Sights and Sounds of the I95

DSC_0971 DSC_0972 DSC_0973Yesterday was a long traveling day. We took longer than normal to get home. It normally takes us roughly seventeen hours, but yesterday it took us eighteen hours! The stress haha. Needless to say, I’m tired and my head hurts, and I won’t be of any use for a few days. Anyway, I wanted to share some of the sights we see on our drive back and forth to New York.

Of course, I don’t have a ton a pictures because I spent a lot of time sleeping lol. Poor Milton did most of the driving as usual. I always miss the Washington Monument even though I always try to get it. Once I snapped pics of of it, but since I bought this digital camera, it’s been a no-go.

The first two photos were taken in New Jersey, but when you’re close to New York, you can see New York City from New Jersey. The last picture is a sign for Jersey City. This is just because that’s where my honey went to college.

Check back here next week for some new collaborations and product reviews. I really need to get some rest this weekend and get caught up on school work. I’ll also have the kitchen remodel pics and video ready for you.

Have a great weekend,

Delaine

MacBook Air Giveaway

IMG_20160720_220003Good morning, everyone. I’m traveling today, but I did want to upload this amazing giveaway I’m currently running on Instagram.

This is for a MacBook Air or you can choose an $1100 PayPal Cash option. If you head to Instagram, look up @thegirlfromnyc to begin.

If you missed yesterday’s post, there was also a giveaway released that you can enter. That one is for a MacBook Air and Kate Spade bag.

You should enter both! You might win.

Hugs,

Delaine

That Body Dress AGAIN?!

DSC_0814 DSC_0817 DSC_0818 DSC_0823 DSC_0824 DSC_0825 DSC_0826Okay, so, I have to tell you how much I love this modest body dress from ShopYanni. This is one piece I’ve been wearing a lot lately because of the flexibility of it. Am I the only one that goes shopping and buys clothing you know you’ll never wear? I happen to do that quite frequently, but it’s not intentional.

Since starting to wear things such as this body dress and skirt extenders, I have been able to use every piece of clothing in my closet. Even when shopping, I can feel confident that nothing will be too short or immodest.

Did you catch the picture of Milt and Noah? Noah is our two-year-old nephew. I remember when some friends of ours moved back to the wife’s home state. One of the reasons she gave was to be nearer to her nieces and nephews. I must admit I didn’t get it at the time. I get it now. Every time I visit and leave, it breaks my heart. I want to see my two nephews all the time. I don’t see us moving back to New York, at least not on a full-time basis, but being able to be near them would be wonderful.

Anyway, let me go before I get teary-eyed. Thanks for stopping by, and did you catch the giveaway on Instagram? @thegirlfromnyc if you’re on Insta.

Hugs,

Delaine

Yet Another Kitchen Update

DSC_0889 DSC_0230DSC_0888 DSC_0230DSC_0231 DSC_0867Good morning, everyone! Are you having a great day so far? I just reported to “work” at my sister’s house 🙂

Here is a quick update of the kitchen. We are allllllmost finished. I can’t wait to show you the finished results. The pictures above show you the chandelier with the unpainted ceiling. The ceiling is now painted, the bench seating is ready to go, and Milt is just about ready for another Hawaiian vacation haha.

If you check out my Instagram page, you’ll see a video of the kitchen. I’ll try to upload it to YouTube in the next few days. My Insta-name is @thegirlfromnyc.

Chat soon,

Delaine

Macy’s Backstage and Me

Entering the store…DSC_0841Outfit one…DSC_0852 DSC_0864 DSC_0862 DSC_0861 DSC_0859 DSC_0854Outfit two…DSC_0237 DSC_0236 DSC_0235DSC_0238 DSC_0233 DSC_0232Outfit three…DSC_0245 DSC_0242DSC_0244 DSC_0241 DSC_0240

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m looking forward to an amazing weekend. What about you? I’m just really excited to share with you this collaboration with Macy’s Backstage. It was perfect because if you have been following for a while then you know I buy almost everything at Macy’s.

They contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would wear a couple of items from their store. I knew I would be in the Tri-State area for several weeks, so I decided I would rather shop in the actual store for the full expeiernce. I was very familiar with the store in White Plains because I grew up shopping at the Galleria Mall. The Backstage store is on the basement level of the Macy’s store, but it also has it’s own entrance.

My initial thought was it would be like many other stores I had visited, but I was wrong. Macy’s Backstage is so much more than a bargain store. I found casual and formal clothing for the entire family, swim suits and cover-ups, shoes, housewares, furniture, home decor, accessories, handbags, and much more. They even had pre-owned handbags and premium brands such as Gucci, Fendi, Tory Burch, and more. There was a clearance rack where I found a skirt for $4.96. Even in the clothing and shoe section, there are premium brands there.

My son would love the fact that they had a ‘Juice Bar’ where you could charge your electronic devices. I love the fact that I bought seven pieces of clothing and a pair of shoes and spend $124.92! One of those included the black and striped Michael Kors cropped shirt. I’m a sale and coupon shopper, but the prices were so low, I could see a coupon wouldn’t be necessary.

