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Olive Dot Ferreira turned five on Halloween this year and with all the craziness of that day, we decided to have a small party the weekend after her birthday.  She wanted a tea party with her closest girlfriends  (and five girl cousins!) and a brunch theme for food.  For her party invitation, I dressed her up in some fancy lady wear…

So the party started with a photo opp area.  Here are the highlights:

Then the party got super fun when RAPUNZEL arrived!  Olive was so surprised, she was speechless!

She read them a book about her life and they were so fascinated, they couldn’t wait to ask her questions about the kingdom!

Opal wasn’t too sure about Rapunzel so she started eating early by herself.  She prefers to drink alone.

Rapunzel stayed for tea and brunch with Olive and sat right next to her at the table.


I got a lot of ideas on the table setup from Pinterest but I picked up most of my dishes from thrift stores or borrowed them from friends.  I really enjoyed setting this up and treated it like a well planned sculpture.

The ladies (and Titus) dined on pink pancakes, blueberry and pumpkin bread, quiche and bacon (per Olive’s specific request).  Peach tea was served but the sherbert punch was a hit.

Rapunzel colored with them and autographed their drawings before doing some last photos with each child.

And Opal was still not ready for a hug…

This Rapunzel was FANTASTIC!  She totally made the party and the kids were so interested in her story.  If you’re interested in booking this fabulous young woman, email me and I’ll pass on her info.  So worth it!

Looking for a comfortable, cool shoe that pretty much goes with everything this fall?  Then you need Oxfords.  Boat shoes are out, Oxfords are in.  I love these tan mesh Oxfords from Journeys for $40:

There are so many fun variations out there too like these tye dye ones from Anthropologie for $278:

Or these black glittery Oxfords from Target for $20:

You can wear these babies without socks at all or with cute girly socks and a dress like this:

I like to wear mine with funky printed or lace tights like I did here with my new favorite leather shorts! I wear these black/brown ones to work everyday!

I photographed these cute one year old twins, Tatiana and Rainia recently as cowgirl twinsies.    Their parents were great sports and let me dress them up too for the photo!  Even their super happy dog, Rumi, was down for wearing a costume.  You might remember these twins from the mermaid shoot I did with them last year where I made their costumes for their one year old birthday party invite here.  These girls are naturals in front of the camera!  Big thanks to Seth for editing the photo and Claudia for allowing me to use her old awesome truck.

In this shot, a good ole “peek-a-boo” got both girls to smile!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Uptown San Marco “Fashion Wagon” show last night at Philosophie Salon.  It was a success in many ways…I sold lots of dresses, caught up with great friends and most importantly, drank some awesome apple cider sangria.  Here are some photos from the fun night!  I made this fantastic silk snake print blouse and vintage leather skirt…

Darby sold lots of cool vintage mix and match necklaces too.  Here she is selling her wares… “Whatchu want? Whatchu want?!”

And here is the goof troop at the end of the night.  Delirious from lack of sleep, standing in heels all night and probably too much sangria!  Big thanks to Philosophie owner, Jenna Thorpe for hosting us crazy ladies!

Here are some of the amazing up-cycled pieces you’ll see tomorrow at Philosophie Salon and Apothecary at 6p.  Come browse some new vintage clothes and purses, jewelry by Darby Taylor and have a glass of apple cider sangria!

The Fashion Wagon show is this Saturday, September 29th at 6pm at Philosophie Salon and Apothecary.  Fall is here so you know you need some new fantastic pieces!

I’ve got great fur, wool and leather skirts along with fun vintage print dresses, perfect for tights and boots!  Here’s a sneak peek at a dress I made with a faux leather skirt and Peter Pan collar.  This vintage muumuu had a giraffe printed on the front and the back.  Perfect for fall!

  My pal, Darby Taylor of Lost and Found Studio will be there selling her jewelry which is made of vintage findings.  Here’s a sneak peek at an awesome gold necklace with a vintage monocle and 63 charm.  Layer it with some fall fashion and you’re golden!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks from our show!

Tis a sad day in the Ferreira kitchen.  Our 1956 GE fridge has died and can’t be brought back to life.  I scored this gem at a garage sale 5 years ago and it has worked the entire time.  Even though it sucked some serious energy, it looked amazing in my vintage kitchen.  The interior is teal and the lazy susan shelves are copper.  They really don’t make them like this anymore (single tear).  Here she is in her glory…

Check out that font and those details!

