Here Comes the Bride
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A Bride and Her Guests

I can’t believe I am getting married and that I get to share this exciting time in my life with you guys!  I have been holding this in for several weeks now waiting for the right time to share our special news.  And as a soon-to-be bride and a stylist, I definitely have some ideas of how I want to put my own signature stamp on my looks for all the fun parties and celebrations we have in the coming months.  As I am putting my looks together I will be sharing them with you guys and taking you along on my bridal-fashion journey! 

Even though I will not be a spring bride, spring and summer are officially wedding season.  And whether you are the bride or a guest there are so many events that surround the actual wedding: showers, bachelorette parties, bridal luncheons, and the list goes on.  So, whether you are the bride or are one of the many guests attending these events let’s talk about how to go out of the proverbial box and shake things up this summer.

Several weeks ago, I gave you guys a few great (if I do say so myself)  ideas on how to update your look for wedding season 2019.  (Blog post HERE) This week I am going to add to that and give you guys some more suggestions.  And if you don’t have any weddings this summer than consider these ideas for your vacations, date night, or any other events you are attending.

In addition to the ideas I previously shared, this week I am talking about metallics, updated more casual bridal looks for occasions like shower, garden parties, bridal luncheons and so on, and wearing pants versus dresses and in all white for brides or monochromatic for guests. 

Metallics are a fantastic way to bring something special and new to your wedding season looks.  Instead of going for prints, color or... of course the safe bet, black, bring in some much-needed sparkle with metallics for any wedding events.

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For more casual events like showers or perhaps an engagement party wear something bold and interesting like mixing patterns or wearing geometrics.  Do something fun that will make the perfect statement by stretching yourself.  Florals are always great, but these fun prints are just the right amount of extra!  And if you still want to add in the florals do so as you pair them with other patterns and prints.  Don’t just think solid or simple….get out of your comfort zone!

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Pants are so chic and very on trend.  Whether you go for a skinny style or a flowy leg like I’m wearing here, think of bringing a pant into your wedding season attire.  And doing a monochromatic look with the pants is even more amazing.  Because a pant look/jumpsuit is a fresh look, all black will work perfectly if you want to try this ensemble but also play it a little safe. 

Stretch yourself this summer no matter if you have a wedding occasion or just living your best life….metallics, bold prints, and pants.  Your summer shopping list has been created for you by your own virtual stylist! 

I am so excited to share my journey with you so stay tuned for so many fun fashion adventures ahead! 

XO Tamara

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10 Things About Me
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Getting to Know Me

  1. I never leave the house without lipstick: (I wrote an entire blog post about what’s in my bag at all times, which includes my favorite lipsticks!) Because let’s face it I’m a girl’s girl who strongly believes lipstick is the holy grail of make-up.  I grew up with three brothers.... so I am tough, love to be outdoors, and can be a total ball-buster! However, I love the sparkle and lipstick side of me.  In today’s world a girl doesn’t have to choose and can be both sequins and athletic and I just love that!

  2. My favorite season is fall: September, October and even early November are just amazing to me in the Northeast.  The crisp cool air, leaves changing, wearing a sweater without a jacket, breaking out the boots for the first time, all things related to apples and pumpkins, football….I love it all so much.

  3. My go-to coffee drink is an almond milk latte (iced in warmer months): When I’m at home I make a Nespresso with coconut creamer and Truvia.  But my favorite coffee is in Europe….something about their coffee with their cream is just pure magic and somehow, we cannot duplicate it in the states.

  4. The second car I would love to own as a bum around town car would be a Jeep Wagoneer.  A navy one! My dad had a Wagoneer as a kid and I loved that car!  I don’t know why but forever this has been my 2nd car crush.  I have always pictured having a home, or even a second home, some place in the Northeast and driving this car around on the weekends.  (My 3rd car would be a Dylan McKay Porsche)

  5. For my last meal I would have my mom’s stuffed shells and meatballs covered in sauce: My mom didn’t grow up Italian, but she married an Italian and my dad’s mom was the most amazing cook.  But I would put my mom’s sauce and meatballs up there with anyone’s.  She has perfected her Italian cooking and has embraced the tastes that were so important to my dad.  One of my favorite things as a kid was waking up to the smell of garlic on Sundays.

  6. The thing that makes me the happiest in the world is traveling (excluding loved ones and Jesus, of course):  Doesn’t have to be fancy; could be a 2-hour road trip to the country I just love exploring and checking out new places and cultures and meeting new people. 

  7. My favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Positano Italy: I love so many places I have been I always go back to Positano as my favorite.  I traveled there with my mom when I was 25 years old and it was my first trip to Europe.  I have been blessed to experience some of the great travels of my life with my mother and am forever grateful for the memories we made.

  8. The most beautiful city in the world, to me, is Paris: Although I am a New Yorker at heart (and it’s my forever favorite city in the world) Paris has a piece of my heart.  I have traveled there more than any other place overseas and I can never get enough.

