Five Secrets to a More Beautiful Morning

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Do you find yourself wishing for a smoother morning routine that also helps you start your day looking and feeling your best?

Here are my five secrets!

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LOOKING GOOD

1. Choose your outfit the night before. Try it on and lay out everything you will need, including undergarments, shoes and accessories. There’s nothing more stressful than searching for a lone camisole or errant earring when you’re racing against the clock in the morning!

2. Have a simple everyday makeup look easily accessible. Set aside your wild eye shadows and bold lipsticks for special occasions. Make sure that your basic foundation and mascara, along with two to three eye shadows and a blush in neutral shades, are handy so you have no excuse for leaving the house without makeup on.

3. Start your day in a happy place. Take time to sip a cup of coffee, read a page from an inspiring book, repeat your personal mantra, stretch your body or write in your journal before the craziness of the day sets in. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman with a smile on her face and a spring in her step!

FEELING GOOD

4. Keep healthy breakfast foods on hand. Whether it’s a boiled egg, protein bar, V8 juice or cheese stick, eating a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to mean sitting down to a hot meal. You’ll feel better all day if you start it with good fuel and having something you can grab on your way out the door will help guard against desperate donut purchases.

5. Get a grip on your to-do list. Whether twenty items or three, spend some time with your to-do list in the morning and map out your day. Consider tackling your hardest task first, followed by a fun task, to start your day well. Try to schedule in some “me time,” too, even if it’s just flipping through a new magazine in the school car line or enjoying a special treat with your lunch.

Here’s to a happier and more FanTABulous morning!

Could your morning routine use some help? What ideas would you consider implementing this week?

Oh, yes, she did ask The Question!

I was feeling pretty sassy on Saturday wearing a new top in my “pop color,” a colorful scarf as a belt, my key necklace and cute shoes.

See??

fantabulous women dressing for your body type

I don’t THINK I look pregnant…??

Until the bagger at my local grocery store (a teenage girl, maybe 16) asked The Question:

“Are you having a baby?”

I felt like I melted into a puddle right there in the check-out lane. I felt my face flush and my blood pressure rise.

Partly because we’d recently tried to have a baby with no luck. Partly because I realized that I LOOKED pregnant (no one wants that unless they are) and partly because I knew she’d be embarrassed to find out that I’m not.

“Nope. I am sure not.”

The cashier asked, “WHAT did she say??”

I replied, “She said I was fat.”

I admit, that comment was meant to teach the bagger a lesson. Did I interpret her question that way? No. But many women would. Unless a woman is VERY CLEARLY pregnant, it’s better to not comment.

The bagger was aghast.

I smiled and told her, “I’m giving you a hard time. It’s an honest question. We were trying but, no, I’m not pregnant.”

I could tell she felt terrible.

“Why did you think so?” I asked.

I often wonder if I sometimes still let my hand linger over my belly like I did for those 18+ months I’ve been pregnant. Or if it was just the lower belly pooch left over from carrying two eight-plus pound babies to 40 weeks gestation combined with poor posture resulting from too much time hunched over a laptop.

“Do I LOOK pregnant?” I asked.

She shrugged sheepishly. “Only from the side.”

Ah, yes.

According to Shari Braendel’s book “Good Girls Don’t Have To Dress Bad,” I have an ‘x’ body type–proportionate over all (as far as hips to shoulders).

But I tend to also be a ‘b’, meaning I gain weight in my belly and hips. Shari cautions ‘b’ types from tucking their shirts in or wearing belts around the waist. Why? Because you get this:

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Ugh-oh. A belt just accentuates my post-baby belly.

Notice what happens when I untuck my shirt and put the belt OVER the top.

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Hide your trouble spots!

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The one to blame for the belly pooch. But who cares?? It’s disguised now!

Note to self: Don’t accentuate the belly area–camouflage it!

Do you dress for your body type? What can you not wear?

For more about dressing for your body type, stay tuned to the blog or find FanTABulous Women on Pinterest!

