Check it out on TabithaDumas.com.
I am still in the process of putting all of my products and services under one umbrella but in the meantime, I am NOT taking on any new writing or consulting clients, which leaves me more time for YOU, my FanTABulous Women community!
I would LOVE to spend time with you talking about color, image and style! We can even go shopping together! OR, I can come help you in your closet!
YES, I can provide most of my services virtually, too! Contact me for more information.
My rates start at just $50 for an hour together when you come to my home office or we meet up in the east Phoenix valley. I can even do an “‘All About Me Day’ Head to Toe Makeover” package deal starting at just $499! Treat yourself or someone you love.
I look forward to meeting with you! And remember, I offer group events and workshops, too, starting at just $10 per person. Contact me for more info!
Spring is springing!
Are you sooooo over winter and ready for a refresh??
I’m offering a Total Spring Refresh for just $25 when you come to my home office/studio/craft room in south Chandler in the month of March!
Come with your skin care, makeup and color questions!
What does the Total Spring Refresh include?
- color analysis (including determination of your Dominant Color Category, best neutrals and best ‘pop’ colors plus much more)
- complete pampering facial including microdermabrasion treatment
- Satin Hands treatment
- MakeUpdate (we clean out your makeup bag, you get to try out a new look and I recommend makeup colors for you–Mary Kay or your favorite brand, it’s your choice)
- determination of your best SPRING colors
- light refreshments
- a FREE gift!
Plus receive an additional $10 gift certificate if you choose to purchase any Mary Kay products used during your appointment.
Plan to spend about an hour with me and YES, children are welcome! We have a playroom and a grassy back yard–no pool and no pets! Paypal, cash and checks are accepted.
You’ll feel like a new woman! Contact me to schedule your appointment today!
And…if you can’t make it to my house, I can come to you and two or more of your friends for just $10 per person! Contact me for details!
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both quickly approaching.
If you’re like me, you can’t go out and buy new outfits for all of the upcoming occasions and photo ops BUT you want to look and feel amazing.
So, here are five ways to add some holiday WOW to our outfits. Shop your closet first, or treat yourself to something new–a lot of these items are deeply discounted this time of year!
1. Embellish your neck.
Any outfit or coat looks letter with a little pizzazz close to your face. You can wear your most basic pants and top but when you add a festive, sparkly or colorful scarf, it’s a WOW.
A festive red and green plaid, polka dots or a scarf in your pop color are good places to start. Not sure what your pop colors are? Discover your Dominant Color Category to find out!
2. Add some bling.
Pile on the bracelets, wear your chandelier earrings and add an extra ring or two–the bigger the better. Drag out your costume or vintage jewelry and even add a pin to your coat lapel while you’re at it.
Carry a sequined or glittery clutch or purse, too.
And wear your sequined or glittery shoes! It’s hard to overdo it when it’s the holidays.
3. Wear bright lipstick.
Whether red, plum or bright pink, wear a color that will make you feel fabulous. Almost everyone looks good in true red (with no orange undertones). A blue-based red even makes your teeth look whiter!
Exfoliate your lips with a warm washcloth or a gentle sugar scrub so dead skin doesn’t sabotage your look.
Remember: when you go with strong lips, keep your eyes and cheeks toned down.
4. Accessorize your ‘do.
Headbands, flower clips and feathers are “in” right now, so sweep your hair up or to the side and add a little flourish. You can even apply colored gel (pink! purple!) or tinsel! Fun!
5. Show off your legs.
Wear patterned tights, your highest heels or apply body lotion with glitter in it. You’ll feel flirty and feminine and might even walk a little taller.
Bonus! 6. Wear anything with feminine details, like ruffles or lace. It’s so pretty–and festive. It’s especially fun to mix in fancy with plain, like jeans with a lace top or black velvet pants with a simple tunic.
A few other tips:
- Plan your outfits ahead of time and hang them in your closet to avoid digging for stockings or an errant earring at the last minute.
- Take care of your skin, particularly when the weather is cold or windy. Drink plenty of water and hydrate, especially over night. Remember to take care of your feet, knees and elbows, too.
Need help taming winter skin? Contact me for a facial with a microdermabrasion treatment included! Your skin will thank you!
- Check out my “Holiday Wow!” Pinterest board for pictures and more ideas!
What can you add to your outfits for some holiday WOW?
This may seem a bit premature for some of you (back to school?!? In July?!?) but my oldest son is on a modified year-round school schedule (two weeks off after each grading period and seven weeks off in summer) and starts 2nd grade on July 22nd.
My baby is starting second grade!! Eeeeeek!!
Back-to-school time is HERE for us and I realized that I—work-at-home mom and home manager—need to get myself ready!
