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Summer Fashion Recap … A Look Back

As we drift into an early fall here in Southern California
I wanted to take a look back at what I wore this summer.

I think it's healthy to take the time to reflect on the good in our life.
Especially on days we might be in  a bit of a mental or emotional rut.

For me this summer has been filled with so many highs
to be honest some lows as well
as I continue to adjust 
with a truly empty nest.
This was the first summer in 24 years …
that our lovely nest has completely emptied out.

Some weeks I feel so good
can only relish in all of the beauty at this time in my life.

Then in what feels so often  like completely out of the blue
I feel grief stricken that my kids haves all moved on.

But the good news is
these washes of grief
are fewer
than they were at the beginning.

And I remind myself
Life is a continuum of transitions
happiness is found most often
in gratitude.

So here is a very grateful look back at my summer.

I was so grateful to take the train down to San Diego
to visit my son.

The opening of Newport Beach's expanded Anthropologie was such a fun event!

Events in Beverly Hills called for some versatile pieces.

Having lunch with my dear friend Dorrie from
Senior Style Bible 
is  always an occasion!

We were both in town for the signing of
Arie Cohen of
 Advanced Style
newest book
Advanced Style - Older and Wiser.

Jeff and I discover our beloved Dana Point
has harbor wine cruises!

One of my favorite outfits this summer
easy and chic at the same time.
This chiffon kimono is as light as air
so it's the perfect way to finish an outfit in the summer heat.

My most important dress ever.
I have never been so grateful for an outfit in all my life.
My daughter's wedding  day was a huge challenge for me
but this dress  and velvet flower crown gave me the extra boost of confidence
to show up as the loving matriarch
I wanted to be.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding
be walked down the aisle by my wonderful son Slater.

The joy these two had
was palpable.

Ocean picnics and  more kimonos always a favorite of mine!.

Date Night Dressing

Checking out Huntington Beach's Pacific City.

San Diego visit to The Headquarters.

Sunset at Monarch Beach Resort.

Denim on denim for brunch with the family.

A visit to beautiful San Juan Capistrano.

Dinner out with my love.

Malibu Beach at the newly redone Malibu Riviera.

My favorite restaurant discovery in Malibu.
Malibu Farm located on the pier.

Looking back it has been a summer
I have truly reveled in all the beauty I found.

I have put much effort in
looking for the beauty in my life.

I still am overcome at times
at missing my kids so much
but I know things will eventually settle into this new normal
that is a truly
Empty Nest.

I will continue to search out
and focus on
all the good and beautiful I can find.

I wills wake ups every morning
with a grateful heart.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

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  1. Nice pictures you look beautiful, I miss so much California (Orange County)our home was in Mission Viejo, I hope We move back one day in ours life. The weather all ways nice.
    Have Blessing week

  2. What a wonderful look back at your summer. Thank you for sharing the joys and the pain. It feels so real! I deeply appreciate the intention you have to live in gratitude, and that when you have the inevitable down times, you get yourself back on track. Having tue ability and the determination to do that is huge.

    I am a few years ahead of you in this empty nest business, and my children live so far away that I don't see them often! After a visit, it takes me some days to recalibrate back to the long distance relationships. And ever since my dear daughter has happily embarked on a serious relationship, I feel not as central to her life. This is hard. But I am truly happy for her happiness, I remind myself.

    Like you, I have taken this opportunity to renew my marriage, much to the delight of my husband. That is such a good thing! We hope to retire in a 3-5 years and pursue new interests, both together and independently. But also, I hope one or both children will be married, and then maybe if we are blessed there will be grandchildren!

    Thanks again for sharing your process and the beauty of your life.

  3. What a thoughtful and beautiful post, Tamera! It is so good to reflect on our expereinces, and appreciate them anew. And what a gorgeous mother of the bride are you! xox


  4. You have some fabulous outfits but the blue and white fringed shawl and the turquoise jewellery take the cake for me - they are magnificent. Your summer looks lovely and I hope your autumn is equally so.

  5. Dear Tamera, as you may know, I'm a relative newcomer to your blog, and as such really do appreciate this whistle stop tour of your summer: the highs, lows and beautiful outfits. I too am an empty nester but do have a son who still lives nearby which helps enormously. I started my blog last year when my daughter moved out and it has helped to fill the vacuum somewhat. I love your style, both of writing and dress. Bless you and thanks for your blog x

  6. Tamera, thank you for this summer essay of beauty, for highlighting the beautiful things in life, with gratitude and love. It's easy to slide into negativity when we get low (and we all do) but I find your posts inspiring, uplifting, and they make me feel more beautiful and grateful too. Sending love and blessings to you. xx

  7. Tamera, I usually find blog look-backs boring but not yours. A chance to see so much of your beautiful styling all in one post, what a treat! When my youngest left home I was bereft but five grandchildren later corrected that! A whole different phase of my life opened up. Wishing you the best in your beautiful life!