I Love Hong Kong: Wan Chai

I’ve been missing out on something, something with a whole lot of potential: Hong Kong! So many times I find an interesting wall and then use that as my backdrop. Well, there’s so much more to this city than it’s cool, grungy walls. For this reason, I’m starting a new series today called “I love Hong Kong”–which is so completely true. Pretty much every weekend we venture out into the city, and I always dress up, so I’ve decided to share the neighborhoods I love in this great, bustling, and actually very tiny island city.

My “I Love Hong Kong” series starts with a neighborhood called Wan Chai. Historically it was known as the spot for the sailors to go to when they came to port. Sadly a red light district still exists, but it’s easy to avoid that area. An extremely great book to detail this part of Hong Kong is a story called The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason.

Basically there’s this very busy street called Queen’s Road that runs through the northern part of the island. When you’re on Queen’s Road East you can pretty much head north toward the waterfront onto any one of the alleys and find bustling markets and funky store fronts. Now that the neighborhood has experienced gentrification in multiple places, the café, restaurant, and bar options are super fun to explore. The tram runs through Wan Chai, and there’s an MTR stop as well. It’s one of our favorite neighborhoods to explore because there’s something always new–or often quite old, to stumble upon.

This bamboo…it’s actually scaffolding. Yes, the Hong Kongers use bamboo that scales stories and stories upward into the sky, and the bamboo creates the scaffolding. Next time I’m out and about, I’ll make sure to take a building covered in scaffolding.

Yes, sequin mini skirts are great for New Years Eve, but in my opinion they’re also great for Saturdays around the town. Why not! I feel like life, even little daily, mundane Saturdays can be elevated with a little sparkle. I don’t relegate my sequin options to special events. Rather, I like to make a day strolling out and about in the city a special day. Why not make the best of the best, right?!

By chance we have found our optical store in Wan Chai. They are the sweetest folks in this little store. Part of this past Saturday’s venture was to get my prescription updated. Awww, I can see again! I’ve been needing to purchase new contacts, and the world is now visible to me again–thanks to the gentlemen at Wing Kwong Optical (Shop IC, G/F, Newman House; 35-45 Johnston Road; Wan Chai, Hong Kong).

I’m always happy touring around with Gigi!

I love Hong Kong!
Shall I continue with more posts like this highlighting the city I call home?

Merry Thai Christmas

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

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

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

Have you been to Thailand?

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

What I Really Wore to the Christmas Party

Christmas party

Goodness, I’m sure you’re wondering what I wore to my Christmas party. This is always such a busy time of year, and unfortunately my blog is getting the brunt of it being ignored and all. I do apologize for that that. On Friday I posted two Christmas party outfits, and guess what!? I went with neither. Instead, I pulled out my sparkly holiday dress, and I wore this to the Christmas party. I felt very cute and upbeat. The only drawback that bothered me was the nylons I chose–they were not sheer enough. Also, the lights at the venue were on full brightness, so I kind of wish I would have chosen different sneakers. Oh well… I did feel good though which in turn helped me to have a much better time than last year’s Christmas party. Isn’t it funny how what we wear can have such an effect on how we feel–at least it does for me.

Christmas party

This Christmas party frock was picked up in Bali of all places. Crazy I know, but when we went a few Christmases ago, there was a fantastic mall where I picked up this smashing number for under $15 USD. I had never been into a New Look store, but I can tell you I liked it. Do you have New Look where you live? It’s a South African brand that was new to me. Although we don’t have a New Look in HK, they do deliver here, so that’s more good NEWS!!

Christmas party

Christmas party

Christmas party

What will you be wearing to your Christmas party?
The next Christmas party I attend will be in the jungle of Chang Mai. We head to Thailand this Saturday! I can hardly wait. My sister and her family will be joining us, so it is sure to be a very, very special Christmas this year! And definitely filled with more Christmas parties…. I’ll make sure to keep you updated, but the best place to follow along the fun will be on my Instagram account.

