The Fab 40s are Fairytale Princesses


For some reason, after flaunting all around India pretending to be a princess (a search of “MaharAnnie in my blog’s search box will prove this), I found this month’s Fab 40s theme to be difficult: we were to style ourselves as fairytale princesses. Sheela is our romantic, and I do love her so. I’ve been listening to her anticipation of Beauty and the Beast for a few months now (Meanwhile I’m insisting that she watch La La Land. Have you seen it yet dear Queen She!?), so I was not surprised when Sheela called fairtyale princesses as our theme. I felt so stumped by this. Has anyone noticed that I wear some form of tennis shoes in every single outfit post these days? Which princess wears runners? I guess when I went to style the outfit I had Kate Middleton in mind, the Duchess of Cambridge. I am nothing close to her style, but I could imagine her wearing both this style of dress with a rhinestone collar plus the white cape, maybe even the gloves too. The sparkles though, those are all me and my style as are the fishnets which again, I don’t think Kate will ever get caught in (but you never know about the bedroom! Op! There I go again–not acting princessy at all!!) Sheela asked us which fairytale princess we related to however. My answer was Princess Merida from Brave–I adore her fiery spirit, and in real life I chose Princess Stephanie, again for her fire. I’m a bit rebellious–can you tell?!

Shall we peak in on the other Fairytale Princesses?


This is Belle! Look at that rose dress! It’s beautiful!! As is Queen She. Wow, Sheela everything about you is just stunning!



Sheela invited Shelbee On the Edge to join us this month. And here we have the true Merida! What a cool way to dress like this fiery princess. I think I got the wrong memo!! I love this picture of you Shelbee and am so happy you joined us this month.



Here we have Pocahontas. Mary actually does have Native American Indian heritage, so this was a very easy choice for her. Her dress with the jeans underneath are make for the perfect modern heroine.



I love it! Diane chose to emulate one of her childhood favorite female characters–who also used to be a favorite of mine. I mean I wanted to be this sassy girl. She’s Joe from The Facts of Life. Remember her? Oh, I only watched that show for her right Diane?!


Elsa is here! And Samantha, your new do!! I love it!! Here’s to the pixie that is so you!!


In second grade, a fairytale princess was set in Jennie’s mind from Hans Christian Anderson. I know you know who she is! This is The Little Mermaid! You have truly captured the spirit of a fairytale princess here.


We have another Pocahontas, and not only that, but a glimpse into spring and summer styles to come. Vero, you make me want to join you at a music festival in this look. I think we’d rock out well together!!


Then there’s me. I don’t think I got the right memo!! If I were to do it over, I think I would have pulled out one of my Indian saris and all my Indian jewells and been Mehrunnisa. But again, she’s a real life princess. Hmmm….can I have a do over?!

That’s a lot of fairytale princesses! Wow!! Who is yours?

The Bird is Back!

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I had to have this birdie sweater for spring. It’s so cute and dainty.

There is this bird that migrates through Hong Kong about this time of year. Oh, I love this bird. It has a call that increases with intensity in both noise and volume. He (or maybe she–I do not know) starts his call, and then it keeps getting louder and fiercer, and it’s as if he is calling out to me. I know–I’m making it sound orgasmic or something, but this bird! I love it. Ironically, I don’t even know what this bird looks like nor do I know it’s name. I just know when this birdie comes back to town, the weather is about to change; Spring is on its way. At least this was the case yesterday with a bright blue sky and a temperate sun warming us up from the rain and gloom of the weekend. Mind you, today, as I’m writing this post, we are back to misty skies, but hey! The bird is back, he’s here, and I do love him so! With March 21st just yesterday and the birdie calling to me morning and night, Spring really is around the corner.

For you, what is your signal that Spring is on its way? Is it a bird, a special flower, a unique smell? What is it?

Update down below on the Bird!

