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LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2023

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2023

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2023 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy February! It’s Black History Month and love month, but it’s also the last full month of winter. When I tell you I’m so over this winter weather; I mean it. Currently, most of the south is starting to defrost from a wintery mix of snow and ice, but real heavy on the ice. This weather came in late Monday and has had us by a chokehold, which is just now starting to release us and melt.

Another thing that came in on Monday was a head cold for ya girl! Usually, I can fight off a cold before it gets bad by medicated early and taking my supplements. Unfortunately, I was all out of head cold medicine and had to endure a night of stuffy nose and sinus pressure. On Wednesday, with the help of my neighbors, I got the 2 inches of snow and ice off my car and skated (literally) to get some medicine. I feel about 85%, but I need one more day of meds and rest.

Honestly, I’m just ready for spring, because winter has kicked my butt. I can’t recall having this many snow days here in Memphis and I’ve lived here my whole life. Therefore, you will see a couple of items in this month’s Lust-Have List that look more for warm weather. So, now you know, but please keep reading to see all the items I’m wanting this month.

LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2023

  • Fenty Athletics Tee – Rihanna is performing at the Superbowl halftime show this year and she has been some dope merch for it and I want it all. However, I’m starting with this airbrush tee, because it’s going to hit all year.
  • Straw Market Tote – I intended to get a classic straw tote last spring, but I’m not making that mistake this year. This tote from J. Crew is perfect as a everyday spring and summer tote.
  • Nike Valentines 2023 – I  look forward to the Valentine’s Day collection from Nike every year. I’m eyeing one of the dunks and forces this  year, because they are not too girly.
  • Stila Waterproof Eye Liner – Recently, I’ve gotten into tightlining my eyes again and in need a good waterproof liner. The reviews on this one from Stila make me this could be the one.
  • Gel Polish Remover – After years of just wearing my natural nails, I recently got acrylic nails. It’s just a temporary thing to help my natural nails grow some. I hate soaking them off and this gel remover also works on acrylic. You apply it like polish, let it sit and bubble up for a few minutes and then gently scrape it off.
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LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 20, 2023

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 20, 2023

LINK-END ROUND-UP: Janaury 20, 2023 | STAINED COUTURE

Hey to another Friday after another short work week! The love/hate relationship I have with short work weeks is insane, especially after a month of being in out of the office. In the end, I do appreciate them. 😊

I finally agreed that I will be renewing my lease for another year. I did think about moving to a new place, but the location is great and I do love my apartment. Plus, the rent prices are still insane in my area and for I want. So, staying put made the best sense and my increase wasn’t that much. Now I know why I’ve rarely see anyone move out despite the cost of our rent.

I don’t know about where you live, but Spring weather has slowly started to show up. My BFF noticed her daffodils were starting to grow in her backyard and I woke up to birds chirping outside my window for the last 2 days. It’s only January, which means it’s too soon and it’s making me nervous about the next couple of months. I’m still going to enjoy this weather, tho!

Last weekend, I definitely took advantage of not having to go to work on Monday. So, this weekend is all about relaxing as much as possible. However, my Eagles are playing their first game of the playoffs this weekend. So, maybe it won’t be as relaxing as I would like, but I’m still excited. Also, I just finished week 1 of my 21 days of no meat of coffee. It was rough for a minute, but I have a bevy of meatless meals that I can make. Also, cheers to Chia lattes for curing my iced coffee cravings.

I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the reads in this week’s Link-End Round-Up!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 20, 2023

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 13, 2023

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 13, 2023

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 13, 2023 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday and the first Friday the 13th of 2023!  It’s funny that, as a child, Friday the 13th was such a “spooky” day. However, as an adult, I spend it sipping wine while watching true crime TV. Well, my plans tonight include having dinner and catchng up with 2 friends at Benihana. Still, I may finish the night with a glass of wine. I will raise a glass to those of you participating in Dry January.

I’ve never done Dry January, because I rarely drink. Did you know that Dry January has only been around for 10 years? It was started to help people pay attention to their alcohol consumption. This especially true for those that feel like they drink alor or consumed too much over the holiday season. Not to mention, their are many benefits to Dry January – I shared some links below. 😉

Most people are about to take in the 3-Day MLK weekend and I’m one of them. As usual, I plan to chill this weekend, but there is one thing that I would like to do – get my nails done. It’s been a long time since I got some extensions professionally applied to my nails. Plus, I’ve been wanting a fresh set of french tips, which used to be my go-to nails of choice. However, this was before I discovered gel nail art. Plus, I’m a little scared to see how much the cost due to everything seeming to cost double now. So, wish me luck!

I really hope you all have a great weekend and take some for yourself. Also, please check out the links in this week’s Link-End Round-Up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 13, 2023

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 6, 2023

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 6, 2023

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 6, 2023 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday, peeps! I know, I know…I haven’t done a Link-End Round-Up in a month. Like I mentioned in this month’s Lust-Have List, Decemeber was a blur and long. Still I survived, as did you!

Although I’m technically not participating in New Year resolutions this year, I do have some things that I’m trying work on. There are improvements I’m working on – mentally and physically. However, I’m not trying to makes these changes in the matter of 30 – 60 days. I’m taking small steps and trying new things to see what I like and don’t like. So, when I’m finally ready to solifidy my decision, I will be very aware of what I need to do for me. Although I did touch on this a bit in my earlier post, I will hopefully remember to share more in a couple of months.

One thing that I will try to dedicate some time to is deciding if I’m going to renew my lease or not. I got my renewal on the first and I have to let the leasing office know in a week if I’m moving. Since I’m not set on decision, I will be looking around to see what’s available and to see if there is any wiggle room in my renewal rate. I need to work on not being afraid to negogiate and this is a perfect test.

Other than that, my plans for this weekend? Oh, just chilling, which I’m looking forward to doing. Not to mention, I already de-Christmas my apartment, which I couldn’t wait to do. I love a clean slate and space to help me refocus and relax. I hope the same for you this weekend and please check out this week’s Link-End Round-Up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 6, 2023

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