~ my studio uniform ... and the power of accessories ~


As I make my way back into a career...
I am spending more and more of my days in my studio...

So I am in the process of adopting some 'studio uniforms'...

quick go to outfits that require no 'pre thought'...
but that I can still feel pulled together...  like the creative professional I am.

I need 'uniform's that are  functional for the studio...
but can be easily 'upgraded' to still feel polished designer
when I am out and about...

To accomplish these dual needs
from one outfit...
I have adopted  'uniforms' consisting of

~ my beloved white jeans plus a tunic of some sort...
creating a wardrobe base that is functional at work...
but can quickly be transformed
 with
 the power 
of well chosen accessories...

Todays tunic is from Antrhopoligie
(sold as a dress)
but for my functional and age needs...
I have layered it over my favorite denim shirt..
and added my white jeans...
making for an 
exceedingly functional work outfit....

to which  in a flash... 
I can add my love of accessories...
and leave the house
 as  stylish designer...

all because of the transformative power of
accessories...
... by the simple addition of

~ a scarf
~ a straw bag (mine is from Africa, via the antique market)
~ sunglasses (usually I opt for the sans makeup schedule)
~ a great shoe (I always have a heel and a flat in mind 
for each 'Uniform')
~ a jacket (weather permitting)
and
of course perhaps some custom statement  jewelry....


.... my white pump search took me from high end to low brow....

in search of the perfect WEARABLE pump....

from Neiman's all the way down the shoe food  chain to....
of all places...
payless...
I found shoes that can actually withstand some hours...
and all for a tiny song of a price.


.... oh and the huge
 transformative powers of 
a statement necklace!
learn how to make your own at my DIY post here.




as always my dear friends


I wish you love and joy
as you style your life










52 comments:

  1. Functional, yes, and beautiful! Such a great "work" look for the artist you are, Tamera. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Patti... and thanks for always being such a charming hostess!

      Delete
  2. Stripes are ALWAYS a good idea. What a lovely workshop.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i absolutely agree Connie, Stropesy are just a neutral staple!

      Delete
  3. I love the way you accessorized the stripes, Tamera!! Thanks for being my inspiration today...you always get my creative thoughts flowing!! My outfit inspired by you is one of my all time favorites!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pam, no greater compliment to me, than to inspire another's creativity... i thank you! You looked absolutely marvelous in your neutrals today! Kudos my dear! I think they are calling out to be a new profile picture...just saying :)

      Delete
  4. I am in LOVE with your statement necklace? Did you make it/I'd love to find one :)
    Hugs
    Reva

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i did make it Reva, thank you for mentioning it... it made me remember to add the DIY link!

      Delete
  5. Great studio Uniform and so versatile! Great studio and that necklace!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you my dear! I was so inspired by your gratitude list at the end of your post... kudos to you!

      Delete
  6. Love seeing your studio! Necklace and outfit is stylish and creative.

    blue hue wonderland

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ann! Loved your neutral ensemble set off against the reflective light!

      Delete
  7. Tamera, you make going to work look like WAY TOO much fun. I just adore how you can throw on your fun layers and accessories and look like a million dollars. You are one classy lady! My daughter and I have started on a statement necklace (thanks to your DIY). We are having a blast searching for the perfect brooches. Thank you soooo much for sharing this.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Trina I am am so excited to hear that you and your daughter are doing your own necklace and what a fun project and search to share! i can't wait to hear more about your endeavor.... and you must share photos with me!!

      Delete
  8. Creativity doesn't come often.. you're gifted! Love the hat and the trench like denim jacket!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So happy to have you visit from Dubai again! What a wonderful thing this blogging can be!

      Thanks again for reminding me how much I love the idea of using great kimonos in unexpected ways! You look beautiful in yours!

      Delete
  9. Accessories are everything and I love them specially that chic turquoise colors. Got my eye on your next posts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jeane! I can tell we are birds of a feather in our love of accessories! Thanks so much for visiting!

      Delete
  10. I am just imagining you as a child. Did you have an absolute field day in just about any closet you could visit?? You should write an article about how the seeds of fashion design came about. As I have said, I am not terribly fashionable...but I'm aware of what looks good on my figure. However, when I go out to photograph (festival, art walk, etc) I can't find anything fun to wear that will stand up to tons of walking, bending, crouching, etc. Tamera, I believe I am having a bonafide fashion dilemma. I ended up wearing a workout outfit so I could zip from place to place, crouch down with worrying about gaping tops/pants, but I felt so "blah" looking at the festival goers in their cute sundresses and fun hats! I, too, need a working wardrobe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sarah your first sentence made me chuckle, as I have always loved a good closet! When I was little I did like to go in mine, and shut the door...still do... but that's a whole different story :)

      Yes, my dear, as the immensely talented creative and photographer you are, you do need a working wardrobe that reflects such... especially out shooting. I have even found when I 'dress' for working in my studio, I am able to bring more intention to my work. I wish you lived nearby, for I would enjoy nothing more than exploring a creative 'working uniform' with you! May i suggest perhaps a tunic over jeans, that would allow for the crouching. Last summer I did personally wander into the territory of an updated version of overalls, sounds bad, but this version was updated. They worked perfectly for my many forays at the antique markets ect. Pairing wither with a couple of well chosen and personal accessories... and you will end up to be a subject as well as a photographer.

