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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

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

Truly, Tamara

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