A GALENTINE GIFT FOR YOU! Earring Giveaway LINX By Mark Morton

 

 

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HELLO GORGEOUS!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I want to give away a pair of earrings from one of my favorite designers, LINX By Mark Morton. I adore his designs because they are feminine, but with an edge and can be worn from work to dinner.

LINX offers unique, custom-made pieces that enhance the beauty of every look – from the office, to the beach, to a night on the town. Each piece is made from Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, and nickel free mixed metals that are hand-crafted to create a look that complements your style and individuality. In a market where feather pieces are often made with artificial dyes, colors, and inhumane treatment to the birds, LINX by mark morton only uses feathers from rescue agencies and or owners of these exotic birds, giving you a completely natural and dye free feather product!

LINX pieces personify the Brand motto: “Mark your style”, giving you the versatility to always look your best, feel your best, and be your best. Mark Morton, founder and designer, began his career in the fashion industry as a stylist to the stars and personal shopper in 2004. Through this experience, along with his experience as a boutique manager, Mark and his clients were often hard-pressed to find jewelry that fit their fashion needs. It was this fashion void that sparked Mark’s vision for LINX and inspired Mark to serve as the personal jeweler for his clients. Today, Mark is excited to share his passion for beauty and fashion with you and looks forward to the opportunity to be your personal jeweler.

WHO WANTS THESE BEAUTIES?

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS:

  1. Like the LINX By Mark Morton Instagram account.
  2. Make a comment on the above image on his Instagram saying, “I WANT THESE! @TiffanyHendra sent me”.

WINNER ANNOUNCED ON FEB 14th.

Because I love you!

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Neck Candy Giveaway with Taylor-Moseley

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On most days, you will find me wearing a few of my favorite Taylor-Moseley layering necklaces.  Her designs have a lux feel yet they are simple & clean for every day. We’ve partnered again this holiday to give away one of her gorgeous necklaces!

Just a few steps to enter on the SOS Facebook Page! 

LOOK FOR THE ABOVE PHOTO.

Winner gets to choose between the Labradorite Gemstone Layering Necklace or the Hammered Circle Layering Necklace. Also, choose your metal: 14k-gold filled or sterling silver!

Giveaway runs until Friday, Dec 16th. Winner announced that afternoon. GOOD LUCK! 

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MEET ALLISON

Jewelry designer, Allison Taylor-Moseley started her company with no more than a basic knowledge of wire wrapping and $700.  She used that to purchase a small batch of gemstones, wire, and chain which she creatively turned into her debut collection that she unveiled in 2009 with marked success.  Within 6 months she was selling her collection in several Austin boutiques, at an artist’s market, outdoor festivals, & trunk shows.  In 2011, she and her husband traveled around the country for 1 year in an RV selling her jewelry and honing her craft.  She quickly grew a following of loyal customers who can’t get enough of her sparkling gemstones and shimmering textured metal.

Her inspiration comes from her obsession with timeless style.  And, with her experience as a clothing buyer, wardrobe stylist, & mother of 2, she identifies with women who want stylish, “no-brainer” pieces they can throw on with anything and look instantly put together.  Instead of an overflowing closet, she believes a small, thoughtfully curated wardrobe including pieces that you love and wear often is the secret to effortless style.  She’s created a line to satisfy that desire women have for stylish, accessible pieces that work with their entire wardrobe, but still feel luxurious and high-end.  Her mission is to help women step it up a notch, and love their jewelry collection again.

Allison personally sources and hand-selects all her gemstones.  The metal is hand-cut and hammered in-house; each piece is made-to-order in her studio in Austin, TX.  She is passionate about using 14k gold filled and sterling silver chains, clasps, and earring backs so your pieces have lasting quality.

DRUM ROLL… SOS STOCKING STUFFER GIVEAWAY KICKOFF WITH TAYLOR-MOSELEY JEWELRY

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It’s that time again! This is my favorite giveaway of the year because I get to play Ms. Santa Claus. I’m super excited to kick off the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway with something all women love…JEWELRY!

Taylor-Moseley is doubling up the fun this year and is giving two SOS sistas a stunning pair of hoop earrings with a drop gemstone of her choice. (retail $78) These will be a beautiful addition to any fashionistas jewelry collection. Austin based, Allison Taylor-Moseley is the owner and designer as well as a personal stylist and creates “everyday luxe” pieces for women of all ages and styles. She uses only genuine gemstones and 14K gold filled or sterling silver.

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Clockwise from Left:

  1. Carnelian Gemstone
  2. Golden Rutilated Quartz Gemstone
  3. Creamy Scapolite Gemstone
  4. London Blue Topaz

Details to enter:

  1. Go to the Taylor-Moseley Facebook Page and click like.
  2. Make a comment on that page with the gemstone you love. “I love the ______ gemstone hoops”. (see above)
  3. Must be part of the SOS Facebook Community as well. Have you clicked like there?

