TARA (TAR-UH) IS A STORYTELLER, PHOTOGRAPHER

AND PROFESSIONAL BUYER OF THINGS ON SOME

BIG LIFE ADVENTURES TAKING HER FROM SEATTLE

TO SAN FRANCISCO TO PHILADELPHIA TO

NEW YORK AND BACK TO CALIFORNIA.

THIS IS HER DIARY.

WHAT I WORE

FLORAL FALL

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Free People Sunbeam maxi dress  :: knit moto jacket ::  leather harness :: Bite Beauty high pigment lip pencil in Pomegranate (this stuff is good)

I love a good fall floral. This bilowy and floaty Free People pomegranate-colored floral maxi is so good, and so fall perfect- the color! Perfect trans-seasonal dressing, although I will probably wear it deep into winter as well. Sometimes a sweeping maxi dress is what a winter wardrobe needs to breathe some life into it.

Are we all enjoying the changing of the leaves? The state of Pennsylvania is really beautiful this time of year… I could live in this month forever…

FASHION

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 Happy October! Which means… sweater weather is upon us! And you guys, Free People fall sweater game is seriously on pointe right now. So good. The best silhouettes, coziest yarns and prettiest fall palette. Sharing with you here what I consider to be the necessary wardrobe staples for the season (i’ve seen your pinterest board, you know you need a chunky turtleneck)… I’ll be having one of each please…

top row:   Angora Vneck // Dylan Tweedy Turtleneck // Cable Zipper Cape

bottom row:  Boyfriend Cardi //Teddy Bear Pullover // Sugar Wrap Sweater

BEAUTY

OIL SEASON

OIL SEASON

Ok I admit it, I have completely drunk the kool-aid on the whole oil movement. I passed by the oral oil-pulling (who has that kind of time?) and went straight for the beauty products. I had to give it up for the summer, due to the sweaty mess it would have become, but now we are back in oil season. The best thing about using oils is that they are free of synthetic ingredients that are found in most moisturizers – parabens, synthetics, sulfates, etc. Sharing with you here some of my favorite face, body and beauty oil-based products.

Egyptian Magic: this is not marketed as an oil, but it most definitely is. After hearing it rhapsodized over for its multiple benefit cure-all properties, I saw it on the shelves of Urban Outfitters (it’s actually hard to find) and went for it. It is not cheap, but this is a massive amount. It is basically an oil-based balm you put anywhere on your body that needs some salving. Elbows, eczema patches, back of arm bumps, curling iron burns, you name it: cured.

Mountain Ocean Skin Drink Almond Oil: my new favorite all-purpose all over body moisturizer. Warm it up in your palms and rub all over your body right after the shower. It does not make you greasy or sticky like normal moisturizers and soaks in really nice, giving you a nice subtle sheen. It’s the only thing I have ever been able to handle putting on my legs. Mountain Ocean is truly the original hippie-dippie all natural beauty company. You can find it at whole foods/health food stores and Urban Outfitters.

Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum: a Barney’s master sales girl recommended this to me over Rodin face oil, mostly because it is a sophisticated mix of EIGHT different good-for-you oils- taking it to the next level in skincare. It sinks in evenly and perfectly, and I wake up with luminous skin. If you are scared of face oils, don’t be. They are amazing- a little life changing. There is a correct way to apply it: put a dime sized amount between your fingers, rub to warm up the oil (so it heats up and therefore applies and sinks in better) and then PRESS all over your face. Don’t rub.

Josie Maran & RMS Beauty both make amazing all-natural cosmetics with oils as bases. I especially love the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée and the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer. Try both!

do you have any favorite oil-based products? do share!

WHAT I WORE

SLOUCHY

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Ahhhh you guys, September! cooler weather! Finally a break from the summer humidity. I know that it means winter is inevitably around the corner, but let’s make a little home in Fall for a bit, shall we? I have spent the last couple weekends turning my wardrobe over a bit and bringing my fall favorites to the front. Fall dressing is really the best isn’t is? So good, every time. I know you all feel me. These slouchy loungeish pants are quickly becoming a staple. Because, let’s be honest, I’m not joking around when I say I love a good lounge pant. And these here Free People ruched harem pants are a good lounge pant, that crosses over nicely into the real pants category, especially with fall booties added, amiright? I wore them with a tee this week, but flannel shirts and eventually sweaters will be topping them soon. I think you need them too.

ENTERTAINMENT

SHAKE IT OFF!

Happy Weekend! I am in New York with my bestie having a great New York weekend. Starting to feel like fall around these parts – get me a sweater! We are off tonight to see Arcade Fire at the Barclay’s Center and dance and sing our hearts out.

But right now? We can’t get enough of this video! #gotaylor

xx, Tara

ENTERTAINMENT

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

A couple of weekends ago, I took another road trip up the Eastern Seaboard to the great state of Rhode Island to go to the Newport Folk Festival music fest in Newport Harbor. It was something of an impulse trip, as somewhere on the internet a few weeks before I stumbled upon the lineup, thought it sounded pretty special, located some tickets on stubhub and emailed a few friends up North to come meet me (and host me, Thank You Seth and Danielle!). Next thing I knew I was driving up the coast ready to jam to some folk. The thing about this festival is that it is pretty iconic, it has been around since 1959 and it is where Bob Dylan famously ‘went electric’ in 1965, controversially. All the great ones have played there over the years. It’s a beautiful setting for a festival right on the harbor, and very intimate at only 3 small stages. And also quite preppy – I never expected to see so many pairs of Nantucket Red shorts at a Folk Festival – Toto, we are not in SF anymore… But all around it was an awesome and special East Coast experience with great company- we had the best time listening to amazing music, seeing some known faves and discovering new ones. My favorite acts included the insanely soulful Hozier (I wrote about him earlier here), at one time even backed by the Berklee College of Music Gospel choir (amazing), me and my friend Erin’s favorite dude, Shakey Graves, the glittery Valerie June singing a favorite of mine, ‘Rain Dance’ in the pouring down rain, Shovels & Rope, The Milk Carton Kids, the legendary Mavis Staples on her 75th birthday, the ladies Lucius and many more. Take a listen at the bottom to my Spotify playlist and enjoy my snapshots below…

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::CHECK OUT MY FAVORITE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL MUSIC! (Scroll down for more)::