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

By Tamera Beardsley @tamerabeardsley
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)
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
With what feels like a myriad of uncertaintyfor so many different reasons
I have held fast this summer tosome definite coping strategies(doesn't life always call for coping strategies)
By far my favorite these days
Hiking in Nature.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
So many of my favorite Summer Memoriesare of the hikesJeff and I have taken.
Our seriousness about hiking came about becauseI have been on a personal questto loose weight this year(so far it's 40 plus pounds lost)to age as healthy as I can!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Along the wayI realized just how muchbeing out in naturecalmed my soul.
Hiking in nature has become a soul cleanse.
A daily reset.

A reminder of all  the beauty and gracein the world.A way to honor my body, mind and soul.


Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Of courseI still find joy and beautycurating fabulous looks.
What I Wearhas always been important to mefor so many different reasons ...
From simply wanting to feel good about myself to honoring an occasionor an experiment in creativity.
What I Wearbrings me Joy.
These days I intend yo squeeze all the joy I can find in life
Taking the time to trulySavor and enjoyit all.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Especially taking the time to take in nature's beauty!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
My Catherine Robinson Cashmere Robeis still one of my favorite pieces this season.
As I write this there is a cool breeze blowing throughreminding me it will soon be cool enough to pull this beauty out again!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Neutrals will forever be one of my favorite palettes to wear.
I have added in some clogs into my rotationand really enjoying them with so many different looks.They give a current vibe to any outfitand are really comfortable to wear.Definitely a winning combinationthat I will bee taking into ourmild Southern California Autumns .
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Jeff and I headed down to the beachearly one summer morningto shoot myCatherine Robinson Robeit ended up to be such a beautifulsummer memory.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Jeff and I have been thriving even amidst the last very trying20 monthstaking our vows of Richer or poorer very seriously.
We will be celebrating 34 years this weekI 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 yearsyou know Jeff and I have had our struggles(I wrote a series HERE)So it feel really goodto know we can still thrive as a couple and individualsthrough some really uncertain times.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
I have mentioned here and on InstagramI have been making loosing weight a priorityin my life this year.
Not to be 'thin' as much as to beHealthy and Fitto be able to age in the best way I can.
Along the way I realizedI wanted to embrace my bodywith love and gratitudefor all it has done for me these 62 years.
No longer on a quest for unrealistic 'perfection'but insteadhonoring my bodyby feeding it healthy nutritiontaking it inside and outside for workouts.
These days when I do strenuous hikes I thank my strong, muscular thighsfor their strength and service.
No longer do I chastise them in my headthinking they should look differentor be less.I happily love and adore my thunder thighswith pride.
For methat is a huge mindset change.
I suffered with eating disorders for so many yearsthat even the idea of trying to loose weightalways had me fearing a return to bulimia.
Now loving and appreciating mybodyjust as it isfeels more empoweringthan I can explain here today.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
I have also been in my studio this summer creating new pieces.I haven't accomplished as much as I would have likedbut I am choosing to give myself grace.And continue onSlow and Steady.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
I was tickled to end up onSouth Coast Plaza'a Instagram!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
As well as Orange Coast Magazine!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
It's been another summer of Big Hat Love
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Always Big Accessory Love!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Exaggerated Silhouettesfor the dramatic win.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
so many outfitsfor getting in long city hikesthat I can still feel good about going in for casual lunches.
Getting my miles inand then lunchmy favorite combination this summer!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Still loving my fabulous Floral Headbandsthis summer.
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Especially for Sunset Strolls
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
Reflecting on my summer herehas been very cathartic for me.
I think it's all too easyfor meto give so far too much mental timeto worrying about what might be ...
that I loose focuson all fo the goodthat is right before me.
Taking the time forSummer Reflectionshas really helped remind me to step back and look at the bigger picture.
What are youmost Grateful forthis season?I would love to hear!
Summer Reflections  ... What I Wore ...and More
As always my friends
I wish you love and joyas you style your life

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