CHUNK IT! Makeup Expires

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Hello Beautiful Ones, 

Just as we clear the clutter in our closets each season, it’s important to chunk old makeup. Especially as we approach Fall after a sweaty Summer. YUCK! Have you been using the same powder puff in that compact since the Spring? If you’ve been breaking out lately — this could be the culprit! 

From the moment you open a product and expose it to air it begins to expire. Over time, ingredients become toxic and it’s equal to applying straight bacteria to your skin which can create infection and premature aging. 

Here’s the life span of the main products we use:

  • Eyeshadows: 12 to 18 months
  • Powder: 2 years
  • Foundation: 1 year
  • Lipstick & lipgloss: 1 year
  • Mascara: 3 months
  • Blush: 12 to 19 months
  • Makeup sponges: Replace weekly
  • Makeup brushes: Clean weekly

LIPGLOSSES

I’m a self-proclaimed lipgloss addict and recently cleaned out my purse to find a total of 6 tubes. Really? I know I’m not the only one. A few tips for keeping your lips and face healthy is to pay attention to the texture, smell and any color changes to your makeup. Once there’s a slight change- chunk it! As the ingredients in makeup gets old, it can turn rancid and smells awful. If you have had a cold, cough or cold sore and used a gloss while sick- chunk it! Limit swapping lipgloss, eyeliner and mascara with your friends.  Although we may appear to be healthy, we could innocently be spreading germs that could cause serious issues. 

Because I only really use foundation when I’m on camera, it is easy for me to keep a bottle forever. When I buy a new one, I take a sharpie and write the date on the bottom of the bottle so I’ll know when to chunk it.

Make it a fun weekend project to go through your makeup and chunk items that are “iffy”. Then head to Target, Ulta or Sephora and get some new things for Fall!  

Share the SOS love.

Stay beautiful & healthy,

Tiff xo

P.S.

As you lay your head down tonight…Replay your daily highlights (not the fouls)…Give gratitude for your many blessings…Go to sleep with a smile on your face.. 

This really is THE best beauty ritual you can have because you will sleep peacefully. No potions, lotions or amount of botox can give you what a good night sleep can. Sweet dreams.

BE UNFORGETTABLE: Importance of the Thank You Card

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Hi Gorgeous Girls!

As I sit tonight and write “thank you’s” to everyone who blessed me on my birthday, I thought it would make a great topic for a post. I love to send handwritten thank you cards and it’s an etiquette my mom taught me at a very early age. How about you? Do you take the time to write a note or do you rush and think a text or email will suffice?

Here are the top 3 reasons it’s so important to me: 

1) STRENGTHEN THE BOND between you and the receiver. Whether it’s a business follow-up, personal thank you for a gift or hospitality at a dinner party- people want to feel appreciated. From writing the heartfelt note, stamping then mailing it tells that person you took the time for them.

2) BE UNFORGETTABLE and stand out. I cherish the handwritten thank you cards I receive from friends, family and clients. I received a lovely monogrammed one recently from a dear client which I have sitting right here in front of me on my desk. Her handwriting is beautiful and her words- so very generous and encouraging. I’ll remember her forever.   

3) SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY and choose a card that reflects you and your style. When the receiver opens the envelope and pulls out the card- it’s like receiving a little piece of you and your heart. I always look for thank you cards in random places and find cute ones at Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx and even Target. It’s great to take it a step beyond and have cards designed with your name, logo and/or company. But, I always seem to find unique, fun styles and like to keep plenty in my desk at all times! I think I’ve always been a bit obsessed with stationary. The ones in the photo above are so me and SOS – don’t ya think? They are by Roobee by Mara-Mi and I found them at TJ Maxx for $4.99. 

Obviously, a text or email is better than nothing, but it’s really the lazy girl’s way out. Expressing gratitude is so important so why not go above and beyond to show your appreciation. Be of excellence.  It’s another way we can practice ‘walking tall’ sistas.  Everything is so instant these days with technology, but the art of a personal handwritten thank you note is an etiquette we should never allow to fade away. 

Share, tweet, comment and give me your two-cents on this topic!

Love, Tiff

Stay Cool & Chic in the Office {New Style Webisode}

Hey Fellow Fashionistas!

