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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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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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Wednesday’s Love List – Ruche Fall Favorites

Happy hump day everyone! In this weeks edition of Wednesdays’s Love List I am featuring one of my long time favorite on-line stores, Ruche. They carry such beautiful feminine vintage-inspired pieces and always put together the most inspiring lookbooks. Today I chose some of my favorite fall pieces to share with you, I hope you love them as much as I do :).

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1. As you probably already know by now, I am such a sucker for anything plaid. This plaid jacket would be such a great layering piece.

2. I love the idea of something a little unexpected, like wearing pastels in the fall. I absolutely love this peach dress that gives the illusion of being two pieces. I’m dying over that collar and the back pleat detail!

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3. Fall florals are so on trend right now and I’m jumping on the band wagon! I love the moodier feel of this darker floral dress that could easily take you from day to night.

4. Navy blue was everywhere over the summer and it looks like that trend is going to continue through the colder months, which I couldn’t be happier about. This skirt would definitely become a closet staple.

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5. I’m obsessed with mustard and I’m obsessed with hats, so put the two together and the perfect fall accessory has been created :). This hat would add the perfect touch to so many outfits.

6. I’ve been on the lookout for a new fall purse and I think this might be the one. I’m loving this satchel with it’s super cute mustard colored tassel!

I hope these pieces provided you with little fall wardrobe inspiration for the rest of your week! :)

Truly,

Tamara

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Wednesday’s Love List – Avenle Fall Favorites

Over the next few weeks I will be featuring my fall picks from some of my favorite stores and on-line shops, these are stores that I personally love and shop at regularly.

For today’s edition of Wednesday’s Love List, I am featuring some of my fall favorites from one of my favorite online boutiques, Avenle. Their clothes are the perfect mix of modern, vintage, and boho, so they really have something for everybody. Avenle also happens to be owned by some of the sweetest girls in the business, who truly take customer service and the on-line shopping experience to the next level. Plus, it is named after one of my favorite books, which makes me love them even more ;). Any other Anne of Green Gables fans out there?

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1. This dress is the perfect fall floral and would be so cute with a long cardigan and some ankle booties.

2. I love all of the details on this dress, and would wear it with bright tights for a pop of color.

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3. I am absolutely in love with this plaid blazer! This is such a versatile fall piece and could be paired with jeans, a skirt, or layered over a dress. It reminds me of my horseback riding days ;).

4. This lovely marigold skirt has a vintage look that I love, and would be perfect paired with a feminine blouse.

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5. This gorgeous peplum sweater would go with pretty much anything, and would easily transition into next spring.

6. The back of this top is adorable, I’m especially loving the elbow patches! Just add some skinny jeans with boots or flats and you have the perfect weekend outfit! :)

I hope you all are having a great week so far! We are having the most gorgeous weather here in Michigan, so I’m a happy girl :).

Truly,

Tamara

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Wednesday’s Love List 9-3-14

After taking Monday off and enjoying the long weekend, I’m back with Wednesday’s Love List :). It comes as no surprise that most of the items in this weeks list are dresses, because well, that’s what I love. I usually try to come up with a variety of pieces, but at the end of the day this weekly feature is about what I’m currently loving and I have to stay true to that. Maybe I should just change the title to Wednesday’s dresses and Peter Pan collars! ;)

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1. I love the square neckline and ruched sleeves on this dress from Ruche.

2. The oversized Peter Pan collar gives this skirt and top set, from Emerging Thoughts, a major 60s vibe.

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3. I saw this dress on Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky and was immediately obsessed. How cute is this print?!

4. I’m in love with this gingham dress from Old Navy, so much so that I might have already ordered it ;). This black and red gingham print reminds me of a pair of pants I had from Gap in the 90s.

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5. These shoes from Bait Footwear remind me so much of Dorothy’s ruby slippers. They also come in a beautiful cobalt blue color. I think I need both ;).

I hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend. It’s time to officially bring on the fall!

Truly,

Tamara

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Wednesday’s Love List 8-27-14

By the looks of this weeks Wednesday’s Love list I’m starting to accept the fact that fall is coming. I find myself more and more drawn to pieces that will help me transition into the colder months. Maybe it’s the return of the pumpkin spice latte that has helped to ease the pain of summer coming to a close ;).

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1. I love this quilted top and skirt from Target. Pair them with tights and oxfords for a cute preppy look.

2. This is such a pretty boho dress from Avenle. Just add a cardigan and some ankle boots to make it more fall appropriate.

