What to Wear to the Christmas Party?

For this year’s Christmas party I am determined to LOVE my outfit. Last year, I went to my school’s Christmas party, and I hated, absolutely hated what I was wearing. This may sound silly, but not being comfortable and confident in what I was wearing had an impact on my attendance. I didn’t have as much fun, I never really felt at ease, and I was preoccupied with my personal distaste for what I was wearing. This time around, I’m determined to love what I’m wearing to tonight’s Christmas party. I know if I’m comfortable and feel good, I will in turn have a much better time. I’ve put together two very different looks; I thought I’d ask for your help….Which outfit do you think I should wear to tonight’s Christmas party?

Option A: Christmas Plaid w/ a Sequin Mini

Here’s the thing about a night out for me: I can’t wear heels. Yes, you may see them every now and again here on Kremb de la Kremb, but it’s usually for a styled post–like Wednesday. I wore my sparkly black booties, yet I would be able to wear those for a four hour plus night. I just can’t do it–yet! (Never say never right!?) So, footwear comes first, and it might as well be gold. I also want to be dressy and of course Christmas-y. So, here I’ve taken my favorite Christmas plaid shirt and paired it with a blush sequin skirt. I think this outfit incorporates just enough glam while assuring comfort at the Christmas party.

This little reindeer ring comes out at Christmas time. When I spotted it at a swap, I scooped it up, knowing it would join the other holiday baubles in my holiday wear box.

Option B: Black Velvet Suit w/ a Sequin Top

I repeatedly state how half of my holiday wear box is filled with items picked up after the holiday season. This is the case here: the black velvet suit I had my eye on all winter at Zara but only bought it once it was on sale. The same went for the H&M top and was a lucky find. It was just one piece randomly left behind, and I snatched it as fast as I could. For sure I feel much better in this bright pink lip color which makes me make a mental note that those dark burgundy colors don’t work as well on me. Again, I chose comfy footwear; these are my winking kids’ shoes from the girl department at Target. It’s guaranteed I’d be comfortable wearing these sparkly shoes all night. Tennis with a suit reminds me of Ellen–if she can pull it off, maybe I can too.

Aren’t these earrings perfect for this top? Ironically they are also from H&M but just this season. It’s as if the two were made for one another, but there’s about three years in between….

What should I wear to the Christmas Party?

I’d like you to help me decide. Which outfit do you prefer? The more casual with the Christmas plaid blinged up with some sequins? Or do you prefer the black velvet suit with over the top sparkles? Please help me get dressed for my Christmas party tonight!

What should I wear to my Christmas Party?

Christmas Plaid with Sequin Skirt
Black Velvet Suit with Sequin Top

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#BOPO in a Bodycon

This post today might get a little rambly, but I’m ok with that. I hope you will be too….

Today I’m talking about #bopo in a bodycon. #BOPO? What’s that? I wondered the same thing until I figured it out and now I love the hashtag: #bopo stands for body positive. Now this is definitely a hashtag I can support. I have plenty of things I don’t like about my body, but instead I’d rather be #bodypositive and embrace all the bits that make me me. I will admit to feeling body conscious at times; therefore I do all I can to be body positive instead. To that end, being #bopo in a bodycon never crossed my mind. This would be a style of dress I would typically avoid!

But every now and then, I like to give myself imaginary style challenges. Or rather, I open up my holiday box of clothing for the holiday season and find that the forest green dress I purchased the season before at the end of season sales is a bodycon. I thought this green dress was going to be more on the shift side of dresses–not the bodycon variety! Eeek! Sometimes using the dressing room is a good idea… Well, regardless, my challenge was set out for me: how could I style this dress? I gave myself a style challeng: let’s say I was told I had to wear a bodycon dress for Thanksgiving. My first reaction would be, “NO WAY!” Why would one ever choose to wear a body con during a feast? I certainly wouldn’t. But on the other hand, I’m aware that I did buy this dress for the holiday season. Let’s see what I could do with it….while keeping in mind my full intention of being #bopo in a bodycon.

