2020 Wardrobe Recap ... and Reflection



It's that time of year again
when I look back at what I've worn 
over the year.

I have to say
I have been back and forth 
as to if I even wanted to do it this year.

For me it was a year
filled with personal loss
on different levels
but
none more than losing my dad.

But I don't think ignoring the year
will help heal my heart
and 
after all
I am still standing.

Ready to take on the 
New Year
with optimism
and 
Gratitude.

But I also think there is personal power
in
acknowledging 
life's storms.




Loosing my Dad in September
was so hard.

Because of Covid
I was only able to see him
one time during his two months in ICU.

He had gone into the hospital
for what was supposed to be a simple surgery
in July.
Complications arose
 he ended up in ICU a few days later.
From there it was weeks and weeks
of a roller coaster of expectations
of him surviving.
It got to a point he wanted to be able to die
knowing he would never recover 
to any quality of life.
he got to a point he was more gone 
than here.
Not even able to breathe on his own.

On September 3rd
my brother, Jeff and I 
were allowed to be at his bedside
as they took him off the ventilator
and
he was allowed to die a peaceful death
with dignity.




2020 has been a year of hardship and loss for so many.
and 
we must all find ways 
to go on.

Learning how to balance our grief
with the intentions of 
doing good where we can.


Finding and acknowledging 
all the beauty and goodness
that there is in life.


For me 
I find solace and calm
in pulling together outfits
that I am happy to wear.

I love the creative process
I love having something 
that I can control.

Dressing in an 'outfit'
reminds me of my mother
who ingrained  the concept of 
'an outfit' into me.

Wearing an outfit I love 
makes my heart happy.

And that makes me more able 
to give to others.

For me
Creative Personal Style
Confirms My Soul

My love of 
accessories and clothes
is part of who I am.
I can still remember what I wore in kindergarten.


I share that love here
in the hopes 
that if you share the same love
maybe 
I can inspire your own creativity
and 
passion.


Whether it's clothes or cooking
or a myriad of other creative outlets
creativity
is so important to
living a joyous life!


From here I offer some of my favorite outfits
form 2020.
Reminding myself
there were good moments
in the midst of the heartbreaking ones.




I always love elevating 
basic pieces
by combining them
and 
finishing with a wonderful dose of 
Coordinating Accessories.

Here it's an interplay with
straws and shells.




A happy happy day at Disneyland
last February!

Jeff and I have 
thrived as a couple 
through so many trying times this past year.

I am so thankful we worked so hard
the last few years
rebuilding such 
a strong marriage.

Our marriage continues to 
Thrive
as a true partnership.
Jeff is one of the very best parts 
of my life.




One of my very favorite outfits 
of 2020.
We took it out to the beach for pictures
the whole walk
felt like magic!




My favorite bag of 2020
brought 
my big loves of
Pearls and Basketry
together!




 I decided to make myself get dressed
for cocktails outside!

I did this outfit around my 
personally designed
shell and pearl earrings!

They are part of my newest Collection
that I am in the works of launching soon!




The month of May
 still dressing for home.

'Glamming Up'
sweats with 
two more of my designs
 Turban and Statement Earrings!

2020 sure had me refining
Cozy Comfortable
with a big dose of
Statement Accessories
for 
Instant At Home Glam!




June had  me pulling out my caftan and turban
for an easy at home
Glam Look
with once again the instant infusion of
Statement Accessories!




Jeff and I were so happy
about the new terrace 
we put in 2019.
Never even knowing how much
 we would use it in 2020.




Plenty of neighborhood sunset walks.




Paired this off the shoulder denim dress from
with some of my favorite 
Western Accessories!
I definitely enjoyed getting dressed for even
takeout!




Walks on the beach
are always 
a balm to my soul.




Yep.
More dressing for home.
Upgrading two basic pieces
to 
'an outfit'
with plenty of 
Statement Accessories!



Our accessory du Jour 
for 2020.

