One-Year Blogiversary

DSC_0284Good morning! I’m so excited because yesterday was my blog’s one-year anniversary. The actual first date of writing is kind of lost to me haha because I started on a different platform, and when I switched over to WordPress, I lost all of the previous info. It was either in April or May, so the new date I have is May 24th.

As many of you may know, my family and I are traveling this week, and I have much to share, but I really want to wait until I’m in the comfort of my home and can spend the time editing photos and typing up blog posts.

I started this blog as a way to document my life and keep a record of all the things that interest me. I have been reaffirmed of how much I love to write. I actually love sharing my life through words and pictures.

I did want to ask my readers several questions though. As you’ve been reading along, what interests you the most about blogs in general and my blog specifically? What would you like to read when you come to this blog? Please leave comments below.

Thanks for reading!


Day One-and-a-Half on Maui and Tee Shirt Dress


DSC_0444-01Happy Monday, everyone! Our Maui trip is coming to a close, but I have sooooo much to share with you I will have to take several blog posts to do so.

We had been traveling since 7AM last Wednesday. We didn’t sleep the night before because we had to be at the airport so early. The flight was five and a half hours long to San Francisco. After a one-hour layover, we flew another five hours to Maui.

Since I planned this trip as a surprise for Milt’s birthday, and I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t rent a car for us. I didn’t know how close the resort was to the airport. We quickly realized what we had heard about Hawaii: it’s a bit pricey here. We had to take a shared shuttle to the resort for $23 per person!

After checking into our beautiful resort, we went across the street and had a late lunch/early dinner. The dish we had was chicken katsu (like chicken tenders) and barbecue chicken. The katsu is an island fave, and it was so delicious!

We then walked to the grocery store to pick up a few items. We did this because we were staying in a one-bedroom condo in an ocean-front resort. We wanted to make sure we had water and some breakfast and lunch items. We love to try local foods, but we also like to save, and eating some meals in the room gave us that flexibility.

After that…we crashed. We are six hours behind our normal time, and we all said we were just going to “nap.” Ha! It turned into an all-nighter lol. We slept until about 4AM the next morning.

The next morning, I put on this comfy dress I received complimentary from ChicStyleBoutique_ on Instagram. For a jet-lagged, tired, zombie-like person, it was the best choice. It’s so soft. It felt as if I was wearing night clothes all day, which was perfect. I like that the sleeves are short but long enough to not need layering. I had to wear it with a skirt though because it’s on the shorter side. I highly recommend this dress and this boutique.

We had breakfast at the on-site restaurant. We ordered two meals to share. One is pictured above. It’s called the Loco Moco. It consists of eggs, hamburger meat, rice, and gravy. It was another island favorite. It was also very yummy!

The restaurant was overlooking one of the pools and also the beach. The rainbow in the pics above was our view during breakfast. It was so beautiful. The volcano in the background was icing on the cake.

I am still in awe of this island. The views are spectacular and breathtaking. I still have so much to write about, but I almost want to wait until I’m home and can type properly on my Mac. I miiiight do that. I’ll see haha.

Thanks for reading, and thank you to anyone who gave me tips and recommendations. Do you have plans on visiting Hawaii?


P.S. These sandals…I’ve received many questions about them so I’m linking them in case you want a pair. Also, I’m so happy I found a straw hat to fit my big head and natural hair.

YouTube Video: Normony Design Swim Skirt

Happy Friday, everyone! Here’s a quick video of the swim skirt I had made from Normony Design on Instagram. At the time I recorded this video, I hadn’t worn it, but now I have.

We’ve been in Maui now for a few days, and each day, we go to the beach and the pool. Our resort is on the beach, and one of the pools is literally steps from the ocean. What I love about this skirt is how quickly it dries. By the time I walk from the pool to the ocean and back, the skirt is almost dry.

I also like the fact that, because it’s a skirt, I don’t need an additional piece of clothing to wear over my swim clothes. For years, I would wear my swim clothes and then I would wear a skirt over it. Now, I don’t no longer have a need for anything else.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for watching!


Striped Dress Review and Coupon Code

DSC_0413-01DSC_0410-0120160518_154554-01DSC_0421-01DSC_0418-01DSC_0424-01Good morning, everyone! Our trip to Hawaii is well underway. This post won’t deal with that too much though because I want it to be more of a product review post.

As part of my disclosure, I do need to let you know I received this dress from soprettyinpink_bowtique_ via Instagram, complimentary, however, all opinions about the product belong to me and are unbiased.

The dress is long. I’m about 5′ 3 1/2″ tall, and it went to my ankles when I put it on. I love the thicker striped pattern. They also have a red one in stock, but the color I’m wearing in these pictures is available for pre-order.

With a trip planned to Hawaii, I knew I wanted someone nice, fashionable, and lightweight. This dress met all three requirements. The price isn’t bad either…somewhere around $25.

Another reason why I would recommend this company is because it’s a small business run by a family. The best part is from now until Friday, if you purchase anything from them, you can use code, “girlfromnyc,” for an exclusive 10% discount.

Enjoy your day!


P.S. It is beautiful here!

And….We Have Some Progress in the Master Bath!

