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Meditation: The age-old beauty serum that will change your life!

May 19th, 2014 — 10:39am

Emily stays grounded with meditation.

Emily stays grounded with meditation.

What if we could stop searching for the next best beauty product to make us pretty or diet pill to make us thin and turn our search from the outside, in? Being an actress in LA has definitely proved its difficulties. There is an undeniable “industry standard” and sometimes there is just no way around it. It can get exhausting trying to keep up with the latest fad diet, expensive exercise class or outlandish beauty product but what if I told you that while all of those things are an added bonus the real work is done from the inside out. We often hear talk of “inner beauty” but what is that exactly and how do we access it?
To me, “inner beauty” is an awareness and grounded sense of self that releases us from needing other people’s re-assurance or acceptance. As an actress in this town my career revolves around other peoples opinions of me and whether or not I am what they are looking for. This would be a hard pill to swallow if I relied on them for my own self-assurance. But in-fact what I’ve found is by knowing my own self-worth and harnessing that “inner beauty”, I’ve never been busier. But how did I harness this “inner beauty?” My daily serum is meditation. A wonderful practice applied day and night that keeps me grounded, self-assured and beaming with confidence.
Before meditation, my life was a roller coaster of highs and lows. I was short with everyone, my boyfriend could barely stand to be around me when my mood swings were so abundant, my acting career was driven by fear, sleep was often hard to come by and I probably cried at the drop of a hat! I thought, “I’m in my early 20s, life shouldn’t be so hard” but for whatever reason I felt like the weight of the world was resting on my shoulders and I was burning out from trying to carry it all.  I had briefly heard about this “meditation” and that it was amazing and would change my life. But like any good skeptic decided it was too good to be true. Until one day, after a low few weeks I decided there had to be a better way to live. I found myself at an intro talk for mediation. The woman was speaking of her woes prior to the practice and everything she said was a direct mirror back to me of my own experiences. I was sold enough to enroll in the 4-day class! After my very first meditation I slept through the entire night, which was fairly uncommon for me. It’s hard to explain but the next morning after my 2nd meditation I felt as if someone had just woken me up from a decade long sleep. I saw life for the first time not as something to fear but something to enjoy! I was hooked from then on out! And have been practicing meditation for seven months since. Let me tell you, they have been the best seven months of my life!
For those that don’t know meditation dates back for thousands of years. Has scientifically proven to decrease aging signs, aid in health benefits for your body and enliven your “inner beauty”. Don’t let it scare you! Meditation is easy, and a practice that can be done anywhere anytime for any amount of time. Try it out for a week, if you can commit to 5 minutes a day, great! Even starting with 1 minute a day will begin to change your life.
Sit in a chair with your back supported and your neck free, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths allowing yourself to relax. For one minute repeat the word “one” (silently in your head) allowing thought’s to move freely through your mind. The major misconception about mediation is that having thoughts are “bad” but in-fact that thought is just a form of stress leaving the body.
When you remember, allow yourself to return to the word “one” keeping it soft and easy! The good news is that you can check your watch however many times you want too during your meditation. I promise it won’t affect your practice! When the one-minute is up (or 5 depending on how adventurous you feel) quietly re-lease the repetition of the word and allow your mind and body to relax for 2 minutes. The 2-minute “safety stop” is REALLY IMPORTANT! Don’t skip this step! I usually take this time to silently make a “gratitude list” in my mind of all the things I am thankful for. Afterward you are free to continue your day and live an amazingly blissful life. For more info on my style of meditation please visit:
I hope you will challenge yourself to seek what is most important in achieving your desires for the best roles, top titles and biggest crowns! An understanding that we are all beautiful, talented and deserving of happiness! Share your light and inner beauty with others as you deepen your awareness and spirit through an age-old practice that’s only been around thousand’s of years because it works! It works if you work it, so work it!


Emily Fitz
Actress, dreamer, go-getter, meditator!

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If It’s Worth It, It Won’t Be Easy

May 9th, 2014 — 7:13am

Lauren proves that hard work pays off.

Lauren proves that hard work pays off.

by Lauren York

I was 16 and new to the pageant world when I first met Tara and Cristina. I went into that first appointment ambitious but scared. I left the meeting confident and with a fantastic plan to approach my pageant career. Four years later I look back and the losses, wins, and the growth in me and I give a huge amount of credit to Sashes and Crowns. They have made me a better beauty queen but more importantly they’ve made me a better person. These two amazing women give me the confidence, skills, and motivation to follow my dreams both in and out of the pageant world. As a young girl looking to find my voice and my way I made a great decision
going with Tara and Cristina.


