YouTube Video: Anna Nova Product Review

I hope you enjoy this video. The only thing I didn’t mention when I recorded this video is that the prices on the bags are very reasonable. Go HERE to see all their items.

Have a great weekend!

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 Gigi New York Mother’s Day Gift

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I’m not sure if you’ve seen me with my Gigi New York Uber clutch, but with Mother’s Day around the corner, I wanted to tell you about the amazing deal going on.

If you head over to GiGi New York’s website, they have free personalization, free shipping if you spend over $125, and a free gift! How cool is that? What I love the best, is that you don’t have to spend a lot to get these nice gifts, they are very personal, and they’re excellent quality.

I purchased my tangerine Uber clutch last year, had it personalized for free, and fell in love with it. The clutch is bigger than I’d expected, it comes with a dust bag for storage, and the python embossed leather is so soft yet structured. It came in a plastic bag, in a Gigi New York box, and with a dust bag. Shortly after that, I ordered a luggage tag in magenta.

I made a slideshow with some of my top picks, but you can go HERE to view all their items. They have a ton of things you can get personalized. I’m going to get my mom and sister a luggage tag with their initials. Happy shopping, and please let me know if you get something!

Thanks for reading,

Delaine

Master Bath Remodel – Before

Happy Tuesday, everyone! The hubs and I just started working on a special project. It’s  our own master bathroom, so this one is for all the marbles. What I’m about to show you is a bit disturbing though because we didn’t realize how badly the bathroom needed to be updated until I took these pictures. Hang onto your seats! DSC_0171 DSC_0172 DSC_0173 DSC_0174 DSC_0175 DSC_0176 DSC_0177As you can see, the bathroom is pretty small. This is the reason why we wanted to extend it into the close and just install a built-in closet on an entire wall in the bedroom. We’ve decided not to do that. We are just going to upgrade the bath, closet, and the bedroom.

We spend so much time on other projects that we’ve neglected this very important one. We have made so many improvements in our home already, but the master suite and laundry room needed to be done. I already have the color, tiles, vanity, etc. picked out. We actually already had a vanity that we had purchased for the space but decided to use a different one. We found one at Home Depot for an unbelievable price. It was hard to pass it up.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress. We can’t spend too long on the bathroom because we have family coming to town for a wedding in less than two months, and we’re off to Hawaii in a few weeks. It’s literally crunch time! Wish me luck! In the meantime, check out how we updated our hall bath HERE.

Are you working on any projects?

Thanks for reading,

Delaine

Anna Nova Review and Weekend Shenanigans

DSC_0186 DSC_0187 DSC_0189 DSC_0190 DSC_0191Happy Monday, everyone! This past weekend was a whirlwind, and I don’t even know where to begin. I have so much to share, but for today, I’ll tell you a bit more about my Bloomingdale’s fiasco and introduce you to another company.

Last week, in my YouTube video of the Tory Burch Reva Flats reveal, I told you I had had some problems with the shoes at Bloomingdale’s and some payments we had made to our account were not showing up in their system. We were spending Friday night in Gainesville because we had a bible quizzing tournament to attend on Saturday morning, so we stopped at Bloomingdale’s on the way there and were able to get everything straightened out. The payments we had made were credited to someone else’s account, but they found them and will rectify the situation.

In the pictures, I’m wearing a bag from an Australian company named Anna Nova. They contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would review one of their products. I was a little skeptical at first because just looking at the website, I didn’t think they would fit my style. Boy was I wrong!

When I received the package, I was pleasantly surprised. The bag was so cute! I immediately thought of how many different outfits would go well with it. It has more of a casual feel to it, and that was perfect for my outfit on Friday.

This handbag is made out of vegan leather. It has a paisley design on the inside of all pockets, and is extremely soft. There are many zippered compartments, which I love! I like it when a handbag has at least a few sections for smaller items such as lip gloss, cell phones, etc. The bag has a detachable strap so it gives it the flexibility of wearing it as a clutch, a shoulder bag, or a cross body. I made a YouTube video for this one, so you will see more details of it in the next few days.

Thanks for reading,

Delaine

I received this product complimentary from Anna Nova for testing purposes.

Tory Burch Reva Unboxing – YouTube Video


Thanks for watching! I need to make a correction though. These are the Snake Embossed Reva Ballet Flats in the mojave color. I didn’t mention the actual name of them in the video. I’ll link the exact and similar shoes in a slideshow. The first one is the one I have and the second one in the slideshow is the want I want.

Big surprise, by the way, I’ll probably keep them and just get the other pair I like haha. I bet you didn’t see that one coming. Have a great weekend!

Delaine

When Your Tuesday is More Casual Than Your Friday

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So, as I’ve written here before, I’m not a super casual dresser. I tend to be more dressy and over-dressed for functions I attend. Don’t get me wrong, I do wear casual clothes…when I’m working out or cleaning or remodeling…and that’s about it haha. Anyway, Tuesdays tend to be my casual (Friday) just because Tuesdays is when my hubby plays softball in our church league.

This past Tuesday was no different. It started out with me having my coffee while writing my blog post. I normally write them in advance and schedule them, but I have been so crazy with all the things I’m doing. This post, thank the Lord, was written in advance.

After writing my posts, I worked a bit on Instagram, and then went to the supermarket with the hubs. We love to grocery-shop together lol. I think it goes back to when we were master couponers. We used to have a lot of fun saving money together. He used to do most of the shopping at that time, but now, we both enjoy all the BOGO deals. Speaking of that, we went to the store for TWO things and ended up spending almost $90! Who does that? Haha.

