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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

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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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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.

You can also find eShakti on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

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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Summer’s Last Breath

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This past Saturday was really warm and humid, it felt like summer was taking it’s last breath before fall officially took over. It was nice to get out and enjoy the day and say my final goodbyes. Oh summer, I will miss you so! So today, on the official first day of fall, I thought I would post one last summer look.

I bought this dress from Ruche this past spring and it is such a shame that I haven’t worn it until now. It was too long on me and had to be altered, I kept putting off having it done until just a few weeks ago. I absolutely love this dress! The floral pattern feels very vintage to me and I’m in love with the cutout details on the side and in the back. Since you can see your bra (and I’m not willing to go braless), I wore a cute lace bralette and didn’t mind that you could see it. I gave a bit of a nod to fall by adding these super cute vintage looking boots and my denim vest (which I barely wore because it was so hot). And of course I finished off the look with lovely earrings from Moxie Boutique ;). I am determined to find ways to style this dress for fall, as I refuse to have this be the only time I wear this gorgeous dress until next year.

I hope all of you enjoyed your last weekend of summer! And for those of you going into summer,……. well lucky you ;).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Ruche (this past spring), Bralette/from Target, Boots/from Ruche (last winter), Denim vest/from Old Navy, Earrings/from Moxie Boutique, Necklace/from Tiffany&Co.

*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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Back to School

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Ok, so I’m not going back to school and thank goodness for that! Lets just say that I didn’t exactly love school and I still sometimes have nightmares that it’s the end of the semester and I still don’t have any of my assignments done. The one thing I do miss though, is the back to school shopping. I have very fond memories of going shopping at Hudson’s with my mom, it’s the one thing that made the idea of going back to school bearable for me. I remember planning the outfit that I would wear on the first day of school like it was the most important thing in the world. I’m so thankful that I have a mom who let me be myself and wear pretty much whatever I wanted as long as it was within the dress code of my private school (which could sometimes be a bit limiting to a budding fashionista). Even though I’m an adult now and my school days are long gone, I think I should still be able to go “back to school” shopping around this time of year. Just as it eased the pain of the looming school year for me, new sweaters and boots will ease the pain of the impending winter ;).

It seemed appropriate to wear this jumper from ModCloth on the day that most kids go back to school. It reminds me of a school uniform in the very best way and I love it. I paired it with these Bass saddle shoes I scored from an eBay auction to give it even more of a preppy schoolgirl look. Now I just need to get a chic leather backpack and I’ll be ready to hit the books. Only this time, I get to choose what to read! ;).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Jumper/from Modcloth, Blouse/from Forever 21 (old), Saddle shoes/purchased from an eBay auction (similar), Earrings/from Moxie Boutique

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Orange Blossom

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Orange is probably my least favorite color, but when I saw that Modcloth had my favorite skirt in other colors I had to get every single one, including this orange one. I’m really glad that I did too, because as it turns out I really like this color on me. It just goes to show that you have to be open to trying new things, because you never really know if you’ll like it unless you give it a try. I really love the midi skirt trend, it feels very 1950s to me. I have tried countless other midi skirts and this one has been my favorite by far. Some of them tend to be pretty pouffy and well, my pear shaped figure has enough pouf ;). This skirt has just the right amount of volume while still being flattering. There is still a mustard colored one that I have yet to get, but don’t worry, I’ll get you my pretty ;).

Aaron and I went to our local park again to take pictures and we saw the sweetest little frog (you can see him in the last picture). I really wanted to bring him home with us, but Aaron didn’t think he would be too happy. He’s probably right, but he sure was cute :).

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! It’s extra special for us, because our fur babies, Brutus & Diesel, turn 3 on Monday. And yes, I’m one of those people who celebrate their dogs’ birthdays ;).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Skirt/from Modcloth, Shirt/from Forever 21 (sold out, similar), Shoes/from Marshalls (similar, similar), Earrings/made by my friend Heather (see her jewelry here)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Simply Chambray

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I love the simplicity of this chambray dress I bought from Target a few years ago. There are endless ways you could style it, but for this look I decided to keep it simple. Most of the time when I’m putting an outfit together I plan the accessories around the clothes, but not this time. My dear talented friend Heather made this beautiful necklace and earrings, and I really wanted to wear something that would show them off and allow them to shine. The strapless neckline and light chambray color of this dress did just that. Aren’t they lovely?

I have had a very busy week and am definitely ready for the weekend. I’m hoping to get out and have a little fun! Whether you are relaxing or on the go, I hope you have a great one! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Target (similar,similar), Shoes/thrifted, Necklace/from Moxie Boutique, Earrings/from Moxie Boutique

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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