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.

TRAVEL, WHAT I WORE

A SONOMA AFFAIR

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A flashback to August when I went out West to see a good friend get married in the always glorious Sonoma, CA. We took advantage of the locale and spent the Sunday after wine tasting, actually just hanging out here, at Ram’s Gate Winery, which quickly became our new favorite. If you’re in the market for a great Sonoma/Napa trip – don’t miss this place.

I do miss being so close to Napa and Sonoma – it was such a great getaway locale. I will have to find me some wineries in these parts….

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FOOD & DRINK & ENTERTAINING

BOO!

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Hope you are all having a fun and festive day! I’m spending my Halloween night watching a marathon of season 1 of American Horror Story – I am weirdly obsessed. The first episode scared the shit out of me, but apparently not enough to keep me away as I was intrigued by the story and now am so into it. I highly recommend.

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I got my Halloween fill earlier this week when my I took on a visit to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary Haunted House with my coworkers. Impressive set up, these guys weren’t messing around – rooms beyond themed rooms of scary stuff, from old abandoned school buses to greenhouses, infirmaries and a even a clown filled 3D fun house. We alternated between screaming our heads off and laughing at each other as we freaked out around every corner. Thank god I don’t do parties without favors and I packed us some Sofia champagne in a can roadies to take the edge off while we made our way through for 45 freaking minutes. Why do we do these things to ourselves? All in the name of Halloween fun.

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Can you believe tomorrow is November? Winter and the snow will be here before we know it…

WHAT I WORE

TERRAIN IN THE FALL

TERRAINFALL016My mom came to visit me a couple of weeks ago, and first on our list of things to do was go back to Terrain (see our first visit here) to see it in a different season. I regret not going back in the springtime to see it in full bloom, but it was so fun to go in the fall with all of the pumpkins and Thanksgiving decor. I am sure it’s pretty magical around the holidays too- so I am planning my next trip. Mom had to literally drag me out, I could stay in this store/nursery forever. Let’s all move in together. With crop tops on.

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 Trust me, if I can wear a crop top, you can wear a crop top. Get on it, the 90s are back.

WHAT I WORE

AND WE’RE BACK!

PHILLYTOUR012You didn’t think I had completely disappeared from the internets did you?! Well lucky for you, I’m back! woohoo. Fall seemed like the perfect season to relaunch The Wonder Girl as the leaves are changing, the tide is turning and it’s starting to feel more and more like my little home here. For everyone wondering (a lot of you, I know and heard, and I thank you for thinking of me) I’m doing great here in Philadelphia. Enjoying the journey of being somewhere completely new, exploring the east coast, meeting all kinds of new people, feeling all the seasons, etc etc. Since I last left you, I have been on all kinds of adventures and I’ll be doing a rehash here of course. For my first post back, here are a few pics exploring the hidden streets of this charming little city.

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Pretty darling huh? We took these pictures when my good friend Alicia came and visited me for a weekend in September. I love showing my weekend visitors around here, to all the places I’ve come to enjoy- my favorite walk to the river, my favorite restaurants (more to come on those), my coffee place, and of course, the charm of the tree lined streets and side alleys peppering my neighborhood. Most people are surprised by how great Philly really is… So if you’re thinking of visiting someday, I think you should! We can hang out :-). More of my favorite places to come ♥.

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ART

Hugo Guinness love

As I was decorating my new apartment, I decided I needed my first piece of real art. Yep, I did. And so, my Hugo Guinness collection has begun. I have been having a love affair with Hugo (yes, of those Guinness’s – cousin of Daphne) prints for awhile now, and knew one needed to be mine. Maybe it was first seeing them scattered all over the walls in the Tenenbaum’s house in The Royal Tenenbaums, or in Kate and Andy Spade’s home in just about every cool interior magazine or blog, or in a Real Simple magazine spread a couple of years ago- the London born, Brooklyn dwelling artist’s lino prints of quirky drawings captured my heart. I love the look of a collection of the prints all haphazardly hung up on gallery wall- or even mixed in with other art. Of course I can’t wait to collect more.

 What did I choose for my first Hugo? ‘Stylish‘ of course…

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Hugo Guinness prints

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Hugo and wife Elliott Puckette’s Brooklyn living room from Vogue Living, a Hugo Guinness entryway gallery, Linda Rodin’s dreamy bedroom with Hugos over her bed from Matchbook Magazine (you have to check out the rest of her place – magical), and my own ‘Stylish’ print in my Philadelphia bedroom

Check out Hugo’s fun collaboration with Men’s Coach here

FASHION

Ear Cuffed

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clockwise from top right:  Urban Outfitters Crystal Teardrop Cuff, Topshop rhinestone ear cuff, MaggieMadeWithLove Dainty Bow ear cuff, Annelise Michelson Carnivorous Spike Ear Cuff, Repossi Ear Cuff, Mania Mania Idol Ear Cuff, Asos Crystal Stud Ear Cuff

I am ear cuff obsessed over here. It started when I first saw the ‘Mania Mania’ stone cuff on Shopbop and had to have it – and it has just kept on going. Like internet stalking see what is out there can’t decide what to get next obsessed.  I need another. I like them pretty, jeweled and girly- exhibit A: Diane Kruger, or tough and edgy cool- exhibit B: Gaia Repossi in her own design: the Rolls Royce of ear cuffs- 18k gold and 0.61 carat diamond studded- my god, there’s an ear cuff. Michelle Williams looks seriously cute in it, I’m jeal.  Did I get you into this trend yet?