For the Love of Plaid

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It’s that time of year again, the time when I go crazy for all things plaid. It’s such a classic print and it never really goes out of style. I think my love for plaid originated in my horseback riding days when tartan prints were such a huge part of the English riding style. It also always makes me think of the holidays and dressing up in warm cozy layers. Whatever the reason though, I love it and I just had to add this plaid tunic dress to my collection. Also, I really love anything with elbow patches. ;) This dress is so comfortable and versatile, it would be perfect for an afternoon coffee date or even dressed up for a night out on the town. In this look I added a camel colored blazer which makes it perfect for a day at the office. If you work in a more conservative (or colder) atmosphere just add a pair of black tights and some heels or even a dressier flat. There really are so many ways to style this adorable dress!

I’m all about getting the most milage out of your clothes and making them work for many different occasions. I think that sometimes we can get stuck in a rut with our clothes and need inspiration for new ways to wear them. If you would like to see this dress or any other pieces styled for a specific occasion, let me know in the comments below. Im always up for a challenge! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Dallas & Dottie Boutique, Blazer/from Old Navy (Camel color is sold out), Boots/from Old Navy, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Parlor Earrings & Fringed Crescent Necklace

Truly, Tamara

 

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Burgundy Suede Dress

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Happy Monday friends! I have been sick for almost the past two weeks, but I’m finally on my way back to the land of the living and I am so happy to be on the mend. It’s not so bad to be confined to your bed for a couple of days, but a couple of weeks? Not so much. Life is starting to get back to normal and I am so thankful!

Today I am back with another adorable dress from Dallas & Dottie Boutique. I have gotten so many cute pieces from D & D recently (you can read a little more about this local Michigan boutique here) and I’m excited to share more of them with you in upcoming blog posts. This burgundy suede dress is so on trend for fall. We are seeing a lot of this deep burgundy color and I love it combined with the rich texture of the suede fabric. Even though this dress is sleeveless, something about suede evokes warmth to me and makes it perfect for this time of year. We actually took these pictures a few weeks ago when it was a little warmer and there were still green leaves on the trees. Now that the cooler weather seems like it might be here to stay (although you never know in Michigan – fingers crossed that I’m wrong) I will just add some tights and a sweater as we transition into winter.

I hope you are all staying healthy and enjoying this beautiful time of year. As much as I love summer, I do love being warm and cozy indoors, settling in and nesting with the ones I love. Come January I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune, but for now I’m embracing the change in seasons. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?! Then Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye! I am so not ready…….are you?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Dallas & Dottie Boutique, Hat/from Target (From last year. Similar here & here), Boots/from Payless, Bag & Jewelry from/Noonday Collection: Exploration Bag, Charmed Brass Necklace, Daybreak Earrings, Very Versatile Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Plaid Peplum Blouse

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I was planning to post another outfit today, but when I realized that I was going to be posting this on Halloween I decided to put together a more festive look. While it doesn’t scream Halloween, this plaid peplum blouse from Avenle gives the subtle nod I was looking for. I just love the warm fall colors and it is so comfortable! The fabric is soft and stretchy without looking sloppy and the peplum adds just the right amount of femininity. If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know how much I love Avenle. Andrea, the owner of this adorable online boutique, always curates the most amazing pieces! You can see their fall collection here.

By the way, has anyone noticed that I have worn jeans in two blog posts now? Who am I?! In the past I have primarily worn dresses/skirts, but lately I find myself more drawn to styling looks around jeans/pants. One of the many reasons I love having this blog is to be able to look back and see how my style has changed. Although I don’t think it has been a huge change, it’s fun to see how it has evolved and Im sure will continue to evolve.

I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween! Don’t eat too much candy. ;)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Blouse/from Avenle, Jeans/from Old Navy, Boots/from Target, Jewelry & Bag/from Noonday Collection: Rustic Leather Tote, Traveler Necklace, Metallic Pearls Earrings, Emblem Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Off The Shoulder Dresses and Sunflower Fields

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Well I finally did it, I gave in and tried the off the shoulder trend that has been running rampant through the fashion world lately. When I first started noticing this trend, I really liked it, but wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I’m getting to the point in my life where I’m starting to question if I’m getting too old for certain fashion trends and this was one of them. I really hate feeling this way, because I’ve always been someone who has said, “If you like it, wear it!”. Why does it matter how old we are? If we feel comfortable wearing a certain style then we should wear it. As women it is so hard not to conform to what society thinks we should look like or what we should be wearing at a certain age. I hate that I worry about what people think of me and how I look! I never used to be this way, but for some reason the older I get, the more these insecurities have started to pop up. This is such a new and foreign feeling for me and I’ve decided to fight against it. I refuse to let my age become such a part of my identity that I let it hold me back from doing or wearing anything. I have to constantly remind myself that my identity and self worth has nothing to do with what I look like or what I wear. As someone who loves fashion, this is very easy to lose sight of and it’s something I struggle with and pray about every single day. So the best way I know to fight back against these insecurities is to take my own advice and just keep wearing what I like……….And I really like this off the shoulder dress! You better watch out, you’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of my shoulders around here! ;)

Isn’t this sunflower field gorgeous?! It’s kind of sad because it’s so close to my house, but I always forget about it. Thankfully a friend reminded me about it this year and I was able to get these pictures before they stopped blooming. Looking at this field of sunflowers made me think of Matthew 6:26-28: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers in the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” This is such a beautiful reminder to let go of the worry and anxiety that so easily creeps in. God loves you and he’s got this! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Target, Boots/from Target, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Paper Dreams Necklace, Firelight Orange, Palace Earrings, Emblem Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Tobi // Part 3

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Hey friends, today I am back with the last post of a three part series in collaboration with Tobi. Something about this shift dress drew me to it and I just love how light and feminine it is. I love to take an ultra feminine dress and give it a little edge, so I added these brown engineer boots that ended up giving the look a little more of a western vibe. I decided to embrace the more western feel and accessorize with this fringe pendant necklace and added one of my favorite bags to complete the look. The light neutral color of this dress really gives you unlimited options of how it can be styled. Next time I think I will play up the femininity a little more by adding some heels and more color.

Can we just talk about these engineer boots from Target for a second?! They are a total knock off of the Frye harness boots for just a fraction of the cost! They are real leather and for the price I couldn’t be happier with them. If you’ve been wanting the Frye boots, but just can’t justify the cost, I highly suggest you give these a try.

How is it Monday again?! I always feel so old when I say things like that, but seriously, where does the time go? I’m praying that this week slows down just a little and that we can get outside and start enjoying this beautiful fall weather we have been having. I think it’s about time for our annual visit to the cider mill, cider and donuts are calling my name! ;) What fall activities are you looking forward to?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress c/o Tobi, Boots/from Target, Watch/from Fossil, Bag and Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Great Escape Bag, Artifact Necklace, Leather Leaf Earrings, & the Metric Cuff

*Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Truly, Tamara

 

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Winter Is Coming

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Today is an exciting day friends! It is launch day for Noonday Collection’s winter line and I’m so happy to be able to finally share it with you! All of these beautiful cozy knit pieces are made out of soft alpaca blend yarns by our artisan partners in Peru. For centuries alpaca wool has been used to keep the Peruvian people warm and that tradition is being brought to you in these gorgeous handmade knits that will be sure to keep you warm and cozy all winter long. My absolute favorite piece from this line is this beautiful Sageflower Shawl! I love this sage green that we seem to be seeing everywhere right now, it is a really neutral color that will go with so much this season. I am one of those girls who is always cold, so I know this piece will be a wardrobe staple during our ridiculously long Michigan winter. At least I can be warm and look cute at the same time! ;)

There are so many other cute things and this year they have added some Christmas items, including a set of adorable ornaments that have been hand-stitched in countries around the world! I don’t know about you, but I love having ornaments on my Christmas tree that I know helped to create dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. Loving others just as Jesus loves us, isn’t that the whole point of this upcoming holiday season? All of these items really are the gifts that keep on giving. Some of my other favorites pieces are pictured below, including that gorgeous leather crossbody bag! You can shop the entire Winter line here.

Truly,

Tamara

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Outfit Details….Shawl/from Noonday Collection, Jeans/from Target, Boots/from Payless, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Revelry Earrings, Droplet Necklace, Gold, Trio Bangle, Grapefruit, Trio Bangle, Olive & the Metric Cuff

Truly, Tamara

 

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Tobi // Part 2

Today I am back with the second look from my collaboration with Tobi and this dress stood out to me the most when I first perused their website. I think it is the classic simplicity of this shirt dress that drew me to it and I immediately began thinking about all the ways it can be styled. It is a very lightweight rayon that drapes really nicely and is the perfect transition piece from summer to fall. The hi-low hem adds some interest and I added a belt to dress it up and give it a little more shape. In this look I decided to style it more for fall by wearing it with tall boots, but it would look equally as cute with sandals for a late summer evening out. I plan on adding some tights when it gets colder and wearing it all throughout the winter too. Navy blue is so popular right now and I’m so glad it is, because sometimes I don’t think it gets the love it deserves. People can be really funny about pairing navy with black and I’ve never understood it. As far as I’m concerned both are neutral colors and go perfectly together. I just think it creates such a classy timeless look! So if you’re one of those people, give it a try, you won’t be sorry.

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I had such a lovely weekend and spent yesterday exploring a local vintage market with my parents. I just love antiques, shabby chic anything, and vintage clothes! I always think about the past that they’ve had and the stories attached to them. I didn’t end up buying anything, but it was a beautiful day to walk around and be inspired. Today we woke up to a dreary rainy day and I’m not really mad about it. We have had such beautiful weather lately, but sometimes it’s nice when the weather slows us down and gives us an excuse to stay indoors and cozy up with a with a good book. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress c/o Tobi, Boots/from Nordstrom, Belt/from Target, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Concentric Earrings & Cubist Necklace

*Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

 

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Tobi // Part 1

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today I am partnering with Tobi.com to bring you the first in a series of 3 looks. Tobi is a Los Angeles based online fashion label that designs and develops all of their products and collections out of their headquarters in downtown L.A. While I am definitely not the quintessential L.A. girl, I appreciate the laid back simplicity of many of their pieces. Of course I chose to style 3 different dresses and I’m loving putting together some fun fall looks! In addition to the cool casual vibe of the clothes, what really struck me upon first checking out their website was the Tobi Cares program. With this charitable effort they contribute time and money to those in need through scholarships, donations, sponsorships and volunteering. It makes me happy to see brands and labels like Tobi giving back and making a positive impact on our communities. You can read more about Tobi here.

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My first look is styled around this adorable blush swing dress. While pink is not a color I’m always drawn to, there is just something about this shade of pink that reads fall to me. If you have read my posts in the past, you know that versatility is important to me and I can see this dress working equally well in warm or cool temperatures. Just add or subtract some layers and you are good to go! I also love the added button detail and the sheer shoulders and back that add some interest to this simple, yet very versatile dress.

We have still been having pretty warm days here in Michigan, but I know fall weather is just around the corner. Over this past week I got all of my fall boots out from the back of my closet and I have to say that I think I’m jumping on the bandwagon and am getting so excited to be transitioning to fall clothes! I know I’m not alone. What fall clothing items are you most excited to start wearing again? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress c/o Tobi, Boots/from Ruche (A couple years ago), Jewelery/from Noonday Collection: Fringed Crescent Earrings, Droplet Necklace, Silver, Embrace Necklace, & Very Versatile Bracelet

*Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Life Lately

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Hello friends, it’s been awhile! I initially took a break from blogging last summer because we had put our house up for sale and were super busy dealing with everything that comes along with that, but for many reasons it turned out to be a really hard summer for me and I just never started up again. I’ve changed a lot since then and have been feeling called to start blogging again. One of the biggest changes has been my renewed relationship and faith in God. It has completely reshaped who I am and how I approach life now. I grew up in a Christian home, but in my late teens I strayed from my faith and tried to forge my own path. That didn’t go so well! For years as I struggled to control my life, I felt hopeless. God had a plan though (as He always does), and when I reached my breaking point I found my way back Home. One day I’ll share my whole story, but for today I’ll just explain how this big change in my life has slightly shifted the focus of the blog. Truly, Tamara will always be about fashion and personal style, I now understand that it’s a passion God has given me to help women feel good in their own skin and to love the body He has given them. I love styling and encouraging women to step out of their comfort zones and try something new. It’s amazing how clothes can transform your mood and make you feel beautiful inside and out. It’s something I’m still trying to figure out too, but it will be fun to do it together.

I had been looking for a way to combine my love of fashion, while giving back and making a difference in the world, when I first heard about Noonday Collection. After hearing an interview with the founder, Jessica Honegger, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for and became an independant ambassador. Noonday Collection partners with talented artisan entrepreneurs to make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By developing artisan businesses through fair trade, they empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them. I’m sure you will be seeing a lot of Noonday Collection popping up around here and I’m so excited to style outfits around all of the beautiful handmade pieces. I’m so proud to be a part of a company that’s building a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, people have jobs and we are connected. Email me me if you are interested in finding out more about this amazing company or if you are interested in partnering with me by hosting a trunk show!

Another thing I am so passionate about is empowering women and supporting them through small business. It makes me so happy to see other women taking chances and following their dreams! I hope that by partnering with small businesses through this blog, I can be a small part of helping them succeed and grow. One of my favorite local Michigan boutiques that I recently stumbled upon is Dallas & Dottie Boutique. The owner, Lindsay, is one of the sweetest girls I have ever met and she does such an amazing job curating a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories. When I saw this beautiful fall floral tunic dress I just knew I had to have it! It is totally on trend in this seasons petrol blue color and I just love it’s comfortable flowy fit. I’m so happy to support Lindsay and watch Dallas & Dottie Boutique continue to soar. Make sure you check out Dallas & Dottie on Facebook and Instagram too!

I have so much more to share in the coming weeks, but for now I’m just happy to be back. Happy Monday and I hope you have a lovely week!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Dallas & Dottie Boutique, Shoes/from Lotta, All jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Elemental Earrings, Horizons Necklace, Treasured Wrap Bracelet, & Angled Brass Cuff

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There’s No Place Like Home

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“There’s no place like home”…. When I came up with the title of this blog post, it had everything to do with the outfit and these adorable shoes that look exactly like Dorothy’s ruby slippers, but the more I thought about this iconic movie quote, the more I realized how much it rings true in my own life. We were just talking to some family friends the other day and one of my best friends mom was remembering how I never wanted to spend the night at their house, but I always wanted my friend to spend the night at my house. I laughed, but had to admit that not much has changed. I have always been a huge homebody and even when I was a teenager and all of my friends were going out on the weekends, nothing ever sounded better to me than staying at home curled up on the couch watching a movie. There were a few years in my early 20’s when I went out all the time, but that quickly fizzled out. I’m an odd mix of loving to be alone, yet I’m really good with people and can easily strike up a conversation with a stranger. My jobs have always been in customer service and have involved talking to people, whether on the phone or in person, most of the day. It really takes a lot out me though, because when I get home from work I am completely drained of energy even though I sit for most of the day. I heard someone say recently that being an introvert vs. an extrovert means that you draw energy by having alone time vs. drawing energy from being with others. It really has nothing to do with being shy or outgoing. I consider myself to be an outgoing person, but I definitely draw my energy from having alone time. I really, really love to be alone and I honestly never get bored. But if my husband is home for more than a day with nothing to do, he starts to go stir crazy and I just think it’s the weirdest thing ever. I can always think of something to do at home. I think that this is why I’ve always had such a small group of really close friends and have never been the girl with a large circle of friends, I just don’t have the energy or need for it. I am recharged by alone time or a one on one conversation with someone I really care about. It’s funny because now that I really think about it, I guess that’s why I’m so drawn to blogging. Blogging is very solitary most of the time and that’s one of the things that I love about it. I can style an outfit, edit pictures, and write a blog post alone in my house for hours and be as happy as a clam! There really is no place like home. :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Avenle, Shoes/from B.A.I.T., Necklace/from Jane

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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