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Sunnies: Tory Burch
Shirt: I.N.C.
Bag: Michael Kors Jet Set Crossbody
Skirt: NY & Co.
Shoes: Michael Kors Berkley T Strap Sandal

What I've noticed is that most of my pictures have bushes and trees as the background. I'm definitely working on getting some variation. It's hard though, because Florida has a lot of trees...and grass...and water...and very few buildings :( I've been playing around with my new lens though and trying to use the bokeh effect to keep the backgrounds from being too distracting. 

This outfit was so much fun to style. I found these shoes on Lordandtaylor.com and kept the page open for a few days in the hopes of using a coupon. Being patient paid off because a few days later, there it was. A 20% off coupon was able to be applied. I got these shoes for $49.50. It was less than half of the original price. I was so ecstatic to not only find a good deal, but to get an even better one. My only concern is that the shoe seemed to squeeze the top of my right foot so badly I now have a bruise. I need to try it again and see if the shoe really was the problem. If it is, it would be the second pair of Michael Kors shoes that just didn't fit well (gasp!). I don't know if I need a bigger size, or if I just can't wear these shows. I'll find out this weekend.

The rest of my outfit was also inexpensive. The shirt was given to me by my sister, the bag was about half the original price, and the skirt was a deal that I snagged during an after-Christmas sale in NY. It was about $17. My Tory Burch sunglasses are probably my best-kept secret. They were one fourth of the price they normally cost.

Again, I almost don't even recognize the person in these pictures. I keep wondering where the rest of me went. People comment that I'm still losing weight, but I don't see it. Psychologically, I still see myself in the same way. I'm working on that. Until then, I'll keep my Runtastic app going, the meals small and frequent, and the coffee cup filled :)

I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! I'll fill you in on the details of mine next week, but I'd love to hear about your weekend plans.

Thanks for reading,
XOXO Delaine
 
 
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Dress: Boho-inspired
Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacob
Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull
Shoes: Thalia Sodi Collection
Flower: From my Mother's Day bundle sent by my hubby

A few nights ago, I spent some time with a great group of gals. We met at a local restaurant, had dinner, and then headed to another nearby town to watch a show. The show we watched was Fiddler on the Roof. I loved it! It was probably one of the best shows I have ever seen, and I have seen a LOT of shows. All in all, it was a great night.

So a little more about my outfit. I had spent about an hour online trying to find specific pieces that I wanted and then placed my order. After doing this, I found this Boho-inspired dress hanging in my closet. Imagine my surprise! Did I cancel the order? Well, I'm glad you asked. No, I didn't :) I just hadn't remembered what I had left in my closet after I had thrown/given away some items. Nevertheless, I was tickled when I saw it. 

As usual, I was concerned with the shortness of the sleeves, so I paired this outfit with an aqua shrug/bolero that just so happened to match my new Thalia Sodi shoes that I snagged for $25 during the Macy's Friends and Family sale a few weeks ago. To finish off this look, I wore one of my largest bags (just in case I needed a snack during the performance - hey, don't judge me. I have to eat every two hours or so).

In the last picture, I am holding what's left of the flowers sent to me by the hubs for Mother's Day. Many people don't know, but he was away for three weeks. Holding this flower helped me to feel closer to him while he was one thousand miles away. Life is now back to normal, and I'm already thinking of the next GNO meeting!

What are some GNO ideas? I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!
XOXO Delaine
 
 
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Sunnies: Coach
Skirt: Sunny Leigh
Bag: Michael Kors Jet Set Crossbody
Embellished Sandals: Madden Girl

Simple, casual, and comfortable are the three words that describe this outfit. I told my son that I love this shirt because of the ballerina on it. He said, "No, mom. It's a lady in a skirt, walking a dog in Paris," I guess he told me. Anyway, I fell in love with it once I saw it. I wore this on the way to an ice cream date with my man-child, Milton.

I have been taking a ton of pictures. It's becoming a bit easier to get in front of the camera. These pics were taken on the side of the road right in front of two people sitting in their garage. I used to feel so awkward, but who says you have to be a certain size, or wear a certain type of clothing to showcase your style? This is me. This is who I am. I love to dress up. I'm usually overdressed for most occasions, but I also love to put together a fun, casual ensemble. 

