You Are THAT Woman.

[With my on-camera coaching client and friend, Stefani Threadgill on her CW33 TV  taping]

 

Hey Sista,

As I was cleaning up my messy desk today, I came across this notecard I had saved a few years ago. It made me think of a powerful experience I had yesterday with a few other ladybosses. The notecard does not say who the writer is, but it could have come directly from me:

 

“I am that woman. I have a brilliant heart & a beautiful mind.

I am me, a perfectly flawed, beautyFULL work in progress.

I promise to lift women up, have their backs & make it safe for them to be exactly WHO THEY ARE. 

I’m on a MISSION to raise the standards for how we treat each other, how we treat ourselves, and how we treat the world. 

Every time I look in the mirror I’ll remind myself that I’m not alone, that I’m beautiful, that my voice matters & 

that I AM ENOUGH.” 

 

I encourage you to print that out as a reminder. If you have been following SOS for a while, you know this is my mission and it has been a beautiful experience to go out in the field and work more 1×1 with women. To see women in action, pushing past their fears, living this mantra, and stepping into their purpose is mind-blowing.

My on-camera coaching client Stefani is one of the hardest working women I know! She was given her own segment on the hit CW33 show NewsFix and hired me to sharpen her on-camera presence. She is a brilliant sex therapist with a dream to reach more people and save marriages.

With any dream there are many components that go into it. For television, the list is endless from your voice, delivery, content, energy, charisma, makeup, hair, wardrobe and on and on. I have been on a zillion sets with a zillion producers, makeup artists, stylists, camera operators, etc. Just one of those people can have a bad vibe and wreck your flow. That’s an overall life lesson in who you surround yourself with and why I have copied Oprah’s quote and posted it on the right side bar of this blog, “Be responsible for the energy you bring to this space.” 

 

[With MUA Daniela Bell]

 

Yesterday, Stefani had a big tape day and knocked it out of the park. My amazing makeup artist friend, Daniela- owner of The Makeup Zone– did her makeup so beautifully. The collaborative effort was total perfection! Back to this part of the above quote:

Lift women up, have their backs & make it safe for them to be exactly WHO THEY ARE.

I left the shoot with tears in my eyes. Not just because I was a proud coach, but proud to be part of something so special and witnessing a purpose-driven woman step into her greatness. Regardless of our profession, shouldn’t we all strive to be THAT type of woman?  I challenge each of you to be more conscious and intentional about lifting  women up. The first step is to stop being so self-absorbed and stop making everything about you. Sorry, not sorry, if that pisses you off. We have enough pressure and things that tear us down. Don’t add to that problem. Help eradicate it.

 

 

In my on-camera confidence workshops, I teach women to change their physicality to get out of their heads before stepping on set or on stage to speak. Loved catching Stefani do her “Wonder Woman Pose” before filming started. This works and helps you go in to any stressful situation. I like to flip my head over and shake my hair and always pull my shoulders back and WALK TALL. Do you have a quick physical confidence builder?

 

Make it a daily habit to lift, compliment, hug, smile and empower other women.
GROUP FIST PUMP!

 

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The Hannibal Look + Coconut Oil = GORGEOUS!

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I love getting beauty tips from makeup artists and sharing them with you fellow beauty junkies!  I started modeling professionally at 16 and have worked with hundreds of makeup artists. Being the precocious teen I was, I learned early to ask makeup artists, stylists and hair stylists questions. You’re there with them face-to-face for a good hour so why not get as much info out of them as you can?!

Yesterday, I lent my face to my talented girlfriends who own The Makeup Zone in Plano for a fun YouTube video. Daniela and Leslie are beautiful, generous and driven and you know I love surrounding myself with women like that. I was thrilled that they asked me to be their model! If you are a MUA artist, make sure to participate in their challenge. It’s recreating Jessica Chastain’s look from the upcoming film called Miss Sloane. For more info, go to their Facebook Page.

