ON THE CATWALK FOR A CAUSE: Polished Fashion Show

Polished Fashion Show Models with Founder Kat Armstrong (centered in red)

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Last week, I had the pleasure and honor to walk in the annual Polished Fashion Show at Belk. When founder Kat Armstrong asked me to be part of it I couldn’t say YESSSS fast enough. I admire her tremendously and what she’s created to give faith-filled entrepreneurial women a place to connect and grow. When I first moved back to Dallas, I went through a period of sadness because I didn’t think the women here “spoke my language”. By the grace of God, over time I found a beautiful tribe of like-minded women who also believe in being spirit-led in every aspect of life.

So often spirit-led, mission-driven women feel they should separate their business and their faith. 

After all, faith is for early-risers on Sunday mornings, and the rest of the week is meant for work and fun, right? We couldn’t disagree more. Back in 2008, we took a closer look at the up-and-coming young professional workforce. We saw that not only are they leaving empty spots in the pew, but they’re leaving their faith at home when they head to work.  The young professional women of this generation are smarter and more forward-thinking than any generation before. But life is still hard, and we all face challenges that we can’t overcome alone. That’s why we launched Polished – to give women a place to find a community of women just like them. And while we’re there, we talk about how faith isn’t just for a dusty corner of an old bookshelf; it’s relevant to situations we face every day in real life. via Polishedonline.org 

Fashion Show Emcees, Catherine Lowe of Lowe Co + Whitney Kutch of Hello Whitney

To get connected, I highly recommend attending their monthly luncheons. The first Wednesday of the month, Polished Dallas hosts a luncheon with an inspiring speaker. For dates, location and registration details check HERE.

Also, make sure to attend next years fashion show. It was a blast and so refreshing to be part of an event where the women are truly bright lights fanning each others flames. You could feel God right there in the midst of Belk. Many events can feel stuffy and give you social anxiety, but you could sense a sigh of relief and level of comfort among the women. Hope to see you there!

#MondayMotivation // Mood Dressing, Thanks Elvis

Did you have a mini breakdown in your closet this morning because among the cram packed clothes you “didn’t have anything to wear”?  Been there, done that. You try a few things on that end up on the floor, the heat rises to your face, you can’t control it, you may drop a curse word (or 3), you yell at your reflection in the mirror and now you have to reapply deodorant. WHEWWWW. EXHALE. One of the ways I keep my sanity in the closet is to dress for what mood I’m in. I think we get so confused by what we see in the magazines, on celebrities and fashion bloggers that we get paralyzed when we try to put on our own outfits. It’s great to get inspiration from stylish people, but then make it your own!

Wear the hot pink shoes.

Wear the high pony.

Wear the polka dot skirt.

Try that thing you’ve been hesitant about. You know that “thing” you have tried a few times, but weren’t brave enough to actually leave the house wearing. Ok, yes- it may not work. But HEY— it might just be TOTALY FABULOUS! I’m often asked to describe my style. Hmm– The only way I can think to describe it is “Multi-Personality” because I dress for my moods. One day I’m feeling like a rocker chick, the next day boho and the particular day of the above photo– I was thinking of those fun Elvis movies from the 60’s set in Hawaii. Loved the actresses (his love interests) wardrobes in the 60’s! Bold floral prints are everywhere right now so go try it.

But, most days I’m channeling the 70’s era mixed with a few current trends. I’m grateful that being a self-employed TV Host/Coach I have the liberty to wear whatever I want. I get it, many of you may not be able to wear a Def Leppard concert tee to work, but you can certainly express yourself in your personal life.

What about you?

What’s your style?

Stuck in a rut?

Last Saturday I did my yearly Spring closet shake up. Usually I do this by March, but with all the traveling I’m a bit late. Its takes energy and creativity so do this when you’re feeling it so it’s fun instead of overwhelming. Put on some fun music and shake it all up. Pull things out that haven’t moved in a while. Try them on. Mix and match. That floral jumpsuit in the photo is actually 2 years old. I forgot I even had it until I shook up my closet and found it hanging behind a bunch of long dresses.

Just remember– Do you! Do your thing! Don’t feel like you have to be a style sheep and do what the masses are doing. Don’t buy labels just because everyone else is. Clones are so boring. It’s great to get inspiration but then make it your own.

YOU CAN’T BUY STYLE!

Just because that dress is a label and cost $2K doesn’t mean it looks great on everyone.

What’s that THING you’re going to try this week?

AIN’T CALLED BEAUTY SLEEP FOR NOTHIN’ || New Video

Hello Gorgeous,

Curious, how did you sleep last night? I bet half of you are saying you slept great and the other half tossed, turned, had that 3am mind crank and woke up feeling like the wicked witch of the west. Been there. It flat out sucks! Aside from the anxieties of life, hormones also play a role in bad sleep. Around your period, the insomnia kicks in. Then the next phase of life brings all the night sweating. I mean, really, WHAT THE HECK! Can’t a sista get a break? 

Over time, poor sleep will not only make you cranky and give you those deep track marks in the middle of your eyes (thank God for botox), but it weakens your immune system in a big way. Over the past few years, my stress levels were extremely high which made my sleeping patterns craaaarazy.  What do you think happened?  Of course, I was sick most of last year with upper respiratory infections, colds, adrenal fatigue and clogged lymphatic system. I just thought I wasn’t used to the allergies in Texas, but now I realize how my immune system suffered because of the stress and awful sleep.

I wanted this year to be totally different.

Ladies, what we do now will determine how we look and feel in our 60’s. I’m taking charge of my health and seeking out better choices for everything.  I’ve been fairly health conscious over the past 15 years, but WHOA- our bodies change drastically between 25 and 40. Then again at 45 , 50, and so on. It’s vital that we stay diligent and adjust to the constant changes. Stay in tune with your body! Remember when we were younger and could function on little sleep? Now, I need a full 8-9 hours because I know with the tossing and turning I’m probably only getting about 6-7 good hours.

Add an overly busy lifestyle and lots of travel to poor sleeping habits and it’s a recipe for illness. Check out my latest discovery and how I have kept from getting sick after a  months of travel and the stress + sadness of much loss:

 

In addition to daily exercise, vitamins + supplements, turmeric, garlic, more water, ginger, Manuka honey and cutting back on alcohol– make sure to add the dynamic duo TeaMi teas. To give you more incentive, get 15% OFF with discount code HENDRA15 at checkout.

As always, I would love to hear your two-cents so please share a comment.
You and your thoughts are important to me!

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LAST CHANCE! Only a few tickets left for the Polished Fashion Show on Thursday, May 18th at Belk Galleria. This is one of the best events of the year! I’m so excited to walk in the show. GET TICKETS HERE.

If you don’t know about this remarkable organization, I encourage you to check them out. They are a powerful resource for Faith-filled young entrepreneurial women.

http://www.polishedonline.org/aboutus/

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Better Than Thin Thighs

Hello Fellow Kindness + Beauty Seekers!

A few days ago I opened my new May devotional from the legendary preacher, Dr. Charles Stanley. His opening message on kindness really grabbed my heart so I wanted to blast it everywhere!

“Our culture is obsessed with external beauty, but as hard as we may try to improve our outward appearance, we all eventually experience the effects of aging. (True Dat!!) Far more important is inner character, which lasts into eternity. And one of the most attractive inward qualities is kindness. 

People characterized by kindness are considerate, loving, tenderhearted, helpful, and gentle. Those on the other end of the spectrum are quick-tempered, bitter, crude, and demanding. (Ugh- we all have crossed paths with these toxic types!) Basically, the difference has to do with whether one’s focus is on self or others. (I’ve had to deal with one too many narcissists in my day and I’m pretty much allergic to them now! You??) 

God is characterized by kindness and we should “put on” this attractive quality. Kindness is God’s fruit displayed in our worlds and actions. Authentic (let me repeat that.. authentic! Meaning not fake!) kindness does not depend on how others treat us, not is it a manipulation to get what we want.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

Let’s think about that final sentence. OUCH! Spiritual maturity truth bomb right there. When someone does you wrong– our ego and human nature wants to treat them the same way back. Taking the higher road and rising above the immaturity will reap beautiful rewards like peace. No drama. A clear conscience. Ahhhh, this rewards bring such a wonderful life that unlocks the flow for blessings, miracle and pure joy!  The stronger person is the one who has self-control and instead of lashing out when mistreated, they choose the Kindness High Road.

