What's In My Bag
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Must Have:

Swell Water Bottle: I never thought I would be a person that would religiously carry around a water bottle, but I can now say I take my Swell bottle everywhere with me!  I have heard everyone say for years how important it is to drink water and I have always been so bad at it but this year I promised myself I would be better at drinking more H2O.  It helps with everything in your body especially your skin.  And I have to tell you that I drink SO much more water out of this bottle than I have out of any other water bottle I have ever used before.  I truly never thought I would love this because I have to remove the lid and there is no “straw”, but I am telling you I am drinking tons more water and my skin can tell the difference!  The only downside is how much I have to go to the restroom now, but I have decided to just deal with it!

Phone Case: So yes, I know everyone has a phone in their purse, BUT I am not talking about my phone but my new phone case.  I used to use a clip-on light to help take better photos, especially at night but the clip just didn’t always do the best job and using the flash doesn’t work on your phone when taking selfies or selfie videos and the flash when taking photos at night often times doesn’t do the photo justice.  So, I found the LuMee case and I am in love with it!  Takes way better photos and videos which makes editing for me so much easier.  This is great for Fashion Instagrammers like me but truly is a great tool for anyone who takes photos on their phones.

Lipstick: The one thing I never leave the house without is lipstick.  I have so many tubes of lipstick I could open my own lipstick store.  I am obsessed and buy it all the time.  No matter if I am at Duane Reade or Sephora I am constantly buying it…. I can’t stop myself!  And I am ALL about the lip stay.  I never wear anything that doesn’t last for at least several hours because what is the point?  Why constantly reapply if you don’t have to….am I right?!  I always have a red, nude and pink on hand.  These are my current go-to’s:  I think L’OREAL makes amazing color stays and my favorite red right now is Infallible 2-step lip color 211 Infallible Red.  The pink I am currently wearing the most is Dior Ultra Rouge “Ultra Lust-Rosewood/485” and my favorite nude, well I had to choose two because I couldn’t decide, Tom Ford Rouge A Levres in “Spiced Honey/57” and Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in “Crush”.

Aquaphor:  Yes, I am obsessed with Aquaphor!  I put it on my lips at night before I go to bed and I use it on my face all the time when my skin is dry.  I have an allergy that twice a year causes the underneath of my eyes and eyelids to peel like crazy for about a week and the only thing I have found to help eliminate the dry flaky skin is Aquaphor.  Winters in NY, any time I travel someplace with a dry climate or when I fly... I always carry it because when my face gets flaky I just put Aquaphor on it!  And I have been known to even douse my face with it at night when it is especially dry, and it works wonders.  It is in my nightstand, in my purse and my medicine cabinet…. I seriously cannot get enough!  Full disclosure that since I have been drinking more water using this on my skin has become a lot less necessary.

 Mini survival kit:  I pride myself on being a person who always has what she needs.  Now this, of course, does not mean I am a light traveler in any sense of the word and that also includes what I schlep around in my purse on a daily basis. This little self-made kit comes in very handy on a regular basis.  What’s in it?  Fashion tape, safety pins (big and small), Band-Aids, Sephora blotting paper, Aleve, hair ties and bobby pins, nail file, Visine and MAC Prep + Prime that I use to refresh my face when traveling or throughout a long work day.

Grey Hair Cover-up:  This is also in my little styling kit, but it is so important it deserves its own mention.  I have talked about this Bumble & Bumble Bb color stick on my stories and it is a true savior to me.  I try and extend my coloring appointments as long as I can and sometimes my schedule causes me to delay between appointments even further, so this little tool comes in so handy!  It is quick and simple and so easy to use in the mornings before heading out the door. 

Truvia or Stevia:  I am a girl who loves her coffee but needs a little sweetness added to it.  So many places have Splenda, but I do not use that artificial stuff…full disclosure I used to use it all the time and once I realized how bad it was for you I switched to Stevia because it is natural and comes from a plant and now I can’t stand the taste of it.  I have this on hand at all times but whenever an establishment has it I am overjoyed because then I can save my stash for when I really need it.  You should have seen the supply that just came with me to Park City!

Mini Calendar:  I am so old school with this and am such a visual person.  When I am working on my schedule for weeks out that includes travel I have got to see months at a time and my phone just doesn’t work for me.  I used to print out the calendar sheets an write on those but then I had to carry around loose pieces of paper and that was just ridiculous so now I carry a little mini calendar that I can easily take with me and I always use pencil when writing in it.  Then once things are somewhat set, they are never fully set because my schedule is always changing, I put it in my phone. 

