3 Pieces Every Girl’s Closet Needs

-Lets talk about work attire. Deciding what to wear has been my biggest challenge lately. I always tend to go for comfort above all else. Sometimes though, I like to dress it up. Personally, I think you need to dress it up every once in awhile to boost your mood and confidence.

However, business casual can be tricky. You don’t want to be too casual and sometimes you don’t want to be all business. That’s why I have found that owning these three staple pieces are essential. -What are they you ask? A blazer, A high waisted skirt, A cute tank. You can dress each piece up or down, and together they can make a statement.

{  Blazer: Here  |  Tank: Here    |   Skirt: Here    }

I love this color tank so much I actually have this color in three other shirts I own! Plus, I love black so a pop of color is needed every now and then. Everything you see here is from Express. I was able to find the same blazer and skirt, however the tank is different.

-Each piece is sort of affordable – Lol. BUT keep in mind it can all be worn separately to make different outfits/looks. If you wanted a more casual look for a Friday you could replace the skirt with a nice pair of jeans & booties!

Spring is right around the corner so I’ll be sharing more skirts and dresses! I’ve yet to wear either with tennis shows, however I want to try it out! Maybe we can do it together and share our looks!

Always – Tara

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Get To Know Me!

 

 

Hi! I’m Tara! I wanted to jump on here and properly introduce myself. I’ve noticed so many new faces, and a lot of you have been asking questions to get to know me better (which I love! ) so I figured I’d spill some details about myself to answer everyone’s questions. -Which to be honest, talking about myself feels kind of weird, haha.

I like sharing information about products, places, etc. & determining how much of my personal life to keep to myself or share is a new balancing experience for me. 🙂 So as I answer all your questions I’ll be an open book & I hope you enjoy!

Always, – Tara

About Yours Truly

How old are you? I’m 32

Do you have any siblings? Yes! I have an older sister. Where are all my youngest siblings at?!! -Lol. We are 8 1/2 years apart BUT you honestly wouldn’t know it! We have always been really close.

What other hobbies besides blogging do you have? Singing really loudly with headphones in! -Haha. I love music & it doesn’t matter what you put on, I will sing along. Growing up I was the one my friends would always go to for information like “what’s the name of this song?’ or “who is this singing”. To be honest, I’m kind of slipping now that I’m older, but that’s what Google is for, right?!  I also took vocal lessons as a teenager & into adulthood, so needless to say my fiancé gets front row seats when I clean the house!

What’s your real job? Currently I work in sales. To be more specific, I work in the insurance world. How I got into it, I really don’t know- Lol. I went to school first for broadcast/radio and went back for my bachelors in public relations. I’m still new to the sales gig, only been doing it for a year. Before that I bartended for 7 years!

How did you meet your fiancé & how long have you been together? – I met Ryan through mutual friends. His best friend is married to one of my besties that I used to bartend with. The first time we met in person was at a friends house for a scary movie night! ( I know, right?) It was awkward because we knew everyone was trying to hook us up, but it worked out! -Haha. We’ve been together for 5 years now and will be married this September!

You still haven’t shared your wedding location, where will it be? – Hmm. I think I still want  to keep it a secret! Even though I have given many hints on my insta stories! You’ll just have to keep your eyes out!

How long have you been blogging? What made you want to do it? – I have been blogging for 7 months now. It’s exciting and challenging! If you’ve been following me for awhile now, I’m sorry! You are seeing all the good with the bad, but hey that’s how we learn and grow!

I actually used to have my own website years ago for music/radio purposes. I knew I always wanted to be creative and share things with people, I just didn’t know where to start. So one day after thinking about creating my blog, I just did it!

How many dogs do you have? I have two! Henry is our 3 year old lab, and Beamer is our 9 year old corgi! If I could I would get another one!

Have you always lived in Michigan? Yes. I always said when I was younger I was moving out of state, but I think I like it here now, -lol.

Do you have any kids? No I do not. Might do a post on this topic.

Any tips for someone wanting to start a blog? I am still learning myself, but I will say you have to be YOURSELF! Don’t try and do what everyone else is doing, certain things don’t work for everyone. You also have to be a little patience. You won’t instantly get thousands of followers, likes, or comments. If you do great! but it always surprises me when people want instant gratification. Just keep working hard and you will reach your goals! Be positive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Masking We Love

I’ve been using Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask for four weeks now, two times a week and I absolutely love it! I’ll admit, I never got into masking or skin care products before. As I got older, however, I realized it’s not only super beneficial for my skin, but I also really enjoy the me time and doing something for myself.

What first caught my attention with Leahlani’s products is that they are all natural! If you follow them on Instagram you will fall in love with not only the beauty that they live in, but the beauty in their products!

