WHO WANTS SOME COOL STUFF?

There’s a week left to enter the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway (ends Dec 24th) and I’m always thrilled to share some of my favorite products with you…

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1) COMPENDIUM JOURNAL: I will fill the journal above with random handwritten inspiring messages. Thanks to The Portico Collection. 

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2) “FREEDOM” TEE by f+M Fashionmusic: I chose this tee because freedom is an important part of the foundation of SOS. I was fortunate to meet the creators of this company last weekend in Dallas. Their vision is brilliant! Go check out the website https://fmfashionmusic.com

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3) HARD NIGHT GOOD MORNING Facial Cocktail Serum: Their award-winning aloe vera based formula does it all! It lifts, tones, tightens, smooths and firms, all while enhancing and hydrating your skin. Packed with a host of actives and other natural botanical ingredients, Facial Cocktail Serum has a bonus effect of acting as a primer, keeping your makeup in place throughout the day and into the night!

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4) GO CHIA PRODUCTS: A gift basket filled with all their products! It all started with the drink and now the company has expanded to snacks, drink boosters and seeds.

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5) TAYLOR-MOSELEY EARRINGS: 2 winners will receive gold hoops with their choice of gemstone. Must “like” the Taylor-Moseley Facebook Page and leave a comment with the gemstone you love!

Clockwise from Left:

  1. Carnelian Gemstone
  2. Golden Rutilated Quartz Gemstone
  3. Creamy Scapolite Gemstone
  4. London Blue Topaz

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Other requirements to enter:

Must be subscribed to this SOS blog & be part of the SOS Facebook Page.

Winners will be announced on Christmas Eve, Dec 24th.

Thank you all for continuing on this journey in 2014 and I look forward to us all having an amazing 2015!

Love, Tiff

CHILDLIKE WONDER Vs. THE GRINCH

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At lunch last week, my girlfriend and I were sharing holiday memories from when we were little girls. I mentioned how amazing my mom was at creating traditions not only at Christmas, but she also made a big deal out of Valentine’s Day and Easter. Mom’s work so hard and stress themselves out beyond belief to ensure their babies have a full of wonder holiday experience. Thanks mama! Oh… and can’t forget daddy. He toiled all night on Christmas eve to assemble things like swing sets, Barbie townhouses and electric pianos. Who else got that Barbie townhouse with the cool elevator? My mom bought us a new ornament every year and on Christmas eve we could open just one gift- new PJ’s. We would set out cookies and milk for Santa and mom always (and still does) had either pine or cranberry smelling candles burning. My heart is full right now remembering these childhood traditions. I had lots of challenges as a child, but Christmas was always blessed.

As I write this, the twinkle lights are glowing on the tree and I’m sipping hot cocoa with a splash of peppermint mocha creamer. I hung up all the beautiful Christmas cards we’ve received from friends and wrapped the last gift. I am officially in the holiday spirit and should be wearing an ugly sweater, but I just can’t bring myself to it. LOL. This time last year, I could barely fake being in the holiday spirit. I wasn’t quite a full on grinch, but almost. We had only been living in Dallas for a few weeks and adjusting to ice storms. Our cross-country move cost much more than we expected so the Christmas shopping budget was painfully tight. I didn’t even send out real Christmas cards. An e-card was the best I could do.

As I always say, life happens and we just have to show up and do the best we can with what we’ve got. The ebb and flow of life is inevitable and I’ve learned to surf it instead of fight it. We’ve all had crappy holidays, but even as an adult, it’s much more fun & fabulous to embrace the holiday with childlike wonder than to be a grinch. I was so at peace being back in my home state and that was the best gift ever. Finances may have been tight, but you cannot put a price tag on peace.

ARE YOU IN THE SPIRIT?

This time of year is difficult for many. Perhaps there is family drama or the loss of a family member creates sadness and a void in your heart. Like my holiday last year, maybe your finances are putting a damper on the festivities. I highly recommend doing fun simple things like creating a Christmas station on Pandora, burning holiday candles (I prefer the smell of vanilla over pine, cranberry or peppermint) and watch old Christmas movies. The original Miracle on 34th Street was on a few nights ago! Talk about getting in the spirit when you watch a good old black & white film. My mom, sister and I usually bake cookies together and I look forward to doing that with them next week.

