GO CONFIDENTLY INTO SPRING By Guest Blogger Tina Hamilton

 

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Spring is here and everyone is getting excited for the change of the season. Spring not only means that the weather is warmer and the flowers are blooming, but also that there are new fashion trends to peruse. With all of these great new beginnings, it’s impossible not to get excited for spring!

Even though there are so many great things about this season, many women dread the change because warmer weather usually means more revealing clothes. It can be difficult for any woman to shed her winter layers and expose herself to the world.

Here are some tips to help women confidently wear this spring’s fashion trends:

Start with basics that fit perfectly

Every woman needs to have a few essential items in her closet that she can pair with any outfit and feel fabulous in. some of these basics usually include a great pair of jeans, thong underwear, and a few layering t-shirts. Starting with these basics can help any woman rock a new trend with confidence.

Add a new twist to a trademark look

Most women have a trademark look, or a go-to style that they loved last spring and summer. Anyone can use these looks to create a new and fun trend that they will be able to wear easily and comfortably. For example, if last year a woman could not be separated from her maxi dresses, this year, she could try wearing a crop top over the dresses to create a new style.

Use light layers to cover up

Even though the weather is warming up, women can still use some layers to make each outfit a little less revealing and more comfortable. Most women will use sheer fabrics that are lightweight but still solid enough to cover any areas they are less comfortable with. This year’s mesh trends are perfect for this.

Focus on quality over quantity

Many women make the mistake of buying trendy pieces that are made of cheap fabrics and overall poorly made. Though this may seem like the best financial decision at the time, it is almost always better for women to invest in higher quality items. These pieces will not only last longer, but they will also be more flattering to a woman’s figure.

Only wear the trends you really love

Even though the media may tell a different story, not all trends are made for everyone. Women should recognize when a certain trend does not fit their style and avoid wasting money on something they will never wear. Instead, a woman can use her own style to make new trends and fads that she can feel proud of.

Take a chance on color

One of the best trends that always makes its way into spring fashion is bright color. Every woman can find one bright color that they love and that flatters their skin tone. This season, many women are trying out bright pink or coral, which is great on almost every skin tone.


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Finishing touch with accessories 

The best way to put the exclamation point to your new spring outfits is with fun accessories. Adding a great pair of sunnies, gemstone earrings and necklaces and a festive handbag lightens up your look after all the heaviness of winter.

 

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Tina Hamilton HeadshotTina 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

 

 

 

 

GIRLTIME IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH: Plan Some This Week

Hey Sistas!

Recently, one of my besties sent me this great reminder. I read this a few years ago, but in each season of our life messages hit us differently! I wanted to share it with all of you to encourage you to plan regular time with girlfriends who lift you up, challenge you to be the best you can be, who spotlight your strengths and love you unconditionally. Over the past few weeks I’ve been blessed by several empowering and uplifting moments with girlfriends. This is truly the best anti-depressant and it’s even good for our overall health. Read on…

FashionStars[Celebrating our dear friend Dawn Mellon as one of this year’s Fashion Stars for a Cause benefitting the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Dallas at the DCC. Photo Credit: Danny Campbell]

INTERESTING BIT ABOUT FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS.  They Teach It at Stanford:

In an evening class at Stanford University, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection — the relationship between stress and disease.

The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman. … . whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.

At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically, this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin — a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being.

Women share feelings, whereas men often form relationships around activities. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidentlythat is very GOOD for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

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There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged? Not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

FullSizeRender-18[With Heidi & Erica Annise at PositiviTEA benefitting The Grace Project for women living with HIV/AIDS]

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health!
We are indeed very, very lucky. So…. let’s toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently, it’s very good for our health. 

Love,

Tiff

ROCK THE BELLS: Tiff’s Favorite Spring Trend

Go with me on a journey back in time. Regardless of your age, I’m sure you remember seeing reruns of Charlie’s Angels. How fabulous were their clothes!?! Can you visualize Farah Fawcett running in slow motion with her hair waving in the wind while wearing the most fabulous bell bottoms or jumpsuit? If you’ve been part of SOS for a while you have heard me give a shout out once or twice to the 70′ s style. It’s my favorite look and I’m thrilled that the flared bell bottom jeans are kicking skinnies to the curb. Finally, our calves can breath again! Since I am such a fan, I’ve done the research for you and found the top 3 brands who rock the bells the best. If you can, try a pair with a higher waist. This fit isn’t for everyone, but it’s the true 70’s vibe!

