Take Me Out to the Ball Game

DSC_0045I never thought I would be ‘that crazy dog lady,’ but I am. Sigh. I love my little pooches. We have two. Their names are Bolt and Molly. This is just a quick pic with Princess Molly before I headed out to cheer on my hubby. Our church is involved in a softball league, and he plays on our team.DSC_0042 DSC_0041

It was so cold on this night of watching softball. I took these pictures and then went inside and bundled up before heading out. It was so cold that I had to sit on a blanket and cover up my legs with another one. The things you do for love, right?

My honey keeps forgetting that he’s not a spring chicken anymore lol. He has this amazing youthfulness that I admire so much. He is very talented in so many ways and his athletic ability is so astounding that it blows me away. I love going out to watch our team play, but I am Milton’s cheerleader and number on fan.

It’s a good thing that I love baseball too. Go, Yankees!

What’s your favorite sport?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

P.S. I linked similar items to my casual pieces.

Louis Vuittion, Fendi, and iPad Giveaway!!!

february5bloggiveawayLouis Vuitton + Fendi + Gold iPad MiniA group of bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you another designer giveaway. One lucky winner will receive an authentic Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, a pair of Fendi sunglasses, and a gold iPad mini. Open to international contestants and must be 18+. International winner will be responsible for shipping, handling, and customs fees.

Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspo 1

DSC_0002Valentine’s Day is almost here, and by some strange miracle, the month of January is over, and February is in full swing. I seriously don’t know how time is going by so quickly.
DSC_0011DSC_0013For this outfit, I wanted to wear black and white with a  pop of color. I opted for a white bag and hung a red pom pom charm from it and the other pop of color was a red bag.DSC_0016DSC_0010DSC_0014I LOVE this dress. It’s made out of crochet-lace. I have it in white and red. You know me lol. If I find something I like, I’ll usually buy it in more than one color. I’ll probably use the red one for another Valentine’s Day outfit option in the next few days. The only thing I don’t love about the dress is that it isn’t long enough for me. I always wear something else under it to extend it. Today I used a lace skirt, but you can use skirt extenders, etc. when you need to add length to your skirts/dresses.DSC_0008DSC_0006DSC_0003

DSC_0004These bags are about a year old, so I linked bags that are of the same brand, but either very similar to mine or the newer version. I also linked several different crochet-lace dresses in case you wanted a different color. Also, my shoes are so cheap right now. I bought these shoes in THREE colors because they are so comfortable, pretty, and they were on sale at the time. Now, the price is ridiculously low.

I’m so excited for this Valentine’s Day because this year, Milt and I are going to host a dinner for a few of our friends. If you have been following along for a bit, you might have picked up on the fact that I do NOT like to cook. I know how to cook, but I don’t like to do so. However, I love to bake.

For this dinner party, I will be making everything…from scratch. I can’t even wait. I’ll be making some of my favorites, and they’re all gourmet yumminess hehe. The menu will include twice-baked potatoes, poached salmon appetizer, sweet and spicy meatballs, my (mom’s) famous salad, smoked gouda and spinach stuffed chicken, a special drink I make called ‘Die While You’re Dreaming’ (absolutely non-alcoholic), among other items. Dessert will be (red velvet) cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and a hot chocolate bar. This is a very rough draft of the menu, but I have warned my guests to come hungry lol.

I’ll be sure to take photos of the set up and the food and share it with you. What are your plans for Valentine’s?

Hugs,

Delaine

What I’m Reading Now

5971165I sometimes think of ‘grown-up’ things that I want to do. Being in a book club is one of those things that, for me, signifies adulthood lol. I know, I know. I’m ridiculous.

I’m not actually serious, but I started a book club a few months ago. It hasn’t quite taken off the way I had planned, but I’m working on it. The issue is the night on which the meetings fall. We only meet every other month, so it’s not too overwhelming.

This book, The White Queen, is the first in a series of The Cousins’ War by Philippa Gregory. These are novels based on Medieval English history. When they were first recommended to me, I thought I would have been bored to tears, even though history was my favorite subject in school.

I was so wrong! This book and the series quickly became the best books I’ve ever read. I normally read John Grisham and Robin Cook books, but now I have a voracious appetite for these novels. It’s so bad that once I start reading one of them, that’s all I do and all I want to do.