The appliance mechanic said there is a company in California that makes them into fish tanks or perhaps a store could use it as product display (hello, Anthropologie!)  I’m going to list it on ebay and craigslist for $200, so if you’re interested in this awesome display/conversation piece, email me at tara@taraferreira.com

 

In the meantime, I’m saving up to buy this retro reproduction fridge that is energy efficient (and crazy expensive).  They even make a matching dishwasher, stove and hood.  Drool.  You know you’re getting old when you’re lusting over a new fridge.

 

 

I am guilty of wearing these awesome 90s tapestry vests back in middle school.  Usually they are decorated with florals, cats or if you’re lucky, Christmas ornaments.  I scored this vest at a thrift store in Fort Lauderdale for $2.  You may not know, but I am obsessed with the ride “It’s a Small World” at Disney.  This vest totally reminded me of all the little kids from around the world, dressed in costume.  The sturdy fabric was perfect for  a purse but it needed some flare!  I sandwiched in some suede fringe while I was sewing it (and managed to break five needles on my machine) and voila!  Instant boho purse!

 

I lined the purse with some grey corduroy I had and made it a simple flap over purse.  Since this is my first time ever making a purse, I’m going to keep this one and perfect the process before I attempt it again.

I’m happy with the way it came out and I love how unique the pattern is!  Whenever I wear it, I’ll have “It’s a Small World” in my head!  Here’s is how I wore it to the Big Bang Bazaar craft and vintage show in Orlando Saturday (more details on this fab show, coming tomorrow!)…

Big News!  I’ve planned my next art show for the Uptown Saturday nights on September 29th at Philosophie Salon in St. Augustine.  I’m pairing up with the fabulous Darby Taylor of Lost and Found Studios who will be selling her refashioned vintage jewels.  More details and flier to come but I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at some of the amazing dresses I’m refashioning from the treasures I recently bought in Fort Lauderdale.  Yes, that is a muumuu with blue tigers printed on it and it’s going to become something wonderful!  And check out those Rockabilly prints and cute tiny bows!

 

Here’s a sneak peek of Darby’s Lost and Found treasures that she is working on for our soiree….

 

Stay tuned for more details and more sneak peek photos!

I toured retro South Florida this weekend and fell in love. I surprised Seth with a getaway so he just jumped in the car and his bags were already packed (hello, Wife of the Year!)  The decorative concrete, vintage shops, Mid Century architecture, amazing restaurants….oh my! First stop was Del Ray beach where we had happy hour at The Office which was super mod with a funky drink menu (Seth ordered a drink with pear agave and jalapeno juice).  We headed to Dada for dinner and I ordered bacon wrapped goat cheese dates…yum!  Seth wore a vintage Penguin shirt and red H&M cotton pants.  I wore a vintage dress and purse with Steve Madden heels.

We stayed at the beautiful Colony Hotel and Cabana which was built in 1926 and reminded me a lot of the hotel the Shining was filmed in, but with an island feel. The bright colors were fresh and the lobby was all open air so it transformed us to an exotic locale!  The details like chandeliers, props and mid century furniture made this a super unique hotel.

Next stop was Fort Lauderdale but we took the scenic route down there and stopped at this amazing Goodwill Thrift store first.  Check out that architecture!  Apparently it was an old furniture store in the 1960s.  I totally scored on some old lady muumuus that I’ll remake into fab dresses.

Rocco’s Tacos was our lunch choice and I highly recommend it.  The guacamole was made at our table and the decor was funky and hip.

To cool us down from a hot day lounging at the pool, we stopped by The Wreck Bar at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel.  The bar is actually located in the deep end of the pool, underground.  On Friday nights, the Mermaid Mirena performs a show while you sip your cocktails!

Next up was the fabulous Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant.  It’s not just a restaurant though…it’s a show (and a way of life, really)!  Polynesian dancers perform twice nightly including a fire dance.  In the Molokai bar, there is a constant waterfall over the windows and the drinks recipes are so secret that they are all made behind a wall so you can’t see what is in them.  In their gardens, there are tikis galore and a huge waterfall that is a great photo opp.  Read more reviews about this magical oasis on Tiki Central.  I wore a vintage embroidered dress that I recently bought in Paris, a tiki drink necklace by Juicy Couture, a vintage yellow burlap clutch and booties from Forever 21.

Look how happy this guy looks!  Seth is totally with “his people” here!

Aloha! Thanks for checking out my fun weekend getaway!