5 Must-Try Swim Trends for 2014 By Guest Blogger Susan Bodack

We are finally progressing into Spring and every day brings us closer to warmer temperatures and sunnier skies. So, if you haven’t started stocking up on some new swimwear, it’s time to get cracking! Hopefully you’ve already got a fabulous Spring trip planned, but even if you don’t think you’ll hit the beach until the 4th of July, it’s never too early to start thinking swim. Get ready to hit the beach in style with these top 5 must-try trends for the 2014 season:

 Sanctuary of Style - Tequila Y Sal flutter top bikini by Luli Fama1) Flutter Tops: The flutter top trend is the perfect way to feminize your look while subliminally emphasizing the bust line. Many designers are adding flowy, fluttery detailing to the front of tops which look equally gorgeous blowing in the breeze or draped along your torso while you’re chilling on a chaise lounge. Whether you choose a fun print, crisp white or pretty pastel, this trend will make your heart flutter.

 

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2) Fringe AccentsAlthough this trend was huge last season, funky fringe accents are back with a vengeance for 2014. In addition to adding movement and playfulness to a swimsuit, fringe also lends some boho-chic flair. Plus longer-cut fringes can add a bit of camouflage as well as distraction from certain “problem areas” like the torso and upper inner thighs.

 

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3) Crochet DetailsA sexy crocheted swimsuit? Definitely not what your granny had in mind! In addition to creating texture, crochet can also add a bit of peek-a-boo allure to your suit. Perfect for both boho-chic beach babes and flirty fashionistas alike, this trend is a must this season.

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4) StrappyWhile swimsuits in general bare some skin, this sexy trend takes it up a notch. Whether you’re looking to tantalize or tease, you can easily find swimwear styles with strategically placed strappy detailing that offer glimpses of your skin that would ordinarily be covered.

Sanctuary of Style - Denim bikini by PilyQ5) Denim: Most of us don’t think denim is a very beach-friendly material, but that’s because we typically associate it with jeans and shorts. But this year’s hottest collections feature some denim-inspired swim styles that are sure to stand out. Some designers take the trend a step further and add denim-inspired detailing, such as pockets, rivets and golden camel-colored stitching to complete the look.

2014′s hottest swimwear collections feature a ton of fun and flirty trends, making it hard to choose a favorite! Whether you stick to one or rock them all, you’re guaranteed to look as sizzling as the summer sun.

Susan is a blogger at Beauty and the Beach–a swimwear and lifestyle blog by InStyleSwimwear.com! Whether you’re prepping for an upcoming beach vacation or simply getting a head start on your summer style, InStyleSwimwear.com will have you looking beach-chic in no time flat. Check them out today!

 

 

7 MUST HAVE BLACK BASICS {New Webisode}

Hello Gorgeous!

The webisode says it all. Let’s get to it, shall we….

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7. LBD

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I am excited to announce my gorgeous & inspiring girlfriend- Kirin Christianson, is offering an extensive and informative online modeling course called the BOMBSHELL BOOTCAMP! If you or someone you know is interested in a fascinating career in the modeling industryCLICK HERE TO VIEW HER FREE VIDEOS to get a glimpse of the vast knowledge you will receive. I confidently recommend this course and put my name behind it! 

Kirin Christianson, founder of Red Haute Mama, is a FORD/RBA Model, Mrs AZ America 2012, Philanthropist. Beauty and fashion blogger who shares her beauty secrets, love of BEAUTY food, and sparkly shoes.

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As we approach one of the most important holiday weekends, I pray you & your family are richly blessed.  I am not ashamed to say I need Jesus. What He did for all of us is the reason I’m able to be here doing what I do. 

HAPPY EASTER!

Love, Tiff

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Tiff’s 5 Favorite Dresses For Spring {New Webisode}

Happy Fab Friends,

It hit 80 degrees this week ((happy dance)) and the first thing I love to dust off for Spring is a fun dress! There are so many styles that are hot, hot, hot this season- but as always, I narrowed it down to the 5 I think we can all strut….