So my fairy godmothers, I often call them, entered me into the Miss Greater San Diego Teen USA 2011 pageant. They taught me the basics of how to win the title, helped me discover my inner beauty, and gave me the skills I needed to show it off to the world. When I won the title I was ecstatic. I then had the opportunity to spend the next few months working with an amazing director who would prepare me for the upcoming Miss California Teen USA competition where I placed top 10. Once again Sashes and Crowns were there to help prepare me for what is considered a very competitive pageant. After competing on the Miss California stage for the first time, my heart had only grown more thankful to the women who helped get me there, the women who helped me find a dream and get that much closer to achieving it. I was hooked! There was no way that was going to be my last time on the stage. I had found the opportunity to do something I loved, something I was good at, and something that encouraged women to be smart, successful, hardworking, beautiful women. That seemed like a pretty great thing to work towards. The more I became involved in the pageant world the more I realized how many beautiful, inspiring women there were to look up to. And as a young 16 year old I had so many amazing role models right in front of me. I promised myself I would put in the work that it took to take the title of Miss California USA one day because that meant putting in work to be the best person I could be. If I am ever going to be deserving of the title then I need to put in the work it takes to be a strong, successful, hardworking, kind, and beautiful woman. I dreamt that I could one day inspire other women the way I had been inspired by the women
I looked up to in the pageant world.

So fast forward a few years, my sights are set on Miss California USA 2014! I spent months preparing my body for the bikini competition. I spent hours every single week working with my favorite runway coach. I balanced school, and modeling, and I put as much dedication into being the best me I could possibly be every single day as I prepared for the upcoming pageant. During my preparation Tara and Cristina helped me with my interviewing skills. They also helped me realize I had a story to tell and if I had the chance to hold the title then I could use that title as a stronger voice to share my story. I spent a lot of my time working closely with an organization called M.A.D.D. I was able to speak monthly at meetings held for convicted D.U.I offenders to share the story of when I had been in a collision with a drunk driver and how it had impacted my life. I chose to take this negative experience and make it into a positive one. Pageants helped me find a voice. This gave me an opportunity to change the hearts of some of the people who drink and drive. My story might be enough to save one life. Maybe one day I will have a title that will give me the opportunity to share my story on a much larger scale.
I took all of this preparation with me as I competed at Miss California USA 2014 this past January and I am proud and thankful to say I placed 4th runner up. I left the pageant feeling very proud of how hard I had worked and how far I had come. I was thankful for the opportunity to do something I truly loved. I felt unstoppable on that stage and I wouldn’t have been able to get up there if it wasn’t for the guidance and support Tara and Cristina gave me. They gave me the skills needed to access the true me, so that I could show the judges who I was. Tara and Cristina gave me confidence to walk the runway, and to speak to an audience. They helped me find my inner beauty and worth and I think that’s a pretty incredible thing.
As I prepare for the upcoming Miss California USA 2015 pageant, I am thankful to know that I have grown into a stronger, more hardworking, dedicated woman because of the women who have pushed me to be just that. I will continue to put in the dedication, handwork, and passion it takes to hold the title of Miss California USA. I will always do what I can to make sure that my inner beauty can run circles around my outer beauty. And I won’t stop until I can accomplish my dreams. I know Tara and Cristina will both be a huge help in getting me ready once again to chase the crown, as they say. I learned an important lesson a long time ago, it’s important to follow your dreams. I wouldn’t even be close if it wasn’t for these incredible women and for that I feel very lucky! So to all the girls reading, don’t ever give up on a dream. If it’s worth it, it won’t be easy.

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Top Beauty Picks & Tricks

May 6th, 2014 — 5:59am

Melissa Moore Bogardus is an accomplished & seasoned makeup artist who knows her stuff!  With all the products out there, we were curious as to what can always be found in her purse & makeup kit.  So we asked her to impart some of her beauty wisdom with us and she shared some of her top beauty picks & tricks.

Melissa has worked with models, beauty queens & brides for years

Melissa has worked with models, beauty queens & brides for years

“Today’s teens growing up have so much access to tutorials to learn how to do the perfect day and night makeup looks, curls, waves, braids and the famous sock bun (which are all favs myself). I wish I had that growing up! Even though I went to Cosmotology School I’m actually self taught! Here are some of the must-haves for myself and my clients, but remember that it all starts with amazing skin care!”

Obagi eye cream- girls must start early
Makeup Forever HD Primer- always prep & prime the face
Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm- for that just bitten lip look
Mally Mascara- this is my favorite mascara
Stila Eye Shadows- a great eye pallet is ombré
Maybelline Unstoppable Eye Liner – I can’t live without it!
Nars Orgasm Blush- it’s gorgeous
Ben Nye Banana Powder- it’s amazing
Skindinavia Setting Spray- holds up to 16 hours 
Sunblock Powder by Science Pro- this is always found in my kit & purse
A beauty blender sponge should be in everyones makeup bag- wether you’re 15 or 50 it’s the best tool ever 
Clean Brush Shampoo in Rose Scent- washing your makeup brushes regularly is so important to your skin
Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover- it’s the best 
Wet Dry Brush- this is amazing on the locks
Drinking 8 to 10 glasses or water daily- I preach this to my girls, you can never drink too much water 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Filler- brows frame the face.
Elf products start at just $1- great for girls on a budget 

Melissa Moore Bogardus

Mary Margaret McCord & Lorin Holcombe

Mary Margaret McCord & Lorin Holcombe



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