The Ode Series, #4

July 27, 2012

I want to paint a picture for you.  Let’s start with the ocean.  Envision a curving shore with rippling waves, the sun shining and breezes blowing.  Imagine a basket full of colorful, fragrant flowers, with a scarf gently draped around the handle.  Imagine an elegant, curvaceous woman, with honey-colored hair and a flashing smile, her exquisite layers of gauze and linen, ivory and bisque, falling gracefully around her form, while her rope-soled shoes keep her firmly on the ground.

Now open your eyes and join me as I celebrate the fabulous Tamera Beardsley.  Her eponymous blog is a sensory experience, one which flows around you with images you can inhale and savor.  Feel the cool weight of the beaded necklaces she designs, and hear the sound of laughter escaping on the wisps of smoke and wind as she goes “glamping” (glamor/camping) with the family she loves.  Taste the hint of salt, not unlike the ocean’s, left behind by a tear that was shed as she navigates life.

Make no mistake, this is a real person who probably gets flustered and mad, has regrets and challenges, but nevertheless is committed to making her legacy one of beauty and love.  As she says at the end of her posts, “Wishing you love and joy as you style your life”.

When you drop a pebble in the water, the ripples continue past recognition.  I’m inspired and grateful to be a part of her elegant “ripple effect”.  Thank you, Tamera.  I wish you love and joy, as well!

The Ode Series features clothes I’ve made, inspired by some of the personal style bloggers I adore.  I recently made this top and skirt from fabric I’ve had in my stash for years.  The bag was purchased on sale at a little boutique in Denver, the espadrilles are from Cathy Jean, the cowrie shell earrings and necklaces were thrifted, and the bracelets were thrifted and gifted.  The sunflowers were a gift from Joey.  If you click on the pictures once, and then again, you’ll be able to see more detail.  Please come party with me and the rest of the lovely ladies at Patti’s and Monday Mingle. It’s Monday, after all!                                                                           


53 Responses to The Ode Series, #4

  1. Melanie on July 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I saw Tamera immediately in this look – you’ve really captured her spirit in these photos. She is an inspiration for me too. Your skirt and top are beautiful – you are so talented. And the sunflowers Joey gave you are such great bursts of happiness.

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      That’s the perfect way to describe sunflowers! XXOO

  2. Mrs D on July 28, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Lovely dress, you are so talented!
    The sunflowers are also beautiful, how lucky of you to receive such beautiful gifts :)

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      The weekend has been interesting, to say the least. I’ll be posting about it at a later date. As for the flowers, I’m often the grateful recipient of beautiful bouquets; Joey loves to bring me flowers! Lucky indeed.

  3. linda davis on July 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

    You look amazing amazing !!!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you Linda. I had fun with my Ode. I hope you’ve been able to see Tamera’s blog, the source of my inspiration for this one.

  4. pastcaring on July 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Beautifully elegant! Vix has just done a post in a white maxi dress, both of you look amazing in white, Greek goddesses the pair of you! xxxx

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Greek goddess… I like that. Vix’s outfit looks so gorgeous as well.

  5. Shybiker on July 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Beautiful. Everything works. This outfit sings.

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Now THAT’S a lovely compliment! Thank you.

  6. The Style Crone on July 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    So happy to see you back and loving the Ode to Tamera! You captured her style and her elegance, honoring her with your poetic writing. You look like you belong on a magazine cover with your flowing white layers, accented with a touch of color. Beautiful photos!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      These are the first photos taken with the timer on my camera that I’ve published. You should see me scrambling to strike a relaxed pose before the timer goes off. It’s hilarious. I’m pleased, though. Now to get the tutorial on my remote!!!!!

  7. Terri on July 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I KNEW who your inspiration was even before I scrolled down and actually read your post. It’s true that Tamera handles neutral colors in amazing ways and I always study her photos for the blends of textures in her looks. Well done!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Terri, thank you!

  8. Forest City Fashionista on July 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress – very “Greek Goddess”! I looked at Tamara’s blog and she does have very elegant style which you are most certainly channeling in this outfit!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      It’s fun to go back and see how she’s evolved style-wise, as well.

  9. Tamera Beardsley on July 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Jean I LOVED this outfit before I read any of the post! It’s absolutely Gorgeous!!! When I read who the ode to was dedicated to you almost made me cry with your generous words and sentiment. You have such a talent with both capturing a person’s style essence with clothes and interpreting them into your own. Thank you for your beautiful post, I am truly honored. To me the biggest compliment I can be given…is that I helped inspire!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      I’d been planning this ode for a long time, although I didn’t know what the outfit would look like. I just knew that your style and spirit were special. Glad you like the post.

  10. Vix on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    You look so elegant and ethereal in your white creation! Love those wedges and your accessories, too! Lovely!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Your white maxi post was fabulous as well!! Perfect for summer.

