A Girlfriend Blogger Collab: Playsuits with Sheela

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At one time I had so many different collaborations going on with different girlfriend bloggers around the world. Then, for various reasons they all ended…. But now, I bring you a reunion with my very best girlfriend blogger: Sheela! Sheela is the one who got The Fab 40s started. She’s the one I can count on to text with morning or night–never in the middle of the day because one of us would be sleeping. Sheela lives in Houston. Sheela is also one of the strongest women I know, having life throw her different challenges along the way, but always overcoming them and always cheerleading other women on through their own life’s path. There have been many an occasion when I’ve wanted to give up blogging or Instagram, but Sheela always grounds and centers me. She reminds me to bring back the joy of why I blog: a passion for fashion and a love of sharing my stories. These two simple characteristics brought us together to create a strong bond. I’m so happy to have Sheela back on Kremb de la Kremb again; it had been to long.

Here the two of us styling up our playsuits. We both live in climates that allow us to carry our summer rompers on into fall. I just wish we were able to pose side by side. As of yet, we have not met in person; however I do trust that one day we will….

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The way Sheela wears her clothing is exactly how she is as a friend:

Sheela is fierce AND fearless!

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Sheela is whimsical and romantic!

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Sheela is loving and loyal!

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This was the romper that I wore all summer: it became my uniform for any summer event or get together. It had already been stored away for next summer, but I pulled it out and attempted a fall styling. I simply added a layer with the sleeveless denim and some funk with Western styled booties. Also, I discarded the belt it came with and added a touch of turquoise any which way I could: belt, jewellery, and even bag.

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You can still see the aftermath of the terrible T10 we experienced in September. Trees still haven’t been cleared out from my neighborhood. Typhoon Hato really shook HK up!

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Believe it or not, but in this pic, Gigi captured me sending a video message to Sheela via Instagram. There are so many ways to keep in touch with others these days, and not only catch up, but simply meet. Like I said, Sheela and I have never met in real life; for now we are virtual girlfriends, but girlfriends all the same!

Mwah Sheela! So happy to collaborating with you again!

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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A Ginham Top–Shopping with Debbie


Debbie, from Fashion Fairy Dust, and I have been shopping again! This time I let her know that I’d been wanting a black and white gingham top. So just like last month, we went to Instagram and sent direct messages back and forth of items we liked. It’s amazing all that we can do in the palm of our hands these days! Since I’m in the States for the summer we also were not limited to global shipping which meant we could shop at one of our (similar) all times faves: Targé!! It was kismet; the moment I sent her this pic, she agreed whole heartedly that it was the piece. What’s so amazing is how there are many subtle similarities with both of our stylings. See if you can find them….

Debbie from Fashion Fairy Dust


The only thing that Debbie and I verbally agree on is the piece to buy. Then, after we’ve shot our looks we send out two pictures to one another. I’ve called Debbie my style sister before, and now there is evidence as to why: she paired the top with distressed denim and red just like me. I love the touch of red in her scarf and those cute cherry shoes. Plus that studded black belt–well, I’ve been looking for something similar! Plus her jeans are perfectly distressed. I could totally see myself wearing this exact outfit. Can’t you?

I met Debbie via Instagram. Follow her here: @fashionfairydust
and read her blog here: Fashion Fairy Dust.

Since I knew I also wanted to pair this top with red, I headed to my favorite thrift store of all time: Value Village on Boone in Spokane, Washington. I went into the store with the thought of either red jean cut offs or a red denim skirt cut off. Value Village did not fail me; I instantly found a pair of poppy red jeans in one of my favorite labels to cut off. If you are ever at a thrift store and you find a pair of Gloria Vanderbelt jeans, buy them! They make the perfect pair of cut offs. I’m not kidding. I have Gloria Vanderbelt cut off jean shorts and cut off hemmed jeans both in white. They are my favorite. She adds the perfect amount of stretch to her denim. I’d also like to note something special about the way I style this top: I’m not wearing tennis shoes!! I found a very comfortable black satin bow slides at Forever 21, and I am so excited that they work for me. (These cute slides also come in a pretty pale pink or a bold marigold yellow.) Finally, this kitschy bag is new to me as well. I just couldn’t resist it (nor the price) on Shein.

Would you like to go shopping with Debbie and me? Let us know.
Also, how would you style this black and white gingham top?

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?

