The Start Of My Fab Vegan Collection

Happy Sunday Sistas!

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As you all know, I love a good shoe sale! The hunt and rush of finding fabulous foot candy is well, how to say it…I’m an addict ok…without apologies! I’ve mentioned early in the birth of this blog that when I got married and took a step back from my television career, my shopping budget went from Fred Segal and Neiman’s status to TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Learning to shop with Cristal Champagne taste on a Bud Light budget became a fun form of creativity for me. Of course, after the initial mourning over the loss of all the designer items I sold.

A moment of silence for those Gucci handbags, please.

Now, I get to teach all of you how to get creative! You do not have to sacrifice style and expressing yourself through fashion just because you have to wear Steve Madden instead of Christian Louboutin. I actually sold my remaining few Loubou’s on Ebay to have extra spending money when we moved to Dallas last year and you know what? I don’t miss them one bit. Now, will I add more Loubou’s to my shoe collection at some point? Heck yea sista! I’ve learned to embrace the ebb & flow of life. Even how it pertains to my wardrobe!

Now, to today’s point. As a lover of the finer, most beautifully crafted types of shoes- I admit to being a bit snobby when it came to wearing “vegan” non-leather shoes. Then, a few months ago a client hired me to coach her on image and give her some tips to begin “veganizing” her wardrobe. She made a valid point for wanting to rid her closet of leather goods, but had not been able to find really chic & fashionable items in her country.

SOS to the rescue!

Right before I started working with her, I had just bought a few non-leather handbags that I simply adored. They were so cute I didn’t care that they weren’t expensive Italian leather. There are so many on-trend and stylish companies producing great quality vegan items now. So, I had gotten over my snobby attitude toward bags, but still had an ego about the shoes. My style philosophy has always been that you can wear stylish inexpensive outfits from H & M, but don’t be too chintzy on the shoes. But, we’re always growing and evolving with our fashion sense and when I saw a stylish fashionista rockin’ these hot red fringe booties at an event last month…I just had to have them. Come to find out they were faux suede and under $20. Say what?  By Shoe Republic LA.

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My vegan shoe collection has officially been started! The great thing about buying trendy vegan shoes is you can purchase several pair and still have money left over to buy those pair of great fitting jeans or that chic black blazer at a heaftier price tag. If they are super trendy, you may not even wear them the following year and then you aren’t out $1500. Which is equivalent to some people’s mortgage payment! Ouch.

Here are a few more vegan shoes by that I’ve added to the collection…

These blingy leopard print heels above, also by Shoe Republic LA, were a bit over-the-top for me, but they kept calling my name…Pssst, Tiffany…can I come live in your closet room please? If you saw my shoe webisode, you know I’m a firm believer in buying statement specialty shoes.. just because! 

Chambray denim is one of THE hottest styles this Spring. So is the high 70’s platform! I was thrilled to find these to wear with colorful floral maxi sundresses.

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What are your thoughts on “vegan” shoes and handbags?

As always, do what works for you, your unique personal style, your lifestyle and your budget.

SHINE ON!

Love, Tiff xo

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SHOES! SHOES! SHOES! {New Webisode for Fashion Friday}

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Hello Fellow Shoe Lover!

When did your love affair begin?  Mine began at age 3 with a pair of white patent leather go-go boots.  I wonder where in the world my Mom found go-go boots to fit a toddler?  It’s been a long, beautiful relationship with shoes and I do not foresee a breakup anytime soon.  I believe shoes can tell so much about a person and they can definitely make or break an outfit.  In the latest webisode, I give you a rundown of styles I think every stylish woman needs in her closet.  Of course– flip flops, cute slippers and workout tennis shoes are a given so I didn’t waste your time discussing them in the video.

CHECK IT OUT….

 

A few fun styles for 2013 are fringe booties and studded embellished ANYTHING– I shopped my closet for the ones shown below.  The style I just had to add to my wardrobe this year was the LACE UP heel.  They are sexy and give the you the feel of a bootie, but with more skin exposed for summer.   These styles are not necessarily must haves…. but they’re definitely must needs or wants so I had to mention them!

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WHAT’S YOUR MUST HAVE SHOE?

Please share this post + webisode with your fellow shoe  fanatic friends.

Wishing you a very blessed Memorial Day weekend ahead!

Be safe as we REMEMBER those brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for our country. 

Love, Tiff

 

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IS IT A DRESS? IS IT A TOP? {New Style Webisode)

NO….IT’S A TUNIC!

