Wednesday, December 31, 2014

14 Favorite Outfits of 2014

It's time for my yearly recap of my favorite outfits of the year! Instead of a collage like the ones I've put together in previous years (see my 12 Favorite Outfits of 2012 and 13 Favorite Outfits of 2013), I decided to adopt Julia of Lemon Stripes' strategy and just pick a full-size photo from each month for your scrolling pleasure. If you want to get more details about any of the outfits, clicking the month caption below will take you to that post.

Anthro Romana Dress Layered

Banana Republic Sloan Ankle-Zip Pant

Anthropologie Petite Tamsin Maxi

Paris Balcony
April One

Hello Framboise Wedding Dress by BHLDN :: Photo Juliane Berry
April Two

Shirt Under Dress Outfit

Topshop Petite Lemon Print


Anthropologie Crochet Dress

Tippi sweater + flared denim skirt

Anthropologie Fall Hat

J.Crew Houndstooth Blazer
November One

Cozy layers + tulle skirt + 5050 boots
November Two

Buffalo plaid holiday outfit

For me, 2014 had some amazingly wonderful moments (marrying my love in Paris) and some difficult times (my dad's sudden illness and treatment beginning this summer). I am very excited for the new year and all the adventures it will bring, and I am hopeful that all of my family, friends, and readers stay healthy and happy.

Thank you so much for following along with me this year!
May your 2015 be filled with love, success, good times, and happiness!

x, Tam

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Little Sparkle

New Year's Eve Outfit

New Year's Glitter

J.Crew Deco Details

ASOS Petite Metallic Striped Dress
Dress: ASOS | Coat: H&M | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Tights: Forever 21 | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Clutch: Jimmy Choo | Necklace and Earrings: J.Crew | Watch: kate spade

Sharing some New Year's Eve outfit inspiration today! I've worn this dress a couple times already this holiday season already, and I may reach for it again this Wednesday.

Hope this look brings a little sparkle to your Monday!

x, Tam

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Merry

Red midi skirt + tall boots

Red plaid + red midi holiday

Winter details in red, black + gold

Buffalo plaid holiday outfit
Coat: J.Crew (last year's--see it styled here; find a similar one in petite, regular, tall and plus sizing at Old Navy) | Turtleneck: H&M | Skirt: ASOS | Boots: Stuart Weitzman | Bag: Valentino (available at Nordstrom or Farfetch, where I found mine) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Necklace: Ann Taylor | Watch: Michael Kors | Lips: NARS 'Cruella' + Fresh Sugar Cherry

I wanted to wish all my lovely readers a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays--from my little family to yours! Below are a couple watercolor illustrations (including Stanley's Christmas portrait) and some lettering I did for my holiday cards this year. Hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating with your loved ones.
hello framboise christmas wishes

Happy Holidays!

x, Tam

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cozy Plaid (+ Sorel Slimpack Riding Boot Review)

Sorel Slimpack Riding Boot Review

Cozy Plaid Blanket Scarf + Turtleneck Sweater

Sorel Slimpack Riding Boots
Sweater: Anthropologie | Jeans: J Brand (the Mid-Rise Crop with its 27" inseam is perfect for no-alterations, ankle-length petite jeans) | Boots: Sorel 'Slimpack Riding' | Bag: Coach | Scarf: ASOS (currently out of stock, similar here) | Watch: Michael Kors

Since I haven't been able to do outfit photos during the week lately (Standard Time means I usually leave work well after dark), I've had to cluster my photo shoots on the weekends, which seem to be the only time it snows here. Although I prefer sunshine, I was happy to give my new Sorels a test run last weekend to see how they held up in cold, wet conditions.

I love my Frye boots, but they are definitely not made for wet weather, and my Hunter rain boots aren't always warm enough when it's really chilly. I decided to try out the Sorel Slimpack Riding Boots to fill the need for something "in between" during our Colorado winters. For mixing form with function, I liked the combination of leather upper + rubber shoe and sole + microfleece lining.

