Archives for November 2017

This Season’s Tights: Pants Under Dresses

Pants under dresses–they’re everywhere. In fact it’s fair to say that pants under dresses are replacing tights! These black pants should look familiar; I just posted them on Monday’s post when I rant about Black Friday. This week, and mind you it’s only Wednesday(!), I’ve been having trouble getting dressed. I just can’t figure out what to wear, and I haven’t been feeling very stylish. Basically, I can hardly wait for December 1st to happen, so I can start wearing all my festive holiday clothing! So, in a funk at only Wednesday, hump day, I took the time to sort out my wardrobe. Winter dresses were pulled down, and this fun snake was added to my closet. Changing out my seasonal clothes is a bit like shopping! At any rate, I don’t have any black tights yet, but I do have these amazing black Who What Wear trousers from Target. As professed before, they are utterly perfect. In my opinion this cropped and flared style is excellent for wearing pants under dresses. In fact, I prefer it to a pair of tights. Have you given this rendition a try? Let me confess to feeling fun and flirty today. Ahhh, finally. I liked what I was wearing!

Both this dress and the belt were picked up at swaps. The belt is quite recent from the Rug Lane Markets–I couldn’t decide on the brown or black one, so I got both! The dress has quite a story: the short version is I was visiting my brother-in-law and family in Jakarta. His wife Jenn and I saw a garage sale–yes a literal garage sale! Stop the CAR!! This dress was snatched up in a jiffy. The last time I styled this dress, I wore over the knee boots, a little fringe vest, and no belt. Which way do you like better?

Black and brown isn’t a very popular color combo, but I love the chance to combine the two. My blogging friend, Carelia, over My Small Wardrobe, just brought this unpopular color combo up on her blog giving me extra incentive to prove, like her, that it’s possible. Check out her post here and don’t drool too much over her stunning skirt! Oh….to have that piece of Ralph Lauren vintage…. I dream!

So, what about you? Will you be adding pants under dresses? Or will you stick to tights?
I recommend this. It’s so, so very comfortable!

Black Friday Kinda Bugs Me

I normally don’t rant over here on Kremb de la Kremb. And I am most definitely opinionated about this topic, but I have to say it: Black Friday kinda bugs me. Cyber Monday too–both which are turning into weekends and weeks. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good sale. Most of my clothing is discounted, secondhand, or already cheap. But the hype around Black Friday just irks me. First, I’ve never really understood the day not living in the States for the last twenty years, yet I can’t use that as an excuse anymore. On my Instagram feed it’s evident that Black Friday is a global event: just to name a few, bloggers from Hong Kong, Spain, and the UK are pushing their Black Friday choices. I did it once–I chose a bunch of stuff for people to shop from in hopes that I’d benefit from the affiliate links, but it failed. I don’t know what bugs me more… is it the constant push from every which way I look, OR the fact that my influence doesn’t count for much? Is it because the day–that isn’t even a holiday–over powers the American holiday of Thanksgiving? I’m a consumer; there’s no doubt about that! But the rampant push to buy, buy, buy is so excessive. What about the actual act of giving? And before we go to give, shouldn’t we (Americans anyway) take a moment to be thankful for all our gifts? Rather than preparing for all that we can buy the very next day. Ya, Black Friday, it just kinda bugs me!

Hmmm, let’s take a moment to monetize this Black Friday outfit….the cold shoulder top was ordered for about $12 bucks from ASOS where they offer free international shipping all year long! The black pants are my FAVORITE! (And I will push them by providing a link.) I bought them in two sizes–in hopes of losing some weight and fitting into the smaller size eventually. These trousers are a part of the Who What Wear line (which is such a great line!) from Target–again free shipping was provided when purchased this summer. These pants are the most expensive item I’m wearing at $29.99. The shoes were bought on crazy sale for maybe $8 from my neighborhood HM that I can see from my living room window. Finally, the pièce de résistance is my new floral black jean jacket that I most recently picked up at the Rug Lane Markets: the brand new tags from Monki were still in tact, but I paid $100 HKD for it (that’s $12.82 in US dollars). I guess I wanted to take the time to total up the sum of my outfit–$63 US dollars–to prove that sales and deals happen all year long. I don’t need a day or week like Black Friday to be an economical shopper. I only buy good deals.

What do you think about Black Friday?
Do you shop during this sale? Or are you like me and a bargain shopper all year long? Or maybe you like Black Friday because otherwise you pay full price. Tell me your thoughts in the comments….

#BOPO in a Bodycon

This post today might get a little rambly, but I’m ok with that. I hope you will be too….