Bird Sweater

Bird Sweater

Bird Sweater

Bird Sweater

Bird Sweater

One of my very kind readers, Jude, sent me a couple of emails this morning with some attempts at capturing the bird I described. While her videos attempts didn’t come close, it was this article that nailed it. Many people are irritated by this bird, but I adore him! He’s called an Asian Koel–or in other words a cuckoo bird. Here’s a sample of his call (mind you it varies in pitch). When I hear him, I feel like he’s calling just to me: Annie, get up, get UP, GET UP! Or, Annie, I love you, I love YOU, I LOVE YOU! Me and this birdie….we gotta thing!!

What!? I Shave My Face!? (Vlog No. 2)

Yes the following vlog is going to come to a shock to many, but maybe there are a few other shavers out there….Basically, since I take a lot of photos for my outfit posts and such, I started noticing a ton of peach fuzz. Ultimately, I found out it’s a part of growing older. Oh yeah. No, not really. But as we age our hormones continually change, so more facial hair happens for older women. Luckily with some help from my sister, my mom, the lady at Sally Beauty, and the Internet, I’ve found a pretty viable solution to being fuzzy! I shave my face!

Enjoy the vid, and maybe you’ll give it a try…

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I was Featured on Rug Lane!

Here I am in head-to-toe Kremb de la Kremb DIY for Rug Lane!

I’ve been talking a lot about Rug Lane lately. From the market they just held this past weekend to their feature on me–yes! Rug Lane featured me as an HK “City Slicker” a couple of weeks ago. This was such a huge compliment and honor! They also showcased one of my all time favorite DIYs: my easy to make off-the-shoulder striped dress. The founder of Rug Lane, Billie-Grace, came over one afternoon, and I just talked and talked and talked. Her focus for me interview was my DIY–what inspires me and how I go about my DIY projects. Basically, I was giddy because I was able to have a show and tell about all my DIY creations. Telling stories about my style is one of my favorite things to do which creates a premise for this blog. Along with trying to inspire others, I really love stories behind stylistic choices. The other great thing about Rug Lane featuring me was making a new friend: Billie-Grace. She’s the sweetest individual with two jobs as well–one of the paying variety and the other her passion which is Rug Lane. I do encourage to go take a look at the ezine. It’s filled with great music lists, style inspiration, and Hong Kong happenings, yet because of her mission, to make it a global site, there’s no limitation to HK. It’s an everywhere anywhere everyone kinda online magazine, and I love it. Please go visit! Also, make sure to follow Rug Lane on Facebook and Instagram.

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Rug Lane Markets

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These totally hot Isabel Marant booots. They’re the sexiest shoes I own!

If you’ve been following along on my Insta Stories, you will have now been able to presume that the Kremb de la Kremb Closet has received a serious cleaning! On March 5th, this coming Sunday, Rug Lane will be hosting its 2nd market. While I attended the last one in the fall, I’ll be selling at this one. I’ve purchased my clothing rack, and I’ve seriously cleared out my closet. In this post I’m highlight just 20 of the things that will be up for grabs. Feel free to multiply this number by 10–maybe even more because currently I have four suitcases full of Kremb de la Kremb Style to sell.

I hope to see you at the Rug Lane Markets, Vol. 2 from 12-5, this Sunday at 19 Old Bailey Street in Central. Tickets to attend are being sold for $40HKD on Ticketflap; at the door the entrance fee will be $50. They’ll be drinks and nibbles and tons of people like me selling their wares. Last time I went, I did very well. For those of you in Hong Kong missing the second-hand experience, this is definitely an event for you. I hope to see you there this Sunday!

PS For those of you who cannot attend, please do let me know if there’s anything you’ve seen of mine that you like. I am very generous to my readers!!

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The Fab 40s in Pop Art


Oh gosh! Sometimes the themes for our monthly Fab 40s collaboration are truly outfits I would wear. Take for example last month’s leather and lace, yes I would wear that outfit; or even the month before with plaid in December, again, I would definitely wear that! But this month’s theme, I am not so sure. Samantha called “pop art,” and I definitely used my librarian research skills for this one. I was not sure what to do! And I know I wasn’t the only one proven by our email strand going back and forth as to what we should all wear. Sam, you got us good this time around! I should take that back: it’s not like we’re trying to stump one another, but a good challenge was surely set. When setting out to dress in “pop art,” I wanted to incorporate both red and blue with hints of yellow. Those are the colors I think of when this art style is mentioned. While I love each of my pieces individually, I cannot say I’d wear this “pop art” outfit all together as one. The shoes are always on repeat, the skirt is leopard so I love it, and I made the shirt so it’s a fave. I also made the clutch just for this post, and I did buy the shirt which I do adore and will definitely wear again. (I used to have a crop top version that I got rid of long ago.) I just don’t think I’d pile all this pop into one outfit.

