2015 OSCARS RED CARPET: From Wow To Weird To Worst

Ok, I’m sad to say this year’s Oscars experience was underwhelming for me. My sweet hubby accidentally scheduled his return flight right smack in the middle of the red carpet coverage (I forgave him) then I at too much Thai food and feel asleep in a food coma right after the amazing opening act. Wow- Neal Patrick Harris nailed it! I woke up at the ending credits. Ugh! We do not have a DVR because we just don’t watch enough regular TV. I’m rethinking that one.

I did catch enough of the red carpet to assess it and give you my verdict for best & weirdest dressed.

I love the shades of Valentine colors from blush to pretty pink to vibrant red. Rosamund Pike killed it in Givenchy and totally redeemed herself after the Golden Globes fiasco. She’s my top choice of the night!

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Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen has been growing on me! The color & bodice is so beautiful and unique. Perhaps a different shape on the bottom would have been more flattering on her. Whatcha think? 

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Here’s my choices for weird to worst…

Was this her sister’s home ec sewing project? First time on the carpet.. poor thing.

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Note to self.. remove the gloves after dishwashing and hitting the red carpet. Yes, it’s true Gaga fashion- but come on!

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I get it.. she’s trying to make a statement with the red belt, but I just don’t like it. Period. Nicole is usually in the top 3 best dressed, but this is a miss. Poor choice of clutch, too!

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I’m on the fence with this one! Chrissy Teigen is a stunning supermodel, but honey, choose to highlight ONE asset at a time. The top is too low and the slit is too high. This would have been so much more glamourous with more modesty and a lighter lip.

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I would love to hear your 2- cents!

I can’t believe red carpet season is over.

Overall the glitz & glamour was a success!

Love, Tiff

The Start Of My Fab Vegan Collection

Happy Sunday Sistas!

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As you all know, I love a good shoe sale! The hunt and rush of finding fabulous foot candy is well, how to say it…I’m an addict ok…without apologies! I’ve mentioned early in the birth of this blog that when I got married and took a step back from my television career, my shopping budget went from Fred Segal and Neiman’s status to TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Learning to shop with Cristal Champagne taste on a Bud Light budget became a fun form of creativity for me. Of course, after the initial mourning over the loss of all the designer items I sold.

A moment of silence for those Gucci handbags, please.

Now, I get to teach all of you how to get creative! You do not have to sacrifice style and expressing yourself through fashion just because you have to wear Steve Madden instead of Christian Louboutin. I actually sold my remaining few Loubou’s on Ebay to have extra spending money when we moved to Dallas last year and you know what? I don’t miss them one bit. Now, will I add more Loubou’s to my shoe collection at some point? Heck yea sista! I’ve learned to embrace the ebb & flow of life. Even how it pertains to my wardrobe!

Now, to today’s point. As a lover of the finer, most beautifully crafted types of shoes- I admit to being a bit snobby when it came to wearing “vegan” non-leather shoes. Then, a few months ago a client hired me to coach her on image and give her some tips to begin “veganizing” her wardrobe. She made a valid point for wanting to rid her closet of leather goods, but had not been able to find really chic & fashionable items in her country.

SOS to the rescue!

Right before I started working with her, I had just bought a few non-leather handbags that I simply adored. They were so cute I didn’t care that they weren’t expensive Italian leather. There are so many on-trend and stylish companies producing great quality vegan items now. So, I had gotten over my snobby attitude toward bags, but still had an ego about the shoes. My style philosophy has always been that you can wear stylish inexpensive outfits from H & M, but don’t be too chintzy on the shoes. But, we’re always growing and evolving with our fashion sense and when I saw a stylish fashionista rockin’ these hot red fringe booties at an event last month…I just had to have them. Come to find out they were faux suede and under $20. Say what?  By Shoe Republic LA.

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My vegan shoe collection has officially been started! The great thing about buying trendy vegan shoes is you can purchase several pair and still have money left over to buy those pair of great fitting jeans or that chic black blazer at a heaftier price tag. If they are super trendy, you may not even wear them the following year and then you aren’t out $1500. Which is equivalent to some people’s mortgage payment! Ouch.

Here are a few more vegan shoes by that I’ve added to the collection…

These blingy leopard print heels above, also by Shoe Republic LA, were a bit over-the-top for me, but they kept calling my name…Pssst, Tiffany…can I come live in your closet room please? If you saw my shoe webisode, you know I’m a firm believer in buying statement specialty shoes.. just because! 