 

 

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1. Sporty Flippy Dress By ISSA

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2. Sheer Maxi/ Peekaboo

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3. Liquid Metallic

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4. Shirt Dress

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5. Wearable Art By Mary Katrantzou

What’s your favorite?

Please comment, like & share SOS with your friends! 

Remember to take some time this weekend to pamper yourself.

Love, Tiff

BLOOM AT YOUR OWN PACE: Stop Trying To Prove Yourself

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Happy Sunday Sistas,

As you all know, I am in a new season of life, in a new city and loving the fresh start. With that comes moments of both anxiety and excitement. Anxiety because I’m getting reacquainted with a city that has changed SO much from when I previously lived here, but more so- I think it’s because I have changed. I admit it is a good kind of anxiety- if there is such a thing. Excitement because I am connecting with wonderful women who are full of purpose, passion and integrity. Plus, the fact that I can drive down to visit my parents gives me tremendous peace that I haven’t felt in years.

Over the past few weeks, I have had several convo’s with women from all walks of life- single career women, wealthy stay-at-home moms and women in ministry. These conversations were some of the most authentic, genuine and flat out no B.S. talks I’ve had in a while. A great take-away from each encounter was the realization that I was free from the need to prove myself to any of these women. After years of searching for approval from others and desperately trying to prove myself and my worth- here I am…Tiff, no labels, no titles, no resume, take it or leave it, just as I am…

ME.

Everyone is climbing that mountain and running the race to see who can get to the top or cross the finish line first. Our ego’s want to be fed with that false need to prove something and say “Hey, look at me!” The flowers don’t beg for attention and open up when they are ready….when they have had adequate water and sunlight. It’s a simple analogy, but we could learn a lesson or two from them. They are all equally beautiful so does it really matter which one blooms first? We hear “enjoy the journey” on a regular basis, but are we all so consumed with that finish line or mountain top that we keep ourselves in a state of misery, comparison and competition? The beauty of the journey, the climb- is the growth and strength that’s achieved. Do not try to bypass it or you’ll miss out on your Destiny. There’s really no fun or sense of adventure in life if you went straight to the mountaintop. Sting made a profound comment in the documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom” about the kids that win “American Idol” at an early age. They are given instant fame, recognition and money- BUT, if they have not had some degree of personal growth they will not sustain a lasting career. They do not have the tools or Spiritual growth to keep them at the top for long. (I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the gist of it) 

Often, I call myself a “late bloomer” and I’m okay with it. My entire 20′s were a time of seeking, self-loathing, fear based decision making and complete confusion. I didn’t start understanding myself…forgiving myself and others…until I was in my early 30′s and allowed God to take over. Remember, before a flower can bloom- it has to first grow underneath the soil, in the darkness and start out as a sprout. Whether you are fully bloomed or barely a sprout today- appreciate where you are and do not compare yourself to others. Don’t try to rush your growth and bypass some of the essential healing and lessons that MUST be learned. That’s a recipe for disaster. Each season, each stage of growth reveals amazing aspects of ourselves. Many stages are downright painful and challenging, but oh so glorious on the other side. That’s how we truly understand who we are, what we want to do and how we want to live our life. We have to go through the dark times in the dirty parts of life in order to really appreciate when we are…

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If life is to be compared to a race- I’m in it for the long haul, the marathon. Not a sprint. I know I used several analogies from a race to a mountain climb to flowers, but I trust it helped to drive the point home. I see so many women who are wearing themselves out trying to prove they are successful, prove they are superwoman or the world’s greatest mom. Do not live your life by someone else’s definition of success. I may not have the biggest bank account, but I have a thriving marriage and healed relationships within my family. God is leading me every single day in my purpose to empower women. Heck, the fact that I’m even alive and breathing and not strung out on drugs somewhere…that is success to me, HOLLA! 

How has the need for approval derailed you? What is stopping you from living life at your own pace, on your terms? Are you distracted by the need to keep up with the pace of other’s? Are you disconnected from your Spirit and trying to take the wheel away from God? It is so exhausting and you’ll stay on the “road always traveled” then end up living someone else’s life. If that’s you today, please put it in “park” and reevaluate your route.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers to blooming when you are good and ready!

Love, Tiff

 

 

 

 

LIGHT UP TOMORROW By Very Special Guest Writer, Aaron Hendra

Hey Fab Fashionistas!

I wanted to share the other side of my life with you all. When you hear me saying I can’t shoot a new webisode because my cameraman hubby is out of town or my mention of stressful moments- well, these are the types of situations we’re dealing with. Noooo biggie- just treading floods in Africa. Here’s a glimpse into our world. This is the orphanage we visited and support in South Sudan. If you are pressed for time and unable to read…scroll down to the ending video: 

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It was early August last year and I anxiously pushed an overloaded airport cart with seven items of baggage to the Qantas international check in desk. I was on the way to South Sudan with a with a very important item in my possession, a prototype LED light panel which I hoped to install in the mud brick church at the Machine Gun Preacher orphanage.  It was 9.30pm at LAX and I wasn’t even sure if I had a seat, I was flying standby to save a few dollars. It was also imperative that I be at the MGP headquarters in Kampala, Uganda in 3 days to meet Sam Childers, Kevin Evans and Gigi otherwise the whole trip could be a disaster. One thing about the Machine Gun Preacher is he doesn’t wait for anybody. I was feeling slight pressure at this moment. 

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Leaving LAX…

A guy at the Qantas desk called me forward with a very unimpressed look on his face. “How many bags are you checking?”, he asked. I began to explain that this was a humanitarian trip and I had a special light I was going to install at an orphanage. He didn’t seem to warm at all and said I would have to check four bags. $800US for just the first leg to Melbourne. This could cost thousands in extra baggage fees by the time I got to Uganda and my heart sank.

It had been a journey of faith just to get everyone onboard and behind this new idea of bringing efficient LED lights and Solar power to the Children’s Village. I’ll never forget the shouts of excitement when Sam started up the gasoline generator at dusk, the night of our first visit in 2010. That trip had been to record the children sing on One Man’s War, we were there for music mainly but the idea and possibilities of bringing clean energy and lights to their lives was born that night. There is no grid supplied electricity there, only one old gasoline generator. We heard the kids screams of excitement the moment the power kicked in and the light bulbs started to flicker in the dimly light church.  For us it’s so easy to flick a switch but electricity in this part of the world is a luxury. The kids are incredibly smart and they love to study. Imagine if they could study and work at night time as well… the seed was planted that night.

I quickly tried to consolidate my luggage. With some heavy duty duct tape I was able to kinda make four bags into two. Satisfied that this was the best I could do, I  pushed my carts over to the standby area and continued praying and hoping I would get on the flight. After about an hour, the desk called my name. Hallelujah, I had a seat, but what was going to happen with luggage?  He shook his head at what I had come up with. “You can’t do that”, he stated and walked over to his supervisor. They both then walked over to me as I pleaded my case again. After a few moments the supervisor gave instructions and walked away and I received the first of what would be many signs that I was putting my faith in the right direction for this trip. Qantas made me repack everything but only charged for one bag to Australia. Away we went.

I flew via Melbourne, Sydney, Johannesberg to Uganda. I don’t have time in this blog to tell all the stories but let me just say it took every bit of charm and determination to get all seven bags to Uganda. In the end it only cost a few hundred dollars in extra baggage fees. I reached Kampala on time and breathed a sigh of relief!