After that, I had the most amazing weight-training session ever. I started doing two full-body weight-training sessions each week. I run on the treadmill three times a week. I actually really enjoy my time at the gym.

I’m starting to get ready for our Maui trip, so I had to go do some shopping. I wanted to snag some tassel sandals I’d seen, along with a summer-y (that a word?) front door mat. I didn’t get the sandals, but the mat is in a pic above.

The dress I’m wearing is the one I’m referring to as casual. It is and it isn’t. I wear it all the time. I styled it here in a more dressed up fashion. I had it custom-made from Normony Design. They have made several of my dresses. What I love about this dress is it can be dressed up or down, and that’s what I told them I wanted. I like versatility in clothing, so this one was great for me.

The softball games were fun. They won the first game and lost the second. That’s life though, huh? You win some and you lose some.

Thanks for reading!

Delaine

More is More

DSC_0159-01-01DSC_0161-01Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m so excited to bring you something a little different today.

Since I started this journey of blogging, I have met some awesome bloggers and shops. When I first started, it was just a way to keep all my projects together in one little corner of the internet. It has quickly become more than that. The more I blog, the more it becomes serious. The more serious it becomes, the more I want to blog.

A few months ago, I met has a Christian blog and modest fashion line, Veiled Free. I was honored she would ask for me to share one of her pieces and at the same time, tell you a bit about my testimony.

I have been saved now for roughly eleven years, so the testimony I’m going to give is not the one when I first came to Christ. Her shirt says, ‘More is More,’ and at first, I didn’t know how I would explain that because I have more testimonies now.

More is more has several meanings to me, but the part that relates to my testimony is this: More compassion is more, More love is more, More faithfulness is more, More honesty is more, More truthfulness is more, More loyalty is more, More selflessness is more. I had to learn this in dealing with people.

How can we reach people if we aren’t willing to give more? When we want to win people to Christ, More has to be more in all aspects of our lives. When we want to witness to someone, we need to show them More. When we want to run a ministry at church, we need to give More. When we want people to trust us, we need to do More. We can’t have lip service and then do something different the moment someone turns their back.

More is More means that if we are representatives of Christ and all we care about is giving less and getting more, then we aren’t doing the right thing. I want to make sure that I give More, even if that means giving up things I absolutely love. My rationale is that if it means so much more to them, then, let them have it. Your less is their More!

I hope you can relate to this. Your thoughts? What does More is More mean to you?

Hugs,

Delaine

 

I’m Going to Hawaii

DSC_0136-01-01Happy Tuesday, lovelies! I am so excited to announce that my family and I will be headed to Maui, Hawaii in less than a month!!! I can’t even contain myself right now.

My hubby is celebrating a very special birthday this year. He’s not the type of person who likes large crowds of people fussing over him, so a family trip such as this one is ideal.

I’m glad though because he had wanted us to go five years ago when we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, but he had also wanted to buy me a new ring. He gave me the task of choosing the ring, which was really a mistake on his part haha because the ring was more than he thought he was going to spend and that pretty much nixed the Hawaii trip.

Anyway, I made a slideshow of some similar items I’m taking. This week I’ll most likely start getting some things together for the trip. In my picture above is the beach bag we bought this past weekend. It was on sale at Macy’s for $19.99, but with my Plenti points, we only paid $15 after taxes! Also, the sunblock in the picture is not the one I’ll be using. The one I’ll be using is in the slideshow because I need the highest SPF possible. It’s weird, but I might be the only person of color that can’t be in the sun too much because of heat rash. I actually have that sunblock in my house but couldn’t find it.

So…my amazing readers…any of you ever been to Hawaii? Any tips, suggestions, or recommendations for me? Please leave a comment below!

Hugs,

Delaine

Riddle – When The Grass Isn’t Greener

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Happy Monday, everyone! Have you ever thought that when things were so bad, change would make things better. Have you ever experienced that change being so bad that what was in place before seemed harmless? Have you ever looked at situations and realized that the more things change, the more they stay the same? I used to hear people say that and didn’t think it was possible, but it sure is true.

This past weekend, there was a home-going service for one of our church brothers. We met when we first started attending our church. What was really special about him is every time he saw Milty, they would pretend to draw fake guns at each other. It was the cutest thing because he would sometimes call my son’s name and when he turned around, they would do it. It was hilarious.

In one of the pics, I snapped Milt when he had just returned home. It made me realize that a lot of the things we make such a big deal, aren’t really that important. Some people care about titles, positions, the spotlight, and other things like that, and they make everyone else’s life miserable just so they can have them. Well, they are welcomed to them. Those things interest neither my hubby nor me.

Thinking of his death, I am reminded of why I call myself The Girl From NYC. Life is too short to play these ridiculous games. I crave deep friendship and to be surrounded by honest, trustworthy people. The worst thing is to trust someone only to find out they’re not genuine, and unfortunately, that is a frequent occurrence. People like to say that New Yorkers are callous and rough around the edges. I disagree with that. New Yorkers don’t pretend. They say what they mean, even if it’s not what you want to hear. This is partly because when you grew up in the inner city, you have to learn how to make a quick judgment call about a person or a circumstance. I can’t pretend, I don’t like politics being in every aspect of my life, and I don’t like superficial and judgmental relationships/friendships. I refuse to be in a draining situation and pretend as if everything is okay. I’d rather remove myself from it and be true to myself.

This takes me back to my opening thought. The grass is not greener anywhere. The grass is just different. Sometimes the grass is softer and does no harm, and sometimes the grass is strong and abrasive. Either way, I’ll walk in the grass with my shoes on and keep my feet from feeling any of it.

Hope you enjoyed my riddle today!

Hugs,

Delaine

Just remember that trials and horrible situations only make us stronger.