Hand Sanitizer:  Let’s be honest I live in New York City and am always on a plane…need I say more?!

Highlighter: I love having a dewy glow to my skin, but they so often can wear off as you go throughout your day, especially with days as long as mine.  I love the BECCA highlighter and use it every single morning.  But for the touchups I am obsessed with RMS Luminizer X Quad; it’s so easy to take with you and all you need is your finger to apply it instead of the brush you need with powders.  But this is also great for in the morning when putting on my make-up because it goes on my eyes, cheekbones, above my eyebrows….any place on my face where I want to add a little shimmer.  

XO Tamara


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I’m gonna be a bag lady! A Fendi bag lady, but a bag lady!

-carrie bradshaw

Brights
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Bring on the Brights!

As I mentioned in the blog from last week, there would be a ying and a yang between last week (neutrals)

and this week (brights). I really do love the richness of varying shades of nudes, but because I can never

seem to limit myself to one style or trend I personally gravitate towards an eclectic wardrobe.

As the power clash of colors from winter moves quickly into spring... go bold! Everyone knows that things

like color and florals work well in the spring and the warmer months to come but how you wear them can

be updated, fresh and new. Just as I suggested you mix your neutrals, I will say the same to you now with

vibrant hues whether solid or print.

There are two great ways to mesh shades together: one is monochromatic, and the other is a mishmash of

colors. For monochromatic, take a color you like, any color, and use varying shades of that color to create your

look. Take a fuchsia pant, with a blush pink top and a magenta heel. For blue maybe you have a royal blue knit

with a metallic navy skirt and a turquoise heel. Beyond mixing the colors together mix your fabrics. Fabrics create

such a richness to your outfit. So adding colors that play off of light such as leather, patent, metallic, silk and so

on with knits, denim, cotton etc add even more depth to your ensemble. With creating a mishmash look try and

stay focused here as you don’t want to get dressed, look in the mirror and realize you are Rainbow Bright’s twin.

So be careful in how you culminate your colors. Once again pick a shade you like, perhaps marigold and think

what you can pair with this color that will pop and compliment the shade. So, if you choose marigold maybe you

want to mix French blue and add a pop of fuchsia in the shoe. Or you can mix that luscious shade with a great

lavender and add a fun touch turquoise in a bold necklace or belt.

I will reiterate what I said last week about laying the pieces out before you begin getting dressed, to save yourself

the dressing and undressing routine, to see what colors and fabrics mix and match well together. Once you have

found something you are happy with then get dressed and lastly accessorize.

I do want to say that if mixing colors is a bit out of your comfort zone add the pop in your accessories; it feels

safer and more manageable. So, the example here would be if you wear a fuchsia dress maybe wear a red

shoe and a marigold earring. You are still mixing your colors and achieving the trend without going as bold as

mixing these shades within the clothing. Another way to play it a little safer is by using more neutrals with your

accessories. So again, if we take an example of a tangerine blouse pair it with a metallic navy skirt, white booties

and a leopard belt. Adding white, leopard, camel and navy will allow you to mix colors and prints in a more

conservative way.

So, I have a challenge for you and that is to step slightly out of your comfort zone OR jump in the deep end

altogether and be daring and bold with your color choices for spring. Mix your hues and your prints in exciting

and fun ways to give your wardrobe a breath of fresh air!

XO Tamara

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example of how to wear:

the monochromatic color trend


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Neutrals
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Dressing in the Nude

There seems to be quite the juxtaposition happening in fashion and the world of color.  While I am focusing on more subtle hues this week you will see me doing just the opposite next week while discussing the vibrant shades that are brightening up clothing racks everywhere.  But for now, we will focus on the nudes and leave the bold bright talk for next week.

In this stylist’s opinion, one of the chicest looks going is an all neutral look, especially one revolving around whites and creams.  Mixing these pale shades together creates such a beautiful look.  And it also looks expensive even if it isn’t. 

Another thing I love about mixing neutrals is how easy it is to do with what you already have in your closet.  We may not have a ton of fuchsia, violet, or cobalt blue hanging in our wardrobes but heather gray, white, beige, blush…. now, these are colors we all have on hand.  Now before I go much further into this blog I do want to stop and say that when I say neutrals, I am not telling you to dress in head-to-toe black.  Now ladies, I love black just as much as you do and if I could wear only one shade the rest of my life it may very possibly be black however that is not the chic neutral look I am referring to.  An all-black look has its time and place but that can look very lazy.  And let me also pause and say I am not suggesting to simply throw on a black pant with a gray or white top and nude shoes and call it a day!  You can use black in these neutral looks of course, but what I want you to do is to stretch beyond the typical and go outside of your usual four squares.  If you are going to use black to create a chic look then think about how you are going to implement that and add a variety of light shades to the outfit to give you the updated beautiful look you are trying to create. 

