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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

happy thanksgiving 2016

I just wanted to stop by to say wish you happy Thanksgiving! Personally, I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Actually, ever year, I feel I gain more things to be thankful, including supportive family and friends and fulfilled needs.

I’m taking the rest of the week off, but I will be back in full blogging mode on Monday. On Monday, I’m going to announce all of Stained Couture’s Holiday Shopping Guide 2016.¬† I love putting together these guides and can’t wait to share them with you. For now, I’m going to enjoy just nothing for the next few days.

In the meantime, feel free to check out some previous posts until Monday. I hope your day is filled with multiple helpings of your favorite foods, belly aching laughs with your family and friends, and more blessings.



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Happy Birthday to Me v.35

happy birthday to me v.35

Thirty-five years ago, a G was born and that G is me. Today is my birthday! As usual, I’m very happy to arrive at another year and I’m proud and happy to say that I turn 35 today. Man, time flies when you’re not paying attention.

First off, let me know say, I’m not one of those people that make a big spectacle out of their birthday, I can even recall a couple of years when I forgot that it was my birthday until someone called to wish me happy day. Yep. I’m that person. However, I’m am one that loves and appreciates life. I acknowledge how blessed I am that I get to see another year with no pressing health issues or stressful issues. #SoBlessed

When it comes to reflecting and assessing my life and upcoming year, like most people, I do that on January 1st. However, I think I want to start doing some type of assessment on my birthday, as well. I want to use my birthday as a check-in/ progress report. I feel like I’ve been coasting for the past 34 years, but I’m ready to increase the speed and I’m ready for any turbulence that I might experience along way.

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Fall Morning Routine 2016

fall morning routine

It’s hard to believe that the first day of fall is tomorrow. Maybe it’s hard to believe because the weather has been very stubborn about giving us any type of cool weather. However, my yard is slowly getting filled with fallen leaves and my car has condensation on it every morning, which are clear indications that fall is here. When every season changes, my morning routine seems to follow suit and I’ve already adapted to a fall morning routine. So, thought I would share it with you this morning.

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Pretty Passport Covers

pretty passport covers

I lost my passport. Ugh. What I hate the most about losing it is that I have to go through the daunting process of getting another one. I’m not sure what it takes for you to get a passport, but for me, I have to schedule an appointment to go to one of the post offices with all the information I can find about myself. Afterwards, we leave with a generic passport and blank face photo of ourselves. It’s definitely worth noting that the available appointments are scarce and far apart. Hassle City!

So, I figured that a great way to reward myself and hopefully encourage me to use it sooner than later is to find it a pretty dress A.K.A pretty passport covers.

One of the awesome benefits of having a distinct, maybe even brightly colored passport cover, is that it will make it easier for you to spot and location among a travel bag of small airplane size bottles and other travel bag necessities.

So, if you have a that basic navy passport cover and want to spruce it up, check out these Instagram worthy passport covers.

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Natural Deodorants

natural deodorants

natural deodorants

I have an addiction to deodorants. Actually, it’s pretty easy to get addicted to deodorants. All you have to do is be a 8 year old girl who forgets to wear deodorant on a hot summer day in Memphis and for your older brother to exclaim (loudly) in front of all your shared friends that you’re “musty”. See? Simple. After that, prepare to spend the rest of your life carrying deodorants in your purse, no matter the season. So, yes, I’m addicted to deodorants. Ask my purse! However, in my desire to live a more natural product filled life, I’ve been exploring the world of natural deodorants.

In case you aren’t aware, most known deodorants on the market are loaded with strong chemicals and artificial ingredients, which aren’t necessary the healthiest thing to add to or on your body. Like me, you probably assumed that the point of deodorants is to prevent you from sweating and smelling. Well, that is true. However, in order for the traditional deodorants to do that, they use antiperspirants. Antiperspirants are typically aluminum, parabans, chlorohydrates, and other ingredients that are formulated to prevent you from sweating, but guess what? Your body is supposed to sweat. That’s why we are covered with sweat glands…to sweat. Sweat removes a lot of things from our body including excess water and toxins. So, you shouldn’t want those things lurking around in your body and good ole sweat helps us remove those things. Therefore, that’s one of the reasons I’ve started to use more natural deodorants.

There have been some studies about the negative side effects that those ingredients can have on your health (ask Google), but the main reason I decided to try natural deodorants is that I was more interested in exploring more natural and organic ways to live healthier lifestyle. Years ago when I first heard about natural deodorants, the main complaint was they didn’t work, because they would still sweat and smell just as bad (if not) if they wore no deodorant at all. Funny, but true. Natural deodorants have really evolved over the years and well as the market itself. There a crap load of natural deodorants out there and most have different scented options that are not only natural and break down sweat, but have fresh and fragrant options.

Ever since I added natural options to my deodorant collection, I’ve actually started to prefer my natural deodorants over the convenient antiperspirant deodorants. Below, I’ve shared some of my favorites that I feel are definitely worth trying. Even if you aren’t interested in natural products, you still my find your next favorite deodorant.


natural deodorants to try

  • LaVanilla¬† Deodorant – Available in unscented, but the scented ones are just as safe. Grapefruit and Lemon Vanilla are devine!
  • PiperWai Natural Deodorant – As seen on Shark Tank and the first natural deodorant I tried that made me a believer that all natural deodorant can block sweat body odor.
  • Tom’s of Maine Long-Lasting Deodorant – The OG of natural health care, especially their deodorant. What makes Tom’s great is that they are also available in different scents, have multiple natural scented options, and super convenient since you can find them in most drug and box stores like Target.
  • Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant – Weleda essential oil scented spray deodorants are free from antiperspirants. Warning, Weleda sprays are not intended for heavy sweaters, but for the typical low-key sweater will appreciate the fresh and crisp scents.
  • Schmidt’s Deodorant in Bergamont + Lime – Just used this for the first time this week and the scent alone makes it perfection. The fact that is natural and plant-based is the cherry on top. There are other scents available, FYI.
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