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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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A little Bit Boho

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It never fails, at this time of year my style shifts slightly. I go from primarily wearing mid-century inspired clothes to a much more laid back boho vibe. I never completely say goodbye to my fit & flare dresses and midi skirts, I just start to make more room for flowy dresses and flower crowns. It must be the warmer weather and longer days that bring out my inner flower child. ;) The other day someone asked me how I would describe my style and at the time I really didn’t have an answer. While I obviously have certain styles I lean toward, I really don’t like to box myself in. I thought about it for a while though and finally came up with an answer that describes my style at this stage of my life…..Mid-century boho chic. I would say my style falls into this category at least 90% of the time. :)

Last week was super busy and I had some really exciting/happy things going on. I can’t wait to share some of them with you, but seeing as how this post was supposed to be up this morning, I’m going to keep it short and sweet today. I hope your week is off to a great start! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Avenle, Cardigan/from Target, Shoes/from Lotta, Headband/from Forever 21, Necklace c/o Avenle

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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Sunny Days Ahead

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Remember the gorgeous sunny weather I wrote about in my last blog post? Well it’s all a distant memory, and all I have to remember it by are these photos. We woke up to cold and dreary weather on Tuesday and it’s been downhill from there. It even snowed on Wednesday! I obviously keep forgetting that I live in Michigan and there is no guarantee of nice weather until at least June. Even then we get three, maybe four months of good weather and then it’s back to cold. I really should look into moving somewhere warm and tropical, I am so not built for this! Sorry to be such a downer, but isn’t it amazing how the weather directly effects your mood and energy level? All I want to do is lay around and watch Netflix in my pajamas. I’m in desperate need of some vitamin D, maybe I should look into getting one of those sun lamps. Anyone know if they work?

Yellow is one of my favorite colors and this sunny outfit helps lift my spirits a little. This adorable skirt is made by a brand I discovered a few months ago called Fleet Collection. All of their pieces are original designs made in Los Angeles and they are so beautifully crafted. I was really impressed with the quality, especially for the price, and it fits like a dream. If you love vintage inspired clothing as much as I do, then I highly suggest you check them out. You will not be disappointed.

Well I am definitely going to be praying that this weekend warms up and that the sun re-appears! What is the weather like where you are? I hope it’s lovely.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Skirt/from Fleet Collection, Shirt/from Target, Shoes/from Target, Necklace/from Jane, Purse/from Coach (a couple years ago)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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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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Happy Halloween

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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, second only to Christmas. I’ve always loved dressing up, jack-o’-lanterns, scary movies and all things that go bump in the night. I have such wonderful memories of running around my neighborhood with leaves crunching under my feet, trick or treating with my best friends. My mom always wanted me to dress up as something sweet like a princess or an angel, but much to her dismay I always wanted to be a witch, a vampire or Morticia Addams. It was Halloween and I wanted to be something scary! Not much has changed even though I’ve grown up, I still love Halloween just as much as I did then. I just wish that I could go back in time and run around the neighborhood with my best friends again.

I hope you have a delightfully spooky Halloween! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Modcloth, Hat/from Target, Tights/from ebay, Shoes/from Lotta from Stockholm, Earrings/from Target (old)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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There’s Always Tomorrow

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Things will be better tomorrow, that’s what I’ve been telling myself to get through the last couple of weeks. As I mentioned in a previous post, life has seemed extra busy lately. I wish I could say that it was full of fun and exciting things, but that just isn’t the case. It has been full of home improvements like having our garage re-sided and the plumbing fixed in our bathroom. Not exactly exciting stuff, but I guess it’s necessary. The problem is that every time we get something fixed it seems like something else goes wrong! What we thought would be a simple repair turns into a million others. Oh the joys of home ownership, I’m just not sure I’m built for the stress of it all. Aaron and I are not exactly what you would call handy people and really have no business owning a home. Through all of this, we have talked more and more about buying a condo. It would be a much better fit for our lifestyle, but unfortunately that’s just not in the cards for us right now. One day we will, but for now at least we have a working bathroom ;).

On to more exciting things, like this adorable dress from Modcloth! The second I saw it last winter I immediately fell in love with it’s layered white collar and red fit & flare silhouette, it was just screaming my name ;). This dress definitely has an Annie vibe, so I decided to offset it with a leopard print headband and shoes. I think it did the job quite nicely while adding a bit of interest to the outfit. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago and I’m pretty sure that was the last time I could get away with bare legs, so I’m glad I took advantage of the warmer weather while I could. You will be seeing lots of tights and socks for at least the next six months!