Today I’m talking about #bopo in a bodycon. #BOPO? What’s that? I wondered the same thing until I figured it out and now I love the hashtag: #bopo stands for body positive. Now this is definitely a hashtag I can support. I have plenty of things I don’t like about my body, but instead I’d rather be #bodypositive and embrace all the bits that make me me. I will admit to feeling body conscious at times; therefore I do all I can to be body positive instead. To that end, being #bopo in a bodycon never crossed my mind. This would be a style of dress I would typically avoid!

But every now and then, I like to give myself imaginary style challenges. Or rather, I open up my holiday box of clothing for the holiday season and find that the forest green dress I purchased the season before at the end of season sales is a bodycon. I thought this green dress was going to be more on the shift side of dresses–not the bodycon variety! Eeek! Sometimes using the dressing room is a good idea… Well, regardless, my challenge was set out for me: how could I style this dress? I gave myself a style challeng: let’s say I was told I had to wear a bodycon dress for Thanksgiving. My first reaction would be, “NO WAY!” Why would one ever choose to wear a body con during a feast? I certainly wouldn’t. But on the other hand, I’m aware that I did buy this dress for the holiday season. Let’s see what I could do with it….while keeping in mind my full intention of being #bopo in a bodycon.

The first thing to do in order to feel good in this form fitting dress would be to highlight some curves while disguising others. I pulled out my sparkly tee for this. This top is doing a few things for me: it’s boxy and hits right at my hips, so it covers my upper curves while highlighting my hippy ones. Since it’s short sleeved, it follows that turtleneck sleeve trend too showing a bit of the green sleeve. I chose my mid calf cowboy boots (that deserve their own paragraph momentarily), and also chose my new Zara holiday clutch that I had to gift myself. Sometimes Santa’s Elf (me!) helps out before the season starts!!

Let’s talk about these ancient but oh so lovely cowboy boots. First the color, cognac, is beautiful. The style is half cowboy, half classy with such an extreme point. The heel is a perfect height in the Goldilocks way–not to small, not too large but just right–especially for my Pinky hip. These shoes were bought because of one of my Fashion Fixations. (There have been so many and they are always very important so capital letters have been used to form a proper noun.) We were living in Venezuela, and often on the weekends we would head to Margarita Island to do one of two things: I would shop and Kevin would wind surf. Margarita Island was duty free, so the prices were great! I walked into Bershka, and low and behold there was the chicest lil’ boho gal I’d seen in a while. She was Shakira’s doppelgänger with this paisley funky dress and these boots. I purchased both, but the boots required some tracking down. Then, I wore her outfit on repeat. The dress I have sadly since gotten rid of but the boots, they’re still with me, and I believe they will be for many more years. My mom actually has a similar pair that I have always coveted–I guess these are my version of her boots. Fashion Fixation fixed times two! I don’t wear these boots often, but when I do, I always feel special. Style Stories…another proper noun that has been attributed to those items in my closet that have become so important simply based on the story behind them.

Now onto Thanksgiving, the one holiday that makes me really, really miss home. It’s the American holiday that I’ve never properly celebrated while living overseas. Yes, I gather with friends, sometimes on the fourth Thursday of the month, sometimes on the Friday. Some Thanksgivings have been celebrated by a purchased roasted turkey; other turkey days have had pizzas on the grill serve as the main course. Sometimes the day is celebrated on a Friday with the main event being the tree going up. Every year we do celebrate family in some way and always Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Rolls are made. The one thing that has never happened though is me roasting a turkey. I’ve never done that. But, I’ve always had this burning desire to at least give it a shot one day in my life. Today is that day. I am roasting my first ever turkey. I’m going to stuff it too. I made the pecan pie last night. Kevin has prepared the cinnamon rolls. Vincent will be in charge of the potatoes; Gigi’s making the cranberry sauce. I’ll make the green beans too. And with all this foot, we’re having a proper Thanksgiving feast! Tonight!!

I think I’ll take pictures and report back on how it all goes! I may even wear the tight green dress and feel #bopo in a bodycon!!

Happy Thanksgiving! What makes your celebration special?

Clockenflap, 2017

clockenflap

Oh I love Clockenflap! It’s such a fun weekend!! From listening to cool tunes to people watching cool folks, the weekend is a thrill for me. This time around I brought my little point and shoot and took over 600 pictures. Eeek! I know. I’ve chosen just 40 for this post, so if you want to skip, no hard feelings. But, if you enjoy people watching as much as me, keep reading….

clockenflap

clockenflap

Cashmere Cat was RAD! He’s so cool to watch. Both Kevin and I turned to one another and said how we could see Gigi up there doin’ that sort of thing.

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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.