The first thing to do in order to feel good in this form fitting dress would be to highlight some curves while disguising others. I pulled out my sparkly tee for this. This top is doing a few things for me: it’s boxy and hits right at my hips, so it covers my upper curves while highlighting my hippy ones. Since it’s short sleeved, it follows that turtleneck sleeve trend too showing a bit of the green sleeve. I chose my mid calf cowboy boots (that deserve their own paragraph momentarily), and also chose my new Zara holiday clutch that I had to gift myself. Sometimes Santa’s Elf (me!) helps out before the season starts!!

Let’s talk about these ancient but oh so lovely cowboy boots. First the color, cognac, is beautiful. The style is half cowboy, half classy with such an extreme point. The heel is a perfect height in the Goldilocks way–not to small, not too large but just right–especially for my Pinky hip. These shoes were bought because of one of my Fashion Fixations. (There have been so many and they are always very important so capital letters have been used to form a proper noun.) We were living in Venezuela, and often on the weekends we would head to Margarita Island to do one of two things: I would shop and Kevin would wind surf. Margarita Island was duty free, so the prices were great! I walked into Bershka, and low and behold there was the chicest lil’ boho gal I’d seen in a while. She was Shakira’s doppelgänger with this paisley funky dress and these boots. I purchased both, but the boots required some tracking down. Then, I wore her outfit on repeat. The dress I have sadly since gotten rid of but the boots, they’re still with me, and I believe they will be for many more years. My mom actually has a similar pair that I have always coveted–I guess these are my version of her boots. Fashion Fixation fixed times two! I don’t wear these boots often, but when I do, I always feel special. Style Stories…another proper noun that has been attributed to those items in my closet that have become so important simply based on the story behind them.

Now onto Thanksgiving, the one holiday that makes me really, really miss home. It’s the American holiday that I’ve never properly celebrated while living overseas. Yes, I gather with friends, sometimes on the fourth Thursday of the month, sometimes on the Friday. Some Thanksgivings have been celebrated by a purchased roasted turkey; other turkey days have had pizzas on the grill serve as the main course. Sometimes the day is celebrated on a Friday with the main event being the tree going up. Every year we do celebrate family in some way and always Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Rolls are made. The one thing that has never happened though is me roasting a turkey. I’ve never done that. But, I’ve always had this burning desire to at least give it a shot one day in my life. Today is that day. I am roasting my first ever turkey. I’m going to stuff it too. I made the pecan pie last night. Kevin has prepared the cinnamon rolls. Vincent will be in charge of the potatoes; Gigi’s making the cranberry sauce. I’ll make the green beans too. And with all this foot, we’re having a proper Thanksgiving feast! Tonight!!

I think I’ll take pictures and report back on how it all goes! I may even wear the tight green dress and feel #bopo in a bodycon!!

Happy Thanksgiving! What makes your celebration special?

Blush Velvet Dress with Booties for the Holiday

velvet-blush-dress-1I’m usually the one in vibrant Christmas plaid or blingy sequins and embroidery for the holidays, so this blush velvet dress is a little bit more subtle for me. Yet, the texture is glamorous as is the low cut neck and high slit skirt. I am still not able to really wear a high heel–much to my depressing dismay. So, I’m trying out a solid heel with these sparkly go-go type ankle bootie. What do you think? Does it work? I am not sure…Do I feel glamorous and celebratory in this dress with sparkles down below? Oh yes! Happy holidays! Ho, ho, ho!! I guess a blush velvet dress works just as well as Christmas plaid, or multicolored sequins or even just plain sequins. But if the blush velvet dress isn’t for you, there’s always the LRVD (little red velvet dress)!

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(Thank you for the pictures I’m a Norbyah.)

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike twice.

Black Velvet Suit with Plaid

black-velvet-suit-with-plaid-1I got this black velvet suit last year–after the holidays! Basically, that means I have been anticipating wearing it all year long. I also bought the Christmas plaid shirt after the holidays to wear with this black velvet suit. Who knows why then for the recent office Christmas party I didn’t wear this ensemble. I don’t know what has been coming over me lately style wise. I won’t say I’m losing it, but maybe I kind of am! Why did I wear a cranberry velvet top instead? I had a great time at the party–it was the first time my employer has thrown such an event. The funny thing is though I’m still regretting what I wore. Has this ever happened to you? At any rate, I am very, happy to own a black velvet suit–it is so easy to dress down (as seen here with a Christmas plaid shirt) or up (just add a sequin top). I highly recommend this investment. If you can’t wait for the post season sales, I’ve rounded up a few for you at the end of this post–and the shirt too. It’s a total winner and on constant repeat these days. In fact, that could be why I didn’t wear it to the party; I had worn it all Friday day long with a pair of jeans.