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A viewer recently asked for ways to style a tunic so I decided to make this brilliant piece of clothing the topic for our latest STYLE Q+A webisode!  This is one of my all time favorite things to wear.  It’s versatile, comfortable and you can style it classic or bohemian.  One thing I forgot to mention in the webisode is a tunic works great as swimsuit cover up!  Watch this…

 

Here’s a closer look at the shoes I was wearing…

bakers_gladiators{Suede Sandal/Booties from Bakers.  YES- Bakers!  The store where you could get your prom shoes dyed to match your dress back in the day. Ha! Found these in Dallas a few yrs ago.}

kenneth_cole_laceups{Kenneth Cole Lace Up Sandals}

Keep your eye out for tunics right now!  I’ve seen them everywhere from H&M, TJ Maxx and Zara.

***Walk Tall + Own It Sista***

Love,

Tiff

CALLING ALL FELLOW SHOE LOVERS

Hello my fellow shoe lover!

As early as I can remember, I have loved shoes!  From yoyo’s to jellies to clogs to checkered vans and Doc Marten’s, I remember how great it felt to rock a brand new pair to school.  I thought I was HOTSTUFF!  Who relates? Who shopped at Wild Pair?  That was the first shoe store I remember absolutely loving.  Ahhh, brings back memories!

Shoes say so much about a person.  If you see a gal wearing a pair of red platform peep-toe heels, you automatically think her personality is flirty, fun, bold and confident, right?  On the other hand, if you see someone wearing a pair of fringe moccasins, she may be a free-spirited,  peace +  love, hippie chick.   Hmmm, I just realized I have both which means I have a bit of a  multiple personality when it comes to shoes.  I don’t really consider myself totally obsessed with shoes or how many pair I own, but I definitely can get pretty darn giddy (as you will see in the video…calm down Tiff) over a fabulous shoe or boot. 

In the beginning of my marriage, I gave away most of my shoes or sold the designer ones on Ebay and had to share a tiny closet with my hub’s….YES, TOTAL MISERY!  Just sayin’!   I have been able to slowly build my collection back up and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show it off along with the awesome closet Aaron built for me, on the new web channel by Nine West called CHANNEL 9.  It’s the ultimate shoe lovers entertainment destination. Bringing you the most up to date tips and trends for the fashionista.   I appreciate them allowing us to give a shout out to SOS and a major plug for the hub’s music!

What is your shoe personality?

Health + Beauty Tip:

I recently found out that eating just 2-3 Brazil Nuts per day add significant health + beauty benefits!  They are an excellent source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like palmitoleic acid and oleic acid that helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood.  Brazil Nuts are also packed with selenium, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins and several minerals like copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.  Did you know that SELENIUM aids the production of an antioxidant called GLUTATHIONE, which slows down the skin’s aging process by repairing cell damage from things like sun overexposure?  I HAD NO IDEA!  By zapping free radicals, glutathione and vitamin E also help protect the skin’s oil and essential fats that keep it watertight and hydrated, while vitamin E promotes skin healing.  This means they help with wrinkles AND acne!  Woohoo!  Go buy a bag today! Remember, selenium is harmful in large quantities so just eat a few at a time!

Remember to share the Beauty, Style + Inspiration with your girlfriends!

We want everyone to feel the SOS love!

Be Inspired…
As you decompress at night, take a deep inhale then slowly exhale any angst, drama, tension or ill feelings you are carrying. Do not take it to bed with you! It’s like poison and will disrupt your sleep and will carry over into your day tomorrow. Lay your head down tonight and give thanks for the good, happy, fun, successful and beautiful feelings you had today. Say to yourself that “Tomorrow is a brand new day and it will be AMAZING!!”

How are you doing on this week’s affirmations?

Wishing you a fantastic rest of the week!

Love, Tiff

LAYER IT UP! Summer to Fall Wardrobe Tips

Hi Pretty Peacock!

Is it still summer-like temps where you live?  It has been ridiculously HOT HOT HOT here in LA so I’m sure you sisters down in my home state of Texas are still rockin’ the flip flops and sundresses too.  Hopefully, in the next few weeks we will all get a break from this heat and be able to wear a pair of slouchy boots at least.  My leather jacket has been sweetly calling my name for the past few weeks, “Yoo Hoo Tiffany….Hey, Tiff….I miss you. I’m lonely. Come out and play!”  I admit- I do have separation anxiety from it, but it will have to keep hanging there all alone for now.  Luckily, there are a few simple tips for transitioning our wardrobes as the temps do slowly begin to drop.  LAYERING is the first option to think about and I  show you a few simple tweaks in this week’s webisode:

 

