So I need to make a confession. This is probably the first pencil skirt I've worn. I am sold! I had bought two on the same day, and they fit like a dream. The only thing I didn't care for was that the slit in the back of this one was a bit too high, so I wore it for the pictures and then took it off. I'll 'fix' it before I wear it outside the house.

What I also LOVE about this combination is the brightness of both the skirt and the shoes. They scream spring and summer. I was once the person that almost always wore a lot of black clothing. I've gone away from that quite a bit, but still believe that all black can make some of the classiest looks.

Shirt: Anne Klein
Skirt: Sunny Leigh
Shoes: Nine West
Handbag: Louis Vuitton St. Jacques Epi Leather - newer version here 
Watch: Coach (mine is older; similar here)
Pool: Mine
Hair:  Almost natural
 
 
My friend came for a visit a few days ago and requested several items to be made in her honor. One thing that she wanted was my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. These yummy things are made from scratch and are so tasty. I can't share the source of the recipe, but believe me when I tell you that they are a hit! What I love about these cookies is they are loaded with oatmeal. The texture is amazing and they are oozing with white chocolate chips.

Mixer: Kitchen Aid Professional 6 Qt. Series in Nickel Pearl (gift from my mom)
Oven: Samsung Convection Oven (with warming center and warming drawer)

What's your favorite cookie/dessert?

Please stay tuned for part two of her visit.

Thanks for reading!

XOXOXO Delaine
 
 
This past weekend, we traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina for another bible quizzing tournament. This wasn't just any tournament, it was a regional tournament that had massive implications for our team. Bottom line is I was stoked to be at this tournament. This is our seventh year in bible quizzing, and this is the first year that I don't shake like a leaf when I keep score for our team. Normally I can be found about ready to pass out from anxiety (Say what???!!!)

The boys came in seventh out of 28 teams. This is their first year in the Intermediate Division, and I think they did a really good job. My little boy had the highest average of points in his division and the second highest average of all the kids in attendance. I am one proud mama. This accomplishment comes from him spending hours upon hours studying his verses. He is so dedicated to bible quizzing, and it's really awesome to watch how he competes.

Shoes: Michael Kors Joselle Sandals (a gift from my sis from my birthday wish list)
Bag: Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy 35 
Skirt/Shirt/Bolero: Bought from local stores in my area - I LOVE the detail in the skirt and the fringes on the shirt!

What are some things you're passionate about?

Thanks for reading!

XOXOXO Delaine
 
 
Okay, so I am in love with leopard print. This clutch is my go-to when the weather is gloomy and I just want to add a pop of color and/or texture. Again, because modesty is so important to me, I sometimes 
add a skirt underneath many of my dresses and skirts to add length. We were headed out to host youth night at our church, so I took a few quick snaps before heading out. 

Favorite part of my outfit? My Prada shoes that I bought for only FIVE dollars!!!!!! Similar here.

The other items I'm wearing are a few months old, so I didn't link them. Leopard Lily Envelope Clutch at Macy's here.

What is everyone else doing tonight?
 
 
Happy Easter! Church was amazing yesterday! For the occasion, I sported an all-neutral palate of nudes, golds, and whites.

In these pictures I am barely awake. The past two weeks have been so hectic. We have a bible quizzing tournament coming up in North Carolina and then another one the week after. Preparation for them has been at the forefront of my mind. 

The day before Easter, we spent some time hitting the sales at Macy's. How could we not? There was an amazing sale on men's clothing AND there were some pretty awesome coupons. Milton was in desperate need of clothes, so we went there and scored some pretty good deals. Jeans for $9.99, dress shirts for $15.80, and polo shirts for $5.99, and for ever $25 we spent, we received $10 off! We also used some of that time to get some candy for little Milt's Easter basket. What my hubby didn't know was that I had picked up a red and white polka dot tie for his basket the day before. It was to go with a red and white striped shirt he had just bought. 

Later that night, we went to go see 'My Fair Lady' at the cutest playhouse in a town close to where we live. The show started at 7:30, and we didn't know that it would end so late. We didn't get home until until almost midnight after stopping at the store on the way home. It was completely worth it though. The show was so good and funny.

Our church's Easter morning services were at 8AM and 10AM. We woke up early to attend the first service because Milton was making curried goat and breaded tilapia to take to my aunt's house for Easter dinner. After he was finished, we headed over to her house where we saw our sweet family members. It was so awesome to sit in the room with my grandmother and chat with her. We had a pretty incredible day.

What did everyone else do for Easter? 

Glitter Shrug: Calvin Klein here
Shoes: Michael Kors Joselle Sandals (these was on my birthday wish list and was a gift from my sister)
Crossbody Purse: Judith Leiber (mine is older from Neiman Marcus) similar here
Sunglasses: Fendi Color Block sunglasses similar here

