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There’s No Place Like Home

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“There’s no place like home”…. When I came up with the title of this blog post, it had everything to do with the outfit and these adorable shoes that look exactly like Dorothy’s ruby slippers, but the more I thought about this iconic movie quote, the more I realized how much it rings true in my own life. We were just talking to some family friends the other day and one of my best friends mom was remembering how I never wanted to spend the night at their house, but I always wanted my friend to spend the night at my house. I laughed, but had to admit that not much has changed. I have always been a huge homebody and even when I was a teenager and all of my friends were going out on the weekends, nothing ever sounded better to me than staying at home curled up on the couch watching a movie. There were a few years in my early 20’s when I went out all the time, but that quickly fizzled out. I’m an odd mix of loving to be alone, yet I’m really good with people and can easily strike up a conversation with a stranger. My jobs have always been in customer service and have involved talking to people, whether on the phone or in person, most of the day. It really takes a lot out me though, because when I get home from work I am completely drained of energy even though I sit for most of the day. I heard someone say recently that being an introvert vs. an extrovert means that you draw energy by having alone time vs. drawing energy from being with others. It really has nothing to do with being shy or outgoing. I consider myself to be an outgoing person, but I definitely draw my energy from having alone time. I really, really love to be alone and I honestly never get bored. But if my husband is home for more than a day with nothing to do, he starts to go stir crazy and I just think it’s the weirdest thing ever. I can always think of something to do at home. I think that this is why I’ve always had such a small group of really close friends and have never been the girl with a large circle of friends, I just don’t have the energy or need for it. I am recharged by alone time or a one on one conversation with someone I really care about. It’s funny because now that I really think about it, I guess that’s why I’m so drawn to blogging. Blogging is very solitary most of the time and that’s one of the things that I love about it. I can style an outfit, edit pictures, and write a blog post alone in my house for hours and be as happy as a clam! There really is no place like home. :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Avenle, Shoes/from B.A.I.T., Necklace/from Jane

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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Apricity

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I normally try not to post more than seven or eight pictures of the same outfit, because it doesn’t really seem necessary. I mean, how many different angles, poses, and closeups do you really need before it just becomes overkill and starts to feel way too self indulgent? If I’m being honest, a lot of the time it’s hard to find even a few that I like, either I’m being way too self critical or the outfit is just not flattering. Does that ever happen to you? You think you have the cutest outfit ever and you look great in the mirror, but then you take a picture and it tells a whole different story! That happens to me more than I like to admit. Maybe I should invest in some better mirrors.

Well, I am so happy to say that was not the case with this adorable dress from the new online boutique, Apricity! It took me forever to write this post because I could not narrow down the photos to use. This dress is just too cute, so I decided to use them all! The bow alone deserves a dozen pictures! As I mentioned briefly in my last post, this beautiful boutique is owned by Eileen Chai, who was one of the co-founders of my beloved Fleet Collection. I am so happy that some of Fleet Collection will live on in this new reimagined, but still familiar feeling line. Apricity means the warmth of the sun on a winter day, isn’t that beautiful? As someone who lives in Michigan where the winters can be brutal, I know first hand what a lovely feeling that is….and that’s exactly how this dress makes me feel, lovely. I can’t wait to watch this little boutique grow and flourish. You better believe there will be a lot more Apricity dresses in my future!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Apricity, Shoes/thrifted, Clutch/old, Necklace/from Jane

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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Goodbye Fleet Collection

