End of Summer Pampering + Your Sunday Eve Affirmations

Hello Gorgeous!

Who is excited to celebrate the official end of summer this holiday weekend?  Perhaps many of you are sad to see summer go. I have mixed feelings because I love the long days of sunshine, but this heat has got to go already. It has been fun to read all the comments by you mom’s on Facebook about the kids going back to school and getting more time to yourselves.  This is the PERFECT time to focus on YOU and start sprucing up your skin, hair, nails, energy level and wardrobe for Fall.  Sounds like a hefty job, but YOU ARE WORTH IT!  If you have spent too much time in the sun + chlorine, nibbling on your kids packaged snacks, exercising less and enjoying that extra summer cocktail on a regular basis– then there are a few simple tweaks we can do to get back on track!

BOOK A FACIAL:  Because we sweat more in the summer, you may notice more breakouts and blackheads.  It is great to have a professional esthetician perform any extractions, deep clean and hydrate your sun-parched skin. Plus, even if you are diligent with your sunscreen you probably picked up a few new sunspots and hyperpigmentation which can be helped with a light glycolic peel, microdermabrasion or my fave, the Hydrafacial.  You know I adore at-home facials, but I also firmly believe in treating yourself as often as you can to a professional facial. (I have to give a shout out to my amazing esthetician, Trisha Gilbert at Motykie MedSpa.  She gave me an off-the-charts end of summer Hydrafacial last week.  If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, book an appt today)

HAIR HYDRATION:  Does your hair feel like the scarecrow from Wizard of Oz?  Then it’s time to do a DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT.  There are several great ones on the market, but I love KERESTASE MASQUINTENSE FOR THICK HAIR the most. They also have a formula for fine hair.

EXFOLIATE + HYDRATE SKIN: There are a few different ways to exfoliate the skin which are super effective.  I just started DRY BRUSHING a few months ago and love the difference it has made in my skin. There are many important health benefits to it other than just getting the dead skin off. Dry brushing also helps stimulate the lymphatic system. You do this before you get in the shower.  Scrubs are also a great way to exfoliate and the essential oils leave your skin hydrated and feeling so soft.  There are many fantastic products from Neutrogena, Philosophy, Archipelago and even Trader Joe’s makes a great scrub!  If your skin is extremely dry, I recommend slathering on coconut oil or olive oil after showering. Use sparingly so you don’t feel like a piece of chicken ready for the frying pan!

MANI/PEDI PLUS PARAFFIN:  Remember a woman’s hands can show aging before her face, so it’s vital that we take care of them.  Treat yourself to a mani/pedi with the works (paraffin wax, hot stone, extra massage and callous remover) to get your hands and feet feeling like they belong to a lady and less like a mechanic!

DETOX/ CLEANSE:  With the fun BBQ’s, picnics and vacations, we tend to eat more snacks and drink more alcoholic beverages during the summer.  This really takes a toll on our energy, our waistline and our metabolism.  I don’t go overboard because detoxing can become stressful.  Instead we need to look at it as a form of self- love and nurturing our body and organs and not as a “diet”.  A few simple things we can alter is the obvious: Lay off the alcohol, additional sugary drinks + snacks, any processed/ packaged foods, excess dairy, wheat, meat.  Implement juicing into your daily routine.  It does wonders for your organs and energy levels.  Eat more fresh raw foods.  You should be drinking a protein shake daily, but if not- I highly recommend starting the day with one filled with super greens, antioxidant supplements and either blueberries or strawberries. (REMINDER: If you have specific health issues like heart or thyroid problems or diabetes– you must consult your physician before trying any diet or cleanse)

WARDROBE DETOX:  Plan an afternoon to go through your wardrobe and determine what needs to stay, what needs to go and what needs to be moved to another closet.  I did this last week and it felt awesome!  I was able to see what items I needed to get for Fall and what I what I needed to give away.  Then I hit a few of my fave stores and strategically purchased what I needed. This really saves time + money.  Here’s my webisode on the topic in case you missed it: 

Your Sunday Eve Affirmations.

THIS WEEK I WILL…..

  1. Pamper myself.
  2. Follow my bliss.
  3. Smile more.
  4. Love + Laugh harder.
  5. Try a new workout class.
  6. Embrace my own unique kind of beauty.
  7. Celebrate my life instead of complain about it.
  8. Rock a killer boot.
  9. Read a spiritually rich book.
  10. Count my blessings every single day.
  11. Put my shoulders back, walk tall + shine my light!

