Winter is Coming — Grab Your Coats

Hey Style Sistas,

As fall starts coming to a close, it’s time to go out and find the perfect winter coat. This winter, it’s important to stay stylish as you bundle up for the cold season. If Pinterest is any indication, layering is all the rage today, and this season’s trends seem to be playing right into this. The easiest way to come up with a sophisticated, layered outfit is to rock the perfect coat, and as Vogue says, this season’s cover-ups come in a BIG variety of styles. 

According to the Irish Times, high street has come up with a designer-inspired coat for every taste and budget, so this season seems like the perfect time to invest in a coat to last you through the winter months. The trends we’re seeing this season are colorful fabrics, oversized borrowed-from-the-boyfriend coats, and—surprise—SLEEVELESS PIECES! 

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A sleeveless coat may not seem like the most practical choice, but its elegance sure makes up for this. It’s also the perfect piece for layering, as it gives you the option to show off those sleeves, and maybe arm warmers. 

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Bold colors are also seen in many of the coats released this season. If you find yourself doubting the popularity of blocky colors, The Daily Mail recently reported that an M&S Women light pink coat garnered a waiting list of over 100 people after the coat was announced. Many fashion designers such as Paul Smith, Peter Pilotto, and Rag & Bone have also released winter coats in bright colors. 

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Whatever coat you decide to buy, just make sure that you get one that’s right for YOU. If you have a tall frame, then by all means, get an oversized coat. But if you’re on the shorter side, then avoid coats that may make you look as though you’ve been shrunken down!

REMEMBER: Stay away from that humdrum boring black coat this season!

Make sure to share, comment or like this post if you found it helpful…

Share the SOS beauty, style + inspiration!

Love, Tiff

BE FAB FRIDAY! It’s All About The F’s {New Webisode}

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HAPPY FRIDAY FASHIONISTAS! 

I know what you are all thinking…“It’s about time Tiff!”  All good things come to those who wait.. patiently! LOL.  Trust me, I have missed making videos as much as you have missed seeing them. BUT, it’s been for good reason! Not only has my husband (cameraman) been traveling and crazy busy working on his own amazing projects, I have been focused on becoming a long-distant surrogate mama to a remarkable young woman, plus I’ve been working more with private clients. It’s been an art to keeping it all running smoothly and not to get spread too thin. I’ve been taking my own advice and taking regular “me” time!  That being said, the hard work is paying off and my SOS webseries (my baby) has officially become a toddler and TURNED 3 this month! {{{HAPPY DANCE}}} 

I feel like rambling so bear with me…

I’ve been reminiscing about this journey and wanted to encourage any of you who have the dream of starting a business out of a passion. Perhaps you have a message and want to share your voice with the world on a blog, but you are afraid. PLEASE start today! Whatever your passion or message is.. someone in the world needs it and we are all here to help the world in some way or another. Trust me, I was shakin’ in my wedge sandals when I posted my first rinky dink blog. It was about my fave mascara, Voluminous by Loreal. I crack up when I think of it now because I had soooooo much more in my spirit to share than just makeup tips. I still have much more to share! Look how fast 3 years has gone by. Don’t wait another day. I made a business plan, wrote a mission statement and just DID IT! Have I wanted to quit? A million times. What fuels me is YOU…..and the many women all over the world who may need a simple style tip or something deeper that reconnects them to Spirit. All of it is extremely important to me. Have I made mistakes? Heck yea! Ya dust yourself off and keep on keepin’ on. What is inside you that needs to be birthed? Every day that goes by, think of all the people missing out on your gifts.

Ok, back to FASHION! In the latest webisode, I share a handful of styles I think we can all incorporate into our Fall wardrobe without breaking the budget. Check it out:

 

 

Here’s a list of the items in the webisode. For under $200, I added these fresh new items from places like H & M, Forever 21,  Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s + TJ Maxx. All other items are from my closet:

  1. Faux Leather Peplum Top, Forever 21
  2. Emerald Green Skinny Jeans, H & M
  3. Grey Zip Up Sweatshirt w/ faux leather shoulders, TJ Maxx
  4. Grey Long Sleeve T-Shirt, Marshall’s
  5. Olive Green Sweater w/ cutout Shoulders, Forever 21
  6. Chic Camo Jacket, Forever 21
  7. Rich & Skinny Torn Jeans, Nordstrom Rack
  8. Black Embellished Jeans, H & M

Stay tuned for my Fave Fall Accessories webisode! 

Please Like, Share, Pin, Tweet and Comment.

