Shirt Dress and Independence Day

DSC_0773 DSC_0772 DSC_0771 DSC_0770 DSC_0769Happy Friday, everyone! I’m traveling for the next few weeks. WiFi is a slight challenge, but I’m still trying to keep a sense of normalcy with my posting schedule.

I can’t wait for this weekend! We are in New York spending time with family. We’ll be having a small barbecue and just enjoying our time together.

I posted one of these pictures on Instagram this week as a Fourth of July outfit inspiration. I love this chambray shirt dress. I had it custom-made by Normony Design. I’ve had it for quite some time, but I found this to be the perfect opportunity to wear it because of it’s light denim material. Plus, the weather here is beyond gorgeous. I can sit outside on my parents’ patio and not have sweat running down my face…and it’s in the eighties! Love it!

This picnic basket is from Marshall’s. I was headed out the store and it caught my eye. I like it because it has several pockets, it will keep food and drinks cool, it has a handle that folds over, and it collapses and can be laid flat. I can’t wait to use it.

What are you doing to celebrate Independence Day?

Hugs,

Delaine

Red Tribal Print

DSC_0767 DSC_0766 DSC_0765 DSC_0764DSC_0759 DSC_0763 DSC_0762 DSC_0760Good morning! How are you all doing on this wonderful Thursday morning?

I’ve been dealing with something for the past few months, and I need to make a confession. Maybe you all could offer some advice.

I’m addicted to eating ice. I don’t chew it though. There. I said it. It’s bad. I have many cups of ice every day. I think I broke my ice crusher at home because of how much ice I was eating. Now, because I don’t always want the cubes to be so big, I fill up the cup and run hot water over the cubes until they melt a little.

I understand pica…and I’m sure that’s what it is, but I need to kick this habit. Any tips? Do you have any weird quirks like this?

Outfit info:

Bag: Louis Vuitton

Shoes: BCBG from Nordstrom Rack

Dress: Enfocus

Jacket: Bandolino

Skirt extender: October Sicily

Hair: by my fab friend

A Whole New World

DSC_0716 DSC_0714 DSC_0713Ladies, I wasn’t kidding when I told you about this Peekaboo Chic skirt/slip extender last week. In the few weeks since I received this one and the lace one from October Sicily, I have taken clothing out of my closet, that I have never worn before, and all of a sudden, I can! These extenders have revolutionized my life.

I’m serious though, I’ve had this polka dot dress for about three years and never wore it. Every time I was about to wear it, I took it off because I didn’t like the look of wearing it with a skirt under it.

That’s one of the reason I love Instagram. I love how creative God made people. The talent I’ve seen has blown my mind. I know I talk about clothes…a lot…but it’s something I love, so I have to find smart ways to shop. You’ll probably never see me buying huge amounts of anything. I like to buy timeless pieces. I like accessories. I like having different colors and styles of shoes. Handbags, scarves, vests, etc. also help. With these items, I can wear one piece of clothing so many different ways.

I think that’s the most important thing you’ll find by following along with me on this journey. I like to share good deals with people. Period. Sometimes those deals are clothing, recipes, design ideas, etc. If I get a good deal on something or think someone can benefit from an item I’ve recently come across, I’ll share it. You’ll most likely see me wear the same clothing in different ways, because isn’t that real life? I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a safe filled with money lying around for my shopping expenditures. So, if I share things with you, it’s because I find the value or the price to be amazing, and if I can inspire you then I’d love to try. To take that one step further, if you see something I’m wearing or using or using to decorate, and you want information on it, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks for stopping by!

Delaine

Shoes are Michael Kors from Lord and Taylor

Bag is Prada

The Cutest Lace Cardigan

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! Seriously, yesterday, I had no clue what day it was. I feel as though I traveled through the twilight zone and barely made it out haha.

I don’t know if you missed the huge announcement I made yesterday, but if you’re interested, go HERE to check it out and let me know what you think.

I wanted to share with you this company I recently found on Instagram and the cute item they sent to me for a review. The company is ModestMimi and the item is this lovely light pink cardigan I’m wearing.

As I’ve written before, I actually have a slight problem with shopping, and that’s putting it mildly haha. Okay, so the real issue is I love to “play dress-up,” as my boys put it, but I don’t want to spend a ton of money. I won’t. So I try to find pieces that are timeless and can be worn many ways.

I like this cardigan because it does just that. It’s very feminine looking. The price is great and customer service at Modest Mimi is amazing. It can be worn to dress up an outfit the way I did in these pictures, or you can use it for the opposite purpose. Suppose it was worn with a denim skirt, lace-up flats, and a cute, patterned shirt?

Notice I’m wearing that body dress that I recently received for a review. It worked perfectly underneath this cardigan. This is how I try to make things work. I think it’s important to buy items that enhance your life/lifestyle and can be useful in more ways than one. This adds value to the things you have.

What do you think?

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.

