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Finding Beauty In The Gray

Winter in Michigan can be so gray and depressing sometimes. Once all of the twinkly lights from Christmas have been taken down and put away, we are left with gray days that seem to go on forever. In my community group bible study we are going through Looking For Lovely by Annie Downs, which talks a lot about finding the beauty in every day. It can help us persevere through challenging seasons and gives us hope for brighter days ahead. So that’s what I’m doing to help me get through these gray days of winter, even if it’s something as simple as enjoying my morning cup of coffee, reading a good book or putting on a pretty floral dress. Even on the hardest days there is always something beautiful if you look for it and it will help give you the courage to keep pressing on.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Dallas & Dottie Boutique, Boots/from Target, Choker/from Avenle, Necklace/from The Giving Keys, Earrings/from Noonday Collection (on sale!), Bracelet/from Noonday Collection

Truly, Tamara

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Burgundy Suede Dress

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Happy Monday friends! I have been sick for almost the past two weeks, but I’m finally on my way back to the land of the living and I am so happy to be on the mend. It’s not so bad to be confined to your bed for a couple of days, but a couple of weeks? Not so much. Life is starting to get back to normal and I am so thankful!

Today I am back with another adorable dress from Dallas & Dottie Boutique. I have gotten so many cute pieces from D & D recently (you can read a little more about this local Michigan boutique here) and I’m excited to share more of them with you in upcoming blog posts. This burgundy suede dress is so on trend for fall. We are seeing a lot of this deep burgundy color and I love it combined with the rich texture of the suede fabric. Even though this dress is sleeveless, something about suede evokes warmth to me and makes it perfect for this time of year. We actually took these pictures a few weeks ago when it was a little warmer and there were still green leaves on the trees. Now that the cooler weather seems like it might be here to stay (although you never know in Michigan – fingers crossed that I’m wrong) I will just add some tights and a sweater as we transition into winter.

I hope you are all staying healthy and enjoying this beautiful time of year. As much as I love summer, I do love being warm and cozy indoors, settling in and nesting with the ones I love. Come January I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune, but for now I’m embracing the change in seasons. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?! Then Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye! I am so not ready…….are you?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Dallas & Dottie Boutique, Hat/from Target (From last year. Similar here & here), Boots/from Payless, Bag & Jewelry from/Noonday Collection: Exploration Bag, Charmed Brass Necklace, Daybreak Earrings, Very Versatile Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Plaid Peplum Blouse

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I was planning to post another outfit today, but when I realized that I was going to be posting this on Halloween I decided to put together a more festive look. While it doesn’t scream Halloween, this plaid peplum blouse from Avenle gives the subtle nod I was looking for. I just love the warm fall colors and it is so comfortable! The fabric is soft and stretchy without looking sloppy and the peplum adds just the right amount of femininity. If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know how much I love Avenle. Andrea, the owner of this adorable online boutique, always curates the most amazing pieces! You can see their fall collection here.

By the way, has anyone noticed that I have worn jeans in two blog posts now? Who am I?! In the past I have primarily worn dresses/skirts, but lately I find myself more drawn to styling looks around jeans/pants. One of the many reasons I love having this blog is to be able to look back and see how my style has changed. Although I don’t think it has been a huge change, it’s fun to see how it has evolved and Im sure will continue to evolve.

I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween! Don’t eat too much candy. ;)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Blouse/from Avenle, Jeans/from Old Navy, Boots/from Target, Jewelry & Bag/from Noonday Collection: Rustic Leather Tote, Traveler Necklace, Metallic Pearls Earrings, Emblem Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Off The Shoulder Dresses and Sunflower Fields

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Well I finally did it, I gave in and tried the off the shoulder trend that has been running rampant through the fashion world lately. When I first started noticing this trend, I really liked it, but wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I’m getting to the point in my life where I’m starting to question if I’m getting too old for certain fashion trends and this was one of them. I really hate feeling this way, because I’ve always been someone who has said, “If you like it, wear it!”. Why does it matter how old we are? If we feel comfortable wearing a certain style then we should wear it. As women it is so hard not to conform to what society thinks we should look like or what we should be wearing at a certain age. I hate that I worry about what people think of me and how I look! I never used to be this way, but for some reason the older I get, the more these insecurities have started to pop up. This is such a new and foreign feeling for me and I’ve decided to fight against it. I refuse to let my age become such a part of my identity that I let it hold me back from doing or wearing anything. I have to constantly remind myself that my identity and self worth has nothing to do with what I look like or what I wear. As someone who loves fashion, this is very easy to lose sight of and it’s something I struggle with and pray about every single day. So the best way I know to fight back against these insecurities is to take my own advice and just keep wearing what I like……….And I really like this off the shoulder dress! You better watch out, you’re probably going to be seeing a lot more of my shoulders around here! ;)