I found the sizing to run small. I normally wear a 5-5.5, and I ordered a 6 in these, which fit well for me with winter socks. While the calf area is pretty wide for smaller legs, the back has an adjustable tab that can be tightened to make them smaller. While this creates a bit of an awkward fold, I didn't find it to be uncomfortable or noticeable while I was wearing the boots.

Overall, they were comfortable right off the bat, and I wore them for an afternoon of walking and shopping at an outdoor mall with no break-in time necessary. My only complaint was that they were almost too warm for indoors when doing so much walking; while outdoors, on the other hand, I was cozy and warm in 20-degree weather. So far, I have found them to be waterproof in snow, slush, and rain, but I haven't given them a try in deep snow or big puddles. I'm planning to update this post with that info once I get to test them out in those conditions (I'm crossing my fingers for some snow this week in the mountains!).

Hope you're having a lovely Christmas week!

x, Tam

Friday, December 12, 2014

Simple Neutrals

Simple neutrals

J.Crew Sydney Jacket

Tipped peacoat & tall boots
Blazer: J.Crew (now 30% off with code GIVETHIS) | Blouse: Banana Republic (in solid black here) | Coat: J.Crew (two seasons' ago, this season's here, also 30% off) | Jeans: Topshop | Boots: Stuart Weitzman | Bag: Valentino (available at Nordstrom or Farfetch, where I found mine) | Bracelets: David Yurman | Watch: Michele | Lips: NARS "Yu" + Fresh Sugar Berry

For the last week or so, it has been very hard to believe it's December in Denver. While mornings can be chilly, I've found myself carrying my coat and wishing I hadn't worn boots by noon almost daily. I know the snow will be back soon, though, so I haven't given up hope for a white Christmas.

Last weekend, sunshine and 60-degree weather made it comfortable to be out and about in a 3/4-sleeve blazer. This blazer (the Sidney style from J.Crew) has become one of my favorite wardrobe staples over the last few months. I originally purchased a pinstriped version as part of a suit, and I loved how flattering and slim the fit was without any alterations. Although J.Crew's suiting pieces can be spendy, they often run 25-30% off promotions (like the one they're running right now with code GIVETHIS). To me, the cost is worth it when I don't have to spend additional time and money getting them tailored to fit.

I'm off to my work holiday party this evening--I'll share my look with you next week. Hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Friday!

x, Tam

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gift Guide: The Perfect Gift for the Hostess

Gift Guide: The Perfect Gift for the Hostess

1. The cutest wine tote
2. A Jo Malone candle in heavenly 'Blackberry and Bay'
3. Cozy throws for their home
4. A whimsical his and hers highball glass set from kate spade
5. A guide to being Parisian wherever you are
6. Golden monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie
7. Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
8. Hand-lettered olive oil dipping plates
9. "Rising to the Occasion: the Best Toasts for Any Celebration"
10. This gold bottle opener is both lovely and immediately useful
11. Christmas crackers to add a little excitement to Christmas dinner
12. A set of monogrammed copper Moscow Mule mugs
13. A festive bottle of mulled winter punch
14. A classic petite ginger jar in a Chinoiserie pattern
15. Delicious Cappuccino Truffles

Wherever you're planning to celebrate over the holidays, it's always nice to bring a little something for the host and/or hostess. I hope today's gift guide gives you a few ideas that will leave your hosts feeling pleased and appreciated! (P.S. The widget below has a few more easy ideas mixed in that didn't make it to the official guide if you're still stumped.)

In other exciting news, Anthropologie is running an additional 30% off sale items today--below are a few of my picks.