A Huge Announcement

DSC_0709 DSC_0708 DSC_0707Happy Monday, everyone! How are you all doing? I’m looking forward to a very productive week.

I do have an announcement to make: I have decided to take classes in the summer and the fall. It’ll be roughly seven weeks over the summer and then eight weeks starting August! I’m so excited to be getting started again.

Many of you might know I had been working on my Master’s Degree. I have been working on it for a few years now, but I’ve been taking things at a much slower pace than most people because of homeschooling Milt and the rigorous bible quizzing schedule we’ve had for the past few years.

The REAL announcement is the fact I’ve changed my major! I couldn’t be more excited. Many things were the impetus for this change, but I’ll be sharing this with you soon.

How about you? What are your goals and aspirations?

Hugs,

Delaine

I wanted to give a bit of info about this outfit. This was what I wore to the last day of Junior Bible Quizzing State Finals. The shirt is from ChicStyleBoutique_ on Instagram. I wore a sweater over it to make it a bit more formal for the event. I then paired these with this great pencil skirt I purchased at Ross. The shoes are Sam Edelman from Nordstrom Rack. The wallet is Louis Vuitton.

A Few Updates in the Master Bedroom

Good Morning, lovelies! I changed around my schedule of the posts that would be published because I wanted to give this information. Since I posted a sneak peek of our master bedroom on Instagram a few days ago, I’ve had many people request information on what we’ve done so far.

To get started, I’ll post a picture of what I wanted, and how I achieved it. The last picture will be the picture I posted on Instagram.

This is the lamp I wanted from Pier 1. I kept going back and forth about whether or not to buy it. I ended up buying two from Ross because they were half the price of those at Pier 1.

ee06c1a32081In the last picture, you’ll see the lamps we purchased instead of the lamps from Pier 1. I really should have just bought the ones I wanted because I ALWAYS buy sale items from Pier 1, and the exact lamps I wanted were on sale so many times.

The ones below also had crystal, but the shade was gray. Again, I didn’t do anything to them until we decided that we were going with cream walls instead of gray walls. The spray paint used was a Satin Heirloom White by Rustoleum. We sprayed these shades to turn them cream.
DSC_0748The next item is the nightstand. I really wanted true mirrored nightstands. We’ve had these Hayworth nightstands from Pier 1 since about 2006…or earlier…not sure. I had searched Amazon and found a set, but after thinking about it, we decided we would try to change these before buying something new. In the last picture, you’ll see how we used a gloss, cream spray paint and were able to get them to match the colors in the room.
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We also changed the knobs to crystal knobs. I ordered a 10-pack of those from Amazon. You can click on the picture below to view/order your own set. We used these because our bathroom also has crystal in it. Oh, I can’t wait to show you the finished product.

The headboard below is the one we’ve had now for about a year. This is the headboard I’ve wanted because I wanted a tufted headboard. This is the Hayworth from Pier 1.PS57778_1The next important thing we wanted in our bedroom was the look of hotel/honeymoon suite/magazine beauty exuding luxury. Of course, I didn’t want us to spend a ton of money though.

Something I wanted in the bedroom was the look of wall paper without the fuss. The next best thing? A stenciled wall. We only wanted the stencil design to be behind the bed. The picture below is the exact stencil we purchased from Home Depot. I had found other stencils on Amazon, but this one was one-tenth of the price of some of those.

The base color on our wall is Fox Trot in a satin finish. The paint we used for stenciling is Atrium White in high gloss. They’re Valspar from Lowe’s.
8c8a279d-0ba2-4094-a882-ca0922364832_400This mirror below is another example of me always trying to find something cheaper than what I wanted. We had gone to Home Goods and I saw THE mirrors I wanted in the room. What did I do? Sort of settle…again…we purchased two other mirrors that would look good in our room, but all along, I just knew it wasn’t the look I wanted.

On the third trip to Home Goods…the beaded mirrors came home with me hehe. I couldn’t stop thinking about them. That’s how I know when I really want something. I will think and dream about it until I get it. channing-silver-beaded-floor-mirror-cThis is the rug we have in our room in an 8×10 size. You can click on the picture below to see/search/buy it. We opted for a lighter rug because Milt laid down dark wood flooring.

I have linked as many items as I can in a slideshow below besides the one where I wrote you can click the picture.

I seriously cannot WAIT to share the rest of the room with you. We still have wall decor to buy/put up. We have to paint the closet and build in drawers, shelves, and clothing racks. On the wall opposite the bed, we’ll have a tv, crystal sconces, a  built-in fireplace, drawers, and hopefully a glass cabinet display.

The quilt set is from Sam’s Club, but the duvet is from Pier 1. It’s not on the bed yet because I need to get a blanket for it. The bedskirt is so cute! It has gem stones in it. It’s from Kohl’s. You can’t see all the pillows, so I linked one above and I also linked a mink blanket similar to the one we purchased.

