Why so Fancy for Thanksgiving?

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We are so ridiculous. Up until Thanksgiving morning, we didn’t know where we wanted to spend Thanksgiving Day. My family in NY wanted us to be there, but we juuuust got back, my hubby is going back for a quick trip, and we are most likely spending several weeks there during the Christmas break. Anyway, we knew that we wanted to be with family, but we also felt as though we needed some time alone before we did that.

We started out the day at home with our own dinner. My hubby and I co-cooked (is that a word?). We made several small, main dishes and sides. We had a salad, and for dessert, we planned on having the red velvet ice cream cake we had purchased a few days ago. You can read about that HERE.

Now, you have to understand, I love to decorate my home. I mean, I LOVE to decorate my home! I spend a lot of time coming up with unique designs and decorations that we can use to beautify our space. I happen to purchase a lot of items from Pier 1 Imports, Home Goods, Ross, and Marshalls. At Pier 1, I use coupons, rewards, and try to take advantage of any sale they’re having. My dishes are Chantilly Lace from Bloomingdales’ and a lot of my other pieces are from Princess House, Pier 1, and Macy’s.

We went all out on the decorations even though it was just the three of us. My son kept wondering why all the fancy items were being used. He wanted to eat at the breakfast bar lol. I was adamant to sit at our newly-built table with all the best dishes and decorations that we had. I don’t like to not use what we have. Whatever we have in our house is to be enjoyed. There are no areas or things in my home that cannot be enjoyed…except my fancy pillows…lol. Those can be leaned on, but I don’t care for them to be squeezed and pressed haha.

After we had dinner, we high-tailed it over to my aunt’s house. She lives close by, and we were able to see another aunt and many cousins. We had such a wonderful time with them, and when we were finished, we came back home, had dessert, and watched a movie. It was probably one of the best Thanksgivings we’ve had in a while. Before bed I started to change some of the decorations into Christmas decorations. I’ll write more about that in an upcoming post.

So, if you’ve visited my Instagram feed lately, you’ll notice I’ve been hosting different giveaways. I chose to do so because I have had the amazing opportunity to meet some wonderful bloggers and shop owners. Together, we wanted to provide the opportunity to ‘give back’ to anyone that frequented our pages. Tonight, I will be starting another giveaway. This will be a big one, and it will be the start to other awesome contests. After reading an email from a recent winner about how timely the $900 PayPal gift card was, I realized that the Lord can use me, even on Instagram, to bless other people.

For my outfit, I wore a dress that I picked up at Goodwill about a year ago. I don’t normally shop there, but I was with a friend, and when I saw this dress, I just couldn’t walk away from it. It’s off-white, pleated, has belt loops, and is so feminine-looking. During dinner, I wore it without a belt (which I don’t normally do). On the way to my aunt’s house, I threw a wrap over my shoulder and belted it. It literally transformed the dress into a whole new outfit. I also wore my sparkly heels. Love them!

As as far as Black Friday shopping is concerned? I’ve never been. Once when I was a teenager, my sister asked if I wanted to go, but I couldn’t wake up in time and she went without me. One year we went to Walmart after Thanksgiving dinner to see what it was like. Last year, we went to Target late at night, again, just to see what people do. This year, the closest I got to Black Friday shopping was sitting on my sofa with my laptop and ordering two ***needed items from Walmart.com. There it is, folks. That’s how I Black Friday shop lol. I’m not a very impulsive shopper. If I happen to see something in a store that I think is a good deal, I might rationalize myself into buying it because I don’t want to miss out on a good deal, but most purchases that we make as a family are thought out and we compare prices before we buy a lot of things.

So, how was your Thanksgiving? How was your holiday weekend? Where did you go? What did you eat? Did you go Black Friday shopping? Please email me or leave a comment below and tell me all about it. If there’s anything you see and you want information on it, please email me or leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

Pizza and Pom Poms

DSC_0084DSC_0091 DSC_0090 DSC_0086 DSC_0085 DSC_0093 DSC_0083DSC_0095DSC_0094Happy Black Friday, everyone! I had the most amazing day yesterday. I took a whole slew of pictures that I will upload shortly and then write a post about it. I can’t wait to share how I decorated my table, what we cooked, and the cutest outfit that I wore haha. Before I get there though, I really wanted to tell you about an awesome evening that I spent with my boys earlier this week.