You know the foundation of SOS is true beauty from the inside out. It’s such a blessing to encounter someone who walks in love and kindness! Although I am a total beauty and style junkie, I would rather be known for being a kind and loving woman than for thin thighs and a great handbag. Kindness is so stylish! 

One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes is in alignment with this message:

May we all “put on” more kindness today.
Please share this with your friends so we can see the ripple effect.

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P.S. Reminders for 2 amazing events I am honored to be part of!

Tomorrow at 5:30 meet + greet then a panel with other RHOD cast members at the Indie Beauty Expo.

Get tickets here! Get 20% OFF with code TIFFANY4IBE

Also, come network and celebrate with fellow Faith-filled entrepreneurial women at the 2017 Polished Fashion Show on May 18th at Belk Galleria.  I am honored and super excited to be walking in the show!

Get tickets here!

THE BEST IS YET TO COME… and more!

Hello Gorgeous!
One of my dear soul sisters sent this to me and I just had to share it with you. Please take a moment to read each one, line by line and really think about it. Resist the urge to skim through the list quickly! Trust me. You will be inspired and probably a bit pissed off. A few will be like a healing salve to your heart and others will be like a kick in the butt. Enjoy!
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“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more.”  Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer publication in Cleveland.  

(Ok, can we just stop a moment and give a whoop whoop for Regina! Still writing for a newspaper at freakin’ 90!!! We could STOP right there with the inspiration!) 

 

1 . Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11 . Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21 . Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31 . However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41 . Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

 

Which ones stood out to you the most?

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P.S. Would you like to connect with Faith-filled entrepreneurial women in DFW?  If your answer is YES, then I invite you to join us May 18th for the 2017 Polished Fashion Show at Belk Galleria. I’m so honored to walk in the show alongside several amazing women. To make the evening even better, it will be emceed by my girl Whitney Kutch of Hello Whitney and Catherine Lowe from The Bachelor.

Tickets are going fast>> http://www.polishedonline.org/polishedfashionshow-1

WILL I SEE YOU SATURDAY?

 

Do you freeze up in front of the camera?

Could your biz benefit from sharing a product or message on Facebook Live?

Do you need more confidence speaking in front of a group?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, I invite you to join us for the 1st LADIES ONLY on-camera and confidence building workshop. Here are the topics we will cover:

  • Delivery to camera with clarity + authenticity
  • Image: what to wear on camera + best makeup
  • Confidence building tips
  • Media prep (for when The Today Show calls)
  • Voice projection + simple speaking tips
  • Power of the smile (we get nervous and forget it’s the magic tool)
  • YouTube basics (how to open and close a video)
  • Facebook Live + Instagram video basics
  • Branding basics

Be ready to work! That’s why it’s called a WORKshop. We learn and grow from watching + interacting with others. Come with an open heart + mind and leave your ego at the door.
SPACE IS LIMITED.
BRING BOTTLE OF WATER, PEN + NOTEBOOK.
LUNCH BREAK 1:30-2:30 Light lunch and healthy snacks will be provided.
PARKING INFO TO COME.


I’m so excited to host my 1st workshop for ladies only! After doing these workshops over the past 3 years, I have found that they are filled with like-minded women (and only a few men) who have a deep sense of purpose and desire to live with more confidence. With the ever changing world of social media, everyone needs to sharpen their on-camera skills. It’s a powerful tool to share your message, brand, products and business. I look forward to pulling out your greatness and helping you soar!

FUN GIVEAWAYS RANDOMLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY, TOO!

 

THE QUEEN OF BEAUTY: Manuka Honey

 

G’day Gorgeous!

We’re back from an amazing trip to my hubby’s homeland of Australia. Such a wonderful time with his family! Family truly is everything. We helped his parents move from the mainland over to the stunning state of Tasmania to be closer to the grandkids. A beautiful new chapter for everyone and we will make it our 2nd home!