  9. Although I love the beach I would take mountains over beach… HOWEVER my favorite combination on earth is when the two collide and you have a beautiful ocean surrounded by mountains: I am obsessed with the beach, but the mountains speak to my heart in a different way.  And I adore the mountains all year long.  They are amazing in the summer, stunning in the fall with all the colors, and I love to ski.  I also feel so alive in the mountains and people in the mountains are always to active and full of life and that inspires me.

  10. My number one bucket list trip is to Asia (Japan, Maldives, Thailand, and Hong Kong are at the top of that trip): Asian is a culture that fascinates me and although there are so many places in this world I still wish to see, Asian is at the top of my list.  The Maldives are my dream Honeymoon destination, Japan is a place I want to visit in the spring with the beautiful gardens but have also heard that skiing there is a whole other level.  I have been dying to go to Thailand ever since Bridget Jones’ Diary (minus the drug and prison part of course) and from a city perspective Hong Kong to be is just a must experience.

I would love to get to know more about my readers! Leave a comment below, comment on today’s instagram post or DM me with some facts about you guys!

XO Tamara


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Strut to Street: Printed Pants
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Wear the Pants

Over the past several months I have talked about dresses (my favorite) and skirts (which are a great replacement and fun update to dresses this season) but what I haven’t covered are pants.  And pants this season are really fun….yes, I said fun!  But to make them unique, updated, and “fun” you have to break out of the everyday mold of solid pants and simple jeans. 

Pants are a great for a dressy night out, work, or even running around on casual weekends. It's all about how you style them and make them work for the occasion. 

 Go back to how I talked about skirts and styling skirts.  Pairing the printed pants with simple tanks and t-shirts.  Add a blazer, denim jacket or simple knit as an outer layer and rock them with anything from sneakers to simple flats to heels.  Don’t overthink it or make it complicated because when you pair the print with something simple on top it simplifies and makes mixing separates easy. 

If you want to go bold, you can rock coordinating tops and go for that suit like look or even, more casually, the pajama outfit trend. The Zara pants I am wearing here actually have a matching top if you are intested in going for that look! Just remember you can wear each piece separately for a variety of looks. 

Another great way to rock the print look is to bring the trend into your jeans and break out of the solid jeans this season, to pump up your look!

Some big prints for pants this season: 

Floral (of course it is spring after all)

Gingham

Bold stripes

Polka dots

Animal print

Plaid

Scarf print (like I’m wearing)

I've linked the ones I am wearing as well as some of the other prints I mentioned down below, for shopping inspiration! 

XO Tamara

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For the warmer months:

Take this trend to shorts.The styling tips translate to shorts!


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Strut to Street: Color Works
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Shades of Summer

I have talked quite a bit over the last 6 months about color and a few months ago I did a blog post called IN LIVING COLOR.  In that post I gave some great info about color and how to wear it so if you didn’t get a chance please go back and take a look at that entry!

As summer quickly approaches I want to talk about the 4 biggest color trends I see happening and several of them are fresh off the runway for the upcoming summer months! 

PEACH/CORAL – This shade just screams summer to me!  It has been ages since we have seen these hues on clothing racks in stores and they are beautiful shades to add into your wardrobe.  I know peach can be a challenging shade to wear if you are fair skinned or just haven’t seen the sun since last summer.  If that is the case, go for a bold relative of peach and wear a vibrant coral shade.  This color works on all skin tones!  Or if you like the idea of a softer peach shade, as I always say, bring in the color through your accessories. 

YELLOW – Yellow is another controversial color much like peach as so many people think they can’t wear it.  However, I am here to tell you that is simply not the case!  It’s not that you can’t wear yellow, or any color for that matter, it is about finding the right shade of the color.  So, if a pastel yellow isn’t for you then go for a bolder yellow, or even as I am going to mention in a second a neon yellow.   And prints are a fantastic way to add certain colors into your wardrobe.  If you don’t want or particularly like a solid yellow (or insert color here) then find it in a print.  Yellow animal print, or peach mixed with other pastel colors.  There are always ways to add the shade into your closet and into your life!

LAVENDER (my personal favorite as I love all things lavender and all shades of purple) – When I think of lavender in any capacity it just makes me think of France and that puts a smile on my face and warms my heart.  As with all colors you just have to work with the tone and shade that you like best.  Now as a stylist I must say I have never known lavender or various shades of the color not to work on any skin tone.  This is always a lovely shade that is a breath of fresh air!  And mixing yellow, peach, and lavender are an amazing combination!  This shade is elegant and always just looks chic and classy.  And go a step further by adding fresh lavender flowers into your home, give a lavender candle as a gift, or indulge in lavender ice cream (one of my favorites).  This summer is all about lavender! 

NEON  - Go all in this summer with the fluorescent shades of the 90’s!  Neon pink, orange, yellow, green….any or all they add the perfect “live out loud” colors to your closet.  For most of us a full head-to-toe look in all neon hues is a bit over-the-top but adding it into a specific element into your look is fun, easy, and appropriate for all ages! 

My summer challenge to you is to add each of these above-mentioned colors into your wardrobes this summer.  I would love to see your photos so please DM me with your looks or tag me if you post yourself wearing one of the summer colors.  I would love to see them!

XO Tamara


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