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!

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?

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!

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.

Fall Layers and Zara Editorials

fall layers

Has anyone else noticed all the fall layers lately? Dresses are being worn over pants. Entire outfits are layered with a kimono. Textures and prints are also contributing to the layers. For sometimes I like to just go to Zara.com and look at all their editorials. Then satiated with tons of stylish inspiration, I try to emulate what I just saw. “Lights Galore” was a beautiful editorial filled with tons of haphazard fall layers. I tried to resemble “Lights Galore” in my outfit: chenille sweater over a floral dress over a DIY of two tone jeans. Then I added some sparkles for good measure with a velvet sash belt, ornate beaded bag, and glitter blush booties. I’m not sure if I pulled off the fall layers, but it was very fun to try.

fall layers

fall layers

fall layers

fall layers

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

A Girlfriend Blogger Collab: Playsuits with Sheela

girlfriend blogger

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….

girlfriend blogger

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

Sheela is fierce AND fearless!

girlfriend blogger

Sheela is whimsical and romantic!

girlfriend blogger

Sheela is loving and loyal!

girlfriend blogger

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.

girlfriend blogger

girlfriend blogger

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!

girlfriend blogger

girlfriend blogger

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!

Style Stories: Forever 21, Oversize Me!

Oversize me! Sometimes I just want to wear oversize everything. It’s so comfy. It’s definitely on the sloppier side, but oh, it’s so cozy. Like this sweater for example, in a very soft chenile, is way too big–I almost got the medium but then was like no I want large! And these pants, very brand new at the time are way too long (curently they are in the drawer to take to the tailor), but at the time, these long flowy pants were so comfortable. Even it if doesn’t look good, sometimes I just want to oversize everything–even big honkin’ huge hoops!

Wherever I travel, I always love trying out a new to me Forever 21. Some of my best purchases have been in Forever 21s around the world. Imagine my excitement when the mall right near our layover spot had a Forever 21! I went twice: once at the beginning and once at the end. This particular outfit came from the Forever 21 in Clark, Philippines. It was a descent size. It was kind of like the Baby Bear in Goldilocks. It wasn’t too big or too small; it was just right. I spent enough money at this Forever 21 that they divided my bill up, so I now have several of these Forever 21 totes lying around the house now. That’s ok. They make for the perfect lunch or gym bag.

Some of my favorite Forever 21s include those that I would shop at while living in India. India now has several Forever 21s alongside an online site, but while we were living there it did not. Every trip we took away from India I would check to see if the location had a Forever 21. The first one I ran into was during a trip to Malaysia; the Forever 21 in Kuala Lumpur is great! I can remember Kevin taking the toddlers and letting me have some alone time in my favorite store. That seems to still be the case. He knows I can’t refuse a Forever 21. The other Forever 21 that stands out in my mind and is probably my favorite is the one in Bangkok at Central World. This one is HUGE, but, it’s all on one floor which makes it awesome. It’s filled with little rooms that I can tackle one at a time and till I’m through. When I can divide and conquer like that, it makes the fitting room experience all the more manageable. Can you remember those burnt orange leather shorts? I have gone through two pairs they are that good. The final little Forever 21 I do adore is the one back home in Spokane. It’s out at the Valley Mall, and basically to get to my cabin you have to pass it. Sooooo….that leads to many a spontaneous trip just to grab a lil’ somethin’ somethin’!

Do you have a favorite, go-to store?
Do share what it is. Maybe I would like it too….

In Clark Philippines we stayed at one of the cheesiest hotels we’ve stayed at yet. There was a night club on the roof–where these shots were taken–complete with a pool and jacuzzi tub at the bar. In the middle of the pool stood a raised DJ. Here I was photobombed by one of the other tourists there for a fun night.

Fall Dressing In Shorts X 2

We have a bit of a temperature drop–not a lot but just a little bit. So here I am continuing to show you some fall dressing with shorts this time around. Yes, it’s October 25, and we’re still able to comfortably wear shorts. Yet, again, I embrace different colors and textures to adjust to fall dressing. Here I have two very fall like outfits, yet I am wearing shorts–in this example, cutoffs to be more precise. Here’s to our amazing Hong Kong weather and my favorite pair of clothing–my Wrangler DIY jean shorts!

I bet you were wondering…where are the shorts?! Well, whenever the hemline of my shift dress feels a little too short, I simply layer a pair of shorts underneath. It must have been a Friday when I wore this outfit because I only ever wear denim to work/school on Fridays.

I’ve been totally digging the one side earring lately–especially with my asymmetrical bob. In this instance, I wore both of my silver Ganesh earrings on my left ear. I loved how they jangled against one another all day long. Also, this embellished jacket–one of my first DIY jean jackets–is one of my faves. I love wearing this jacket, and yes our temperature, especially indoors with air conditioning, requires a jacket. A denim option is just the right piece.

