hong Kong, I rely on layers to keep me warm: both a long black skirt underneath along with a long black cardigan on top. I added a belt to give my waist some definition. Plus for this shot I needed the hat because of the rain spell Hong Kong is currently under. I love the rain!! It’s so refreshing, and it brings cooler temperatures which feels so good right about now with Christmas just a week away.
Here’s proof that it is chilly here in Hong Kong (and that the fall look above was staged for this post–BUT this was how I wore the dress a month ago!). My friend Sharon turned the corner, saw me taking the first set of pics, and was like, “Aren’t you freezing!?” Then she graciously allowed me to take a few shots of her. She’s lookin’ pretty snazzy in her layers too! Christmas is definitely in the air–let the festivities begin! I hope you had fun at your party Sharon. Thank you for appearing on Kremb de la Kremb.

*As an aside, since I love lipstick so much, I’ll tell you about the two colors: in the first look I’m wearing NARS Moscow and in the second NARS Scarlet Empress.