      Please let me know if I can offer advice in any way. I marvel at your artistry in the kitchen and it's sublime presentation as well as your spectacular photograph ... I would be honored to offer any help in an arena that I do know!

      Delete
  11. Love reading and viewing your journey Tamera. That photo of you in the shop, I can feel the positive energy you have. So happy and content and in the place you should be. xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you my dear... it is always so good to hear from you my friend!

      Delete
  12. Your studio looks amazing. I am so jealous.

    You are right...good accessories can make or break and outfit.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Suzanne... i am really loving being in my studio these days... it certainly is a work in progress!
      Yep, you and I love our accessories don't we!!

      Delete
  13. That always pretty and elegant in your looks. I love your necklaces and your scarves, and your hats. I like so much your style casual and yet so fashion. Your orange shoes are cute. That illusion see your workplace.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your visit dear josep-maria! I was once again inspired by your roundup, this time of beautiful dresses... I am inspired!

      Delete
  14. You look wonderful in your "uniforms!" I'm impatiently waiting for your online store to open. You're just teasing me with the background pictures of all your pretty things, aren't you? :)
    Can't wait!
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Heather! Not trying to tease... just every time I go into my studio... I am always so inspired with wanting to do new designs... I am having a terrible time setting up an online shop!!

      Loved your perfectly accessorized outfits in todays post!

      Delete
  15. Replies
    1. Thanks Kathleen! Enjoyed your perfect dress and hat pairing today!

      Delete
  16. What a cool studio and I love your specs too!

    ReplyDelete
  17. That may be the single most amazing necklace I have ever seen - stunning!!

    Charlie
    Fur Earwig

    ReplyDelete
  18. Such a stylish and beautiful uniform, very Coco Chanel in her men's fisherman top! Your studio looks great, and such gorgeous jewellery.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Emalina thank you so much... with your fashion background... much appreciated!

      Delete
  19. Beautiful outfit, Tamera! It is all about tghe right accessories and you have styled it so well.
    I love both shoes - the coral flats as well as the white pumps depending on the occasion (and obviously whether you need to walk a lot)

    Thank you for another great post - you are a wonderful woman with excellent taste - and with a big heart for others. It is always such a pleasure to visit your blog.

    Annette
    Lady of Style

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Annette, it always such a pleasure to hear from you, and all the way from Bavaria! So happy to see spring has made it your way!

      Delete
  20. It's so nice to have a glance in your studio! As always I admire your elegant casual style and your perfect combinations.

    ReplyDelete
  21. OMG, what can I say...you are too wonderful for words. We need to meet! I think we are cosmic twins.
    Which, of course, means I think you're fabulous. xx's

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my dear Marsha... you are so kind! What an honor to be your cosmic twin... you who have such style and elegance and an unquenchable thirst for all things beautiful!

      Delete
  22. Always lovely to see your examples of styling the classics, Tamera-style. Learn something every time you appear. Quality staples as your canvas, your styling concepts as your brush ... always art, Tamera.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Why thank you Jan! You have gotten my style aesthetic down into a perfect a perfect sentence..." quality staples as my canvas, styling concepts as my brush "... so well said my dear, you a have a true gift with words. Thank you for the gift!

      Delete
  23. Great hat Tamera. You are the artist extraordinaire! In the studio and wherever you go.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Love your creative space, Tamera. Glad things are going well! :) And your "uniforms" are super cute!

    ReplyDelete
  25. You ALWAYS look fab!! I love that you are back in the studio!! Can't wait to see your fab designs!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Tamera, you are always blessing me with Ah Ha moments. I mess about with paints, and fabric, and beads, and get great pleasure in doing so. I just realized that my better moments in my studio {dining room}, seem to be when I have dressed with care and attention. An ensemble that is practical, yes! But that does not have to mean sweats and a t-shirt. And to have 'going out' accessories at the ready is brilliant. I love exactly what you are wearing in these photos. Thank you dear Tamera.

    Sue xo

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hi Tamera~I love everything about this post~from your fabulous statement piece to your ultra creative studio to those white pumps you searched for high and low. You put your pieces together so stylishly.
    Happy for you to be back in creative/design mode....exciting times. Can't wait to see more!
    xx, Heather

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hi Tamera! You - Inspire - Me! I love your style and hope you do not mind that I (as many others too, I'm sure) attempt to imitate your beautiful, classy style. I too, am a "woman of a certain age", but am loving every minute, every new line & wrinkle as a badge of honor for 51 years of learning and growing. Loved all the photos in this post (as I love all of your posts) - - one question, if you do not mind sharing - - what lipstick/color are you wearing in this post? It's such a lovely shade on you.
    Hugs,
    Brenlee

    ReplyDelete
  29. That statement necklace is just awesome! I've GOT to read the tutorial Love the way you layer things together. I miss out on possibilities because I quit too soon when building an outfit. I'm just discovering your blog through Sue at A Colorful Canvas!

    ReplyDelete