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A Little Glitz and Tam!


Looking for a cute way to update any look, or cover up a “bad hair” day? The Tam has been my secret weapon for the last 15 years. What is a Tam you ask? Well, Wikipedia defines it as, ” a millinery design for women based on the Tam o’ shanter military cap and the beret. Sometimes it was also known as a tam cap, or the traditional term tam o’shanter might also be used. It became popular in the early 1920s when it followed the prevailing trends for closer-fitting hats that suited shorter hairstyles and for borrowing from men’s fashion; other traditional men’s hats that rose to popularity in women’s fashion during this period included the top hat and bowler.”

I simply define the Tam as, my signature look. I love a great sequins Tam! I have about ten colors, and I love them because they can instantly turn any look from drab to fab!

I always felt the Tam gave a Parisian feel to any look I put together. Being a lover of vintage styles, I immediately gravitated towards this accessory, and the price didn’t hurt either. I have been buying this accessory from my local beauty supply store for years, or stealing them from my grandmother’s closet! Everyone’s grandmother has a Tam! To me, it says class and style in the same breath.


And, what’s a great look without a fun shoe? You dolls know I always wait until my favorite department stores have their major shoe sales each season.  Why pay full price?  I snagged these beauties last summer preparing for my nuptials. I was on a gold, nude, and crystal kick majority of last year, and my shoe collection was enhanced because of it! And of course I was looking for a deal any and everywhere I could find one in 2015. And behold, look at what the shoe gods blessed me with! Super fab at a fraction of the cost! Who said Gucci, wasn’t affordable?


But I digress… Back to my favorite accessory! Another amazing thing about wearing a sequins Tam is that it dresses up my look instantaneously! Whether I am wearing jeans and a t-shirt, or a basic lace blouse and accordion pant, this fun embellishment can amplify the quality of any look. And, year round might I add! I am a believer in having items in my wardrobe that I can wear all year, and a Tam is a glorious embellishment to wear from winter to summer. ** For the winter, however, a beret is a great alternative**


So remember, if you’re having a bad hair day, or just need to spice up your look with a little sparkle, get yourself a Tam, girl!! You’ll thank me, I guarantee!





◾Lace Blouse: The Limited
◾Studded Heels: Gucci
◾Pants: On and off the Runway Boutique :
◾Belt: Piazza Sempione
◾Purse: Vintage Coach

◾Sequins Gold Tam: Vintage


Hair: Malika Goins – @beautybymalika

Make-Up: Ashley Tolliver – @beautybandit_ashley

Photography: Breann White – @breannwhlgn

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The Dress: The “Meredith” Gown By Kenneth Pool


The Gown


A girl’s trip to New York in February 2015 changed my bridal journey! I remember trying on dresses, and not really having a “moment”, like I’d heard so many former brides say. Every dress I tried on just looked the same to me. I actually had become very disenchanted with the bridal gown search. So I took a girls trip with one of my best friends Sherie, and she decided to make some appointments for me to try on some gowns, that’s what good friends do, and I am so glad she did!  I had originally thought I found a dress and purchased it prior to the trip (that dress ended up becoming my second gown), so I wasn’t really in the mindset to find “The Dress”. I am so happy I was open to trying, because that trip completely helped bring my bridal vision to life.

We went to Amsale Bridal in New York City, and the rest is history! You talk about having a moment… We were in FULL OUT UGLY TEARS the moment I stepped into this gown! I truly felt like a princess, and I will forever remember that experience. This dress was made custom to fit my body. Designer Kenneth Pool does a great job of making sure each gown is custom fit for you on your special day. When my dress arrived from New York six months later, it literally fit like a glove. The Amsale Bridal team ensured my bridal journey was classic and memorable.



My advice: Having large groups of people with you may not always be the best idea. I had some of my favorite bridal moments when it was just me, and maybe one other person. To many opinions can become a headache. Stay true to who you are, and ALWAYS follow your first mind!







Dress Designed By: Kenneth Pool

Floral Designer: Amber Kirkland with Velvet Touch Florals

Head Piece: Custom Design by Christie Lauren 

Wedding Shoes: Versace and Miu Miu





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