“Good Morning, Lovely!” is what should’ve been the first thing you saw when you open my revived newsletter that I sent out this morning!

monday minute newsletter

Yes, after an extra-long hiatus, I’m back to send out weekly newsletters. They have a name; Monday Minute and they should hit your inbox every Monday morning. Keep reading for more reasons to sign-up and a peak into what was in today’s newsletter.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 2, 2017

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

link-end round-up

The first Link-End Round-Up of June! Let’s get started.

Maybe I say or feel like this at the end of each week, but this week was all over the place. First off, Memphis got hit a major thunderstorm that left 100,000s of people without power. Luckily, me nor my immediately family experienced outages of property damage from all of the fallen trees. Unfortunately, there are still thousands without power almost a week later and I continue to pray that their power gets restored soon.

At the end of last week, before the storm, there was a mini shake-up at work. I’m very fortunate to say that my office’s work environment is very lax and we usually can come and go as we please. Well, used to be able, because the boss has cracked down on people leaving earlier. My work hours were 9-6. However, on most days, I need to leave work around 5. So, I changed my schedule to 8-5, which I don’t mind since I am an early bird. I will admit that the whole situation didn’t sit right with me all weekend, but I got over it. I’m still trying to adjust my body to be ready to work at 8 and I’m doing good for the most part.

Another thing that I started to do this week is to make my own coffee at home instead of buying a cup on the way. This not only helps me save money, but also to not waste all the coffee I have at home. I didn’t realize I had so much coffee at home. However, I’ve been making my own coffee all week and I’m proud of myself, but I noticed a change in my sleep. I’ve been having some restless nights, but didn’t know until yesterday. I’ve been adding sugar to my coffee, which is something I don’t do when pick up coffee at the drive-thru. If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also been using half and half instead of sugar-free almond milk. Who did I think I was? Anyway, I’m back to coffee, no sugar and almond milk only. Hopefully, this will help with my sleep.

Speaking of coffee, this weekend, I plan to set up shop in a local coffee shop and work on something related to Stained Couture that I’ve been putting off for over a year at this point. I didn’t realize it had been that long. If everything goes according to plan, I will have a long overdue announcement on Monday. I want to give a hint so bad, but I also don’t want to set myself up. Typical me.

Here’s to an amazing and safe weekend!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: June 2, 2017

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

June 2017 lust-have list

Yoooo!, we made it to have way mark of the year; June! I think June is the dopest month of the summer, because everything feels relaxed, fresh, and carefree. School is out for those still getting their education, those of us with 9-5 start cashing in our vacation days, and the weekends are popping with things to do since the annual heatwave doesn’t show up until July. Oh, and June is when we officially enter summer. Like I said, June is dope!

In the summer, I feel the most creative and energized for doing and creating new things in my life. This can include trying a different hairstyle (I’m thinking braids for the summer), a home decor project (Am I finally going to paint my walls this summer?), or take a spontaneous solo road trip (Hot Springs, AR for a weekend…maybe.). Whatever it is, I’m starting to feel some changes making way through my life this summer and I’m already anxious.

Aside from tackling some much need R&R and summer reading, I plan to explore being a little extra. Actually, I’ve already begun my finally breaking out of my all grey everything and minimalism phases. I might revert back to that, because it did make my life a little easier. However, it’s time to get uncomfortable, folks! Time to peel myself away from my computer more, wear something bright everyday, and enjoy life more. You should, too!

For now, please have a look at the things I’m wanting this month!

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Basic Skincare Products You Need

When people find out I’m an occasional beauty blogger, they always have questions. The main question they ask is usually”What product should I use for xyz?” and I usually have an answer. However, the one question that I’ve been getting recently is what are the main skincare products you need. So, let’s have a quick chat about the basic skincare products you need.

basic skincare essentials 2017

This post is for the beginners out there who want to build a staple skincare regimen, but don’t where to start. If that’s you or someone you know, then keep reading.

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Summer Reading List 2017

I hope you all survived and enjoyed your 3-day weekend, because I did. Also, I survived not staining any clothes with barbecue sauce this weekend. I celebrate all successes. Although we still have a few weeks left until it’s officially summer, I’m already preparing for it. One thing I already have ready for summer is my summer reading list.

summer reading list 2017

So, if you are looking for summer read suggestions or just a good book to slowly chisel away over the next few months, keep reading for my picks.

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