Need more inspired gift ideas? Check out my gift guide for him and for the busy girl. Happy holiday shopping!

x, Tam

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Work Outfit: Navy + Nude

Work outfit in navy + nude

Petite work dress

Givenchy Small Antigona

Anthropologie petite work dress
Dress: Anthropologie | Jacket: Arden B. | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bag: Givenchy (also here and here) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Watch: kate spade | Lips: NARS 'Yu'

Sharing a favorite work outfit today! This Anthro dress is beautifully made and makes looking put-together so easy. I love finding dresses that are conservative enough for the courtroom, yet still have a few unique details to add interest. Hope you're having a great week so far!

x, Tam

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cozy Neutrals

Zara Blanket Scarf

Cozy winter look

Rockstud tote + blanket scarf
Blouse: LOFT Outlet (last seen here) | Scarf: Zara (similar here and here) | Jeans: rag & bone | Boots: rag & bone "Harrow" (review here) (on sale for Black Friday in gray here) | Bag: Valentino (available at Nordstrom or Farfetch, where I found mine) | Hat: Anthropologie (last seen here) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bracelets: David Yurman | Watch: Michele | Lips: NARS "Dragon Girl" + Fresh Sugar Berry

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for your readership and support!

x, Tam

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gift Guide: 10 Perfect Gifts for Him

Gift Guide: 10 Perfect Gifts for Him
1. A classic silk tie for the office or special occasion (in 15 colors!)
2. A cozy down vest: easy to size, easy to wear--a guaranteed closet workhorse
3. A cashmere scarf in plaid or solid colors (+ 30% off!) will keep him warm and stylish this winter
4. You'll want him wearing this appealing, confident scent from Creed all the time
5. American Bar: the Artistry of Mixing Drinks to help him master the perfect cocktail
6. Cozy winter jammies--in Christmas-y plaid or solid colors if that's more his style
7. Classic Ray-Ban aviators flatter every face (and remind him of Top Gun)
8. Love this tailored, grown-up dopp kit with a fun message inside
9. A monogrammed copper tray for storing essentials or jazzing up his bar
10. Touch screen-friendly gloves to keep him warm and in touch on the go

The hardest people on my list to find great gifts for? My dad, my husband, and my brothers, always. Today's list is for the men in your life, and it's all about the foolproof, classic pieces you'll see them reach for again and again. Hope this guide makes picking the perfect gift for the guys you love a little easier!

x, Tam

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bundled (+ a rag & bone Harrow Booties Review)

J.Crew Toggle Coat

rag & bone harrow booties review

Zara plaid blanket scarf
Coat: J.Crew (on sale!) | Blanket Scarf: Zara | Jeans: J Brand (the Mid-Rise Crop with its 27" inseam is perfect for no-alterations, ankle-length petite jeans) | Boots: rag & bone "Harrow" | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Lips: NARS "Dragon Girl"

I wasn't really intending this to be a review post, but I fell hard for the rag & bone booties I'm wearing here after receiving them last week and decided to share a little more about them. Despite their nearly-four-inch heel, they are some of the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. Something about the way they are constructed and balanced makes it feel like the heel is much lower, and there's no teetering around when walking (great for me since I love to stride with purpose!). I've been on the lookout for the Harrow booties since I picked up rag & bone's Newbury style at the end of summer (last worn here) and loved them, and when I saw the Harrows on sale recently at Nordstrom, I quickly pulled the trigger on a pair in "Stone" (sadly, Nordstrom's price has gone back up, but I'm guessing it may go back down again around Black Friday, or after Christmas at the latest).

I read the reviews thoroughly before I ended up buying, and everyone was saying that these run small. After trying them, I would say they run a half to potentially a full size small. I normally wear a 35 in designer shoes or 35.5 in narrower pumps, and I went up to a 36 in both the Harrow and the Newbury boots I purchased earlier, and the 36 fits me well in both pairs. I'm able to wear socks with them without the boots feeling too tight, although it is hard to find a sock that won't show when wearing the Harrow, since the front dips so low. It does take a little effort to get into the bootie since there's no zip, but it just took some extra wiggling for my foot to slide right into place.

Today was a real test for the Harrows--I was out doing work "in the field" that involved a significant amount of walking, and I wore them comfortably all day long. So which rag & bone pair do I like most? I think the Harrow has pulled ahead at this point simply because shoes are never (for me) this comfortable from day 1. I also love how sleek and flattering they are with their crossed straps and dip in the front. The Newburys have an advantage for the winter to come, though--they rise higher up the ankle and will probably keep me warmer in freezing temperatures.

Happy, happy Friday! Tune in on Sunday for the next post in my Gift Guide series!

x, Tam