What do you think of a “pop art” outfit would you wear it all at once or individually? In my opinion I over did it! What do you think?

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It’s Just 21 Days

I would like this waist back!

It’s just 21 days! That’s what I keep telling myself. Really, it’s just 21 days. Here’s the thing: I have to do something! I’m an apple in terms of my figure, so when I gain weight, it goes straight to my tummy. As it is right now, I can only wear so many leggings and long tunics. I miss wearing a belt or tucking in my shirt. It’s really up to me, and if I set my mind to it, I can get back to the weight I like to maintain. It won’t be easy, BUT I can do it. Plus, it’s just 21 days. It might turn out to be more, but by then (hopefully!) it will be easy.

I’m going to go on the Bone Broth Diet. And, because I know I’m going to need help, I’m making the announcement public over here on Kremb de la Kremb. In fact, I intend to use this post as my daily journal. (Hopefully there won’t be too many swear words! Hehehe!)
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Waiting for the Sale

Black Embroidered Tunic | Jeans (on sale!) | Sneakers

Before you read this post, pleace check out this picture of Carmen. The woman has amazing, no covetable, style. When I saw this picture of her, I knew I had made a mistake and maybe should have just bought this black, delicately embroidered tunic. But, it was very pricey–at least for me–at a $130. I just couldn’t guarantee I’d wear it enough at that price tag. Instead, this was one of those items where I’d be waiting for the sale, and hopefully, I would get lucky….and guess what? I did! Before returning to Hong Kong after our travels through India, we had a stop over in Kuala Lumpur. We were staying at the iconic Traders Hotel that sits directly across the Petronas Towers. Right at the base of those super tall towers is a mall, and of course we went in–a couple of times. During one of the mall visits, I went in for a very quick jaunt to Zara. The moment I saw this piece, I instantly thought of all the times I had wanted it but said no. I could even remember commenting on Carmen’s pic describing my discouragement with myself for not purchasing it. But, lo and behold, there it was, and lucking my waiting for the sale came through. This is a beautiful piece that I know I will now get plenty of wear out of, AND I only paid $50 instead of $130! The funny thing is…don’t ask me about the price of my shoes!!!

What item has you waiting for the sale?

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Glitter Lips (and my first vlog!)

Red Winter Sweater 8I’m giving a vlog a try. This first vlog of mine is all about creating glitter lips. You have permission to laugh! I know I sure have! But not too much, k? I’m always eager to try new things, so here’s my stab at a vlog. It’s my first one, and I definitely have so much room for improvement. Like, I need to figure out where to place the camera and make sure my makeup looks okay. I also have a lot of research to do in terms of editing. For now, all I could do is figure out how to insert titles….Anyway, give it a look. And if you ended up having as much fun as I did, answer the survey at the end of watching! Thanks. And (try to) enjoy!!

My First Vlog on How to Get Glitter Lips

What do you think of Glitter Lips?

Should I try another VLOG?

Nah, stick to pictures.
Sure, go for it!

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But actually the real question is will you try to make glitter lips?

*This post has been linked up to Not Dressed As Lamb’s #SaturdayShareLinkUp.