I feel as though life is going by so quickly, so I like to make sure we carve out special days and times to spend with loved ones. Gong into the holiday season seems to amplify those feelings of the speed of life and the necessity of slowing down to be with family and friends.

Earlier this week, I ordered a red velvet ice cream cake via Cold Stone’s online store. I could not wait to pick it up. We decided, however, that since Cold Stone is right on the beach, we would make an evening of it.

We went to a beachside, New York-style pizza restaurant and ordered a medium pizza. The miraculous part of it is the pizza really is just like the pizza in my home state. It was so yummy! The crust was…crusty…and I was able to fold it half. Yay!

I actually love the location of the restaurant because it is right on the beach and there is a Cold Stone AND a Starbucks right behind it. These are all my favorite stores! Plus, I was very tempted to go grab a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte before we picked up the cake.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive my red pom pom bag charm on the same day. Not surprised that it came (I ordered it lol), but surprised at the packaging, quality, and size of the item. It was secured onto cardboard, wrapped in a plastic bag, and placed in a box. Then it was shipped in a bigger box. The color is so vibrant and the pom pom is bigger than I expected. See a similar color here and a cheaper option here. I think I want to order the yellow one now.

Also, I bought this mustard tunic dress from an Instagram store. I have fallen in love with thrifting on Instagram and also buying boutique-style clothes the same way. I don’t like driving around to thrift stores, or any store for that matter, so looking through clothes and accessories from the comfort of my home is great. I save a ton of money doing this. Let me know if you’d like to know the shops I frequent.

Anyway, I have to run. We are about to go pick out our Christmas tree. This is another thing I LOVE to do. We get a real tree ever year. Most years I wheeze and scratch from having the tree, but it’s a tradition that my parents had and I don’t want to go away from it. I couldn’t imagine not having a real tree for Christmas.

By the way, what did you do this week?

Thanks for reading.

XOXO Delaine

Central Park Shenanigans

DSC_0378DSC_0373DSC_0371DSC_0370DSC_0384DSC_0365DSC_0391DSC_0389DSC_0388DSC_0386DSC_0383DSC_0396This time of year is the best time ever! I look forward to it and dread it for many reasons. I thought I would write this post to go along with pictures that I took from spending a day in Central Park a few weeks ago.

When you think about New York, Central Park is one of those places that seems to be on everyone’s must-see list. I can pretty much guarantee you that taking a stroll, jog, or horse and carriage ride through the park is well worth it.

The leaves were so colorful and beautiful. The sounds of children running and playing brought the park to life. People were bike riding, walking, taking pictures, and playing frisbee with their dogs. It was so much fun to be in the midst of it. Of course, I had to get to a hot dog stand (though it wasn’t my hot dog).

One thing I love about this season is that I’m usually visiting New York during this time. We seem to make several trips there between the months of August and December, with the December trip lasting anywhere from two to five weeks!

My mom drove us down to Central Park. She took my nephew for a walk in his stroller while we walked around and took pictures. The weather was so gorgeous. It might have been about sixty-five degrees. I wore this cable knit sweater that my mom gave me. It was the perfect outer garment for that day because it wasn’t too cold or too hot.

My mother has a knack for purchasing (and receiving them as gifts) clothes and never wearing them. In her defense though, she probably doesn’t have the time to wear them. She works as a private-duty nurse at night and then helps my sister with her kids during the day. I don’t think she would have the opportunity to wear her nicer clothes…so I benefit tremendously haha.

This time of year, as it leads into Thanksgiving and Christmas, is special because it’s a time when you can be with the ones you love, but you make more of an effort to do so. It’s not just a regular dinner or get-together. People actually make plans and travel to (sometimes far) destinations just to be with their family for the holidays.

