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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

Truly, Tamara

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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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Swing Into Fall

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It has finally started to feel like fall is in full swing here in Michigan! With temperatures falling into the 40s at night, we finally (much to Aaron’s dismay) caved and turned the heat on. Along with the changes in the weather, I feel like life is changing too. We have been busier than usual, I’m still adjusting to a fuller schedule and trying to come up with a routine to keep my blog posting days on track. I must admit that I haven’t been doing very well, but it’s a new week and hopefully with a little better planning I can keep on task. One exciting thing that has happened, is that we finally got our garage re-sided! This may sound very mundane to you, but it has been a long time coming for us so we are pretty excited about it. You can see how much it need to be done in the pictures above! I always used to joke about it and say that it was my shabby chic backdrop for pictures ;). A small part of me was sad to see it go, so we decided to do one last photo shoot in front of it. From now on you will be seeing a freshly re-sided garage behind me in some of my photos :).

This swing dress is another one from Dear Creatures fall 2013 line (I went a little crazy last year). I absolutely love the vintage inspired 1960s vibe! I love all mid-century styles and flip flop between the 50s and 60s being my favorite era, but I think the 60s might have a little more of my heart. One of my favorite ways to layer in the fall/winter is to wear a pair of bright colored tights, I love the way it adds some life and interest to any outfit. Do you think these are bright enough? ;) I bought these shoes from Target YEARS ago and had finally cleaned out my closet and put them in a bag to give to Goodwill. I just could not get them out of my head, so I dug them (and a few other pairs) back out. It is so hard for me to get rid of clothes and shoes, I am such a hoarder! If you could only see my closet (it’s actually a bedroom turned into a closet) you would understand, it’s a little crazy and I think I might have a problem. Admitting it is the first step, right? ;)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Dear Creatures (last year), Shoes/from Target (old), Tights/from Target, Headband/from Target, Earrings/made by my niece

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Moxie Boutique

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I’m so excited to finally share a project that I have been working on with my dear friend Heather! Heather and I met when we worked together at a hair salon almost thirteen years ago and we have been close friends ever since. Not only is she a great friend, she is also one of the most talented people I know. She makes beautiful beaded jewelry and over the years has sold it to friends, family and even clients at the salon we worked at. For years I have tried to get her to sell her jewelry online, but with a full time job she was just too busy to do all that was necessary to run an online shop. It just seemed like a shame that she was not sharing her talent for others to enjoy, so a few months ago I came to her with a business proposal. I would take care of the business side of things like photographing, listing, shipping, etc. and she could focus on the creative side. Around the same time, I started this blog and thought it just made sense to put the two together. That is when we opened our Etsy shop and Moxie Boutique was born. You will be seeing a lot of her lovely jewelry, along with some super cute vintage-inspired hair accessories made by her mom Beverly, styled here on my blog. I’m so excited to share all of the gorgeous pieces that she has made! In celebration of our shop opening we will be doing a giveaway here on Truly, Tamara in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for it! Also follow Moxie Boutique on Instagram and Facebook so that you don’t miss new items being added to the shop, sales, or future giveaways. Any support you can give would mean the world to us and we are so excited to share Moxie Boutique with you! :)

This “skirt” is actually one of my Dear Creatures dresses from their fall line last year. Since it was a little chilly outside on the day we took these photos, I decided to dress it down and make it a little more weather appropriate with a chambray shirt layered over it and combat boots. I love the mix of dressier, more feminine pieces with edgier, more masculine pieces. This is a very lovely dress on it’s own, so I promise to style it again so that you can see the whole dress and it’s cute little bow next time.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Dear Creatures last fall. It can still be found here and here, Shirt/from Target (similar), Boots/from Target, Necklace/from Moxie Boutique

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Hey Sailor

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For some reason this dress gives me major sailor vibes, I guess it must be the collar. It’s actually from Dear Creatures fall line last year, but it feels very summery to me. I kept the styling very simple to let the dress shine on it’s own. Last winter I paired this dress with tights and a cardigan, but it seemed a shame not to see the sleeves and the back of this collar. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m in love with everything Dear Creatures makes. Their clothes are vintage inspired, but with a modern touch and a great attention to detail. I’m so excited for this years fall line to come out! It’s not for sale yet, but you can see it on their website. As usual they did not disappoint and I want every single piece.

We had a really nice and relaxing weekend. We spent time with family, did some yard work and then Aaron and I went to the park to enjoy these final days of summer. I’m so sad to see it go, but excited to see what fall will bring. I keep trying to remind myself that change is good and that every season brings something new to enjoy. I hope you had a lovely weekend as well :).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Dear Creatures (last fall, sold out), Shoes/from Target (old, similar), Necklace/from Tiffany&Co., Earrings/made by my niece

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Wednesday’s Love List 8-20-14

It’s that time again! It’s time for Wednesday’s Love List ;). So without further adieu, here is a list of some things I’m loving this week:

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1. I’m loving this adorable sweater from Ruche. Isn’t it the cutest? It would look equally as cute with jeans or a skirt.

2. I love this dress from Fleet Collection, an online clothing store I just discovered. They have such pretty vintage inspired clothes and I seriously want everything on their website!

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3. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Dear Creatures and I’m so excited that they just posted their fall collection on their website. It’s not for sale yet, but you can look at it here. My absolute favorite piece from this collection is this pale blue dress!

4. Since I’m not much of a heel wearing type of girl (I’m horribly awkward in them and much prefer to be comfortable), I’m always looking for a super cute pair of flats. This pair from Old Navy fits the bill perfectly.

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5. This dress from Forever 21 speaks to the 70’s/bohemian side of me. I love the bell sleeves and lace detail on the back. It would look super cute with short boots or even layered over a pair of skinny jeans.

As usual, I would love to hear what you are loving this week. I’m always on the lookout for new things to be inspired by :).

Truly,

Tamara

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