The Fab 40s in Leather and Lace

Kremb de la Kremb Leather and Lace 2With the last Monday of every month, you can count on a Fab 40s post, and this month’s theme we’re all donning some leather and lace! Lately, there are two colors I’ve been into–green and blush. In fact, this week I plan for all blushing posts (insert two blushing emojis with waving hands). Originally, I thought of a favorite outfit from last winter: my cream lace top with my black (p)leather joggers. But then, with this blush color being on the forefront of my ootd rotation, I opted for this styling. Plus, the weather in Hong Kong hasn’t chilled yet–uh oh. Knock on wood because now that that’s been written it will probably become really, really cold, and when it’s cold outside, it’s the same temp indoors. For this post though, I was basking in the sun on the boardwalk enjoying the blues of my Stanley, Hong Kong neighborhood in some blushing leather and lace with some denim accents. And yes, that includes a fanny pack, op I mean waist belt (for my international readers), thank you very much! (Just like the mullet that I swept back into a pony tail, these little buggers sure get a bad wrap–no pun intended!)

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Mary at Curlybyrdie Chirps

IMG_3497Mary, I love Targé: what a score with that skirt!! And those boots–serious envy for those and Target options. Hey, now I’m inserting the green snake emoji. Heehe. I love the way you styled this month’s theme with accents of snake, and the theme was a good one. Thank you!

Kimberly at The Haute Life Now

IMG_3495Mary invited Kimberly from The Haute Life Now. I cannot believe Kimberly has four kids! You are one hot mama if I do say so myself. AND, more importantly, I love that you are rocking a crop top. I’m the same; I insist on wearing them with the high waist. However, I can’t pull it off nearly as gracefully as you. You look amazing and glamorous. Welcome to the Fab 40s this month Kimberly!!

Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor

IMG_3496Oh wow Diane! I almost thought of wearing my cream lace top with my (p)leather shorts. We would have almost been twins–yet I’d be in sneakers which I know you also quite possibly could have chosen. Diane, I love your legs! I know I get complimented for mine too, but yours are strong for real. You look elegant and healthy all at once. What a beautiful look on you!

Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots

IMG_3494Jennie, your preppiness is changing so much, yet it’s still the same. There’s such a fun quirky edge these days to all your stylings. I love it! Only you could create such rockerish preppy looks: coated denim with polka dots! Of course!! And your hair….it’s just so cool. Also, Jennie, can we swap clutches? That one is fabulous!

Samantha from Fake Fabulous

IMG_3491Samantha your hair is getting so long. It’s so cute and fresh. As I write I’ve chopped my mullet off, so now I’ll be following all your growing out a pixie tips. Also, hmmm…this top! I really, really like it. I love that your shoes and sweatshirt are almost one in the same. So cool. Plus, the fur ball additions–perfect tough. Basically, you are just cool. There. I wrote it down. (Like I haven’t already before!! I’m full of emojis today, so I give you the sunglass emoji for sure!)

Veronica from Cid Style File

IMG_3488Uh oh, I’m giving out the wrong emojis–you literally need the sunglass one Vero with the guitar too because you ROCK! Seriously. This is such a bad@ss outfit, yet you are wearing a dress! This styling is fantastic–never can one go wrong with all black with gold accents and a moto leather jacket. It’s time for me to pull mine out. And I just picked up a super H&M score, so I do think I will try to copy you with this entire outfit. (I’ll tag you when I do.) Although, you know me, I’ll probably have to pull out some tennies–wait till you see my emoji ones. (No, I am NOT joking! I have a pair….)

Sheela at Sheela Writes” target=”_blank”>Sheela Writes

IMG_3490Queen She. I did save you for last. You reign over us all. I think that’s all I can say. You took my favorite color, blush, yet elevated it. All of us can only look to you for cues on how to be better. ‘Nuff said. Oh, and the queen emoji for you. (I just had to hand one more out!)

Me, Kremb de la Kremb

Kremb de la Kremb Leather and Lace 3Then there’s me. I swear after commenting on all these fabulous ladies’ interpretations of leather and lace, I kind of feel like the immature kid of the group. I mean, even my shoes are from the girls’ department. Hmmm….is it time for me to grow up? I doubt I could even if I tried. SMIRK!!

Now, do go visit The Fab 40s!

Guest Kimberly at The Haute Life Now
Mary at Curlybyrdie Chirps
Diane from Fashion on the 4th Floor
Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots
Samantha from Fake Fabulous
Veronica from Cid Style File
Sheela at Sheela Writes

*This post has been linked to another Fab 40 blogger, Not Dressed As Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike.