AN OPEN LETTER OF GRATITUDE: To Stephen, My Love - St Louis, Missouri


My love,

People said it would be hard for us.
Hard that after dating + engagement long distance for three and a half years, we would still be "blindsided" by what living together would look like.

People said, in good meaning, that marriage can be r.o.u.g.h.
That marriage = all your weaknesses on full display.

But you know what I see?

I see you.
I see a man who's strengths are on display.
I see selflessness & a heart to improve and love well.
That moves me.

You haven't always felt like you were good at affirmation.
But you know something? 

Every morning
You look into my sleepy eyes and pull me close.
Then you whisper, "hi. I love you. I love you. I love you."

Indeed, you are a man who is generous with your words.

When I'm freaking out / crying (because the latter usually comes with the former),
you've listened, encouraged, and then just held me.

There is no doubt in my mind that marriage can be hard.
And we'll probably have earth shattering, crap hitting the fan, times in this life.
But I know that the foundations we're setting now will serve us well then.

Because when love leads by serving, it empowers.

Now that you're feelin all the feels as you read this
(read: relieved I'm almost done with my gushing),
I hope you walk away knowing at least one thing:

Quite frankly, my dear,
I am grateful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving...*muah!*   

--Tara M


WEEKEND WEAR CAPSULE || One Sweater Dress, Five Looks


It's week two of the capsule wardrobe challenge.
(Click here if you don't know what the heck I'm talking about)!

It's gotten a little easier to find new combinations.
Especially for today's feature: A Sweater Dress.

It's super warm (made with wool), flattering, & versatile.
I didn't think I'd be able to pull it off to wear as I shot a wedding (my work attire),
but I did and it was perfect when paired with tights.

Today's inspiration comes to you with all the things in mind for this upcoming week!

-- Boho casual (read: just throw something on)
-- Fancy free (read: just add a layer)
-- Work attire (read: could work for any office situation as well!)
-- Black Friday Shopping (read: just throw something on that looks like you tried & actually succeeded bc it's 4am & you're standing in line errrywhere)

 Here's a video showing you how I did it!

Here's the pieces, out of the capsule, that were used.

Cozy Sweater Dress || Goodwill (I know, right?!)
Tights || Gifted (not included in capsule planning, but hey!)
Olive Sweater || H&M, on sale.
Coat & Belt || Thrifted.
Tribal Cardigan || Charlotte Rousse, on sale.
Booties || Gifted & Goodwill.
Earrings || Various Stores, all on sale.
Felt Hat ||  Vinnie Louise, gifted by bae.
Leather Tote || Amazon, gifted by bae.
Scarf || Walmart, gifted.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with friends & family!

Post your weekend wear outfit inspiration and use #weekendwearcapsule to share in the fun! 

--Tara M