DIY Tie Leggings


It’s been a while since I posted a DIY project. Perhaps it’s a seasonal thing, and I find spring, summer, and fall DIYs easier than winter. Or maybe the inspiration hasn’t struck lately–until now. I have a few DIY ideas lined up. The first and easiest are these DIY tie leggings. Any DIY that only needs a pair of scissors… well it’s a no brainer and sure way to get me going on the DIY motivation train. These DIY tie leggings were a cinch and also super forgiving. I didn’t even have to cut straight–although I did try!

1. Gather the supplies.


A pair of scissors and a pair of leggings is all you need. That’s it! I chose a lycra pair since I knew anything I cut would curl up–which is exactly what I wanted for these DIY tie leggings since I’m not the best at cutting a straight line.

2. Mark the length below your knee.


With the leggings on, use a fabric pencil (or in my case an eyeliner pencil) to mark how far up the leggings you plan to cut. I went below my knees.

3. Cut out the side and inner seams.


Now cut along the seam to take it out on both sides. This will give clean seamless ties for the DIY tie leggings.

4. Cut each flap down diagonally to the end.


This part was a little tricky, and I might have done it wrong. Basically you want to cut diagonally down each. First decide which way you plan to tie, and then start cutting on that side. The back flap will be pulled across to tie in the opposite direction, so you again cut diagonally from the side from which you will pull. Luckily, and obviously, cutting straight didn’t matter. With a couple of pulls on the new ties, the instantly curled in making the ties even more narrow.

Put those leggings on and start tying your DIY tie leggings!

Bolero Jacket from Get Redressed


Finding second hand in Hong Kong isn’t the easiest. We have the chain of stores called Mee & Gee–which is great for jeans (for example the Levi’s in these shots are from there), but all of Mee & Gee’s clothing comes from Korea and Japan, so the sizes are always quite small for my full figure. About twice a year though, there’s a great sale called Get Redressed, and the clothing is always both high quality and in more Western (plus) sizes. That’s where I got this smashing bolero jacket. It was love at first sight; then when I slipped it on I was sold. Ironically, the dress from Monday’s fairytale princess post was also from the same Get Redressed pop-up. However it wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had to have that dress! I experienced shopper’s remorse. Luckily with a phone call made the next morning, and a detailed explanation of the cute Kate Spade rhinestone collar dress, plus a very kind husband to go retrieve it, I had the dress the very next day! Ahhh, second-hand shopping… I do love it! I have to be honest though: I miss the availability of large US thrift stores like Goodwill, Value Village, or Savers (which I’ve actually never been to, but I plan to visit one this summer while in California). I love meandering through the large aisles of those gigantic stores pushing along a shopping cart. It’s the hunt and then the score. For now, while in Hong Kong, I’ll enjoy Mee & Gee and anticipate the next Get Redressed. When is it by the way?!

Do you like thrift stores? What’s your favorite one? My favorite is the Value Village on Boone Street in Spokane, Washington. It’s not too big and not too small. It’s just right!

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?

Really Red


This outfit is really red, and just think, I omitted a few red items! I seriously have a problem when it comes to being overly matchy-matchy. First, I really wanted to wear these striped DIY pants. (Some call them my marching band pants–and when I say “some” I’m referring to KevStar.) I haven’t been able to fit in these pants since the last time I wore them in the fall, so to fit in them felt great; they were even loose. From there, I added my favorite winter sweater of this year. For some reason, I then added this plaid red shirt. And then to top things off, I went with my red hankerchief shoes. I know! It’s really red. Too much so, but I sometimes don’t know when to stop. It’s comical actually. And like my sister is always telling me, I’m a “more is more” kinda gal! I can’t really stop myself…

Really Red

When it comes to red, I think I usually over do it. It’s not my favorite color, but it does seem to be a color a wear a lot.

What is it that you overdo when it comes to getting dressed? Too much of one color? No color? Only sweats? Only tennis shoes (me again!)? Tell me what you wear too much of in the comments. For me, as you can see, it’s usually an abundance of red!

Really Red

Really Red

Really Red

Really Red

The Bird is Back!

Bird Sweater

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!!

Fishnet Tights and the PPP is Now the Ping Pong Piece!

Fishnet Tights
The Ping Pong Post, that continued on for one straight year where we sent items from our closets all across the world, has shifted a bit. With me being such a different size than the other two participants, Anna and Samantha, we needed to rething the PPP. We found a perfect compromise plus a new twist for continuing. We created a list, a rather long list, of pieces that would be found in most wardrobes, and if they were not found would be a staple type item to add–like the seriously trending fishnet tights. So now we have the Ping Pong Piece. There’s a new twist to PPP too: when it’s one of our three turns to choose from the list, we also have an opportunity to invite a fellow blogging friend to join us. I have an Instagram friend who is my biggest cheerleader, @MissMaryPowers! Mary, who also writes Miss Mary Powers has to be the kindest IG friend out there. She’s always there to give me support and kind words on my #ootds. Sometimes I can’t even believe that she admires my style because hers is just so amazing. She wears skinny jeans like no one else! When I asked her to join us for a fishnet Ping Pong Piece she was so glad to be a part of it–despite any age difference between the four of us. She thought that’s what would make it more fun! The neat thing about all of us blogger out there is that we are making friends from all over the world breaking all sorts of barriers.

