T: Hi! I’m Tiffany, and I live in Orlando, Florida. I have my Master’s degree in Higher Education and work for a local college. I love to express myself in everything I do so when off the clock, I spend my time being creative. I am a teacher, dancer, blogger and part-time vlogger. I love to write and share information, opinions and ideas about hair, fashion and beauty on my blog Love. Embrace. Inspire. There, my desire is to first and foremost spread God’s love and inspire women from all walks of life to embrace their natural God given beauty from the inside – out.
What is your style philosophy?
T: My style philosophy is to think outside of the box and work with what I have. I don’t usually follow fashion rules, I just wear what I have and what I like. When shopping I tend to look for unique, yet essential pieces that will add to what I already own, recreating my wardrobe by mixing old with new. And because I am slim, I tend to look for items that are tailored to fit me well and when I find something that fits PERFECT if need be, I will splurge.
How would you describe your sense of style?
T: I would describe my style as classic and sophisticated with a bit flare. I love classic clean lines and soft feminine flowy pieces that bring that touch of sophistication, but I also love to incorporate splashes of color. Every once in a while you will find me in more edgier looks to change it up a bit. No matter what I wear, I always find ways to express myself whether through color, prints or textures.
What is the process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
T: Well at first I used to decide on my outfits the night before, but I would always find myself changing my mind in the morning…lol. Now that I choose my outfit in the morning the selection is always based on how my hair turns out. Being natural, you just never know if a style will turn out how you want until it’s time to take it down. So I always do my makeup first, then my hair, and then I pick out my outfit.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
T: This is super hard, I don’t really have a favorite because I like all my clothes. But I can say that I absolutely LOOOVVVVEEE blazers (if you haven’t noticed…lol). Right now I’m crushing on my cream blazer from H&M, my black and red strappy heels from Forever21, 2 color block wedge heels (green black and yellow and pink, black and grey) one gifted and the other from Burlington, and my polka dot dress from Marshall’s.
What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
T: I like stores like Zara | Asos | Forever 21 | Love Culture | Giti | H&M | but I also like department stores like Marshall’s | TJMaxx | Burlington and Target as well. Oh, and let me not forget thrift stores!
How long have you been natural?
T: I have been 100% natural now for 1 year and 10 months. September will mark two years!!
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
T: I transitioned for 11 months before I cut the relaxed ends. For me, going natural was not intentional but accidental because I wore a lot of wigs and sew ins. Pretty much since January of 2009, I have had about 1–2 relaxers. I started transitioning in October of 2010 after taking some braids out of my hair. I decided to grow out my natural hair because I was never satisfied with my relaxed hair, and covering it up with wigs and sew-ins started to become irritating not to mention costly. I just wanted to be free and liberated.
What is your signature hairstyle?
T: My signature style is my infamous twistout. I love wearing my hair out and now that I am 100% natural, twist outs are now my favorite styling method. I have also recently tried my first bantu knot out that turned out gorgeous. I will be doing more of those.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T: My styling regimen is geared toward keeping my hair moisturized. This would include monthly deep conditioning, hydrating, and moisturizing, and sealing daily. Before washing my hair, I like to prep it by mixing castor oil or coconut oil with melted raw shea butter and spraying my hair thoroughly. This helps soften my hair and keep it from matting in the shower. For cleansing my scalp, I rinse my hair using apple cider vinegar. As for conditioning, right now I’m using both Aussie Moist Conditioner and my first love Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner for my co-washes. I only wash my hair with shampoo once a month to get rid of product build-up and I moisturize and seal my ends every night and make sure to wrap my hair with a satin scarf or cap when going to bed.
I am torn right now between an old favorite, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner and a new favorite, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia. They both do wonders for my hair and are so moisturizing. My favorite oils are coconut, castor and virgin olive oil. For styling products, I love Entwine Couture Crème Jellè Styler and Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream. And for my edges I use either Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Smooth -n- Hold Pudding or Crème of Nature’s new Perfect Edge Control. Last but not least I have found H2o to be my hair’s favorite product.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T: Blog: www.loveembraceinspire.blogspot.com
Facebook: Love Embrace Inspire