Are you Gucci? That’s a saying my daughter has started asking. It’s suppose to mean, “Are you good.” In my Gucci-eque sweatshirt, yes I am good! I picked up this sweatshirt while Kevin and I were on our summer road trip along California’s coast. There happened to be a Forever 21 on Santa Barbara’s Main Street, and I was allowed a wee bit of time while Kevin roamed around. When I saw this cute bumble bee, bright floral number with the green striped hem, I instantly thought of Gucci, and I instantly knew I had to have it! Am I Gucci? Oh yes!

I had to have this bag. I had to! We were living in India, and on the weekends we would go to the J.W. Marriot and just chill by the pool. The J.W. had three pools: a kiddie pool with a fun slide for our then toddlers, a main pool that was just sublime, and a small salt water pool hidden away in the corner. By the time the kids started getting older we’d head over to the hidden salt water pool. There was a very handsome Spanish couple that would do the same. Oh, would I stare at that Spanish woman! To put it mildly, she was drop dead gorgeous! Anyway, back to the bag…. she owned it. I finally got the gumption to ask where she got it–of course the Spanish brand, Zara. Well, the moment I was at a Zara during our next trip out of India, I saw the BAG! I bought it without hesitation. I’ve had it ever since. And with a style story connected to this beautiful loden green bag, it’s unlikely we will ever part ways. It reminds me of that very stunning Spaniard!

Fall Dressing in Hong Kong

I just checked the weather in the town where I grew up, and it’s 40° in Spokane, Washington. Hong Kong is currently 77°. I am not complaining about the weather in HK: I do love it here, and our weather is very eventful. Just Sunday we had yet another typhoon–why don’t they happen on school days?! What I will admit to however is some longing for fall dressing. When the seasons change in the Northern Hemisphere, I do have a tough time; I want to start dressing for fall just like that half of the world. Because I miss fall dressing, I make every attempt to adjust my style while remaining comfortable in the humid heat. Also, half the time it is absolutely freezing in doors because of air conditioning, so fall dressing becomes an actual necessity. For the rest of this month, I plan to show how I dress for fall in Hong Kong. I have some style tricks and tips that accommodate the yearning I feel for the style changes that come with each new season. I searched my site too; it appears this topic of dressing in the fall heat of Hong Kong seems to be a recurring theme each October….

Color is the one of the easiest ways to attempt fall dressing in a hot climate. Even on our October vacation, I brought clothing that was more fall like in color–like this cover up for example. By October, I’ve stored away my brigth summery clothes and replaced them with the autumn hues. The color that screams fall for me right now is army green. The greens in this skirt alongside an army green military jacket, make this outfit look autumnal. For me, in the Hong Kong heat the easiest way to accommodate fall dressing is with color. Next week I’ll feature another outfit where army green creates the fall look I’m after–even if shorts are involved!

This is my fall skirt that I first wear when I’m starting to attempt transitioning to the fall season. I’ve had this cornucopia skirt ever since 2014. Back then I was able to style it with heels. Wow, a lot has changed since then! Those heels are sadly long gone, but wow, they were sure sexy! This time around, I’ve basically styled my autumn looking skirt similarly yet with a military jacket rather than sparkly blazer. Still needing a little bling, I added a statement necklace–a recent score from the Rug Lane Pop Up. (Hong Kongers, Rug Lane will offer one more swap on November 11!) Also, I pulled out my satin yellow bow flats. While these are not heels, they are dressier than a pair of sneakers–which is what I would usually wear.

Does my attempt at fall dressing work?
Tell me. I’d like to know. Does this pass for fall style? What style tricks do you embrace once the season has changed?

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

Style Stories No. 17: 2 Slogans I Can’t Refuse

slogans

There are definitely two slogans I can never say no to: anything book related, I always snatch up. I have more than one tee that says “The Book Was Better!” Today, being at the end of Teen Read Week, I’m wearing a shirt that says, “I’d rather be reading.” On Monday for our professional development day, I wore a tee that said, “Reading is sexy.” (That one is probably my favorite, but I need to remember not to wear that one to my doctors’ appointments!! Haha!)

slogans

slogans

The other slogan I can’t say no to is an obvious one: Créme de la Créme. Granted it is not Kremb de la Kremb, but it’s close, right? I just love it when I see items saying this French statement, and I always purchase them–even this Zoe Karssen sweatshirt that broke my bank. But, I had to have it, and it has now definitely outlived its cost per wear. Would you like a blast from the past? Check out some of the ways I’ve styled this sweatshirt all the way back starting in 2013!

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Then, I’ve got my most recent Créme de la Créme tee featured here during one of our typhoons this fall. And then of course there’s the one that I made on Zazzle–now that’s the real Kremb de la Kremb!

slogans

Are there any slogans that you just have to have?

PS Funny enough the last time I featured this skirt, I was rollerblading. Yes, you read that right! ROLLERBLADING!

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