Little Black Dress for Your Body Type

Every women needs a Little Black Dress, right? But there are hundreds of options available, so what do you choose that will truly flatter you?

This post is only about the SHAPE of the dress, but concerning the COLOR

If you fall into the Light, Soft or Warm Dominant Color Category, BEWARE of black! For Lights, it overpowers you. For Softs, it ages you and drains the color from your face. For Warms, chocolate brown is so much better!

Not sure about what Dominant Color Category you fall into? Take Shari Braendel’s online Color E-nalysis or contact me about having ME do your color analysis in my home studio or via Skype!

Now here is the graphic from Pinterest. Use it to buy whatever color dress you need!

Do YOU own a little black dress, or a staple dress in a different color? Does it work for your body type or do you need to go shopping?

My NEW FanTABulous Women Teaching Series!

LADIES!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of a long-time dream of mine–I am starting an eight-week teaching series right in my own home, all about being a FanTABulous Woman!

Here’s a blurb from my Facebook event page:

This is the best of what I teach, preach and blog about, all in one series!

The tools, resources and accountability women need to live a life of passion, confidence and influence.

Come to a class you need, come to share your own expertise, come to network or just come to hang out and have a cup of tea!

Practical, simple and hands-on, this eight-week series will be held every Tuesday night in my home studio in south Chandler. 5:30-6:00 is tea time, 6:00-8:00 is class and 8:00-8:30 is networking and Q&A.

{see the list of classes below}

You are encouraged to join the FanTABulous Women community for $350 (payable by check or Paypal).

Your membership includes:

  • an all-access pass to all classes in the series all year long
  • an invitation to the FanTABulous Women secret Facebook group
  • FREE admission to field trips plus discounts on retreats
  • a thirty minute one-on-one Creative Consultation with me
  • EVERYTHING you see in the photo below (yes, the basket, too!)
  • the FanTABulous Women notebook with ALL course materials and handouts
  • the best of my personal library (“Good To Great” by Jim Collins, “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach, “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad” by Shari Braendel and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider)
  • pocket color wheel
  • customized makeup look and compact (three eye shadows, blush and lipstick or gloss)
  • journal
  • “Satin Hands” set for at-home pampering

The retail value of the materials alone is well over $400.

FanTABulous Women teaching series course materials

All included when you join the FanTABulous Women community!

You may also audit any class(es) you choose for $25, which includes the handouts for that night. You may buy books and materials individually, too, but the real value is in the package deal, above.

Feel free to invite a friend, colleague or family member to come along!

WEEKLY COURSE TOPICS:

1. Living an authentic life according to your personal mission statement.
2. Practicing practical spirituality and living with an attitude of gratitude.
3. Style and wardrobe help, dressing your body and revamping your closet.
4. Color analysis, creating a daily makeup look and following a daily skin care routine.
5. Home: having a “Mom Cave,” hospitality, entertaining and “Good Enough Housekeeping.”
6. Health & wellness, fertility, sleep, self-care, at-home pampering and making time for yourself.
7. The Five Love Languages, friendships, mentoring and creating your own board of directors.
8. Communication, networking, maintaining your online presence, pursuing your passion.

Check out my Events Page for the current dates.

For more information, message me on Facebook or visit the Facebook event page.

Bridesmaid Beauty Secrets

Over eleven years ago, Sarah (the best friend of my college roommate), told me that she thought I should meet her brother because we’d really hit it off. Drew and I were introduced at Thanksgiving, were engaged three months to the day later and were married the following August. She was right.

This past weekend, Sarah married HER true love and I was thrilled to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

Here are some Bridesmaid Beauty Secrets I wanted to share with you.

1. Hair and makeup:

PRACTICE! I did several trial runs and made a few changes each time. Take pictures, too, 1. so you remember what you did and 2. to make sure it translates well to photographs.

Bonus Tip!

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Try the dress on to make sure the colors are right. My lips were too light!

DARKEN IT! Even if you usually wear some makeup day to day, you’ll need to darken it. Eyeliner, blush and lipstick are musts or your features will disappear and you will look washed out.

