LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 12, 2018

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 12, 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week, I had another week that felt long. I’m starting to wonder if this is due to fall and the temperature starting to dip.

Speaking of temperatures dropping, I plan to spend part of my weekend getting my closet fall-ready. This involves me taking my denim jackets to the dry cleaner, moving my warmer clothes to the front of my closet, and moving my lightweight stuff to the back. I’ve been putting this on the back burner for weeks, because we were still having days in the 90s just this week. However, the forecast is showing no days over over 75 for the next week or so. Therefore, it’s time to get in fall formation, ladies.

Thankfully, work hasn’t felt overwhelming this week, which was great. One thing that I’ve been doing at work, which has helped my work days go by faster, is watching horror movies on Netflix while working. Sounds weird, but helped me worked better while not getting super scared while watching them. So, I’m planning to watch all the horror movies I can at work all month.

I hope you all have a chill and relaxing weekend. If you need something to do this weekend, it’s a great time to go to the pumpkin patch.

P.S. – Pray for those on the east coast dealing with hurricanes and tropical storms this weekend. Stay safe!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 12, 2018

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PREJUVENATION – Skincare tips for your 20s

I like to say I don’t have many regrets in life, but I do have a few. One thing I regret is not taking better care of my skin before my late 20s. When I was in college and up until my late 20s, I was more into makeup and giving the illusion that I have decent skin. However, under those layers of unmatched layers of foundation and too bright blush, there was large pores, acne, and hyperpigmentation. Thankfully, I didn’t wait too late to learn about proper skincare and skin rejuvenation. However, I can’t help but too feel a little annoyed that if I just learned more about “prejuvenation” in my 20s then I wouldn’t be all rejuvenation in my 30s.

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The best thing I can do now, is share some ways for some of you still in your 20s to properly take of your skin now.

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IOTW: What a Melon Overnight Mask

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product I’m currently loving. This week: Bliss What A Melon Overnight Mask.

ITEM OF THE WEEK: What A Melon Overnight Mask | STAINED COUTURE

I’ve always been a fan of products that work while I sleep, such as overnight masks. One overnight mask that I love is Bliss What a Melon Overnight Mask, because it’s easy and effective. However, there a few other reason why I love it and it’s my Item of the Week.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 5, 2018

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, features interesting reads I read from around the internet this week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 5, 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday! Although it feels like Friday sneaked up on me, I feel like this week lasted forever. Days are longer in the summer and it’s fall, but these past couple of weeks have felt like almost a month. Now that I think about it, a lot changes are beginning to happen in my life. My nephew/ new “roomie” came 2 weeks ago today, which means I’ve been beefing up my plans to find a new place to move. I haven’t lived on my own in few years, but I’m so looking forward to it!

On the work front, a member of my work team is leaving and moving back home to Georgia. Thankfully, our our team is running pretty smoothly now and won’t need to hire a new replacement at the moment. So, her responsibilities are being shifted to another team member and myself. So, on Monday, there will be some training to get everything and everybody on a plan.

Another thing that the arrival of my nephew brought for me is more time. Since my sister used to work 12 hour shifts, I would take her to work after I got off work and pick her up in the morning before I went to work. I only did this 3-4 time a week, but now I don’t have to do that ever again. Now, I have all this extra time to sleep in the morning and also expand the steps in my nightly skincare routine. However, I’m thinking about looking for a seasonal job to help with moving expenses and to plump up my a couple of my savings accounts.

This weekend, I want to do absolutely nothing. Shoot, I might even put my phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’, because I need a mental break. Check back on Monday to see if that happened…or not.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: October 5, 2018

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How To Work Smart…according to me!

There are some things in life that you don’t necessarily understand how to successfully master until you do. One of those things in creating a work/ life balance. I, for one, know that I spend most of my week in the office. However, no matter if you love your job or detest everything about it, I feel you can make it work for you. Sidenote: If you hate your job, please actively look for another one that aligns more with things that make you happy. If not “happy”, a job that’s more tolerable than the one you have. Either way, one of the keys to a successful work day is to work smart.

How to Work Smart - According to Me | STAINED COUTURE

Personally, I’ve been gainfully employed for over 10 years; after I got over the unpredictable, stressful life of freelance. Like most people, I’ve had and work moments that made me seriously contemplate just gathering my belongs and chucking the “deuces” to my job. However, as child of immigrants, that’s just not my mentally to give up security and money, because a co-worker tried to throw their work on me. Over the years, I’ve developed some mental notes that not only help me survive work, but work smarter.

  1. Show up early – allows you to comfortably and gradually get on a good pace. Although I don’t have to be at work until 8, I try to get here at least 15 minutes early to help me ease into my day. I’m usually one of the first ones in, which means the office is peaceful enough for me to check emails and enjoy my coffee. Also, due to me coming in early, most days I can leave early because I was able to get everything. Obviously, everyone doesn’t have that privilege of leaving early, but you may have the luxury of not feeling you don’t have enough time. Coming in early is making time to have extra time – if that makes sense.
  2. Don’t over plan your day – I’m a firm believer in having a daily to-do list. Write down what you have to do each and highlight the high priority items. This will help you see what all you need to do and have to do. Once you finish a task, scratch it off or highlight it in a different color to indicate it’s been done. Seeing things scratched off your to-do is a simple way to motivate you to keep going. The goal is to finish everything on your list, but it’s okay if you don’t. Just make sure you finish the things that have to be done that day.
  3. Take breaks – feeling pressured or boggled down? Remove yourself from your work space. Even a 10 minute break to inhale fresh air can make you and your mind feel refreshed.
  4. Acknowledge distractions – For me, scrolling Instagram can take up a solid 30 minutes of my time. So, if I have a tight deadline or something I want to finish, I put my phone in my purse and off my desk. Actually, there have been some days when I just leave my phone on my car. I might go check for any missed messages around lunch or on a bathroom break, but leave in my car afterwards. The whole “Out of sight, out of mind” saying is very true.
  5. Communicate – Speak with your boss and co-workers to make sure you’re not forgetting a task on your plate. Also, offer your assistance to co-workers. Doing this simple task shows initiative and that you’re a team player. Also, you can learn a new thing or two to help you advance in your current and/or future career endeavors.

Have any more tips on how to work smart? Please share them below!

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