All posts by Laytee Samida

Everyday Ways To Date Yourself

As someone who grew up very shy and insecure, the road to self-love was a bumpy trip. The road to not only loving myself, but appreciating what I offer to the world and people was strengthen by learning how to date yourself. Once I did that, I couldn’t NOT love myself. Afterwards, that led me to having some pretty good relationships and knowing when to let bad relationships end. When you love yourself, you learn to nurture the things you need and easily remove the things you don’t. It’s a crazy good feeling and characteristic to have in life.

Everyday ways to date yourself

I first heard about the concept of “dating yourself” years ago on an episode of ‘Living Single’ when Regine and Max both had a hard time finding a significant other. So, they each attended a seminar where the “self-help” guru encouraged them to “date themselves” Now, preteen me thought it was stupid, but grown AF me after enduring crappy “situationship” decided to give it a try. After a few awkward solo drinks at a bar and solo Saturday breakfast dates, I totally got it. After that, I started looking for others ways to woo myself that were easy and could be done on the whim.

If you are looking for sweet ways to treat and/or date yourself on a daily basis, then keep reading.

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Shopbop Spring Wishlist 2018

Shopbop is currently having one of their awesome sales. Therefore, I thought today would be a good day to share what items have been living on my always growing wishlist. Plus, share some items that you should consider adding to your life and your spring wishlist.

SHOPBOP Spring Wishlist Items

Keep reading to see what I’ve been saving on my Shopbop wishlist for months and what I’m items considering buying with this sale.

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ITEM OF THE WEEK: Complexion Sponge

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product we’re currently loving. This week: Real Techniques Complexion Sponge and travel case.

Item of the Week Complexion Sponge

It took me a long time to jump on using sponges for applying makeup. After all, I learned to apply makeup using brushes and if it’s not broke why fix it. However, I did give makeup sponges so many chances and have the collection of teardrop shaped sponges to prove it. Thankfully, I never gave up on finding a makeup sponge, which lead me to my favorite makeup tool; Real Techniques Complexion Sponge.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: April 6, 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 : April 6, 2018

Happy April! Well, this came pretty fast, because March felt like it zoomed by. Actually, I don’t mind, because I’m craving for all of the spring vibes. I might even bite the bullet and drag my introverted self to a festival or 2. Yep, it’s festival season and I’m not sure if I’m ready or not. I guess that’s something for me to work on in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of work. Although March felt fast, this week felt pathetically long. I took Monday and Tuesday off to recoup from Easter Weekend a.k.a Superbowl weekend for Christians. I served all weekend and was pooped by Sunday evening. However, I was able to get my hair highlighted on Tuesday, followed by having some BBQ for lunch in celebration. As I mentioned in my post about awesome deep conditioners, I still have one more session in June to complete the process. After having my hair dyed black for a couple of years is coming back to kick me hard in the butt. However, lesson learned and next time I want to go darker, I’ll go dark brown.

I feel like things are getting back to normal and I don’t have any new appointments or commitments for the next couple of weeks. So, I’m going to use these next couple of weeks to regroup and refocus on my goals; short-term and long-term. First of all, everyone needs goals; something to aspire. Also, it’s good to revisit those goals every so often, because sometimes things you once wanted are no longer a priority. Visiting your goals once or twice a year is a good idea to make sure you’re still on the right path.

As for my weekend, I plan to just chill. That’s all I plan to do and I’m so looking forward to doing it to the best of my powers. Have a great weekend and let’s chat some more next week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: April 6, 2018

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Creating A Vibe in Your Space

Earlier this week, I took a couple of personal days off from work to recoup from a hectic work week and Easter weekend. It was definitely one of the best decisions I made in a while, because I was able to to just relax and unwind. However, I did use some of this time to do some long overdue cleaning, organizing, and home styling. For me, when I’m thinking about styling my home, I look at it as creating a vibe. When I think about the vibe I want to create, I think about what I usually do in that space and how I can enhance my happiness when in said space.

Creating A Vibe In Your Space

Of course, everyone’s aesthetic is different. However, there are some core elements that almost anyone can use to help make their space more in tune with their overall vibe. Keep reading to see what items anyone can use to set up their ideal space.

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