Midweek SOS Beauty, Style & Spirit Tips {New Motivational Vlog}

Hey Style Sistas, 

I’ll keep it short & sweet today. Here’s just a few tips to keep you looking & feeling fab this Fall… 

//BEAUTY//

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Pumpkin season is approaching and I want to remind you to integrate it into your Fall beauty routine. Pumpkin is packed with Vitamin A & C and it’s blend of antioxidants make it perfect to use on your skin and hair. I love making a DIY mask of pureed pumpkin and honey to exfoliate, plump up wrinkles and the honey adds moisture. There are tons of new pumpkin skincare, bodycare & haircare  products on the market. Make sure to eat it too! 

 

//STYLE//

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The hot ‘must have’ coat this Fall is a faux fur in blush pink. I’m totally obsessed!  If this is too bold and bulky, find a vest or even a furry scarf in blush pink. It freshens everything up and pairs beautifully with grey, camel, burgundy and even teal. 

 

//SPIRIT//

As we go into the final few months of 2014, it’s a great time to check in with yourself and gauge your level of Faith VS. Fear. Are you leaning toward fear on a regular basis? Remember, F.E.A.R. is False Evidence Appearing Real. Make sure to envision your life and dreams with the eyes of your spirit. What seems impossible with your physical eyes can be POSSIBLE with faith-filled spiritual eyes. 

 

Share with us. “By faith______________!” (fill in the blank)

Comment, Like, Share the SOS Love.

WALK TALL,

Tiff

Do You Have A Spirit Spot?

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Do you have a “spirit spot” or what I also like to call a “place of peace”

This morning as I was meditating, praying and writing in my journal, I became overwhelmed with gratitude for my “spirit spot”. I knew I had to share this with you on this beautiful Sunday. Seemed appropriate. When I started on my spiritual journey about 12-13 years ago, I found that early morning was the perfect time for me to pray, read and seek God. I am naturally an early bird so it was easy. As I began to see how this practice was transforming and strengthening me, I became addicted to my special morning time. On the mornings I was rushed and skipped it, I would be cranky, short tempered and anxiety-ridden the rest of the day. Now, I do not give up my morning ritual for anything or anyone! With all the people and responsibilities we have, it’s vital to start the day in peace (not frantic with anxiety) and equipped to handle it all.

 My “spirit spot” ended up being the couch in the living room complete with a comfy blanket, coffee, candle, Bible, books, journal, highlighter and my furry daughter, Zoe. Now, I realize that this spot works for me because I don’t have kids. A “spirit spot” can be any place YOU can get quiet, connect and feed your spirit. This could be a specific room in the house, on the patio overlooking the pool, a park bench or even in the shower or on the yoga mat.

One of the first things I discuss with my lifestyle mentoring/coaching clients is how they start their day. A common theme I have found among women who need my help, are disconnected from their spirit and constantly exhausted is that they jump out of bed to screaming kids or they hit the snooze button a million times.

If this is you- do you feel a rumbling of anxiety in your gut for the rest of the day? 

Then, I highly recommend getting up a bit earlier than your family. Even just 15 minutes earlier will transform how the rest of your day goes. I PROMISE! Is there a spot in your home where you feel calm? A spot where the minute you sit down you exhale and feel the stress drain off. This could be the perfect place of peace for you. If not, create one. Place things around you and in your view that create a sense of joy, peace and comfort in you. My spot in the living room has things that stimulate my senses in a positive way….

  • Furry blanket that is comforting, safe and cozy. (I skip this during the heat of Summer, of course!)
  • My baby girl Zoe, loves to lay in my lap which creates love and connection.
  • An aromatic candle which creates a calm zen atmosphere.
  • Fresh flowers- usually an orchid- which represents love, luxury, beauty and strength.  
  • Photos of my family and dearest friends which always reminds me to pray for them & send them positive thoughts. 

 

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Remember, it’s just as important what we feed our physical body as what we’re feeding our spirit. When you feed your body junk- ice cream, cookies, fried foods, preservatives- you become overweight, sluggish and become a breeding ground for diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and more. You become what you eat. 