If you like to read, and even if you don’t, I would highly recommend this series. If you happen to read them, please keep me posted. I’d love to have a discussion about with you about it. Also, do you have any books that you would recommend?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

Faux Fur and Leopard

DSC_0505Who doesn’t love leopard? I saw this cardigan in Marshall’s while I was looking for household items. I couldn’t get it out of my mind for a few days, so I went back and picked it up. Come to think of it, I bought my shoes at Marshall’s too. I always get tons of compliments when I wear them.DSC_0504 DSC_0503This is another set of pictures that I took when we were visiting family in New York for Christmas. As you can see, I layered my clothes, but it was more for style than warmth.DSC_0502 DSC_0501I actually have a love-hate relationship with this skirt. I like that it looks classy, but I don’t like that the lace part falls lower than the rest of the skirt. Below, I created a widget with similar items to what I’m wearing. If you like something but would like another option, please leave a comment below or shoot me an email and I’ll go to work to find it.DSC_0500

DSC_0499What do you all have planned for this week? I ordered a new agenda and a new wallet and as I am writing this, they have not yet arrived in the mail. I just simply cannot wait because I want to share them with you. I’ve been using planners a lot lately to keep all my projects in order. The coolest thing is that I’ll be able to use the refillable agenda papers.

Do any of you use planners to keep your life organized? If so, which one is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

Beauty Essentials


I don’t know about you, but I have dry skin. I really only use several products, or rather, only several products will work to hydrate or moisturize my skin. Kiehl’s is one product that I absolutely love because of the way it combats dry skin.

A few years ago, I went with my sister to Lord and Taylor. It’s a department store that is no longer in Florida, so every time I go to New York, I try to make it there. I always find a good deal there.

One of the little secrets she shared with me was Kiehl’s. At first I couldn’t believe the price of the tube, but when I used it, the price was the last thing on my mind.

I bought the Hand Salve. When I squeezed it onto my palm, I knew I would love it. It was thick, and because of that, I didn’t have to use that much of it for it to be effective. Also, it lasts even through several hand washes.

The tube lasted me several years and on my last trip to NY, my sister gave me another tube. I was really glad too because Milt was complaining of chemicals making his hands rough. When he used it, he felt that same way I did.

Now, I am excited to try their other products. Have you tried any of them?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

Standing on a Rock

DSC_0477 DSC_0476 DSC_0475 DSC_0472 DSC_0471 DSC_0469 DSC_0467My sister and brother-in-law’s house is literally built on a rock. When they first told me, I was a bit incredulous until I saw the thing.

When you look a the house from the street, it is high up and set back from the street. To even get to the front door, you need to climb about three sets of stairs. The rock, upon which the house is built, is visible even in the basement. Again, it’s truly something to see.

This skirt I’m wearing is one that I purchased from a lady on Instagram. She sells new and gently used clothing. It wasn’t long enough for me so I wore a black skirt underneath it. It’s funny how I would reject all sorts of clothing because they either were too short, low, etc. I’m so glad that I learned how to layer my clothes with other clothes to make the whole outfit more modest.

On a more serious note, tonight and tomorrow morning, many of my family members will be traveling up to New York to attend a funeral. The funeral is for my twenty-0ne year old cousin. He was in a fatal car accident last week Saturday. I think I might still be numb because I haven’t actually reacted to the sudden tragedy. Twice over the past few days, however, I just felt as though I would break down and cry.

I have also had quite a few people ask me about the books I’ve been reading. In the next few days, I’ll be posting the first book in a series of books I’ve been reading.  You’ll not want to miss it. Do you like to read?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO Delaine

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

Ladies, if your situation is anything like mine, you have a great guy that never asks for anything…I mean anything. My hubby will even tell me to buy something for myself when it’s a special day for him. Could I be more blessed? So, when it comes to days such as Valentine’s Day, his birthday, etc., I don’t take those days lightly. I always try to find the perfect gift.

I put together several fun gift ideas for the special guy in your life. Again, Milt never asks for anything, so it’s not always easy to shop for him. I even asked for his help in choosing some of these items. Probably the only thing he would have really wanted (but I didn’t put on the list) is a gift card to Harbor Freight. Haha.

Which one is your favorite? Or do you have any suggestions that I could have added?Thanks for reading!
XOXO Delaine