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It was only two weeks ago that I was gushing about one of my favorite brands, Fleet Collection, and then I got the saddest news delivered to my email inbox last Friday! Fleet Collection is going out of business!! What?!! I was so sad and wish I had known about them sooner. Even though they have been in business for the last four years, I have only known about them for a short time. I had plans to order many more pieces from them and just like that, they are gone. The blow was only slightly softened by the huge discount they are giving for their closing sale. They started to sell out of things very quickly and I’m so glad I got the email when I did, because I was able to snag three beautiful dresses. If you act quickly and check out their website there may still be a few things left. Owners Eileen Chai & Lisa Hsieh sent out a sweet thank you email to all of their customers explaining that they are closing Fleet Collection because they are both starting their own separate ventures. I am sad to see Fleet Collection close, but excited to see what they do next and wish them nothing but the best. I am especially excited for Eileen’s new clothing line, Apricity! It is still a vintage inspired line that looks a lot like everything I loved about Fleet Collection. I actually got my first Apricity dress in the mail today and let me tell you, IT’S AMAZING!! It is so beautifully made and fits like a glove. I am so excited to take photos in it this weekend to share with you all! I seriously love it so much and I highly encourage you to check out Apricity. So I guess it’s not all sad news….when one vintage inspired clothing shop closes, another one opens. ;) Goodbye, Fleet Collection, you will be greatly missed.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Fleet Collection, Shoes/from Modcloth, Bag/from Target, Belt/from Modcloth (taken from this skirt)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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eShakti Dress Review

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I had just recently been hearing a lot about eShakti, so when they contacted me about doing a review on one of their custom pieces, I of course jumped at the opportunity and I am so glad that I did. Eshakti is an international fashion design company that specializes in custom made clothing for women from size 0-36. You can choose from their standard sizes or you can completely customize a piece to your exact measurements. Even if you don’t decide to completely customize, you also have the option to change the sleeve type, dress length, and the neckline on many different items, you can even choose if you want pockets. If you do decide to go the custom sizing route (which I highly recommend), just make sure to have someone else measure you to insure accurate measurements. Of course I decided to go with a dress, but it was really hard to pick, because they have so many vintage inspired dresses that I love. At first I really wanted to go with a more fitted dress, but unfortunately they were all sold out of the styles I liked. It would have been nice to try the custom sizing option on a more tailored style, since it can be very hard for me to find a fitted dress that fits my top and bottom half equally well. Oh the dilemmas of being a pear shaped girl! ;) I will definitely choose a more tailored style the next time I order from eShakti. I ultimately went with this grey fit and flare dress in a jersey knit. They carry a lot of 100% cotton dresses, but I was looking for something with a little stretch that wouldn’t wrinkle so easily. I also wanted something in a more neutral color so that I would have more styling options. I went with the custom sizing option and had my husband take my measurements, changed the dress length to above the knee and had the pockets removed. I know, I know, some of you are wondering why in the world I would have the pockets removed! I love pockets on dresses as much as the next girl, but I do not like the added bulk that they tend to give my hips and I didn’t want to take the chance. All in all, I am very impressed by this dress, the quality is amazing and the fit is almost perfect. I say almost, because the top is slightly too big and could stand to be a little more fitted, but that could have been our error with the measurements. I know that I will get a lot of wear out of this dress for years to come, and I will definitely be ordering from eShakti again.

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Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress c/o eShakti, Shoes/from Ruche (last year), Earrings/from Moxie Boutique, Necklace/from Tiffany&Co.

*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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Fit and Flare Forever

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Fit and Flare dresses are my favorite silhouette and if you could see my closet you would know that without me even telling you. If I could only wear one style of dress for the rest of my life this would be it. I love many other styles, but no other style flatters my pear shaped figure quite like a fit and flare dress. Fitted on the top where I could use some enhancement and flared out at the bottom to hide a multitude of sins. Perfection! ;) I also love the mid-century vibe that they inevitably give off. If I could have Betty Draper’s (or I guess it’s Francis now) wardrobe I would be one happy lady!

I just got this dress in the mail from Avenle, one of my new favorite online clothing stores. If you haven’t checked them out yet, then I suggest you do. They have so many cute vintage inspired things and if I had unlimited funds I would have ordered a lot more. This dress fits like a dream and is so comfortable. The material has a nice weight and stretch to it and best of all required no ironing straight out of the package (super exciting for me, as I can’t stand ironing and avoid it at all costs)! And of course, one of the most important things to me is that this dress will work well for all seasons. I’m excited to pair it with some tights and a cropped cardigan for the cooler months, but for now I’m happy to hang on to summer and bare legs a little bit longer.

I hope you all had a great weekend. Happy Monday!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Avenle, Shoes/from Modcloth (sold out, similar), Floral headband/from Forever 21 (sold out, similar), Necklace/from Tiffany&Co., Earrings/made by my niece

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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