Chambray denim is one of THE hottest styles this Spring. So is the high 70’s platform! I was thrilled to find these to wear with colorful floral maxi sundresses.

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What are your thoughts on “vegan” shoes and handbags?

As always, do what works for you, your unique personal style, your lifestyle and your budget.

SHINE ON!

Love, Tiff xo

REDEFINING MOTHERHOOD

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This is for my fellow Mothers who do not have biological children, but you love + nurture our youth everyday. My favorite Valentine’s gift was getting a call from my spiritual daughter yesterday. She was orphaned 3 years ago and God Divinely crossed our paths shortly after her mom passed. She’s never known her father or any grandparents. I haven’t even met her in person yet because she lives in a different country and social services there prevented me visiting many times. The day we meet will be GLORIOUS! Hearing her express gratitude for not giving up on her and introducing her to God, made my heart soar. #BestGiftEver

There can be a stigma against women who don’t have kids and if you feel ‘less than’ because you weren’t able to have kids… please allow God to use you to help children who desperately need a mama figure! It could be your calling + purpose. As a Southern girl, I figured I would have the statistics of 2 kids, 2 cars and a cute single family home by the time I was 25. Then, further along my journey, I realized that I didn’t have that same longing to have a baby as my friends had. I’ve mentioned all this on the blog before, but today I can declare total freedom from any stigmas, judgement or inner unworthiness. I am doing exactly what God created me to do! I could see my husband and I adopting someday or just continuing our work with orphanages. This message on Christine Caine’s new website solidified my feelings..

“Is motherhood strictly for biological mothers? Christina Middlebrook candidly shares her journey of infertility and how new ways of mothering can fulfill purpose and calling in different ways.”

Watch this:

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I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on this topic.

We can all be Mamas!

Love,

Tiff

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P.S. I’m happy to say we are gearing up for a few Spring style videos! Thank you for hanging in there with me. I’ve started new side businesses and have a major announcement coming soon!

2015 is a game changing year and you’re going to LOVE IT! 

Love Is The Best Investment

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I encourage you to invest in yourself, too.

We cannot give away what we don’t have.

This quote by Audrey is so simple yet so powerful.

Make sure your own love tank is always filled up so you have a reservoir to give to others.

I had a massive week and am funning on fumes today so I plan to get in a pilates class this weekend, sit in the sauna with the new Spring magazines and hopefully get in a nap too.

What can you do this week to fill-er-up? 

Wishing you a blessed Valentine’s Day and hope you all get huge returns on your investments today!

With love + gratitude,

Tiff

That First Baby Step Is The Biggest Step

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February is in full swing and I just have to share my latest adventure with you. When I moved to Dallas, people immediately started asking how I got my career started as a TV Host and YouTuber. I began coaching talented people -on the side- who were serious about putting in the work and was hooked. So last year, I added on-camera/ image/ media workshops to my vision board to expand on the private coaching. The beauty of a vision board is that it’s a daily reminder of your goal and dream. The image triggers our subconscious prompting us to think, act and get a result.

I just love teaching/guiding/mentoring regardless if it’s lifestyle mentoring women or helping others reach their goal of working on-camera! This proved to me, once again, that dreams do not have expiration dates. When I was a little girl, the first thing I ever wanted to be was a teacher. I would “play school” with my cousins and I had to be the teacher. Anyone relate? At this point in life, here I am fulfilling a dream from so long ago.

I hope that encourages YOU! 

The most important thing about a vision is the action you put behind it. I could talk about starting workshops until I was blue in the face. I had to go for it and take that baby step. Any time we do something new, there’s that little nagging internal voice that whispers, “who are you to think you can do this? are you sure you are a good teacher? what if nobody signs up?” That’s when I take my own advice and tell my Negative Nellie to shut her trap!

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We’re approaching the 3rd week of my first 6-week hosting course and I’m truly blown away at the remarkable people in class. Each of these brave souls had to take that baby step and join this class despite any of their own fears. I’m inspired by each of them and realized that teaching is a gift on many levels. I’m giving them the tools and info they need to sharpen their craft, but at the same time I’m receiving so much from them.

Their courage makes me want to be more courageous.

Their hard work inspires me to work harder. 