We always have a choice of where we can go. My family in NY always has a Thanksgiving dinner. My mom normally works that night, but she gets busy in the kitchen making her delicious rice and peas and whatever else is on the menu. My dad also cooks a few things. If my hubby is there, they throw him into the mix because they love his cooking. I will usually make a salmon or shrimp dish and the dessert.

If we stay in Florida, my three aunts normally put on a grand feast. The Florida dinners are rotated at different homes, but most of the homes are only about ten minutes away from where I live. I have one aunt who lives in WPB, and we sometimes go to her house for dinners, but for the bigger dinners, it’s easier for her and her son to make the short drive to our town.

This time of year always brings a bit of apprehension for me too. There is always an underlying tension about where we should go or who we should invite if we choose to have dinner at our house. There is only one place that is always safe. In one house, there’s usually a contention about what is being made, and how much is being cooked. Another home isn’t even an option because of how weird it is to get together with these individuals. They never express what their Thanksgiving plans are, but they always have a dinner. When we invite them to anything, they never attend. So, we have reached the point where we no longer ask, we don’t wait for them to ask, and now, being with them at this time is no longer an option. We always are left wondering if there is an easier way to ‘holiday.’ I told my hubby so many times, that we should take a road trip in the opposite direction of all our family members’ homes lol.

We would even host dinner here. We have done that in the past, but I always feel weird having a dinner here when my Florida family is also having one. We have hosted large dinners with them in the past, so I know we could also do that for Thanksgiving since we normally rotate locations.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Am I the only one that both loves and dread this time of year? Surely I can’t be?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

The Most Horrible Dream EVER…

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Ballerina flats: Prada, but similar here

Jacket: Burberry, but similar here

Happy Friday, lovelies! I’m still recovering from the worst dream last night. It caused me to scream out the word, “Help!” I woke up with a start and wanted to cry all night long.

What happened in the dream is that I was outside my home with all the doors of my SUV open. We were cleaning and washing the SUV, and I noticed someone walking towards the back of it. As if in slow motion, the person stepped on the back bumper, reached in to grab a money bag that was on the back seat, and proceeded to walk towards the front of the SUV, before finally breaking into a run to quickly get away.

One of the reasons I was so scared is because we  were in front of our house. I didn’t know if he was going to try to enter the house. I saw him approaching my vehicle, but I didn’t want to seem as though I was suspecting him of doing something wrong.. I tried reacting to the threat because my son was outside with me. My reaction, though, was to scream. I was frozen still.

When he ran away, I was so relieved because he did not do anymore harm. I knew there was no money in the bag, so I didn’t care that he had taken it. I had a lot of money in my pocketbook, and I was thankful that he had grabbed the wrong bag. I was so afraid that he would come back for something of value.

I’m so glad this was not real, but this nightmare was too close to home. It is one of the things I fear the most. I always try to keep my car doors locked at all times. We had a break-in at one of our homes a few years ago and I never felt comfortable living there after that. Even though it was a dream, I woke up feeling the same way I did after the break-in.

Thank God I know the peace-speaker!

So in the pictures above, we spent the day at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The plan was to spend the day in Central Park and Central Park Zoo, but it seemed as if it would rain and we couldn’t find parking spots. I was so glad that we went to this park. The changing leaves were so beautiful and I got to spend the day with my mom, sister, nephews, and friend.

When we pulled into Van Cortlandt Park, I noticed a sign that said we could go canoeing for free. I was extremely excited because I LOVE canoeing and the color of the leaves and the cool weather made the whole day so magical…except for when we arrived at my parents’ house, we realized we were locked out. My mom had left us at the park and I didn’t bring a house key with me because I thought she would be going back to the house with us. We ended up having to eat our pizza on the steps. Luckily, my dad pulled up about five minutes after we did.

