Small Bag Essentials for Everyday

For the past couple of months, I’ve been on this kick of trying new ways to challenge myself. For the majority of the time, I’ve just been challenging my eating habits and shopping habits. However, after I posted about small everyday bags, I knew I wanted to try it the small everyday bag life. Although it was a challenge to downsize from large tote to tiny crossbody, I figured it out. In the process, it allowed me to really assess what were my everyday needs. Therefore, I was able to narrow down my list of small bag essentials for everyday.

small bag essentials for everyday

Receipts and empty gum and straw wrappers mostly filled up my everyday tote bag. After realizing that I pretty much carry a well-made leather trash bag everyday, I sorted out my basic everyday essentials. Keep reading to see my basic basics.

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LUST-HAVE LIST: April 2017

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

lust-have list april 2017

I don’t know about ya’ll, but March seemed like it took forever to end. However, April is here as well as this month’s Lust-have List. Please enjoy the things I’m wishing to add to my life this month.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 31, 2017

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

link-end round-up March 31, 2017

Tomorrow is the first day of April and the first day that I’m supposed to start the Whole 30. If you follow me on social media, you might recall that I started a couple of weeks ago. However, I decide to wait until the April since there are exactly 30 days in April. Well, now I’m not sure that I want to do the Whole 30, because I want to go plant-based. Yes, your girl wants to go vegan again, which I’ve been pondering for awhile.

The Whole 30 and vegan have some similarities, but each have their luring pros for me. On the Whole 30, I can still eat meat, but no dairy, grains, beans, or sugar. Going vegan would just call for me to eat no meat or dairy, which I’ve done and it felt great. I have a few more hours to decide.

One of my favorite things I bought over the past week has to be my digital subscription to The New York Times. A few months ago, I signed up to receive their daily briefings each morning, which eventually became part of my morning routine. However, if you aren’t a subscriber of the NYT, you can only view so many articles a month. After running out within the first 2 weeks every month, I finally decide to buckle down and sign up. I love it, which explains why I usually have at least one article from the NYT each week.

This weekend, the weather is suppose to be bi-polar, as usual. However, tomorrow, the weather is going to be beautiful and I’m going to enjoy it. I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 31, 2017

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EMPTIED: March 2017

Stained Couture’s monthly series, Emptied, features beauty products that I’ve used up over the past month.

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In March, I was focused on trying products I haven’t used in awhile. Also, there were a couple of products that only had a couple of uses left. Therefore, I made it a point to used those up, as well.

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Platform Oxfords from Shellys London

Every now and then, I will come across an item that I instantly fall over and want it in every color. That’s exactly what happened when I found Shellys London platform oxfords and I’m in love!

shelly london emma platform oxfords

Shellys London is an overseas brand with fun and trendy shoes that range from simple everyday shoes to statement shoes. Their oxfords called Emma have stolen my heart and potentially some of my money.

Shellys London Emmas come in various colors, prints, and textures. However, the pairs with the prints and texture are so fascinating. The snakeskin pair is great neutral option and the shiny silver pair would kill a cute spring suit.

To find out where you can buy the Emma oxfords or see the other styles, visit

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