Because I needed to arrive to set with a clean face, I wanted to make sure my skin was prepped and hydrated. I told Leslie I had just done my go-to egg white mask so my face would be a good canvas for them. She began telling me her at home secrets for getting hydrated and glowing skin. Of course, I had to try it and share with you. She said if you have a big event to wear a sheet mask every night for 4-5 nights before the event. If you need a quick fix, rub coconut oil into your skin then wear the sheet mask over it for as long as you can. I did this last night and whoa– my skin was tight, glowing and plump this morning.

I love those sheet masks and recommend finding one that addresses your specific skin needs. The one I’ve been using lately is for brightening (shown above) and purchased them at Marshalls. A pack of 4 was only $5.99. You can find them on Amazon, at Ulta and I believe even Target carries them now. I always feel like I look like Hannibal Lector when I wear them, but who cares as long as it works, right? Aaron came home late from a gig and I had fallen asleep with it on- poor guy, I think I scared him. LOL!

 

WHY COCONUT OIL?

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Coconut oil is truly a gift from nature with so many benefits. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil  protect the skin from potential pathogens and reduces the risk of bacterial infections making acne worse. It is mainly the lauric acid in the coconut oil that acts as the antibacterial agent. This medium chain fatty acid constitutes 85% of the coconut oil. The only other natural substance high in lauric acid happens to be breast milk.

Coconut oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin so it hydrates quickly. It also helps with wrinkles and anti-aging because the triglycerides attract protein molecules which constantly repair the collagen layer.

Sounds like we all need to keep a jar of coconut oil on our vanity and not just in the kitchen.

Go get your glow on gorgeous!

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FGI GLAM PREP: My 10 Steps

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Do you wonder how the actresses prepare for a big night on the red carpet? It’s all very Cinderella-like. May I remind you, these stunning women prepare for weeks with personal trainers, nutritionists, estheticians, stylists and most of them make a trip to the medspa for botox, skin tightening and fillers. (Remember, I lived in Hollywood for 15 years! I was privy to the insider tips.) Thousands of dollars are spent for that one night! Once it’s all over, they are just like everyone else back to running around with their kids in jeans and no makeup!

Tonight is one of the biggest nights of the year for fashion in Dallas! The annual Night of Stars Gala is set to return to Dallas again this year, with major announcements, star-studded honors, and of course jaw-dropping fashion. Organized by the Dallas division of Fashion Group International(“FGI”), the annual gala honors influential figures within the industry who have not only stamped their mark in fashion, but in their communities as well. [via http://dallas.fgi.org] I’m so excited and honored to be wearing a gorgeous frock by local designer, Nour Diab. It will truly be a Cinderella moment for me. Check out the different dresses I’m choosing from here.

You may not be heading down a red carpet, but perhaps you have a big event coming up like your wedding day or a high school reunion. For a fraction of the cost that the celebrities spend, you can achieve that red carpet look in no time.

Here are my 10 tips for preparing for a big event. Make sure you have a low stress schedule the day of the event. 

 

1. A GOOD WORKOUT OR YOGA CLASS

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More than likely, you will be on your feet at the event and you’ll want to get a good leg and back stretch, plus a core strengthener to help your posture. It’s a great idea to amp up your workout program about 6 weeks prior to your big event. Not only will you look more svelte, but you will carry yourself with strength and grace.

 

2. MANI/PEDI

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This is a no brainer, but I must add it to the list. The grooming of a woman’s hands & feet says so much about her! Don’t you notice a woman’s nails as she’s holding that glass of wine at a party? AND there’s nothing worse than dry, scaly, calloused feet in a strappy heel. Big thanks to MINI LUXE for keeping my hands and feet red carpet ready at all times.

 

3. DRINK GREEN JUICE WITH STRAWBERRY

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It’s important to beautify your inside as well as your outside the day before and the day of an event. I love drinking a few big glasses of a super green juice of kale, celery, spinach, cucumber, cayenne and STRAWBERRIES. They have numerous benefits which include aiding the release of serotonin, which improves mood and gives you a feeling of relaxation (super important before an event that may cause you anxiety!) and is a natural diuretic. Strawberries are high in potassium which helps detoxify the body.