 

Have A Fab Friday!

Love, Tiff

Modernize Your Business Attire: Top (3) Tips to Close More Deals! By Personal Stylist, Style Expert & TV Host Laurie Graham

Hi Fashionable Friends, 

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know SOS is all about giving you the tools to walk tall with confidence and shine your brightest.  I consistently strive to bring the latest + greatest tips, words of wisdom and inspiration to this community so I’m thrilled to introduce you to my dear friend and fellow fashion maven, LAURIE GRAHAM.  One of the many things that set Laurie apart in her field is her insight to identifying each client’s personality. She styles each individual by incorporating trends into their wardrobe, rather than trying to make their whole look too trendy.  Laurie is a true confidence-builder and her contagious, positive energy instantly makes you feel better when you are in her presence. She’s smart, sassy, stunning, super funny and an inspiration to all women– well of course, she’s a Texas girl!  

Meet the Fab LG….

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It’s Monday morning & you find yourself staring blankly into your closet trying to decide what to wear to work … (in 5 minutes or less!)  Your closet is shoved full of clothes, yet you still suffer from the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome.  Since you have an important meeting today, you decide on something all black.  It’s classic & that’s what your first boss told you to wear to look “professional” in front of clients, right?  WRONG! 

I’ve been feverishly updating the images of hard working business professional clients for the past 8 years.  I’ve styled hundreds of private clients ranging from school teachers to real estate agents to the CEO’s of major corporations.  Consistently, the biggest mistake that I see women make in their professional attire is playing it too safe in an effort to be taken seriously in the work place.  Even in the most conservative of jobs, there is no reason to dress like an androgynous man just to feel like you fit in with the boy’s club.   Thankfully, having great style and dressing business appropriately are no longer mutually exclusive. 

Your image is a big part of your brand.  It’s the first impression you make in front of a potential employer or a prospective client.  Stand in your power as a woman & make it as easy as possible for someone to tell you “YES!”  Remember the saying, “dress, act & talk like the person you want to become?”  Rather than wearing something boring & forgettable, start making purchases that attract positive attention.  People want to associate themselves with someone who shines their light brightly and can own a room.  A pop of color, some modern style and impeccable fit are your secret weapons to standing out from your competition. If you aren’t getting at least 10 compliments on your wardrobe every single day, you aren’t maximizing your strongest calling card … YOU!  No matter what dress size, age group or income level you are, there are affordable and stylish outfit options to flatter your figure and respect your wallet.  And for the record, the best way to fit in the boy’s club is by being the most confident and powerful WOMAN in the office!

Here are my Top (3) Wardrobe Tips to Close More Deals:

1.)Embrace Your Femininity

Want to make a lasting first impression?  Wear a dress.  Period.  Take our First Lady’s Hilary Clinton & Michelle Obama as examples … Yes, Hilary Clinton is a smart, career driven woman working in a male dominated industry.  But, her affinity for wearing box cut pant suits is utterly forgettable. And her lack of updated, feminine attire has opened her up for much criticism.  Look at the difference we saw when Michelle Obama came on the scene … because she embraced dresses and cheerful colors, suddenly Vogue magazine labeled her “The First Lady of Style!” Do you see the difference of immediately capturing positive attention? Decades later we are still talking about the impeccable images of Jacqueline Kennedy & Nancy Reagan who always rocked the color red.  All smart, motivated women but those ladies are revered as a triple threat of beauty, brains & heart.  Shine your feminine light & never apologize for being beautiful!

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2.)Choose Soft, Flowy Fabrics

The first thing to replace in your closet are every pair of stiff & structured pants, blazers and man-ish dress shirts. Inject a shot of modern style by choosing pants with a soft fabric that drape down your leg and blouses that are flowy like silk or sheer chiffon worn with a cami.  Structured pants (like Chino style khaki’s) flatten your buns & cup your thighs, whereas a silk blend pant will slide right off your keister giving you the buns of a 12-year old gymnast! And, by all means your blouses should embody a soft, flowy style with tapering and feminine detail.  Check out this example of a fierce, feminine pants look! 

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3.)Focus on Fit

There is a big difference between wearing clothes that are too tight or too boxy versus wearing clothes that just graze your body and flatter your shape! The fit of your clothing is the #1 most important aspect to pulling off a sophisticated & modern image.  Through fashion, we have the ability to choose the proper clothing that gives the ILLUSION of having a smaller waist, longer legs and flatter tummy. Embrace alterations when necessary and get familiar with your proportions so that you know what cuts and hemlines best flatter your specific body type. 

