HYDRATE DULL WINTER SKIN

Hello Gorgeous!
I’ve received so many comments and messages about how great my skin looked after posting last Monday’s motivational video in my kitchen without makeup on. (Thanks so much!)  If you’ve been following the blog or YouTube channel for a while you know all the different products I swear by. If not, browse through my Beauty Video Playlist and check out all the different products I love. But, here are 3 simple things I always add during winter to keep my skin hydrated- especially now that we live in a climate that actually has winter temperatures.

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1) DRINK MORE WATER AND HERBAL TEAS.

Water increases cell hydration, but the antioxidants in the herbal teas actually help by detoxifying the entire body especially the kidney and liver so your skin (which is also an organ) can function properly. One of my favorites is Tazo’s mint tea.

 

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2) ADD OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS TO YOUR DIET.

Add Omega 3 by eating more fish like salmon or simply taking a good Omega 3 supplement. They are vital for healthy skin and helps regulate oil production in your skin. Having plenty of this essential fatty acid in your system keeps your skin hydrated and prevents it from drying and flaking. You can find great supplements everywhere from Target to Whole Foods.

 

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3) KEEP YOUR HOME HUMID.

The heaters will dry everything out from you throat, nostrils, eyes and skin. Adding humidity to combat the dryness will do wonders for you. Use a humidifier or even a large bowl of water sitting close by will add moisture to the air and keep your skin from getting dry and dull.

I am so ready for Spring!

Stay hydrated.

Love, Tiff

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P.S. If you’re in the DFW area, come join us for the 2nd Annual Night Of Vision in Carrolton on Sat, Feb 7th. I’m honored to be a speaker and share how VISION BOARDS have been a pivotal tool in my life. Then we’ll have fun creating our boards!

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PREP, PREP, PREP! Candid Monday Motivational Vlog

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Is your fridge always empty so you grab something quick like fast food?

Do you rely on coffee or Red Bull to give you a boost?

Are you lethargic and your mood dips throughout the day? 

It’s time to get it together sista and prep your meals and snacks for the week ahead. This has revolutionized my energy and mood levels. When I’m hungry I turn into Medusa (just ask Aaron) and not only get grumpy, but I get shaky and lethargic. I rarely allow myself to get to this point now, but when this does happen I will eat anything…I mean, anything! Even McDonald’s or Taco Bell! Eeeeek. Now that’s scary.

Plan a day that works for you- Sunday is great- to prep some meals, snacks and grill some chicken breasts. (if you’re not a vegetarian) It makes me so happy to open the fridge and have a fresh pot of soup, some tuna fish, chicken breasts, chopped veggies and fruit ready to go so we never have to experience Medusa!

Here’s a candid video from my kitchen just encouraging you to prep, prep, prep! 

 

5 THINGS TO LET GO OF IN 2015: The 1st Motivational Vlog of the Year

Hey Chicas!

Grab a cup of coffee, tea or a kale smoothie (wink) and your iPad and have some girl time with me. This is the very 1st motivational vlog of the 2015 and this time I’m giving you a list of 5 things to stop doing instead of adding more things to your to-do list this year. As we all plan to go bigger and elevate every aspect of our life we have to get rid of and grow out of behaviors that hold us back from being our ultimate best!

The heartfelt comments women are leaving on this video have inspired me and deepened my passion for the purpose of SOS. Women around the world are being braver than ever right now and stepping into their destiny.

Are YOU joining us? 

I hope so.

Love, Tiff

RED CARPET RECAP: Lots of Hits & A Big Miss, Keira

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The glam squads are probably all recovering from their hairspray hangovers this morning after the 1st award show of the season, the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. Being an on camera artist as well as a fashionista, I love every single aspect of award season. Actors, directors and screenwriters are celebrated for their achievements all while sporting the latest trends by the best designers, stylists and hair & makeup artists. Last night did not disappoint! It was a night filled with magic, inspiration (and some tears), glamour and love…thanks to the Clooney’s.

As always, there were tons of red carpet hits and a few misses to make it fun.

Here are my favorites:

There were many fabulous trends from bright colors to winter whites to ethereal ball gowns to metallic and super sexy cut outs. I’m all about sparkle right now so my overall fave trend was the metallic looks above. Especially Julianne Moore’s dress with the feather mermaid bottom. So gorg! But, of course, it’s Givenchy Haute Couture!

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Another look I’m obsessed with this winter is head-to-toe white. Giuliana Rancic was stunning in this white Jad Ghandour dress and matching coat. The hosts do the hard work on the red carpet and are usually outshined by the celebs, but Giuliana looked so stunning and is one of the hardest working women in Hollywood. She deserves the shout out!

