over-the top, glamorous and economical

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I’m not going to lie… I felt like a diva in this outfit, glamorous in fact. I didn’t even really plan it either, I grabbed this coat on the way out the door. We’ve had an unseasonably strange little cold snap here in Florida and I’m just about ready for it to be over. I wore this outfit for a taping of “44 on the Town,” it’s a talk show that airs on CW44 (my real job). We just got a brand-new set and the show is getting completely revamped. It premieres this Sunday at 11am on CW44 in the Tampa Bay area, if you’re interested.

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Back to the look: Not only did it make me feel chic, but the best part is that the entire outfit (purse not included), probably cost me less than my weekly trip to the grocery store. For example, I got this coat ages ago for $10, I legit still get compliments on it everywhere I go. My skirt is from TJ Maxx and I probably paid less than $20 for it, my turtleneck was $15 at H&M (love this shirt) and my shoes are Sam & Libby for Target, so also super reasonable. Why am I telling you all of this?! Well… mainly because I felt like a million bucks. I chuckled inside as I realized in my head just how reasonably priced this over-the-top outfit really was. It just goes to show, it’s not the amount of money you spend on your clothes but the feeling you get while wearing them. 😉

Btw, this top-knot took me sooooo long to do, no joke.

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H&M turtleneck   |   Kate Spade handbag {in black}   |   TJ Maxx skirt

Urban Outfitters sunnies   |   Sam & Libby heels (old)   |   Bitten jacket (really old)

XX, Tara

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thin-spiration {past looks}

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So I talked yesterday about my goal to get healthier in 2016. If you’ve followed my blog you may know that in 2013 I lost nearly 30 pounds. Read about that here.

Most of these pictures here are from 2013-2014 right around when I started this blog. I’m doing this to get some thin-spiration. I remember how much fun I used to have every morning getting dressed. I want to get back to that place. Please comment below and let me know if you want me to document my weight loss experience at all. I’m sticking with a weight-watchers type diet but I recently tried the 3-day military diet and I’m thinking about maybe trying a juice cleanse. I’m willing to be a guinea-pig so let me know if you know of anything good.

Hope you’re feeling fabulous as ever! XOXO

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XX, Tara

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hello from the other side

Hello

I’m not really on the other side, I’m just obsessed with that new Adele song! It’s so good!!!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m still alive and trying to get some daily outfit pics. I’m so sorry for my terrible posting lately. This “hello” is a promise to get better (I know I’ve said that forever, but I’m trying). I have 3 or 4 looks I’ve already shot and I’m going to start editing and putting up some new content asap! Just wanted to let you know I miss you guys, your sweet comments and likes keep me going.

Talk to you soon!!! ❤

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30 things about me…

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I’m going to try to get up a couple of posts this week. My birthday is Saturday and I’ll be turning 30!!! I’m excited but also a little nervous… does this mean I have to start acting like an adult, because that sounds pretty awful!

In honor or turning 30 here 30 random things about me:

  1. I’m obsessed with lipstick, I currently have 3 lipsticks, 2 stain glosses and 3 lip-liners in my purse.
  2. I can recite all the 50 U.S. states in alphabetical order.
  3. I’m a terrible speller without spell check, seriously I just spelled “recite” wrong.
  4. My hair is naturally blonde… kidding, just making sure you’re paying attention.
  5. I’m very sarcastic… see #4. 😉
  6. I love Eggs Benedict, it’s probably one of my favorite meals of all time, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
  7. I love TV, not only do I work in television, but I’m a HUGE TV watching freak. Name a show and I’ve probably seen every season.
  8. I have a mini-schnauzer named Emma, she’s 6 years old. I adopted her from the Humane Society and she’s the sweetest pup you’ll ever meet in your life. Plus my boyfriend and I also have a Pitbull named Ace who is a cuddle monster! The two pups are besties!
  9. I love kayaking, especially in the Florida springs. It’s amazing!
  10. I worked in the restaurant business for 8 years, cooking, hosting and serving.
  11. I enjoy watching home shopping shows, for some reason they always keep me hooked.
  12. My favorite dessert is Crème Brûlée… it’s so good!!!!
  13. My grandparents are from Canada… eh?!
  14. I love Christmas music, almost too much!!!!!
  15. I learned how to swim when I was three, although I remember it being a terrifying experience with an evil swim instructor who wanted to drown me. #dramatic
  16. I was a competition cheerleader when I was in high-school… Go Sharks!
  17. The town I grew up in is the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World… and I love strawberries!
  18. My hair is naturally curly… really, really curly! I straighten it every other day or so.
  19. I love “I Love Lucy,” I have dressed up as her for Halloween and my office is decorated in an array of “I Love Lucy” decor!
  20. My first CD ever was Mariah Carey, Daydream.
  21. I love Root Beer… I’m one of those people.
  22. I have lots and lots of freckles, which I hated as a kid, but now I’ve learned to love.
  23. I’ve had two great-grandmothers live to be over 100 years old.
  24. I paint my nails at least once or twice a week. (I’m currently obsessed with white nail polish!)
  25. I love to sing, I have been in multiple choruses throughout my life.
  26. I swam with stingrays in the Cayman Islands.
  27. I have severe motion sickness at times… boats, cars, roller coasters. It’s awful!
  28. I talk very loudly when I get excited!
  29. I hate washing my hair, because it’s so curly it’s such a pain!
  30. I love hats… see #29. 😉