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

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

Cut Offs: Ping Pong Piece No. 4

With it being my turn to choose the Ping Pong Piece this June 20th, I am sure it comes as no surprise that I went with my summer (or pretty much year long) staple: cut offs! These particular cut offs are my absolute fave; meanwhile my husband (and one of my sisters) hates them. He can stand how big they are, but that’s what I love about these Wrangler, DIY, grandpa-like cut offs. They are so comfortable: the wash is perfect, there’s the proper amount of distressing, the leg holes are nice and wide, and the waist is a little big. Basically I feel like I’m in a pair of pajama bottoms when I wear these cut offs–granted I don’t care if it looks that way! I had to wear this tee for this month because summer has started, and yet I already don’t want it to end! I suppose this is very spoiled of me to say since I do get a 7 week break. Not everyone has that sort of summer break, but as a teacher, I’m going to embrace every single day I’ve got.

Ruth from My Little Nest

Since it was my month to choose the theme that means I also got to invite someone. I invited Ruth from My Little Nest–who has the most contagious smile ever! Ruth is also from Seattle, so I was pretty excited to invite someone from the PNW. For as much as I may complain about Instagram, I should not! I have made some pretty neat virtual friends, Ruth being one of them. She is always, so sweet, very sincere, and just a kind virtual friend. I am hoping I may get to meet her in real life this weekend when I’m in Seattle! She would be the first Insta friend I will meet. Aside from being a really nice person, Ruth also has amazing style. I often see what she’s wearing and think, “I’d wear that!” Maybe it’s a Pacific Northwest thing…. I mean look at those cut offs! They are RAD!! Thank you for joining us this month Ruth. If you want a super nice friend on Instagram, do follow @ruthyannie and make sure to start reading her blog too: My Little Nest.

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

I have a pair of white cut offs, so I’m not surprised to see Samantha in a pair. What does surprise me is the pairing with neutrals. Sam is usually so bold, so I was startled to see a more muted color palette this round. The great thing about this lady is she makes me think about doing new things with my own style. I would never pair my white cut offs with a nude, khaki sweater, but wow! It’s such a classy look. Thanks for giving me style inspo once again Sam!

Anna from Anna’s Island Style

Anna is also sporting some white cut offs…. from me! We brought back a bit of the Ping Pong Post this month as Anna was pushed a bit with cut offs as she didn’t own any. Well, I’ve got denim coming out my ears! Easily I was able to make her to pairs of cut offs: a pair of white denim cut off bermudas (worn and shown here) and cut off denim white skirt. Again, Anna proved that white cut offs look great with neutrals. I’m going to have to try this with both my white denim cut offs and my white denim cut off skirt. What would I do without all these amazing friends I’ve made virtually via blogging and Instagram!? Thank you for more style inspo Anna, and I think you look great in cut offs. I hope you wear them all summer long!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

These pictures were taken the weekend before we came home for our summer. Near our home in Hong Kong we have a variety of beaches to choose from–it’s actually really awesome. All the public beaches have fire pits to barbecue on to, so this was our first and last barbecue for the 2016-2017 school year. It’s so fun to pack up a picnic of food and barbecue on the beach during the sunset hour. I almost lost the sun in these pics; it went down so fast! Luckily my stellar photographer got the pics!

Look at my buff photographer: she set her mind on abs during the month of June, and by golly she got some!!

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…

Fashion on the 4th Floor


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

A Pocketful of Polka Dots


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!

Curly Byrdie Chirps


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.

Fake Fabulous

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!

Sheela Writes


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!?

Cid Style File


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!!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb

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


White Shirt: Ping Pong Piece No. 3


For one year, Anna, Samantha and myself sent items around the world for the Ping Pong Post that would happen on the 20th of each month. This year, we’ve made a list of items that most likely every woman has in their wardrobe, and we style it. Plus, we’ve added a new touch: we invite a fellow blogger to join us. This month, Samantha chose the very basic white shirt. We all have them. I mean I feel I can guarantee that every woman has a white button down shirt of some sort in her closet. The fun thing is a white shirt can take on so many different shapes and forms–as you will see in this Ping Pong Piece post. It’s our third round of choosing a piece, and Samantha invited Monica, aka Señora Allnut. Definitely, the white shirt can be styled in a variety of ways and comes is a multitude of styles.

Fake Fabulous


Samantha chose a sleeveless variation and one we can barely see, but Sam is an expert at layering as proven here. She needs to layer because where she lives is usually quite brisk–and I believe that may be an understatement. Do you notice how her white shirt is eyelet? Matching the dress? There’s texture galore, and I love all the other touches that add even more texture: the belt and shoes being my favorite.