Do you have a great end-of-summer beauty tip that you swear by? Comment + Share!

Wishing you all a fun and safe Labor Day and a Spectacular September ahead!

The new Fall webisodes will be up soon. Stay Tuned!

{Please invite your friends to join the Style Sisterhood and give them the tools they need to feel confident and beautiful}

High Five + A Hip Bump,

Tiff

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY plus Beauty + Haircare Answers

Hey Happy Hotties!

Are you a worrier? Or are you a happy girl, naturally? Of course, at different seasons in our lives we may tend to be one over the other.  Really, we all have so much to be happy about in the grand scheme of things, but why is it we so often battle with unnecessary worry which drains us of energy, vibrance and joy.  When I’m worried, I feel as if I have a dark cloud over my entire life.  NO THANK YOU!  Bring on the blue skies and sunshine please!  Which sounds better to you? HAPPY(adj.) enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment. WORRY (v.) to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.  It is truly a conscious choice to stop worrying and choose happiness.

P.S. You girls who have won the AHP limited-edition EP, my hubby wrote a song on this very subject called “Nothing But Blue”- Enjoy!

There’s been lots of talk of HAPPINESS lately and Oprah’s even launching a “Celebrate 30 Days of Happiness” campaign to get us all focusing on our happiest moment of each day.  I love this and I’m joining in! I have to admit, I’ve been pretty lazy with my journaling and this is exactly the kick-in-the-bootie I need to get back to it. I know myself and I am much more peaceful and joy-filled when I write down happy moments and things I’m grateful for. Some people think journaling is just a venting session and a cathartic vomit of the negative junk in our heads. Ok- yes, someday’s that is what’s required to keep our sanity, BUT for the month of August– let’s all join Lady O and celebrate the things that make us happy. I want to see some comments below and on Facebook saying YES, I’M IN TIFF!

NEW WEBISODE

Here’s my A’s to Shannon’s Q’s:

 

For the latest hair tips plus inspiring + encouraging videos, make sure to check out

HAIR WITH HANNAH on Facebook and YouTube!

{Hannah’s Top Pick}

{My drugstore fave’s by Garnier}

{I always go back to Morcoccan Oil}

{My Fave Foundation}

{Loving the healthy organic line Sia Botanics}

{The one facial product I will not go without}

I’m sad to say this friday is the last full SOS Summer Swag Bag Giveaway.  It has been such a blast giving away such awesome products and helping promote these fabulous companies!  We will have a few more smaller giveaways with great books from SOUND WISDOM plus a few surprise goodies from me!  Make sure to check in on the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY and make comments.  This has been such a fun way for us all the get to know one another better and strengthen our Style Sisterhood.

Celebrating a very Happy August,

Tiff

SWEET SWAG + A SUMMER DILEMMA SOLVED

Hello Summer Babies!

Hope you are all enjoying the fun, summer swag bag giveaways as much as I am.  I want to take a moment and give a BIG shout out to our fabulous sponsors-THEY ROCK!  This is what’s in the bag this week:

1. COLOUR COUTURE SUNLESS TANNING (one product)

2. LUSCIOUS SOUL- Eclectic Boutique

3. SIA BOTANICS (one product)

4. BEAUTY SPRINKLES VITAMIN COCKTAIL MASK (one package contains 3 masks)

{Remember to participate in the giveaways you must be a subscriber to this blog and part of the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY

Simply make comments on the FB page and join in on the fun convo’s!  See you there}

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ARE YOU ALREADY SICK OF THE HEAT?

Growing up in the very hot, muggy + humid city of Houston, Tx– I know all about how uncomfortable extreme heat can be and how it puts a damper on our beauty routine! Here’s a few tips I’ve found to stay comfy + feeling clean during this time of year:

1. Keep the chaffing under control with a cornstarch based powder: GOLD BOND Medicated Powder and/or JOHNSON’S Cornstarch w/ Aloe + Vit E.  Apply a light dusting of the powder on inner thighs, under arms and under the edges of your bra.

2. Cooling spray for overheated or sunburned skin. Make with distilled water, a few drops of tangerine essential oil, aloe juice and a few drops of vit E oil. Keep in a spray bottle in the fridge.

3. Best workout gear to keep the outdoor fitness junkie’s cool + comfortable during the summer heat: ATHLETA’S “hot yoga” line of workout gear is designed with breathable fabrics for Bikram yoga- they style of yoga where the heater is cranked up for an added benefit to the body.  Perfect for staying comfy outdoors during summer too.