1) J. BRAND “Babe” Bell

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2) PAIGE DENIM “Bell Canyon” High Rise Flare

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3) HUDSON “Taylor High Waist Flare” 

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Here’s a flashback to one of my very 1st videos. The 70’s are obviously here to stay so just add your own modern twist:

 

Will you rock the bells this Spring?

What’s your favorite trend for 2015?

Keep steppin’….Keep struttin’ sistas!

Love, Tiff 

L’OREAL LOVE: Spring Skin Spruce Up

Happy Fab Friday, Gorgeous!

With the change of seasons and new fashion trends, I am always inspired to try new makeup and skincare products as well. I’ve been using Revlon Photoready Foundation and Makeup For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation for the past few years and they are both still fabulous, but being the researcher I am I decided to try the  L’Oreal foundations. This drugstore diva went on the hunt!

I have been hearing so much about the Armani foundations, but ummmm…with the price tag over $60 I decided to find the drugstore equivalent. You can buy a concealer, powder,  foundation, blush and mascara at Target for the same amount. I found out that the L’Oreal Group owns Giorgio Armani Beauty and that means there may be some cross-over formulations. I was right! I tested the Armani foundation at Sephora  and the coverage and texture is almost identical to the L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Skin Perfecting Foundation. Who else loves the $10.99 price tag at Target?

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Because I deal with puffy under eyes and dark circles, I am always trying new concealers hoping to find one that totally deals with this problem area. I am yelling HALLELUJAH from the mountain top for the L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer. The “blur” effect is real, sista! It’s super blendable so you’ll never have the raccoon look plus the “lift” property gives your under eye a more youthful look. Completely in love with this concealer! The L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation rocks, too.

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Here’s more love for L’Oreal… my new favorite foundation is the True Match LUMI Healthy Luminous Foundation! It takes 5-10 years off the look of your skin. Yes, I’m serious. It’s made of 40% pure water for all day hydration and filled with Antioxidants, Vitamins C & E for even skin tone and texture. The “Liquid Light” Technology gives you an instant, luminous glow! HOLLA! I love that it has SPF in it for extra protection as well.

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 Have you tried any of these L’Oreal products?

Give us your 2-cents and make sure to share this blog with your sistas!

Spring is around the corner so make sure to spruce up your makeup bag and chunk any old products. It’s the perfect time to try some new things.

Love, Tiff

 

Are You Proud To Be A Woman? I AM.

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Hey Sistas,

I honor each of you today. Many thoughts have come to me regarding International Women’s Day. I thought I would share what’s been running through my head all day:

  • My heart is filled with gratitude to my mother for instilling the “you can do anything you dream of” mentality in my sister and I.
  • Deep admiration & respect toward my mom for always working hard in her job and even harder at home to create a safe home for us as kids. She never hired a housekeeper and we rarely had a babysitter. She’s 66 and still happily working.
  • Deep admiration for my Japanese immigrant grandmother for choosing to leave her family and career as a clothing designer to raise her family in America.
  • Pride and respect for my multi-talented younger sister who has followed her dreams and remained true to herself while finding her calling. It takes guts to try new things and change careers. She’s one of the gutsiest gals I know! If you’re in LA, she’s setting up her skincare/esthetician practice at several locations including the Beauty Boutique.
  • As a young woman living in the US, I’ve been able to work as an entrepreneur (I began modeling at 14 and started my 1st business at 16 doing graphic art, logos and designing T-shirts for companies), pave my own way and ask for the pay I’m worth all while trying to make a difference.  This overwhelms me! Again, I thank my parents for teaching us to fly and supporting all our crazy, but creative ideas. 
  • I’m more passionate than ever to help instill belief, vision, confidence and positivity in our young women to prepare them for a successful future.
  • This blog is proof that we are blessed as women in the US with the ability to share our voice, ideas and thoughts.  Women in many countries are still forced to remain silent.
  • I echo the sentiment in an Instagram photo I recently shared from Marie Forleo (one of my favorite biz mentors) which said, “Ambition is beautiful”. Her caption read, “You were born to create and contribute. Don’t let the noise of the world drown out the work your soul came here to do”. That goes for the boss lady doing the hustle and the stay-at-home mom raising future leaders. You do your thing and do it well!

WHAT DOES THIS DAY MEAN TO YOU?

In case you aren’t aware of what IWD is all about, here is a description from the website:

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

1908
Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1909
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910
n 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

1911
Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses‘ campaign.
 

1913-1914
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity.

1917
On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women’s strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

1918 – 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year’ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Annually on March 8th, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally!  Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your part to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

Thank you for being part of this sisterhood. Women are powerful, especially in numbers!

With love & gratitude,

Tiff

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