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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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eSTYLIST: Hey Summer 2017!

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

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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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LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 16, 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 16, 2017

I hope everyone had a great week. I know summer is right around the corner, because the days have been getting longer and longer. Although I’m not really a summer lover, I’m looking forward to it this year. Not sure if it’s because I have some goals I want to achieve this summer, but I’m looking forward to it.

This weekend is Father’s Day and my nephew’s 5th birthday and I haven’t thought of a gift for either. I’m annoyed, because I don’t know what to get either of them. So, I’m after work today, I’m on a mission to find gifts for both of them. I don’t have kids and I’m not a man, so I don’t know how to get gifts for either of this demographics. Ugh!

Well, here’s to a great weekend and I’ll see you next week. Enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 16, 2017

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 9, 2017

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

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Nothing to report here. This week has been pretty mundane, but I guess that’s good. What’s the saying, “No news, is good news”?

What am I talking about? I do have news; a newsletter that comes out every Monday called ‘Monday Minute”. I’m really excited about starting this newsletter again. Not only do I love sharing quick little tidbits, but it’s another venue I can use to get all of these content ideas of my head. When I say that my mind is always brewing ideas, I mean it. Unfortunately, some of this ideas are too small for a post or don’t really fit into my content calendar. Have you signed up, yet? If not, you can easily sign-up in the right sidebar. I know you see it. 🙂

While I’m at, I have to thank those of you signed up for this week. As you know, or might not know, this site is not my job. So, I don’t really have the time to promote and grow this site as big as I would like, because I’m too busy helping other businesses grow there brands. However, I do have a small and devoted group of followers (That’s you!) that supports my site and follows me on social media.  Therefore, I was shocked by the number of people who signed up, but so overwhelmed. So, when you signed up, you became my accountability partner. Now, I have to focus time to creating an email every Monday, because of you. So, thank you so much!

As for this week, I have no plans and that’s just how I like. However, for the past couple of weekends, I’ve been taking Sunday drives and it’s so nice. I recently read that back in the 50s (and earlier), before there was TVs filled with apps to stream movies, people would go on evening drives. It’s been nice to dedicate an hour to driving around parts of the city I haven’t been to in years or stumble across areas that I didn’t know existed. Actually, last weekend, I took my sister around the city to show her all the places we lived when she was a baby. I also took her to other significant places in her life such as old daycares and schools she attended. It was interesting to see that some of those places are no longer around or are home to other businesses.

How about this weekend, you go on a drive and explore your city. It’s fun to discover a new restaurant or park a that you didn’t know was around the corner. Do it!

In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up featured articles and I will see you Monday in your inbox!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 9, 2017

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 2, 2017

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

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The first Link-End Round-Up of June! Let’s get started.

Maybe I say or feel like this at the end of each week, but this week was all over the place. First off, Memphis got hit a major thunderstorm that left 100,000s of people without power. Luckily, me nor my immediately family experienced outages of property damage from all of the fallen trees. Unfortunately, there are still thousands without power almost a week later and I continue to pray that their power gets restored soon.

At the end of last week, before the storm, there was a mini shake-up at work. I’m very fortunate to say that my office’s work environment is very lax and we usually can come and go as we please. Well, used to be able, because the boss has cracked down on people leaving earlier. My work hours were 9-6. However, on most days, I need to leave work around 5. So, I changed my schedule to 8-5, which I don’t mind since I am an early bird. I will admit that the whole situation didn’t sit right with me all weekend, but I got over it. I’m still trying to adjust my body to be ready to work at 8 and I’m doing good for the most part.

Another thing that I started to do this week is to make my own coffee at home instead of buying a cup on the way. This not only helps me save money, but also to not waste all the coffee I have at home. I didn’t realize I had so much coffee at home. However, I’ve been making my own coffee all week and I’m proud of myself, but I noticed a change in my sleep. I’ve been having some restless nights, but didn’t know until yesterday. I’ve been adding sugar to my coffee, which is something I don’t do when pick up coffee at the drive-thru. If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also been using half and half instead of sugar-free almond milk. Who did I think I was? Anyway, I’m back to coffee, no sugar and almond milk only. Hopefully, this will help with my sleep.

Speaking of coffee, this weekend, I plan to set up shop in a local coffee shop and work on something related to Stained Couture that I’ve been putting off for over a year at this point. I didn’t realize it had been that long. If everything goes according to plan, I will have a long overdue announcement on Monday. I want to give a hint so bad, but I also don’t want to set myself up. Typical me.

Here’s to an amazing and safe weekend!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 2, 2017

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