All posts by Laytee Samida

Dope Duffel Bags To Carry

In the words of one of my favorite rappers, Jeezy, I need a vacation! So, I’m counting down the days until Friday, because I will be off until next Thursday. After the last few weeks I’ve had, professionally and personally, I had to cash in some of my vacation days. Since the 4th of July/paid holiday fell on a Tuesday, I decided to take the Monday before and Wednesday after off. So, I might use this time to pack one of my duffel bags and take a quick solo weekend getaway.

duffel bags stained couture

In college, I learned the importance of having a duffel bag, because you never know you need one until you do. Duffel bags are clutch for overnight visits, quick weekend getaways, or a gym bag. If you are in the market for a new duffel bag or need to add one to your life, keep reading to see some of my favorite picks.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 23, 2017

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

link-end round-up June 23, 2017

I only have one more week of having to come to office before I take a mini 5-day break, which is so necessary at this point. When I tell you that I need some R&R away from computer screens and spontaneous deadlines, I mean it. I’m not quite sure if I’m going to use those days off to just lounge around my house in-between popping up at BBQs or take mini road trip. I’ve been wanting to take a solo road trip for a few weeks now, but can’t decide on where to go. I feel like I’m just going to wake up on one of those mornings and just drive somewhere. That might be my best bet, because I’m really overthinking this “plan”. Also, I need to learn to do more spontaneous things by myself. That would be a win-win situation.

Tropical Storm Cindy is looking to put a damp damper on any weekend plans. So, I might use this weekend to do some much needed power magazine reading. The amount of unopened magazines in my house is embarrassing. Just thinking about them is making me annoyed with myself. So, I’m going to handle that this weekend.

In the meantime, I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Also, to those of you in the path of Tropical Storm Cindy, be safe out there.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 23, 2017

 

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Summer Skincare Routine 2017

Although summer just began, I’ve already developed and have been using my summer skincare routine. This heat and humidity has already showed up and out.

morning summer skincare routine

The older I’ve gotten, the more my skin changes. In my teens and early 20’s, my skin was just oily. In my 20s, my skin was more combination/oily. Now, it depends on the season. In the fall, it’s normal/oily, during the winter, it’s dry/normal, and it’s normal to oily in spring. However, in the summer, my skin is just plan ol’ oily; no slash. So, I have to use products designed for oily skin. This is how I justify having over 5 different types of facial cleansers in my beauty cabinet. However, that’s another post for another day. Keep reading to see the products that are making up my morning summer skincare routine.

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eSTYLIST: Hey Summer 2017!

Hey Summer 2017! I’m so glad you’re here!

estylist hey Summer 2017

When it comes to dressing in the summer, I’ve found that wearing lightweight pieces that are easy to wear and style are a sure safe bet. This summer, I’m all about light weight dresses with feminine details, such as a white lace dress. Keep reading to get all the details on my ideal go-to summer 2017 look.

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Forever 21 Forever Home line

This past weekend, I spent most of my time laying down due to uncomfortable “woman pain” while chilling with Netflix. When I wasn’t binge-watching old episodes of The Office, I was browsing Forever 21 Forever Home line.

Forever 21 Forever Home collection

First of all, I didn’t realize that Forever 21 was venturing off into home decor. Second of all, I didn’t realize that they would have so many things that I would want. For the most part, the line is filled with little cutesy items aimed at tweens and teens. However, there are some items that speak to those of us with anti-aging skincare routines and student loan debts. Keep reading to see the list of things that I wouldn’t mind owning from this latest collection.

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