Benefits of Not Owning A Microwave

I’ve only been living in my new place for a little over a month and barely have any furniture. Aside from furniture, I also need a to get few more appliances as well, including a coffee maker. However, one kitchen appliance that I don’t plan on getting anytime soon is a microwave. This is the first time in my whole life that I’ve lived in a home without a microwave. Despite being sans access to a microwave for the first time in decades, I’ve discovered some benefits of not owning a microwave.

Benefits of Not Owning A Microwave | STAINED COUTURE

Yes, there are some benefits of having this somewhat kitchen staple and some of them are really good reasons. Keep reading to find out these benefits.

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LUST-HAVE LIST: April 2019

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


Happy April! March was definitely a season for me, but I think it was actually the slap in the face that I needed. Therefore, I’m so ready to hit the ground running and I’m super excited. However, I’m still in the building stages of this new chapter and have so many things I need to do. I’m pacing myself, but not waiting to have “everything” in check.

Today is April Fools Day and I’ve always hated this day, because it’s stupid!! Can you tell I’ve fallen for a lot of April Fools pranks in my life? Whatevs.

This month, the first full month of spring, I’m all about simple everyday things, but with a little extraness.

LUST-HAVE LIST: April 2019

  • Red Rouge Lip Tint, $12, Sephora – I randomly picked up one of the lip tints from Sephora’s collection and surprisingly impressed. The payoff and longevity of the tint on my lips made me want to try others shades.
  • Mar Y Sol Zadie Backpack, $150, Shopbop –  This raffia backpack is a need for spring and summer and the marigold color is just perfect.
  • Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum, $85, Sephora – I think I’m ready to add retinol back to my skincare routine and I want to start with this new offering from Sunday Riley. Although it’s a high dose, I have plenty of ultra moisturizing moisturizers.
  • Gold Wrap Sandals, $68, TopShop – A thin, strappy pair of gold wrap sandals? Yes, please!
  • Linnmon/ Alex Desk, $129, Ikea – Since I mainly freelance now, I mostly work from home and need to set up my home office. First item? This desk from Ikea, which I plan to go check out this week. Hopefully, it will look the same in-person as online.
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LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 29, 2019

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

Happy Friday, fellow humans! We’ve made it to another Friday and it’s the final Friday of the month.

How did March treat you? Hopefully a little better than mine. However, it’s wrapping up pretty decently and I’m excited for this new adventure I’m about to take. More on that at a later date.

I’m currently reevaluating my goals and future, which has me in heavy prayer. Also, I’m fasting off of a few things, which always helps me focus. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again that fasting is beneficial on many levels. The next time you’re going through a difficult season, fast off of just one thing that has unhealthy results. Social media, alcohol, and sugar are just some good examples of things to try to fast off of and see the benefits.

Plans for the weekend? Oh, your girl doesn’t have any obligations and I’m so excited! However, I am going to go over my sister’s house (my old place) to help her spring clean the house, because it needs a deep cleanse. Not to mention, I still have quite a bit of stuff still there that I need to move out. Ugh. I’m horrible, but I’ve moving things out slowly everyday.

Back to you. I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, if it’s going to make appearance in your neck of the woods. This Memphis weather has been breathtaking and I’ve been super appreciative of it. Thanks, Mother Nature!

Enjoy this week’s Link-End Round-Up featuring some of my favorite articles I’ve read this week.

LINK-END ROUND-UP: March 29, 2019


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Current Favorite Hair Products: Spring 2019

A couple of months ago, I was having a real love/hate relationship with my hair. Actually, I feel like this happens at least twice a year and I’m okay with that. So, I did what I usually do, buy a ridiculous amount of hair products with the hopes that some or all of them make me feel like Beyonce with a fan; fabulous. SPOILER ALERT: All of them didn’t work. Although, they didn’t make me feel like Queen Bey, I did find some new favorite hair products. I consider this a fair compromise, TBH!

Current Favorite Hair Products: Spring 2019 | STAINED COUTURE

Interested in seeing my favorite hair products I’ve been loving? Keep reading!

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