Two winners will selected and announced December 24th!

Tell all your friends. (or not to increase your chances:-)

Time to get your twinkle on!

Love, Tiff

 

P.S. Take a closer peek! These earrings are gorgeous and make sure to check out all of her arm, neck and ear candy here!

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4 Ways To Keep Up Your Look As A New Mom by Guest Blogger Allison Taylor-Moseley

Style is a frame of mind. It’s expressing who you are at a particular time in your life. Ask yourself, “Where am I in my life and does my personal style fit my current lifestyle?” I’m an Austin based jewelry designer, wardrobe stylist, and new mom to a 4 month old baby girl. I basically live in jeans, tees, and my favorite wedges these days. My “getting ready” routine has really changed! So, I’ve rounded up the 4 ways I keep up my look as a new mom…  

  1. Have at least 1 fabulous pair of jeans that fit you like a rock star (and make you feel like one). Even if you wear them everyday, you know you’ll look good! They’re durable, easily cleaned, and you don’t have to shave your legs as often! Plus, you can dress them up or down. Wear them casually with tees, tanks, and flats, or dress them up with blouses, blazers, and heels. I have 3 pairs in high rotation: a pair of cropped colored denim, straight leg dark denim, and a flared light blue. Don’t buy duplicates; you gotta mix it up!
  2. Build a wardrobe with a foundation of essentials and stick to a color scheme. This allows you to easily mix & match your pieces to make a variety of outfits. Getting dressed will be easier and you’ll avoid the dreaded, “I have nothing to wear” syndrome when you have the basics. Don’t be tempted by too many trendy items, which are hard to style. A great color scheme is blues, greens, and reds (pick shades that work for your skin tone).
  3. Buy stylish statement shoes, even if they are flats, sneakers, or low heels. Shoes are a quick & easy way to add a stylish touch to the most basic outfit. It could be a fire engine red patent leather flats, animal print wedges, a bold pair of oxfords, brightly colored sneakers, or a gorgeous pair of low-heeled pumps. Let your shoes make a statement!
  4. #1 MOST IMPORTANT TIP: Don’t give up on yourself; do your hair & make-up! I find that when hair and make-up are done, everything just looks more “put together”. Even when I haven’t showered or I’m feeling down on my looks, if my hair and make-up are done, I’ll feel great!   So, here are my tips:
    1. For hair, learn to create a quick up-do that works for you. For example, learn to braid it, curl it, pin it back, or tie it in a bun in 10 minutes or less. Find a creative way to use a scarf or hat on bad hair days. For me, I curl my hair 2 or 3 times a week. Instead of washing, drying, and curling it every day, I’ll use a shower cap and just refresh the curls with a little spray wax the next day.
    2. For make up, get yourself a 5-minute make-up routine. Mine is: Foundation, concealer under eyes, blush, 1 eye shadow, powder, mascara, gloss.
    3. Bathe at night. I save a lot of time by bathing at night. In the morning, all I have to do is hair & make up! I also find it very relaxing and nurturing to my soul to bathe at night. It’s like I’m washing away everything that happened that day and getting into bed with a fresh start.

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Above, is an example of one of my favorite “mom” outfits: Fabulous Denim (Black Orchid), Colorful shoes (Nike), a graphic tee (Zara). For more outfit inspiration, visit my instagram. And, let me know if you have any questions!

XOXO Allison

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Allison Taylor-Moseley is a personal stylist, jewelry designer and new mom living in sunny Austin, Texas. Her jewelry collection is made with precious metals & colorful gemstones with the goal to make style as effortless as possible. The pieces make great wardrobe staples and are designed to be layered with each other, worn alone, or paired with other styles of jewelry to suit your personal style.

SOS is excited to be giving away a unique Taylor-Moseley design in the popular Stocking Stuffer Giveaway this Dec!  

Browse the collection NOW! 

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5 FALL SHOWSTOPPERS {New Webisode}

My Style Sistas,

Hello, my name is Tiffany and I’m an addict…..an accessory addict! Anyone else? We can all get our fix this Fall because there is so much to choose from, but as usual- I narrowed it down to the 5 Most Fabulous that I think we can all rock this season. Take a peek:

RECAP:

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//Faux Fur Scarf//

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//Sassy Statement Bootie//

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//Geometric Earrings//

http://www.etsy.com/shop/taylormoseley

25% OFF through Oct 31. 2013

Enter Coupon Code TIFOCT25

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//Splash of Zebra Print//

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//Colorful Gemstones//

Hint: Emerald is Pantone’s color of the year!

Enter to win the H&M faux fur scarf:

  1. Subscribe to this blog.
  2. Share this Fall Accessories blog post on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook. Buttons below.
  3. Make a comment here on this blog post telling me which accessory makes you feel most fabulous!

