Waiting for the Bus

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I get pretty excited on the weekend for extra time when I can head to the bustling north side of Hong Kong. It doesn’t matter what time I leave and for how long; I could go to the city for an hour to all day. When I step outside our apartment to catch a bus, I won’t necessarily know which area of Hong Kong I’m going to. If the #40 Green Mini Bus comes by, I’ll be going to crazy Causeway Bay, and if the double decker 6X City Bus chugs up the hill, I’ll be headed to bustling Central. It doesn’t matter: I’ll be happy anywhere exploring in the city. On this particular day, I ventured around SOHO and the Mid-Levels of Hong Kong.
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[ Waiting for the Bus: Monogramed Cap / Chiffon Leopard Blouse (similar) / Zara Leather Shorts / Reebok High Tops / Black Backpack / NARS Catfight ]
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Where does your bus take you? Tell me. I want to know!

First Day of School

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We finally had it! Our first day of school! It was delayed by a day: everyone was waiting in anticipation. Would it curve toward us or not? When I woke up at 5:30 on August 14, with a Typhoon 8 signal hoisted, I knew we’d at least get to sleep in. Then at 10:00 am the signal was still up so we were safe for the day! In the Krembs’ camp, Gigi and I were joyous for an extra day of summer! Vincent was bummed. He really wanted to get 6th grade in the middle school started. And Kevin was happy to catch his breath. On this extra day, we were able to take a family walk, bake, watch some TV, make burritos for dinner. I was finally able to give myself a mani and pedi–something I’d been trying to do for DAYS! Around the world there are different types of snow days, and as long as everyone is safe, I think these days are little gifts of time for us to enjoy!
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[ First Day of School: Dress / White Blazer (similar) / White Booties /
Evil eye necklace (similar) / Swarovski earringsSchiap Lips ]
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This dress felt like the perfect dress to wear on a delayed start to school. The pattern looks like a typhoon itself: swirls of blue and black and white on an airy chiffon. I had hoped to wear my white sandals, but you never know if it will rain, so I stuck with the white booties similar to here. Also, just in case, I carried a blazer with me. Layers are off, then on right now with the remaining winds and spurts of rain. School has definitely started now. Luckily we’re all well-rested and off to a great start!

Shirt Off My Back

Julie1I’ve mentioned on this blog before how my sister Julie and I have this unwritten code: if there is ever an item owned by one sister (usually within reason and most always clothes or costume jewellery although not limited to cute storage bins from World Market) that is so coveted by the other, we will just give it to that sister. Julie3It happened this summer with this plaid red shirt from Forever 21, worn only once by me as shown in this Instagram pic:

Julie is an amazing photographer. We all know this. But, I love it! When Julie comes out to our cabin, I somehow get free reign with capturing pictures of her. Usually, she always shies away from the camera preferring to be the one taking the pics. I can always get her though, and I love it! I took about 100 photos of her in this little five minute lapse of time, so it was hard to choose which ones to post. But, look it! She looks sooooo good! She might be the photographer, but I say she also makes an amazing model!

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Should we get back to the shirt…? Sometimes, well a lot of the time, ok, most of the time, when I’m shopping, I always ask myself: would Julie like this? When I saw this shirt I didn’t even have to try it on; I instantly put it in my bag. Which makes me wonder…if I knew Julie would like it so much, and I already loved it, why didn’t I just pick up two!?
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Time for another pause; I know. What are those precious gold lines around Julie’s neck? Well, one she just found in her move–the longer necklace that looks like a dash with a dot, dash with a dot. Yes, it’s so delicate and perfect, but, the other bauble, the dainty little [US] is actually quite H U G E! Matthew and Julie have founded Uptic Studios, an architecture and design firm in Spokane, Washington. If, and oh, I would love for an IF I could build a home, office, library, anything, I would be knocking on this talented couple’s door in less than a millisecond! (For personalised jewellery, try this Etsy shop and for dainty chains this one.)
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Ok back to Julie–she’s G O R G E O U S ! Look at her adorable smirky smirk and the glow of her skin (I’m always asking her secrets–maybe there’s another post in there!). The shirt suits her of course, but her beauty far exudes any plaid shirt around. Maybe that’s what I’m always trying to copy!