I also like the fact I can use my Macy’s card and earn and use Plenti points when I shop. They accept returns if you need to bring back something you bought.

The stores are only located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania right now, but they will be adding more stores. This is the only downside for me. I wish I had access to shopping at Macy’s Backstage all the time and not just when I’m in New York. If you are in these states, you owe it to yourself to visit Macy’s Backstage. I was able to make several outfits from what I bought. You can see that in the pictures above. I added some of my own items for a little more modesty, but with not being at home, I was a limited in what I could use. I did use a skirt extender under the crop top and my body dress under the blue shirt. Oh, and the shoes…those are what I bought the other day when I was out and about with my sister. Don’t ya just love them?

***Macy’s Backstage is giving away a $100 gift card each month to one lucky winner. To enter, simply tag your latest Backstage finds with #MacysBackstage and #Sweepstakes on Instagram and Twitter. Must be 18 or older. More details can be found at www.macysbackstage.com.

Hugs,

Delaine

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

My Top Stores for Housewares

DSC_0746Good morning, everyone! How are you doing today?

Many of you know my family and I are in New York for roughly a month remodeling a kitchen. If it’s not this house, it’s my house, but doing so has me spending a lot of time browsing stores looking for something cute to put in a house. I do this in-store and on-line.

We are working on our master suite and then the laundry room and then the exterior color of the house and then the pool deck. I’m sure once our house is completed, I’ll want to do it all over again or I’ll need someone else’s house to remodel haha.

So, several of you have asked where I get the best deals, or where do I find the nicest things for homes. I’ll list them below. They’re in no special order.

  • Pier 1
  • Macy’s
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Home Goods
  • Horchow for Neiman Marcus
  • Marshall’s
  • Amazon
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • TJ Maxx
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Wayfair
  • West Elm
  • Z Gallerie
  • Target

How about you? What are your favorite places to shop for home goods?

Hugs,

Delaien

My Sister’s Kitchen Part 2

DSC_0840 DSC_0839 Hahahaha. Just before I took this photo, Milton was telling me he was taking a picture of me taking a picture. I then did the same thing back to him.DSC_0838 DSC_0837 DSC_0836 DSC_0835 DSC_0834 DSC_0833Good morning, everyone! What a great day.

I know many of you have asked, and I’ve been dying to share with you some progress of the kitchen. I could technically publish two progress posts because I have a ton of pictures.

My cousin came over the other day and said on HGTV the makeover is done in a hour and she can’t wait to see the completion of this kitchen. Lol.

Again, I won’t explain too much in these posts because then you’ll know what we’re doing lol. I’d rather unveil the finished product and then fully explain the project at that time.

So, what do you think so far?

Thanks for reading!

Delaine

New Site Layout

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.51.11 AMHappy Tuesday, everyone! I’m not sure if you’re aware, but a few days ago, I had an issue with my website. For some reason, every time I tried to log on and write a post, I kept getting an error message. To be honest, I thought maybe I forgot to pay the hosting company for the monthly service. I’m now wondering why I don’t just have it paid automatically because I never know when it’s due. I just try to pay it around the same time each month…if I remember. Anyway, it wasn’t the monthly bill because after I logged on and paid it, it still wasn’t working.

When I called the company, they told me it was because the WordPress theme I was using wasn’t functioning properly. They were able to switch it to a theme so I could have access to the administrative panel.

To make a not-so-long-story not so long, I tested many themes and found this one. I LOVE it! It is so clean and user-friendly. Have you checked it out?

I have the ‘Search’ button right on the top, and you can use that to search the entire internet. The main menu now has a drop-down option to target specific categories, and you can also search ‘Recent Posts’ and ‘Categories’ on the right side of the page.  At the very top, right-hand corner, you can like and share any content from my site through various social channels. Another addition I made was to add a pop-up window to remind readers they can subscribe to the site and never miss another blog post. That is, of course, if I don’t forget to pay the hosting service bill 🙂

Well, have a wonderful, blessed day, and thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,

Delaine

My Sister’s Best Kept Secret

DSC_0830-01 DSC_0832-01 DSC_0829-01 DSC_0831-01Happy Monday, lovelies! How did you enjoy your weekend? Mine was a mixture of activities and a few hours of sleep each night. You know, the norm!

My sister, for over eleven years has been keeping a secret from me. Okay, to be fair, I knew that she had a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue, but I didn’t realize he’s the best thing since sliced bread! For YEARS she told me about all the good deals she gets. For years!

Well, this weekend, we went to see him, and boy did we see him. I scored!!! I cannot wait to share with you the cuties I brought home. I think you’ll love them as much as I do.

The only down side to the shopping experience was my card was declined and the bank left a message saying they suspected fraud. They shut me down as I was about to do some damage. Haha.

Anyone ever keep a secret from you for such a long time?

Thanks for reading,

Delaine

P.S. The kitchen remodel is coming along so well. I’ll have progress photos this week. Annnnnd, have you noticed the new site layout, or have you subscribed to receive an email every time I publish a post? You should, tee hee!