Hello Blogging World!

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I am new to the world of blogging. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but put off. It’s hard to put yourself out there; to work so hard on something that you believe in with the hopes that it will find an audience and be well received. There is a fear of being not good enough and insecurities that come from comparing ourselves to others. But I finally took the plunge! I realize that I have something to offer and that no one else is exactly like me. I have loved fashion ever since I can remember; putting an outfit together and styling it has been a creative outlet for me. So why not share that? Maybe, just maybe, it will inspire someone else. When I was in high school I thought that I would end up in the fashion industry doing merchandising or being a personal stylist. Well, life doesn’t always go exactly as planned, and here I am. So I am going to use this space to pursue those dreams in a reimagined way. Clothes can make you feel good and are a great outlet for self-expression, but they don’t have to break the bank. I bet most of us have a closet full of clothes (I know I do!) that can be styled in a way to make them seem new again. I hope that I can inspire others to work with what they have and to be the best version of themselves.

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Aaron and I went to a local park over the weekend to take pictures for this post and I learned something….posing for pictures is hard! I am obviously not a model, nor am I trying to be, but I have a new respect for them. It gets difficult trying to come up with different poses while still trying to look natural and show off the clothes (which is the whole point). It doesn’t help that I, like most women, am so self-critical! Aaron must have taken at least 100 pictures (thank goodness he’s so patient!) and the pictures I like the best are the candids – when I didn’t realize he was taking the picture and was often laughing at myself. I just felt so ridiculous and it certainly didn’t help when other people were around. I guess practice makes perfect and hopefully it will get easier with time. Until then I will continue to laugh at myself and have fun doing it.


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I bought this kimono style maxi dress from Forever 21 at least two months ago and this is the first time I’ve worn it. I can already tell that I will wear it a lot, because it is so comfortable and easy to accessorize. The floral print is so bold that you really don’t need to add much to it, so I just kept it really simple. I don’t know about you guys, but I am loving all of the floral prints that are so popular right now! After all, I was a teenager in the 90’s so I guess I have a soft spot for them. How do you feel about floral prints, are you loving them too?



Outfit details…..Dress from Forever 21 earlier this season (Similar), Shoes from Payless a few years ago (Similar)

*Photos taken by Aaron, edited by me


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  • Leah

    Congrats on your blog, Tamara! You have such fantastic style – so glad you’re sharing it this way!

    And, yeah: all the florals lately are putting me in a real ’90s state of mind. I even bought (and then returned) a denim vest to wear with a floral sundress, but that was a little too much deja vu for me – I’m almost certain I wore an identical outfit in 1995!

    • Truly, Tamara

      Thank you so much, Leah! It’s been a fun, creative outlet for me so far.

      You should have kept the denim vest! It would be so cute on you! I have one that I’m sure you’ll see popping up on here. I guess we all have our fashion limits though ;).

  • Daniell

    Tamara! So pleased that you are putting yourself out there! I too love florals so maybe it really is a throw-back to the 80’s…(I still remember your floral Espirit? jeans and jacket!) I’m always a little shy of wearing big floral prints on my petite frame. Maybe you can do a whole post on florals:)

    • Truly, Tamara

      Thank you, Daniell! Sometimes it’s scary to take the leap, but I’m glad I did.
      I remember the Esprit outfits very well! Oh how I loved them so! ;)
      Good idea about the post on floral prints. I certainly have enough in my closet right now!

  • Congratulations! Nice blog, and glad to see and meet more bloggers from Michigan!

    • Truly, Tamara

      Thank you so much for reading! This is all so new to me and I have a lot to learn, but it’s been really fun so far. It’s so nice to connect with other bloggers in Michigan, I don’t know of many. Your blog is lovely too! :)