My Style Promises for 2016


For some reason, this is my favorite post from 2015. I just love these pants to no end,
and I like how I styled them here with a simple white tee. Also of note: my hair.
I can’t seem to get it to look like this again, but I’ll keep trying.

There’s no better way to start posting on Kremb de la Kremb in 2016 with a few style promises. Now granted, these style promises are things I will try to attempt during this coming year. Making style promises feels very safe since I love to get dressed every day, I get a thrill out of putting together outfits, and I enjoy helping others to feel stylish. They are little promises just to myself that I will consider and do my best at fulfilling. If I keep revisiting these style promises, it’s quite possible I could fulfil them throughout this 2016 year.

Style Promise 1: Design and Make More Clothes

Skirt Twirling

I dress this skirt up, and I dress it down. I wear to school and I wear it for formal events.
It’s so versatile yet makes me feel classy every time.

This is a lofty promise, so I’ll start with it. I absolutely loved designing a collection for the fashion show put on by the school I work for. It was so exciting and felt very invigorating. I am not designing again for this spring’s show, but regardless, I’d like to try creating more items just for me–like this skirt that I love and always get a ton of compliments on when I wear it.

Style Promise 2: Practice Body Love

bikini halter top

This was my most popular post last year.
I was so nervous to publish it since I am in a two piece X 5 for this post!

I’m getting older. It’s a natural force that happens to everyone. My body is what it is. I can take measures to hopefully help it look good, but some changes are going to occur that can’t be stopped. The legs I usually love….well they’re getting these weird little wrinkles above the knees. I don’t like it! I also don’t enjoy my perpetual double chin–one that I’ve had my whole life despite my age. There are things about my body I could decide to hate, and there are things I can decide to love. I want to continue to embrace my style because I love getting dressed. My body isn’t going to have the benefit of changing this philosophy, so I plan to love my body–with all it’s aches and wrinkles and splotches… I’ll stop there!

Style Promise 3: Continue to Collaborate


This was the second post by The Fab 40s when we all styled jumpsuits.
This was my second most popular post of 2015!

In 2015 I have been AMAZED by how many friendships I have made via blogging. It is really astonishing. Since I feel so rewarded by the community of blogging friends I’ve made, I don’t see an end in establishing new relationships via the Internet. I’ve become friends with some women whom I truly admire. Whether we in the morning, send cards to one another, or collaborate on blog posts, I plan to continue the community that’s being created because of Kremb de la Kremb.

Style Promise 4: Have Fun with My Style

Go Bold with Cozy 2

Yes, my heart did flutter when I received this skirt!

It’s true. I’ll say it just one more time in this blog post: I love getting dressed. I find it fun. It’s something I look forward to every day, and when there’s an event or occasion to dress for, I feel a little thrill. It’s also true that I’ll try things. If you want, I can be the one to experiment for you. I have no problem with that since I like to be the first to wear something new anyway. (Take for instance culottes, now that they’re so popular, I’m kind of like, Meh. I will still wear them though–like I always have.) Since I believe so strongly that getting dressed is fun this is an easy promise for me to fulfil. Call it done!

Style Promise 5: Clean Up the Blog

If You Think You Are 4

Remember my profession of self body love. Here’s an example of that chin I can’t stand.
But, I do like the flip of my hair!! This was my third most popular post of the year stating my belief that,
“If you think you are, you are!”

I guess it’s pretty evident that I’m claiming to be a fashion blogger, style blogger, call it whatever you want. I write blog posts about what I like to wear. The identity confusion behind Kremb de la Kremb needs to be clarified. It’s been on my mind for so long now. I don’t know how I’ll make it happen; I just know it needs to. So, this is a style promise I’m continually making to myself: to find my blogging niche and go with it.

Style Promise 6: Keep Learning About Photography

Two Suede Shorts

I am always inspired when bloggers double themselves up in an image,
so I taught myself how through Photoshop Youtube tutorials.

