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

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

My 3 Step Fitness Routine

I think I finally have a routine and the gym! If you have been following me on my Instagram you probably have witnessed my many Instagram Story gym sessions. Which mostly consists of photos or boomerangs. -Lol

Even though I try to go at least 3 days a week, I never really had a routine while I was there. I always would go to the treadmill and afterwards be done. I think it was mostly because I didn’t know what machines to use or how to use them? BUT with a little help I caught on pretty quick.

If you are reading this going – “I am the same way.” I would recommend asking someone who works at the gym how to use the machine or going with a friend so you can both learn together ( its less embarrassing with a buddy – LOL). Below, I am going to share my recent routine with you and REAL photos. These are not staged so judgement free zone. – I can’t always look good 🙂 J/K

STEP 1.

When I get to the gym I start with either the treadmill or elliptical for 25 mins. Now, you can make this as easy or as hard as you want. I generally do a fast paced walk on an incline, however, if you want to run that’s fine too.

STEP 2.

After my 25 minute walk/run & depending on what day it is, I’ll workout my upper body (chest & arms) or lower body (legs and butt). I usually do another 10-15 minutes working out these areas. As far as how much weight to use, that’s completely up to you and how much you are comfortable with. I stick to 30-40 pounds. You don’t want to over due it or hurt yourself, but you still want to sweat a little.

STEP 3.

My final step while at the gym is stretching. Most gyms have a designated area for this, usually with mats available. I don’t have a specific amount of time for stretching. Sometimes I incorporate Yoga moves to push my workout a little more, other times I just cool down.

After that I’m done! Since doing this routine I have lost 5 pounds in about 2 weeks. I also haven’t changed my diet (I love food too much) however, I will most likely change up this routine to push myself and try for better results. BUT we all have to start somewhere! As someone who doesn’t really enjoy working out, I know that just doing it is an accomplishment.

-Oh and make sure you have a good playlist! I swear it makes a HUGE difference in your mood when working out.

Thanks for hanging out guys! If you’ve been wanting to workout more I hope this helped you. Tag me on Instagram & we can cheer each other on!

Always,

Tara

Holly Jolly Detroit

Hello Everyone!

Happy Sunday & Christmas Eve Eve! ( Lol, it’s a real thing)

Alright, I know it has been a hot minute since I have posted, and I’ll be honest….. I need to get more organized with work, life and everything in between. I hope I’m not the only one who can relate to that? ANYWAY, I appreciate everyone for sticking around & if you ever need to catch up make sure you are following me on Instagram @ifyouseektara.

Ok, on to some Christmas Fun! This year I wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit like I usually do, so I needed a boost. My fiancé decided to take me downtown to enjoy some holiday activities & I think it actually worked! We live about twenty minutes from the city so it was an easy ride over, and we parked for free at one of the casinos.

Might not be the best shot, but there were a lot of people and cars, so I had to take what I could get, BUT its so pretty! They also have an ice skating ring to the right of the tree.

After we walked around the little pop-up shops we decided to walk over to Miracle at Park Bar. If you are unfamiliar with it and you live in the Detroit area, it’s a New York City based pop-up bar that takes over The Skip . The menu is all Holiday inspired drinks. ( Don’t go there hungry, no food.)

There are Christmas lights everywhere, presents hanging from the ceiling, Christmas music playing and of course every table had these RV’s, which reminded me of the movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Now, they have a lot of festive drinks that come in cool glasses, but I decided to be a little safe, lol. I ordered the Christmaspolitan & it was delicious!

If you don’t have any plans today and you live in the area I would highly recommend going downtown and checking it out for yourself! If you can’t make it today don’t worry the pop-up bar will be here until December 31st!

I hope you enjoyed my little trip around the city. If you know of any other places let me know, I would love to hear! I hope everyone has a Fantastic Holiday and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone to hear all about it!

Always,

Tara

Small Business Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone! Since the holiday season is upon us & today is all about supporting local businesses, I put together a little gift guide with my favorite Etsy accounts.

Two of these ladies I know from school/friends and I love watching their work on Instagram. All of these items are super cute and perfect as gifts! Plus, you should probably order for yourself as well! I’ve listed everything below for you. Enjoy & happy shopping!

1. PopFizzKlink

The owner of this shop is Brynna & she is wonderful! Her Instagram is @popfizzklink & I highly recommend you check out her Instagram stories often. Her Etsy is listed in her bio for all your sign needs ( Hurry, they sell out fast!)

2. Lighters Candle Company

I came across this Etsy account one day while I was browsing online & I instantly fell in love. Who doesn’t love candles? More importantly, who doesn’t love candles & swearing?! Instagram is @lighterscandlecompany Etsy account listed in bio.

3. The Foxy Hipster

The owner of this shop is Amy and she’s amazing! If you are looking for 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, her shop is perfect for you! Instagram is @thefoxyhipster Etsy in bio.

4. Bookend Candle Co.

Last but not least we have more candles! I’ve actually purchased recently & love the style ( and smell) of these candles. Plus, right now until Christmas you can get 20% off your purchase! Instagram is @bookendcandleco Etsy in bio.

Hope this helps you !

Always,

Tara