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

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Apricity

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I normally try not to post more than seven or eight pictures of the same outfit, because it doesn’t really seem necessary. I mean, how many different angles, poses, and closeups do you really need before it just becomes overkill and starts to feel way too self indulgent? If I’m being honest, a lot of the time it’s hard to find even a few that I like, either I’m being way too self critical or the outfit is just not flattering. Does that ever happen to you? You think you have the cutest outfit ever and you look great in the mirror, but then you take a picture and it tells a whole different story! That happens to me more than I like to admit. Maybe I should invest in some better mirrors.

Well, I am so happy to say that was not the case with this adorable dress from the new online boutique, Apricity! It took me forever to write this post because I could not narrow down the photos to use. This dress is just too cute, so I decided to use them all! The bow alone deserves a dozen pictures! As I mentioned briefly in my last post, this beautiful boutique is owned by Eileen Chai, who was one of the co-founders of my beloved Fleet Collection. I am so happy that some of Fleet Collection will live on in this new reimagined, but still familiar feeling line. Apricity means the warmth of the sun on a winter day, isn’t that beautiful? As someone who lives in Michigan where the winters can be brutal, I know first hand what a lovely feeling that is….and that’s exactly how this dress makes me feel, lovely. I can’t wait to watch this little boutique grow and flourish. You better believe there will be a lot more Apricity dresses in my future!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Apricity, Shoes/thrifted, Clutch/old, Necklace/from Jane

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Goodbye Fleet Collection

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It was only two weeks ago that I was gushing about one of my favorite brands, Fleet Collection, and then I got the saddest news delivered to my email inbox last Friday! Fleet Collection is going out of business!! What?!! I was so sad and wish I had known about them sooner. Even though they have been in business for the last four years, I have only known about them for a short time. I had plans to order many more pieces from them and just like that, they are gone. The blow was only slightly softened by the huge discount they are giving for their closing sale. They started to sell out of things very quickly and I’m so glad I got the email when I did, because I was able to snag three beautiful dresses. If you act quickly and check out their website there may still be a few things left. Owners Eileen Chai & Lisa Hsieh sent out a sweet thank you email to all of their customers explaining that they are closing Fleet Collection because they are both starting their own separate ventures. I am sad to see Fleet Collection close, but excited to see what they do next and wish them nothing but the best. I am especially excited for Eileen’s new clothing line, Apricity! It is still a vintage inspired line that looks a lot like everything I loved about Fleet Collection. I actually got my first Apricity dress in the mail today and let me tell you, IT’S AMAZING!! It is so beautifully made and fits like a glove. I am so excited to take photos in it this weekend to share with you all! I seriously love it so much and I highly encourage you to check out Apricity. So I guess it’s not all sad news….when one vintage inspired clothing shop closes, another one opens. ;) Goodbye, Fleet Collection, you will be greatly missed.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Fleet Collection, Shoes/from Modcloth, Bag/from Target, Belt/from Modcloth (taken from this skirt)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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A little Bit Boho

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It never fails, at this time of year my style shifts slightly. I go from primarily wearing mid-century inspired clothes to a much more laid back boho vibe. I never completely say goodbye to my fit & flare dresses and midi skirts, I just start to make more room for flowy dresses and flower crowns. It must be the warmer weather and longer days that bring out my inner flower child. ;) The other day someone asked me how I would describe my style and at the time I really didn’t have an answer. While I obviously have certain styles I lean toward, I really don’t like to box myself in. I thought about it for a while though and finally came up with an answer that describes my style at this stage of my life…..Mid-century boho chic. I would say my style falls into this category at least 90% of the time. :)

Last week was super busy and I had some really exciting/happy things going on. I can’t wait to share some of them with you, but seeing as how this post was supposed to be up this morning, I’m going to keep it short and sweet today. I hope your week is off to a great start! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Avenle, Cardigan/from Target, Shoes/from Lotta, Headband/from Forever 21, Necklace c/o Avenle

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Sunny Days Ahead

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Remember the gorgeous sunny weather I wrote about in my last blog post? Well it’s all a distant memory, and all I have to remember it by are these photos. We woke up to cold and dreary weather on Tuesday and it’s been downhill from there. It even snowed on Wednesday! I obviously keep forgetting that I live in Michigan and there is no guarantee of nice weather until at least June. Even then we get three, maybe four months of good weather and then it’s back to cold. I really should look into moving somewhere warm and tropical, I am so not built for this! Sorry to be such a downer, but isn’t it amazing how the weather directly effects your mood and energy level? All I want to do is lay around and watch Netflix in my pajamas. I’m in desperate need of some vitamin D, maybe I should look into getting one of those sun lamps. Anyone know if they work?

Yellow is one of my favorite colors and this sunny outfit helps lift my spirits a little. This adorable skirt is made by a brand I discovered a few months ago called Fleet Collection. All of their pieces are original designs made in Los Angeles and they are so beautifully crafted. I was really impressed with the quality, especially for the price, and it fits like a dream. If you love vintage inspired clothing as much as I do, then I highly suggest you check them out. You will not be disappointed.

Well I am definitely going to be praying that this weekend warms up and that the sun re-appears! What is the weather like where you are? I hope it’s lovely.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Skirt/from Fleet Collection, Shirt/from Target, Shoes/from Target, Necklace/from Jane, Purse/from Coach (a couple years ago)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Pink Lady

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There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing pink. When I was young I didn’t want anything to do with wearing girly colors, let alone wearing pink lace! My sister was always the super girly one who’s absolute favorite color is pink. My poor mom always wanted me to take ballet lessons, but I wanted nothing to do with it. The thought of jumping around in a pink leotard and tutu horrified me! All I ever wanted to do was ride horses and hang out at the barn where I took lessons. I had no problem cleaning out a horses stall, but no way was I going to go hang out with all of those girly girls standing on their toes. I never thought it at the time, but I guess I was somewhat of a tom boy…… My how the tables have turned! I’ve always loved fashion and the process of styling the perfect outfit, but my taste and style has drastically changed. I hate to admit it even now, but I guess I’ve become a girly girl. My closet is full of dresses and skirts in every color and texture you can think of. I can’t seem to get enough! It is still so crazy to me how much I’ve changed and continue to change as an adult. One thing I’ve learned though, is never say never. And you know what??? I wish I had taken those ballet lessons. Sorry, Mom!!

The weather in Michigan was absolutely gorgeous this past weekend! It was so nice to be outside and not have to wear a coat. I almost forgot what the warmth of the sun felt like after the brutal winter we had. As you can tell from these pictures, it was a bit windy (which doesn’t make for the best hair day), but I wasn’t complaining (not too much anyway, lol). Now if we could just get some leaves on the trees………..

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Skirt/from Avenle, Shirt/from Dear Creatures, Shoes/from Hello Holiday, Necklace/from Jane

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Camera Ready

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Today I thought I would share some of what I have been up to and what I have learned during this past five months. Even though I wasn’t blogging I was still always thinking about it and trying to learn how to be better at it. That’s one of the reasons I knew it was something I was meant to be doing. One of the ways I knew that I needed to improve was with the photography on the blog. When I first started this blog last summer, I didn’t have a camera so I was using my iPhone for all of the photos and editing them in various apps. While there is nothing wrong with this, and I’m proud of myself for making the best of what I had, I still knew there was a lot of room for improvement. So this past Christmas I asked for a DSLR camera and was so excited when I got it……but I had no clue how to use it. I ended up investing a little time and money in a few online courses and boy am I glad I did! I learned so much. The internet is such an awesome tool and I am still so amazed at all the things that you can learn online. It’s almost like the need for schooling in some areas is becoming obsolete (ok, so maybe you can’t become a doctor online, but you get what I’m saying). Anyway, after doing some research, I ended up taking a DSLR Basics and a Photoshop For Bloggers course through one of my favorite blogs A Beautiful Mess. You can also take both courses together at a discounted rate. I had already taken their Blog Life course and loved it, so I knew these two courses would be great and I was not disappointed. I learned so much from these courses and if you are also new to the world of photography and DSLR cameras I highly recommend them! These girls have been writing a blog and producing beautiful photos and content for years, so I knew they would have a lot to teach. I especially love that their courses are geared toward bloggers and that you have access to them for life. Also, if you ever have any questions you can ask in the Q&A section that you have access to and they usually answer within a few days. These courses are very thorough, well taught, and most importantly easy to understand. I cannot say enough good things about them! I still have a lot to learn, but I feel like I’ve come a long way. One of the most pleasant surprises that has come out of all of this is that I have really developed a love for photography and cannot wait to learn more.

