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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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Hello Again

Floral Midi Skirt1

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Tulip Necklace

Hello, it’s been awhile! I’ve been thinking about how to write this post for a while now and I’ve been a little (ok, a lot) stumped. Should I just jump back into writing blog posts, like I haven’t been MIA for five months, or should I explain why I took the time off? Ultimately, I decided to do the latter. I named this blog Truly, Tamara because I wanted this to be a space where I could share my authentic self and hopefully encourage others to do the same. If I didn’t explain my absence I wouldn’t be living up to that.

Blogging is hard. I don’t mean the actual act of blogging (although that’s not super easy either), I mean the self inflicted pressure it put on me to be perfect (or at least appear perfect). Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I ever did appear perfect. In fact I know I was far from it, and that was the problem. I would constantly look at other blogs and Instagram feeds and I’m ashamed to say, would get caught up in the ugly comparison trap. I didn’t feel like I was ever going to live up to all of those other beautiful blogs I would read and it was really effecting me in a bad way. I was having a hard time being happy for other people’s success, because I was jealous of what they had and what I thought I would never live up to. It’s shameful, I know, but I just couldn’t shake it! I hated feeling that way and it was taking the joy out of blogging and creating away from me. So after seeking advice, I decided to take some time off to get myself together and figure out if this is something that truly makes me happy. And you know what? I missed it. I missed the creative outlet it gives me and the community that it can provide. I just needed to take a step back and figure out what I wanted my focus to be and why I was doing it.

So here I am, basically starting over. The primary focus will still be on personal style, because that’s what I love and what allows me to express myself creatively, but I want it to be about more than that. I’ve come a long way and learned a lot in the last five months, but I still have a long way to go. I don’t have it all figured out yet, I just know that I want this to be a safe space to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. A space to talk about successes and struggles, a place where I can be my true self and be honest when I don’t have it all together. I hope you will be a part of that too. I hope we can create a community to share, support and celebrate each other. And most importantly, love each other in spite of our brokenness.

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit Details….Skirt/from Avenle, Shirt/from Target, Necklace c/o Avenle, Shoes/thrifted, Wristlet/from Forever 21 (old)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

Truly, Tamara

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Simply Chambray

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I love the simplicity of this chambray dress I bought from Target a few years ago. There are endless ways you could style it, but for this look I decided to keep it simple. Most of the time when I’m putting an outfit together I plan the accessories around the clothes, but not this time. My dear talented friend Heather made this beautiful necklace and earrings, and I really wanted to wear something that would show them off and allow them to shine. The strapless neckline and light chambray color of this dress did just that. Aren’t they lovely?

I have had a very busy week and am definitely ready for the weekend. I’m hoping to get out and have a little fun! Whether you are relaxing or on the go, I hope you have a great one! :)

Truly,

Tamara

Outfit details….Dress/from Target (similar,similar), Shoes/thrifted, Necklace/from Moxie Boutique, Earrings/from Moxie Boutique

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me

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