YOUR MONDAY ‘Kick-In-The-Butt’ MOTIVATION: Getting Balanced In July

Have you been overindulging a bit too much this Summer? My hand is waving in the air and I’m screaming “Oh, Oh, Oh” like Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter (for you youngens who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about…click here & watch this quick clip! 

Ok, back to the topic. My fab YouTubers have asked for me to keep up these Monday Motivational candid vlogs and today’s video has several kick-in-the-butt ideas. If you are like me and have been indulging a bit too much this Summer,  join me in July by doing more yoga, cutting back on the extra sugars & meats, plus detox your mind from the social media and junk food TV by reading more….

 

YOUR THOUGHTS?

Staying balanced all the time is impossible, but it’s being wise enough to know when we need to take a step back from certain things. Remember, if you are in the DFW and Austin areas, take a look at the new Sweat & Core classes at Sunstone Yoga. Stay tuned because we’re giving a FREE month to one of you Dallas sistas! 

Gotta go – make a salad, drink some green tea and read, LOL! 

Love, Tiff

 

 

DIGGING DEEP IN THE GARAGE [Motivational Vlog]

Hey Warrior Women,

I get inspired in the most unlikely places! Here’s the latest motivational message from my garage..yep, you heard me right! 

WATCH THIS:

CHALLENGE:

  1. Where have you allowed yourself to get locked in to your comfort zone?
  2. Take one baby step this week.
  3. Do it scared.. that is when you experience real courage.

 

Remember, if you are curious about my amazing hot yoga spot, Sunstone Yoga, they make it easy to get started with a FREE WEEK

I have more beauty & style videos coming soon. 

Do something, anything… that scares you this week.

Go kick some serious butt!

Love, 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….

High Five to Julie Comeau

SOS Superstars,

I am so thrilled to share this inspirational story with all of you!  Julie Comeau and I connected on Facebook a few years ago and she asked me to be part of her motivational book which releases this year and is appropriately titled “NEVER GIVE UP”.  I am honored to be part of her journey and honored to call her friend.  Get ready to be inspired by this amazing woman!

“Never say you CAN’T, until you try. Transforming myself has been one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do.  I have lived with a leg injury since 2005 because I was given the wrong surgery and I have never been fixed. Since my first survival story made newspapers and radio back in 1999, my husband was my strength and he helped helping me through my physical challenges.  Then December 28th of 2010, my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 gallbladder cancer.  I had to now be his strength through his physical journey although I was still injured. 

I had no clue where or how to start rehabilitating and transforming myself, until I saw an SOS post by the amazing Tiffany Hendra and Natalie Bolton with the 7 steps workout in the Spring of 2011.  This was my new challenge and goal to become stronger, not only for myself, but for those around me that needed my help!  I can honestly say that SOS saved my life because of the 7 steps webisode.  It doesn’t matter how big or small you are or if you can walk or if you can’t for I am living proof that anything is possible.  If I can say anything to you, it would be, MIND OVER MATTER and let your passion guide you!

If something in your life has impacted you to the point that you think that you cannot move forward…FOCUS on the things that you still can do and never on the things that you can no longer do. Remember that the only person in your life that can help you take that next step is……YOU!”

Author
Survivor
Motivational Speaker
~Julie Comeau~

{Before}

{After 2 months}

{November 2011}

{Watching the SOS webisode}

{WOOHOO- Julie now with that rockin’ bod}

HIGH FIVE JULIE! 

I am so proud of you and inspired by your courage and strength.  You and your hubby, Vince remain in our thoughts and prayers.  To connect and support Julie, join her FACEBOOK FAN GROUP!  I will post when her book releases so you can get a copy too.

Julie lost about 30 pounds over 2 months and has continued her new lifestyle of healthy eating and workout schedule all while caring for her husband and spending most of her days in and out of the hospital for his treatments.  If you would like to kick it into gear and get leaner for summer, check out these 7 exercises from my sister, Natalie:

Also, I’m excited to share my sisters signature fragrance line called CORPUS DEI. Click the image link to right of blog for more info and to shop online.  She can also develop your own scent for you!

All summer long, I will be giving away fun prizes from fabulous sponsors.  Specialty gifts and jewelry from a unique boutique here in Cali, organic skincare products, makeup AND MORE!  Can’t wait to share them all with you.  Only requirements to enter is you must be a subscriber to this blog and you must check in on the FACEBOOK PAGE on a regular basis and join the fun convo!

ARE YOU FOLLOWING ON TWITTER?

ARE YOU PINNING WITH ME ON PINTEREST?

Remember, you being the BEST you can be gives others permission to be the best they can be so never “dumby down” or allow others to dim your light.  You are here to shine as brightly as possible!  That’s one common purpose we ALL share. Let’s light up the world girls.

Get to shinin’!

Love, Tiff

My Fave Workout Clothes: OTOMIX ACTIVEWEAR

Hey My SOS Sisters!

How is your October going so far?   I love the change of season- even though we don’t get much of it here in Cali-  there is still a refreshing change in the air, chillier mornings, everyone’s watching football (except for me) and pumpkins are for sale at the grocery store.  BTW, don’t forget one of my fave facials on the planet is the Pumpkin Facial – so after the kids are finished carving pumpkins- take the left overs and add a little honey and lemon. Your skin will glow!  I promise.