We arrived at the MGP base in Kampala safe and sound and, after enjoying a few laughs with Sam and Kevin, Gigi and I settled down to map out the next leg. One of Sam’s guys was stuck on the South Sudan border driving a truck loaded with a new tractor for Sam’s farm. He had been detained for two days already due to a paperwork issue and as a result Sam’s schedule would need to change. He could no longer go to the orphanage with us and suggested Kevin and I take the little RAV 4 and fly up to Sudan right away. Gigi would not be able to fit in the car with the LED light, camera gear etc so he would stay with Sam and we would all meet up at the new farm in Northern Uganda in two days. This all sounded good except for one small problem. Apparently the last part of the road to the South Sudan border had been closed temporarily due to flooding. Again, we’re faced with a dilemma. Do we push forward and have faith the road will reopen in time? We decided to go and the next morning before light, Kevin and I loaded the small 4WD and departed Kampala. 

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Sam Childers and Gigi Gonaway breaking ground in Northern Uganda

 

The weather was good for most of the day. We only really hit a few slow areas where big trucks had made a mess in the mud. The road from Gulu (Northern Uganda) to South Sudan is littered with massive pot holes and it’s actually so rough that it vibrates vehicles to pieces. We were making good time. All of a sudden we see rows of halted trucks, busses and lots of people out of the cars. It was 4pm by now and even though there was only about 30-40 km’s to go, the fact that more and more people we’re turning back and walking the other direction wasn’t encouraging. Another hour went by and contingency plans started to creep into our minds. It was at least four hours back to Gulu and, even though it’s safer now than 5 years ago, we really didn’t want to be driving at night. Time was ticking with no movement or sign of the road opening. About a dozen local police and army continued to block the road. Aware that the border was closing in less than an hour, Kevin who is a seasoned pro at navigating his way through Africa, expressed his fears stating, “I hate to say it buddy, but it’s not looking good”.

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Waiting at the road closure in northern Uganda

 

 

Suddenly there is movement as one car darts through the road block and the police move aside. Several cars follow but it’s still uncertain whether we are good to go or not.  We decide to move, anything is better than just sitting there, so we push forward. It quickly becomes evident why the road was closed. In parts, the road had become a river. There were lines of trucks stopped in deep water and people walking through 4 or more feet of flooding. We realize that even if we make it through, the border will be closed and Mr Magok, our border contact was not answering the phone. We pushed on. 

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Treacherous roads nearing the South Sudan border

 

“I don’t believe it, I think I just saw Magok”, Kevin yelled as he pulled the RAV4 to a stop. Somehow, in all of this mayhem we had run into the very person, the only person that could get us across the border into South Sudan that night. I was blown away. That was a miracle! Magok rode with us the rest of the way, at points walking in front of the vehicle to make sure we could pass. At about 7pm we handed our passports to the border office, fully amazed to have actually made it to our destination. 

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Mr Magok Majok (S Sudan Border Info Officer) leading us through the flooded roads

 

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Arrival at the orphanage

 

The next 24 hours were amazing. I got up early to film the sunrise and get shots of the orphanage. The kids weren’t sure what we were doing but they all got together and held the Evolucia banner, a symbol of what we hope to achieve with this project. A few of the lads joined in and were a big help installing the light and it was really great to work with them. For me, one of the absolute highlights of this trip arrived that evening when the children gathered in the church to see us plug in the LED light and turn it on for the first time. I really hoped that after bringing this fixture all the way it would live up to expectations. We were not disappointed and I have to say that the folks at Evolucia have done an amazing job. Not only was this fixture spectacular in terms of light quality and coverage, it only uses 65-70 watts and will last for 15-20 years maintenance free.  To power the lights we are also raising funds to purchase and install a 5kw Solar Farm on the property. There is no shortage of sunlight and having clean, renewable energy to power lights and other potential tools and appliances is a very exciting and realistic goal. 

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Local lads helping me install the Evolucia LED Light Panel

 

 

We did it, phase one complete and a success. To top it all off, it was Kevin’s birthday, so after a long day, we celebrated with some food at a local Ethiopian eatery on the main street of Nimule. I want to especially thank Kevin Evans for going beyond on this trip, we couldn’t have done it without him. Kevin is the cinematic genius behind the MACHINE GUN PREACHER visuals, videos and photography. This trip was a great testament to a guy who is so selfless that he would go out of his way, drive through floods and spend his birthday in the bush, all on faith. I take my hat off to you Mr Evans.