Since I decided to write about my photography journey I thought it was only fitting to style an outfit around this adorable camera necklace that I got from Jane.com! Isn’t it the cutest?! Much to my husbands dismay, I have been obsessed with Jane ever since a friend introduced me to it about a month ago. They sell so many cute things from various sellers at really great prices. Some of it is a little cheesy, but I have found some super cute things, especially jewelry. You just have to check it out daily, because the deals change everyday (you can see how this might cause a problem, lol). I styled it with this baby blue Dear Creatures dress that I had been in love with since last fall. I finally ordered it from Ruche when it was on sale and I love it just as much as I thought I would. I absolutely adore the pale blue color and the 60’s vibe it gives off! And can we talk about these Seychelles shoes that I recently ordered from Hello Holiday?! They are perfect in every way! In the past I have talked about how I really don’t wear heels because of my klutziness, but these are the exception. They are so beautifully made, comfortable, and easy to walk in. They also have that vintage look that I love so much! You are going to be sick of seeing me wear them so often! ;)

It is 73 degrees here in Michigan today and I could not be happier about it! Happy Friday and I hope you have a great weekend!!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Ruche, Necklace/from Jane, Shoes/from Hello Holiday, Purse/from Forever 21 (old)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Hello Again

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Hello, it’s been awhile! I’ve been thinking about how to write this post for a while now and I’ve been a little (ok, a lot) stumped. Should I just jump back into writing blog posts, like I haven’t been MIA for five months, or should I explain why I took the time off? Ultimately, I decided to do the latter. I named this blog Truly, Tamara because I wanted this to be a space where I could share my authentic self and hopefully encourage others to do the same. If I didn’t explain my absence I wouldn’t be living up to that.

Blogging is hard. I don’t mean the actual act of blogging (although that’s not super easy either), I mean the self inflicted pressure it put on me to be perfect (or at least appear perfect). Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I ever did appear perfect. In fact I know I was far from it, and that was the problem. I would constantly look at other blogs and Instagram feeds and I’m ashamed to say, would get caught up in the ugly comparison trap. I didn’t feel like I was ever going to live up to all of those other beautiful blogs I would read and it was really effecting me in a bad way. I was having a hard time being happy for other people’s success, because I was jealous of what they had and what I thought I would never live up to. It’s shameful, I know, but I just couldn’t shake it! I hated feeling that way and it was taking the joy out of blogging and creating away from me. So after seeking advice, I decided to take some time off to get myself together and figure out if this is something that truly makes me happy. And you know what? I missed it. I missed the creative outlet it gives me and the community that it can provide. I just needed to take a step back and figure out what I wanted my focus to be and why I was doing it.

So here I am, basically starting over. The primary focus will still be on personal style, because that’s what I love and what allows me to express myself creatively, but I want it to be about more than that. I’ve come a long way and learned a lot in the last five months, but I still have a long way to go. I don’t have it all figured out yet, I just know that I want this to be a safe space to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. A space to talk about successes and struggles, a place where I can be my true self and be honest when I don’t have it all together. I hope you will be a part of that too. I hope we can create a community to share, support and celebrate each other. And most importantly, love each other in spite of our brokenness.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Skirt/from Avenle, Shirt/from Target, Necklace c/o Avenle, Shoes/thrifted, Wristlet/from Forever 21 (old)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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