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Delaine
 
 
For many of you that don't know, my hubby and I own a commercial janitorial business. In the past few weeks, he's been so busy with inspections, a new contract, and some pretty large side-jobs. This past week, however, everyone in my house was sick. It all started with me. Two days later, the hubs said he didn't feel well, then the next day when my son woke up, he complained of an itchy throat. Before they got sick though, I made myself a pot of Lipton chicken noodle soup and sat down to do some work on the computer. When we realized we were all sick, my hubby made a pot of Jamaican chicken noodle soup. Ah-mazing!
Fast forward a few days. Anyone that knows me knows that I do not like to cook. I used to like to cook, but now...not so much. I don't know what happened to my desire to cook. Making a great meal on the fly doesn't come natural to me. When I do venture into the kitchen, I am heavily armed with cookbooks, timers, and a lot of prayers. It either has to be a gourmet meal, or I can't do it. When I do find myself in the kitchen, it's usually because I'm ready to BAKE!!! Ironically, people know of me being able to cook several things really well. I joke around and say that I make 12 things, but it's probably up to 14 by now. Also, my husband is THE chef of the family. He has a natural gift for cooking, and he enjoys it. Why rock the boat?...
So because we were all sick, we didn't eat much but soup and crackers. Yesterday, we took some left-over chicken from our chicken parmesan meal and make a southwestern-style dish. Today, because he had been gone from 6 AM (yikes!), I knew that I would have to step up to the plate. I wanted to prepare a shrimp dish, but had no idea what kind. Armed with cooking wine, butter, fresh garlic, fresh parsley springs, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, and some Hidden Veggie pasta, I went to work.
Ta-da! My son's mouth dropped open when he saw what was in the pot. It actually tasted delicious. Naturally the first thing I did was take a picture and post it on Facebook. A sweet church sister commented that it was an April Fools' joke when I said that I had cooked dinner, but I know she was only kidding. What was crazy was that when Milton got home, he said that he thought I was playing an April Fools' trick on him after seeing the picture of the food I had sent to him. Haha. 

I never expected my dinner to be considered a joke, but it was so funny! And, I had fun cooking. I still don't think I'm ready to make this a regular occurrence though:) On a bright note, I'm finally figuring out my new Nikon DSLR. I was able to use it to snap tonight's dinner.

Anyone have a good April Fools' joke they played or had played on them?

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Delaine

Stove: Samsung Convection (Love the warming center and warming drawer).
Pots and kettle: Princess House (pasta was in Cuisinart)
Soup spoon: Pier 1 Imports
Blue bowls: from Sam's Club
 
 
The first day of Spring has come and gone. I was pretty much oblivious to it though because most days in Florida are spring-like in nature. I still couldn't help pulling out my favorite peplum top and pairing it with a lace skirt. What I love about it is all the bright colors. Nothing says spring like hot pink, orange, yellow, etc.

Notice the hair is in another bun. After deciding to go 'natural' a little over a year ago, the bun has been one of my favorite styles. I probably should spend some more time watching YouTube videos on protective hairstyles. 

Going natural has been one of the harder things I've done. What's a difficult thing you've had to do?

Thanks for reading!

Delaine 
 
 
My birthday is on St. Patrick's Day. It's kind of cool because though I was born in Jamaica, my family is of Irish, Indian, Scottish, and African descent. 

This year's birthday was so much fun. It started the night before with my son giving me a sweet card. The morning of, my husband gave me his card and beautiful bouquet of red roses and the first gift which was a pair of nude, peep-toe heels. He had to step out for a couple hours, and on his way home, he called me and told me to get ready to go and get my nails, toenails, and eyebrows done. After that, we had a quick picnic lunch on the grass in our backyard. For the rest of the day I noticed that my hubby and son were doing a whole lot of whispering and when I looked at them, they would start smiling.

A few hours later, the two of us went out to the store. I saw him making phone calls and being really secretive. As we pulled up to our house, it dawned on me that some of our friends' cars were parked near the house. I was truly surprised. After everyone arrived, we feasted on yummy West Indian food prepared by my mother-in-law. It was so awesome, because my friends pulled out the fancy fine china set that we had purchased last year but had never used. 

Before I opened my gifts, we had dessert. What was it? I'm glad you asked! It was a red velvet ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery. It was so delicious! Notice that the candle only said '3.' I was glad the 'other' number wasn't put on the cake :)

What is the most memorable birthday you've had? I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!

Delaine
 
 
My husband and I help to coach our son's bible quizzing team. I saw no better time for snapping some pics than during one of their five-minute breaks. 

Don't get me wrong, bible quizzing is a whole lot of fun, but it is a lot of work. It is extremely worth it though. It's awesome how talented the kids are. They learn hundreds of verses each year and have to be able to locate them, quote them, cross-reference them, and answer multiple-part questions about them, etc. On tournament days, I am usually a ball of nerves. Part of it is because I'm nervous for them, but I'm also nervous for myself being that I keep score. Whatever it is, I'm so happy to be working with these children and helping to instill the Word of God in them.

Shirt - Ann Taylor - Similar here and 50% off
Skirt - Rachel Rose (from a few years ago) - Similar here
Shoes - Style & Co (Macy's)
Bag - Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Black St. Jacques - Newer style here
Hair - Almost all-natural

Thanks for reading!

Delaine
 
 
Yesterday was a magical day. Church was amazing and my dress was so much fun. We have an evangelist visiting and his messages are always exactly what I need. It seems that God does that all the time. After the sleep deprivation that 'Springing Forward' caused, I needed a little boost.

My pleated dress was actually a thrift store find on one of the rare trips I've ever taken. I love all the pleats and the bling on the bodice. It is such a feminine look. I paired this dress with sparkly shoes and a beaded clutch that was a gift from my mom. It's really cool because it can be worn with straps of varying lengths or without it any at all. Also, my hair being in a bun is a go-to style for my soon-to-be all-natural tresses. The photos were taken in front of the fireplace that my hubby built. This is one of my most favorite parts of my home. It is so cozy and inviting.

I love Sundays? How about you?

Shoes: Marc Fisher pumps here 
Beaded clutch similar here  
Perfume: Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne here
Body Shimmer Spray: Bath and Body Works Velvet Sugar here

Thanks for reading!

Delaine
 
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