LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 27, 2017

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Welcome to this week’s late edition of Link-End Round-Up, which ends a very overwhelming week for me. Actually, the past few weeks have been all over the place,for me. My work life has been following me home as I try to reach a deadline for this project that I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. The deadline to finish it is a week from today. I should make this deadline, but you never know.

This weekend I have to go price dryers, because mine went out mid-wash day on Sunday. Luckily, there’s a laundromat right down the street, but I miss having a dryer. So, this is a priority, at this point.

To be honest, I just want to have a true lazy day or laying on sofa and burning through episodes of ‘Martin’. Actually, I told my co-workers that once this project is done, I’m taking a week off. So, hopefully,  I might have this lazy day coming up sooner than I think.

In the meantime, please enjoy these reads that I enjoyed  from around the internet.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 27, 2017

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TREND WATCH: Pinky Rings

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I’m not into rings as much as I used to be. When I do wear one, I usually wear it on my ring finger (duh!), index finger, or my middle finger. However, I haven’t worn a ring on my pinky since the 90s when gold rings on a every finger was the ultimate status symbol in school. Therefore, I haven’t worn a pinky ring in almost 20 years, but that might change soon.

I’m noticing that pinky rings are starting to become “a thing” again and I’ve been tempted to embrace it. The first image that may pop in your mind is a big, gold gaudy piece of jewelry that your favorite rapper wears on their pinky. Thankfully, the current wave of pinky rings are more on the small and dainty side, which I’m all about.

Actually, all those midi rings you bought a couple of years can be worn as a pinky ring. If you can’t find your midi ring stash, here are some perfect pinky rings to get into.

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Quick Fixes to Hide Grey Hair

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Currently, my hair and I are at a crossroad, because I’m not sure if I want to keep my hair black or go lighter for the spring. Back in the fall, I dyed my hair jet black and I loved it. However, a couple of months ago I decided that I wanted to go lighter in the spring. So, my colorist decided we should start in January and gradually get lighten my hair over a couple of months. Now that it’s January, I’m not sure if I want to go lighter now. I know, I’m complicated.

While I go back and forth with this dilemma, my hair is still growing. With this new growth, I have grey hairs and roots are popping up all over my head. Since I can’t dye my hair until I come up with a decision, I’ve had to look for quick fixes to hide my grey hairs. Fortunately, there are plenty of quick and temporary options for hiding grey hairs and roots.

If you are having the same issue of hiding grey hairs or roots in between dye jobs, check these out.

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LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 20, 2017

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Hey there and welcome to this week’s edition of Link-End Round-Up. Today is Stained Couture’s 11th birthday! Yep, 11 years ago today, I bought this domain with vague plans. Actually, I was an amateur freelance graphic artist back then and bought the domain to host my portfolio. However, I had so much bandwidth space and wanted to use it. Back then, there was this new thing called “blogs” popping up and your girl decided to get in on that. Pan 11 years later and here we are.

I must admit, that I had some “off” years here and there. However, after some trials and tribulations, I’m back in my groove and I’m enjoying playing in make-up and skincare and sharing my opinions over here. I’m having fun again and I hope you can tell. 🙂

Today is also Inauguration Day here in the US. I will admit that this is the first Inauguration that I will not be watching and I will probably avoiding social media, too. I’m just not interested and I have a lot of work to do. So, I have my reasons.

It’s been raining for the past few days and I’m hoping that it will clear up for a moment so that I can finally wash my car this weekend. I’m driving a “dustmobile” and I’m over it. Also, I want to visit Ikea to look for a new dining room table. So, work with me Mother Nature, because I do have plans this weekend.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and stop by next week!

LINK-END ROUND-UP: January 20, 2017

 

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My Style Challenges for 2017

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Every year, I try to find new ways to challenge myself in various areas of my life. Last year, I challenged myself to go vegan for a while and I also worked on diligence. In the end, I’ve learned more about healthy eating and I’m getting better at committing. Small steps.

Well, for 2017, I decided to have a little fun with my challenges for this year and challenge my style. Over the past couple of years, my style and has gone from casual chic to colorless comfort. I used to crave shopping for cute tops and structured bottoms, but then I started bulking buying leggings and grey tees. Sounds horribly boring, right? Well, it has gotten worst over the past couple of months.

The only clothing I’ve bought over the past couple of months are sweats and I’m not talking about those thin, colorful ones that are practically form-fitting for women. No, I’m talking about those baggy Hanes sweats that you can find in a box in the men’s section of Wal-Mart. Well, I found mine at Wal-Mart, but I’m sure you can find them at other places. Also, my color choices? Black and 2 shades of grey (light and dark). Boring.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and act like I haven’t worn at least one of those items every week. I practically live in them, because I can’t deny all that comfort. However, I’m starting to annoyed with my style and want brush it up. So, I’ve come up with three things that I plan to do in 2017 to add some more style to my life and wardrobe.

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