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Back to School

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Ok, so I’m not going back to school and thank goodness for that! Lets just say that I didn’t exactly love school and I still sometimes have nightmares that it’s the end of the semester and I still don’t have any of my assignments done. The one thing I do miss though, is the back to school shopping. I have very fond memories of going shopping at Hudson’s with my mom, it’s the one thing that made the idea of going back to school bearable for me. I remember planning the outfit that I would wear on the first day of school like it was the most important thing in the world. I’m so thankful that I have a mom who let me be myself and wear pretty much whatever I wanted as long as it was within the dress code of my private school (which could sometimes be a bit limiting to a budding fashionista). Even though I’m an adult now and my school days are long gone, I think I should still be able to go “back to school” shopping around this time of year. Just as it eased the pain of the looming school year for me, new sweaters and boots will ease the pain of the impending winter ;).

It seemed appropriate to wear this jumper from ModCloth on the day that most kids go back to school. It reminds me of a school uniform in the very best way and I love it. I paired it with these Bass saddle shoes I scored from an eBay auction to give it even more of a preppy schoolgirl look. Now I just need to get a chic leather backpack and I’ll be ready to hit the books. Only this time, I get to choose what to read! ;).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Jumper/from Modcloth, Blouse/from Forever 21 (old), Saddle shoes/purchased from an eBay auction (similar), Earrings/from Moxie Boutique

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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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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Orange Blossom

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Orange is probably my least favorite color, but when I saw that Modcloth had my favorite skirt in other colors I had to get every single one, including this orange one. I’m really glad that I did too, because as it turns out I really like this color on me. It just goes to show that you have to be open to trying new things, because you never really know if you’ll like it unless you give it a try. I really love the midi skirt trend, it feels very 1950s to me. I have tried countless other midi skirts and this one has been my favorite by far. Some of them tend to be pretty pouffy and well, my pear shaped figure has enough pouf ;). This skirt has just the right amount of volume while still being flattering. There is still a mustard colored one that I have yet to get, but don’t worry, I’ll get you my pretty ;).

Aaron and I went to our local park again to take pictures and we saw the sweetest little frog (you can see him in the last picture). I really wanted to bring him home with us, but Aaron didn’t think he would be too happy. He’s probably right, but he sure was cute :).

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! It’s extra special for us, because our fur babies, Brutus & Diesel, turn 3 on Monday. And yes, I’m one of those people who celebrate their dogs’ birthdays ;).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Skirt/from Modcloth, Shirt/from Forever 21 (sold out, similar), Shoes/from Marshalls (similar, similar), Earrings/made by my friend Heather (see her jewelry here)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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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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Hey Sailor

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For some reason this dress gives me major sailor vibes, I guess it must be the collar. It’s actually from Dear Creatures fall line last year, but it feels very summery to me. I kept the styling very simple to let the dress shine on it’s own. Last winter I paired this dress with tights and a cardigan, but it seemed a shame not to see the sleeves and the back of this collar. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m in love with everything Dear Creatures makes. Their clothes are vintage inspired, but with a modern touch and a great attention to detail. I’m so excited for this years fall line to come out! It’s not for sale yet, but you can see it on their website. As usual they did not disappoint and I want every single piece.

We had a really nice and relaxing weekend. We spent time with family, did some yard work and then Aaron and I went to the park to enjoy these final days of summer. I’m so sad to see it go, but excited to see what fall will bring. I keep trying to remind myself that change is good and that every season brings something new to enjoy. I hope you had a lovely weekend as well :).

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Dear Creatures (last fall, sold out), Shoes/from Target (old, similar), Necklace/from Tiffany&Co., Earrings/made by my niece

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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Red Puffy Bow

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My sister and I are super close, but we could not be more different people. In truth, she’s the better sister. She is a very patient and tolerant person, with one of the kindest souls I’ve ever known. I, on the other hand, am the sister with the fiery personality (no wonder my favorite color is red) and a stubborn streak. On top of our personality differences, our styles could not be more different. She leans toward more simple and classic pieces, while I have always loved trends and taking more risks. As I’m getting older I am definitely developing a taste for more classic pieces, but I think I will always have a little bit of a risk taker in me. As a child and a teenager, I loved looking different than everybody else in school and was never bothered that I didn’t quite fit in style wise. I think that is something that will always be a part of me. If I like it, I wear it.

I was on the phone with my sister the other night and sent her one of these pictures to see what she thought of my outfit, and guess what? She didn’t like it! She kept calling this crochet bow a “red puffy bow”, which of course infuriated me. Also, she didn’t like that the reds were not exactly the same shade (I am not always a matchy matchy kind of girl). This really threw her for a loop! When I got off the phone with her I started to have a ton of self doubt about posting this outfit, which is very unusual for me. The one thing I always have been confident in is my sense of style, so why was I letting this get to me (pms and lack of sleep was not helping)? This blog is meant to be a place to share MY personal style. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll look back and wonder why in the world I wore this “red puffy bow” and that’s ok, because at least I was being true to who I was at the time.

I say all of this, not to bash my sister (we all have opinions), but to show how different we all are. I encourage you to stay true to yourself no matter what others opinions might be. Even I slip up and doubt my sense of style once in a while, but I usually come around and stay true to myself. I love this fun, casual and kind of cutesy look. So here it is, sister! Me and my “red puffy bow”! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Cardigan/from Modcloth, Skirt/from Old Navy, Shoes/purchased from an eBay auction (old Vans, similar,similar), Crochet Bow/made by a friend of a friend (similar,similar)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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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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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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Garden Party

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The color and floral details on this dress always make me feel like I should be going to a garden party, so I figured the perfect place to go for pictures was the Henry Ford Estate. The Henry Ford Estate was the home of Clara and Henry Ford from 1915 to 1950 and has the most beautiful grounds, especially the flower gardens. As an angsty teenager I would often go and walk the grounds to contemplate whatever drama was going on in my life. There are so many pretty, quiet places to go sit and think or read a book. This past Friday evening we finally had a break in the rainy weather and Aaron and I decided to go walk around and snap some pictures. No angst involved on this visit ;).

I bought this dress from JCPenny a few years ago and I still love it as much as the day I bought it. Who knew I would find such a cute vintage looking dress at JCPenny?! Just goes to show that you never know where your next great fashion find will come from. You definitely need to keep and open mind and be willing to look anywhere. Although, I do think that JCPenny has really stepped up it’s game in the last few years. This dress doesn’t need a lot of accessories, it has a lot going on all on it’s own. I just added some cute hand made earrings, a simple necklace and my trusty clogs.

How about you, have you ever found great clothes in unlikely places? I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from JCPenny (old), Shoes/from Lotta from Stockholm, Earrings/from Moxie Boutique, Necklace/from Tiffany & Co. (gift from Aaron a few Christmases ago)

*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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