Isn’t this sunflower field gorgeous?! It’s kind of sad because it’s so close to my house, but I always forget about it. Thankfully a friend reminded me about it this year and I was able to get these pictures before they stopped blooming. Looking at this field of sunflowers made me think of Matthew 6:26-28: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers in the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” This is such a beautiful reminder to let go of the worry and anxiety that so easily creeps in. God loves you and he’s got this! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress/from Target, Boots/from Target, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Paper Dreams Necklace, Firelight Orange, Palace Earrings, Emblem Bracelet

Truly, Tamara

 

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Tobi // Part 3

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Hey friends, today I am back with the last post of a three part series in collaboration with Tobi. Something about this shift dress drew me to it and I just love how light and feminine it is. I love to take an ultra feminine dress and give it a little edge, so I added these brown engineer boots that ended up giving the look a little more of a western vibe. I decided to embrace the more western feel and accessorize with this fringe pendant necklace and added one of my favorite bags to complete the look. The light neutral color of this dress really gives you unlimited options of how it can be styled. Next time I think I will play up the femininity a little more by adding some heels and more color.

Can we just talk about these engineer boots from Target for a second?! They are a total knock off of the Frye harness boots for just a fraction of the cost! They are real leather and for the price I couldn’t be happier with them. If you’ve been wanting the Frye boots, but just can’t justify the cost, I highly suggest you give these a try.

How is it Monday again?! I always feel so old when I say things like that, but seriously, where does the time go? I’m praying that this week slows down just a little and that we can get outside and start enjoying this beautiful fall weather we have been having. I think it’s about time for our annual visit to the cider mill, cider and donuts are calling my name! ;) What fall activities are you looking forward to?

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Dress c/o Tobi, Boots/from Target, Watch/from Fossil, Bag and Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Great Escape Bag, Artifact Necklace, Leather Leaf Earrings, & the Metric Cuff

*Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Truly, Tamara

 

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Winter Is Coming

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Today is an exciting day friends! It is launch day for Noonday Collection’s winter line and I’m so happy to be able to finally share it with you! All of these beautiful cozy knit pieces are made out of soft alpaca blend yarns by our artisan partners in Peru. For centuries alpaca wool has been used to keep the Peruvian people warm and that tradition is being brought to you in these gorgeous handmade knits that will be sure to keep you warm and cozy all winter long. My absolute favorite piece from this line is this beautiful Sageflower Shawl! I love this sage green that we seem to be seeing everywhere right now, it is a really neutral color that will go with so much this season. I am one of those girls who is always cold, so I know this piece will be a wardrobe staple during our ridiculously long Michigan winter. At least I can be warm and look cute at the same time! ;)

There are so many other cute things and this year they have added some Christmas items, including a set of adorable ornaments that have been hand-stitched in countries around the world! I don’t know about you, but I love having ornaments on my Christmas tree that I know helped to create dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. Loving others just as Jesus loves us, isn’t that the whole point of this upcoming holiday season? All of these items really are the gifts that keep on giving. Some of my other favorites pieces are pictured below, including that gorgeous leather crossbody bag! You can shop the entire Winter line here.

Truly,

Tamara

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Outfit Details….Shawl/from Noonday Collection, Jeans/from Target, Boots/from Payless, Jewelry/from Noonday Collection: Revelry Earrings, Droplet Necklace, Gold, Trio Bangle, Grapefruit, Trio Bangle, Olive & the Metric Cuff

Truly, Tamara

 

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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

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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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Autumn Florals

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Florals were everywhere this past summer and I’m so happy to see the trend continue through the autumn and winter. Not that I wouldn’t just wear them anyway even if they weren’t “in-style”, but the fact that they are still so on trend just means that they are very easy to find and that makes me happy. I’m really loving the deeper hues we are seeing in the autumn florals, they just feel so warm and rich. Perfect for the cold weather we have been having in Michigan. I fell in love with this dress from Avenle the moment I saw it, so when they had a sale a few weeks ago I just had to snatch it up! It’s beautiful orange and black floral print is unlike anything I had seen before and has such a vintage feel. I’ve also been trying to branch out, away from my usual fit & flare style and to embrace my curves with more fitted silhouettes. Even though this dress is form fitting, it is made out of the softest full stretch knit and is so comfortable. After we took these pictures, I remembered that I have the cutest orange crocheted cape that I got from a local boutique last year and it is so perfect for this dress. I’m bummed that I didn’t wear it for these photos, but I guess that means I’ll just have to re-style it for another blog post.

I don’t know what has gotten into me, but I have been in major nesting mode lately! I have had an incredible urge to cook, clean, and rearrange the house, which is so not like me. I guess it must be the colder weather and the fact that winter is coming. I think that I am so scarred from last year’s horrible winter that I am subconsciously preparing to hibernate by making the house feel and smell as cozy as possible. Has anyone else been feeling this way? I would love to know I’m not alone with this crazy behavior. I’m like a frantic squirrel storing away nuts for the winter ;).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Avenle, Cardigan/from Forever 21 (old, similar), Boots/from Old Navy (last year, similar), Tights/from Target, Necklace/old

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