Most importantly- if the holidays make you sad instead of spirited, I highly recommend helping someone else have a good holiday. Your sadness will lift and God will bless you richly. It doesn’t have to be a homeless shelter, although that is so needed, but maybe there’s a single mom at your child’s school who can barely pay the rent much less buy a Christmas tree. You could get her a cute small tree at places like Hobby Lobby or Target. All the holiday decorations are already on sale at both places! Last year, one of my besties gave us a beautiful little decorated tree and I can’t tell you how much life that brought to our new place for the holidays. When I couldn’t bring myself to decorate, a friend pulled through. My spirit was lifted.

Choose to be childlike.

Choose to count your blessings.

Love, Tiff

P.S. Don’t forget the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway ends 12/24! 

GET SPICY IN 2015: Pantone’s Color of the Year

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We are influenced by color on many levels and it’s one of the most important wardrobe tools I teach my clients when they get “stuck in a rut”. Women who have lost confidence and find themselves with a stale image typically wear dark colors. If you look back at my old photos when I started my spiritual journey of healing, all I wore was brown… even in the spring! I even wore a brown lace dress to my wedding reception in Australia! I rarely wear brown now. I wanted to hide and blend in because I felt raw when I went in public. We can’t hide in color! You know I would NEVER wear a brown dress for a special occasion now.

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Wearing a certain color can change your mood instantly. Every woman should have her unique power color! Mine are deep violet, red and orange. When I wear those colors, I feel more bold and walk a bit taller. I realized years ago these were the colors I preferred wearing to auditions. But, in the corporate world certain colors are associated with different character traits:

 Black – Leadership

• Blue – Team Player

• Gray – Logical/Analytical

• White – Organized

• Brown – Dependable

• Red – Power

• Green, Yellow, Orange or Purple – all four colors were associated with creativity 

 

I am always anxious to see what colors are chosen by the Pantone Color Institute. The palette for Spring 2015 looks warm, soft and fun with “Marsala” being the leader of the pack.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

The Versatility of Marsala

  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury. via Pantone.com

This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

 

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I admit, I’m not totally crazy about this entire color palette for Spring 2015, but I will definitely be rockin’ the marsala. Many skintones should stay away from that custard!

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

 

DRUM ROLL… SOS STOCKING STUFFER GIVEAWAY KICKOFF WITH TAYLOR-MOSELEY JEWELRY

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It’s that time again! This is my favorite giveaway of the year because I get to play Ms. Santa Claus. I’m super excited to kick off the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway with something all women love…JEWELRY!

Taylor-Moseley is doubling up the fun this year and is giving two SOS sistas a stunning pair of hoop earrings with a drop gemstone of her choice. (retail $78) These will be a beautiful addition to any fashionistas jewelry collection. Austin based, Allison Taylor-Moseley is the owner and designer as well as a personal stylist and creates “everyday luxe” pieces for women of all ages and styles. She uses only genuine gemstones and 14K gold filled or sterling silver.

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Clockwise from Left:

  1. Carnelian Gemstone
  2. Golden Rutilated Quartz Gemstone
  3. Creamy Scapolite Gemstone
  4. London Blue Topaz

Details to enter:

  1. Go to the Taylor-Moseley Facebook Page and click like.
  2. Make a comment on that page with the gemstone you love. “I love the ______ gemstone hoops”. (see above)
  3. Must be part of the SOS Facebook Community as well. Have you clicked like there?

Two winners will selected and announced December 24th!

Tell all your friends. (or not to increase your chances:-)

Time to get your twinkle on!

Love, Tiff

 

P.S. Take a closer peek! These earrings are gorgeous and make sure to check out all of her arm, neck and ear candy here!

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10 HABITS OF HEALTHY CHICKS

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The topic of health and living our best, most fabulous and spiritually conscious lives is what the foundation of SOS is based on. My wish is for every woman to rock their personal style, but more importantly I want them to be strong and healthy in body, mind and spirit first. I am here to help you relearn how to love yourself and realize

how important you are,

how beautiful you are and

how powerful you are.