I wear skirts and dresses...only...every day. This fact will never hinder me from being able to, or wanting to look fashionably forward, accessorize, and put my best foot forward. I choose to experiment with different pieces, patterns, and colors. For some people, their 'thing' is dining out, traveling, cars, sporting events, etc. I also have several 'things' too. Playing dress-up (as my sweet hubby likes to call it) is just one of my 'things.'

Do you have a 'thing?' If so, what is it?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine 
 
 
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Sunnies: Coach
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: Michael Kors Cindy Dome Crossbody
Watch: Style & Co. for Macy's

The Awards Night Ceremony's location was right on the water. It was absolutely beautiful. This is the eighth year of us home-educating our son, and this is probably the first year that I didn't get a knot in my stomach. I used to get so nervous and anxious at this event. It's pretty much the same with bible quizzing tournaments...except this year, again, I'm not as strung out. Maybe I'm getting used to handling the pressure.

My outfits this week have been more on the casual side. I have not been feeling well for the past few days, so even mustering enough energy to take a photo was a great accomplishment.     
The awards ceremony went well. Milton competed in several categories in the written contests at his 'school' and did a great job. I'm one happy mama.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine
 
 
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Neon colors

A photo posted by Delaine McNeil (@thegirlfromnyc) on

Bag: Michael Kors Pear/Silver Crossbody
Watch: Style & Co.
Shoes: Madden Girl
Sunnies: Etienne Aigner
Pool: Mine

Almost everything in this post screams, "SPRING!" I wanted to focus this one on my colorful accessories. I have been getting some really great deals lately. In the last post I wrote about my taking advantage of the Macy's Friends and Family sale. I was very patient because this pear/silver (neon green) bag was on my wish list for almost two months. I am so glad I waited. The only problem is that after I took it out of the package in which it was mailed, there were spots on it! Ugh. I had to return it and have a new one mailed to me. 

I am a self-proclaimed recovering bag snob. I went through a phase where I only wanted to wear Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Judith Leiber, and the occasional Kate Spade bags. I certainly had enough to do so, but I started to realize that I was limiting myself because there were so many other designers out there that made really nice handbags. I am stepping out and trying different designers, different colors, and different styles. Wearing a cross body is huge for me because all my wallets and sunglasses can't fit in them. It's taking me some time to get used to this.

Has there been anything you have been wanting to try lately or thought about trying? I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine
 
 
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As I write this post, I am as sick as a dog. My son has been sick for the past few days, and it seems I've now come down with the bug. Anyway, I'm still so excited about this past weekend. 

It was Mother's Day on Sunday, but I didn't get to spend it with my hubby. He's on an extended work trip, so it was tough not having him here. Not only did we not spend Mother's Day together, but he spent his birthday without us :(  Even so, he made my weekend by sending a beautiful bouquet of roses that came with the cutest mason jar and a small box of chocolate. I'm not a huge fan of boxed chocolate (insert gasp here).


When I saw the UPS truck pull up, I immediately searched my mind to try to think about what I'd ordered lately and when those packages would arrive. When I opened the door, the ProFlowers box was waiting for me. What a guy! 

This outfit was just a super-casual one that I wore to run some errands. I have been waiting for the Macy's Friends and Family sale for what seems like an eternity. Well, I went to the store and got about half off both my bag, shoes, and watch! The shoes were already on sale, so I paid almost nothing for them. I had gone to buy a particular brand watch, but the salesperson convinced me look at Style & Co. I'm kind of glad I only spent about $18 for the watch because all the other watches that I have ever bought were not cheap. I figure if I spend a little less on them, I can change them out and add more to my collection with a lot less guilt. 

Shirt: Anne Klein
Shoes: Thalia Sodi (love her designs!!!)
Watch: Style & Co.
Sunnies: Tory Burch
Crossbody: Michael Kors (color - pear/silver)

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine
 
 
This evening I saw that I had an Instagram notification and found out that I had been nominated by Red Soles and Sequins to receive the Liebster Award. I think I came across this award a time or two, and I am honored that I was nominated. This award is a way for new bloggers to do a little networking with each other to give an again support on this journey.

I quickly went over to Red Soles and Sequins to get the deets, and what I found on her blog was so nice. I love her style, and her pictures have so much character. The backgrounds are super-cute, and the poses and props give the site a fantastic look. Please head on over and check out Red Soles and Sequins.


Questions from Red Soles and Sequins:


1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

If I could live anywhere it would be on Central Park West. Waking up to the Manhattan skyline  every day would be my dream.

2. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be chicken piccata, mashed potatoes, and my honey's string beans.

3. Where do you go or what do you do to get creative inspiration?

My creative inspiration comes from the Instagram community. I have been blessed to have found the feeds of some pretty amazing bloggers that keep me on my toes and make me want to write better, take better photos, and put forth my most stylish self.

4. What motivated you to start blogging?

What motivated me to start blogging was trying to find an outlet to share my life and style. What prompted that even more was me losing quite a bit of weight (and hopefully still losing). Each pound gone revealed a bit more of my being comfortable enough in my skin to start blogging about it. I also have so many interests that it's best for me to keep an online journal that people can read on their own time.

5. How did you come up with your blog name?

I came up with The Girl From NYC because though I live in the state of Florida, I am a NY girl through and through. NY is in everything that I do. I first used it as my Instagram name, so naturally, using it as my blog name was a perfect fit.

6. If you had a year off, with pay, what would you do?

Besides now being a full-time blogger, my other "full-time" job is homeschooling my son, so if I was able to take off an entire year with pay, I would pack up my family and head to Europe for the next twelve months.

7. What makes you laugh?

What makes me laugh is when I think back to funny things that have been said or done in my presence. I am surrounded by hilarious people, and I don't take them for granted.

8. All time favorite movie?

My all-time favorite movie is Titanic. I have watched it over and over again.

9. What’s your go to inspirational quote?

My inspirational quote would be, "Live life without regrets."

10. If you could give advice to your younger self what would it be?

If I could give advice to my younger self, it would be to save al the money that I spent in Bloomingdale's in my teen years and saved it up to use now.


Questions for my nominations:
  1. When and why did you start blogging?
  2. What are your blogging strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
  4. What would be your dream job?
  5. What's your favorite t.v. show?
  6. Flats or heels?
  7. What would be your dream vacation?
  8. What advice would you give bloggers that are even newer than you?
  9. Are you a compulsive or rational shopper?
  10. Do you believe in love at first sight?


Who I nominate:

1. Simply Mod Life

2. The Blonde Virtue

3. Laxmilifestyle

4. Uptown Fashion by Jess

5. Minutes of Fashion

6. Lauren Latimer

7. A Dash of Lisa

8. Milly Mira

9. Blogging Betsy

10. Life is Beautiful

The Rules of the Liebster Award:

  • Each nominee must have under 300 followers
  • Thank and link the nominating blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them they have been nominated (spread the love)
  • Write a post including all of the above and include the rules in the post
 
 
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These pancakes will melt in your mouth! This post is a follow-up to the one I posted a few weeks ago about my sweet friend coming for a visit and requesting that I make certain things for her. You can read part one of this visit here.

I ended up making four things that night. Technically, I made three and a half, but I'll explain that later. The oatmeal white chocolate chips were one item, the pancakes with white chocolate chips were the second item, homemade pizza was the third, and the only one I won't post yet is the salad that I made to go along with the meal.

I wish you could taste these pancakes. They are made from scratch and are so easy to make. The first one I ever made was with nothing added, but then I thought about using the white chocolate chips. I am really picky about things like that, and I didn't know how it would taste. Let's just say once I made them and then added the chips, there was no going back. They don't need syrup at all! In just one pancake, I added blueberries. I had bought two boxes of Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix for the times when I didn't want to make them from scratch, but they are so yummy that no one in my household will eat them if they're not from scratch. Those boxes are still here collecting dust :/

Here's the recipe:

1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (28 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (240 ml) milk
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted
Plus extra melted butter for greasing the pan.


From what I've heard from friends and family members, the pancakes are crispy around the edges and soft in the middle. The way I get this effect is I always use butter in the pan. I never use a griddle. Many years ago, I used to, but I didn't like the result. I make sure the pan is preheated on a low flame. I don't over-mix the batter, and I let it sit for a little while before I start using it. Make sure to allow the cold ingredients to come to room temperature. Add butter to the pot. Once you pour the batter into the pan, wait until bubbles start forming and then flip it over. After you flip it, put more butter in the pan. When you remove the pancake, pour more batter and THEN add butter. Follow these steps until you have a plate full of yummy pancakes.

Some of my kitchen utensils include Princess House non-stick pans, a Princess House silicone and stainless steel whisk and spatula, Pyrex measuring cups and the plates from Bloomingdale's that my parents gave us for our bridal shower. Notice that I use labeled air-tight containers for my ingredients. I bake a lot, and freshness is of utmost importance.