And there you have it, 30 random things, it was actually more difficult to create than I thought it was going to be! ❤

XOXO, Tara

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a little bit of everything

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I’ve been super busy these last few weeks with work, wedding showers, bachelorette parties, etc… and I simply have not had the time to post much on here. (Sorry!) I’m going to try to get some good content soon I promise, but until then I thought I’d share a few “everyday” photos with you guys. I was thinking back and I realized that I haven’t done a post like this in a while.

Hope you don’t mind the photo overload! As always thanks for taking the time! XO

{All pictures were taken with my iPhone.}

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XOXO my loves!

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my short time in savannah

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Over Thanksgiving weekend, my boyfriend and I took a road trip up to North Carolina to visit my family. On the way back home to Florida, we made a quick detour in Savannah, Georgia (for about 17 hours). Our trip included a stay at the city’s oldest hotel, a bike ride through the historic neighborhoods and lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant.

We stayed at The Marshall House which first opened in the 1850’s. The building, reminiscent of one of my favorite movies Gone With the Wind, still has many of the hotel’s original features. It has been through many different owners and even served as a hospital for soldiers toward the end of the Civil War, and during two yellow fever epidemics. It is said to be haunted, although to my dismay, I didn’t notice anything out of the norm while we were there.

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The following morning, it seemed as though we woke up before the rest of the town because there were very few people on the streets. We took a walk on River Street, near the old cotton factories. I could almost imagine what this place would have looked like 150 years ago. Much of the old buildings have been restored, but still have their original architecture.

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Since we were only in Savannah for a short time, we rented some bicycles (for $5!) and rode around the historic Savannah neighborhoods… this was probably my favorite part of the day!

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Savannah was beautiful and we will most definitely be back!

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daddy’s little girl

No More

Sitting by the door wearing just a t-shirt and tears

Waiting for the dark truth that I already knew

Looking upon the foggy street, the crickets play their nightly song

Patiently waiting for the morning sun to rise

Remembering happy times unfortunately makes the pain worse

His keys will no longer clink when he opens the door

Those beat up brown slippers in front of the couch

Will never again feel the warmth of his feet

Canoe cologne still lingers in the hallway

Merit cigarettes on the workbench untouched

Unpressed shirts still lay on the ironing board

Fearing that if anything changes, it’s actually true

Nothing has changed, but everything had changed

The house is full of people, but I feel so alone

There will be no more piggy back rides or braided hair

No more family dinners or famous cheese toasties

No one to walk me down the aisle on that special day

No more Daddy’s little girl

-Tara Wikoff


I wrote that poem in 2007 for a Creative Writing class at USF, I just recently stumbled across it and thought today would be a good day to share it.

My father would be 68 years old today. Next February he will have been gone for 20 years. I still think of him every single day and know that he’s somewhere looking after me.

I’m not looking for sympathy, I have a great family, wonderful friends and I have lead a blessed life, I just miss him. I wish I could talk to him, I wish I could hug him and I wish he could see how I turned out.

“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. ” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Happy birthday Daddy.

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