what I wore-the grove antique market...

The Grove Antique Market happens the first Sunday of each month  at the Great Park in South Orange County. Both vendors and shoppers travel from near and far to take part in this to me....
romanic adventure.....

white overalls-Anthropologie, scarf-Anthropologie. head scarf-Forever 21, necklaces-Tamera Beardsley

The grove is nestled in what used to be the old Marine base
 and has since been replanted with orange trees the had been original to the area...
all done in one of the first phases of the Great Park.

The variety of treasures and eye candy are hard to beat anywhere....
never have I seen more booths dedicated to brooches, jewlery, beads as well as rows and rows of vintage treasures all so beautifully curated within each booth.

Equally visually exciting...
the shoppers...
I have seen more creatively and artistically dressed individuals here...
than anywhere...
they make my heart sing with their one of a kind curated ensembles
The rush of finding like minded persons
{this time in real life :)  }


this beautiful lady and the treasures she wore...
I had to get a photo to share!

Some of the vendors were equally fabulous in their attire...
I lived all the pieces she was wearing...
so perfect for the event...

I was positively giddy with the artful perfection of her outfit...
the glasses,
the floral headscarf + stripe T
the cross bag
white knit skirt + white tennies
even the sheets hung as curtains behind...
this young woman had the EYE!

Taking photos of these two beauties was the first time I ever 
was able to ask a stranger for their photo...
being a little timid i was remiss in asking their name....I"ll get better next time
because I felt like I went home with such treasure in these  photos of fabulous fashion! 



what I wear
  and bring on the hunt 
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Having spent many morning on the hunt at flea markets here is a list of my must haves:

Jacket with many pockets-it always starts off chilly, so layers are a must....  the pockets keep my readers, iphone {a must with so many photo opps}, small bills for quick picks


Backpack- carries my wallet, water bottle, wipes-I can't stand dirty hands, keys and holds treasures...

Roll Cart- even medium sized items start to feel heavy when their joined by many and it's aisle after aisle.

Hat- always a necessity with sunblock for health and vanity

Flat shoes- the need for comfort-obvious

Jeans- or any pant or long skirt that can withstand getting down and dirty...sometimes you must to discover those hiding treasures

Fun Accessories optional of course but to me hunting for treasures on an early morning is a romantic adventure...I like to dress accordingly :)




This time I chose some of my pieces that I made with some vintage finds...
to inspire the days hunt....

I have the first part of
a three part DIY series on

 making necklaces
 out of found treasures Here

Later I'll share the simple process for their creation...
until then...


I wish you love and joy
as you style your life 
and find your treasures





as always my friends
thanks so for stopping by






69 comments:

  1. I just love that you, as well as the other ladies pictured in this post, all have fun with your clothes... This post made my heart sing. :-))

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    1. Thank you so much Diane...yes the made me giddy with delight also...the market was truly a roving fashion show!

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  2. Looks like everyone is dressing up really well. I like to see women dress up and confident with their style. Thanks for sharing.

    Kim,USA

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    1. Thank you Kim...I agree woman who are happy with their style exude a particular confidence. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Your Blog is cute ♥
    If you have time you can also check out my blog,
    I just shared Buck the Bank Holiday I would love to hear your comment about the shoes.. Thanks Dear

    XOXOXO

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  4. Tamera, such a fun adventure! All those people and things to look at! I can feel how great this was and I love your casual and elegant style and jewelry!!! It also makes me miss Cali so much, again. :-)

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    1. Thank you my dear! I enjoyed the 'tour' of your Tooth Soap' factory!

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  5. You and your fellow merchants/shoppers all have "the eye" for confident style, Tamera - plus a healthy dose of creativity. It all comes together so wonderfully; thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday!

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    1. Thank you Patti! Yes, I was in awe of so many of the woman who had such defined and creative style...I want to get bolder about asking for photos, there were so many I didn't get!

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  6. Your sense of rustic beauty in this post is truly refined! I love how you've showcased the jewellery in the last few shots too. What you're wearing really reflects that free spirit vibe I pick up from you. The roller basked is also charming. I never knew such things existed. And the other women you've shared through your photos are also truly inspiring. Please send some of this style to my city!

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    1. Thank you so much Melanie! You my dear were actually my inspiration to push myself creatively with fashion this week. I purposely purchased these 'different' overalls...i wanted a different silhouette that i could style in various manners...to push my boundaries...to be more artistic...like the Queen of creative dressing... you Melanie!!! Thank you again for the artistic and creative inspiration my dynamic friend!