I have quite the collection
but this is my favorite
go with everything
well fitting
and 
most importantly
easy to breathe
from the lovely
from the UK




Saturday summer nights 
at home.

I have to say 
our gardens have never looked better!
Certainly one of the many
Silver Linings of 2020.




Definitely enjoyed  dressing up for 
Take Out
and a
Photo Shoot







Summer Sunset Strolls 
on the beach

Never again  will I take the beach for granted
after the closings  for months here in California.




Still got out for 
photoshoots!
This fabulous dress is another from




Wearing an outfit I love
to cheer myself.

It works.
I highly recommend!




Beach rides with my love.




We even got a weekend away at the 
brand new and fabulous
located in Temecula!
I shared all about it HERE
With only five cottages
it felt entirely safe
during this Covid times.




We were lucky enough to catch lots of 
spectacular sunsets.

One thing about difficult times
they always have me searching hard for
 all the beauty
and 
silver linings I can find.




There were also times
hiding under a big hat felt ideal.




But each time I got up again.






And outfits that I loved
Helped 
Every Single Time







That concludes my 
2020 Recap.

As hard of a year as it was
I still have ever so much to be 
Grateful 
for.

Here's to 
greeting the 
New Year
with 
strength, courage 
and 
Gratitude
for every 
Silver Lining 
we can find!

Wishing each and everyone of you
New Year 
full of blessings!




As always my friends

I wish you Love and Joy
as you 
Style Your Life

















19 comments:

  1. You are always positive and oh so inspiring. You bring joy, a role model.

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    1. Dee thank you ever so much for your continued support! I so appreciate You!! XOXO

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  2. Simply stunning! Beautiful words of inspiration. Delightful outfits full of joy. Thank you for sharing xoxo

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    1. Thank you for your visit and your sweet encouraging words darling! XOX

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  3. I LOVED THIS POST!YOU GAVE US A COUPLE OF NEW PHOTOS WE HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE OR AT LEAST ME!BUT RE-VISITING YOUR ENSEMBLES IS ALWAYS A FEAST FOR THE EYES!I NEED THE PEARL BASKET BAG TO GO WITH MY CONTESSA NECKLACE YOU MADE!!!!ANY CHANCE I WILL FIND IT NOW?
    HAPPY TO HEAR YOU AND YOUR BELOVED ARE THRIVING!
    SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR FATHER...........
    YOUR PHOTOS ARE STUNNING AND YOU KNACK FOR PUTTING TOGETHER AN OUTFIT IS A TEN!
    I KNOW NO ONE WHO CAN DO WHAT YOU DO!
    ARE YOU WATCHING BRIDGERTON on NETFLICKS?
    OH MY GOSH THE CLOTHING AND THE COLORS ARE BEYOND STUNNING!
    I RECOMMEND FOR YOU ON A RAINY DAY WHEN YOU CAN SIP A BEVERAGE AND ME CARRIED AWAY..........
    LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK IF YOU DO WATCH!!!
    I AM ALMOST FINISHED!!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR..............seems we have a bit of TURMOIL IN THE CAPITOL at the moment so I am staying away from the radio and TV!!!!!
    OFF TO CHECK FOR THAT BASKET BAG!!
    HUGS,
    XXX

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    1. My dearest Contessa thank you ever so much for your visit here and wonderful words! Yes, I absolutely LOVE Bridgerton ... for all fo the reasons you mentioned!! I actually finished the series, (which is one of my favorite), last night! It is such wonderful escapism and a diversion from the ghastly news! I have no doubt I will be rewatching the entire series just for it's beauty alone ... but I have also loved the story line!

      Off to visit your blog my dear! XOXO

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  4. YOU amaze me with your creativity! What I truly admire is your uniqueness in style and you wear each outfit with such confidence. It seems to me that society as a whole has lost something when all anyone wears is leggings and workout clothes. Whenever I see anyone who has put forth an effort in dressing I always compliment them...so I had to compliment YOU - a lady of true style!! AND I am so happy that you and Jeff are doing well - hold tight to your love.