It has been a long journey of relearning for me and I’m still a work-in-progress. I abused my body with low nutrient junk foods and recreational drugs. I abused my spirit and mind with toxic thoughts toward myself. I was one unhealthy chick! Which means I was one unhappy chick. Healthy in every area equates to happy.

Throughout my journey I have found these key elements are vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

1. Early to bed, early to wake. I realize this is impossible for some diehard night owls, but generally those who get adequate sleep start the day early feel more refreshed and creative. Our bodies regenerate during sleep so if you’re depriving yourself of sleep you are damaging your immune system. Sleep is also one of the most important beauty tips because it keeps you looking young.

2. Attitude of gratitude. Once you gotten enough sleep and wake up early, healthy chicks take some time every morning (even if it’s in the shower) to count their blessings. The happiest and healthiest chicks I know have a disciplined practice of gratitude journaling, prayer & meditation. The complaining sourpuss is usually sickly with constant physical ailments. You could probably think of a few family members or friends right now who are forever complaining about having a migraine or stomach issues, am I right? When I was living fully in shame and negativity, I was always sick! 

3. Move, move, move. Being sedentary is a recipe for depression and physical issues. I get it- some people hate working out with a passion! Find something you enjoy like dancing or rollerskating that doesn’t feel like a workout. Luckily, I loved playing sports as a kid and have been a powerwalker since I was 13. I learned early on that walking helped my mind as much as it helped my figure. Now, I kill two birds with one stone and love listening to various speakers on Podcast One while I walk. I get in a physical workout and a mental & spiritual workout at the same time! Highly recommend it.

4. Eat & drink right. This is a super important key to health. You really are what you eat! We are so lucky to live in a generation with so much knowledge about foods and modifications. Our parents didn’t have this knowledge and many of them are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure now. Pay attention to what you are sticking in your mouth sista! If I eat low energy and low nutrient foods, I will feel it immediately. I’ll have a slight headache and feel lethargic. Trust me, I am all for indulging once a week, but I  know that I will feel it the next day. Also, healthy chicks are conscious of their alcohol and sugary drink consumption. Water is the first thing they reach for!

5. Birds of a feather. We all rub off on each other. Healthy and happy chicks are conscious of surrounding themselves with happy and healthy friends. It is human nature to take on someone’s behavior- to a degree- when we are around them a lot. I grew up in a home where there was constant complaining and naturally, I took on that behavior and have had to work really hard to reverse it. We can’t live in a happy bubble 24/7 so make sure your mentally & spiritually strong to be able to affect the negative people in your life in a positive way… instead of them infecting you! Holla!!    

6. Make the best of it. Bad crap happens to all of us. Healthy chicks choose to see the silver lining in challenging circumstances. They can see the blessing or the lesson in the situation. They do not play the victim or sit and wallow in the crap. I use to be the Queen Wallow! Allow yourself a quick pitty party, cry, scream then dust yourself off and dry your eyes because you have important stuff to do.

7. Lend a hand. Another key to being spiritually healthy is helping others on a regular basis. Talk about a mood lifter and game changer! The minute you sense yourself slipping down the slide of worry and fear- go find someone who needs some help. The healthiest and happiest chicks I know are the first ones to visit a sick friend with a big pot of soup or take an elderly aunt to her doctor appt. Now, make sure you don’t take it to the opposite extreme and wear yourself out trying to help everyone which is actually very unhealthy!

8. Mindfulness. Everyone is busy. We are in an age of multitasking. We make phone calls in the car while listening to news radio at the same time. We start dinner while helping the kids with their homework plus answering texts from friends. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. When I’m overloaded with distractions, I skip listening to podcasts during my walks and savor the quiet. Scientifically, mindfulness has been found to be a key element in happiness. Being present- not living in the past or too much in the future- is one of the greatest obstacles we face especially with the constant distractions of people, email, social media and television. I keep my phone on silent A LOT! My hubby and I have gotten in the habit of turning our phones to silent before we have dinner. This allows us to connect and be present with each other. A marriage without mindfulness is a set up for disaster.

9. Stress managers. A healthy woman knows her limits and finds outlets for stress. This could be as simple as turning off the phone like I mentioned in #8 and taking a quiet moment to get centered when too many people are pulling at us. It could be practicing yoga, singing in the car and watching funny movies on a regular basis for a good laugh. Another key to keeping stress low is the ability to say no and setting healthy boundaries.