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  7. I love Melanie's description of "rustic beauty" and I just love these flowing drapey tops and scarves you wear. Your jewels always look so fresh. I bet you get a ton of comments and questions about them.

    I just love people watching at these events too. It is so inspiring to see how other women dress and it always give me ideas on what I might want to add to my wish list.

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    1. Thank you Joni for the kind words! You also have been a fashion inspiration my dear...you always have so much fun and creativity with your clothes and posts....you are truly a joy to see!

      I also love to people watch, especially those with personal style... that's one of the things I like about style blogs...but my favorite part is meeting wonderful people like you my dear Joni!

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  8. What fun! I love flea market shopping. No one seems to dress that way at the markets in Georgia though....but I still give it my best shot. :) hope you came home with some great finds!!

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    1. Yes Jill I came back with some fabulous finds...a lot of vintage brooches I intend to work into necklaces. Bit my favorite find was a bakers rack complete with trays that I intend to use in my studio to lay out pieces in process which will clear up so much of my work space. It was one of those finds that I don't know how I did without!

      I loved seeing your beautiful designs! I am so fascinated by your fine craftsmanship!

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    2. Ooh...things that help out in your workspace are the BEST finds. Seems like we never have enough room in our studios. :)

      I am working on some new designs now that I am very excited about. They're nowhere on the scale of yours, but I know you know that feeling of excitement...can't wait to have them ready to share.

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  9. I love flea markets and to take pictures of people around me...so much fun! Of course, as always I am taken with your accessories...jewelry and scarf! You always look so great! Have a wonderful week, Tamera!

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    1. Thank you Pam for your kind words! Thank you also for such an uplifting post today!

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  10. Hi!
    Your jewels are to die for!!!! Do you also sell them?
    You are a good photographer too! You have a great eye to pinpoint stylish and original people around you.

    Barbara from Italy

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    1. Thank you Barbara! I am the process of setting up an online shop .A process that has really slowed this summer as I am trying to enjoy time with my kids, especially my daughter, who ironically is leaving in three weeks to study abroad in Italy! Where in Italy do you live?

      I have seen your comments on the beautiful Adrienne's blog...so happy for you to visit mine!!!

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    2. Hello Tamera!
      I live in Frascati, 15 km southwest from Rome.
      Where is your daughter going to study? Maybe Florence? Perugia?
      I discovered your blog through Adrienne, I was stunned by your beautiful pictures and tasteful choices.

      Ciao!
      Barbara

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    3. Barbara, my daughter is studying in Northern Italy, in Torino. She has never been abroad.. so .any travel tips would be much appreciated :) I take by your profile name, you must be very versed in travel...I would love to know more!

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    4. Dear Tamera,
      no I am not that versed in travel, my profil name expresses more a yearning for traveling...I'd love to be jet lagged every week!!
      So she's going to Torino? Good, that's a well organized place, pretty safe, very welcoming to students..I've worked in Piedmont 6 months in 2000 and that's the best place where I have worked in Italy because the people over there are rather discreet and civilized, very unlike the typical Italian, loud, not reliable, very rude and disrespectful of there people.
      Has she found an apartment already?
      Pls e-mail me if you have any questions, I can give you some hints on where is safe to choose an apartment..btw, best antique market in Italy is the one in Torino, mercato del Balon, it's really great!
      my e-mail:lovesjetlag@hotmail.com

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    5. My daughter did have a question...where would be the best place to buy inexpensive sheets, towels ect. in Torino?

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  11. You always have the best baubles! Boho fabulous...Thanks for being a part of Monday Mingle!

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    1. Thank you Kristin! I loved your inspiration outfit...especially because of the dots! I bought the best dot blouse for my daughter today...I am hungary for dots...they seem so fresh....my stripes now have competition!

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  12. I am in love with the vibe of this event! Very cool and eclectic.

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    1. Thank you Kathleen! Being such a hat lover myself...I adore your blog!

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    1. Jill thank you so much for visiting my dear!

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  14. Wow, what a cool post. The atmosphere is still lingering as I write my comment...insert deep breath here. Silly me, this is my first time visiting. It's good to know I can return for another and another...

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    1. Thank you my dear pao! I have seen your comments in blogshere...and your artful blog... and read many references about you! I am so excited for your visit and excited about thermoweb!

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  15. I share your love of antique markets and the thrill of the hunt. Great tips for what to wear and bring along for the adventure. Your descriptions and photos are so vivid that I felt like I was walking beside you, enjoying the shoppers, the treasures, the vendor. It reminds me of theatre!