What you feed your spirit- YOU BECOME. Do you feed your spirit junk like too many violent/sexually immoral shows & movies, trash mags, too much voyeuristic time on social media and surrounding yourself with gossipers/backstabbers/criticizers?  Trust me- I am not perfect at this and indulge in some ridiculous, mind-sucking reality shows from time to time — but, I am cautious of how much time I spend on things like that. It’s important to be so in tune with your spirit, that you notice when these things are altering your character, behavior and your manner of speaking becomes negative.

Again, this is why it is crucial you begin the day filled up on positivity and peace. As the day goes on, we are bombarded with negative images, tragic news and perhaps a gossipy friend. If you begin the day depleted, whoa- no wonder so many women battle anxiety. I did for a long time!  Sistas, it’s no way to live. 

Please share your TWO CENTS on this subject and make a comment!

Share, tweet, like this post if you found it inspiring.

Love, Tiff xo

 

BE FAB FRIDAY: Tiff’s Latest Beauty Obsessions

Happy Weekend Gorgeous Girls!

WooHoo- today is the first Fall-like day in Dallas with a bit of rain and a cool breeze. Time to pull out a few light sweaters and boots. Along with changing our clothes for Fall, we should change up our makeup and moisturizers. Here are the latest beauty items I’m obsessed with: 

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The latest e.l.f. Cosmetics eyeshadow palette. Rich colors with 3 shades of green- which is the “IT” color for Fall. Find these palettes at select Target or by the checkout stands at TJ Maxx & Marshall’s for under $5. HOLLA! 

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I’m wearing a combo of all 3 of the green shades! 

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My mom loves AVON and just sent me these gorgeous green shades! 

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I got a lil creative and tried a twist on the French Mani. 

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Palmer’s Skin Cocoa Butter Formula Therapy Oil is amazing! This Summer, I could deal with the heat in Texas, but the mosquitos drove me nuts. Because I have olive skin, I scar easily even from a big bite so be the end of Summer my legs looked like a war zone. I started researching treatments and remembered using cocoa butter as a kid. This stuff is working fast at fading the scars and it’s making my skin feel so soft. I will be using this through the Winter for sure. 

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By now, we should all own a can of dry shampoo. I have tried several and this VOLUME EXTEND by Garnier is the bomb. Many of the dry shampoos leave a white powdery film on the hair, but not this one. Perfect for inbetween washes and makes fine hair look fuller. 

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Remember, this Sunday the 14th we are giving away 3 copies of Susie Augustin’s book!

Click HERE to enter. 

Have a beautiful weekend, beautiful.

Love, Tiff xo

RETRO: Let’s Make It New For Fall {Part 2 of the Fall Webisode Series}

Love vintage styles from the 50’s and 60’s? Want to look like you stepped out of an episode of Mad Men? Then you will love the RETRO trend this Fall.

WATCH THIS: 

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Here are a few must add’s to freshen up your wardrobe this season…

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MINISKIRT

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CROPPED MOCK TURTLENECK via Forever 21

The black one I wore in the webisode is also from Forever 21. 

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LACE UP BOOTIES

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WHITE FLARED DRESS via ASOS 

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POP OF NEON & METALLIC LACE SHIFT DRESS by Ali Ro

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What’s your favorite era?

Comment, like, tweet and share the latest Fall Trend with your friends! 

WALK TALL.

Love, Tiff

SUSIE AUGUSTIN: She’s A Sexy, Fit & Fab Siren {Giveaway}

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It’s hard to believe that only 18 months ago I became a Bestselling Author! This was unexpected and truly a gift from God. In Sexy, Fit & Fab at Any Age! I share my stories and challenges to inspire women to develop their essences, exude confidence, embrace their true selves and feel extraordinary. But during the creation of the book, I started experienced obstacles. I went from losing 30 pounds, being in what I thought was fabulous shape, and looking and feeling confident and sexy, to feeling “off”.

I was suffering from female health issues, fatigue, weight gain, and ended up having a hysterectomy. During my recovery, my 83-year-old mom was hospitalized, had three surgeries, her heart gave out and she passed. Also, I found that I might be a victim of identity theft. It would have been easy to let what was going on in my personal life define me and focus on recovery. Instead, I chose to put aside the way I felt and continued to move forward with my goals to make my dreams come true. I’d lost my book savings due to being on Disability, I had no credit and no budget. But what I did have was perseverance and passion. I started my publishing company Get Branded Press. I surrounded myself with uplifting people and lived with an attitude of gratitude.

