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~ birthday time ~

It's that time of year again for me...
birthday time!
This year I am all about
because I know
' I'll never be as young as I am today'
 I am tremendously grateful for the years I have had...
the good and bad...
 they have shaped the soul I have today
 I know
 my heart has grown larger and stronger through the trials...
the  through the love and loves in my life.

So of course my birthday celebration calls for a  family party...
I did a party style post about it HERE
and no birthday party of mine would be complete without a 
birthday ensemble...
and this year...
it was all done around my
birthday crown!

My crown was the starting point of my new favorite ensemble!
I knew I wanted a long skirt with a hostessing vibe...
A vintaging trip to Old Town Orange...
wouldn't be complete without a stop  in one of my favorites the Heavenly Hostess.
Here Jeff bought me an early birthday present...
this 'heavenly' lace apron!
I knew I had found part deux in my birthday outfit!

Saturday's search was for a long cream or white skirt...
This was a piece that has been on my list since last summer...
I finally was successful...
this in not one find ... but two...
The underskirt is a theory silk pleated skirt...
the 'overskirt' is from Rag and Bone and is their parachute skirt...
which is so versatile as it can be gathered up all around.
These two were definitely a birthday splurge...
but more reasonable since I found them in Loehman's Back Room
and I know they will be wardrobe staples for me for years to come!

My blouse is a silk by vince that I already owned...
I finally opened my white ballet flats from L'Opera in Paris...
they made a perfect hostessing slipper...
(finished yet still the comfort of barefoot)
I added my vintage fox collar...
the new cross earrings I did last month....
and of course topped it all off with 
my new birthday crown...
and Voila...
a perfect birthday party/ hostessing creation...

as always dear friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. Happy Birthday BEAUTIFUL! I adore your outfit. I wonder what the original intent was for your gorgeous apron?? It's fabulous.

  2. Happy BIrthday gorgeous, I wish I looked half as good as you!

    1. Tabitha... that's just funny... you with your intimidating beauty and style!! Thank you though for the birthday wishes all the way from the beauty of Scotland! My husband and I have decided going back to Scotland is at the very top of our travel list!

  3. Yes, I know it was my husbands hope it would trigger kitchen fondness... but he knows me better...and still loves me :) Thank you dear friend for the sweet birthday wishes!

  4. Happy Birthday, Tamera. I just had a birthday last month and my number is a wee bit bigger than yours. I'm just now settling into it. You look super gorgeous. We should all wear crowns every day!

    1. Connie i couldn't agree more about wearing crowns... it isn't about being queen... it's about celebrating life's crowning moments!

  5. Happy Birthday, Tamera! You look amazing... as always. Here I sit in my sweat pants and Husker -nation t -shirt and baseball cap... no lace and crowns for me today! But I raise my glass of green tea to you!Wishing you a year of more glorious adventures, growth, love and laughter. I may not fit into the party look today, but my spirit is singing with party-ness and happiness for you! Always,
    PS... I think I am going to go put on some mascara and schelp to the grocery store... standing tall and imagining my inner style diva will come out tomorrow. You do spur me on to get out of my super comfy zone and back into a style zone!xoxoxox

    1. So good to hear from you dear friend! Many thanks for the kindest of birthday wishes!

      Trust me... I do Not always look amazing. Amazing for me takes a very consorted effort these days... i enjoy knowing I can if I choose... but most days are spent happily in studio attire. A few basic pieces that can be Easily accessorized at the drop of a hat... when going out into 'the real world' I even sound like I have of late spent too much time alone in the studio!

      It sounds like your business Cute Beams is going so well! Very proud of you my dear!!

  6. Happy Birthday, Tamera!
    I love your happy smile and I am sure you will celebrate in style with your loved ones.
    You look incredibly good.
    Have a wonderful day!

    Lady of Style

  7. I hope your birthday is as glorious as your outfit!

  8. Happy Birthday, Tamera!!! I love (!) how you combined the two skirts. And the lace apron just the right touch for your regal hostess part. Your crown and earrings are gorgeous, as are you. I wish you many blessings in this new year. May it be full of pleasant surprises and all sorts of wonderful things. xo, ab

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You are absolutely stunning and I can tell you are enjoying your birthday week because of that beautiful glow!! Live it up! :) xoxo

  10. Another gal whose birthday is near mine!! Well, aren't we the jazziest? I doubt I can come up with an outfit anywhere near your league, but hey, at least I'm still breathing!

    Hope you had a fabulous day. You'd have to, wearing that, wouldn't you?!

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from

  11. Hope you had a wonderful day! You look fabulous : )


  12. Happy Birthday Tamera! You look brilliant. Here's cheers to a fabulous, creative and fun filled year.

    Sue xo

  13. Congratulations Tamera. You look really great in this. Your dress is lovely and the crown is precious. I love the dress fabric, pattern and design, is a true gem. Have you prepared a magnificent outfit, you are really wonderful.

  14. Happy Birthday, princess Tamera!! You look amazing for your just choose to have fun every day!

  15. Happy Birthday Princess Tamera! You look amazing. I will be celebrating mine on Sunday but am hoping I look as good as you when I reach your age; an ageless, beauty xx

  16. WOW!! 54 is glamorous and beautiful on YOU!! What a blessed woman you are. What a dreamy ensemble you have here and the crown is my favorite.

    Cheers to more wonderful life yet to live!!

