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LUST-HAVE LIST: February 2014

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It sucks that February is mostly known for Valentine’s Day and love and all that jazz. However, I’m riding solo again this year (Don’t call it a comeback!)

I could really care less about having a valentine, because I’m too cold-hearted-faced-eared-nosed and any and all other extremities of mine that have been exposed to this ridiculously cold weather. I mean, really, when is it supposed to warm up!

Here’s what I want this month. So….

  1. Garden Party Flow Shorts, $17.80, Forever 21 – This spring, I’m going to be all about the wide and flowy shorts. I guess you can consider them skorts, but I despise that word. So, flow shorts, it is!
  2. Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, $88, Sephora.com – I’ve been craving a masque and this one from Fresh is packed with all the moisturizing ingredients and antioxidants that my face is feening.
  3. Josie Maran 100 percent Argan Oil, $48, Sephora.com – This cold weather has been doing the most to not only my skin, but especially my bleached, honey blonde hair. Argan oil is light, but very moisturizing and perfect for skin, nails, and hair.
  4. MCM Craig & Karl Large Pouch, $485, ShopBop.com – This is a fabulous piece to have in your clutch collection, because it’s perfect for a night on the town and can easily be used to run errands on the weekend thanks to pop-art print combined with the iconic MCM logo laden print.
  5. Valentino Rockstar small neon leather bracelet, $225, Net-A-Porter – To say that I’ve been obsessed with neon yellow over the past couple of years is a huge understatement. Needless to say, I was panting at this small shock of neon yellow in the form of this Valentino bracelet. Would look so great with almost anything I wear this spring and summer.

Stay Stylish!

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LUST-HAVE LIST: January 2014

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Yeah, I’m a little late with this month’s LHL due to trying to come get back to normal following the holidays and going mortal kombat style fighting off colds and/or the flu. Also, I’ve been a little busy doing some behind the scene working trying to code a new visual presentation (a.k.a new design) for Stained Couture. Remember, coding can suck your life away.

Back to business and this month’s Lust Have List. For the past couple of months, I’ve felt very motivated to becoming a better me and sometimes that means simplifying other areas in your life to improve others. Blah, blah, and some more blah. Anyway, here is the small, but needed list of things I’m lusting for this month. Cheers!

  • Charlotte Olympia ‘Libra’ Flats, $695, Nordstrom – Anyone who knows me know that I love anything that has to doing with my zodiac sign of Libra. Yeah, I’m  proud a Libra and so I was beyond stoke to see these adorable zodiac flats from Charlotte Olympia. I guess I’m starting to catch feelings for her shoes, huh? I love the soft pistachio hue with the glitzy of the Libra scales embroidery on the toes. Plus, the gold detail on the heel is a very nice touch. What I’m not to stoked about? That price! Sheesh.
  • Chiffon Dress, $34.95, H&M – I know it’s hard to see due the crapload of winter weather we’ve been experiencing, even here in Memphis, but Spring is right around the corner. So, it’s almost time to start thinking about spring wardrobes. Better yet, transitioning to spring wardrobes. A taupe chiffon dress seems like a easy way. The color and material is soft enough for the warm breeze of Spring, but can easily be cold weather friendly when paired with some tights, boots, and an oversized boyfriend sweater. Tah-dah!
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, $13.72, Amazon.com – This is a classic book that was first published in 1990, but still has feet over 20 years later. Since I’m trying to be a more effective person, this seems right up my alley. FYI: My reading list has been on point lately!
  • Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, $24, Origins – I’m a HUGE fan of charcoal masks, because I have a problem with large pores and these masks seem to do the trick. I tried this mask back in college and I remember it being amazing. Unfortunately, mostly broke college students don’t have the luxury to splurge every other month on charcoal masks. However, occasionally broke career  women, such as myself can type this on their to-buy list in their overpriced, but much-needed smartphones while waiting for their equally overpriced and delicious coffee at Starbucks. Yeah, I’m buying this after work. I feel like I miss it and want to see if the magic is still there.
  • Vintage Tan Alba Hobo bag, $160, TopShop – Big. Vintage. Tan. Perfect!

Stay Stylish!

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LUST-HAVE LIST: December 2013

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Wow. Can you believe that 2013 is almost over? Well, I can’t and I’ve barely chipped at my Christmas shopping list. Eh, but I digress back to the things I’m lusting for this very cold month of December. Although it’s winter, the list of things I want look very fall friendly. too.

  • Coat with Lapels and Belt, $299, Zara – This  coat looks so classic with it’s lapels and belted waist. The camel color with pink undertones will allow you to wear and carry this coat for years. Plus, I’m really into long coats this season.
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, $52, Sephora – Sephora has really found their niche’ in the makeup world with their Naked Palettes. This is the third one that they’ve releases and sold out instantly on their website, just like the previous ones. This one features more rose hued neutrals. I love my original Naked palette and rose-hued eyeshadow sounds great.
  • Tory Burch Robinson Smartphone Wristlet, $155, ShopBop.com – I’m starting to not carry my purse so much and instead just grabbing my phone and my wallet or even just my ID and debit card. So, this wristlet is perfect as it is designed specifically for smartphones, but also has some slot to carry cash and a few important cards. Right up my alley.
  • Pink Glitter Chain Necklace, $29, TopShop – I’ve been loving the current trend of sprucing up simple sweatshirts with pretty statement necklaces. This one would look so chic and cute pair with even a simple grey sweatshirt.
  • Joie Dalton Booties, $325, Piperlime.com – Umm, can you have too many neutral booties? I don’t think so.

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WEEKEND AT HOME: Holiday Greeting Cards

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Probably one of my guiltiest pleasures in life is receiving greeting cards in the mail. Birthday, Valentine’s Day, and definitely Christmas. I use to send them out every year, even when I was still living at home in college. However, the past couple of years, it has slipped my mind, but that is changing this year.

I’m planning to send out some Christmas cards this year with my chihuahua, Pepe’, as the handsome cover model, but I’m not completely sold on an idea, yet.

Thanks to technology, there are plenty of online sites that allow you to upload your picture and/or design and send it to you within a few days. The two sites that I love for customized cards and printed needs, including greeting cards, are Canva.comMinted.com and Tinyprints.com. They have a nice large selection of templates that allow you tweak them in various ways, including colors, text, and formatting.

So, this weekend I will buckle down and come up with a design and selection so I can get them in time to send out. Wish me luck!

Stay Stylish!

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WEEKEND AT HOME: Wreath Wrangling

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YES! Thanksgiving is over and now it’s officially time to deck the halls with all the Christmas music and decorations you can personally tolerate.

Last weekend, my sister and I put up our tree and started decorating it. We haven’t added the final touches of personal ornaments, garland, and candy canes, though. This weekend, we plan to finish up decorating the tree and also start on decorating the outside. Although my sister loves Christmas time, I don’t think we are ready to get super festive with outside decorations. We might just string some light on the deck and hang a wreath.

Wreaths. Aren’t they great and versatile. No matter the season or holiday, there’s a wreath for that. A couple of weeks ago when I was looking and pondering about the type I was pretty set on get a big, lush green traditional wreath with a big red bow in tact. Now….I’m leaning toward a more statement wreath.

I love the red wreath made out of curled wood, plus, thanks to the deep red, it could work in the fall and Valentine’s Day, too. The bright and colorful ornament wreath has all the same colors and textures as the ornaments on my tree. However, the one I’m fixated on is the bell wreath from Williams-Sonoma. Yep, I think this is the one. Sleigh bells!

Stay Stylish!

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