Category Archives: Girl Talk

Every Closet Needs …

This couldn’t be more true! Blazers, Jeans, Ballet Flats, Button Ups, etc..these are closet must haves! They forgot a little black dress (every girl needs a black dress or five)! The saying is diamonds are a girls best friend….but I happen to love it ALL! Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories!
I will be posting new OOTD right after the first of the year! I hope everyone has a Safe & Happy New Year!


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Support The Cause / My Story

Let me start by saying I’m not writing this to be depressing but to share my story to help bring awareness in honor of October and breast cancer month. I had my nails polished below in support of breast cancer awareness. Even though I didn’t have breast cancer (I had cervical cancer), my mother and aunt did and I will be sharing their stories as well this month. I fear one day that I too may be at risk considering it runs so close to home. Cancer does not discriminate!! I remember this trying time of my life like it was yesterday. It was not an easy chapter in my life but I over came the hurdles I was presented and I am cured to date. I was living in Hilton Head, SC when I got the news that my pap smear came back and showed signs that I may have cancer and needed further treatment and review from a specialist. I remember the phone call I made to my mother, I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes trying to keep it together and stay strong while delivering her the news. I always had issues growing up once I crossed over from a girl to a young woman with terrible cramping and endometriosis. At 20 years of age I was upset about the phone call but still didn’t think much of it at the time. I just figured it was them being cautious considering my history but a week later when I went for my appointment with a gynecologist/oncologist at St. Josephs Memorial Hospital, I quickly realized the severity of the results. They put me under for an hour so they could look around inside and see if there was anything they could do before taking the next step to cure me of CANCER. I remember waking up in recovery and DR. Burke looking at me saying, “I’m sorry, there isn’t anything more we can do at this point.” He continued to say, “The cancer has spread and we have to do a hysterectomy.” What? Hysterectomy? How could this be? What does this mean for me? Scared, confused, thinking about dying and wanting to live, a wave of emotions flooded my body! Not sure what to ask or how to respond, I felt helpless! A deeper discussion of the word hysterectomy helped me understand that they would be removing my cervix and uterus, which would make it impossible for me to have children the natural way. I would have to consider surrogacy in my future. It was then explained, that they would leave my ovaries for two reasons…1) So, I could ovulate and produce an egg for surrogacy process and 2) To prevent early menopause. All these words being thrown at me that some people never hear in a lifetime. Why am I hearing them all now and dealing with this at such a young age? Never the less my path was paved and I knew a week from that day I was headed for a major surgery and needed to try and prepare mentally & physically. My parents dropped me off back at home and I sat there feeling sorry for myself. Later that evening I decided to drink my sorrows away (I know it wasn’t the answer but while I’m being honest it’s what I did, don’t judge). A friend at the time joined me in my mission to forget and we drank, talked, cried and she went through all the emotions with me. When I had her drop me off I turned to say bye and turned my leg the wrong way, falling to the ground. I knew it hurt but a little intoxicated I didn’t realize how much it hurt, until I woke trying to stand and couldn’t put my right foot on the ground because my left one hurt so bad. My friends rushed me to the emergency room where an x-ray revealed I had a broken foot and they put a cast on up to my knee. Miserable about my foot and dreading my major life changing surgery around the corner, my wisdom teeth decided they wanted to flare up two days later and were killing me! I called my mom in tears begging for an appointment to have them cut out. My parents came to my rescue the following day and drove me to my orthodontic appointment to have them removed. An hour later I’m on the way home with a broken foot and a mouth full of gauze from my mouth surgery. I was MISERABLE! I’m now a few days away from having a hysterectomy which means i have to starve myself and go on an all liquid diet two days prior to surgery. I can’t eat now because my mouth hurts so badly but pudding and soup. I’m hungry and getting crankier by the second. Starving and headed to the hospital for surgery I couldn’t think of anything other than I’m ready for this nightmare to end. My parents kissed me before they took me back and the doctors reassured, “She will be fine, we have her and surgery will be around six hours.” I went out, off to sleepy land and the next thing I remember, is waking in recovery to the sound of a saw. The doctors explained they cut an artery during surgery and had to call in a specialist. They explained, “It took an extra two hours and surgery went for eight hours but it’s patched and everything is ok”. We just need to remove the cast to make sure you have proper blood flow. Groggy and out of it, I wondered what else could go wrong at this point? Once they rolled me to my room I stayed there for a week on a morphine drip and had to practice walking the hallway of the hospital before I was released. I came home with my family where I slept in their recliner for a month. Two weeks after being there and gaining use of my muscles again we went back for a checkup and removal of the catheter. OUCH! I continued to stay with my family for another month using a cain to stand and move around until I gained full use of all my muscles again. What started with the word CANCER ended being one the most trying times of my life and I’m thankful I survived it all. I’m not looking for sympathy and at 34 I’m still going to check ups and everything has been fine since! Again, cancer doesn’t discriminate. Please get check ups and take it serious!
I will share more cancer survivor stories including my mom, aunts, and my friends sister this month, to continue to bring awareness!


