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Summer Reflections ... What I Wore ...and More

September always has me wanting 
to take the time to
 reflect on my summer.

This year I would call mine a 
Summer of Resilience
(not that the last few seasons haven't also been)

With what feels like a myriad of uncertainty
for so many different reasons

I have held fast this summer to
some definite 
coping strategies
(doesn't life always call for coping strategies)

By far my favorite these days

Hiking in Nature.

So many of my favorite 
Summer Memories
are of the hikes
Jeff and I have taken.

Our seriousness about hiking 
came about because
I have been on a personal quest
to loose weight this year
(so far it's 40 plus pounds lost)
to age as healthy as I can!

Along the way
I realized just how much
being out in nature
calmed my soul.

Hiking in nature has become 
a soul cleanse.

A daily reset.

A reminder of all  the beauty and grace
in the world.

A way to honor 
my body, mind and soul.

Of course
I still find joy and beauty
curating fabulous looks.

What I Wear
has always been important to me
for so many different reasons ...

From simply wanting to feel good about myself 
to honoring an occasion
an experiment in creativity.

What I Wear
brings me Joy.

These days I intend yo 
squeeze all the joy I can find in life

Taking the time to truly
Savor and enjoy
it all.

Especially taking the time to 
take in nature's beauty!

is still one of my favorite pieces this season.

As I write this there is a cool breeze blowing through
reminding me it will soon be cool enough to pull 
this beauty out again!

Neutrals will forever be one of my favorite palettes 
to wear.

I have added in some clogs into my rotation
and really enjoying them with so many different looks.
They give a current vibe to any outfit
are really comfortable to wear.
Definitely a winning combination
that I will bee taking into our
mild Southern California Autumns .

Jeff and I headed down to the beach
early one summer morning
to shoot my
it ended up to be such a beautiful
summer memory.

Jeff and I have been 
even amidst the last very trying
20 months
taking our vows of 
Richer or poorer very seriously.

We will be celebrating 34 years this week
I realize now the true meaning of the marriage vows.
Marriage really does take 
commitment to all of the words
(except that dated obey, that definitely weren't in my vows!)

For those of you who have followed my blog for years
you know Jeff and I have had our struggles
(I wrote a series HERE)
So it feel really good
to know we can still thrive
 as a couple and individuals
through some really uncertain times.

I have mentioned here and on Instagram
I have been making loosing weight a priority
in my life this year.

Not to be 'thin' as much as to be
Healthy and Fit
to be able to age in the best way I can.

Along the way I realized
I wanted to 
embrace my body
love and gratitude
for all it has done for me these 62 years.

No longer on a quest for unrealistic 'perfection'
but instead
honoring my body
by feeding it healthy nutrition
taking it inside and outside for workouts.

These days when I do strenuous hikes 
I thank my strong, muscular thighs
for their
 strength and service.

No longer do I chastise them in my head
thinking they should look different
or be less.
I happily love and adore my thunder thighs
with pride.

For me
that is a huge mindset change.

I suffered with eating disorders for so many years
that even the idea of trying to loose weight
always had me fearing a return to bulimia.

 loving and appreciating my
just as it is
feels more empowering
than I can explain here today.

I have also been in my studio this summer creating new pieces.
I haven't accomplished as much as I would have liked
but I am choosing to give myself grace.
And continue on
Slow and Steady.

I was tickled to end up on
South Coast Plaza'a Instagram!

As well as
 Orange Coast Magazine!

It's been another summer of 
Big Hat Love

Always Big Accessory Love!

Exaggerated Silhouettes
for the dramatic win.

so many outfits
for getting in long city hikes
that I can still feel good about 
going in for casual lunches.

Getting my miles in
and then lunch
my favorite combination this summer!

Still loving my fabulous 
Floral Headbands
this summer.

Especially for 
Sunset Strolls

Reflecting on my summer here
has been very cathartic for me.

I think it's all too easy
for me
to give so far too much mental time
to worrying about 
what might be ...

that I loose focus
on all fo the good
that is right before me.

Taking the time for
Summer Reflections
has really helped remind me 
to step back and 
look at the bigger picture.

What are you
most Grateful for
this season?
I would love to hear!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. Oh Tamera, you look fabulous in ALL the photos! I must say you are living your best life, a life of gratitude and it shows. Good job!

    1. Hello Catherine! Always so lovely to hear from you darling! Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging words! I so appreciate them! Hope you and yours are doing well my dear! XOX

  2. Congratulations for working and achieving weight loss!!!! I'm reading the Naken Mind, as noted in one of your blogs and hope less alcohol with more miles will help me lose my stubborn pounds. I'm 70 and DO want to live my best life now. Thank you darling Tamara for your honesty and grace. Xoxo Lark

    1. Thank you so much dearest Lark! good for you for reading the Naked Mind! Making changes about wine, especially the abstinence for 30 days, really helped me reset my alcohol consumption. It also gave time to find other ways to cope with life's stressors. I highly recommend walking, as much for the body as the mind! Sending you big hugs my dear! XOX

  3. So many beautiful pictures! You are looking fabulous and as always get me thinking! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Peace! Cheryl@

    1. So lovely to hear from you Cheryl! Thank you for your kind words darling! And may I say you are looking absolutely gorgeous my dear! You are making 60 look aspirational! Big hugs! XOX

  4. Thank you for sharing, Tamera. I can identify with so many of your comments. I accept that my skin doesn't quite "fit my muscles" like it used to and that, despite that, I pledge to nurture wellness and amazing vitality and love of life, moment by moment...because that is all there beautiful moment after the other. I love the artistry of your photos and your writing. Health, peace, love and all things amazing to you. Elizabeth.

    1. Elizabeth thank you so much for visiting here! You my dear, have such and amazing and inspirational view on aging! "I pledge to nurture wellness", just simply beautiful! i so appreciate you wise words and insight darling! Thank you for sharing! XOX

  5. It is always a pleasure to read your words of wisdom - and look at your fabulous fashions. Well done for embracing all that walking - I find walking essential, but could look at extending it quite a bit more! Love your walking shorts/lunch outfits, so chic and fun too. Thank you so much for posting it all. xox

    1. It's always so lovely to see your comment here my dear! And good for you for walking! It's certainly a favorite of mine! I increased my walk miles, over several months. Now they are usually one of my favorite parts of my day!

      Thank you so much for visiting from Australia my dear! XOXO