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A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear Tamara Mellon speak at Lucky FABB. I picked up her memoir with every intention of reading it right when I got home. But as what happens to several of my books, it gets put on my bookshelf and I forget about it. Plus I had read a few reviews and I wasn’t overly thrilled with the book’s reception.


Fast forward to today. I have set a goal to get through these “forgotten” books and I felt like this book would fit in nicely with some of the other business memoirs I’ve read lately. The reason I am highlighting it in this post is…I ENJOYED IT. I completely disagree with the reviews I read beforehand.


Tamara Mellon may have took some time finding herself…but once she did, she was a hard-working entrepreneur that took great pride in the company she co-founded. One of the biggest complaints I kept reading about this book was she was entitled and another story of a “poor little rich girl.” Did Tamara come from means? Yes. Did that possibly make some situations more easy for her? Well…I’d argue easy is the wrong word. Did she have funds available? Yes, but obtaining what she did was anything but easy.


Tamara’s story is sprinkled with hurdle after hurdle. Whether it was business parter gone crazy or personal family tragedies…Tamara found herself constantly fighting for the company she loved and having to pick up the pieces of her family and move on strongly for her daughter. I think Tamara’s memoir is inspiring to anyone who is or strives to be an entrepreneur who also is a great example of a woman wanting the best for her company and her daughter.


I wish Tamara nothing but the best with her new venture and line: Tamara Mellon.

Mia Maree Journey ¬† There is a woman. Forever on a journey, she adventures through life, navigating its twists and turns with strength and grace. Not afraid to explore her past, she learns from every heartache, dreaming of the future and the chances it may hold. Searching for a retreat, in the loving warmth of family or a voyage to paradise, she is always open to the unexpected, while staying true to who she has become.”

- Porter Magazine, Winter 2014



Porter Magazine is such a lovely publication. I enjoy receiving it in my mail every few months. What I love even more are these little excerpts of beauty. This one was from last Winter, but it is something I go back to and remind myself of. Here is to the journey…



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Mia Maree Summer Snake Top: The Limited // Skirt: The Limited {similar} // Shoes: Guess // Bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties // Watch: Withings // Glasses: Prada


Summer is here to stay! I’m usually drawn to bright bold colors this time of year, but soft neutrals keep winning that battle. They are the perfect combination for the 9-5 and transition well to warm outside date nights!


Trader Joe's



Trader Joe’s is my one stop shop when I’m having people over to our house. My first grab is always FRESH FLOWERS. They have the prettiest varieties at the best prices and they usually last me over a week.


Next I always grab numerous items – but I wanted to share with you my 4 TOP favorites:


1. Raisin Rosemary Crisps – I tried these based on a girlfriend’s recommendation. And boy was she right! These little crisps have so much great flavor. I like to serve them with goat cheese best! Any softer cheese would do…


2. Mandarin Orange Chicken – I can’t tell you how many girl’s nights I threw these puppies in the oven. Very very easy meal to accomplish and I throw it over some white rice for a quick “take-out” mean IN! Such deliciousness.


3. Blue Cheese Pecan Dip – This is the QUEEN of all dips. If you like blue cheese that is. And I very much do. Even a few of my non-blue cheese friends enjoy this dip. I usually serve with pita chips from Trader Joe’s, but any harder chip/cracker would do. And don’t forget the red wine…A little cabernet with blue cheese is ALWAYS a good iea.


4. Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups – And for a small dessert because you are so stuffed from my other treats! Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s cookie butter?! It is a must. It’s never lasted long enough for me to actually try it ON anything…I’ve eaten it straight from the jar with a spoon. So when I saw these little cups, I knew it was love at first sight! Dark Chocolate and cookie butter is a decadent combo!

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Top: similar // Skirt: ASOS // Glasses: Prada // Watch: Withings 

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