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Get your own Black Velvet Suit

Here are a few options for you to choose from including a skirt version. If you can hold out, wait till after the holidays when these items will go on mega sale, but if you must have it for your office Christmas party, here you go! And, may I recommend this shirt one more time? I love it!!

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

LRVD (The Little Red Velvet Dress)

little-red-velvet-dress-7Last week I insisted on updating the LBD (little black dress) to an LBVD (little black velvet dress). This week I am going to say something even more bold: it’s time to update the LBD to an LRVD (little red velvet dress)! Shall we all become the dancing red lady emoji this holiday season and enjoy some shimmer-shimmer with a little red velvet dress? I know I will be! When I saw this dress online at Zara, I knew I had to have it, and then when I saw that it came in XL (and even XXL), I ordered it. If I were to lift my arms too high, this little red velvet dress would be way too short, but luckily I bought myself a bit of extra length with an XL. In my opinion, a jewel tone dress is perfectly paired with, well, more jewel tones. I’ll always be the first one to say, “more is more!” So, I styled the dress with my blue velvet booties and pulled out my multicolored, satin scrap tote made from the Kala Raksha ladies India.

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little-red-velvet-dress-5I love this bag and barely use it because I don’t want it to get too worn, lucikly a trip to India is in my near future! (If I were to bring some of these lovely Kala Raksha bags back from my trip to India this December, do you think you would want to buy one? Let me know in the comments, through a tweet @krembdelakremb, an email or message through Facebook. You know how to find me!)

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Get Your Little Red Velvet Dress!

Your turn! You can get my exact dress at Zara OR here’s a bunch of other options to tempt your little red velvet dress desires!


*Special thanks goes to Priyanka for helping me with my smiles here. She caught me just outside her home before going in her front door.

**Also, this post has been linked to Sheela Goh’s #projectsisteract and Catherine Summer’s #iwillwearwhatilike twice.

The LBVD (The Little Black Velvet Dress)

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An LBD isn’t something I often need to add to my dress collection. But, if the LBD has a special attraction–say like velvet AND fringe bell sleeves, then I’ll make an exception. This is my LBVD–little black velvet dress. With the holiday approaching us all very quickly–I believe Thanksgiving is actually in ten days (Ten days!!? Say what!), grabbing for a no-nonsense easy dress is going to be necessary. Granted, you don’t want to do the cooking in fringe like this, but since the sleeves are cropped, eating in it does not serve (heehe, notice the pun) a problem. Basically, I like a dress I can throw on that’s dressed up all on its own–like this little black velvet dress. It even looks somewhat fancy with no tights (not cold enough in Hong Kong yet) and sparkly slip-ons (yep, still no heels except for flatforms for me). This kind of look is exactly what my easy peasy styling is after.

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Get your Little Black Velvet Dress Too

Unfortunately, my dress is sold out. (The moment it comes back in stock, I’ll update this post.) But, with velvet seriously on the trend watch this winter season, there are plenty, I mean tons, of super cute LBVDs out there. Take a look and shop away! I only chose little black velvet dresses that I thought had something special to them–something to make them a little more substantial than the average LBD.

Shop away with Kremb de la Kremb!

(Thank you for the pictures I’m a Norbyah.)

*This post has been linked to Sheela Goh’s #projectsisteract and Catherine Summer’s #iwillwearwhatilike twice.

The Holiday LRD, Round 4

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Here’s one last holiday lrd! I know I have way too many red dresses: there’s my boho version, my wrap dress, and my retro vintage. Now with this post, I’ve styled my cocktail version of the little red dress. Usually I spend my winter holidays vacationing in warmer climates. With a three week holiday this time around, I’ll definitely need to be dressing to stay warm. Therefore for this one shouldered holiday lrd I wore fleece leggings and a wool turtleneck underneath. Guaranteed I’ll be warm in all the snow! Plus all the fanfare on this lrd is so festive. I love this dress–so much. It was picked up during my travels at a Forever 21 in Bangkok. I’ve had it for years–and I don’t think I plan on binning it anytime soon. It really is the perfect holiday lrd–for cold or warm climates!

