I always say that when you look good, you feel good, and life is so much more fun! And don’t we all want more fun in our lives?
Tamera Beardsley thinks so! She’s a great example of a woman who is having a ball with fashion!
Tamera writes a personal style blog that I first heard about when she submitted some photos that I ended up featuring on my How to Wear the Color Linen post.
I immediately fell in love with Tamera’s unique, eclectic style. She’s got that fun, artsy look that many women over 40 are searching for.
Tamera, who is also a jewelry designer, is a natural at putting together playful, creative outfits that reveal her joyful spirit. Read on to find out more about this Fabulous After 40 Styleblazer and her unique fashion philosophy.
Deb: How would you describe your style of dressing and how has it evolved?
Tamera: My personal style is made up of chic sportswear with a heavy dose of fun and dramatic accessories. As I have gotten older, I have become just as interested in fun and energizing clothes as those that I feel and look good in.
Deb: Your outfits are like art – beautiful, thought provoking and inspiring. What goes into creating a look? Do you have a story in mind you are trying to tell or do you simply put together things that delight you at the moment?
Tamera: When I am composing an outfit, both ways can come into play. If the outfit is for a particular occasion, I compose for the feeling I want to convey and wear. Other times an outfit can be inspired around a particular item I am drawn too like a crown or a tulle skirt or even a hat.
Deb: What’s the one item in your closet that you can’t live without. Why?
Tamera: I can’t think of one item, but accessories always play leading roles in my closet. I have my accessories displayed in my room, so I always have them at the ready to pull from. Hats and sunglasses are always a quick pick for an immediate dose of some finishing Glam!
Deb: You are a big fan of tone on tone looks (which look fabulous on you). What’s the secret to a great monochromatic look?
Tamera: I think the secret to making a tone on tone looks work is remembering to pair tones with like weights and textures.
Deb: Many women over 40 play it safe when it comes to fashion. What advice would you give to women who want to be more experimental and take fashion risks?
Tamera: The advice I would give is to start with one simple stretch to your look. Like a great pair of sunglasses or a shoe that’s just a little further out than you would normally wear. Any look is all about how it makes You feel, so I say start small and work in pieces that stretch as you build confidence in your own choices.
When I was deep into full-time mothering, I lost my style mojo and had to work to get it back over a course of a couple of years. I had gone from a bonafide hat and bold accessory wearer to someone who questioned if hats and accessories were still aged appropriately. Now I know that true style is ageless, but it was a process to be really confident with the idea once again.
Deb: Tell us about your signature jewelry line. Was this always a dream of yours. What makes your jewelry unique?
Tamera: Before I had my third child, I had a very successful jewelry line, with reps all over the country and had amazing editorial coverage of my line. When I shuttered my business to raise my family, I always planned on returning to my creative passion.
What makes my pieces unique is that they are all hand made here in Southern California, by artisans. I design my pieces to be cherished and worn with confidence.
Deb: Your love of California is obvious by the gorgeous photos on your blog, but living there doesn’t offer you many seasonal weather changes. Do you ever long for colder temperatures and the opportunity to wear winter fashions?
Tamera: What a great question, my dear! This is the second winter in a row here in Southern California, which my winter clothes have not been out to play. I have had to make peace with this, as I love nothing more than layering on pieces for varied looks. But seeing how the winter has been so harsh in so many places in the country, making peace with our beautiful weather has been a little easier this year!
Deb: Your daughter is recently engaged. What kind of dress do you have in mind for yourself as the Mother of the Bride?
Tamera: Another fabulous question! I am planning on a long dress, fitted on top with a ball skirt and pockets in a neutral lace or satin. I want a dress that speaks to the momentous occasion but is also one that is comfortable and practical. I see my job that day as supporting my daughter and being a great hostess to our guests while all the time savoring and enjoying the moments in a dress that makes my heart happy!
Deb: Gratitude is a big theme on your blog. Why, and what are you most grateful for in life?
Tamera: Gratitude is huge to me, not only on my blog but in my offline life as well. Learning to practice intentional gratitude changed my life. It taught me to focus on the good, instead of getting caught up on the bad. As I have aged, I have realized life is hard on us all at one time or another.
Practicing gratitude makes sure I don’t miss so many beautiful moments in life, many of which happen right along side the hard days. For me learning to focus on the good gives me more courage to meet life’s challenges with more grace and love. I am most grateful for learning to appreciate my own story and the people in my life.
Deb: For a casual day of afternoon shopping and early evening cocktails, what would be your outfit of choice?
Tamera: I wore this bold stripe on stripe maxi dress to Laguna Beach for a day of shopping and sunset cocktails on the beach.
The brooch necklace is a piece I made using flea market finds and some childhood keepsakes. It’s a fun project to make out of varying collections. You can find a DIY tutorial for the necklace on my blog.
Deb: When you attend a gathering where there will be a more artsy crowd and vibe, what is your go-to outfit?
Tamera: The Summit is a very creative crowd. Wearing this particular outfit made it one of the most favorite ensembles ever!
I bought the tulle skirt in Paris with these parties in mind. I grounded the outfit with jeans as a base. I loved the juxtaposition of the elements!
Deb: What’s the best style tip you’ve ever received?
“Life is too short to wear boring clothes.” Researching the quote, I found no definitive source to attribute it to. I first heard it from my therapist when I complimented his shirt. Obviously, he turned out to be the perfect therapist for me.
Deb: Do you have a daily uniform?
Tamera: I have several versions of this daytime ensemble. Living in southern California, this denim tunic, and white jeans have been my go-to pieces for years. They let me get done what I need to at home and in the studio as well as leave the house in style.
I always have a daily outfit and a collection of accessories (hat, sunglasses, scarf, jewelry, a bag, and a fun, walkable shoe) at the ready so that I can leave the house in style.
Thanks Tamera for letting us peek into your closet. To see more of Tamera’s inspirational style be sure to visit her blog, Tamera Beardsley.