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LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 26, 2017

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

link-end round-up may 26, 2017

Today is Friday and it’s the kick-off for a 3-day weekend. It’s Memorial Day weekend and I can’t wait to chill out while consuming as much BBQ and cocktails as possible and in moderation. However, you have to acknowledge the true meaning of Memorial Day, which is to remember those who gave their life to protect our country. Please remember that this weekend.

Not sure if all these graduations are going on or the fact that I just binged watched ’13 Reason’ twice, but I’m missing high school. Okay, maybe not that much, but I did enjoy high school. What did I enjoy most about high? Not having to pay bills summer breaks. Those were the good ol’ days. Now my summer breaks are filled with making sure I have enough gas in my car to blast my AC and pray that the barista makes my iced coffee not too sweet. Well, I guess my life could be a lot worst than it is.

I’m only working half a day today and will be off Monday. However, I should be back on Tuesday with a new post. Have an awesome weekend and see you next week!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 26, 2017

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eStylist: Backyard BBQ Look

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means an extended weekend. This long weekend, I’ve been invited to a couple of Memorial Day barbecues. Now, when it comes to styling my ideal backyard BBQ look, I have a couple of requirements. I prefer clothing that’s not snug or too light in color. Now that I think about it, that’s my requirement for most of outfit choices. However, in this case, I prefer to not feel like an overstuffed sausage while eating grilled overcooked sausages. So, the looser, the better. Also, I’m kind of clumsy when eating, especially BBQ. So, whites are off limits, because ruining any white clothing is stressful.

backyard bbq look

Some people consider Memorial Day the beginning of summer. However, I look it as the end of spring. Maybe we should use this weekend to wear our last bit of springy colors. So, if you are still on the fence about what to wear to any upcoming backyard BBQ or summer party, keep reading to get all the details for this inspired look to help you say “goodbye” to spring and “Hey, girl!” to summer.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 19, 2017

Stained Couture’s weekly series, Link-End Round-Up, featuring interesting reads from around the internet.

link-end round-up

This week, I enjoyed waking up and slowly getting my day started, which is my norm. I get up before 5:30am 99% of the time. One of the things I love about myself is that I naturally wake up early. I hate the sound of alarms ringing, because they startle me. Plus, they make me feel I’m being rushed. FYI, I hate being rushed. Anyway, this week I slowed down my mornings even more than usual.  This week, I cooked filling breakfast, made coffee instead of buying some on the way to work, and tidied up the house. Finding ways to be more mindful is one of my latest hobbies, but I’m still working on it.

This weekend, I need to find and buy a new coffee table. I had to get rid of mine, because it was no longer the big, wood coffee table I fell in love with 8 years ago. I remember me and my then BF finding it the outlet section of a big furniture store. There was a slight dent that caused the price to be dropped from $200 to $75. It was my diamond in the rough. Unfortunately, the paint had faded and there were a couple of spots from me spilling nail polish remover on it. It’s served me and my home for plenty of years, but to the curb it went. However, somebody got it less than 6 hours after putting it out. Hopefully, they will be able to make my diamond in the rough shine again.

Now, time to go find a new one, but I’m thinking glass this time. Since the weather is warm, I wonder will there be some good yard sales popping for me search for one. Maybe I can find another diamond in the rough. Wish me luck!

Anyway, here’s to a great weekend and plans for an awesome next week!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 19, 2017

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 12, 2017

Link-End Round-Up is Stained Couture’s weekly series that features interesting things I read around the web this week.

link-end round-up may 12, 2017

This weekend is Mother’s Day and for the first time since my mom passed away, I’m not dreading it. Listen, when you loose a parent, it sucks around holidays. It especially sucks around Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day, depending on the parent that’s gone. However, each year and special occasion gets easier. I hope that quick word helps someone.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been sponging up so much information. The topic that I’ve been researching is money, but mostly how to get more and keep most of what I get. Thankfully, I’m not in financial dire straits, but I do have goals that requires me to spend wisely. I feel like I need to brush up on my budgeting skills. I’m a borderline pro at budgeting my necessities, but I need to work on the other stuff like personal and self care. I’ve been playing around with my Mint app, which is super helpful. However, I’ve been going over my coffee shop budget. Those morning iced soy vanilla lattes are adding up. Since I get paid tomorrow, I’m going to calculate some things and try to master my budget. Wish me luck!

I hope you all have a lovely Mother’s Day weekend and if you are a mother, Happy Mother’s Day!!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: May 11, 2017

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eSTYLIST: Mother’s Day Brunch

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, the one day when we shower our mother’s with the love and appreciation. However, we should do this everyday, because we are the reason their hair goes grey. Well, that’s what my mom used to tell me. This will be the third Mother’s Day without my mom, but my siblings and I use this day to go place flowers on her resting place. Also, we use this time to pick and joke with each other, because that’s what would do when all of us were together with her. It’s our thing. Afterwards, we have a family Mother’s Day dinner to attend. I’m also going to use this dinner to break out this floral dress that I haven’t worn, yet. I bought it from Macy’s a couple of months ago, but it’s too pretty for work and opted for floral pants for Easter. Plus, a floral dress is perfect for Mother’s Day dinner or Mother’s Day brunch.

For this eStylist look, I decided to create a look around a floral dress that’s pretty similar to mine. Pairing floral prints with nude accessories helps keep the attention on the dress.

eSTYLIST: Mother’s Day Brunch 2017

eSTYLIST Mother's Day Brunch 2017

Jacquard Sheer Panel Prom DressNude Pointy Toe PumpRose Gold Mirrored ClutchDrop Hoop EarringsBeveled Cuff Bracelet


I hope you and yours have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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