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Holiday LRD Details:

Red Dress–Forever 21
Black Turtleneck and Fleece Leggings–
Uniqlo Heat Technology
Sock Booties–Target
Red Clutch–This sweet number is a new acquisition; my library team gave it to me for Christmas
Red Earrings–Shenzhen Market
Sunnies–ASOS

*This post has been linked up to #projectsisteract and #iwillwearwhatilike.

The Holiday LRD, Round 3

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Oh! I do love the holiday lrd–as shown with this vintage one here, this boho one here, and this exact one also here! With Christmas just this week, I’ve got one more interpretation of the holiday lrd for Wednesday. The last time I styled this dress, I put a plaid shirt underneath so as to conceal my cleavage. When dressing for a holiday party however, I don’t mind if my cleavage were to show–it’s not like I’ve got it, flaunt it, but more like I’ve got it, so deal with it. A wrap dress for the fuller chested woman is a nice option. With the tie at the waist it offers a full figured woman more shape. Here, I embraced my figure by also complimenting the line of the dress with a similarly styled coat. I’m all wrapped up! Stay tuned for one last holiday lrd on Wednesday. Happy Holidays in your little red dress! Will you be wearing one?
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Some Outfit Details:

Fuzzy beret–Ho Hai Lake, Beijing (similar)
Coat–Zara but handy-me-down from my lovely friend Caron
Little Red Dress–Target–ages ago!
Sparkly Shoes–Kate Spade
Clutch–Fabindia from my sister Mary
Lippy–best red from Bourjois Rouge Edition in Hot Pepper

*This post has been linked up to #projectsisteract and #iwillwearwhatilike.

The Holiday LRD, Round 2

Holiday LRD 2.3It was just last week that I was showcasing a holiday LRD (little red dress). It turns out that I have another holiday LRD (and maybe even a couple more–we’ll see!). This little red dress now appears to be more of tunic since I might have (again!) hemmed it too short. Both the snowflake tunic and fringed gilet were given to me from Firefly–it’s part of being a brand ambassador for them. I cannot complain! And both these items are now on serious sale! My friend Norbyah took the photos–which also inspired the hat. I had seen one on her reminding me to wear my own. The cool–or I should say hot–thing about wearing a hat is how it keeps one so warm. We have now reached the point in Hong Kong weather where layers are so helpful. So while I don’t need a ton to keep me warm, I was plenty cozy and also protected from the cool breeze and light drizzle.

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This last picture is a sample of some over-the-top-ness. I added the tie from the first Holiday LRD. Then for more layers I added a fur infinity scarf as well as a red and black leopard scarf. I think if I were cold, I just keep it two the two scarves. Because wearing a hat is already on the more daring side (at least for me anyway), I didn’t need to add any extra color with the red tie.

Some Outfit Details:

Hat–Forever 21
Earrings–exchange years and years ago from my good friend Annie
Lippy–Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper
Gilet and Tunic DressFirefly c/o
Fringe Boots–Tory Burch
Extras–Tie from this dress, Zara leopard scarf, and Forever 21 faux fur infinity scarf

*This post has been linked up to #projectsisteract and #iwillwearwhatilike.

Holiday Style: Sequin Pants Dressed Down

Sequin1A while back I declared a fashion fixation for sequin track pants. Well, I never did find a pair–yet! But recently I did find some sequin legging pants. I gasped and then jumped when I saw this silver pair in the window of an HM in Shanghai. I went skipping in and nabbed a pair straight away. I really didn’t even have to try them on; I was sold. Now, I know that sequin pants–legging pants at that, may seem like a far cry for many, but I think there are various ways of dressing this shimmery goodness down. I’ve deomonstrated how in two differentways: first with a white tee and a black blazer/cape OR second with a white fisherman sweater and black scarf. With something as fancy as these pants, you don’t really need much flare on top. Alternatively, a denim shirt could work or even a black sweatshirt. Basically, just let the pants do all the work!

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