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A Hint Of Spring

Last week it felt like the groundhog was wrong and that spring had come early this year. We had a few days of glorious warm weather and I was so grateful for it! So of course I just had to throw on this pretty floral number that I recently got from Ruche. I had been avoiding the cold shoulder style for a while because I wasn’t sure if it was just going to be a quickly passing trend. It’s looking like it will be going strong through spring and summer, so I decided to go for it. When I saw this dress I fell in love with it’s floral print and ruffled sleeves and I knew it was the perfect piece to try out this trend. I am so drawn to super feminine pieces lately!

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know how obsessed I am with these shoes from Paige Avenue and I plan on wearing them every chance I get! They are a knock off of Free People shoes, and I don’t know about you, but Free People shoes are just not in my budget right now. The price point of these are amazing and they are super cute and comfortable (they do run big though, so size down). You will probably be seeing a lot of these shoes, so I apologize in advance. ;)

Unfortunately the spring like weather is gone (as I write this it is rainy and gloomy outside), but I’m thankful for the little hint of spring we were able to enjoy. We are getting ready to put our house up for sale (again!), so I might be a little quiet for the next couple of weeks. Prayers for a quick, easy sale and that we would find the perfect new home would be greatly appreciated. I’m not particularly good with change, so I’m just praying that this whole process is as quick and painless as possible. I should be a little more active on Instagram during this time if you would like to follow along.

Happy Wednesday and I’ll be back soon! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Ruche, Shoes/from Paige Avenue, Necklace/from Noonday Collection, Earrings/from Noonday Collection, Bracelet/from Noonday Collection

Truly, Tamara

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Another New Year

Happy New Year, friends! I realize that it is already the 9th of January, but seeing as this is my first post of 2017 I thought I would share a couple of my goals for the year. Here’s the truth, I’ve never been very good at New Year’s resolutions. I usually make the typical ones; you know like lose weight, save money and those kinds of things. Like so many people, I stick to them for a few weeks and then totally fall off the wagon. Before I know it, the year is over and I’m left reflecting on all of the things I didn’t accomplish. It’s sad really……to see another year pass and still not be the person I want to be, the person I know I could be if I really actually tried. I know that God has a plan for my life and that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, but I also know that He has given me talents and gifts to hopefully make some sort of difference in this one life we get. I am the only one who can control the choices that I make everyday, the only one who can do the work necessary to achieve my dreams. After that it’s in God’s hands, but I don’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore looking at other peoples lives and watching them work towards their dreams. So I decided that this year was going to be different and I’ve started using Lara Casey’s PowerSheets (which are sadly sold out, but you can still find a ton of helpful information here). PowerSheets help you uncover purpose-filled goals and plan action steps to make what matters happen. It’s just about taking intentional little by little steps everyday towards making your goals happen. The idea is that those little steps add up to big change! In the past when I have gotten off track with my goals I would just say forget it and throw them out the window, but this way of goal setting is filled with so much grace. If you fail, you just hit the reset button and try again. Eventually you will look back and see how far you’ve come.

On to a couple of goals that I have uncovered through this process……I have to be honest, I’m a little nervous to share these. These are things that I would usually just talk with my family or really close friends about, but I wanted to share them to hopefully encourage you to work towards big dreams too. Also, if I put them out there it gives me some accountability to do the work necessary to achieve these dreams.

1). To be in the best shape I’ve ever been in by the time I’m Forty – I know, I know, you must be thinking, “Forty! That’s years and years away!” ;). No friends, it’s time for me to admit my age on here and forty is just two short years away. I turned thirty-eight in December and getting older has been harder for me than I ever thought it would be (that’s something else I’m working on and a conversation for another time). I know that this sounds like any other fitness goal that you make at the beginning of every year, but this time my “why” is different. This isn’t just about losing weight (though I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t part of it), it’s more about wanting to be strong and healthy. Heart problems run in my family and the older I get, the more I start to think about prevention and strengthening my heart. Two years might seem like a long time, but I want my progress to be slow and steady and something that will actually stick. When I get to forty I truly want my age to just be a number and to feel younger and stronger than I’ve ever felt before. Now here’s the embarrassing truth, it’s January 9th and today is the first day that I have worked out this year! Remember what I said about grace and little by little steps? ;) I’ll get there.

2). I want to own my own clothing boutique  – This one is BIG and crazy! I really don’t have the first clue of how to make this happen, but it’s something God has put on my heart. My love of fashion is no secret and I want to be a source of encouragement and inspiration to other women. Owning a boutique would allow me to interact and create community with other women, while helping them to feel like their best and most confident selves through the outfits they wear. A cute outfit has always been able to transform my mood and help me feel like I can conquer the day and I want to help other women feel that same way. Believe me, I know that what we look like on the outside is not the most important thing, but it’s amazing how clothes can make you feel beautiful inside and out. What are my next steps? I’m not sure exactly, but this year is for researching and planning. Even though it probably won’t happen this year, I want to take the small intentional steps towards making it happen and see what kind of doors God might open. My hands are open, I’m going to do the work and then give it over to God. In the meantime I will continue to try an build an engaged online community through the blog and social media. My hope is to really get to know you and build real relationships so that we can encourage and lift each other up.