GOOD LUCK!  Giveaway is open internationally. Ends Oct 31st.

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We have a few {BIG} announcements coming up so keep in touch here or on the Facebook Community

A big thank you to Taylor-Moseley for the generosity!

Strut it sistas! Have an amazing rest of the week! 

Love,

Tiff

TAKING THE LEAP: Meet Multi-Talented Jewelry Designer & Personal Stylist Allison Taylor-Moseley {Giveaway}

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MEET ALLISON TAYLOR-MOSELEY:

1. Many women dream of starting a business from a creative passion they have, but aren’t sure how to get started.  You have actually started (2) businesses and are able to divide your time and run them side by side.  What advice do you have for those wanting to take the first step? How did you get started and take the leap? 

How I got started:  Before I started jewelry & personal styling, I was selling software.  And, although I was successful at it, it still felt like something was missing.  I told my husband about my dreams of becoming a fashion designer and he suggested I quit; so I did the very next day. I didn’t ease into it; I LEAPED! About 3 months later I realized I hated sewing!  So, I thought, “I’ll try jewelry”.  (I honestly don’t know what I was thinking because I had never made any jewelry before.)  But, I took a 2 hour class at a local bead shop on how to wire wrap and by the time I got home I knew I had a business. 

That same year, I started a style blog.  (I highly recommend you start a blog that relates to whatever business you want to start. Completely immerse yourself in your field and write about it.)  My style blog quickly turned into more of an advice blog like, “How to wear the latest trends” and “How to dress your body shape” etc.  And, after a few years of writing about styling, I began actually styling people.  I thought, “Wow, I know a lot about styling.  I should do this.”  I thought it would be a great side income.  It’s got a low start-up cost, so I leaped again.  

I’m always looking for new opportunities; even now, with 2 businesses, I’m thinking about what’s next.  Never be stagnant, never be satisfied.  What can I turn this into down the line?  This keeps it interesting and helps me grow.  When I get an idea in my head, I move forward with lighting speed and I don’t think about failure- ever

If you want to take that leap:

  • #1 most important thing: Educate yourself!  No matter where you are in your business (just about to start or 10 years along) you must continue to learn (you’ll never know everything), be pro-active (not reactive), and know your strengths and weaknesses.  Play up your strengths and find ways to make up for your weaknesses.  I’m blessed to have the artistic side and business side.  But, I also read a lot about business and entrepreneurship.  I take free webinars on stuff I don’t know anything about, like marketing, PR, social media, blogging, branding, etc.    
  • Understand that running a business requires a lot of sacrifices and everyone has to be on board.  My husband and I had to cut out all the shopping, we decided against the expensive condo and bought a practical house instead.  We cut back on eating out and taking trips.  It’s all worth it in the end, but it does take sacrifice of time and money.  I had to learn to say “no” things and people.  I work a lot of hours!  I’ll take it easy some days, and then I’m working 12-14 hour days for 4-5 month straight.  If you have a full time job, stop going out on Friday nights and start waking up at 5am on Saturdays to get things done.  Don’t let your full-time job hold you back.  Make it a priority.  It will happen faster than you think, trust me!    
  • Surround yourself with a network of supportive people!  When I first started, I got weird comments from “friends”.  They didn’t think I could do it.  I used that as motivation and stopped hanging out with them right away.  I made friends with other jewelry designers and business owners and did whatever I could to help them out.  Help everyone.  How did I find these people?  About 6 months into my business, I started selling my jewelry at a local outdoor market where people sell their art on weekends.  This was so helpful because I was able to start earning a little money and make friends with other artists doing the same thing I was.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking other people in your field are “your competition” or “your enemy”.  I have seen this happen.  You’ll get SO much more from networking with your peers.  And, if people are snobby to you, brush it off.  People like doing business with honest, positive people.  Be one of those people.
  • Participate and put yourself out there as soon as possible!  Nobody is going to pluck you out of a crowd and offer to pay you money for your services or your art.  You have to put yourself out there and actually be doing it.  That first couple of years, I participated in everything I could, like jewelry contests, festivals, and art events.  I attended style-related activities, like Austin Fashion Week and trunk shows at local boutiques.  Even though I wasn’t close to being ready for a showroom, I contacted one anyway and asked if they would represent my line.  These experiences taught me where I needed to be, what I needed to change, and how to get there.  It also gets you SO motivated.
  •  Act like the company you want to be.  My husband taught me this.  If you want to be a company that sells to big retailers, then act like one!  Get a linesheet, have a professional website, get your social media in place, record how much you spend/earn, create a business plan, etc.  I started recording how much I was spending/earning from day 1.  After a year, I looked back and realized I was spending way too much on materials.  Cutting back just a little bit helped me be profitable and grow faster!  Also, don’t be afraid to “lose” a little money.  Don’t be wasteful, but understand that there are payoffs to investing in your company, like advertising, marketing, etc.  Be smart; if you have literally no traffic to your website and no existing customers, spend money on new skills or growing your business instead of wasting money on a fancy website.
  • Know how to sell yourself.  Many people have the artistic skills but don’t know how to sell themselves.  You have to be able to talk about why your product or why your service is the best (and really mean it).  Something makes you different from everyone else.  What is it?  Figure out what it is and rock it!  It’s something you’re going to have to get used to doing. Practice makes perfect. 