4. Many of us are in a swimsuit most of the summer. The pool chemicals plus a tight elastic band around the groin will create a rash, razor bumps and an all around uncomfortable feeling in your bikini.  Reduce razor burn and bumps with Bikini Zone (with lidocaine, salicylic acid, and aloe) to stay comfy in your bikini all summer long.

5. Tiger Balm or Icey Hot for staying comfy + cool in the heat.  Apply a dab or spritz on the inside of the wrists, back of neck and back of knees.   The menthol + eucalyptus has a lasting cooling effect.

6. Keep your feet comfy in sandals during the heat of summer by wearing sandals without a rubber insole.  Plastic or rubber flip flops add to the heat problem by making your feet sweat more.

7. Inbetween shampoos, use a dry shampoo to keep your hair smelling great and the extra sweat +oil under control.  I like TreSemme FreshStart and the one by John Freida. They’re both great and easy to find at most drugstores, target or walmart.

8.  My fave antiperspirant is Secret’s Outlast Clear Geland for women who prefer a natural brand, “Tom’s” is great too.

9. During summer switch from your usual alcohol-based perfume to an essential oil.  Our body chemistry changes during summer due to the heat so I HIGHLY recommend checking out my sister’s line of body oils called Corpus Dei .   She can even customize a personalized scent that works with your body chemistry.  Made with organic essential oils.

10. Stay hydrated! Drink more water than normal. I love to add cucumber and lemon slices for added nutrients.

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Please share these tips with your friends! Thank you for being part of the Style Sisterhood.

You are loved + adored, Tiff

P.S. Let’s finish out the week strong….

New Year, New You, New Products (+ Swag Bag Giveaway)

Who is ready to kiss 2011 ba-bye?  ME!!!

I hope you all had a beautifully blessed Christmas and Santa was super sweet to you!  I really love this time of year because there is a bit of downtime to get organized, set goals for the new year and reflect on any changes I want to make…including changes in my beauty + health routine as well as my wardrobe.  I asked my Fellow Facebook Fashionistas to share any beauty or fashion resolutions they are making for 2012:

  • Dawn Lynn Takacs:  My beauty goal for 2012- This year centering the inner you that reflects the outer you. More “me” time for creative therapy, thought provoking reading, sharing time or just meditating with a fabulous candle. I will find (if only) 20 minutes a day to nurture myself spiritually.
  • Naomi Sampson Westgard: I am going to wear EVERYTHING in my closet at least once!!! Ok….for at least a few hours at a time. If I don’t wear it…it goes!
  • Ellen Stoneberg: To get the courage to wear false eyelashes to work on a daily basis. Something tasteful and not obvious but a little more lampchop (the puppet) like, you know flirty! I want to be more girly.
  • Syera Letiece:  To bring more color to my closet I love bright colors and how they look on my skin. I want to pop and stand out a little more with over doing it. But so that when people see me they know it’s me 🙂
  • Lachele Haines Stoeck:  I am resolving to eat healthier. Not to lose weight but to gain energy and feel stronger!
  • Muffy McKay: I am going to try to buy less and shop my closet more this year.
  • Kirsten Robison: Eat healthier, hair change (it is so time to do so), and try to loose the extra pounds I need to….want to be Hawaii body ready!….and the most important, read my bible more and let the light shine through….more smiles! 🙂

WATCH WEBISODE:

I love finding great drugstore beauty products!  In the latest webisode, I give you 10 of my favorite + latest finds for $10 or less.  For the New Year, I will be giving one winner an SOS Swag Bag filled with a few of the items I discuss in the video along with some extras (like some fabulous accessories or my fave nutrition products) to help give you a head start on looking + feeling your best in 2012! (value worth $100)

TO ENTER: You must be part of the Sanctuary Of Style Facebook community. Then follow 2 simple steps.
 https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryofstyle

1. Share this video on your Facebook wall with SOS tagged. (To “tag” the  SOS page along with the video–you simply type the @ symbol and immediately type in Sanctuaryofstyle and the FB page will be tagged)
2. Post this comment on the SOS Facebook page: 

“I will walk tall in my power in 2012”

ENDS AT 12 MIDNIGHT PST ON JAN 7th.
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SUNDAY, JAN 8th.



YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED!  YOU ARE COMPLETE!  Just like Dorothy’s friends in The Wizard of Oz—the Scarecrow looking for brains, the Tin Man looking for a heart, the Lion looking for courage, when in fact — THEY HAD THESE THINGS ALL ALONG!