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Wishing Kevin a happy birthday

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this story. This project is dear to our hearts and we are determined to raise the funds needed to make this LED Light / Solar Farm project a reality.

I am also extremely grateful to Evolucia Lighting for donating their resources and this LED light panel, hopefully the first of many that will be installed in the coming years.

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Lastly, I want to sincerely thank Sam Childers for his hospitality and for the incredible work that he and his organization continues to do to help the lives of so many children in East Africa and across the world. You’re an inspiration! www.machinegunpreacher.org

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MONDAY MOTIVATION: SOS Beauty, Style & Inspiration for the Week

HELLO GORGEOUS!

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On the final day of March, I send you all loving thoughts and a bit of beauty, style & inspiration for the week ahead. As you enter into the new month, please take a moment to quiet your mind and reflect on the accomplishments you achieved last month and then set your intentions for how you want April to play out. Spring is officially here and it’s time to shed any sluggish thoughts or self-doubt and allow yourself to be renewed.

 

Here are a few beauty & style tips to put some pep in your step:

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MIX MASTER: Mix up your bold prints. I’m loving stripes & florals. Also try leopard print & stripes or florals. 

Dress: Forever 21, Colorful Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C., Asian Cut Jkt & Woven Belt: Vintage, Sunnies: H&M 

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BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE: All shades of blue from Electric, Royal, Moroccan, Cornflower and Navy are hot for nails this year. I found the largest selection on SinfulShine with Gel Tech polishes at Walgreens. They are longlasting with great pigment! This shade called “SLEEK” is almost identical to Essie’s “Hide & Go Chic”. The SinfulShine polishes are only $1.99 so you can get about 4 bottles for the price of one Essie. HOLLA!

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Remember, a great way to help you stay on track and set intentions is with my short ebook. Grab your today. It’s FREE! Simply join the mailing list at http://tiffanyhendra.com

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Leave a comment and share your intentions with us. 

Cheers to an Awesome April!

Love, Tiff

THE FIRST WEEK OF SPRING= FABULOUS!

Hey Sistas! 

You know those week’s we have periodically that are just perfect…like a dream, full of fun and magical moments. I just experienced a week like that!  Today, I am reveling in the blessings and had to share it with all of you. If you are on Instagram, this may be a repeat for ya, sorry. The lesson I relearned from this week was the power in reaching out and doing for others during your own difficult time. The week prior, we had a very challenging time with some business situations and I needed to get out of my head and stop focusing on my present circumstances. It did the trick…

Let’s start with last Saturday: I have mentioned meeting a remarkable young woman named Jessica Youngblood who has a ministry called Just Fabulous Events which helps build confidence in teen girls. She is a recovered meth addict who has transformed her life through God’s love and healing power. Her mission is in alignment with mine and I truly believe in Divine connections which empowers us to do more together than we can all alone. Jess asked me to be part of the event as emcee and stylist of the fashion show. I was honored and so blessed by the entire experience. There is nothing better than seeing a big group of adorable girls giggling and having fun! But, my favorite part of the night is toward the end when the girls are given a quiet moment to reflect on  what they need to give over to God to heal. It could be any broken part of their life. They write it on a rock and go lay in down at the foot of the cross. It was so beautiful to see all the girls go up to the front and release their pain. SO Powerful! I wish we had an event like this when I was a hurting teenager!!  Click to see more pics and “like” her Facebook page. 

