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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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!

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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!

Ready Player One: A Book and an Outfit

The last time I posted a book and an outfit was way back in May with My Name is Asher Lev! That’s so long ago, and I’ve definitely read a ton since then. However there is one book that I read over the summer holiday that I can’t seem to stop thinking about: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline was such a sensational read. This book was amazing on so many levels. It’s a futuristic story, but not that far out taking place during 2044, yet the world is pretty much doomed. To escape the sad state of Earth, people venture into a virtual world called the Oasis. Now, I’ve never been one to really understand gaming and video games, but reading this book gave me some insight into the world of gamers. There is a major virtual game to be solved within the story, and the final fun part of the novel is that all the clues contain reference to the 80s. I was 8 in 1980 and 18 by 1990. It was fun to read and know the 80s pop culture that is a major component of the Ready Player One. Definitely please read this book before the movie comes out. Yes, that’s right. There’s going to be a movie produced by a very famous director and producer who got his start in the 80s. Can you guess who? Yep, it’s Steven Spielberg. I already know though, that with this one the book was better!

I don’t want to give away too much, but I’d like to entice you just enough to read this book. In Ready Player One, the planet Earth is in a sad state–hence I went ahead and created my scene amongst a utility closet. Here’s an actual visual that is so disturbing but won’t give too much a way. Because the planet is short on space, RV parks now place the homes in a vertical way. Simply check out this cover and look closely: you’ll see RVs stacked upon RVs representing the housing of the future. No, it’s not a pretty picture….

Have you read Ready Player One? Is it already on your reading list?
As a side note, I gave away ten copies of this book at the start of the school year. I had so many students wanting to win a copy of the book. And, it was my son Vincent who told me, “Mom, you gotta read this!” He devoured Ready Player One in two days time!

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

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

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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!)

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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!

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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.

Fall Dressing: In El Nido, Palawan

We just had the most fabulous trip to El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines. Our time was spent island hopping or scuba diving. Again, the beauty of this region is breathtaking. Up above water is a delight, and then down below amongst the coral and sea life there is an amazing other world. It’s so fun that we have this common activity of scuba diving together. Perhaps investing in underwater camera gear might make my Christmas list. With out pictures it’s really hard to describe. The closest I can come is by saying it’s like Avatar underneath in the open water!

Since this trip took place during our Mid Autumn Festival break, I did pack with fall dressing on my mind. I figured my black embroidered, see through tunic would make for the perfect cover up. (It was last featured here paired over jeans on a trip through KL.) I have my black scuba swimsuit on underneath that’s basically like a sleeveless tee onesie with an open back. It’s the best swimsuit for diving. I added Puka shell anklets the moment I arrived to the Philippines. (Did you know there is an actual beach called Puka beach over on Boracay?) I painted both my nails and toe nails in a gold metallic color to mimic the sand and wore sandy colored sunnies the entire trip. Finally, I just went with three silver, same sized hoops for the entire time, so I didn’t have to worry about accessorizing and my silver Karma necklace.

I do have to give some honest feedback on El Nido, Palawan: the scenery, nature, and underwater experience is beyond magical. It is breathtaking location. However, the accommodations at present don’t match the place. Of course there are plenty of 5 star options that will break the bank big time when traveling as a family of four. Hence, pretty budget places are the only options. The Krembs, with KevStar Travels as are organizer, have become pretty spoiled. It wasn’t difficult but staying in a place that wasn’t our usual standard plush experience was humbling I guess I’d say. Vincent saw a live rat skitter across at one point, and Gigi and I had to tell the staff twice to remove the dead rat from the front office area. The staff at our place pretty much just hung around the front office on their phones all day sucking up the already very poor wifi connection. For this reason, it’s the first time I cannot recommend where we stayed during this vacation. I’ll refrain from naming the hotel, but I will let the manager know regardless. I figure everyone wants to improve somehow, right? We cannot improve without feedback, and feedback can always be given constructively. I’ll do my best to convey the good (cute, cheery, clean rooms) and the bad (as mentioned above). In the meantime, I hope the town of El Nido catches up to its jack pot. They are sitting on a gold mine of beauty, so hopefully eventually there will be options for all travelers–including the mid range one like ourselves.

Finally the weather was perfect. It was never too sunny nor too rainy. Basically there was just tons and tons of weather. Once we were stuck on our boat in the middle of a major lightning and thunder storm, but the day had started out with such sun. Another time we started our dive with sun and finished with major rain. I love experiencing weather like that. Plus it’s way better on the skin. (For my tan I just used this: Nkd Skn Pre Shower Gradual Tan Lotion. It works like a charm!)

Have you been to the Philippines? What’s your favorite spot?

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

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!! Definitely one of the perks of living overseas is experiencing and celebrating local holidays and festivals. Since we’ve lived in Asia for over 8 years now, we’ve been able to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. When we lived in Beijing, where these pictures were taken, we took our first trip to the Philippines. Since that trip in 2009 we’ve been back many, many times—once to last spring to become open water certified scuba divers. Now during this week off, we’re in El Nido, Palawan which is also in the Philippines. I plan to take lots of pictures but until then check out this Google image search!

Another perk of living overseas is friends made around the world. Last weekend when Vincent had a tournament in Beijing, it was a no brainer for one to take a quick flight up there and stay with my good friends Sandy and Tom—friends made while living in India. Our world as international educators just gets smaller and smaller. It’s pretty amazing.

For example take this small world story: while I was up in Beijing to watch Vincent’s baseball tournament, my sister-in-law sent a picture of ISB and posted it on our family WhatsApp thread. She asked if the picture looked familiar; little did she know Vincent and I were there at the International School of Beijing at the same time as her! Jen and Kevin’s brother Brian Krembs are also international educators and work at Jakarta International School. Jen was at ISB for an art conference. Right in the midst of cheering on Vincent, I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was my sis-in-law. What a small world!