Within four months I had a book launch, became a Bestselling Author and a Publisher (I published my friend Kim Somers Egelsee’s book Getting Your Life to a 10 Plus, too). Another blessing that week – my finances were recovered. Amazing opportunities came along; speaking engagements, radio and TV shows: the Beverly Hills Book Awards and the International Book Awards.

I had faith and chose to see my challenges as life experiences, the same kind everyone goes through. I also experienced my highest highs during this time. While I didn’t always feel up to doing speaking engagements or let myself be vulnerable in front of an audience, I sucked it up and put aside my pain (physical, emotional, financial) and did it anyway. You see, I had a responsibility to share my message of Sexy, Fit & Fab at Any Age! even if I didn’t always look “perfect”.

This year, I invited 24 Sexy, Fit & Fab women, age 20s through 70s, to contribute stories to my new book Sexy, Fit & Fab Sirens. These women live confident, healthy and empowered lives, they’ve overcome the odds and have gained amazing achievements.

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Contributing authors: Kim Somers Egelsee, Jeanette Ortega, Monica Blanco, Sheri Fink, Karla Keene, Danielle Augustin, Shaeny Hagey, Monick Halm, Amy Stahovich, Yin Chang, Jenée Dana, Kristina Mitchell, Kristina Johnson, Casey Krebs, Stephanie Dreyer, Sherri Boyer, Jaime Kalman, Katy Bray, Sylvia Armas-Abad, Jacqueline Kettle, Vivian Pulliam, Fran Boytos, Claudia Cooley, and Nancy Somers.

Additional contributors: Erin Cottrell/Foreword (actress, The Identical); Alexis Carra/Special Introduction (actress, Mixology); and Tiffany Hendra/Endorsement (TV Host, Sanctuary of Style).

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The theme of Sexy, Fit & Fab Sirens is Sexy Collaboration. It’s powerful when women come together – so many women, so many blessings! The book was created in 6 months and hit #1 on Amazon in 16 categories (Health/Fitness, Beauty & Style, Aging, Movers & Shakers, and more!) I’m absolutely amazed and had such an exciting time celebrating with all the authors at our Sexy Sirens red carpet book launch! Look for upcoming books Sexy, Fit & Fab Beauty Secrets and Sexy, Fit & Fab Studs in 2015.

I challenge YOU to dare to go for it, and live the life of YOUR dreams!

Susie Augustin

Connect with Susie: 

www.SexyFitFab.com

@SusieAugustin

#SexyFitFab

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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate Susie and her success, she is giving away 3 signed copies of her latest book – Sexy, Fit & Fab Sirens.

To enter, simply make a comment on this blog post sharing that you accept the “challenge to dare to go for it and live the life of YOUR dreams”.

Winners announced Sunday, September 14th.

WOMEN OF DALLAS EMPOWERING OUR YOUNG WOMEN: A Personal Invitation to the ESTEEM Fashion Show

 

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Remember back when you were a teenager?

What was your confidence and level of self-esteem when you were 17? 

Were you under the pressure to be a good girl and to always look good. Perhaps you didn’t feel that pressure- thank God, but the majority of teen girls feel the pressure so strongly that they commit a slow suicide by starvation and binging/purging. We all know it’s not about the food- it’s about feeling so out-of-control that the one thing they can control is their weight. There are many layers to an eating disorder. As a teen, I experimented and swung between bouts of starving myself and binging/purging. Many of the women in my family were overweight and constantly dieting so at an early age I learned what a laxative was and how to abuse it. At around 16, I had a Japanese modeling agent tell me that my legs were too big & muscular and if I wanted to have any kind of modeling career, I needed to have thinner legs. The self-loathing was amped up to a new level at this point. Even at my age and so many years passing since the go-see with that agent, I still have to keep myself ‘in check’ from disliking my legs. Luckily, around age 20- after a few years of experimenting with hard core diet pills from Mexico, starving and working out for hours, I couldn’t keep it up and decided I enjoyed good food more than I enjoyed modeling. I was never that super thin, gaunt model and was on the shorter side at 5’7″ so bikini and fitness modeling was the niche I worked best in. My curves and muscles were embraced and I could give up the diet pills! 