Many of you have been asking for new style videos and today is the day! Thanks for being patient. I must admit- I thought I was all tapped out with style tips and started getting burnt out on it all. My right hand is in pain for a week after editing a video and I was starting to lose creativity. I realize I have to put in the grunt work and won’t have to edit everything forever. I don’t know how full-time computer graphic artists do it. Just keepin’ it real. I have so much more inside me to share than just shopping & style tips and many of you have expressed how much the motivational candid vlogs inspire you. That makes me so happy. But, I realized this is par for the course when you’re on your path & purpose. We have to take a breather and a step back in order to regain clarity of purpose, rekindle the flame and gather energy for the next part of the journey.

There have been many times since I started SOS that I wanted to quit. I cried to my hubby a few weeks ago because I felt like I was in limbo and being stretched to my limits. I wondered what was to come next. I had just passed on a publishing deal for my book and that broke my heart. It just wasn’t a ‘fit’ for me and my mission. I actually got mad at God. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO? I prayed…. and yelled a bit. Then, like always, I’m given peace and perspective. I thought of all the women who have written me saying how the blog & videos helped them transform and feel more confident. That is what motivates me to keep on keepin’ on!  SOS isn’t for me, it’s for you.

The TD Jakes quote came to mind, “Whenever God pulls back a bow, the arrow is going to go further than it’s ever gone before.”  I share this with you all because I know there are many of you who are feeling stretched right now. Summer is nearly over and the kids are going back to school. Schedules are changing and you are the one who has to keep it all going smoothly. The world is so fragile and we’re getting horrible news daily. Don’t allow the stretching or the shaky feelings to derail you from your purpose. Do not give up. Take a beat. A time out. Then get ready to go farther than you ever have before. WooHoo! 

Ok- enough of that. Ready for the new video complete with a brand spankin’ new intro!?  I’m so excited for the new look and vibe. I have to thank my hubby for supporting me and pushing me to take things to the next level. He cares about all of you sistas as much as I do! I read him the messages you all send me and it inspires & touches him to keep helping me.

Just as we need a ‘makeover’ from time to time- so does SOS. Hope you like it…

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H&M Black Sleevless Shirt

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Target Bomber Jacket (on sale now!)

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Stay tuned for more Fall webisodes coming soon! 

I want to hear any video ideas and topics you have. 

Strut It Sistas,

Xo Tiff

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P.S. Don’t forget the ReJuve MD giveaway ends this Friday the 15th. 

Win the serum & eye serum I mentioned in the new video! $264 VALUE!

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TO ENTER: 
1. Follow ReJuveMD on Twitter @ ReJuveMD 
2. Follow Tiff on Twitter @ TiffanyHendra 
3. Tweet “Rejuvenate my skin” with the hashtag #RejuveMD
4. Tag both RejuveMD & Tiffany on the tweet! 

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you won- ReJuve MD has set up a special discount for SOS’ers

15% OFF one product: promo code at checkout SOS15
20% OFF for both products: SOS20 

www.rejuvemd.com

GET GLAM FAST: 3 Hot Sunnies For Summer

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Hey Fabulous Ones!

As we roll into July, I’m sure you have already picked up a new pair of shades to rock for Summer. If not, here are my top three picks for adding instant glam factor and staying on trend even if you’re strutting around in basic tanks & flip flops. This year it’s all about vintage and retro styles:  

 

I. Oversized Old Hollywood Cat Shaped

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Maquis Sunglasses by Tory Burch

These aren’t the traditional cat eye, but I just love them with the two-tone acetate butterfly cat-esque shape. So unique!  

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II. Mirrored Lens

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This pair actually covers three trends – round, transparent and mirrored. 

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III. Retro Tortoise Print or Anything Graphic

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 “Quinn” by Michael Kors

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Remember, check the UV protection when purchasing sunglasses! Protect your peepers.

What style are you going to try this Summer? This is a good opportunity to try something new! Even on a budget, you can find these options at Target & H&M for under $20. 

Get Glam My Gorgeous Girls.

Love, Tiff

 

BE FAB FRIDAY: Channel Your Inner Disco Diva

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For Summer, one of my favorite go-to styles is the retro 70’s look. It’s timeless and always in style! Just about everyone can rock this look, effortlessly. With the temps heating up, our hair can get unruly so throwing it up in a headscarf will give you instant glamour while keeping cool. In the selfie above, I simply swept my rolled hair to one side and threw on a scarf. I was attending a b-day party that was tentatively planned for outdoors and didn’t want my hair blowing all over the place. If you’ve been part of SOS for a while, you know I am a HUGE headscarf fan. It’s probably because I’m lazy when it comes to styling my hair during Summer and this is truly a hair SOS rescue! Many of you express you can’t quite get it right so I encourage you to grab some scarves in different sizes and play around with them this weekend. It just takes a bit of creativity!  