*These are the cutest storage containers thatJulie4 Julie gave me just because she knew I liked them sooooo much! Obviously Thomas is cute too, but he was lucky enough to stay with his mama;D

*Oh, and the jeans she’s in–I already got them at the Gap (Destroyed Boyfriend) before I even arrived home! Plus, I managed to put Rendezvous Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain from Revlon on her lips;D

 

Splatters in Seattle

I bought new summer boots–in hopes that if my feet are warm, maybe I can wear more summery clothes like shorts, skirts, and sundresses. Today was our first day home for a 3 week vacation in the States, and it was warm! The white booties kept me warm, and I barely ever needed my jacket!

I barely wore my jacket today! It was a beautiful sun-shining day--perfect for celebrating both Father's Day and Kevin's birthday!

I barely wore my jacket today! It was a beautiful sun-shining day–perfect for celebrating both Father’s Day and Kevin’s birthday!

The only thing missing on this almost perfect sundress are some pockets.

The only thing missing on this almost perfect sundress are some pockets.

The backwards cowl neck on this dress dresses it up if need be while the white booties "punk" it up--as stated by my bro.

The backwards cowl neck on this dress dresses it up if need be while the white booties “punk” it up–as stated by my bro. The dress is from Forever21–so is the jacket. The white booties are called Everly by Jeffrey Campbell.

 

Ocean Park Gear

I brought shades--wishful thinking.

I brought shades–wishful thinking. I picked them up from the girls’ department at HM.

When you head out to Ocean Park, you are definitely in for some fun, so it’s best to be comfortable. Planning for the rain, now that’s something altogether different that I haven’t quite seemed to have figured out.

Sometimes my sister and I like something of the other so much that they we will take it off our back to give to the other. Thank you for this lovely tunic Julie!

Sometimes my sister and I like something of the other so much that they we will take it off our back to give to the other. Thank you for this lovely tunic Julie!

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I seem to be living in these flower jean shorts from Forever21 this summer.

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Chanel Lip Gloss in Calypso I purchased in duty free on my way out of Beijing last year.

 

These gorgeous earrings are from this exquisite shop in India called Amrapali. Walking in there was like stepping into a museum. While living in Bombay there was an Amrapali shop a block away from where we lived in Juhu Beach.

These gorgeous earrings are from this exquisite shop in India called Amrapali. Walking in there was like stepping into a museum. While living in Bombay there was an Amrapali shop a block away from where we lived in Juhu Beach.

Photos by Vincent

 

First Outfit of the Summer

FirstDayofSummer3Aside from being able to take better pictures of Kremb de la Kremb adventures, part of the reason I invested in a new camera was to try to increase my posts of one of my other favorite passions: fashion! Well it’s time to start! Here’s an outfit post of my first day of summer, 2013.

I was going for something vibrant so that my good friend Khush would be able to find me in the massive Dragon Boat crowd to be found on this major Hong Kong public holiday. And, of course pairing bright red with a neutral like cheetah shorts seemed like the perfect ensemble.

It's definitely not an accessory, but we seem to always leave the house with a soda water in hand. I should be in an ad! Ha!

It’s definitely not an accessory, but we seem to always leave the house with a soda water in hand. I should be in an ad! Ha!

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I read on Song of Style that a sure way to get beachy waves is to twirl each side up. I tried it out, and it totally worked! A new trick:D

I read on Song of Style that a sure way to get beachy waves is to twirl each side up. I tried it out, and it totally worked! A new trick:D

I am not really sure how I made this gif, but it’s pretty fun!

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Tom Ford sunnies, Swarovski earrings, Forever21 blouse (similar), J.Crew shorts (They’re sold out, but from experience J.Crew will try to track something down for you if you ask them to here. These are kind of similar.) , Zara sandals, Thai market purse (similar)

Photos by Vincent

 

 

Gilded in Gold

I love jewelry! I always have. I remember forever coveting what my grandmother wore. She stacked, she arm partied, she wore it all. Sometimes, I like to do the same–just like Grandma Soogie did. I gild myself in gold.

I love that jewelry tells a story. There are two on my left wrist. The watch is simple: Pion, my assistant librarian, was up in Shenzhen. She knew I wanted a Michael Kors watch, so while she was up there, she picked one up. She texted to say the vendor wanted 380 RMB. Having just moved from Beijing, I was like no way–100, 200 tops. She wrote me back saying the gal would only come down to 250. I admittedly kind of ignored her text. What do you know, that Monday I had a new (fake :S) watch for 200. While I’m not proud of the imitation, it’ll get me by until I get a real watch!

