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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.

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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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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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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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Swing Into Fall

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It has finally started to feel like fall is in full swing here in Michigan! With temperatures falling into the 40s at night, we finally (much to Aaron’s dismay) caved and turned the heat on. Along with the changes in the weather, I feel like life is changing too. We have been busier than usual, I’m still adjusting to a fuller schedule and trying to come up with a routine to keep my blog posting days on track. I must admit that I haven’t been doing very well, but it’s a new week and hopefully with a little better planning I can keep on task. One exciting thing that has happened, is that we finally got our garage re-sided! This may sound very mundane to you, but it has been a long time coming for us so we are pretty excited about it. You can see how much it need to be done in the pictures above! I always used to joke about it and say that it was my shabby chic backdrop for pictures ;). A small part of me was sad to see it go, so we decided to do one last photo shoot in front of it. From now on you will be seeing a freshly re-sided garage behind me in some of my photos :).

This swing dress is another one from Dear Creatures fall 2013 line (I went a little crazy last year). I absolutely love the vintage inspired 1960s vibe! I love all mid-century styles and flip flop between the 50s and 60s being my favorite era, but I think the 60s might have a little more of my heart. One of my favorite ways to layer in the fall/winter is to wear a pair of bright colored tights, I love the way it adds some life and interest to any outfit. Do you think these are bright enough? ;) I bought these shoes from Target YEARS ago and had finally cleaned out my closet and put them in a bag to give to Goodwill. I just could not get them out of my head, so I dug them (and a few other pairs) back out. It is so hard for me to get rid of clothes and shoes, I am such a hoarder! If you could only see my closet (it’s actually a bedroom turned into a closet) you would understand, it’s a little crazy and I think I might have a problem. Admitting it is the first step, right? ;)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Dear Creatures (last year), Shoes/from Target (old), Tights/from Target, Headband/from Target, Earrings/made by my niece

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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.

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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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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

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