A blog is only going to be as good as it’s pictures. At least that is my opinion anyway. I go back to blogs and become the author’s reader when the pictures look good. (Writing is also important, but if I’m honest, not as much.) It’s the visual eye candy that has me repeatedly visiting my morning rounds of blogs. I want to do the same for my readers, so this promise is one I am always working at. In fact, Santa brought me a cool new device that will hopefully add some interest to my images. I just have to figure out how to work it! I’ll let it be a surprise….

My Six Style Promises

  1. Design and Make More
  2. Practice Body Love
  3. Continue to Collaborate
  4. Have Fun with My Style
  5. Clean Up the Blog
  6. Keep Learning About Photography

There they are! Six style promises that I think I can try to stick during 2016. It shouldn’t be too hard; although a couple of them will take some work. In fact the only one that will be totally easy is number 4. I do that every single day!

Would you like help with your style? Please, give me a holler if you do. I want to help you enjoy getting dressed every morning too.



*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike, Turning Heads and Thursday Throw Back.

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  • You’re back!!
    I have missed your musings and inspirational style.
    This is a great piece of writing which I read with interest….

    1. Design and make more?
    I love your DIY’s, the one with the shoe strap was so easy and helpful, the t-shirts were fun for the beach and the decoupage bag was copied by my girls. More please!

    2. Body love?
    I totally agree!
    My body has been through the wringer too, BUT we each have our strengths and the ability to cover our weaknesses with lovely clothes. AND you have plenty of amazing assets to offset any bits you don’t like so much. Stunning in a bikini!

    3. Collaborating?
    Yes please!! I loved working with you and I hope to do it again soon.

    4. Having fun with style?
    You are bold and fabulous and have inspired me to buy OTK boots (yes really) AND a fur coat….multicoloured, bought today. I imagined you there with me saying “Get it! It will go with EVERYTHING”, and you were right!

    5.Cleaning up.
    I don’t agree with you on this one…I don’t think KdlK needs cleaned up, or a niche, you are already my go-to site for inspiration. I like what you do, blogging about Style/Fashion (with extras).
    You are a fashion blogger, you are a style blogger… are anything you want to be!
    The only other thing, I could think of, was that you could use your Stylist skills in “how to” posts or offer a course/series to your readers?

    This one really resonated with me….Thank you so much!
    Once again I am inspired by your thoughts on a subject.
    I agree totally about the photographs.
    I love reading (and if a blog is too short on the words, it does not hook me in as I don’t feel like I am connecting with the person) BUT the photographs are the things that I love.
    Great images are addictive….I want to go back for more!
    I now know that need to look at my own photos and try not to worry about taking my camera out places where it could be damaged.
    I need to get more adventurous and artistic with my locations.
    I larking about and posing is no problem, I just need to find some interesting backgrounds and angles.
    Wouldn’t it be easier if we could magically be behind the camera as well as in front of it.
    Brilliant post….thank you!!


    • Samantha, thank you so much for this comment. In turn, you’ve caused me to think a bit more too–which is always a good thing in my mind. I’ll reply again to #5 and #6. I guess the history of K de la K always makes me feel like the blog has been limited. It started as a family scrapbook and now it’s all my fashiony tid-bits. Was I suppose to start fresh? Would have that been better? Do I break off now and start fresh? All these issues along with the gnawing desire to have it grow consume me. You know as I just reached out to you in terms of offers and such. I don’t know. I feel like somewhere along the way I missed something, if that makes any sense.

      For photography, I feel really lucky because of where I live. There are so many different sort of back drops just in my neighborhood. When I walk around I’m always thinking, “Ooooh! That outfit would look good by that wall!” Your daughters are getting great at your pictures. I am sure they’re ready to venture out with you–especially if it involves a hot chocolate treat on the side. In fact, I pay my kids for the photoshoots they do for me. Depending on what I need we’re always negotiating! Makes for good allowance money. 😀

      There’s always so much to learn and get better at that’s for sure!

      Thanks for your comments here Samantha.

