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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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When Skies Are Grey

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It is a grey and dreary day here in Michigan and boy, am I having a hard time getting motivated! Normally I don’t mind a rainy day if I can just stay in and cuddle up with my puppies, but I have so much that I wanted to accomplish today. This blog post was supposed to be up early this morning and that didn’t happen, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The truth is, all I want to do today is watch TV and eat a box of donuts!

I bought this grey plaid skirt from Ruche last winter, and it’s wool material makes it the perfect fall/winter skirt. It makes me feel like I should be going on a sleigh ride wearing a cape, fur hat (faux of course) and muff. Since it is not quite cold enough for all of that yet, I paired it with this kelly green cardigan from ModCloth. These cropped cardigans have definitely become a staple in my wardrobe, they work perfectly with my fuller skirts and fit & flare dresses.

I hope you are having a little more luck staying motivated than I am today. I think it’s time for me to have another cup of coffee……..and maybe that box of donuts ;).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Skirt/from Ruche (last winter), Cardigan/from Modcloth, Shoes/from Target (old), Necklace/from Tiffany&Co.

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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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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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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Mad About Plaid

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I truly am mad about plaid! Ever since I was a little girl I have loved plaid everything. It’s so classic and never really goes out of style. As soon as I saw this red plaid fit and flare dress from Modcloth I knew I had to have it. It’s my favorite color, pattern, and style all rolled into one! What’s not to love? I bought it in the winter and styled it with a cardigan and tights, but I was anxious to wear it in the summer to show off these cute sleeves. I mean, these little puffed cap sleeves really should be seen ;).

Here we are again, it’s Friday already. Where does the time go?! I have a pretty busy weekend planned and I hope to get a lot accomplished, so no relaxing for me. I hope you all have a lovely weekend! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Modcloth (similar, similar), Shoes/from Modcloth (similar), Necklace/from Target (old), Earrings/made by my niece

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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