{Slouchy Boot + Heavier Belts}

{Darker Nail Color + A Great Scarf}

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Ready to switch gears……

Every once in a while, a book affects you so profoundly that it must be shared! I love it when that happens, don’t you? (Thanks LG!)   “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is an inspiring, fun and thought-provoking MUST READ!  There are a ton of A-ha’s and words of wisdom that will feed your mind + spirit and get you on the path to living a more RADIANT LIFE.  I know you will love it as much as I do.  Here are a few great excerpts:

  • “But it is a perfect world, and you have a perfect life. You do have the power to control your day. You do have the power to think good thoughts. You do have the power to live your dreams!”
  • “Do not just read anything. You must be very selective about what you put into the lush garden of your mind. It must be immensely nourishing. Make it something that will improve both you and the quality of your life.”
  • “When you erase fear from your mind, you start to look younger and your health becomes more vibrant.”

Do you have a topic you would like to see a video on? Comment and share….You have my ear sista!

How are you doing so far with this week’s affirmations?

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On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, let us all stop and say a prayer for our great nation and the brave heroes who fight for our safety.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

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Wishing you a week full of yummy kale salads, fun jewel tone tops, magical moments and red lipstick!

Love, Tiff

Celebrating You Mama’s +plus+ Be Bold…..Rock the Red Jean!

Hey Wonder Woman!

How is your May going so far?  I trust it’s A-MAY-ZING!  I want to personally wish all of you Mama’s aka Wonder Women- a very blessed Mother’s Day!  Women are able to do many miraculous things, but I consider the responsibility and role of a Mother to be the most admirable. Celebrate YOU, your children and the beauty of family this weekend.  I CELEBRATE YOU!


It is official- the SOS studio is up and running and I’m thrilled to launch a brand-spankin’ new webisode.  Many of you have written in about the colored jean phenomena and how to wear them!  In today’s webisode, I give my two-cents on how to rock a pair of red jeans and why I believe it’s a ‘MUST HAVE’ for all of our wardrobes.  They came on the scene last year, but aren’t going anywhere.  If you have been “iffy” on wearing a pair of red jeans, I encourage you to BE BOLD and rock ’em:


To kick off our new relaunch, I am giving away a very special and BOLD gift to say thank you!  Thank you for your patience and for supporting my mission to build confidence in women!  I fell in love with this stunning  Agate bracelet and can’t wait to give it to one of you.  To enter, it’s simple:

  1. SHARE the video on either Facebook or Twitter. 
  2. POST on the SOS Facebook Page Wall, “I am bold, beautiful and walk tall in my power”. 

Ends Friday, May 18th at 12:00 Midnight PST.  The winner will be announced on Sat, May 19th. 

Weekly webisodes will be posted again to give you the tips and tools you need to look and feel your best! 

I love, love, love your feedback and highly recommend submitting a webisode topic you want to see.

Did you find anything on this webisode helpful?

Please leave a comment letting me know!

Love yourself.  Love others. Shine your light on the world. The world is desperate for your glow.

With love, Tiff

Tiff’s 5 Style Rules (take it all with a grain of salt)

Hey Party People!

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day with more chocolate, hugs and kisses than you could handle!  Can you believe we’re half through February? Before long we’ll be tossing the sweaters for sundresses!  I’m ready for some highlights and a tan myself. 

As always I LOVE the feedback, comments and webisode ideas you are sending in.   Several of you seem ready for a CHANGE and asked for tips on how to put together key outfits.  In the latest webisode, I give you 5 Simple Style Rules that I have lived by forever!  There will be several webisodes to come with more detailed outfit ideas!

STYLE RULE #1:  Never leave the house without a little sparkle or bling around your face!

If I’m heading to a workout or running to the grocery store, I always add a diamond CZ stud earring.  This just adds a little life around your beautiful face! 

FOR MORE, WATCH WEBISODE…

 

Remember, we can all take a bit of style advice from French women and French designers! 

Quality over Quantity.  Less is More.  Style over Trends.

Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of STYLE!

(even though she’s not French, she always wore Givenchy)

Just a few days ago, we lost a very talented yet very tortured soul- WHITNEY HOUSTON.  I’m sure like many of you, I have fond memories of dancing and singing along to her videos especially “How Will I Know”.  She was so adorable and I want to simply remember her that way. Rest in peace WH and God be with your daughter.

Sharing the love, beauty, style + inspiration,

xoTiff

 

P.S.   We had the trip of a lifetime in Aspen!  Big shout out to my BFF, Heidi and her hubby for the amazing hospitality!  We tore up the slopes in style, of course:-)