This post has been linked to Samantha’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Christmas Plaid Shirt Layered

Christmas Plaid Shirt

I tried mixing up my Christmas plaid shirt again. This time I layered it under a velvet pant co-ord I picked up at the end of holiday season sales last winter. Here’s the thing: I’ll give things a try. These green velvet pants are perfect: they’re comfy, a beautiful color, and on constant repeat. The matching top, well, it’s not going to work for me. I’ve seen other bloggers style their camisoles like this with such ease, but on me I just feel terribly un-chic–the opposite of what I was after. Luckily, getting rid of this top isn’t such a big deal since I got it for a steal. The pants however, they’re winners! And we all know how much I love the Christmas plaid shirt. Stay tuned for Friday. I plan to style it in the way I’d like to wear it to our Christmas party this Friday. Can you guess what I’ll pair it with?

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Christmas Plaid Shirt

Are you able to wear this camisole style?

Christmas Plaid on Plaid<

Like a lot of people, I especially appreciate the styling of J.Crew. It seems for the last three years, they’ve been pairing Christmas plaid on plaid. Well, I finally decided to give it a go. My mind went through so many thoughts. Here the are in sequential order:

1. The family was shopping at the mall when I spotted these red Christmas plaid pants in the window. I knew the moment I saw those pants I had to have them. After coffees at Starbucks I split to HM. And yes! They had my size. I didn’t think twice and bought these pants.

2. The outfit is on and hmmmm, this is a bit much. No one in the family wants to be seen with me. I guess I’m not really a J.Crew model. I look kinda silly.

3. Oh this is going to look great. These HM plaid pants with my J.Crew christmas plaid shirt. Perfection. Throw in the penny loafers. I’m set for J.Crew.

4. Doesn’t matter. I’m going to shoot this look. Gigi can meet me at the green wall.

5. I’m taking pictures and I’m working it. Gigi can get me to smile just the way I need to regardless if I look silly or not.

6. Gigi and I are in the elevator together. “Mommy, I like this outfit.” Really! Say what?

7. Hmm, maybe it just taking some getting used to….

What do you think? Can I get away with Christmas plaid on plaid?

This post has been linked to Samantha’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

December 1st Means I Can Wear My Holiday Clothes

holiday clothes

This is the Christmas plaid shirt I bought from J. Crew last year.

I have an entire storage box filled with my holiday clothes. With Thanksgiving falling so early this year, anticipating the chance to wear my holiday clothes has been brutal. But finally, it’s December 1st, the box of holiday clothes has been opened and I’m ready to wear them for the next two weeks. Come December 16, I’ll be opening up a different storage container–the other holiday one–the box filled with hot weather clothes. We have exactly two more weeks of school, and then we’ll be heading to Thailand for our winter break. Until then, it’s holiday clothes each and every day I go to work. I started today with my new Christmas plaid pants–they’ll most likely be styled first for the blog. In the meantime I took a look down memory lane and pulled the different variations I’ve worn what’s in the box….

Christmas Plaid Long Skirt

Holiday Clothes

Oh I love this long Christmas plaid skirt. Here a good friend let me borrow her J. Crew plaid top!

Holiday Clothes

Here I love how I paired the https://www.krembdelakremb.com/christmas-plaid/ with my sister’s edgy leather jacket.

Colorful Sequins

Holiday Clothes

During this Ping Pong Post with Anna and Samantha, I let Samantha keep it. Although I loved it, it was always quite small on me.

Holiday Clothes

I didn’t have trouble sharing my sequin top since I now had this one that’s nice and boxy and fits me just fine.

Silver Sequin Pants

Holiday Clothes

I can’t wait to style the silver goodness of these pants! I think I’m looking most forward to them for some reason…. (This was not a previous Christmas post, but I could see this making a great holiday look.

Embroidery and Sequins

Holiday Clothes

This also was a post season look, but I love the elegance of this styling. I think it would be perfect for Christmas.

Little Red Dress

Holiday Clothes

Anything red works in my book–especially an LRD (little red dress).

Holiday Clothes

I have to admit–I’m scared to try this dress on–I don’t know if it will fit me anymore. Wish me luck!

Holiday Clothes

I am so sad; I left this adorable beret on a bus last weekend. It was my favorite hat. It’s irreplaceable as I picked up in a random boutique on Ho Hai lake in Beijing. In other words, I have a new fashion fixation ahead of me!

Holiday Clothes

There’s nothing like turning your LRD into an LRVD (little red velvet dress)!

Out of all of these holiday clothes which ones do you want to see restyled this holiday season?
I hope some of these past Kremb de la Kremb stylings offer you style inspo for your holiday season.

Merry Merry!!

This post has been linked to Samantha’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

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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