So there you have it, two of my biggest and loftiest goals for this year. I feel kind of naked and exposed, but I really wanted to be transparent and authentic. Maybe my vulnerability will help you have the courage to share your big dreams with someone you trust and take the steps toward making them happen. Even if it’s just admitting them to yourself, that’s a step in the right direction. We can do big, hard things if we just do the work (preaching to myself a little here too)! I would love to hear some of your goals for the new year. Let me know in the comments below or connect with me through email or social media. I would be honored to chat with you about your big dreams. Happy New Year! I think 2017 is going to be a good year. :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Ruche, Shoes/from Old Navy (sold out) ~ similar here, Earrings/from Noonday Collection, Bracelet/from Noonday Collection

Truly, Tamara

 

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White Christmas

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It looks like we are going to have a white Christmas and I couldn’t be happier about it! I don’t typically love the snow and cold, but this time of year I make an exception. The snow really is so beautiful, but it makes life difficult. So when Christmas is over it can all go away. I’m especially excited because my sister and her family are going to be here for Christmas this year. They live in Georgia and I don’t get to see them often, so I’m really looking forward to being together and making some Christmas memories. I think they are actually a little more excited about the snow that I am since they don’t see much in Georgia. Maybe Santa sent the snow just for them. ;)

Isn’t this green velvet dress the most perfect Christmas dress?! It’s like the Christmas dress I’ve always dreamed of! It came in the mail the day we got all of this snow and I just knew I had to make use of the gorgeous backdrop. Even though it was only 28 degrees and I was freezing, it was totally worth it. I just love the way these pictures turned out. I plan on wearing this dress to church on Christmas Eve and pairing with a cute pair of heels (seen in this blog post). Hopefully I won’t be wading through too many snow piles that night!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas surrounded by the ones you love!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Paige Avenue, Boots/from Hunter Boots, Choker/from The Shine Project, Cubist Necklace/from Noonday Collection, Palace Earrings/from Noonday Collection

Truly, Tamara

 

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For the Love of Plaid

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It’s that time of year again, the time when I go crazy for all things plaid. It’s such a classic print and it never really goes out of style. I think my love for plaid originated in my horseback riding days when tartan prints were such a huge part of the English riding style. It also always makes me think of the holidays and dressing up in warm cozy layers. Whatever the reason though, I love it and I just had to add this plaid tunic dress to my collection. Also, I really love anything with elbow patches. ;) This dress is so comfortable and versatile, it would be perfect for an afternoon coffee date or even dressed up for a night out on the town. In this look I added a camel colored blazer which makes it perfect for a day at the office. If you work in a more conservative (or colder) atmosphere just add a pair of black tights and some heels or even a dressier flat. There really are so many ways to style this adorable dress!

I’m all about getting the most milage out of your clothes and making them work for many different occasions. I think that sometimes we can get stuck in a rut with our clothes and need inspiration for new ways to wear them. If you would like to see this dress or any other pieces styled for a specific occasion, let me know in the comments below. Im always up for a challenge! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Dallas & Dottie Boutique, Blazer/from Old Navy (Camel color is sold out), Boots/from Old Navy, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Parlor Earrings & Fringed Crescent Necklace

Truly, Tamara

 

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Burgundy Suede Dress

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Happy Monday friends! I have been sick for almost the past two weeks, but I’m finally on my way back to the land of the living and I am so happy to be on the mend. It’s not so bad to be confined to your bed for a couple of days, but a couple of weeks? Not so much. Life is starting to get back to normal and I am so thankful!

Today I am back with another adorable dress from Dallas & Dottie Boutique. I have gotten so many cute pieces from D & D recently (you can read a little more about this local Michigan boutique here) and I’m excited to share more of them with you in upcoming blog posts. This burgundy suede dress is so on trend for fall. We are seeing a lot of this deep burgundy color and I love it combined with the rich texture of the suede fabric. Even though this dress is sleeveless, something about suede evokes warmth to me and makes it perfect for this time of year. We actually took these pictures a few weeks ago when it was a little warmer and there were still green leaves on the trees. Now that the cooler weather seems like it might be here to stay (although you never know in Michigan – fingers crossed that I’m wrong) I will just add some tights and a sweater as we transition into winter.