The charm bracelet is packed with family history. When Jane (Kevin’s mom) and her sisters had their children, the gifted their mother with a charm of their babes names. Grandma Farrell had a very full charm bracelet embellished with her grandchildren around her wrist. The first Christmas Kevin and I were married, she gave me Kevin’s charm on a beautiful gold bracelet. Oh yes, there were some tears. Since that Christmas in 1997, I have gradually been adding to the bracelet. Currently, there is a Florentine lily that brings me back to where Kevin and I fell in love. There is an elephant that the kids gave me while we were living in India. I have the silver dove that my godmother, Auntie Paddy, gave me on my confirmation. It was hers and is so dear. At the clasp there is a sweet little butterfly from Gizelle, my library assistant from Bombay. Each charm is so special and brings back such memories. The bracelet is so special, therefore I don’t wear as often as I should. I like to save it for special occasions.

Gold, gold, gold! On my right wrist three out of the six bracelets are from Saudi Arabia. Two of the bracelets are from Beijing. The colorful gemmed bauble is from HM.  The first gold chain is part of a necklace and bracelet set that Kevin gave as we were leaving Saudi Arabia. It was so sweet and generous. I was really quite surprised and touched by this gift. Saudi was a tough place to live, and this gift was like Kevin acknowledging the hardships of living there. The second bracelet is made of little gold beads. There’s a shop in the Pearl Market of Beijing where they are sold. It’s called Ken’s. The faux gemstone cuff was purchased for Cork and Sally’s wedding over Chinese New Year. It matched my dress perfectly! Sandy recently gave me the imitation David Yurman piece when she visited in October. It ties in with the next two perfectly. She also picked up this bracelet at the Pearl Market in Beijing. Finally, the last two pieces are the two bracelets I never take off; they have become a part of my skin.  They are both from Saudi Arabia. The gold bangle was given to me from my class. I wear it to remind me that I can make it through anything! The next bangle is made of silver, and it was given to me by one classy lady, Shannon Coyne. Shannon is such an amazing, nice, kind, and very stylish woman. She’s like a librarian Coco Chanel to me, therefore this bracelet reminds me to always strive to remain classy.

Around my neck you will find two matching pieces. The chain necklace accompanies the bracelet Kevin gave me from Sauid Arabia. The beaded gold matches the bracelet from Ken at the Pearl Market in Beijing. The necklace carrying the Ganesh is from Harry’s in Bombay. Many people who go to Bombay end up meeting Harry. While Jane and Alex were visiting Kevin got me this necklace for my birthday. It’s got three strands representing the other three in the family: Kevin, Vincent, and Gigi. The Ganesh is beyond special. Lord Ganesha became our Hindu god while living in Bombay. The story of this particular piece (and the piece before it!) deserves it’s own post, so with that I’ll say to be continued for this important pendant…..Yet, I can’t forget about the chandeliers that hit my necklaces all the way from my ears! I don’t remember which market it was in India, but these brilliantly gold earrings are stunners. They cost me a maximum of 50 cents, but they were worth every penny. They are bright, they are long, and they are stunners. I love ’em.

And with that, I conclude the story of each piece. I love jewelry, and I especially love to be dripping in it! To make similar purchases in order to be Gilded in Gold, I’ve found some spots on the web for you:

  1. To purchase a Michael Kors watch, visit here.
  2. I’d say the best place to find a unique and special pre-memory filled charm bracelet would be to go to Etsy: for example, check out this beauty! It’s only $65 US!
  3. For the beaded bracelet, you could DIY; Bead Infinitum is packed with both patterns and jewelry beading bloggers. It’s a super cool site worth a visit. I also found a beautiful crocheted bracelet on Yoola that’s even more dainty.
  4. Chances are you could find a similar gemstone piece at either HM or Forever21.
  5. For the David Yurman bracelt, you can buy it here.
  6. If you ever go to Beijing, make sure to go to the Pearl Market–it’s packed with fun stalls! (Please write me before you go, and I’ll set you up;)
  7. Finally, these are the best, most unique places I found for buying gold online: Meena Jewelers, TanishQ, and Atlas. And it would be remiss if I left out my ultimate favorite Indian jewelry store, Amrapali.

Gigi and Mommy in Red

 

Sundress, Forever 21

 

What sort of caption do I write for this? Maybe just that I have such fun with my little Gigi! She’s our clown, our ham, our family member to make the rest of us laugh.

This picture was taken in October–right before the weather changed. It is now way to cold to even think that a sundress could be worn. I do love the weather in Hong Kong so far. We were just on our way to Ocean Park when this picture was taken. We’ll go to Ocean Park real soon during our winter break once my sister Mary arrives. I’ll make sure to post my outfit again;D