8 AT HOME TIPS: Ready Carpet Ready

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Hello Gorgeous!

Award season is in full swing and we’re leading up to the the 86th Academy Awards in just a few weeks. Do you watch for the CELEBration of the year’s most talented actors, directors, screenwriters and crew? OR just the glitz & glam of the red carpet? Do you wonder how the actresses prepare for the big night? 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 like everyone else and go back to running around with their kids in jeans and no makeup! 

You may not be heading down the red carpet to be photographed by paparazzi, 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’s a list of tips and ways I prepare at home for a big event. Make sure you have a low stress & light schedule the day prior to the event. I call it my BEAUTY DAY:

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.

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 an event. I love drinking a few big glasses of a super green juice of kale, celery, spinach, cucumber 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

egg-white-face-mask-for-oily-skinIf 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.

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. 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!

7. 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 dentist, but if I’m out- I am completely happy with Crest White Strips. Whiter teeth give you added sparkle and a more youthful appearance!

8. HAIR GLOSS

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Beautiful, shiny hair is a woman’s crowning glory! My natural hair color is very dull so coloring it brunette actually adds a ton of shine to it. But, hair color also goes flat and dull after too many washes. In between colorings and/or before an event, I add a color glaze to freshen the color & shine. John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette or Sheer Blonde Liquid Shine works great! Grab it at CVS for under $9.

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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!

Lastly, I’ve been wanting to try lash extensions for over a year and finally got them this week! Why did I wait so long? Honestly, I just didn’t want to add another thing to the beauty upkeep list and I’m not a fan of making appointments. That being said, 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!

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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 Sista!

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

FABULOUS!

Love, Tiff

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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

 

STYLE Q&A

Hey Style Sisters!

There were several great questions submitted here on the blog and on the Facebook Page and {woohoo} it makes my job a whole lot easier knowing exactly the issues you girls are dealing with in your closets!  In today’s webisode, I tackle 3 great topics:

  1. What to pair with navy?
  2. How to layer without looking like you added 10 lbs?
  3. What’s a cute outfit to wear to my kids games instead of my typical yoga pants?

 

 

{Navy is for the fashionista not just the corporate biz man}

{Key to layering= wear thin fabrics}

{No yoga pants except to yoga class}

Wishing you plenty of blue skies, leopard print, red lipstick and bouncin’ & behavin’ hair to make you happy the rest of the week!

Share, comment, tweet and like this post if you found it helpful. Thanks for sharing the beauty, style + inspiration!

Love, Tiff