Also, I have been on a mug-buying kick. For many, many years, I did not allow mismatched dishes, cups, and glasses in my kitchen. However, recently, I’ve been finding the cutest mugs and tumblers. I have even been getting my initials personalized on some of them. I think I’m obsessed. I’ll be sure to post pics of my recent mug finds.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

Faux Fur for the Fall

DSC_0057 DSC_0071 DSC_0070So as you all might know, I live in Florida. I spend a lot of time in NY, but my permanent home is in Florida.

Though my favorite season is fall, it doesn’t get quite cool enough in Florida during that time of year to support wearing all of the fall fashion trends that abound. One way I get away with this is adding pieces of faux fur.

I love this vest. I bought it at Ross last year, and I wore it…a lot. I liked it enough that I was on the hunt to add more faux fur pieces to my wardrobe. I found a white one at Kohl’s and a black one at Ross.

I paired this look with my leopard booties that I got for free at Macy’s during their BOGO sale a few months ago. Also, I wore my favorite bag, my Hermes Kelly.

What’s interesting is that someone attacked me a few weeks ago demanding to know how much I paid for “this” bag. The nerve lol. I don’t understand why the concern about the price of my bag. This person went on to ask me whether or not I had as much money in the bank to match the cost of this bag. Isn’t that just crazy? As I told this individual, this one was a gift, as many of my bags are, and I don’t need to justify anything in my closet with anyone.

I moved from NY and I still have the same taste for the same things. Moving to a state where the cost of living is cheaper doesn’t make me feel as if I don’t need to be fancy, and it doesn’t make me feel as if I need to be over the top either. I am, after all, the Girl from NYC, aren’t I? Being extravagant is in my blood. Just kidding, but I do like nice bags, shoes, and accessories…no matter where I live or who my friends are. I refuse to let anyone accuse me of being materialistic, because we all have a “thing” we love. I only want to be true to myself and not try to put on a show for anyone. I like what I like and I only express in my outfits, the looks I truly love.

Well, I spent the day working on remodeling my sister’s house. I did a lot of shopping for some of the rooms we’re putting together. I’ll write a post about her remodeling projects soon.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

XOXO Delaine

City Girl

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DSC_0063DSC_0095DSC_0096DSC_0099DSC_0098DSC_0097DSC_0146DSC_0149-1024x684-1So I’m definitely a city girl. It’s amazing that whenever we drive to NY, as soon as we hit the state of Virginia and I see buildings, I automatically feel as if I’m home. It literally never fails, but seeing skyscrapers has a calming effect on me.

For this day, we took the Metro North train into Manhattan. The first set of pictures are from Grand Central Station. The station is so beautiful. There are chandeliers, restaurants, and shoe shine stations. It’s like something you would see in a movie.

We spent the day walking around Times Square, Duffy Square, and Rockefeller Center snapping too many pics lol. At Rockefeller Plaza, it was possible to go ice skating, but of course, I wanted it to be colder to do that activity.

Duffy Square, right in the heart of Times Square, has the red steps, and it’s almost obligatory to sit or stand there and have your picture taken.

Enjoy your day!

XOXO Delaine

Polka Dot Puffy Vest

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DSC_0034DSC_0035 DSC_0033 DSC_0032 DSC_0031 DSC_0030 DSC_0029 DSC_0028 DSC_0027 DSC_0026Happy Friday! I hope this blog post finds you all in great health. I’m having an amazing day so far. My family and I are going on a road trip…like right now! Woo hoo!

I love road trips! I love spending time with my boys, and we have so much fun on the road together. We talk, listen to music, Milty watches movies, and I get cups and cups of Starbucks coffee. It’s the perfect combination.

I usually have great intentions about our trips on the road. I am always determined to do a lot of driving, but that never happens. I don’t think I drive for more than two hours at a time. I don’t know what happened to me. I used to be able to drive for eight to ten hours before giving the wheel to someone else.

Well, I’m headed to help design and decorate my sister and brother-in-law’s new home. I’m so excited for this endeavor. Milt will be doing a lot of work in their home (with my help of course), and I’ll be running around with my sister to get sheets, towels, etc. I plan on taking plenty of pics, so put on your seatbelts because they’ll be coming fast lol. Just check out my Instagram page here.