Here are several ways to rock a headscarf:

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1. Wide Legged Jeans like these at Nordstrom 

2. Flowy Crochet Top. Forever 21 has lots of styles.

3. Target has beautiful, affordable maxi sundresses.

4. Jumpsuit like this one from Michael Kors 

5. Nordstrom has great metallic heels.

6. Chic floppy hat like this one by J. Crew

 

This weekend I’m heading on our first family vacay in years. I’m excited to chill with my parents, sis & hubby. We’re heading to the spot in West Texas where we went camping as kids! I’m so excited for Aaron to see that part of the state and for all of us to go offline & unplug for a few days. No makeup, cabin, cutoffs & flip flops. Instead of my inner disco diva, I’ll be unleashing my inner redneck hippie chick! 

Where are YOU headed on your Summer vacay?

Don’t forget to strut.

Love, Tiff

 

GOTTA ROCK THESE 25 {Video Replay}

Hello Sassafrass!

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From the BBQ, beach, pool party or vacay, you will be set for Summer with these 25 items! Although the video is a repeat from last year, the items are all still super hot and here’s a list of more current styles I’m loving: 

  1. Panama Hat from  J. CREW
  2. Bendable Floppy Hat by SAN DIEGO HAT CO
  3. Lightweight Scarf. Love this one at NORDSTROM
  4. Dangle Earrings. Great selection at TARGET
  5. Chunky Colorful Beaded Necklace. Great selection at TARGET
  6. Bangles. TORY BURCH has great styles.
  7. Crochet Pieces like this beautiful DVF dress.
  8. Flowy Tanks. Love this tribal print tank from NORDSTROM. 
  9. Denim Chambray Shirt. This one by J. CREW is perfection.
  10. Maxi Skirt. ANTHROPOLOGIE has beautiful styles.
  11. Nautical Striped Tube or Tank from H&M
  12. Caftan or Tunic Swimsuit Cover Up. Great styles at NORDSTROM.
  13. Solid Color Swimsuit like this one from J. CREW
  14. Romper. Cute style from MICHAEL KORS
  15. Maxi Sundress. Lots of cute ones at FOREVER 21
  16. Bold Floral Prints. Super cute dress by ASOS 
  17. Capri Cargo Pant. Great style at MACY’S 
  18. White Jeans. Love mine from H&M
  19. Flowy Linen Pant. Chic Palazzo styles at ZARA
  20. Wristlet. Love the little Gucci styles at NEIMAN MARCUS
  21. Tribal Print Bag. Love the backpack styles at TARGET 
  22. Brown Leather Belt. Great election at NORDSTROM
  23. Nude Patent Wedge. These by JIMMY CHOO are gorgeous & timeless.
  24. High Heel Flip Flops. ALDO has the best selection.
  25. Sunglasses. Love my new aviators from DVF.

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If you live in the DFW area, make sure to get your beautiful bronze UV-free tan at SkinSpaMED. 3 Mystic Tan sessions for ONLY $30. Make sure to check out their laser hair removal services to stay bikini ready all summer! 

The 2 winners of the Summer Kickoff Giveaway will be announced Friday Evening, June 6th. You still have time to enter! Details HERE.

STRUT IT ALL SUMMER SISTAS!

Love, Tiff

 

 

LIVING IN THE OVERFLOW: Fill Up Your Love Tank This Weekend [Candid Vlog]

Happy Weekend My Sistas,

Many of you have asked me to please continue sharing the candid “Motivational Monday” vlog style webisodes that I have posted the past few weeks. Since last Monday was a holiday, I thought I would share some SOS love & encouragement at the end of the week. No makeup or fancy lighting- just my heart to yours: 

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Who is going to take this assignment seriously? I want to hear all about what you did for YOU this weekend and how it felt to “fill” yourself up. Remember, let go of the guilt and flip your thinking if you find that “me time” leaves you feeling selfish. You are actually doing your family & friends a disservice by not taking care of yourself. Living in the overflow will allow you to give- without resentment– to those who need you.

GIVEAWAY REMINDER: 

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(2) SOS Blog Subscribers will win either 2 of the products mentioned in the Summer Beauty Regimen video or a TARGET gift card plus both will receive a signed copy of my hubby’s new CD, Octobersong and an “ALIVE” V-neck Tee. Go HERE for the details to enter! Winners announced June 6th. Good luck! 

 

Comment, Tweet, Share the SOS Love!