Now, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of this generation of teen girls and how they are bombarded with Instagram images and size zero celebrities to compare themselves to. I can’t begin to imagine the battle for perfection they are killing themselves to achieve. Because of my tumultuous teen years and knowing the pain girls suffer in silence, I began mentoring young girls who are dealing with issues from eating disorders, cancer, abuse, early pregnancy, drugs and more.  

Now that I’m in Dallas, I was introduced to The Elisa Projectfounded in 1999 by Rick and Leslie McCall in memory of their daughter Elisa, who suffered from an eating disorder and ultimately took her own life. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Elisa Project is dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through support, awareness, education, and advocacy. We strive to be the premier knowledge resource on eating disorders and a proactive agent of change to ensure that all those affected by these diseases receive the treatment and support they need. via http://www.theelisaproject.org

Dallas sistas, I invite you to join us for the ESTEEM Fashion Show —now in its 5th year—is a celebration of positive body image and self-esteem. Local celebrities will join girls and women, of all ages and sizes, to embrace healthy, balanced lifestyles and self-acceptance. By helping to increase awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, ESTEEM encourages people to love themselves while striving to be healthy.

I am thrilled to be walking in the show in honor of my sweet Julie who is on the road to recovery from heart complications due to anorexia.  Hope to see you there!  Invite your friends!  

 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

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EVENT INFORMATION

Saturday, September 13, 2014 

10:30am // Doors Open

Tootsies

8300 Preston Center Plaza

Dallas, TX 75225

TICKET PRICES

$75 VIP Front Row Seating

$40 Adults

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

BE A BETTER GIRLFRIEND: Mid-Week Affirmations

Hey Gorgeous Girls,

 

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The past few days I’ve been reveling in the genuine friendships in my life. I am so grateful for the girlfriends who have stood by my side for over 20 years and excited about the new friendships I’m creating here in Dallas. Women need each other.. we have this innate need to feel connected and the minute we feel disconnected- all hell can break loose in our life. I realize that I’m a better wife, daughter, sister, etc- when my love tank is filled up from meaningful connection with my girlfriends. With all the hats we wear, it’s easy to allow the responsibilities of life to push ‘girl time’ on the back burner. Be intentional with scheduling quality time with your beloved girlfriends. From a shopping trip, happy hour or a powerwalk together, it really is the best therapy! Do not let too much time go by without this connection.

This was an important part of the foundation of SOS when I created it. During lonely periods in my life (LA could get very lonely at times), I realized I would look forward to watching Oprah or Sex and the City because it felt like some sort of connection and girl time. As sad as that sounds, it’s the truth. Then, after my YouTube Channel began to grow, many women would tell me they looked forward to the kids going to bed so they could jump on the computer and watch my latest video. For that 5-10 minutes they felt like they had some ‘girl time’ after a long day of juggling kids, career and life.  I completely understood and this truth fueled me to keep on keepin’ on with SOS. That’s what sparked the idea of it being a SISTERHOOD. Now, don’t get me wrong- watching TV or YouTube does not replace the in-person connecting we so desperately need, but it proved to me that this ‘connection’ should be a priority in every woman’s life. Make girl time a priority. You need it and deserve it.   

 

Affirm it today. I will…

  1. Schedule girlfriend time.
  2. Give gratitude for all the amazing women in my life.
  3. Be a better friend.
  4. Open up to a trusting friend, remove the mask + share my soul. 
  5. Release any toxic friendships once and for all.
  6. Pray for my girlfriends.
  7. Nurture all the women in my life no matter their age. (even your 9 yr old niece)
  8. Listen without “one-upping” (thanks Brene Brown)
  9. Reach out the minute I feel lonely. (stop the wallowing before it starts)
  10. Not take my genuine friendships for granted.
  11. Toast to the fabulous friends in my life!

 

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Thank YOU for being part of this cherished sisterhood.

YOU are loved & appreciated.

With gratitude,

Tiff