“Leahlani Skincare is a Hawaii based artisanal skincare line made from fresh Hawaiian nectars, potent and vibrant botanical actives and luxurious, tropical beauty oils. Our products are blended fresh weekly in intimate batches in our private studio on the lush North Shore of Kauai Island.” – Leahlani

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The Mermaid Mask is perfect if you are a first time user because it’s easy to use & gentle on your skin. My skin has always been sensitive to lotions, makeup products, etc. and I haven’t had an issue. – Also, two problem spots I wanted to work on were the dark circles under my eyes & my greasy forehead. I have noticed a HUGE improvement in both areas!

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The best part is you don’t need a lot either when applying. I know for me when I was looking online at products the containers looked really small – this is not the case. It’s super affordable and the sizes are perfect. Like I said, I’ve been using it for a month now and I still have a full jar. It comes with a little spoon as well so you don’t have to guess how much to scoop out.

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Just add a little bit of water and apply! Most times I leave mine on for 15-20 mins, but there really is no wrong answer. Enjoy it with a glass of wine, or while you clean the house, up to you! I think it’s beneficial to not only do something good for your skin, but to take time out of your busy day to do something for YOU. It may seem like a little thing to do for yourself, but the first thing to get pushed to the side is our own personal health. If masking two nights a week helps you feel better -DO IT. Everyone benefits.

Thanks for hanging out with me and I hope you enjoyed my quick little review! I’ll be sure to update you with more products and routines in the future! I’d love to hear what products you use and love in the comments or head over to my Instagram & let me know there!

Always,

– Tara

 

Hikes & Drinks

One of my favorite things to do is go on little hiking adventures with our friends. -Mostly for what comes after….food & drinks! I mean listen, we like to get our fitness on, but we also like to enjoy our lives. -Lol & since I am clearly missing warmer weather here in Michigan, I decided to recap a little trip my fiancé and I took last Labor Day weekend.

Our first stop was Hartwick Pines State Park. According to michigandnr.com, Hartwick Pines is one of the largest state parks in the lower peninsula. My favorite part of the park, however, is the little chapel. I adore this park because the trees are so lush and big!

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Most of the hiking/walking is on a paved path, however, there are some trails. Also, if you visit in the fall when the colors change – it’s amazing!

Naturally, after the park we went to get some drinks! -Yay! We stopped in the town of Grayling, which until recently only really had one restaurant/bar. Which, don’t get me wrong, I love because it gives it character. However, now they have a couple little breweries that are really cute! The one we stopped at was Paddle Hard Brewery.

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The atmosphere is very local with a rustic vibe, which I love. The picture above is the flight I ordered. Not expensive either! -I literally ordered all the ciders & stouts I could. There is also a food menu, which is mostly flatbreads, tacos, etc. BUT perfect for snacking on while you get your drink on! Make sure you try their local beers as well while you’re there!

Thanks for reminiscing with me! More adventures are to come, and hopefully warmer weather sooner than later!

Always,

Tara

 

10 Of My Best Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Recently, I went on a quest to find the perfect wedding dress for my big day! – Now, in my case, it’s not so much a “big day” but a weekend celebration with close friends and family. Either way, I still wanted a dress that was BOMB!

– Now shopping for a wedding dress sounds fun, I mean is fun…. 😉 -LOL. You know what I mean, you get all excited but soon anxiety sets in. – What if it’s CRAZY expensive? When should I start looking, and what style do I like? Who’s opinion do I really want to hear…?

Don’t stress girl! – I got you! I put together 10 of my best wedding dress shopping tips to make it easy for you!

1. Set A Budget

I know exactly what you did as soon as he popped the question -PINTEREST! Your fingers couldn’t pin those princess, diamond encrusted dresses fast enough. – Let’s pause and determine what YOU are willing to spend on a dress. Match your expectations and reality.

2. Your Bride Tribe

Make sure your support system is positive, knows what YOU like, and are people you feel comfortable around. Always ask the salon ahead of time how many people they allow, my salon was pretty small. Also, don’t feel guilty for not inviting people. This day is about you, and they should understand that sometimes more people means more distractions.

3. Don’t Go In Your Birthday Suit

-What do I mean by this you ask? Simple, make sure you wear the appropriate undergarments. Nude colors are always a good choice. My bridal consultant made a joke about how happy she was that I even had underwear on! Come on ladies! Your bra on the other hand will more than likely come off. -It is what it is.

4. Start Shopping A Year In Advance

Most shops will have to order your dress. For example; My dress is taking 5 months to come in! That is 2 months before my wedding, talk about stressful! So you want to make sure you start shopping early.

If you can’t shop that early for whatever reason be prepared to pay a little extra to rush orders. Or you may have to stick with off the rack purchases.

5. Size Ain’t Nothing But A Number

– Just get over it right now. Wedding dress sizes are COMPLETELY different than regular dresses, clothing, etc. If your stylist comes in with bigger sizes, trust that she knows what she’s doing. – You’re NOT fat I promise.

