Wednesday’s Love List 7-23-14

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Today’s love list is a mix of my usual mid-century esthetic and the more bohemian style that I gravitate toward when I’m trying to mix things up. It all depends on my mood :).

1. I love Minnetonka Moccasins and this leopard print pair is so cute! They would go with so many things, plus they feel like you are wearing slippers.

2. I’m loving these shoes from Modcloth. The grey color and vintage look would work year round with all of my 50’s & 60’s style dresses. Also, the heel looks like the perfect height for my non-heel wearing self ;).

3. This pencil skirt from Old Navy would be a closet staple. The ways in which you could style this classic skirt are endless.

4. My obsession with Dear Creatures is never ending and this dress is on sale! If you are a vintage lover like I am and have never checked out this small independent label, I suggest you do.

5. This floral kimono really speaks to my more bohemian flower child side. It would be so pretty layered over a maxi dress or dressed down with a tank top and some jean shorts (paired with the moccasins above for a little bit of print mixing fun ;) ).

Happy hump day! I think I’m going to go try on that pencil skirt from Old Navy, since I’m pretty sure I got an email about a sale this morning :). What are you loving this week? I’d love to hear.

Truly,

Tamara

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Nautical Vibes

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I bought this dress from Target last year to wear for the 4th of July and I almost forgot about it! I love the nautical vibe and the strapless style that make it perfect for hot summer days. Just layer with a cute cropped cardigan and you are good to go for the air conditioned indoors. I am always cold, so I usually need some sort of sweater or jacket. This cropped cardigan from Modcloth was exactly what I had been looking for to layer with all of my fit and flare dresses. I have it in a few different colors and it has become another year round staple in my wardrobe. I don’t know why, but I have found it hard to find cropped cardigans in stores, so as with so many other things Modcloth has been my go to on-line source. Let me know in the comments below if you know of any other places that carry them in store for a reasonable price. My Saltwater sandals have become my favorite summer shoes. They are crazy comfortable and have a super cute retro look! They come in a ton of different colors and I want all of them (obviously). I’m sure you will be seeing them featured in many different outfit posts this summer and for many summers to come ;).

I have some exciting things in the works that hopefully I will be able to share with you all soon! Happy Monday and I hope you have a great week! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details…..Dress/from Target last year, Cardigan/from Modcloth, Sandals/from Modcloth, Earrings/from Forever 21 last year (similar)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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My Favorite Skirt

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I don’t own a lot of skirts, I’m more of a dress kinda gal, but I bought this skirt from Modcloth a few months ago and I absolutely love it. I love it so much that I ended up buying it in 3 other colors! It has the mid-century vibe that I find myself continuously drawn to with the added bonus of being super comfortable. I also love how versatile it is. One of the main things I think about when buying new clothes is the versatility of the item. Can I wear it in the winter or summer? Can I dress it up or down? I don’t like limiting my clothes to one season or occasion. I like to challenge myself to come up with many different ways to wear an article of clothing. For this look I decided to go a little more casual than I usually do. I paired the skirt with my Converse and a cute T-shirt (I don’t often wear T-shirts, but I really loved the message on this one) and finished it off by adding a red belt and earrings for a pop of color. This outfit would be perfect for a night at the movies or even a game of mini golf, don’t you think?

I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details…..Skirt/from Modcloth, Shoes/ from Target, T-shirt/from Old Navy (similar ones here), Belt/old (similar), Earrings/old (similar)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Wednesday’s Love List 7-16-14

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Here’s a list of some things I’m loving this week:

1. I’m a big fan of Rifle Paper Co. and I love this art print of Marie Antoinette.

2. I love anything that looks vintage and these super cute shoes from Bait Footwear are no exception.

3. A romper is a little out of the box for me, but this one from Forever 21 is super cute and has a lace Peter Pan collar. So what’s not to love?

4. I have this same skirt from Modcloth in 3 other colors and I absolutely love them! When I saw this mustard colored one, I knew I had to have it. Hopefully I will soon ;).

5. I saw these pretty hand decorated phone cases on Instagram and have wanted one ever since. I love how unique each one is.

Also loving this week:

– This video describes me to a T! It’s nice to know that I am not alone and there are people out there with the same struggles. I love Marie Forleo!