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With my theme of 2015 being to live bigger and shine brighter, I encourage you to take that first baby step. Even if we step with our knees shaking- just do it! With every step after that, our vision and destiny comes into sharper view and miracles really do happen. Keep focusing on your strengths, gifts and unique talents. There is a reason you have the personality you do. There is a reason you have the desires you have. There is a reason you have the style you have. There is a reason you are naturally good at certain things. When there is synergy with all your gifts….your destiny and purpose unfolds. How exciting is that! 

I’m thrilled to expand these workshops even more and include image workshops which will be like SOS Live! Stay tuned for that.

Get to steppin’ sista!

Love, Tiff

WHERE IS YOUR CROWN? A Call To Action

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How fast did January fly by? We’re wrapping up the first month of 2015 and have gotten back into the groove or perhaps you’re trying to create a new groove for the year. With the hustle of life, women easily and willingly shove their crowns in the back of the junk drawer. Where is your crown these days? (Yes, I’m referring to your invisible metaphoric one, but if you want to rock a real tiara- go right ahead sista!)  How is your “queendom” looking? How are you feeling- body, mind & spirit?

I want to encourage you to make your “self-care” a top priority and treat yourself like the queen that you are. You are not a martyr, you are not a slave, you are not a pauper.

YOU ARE A QUEEN! THIS IS YOUR CALL TO ACTION FOR 2015!

Beautiful miracles open up in your life when you pamper, respect and love yourself. Too many women view this as selfish or self-indulgent. Moms, if you are taking good care of yourself, you are setting an example for your children to do the same. It goes the same for the opposite. If you are neglecting yourself, you are setting that negative example for your kids.

Everyone’s life is different so the various levels of self-care will be different for every woman, but here are a few ways we can all make self-care a priority this year:

  1. BE SPONTANEOUS. Take a break each week and do something totally spontaneous. I know this sounds contradictory to plan spontaneity, but we gotta do what we gotta do, right. Basically, it’s giving yourself free time each week and sometimes even that has to be scheduled. For example, on a day that has a light schedule, go do something totally fun. Last Friday after a morning meeting- which I had blocked off more time for than was needed- and when the meeting ended sooner than expected my girlfriend (who was also at the meeting) and I headed to the mall, grabbed a Starbucks for shopping stamina and went hunting  for boot sales! Totally spontaneous and just what the doctor ordered after a very busy week.
  2. ASK FOR HELP. This is a big one because we don’t like to “put people out” or bother anyone. I admit to being really weak in this area because 1. I’m a control freak and 2. I don’t like to bother people. As my schedule gets crazier and I have more responsibilities, I am forcing myself out of my comfort zone and asking for help. A queen allows people to do things for her. She’s not a B@&*# about it and she’s not demanding. She simply knows her queendom will run more efficiently when she delegates and isn’t afraid to ask people to do things that they are probably much better at than she is anyway.
  3. WEEKLY PAMPERING. Create a “Just for me” cash stash and go blow it on yourself every single week. Yes, I said every week not every few months. Get a mani/pedi, massage, facial, body wrap or treatment, etc every week. Maybe put the money toward an empowering seminar you’ve been wanting to take which pampers your spirit. I admit, I still do my nails at home every once in a while for convenience, but I started a “just for me” cash stash a few years ago and it is one of the best ways to practice self- care. I can no longer use the excuse of lack of funds for neglecting myself.

The list really could go to a hundred ways to take care of yourself, but these 3 things have stood out to me recently between my private lifestyle mentor clients and girlfriends. Don’t wait until you have chronic migraines, resent your family for spreading you thin and you begin to feel like a doormat. Start today. Set your intention on rockin’ that crown proudly.

 

I wanted to share one of my favorite Oprah quotes and just googled it to find there was more to it. I’m excited to add this to the post:

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Be a queen. Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of diversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward challenge. Take it on! Be a truth seeker and rule your domain, whatever it is—your home, your office, your family—with a loving heart.

Be a queen. Be tender. Continue to give birth to ideas and rejoice in your womanhood… my prayer is that we will stop wasting time being mundane and mediocre… we are daughters of God—here to teach the world how to love…

It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, where you come from, who your parents are—nor your social or economic status. None of that matters. What matters is how you choose to love, how you choose to express that love through your work, through your family, through what you have to give to the world…

Be a queen. Own your power and glory!

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Cheers to my fellow daughters of God!
Please leave a comment and share if you’re going to dust off your crown and make sure to share this with your friends who need this call to action as well.
Love, Tiff