The third element to the neutral look is that there really isn’t a wrong way to do this which makes it effortless.  When pulling your neutrals together know that you really can’t go wrong.  Feel free to mix your whites, creams, beiges, and so on.  Hear me say you do not have to keep true white with white and off white with off white etc.…. mix them all!  When I am trying to pair colors and prints together, I like to lay them out on the floor or bed or wherever and look at them all together.  If you don’t like it there, I can promise you it won’t change things when you have it on your body (I am talking STRICTLY with COLOR/PRINTS for this rule and this has NOTHING to do with STYLES or SILHOUETTE).  Once you have pulled a look together that seems cohesive, get dressed and then work on accessorizing.  I am usually quick at putting an ensemble together and don’t often change once I am dressed... but I do play with my accessories!  I like to see the pieces forming the outfit on my body and then work on shoes and jewelry.  

To give these neutrals a bit more depth add prints and texture through fabrics.  An example would be fabrications like lace, ‘faux’ fur, leather, velvet and so on.  Adding a richness to your pieces will elevate your outfit to the next level.  Additionally, taking prints like the always on trend animal print or the back in trend snake print and mixing them with solids will make the look more playful.  But any neutral prints no matter what they are…. plaid, floral, polka-dots all of them work just stay in the neutral hues and they will be perfect. You can also add depth by adding in pastel neutral colors. examples of this are blush tones of pink, an almost grey-blue shade or even a lavender that feels earthy. 

Start wearing this trend today, I love wearing nudes in winter, and carry it through spring.  It is chic, beautiful, and effortless!  And best of all you can work with what you already own in your closet. Winter can feel like a drab time to get dressed, we are past the holidays and not yet to spring... but this is the time to try something new!   Post your neutral looks to stories or on your feed and tag me in them; I would love to see what looks you guys come up with!  

XO

Tamara

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Valentine's Day
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Outfit Details: Mignon Doo Heart Skirt, Red Heart Sunglasses, Similar Baublebar Earrings, Similar Eliza J Top, Similar Pumps

The Day of Love

L O V E……love is a word we use all the time.  We say it about things we enjoy eating, about our favorite shoes, a sports team we like, or an actor we admire.  And of course, we say it about our friends and family. It is a word that should carry so much weight, yet we throw it around without giving it any real consideration. 

My idea behind this blog post, and several of this week’s posts, has been to take a minute to really focus on the gift of love, because it is not only “a” gift, but also “the” greatest gift we will ever receive!  Over two thousand years ago, a man died for love.  The single thing that held him to the cross was love.  “We love because he first loved us” 1 John 4:19

In this life I wish we could take more time to love others and to love them well.  But the key here is to love well and not to just love those we were born to love, like our family and friends. They, largely, are easy to love and do not require real work to love them. 

But how about loving them well?  Now that isn’t as easy.  To go out of your way for them, to put them before yourself, cherish them, and even to be inconvenienced for their sake, is the love I am talking about.  Love is an incredible phenomenon, but true, deep and abiding love is not easy…. just ask any parent.  Or any spouse after years of marriage. 

The second form of love I am talking about is loving your neighbor, and not just the person who lives next door to you, but your “neighbor” being ALL people; yes, I said all.  And the real challenge is to “love them as you love yourself”.  And let’s be honest, we all don’t go around talking about how much we love ourselves but we all inherently love ourselves A LOT!

Every day we care for ourselves in countless ways, and if anyone tries to make life difficult for us or harm us in any way, we immediately go on the defensive.    When I say to love your neighbor, and to love them as you love yourself, is the ability to do that and do it well goes to another other level.  To give love to a stranger in line at Starbucks, or a checkout person at the grocery store, or a homeless person you pass on the street is not something that comes naturally to us. And trying to love someone who has been unfair, unkind or just flat out awful to you is REALLY, REALLY, difficult to say the least!

So, my challenge to us all, myself included, is twofold:

Let us love the already loveable with an inconvenient kind of love and the second is to love our neighbors as ourselves. To love them free of judgment, to see them through God’s eyes and not our own flawed eyes.  See who you can reach out to this very day with a bit of real L O V E.

All my love to you!

XO Tamara


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