 

4. EGG WHITE MASK

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If you’ve been following SOS for a while, you have heard me discuss the awesome benefits of an egg white mask. I always do one before an event or photoshoot! It gives your skin an instant glow, tighter pores and evens out your skintone. Apply in upward strokes for an instant “facelift” effect. Leave on longer than most masks! If I have time, I will work around the house with the mask on for up to 45 minutes. Luckily, I got the GOLD red carpet facial from my girl Holly at Zen Den last week so my skin is so ready for tonight! Remember, through November you can get any of her treatments for 20% OFF plus a free eye treatment. Here’s the deets!

5. SALT SCRUB

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Get your ‘glow on’ by exfoliating your skin from head to toe. You may be wearing a strapless cocktail dress so get your shoulders, arms and legs looking smooth. There are tons of DIY recipes online, but I keep it simple with sea salt and olive oil. This preps for skin for the next step.

6. SAUNA

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Another great way to prep for a big event is a session in the steam sauna and/or dry sauna. There are so many benefits from glowing skin, detoxifying the body, relieving muscle tension and more. Make sure to do this before your spray tan! I’m heading there now as soon as I post this blog.

7. SPRAY TAN

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I am a big believer in a good spray tan. Most of us look healthier with a bit of color! I highly recommend getting a professional airbrush tan, but in a pinch at home- I love the Neutrogena Micro-Mist in Deep. It sprays on evenly with a beautiful tan glow and no funky orange color. It’s best to do a spray tan after a good shower and exfoliation in the evening before bed. I sleep in a long sleeve cotton tee and loose cotton yoga pants to ensure the color stays on. You wake up with a perfect tan!

 

8. TEETH WHITENER

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You want your smile to be photo worthy so it’s important to whiten your choppers before an event. I get the pro teeth whitener with the fitted tray from my amazing dentist at MINT DENTISTRY, but if you don’t have the pro trays– grab Crest White Strips. They work great in a pinch. Whiter teeth give you added sparkle and a more youthful appearance!

9. HAIR GLOSS AND/OR HAIR MASK

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Beautiful, shiny hair is a woman’s crowning glory! Hair color can get flat and dull after too many washes so use a glaze or moisturizing mask between colorings and especially before a big event.  John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette or Sheer Blonde Liquid Shine works great! Grab it at CVS for under $9.

 

10. LASH EXTENSIONS

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As we age- we lose our lashes. Remember, when you were a little girl and you had those Bambi doe-eyed lashes?  On top of that, I am constantly applying fake eyelashes with glue that pulls out the lashes I do have. Eyelash extensions are especially great if you have a week long event like an out of town wedding or special vacation. You wake up looking glamorous and save the time and frustration of applying falsies! I adore my lash lady and friend, Kathy — co-owner of Bella Lash Boutique in Plano.

A few final tips for looking and feeling your best at your big event- make sure to carry altoids, a powder compact with mirror, a bolder lipgloss (helps you pop more in photos) and a clear band aid in your evening bag in case you get a blister from those new strappy shoes.

Also, never ever ever leave the house without your Spanx! I don’t care if you are a size 2 with no jiggle. Dresses lay better on the body and you just add more class to your look when your junk is loose. Ya hear!

If possible, treat yourself and hire a professional makeup artist to help you look and feel your absolute best. I’m thrilled that the amazing Daniella Bell, owner of The Makeup Zone will be doing my face for tonight. She’s a beautiful woman who loves to beautify and lift up other women. She also did my makeup for my new Meet Tiffany video. Have you seen it yet? CLICK HERE!

Cheers to looking & feeling red carpet ready on your next event!

Do you have a special beauty tip for looking your most glam? Please Share!

Even if you do not have a special event coming up- make sure to take the time to always feel your most FABULOUS!

Love + Lipgloss,

Tiff