  11. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on July 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Jean, you are elegant and beautiful here in your “inspired” look (and always) — and I, too, knew right away who your inspiration was! Both you and Tamera are women of taste and style. Beautifully done!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Your lace top would look great with this skirt :-)

  12. Jeannie on July 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I totally agree with Patti! Just beautiful! Nuff said!

    • Jean on July 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Appreciate it!!

  13. Sheila on July 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Jean, I’m happy to see you, but aren’t you supposed to be resting??? Well, you sure beautiful. I’ve seen Tamera’s blog. It makes me think of a magazine.
    I like how your outfit shows just enough skin to be sexy without revealing too much!

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Part of Donna Karan’s genius was her celebration of the shoulder as an erogenous zone. Originally this top didn’t have the slit shoulder, but I felt it wasn’t quite interesting enough. I added that feature at the end. Glad you like it; I was happy with the way it ended up.

  14. WendyB on July 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Elegant and fabulous!

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      A compliment from you, the elegant and fabulous, is always appreciated!

  15. Megan Mae on July 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    You look positively heavenly in all white. Thanks for showing off your great style, but also thanks for introducing an amazing person to your readers.

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      This is what makes blogging fun!

  16. Joni on July 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

    You look wonderfully elegant and I love that you have dedicated this post to the beautiful Tamera. Her warmth and personal style light up the blog world and inspires each one of us.

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      You are so right. I’m glad I found her blog.

  17. pao on July 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Welcome back Jean! So this is the sewing project you’ve been working on – it’s really stunning, both the top and skirt. The fabric itself is gorgeous. I hadn’t seen the Odes before and went back to read them. What a wonderful idea and so beautifully executed. And I knew who each of the honorees were just by seeing your pictured outfit! Impressive work.

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Thank you for checking them out. I love doing the Odes! If you go back to the posts Separation Anxiety, Playing Miss lady, and A Sneak Preview you’ll see a few more upcycled pieces as well.

  18. Tamera the Menopausel Supermodel on July 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

    What a stunning outfit!!
    you look like you could be schmoozing with the celebrities at a Malibu cocktail party!

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

      I’ll have a glass of Pinot Grigio, thank you! :-)

  19. Kaffesoester on July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    What a fantastic dress – you look so lovely in it! I love this beach theme with shell accessories and the espadrilles. You’re a very talented lady!

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Since Tamera features the ocean as a motif in many of her posts, somehow the shells felt right. I thrifted them years ago and this is the first time I’ve worn them!

  20. Rose on July 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I just love Tamera’s look too! I have told her that if her whole wardrobe disappears one day, it’s at my house. You have really “nailed” the look. Smashing!!

    Cheers from England,

    • Jean on July 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      So, as your cosmic twin, it’s my closet too, right?

  21. Rachel {Raw-kul} on July 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    This is so lovely Jean, you look amazingly gorgeous! I’m so grateful to be a part of this living the “love” group! So much fun and so much inspiration! xo

  22. Practical Paralegalism on July 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve just discovered your blog. I love your inspiration ode to Tamera. You look gorgeous. I always feel more relaxed and appreciative of the world after visiting her blog.

    • Jean on July 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      I understand! It’s part of her gift. Also, thanks for leaving a comment! I’ve “seen you around” and am glad we’ve connected. Love the baby blue Fluevogs!!

  23. Lisa@Dreamz n Wishz on July 31, 2012 at 12:57 am

    What a beautiful post in honor of Tamera. You are both inspirations.
    You look lovely and that dress is gorgeous.

    • Jean on July 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you so much!! Isn’t it nice to be part of the “ripple effect”?

  24. Debbi on July 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Jean, you are so elegant and beautiful. The outfit is just stunning. I loved the touch of the sunflowers in your bag. You would look fabulous in NY, LA or anywhere! You did a wonderful ode post!

    • Jean on July 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      There will be more to come, Odes that is. Definitely a delightful project, celebrating some of our favorites. Thank you so much for your comments. Glad you’re “up and running” again!!!

  25. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on July 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Tamera is a new discovery for me and she is truly inspiring in her style.You convey her luxe feel with textures and opulence as well as her warmth of beauty!

    • Jean on July 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Bella!!! As one of my icons, I’m so happy to see you here commenting! Tamera is extraordinary. Kinda like you, only different. :-)

  26. La Dolce Vita on August 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

    You have a beautiful sense of style. The way you have captured the bangles, bags and the neck piece together-is very creative. I also love the flow of your writing !
    have a beautiful day !

    • Jean on August 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much! I have bookmarked your site as well and look forward to more of your wonderful,thoughtful posts.

  27. Ariane on August 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Jean!

    I know Tamera! She is a stunner!
    So are you in that fab outfit, this color is always flattering to the complexion
    Sorry i do not comment often, ia m on holiday enjoying the warm weather!

    Arine xxxxxx

    • Jean on August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying yourself. Please, no worries about how often you comment!!! It’s time consuming and we have lives, you know? I’m just glad to see you when you do stop by. Relax and enjoy!!

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