eSTYLIST: Last Days of Summer

It was freezing when I took my dogs out at 6am this morning. Okay, it was 59 degrees, but that’s freezing when yesterday was in the 90s. Although I’ve been mentally preparing for fall weather, I was not at all prepared. So, now I feel like I’m behind and need to actually start figuring out my fall look. So, this eStylist post is dedicated to the last days of summer. We are at the transition point of having to mix summer pieces with fall pieces.

eStylist Last Days of Summer 2017

Let’s be honest, we all have some pieces that we wore all summer that we just aren’t quite ready to let go. For me, it’s my bow sandals and thin, flowy tees. In the meantime, keep reading to get the deets on this look right here.

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LUST-HAVE LIST: September 2017

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

Lust-Have List - September 2017

We made it to September and have less than 4 months left of 2017. Crazy, right! Since I was sick for most of August, I feel a little behind with my goals, but I’m super happy about September being here. September is my favorite month for a few reasons. One reason is that my favorite season, fall, begins and the temps start to cool.

Also, September is my birthday month. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not one of those people that treat my birthday like a national holiday. Actually, I rarely take my birthday off from work, because it feels like any other day. However, this year, I plan to take the day off and celebrate making it to another year.

Since September is my birthday month, my September Lust-Have List is pretty much a birthday wishlist. So, for my family and friends reading this, if you wonder what I want, here you go!

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: Hurricane Harvey Relief

After this horrific week of Hurricane Harvey, this week’s Link-End Round-Up is about how you can help donate. There are plenty of ways you can donate and through different organizations. It’s time to put all of our differences aside and be there for those affected.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Here are some places that you can donate to that will make huge difference.

Hurricane Harvey has depleted all the food banks in the areas hit. Every $1 donated to the  Houston Food Bank gives three meals to Texans displaced by the hurricane. Other food banks that helping feed those in need include GalvestonCorpus Christi, San Antonio. At this point anything and everything will make a HUGE difference.

A lot of people didn’t know that emergency funds don’t cover diapers. So, the Texas Diaper Bank needs diapers and baby supplies to help provide for families in need of these everyday essentials for their babies.

As a pet owner myself, these images of people rescuing animals and pets in heart-breaking. The SPCA of Texas has been sending volunteers care for the pets that have been rescued, including pets at shelters for evacuees and animals from pet shelters. You can donate directly through their site or help by purchasing some the things they need via their Amazon wish list. The ADL Texas is taking donations to support pet shelters that were affected by the storm and to cover the cost of rescuing displaced pets.


You can also donate money to the Red Cross who are on the ground helping with relief efforts. Also, you can donate through which all proceeds go to relief and recovery efforts for all effected by Hurricane Harvey. This also includes those affected in Louisiana, as well.

If you know of any other ways to help, please share them below.

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Pantene Gold

Over the summer, I’ve mostly been wearing my hair in it’s natural curly state. In the past, it’s been a struggle for me to embrace my natural curls for this long, but I’m doing it. I’ve been natural for over 10 years now and the culture for curly hair has changed dramatically. For one, big beauty brands have created new lines and collections for natural curly hair. One brand that I think has done a great job embracing the need for products for naturals and curly hair is Pantene. Actually, I think they were one of the first big beauty brands to do it with their Pantene Truly Naturals line. It wasn’t the best products, but it was an effort. However, they have revamped the line with new products and new name; Pantene Gold.

A few weeks ago, while dragging myself to Walgreens for medicine and cough drops, I picked up a few products from the line. Walgreens was having a buy 2 get 1 free deal that I couldn’t pass up. So, I picked up the co-wash, leave-in detangling milk, and the hydrating oil. After trying them for awhile, I think it’s time to share my results and opinions. Keep reading to get my honest opinion of these products from the Pantene Gold collection.

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Statement Sleeves

As you might be able to tell, fall is quickly approaching. So, it’s almost time to pack up those sleeveless tanks and tops and pull out the long sleeves. This is one of the reasons me and my flabby arms love this time of year. However, this season, a simple and basic long sleeve just won’t do, because it’s all about statement sleeves. Needless to say, me and flabby arms are here for it and you should, too. Plus, I’m usually here for statement pieces.

statement sleeves fall 2017

Statement sleeves can be anything from sleeves covered in applique designs, layers of ruffles, or just oversized in shape. Interested in this statement sleeve trend? Well, keep on reading for some worthy options.

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