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There is no better feeling than walking into a board room, packed stage or networking event looking & feeling your best!  Grab the attention of your colleagues, clients & superiors by taking pride in your appearance.  Once you know all eyes are on you, then you can easily seal the deal with your experience, articulate knowledge and follow through skills.  As Nancy Reagan says, “I think a woman gets more if she acts feminine.” Go claim “more” from your life!  You deserve it and you’re worth it.

 

Laurie Graham is a Personal Stylist, Style Expert & TV Host based in Los Angeles, CA.  

For more on Laurie, visit her website http://www.lauriegrahamstyle.com

Follow her on Facebook &  Twitter for style tips, inspiration & updates on her TV appearances. 

 

 

6 Accessories That Are Always In Style (Part 1)

Hey Fashionistas! 

This will be the first of a few posts like this because there was no way I could narrow down this topic to just 6 items.  Recently, I was digging through my drawers and closets trying to “clear the clutter” like I discussed in my Closet Organization webisode.  I stumbled upon several things that I had to take a good hard look at…things I’ve had for yeeeeeears!  I do this every Spring and Fall.  It’s almost like a game I play with myself.  Should I chunk it?  Keep it?  Give to my sis or a close friend so it stays in the family? (my besties and I do that with items we really love) Donate it?  Sell it on Ebay?   Those items we have purchased wisely, which never go out of style, absolutely should keep their cherished spot in our wardrobe.  Especially after selling so many of my beautiful designer things after I got married and finances were tight!  There are some things I’m so happy I kept! 

Here’s 6 timeless accessories I love:

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1.Red Peep-Toe Slingbacks

These were the very first expensive pair of shoes I bought myself after I booked my  first TV show here in LA. They are by Casadei and I always felt like a million bucks when I wore them. A great red pump with a timeless heel should be a staple in every fashionistas closet!  So Old Hollywood!

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2. Gold Bangle Bracelet

A classic gold bangle is the perfect add-on to any outfit…casual or dressy.  A single bangle or a few stacked always adds that bit of  “wow factor” without being over-the-top. I’ve been obsessed with arm candy since I was little.  I rarely leave the house without throwing on a bracelet… or two!

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3. Low-Slung Brown Leather Belt

This is probably one of the most talked about items in my webisodes. It is so versatile and can instantly hide the muffin top!  Add it to a tunic, jeans or sundress to create the illusion of a longer waist and smaller hips. If you do not own one, I suggest running out and getting one ASAP!

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4. Rhinestone Evening Earrings

Can you believe these were the earrings I wore to prom?  I remember it like it was yesterday.. finding them at this chic boutique in Houston on Westheimer Rd.  Back then, this was like shopping on Rodeo Drive for me!  I don’t wear rhinestones much these days, but a girl never knows when she may need to pull them out!

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5. Quilted Chain Bag

I just realized this is one of those items I mentioned that is from one of my besties, LeeAnne (make sure to check out her blog, LeeAnne Locken Loves>>> link on the right side of this blog) gave this to me at least 15 years ago.  Chanel made the quilted chain handbag famous. There have been several knock offs and variations, but the authentic handbag was presented to the public in 1955 and will NEVER go out of style!  

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6. Statement Necklace

Whether it’s long and sleek or short and embellished, a fabulous statement necklace is always in.  I think this one is technically vintage by the brand Trifari from the 70’s.   Like the gold bangle, this is a piece you can throw on with just about any kind of top or dress for a bit of oomph.

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What is one of your most coveted items that you hope to keep and maybe pass down to a daughter, niece or granddaughter?

So it’s the middle of May.. how amazing is your month going so far?

Please share and A-ha’s, breakthroughs or beautiful moments!

 

Love, Tiff 

 

This post was brought to you by Indo Salon.  Indo specializes in Cuts, Styles, Haircolor, Highlights, Great Length Extensions, Hair Lingerie, Japanese Thermal Straightening, Brazillian Blowout and Eyebrow Tinting.

 

CHILDLIKE WONDER +Plus+ A Fun Style Tip

Happy Humpday Hotstuff,

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I trust your week is going great.  Mine just got a whole lot better this morning.  I awoke to the most precious iPhone video from my BFF’s triplets.  Heidi knows the stress I’ve been under and she always knows EXACTLY how to lift my spirits!  Thank God for loving friends.  The video shows three beautiful 2 year olds in their jammies running around saying, “Good Morning Aunt TT”.  Let’s all collectively say, AWWWWW!  They are so adorable and always in total wonder and amazement of the cell phone.  Talk about feeling the love and warming my heart today.  This was such a gift and I am so grateful for this family. 