NEW WEBISODE:

In the latest SOS webisode, I take you on my photoshoot for the amazing fitness wear company, OTOMIX– my all time fave workout clothes!   We had a blast on the shoot.  I got to work with so many dear friends including actress/model/mommy blogger- Camille Anderson  and Vio Meyners beautifying us with her makeup brilliance!  When I moved to LA, Otomix was the first casting my modeling agent sent me on a little over 10 years ago.  If you look through old catalogs, I have every hair color and hair length imaginable-SCARY!   My fave items in the line are the PANTS!  Seriously, I have a few pair that are about 5-8 years old and they look brand new.  You know how faded black yoga pants can start looking after a few months?  NOT THE OTOMIX PANTS!  They hold their shape and color- PLUS, if you have long legs and find it tough to find workout pants long enough- then you have to try their lycra pants!

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My friends at Otomix and I decided to give away one of my fave jumpsuits from the DAZZLE GROUP.  The fabric is so comfy and the pants make everyone’s bootie look so cute:-)

TO ENTER:
1. CLICK LIKE ON THE OTOMIX FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Otomix/85582136830
2. CLICK LIKE ON THE SOS FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryofstyle
3. WRITE ON BOTH- Yes, both pages: “I want to dazzle in Otomix”

GIVEAWAY ENDS OCTOBER 31, 9011 at 12:00 midnight PST

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Are you itching to shop now?

Go to http://otomix.com and have some fun!

Remember to check out all the lycra pants.  My go-to pant is the Rio Boot Pant!

Sharing the beauty, style + inspiration,

xoTiff

Does your metabolism need a kick in the pants?

Metabolism, adrenal glands and especially hormones seem to be a popular topic between all my girlfriends in their 30’s.  Is it true that every 7 years we ladies should expect our hormones to change and go haywire?  WHAT THE HECK?   I am finding it more and more difficult to keep my metabolism and energy levels up.  You?

I am often asked what my fitness & health “program” is and I want to share a few quick tips I have found to give my metabolism a good kick in the pants!

First, consider doing a cleanse or detox.  Our bodies can become very acidic which wrecks havoc on our metabolism!  I have discussed a candida cleanse that I did and had great results.  See my previous blog and webisode.

1.  Drink a glass of water right when you wake up. (Before you drink your cup of joe) After a nights sleep, we have toxins just sitting in our body.  This flushes them out and prepares your body for the day.

2. Protein shake for breakfast. (Remember breakfast means “break the fast”.  During sleep, our bodies go into a “fasting” mode so it’s vital to never skip breakfast.  Skipping breakfast slows down your metabolism.)

-8 oz of water
-1 scoop of Whey Protein Powder
-1/2 banana
-Sprinkle of flax seeds
-Super red powder (pom, acai, blueberry, etc..) OR Super green powder (broccoli, kale, green tea, etc..)
-Big dash of cayenne pepper

3. Drink water, water and more water!   Staying hydrated speeds up your metabolism.  Our mind and organs, as well as our cells- function better!  Live, alkaline water or at least water that has minerals added is the best!   Random bottled water has absolutely no hydrating benefits to your body.

4. Eat small meals every 3 hrs.   I call it “grazing”.   Never skip meals!   Our  body shuts down and actually holds on to the fat.

5. Start taking EFA’s (essential fatty acids: omegas, flax, borgage) Helps with adrenal and thyroid activity which effects your metabolism.

6.  Cutting out sugar, wheat,  gluten, alcohol and dairy.  Yes, that sounds harsh but you will see a huge difference in your energy!  You do not have to deprive yourself forever and I certainly love my glass of wine, but these things must be limited during a detox.   I know it sounds redundant, but EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES!

7.  Move More!   Powerwalk around the block.  Dance in your living room.   Keeping active will ensure a healthy metabolism.

PLEASE CAUTION!  THIS IS WHAT I FOUND WORKS FOR ME!  PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN BEFORE TAKING CERTAIN SUPPLEMENTS IF YOU ARE DIABETIC OR PREGNANT!

My wish is for you all to feel healthy, strong & powerful!   Comment and let me know if you are dealing with a lazy metabolism or if you have a great health tip to share with us.

xoTiff

Hmmm, can a woman’s arms be too ripped?

Hey SOS Vixens!

As many of us are in the quest to reach our goal weight and optimal fitness- how far is too far?  Can a woman get too ripped? 

Hmmmm?

In this candid,  behind-the-scenes webisode, Plus Size Expert Marcy Guevara and Makeup Artist Vio Meyners chat about whether or not female TV Hosts should reveal their bare arms on camera. They bring up how ripped Kelly Ripa’s arms are and if that makes her unrelatable to viewers.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?  COMMENT BELOW!

Here’s my two cents: 

I actually love a sexy, toned, muscular arm on a woman!  Over the years, I have gone through phases where I wanted really rock hard arms then decided I like the way yoga kept my arms long and lean without the bulk.  I gain muscle really easy and have to be careful with weights.  At the end of the day, we all have to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and like that chick staring back at us.  Whether you prefer a more soft, womanly appearance or a strong, muscular look-  DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!   But, remember keeping our arms toned now will help how we look when we’re older.  You know the old arm wave and the bra overhang is not so pretty!

DON’T FORGET!  If you are subscribed to this blog, post a pic of yourself rockin’ your fave leopard print on the SOS facebook page and enter to win one of my fave leopard accessories!  Could be a scarf, belt, clutch…don’t miss out!

Sharing the beauty, style + inspiration,

Tiff xo