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Then on Monday: My bestie Heidi wanted to give our girlfriend Christine- who is recovering from a year of chemo and a mastectomy- a special birthday gift.  One can only imagine how devastating that experience can be on a woman’s self-esteem so what better to help her feel glam again? A professional photoshoot with hair & makeup and starting the day with a blowout at Drybar! Heidi asked me to be part of the special day and help her get Christine ready with a great outfit and beautiful makeup. Christine said it was the most beautiful she has felt in 2 years. Mission accomplished. WOWZER! How gorgeous does she look… 

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Jump to Tuesday & Wednesday: I can’t remember the last time both my sister and I have been home at the same time. It’s been years! She flew in to Houston for a brief visit so I jetted down there for some QT with the fam. Our favorite thing to do with our Mom is load up on energy with some TexMex then spend hours digging through thrift stores. As soon as we enter the store, we separate. The hunt begins! We will holler across the store to one another with a find- as if we struck oil. We try things on and begin the fashion show giving each other a thumbs up or down. This would make a hilarious reality show! Our family has been through a lot of healing over the years and has had it’s share of tough times, like most families, so I cherish these precious moments more than ever. 

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Hydrating with a Cherry Limeade

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My goal of scoring something in a bold floral print- ACCOMPLISHED! This blouse covers several Spring trends- Pleats, Sheer, Puffy Sleeves & Bold Floral Print.

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The remainder of the week was filled successful work stuff, auditions, one of the best girl’s nights ever-  plus, seeing my coaching client really step it up and rock her session with me. I’m like a proud mama! This first week of Spring will go down in the HERstory books for me. 

Here’s a quick hair tip (this blog post is all over the place), but for you ladies who are wanting a longer ponytail- this is the best hair trick I’ve ever come up with. I only wish I had figured it out years ago! Thursday was swamped and I didn’t have enough time to wash and blowdry my hair for girl’s night. I thought a high ponytail would be quick & ez, but my pony looked wimpy and short. BINGO- I added a second ponytail underneath and voila- problem solved. I felt like “I Dream of Genie”. So fun and will be my go-to summer style! 

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WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR FIRST WEEK OF SPRING?

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Love, Tiff

 

 

BE FAB FRIDAY: A Bit of Beauty, Style & Inspiration for the Weekend

HELLO GORGEOUS!

SOS to the rescue. Here’s a few tips to carry you into the weekend. What are your plans this weekend? Take some time to pamper YOU and start sloughing off the winter heaviness.

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Getting a mani/pedi this weekend? Try one of these hot colors from OPI’s new Spring 2014 Brazil Collection. Peacock teal blue is one of my fave colors so I’m going to grab that AMAZON AMAZEOFF for sure.

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No time for a pedi and your feet not quite sandal worthy yet? I love neutral low-heeled booties with sundresses & skirts! You can take a dated sundress and make it look modern simply by adding a cool bootie.

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I took advantage of a technical difficulty yesterday to share this candid, but heartfelt message. 

How are you going to STRUT IT this weekend?

Wishing you a beautiful weekend full of sleeping in, belly laughs and moments with those you adore.

Love, Tiff

P.S. Tomorrow, March 22nd is the Just Fabulous Event with Jessica Youngblood! If you are in the greater DFW area and have a daughter age 10-20- you will want her to experience this powerful evening of Fun, Fashion and most importantly, Faith! https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8shiaa687788e1c&oseq=&c=&ch=

How Do You Wish to be Addressed?

MONDAY MOTIVATION! 

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Think about it! I’m not going to give you my two-cents on it…I just want you to ponder this: 

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How do you plan to STRUT IT this week?

If your Negative Nellie is taking over and winding you up into complaining about how you hate Monday’s- ignore her and stick your fingers in your ears and go LaLaLaLaLa! I allowed her to take over last week and I realized it was because I needed to unplug from the world and get quiet. I was running on empty! So, my hubby and I took a weekend STAYCATION! I went offline and tried to stay off the computer as much as possible. Kept my phone on silent and actually read 2 whole books. WHAT? Yes, I got still enough to read without distraction. It’s been a while! We watched old classic films with homemade popcorn and just enjoyed one another’s presence. The only time we left the house was for church. Highly recommend it! This is why I harp on the importance of taking “ME” time. Women act like they are the energizer bunny, but that’s a surefire way to get sick, depressed and hit total burnout. Now, I realize we don’t have kids so it’s easy to plan this so plan a weekend staycation and send the kids to their grandparents or  friends house. There is something beautiful about creating a zen like atmosphere in your home especially when it’s usually loud & chaotic. 