Make a date with yourself this weekend & let me know how it went.

It’s the last day of May! Remember to set your intentions for June, but then surrender it all.

Love, Tiff

 

Wings Or The Worm

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 Hey, Hey, Hey!

Are you conscious of your behavior after a phone call or coffee date with a certain friend who brings out your weaknesses instead of your strengths? For example, you chat with a dear friend who is always complaining and venting her drama- complete with a few curse words for punctuation- and the rest of the day you are whining, focusing on your burdens instead of your blessings and cursing like a sailor. Trust me, I am no Miss Priss and have a fiery personality so a few curse words may fly out of my mouth when I get heated. Not proud of it- just keepin’ it real. As I always say- I’m a work in progress! My point is how interesting we are as humans to emulate and model those we hang around. We may be Spiritually-conscious and awake with our shelves filled with self-help books, but it is easy to get sucked in to the chicken coop instead of rising above and soaring like the eagle that we are.  

I love listening to T.D. Jakes during my power walks and a few days ago he said one simple phrase that struck a chord in me. He said, “Are you associating with people who bring out the wings in you or the worm in you?” Obviously, he’s referring to the beautiful idea of transformation through the butterfly. I posted this on Facebook, but wanted to elaborate and start the discussion here on the blog. We are always in a state of growth and transformation- at least I hope we are! I realize you have joined this community because you place your personal growth, development and empowerment as a priority. As an ‘instigator of change and an ‘agent of transformation’, I thrive on constant growth. The minute I feel stagnant in any area of my life- I’ve got to switch things up, change the behavior and expand a bit. 

We can always be a little bit better today than we were yesterday and I will keep that philosophy until I’m 85.

A vital aspect of our growth is who we surround ourselves with.  Are you associating with those who challenge you to come up higher & encourage you to fly?  A few of my girlfriends are gifted encouragers. They have the ability to hone in on someone’s strengths and lift that person up by pointing out and vocalizing these positive traits. They bring out the wings in that person! Don’t you love being around people like that?!  Often times, we are able to reveal a strength in someone that they didn’t even realize they had. By doing so, we open that person up to their full potential which puts them in a position to fly.

On the other hand, we must be mindful of those who try to bring out the worm in us. You know that friend that likes to include you when she’s talking about her own short comings. She says things like, “We have a hard time losing weight because WE are just lazy”. Then you start questioning yourself, “Am I fat? She’s right- I am lazy”. {Record Scratch} Counteract it by kindly not accepting those negative words over your life and respond with something like, “I’m happy with my weight and work out 4-5 times a week. ‘Lazy’ is not a title I care to wear, thank you”. Of course, then there’s the family member who tries to make you feel bad that you are a ‘driven dreamer’ who appreciates nice things. Misery loves company. It takes all kinds to make the world go round and we can love them and learn from them, but we can also limit our exposure to them. When you’re around the critical ones, stand firm in your beliefs and positivity.

Make sure you are rubbing off on them and not the other way around.   

ACTION STEP: Take a look around you. Who do you spend the most time with? Wing peeps or worm peeps? Make a conscious effort to spend more time with friends who are positive and living a life of excellence & purpose! Those who speak about life with enthusiasm. We all have a Destiny to fulfill so it’s crucial to associate with those who help you come up higher and stay on your path- and vice versa. 

We become like those we hang around. Surround yourself with those who like to soar. Be the wind beneath each other’s wings! 

As always, I love to hear your thoughts.

Comment, Tweet + Share the SOS love!

Love, Tiff

 

P.S. Don’t forget about the fun Summer Kickoff Giveaway happening! Details on the 7 Summer Drugstore Steals post. Ends June 6th. Win a few products below OR a Target gift card plus the new Aaron Hendra Project CD & T-shirt. 

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7 SUMMER DRUGSTORE STEALS {NEW WEBISODE & GIVEAWAY}

Who’s ready for the long holiday weekend? I sure am and this is the perfect time to share my new drugstore steals to help you get your Summer Beauty Regimen started right.

