SUMMER SOLSTICE BEAUTY/STYLE/INSPIRATION

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Hello Sunshine!

Summer solstice arrives tomorrow which marks the official start to summer. Yipppeeee!  For you that are moms, I am sure you’re busy planning lots of activities with the kids while they’re out of school so I’ll make this as short + sweet as possible today so you get on with the summer fun.  

 

//BEAUTY// 

You’ve probably heard about the BB + CC Cream craze by now.  These are brilliant beauty multitaskers that renew, brighten, even skin tone, hydrate and protect. I am a diehard fan of the Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 50, but I wanted to test out something new for summer.  When the weather changes, so does my skin and I tend to get a few light breakouts so I like to switch things up.  I am pleased to tell you that the Garnier BB Cream for Combo/Oily skin is awesome and the colors blend so well on the skin unlike many others that have a pasty white undertone.  It prevents that “summertime shiny face” and really lives up to it’s claim of lasting all day.  The only downside is it’s only an SPF 20 so I make sure to wear my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70 underneath.  Also, if you have dry skin- this is not the BB Cream for you.  Garnier makes a few different types for your specific skin needs.  CVS $12.99

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//STYLE//

Just about every store I’ve been in lately has these fun printed leggings. Seen them?  Some prints are way too crazy and should never grace a pair of legs, but I do like the black and white graphic prints.  It’s such a nice alternative for summer instead of those boring black lululemon yoga pants.  I had to take my own advice– and choose the bold print over the same old black leggings and walk confidently out the door to yoga class.  I was a bit nervous, but I have to tell you… I felt like a rockstar in yoga!  Strangely enough, I even had a better workout.  Just remember, some of the prints can make the junk in your trunk a bit too junky– if ya know what I’m saying– so wear a longer tank that covers it. The best ones I’ve seen are from H&M. 

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//INSPIRATION//

Recently, I had the privilege of leading a workshop with a group of amazing women of all ages. One of the topics we covered was COMPASSION.  I want to share our discussion with the hope that it will inspire and help you live with more compassion, not only for others, but for yourself:

COMPASSION- A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

  • How compassionate are you overall?
  • Do you have genuine compassion for others?
  • Do you have compassion for yourself? Enough so to make the necessary changes needed to live your best life and alleviate any suffering you are experiencing?

Step Up:  Be more compassionate and loving toward yourself and others. See the light in others despite a hard exterior.  Put yourself in their shoes in order to see where they are coming from. Reflect on the areas you know you need to make changes. Write them down. Attach a timeframe to your goals. Walk it out. Devote time to nurturing yourself.  Be a blessing to others even in the midst of your own storm.

“Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment.” -Arthur Jersild, Professor/Author

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HAPPY SUMMER SISTAS!

Love, Tiff

 

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