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LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 2, 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: November 2, 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Hope you had a great week and got to indulge in some Halloween candy. Personally, I’m glad that it’s finally November, because that means it’s go time for me. I’m a procrastinator, but I also work well under pressure. So, I confident that I will get everything I need to do done in time.

I know that we still have Thanksgiving, but I’m pretty sure every store will look like a wintry Christmas wonderland by tomorrow. I mean, I usually detest the presence of Christmas before November 15th, but I’m into it this year. However, one local radio station did start playing Christmas music on Halloween, but listened to a few jingles. Still, that was a little too early.

Although I’m ready to embrace Christmas early, my wallet isn’t going to start until around the 15th. Like I mentioned, I’m putting myself on a strict Christmas shopping budget this year, but I still haven’t decided how much. Before creating the budget, I have to write a list of everyone on my list and then go from there. I might share how I create my Christmas shopping budget – might.

Starting this evening, I have quite a few plans this weekend. Aside from church on Saturday and Sunday morning, I have dinner plans tonight, breakfast plans tomorrow morning, and lunch plans after church on Sunday. I also might be sliding into a function or 2 on Monday. Who am I?!

In the meantime, here’s to an enjoyable weekend and try not to eat too much leftover Halloween candy.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: November 2, 2018

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LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2018

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

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Oh hey, November!

We’re speed racing to the end of 2018, aren’t we! Well, I’m so ready for the holiday season to come! A couple of weeks ago, while noticing some stores sneaking in Christmas items, I was all ready over Christmas. However, now that Halloween is over, I’m all about the holiday gift sets and winter garb. I’M READY!!!

I’ve been very good with my spending and saving the past couple of months. *pats self on back* Hopefully, I will keep this savings train going strong, but I know I’m going to have to fall off a little while Christmas shopping. Unlike most years, I’m giving myself a spending budget by choice – not by case of only having a certain amount to spend. I’m actually looking forward to this challenge.

The November 2018 Lust-Have List features items that I know I will get my money’s worth. Keep reading to see what’s on this months’ Lust-Have List.

LUST-HAVE LIST: November 2018

  • I-Waken Eye Serum – I’m a total skincare junkie and have a product for practically any skincare concern and then some. However, I rarely buy products for my eye area, but I’m changing that with this eye serum from Indie Lee. The reviews I’ve read make me feel like this might be a winner.
  • Jute Die Cut Bucket Bag – I low-key love anything with laser cut details. This bucket bag is simple, but also unique.
  • Oversize Neon V Neck Sweater – I’ve been lusting for an oversize, relaxed fit neon sweater for a couple years and then I stumbled upon this gem from ASOS. Unfortunately, it’s selling out pretty fast and my size was gone. However, I’m praying this gets restocked or find something similar and soon.
  • Steve Madden Reece Sock Bootie – Another stumble thing I stumbled on were beautiful blush sock booties. These would look so cute to break up any all black casual look and many other looks.
  • Round CZ Stud Earrings – You can never have too many “diamond” stud earrings and CZ pair are just as good. A big pair are great to have during the holidays. Trust me!
  • The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners – For the past month, I’ve been trying out keto and it’s been interesting. I haven’t been consistent, but I will in due time. So, this book is right at the top of my Amazon shopping cart. This might be a Christmas gift to myself.
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LUST-HAVE LIST: October 2018

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

LUST-HAVE LIST: October 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Well, September came and went pretty fast this year despite all the things I had to do throughout September. However, October is here, which is also the beginning of the final quarter of the year. So, if you have some goals you want to reach by the end of the year, you have three months left. It might not seem like much time left, but remember steady wins the race. Just stay consistent and dedicated to reaching your goals and everything will work out.

I decided that I wanted to challenge myself for the remainder of the year and decided to try the keto diet. I’ve been contemplating trying this for a few months, but never did. However, I ran across a guide that comes with access to a popping FB group and we’re all starting today. So far so good, but I can’t lie…I really wanted a cream cheese biscuit from Whole Foods breakfast. However, I suppressed my desires and got scrambled eggs, bacon, and some grilled bell peppers and onions.