2. Where do you find inspiration for your jewelry designs?  I’m not a very trendy person; I love the classics.  So, a lot of my inspiration comes from my own desire for high quality investment pieces that aren’t trendy.  When I’m working on a piece of jewelry, I think to myself, how will someone wear this?  What will it go with?  It is versatile?  I love that my jewelry looks great now and will still look great in 5 years.  There’s a time and place for “fast fashion”, but for the most part, I think a piece of jewelry should be something you wear with pride.    

3. Austin has a thriving music scene and film community, but what is the fashion scene like there? Such a good question!  I actually think dressing “fashionably” in Austin is a little tricky because it’s so HOT (7-8 months of heat) & so CASUAL and everything takes place outside.  So, wearing a $500 dress, 3 inch heels, and a sparkly clutch feels a little ridiculous when you’re melting in the sun. You don’t see a lot of flashy, designer clothing in Austin.  There’s not a lot of fashion in Austin, but there is a lot of style!  You have to be clever.  I wear a lot of dresses, lightweight fabrics, flowy tops, and sexy sandals.  And, I play up the accessories, hair, & make-up!

4. What is your signature, never-leave-the-house-without, accessory? Right now, its my long, gold, hammered, marquise necklace (found here).  It literally goes with everything and makes the most boring outfits look super stylish instantly!

 5. Whether it is styling your clients or creating stunning jewelry designs- you are helping women to feel more beautiful and confident.  What makes YOU feel beautiful and confident?  I think I feel the most beautiful when I am taking care of myself.  Eating healthy, working out, and being balanced are key for me.  It makes me feel in tune with my body and light on my feet.  Heavy food weighs me down and makes me feel sluggish and depressed.  Don’t get me wrong, I certainly indulge in champagne and croissants, but I keep an eye on it!         

6. What’s the most exciting thing that has happened during your career?  My husband and I traveled around the country for 1 year in an RV selling my jewelry along the way.  It was an important life experience that I’ll never forget.  I felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz…. I always wanted to know what was over the rainbow and when it was time to go home, I realized that everything I needed was right here in Austin. It was a beautiful experience and I learned a lot! 

7. Where are you at now, and what do you have in store for the future?  I just hired my first employee, which is really exciting.  I also finally have a “real” studio that’s inside my home.  Previously, I was working at my kitchen table, on the couch, and even in bed.  It’s nice to finally have a professional place to do business (and WOW I’m so much more productive).  I’m working on a new collection which will be ready in Spring 2014 and will be showing in a showroom.  As far as long term?  I plan to create a line of handbags and shoes!  We’ll see where life takes me.

If anyone has any questions or wants to contact me personally, please don’t hesitate to reach out!  allison@taylormoseley.com

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WIN A STUNNING TAYLOR-MOSELEY CREATION 

To enter the giveaway, follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. LIKE the Sanctuary Of Style Facebook Page.
  2. LIKE the Taylor-Moseley Facebook Page
  3. BROWSE the Taylor-Moseley Online Store then POST A COMMENT on her Facebook Page letting us know what your favorite piece is!

One winner will be chosen to receive the item of their choice from 4 options. (shown above) As a special added bonus for this giveaway, Allison will custom design the necklaces with your choice of stone color! Giveaway ends August 31, 2013 at 12pm PST. Winner will be announced that afternoon. Share the fun and tell all your friends! 

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Website: http://taylormoseley.com
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FASHION FRIDAY: HOW TO CHANGE UP THE MAXI [New Webisode]

Hello Summer Babies!

Do you live in your sundresses during summer, especially the long maxi sundress?  Yep, so do I. In the latest SOS webisode, I give you a few ways to style it and change it up so it doesn’t get boring. Let’s keep our maxi’s looking cute all the way through Fall.  Watch this:

One more fab way to change up your maxi is to add a blazer!  If you work in a casual stylish office, this is a great look for summer.

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Can you believe we’re just a few days away from July? It looks like it will be another exciting month. SOS has some fab collaborations and surprises in the works, plus I will be a guest panelist alongside celebrity experts like Kerri Zane and Kym Douglas for the “Power Women in Entertainment” event on July 16th for the Willow Tree Women’s Circle.  If you live in Orange County, come out and join us. I would love to see you!

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Love, Tiff

Remember to soar with the eagles instead of pecking around with the chickens. 

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