– I would love to attend this!

– I just finished this book and I loved it! It is full of great advice and really helped motivate me.

What do you think? What are you loving this week?

Truly,

Tamara

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Yellow Floral Midi Dress

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I had so much to do this weekend, but unfortunately I was sick on Friday night and all day Saturday. Thank goodness I was feeling a little better on Sunday, so that I could get a few things accomplished. I’m still so behind though and I’m sure I will be playing catch up all week. At least I got to have a little fun on Sunday afternoon. Aaron and I went to a local art fair in one of my favorite cities, Plymouth. It has such a quaint small town feel that I love and we really hope to call it home one day (fingers crossed). We just walked around a little and went to lunch, it was nice to get out after being in bed for almost two days. On Sunday evening we finally got around to taking some outfit photos at a local bed and breakfast owned by some friends of Aaron’s. It has a beautiful backyard that I thought would make a perfect backdrop.

I bought this yellow floral midi dress from Ruche, one of my absolute favorite online stores. They have so many cute vintage inspired pieces and this dress is no exception. I love the vintage looking print, the back details and the ladylike length. I layered it with a white tube top underneath to make it a little more wearable for everyday, but the open back would be beautiful for a fancier occasion. You could definitely dress it up or down depending on how you accessorize.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got a lot more accomplished than I did. Here’s to a new and healthy week! ;)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details…….Dress/from Ruche, Shoes/thrifted, Bracelet/flea market find, Earrings/made by my very talented niece :)

*Photos taken at the Dearborn Bed and Breakfast by Aaron, edited by me

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For the Love of Peter Pan Collars

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Oh how I love a Peter Pan collar! I was definitely born in the wrong era when it comes to fashion. I always gravitate towards mid-century style, a time when fashion icons like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn reigned supreme. Even though the style dates back to the early 1900’s, it was at it’s peek in the 50’s and 60’s. We have been seeing a definite resurgence again in the last couple of years and I could not be more smitten. I would wear one everyday if I could! Ok, maybe not everyday, but you get the point, I’m kind of obsessed. Just take a look at my Style Inspiration board on Pinterest. I also love mixing era’s and I really love the combination of this 90’s style baby doll dress with the Peter Pan collared blouse. I look forward to finding more ways to style this versatile piece.

Aaron and I went to a local park again to take these photos and we forgot something very important…….BUG SPRAY!!! We went later in the evening in an effort to have the best lighting, but didn’t take the mosquito situation into account. Normally we take a ton of pictures (and I do mean a ton), but this time we snapped as many as we could in a super short amount of time and got out of there as fast as we could. This left me with a much smaller amount of usable pictures (most of the pictures were of me warding off mosquitos) to choose from, but it definitely helped me to hone my editing skills ;) . We certainly won’t be making that mistake again!

I can’t believe that the 4th of July has already come and gone! I don’t know about you guys, but I always feel like after the 4th is over the rest of the summer just flies by. I sure hope that’s not the case this year and I plan on savoring ever last drop of summer. I had a very low key 4th of July weekend. We had dinner with family, rearranged the house a little and relaxed a lot. I hope you all had a lovely weekend too!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress from Forever 21, Blouse from Dear Creatures (sold out, similar), Shoes from Lotta From Stockholm

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Currently Coveting – 4th Of July Edition

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Today I thought I would share some things that are on my wish list, but with a little 4th of July flair. I realized that I definitely lean towards vintage-inspired, feminine items. Since red is my favorite color it wasn’t very hard for me to stick with the 4th of July theme-in fact I had to make sure all of the items weren’t red! Even though these pieces are red, white, and blue, they aren’t just for Independence Day. They are all perfect to get you through the dog days of summer in style and some could even work all year round.

I can’t believe that the 4th of July is tomorrow! I think we will just be laying low, hanging out with family and friends. What about you, do you have any fun plans? Happy 4th of July and be safe! :)

Truly,

Tamara

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Date Night

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On Saturday Aaron and I went out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. It was really nice to have an excuse to get a little dressed up and go out on a date. It’s been a while since we’ve done that and I have really missed it. Afterwards we went to a nearby park located on the Detroit river and walked around for a little while. It was a beautiful evening and the perfect time to snap a few pictures. I think Aaron is getting pretty good at it, don’t you?