      Love, Ann

  • SheelaGoh

    How brave of you to share all these thoughts, Ann, particularly the one about body love which, clearly, strikes a chord with me. My style resolutions are very similar to yours with one additional item being that I am striving to be more honest, open in what I write. Share more beyond the fluff and the aesthetics, not because the latter two are less important but because being genuine with myself and my readers has become my top priority this year 🙂

    p/s on designing, I told you I completed a Fashion Design course years ago, yes? Well, in 2016, I have Sewing Class on the agenda. When I was 17, I managed to learn how to tailor a skirt, sleeveless top and collared/short sleeved blazer. It would be SO epic to be able to do more so wish me luck. I suppose I should find a sewing machine at this point, huh?

    pp/s I echo Samantha’s comment about your DIY posts, more, pretty please and thank you.

    ppp/s I thought, and I still do think, you looked rather like a 40s screen siren in that bikini.

    • Hi there Sheela, I want to purchase a sewing machine so badly. My birthday is coming up in February…..time to drop some hints!!

      We have a fashion design course here at the school I work out. I want to audit a class sooooo bad!!

      The siren comment makes my day. Thank you!!

      Love, Annie

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Glad to see that you’re back! Those are all fabulous goals and I think the second one is definitely the most difficult. I try to be one of those women that gracefully accepts the aging process, but alas, I’m not. I feel ya on the knee wrinkles…lol. I’m like you, I love getting dressed so having fun with style and fashion is always a goal.

    • I think it was Demi Moore that had surgery on her knees! First I have to get back to fitness. Part of all the wrinkleys could be due to atrophy. I must do something though since my legs are my thing! There’s always nylons!!

      Thanks for stopping by Debbie!

      Love, Ann

  • Jodie Filogomo

    Welcome back….it looked like you had a fun time on vacation!!
    I can’t agree with you more on your body love goal….I have to think this is the hardest thing for most of us, and I’m not even sure why? But I’ve decided it doesn’t help to think negative thoughts, so might as well love what you got (hey…it rhymes!!)
    Can’t wait to see what you put out there!!! jodie

    • Thank you Jodie! It feels good to be back. I was feeling a little lost without posting. I don’t have a ton of focus, but one of my little personal goals is to keep chunking away at it even if I don’t know where I’m going! I’ll figure it out eventually!!

      Thanks for stopping by Jodie!

      Love, Ann

  • Jodie Filogomo

    Hey Ann….would you mind if I link back to this post in an upcoming post on body love?

  • This is very inspiring, Ann and a great start to the year. Six very achieveable goals. 2, 3 and 4 particularly resonated with me only because I can’t sew for toffee! The international connections, friendships and collaborations are the wonderful benefits of blogging and long may they continue.

    I wonder why women find it so hard to accept our bodies? I know and understand the pressures but I just try and use all the energy I could focus on on all the wrinkly, bits and instead celebrate who I am. I’d love to be taller but short of stretching myself on a rack, it ain’t gonna happen so I choose not to focus on it.

    I think 6 will be the hardest for me. I’m such a techno-idiot! But I can’t stand still – gotta try and keep up with it all so following tutorials and being able to do funky stuff with pictures is on my list! And getting confident enough to go out on my own without feeling like a complete plonker setting up a tripod and then taking photos! Sadly my current camera doesn’t work with a remote so I’m on the look out for a new one that does.

    Here’s to an exciting 2016!

  • Hello again 😉

    Designing and DYIing is a fabulous goal. I want to do that with jewelry, make more for myself, buy less mass production. My capsules will continue to be a theme. And I want my style to reflect 100% who I am.

    Your goal number 2 is a great one as well. Ah heck, I like all of them, they just aren’t all for me. At this time 😉

    Wishing you a great week 🙂

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    P.S. Oh wait, I just remembered. I’ve been thinking about cleaning up my blog as well. Ya know, delete old posts that are either embarrasingly bad or just don’t reflect who I am anymore. What exactly did you want to clean up?

  • Thank you! I do love these pants. And I love even sequins more. I have too much too count!! So, I definitely recommend you get some more. It’s such a great style to wear as it’s true–it will add a smile to your face! In fact, I just got a super discounted pair of black sequin shorts. I’m trying to figure out how I might style them for work. I think will super opaque black tights I might be just fine!

    Thanks for stopping by and cmmenting! Love, Ann

  • Happinessatmidlife

    These are great promises to yourself and looking forward to what 2016 brings to your blog!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!