I am so excited that it’s the weekend! We are going out to celebrate my parents’ October birthdays tomorrow with shopping and dinner. After the last few weeks it’s nice to have something to look forward to. And even though I know you loved my gripping home improvement ramblings, hopefully I’ll have something a little more exciting to write about next week ;). I hope you all have fun plans for this weekend too!

P.S. Can you find the puppy in these pictures? ;)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Modcloth (similar, similar), Shoes/from Target (old, similar), Headband/from Moxie Boutique, Necklace/from Tiffany&Co.

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Fall Layering With Modcloth

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You all know by now that I am a huge Modcloth fan, so when they contacted me and asked me to share some of my favorite fall layering pieces, I of course jumped at the chance. I decided to create three different layered looks revolving around one dress. I chose this dress because it so perfectly reflects my style, I adore everything about it, from it’s lace Peter Pan collar to it’s beautiful bright red color. I also wanted to choose a dress that would transition well from summer to fall and could easily be worn any time of year. I don’t swap out my closet seasonally like a lot of people do. I am a big believer that most of the clothes in your closet should work for you year round and that’s where layering comes in. Just add a sweater/cardigan and tights/leggings/socks and you can easily transition all of your summer dresses into the colder months. Modcloth has so many amazing layering pieces right now, it was hard to pick just three! Check out their super cute collection of sweaters and cardigans, you won’t be disappointed ;).

1.  Date Night:

~ Cardigan: “The Dream of the Crop Cardigan in Black”
I have talked about these cropped cardigans many times, but they truly are my go-to cardigans for fit & flare dresses like this one. It is the perfect layering piece for a chilly date night with a special someone ;).

~ Dress: “Dancing Date Dress in Rouge”
~ Tights: “Date Night on the Town Tights”
~ Shoes: “Marvel Heel in Sand”
~ Clutch: “Dapper and You Know It Bag”

2.   Work:

~ Sweater: “Cookie Break Sweater”
This cozy wrap sweater is the perfect way to stay warm while still looking cute in the office. The neutral color makes this such a versatile piece and it would look equally as cute with a t-shirt and jeans on the weekend.

~ Dress: “Dancing Date Dress in Rouge”
~ Tights: “Candy Cottages Tights in Charcoal”
~ Shoes: “Rocky Road Trip Flat”
~ Bag: “Perk Me Up Bag in Toffee”

3.  Weekend:

~ Sweater: “I Got Ewe, Babe Sweater”
I love a fun novelty print and this sheep sweater would be adorable layered over the dress with it’s lace Peter Pan collar. This outfit would be perfect for a weekend of shopping or brunch with friends.

~ Dress: “Dancing Date Dress in Rouge”
~ Socks: “Greet Your Day Socks in Cream”
~ Shoes: “Trolley Holiday Flat in Black”
~ Satchel: “Cambridge Upwardly Mobile Satchel in Red”

I hope these looks give you some layering ideas so that you can continue to wear all of your lovely summer dresses into the fall/winter :).

Truly,

Tamara

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Wednesday’s Love List – Modcloth Fall Favorites

Is it really Wednesday again? Well I’m back with yet another edition of Wednesday’s Love List and this week I’m highlighting one of my go to on-line shops, ModCloth. I can’t tell you how many things I have ordered from them over the last few years, Modcloth is the first place I go when I’m in the market for another vintage inspired piece and they never disappoint. Aside from their amazing clothes, I absolutely love the reviews, complete with customers measurements and sizes and the super easy free returns. It makes the entire on-line shopping experience so much more enjoyable.

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1. I have this same dress in black and I love it, so imagine my excitement when I saw this plaid one.

2. I have wanted this satchel for a while now. It is a little out of my usual price range, but it’s classic color and style make it worth investing in.

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3. I literally gasped when I saw this coat! It’s beautiful red color and fit & flare style make it my dream coat.

4. This hat is cozy and adorable! It is also the perfect neutral color to go with all of my fall and winter coats.

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5. You know I love a midi skirt and this black and ivory plaid is perfection. The color and style are so versatile and would work for all seasons no matter where you live.

6. I fell in love with this top the second I saw it. That collar with cats on it, I mean come on, it’s killing me with cuteness! (It’s not available to order yet, but it will be soon, so keep your eyes out for it.)

I know that there are a lot of Modcloth fans out there, so I would love to know what items you are loving this fall. Happy Wednesday!:)

Truly,

Tamara

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