DO IT.

Have a blessed week!

Love, Tiff

 

 

 

STRUT IT! Let’s Start a Mental Makeover Movement #SOSstrut

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Happy Friday Fashionistas! 

Ok, no small talk.. I’m cutting to the chase – who else had a crappy week? Is it safe to say that as we get older, that one little hour we lose to Daylight Savings has the power to wreck our world? I’v noticed many a Facebook Status with similar complaints and have even had a few friends say they are downright emotional and cranky. As  I sit and write this blog, I feel like a train wreck and as if I haven’t slept in days. Actually feels like I’m coming down with something. Let’s hope not.

I desperately need a nap. Let me hurry and finish work so I can get to that.

OK- enough of the whining.

Yesterday, I had a few important meetings and needed to be on my game. I was in a fog, felt frumpy and needed a sprinkle of fairy dust or a kick in the rear to get me moving. Yes, I have those days too sista! I’m finally getting to my point…I had to dig deep and use my own motivational tips and tools to get my “STRUT” mentality rockin! Are you wondering what that means? If you have been following SOS for a while, you know that I not only teach style tips and how to choose the best foundation, but it all starts with your mental makeover.

You know when you are tired…what is the thing we tend to keep repeating over and over like a psycho? I’M SO TIRED. I’M SO TIRED. Yawwwn, I’M JUST SO TIRED. I had to literally tell myself to shut up and start thinking of how positive the outcome of the days meetings would be. I thought of the women I would be helping because of the meetings. Then, I got a shot of energy and became excited about getting dressed and getting out the door.

STRUT IT. 

My attitude and thinking had officially turned around and I took it a step further as I entered my closet. A Facebook Follower made the comment last week that she has trouble wearing her new items and tends to keep wearing her worn out things. She was wondering what the mentality was behind that. I can relate or I just get lazy and tend to reach for the familiar. Is it that old way of being and low self-worth that tries to creep back in? Yesterday, in the closet- I thought of that Facebook comment and decided to rock a new sheer white blouse. It was one of the first warm days of Spring and I was meeting with some pretty fantastic people and wanted to look my best. It’s so easy to grab the things we’re most comfortable in and it may take a bit more effort to choose new fresh options. The outcome of walking out of the house feeling fabulous is so worth the extra effort.  Then, Oops!… I did it again (do you hear Britney in your head?)… I put one foot in my comfy “old faithful” black platforms and said to myself- Wait a minute, Tiff- quit going to the same old, same old. So, I reached for my power shoes, my happy over-the-top fuchsia heels that I discuss in my shoe webisode. I really do try my best to practice what I preach! 

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STRUT IT. 

By the time I drove to my first meeting, my entire day had changed and I felt like a million bucks. Everywhere I went, those power heels plus my positive attitude helped me envision that the world was my catwalk. Now, today- I had a casual morning meeting and was able to come straight back home to work in my yoga pants – even if I’m still cranky and needing a nap- I’m strutting on the inside because I am doing my part by posting this blog with the intention that it will help YOU. You may not be wearing power heels and running through the kitchen after your toddler, but in your mind- you can be strutting your stuff sista because you are a great mama! You may be stuck on the computer for hours at work, but instead of slumping over, pull those shoulders back and STRUT IT knowing that you are making your deadline! Wherever you are in life… STRUT IT!

IT’S A STATE OF MIND. 

Before we can ‘own it’ on the outside, we have to change the way we think and rise up on the inside.

WHO’S READY TO STRUT IT?

Let’s start a movement.. a mentality makeover movement. Share this and tweet with hashtag #SOSstrut! 

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Wishing you a beautifully blessed weekend. Unplug from technology and plug in to quality time with those you love.. and yourself. Take some time to pamper yourself.

Love, Tiff

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