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3. Are you shocked that I’m in love with this blouse from Forever 21? Of course not, it has a Peter Pan collar! ;)

4. I absolutely adore this felt hat from Old Navy. It also comes in a pretty wine color.

This blouse and hat would pair perfectly together with jeans for a more casual look or dressed up with a skirt.

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5. These slim jogger pants from target would be perfect for running errands, while still looking cute.

6. I’m really loving all of Old Navy’s graphic tees lately. They are super versatile and would look equally as cute with the above jogger pants or with a blazer and a skirt for a more polished look.

I have been looking for more casual, but still stylish pieces for days when I don’t feel like dressing up. These two pieces fit the bill perfectly. I would just throw on a pair of Converse sneakers and be ready to go grocery shopping :).

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far.

Truly,

Tamara

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Wednesday’s Love List 8-20-14

It’s that time again! It’s time for Wednesday’s Love List ;). So without further adieu, here is a list of some things I’m loving this week:

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1. I’m loving this adorable sweater from Ruche. Isn’t it the cutest? It would look equally as cute with jeans or a skirt.

2. I love this dress from Fleet Collection, an online clothing store I just discovered. They have such pretty vintage inspired clothes and I seriously want everything on their website!

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3. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Dear Creatures and I’m so excited that they just posted their fall collection on their website. It’s not for sale yet, but you can look at it here. My absolute favorite piece from this collection is this pale blue dress!

4. Since I’m not much of a heel wearing type of girl (I’m horribly awkward in them and much prefer to be comfortable), I’m always looking for a super cute pair of flats. This pair from Old Navy fits the bill perfectly.

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5. This dress from Forever 21 speaks to the 70’s/bohemian side of me. I love the bell sleeves and lace detail on the back. It would look super cute with short boots or even layered over a pair of skinny jeans.

As usual, I would love to hear what you are loving this week. I’m always on the lookout for new things to be inspired by :).

Truly,

Tamara

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Wednesday’s Love List 8-13-14

As much as I hate to admit it, fall will be here soon. I actually love the fall, It’s just that I’m never ready for the summer to end. I do however, love the smell of crisp leaves, pumpkin spice lattes (pumpkin everything), Halloween and especially the clothes. I’m excited to start layering again with cozy sweaters, scarves, tights and boots. So for this weeks Wednesday’s Love List I thought I would share some pieces I’m currently loving that will easily transition from summer to fall.

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1. Forever 21 has a lot of cute dresses right now and I especially love this one. I mean, it’s plaid AND has a Peter Pan collar. Enough said.

2. I love everything from Bait Footwear, but this pair of shoes would be perfect for any season and would go with everything.

Once it starts to get a little chilly out just add a cardigan and bright pair of tights and you have a perfect fall (or even winter) outfit!

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3. I am loving this pretty, feminine sweater from Avenle. It works perfectly for cooler summer evenings or layered for the fall.

4. These super versatile boots from Target look just like Frye boots and are a great price for real leather. They also come in 2 other colors.

Just add some skinny jeans, a scarf and a jacket and you have an outfit ready for cooler weather.

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5. I am absolutely in love with this dress from Ruche! I told you I was mad about plaid ;).

6. I adore Seychelles shoes and although this pair from Modcloth is a little pricey for me, I know that I would wear them for years to come.

Layer the dress with a cardigan or a jean jacket and you have a lovely fall ensemble :).

What about you? What are some great pieces that you either have in your closet or want to buy that help you transition from summer to fall? I hope you are having a great week so far!

Truly,

Tamara

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Wednesday’s Love List 7-30-14

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Here’s a look at what I’m loving this week:

1. I’m really into jumpsuits/rompers lately and this jumpsuit from Modcloth
is super cute!

2. One of my favorite books illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. She also illustrated Little Women, Heidi, and A Little Princess. They are so gorgeous and I want them all!

3. This midi dress is very on trend and would be a perfect piece for layering in the fall/winter. Also, you can’t really beat the price.

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4. I love this skirt from Avenle, an adorable online boutique I recently discovered. It is named after my above mentioned favorite book, so of course I immediately fell in love with this cute little shop ;).

5. I’m loving this romper from Sosie. The color and pattern could easily transition from day to night.

Also loving:

– Another funny, yet inspiring episode of Marie TV! A must watch if you are an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur.

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far! We are having an abnormally cold and rainy week here in Michigan, so I’m just hoping we get to see and feel the sun again soon. As always, I would love to hear what you are loving this week!

Truly,

Tamara

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