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    1. Pam thank you ever so much for your sweet gift of words! I so appreciate them! Dressing has certainly helped me during this difficult year, to be sure! Thank you for your visit and taking the lime to leave such an encouraging message! XOX

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  5. Dearest Tamera, this was simply beautiful! I find it inspiring that you're not afraid to share your challenges and pain while continuing to motivate yourself and others. Your shine starts on the inside and you glow on the outside. Of course, you look stunning in ALL your outfits!

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    1. Hello darling! Always so lovely to see you've visited here my dear! As always I so appreciate your gift of encouraging words my dear! How are you doing dear? I absolutely loved the gorgeous Christmas pictures of you and your daughter! Hope you are both well and thriving! XOXO

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  6. Dear Tamera, what a difficult year you have experienced, but you have risen above it all with your beautiful outfits and elegant style. Your palette of neutrals with touches of blue throughout the year is inspired, and of course your jewellery elevates every look. You look lovely throughout. I do wish both you and the USA better times ahead, and a bright and joyful year. Happy New Year. xxxx

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    1. Hello darling! As always I so enjoy your visit from Brisbane! Sure sound like Australia sure has a great handle on the dreaded Covid situation!

      I was so happy to see you got a Christmas visit from those adorable twins! Sounds like the makings of a wonderful holiday my dear! XOXO

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  7. My condolences regarding your father. We have suffered so much loss this year but I am very proud of our resiliency! Your outfits, as always, are beautiful. I had not checked in in a very long time because of memory loss as a complication of cancer and I forget to look at my favorite sites, but I am so happy that I saw your post today and started to scroll through the blog. Beauty nourishes the soul and soothes our fears. Your outfits, photos and musings are beautiful! I like your positive attitude!

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  8. My condolences regarding your father. We have suffered so much loss this year but I am very proud of our resiliency! Your outfits, as always, are beautiful. I had not checked in in a very long time because of memory loss as a complication of cancer and I forget to look at my favorite sites, but I am so happy that I saw your post today and started to scroll through the blog. Beauty nourishes the soul and soothes our fears. Your outfits, photos and musings are beautiful! I like your positive attitude!

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  9. Dear Tamera , my deepest sympathy on the sad passing of your Father . It must have been so terribly difficult for you under those circumstances.
    It was such a joy to see your wonderful outfits in one post. I firmly believe that creativity is healing for our souls. The shot of you in your white tulle in the sea is exquisite , a magazine worthy image.
    Your collection of beautiful accessories takes my breath away.
    On another note , early in the year I had a quick stop in LA on my way to Cuba and had thoughts of contacting you but there was not enough time . Hopefully one day in the future I can make this happen and meet you and Elizabeth (the Contessa). Please take care my dear . xxx

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  10. Tamera - my sympathy's to you and your family on the loss of your beloved father. I'm so glad you decided to move forward with your 2020 wardrobe recap ... I remember so many of your spectacular outfits captured by Jeff's gorgeous photography. I've read and reread your inspiring words looking finding comfort and encouragement in them. So far 2021 is off to a rocky start ... and we must look for those silver linings and remain resilient. Always. xo

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  11. You are such a special woman, not only reg. how you dress but how you feel and think. Health and luck to you and your family for 2021.

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  12. Dearest Tamera.... I am so sorry about your father's passing however it seems a blessing that you were with him during his last breath. It's so difficult to lose a parent from my own personal experience. You are an amazing and courageous woman..... a woman of substance. I recently watched a film about Coco Chanel (my idol) and after reviewing this recap post of yours, I was amazed that your fortitude mixed with creativity remind me so much of Chanel. And, perhaps I've seen past posts showing your husband in a Breton shirt? Stay well, Tamera. xoxo Lark

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  13. Oh Tamera, I am so deeply sorry about your dad. Your posts - here and on facebook- never fail to inspire me and make me happy. I am also so happy to see Jeff in some of your pictures. Much love, Kathie

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