  17. Happy Birthday, Tamera!
    You're so glamorous!
    Wishing you another year full of joy and laughter!

  18. You are breathtakingly gorgeous and shine with the most celestial of charms. I dare say you are more beautiful than ever because I can't imagine a more beautiful woman than you are at this moment. Happy Birthday Tamara! Here's to your most glorious year yet!

  19. Thanks soo much for your comments, they meant so very much!!! You are a rock star!
    Happy Birthday, you beauty!
    big hugs,

  20. Happy Birthday!! You look beautiful!!

  21. just....W-O-W !!!!!

  22. Happiest of birthdays Tamera! You make 54 look spectacular!!

  23. Gorgeous, stylish and with a bit of whimsy. I love it! I love when people actually celebrate birthdays instead of grousing about them. Happy Birthday!

  24. What an utterly amazing outfit, Tamera! And of course you need a birthday crown - but I think you could wear it every day, actually, you look every inch a princess! All the soft layers and textures, the pleats and the silk, the fur and the gold, the lace and the stars and crosses, it's all so pretty and rather magical. Happy Birthday! xxx

  25. Happy Birthday! You look spellbinding in that incredible outfit! A beautiful queen in her crown, with all her finery of silken lace. It's the most marvellous way to celebrate your birthday, wishing you a year of great happiness and calm.

  26. You are too fun!! Way to celebrate!!! I hope your birthday was the best one yet!!!

    Visiting from the Pleated Poppy :)

  27. HAPPY BIRTHDAY again Tamera, you are a true goddess and an inspiration.
    The dress is a dreammmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  28. OH TAMERA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a total JOY to come here!! I am just feeling the love RIGHT NOW, I can't tell you how awesome this is!!! LOVE that crown, it so suits you! The outfit doesn't get any better. I couldn't figure out how you put it together at first and now I am inspired to wear more than one skirt myself! LOVE THIS and YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

  29. Fabulous - the fairy queen! You are adorable - happy birthday to you and many, many more! Cheers!

  30. wow, you look like an angel!! That crown, that cake, that beautiful dress, Tamera, you celebrate in style and I love that!Happy happy birthday once again!


  31. I hope your birthday was as magical and joyous as these lovely photos! Xo

  32. Tamera dear~ You are indeed the Birthday Queen. No wonderf your crown is so sparkly!
    Wishing you a most fabulous year lovely friend!
    xx, Heather

  33. Happy Birthday Tamara!
    You are so beautiful and you look so happy. Have a wonderful birthday party!

  34. Beautiful, beautiful Birthday Queen you are! Here's to a fabulous year ahead. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  35. Dearest Tamera, I seem to have missed or glitched sending you warmest Birthday wishes - armloads and armloads of belated ones to you, to match your layers and layers of incredible glamour and crowning glory!!! All that is wonderful to you, xoxoxo

  36. Happy Birthday! Love the outfit and our Lohmans back room has gone by the wayside and I miss it--great finds there~

  37. Oh, the glamour! Happy birthday greetings, wishing you a wonderful time.

  38. Pure Piscean GLAMOUR!!!! Love it!!! Happy birthday, my dear friend!! I'm inspired for next year....I think I'll start working on my outfit now...

  39. Girlfriend, that is one heck of a "birthday suit!" ;)

    You look GORGEOUS!

    Embracing the gift of birthdays can be challenging and yet it is a privilege denied to many. Instead of counting candles, it is more important to count our loved ones as the most important markers of a life well spent, and to cherish the time that we have with them!

  40. Happy birthday, Tamera! You look perfectly gorgeous. Have a wonderful birthday week.
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

  41. Wow, you look absolutely stunning! Happy birthday and enjoy the celebration!

  42. Happy birthday, Your Royal Highness. Your towering hair and crown alone are worthy of fealty, but I am also struck by your floaty silk cloud of silk. That's the kind of apron I would NEVER object to for my birthday. What a man, a fitting prince, to choose such a perfect gift for his queen. What a great way to celebrate. Glad you could break out your ballerina flats for this special occasion.

  43. You certainly know how to inspire and bring a smile to my life. I just love how you celebrate LIFE and in such great fashion and style, especially surrounded by family. You are most definitely fit for a queen. A Very Happy Birthday to you. Thank you for sharing a bit of the celebration with us.

  44. Happy Birthday! You look stunning! I love the lace apron!

  45. Happy Birthday lovely Tamera!

  46. I hope you had a beautiful bday! You certainly looked beautiful!

  47. Your Happy Birthday brightened my day ... isn't it supposed to be the other way around? I have learned, over the years, lie about my age, but backwards. Just had my real 63rd, but the day after, I started saying I am 64. Then by the time I get to my next birthday, I'm comepletely accustomed to the real, new number.
    Know your celebration had to be amazing.

    1. Oh my gosh Jan... i do the same thing... I always age myself forward so i am not taken off balance when the new number ticks by!

    2. All the cool old broads do this. I find myself in excellent company.

  48. You're gorgeous, Tamera! What an absolutely beautiful and elegant outfit.

    And I'm with you...why not get the most out of celebrating our birthdays? I love your comment about how the years have shaped your soul. I totally agree.

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

  49. Hey, Tamara, I met you on Patti's blog where I was blown away by your similarities to my daughter also celebrating a March birthday. (42) I immediately linked her up to this post. Surely there is something to being born under the same sign?? She so loved your blog that she is out shopping for a tiara at this moment. Thanks for sharing yourself.

  50. You will soon start a new phase of life! But check this site out
    that can wait until you are older. Enjoy another year of being young. Happy Birthday.