It was a simple reminder of how VERY important it is to stay in a state of wonder about life.  As adults, we carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and too easily become bitter, cynical and jaded.  Today, if the pressure of life and a massive stack of responsibilities has zapped your zest for life, try to be as present as possible, take a deep breathe and open your eyes to the fun, colorful, magical moments that are all around you.  Make this a daily practice and you will get your zest back and then some.  When we look through jaded eyes, we miss the best moments in life.

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FUN + SILLY STYLE TIP:

Of course, I can manage to incorporate a style tip into today’s inspiration… One way I have fun with fashion and keep the sense of wonder alive with my personal style is choosing funky pieces like platform sneakers, a leopard coat or painting my nails a fun color.  Last week, I wore a new pair of black skinny jeans with a hot pink tuxedo stripe down the leg and  felt spunky all day!  Don’t take fashion too seriously. Don’t take yourself too seriously for that matter.

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Do you have a whimsical item that makes you feel spunky and fancy free? 

I always love hearing your thoughts.  Make a comment, like and share this post if it inspired you.

Celebrate the Wonder!

Love, Tiff

Tiff’s Top 12 Fall Must Have’s plus Clearing the Clutter….AGAIN!

Hey My Fellow Fashionistas!

ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR GLAM ON + AMP UP THE FABULOUS THIS FALL?

Good- let’s cut the small talk and get down to business. You will see several hot trends in the magazines this season and there are a few looks that just do not translate into real life (ummm, yea– those little collared shirts look best on a 3 year old)!   So, I have narrowed it down to the TOP 12 STYLES that we can all rock for Fall….

WHAT WILL YOU DEFINITELY ROCK THIS FALL?


The changing of seasons is a perfect time to reevaluate certain aspects of our lives and make the necessary changes to be better than ever, keep balanced and set new goals.  If you simply start with clearing the clutter in your closets and drawers you will find that it will help motivate you to de-clutter other areas of your life. (Like setting a firm boundary with that Drama-Queen girlfriend who drains the life out of you)

  • There is only 4 more months in 2012, what goals did you set for this year that you have let slide?
  • Is there a new workout class, book club or workshop you want to attend? Book it!
  • Assess what areas of your life are taking up too much time + energy and distracting you from your priorities.

What areas could use a good deep cleaning in your life?

One fashion goal I am setting this season is to make more of an effort to get ‘dressed up’ for Fall.  I become pretty lazy during the summer and tend to live in  boring basics and I have lost my “fashion mojo”….I want to get it back! (Life is short so go ahead and wear the red shoes, lipstick or blazer. Be Bold)

What fashion goal will you set this season?

PLEASE COMMENT!

Love, Tiff

“Participate in Fashion,” says Marcy Guevara!

MEET MARCY: TV Host & Plus Size Expert

She’s beautiful, witty and shares my love for The Oprah Show, cute shoes and getting women to open up and share their story!  In the latest SOS webisode, Marcy gives us her two-cents on the Dos & Don’ts for Plus Size Fashions.

GREAT GIVEAWAY!  Marcy is giving one lucky blogger/viewer a copy of the fabulous book, “How To Never Look Fat Again” by Charla Krupp.

You’ll never get dressed the same way again once you discover:
• Smart, easy ways to hide arm flap, a big bust, a muffin top, back fat, Buddha belly, a big booty, wide hips, thunder thighs and heavy calves—and that’s only half the book
• Which fabrics, colors and styles make women look fat
• Absolutely the best shades, shapes and brilliant buys to make the pounds invisible
• Clever solutions for special fashion situations—workout gear, evening wear and even swimsuits!
• Which products, fashions and services you shouldn’t waste your money on
• The top 10 tips that will make you look thinner by tonight!
So, if you’ve ever put on a piece of clothing and asked, “Does this make me look fat?” finally, here is the book that will answer your question.

TO ENTER:

  1. Click Like to the SOS Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryofstyle
  2. Click Like to Marcy’s Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/marcyfanpage
  3. Must be subscribed to this blog site: www.sanctuaryofstyle.net
  4. Final step, post on the SOS facebook page “I’m participating in fashion!”

ENDS SEPT 15, 2011

Gear up for Fall with leopard, faux fur, fringe, cords and great menswear pieces!  You know I’ll be doing a webisode on how to wear leopard!

Sharing the beauty, style + inspiration,

Tiff