One goal I have to complete by the end of this month is figure out an area that I want to move. Ideally, I would like to find a place by the end of November, but it might be wiser to wait until the end of the year. Apparently, it’s cheaper to move in the winter, because people prefer to move when it’s warm. So, the rent and/or deposits are usually cheaper in the colder months. I’m really hoping this is true.

Since I’m still on my “save more, spend less” movement, I’m still very selective with my spending. So, this month, it’s all about things that serve purposes in my life. All of the items will be worn/used almost daily, and/or from a brand that I trust. Check out the items I’m wanting and needing this month.

LUST-HAVE LIST: October 2018

  • Kate Somerville Tight’N Cryogenic Skin Tight Gel – This is a very pricey product, but it just sounds too good to not want. This gel supposedly tightens your skin in minutes and overtime. So, I might need this more than I would like to admit.
  • Chinese Laundry Springfield Mule Bootie – I’ve rarely seen a mule bootie that I wanted, but I’m so into this pair from Chinese laundry. This shoe comes in various colors and textures, but the ‘clay’ shade of burnt orange is so fall. I also love and appreciate the small studded sole detail.
  • ColourPop x Disney ‘Tiana’ lipstick – In the fall and winter, I live for a good, deep, and moody red lip. ColourPop just released a Disney Princesses collection, which features a perfect deep red lipstick named after the Disney character Tiana. Unfortunately, it sold out pretty fast and I’m on the waiting list for it to return. Once it does, I’m ordering at least 3 – at least.
  • Rebecca Minkoff Bi-Fold Snap Wallet – Last week, while deciding what to add to my Shopbop sale cart, I was so close to buying this mirrored wallet. It was instant buyer’s remorse, but I might still try to finagle this cute little wallet into my life.
  • AUrate Gold Huggies earrings – I want to start collecting simple, gold pieces of jewelry. I have a few rings and necklace, but I want a small pair of gold hug hoop earrings. I’m set on these from AUrate in 14k gold and are exactly what I’ve been wanting. Plus, I can pretty much wear them every single day.
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LUST-HAVE LIST: September 2018

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

LUST-HAVE LIST: September 2018 | STAINED COUTURE

Happy September! As I mention every Lust-Have List for September, this is pretty much my birthday wishlist since my birthday is on the 26th. I’m going to be 37 this year and can believe that I’ve been on this earth for over 36 years. Like….WTF?! Although I’m not one to make a big “thing” about my birthday, this year I feel like I want to do something. Maybe grab lunch with a girlfriend or 2 and drinks that evening after they get off from work. Yeah, I’m not coming to work on my birthday, because I still have a few personal days to burn through.

Here are the items that I’m wanting this month.

LUST-HAVE LIST: September 2018

  • Cosrx Triple C Lightening Liquid Vitamin C Serum – I need to step my Vitamin C serum game up. Adding Vitamin C products to my skincare regimen really improved the appearance of my skin years ago. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I’ve added a product to my skincare routines. I read great reviews about this Corsx Vitamin C serum and I plan to give a whirl.
  • Venessa Arizaga Starlight Earrings – I live for a good pair of hoops and statement earrings. This pair of earrings is a perfect hybrid of my 2 fav earring styles.
  • Side Button Midi Dress – I can never enough of dresses, especially in the fall. I’m lowkey obsessed with this overall, fitted midi dress and the side buttons. This can totally be worn all year.
  • Romi Cage Sandals – I want these purely off the fact that they look similar to the pair of shoes I wore to my 9th grade graduation, except those were white and the heel was square. These sandals would look sick with patterned tights or fancy sheer socks.
  • Vinyl City Bag – The clear bag trend is still going strong and will into fall. However, I think a smokey clear bag this one from Zara is more fall-friendly. Plus, I love the plaid pouch that comes with it.
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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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