So...what are you waiting for? Go try it and let me know how you like it :)

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine
 
 
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What says spring better than light and bright colors? I'm in love...again! I have been scoring some pretty awesome deals every time I go shopping. In the last post, "Oodles of Color," I wore a really colorful dress that I got for a steal the last time I went shopping. On that day, I also bought both this dress. Again, I also only paid about $20 for this dress. I don't believe that every single piece a person wears has to cost a lot. I find that it's even more fun and more of a challenge being able to put together pieces of varying patterns and prices.   


I know it seems as though I do a lot of shopping. Eh, who am I kidding? I actually do shop a lot. I don't spend a lot, but I am always looking. There are several reasons for this. The most important reason is because I lost quite a bit of weight, and almost all of my clothes and shoes were too big on me. I quickly used this as a reason to start changing some items in my wardrobe. What I'm trying to do is to not spend too much on clothes because as I continue to lose weight, I will need to get even smaller clothes. This transition period has caused me to be very creative with how I put my outfits together. I try to make sure that I have certain outfit staples, and then I just accessorize from there. Because of this, you will see me wear some of the same pieces but styled in different ways. I just don't think it's necessary to, for instance, have five black skirts if I only plan on wearing it for a short time until (hopefully) it gets to be too big. I'd honestly rather spend the money on accessories, i.e. bags, scarves, belts, sunglasses, watches, etc.  


This outfit is what I wore to church this past Sunday. My son came into my room and said that he wanted to wear one of his dad's ties. When he chose this hot pink/magenta tie, I was so excited because as I was getting dressed, I realized that my magenta skirt would look super-cute underneath this white, crochet-lace dress. The dress doesn't have sleeves, and I don't wear sleeveless dresses/shirts by themselves, so I wore a gold shrug to keep things modest. My accessories include my favorite sunglasses, a vintage handbag, skinny belt, and nude sandals. 


Another really cool thing about this photo shoot is that my son and I are both learning how to use the DSLR. It's getting better for us. One thing we were focusing on is learning how to blur the backgrounds in photos. I think we're getting there. He took all my photos, and he's doing a great job. As a homeschool mom, it's really awesome when I see him learn something new.


Dress: Ronni Nicole similar here
Shrug: Calvin Klein similar here
Sunnies: Tory Burch similar here
Shoes: Michael Kors Joselle Sandals here
Pencil Skirt - any will do
Handbag: Judith Leiber vintage similar here, but any will do
Belt: Old Navy from Christmastime, but any will do

How was your weekend? What are your thoughts about accessorizing your outfits with varying items? 
 
 
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This dress is probably the most favorite piece I've worn in the past few weeks. It is so colorful and pretty. I know the choice is probably a bit risky, but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone again and wear this. There were so many ways that I could have styled this, but I opted to wear it over a black skirt and black shirt. As I've written before, a lot of dresses and skirts that I used to want to purchase never made their way to the register with me because of the length (or the lack thereof). With this particular dress, the sleeves were also a bit too short, but at the same time, I didn't want to cover the dress with a shrug or bolero, etc. I also chose to use black as a neutral.

Another thing I loved about finding this dress was the price. I don't think I paid more than $17 for it! As soon as I saw it, I knew it would go home with me. My issue is the constant dilemma of having to layer my clothes to make sure that certain body parts are covered up enough. This outfit was meant to be a casual one that I wore out to run errands in an effort to help my hubby get ready for an extended work trip. 

Something else that I wanted to mention is my shoes. These are rock-stud flats. I purchased them off Ebay for less than $30. They certainly make a statement when I wear them. They are so loud in color and I think they make a great addition to any outfit :) I added my blue Michael Kors cross body that I purchased from Macy's for a ridiculously low price, an Old Navy belt, and my outfit was complete.

Notice that my hair is semi-natural. I haven't relaxed my hair since December of 2013. I feel as though I could be on the verge of relaxing it though. This transition of 'going natural' has got to be one of the hardest things I've done recently. It takes so much effort and work to take care of it. At times, I enjoy it because I love learning about the texture of my natural hair, but I don't always have the time to take care of it. Does anyone have any tips that would help to make this process a little easier? If not, I don't know how much longer I'll last with this journey. Please leave comments and questions below. 

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine