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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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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

Truly, Tamara

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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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