DSC_0376 DSC_0374DSC_0378 DSC_0377DSC_0380DSC_0379DSC_0382DSC_0383Happy Wednesday, loves! I wanted to upload a few photos of the progress in the master bathroom. I actually thought we would have gotten further than we did, but we have been so swamped lately. We had a bible quizzing tournament on Saturday, napped allllll day Sunday in between church services, and I had a small procedure done last week that pretty much rendered me useless to anyone in my house. Milt had to step up to the plate once again to pick up the slack.

I’m truly excited about this bathroom because I have a fun detail I’ll share with you shortly, but I think it’s going to make the bathroom pop! We have whites and grays in there, and the surprise I have will be so amazing. I can’t even wait to get it completed. Inside the shower, we built a niche for shampoo, body wash, etc.

What do you think so far?



How I’ll Swim in Hawaii


DSC_0372Happy Tuesday, everyone! Sorry for the late post, but I am literally running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get ready for our trip.

I wanted to do a quick post about the swim skirt I recently ordered from Normony Design. I am literally in love with this company. They make everything custom and they way you want it. I had seen several of their swim dress and skirt options. I narrowed it down to this one with the shorts attached and the other  style which has capri legs and a skirt over it. Even their dresses have a mesh under them so they fabric doesn’t cling to you.

I tried it on for the first time yesterday. I wasn’t able to do so before, but I wanted to see how it fit before I boarded the plane for our trip. I was going to get the skirt in hot pink, but I couldn’t risk not receiving it before we left. Also, I wanted to make sure I started with a color that would match everything.

Ladies, if you order from them, you will not be disappointed. The skirt came with a tag and it is so well made. The price wasn’t bad, (I’m never really sure) but it was probably somewhere around $40 shipped. It only took about a week and a half to get it from when I ordered it.

If you get one, please let me know. I’ll most likely make a video to show you the skirt a little closer. Have a great day!



Time to Pack

Happy Monday, everyone! So, as some of you might know, my family and I are off to Hawaii in a few days. This trip has been long anticipated for five years, and I’m so ecstatic we’re finally able to go.

I have been planning and planning, and finally I have put together some items we’re either taking or want to take. Naturally, we haven’t started packing yet haha. My hubby has taken out all his items, but I need to get myself together and do the same.

In the widget above are some actual items I have for our trip. Some of the other items are wish list items. For instance, the hat is something I’d love to wear, but with me having natural hair, I think it’ll be quite impossible to fit all this hair and a big head in one little hat lol.

I ordered, and had a swim skirt custom-made from Normony Design on Instagram. They had two options: either a skirt with shorts attached or capri shorts with a shorter skirt. I’ll see if I can share a pic of that before we go. If not, I’ll do so either on the trip or when we get back. Also, some of the dresses I’m taking with me are dresses that were sent to me for product reviews, so I haven’t worn them yet.

I have downloaded books to my iPad, so I’ll be in great form for the plane ride. It’ll be almost eleven hours long. We layover in San Francisco but for just an hour. This trip will be longer than all my Europe trips. I simply cannot wait.

Any other tips?

Thanks for reading,


MacBook Air and Canon Rebel Giveaway!

Macbook Air + Canon Rebel Kit

A group of bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you another amazing giveaway. Two lucky winners this time! The grand prize winner will receive a brand new 13.3″ Macbook Air and the second prize will receive a Canon Camera kit which includes camera body, 2 lenses, camera bag, strap, tutorial DVD, and many more! Open to international contestants and must be 18+. Please review the full Terms & Conditions prior to entering. The more accounts you follow, the more chances you have of winning! We will pick the winners who are following all accounts. Good luck.

eShakti Dress Review: A Different Spin

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DSC_0369Have you ever heard of eShakti? I had, but only for a few months prior. I had seen the company advertising on Instagram and was immediately impressed and interested. They reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I would give them a try, so I happily obliged.

The first requirement was that I visit their site HERE, and look at all their products. This was the hardest part because they have ah-mazing clothing. I, naturally, chose a dress.

The second requirement was that I place a custom order. They wanted me to have the full experience. I went on the site, which is very user-friendly, and typed in all my specifications. You have the option of choosing standard sizes, or inputting custom sizes.

The most wonderful part about this company is that they make the clothing the EXACT way you want it. You can choose how long or short you want the item, how long or short you want the sleeves, whether or not you want a V-neck, boat-neck, etc.

The next requirement was that I show you the dress. I’ve done so, but I’ve done it with a  spin. I decided to dress it up a little differently. I tucked the top of the dress into the bottom part and wore it like a skirt. I paired it with a white shell shirt, a jean jacket, and leopard shoes. I LOVE the way this looks. Doing so makes the dress even more versatile because you can wear it as a dress and a skirt.

The dress is unbelievable. The material is sturdy. I don’t know how else to describe it, but it’s a solid piece of clothing. It’s not flimsy. It has a cloth belt (I tied a bow with mine) that is a separate piece of fabric. The dress is really nice. The colors are vibrant, and it feels very comfortable to wear.

On a side note, my shoes, are so comfortable. I linked several of them above. They’re always on sale, so if you like them, I’d grab them.

What do you think? Like it? Also, please head to their site if you’re interested in fully customizing a beautiful piece of clothing.



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.