Señora Allnut


Monica is a vibrant dresser, so styling a white shirt was actually a bit of a challenge for her. (Not shown in the picture here is the very vibrant red trench she had layered over this outfit.) Similar to Samantha, Monica is a bold print mixer: stripes, floral, and colorful beads. In my opinion her long white shirt serves as the perfect duster to this outfit pulling it all together.

Anna’s Island Style


I knew we could rely on Anna to wear the white shirt most of us have. It’s a tailored long sleeve button down. But, the cool thing that Anna has done here is funk up the basic with a vest and trouser in two quirky prints clashing together. Clash is the wrong word because this pairing totally works. I love the modern cowboy vibe she’s sporting. And those silver gun metal boots?! Want!!

And me, Kremb de la Kremb


I have so many white shirts. It’s actually ridiculous. I have the tailored one like Anna, the long duster like Monica, and I even have a sleeveless version like Samantha–although mine is in a linen/denim sort of fabric. Recently though, while I was snooping around Shein, I saw this long, tied version of a button down, white shirt. I felt I had to have it for my spring break trip to the Philippines. In my opinion it was going to make for the perfect travel shirt and beach coverup combined. Turns out I was right. I love this version of a white button down shirt.



This week I decided to try it out for work. I knew that my belly sometimes peeks out through the hole from the tie, but with some high waisted jeans, I took the risk. I love the idea of an all white outfit, so that’s exactly how I wore it–with white everything! Even though there are no bold colors to be found, I think wearing all white is in fact a bold feat. And, guess what?! I didn’t spill anything on myself all day long. Wow! Now that’s a record!!

What’s your favorite way to style the white shirt found in your closet?

The Fab 40s are Fairytale Princesses


For some reason, after flaunting all around India pretending to be a princess (a search of “MaharAnnie in my blog’s search box will prove this), I found this month’s Fab 40s theme to be difficult: we were to style ourselves as fairytale princesses. Sheela is our romantic, and I do love her so. I’ve been listening to her anticipation of Beauty and the Beast for a few months now (Meanwhile I’m insisting that she watch La La Land. Have you seen it yet dear Queen She!?), so I was not surprised when Sheela called fairtyale princesses as our theme. I felt so stumped by this. Has anyone noticed that I wear some form of tennis shoes in every single outfit post these days? Which princess wears runners? I guess when I went to style the outfit I had Kate Middleton in mind, the Duchess of Cambridge. I am nothing close to her style, but I could imagine her wearing both this style of dress with a rhinestone collar plus the white cape, maybe even the gloves too. The sparkles though, those are all me and my style as are the fishnets which again, I don’t think Kate will ever get caught in (but you never know about the bedroom! Op! There I go again–not acting princessy at all!!) Sheela asked us which fairytale princess we related to however. My answer was Princess Merida from Brave–I adore her fiery spirit, and in real life I chose Princess Stephanie, again for her fire. I’m a bit rebellious–can you tell?!

Shall we peak in on the other Fairytale Princesses?


This is Belle! Look at that rose dress! It’s beautiful!! As is Queen She. Wow, Sheela everything about you is just stunning!



Sheela invited Shelbee On the Edge to join us this month. And here we have the true Merida! What a cool way to dress like this fiery princess. I think I got the wrong memo!! I love this picture of you Shelbee and am so happy you joined us this month.



Here we have Pocahontas. Mary actually does have Native American Indian heritage, so this was a very easy choice for her. Her dress with the jeans underneath are make for the perfect modern heroine.



I love it! Diane chose to emulate one of her childhood favorite female characters–who also used to be a favorite of mine. I mean I wanted to be this sassy girl. She’s Joe from The Facts of Life. Remember her? Oh, I only watched that show for her right Diane?!


Elsa is here! And Samantha, your new do!! I love it!! Here’s to the pixie that is so you!!


In second grade, a fairytale princess was set in Jennie’s mind from Hans Christian Anderson. I know you know who she is! This is The Little Mermaid! You have truly captured the spirit of a fairytale princess here.


We have another Pocahontas, and not only that, but a glimpse into spring and summer styles to come. Vero, you make me want to join you at a music festival in this look. I think we’d rock out well together!!


Then there’s me. I don’t think I got the right memo!! If I were to do it over, I think I would have pulled out one of my Indian saris and all my Indian jewells and been Mehrunnisa. But again, she’s a real life princess. Hmmm….can I have a do over?!