Let me talk a bit about this fab leather jacket. I bought a jacket just like this one at a swap from Jasmine of Dress Me Blog Me and the designer and founder of Raven and Rose. Well, the jacket I bought was made of PU which seems to always deteriorate in Hong Kong’s weather. Emma, our helper who worked with us when we first moved to Hong Kong, is from Indonesia. It’s wonderful that every now and then our doorbell will ring and it’ll be Emma with her husband and little baby coming over for a visit. I love it; not many people just drop by anymore, so we’re always happy to receive a visit from Emma and her family. On one such visit, she told me about a man from her village in Indonesia who makes really nice leather jackets. I race to my closet, grabbed my PU one, and said goodbye to that old but loved piece. Here’s the same exact coat but now made in real leather. I love it! And the price for this custom made jacket is a sin! It was only $115!! I just might have to send away for more, very soft, very well made leather goods.

If and when I see special tennis shoes, I pounce. Granted, this entire outfit is quite sporadic—colourful tweed sneakers, black and white tweed shoes, a bright top, and leopard scarf tied on my wrist, a waist belt bag, and a leather jacket. Oh, I forgot to mention fringe earrings and studded sunnies! More is more right?! At least to me. Despite all that’s going on, I felt very comfortable in this outfit. I feel like somehow it all works—right?! Hahah!


Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

This week I will only be publishing this post. I’ve heard the Wi-Fi is super bad where I’m going in the Philippines, so I saving myself the pressure of figuing out my Internet connection. But, rest assured, I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures!

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

Favorites from The Fab 40s

This was the first post. We styled the Pantone color of the year: marsala with denim.
(Look how short my hair was!)

On Kremb de la Kremb since March of 2015, every single last Monday of the month has been dedicated to a post from The Fab 40s. For two and half years there have been a group of us–in our 40s–coming together to share in our love of styling clothes. We would take turns choosing a theme. When it was our turn, we’d invite a fellow 40-something blogger. It will sound odd to read that we became friends, but we all did–in that virtual way that friends are made today in 2017. Some members came and left; it was natural for life’s events to take us in other directions. At present we’ve stopped posting, but I don’t thing The Fab 40s are done. We’ll be back…. Because I enjoyed these last Monday posts so much, I thought I’d highlight a favorite pic from each of The Fab 40s’ members. Enjoy!

The Fab 40s as Princesses

Sheela was our leader. She’s the one who created our concept and got us started. This was my most favorite styling of Sheela’s; the theme was princess, and she definitely played the Belle here in her beautiful rose gown. Ironically this is the one picture where we can’t see yet another pair of Sheela’s fabulous heels!

The Fab 40s in Marsala with Denim

I always felt a special bond with Dawn Lucy as she’s also a teacher. We were all extremely sad when she turned 50. But, we hope she started a Fab 50s group–that way we can join her in the upcoming years!

The Fab 40s in Faux Fur

One of my favorite color combos is when navy and black are paired perfectly together,
so this was an obvious pic of Jane. Her style is so urban chic–always!

The Fab 40s in Holiday Wear

Sequin joggers–yes please! Sequin joggers with a sequin blazer–double yes please.
This stunning combo was obviously my favorite look of Dixie’s.

The Fab 40s in Hats

All of us always looked forward to how Samantha would style the themes. She’s unique, and quirky,
but always classy and chic all at the same time. That’s how her personality is too. She’s a no
nonsense woman that I really look to for style inspiration as well as friendship. (By the way,
I gave her this skirt, and I love how she style it. I never even saw the blues
in the skirt before seeing her style it in this way!)

The Fab 40s in Our Favorite Colors

The best thing about getting to know Jennie was seeing both her style and blog evolve from post to post. She just kept getting better and better! I chose this picture of her in her favorite color. Again, she surprised me because I would have never guessed that these greens were her favorite color; I thought she was a pink or purple girl,
but that is probably because she wears that hair color so well!

The Fab 40s in Formal During the Day

Out of all The Fab 40s, I could always picture myself in whatever Diane wore. Take this outfit for example:
I want it all. I love pairing sequins with something casual like cutoffs and sneakers. Seriously though,
she was always my style sister all the way!

The Fab 40s as Villains

For one of our posts we had to style a villian. I love that Veronica chose an
Angelina Jolie character just like me. I also always appreciate how fierce Vero is!

The Fab 40s in All White

Not many woman can pull off a bodycon white dress, but we could always rely on feminine, voluptuous Mary to rock another hot dress. I’d love to go through Mary’s dress collection. It’s immense from what we could all see!

Do you already miss The Fab 40s like me?
Hopefully we can get back together real soon….

(I think next month, on the last Monday of October, I’ll go through and choose my favorite looks from collaborating with The Fab 40s.)

Emoji Love–I’m Really Just a Big Kid!

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I’m basically like a big kid. Maybe it’s from working with teenagers each day. So, when it comes to the smiley faces, I’ve got some serious emoji love. If I see something with emojis, I have a hard time saying no. I am not sure if I would actually pile on all this emoji love, but I just might–especially to work in the school library. When I saw this reversible emoji tee online in the Zara’s men department, I kinda had to have it. I mean, it’s made of sequins too–WIN WIN! The emoji socks are from my daughter; they were in my stocking last Christmas. The bag, well it’s my emoji symbol. Don’t you have one? I do: it’s the ;P. I like to wink and stick my tongue out at the same time. To me, this is the prankster, hahhahaaha, emoji. I use it daily. How about you? Which one is your emoji love?

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emoji love

emoji love

emoji love

Do you have an emoji?
Which one is it?

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