Fishnet Tights

Fishnet Tights

Miss Mary Powers


Here’s Mary. She’s gorgeous, am I right!? Her creating of a high low dress surprised me. I kind of thought she’d do what I had done. Instead she’s completely demure and shown how beautiful fishnet tights make our legs look. It offers the perfect sheer tan like color even though they’re black. And, I’m taking note: tie the front of my slit dress next time. I also love that Mary paired her look with her ultimate favorite booties. Follow her Instagram and you’ll see what I mean. Mary, thank you so much for joining us this week. I do adore you and your style!

Fake Fabulous


For some reason–I haven’t gotten it out of her yet, but hopefully she’ll elaborate on her post–Samantha hates fishnets. I cannot understand why though; her legs look stunning in them. This outfit perfectly depicts what I love about Sam–she’s the expert bold, pattern mixer. Seriously, this outfit in my opinion is absolute perfection! Oooh, and Sam, one day I want to see this skirt with the similar striped top I gave you. Does that work? Man Girl, I adore your style! And these fishnets look smashing on you!

Anna’s Island Style


Anna went with a lovely pair of blue fishnets. They look so pretty. The thing I love about fishnet tights is how subtle the color they give off is. I mean, if these were solid, it would be a bit too much. And those heels she’s paired them with. Well, Anna, you know I am totally envious! Heel envy is my new thing, and it stinks! These are so glamourous and a bit mermaidish or super heroine (I can’t decide!).

Me, Kremb de la Kremb

Fishnet Tights


I knew there was a style of fishnet tights that I wanted to try… I had been seeing it on, I’ll go ahead and say it, “younger bloggers.” I’m not sure who started it…maybe Kendall Jenner, maybe ASOS, but for sure I first saw it on the beautiful Shea Marie Instagram feed. Granted she’s about the size of my one thigh, but I was intrigued. Could a woman of any age pull off this look. I am not sure if I have, but it was fun to attempt. I had to make my shredded Zara jeans more like holey jeans, but it was worth it. Then I didn’t show my waist completely since I covered the tight’s waistband with my tee. And because I found this whole attempt quite ironic basically trying to emulate that which I find trending on Pinterest and my IG feed, I went with my “I only did it to get likes” tee! Haha.

Do you “like?” Would you give this way of wearing fishnets under your holey jeans a try?

Fishnet Tights

Fishnet Tights

Fishnet Tights

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

The Twentieth Wife

The Twentieth Wife
I knew for my two week trip through Rajasthan that the perfect book to read would be The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan. I had already read this book while living in India–and the sequel too, The Feast of Roses. Both are so beautiful depicting the life of Mehrunnisa and the love story–no triumph might be a better word–she experienced with the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. All the descriptions of life in the harem, behind those intricate laced walls, depict women as quite powerful, especially Mehrunnisa. She set her sights on her conquest and didn’t stop until him and her goal were captured. Mehrunnisa was the the last empress of the Mughal Empire, and she was Jahangir’s last and twentieth wife. For an exciting, political, cultural, and romantic story that transports the reader to a sultry and mysterious place and enchanting time in Indian history both of Sundarresan’s books, The Twentieth Wife and The Feast of Roses, are definitely worth reading. I love them both and feel like a MaharAnnie myself while reading them–especially while traveling through magical Rajasthan where all the history happened.

How do you choose books for when you travel? Can you recommend a book to me?

The Twentieth Wife

The Twentieth Wife

The Twentieth Wife

The Twentieth Wife

*This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

Another 21 Days: Liquid Gold is Just That Good!

Thumbs up to Liquid Gold!

Ironically, today my mother-in-law sent a picture of me from the summer of 2015. I saw this pic and couldn’t believe it! I’m so tiny! That made me take a little jaunt down memory lane and look at some blog posts from May and June of 2015. This little walk made me realize that yes, I can be a different weight than I am right now. I chose some of my favorite pictures from that period in my life to serve as incentive. I can do this! I can maintain a better, healthier weight for me.

What is it that I’m doing? Well, for some of you, you may have kept up with my 21 Day Bone Broth Diet created by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci. Basically the gist of the diet is this: quit sugar! Eat whole foods and lower the overall carb intake since carbs translate into sugar. Also, in addition to following a paleo like/Whole 30 way of eating, fast two days a week on bone broth. (I received permission to fast three days a week if I’m up to it as long as I have a small meal at 7 pm on those 3rd bone broth days.) Basically this is my meal plan for the week: I fast and drink bone broth all day on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and either Saturday or Sunday depending on what’s going on for the weekend. During the other days of the week I make sure to eat protein, vegetables, fat (usually in the form of avocado), and a small, very small, amount of fruit. The fruit I do eat is limited to either blueberries or blackberries–and they definitely serve as nature’s candy!

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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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A One Shoulder Sweater


One day a couple of weeks ago, I was in the belly of Hong Kong riding the MTR (that’s the name of HK’s subway system). I can’t remember what stop I was at, but one of the advertisements really caught my eye: it was of a woman in a gorgeous white one shoulder sweater with a string of pearls around her neck. I’m pretty sure the advert was selling the pearls and not the sweater, but no matter. The image stayed with me, and once I got to a computer, I went searching for a white one shoulder sweater–granted the one I saw on the model was cashmere and mine is cotton, however I think I’ve emulated her look exactly.

This made me think… what grabs your style attention? Is it ads? Magazines? Blogs? Is it the colleagues you work with our strangers on the street? For me, I think I am forever and always examining what people are wearing. In fact, I often remember the outfits people were wearing when I first meet them, and I always remember what I was wearing. I find style inspiration all around me. Where do you?

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