 

Aside from the family time, one of the things I love most about traveling is learning about the local foods, plants, animal life (we got to feed kangaroos and learned all about the nasty Tasmanian Devil.. yes, it’s a real thing not just a cartoon character), fashion and beauty rituals. For months, I’ve been hearing about the beauty benefits of Manuka Honey which is native to Tasmania and the neighboring country of New Zealand. Of course, I had to pick some up and give it a try.

To recoup from 36 hours of travel and intense jet lag, I’ve been detoxing my body with lots of ACV & lemon water, epsom salt & baking soda bath, cat naps, light walks and a DIY mask with the Manuka Honey. Love that it lived up to the hype!  Here is the recipe I used:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Manuka Honey
  • 2 big dashes (about 1/2 a Teaspoon) of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Rosewater (make sure not to use too much of the mixture will get too runny)

Simply mix together in a ceramic or glass bowl and apply all over a dry clean face. You can use a brush or just use your fingertips like I did! Let it set for about 20 minutes then use a warm wet washcloth to remove. Use a cotton pad saturated with rosewater to get any residual stickiness off. Apply your usual moisturizer.

WHY THE MANUKA & CINNAMON COMBO?

Cinnamon is an antiseptic so it will reduce the bacteria that causes acne. It also reduces inflammation and redness, stimulates circulation, exfoliates and revitalizes the skin by drawing blood and oxygen to the surface of your skin, leaving it clear and glowing. WooHoo! 

Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand and Tasmania, AU by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush (which is a Tea Tree variety), is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. There are many Manuka honey uses that range from healing sore throats and digestive illnesses, to curing Staph infections and gingivitis.

FUN FACTS:

What makes Manuka honey different is its amazing nutritional profile. Regular raw honey is already known for its tremendous nutritional and immune boosting abilities. Generally speaking, the typical raw unfiltered honey is a rich source of:

  • Amino acids
  • B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid)
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

Yet with Manuka honey, the nutritional content is up to 4 times that of normal flower honeys. This is what is called the Unique Manuka Factor.

Unique Manuka Factor

In 1981, researchers at the New Zealand University of Waikato discovered that Manuka honey has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey. These enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide that works as an antibacterial. Some strains of this New Zealand honey are particularly rich in hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone.

This medicinal trilogy helps make up what is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), a global standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka. (3) Essentially, the UMF is a guarantee that the honey being sold is of a medicinal quality.

UMF is not found in the nectar of all Manuka flowers and, comparatively speaking, regular Manuka only contains the hydrogen peroxide antibacterial property that is common to most types of honey.

What separates UMF Manuka from other Manuka varieties is that it has both the natural hydrogen peroxide and its own natural UMF antibacterial property, which greatly enhances it effectiveness. The UMF properties of Manuka is extremely stable and, unlike the hydrogen peroxide common in most honey, is not easily destroyed by heat, light and enzymes in the body.

How to Verify Genuine UMF Manuka Honey

The minimum UMF rating recognized is UMF5, however, it is not considered beneficial unless it carries a UMF 10+ level of antibacterial activity in the honey. Anything ranging from UMF10-UMF15 is a useful level, and anything UMF16 and up is considered a superior quality.

Genuine UMF Manuka Honey will have these four things:

  • It will have a UMF trademark clearly labeled on the front of the container.
  • It will be from a New Zealand UMF licensed company and labelled in New Zealand.
  • It will have the UMF company’s name and license number on the label.
  • It will have a UMF rating number of 5-16+. If it is labeled without the UMF or without a number, then it is not the genuine article.

 

This means that a UMF rating of 20+ is equivalent in strength to a 20% solution of phenol. The ideal UMF rating varies depending on your purpose, but laboratory studies have shown that manuka honey with a non-peroxide activity level of UMF®12 to UMF®15 is effective against a wide range of very resistant bacteria.

Here is an explanation of what manuka honey UMF you should use:

0-4 Non-therapeutic

4-9 Maintenance level with general honey health benefits

10-14 Supports natural healing and bacterial balance

15+ Superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic but shouldn’t exceed taking 1 tbsp at a time

[via Dr. Axe]

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You can get Manuka Honey on Amazon and at health food stores. 

Try it and let me know your results!