For me, summer has been a mixed bag. Yes, we got to take a road trip to my home state of Florida at the start of summer and, yes, my older son has kept the younger one occupied during the day so I could log some billable hours, but…we’ve been doing the “stay up late and wake up late” routine but when the boys are up late, I can’t get “real work” done (I need total peace and quiet to write) and my mornings when they’re sleeping in are not very productive. I’ve been lax on housework and meal planning (don’t ask me how many pizza boxes were in the recycle bin this week) and I’m low on energy because of the wacky sleep schedule. Plus, I’ve had to postpone my usual meetings because it’s hard to get child care for both boys.
I’m ready to get back into the school routine.
This year will be unique because on August 5, my younger son will begin preschool so I will have nine hours a week to be foot loose and kid-free. I’ll keep the fancy.
So I need to be ready.
Here are a few tools I assembled to help ME prepare! The idea is to keep things running smoothly and to set yourself up for a wonderful school year. For yourself AND the kids!
Cookbooks and meal planning tools.
Pull out your favorite cookbooks, grab a shopping list and map out your meals for the week (I do pizza, taco soup and pasta almost every week). Mine have to be quick, easy, and kid-friendly (and when I say kid, I mean picky-eater-kid).
New office supplies.
Why should the kids be the only ones who get fresh folders, markers and composition books?? Get some cute folders for filing all of the papers that will soon be coming in from school and treat yourself to some pretty pens and highlighters. Have a day planner handy, too, for writing down PTA meeting times and coffee dates. Remember to schedule in “me time,” too!
I advise my Mary Kay customers to have an everyday makeup look accessible to grab even if they only have five minutes to spend on their face in the morning. All you need is one or two neutral eye colors, a soft blush, mascara and gloss. I highly recommend the Mary Kay 3-in-1 cleanser, too, because it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. My other favorite multi-tasking product is the Mary Kay Moisture Renewing Gel Mask. It feels almost like aloe and you can use it as a quick mask or wear it overnight if your skin is dry, inflamed or stressed.
Designate a “mom zone” or “home management zone.”
This is the place to keep paperwork, calendars, to-do lists and things like greeting cards, wrapping supplies and bills all in one spot that is yours alone.
As you can see above, I am spoiled—I have a studio/office/craft room (nearly) all to myself but you can use a small desk, a corner of your laundry room or even a closet. For example…
Below is is my “drop and grab zone” between the front door and the garage where I can drop my keys or grab library books on the way in or out, plus a spot for reminders and papers.
Take a moment to tweak your inspiration board, too, so that the things that inspire you or make you smile are where you can see them regularly.
If you work from home, you may want to reorganize your desk or set up new filing systems–whatever it takes to be efficient and productive.
If you’re a home school mom, now is the time to get your desk and teaching area(s) ready.
There are some fun ideas for work-at-home and home school moms on my Back To School Pinterest board.
And you can’t go back to school without books!
I have found a good many of these at Goodwill.
Two of my favorites: “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider.
For those with a business: “Love is the Killer Ap” by Tim Sanders, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The Power of Uniqueness” by Arthur F. Miller, Jr.
And for personal development: “By Happy Without Being Perfect” by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families” by Stephen R. Covey and “Take Time For Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson.
You may also need a new tote bag to carry your books in or maybe a pretty new purse for fall. You get a backpack for the kids, why not treat yourself??
Have some fun before the race to Winter Break begins and set yourself up for a wonderful new school year.
Remember to visit my Back To School Pinterest board board for more ideas, inspiring images and links!
It’s Mary Kay’s Global Makeover Day! We’re trying to set a record for the most makeovers in one day.
I’m up to four so far!
This was my mother-daughter pair. Gorgeous! I’m so glad Shannan tried the red lipstick–I love it!
Mom (Kathy) is a Clear and Shannan is a Soft.
This is Chris, another Clear. Her favorite color drape was the royal purple.
It is now mid-January and I think a lot of us are in ‘life improvement mode.’ Maybe you’re like me and want to start the year with a clean slate, including your makeup drawer. Or drawers. Or in my case, my drawers, medicine cabinet, under-the-sink area and a few boxes in my closet. Sheesh.
Here’s a glimpse at my set-up in the master bathroom. Look closely and you can see my beloved garden tub in the mirror reflection. I try to keep things on the counter beautiful AND functional.
Here’s a trick! This is a great way to keep items separated so you can see and use them easily.
Yes, I have a lot more makeup than you see here. This is what I keep it in, separated by warm vs. cool, with everyday items (eyelid primer, brow gel) in the top drawer and rarely used items (glitter, powder) in the bottom drawer.
What are your biggest makeup organizational challenges? What do you hope to change for 2013?