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    1. Judith, you hit the nail on the head! It is completely theater...I have always had that feeling at this market...but could never articulate it as clearly. It is definitely theater...and on a good day you even get to come home with a little of it!

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    1. Thank you! Your maxi styling was inspirational in it's chicness and real life ease!

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  17. You are SO stylish - I really love your looks, especially this one. It just screams California Cool!

    And the woman with all the silver jewelry is magnificent! Someone needs to tell the writer of Advanced Style blog about her. He would love her.
    xoxo, A

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    1. Thank you Adrienne!

      Yes, wouldn't Ari love her! His blog is such an inspiration...it has taught me to see older woman differently. Which in turn has taught me to see myself differently. It was Ari and finding the iconic Iris Arpel last year that made me realize I could continue my lifelong love affair with clothing and accessories...no matter what my age! In fact it gave me the realization...I can 'get better with age!'

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  18. Great post. I must try to update my style when I go marketing. But it is so hot here in Texas less is best, no jackets possible until October at least. Love that pearl necklace. Can't wait until you tell us how you assembled it.

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    1. Thank you Gracie! yes, it is no fun to be over dressed in such heat! I did post about the first of the three necklaces today...thank you for the enthusiasm!

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  19. You look so cool, like Jack Sparrow's sister, which is completely meant to be a compliment!

    The market looks like a slice o' heaven!

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    1. Lynne my dear, I do love your humor! I think the hair really gives i that Jack Sparrow vibe...I braided i tight ...but I am sure it is a trick I shan't be repeating...not quite what i was hoping for...but I have allowed myself to make mistakes...as i broaden my choices :)

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  20. Great post. I like markets like this. I'm too shy to ask people for permission to take their picture and am happy to see your boldness.

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    1. I am actually quite timid to ask for photos also...these were my first...and the response was quite pleasant actually! I am looking forward to the next encounters! thanks so much for visiting!

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  21. Oh, I love your little roll around cart and that you have an eye for the vendors as well as their merchandise. But, I want to see your haul!

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    1. Terri you are a woman after my own heart! Next time I promise to show...I don't know why I didn't this time, it certainly would have rounded out the post so nicely. I did spend most of my time (and money), on vintage brooches...and a baker's rack! I plan on using the rack to organize designs in progress. Thank you for asking...and giving me inspiration to enhance the next post!!!

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  22. OMG - you style is timeless - LOVE LOVE LOVE all your accessories - especially the heart pendant - GORG! And where do you find such a cute cart? A.MAZ.ING! Found you on Monday Mingle.

    Let's follow each other!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

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    1. Thank you Daisy for the kind words! Loved your white booties!

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  23. My heart just flutters over your jewelry pieces. Heavenly.

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    1. Thank you my dear Lisa... i just posted a DIY on the necklace...I'd love to see you flex your creativity with one!

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  24. What an absolute treasure trove to be able to rustle amongst, and you are so right, I have never seen so many individual dressers, the whole thing is such a relief from the sameness of the HIgh St/Mall.

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    1. Oh Tabitha i couldn't agree more. Where I live their are two very high end malls, South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island.... the looks are so repeated in sameness through out the county here. The antique fair brought out such artistic dressers with wonderfully culled styles...I can't wait to return next month with a better camera... and boldness in hopes of capturing more of the bohemian and artful dressing.

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  25. You're so timeless, I always feel inspired after seeing what you're wearing

    Xo Megan

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    1. Thank you my gorgeous friend...i think I will start calling you legs...gorgeous legs!

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  26. oh my gosh, heaven on earth! what a dream to have been there Tamera! I love your hair down, and these pics are fab!!!

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    1. thank you dear Gina...and thank you so for the reminder of grace.

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  27. I can hardly wait for you to share with us how you create such beautiful treasures. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful day with us as well as all the lovely ladies you saw. You look smashing as always.

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    1. Debbi, thank you so much! I have just posted the first necklace DIY...it's such an easy project ...with such fun results! Thank you my dear for your enthusiasm!

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  28. I LOVE the artsy casual look, but I can never seem to make it work for me! You look so great :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

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    1. My dear the artsy casual look is all about accessories and basic silhouettes i have seen you...you Absolutely can do it!!

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  29. Loved this post Tamera! I really felt like I was there with you. Looking incredible as always! Can't wait to see you d.i.y.'s : still on the hunt for vintage brooches myself.

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  30. Very nice Tamera! Love your style!

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  31. I'm loving your layered necklaces! and that place looks amazing...

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  32. I love your blog and your style. So happy I found it...
    Come visit my blog on: lifestyleover40.com

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  33. Best blog I will be checking back, I kiss

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