I hope you are all staying healthy and enjoying this beautiful time of year. As much as I love summer, I do love being warm and cozy indoors, settling in and nesting with the ones I love. Come January I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune, but for now I’m embracing the change in seasons. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?! Then Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye! I am so not ready…….are you?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Dallas & Dottie Boutique, Hat/from Target (From last year. Similar here & here), Boots/from Payless, Bag & Jewelry from/Noonday Collection: Exploration Bag, Charmed Brass Necklace, Daybreak Earrings, Very Versatile Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Off The Shoulder Dresses and Sunflower Fields

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Well I finally did it, I gave in and tried the off the shoulder trend that has been running rampant through the fashion world lately. When I first started noticing this trend, I really liked it, but wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I’m getting to the point in my life where I’m starting to question if I’m getting too old for certain fashion trends and this was one of them. I really hate feeling this way, because I’ve always been someone who has said, “If you like it, wear it!”. Why does it matter how old we are? If we feel comfortable wearing a certain style then we should wear it. As women it is so hard not to conform to what society thinks we should look like or what we should be wearing at a certain age. I hate that I worry about what people think of me and how I look! I never used to be this way, but for some reason the older I get, the more these insecurities have started to pop up. This is such a new and foreign feeling for me and I’ve decided to fight against it. I refuse to let my age become such a part of my identity that I let it hold me back from doing or wearing anything. I have to constantly remind myself that my identity and self worth has nothing to do with what I look like or what I wear. As someone who loves fashion, this is very easy to lose sight of and it’s something I struggle with and pray about every single day. So the best way I know to fight back against these insecurities is to take my own advice and just keep wearing what I like……….And I really like this off the shoulder dress! You better watch out, you’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of my shoulders around here! ;)

Isn’t this sunflower field gorgeous?! It’s kind of sad because it’s so close to my house, but I always forget about it. Thankfully a friend reminded me about it this year and I was able to get these pictures before they stopped blooming. Looking at this field of sunflowers made me think of Matthew 6:26-28: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers in the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” This is such a beautiful reminder to let go of the worry and anxiety that so easily creeps in. God loves you and he’s got this! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Target, Boots/from Target, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Paper Dreams Necklace, Firelight Orange, Palace Earrings, Emblem Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Tobi // Part 3

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Hey friends, today I am back with the last post of a three part series in collaboration with Tobi. Something about this shift dress drew me to it and I just love how light and feminine it is. I love to take an ultra feminine dress and give it a little edge, so I added these brown engineer boots that ended up giving the look a little more of a western vibe. I decided to embrace the more western feel and accessorize with this fringe pendant necklace and added one of my favorite bags to complete the look. The light neutral color of this dress really gives you unlimited options of how it can be styled. Next time I think I will play up the femininity a little more by adding some heels and more color.

Can we just talk about these engineer boots from Target for a second?! They are a total knock off of the Frye harness boots for just a fraction of the cost! They are real leather and for the price I couldn’t be happier with them. If you’ve been wanting the Frye boots, but just can’t justify the cost, I highly suggest you give these a try.

How is it Monday again?! I always feel so old when I say things like that, but seriously, where does the time go? I’m praying that this week slows down just a little and that we can get outside and start enjoying this beautiful fall weather we have been having. I think it’s about time for our annual visit to the cider mill, cider and donuts are calling my name! ;) What fall activities are you looking forward to?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress c/o Tobi, Boots/from Target, Watch/from Fossil, Bag and Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Great Escape Bag, Artifact Necklace, Leather Leaf Earrings, & the Metric Cuff

*Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Truly, Tamara

 

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Tobi // Part 2

Today I am back with the second look from my collaboration with Tobi and this dress stood out to me the most when I first perused their website. I think it is the classic simplicity of this shirt dress that drew me to it and I immediately began thinking about all the ways it can be styled. It is a very lightweight rayon that drapes really nicely and is the perfect transition piece from summer to fall. The hi-low hem adds some interest and I added a belt to dress it up and give it a little more shape. In this look I decided to style it more for fall by wearing it with tall boots, but it would look equally as cute with sandals for a late summer evening out. I plan on adding some tights when it gets colder and wearing it all throughout the winter too. Navy blue is so popular right now and I’m so glad it is, because sometimes I don’t think it gets the love it deserves. People can be really funny about pairing navy with black and I’ve never understood it. As far as I’m concerned both are neutral colors and go perfectly together. I just think it creates such a classy timeless look! So if you’re one of those people, give it a try, you won’t be sorry.

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I had such a lovely weekend and spent yesterday exploring a local vintage market with my parents. I just love antiques, shabby chic anything, and vintage clothes! I always think about the past that they’ve had and the stories attached to them. I didn’t end up buying anything, but it was a beautiful day to walk around and be inspired. Today we woke up to a dreary rainy day and I’m not really mad about it. We have had such beautiful weather lately, but sometimes it’s nice when the weather slows us down and gives us an excuse to stay indoors and cozy up with a with a good book. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress c/o Tobi, Boots/from Nordstrom, Belt/from Target, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Concentric Earrings & Cubist Necklace

*Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

 

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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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