Is Leopard Print Too Bold for You? Not me! Day 2

Maybe for some leopard print is just too bold. It is pretty wild–op, probably not the best word choice. Yet for others, they claim leopard print to be a neutral, going with everything. I spoke to a blond who gave me her thoughts on leopard print. She said, “I feel trashy in leopard print. That’s why I don’t wear red lipstick either.” As she told me this, I was wearing both! Does hair color play into wearing this pattern? Blonds don’t wear it; brunettes do. I don’t think so. The case of my two nieces has the blond embracing it and the brunette not so much. Yet, the brunette is bold in other ways: pixie cut and pink hair to name a few (here’s an example!). I really want to get to the bottom of this query. Why do some wear leopard print and others do not?

Have you come up with any ideas for me yet?

leopar

These are definitely bold leopard print joggers. They’re on the brighter, bigger side of the print as opposed to yesterday’s more muted sweater. Because I wanted to wear these pants as a neutral, I chose a basic tee–my California Republic with the brown bear and little touches of red. Hints of red obviously led to a (metallic) red lippy (this one is my favorite right now). Leopard and red lipstick pair very well. This was the exact outfit I wore to the Ruglane Markets, so of course I needed comfortable tennis shoes to get me through the day. In addition, both my hands needed to be free hence the waist belt bag.

leopard print

leopard print

leopard print

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

Are You a Leopard? Leopard Print Day 1

Leopard Print

Are you a leopard? I mean not the actual animal, but the type of person that will wear leopard print. I definitely am. My sister Julie and my mom are definitely not. My other sister Mary sometimes is a leopard print person. When I look at my two nieces, Elle is not, but Maeve totally is. Gigi my daughter is not, while my mother-in-law in color is a leopard person. I can’t say what it is that makes a person a leopard or not…it has me completely stumped. Please weigh in, and help me. I’ll be exploring this theme all week long with a leopard print post Monday through Friday. Let’s start first by completing my little anonymous survey at the end of this post.

Leopard Print

I’d say this is pretty mild leopard. (Here’s the US link to this sweater, and here is the HK link.) This sweater is super cozy with extra big sleeves and a front panel of leopard. Lately, I like to pair big with big, so I wore this sweater with my oversized Levi’s. (Here are two great places on Etsy to get your Levi’s on: Fair Season and Hunted Finds.) For an extra little touch of leopard, I added my leopard crossover bag. Am I a leopard! Oh yes!! Most definitely!!

Leopard Print

What about you?

Are you a leopard?

Yes, I totally wear leopard print!
No, you’ll never find me in leopard print.
Sometimes, but it has to be very subtle.

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I can’t wait to see your answers!!

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

What’s with all the t-shirts?

t-shirts

I’ve got a new man in my life: Coach Ian! He’s amazing!! Listen, working with me and all my ailments takes a very patient individual, and Ian is definitely that. He’s also very kind, knowledgable, and motivating–even though I will never like the ropes. (I know you should never use the word “never,” but I’m pretty positive I’ll always detest the battling ropes.) Every time I hit Gym, (I also refer to the gym as Gym, giving the place a name), Ian is always fascinated by my t-shirts. I have a lot of them! Finally, the other day he asked me: “What’s with all the t-shirts?” I had to explain because he’s right. I do indeed have a lot of t-shirts. Let me explain why….

t-shirts

As mentioned on Wednesday, I wear tennis shoes pretty much ever single day. (These booties I picked up at the last Rug Lane Market have become a new exception wearing them about once a week.) Because I wear so many sports shoes, my style has definitely experienced a shift; I incorporate fun t-shirts as often as I can. Basically I collect both: cute tennis shoes and quirky t-shirts. Then I wear the two with my skirts and trousers–I’ve even been known to pair my t-shirts with sequin skirts or sequin joggers! It’s a style that’s evolved, and it works for me. Looking and more importantly feeling fashionable make me happy, and when I’m happy, I am definitely confident. Above all, looking and feeling confident is a woman’s very best accessory. I will forever believe in this. So, I have a lot of t-shirts, and I also have a lot of tennis shoes, but I embrace and style them as if they’re designer goods!

t-shirts

There’s another something style wise that I have been embracing lately. I wonder if you have noticed…. I’ve been wearing just one statement earring these days–always in my left ear. I have diamond studs in the other two earring holes, but I save my left ear for the major earring. With my asymmetrical bob, I enjoy showing off just one earring. Sometimes I even wear the pair in my two earring holes on my left ear as seen in Wednesday’s red racing stripes.

t-shirts

t-shirts

t-shirts

Do you wear a lot of t-shirts?
Here’s to fun, quirky t-shirts. I love ’em!! And here’s to my new Coach Ian!!

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