With each individual featured in my STYLE PROFILE series, I gain a greater appreciation of one's personal style and fashion loves. Each person's perspective on fashion & beauty is so different and unique, but the commonality I always see is that there fashion aesthetic directly correlates to their lifestyle, whatever that may be. It's a fact that most overlook and don't consciously take into consideration. Fashion is viewed as being trivial and contrite by many, but it's always been the one constant love in my life. Well, aside from Jesus Christ and my loved ones. Still, I know that I don't stand alone in my opinion and my latest STYLE PROFILE (like the others) is living proof of that.
This week, I introduce you to Tiffany Thurston Liftee-Kau, a Touring Musician & Recording Artist in Christian Music and the founder of the BLOOM CONFERENCE here in Hawaii. Tiff's thriving career in the Music Industry and Christian Community has taken her from Hawaii to New York to Nashville and finally back home to Hawaii. She describes herself as "an island girl that's lived in the Big City to the Country and travelled everywhere in between". So completely on point. Her travels have most definitely influenced her personal style and there is a direct reflection in her wardrobe. I had the great pleasure of sitting and talking fashion, beauty, life, and God with her. What I thought would be a quick hour "meet up" ended up being almost 4 hours of goodness. So much great content that as I sit here putting my blog post together, I'm having a difficult time narrowing it down. Ha! So, here's just a "taste" of what was discussed. The best of the best.
Describe your personal style in three words?
OUT OF DESPERATION!!! (LOL in a BIG way to this response). I want to wear what makes me feel good and hide what I want to conceal and out of it, an outfit is born. Flatter & comfort. I'm a "shoe in" for that.
What's your preference: Vintage, Street Style, Designer, or Homemade DIY?
DIY Homemade that looks Designer.
(Side note: Once upon a time, Tiff majored in Fashion Design & Merchandising at UH Manoa, so skill is on her side in this category.)
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Hipster Hats, My Black Quicksilver Men's Watch, & My hair pulled back in a tight bun with volume on the top (especially after I've given it the "Aloha" Salt Water Treatment, which consists of a dip in the ocean and letting my hair air dry). I've also been obsessed with painting my nails with different line designs. I call it"hori, vert, vert".
What designers and/or celebrities most inspire you?
The Kardashians. Haha. I have a hard time admitting that, but it's true. Coco Chanel is another one. I love the simplicity of the minimalist look. Jeffrey Campbell for shoes. Oh, and Kelly Osbourne for the Fashion Police.
Where do you find inspiration?
Europe. Their style is classic, old, & timeless, yet ahead of its time, if that makes sense. In a nutshell, fashion forward and timeless.
Describe your Spring/Summer outfit & then one you'd put together for Fall/Winter:
Spring/Summer: Dark Denim Shorts with a thick, brown Surfer-style Belt paired with a fitted Cami and a Short Sleeved Kimono with tassels and topped off with a cute Necklace, Sunglasses, and Sandals.
Fall/Winter: I actually prefer Fall/Winter fashion because I feel like there are more options and variety and I can wear all the things that I love: boots, jackets, hats, and scarves. I'd wear awesome Boots, sleek Tights, a long Cami, my favorite black Leather Jacket, and I'd add a pop of color with a scarf. (Her eyes literally light up as she gives me THIS description.)
What are your essential beauty "must haves"?
(She came out with an arsenal of stuff! Lol. I absolutely love it!)
Clarisonic, Josie Maran Spf 40 Sunscreen, Moroccan Oil Strong Hold Hairspray, a Teasing Brush/Comb, Laura Mercier Lipgloss, Paula Dorf Transformer, Shiseido Eyelash Glue from Japan, Marc Jacobs Eyeliner, Dior Show Mascara, Urban Decay Glitter Eyeliner in Spandex (a mix of blue, purple, & silver flecks), & Laura Mercier Body Bronzer.
Since you travel often, what items do you always take with you?
Oribe Dry Texturing Spray (it's a must), my leather bag from Greece, my Phone Charger, a Fashion Scarf, & an Oversized Cardigan.
Who do you like shop with, where are your favorite places to shop, & what are your shopping habits?
By myself! (A common answer I'm finding from most girls). I love Nordstrom Rack & TJ Maxx. Designer goods at a great price. I also like Mary Z's in Kailua. I spend the most on shoes, but I wait and choose when to invest and try not to duplicate.
(For those of you who really know me, you know the latter is definitely something I have not mastered. I rarely wait and if I love something and it's offered in more than one color, I buy them all. Hi. My name is Tatum, and I'm a shopaholic.)
Since you are a musician, I have to ask, does the music you listen to influence your style?
Absolutely! Hawaiian & local music= a beach day. Paramore's "Ain't it Fun?"= Color + Doing my Hair + a Fashion Forward look. Acoustic, like Mumford & Sons or Worship Music= Flowy Bohemian. Rap= Street Style.
What style tips have you learned over the years that are part of your normal routine?
Any other words of fashion wisdom?
It's about feeling good in your own skin, knowing your body, and finding pieces that highlight your attributes & your personality, and then building an outfit out of that.
Great words that we should all live by.
Long Black Cami from Blush Boutique in Nashville
Tunic Length Black Tank Top from Fighting Eel Kailua
Veda Black Leather & Chiffon Moto Inspired Jacket from Moda Boutique in Nashville
Party Tie Dye Leggings from Mary Z's in Kailua
Tan Suede Knee High Boots from Miss Meers in Eugene, Oregon
One of a Kind Necklace by J. Roeman from Calypso in Eugene, Oregon
Studded Hoop Earrings from Bebe
Black Quicksilver Men's Watch from her dad
Black & Gold Studded Wrap Leather Bracelet
White Stone Ring from Old Navy
Wedding Ring that her husband, Keoki, got from Skeie's Jewelers in Eugene, Oregon (her brother in law, Ricky's family business)
Tan Leather Duffle Bag from Rhodes, Greece
I love a girl who arrives at a STYLE PROFILE with an outfit that is FULLY accessorized!!!
Vivacious is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Tiff. She's just one of those people that lights up the room with her infectious smile, sweet charm, and gentle nature. She continues to inspire and encourage young Christian women with the BLOOM CONFERENCE, a Hawaii based event she founded 2 years ago that is targeted to girls ages 12-22 . Her passion for fashion can also be seen in an accompanying product line of tees that she herself has designed and created for BLOOM. The response has been so great that she's actually had a hard time keeping product stocked. Though her love for boots, jackets, hats, and scarves still prevails, she's revamped her wardrobe to include clothes that have fashionable cuts, but are also made out of breathable textiles, a necessity due to our tropical climate. Inevitably, there's been a shift back and forth in her fashion aesthetic for work on the road and here in the islands, but the balance has truly proven to be the best of both worlds.---Tatum
BLOOM CONFERENCE is scheduled for June 26 & 27, 2015. For more information and/or register go to: www.ilovebloom.com. Check it out. You won't want to miss it!!!