Check it out…

Product List: 

  • Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner, $1.47 Target
  • Treseme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $4.99 Walgreens
  • Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil Spray, $6.29 CVS
  • Tree Hut Olive & Shea Hawaiian Kukui Sugar Scrub, $7.99 Target
  • Dry Brush with long back handle, $4.49 Target
  • Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Tan Moisturizer, $11.99 Target
  • Banana Boat Sport SPF Sunscreen, $6.94 Wal Mart
  • Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Fragrance, $19.99 Target

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SPECIAL GIVEAWAY FOR BLOG SUBSCRIBERS ONLY

To kick off Summer, I will be giving (2) blog subscribers the following-

1. Two of the products I spoke about in the video OR a gift card to Target. Will be a surprise!

2. Signed Aaron Hendra Project Limited Edition CD, Octobersong.

3. White V-Neck “Alive” T-shirt.

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TO ENTER:

1. Must be a subscriber to this blog.

2. Leave a comment on this post and let us know how you plan to STRUT it this summer.

3. Share this post via Twitter tagging @tiffanyhendra

ENDS FRIDAY, JUNE 6th. WINNERS ANNOUNCED 5:00pm THAT EVENING. GOOD LUCK!

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Remember, during the holiday festivities take a moment to send a silent prayer to all the families who have lost a loved one while fighting for our country.

Happy Memorial Weekend. Be safe!

Love, Tiff

BEAUTY SOS: Get Glowing For Spring & Summer

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Over the past few years, it seems like I have given you ladies every single tip I could on how to get glowing skin. But, being the curious researcher that I am- there is always more info for me to discover then share with you. As the seasons change, plus as our hormones and skin constantly change, it’s wise to change up our products. What worked for us two years ago, may not be effective with your current skin type and issues. With Summer around the corner, it’s a great time to reexamine our skincare routine and makeup, then throw out expired lip glosses, mascaras, foundations, powders or moisturizers. 

Here are a few of my latest discoveries:

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Finally, Jergens got with the program and put out their popular NATURAL GLOW gradual tanning moisturizer in a large pump bottle to make our busy lifestyle and skincare routine more efficient. I tried this when it first came on the scene and wasn’t sold, but my bestie keeps raving about it. At my last trip to Target, I decided to pick up a bottle when I saw the new pump. Hello Glow! I love that it keeps a light bronze glow to the skin without funky streaking or the funky smell. The ingredient list is impressive and includes Olive, Jojoba and Avocado oil as well as Vitamin E. 

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Hello, my name is Tiffany and I’m a bronzer addict! I always say that every woman, regardless of her skintone, looks more vibrant and healthy with a touch of bronzer. At an event recently, my girlfriend had the most beautiful bronze color swiped across the top of her cheeks. She shared that she was wearing the Bobbie Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick from Sephora. It also comes in a rose and nectar palette shade.

 

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I adore cream blushes for Summer because they melt into your skin and give you a dewy look. e.l.f. Studio products continue to surprise me! I picked up this HD liquid blush at Target a few weeks ago and love it. It is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. Since I don’t do makeup tutorials, I found a great one on YouTube which actually shows you how to apply this blush with the stipple brush. Plus, the cute host shows you how wearable it is after 8 hours.

 

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If you have followed my blog for a while, you know the most important thing to me is your health and glowing from the inside- out. Makeup, potions and lotions are fun and I am cray-crazy about them, but to have that genuine, lasting glow- you must fill your body with the right foods. Blueberries are one one the best ways to get glowing skin, but they aren’t always in season and you may not be able to fit them into your daily diet. I’m super stoked to find this Acai Berry Classic for Beauty & Metabolism by Genesis Today. It’s a 100% Juice Blend of 16,000 mg of Acai in every serving, Pear Juice, White Grape Juice, Pineapple Juice, Apple Juice, Concord Grape Juice, Blueberry Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Black Cherry Juice and Cranberry Juice. B-Vitamins and an antioxidant blend of grape seed extract and green tea extract area also added. For convenience, I make my morning protein shake with this juice and it seriously gives me energy all day. I haven’t had that 2pm slump. WooHoo! Wal Mart now carries it for about $5.50 which is substantially cheaper than online. 

 

Have you tried any of these products yet?

Give me a shout out with your personal review.

Get Glowing Girls!

Love, Tiff

 

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P.S. I’m excited to partner with one of my new fave places on earth, Sunstone Yoga. If you live in the greater DFW area, I invite you to participate in the ongoing promo we are running through Summer. I will be randomly selecting an SOS follower to join me for a Class & Convo Special. You & I will attend a class of your choice- Earth, Water, Spark, Fire or Hot Pilatesfollowed by a complimentary 30 minute lifestyle mentoring session over coffee/tea. You will have my ear for 30 minutes to ask me anything!

*Simply send a TWEET saying “I’m in” to @tiffanyhendra & @sunstoneyoga by Friday, May 16th. Can’t wait to see who my first guest will be!