2. Get a tan.

I cannot recommend visiting a tanning bed in good conscience. I can tell you that there are a lot of effective and affordable self-tanning options available, including spray tanning. Besides adding color, it can also eliminate tan lines if your bridesmaids dress is cut differently than what you wear when sun bathing.

3. Consider your undergarments.

Stick-on bras, strapless bras or convertible bras–choose the one that offers the best lift and coverage and that is completely hidden beneath your dress.

4. Get a manicure and pedicure.

Besides feeling better when your toes and nails are done, it will look better in pictures. You don’t want dry, cracked heels to detract from your dress.

Here is how my look came together (with my mom outside of the church):

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bridesmaid!

I hope these insider tips help you when you prepare for your next special occasion!

Do you have other tips to share, or questions to ask? Leave a comment or visit my Facebook page!

Exfoliate Dry Lips NOW

Are your lips dry? Do you need to exfoliate them…now??

You already have two of the BEST tools for sloughing dead skin from your lips:

This…

FanTABulousWomen.com lip exfoliator washcloth

A damp washcloth!

And this.

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A toothbrush!

At night before bed, simply rub your lips with a damp washcloth or toothbrush to gently remove the dead skin, rinse and apply a lip balm to leave on over night. Viola! Soft, kissable lips.

If you have a little more time and really want to pamper your lips, give this a shot. Mix equal parts brown sugar, honey and olive oil, rub gently onto lips and rinse.

lip exfoliating treatment

via Pinterest

Could your lips use a little TLC? Let me know if you try any of these ideas!

xxx, Tabitha

Makeup organization tips!

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.

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Where I (never) sit to do my makeup.

fantabulous women makeup organization

A tray, bowl and cup keep items contained and easily accessible.

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A pretty bowl keeps my daily jewelry neat and dry.

Here’s a trick! This is a great way to keep items separated so you can see and use them easily.

utensil organizer for makeup

Use a kitchen utensil organizer for your makeup!

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.

fantabulous women makeup organization 5 drawer

Perfect for storing makeup on your bathroom counter.

What are your biggest makeup organizational challenges? What do you hope to change for 2013?

Want to have your Best Year Yet??

Hop on over to my “Let Me Rephrase That” blog for my one-week Best Year Yet series.

You can also join my Best Year Yet Facebook group to keep the conversation going.

Let’s grow and learn together to make 2013 our BEST YEAR YET!

New Ways to Tie a Scarf

It’s finally dipping below 80 degrees in Arizona so the scarves are coming out.

Need some inspiration for how to wear yours??

What is your favorite way to wear a scarf? Are you going to try a NEW way??

Tips for Vendor Events and FREE Checklist

Tabitha Tips for Maximizing Vendor Events. Elevate Your Image. Expand Your Influence.

I love direct sales, I love shopping, I love discovering new women-owned businesses and I loooove vendor events!

I’ve attended plenty and have participated in too many to keep count. Here are some of my hard-won lessons about making the most of participating in vendor events.

1. Stand at your booth or table. This makes your table more approachable and encourages interaction with your customers. You want them to feel comfortable perusing your goodies and asking questions. If you feel awkward, straighten or rearrange items.

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Image from “Made in Lowell”

2. Make sure your display is interactive, and have plenty of samples. If you sell something wearable, let women try it on.

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At my vendor event, October 2006.

3. Offer a giveaway or raffle prize to collect your prospects’ name, phone number and e-mail so they don’t just walk off with your catalog and disappear into oblivion.

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4. Make the most of your space. Put products at various heights to add interest, prominently display your company name or logo, have catalogs available and keep it attractive and color-coordinated.

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Photo from Team Guazzo

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Photo by Alex Holloway

5. HAVE FUN! When you are excited about the event and what you’re promoting, your customers will be, too!

Download my vendor checklist!

Download my Vendor Checklist!

What questions do you have about maximizing your participation in a vendor event? I’ll be happy to answer them!

Copyright Tabitha Dumas, online and in-persona image consultant Gilbert Chandler, Arizona. All right reserved.