Don’t freak out if you can’t button the dress all the way either. Sample dresses go through the ringer and are never anyone’s size. – Let’s be honest here.

6. Remember Your Venue / Location

Let’s do some math here. – Summer + Hot = Sweat. Make sure you keep the time of year and location in mind when choosing your gown. Stay away from ball gowns and lots of fabric if your big day is an outdoor wedding in the middle of the summer. Since my wedding is in the middle of the desert I went with a lighter fabric. -Did I just give a clue?! (Instagram followers will know what’s up!)

7. Photoshoot It

Take pictures in the dresses you like. This will help if you don’t end up making a decision while at the salon. You can always go back and look through the photos. The dresses start to look the same, so little details will get lost. Photos will help you see them better.

– ASK IF PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED. Be respectful of the salon. In my case no photos were allowed until you said yes to the dress!

8. Describe Your Style

You want to make sure you communicate to your stylist how you want to look. -Unfortunately, no one can read your mind. For me it was “romantic, simple & light.” If you have pictures that works too!

9. Do Some Research

You don’t have to spend a ton of time online, but knowing what styles will flatter your body type is extremely helpful. You may love a mermaid style, but it may not be the best fit for you. Be open to try on different styles.

10. Don’t Be Afraid To Say Yes To The Dress.

I said yes to the second dress I tried on! Of course I tried more on before I eventually said yes, but it gave me the “feels” as soon as I put it on. -Even if it’s the 1st dress you try on, that’s ok!

Wedding consultants really do listen, and they already have a dress in mind before you’re done talking. “The one” is a real thing and it’s ok to say yes to that.

Happy Shopping!

Always,

Tara

3 Kerastase Products I Can’t Live Without

Jumping on here to share a little more with you about the Kerastase Line that I use. I posted on Instagram ( @ifyouseektara) recently about the line and a lot of you shared how you either have been wanting to try it or use it and LOVE it as well!

A little back ground for you, I have been using Resistance // Extentioniste shampoo & conditioner because I am looking for length and have some damage to my hair. I have been highlighting my hair since I was sixteen! Blonde Blonde & more blonde! ( not to mention the RED I had for a brief second) So, as you can imagine my hair has decided to break up with me, and I’m trying to win it back! – Lol

Some of you asked if you have to be a blonde to use it – the answer is absolutely not! Anyone looking to add length & strength should try it out! Also, I would suggest asking your hair stylist for suggestions as well since they are the ones working on your hair. My hair stylist and Friend @Hannahpricebeauty suggested this line because blondes generally have weakened/damaged ends due to the chemicals used to lighten the hair.

The serum therapiste that I HIGHLY recommend is a fiber renewing serum that adds strength and elasticity. Heat protection up to 450 degrees. – Personally, I love my straightener and curling my hair so this is needed! I generally use it on damp hair before I blow dry, but you can also use a little on dry ends for finishing touches!

Now, I obviously asked a professional and did some research, so I strongly suggest you do the same. No one knows your hair like you do! If you are looking to invest in better hair care I would recommend jumping in and doing it. – There are a ton of hair care products out there, you just have to find what works for you!

Always,

Tara

Why Do You Blog?

Lately, I have been getting a lot of questions on why I started my blog. The most common questions are, “What made you want to start a blog?” Or “What do you blog about?” So I decided to share with everyone on WHY I started mine and hopefully inspire others who have been thinking about doing it! (FYI: Just JUMP IN!)

I have always had the creative bug. I enjoy writing, planning any type of event or party, and sharing new things with others. As I got older, this part of me got lost in the shuffle but I realized pretty quickly I wasn’t happy without my creative space.

Work, school, relationships, and family can get busy. It becomes easy to push the things that make us happy or feel good to the side. I don’t know why this happens, but I know it happened to me. MAYBE we just get so wrapped up in pleasing others or hitting a work goal, that we loose sight of what WE need to keep us balanced.

So, one day about a year and a half ago I decided to start my Lifestyle Blog (in true procrastinator fashion I started it 6 months ago). Now, I didn’t start my blog because I thought my life was super exciting, I started it for the exact opposite! I got in a funk. All I did was work, eat, sleep, repeat. I needed to create a space that was fun and enjoyable for me (stress is a real thing) and in doing so, I realized that I was helping others who were feeling the same.

My advice is this; -If you want to start a blog do it! Some people won’t understand and that is perfectly fine. Write about what you know and like. You will be surprised by how many others find joy and inspiration from your post (you included). If you just like reading them that’s fine too!

-Sorry, if this post seems a little short, I just wanted to give a better idea of why IFYOUSEEKTARA was created! I am looking forward to sharing more with everyone!

I hope you have a fantastic Sunday!

Always,

Tara