I’m also really glad to be headed to NY during this time (again…haha. I just got home from there last week). The Christmas tree will be in Rockefeller Center and we’ll get to see it. It’s kind of been a family tradition for the past few years and we really look forward to it.

Another tradition we have is to go watch the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Their shows start this coming week, and I’m hoping we will go. Yay!

Have a great weekend!

XOXO Delaine

Back ‘Home’ for a Week

Happy Monday, lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I just recently returned from the beautiful state of New York, aka home. I took so many pictures and had so much fun that I will make several posts of the days spent there.

This is my parents’ house. They live right outside the Borough of the Bronx in Westchester County. This is not the house in which we grew up, though they still have that house. They bought this house about ten years ago and it’s almost as though they’ve always owned it. It’s an English tudor and has so much character. I just love it!DSC_0007 DSC_0023 DSC_0040 DSC_0039 DSC_0038 DSC_0037 DSC_0033 DSC_0029 DSC_0027 DSC_0026 DSC_0025 DSC_0024DSC_0042Plaid Shirt: Similar here

Denim Skirt: Kenneth Cole Reaction similar here

Shooties: Franco Sarto similar here

I spent the day close to the house on the day I took these pictures. This was the day after we had arrived, and we wanted to stay close to  hang out with my mom. Later that day, my sister came over with her eldest son. The youngest was already with us.

The colors of the leaves were so pretty. I think we went a week or so before the colors were extremely rich. They changed so much during the week we were there that by the time we left, there was so much change.

One thing I can count on when visiting my parents is the fact that my mom will make coffee several times each day. I always have to make sure that the fridge is filled with creamer. I also bought these morsels because I wanted to make pancakes for my family while I was there.

Another thing I can count on is playing the card game, golf. I taught them how to play and we play all the time when we go for visits. If you’ve never played this game, please leave a comment below or send me an email and I will explain it. It’s so much fun!

I just love the fall season. I was able to wear my shooties and other types of clothing that probably wouldn’t be permitted in Florida right now. The cool weather and changing leaves reminded me of why I love Autumn and the change of seasons up north.

What’s your favorite season?

XOXO Delaine


The pictures that area in this post will be dark, so I’ll apologize from now. I had considered using the flash on the camera, but I didn’t want to compromise the integrity of what I saw.

This is the Blaze Jack o’ Lantern show that we visited last week Friday night when we were in NY. Everything at Blaze is made out of pumpkins…over 7000 pumpkins!
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After you went through and saw all the pumpkins, there was a gift shop and a small area where you could take pictures. In the gift shop, I was tempted to buy pumpkin butter. Yummy.

The last two pictures are of my nephews, Zachary and Noah. We had such a great time that night. The weather was nice and cool, the perfect fall evening.

How do you celebrate the fall weather?

XOXO Delaine

Pleats on Pleats

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Shoes: Michael Kors Berkeley T-Strap from Lord and Taylor (so cheap at the time). Similar here and SOOOO comfortable.

Happy Monday, everyone! As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my parents’ house in Westchester County, NY. I’m missing my hubby and son like crazy, but being here in this state, which I still call my hometown, is surreal.

We moved from NY to FL in 2003. We visit so many times each year that it’s almost as if we still live here. Since the beginning of the year, Milt has been here thrice. Shockingly enough, this is my first time since leaving in January. I had been so busy with quizzing that I didn’t feel I could leave for too long.

I can’t wait to get home to upload all the awesome pics I’ve been taking. I’ve been trying to capture the essence of what’s its like to be in NYC in the fall. I trust that you’ll be pleased with them once you see.

I love this shirt so much. I found it at Ross while I was looking for household decorating items. It was on clearance. What I love is that it’s an all black shirt with pleats on the bottom. It looks as if it’s one shirt. I love that illusion.

Well, my boys are at home figuring out home-schooling, Bible quizzing, etc. without me. It’s not their first time, but I love that they can get some time together while I’m not there. I still miss them so.

Have a great week!

XOXO Delaine