I appreciate each + every one of you for joining me on this path to us being our most beautiful, powerful + confident selves!  My prayer is that you all have more happiness, more abundance + more love in the New Year!

xoxo, Tiff

Bye Bye Dry!

Hey gorgeous goddesses!  Is the summer heat wrecking your beautiful locks?  Does your face feel like rawhide?  YIKES!   Let’s take care of that lickity split. Here are a few of my fav products and homemade facial masks for INSTANT HYDRATION!   You may find most of the ingredients in your fridge or pantry right now!

WATCH WEBISODE:

One more thing I swear by is spritzing ROSE WATER on my face during the day to keep the skin moist!  Aside from moisturizing externally, the smell of rose is offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind.  AMAZING AROMATHERAPY!  So hydrate your skin and make yourself happy at the same time!  Win- win!   You can get this brand by Heritage Products at any Whole Foods.

If you have a fab homemade facial that you love- please share it with us!

Say Bye Bye Dry!  See Ya!

Sharing the love+beauty+inspiration,

xoTiff

FAKE IT….DON’T BAKE IT!

How to use bronzers, highlighters and self-tanners to get that gorgeous glow for summer!

I’m so excited to introduce you to beautiful & brilliant makeup artist, VIO MEYNERS of www.violetartistry.com.   In the latest webisode, she shares the bronzers she has in her professional makeup kit as well as a few self-tanners she uses personally.  From powders to liquids to what she calls “The Mother of All Bronzers” there is something for every skin type!  Make sure to check out her tutorial video’s for some easy and informative tips!

PROTECT YOUR SKIN BY FAKING IT, NOT BAKING IT!

WATCH WEBISODE:  

Here’s a few closeups:

YOU GLOW GIRL! xoTiff

Little Birdie Reminders:

  • Have you entered to win the SOS Beach Bag Giveway filled with fabulous products by www.salerm.com?
  • How are you looking and feeling from the Slimmer Summer Shapeup?  We’ve rec’vd a few kickbutt photos of you gals making major progress!  KEEP IT UP!
  • Have you set any goals you want to share or have you created a vision board?
  • NEVER ABANDON YOURSELF TO PLEASE ANOTHER (Mastin Kipp) This is the worst kind of abandonment. Today, let’s not worry about the opinion of others. Let’s not give our power away because we feel we need the approval of other people.  Say YES to ourselves, and NO to the world, if need be…and not feel bad about it!

 

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR CLOTHES?

WATCH NEW WEBISODE  (Beware, if you have a young son hanging around the computer…you may want to watch this when he’s not around)

You know I LOVE talking about clothes, shoes, accessories and all that jazz, but what we have on UNDERNEATH our fabulous outfit is just as important.   The undergarment business is huge with more selection than ever!

  • In order for your tops to fit their best, you must wear the appropriate bra! 
  • For that beautiful dress to flow just right on your hips and accent the silhouette, you should wear Spanx or some sort of Shapewear.  
  • For low-slung jeans,  you should wear panties that lay flat on your skin and have a lower rise in the crotch. 
  • For the sundress that you can’t wear a bra with, you have a few options for self-adhesive covers.

Our bodies, our boobies and our booties come in all shapes and sizes so find what works best for you!   I’m giving you a rundown of my fav’s and what works for me.   As I always say, “take it all with a grain of salt” because what works for one does not work for all.  If you have found a fabulous bra or lingerie piece, PLEASE COMMENT + SHARE WITH US!

COMING UP:

We’re taping some fabulous + fun new webisodes throughout June! 

I’m excited to introduce you to makeup artist Vio Meyners of Violetartistry,

Singer/songwriter Lauren de Miranda,

Marcy Guevara from VH1’s Your Cut Off & Marcy the Matchmaker and

I’ll be interviewing the fabulous Trisha Gilbert, Licensed Aesthetician at Motykie MedSpa’s Night Of Beauty.  I’m so excited for her to show you my fav facial, the HYDRAFACIAL!  It rocks!

 

 

This lil light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine..sing with me!

xoTiff

P.S…

How are you doing on the Slimmer Summer Shapeup?  The 4th of July is around the corner.

Did you dust off your goals or start a vision board?

Have you entered to win the SOS Summer Beach Bag full of Salerm Cosmetics, my sister’s oil- Corpus Dei and and MORE!!!  If not check out the blog post from June 1st.