And the sneak peek…

DSC_0746If I have missed anything, or if you have specific questions, please comment below. I won’t be able to work on my bedroom for about three weeks, so there’ll be a lag, but once we start again, it’ll get done quickly.

What do you think so far?

Delaine

Our Father’s Day 2016

DSC_0729 DSC_0728 DSC_0724 DSC_0722 DSC_0721 DSC_0720DSC_0727 DSC_0719Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’ll be spending some time recording some YouTube videos this morning. What are you doing today?

This Father’s Day was very interesting for us. We almost decided to spend the day at Starbucks to use their Wi-Fi. On Saturday, there was such a terrible storm, and it knocked out our modem. I even also watched the ending of game seven of the NBA finals. Blech. I don’t like basketball at all.

I had the best time on Saturday in spite of the rain’s ridiculousness lol. My son had had a few friends over for a sleepover. One of the moms, who’s also a sweet friend, came to pick up her son and was caught in the storm. We ended up spending about seven hours chatting, eating, and talking about decorating. She gave us some ideas for the master closet, and then she did my hair. I loved it, and is one of the best ladies I know!

This green, pleated maxi dress is from Peak Couture Boutique. I bought this skirt a few months ago and forgot that I had. It was on sale, but I don’t remember why it took so long to reach me. It was worth the wait though. It’s a cute skirt. I paired it with a leopard belt and clutch (from Macy’s) and my silver Sam Edelman Shoes. The shirt is one I bought from Ross for my trip to Hawaii. I received so many compliments on it.

Well, I should go. I have to finish packing. I honestly try to pack way before trips but lately that has not been working out. Are you an early or a last-minute packer?

Hugs,

Delaine

Product Review: ShopYanni/Tubelle Body Dress

DSC_0732DSC_0738 DSC_0736DSC_0739DSC_0740DSC_0742Good morning!!! I was a little MIA yesterday, but if anyone is familiar with Florida’s crazy weather pattern, you’ll understand when I tell you we had one of THE worst thunderstorms on Saturday. It was so bad it killed our Wi-Fi modem, zapped my son’s xBox 360, and knocked out the house phone…and yes, I’m one of the rare people who still have a land line 🙂

Anyway, I’ve been really enjoying the Monday through Friday schedule for my blog posts, but with Father’s Day being yesterday, I was faced with the choice of either spending a few hours at Starbucks for Wi-Fi, or staying at home with my family…I chose to stay at home with my family. We have two church services on Sunday, and instead of making blogging feel as if it’s a chore, I knew my readers would understand me putting my family first.

So, without further ado, I’m so excited to introduce to you the bodycon/modestbody/body/layering dress from ShopYanni. I LOVE this dress! I was a little skeptical of how it would fit, but to my surprise, it’s so soft, comfortable, and even though it’s a “bodycon” dress, it wasn’t so tight that I felt self-conscious.

This dress is perfect for layering! In these pictures, I’m wearing a sheer dress over it, but you could wear this dress as a shirt under a pencil or tulle skirt, you would wear it with a kimono, and you could also wear it a vest. The dress falls below my knees – I’m about 5′ 4″, and it could also work to extend other skirts and dresses. I live in Florida for the majority of the year, and it is thin enough that I wasn’t hot when I was wearing it. There are so many options. To give you some ideas, I’ll upload other pictures in the near future to show you other ways to wear it.

They have several colors in this dress. Customer service is great, and they have other great products, such as the short and midi length tube skirts. Please go HERE to check out their site and place your order. I think you’ll be glad you did 🙂

Have a great day!

Delaine

P.S. My hair! I’ll give you more details soon!

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.

Bible Quizzing Banquet and Peekaboo Chic Skirt Extender

DSC_0703 DSC_0706 DSC_0705 DSC_0704Hey, lovelies! How is everyone doing this morning? I’m slowly getting better. I’ve spent the last few days in bed with a cold and a stomach flu? My diet? Ginger ale, diluted Gatorade, and Club crackers.

Here’s an outfit I wore to the first day of the junior bible quizzing tournament last weekend. I knew that Friday would be the longest day of the weekend because we had to be at the church at 8:30AM, have the tournament until roughly 6PM, head over to the banquet, and then back to the sanctuary for the awards ceremony until approximately 9PM. Long story short…I didn’t have time to go home for another outfit…even though I live six minutes away from the church.

I needed an outfit that I could wear all day long but that was dressy enough to wear to the banquet. I bought this dress last July, but I’ve only worn it twice. One of the things that hindered me is the length. It’s not long enough to be worn alone, so I was so ecstatic when my Peekaboo Chic skirt extender came in the mail.

This extender is a half-slip style, and it is ruffled on the bottom. I love how feminine it looks. It dresses up any outfit and makes it possible to extend dresses and skirts. You could also pull it up and wear it to extend shirts. If you’d like to check out their website, go HERE. There are several of them on sale too!

Let me know if you get something.

Hugs,

Delaine