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LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 17, 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: August 17, 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy Friday! This week was kind of blah this week. I feel like my emotions have been all over the place; highs and lows. For instance, I got my nails done on Wednesday, which was a self-care high. One low included apartment searching in a time when apartment rates increase, because college students returning for instance. Now I see why mom use to hate moving. All in all, nothing majorly bad has happened to me personally. Mainly, just being an adult stuff is making me anxious and stressed.

My mind has been all over the place that I even started slacking in my nighttime routine. So, this week, I started back to my nightly routine, hydrating sheet mask, and even started dabbling in mediation again. It’s been helping tone down my anxiety a little. Not to mention, a soothing sheet mask after a long day is so appreciated.

I think I’m going to spend this weekend doing some deep cleaning and maybe even some light packing. Even though I probably won’t be moving for a couple of more months, it’s never too late to decide what I’m dragging with me.

Hope you all have a great weekend and let’s chat some more next week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 17, 2018

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IN MY BAG: Summer 2018

Summer isn’t over, yet. We still have another month or so before we can officially welcome fall. However, now that the weather is trying to cool down and kids are back in school, it might as well be fall. I’m not going to miss much about summer, because it was hot and stressful. However, one thing I will miss is the bag I carried for most of the summer, which is also my favorite thing I bought recently. Although it wasn’t big, you wouldn’t believe all things that I would have in my bag at any given time.

IN MY BAG: Summer 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

The bag I carried most of the summer is round straw bag by Hat Attack. When I saw it online, I thought it was white with silver detail. However, it’s actually a really light gray with silver straw. I love it and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. However, keep reading for all the details on what’s been lurking in my bag all summer.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 10, 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: August 10, 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Another week has commence and I couldn’t be happier. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t have a horrible week. Actually, it was pretty smooth, but I’m just glad to make it to the weekend.

Like I mentioned in the August 2018 Lust-Have List, I tend to use August to rest and prepare for the rest of the year. So, I’ve been paying extra attention to goals I want to reach and tasks I have to tackle before year’s end. For me, I don’t mind change and growth, but it just takse me a minute to get into beast mode and take it head on. The main reason is because I over analyze when it comes to big things. I like to create and nail down a plan first, but I have a hard actually creating the plan.

When I was child, teen, and even during college, I was able to get things successfully done at the last minute. Not only was able to get them done, but without any pressure. Unfortunately, I’m no longer able to do that, because now I occasionally get anxiety and self-doubt. Although I rarely get them, when I do – UGH!

Well, let me get off that road and get back to what I was initially talking about. I have been absorbing so many topics that have been swimming around my mind, which tends to be mapped out in my weekly Link-End Round-Up. After looking at the below articles that I decided to share, you can get a glimpse into what’s currently on my mind.

Here’s to a good weekend to prepare us for an amazing next week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 10, 2018

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 3, 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: August 03, 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

So, it only took me three days, but I’ve finally come to terms that it’s really August already. Now, it’s time to get prepared for Fall. I have so many cute things I want to try and wear and products I want to try. I finally figured what hair products my new hair loves and surprisingly it’s the same products I used when I went natural well over 10 years.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been experimenting with intermittent fasting. FYI, intermittent fasting is not eating for a most of the day and eating only during a certain amount of time. For example, fasting from 7pm – 11am and then eating only from 11am-7pm. I decided to try it once I actually thought that I don’t move enough throughout the day to earn 3 meals a day. Sitting in front of a computer for 7-8 hours a day will not burn breakfast and lunch. I do get up a few times a day to go to the bathroom and refresh my large cup of ice water, but still doesn’t add up.

Like I said, I’ve only been experimenting with this fast. In the morning on my way to work, I stop by Whole Foods hot bar and get some scrambled eggs, a couple slices of bacon, and breakfast potatoes or biscuit with gravy. It sounds like a big breakfast, which it is. However, it’s filling and ties me over throughout the day until I get home from work around 5. When I get home, I eat my second and final meal of the day, which is a only protein and vegetables. No carbs or sugar. Every since I started intermittent fasting, I don’t feel bloated, I feel lighter, and I don’t crave sweets. The latter alone is a reason to keep trying this out. It’s been a very interesting learning session and I think I’m going to keep at for awhile.

This weekend, I want to start cleaning out my closet by starting to transition summer options to fall options. Also, take this time to get rid of things I don’t imagine wearing again by tossing it or donating. Here’s to a great weekend and see ya’ next week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 3, 2018

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LUST-HAVE LIST: August 2018

Stained Couture’s monthly series, Lust-Have List, features items I’m wanting this month.

LUST-HAVE LIST: August 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Is it really August already?! Although it feels like July lasted for 2 months, it’s still hard to believe that it’s already August. August tends to be my chill and build month, which I use to clear my mind and plan for the rest of the year. Another reason I love August is because the humidity starts to relieve of us of it’s strain.

Since my birthday is in September, August is also the last month before my life gets hectic. Once September hits, I’m going to be drowning in welcoming a new nephew, holidays, finding a new place to move, and actually moving. Ugh, I’m so not ready for any of that. So, I’m going to try to chill for as much of August as I can.

LUST-HAVE LIST: August 2018

  • Pearlescent 13-month planner, $32, Bando – I recently figured out how to use these planners for daily to-do lists. Even though any daily planner will do, this pearlescent one from Bando is the prettiest one I’ve seen so far.
  • Gorjana Palm Profile Hoops, $65, ShopBop – I’m not quite ready to let go of palm leafs everywhere and on everything. These hoops with a palm leafs in the center are a subtle way to keep the trend going.
  • Denim Midi Skirt w/ Split Front, $48, ASOS – Since spring, I’ve been all about midi skirts and I would love to carry the love into fall with a denim midi skirt. The front slit makes it current and not too structured.
  • Large Crystalline Half-Moon Pouch, $24.50, Madewell – Will I ever meet a Madewell bag or accessory that I don’t love? My latest Madewell obsession is their half moon pouch in retro pink. I’ve featured the clear pouch before, but I think I love this version a little more.
  • Platform Oxfords with Hearts, $49.90, Zara – Every year, Zara offers a similar nude platform oxford that I lust after. Unfortunately, I usually don’t see it until my size is sold out, but I’m not slipping this time. I’m ordering these today.
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