LUST-HAVE LIST: September 2020

LUST-HAVE LIST: September 2020


It’s September, which is also my birthday month (September 26th)! Usually, I’m not one of those people that make a big deal about their birthday. However, at the beginning of this year, I noticed that my birthday fell on a Saturday. For some weird reason, seeing that made me decided to become one of those weird people that celebrate the whole month of their birthday. Who am I?!?!

I will admit that due to the current state of the world, specifically the US, I would deter from that thought. However, this morning, I decide to still do it. I mean, why not? After this year, we should all be celebrating every day that we get to see. So, I’m ready to take on this month and enjoy every thing that comes with it.

As usual, my September Lust-Have List is pretty much my birthday wishlist. So, please reading to see what I want for my birthday, pretty much. *shrugs*

LUST-HAVE LIST: September 2020

  • Plus Size Peasant Dress Tunic – It’s almost fall and I’m ready for all the fun fall prints. This peasant tunic style dress is hitting all the things I look for in printed dress for fall.
  • Micro-Stroking Detailing Brow Pen – A couple of months ago, I shared a dual-end brow pen that had an ink tip for hair-like swipes. Loved it. Anastasia Beverly Hills has one that’s just the ink tip. I need to try this ASAP!
  • Faux Pink Snakeskin Mules – A faux snakeskin mule in a neutral shade of pink that will pop with most fall basics? Why, yes I do want a pair. Size 9.5, please!
  • Mix Calf Hair Sneakers – I spent quite a few mornings and money trying to acquire new drops on the SNKR app. I got a couple of wants, but I do need a “cutesy” pair. I think these from Madewell will look perfect with some fitted trousers and oversized sweater looks.
  • Double-chained Huggie Earrings – I have 2 piercings in each ear, which I’ve been contemplating adding another one. However, I’m getting a little bored with my everyday pairing of my solid gold initial earrings and mini bars. I would love to add this huggie to one of my ears to add a little edge. Actually, it’s making me want to get a third piercing even more.
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IOTW: Dr. PawPaw Lip Sugar Scrub and Balm Duo

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Dr. PawPaw Lip Sugar Scrub and Balm Duo


With our new norm of having to wear a mask everywhere, it’s starting to take a toll on our skin. I’m sure pretty sure the word of the year for skincare and beauty community is “maskne” – acne caused by wearing a face mask. I just got my first taste of maskne a couple of weeks ago, because I hadn’t washed my face mask. Luckily, my face has mostly cleared up and I now know the importance of making sure your face masks is clean.

Other than causing my skin to flare up, masks has caused my lips to get dry. My lips were getting extremely dry and I was trying every product to get them back in smooth and not flaky. After a while, I realized that I needed to find something that worked and use it consistently. That’s when I took a chance on Dr. PawPaw lip sugar scrub and lip balm duo. This is the product that finally got my lips to stop being dry and cracked.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 21, 2020

Link-End Round-Up: August 21, 2020


I needed to take a quick breather the past week, because self-care is important. I know when most people hear “self-care”, they think of spa dates and sipping wine while binge watching new shows from the 90s Netflix. Now, those can be examples of self-care, but sometimes self-care involves you trying process how to manage your everyday life. Unfortunately, there are so many distractions that can prevent that from happening.

Recently, I’ve been focusing on how to avoid stressing out and rebuilding my faith in life. For the most part, I’m that person that doesn’t stress too long on much. I usually give myself a day to process it and come up with a solution or understanding. Unfortunately, it’s been taking longer than a day, as of recent. These “moments” are starting to linger longer than usual, which I’m not familiar with dealing with for this amount of time.

Thankfully, I’ve been getting through every obstacle that has occasionally popped up this year. However, the main thing that has helped is knowing that there are others going through a lot more than me. Knowing that helps humble me and dig out whatever mini hole of stress I might fall in. I’m honing in on things that I’m grateful for and will continue to do so.

Here’s to surviving another week and weekend of rest.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: August 21, 2020

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3 Favorite Ways to De-stress At Work

Like most of people, this has been an unprecedented year, which has forced us to focus more on our mental health. However, I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones whose everyday life hasn’t changed that much. This also includes my emotions, how to acknowledge what am I feeling, and how to deal with them. Still, there are times when I feel so stressed and overwhelmed that I don’t know what to do. This has happened a couple of times while at work, which forced me to figure out how to de-stress at work.

Quick Ways to De-Stress at Work | STAINED COUTURE

Thankfully, I rarely experience these issues, but I have 3 go-to techniques that help me out. Not only do they work, but they are so easy to add to everyday life, if needed. Keep reading to see what I do when I need to quickly de-stress at work.

A couple of months ago, my boss had meditation style music playing while he worked. It sounded so calming. A few weeks after that, I felt like I was going to have a mental breakdown. My mind couldn’t focus, my anxiety was on X-games mode, and by 11 am I was preparing to leave early. However, I too much work to do and didn’t want to use up a half day before trying all I could. That’s when I remembered the zen vibes of my boss’ office music that day. Luckily, I was able to find a meditation playlist on Tidal and let it play quietly in the back for the rest of the day. I was the only one in the office, but it helped me calm down within minutes. Not only was I able to finish my work day, but finish some projects without loosing my mind

A few years ago, I learned about how micromanaging some thing in your life can benefit you. I was fascinated to learn that based on my sleep pattern, especially regarding my coffee intake.¬† Since I tend to naturally wake up between 4-5 am everyday, it was best for me to have coffee at 9 am and 3 pm. This information was a game-changer. It was best for me to have my first coffee at 9am, because I would’ve been for about 5 hours and I would need a quick charge. Since I have to be at work at 9, I either pick up a cup on the way or brew me a cup when I get in. It helps to jumps start my work day, which I appreciate.

However, my 3 pm cup of coffee is my favorite and I look forward to it everyday at work. My morning coffee usually has a little cream and a couple pumps of flavor. Personally, I prefer my afternoon coffee to be black – no cream or sugar. It helps give me that final push to knock out the last couple of hours of work.

Finally, a quick 15 minutes outside some Vitamin D gives energy and helps to clear your mind. Every time it rains or there is a little breeze going, I try to grab me a few minutes.

What’s one thing you do to help you de-stress at work? Share below.

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Fall 2020 Style Inspo

My favorite season is Fall, which I tell people as much as possible. I love almost everything about fall – chilly weather, warm beverages, and my birthday. However, I feel like the thing I enjoy most about fall is the style – fashion and home. Fall style is so effortless chic to me, which is the aesthetic I wish I could nail. Even though it’s not technically fall, I’m still not prepared for the Fall 2020 style vibes.

It has been irking me, because I see all the cute cozy clothes starting to come out. Plus, the perfect pair of boots and lightweight jackets, but I don’t feel the giddy feelings I usually feel around this time. So, I’ve decided to share a bunch of Fall 2020 style inspiration to hopefully get me – US – into the swing of things.

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