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I love to see women dress for their body and highlight their assets and camouflage any problems areas. Not that these women have any problems, but the ruching, cut out detail, silhouette at the bottom and neckline all work together to cinch the waist, add height and broaden the shoulders. Perfection! 

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J-Lo is known for plunging necklines, high slit on the leg and flawless smokey eyes. She brought it full force last night and her glam squad killed it! The beaded cape dress by Zuhair Murad had a unique art deco vibe. Totally the stand out -for me- of the night! Even her nails were amazing.

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The most aspirational women of the night were Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda. I love that we are given this type of motivation at the beginning of the year! Helen turns 70 this year and Jane is 77…yes, I said 77. At almost 80, it is apparent that her working out for over 50 decades has paid off. They put the youngen’s to shame! Just sayin’.

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There were a few misses last night, but the biggest disappointment of the night was Keira Knightly in Chanel. The expectant mama could have chosen something so glam and stylish to show off her bump! Keira, fire your stylist asap, sista! I love butterflies, but the purse matching the print just takes this to another level of horrible. It really looks like someone’s first attempt at sewing in Home Ec using their mom’s old drapes and grandma’s table cloth. Seriously! 

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I’m thrilled to wrap up my recap with one of the best statements and moments of the evening. The handsome Mr. Clooney, recipient of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille award, gave an eloquent, funny and heartfelt acceptance speech with a special shout out to his lovely bride, Amal. They were one of the most anticipated to arrive on the red carpet last night. There are mixed reviews on her white gloves, but I loved them! While most people thought he was going to let her outshine him- being her first red carpet appearance- it was nice to see her in a classic black dress arm-in-arm with her husband united as one. It made a big statement to see them both in black & white when most women would have worn a bold color for their 1st red carpet as Mrs. Clooney. Class act.

WHAT ARE YOUR RED CARPET PICKS?

Get out there and strut it this week, sista.

The world is YOUR red carpet.

Love, Tiff

How to Start 2015 with More Confidence by Guest Blogger Tina Hamilton

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There are a lot of excitements and pressures that women feel at the beginning of a new year. Every woman feels the need to instantly dump bad habits, make a lot of New Year’s Resolutions and suddenly be a different person once that clock strives twelve. Of course, this is just not realistic. Goal setting is a great idea to help any woman achieve her dreams, but no one can change completely overnight.

One of the most important traits that any woman needs in order to set realistic goals and achieve those goals is confidence. So many women struggle with not feeling like they are important or capable of achieving greater things, but this is not true! Every woman should create the power within herself to make 2015 her best year yet.

Here are some tips to help you gain more confidence in 2015:

Start with positive self-talk

Every woman is guilty of it from time to time. Putting oneself down and saying negative things is simply not productive. Every woman should focus instead on building herself up, not tearing down with negative self-talk. This can be a difficult process for a lot of women, but it is something that everyone should be working on constantly in order to become the best version of themselves.

Create a comfortable and expressive style

It may sound silly, but dressing cute actually does help a woman’s self-esteem. More importantly, the saying ‘dress the part’ still holds true. If a woman wants to be more confident to impress a man, get a promotion at work, or for any other reason, she should dress appropriately to help get to that goal. Women should forget about following trends and wear things that make them feel beautiful and comfortable, investing in t-shirt bra styles and well-fitting items that will last a lifetime.

Move every day

Exercise is an important aspect of staying healthy and happy. People who get regular exercise are not only happier with their lives, but they are also more confident and outgoing. Everyone should make a point to get up and move every single day. This can range from a ten minute walk around the block to a 2 hour sweaty yoga session.

Find a teammate

Women often feel like they have to do everything on their own, and there is no one out there who would be willing to help them even if they asked. This is an unfortunate misunderstanding. Every woman can and should work to find a teammate or partner who can help them feel better about themselves and achieve their goals this year. This can range from a life coach to a good friend.

Try something new

It sounds a little ironic, but it is true that one of the best ways to feel more confident is to do something that one is not confident doing! By getting outside of their comfort zone and trying new things, women can empower themselves and gain the confidence they need to take on any new challenge 2015 has to offer.

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Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. Look for her on Twitter

STOP SHRINKING! You Are Meant to Live Big

 

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During my morning reading, the author made reference to my favorite quote by Marianne Williamson. I’ve loved this quote for many years, but the section that jumped out at me this morning was “your playing small does not serve the world”. This concept is part of the theme I want us all to live by this year! You may remember my new year wish that stated, “Laugh loud, love hard, live big”. Coming across this quote today solidified this theme for me.

