Looking Back, Looking Forward

Wow what a break! I’ve missed writing here on the blog, but it was very nice to disconnect and simply focus my energies on spending time with my family. (There will be plenty of upcoming content from my trip to Thailand with my sister’s family and my own, so stay tuned–for real this time!) It’s beyond January 1st, so this is not a resolution post, but I would be remiss if I didn’t look back on 2017. Also, I have some positive thoughts on making 2018 a very special year….

In 2017, my accomplishments didn’t have to do with this blog as much as with my physical well-being and health. I still have a very long way to go in that I am still never quite pain free, yet, I have made such progress in certain areas which make me feel so much better about my current state. I am now just about a year and a half post my hip replacement, and this afternoon Pinky (my pink hip) and I went for a brisk walk. Granted it was a short one, but I did it: I walked quickly, pumping my arms in a long stride. Oh, it felt so good! I can’t quite articulate the pleasure of that quick little walk. And I can’t wait to take another one tomorrow. Walking, as a form of physical release, is such an important activity, and if it could become part of my daily life, I would be oh so happy!

Also in the past three months (well before my holiday to Thailand anyway!), I’ve been able to work with a trainer, Ian from Primal Fitness. Oh, I take such baby steps at the gym, but with visit I feel like I’m making progress. In fact in this picture, my leg actually looks very strong. It could be the angle, but that’s the biggest I’ve seen my hamstring in ages. I mean, there is an actual hamstring there. Believe me! I’ve never really had one of those!! (I’ve got my dad’s legs–knees and hips to be precise, which have all been replaced on him. Eek! Let’s hope I can work hard to be strong and avoid replacing anything else as long as I can!)

Something strange has happened with this very different focus on health: granted I will always probably want to lose a little weight, but right now, I care more about being strong. This is so new for me. Before I’ve always wanted to weigh a certain number, but since I’ve been working with Ian, I actually haven’t been stepping on the scale. Now, (and this is a bit contrary to my previous statement) I do need to make sure to hit the gym again because I for sure gained a few lbs from all the mango sticky rice in Thailand, but more importantly than any weight gain, I do not want to lose the muscles I’ve worked so hard for. I plan on hitting the gym tomorrow!

When I look forward to 2018, there’s another number I want to care less about, and that’s the number game of blogging and social media. I’m not the only blogger out there making this griping, whining statement. Even those with enormous numbers are feeling a shift in readership and followers. For this reason, I want to make a commitment to you, the person who is coming here and reading this. Even if it’s one person, that’s all a writer needs: one reader. Granted, I’d love for tons of comments and likes, but I’m not going to focus on that. I have some amazing readers, and you are one of them. I have virtually met some really neat women–even some men–from blogging on Kremb de la Kremb. This connection, this is what I plan to focus on during 2018.

I recently read a post by a gal who really inspires me: Geneva from A Pair and a Spare wrote about creating a focus word for the year rather than a resolution. This resonated so well with me; I don’t want to make one more goal. Rather, I want to incorporate a concept the entire year through that I believe will keep me happy. That word, this concept is creativity. The main reason I keep returning to Kremb de la Kremb is because it keeps me creative. As a blog I’m really not sure where Kremb de la Kremb is going….sometimes I am unsure of all the fashion posts. They are really fun, but perhaps there is more to finding or rather exploring my niché. I mean, I live in Hong Kong, and it is so vibrant. Plus, I travel so much. I feel like there might be more stories for me to share alongside my love of fashion. We’ll see…. And that’s the beauty of having a focus word; as long as I remain true to my creative spirit, I will be golden in 2018. Here’s to a great year for you, my reader, and to Kremb de la Kremb as I continue to create and evolve.

Don’t worry! I have to comment on this outfit. The jeans, well you’ve seen them before and you’ll see them again. They’re my trusty Wranglers that have recently received reinforcement in the crotch. The haircut is new–I got bangs! The color… well, it’s also a bit more bleachy than before which I attribute to Thailand’s sun. The puca necklace was a purchase on Railay beach after I saw a cool looking chic with something similar. And finally, this dress, well, it was left behind! Yes, it’s true. My dear husband, he took these pictures, and he was cringing the entire time. I thought this dress was pretty special, but he could not stand it. Now Kevin is very tolerant of my (at times) eccentric ways, so when he doesn’t like something, I bow down and just let it go. So, someone in Railay scored a new dress! I hope they enjoy it as much as I did on this sunset photoshoot taken on Railay Beach, Thailand.

What do you think of having a focus word?
What would yours be–if you feel like sharing?

Here’s to a wonderful 2018!

My Style Promises for 2016

Sequin1

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

Jumpsuits

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.

Love,

Ann

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

Kremb de la Kremb Closet Goals for 2015

NothingToWearSo fashion and style and clothing and shopping and lipstick and necklaces, ok, I better stop! Well, let’s just say all these (frivilous) items are of interest to me. It would only makes sense that when I go to make my goals for 2015 they would center around the above mentioned. Sure, I want to be more patient, I want to plan better meals for the family, and yes, eventually I want to work at losing those last few pounds, but what’s really attainable for me are closet goals!

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