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Happiness is Beauty

Smiling presents a good attitude which expresses strength and strength & confidence is BEAUTY! When we are happy, we are alive and enthusiastic! Create your happiness by starting with what makes you happy and build around that…~Be Strong, Be Happy~


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For the Love of Hair & Accessories

Hi Glam Girls! Fashion and Style is more than just your clothing, it’s your whole appearance. You can make a strong statement by wearing different hair styles and accessories to pull your look together. I think its important to keep versatility in your style choices and to always keep it fresh and interesting. You see celebrities in the tabloids who are forever changing their hair style and color, to keep up with the latest fashion styles and trends. Yes, I know they have an entourage of people following and working on them to enhance their already natural beauty, but it’s easy for us to do as well. I have some shots below of my hair worn different ways…worn down and wavy, worn straight with clip in extensions, worn down with two strips of hair clipped back, worn with head bands, worn parted to the side and parted down the middle, all in the name of beauty and fashion! All hair styles are appropriate to wear at the office or a night out on the town! You can get as creative and as wild in your style, as your inner stylist allows! 🙂
As far as accessories, they are a great way to show your personality! Sunglasses, eye glasses, scarves and jewelry can make any outfit shine. I’m a huge fan of layering jewelry, all in good taste of course. You don’t want to over do it! Simplicity is key in many cases. Feel good about yourself and your appearance by taking an extra 15 minutes when getting ready, so you feel confident in your day. ~Be Bold, Be You~


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Beautiful Disaster

Hi, Glam Girls … Do you feel sometimes like your floating through existence? Do you ever have days that you wonder what your true purpose in life is? Where life is taking you, but you don’t have a crystal ball to stare into for the answers. You look for instant gratification but there is none and all you can bank on is hope, patience, and persistence. You wonder if creativity and passion will allow you the growth and strength you need to get where you desire to be. I feel as humans we probably have all felt a strong overwhelming feeling of confusion about life’s direction, always in search of the missing pieces of the puzzle. I guess thats what keeps us on our toes and gives us the daily dose of drive and motivation we need to wake up and tackle our daily lives, problems and sometimes long agonistic days. That’s why they call this crazy existence LIFE, without the struggles it wouldn’t create who we are and who we become. So, hang on tight, enjoy the ride, and pray for the BEST!


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A Girl’s Glamual to life!

Hi my name is Tamara! I love joking, laughing, movies, dinners, social gatherings, traveling, gym & spa, fashion & makeup, animals, music, photography and anything girlie!
My dog Rex makes me happy as much as he makes me angry (he chews everything up & he’s 10).
I really enjoy walking the mall aimlessly for hours, dreaming of all the new things I now have added to my want my list.
I always joke that I should write a book about my crazy life.
I have a love affair with food and especially anything sweet.
I usually like to be on the go (lots of nervous energy).
I could talk to old people for hours (they are so cute with all their stories).
I own my own mobile tanning business (hope to have a location soon).
I would be totally lost without my phone!
Oh, and google..thank God for google!
I would like to go on record stating that I’m not a fitness guru, I don’t have a culinary degree, and I was a beauty school dropout but I hope to share my experiences and journey’s to help or inspire others. You can go to top of page and click the highlighted Glitz Girlz Glamour Guide! Glamual to Life! for a deeper bio!

My purpose in this blog is to discuss and share anything that applies to being a woman and our daily routines. Hope to share any insight on fashion, beauty tips & make-up,  food & wine, workouts & diets, travels and destinations, life experiences,  and inspiration through quotes and journeys! I would like this to be a sound board for women around the world to share their personal experiences and insight as well! 🙂


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