That’s a lot of fairytale princesses! Wow!! Who is yours?

Fishnet Tights and the PPP is Now the Ping Pong Piece!

Fishnet Tights
The Ping Pong Post, that continued on for one straight year where we sent items from our closets all across the world, has shifted a bit. With me being such a different size than the other two participants, Anna and Samantha, we needed to rething the PPP. We found a perfect compromise plus a new twist for continuing. We created a list, a rather long list, of pieces that would be found in most wardrobes, and if they were not found would be a staple type item to add–like the seriously trending fishnet tights. So now we have the Ping Pong Piece. There’s a new twist to PPP too: when it’s one of our three turns to choose from the list, we also have an opportunity to invite a fellow blogging friend to join us. I have an Instagram friend who is my biggest cheerleader, @MissMaryPowers! Mary, who also writes Miss Mary Powers has to be the kindest IG friend out there. She’s always there to give me support and kind words on my #ootds. Sometimes I can’t even believe that she admires my style because hers is just so amazing. She wears skinny jeans like no one else! When I asked her to join us for a fishnet Ping Pong Piece she was so glad to be a part of it–despite any age difference between the four of us. She thought that’s what would make it more fun! The neat thing about all of us blogger out there is that we are making friends from all over the world breaking all sorts of barriers.

Fishnet Tights

Fishnet Tights

Miss Mary Powers


Here’s Mary. She’s gorgeous, am I right!? Her creating of a high low dress surprised me. I kind of thought she’d do what I had done. Instead she’s completely demure and shown how beautiful fishnet tights make our legs look. It offers the perfect sheer tan like color even though they’re black. And, I’m taking note: tie the front of my slit dress next time. I also love that Mary paired her look with her ultimate favorite booties. Follow her Instagram and you’ll see what I mean. Mary, thank you so much for joining us this week. I do adore you and your style!

Fake Fabulous


For some reason–I haven’t gotten it out of her yet, but hopefully she’ll elaborate on her post–Samantha hates fishnets. I cannot understand why though; her legs look stunning in them. This outfit perfectly depicts what I love about Sam–she’s the expert bold, pattern mixer. Seriously, this outfit in my opinion is absolute perfection! Oooh, and Sam, one day I want to see this skirt with the similar striped top I gave you. Does that work? Man Girl, I adore your style! And these fishnets look smashing on you!

Anna’s Island Style


Anna went with a lovely pair of blue fishnets. They look so pretty. The thing I love about fishnet tights is how subtle the color they give off is. I mean, if these were solid, it would be a bit too much. And those heels she’s paired them with. Well, Anna, you know I am totally envious! Heel envy is my new thing, and it stinks! These are so glamourous and a bit mermaidish or super heroine (I can’t decide!).

Me, Kremb de la Kremb

Fishnet Tights


I knew there was a style of fishnet tights that I wanted to try… I had been seeing it on, I’ll go ahead and say it, “younger bloggers.” I’m not sure who started it…maybe Kendall Jenner, maybe ASOS, but for sure I first saw it on the beautiful Shea Marie Instagram feed. Granted she’s about the size of my one thigh, but I was intrigued. Could a woman of any age pull off this look. I am not sure if I have, but it was fun to attempt. I had to make my shredded Zara jeans more like holey jeans, but it was worth it. Then I didn’t show my waist completely since I covered the tight’s waistband with my tee. And because I found this whole attempt quite ironic basically trying to emulate that which I find trending on Pinterest and my IG feed, I went with my “I only did it to get likes” tee! Haha.

Do you “like?” Would you give this way of wearing fishnets under your holey jeans a try?

Fishnet Tights

Fishnet Tights

Fishnet Tights

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Wool Cold Shoulder Winter Dress

I’ve worked with Shein again to feature this super cute, wool, cold shoulder winter dress. If one looks closely, the black and white checks can be seen. Plus, the cold shoulders have the cutest little ruffles that compliment the ruffles at the bottom. The final winning feature of this winter dress is POCKETS! Everyone loves pockets. Am I right?! Because it was a chilly day I simply wore a pair of leggings underneath to provide extra warmth plus a black cami–if it were really cold a black turtleneck would also work. And any dress that I can sport a pair of tennies with is a total winner of a winter dress in my wardrobe. These Old Skool Vans are new to the Kremb de la Kremb tennis shoe collection! My awesome Skyline Hong Kong Tote is from Louella Odié.

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