We are so excited to have the ever-lovely Tamika, founder of Shop Socials, joining us for this edition of Closets & Cocktails! Shop Socials are marvy, stylish events organized by Tamika that combine exclusive shopping with delicious drinks, tasty eats and the opportunity to shop with old friends and make new ones! Tamika has long been a 365FR supporter, we have been lucky enough to count her as one of our very first Fashionista friends! We liked Tamika instantly (and not just because of her amazing shopping parties - when we first met we were going without, remember?), but now our mutual love of bags bonds us eternally! And I couldn't agree with her more, when it comes to her answer to #7 - everything is definitely fabulous! So without further adieu, a few insights into Tamika's fashion philosophies and closet confessions...
Tamika, Shop Socials founder, in her closet with her favorite (bubbly!) cocktail
What is your style motto? I live by two. First, always dress for yourself. Don't worry about what others are wearing, or what's on trend. Just wear what you love and feel great in. Second, make an effort to mix and match fast fashion with indie boutique and designer finds. It keeps your look interesting, eclectic and memorable.
If you could change one thing about your closet, what would it be? The size and level of organization. It looks photo ready now but you should've seen it a few weeks ago. Life gets busy and my closet feels the wrath.
Who's style, past or present, do you most admire? My grandmother! We just celebrated her 80th birthday and she waltzed in wearing a gorgeous feather print dress and oversized Jackie O shades so nobody could see her getting teary-eyed. Her ability to evolve her style as she ages and fashion changes is something I really hope to emulate.
What is your most treasured possession in your closet? Such a hard question! I'd have to say some vintage leather clutches (circa 1970) I lifted from my mom. I'm sucker for a great bag, and those are among the most rotated in my closet.
What is your greatest shopping regret? I try not to let this happen as often, but I do get sucked into buying things that aren't quite right, just because they're on a mega sale. I got a fabulous River Island brocade tulip skirt at a sample sale for next to nothing, which would've been a huge score except that they didn't have my size and I bought it anyway ... still working on that fitness regime to wiggle my way in.
What do you consider your greatest score? Vintage always brings about the best deals in my eyes. I got a silk vintage Dior scarf for $5 once.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Fabulous fabulous fabulous. Everything is fabulous. But it is, isn't it?
What is your greatest extravagance? Taking time to enjoy the pleasure of doing NOTHING. I'm always busy working on my business. hosting or attending events and taking care of my family. I wouldn't trade the busy for anything but being able to take 10 feels more indulgent than any purchase I could make these days.
BONUS QUESTION: What is your favorite cocktail? Champagne, straight up. Bubbly delicious...and fabulous!
Thanks, Tamika, we think you're pretty fabulous too! Go to Shop Socials and join the guest list. And then, get your social shop on!