This is another dress that I bought in early spring and am just getting around to wearing. I guess I was waiting for the perfect occasion. I love that you can dress it up or down, just swap out the heels for flats, sandals or even boots, and add more casual pieces like a denim jacket and a bigger handbag. I especially like the cutout detail on the back. I ordered it online from Target, although I think they carried it in the stores too. Online shopping is such a dangerous thing for me! It can get out of control really fast! ;) You’ll find that A LOT of my clothes are from Target. It’s inexpensive and they usually have really cute styles, that’s a win-win in my book. Plus, it seems like I’m there for one reason or another at least 2 times a week. These clog sandals were a bit of a splurge for me, but I love them so. I know that they will be a staple in my closet for years to come, so it was worth it. I don’t wear heels that often (even though I love the way they look) because they are so uncomfortable, but these are the exception. What about you, is there anything you have splurged on lately?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress from Target this past spring (Similar), Shoes from Lotta From Stockholm, Horse necklace from Forever 21 (last year), Wristlet; old, Bracelet; gift from my sister, Sunglasses; old (Similar)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Happily Ever After

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I really can’t believe that Aaron and I will have been married for 5 years tomorrow! We were married at the Mary Martha chapel in Greenfield Village and it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I wish I could go back in time and relive that day all over again. It seriously feels like it was just yesterday when I was planning the wedding and getting ready to walk down the aisle. It’s true what they say—time really does fly when you’re having fun! We have had our share of ups and downs, but I can truly say that we have grown closer because of them. There is no one I would rather share my life with and I’m pretty sure that no one else could deal with all of my craziness! I am so thankful that I was blessed with such a loving, supportive and patient man. I love you, Aaron, and I can’t wait to spend 50 more years together! Happy Anniversary; you are my happily ever after!

Truly,

Tamara

*Photos taken and edited by Elaina Lancaster at Elaina Lancaster Photography

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Hello Blogging World!

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I am new to the world of blogging. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but put off. It’s hard to put yourself out there; to work so hard on something that you believe in with the hopes that it will find an audience and be well received. There is a fear of being not good enough and insecurities that come from comparing ourselves to others. But I finally took the plunge! I realize that I have something to offer and that no one else is exactly like me. I have loved fashion ever since I can remember; putting an outfit together and styling it has been a creative outlet for me. So why not share that? Maybe, just maybe, it will inspire someone else. When I was in high school I thought that I would end up in the fashion industry doing merchandising or being a personal stylist. Well, life doesn’t always go exactly as planned, and here I am. So I am going to use this space to pursue those dreams in a reimagined way. Clothes can make you feel good and are a great outlet for self-expression, but they don’t have to break the bank. I bet most of us have a closet full of clothes (I know I do!) that can be styled in a way to make them seem new again. I hope that I can inspire others to work with what they have and to be the best version of themselves.

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Aaron and I went to a local park over the weekend to take pictures for this post and I learned something….posing for pictures is hard! I am obviously not a model, nor am I trying to be, but I have a new respect for them. It gets difficult trying to come up with different poses while still trying to look natural and show off the clothes (which is the whole point). It doesn’t help that I, like most women, am so self-critical! Aaron must have taken at least 100 pictures (thank goodness he’s so patient!) and the pictures I like the best are the candids – when I didn’t realize he was taking the picture and was often laughing at myself. I just felt so ridiculous and it certainly didn’t help when other people were around. I guess practice makes perfect and hopefully it will get easier with time. Until then I will continue to laugh at myself and have fun doing it.

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I bought this kimono style maxi dress from Forever 21 at least two months ago and this is the first time I’ve worn it. I can already tell that I will wear it a lot, because it is so comfortable and easy to accessorize. The floral print is so bold that you really don’t need to add much to it, so I just kept it really simple. I don’t know about you guys, but I am loving all of the floral prints that are so popular right now! After all, I was a teenager in the 90’s so I guess I have a soft spot for them. How do you feel about floral prints, are you loving them too?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details…..Dress from Forever 21 earlier this season (Similar), Shoes from Payless a few years ago (Similar)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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