10. Body love. There’s a few aspects to this one, physically and spiritually. When we have a healthy love for ourselves, we take notice of things going on in our body instead of ignoring it. A healthy chick gets to the dentist regularly, performs self exams and schedules her annual pap. We are more in tune with our hormonal fluctuations and how certain medications effect us. We don’t just take antibiotics at the drop of a hat.

 

Yes, life happens and we can get out of balance from time to time. It may be a challenge to have all 10 of these operating smoothly every single day, but I encourage you if you are too far off in a few of these areas- make some small tweaks in order to elevate your life and be your most healthy….

and happy!

I want to hear from you. Comment, share, tweet and let me know which of the 10 you are going to tackle.

Love, Tiff

BE A GOLDEN GIRL THIS HOLIDAY

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One of my favorite looks for the holiday party season is golden eyeshadow and nail polish. Glimmer and shimmer puts me right in the holiday spirit and my skin tone is more flattering with gold tones rather than silver. If silver works on you- go for it! Silver shadow looks stunning with a red lip.

I did some research to get ready for the upcoming holiday parties. Here’s my picks from high end to drugstore:

Gold High Pigment Eyeshadows

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NARS “Goldfinger” Shimmer Eyeshadow

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Maybelline 24 HR Color Tattoo Metal in “Gold Rush”

Check out this great tutorial for gold eyeshadow with bold black eyeliner:

Face & Body Illuminators 

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NUXE Paris Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer

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Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer

Nail Polish 

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Butter London in “West End Wonderland”

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in “Game Of Chromes”. These are my new at-home polishes! They really last for close to 2 weeks w/o chipping.

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Take some time to get your sparkle & fancy on this holiday.

Oo La La..

Fa La La La La!

Love,

Tiff

HELLO DECEMBER! The Final Stretch Of 2014 Affirmations

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Hey Hey Gorgeous!

The final 31 days of 2014 are glaring at us. What emotions does this stir up in you? Excitement? Anxiety? Anticipation? Disappointment? Childlike wonder? Perhaps a mish mash of them all? December is a special month for so many reasons. I encourage you to take a deep breath and enjoy every single last day of this year.

The first day of any month is exciting to me because of the clean slate we are given to be better and do better. Take some time today- on December 1st- to get quiet and visualize how you want the month to look. Write out your intentions. Are you carrying resentment and unforgiveness toward a family member so you dread having to see them over the holidays? I encourage you to see yourself surrounded by a huge heart and filled up with so much love that it pushes out all resentment. Instead of dread, look at this as an opportunity to practice forgiveness and extend love to the most difficult people in your life. Say a prayer for them before you arrive and you will be shocked at what a great visit you will have. Remember, being peaceful is being powerful. Do not allow that crazy aunt or cousin to steal your joy and peace.

This experience will richly bless you, I promise.

Did you forget to save up or max out your credit cards all year long and now there’s no budget for Christmas shopping? What a great learning lesson right before the new year. I’ve been there and royally screwed up my credit in my 20’s from being irresponsible with credit cards. Big big learning lesson! It’s not fun to sit in our debt mess, but take it as motivation in the coming year to pay off your debt and by next Christmas you’ll feel proud of yourself and will be able to give without guilt.

THIS MONTH, I WILL….

  1. Extend love in every situation regardless how challenging.
  2. Focus on the merry & happy of the holidays.
  3. Indulge a little..not a lot.
  4. Be blessed not stressed.
  5. Stay on my workout program- NO MATTER WHAT!
  6. Carry over the attitude of gratitude from last month.
  7. Make the time to love, pamper & care for me.
  8. Not be a Scrooge.
  9. Be like a silly kid & enjoy the little things like twinkle lights & candy canes.
  10. Throw out those janky old slippers & get some new fancy ones covered in sequin. (I just did this and it’s amazing how good it feels!) Target has some cute ones under $18.

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I would love to hear your intentions for the month. Sharing and writing them out gives them power. Wishing you all an amazing month!

Make sure to keep an eye out for the popular SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. Tell all your friends! 

As always, it will be filled with fabulous things.

Love, Tiff