Are you going to join me? 

Read the entire quote slowly:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

― Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

 

  • Have you been living small?
  • Are you afraid of your innate power?
  • Do you realize (really, really, realize) you are a child of God?
  • Do you dim your light and shrink around certain people?

I lived small, wasn’t powerful, didn’t know my worth as a child of God and would shrink back for years. I even wore brown, beige or black during that period. I know that’s why I was so drawn to this quote. It resonated with me and has been a driving force behind SOS.  2015 is our year to shine brighter and by doing so we will give others the freedom to shine their brightest as well. Yes, there will be those who feel threatened by your radiance, but DO NOT dim your light so they will feel comfortable. Some friends will prefer the small you because it makes them feel big. A true friend will grow with you and support the new, shinier you. Shrinking and dimming is truly a disservice to the world and a slap in God’s face. He created you to shine! 

The world does not need more women playing small. As my motto says, “confident women change the world”, so it’s time to stop dimming your light. The world is desperate for it. It’s time to stop holding back and start stepping out.. and struttin’ it! It’s time to stop crying and start laughing. It’s time to stop needing and start believing. It’s time to realize your gifts, share them and stop hiding them.

Small thinking leads to small actions which lead to a small life.

Big thinking leads to big actions which lead to a BIG LIFE.

Which do you choose?

Make a comment and share how you can live bigger in 2015.

Love, Tiff

NEW YEAR’S DETOX: Inside & Out

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Happy 2015 Gorgeous,

I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the new year with family and friends. Have you been indulging? I sure have and don’t feel guilty about it at all, no mam! But,  I am excited to get focused and back on the regular routine. A light cleanse and detox always does the trick for me. I’ve already shared how to get your mind & spirit ready for the new year so the perfect topic for the very 1st blog post of 2015 is preparing your body for looking and feeling it’s strongest. 

First, get back in the habit of drinking your lemon water every morning upon rising!

Second, eat a nutrient rich, fat flushing veggie soup for about 7 days. I love this recipe (and so does my hubby) and have been eating it for the past few days. It’s so tasty you don’t think of it as a detox soup! With the rain and chill here in DFW, this detox soup has been ideal.

  • 3 peeled & sliced carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, diced
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • all spice to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans drained black beans (optional for added protein)
  • 2- 32 oz cartons veggie broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups baby spinach

Add everything -except the spinach- in a large pot or crock pot. Cook covered on low for about 4 hours. Just before serving, add in spinach and stir for about 3-5 minutes until wilted.

I keep the rest of my diet clean with egg whites or a protein shake for breakfast, the soup for lunch and a big salad for dinner. Snack on fruit and nuts throughout the day. Drink tons of water!

This recipe is from the book, Hungry for Change. This soup is packed with superfoods, antioxidants and fiber which flush toxins and fat from the body. It’s a healthy, safe and effective way to kickstart healthy eating changes for the new year! 

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Third, the indulging also effects our skin so I love a soothing detox bath. This stimulates the lymphatic system, cleans pores and softens skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water prior to and after the bath!

*If you have an oversized spa tub, double the ingredients.

  • 1/3 Cup of Sea Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger

Have a tall glass of water ready to drink in the bathroom. Set the bath water temp a bit hotter than normal, but make sure it’s still comfortable. Stay in this mixture for at least 15 minute making sure to submerge your entire body up to your neck. I take little breaks and sit up every few minutes. DO NOT LET YOURSELF OVERHEAT! The ginger really gets your circulation and sweat glands going.

If you are in a tub with a shower head, as you drain the water, stand up slowly and rinse off with lukewarm water. This washes away any residual salts and toxins sitting on the skin.

Dry off well and hydrate with a moisture rich lotion.

Drink that tall glass of water! Try to plan this in the evening when you do not have to be anywhere. Relax and enjoy!

 

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Fourth, now that your pores are open, sit back and relax with a detoxing mineral masque. Because of the additional sugar, sleeping with my makeup on too many nights (I know, I know… bad girl!) I’ve had some light breakouts so I get things back in order with Hard Night Good Morning’s Detox Mineral Masque.   It oxygenates your skin so you can feel and look rejuvenated. Perfect for all the late night’s and too many glasses of wine! Just sayin’! 

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This is your year to live a bit bigger & bolder than you ever have.

I’m ready. Are you?

LET’S GO!

Love, Tiff