Gettin’ Tipsy with Tara’s Fashion Obsession

You may recognize this beautiful Texas DIVA from the reality web-series Real Working Women of Houston; but what you might not know, she’s about to be a breakout star in her own talk show, Gettin’ Tipsy with Tara.  I had the opportunity to catch up with Tara this week to find out more about her new gig with Vaughn Media TV; and of course I had to ask her about her fashion obsession, SHOES!

FM: So, Tara… I hear you are about to be the next Oprah. Can you tell me more about Gettin’ Tipsy with Tara?

TT: My good friend Chaun Vaughn, of Vaughn Media TV called to chat one day; we got on the subject of my social media presence and how my various posts attract likes and comments. She asked if I were interested in creating a show based on my ideas and that is how “Gettin’ Tipsy With Tara” came about.

FM: What can we expect?

TT: Conversational shows about any subject especially those subjects that people shy away from with a cocktail or two.  I will say what some folks are scared to say. I’ll have guests, like myself who don’t mind being honest, real and most of all transparent to get their take on certain topics; Good, bad or indifferent.

FM: Sounds good! I can’t wait to watch! Now, let’s get to this overflow of shoes you have! Girl….When did you become a shoe fanatic?

TT: When I was about 6 or 7, I started sneaking in my mother’s shoe closet and walking in her high heels. I loved how her feet looked when she wore those shoes so every chance I got, I would walk around the house in them. I did this so much that I broke a few pair and got into the worst trouble. I didn’t understand what the big deal was but as a grown woman I understand that breaking or scuffing my shoes will get a person hurt real BAD…LOL!

FM: What’s your favorite brand?

TT: There are a few brands that I just love; Vince Camuto, Steve Madden, ISOLA, Coach and the list goes on…The premier brand for these BIG legs of mine, is Jessica Simpson. I am a sucker for a “NASTY” 5-6 inch heel and Jessica Simpson has some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.

Although I can rock a heel like no other, I love a good tennis shoe, like Nike Air Max. I have sneakers in my closet that I have probably worn once in 3 years (just for a particular outfit). If I could, I would wear tennis shoes and jeans every day.


(Photo of Tara walking across the stage receiving her BSHA – check out those shoes!)

It was a pleasure speaking with Ms. “Gettin’ Tipsy with Tara” herself. She has a bright future ahead of her and I can’t wait to watch her new show. I can tell you this, she has more shoes than the LAW allows and they are all FIERCE! She also had this to say ” I stand 5’1″, so when I put on a pair of new shoes that are high, elongate my body and with these thick thighs….OMG!!!!!! There is nothing sexier than a woman in a “bad ass” pair of shoes that walks in and commands an entire room with confidence…..”She is Me”


Fun Facts

Tara’s Closet: According to her son, she has 100 plus shoes, but she has actually lost count

Tara’s Motto:  Command your day….and look good while doing it! The Lord will always order your steps, but you must have the right shoes on.


Swimsuits on the Cheap! BEACH…READY!

What’s that new hashtag, #Summer16? That means you are ready for the summer, and all that comes along with it.. which would include your swim fashion. It doesn’t matter if you are laying by the pool or walking on the beach, EVERYONE wants to look good in their swimwear!  

Recently, my family and I were getting ready to go on vacation, and I was looking to update my “swim-fashion”. I haven’t looked for swimsuits in a while, so I was long overdue for some new beachwear. 

I started casually checking out swimwear online (all too expensive), but just couldn’t bring myself to hit that checkout button in the cart (who can relate?). I decided to ditch my virtual search and move to an actual store front. I ended up in Sears and BOY am I glad I did! You know me, I LOVE A GOOD DEAL!  I was uber excited to find not 1, BUT 2 swimsuits for the price of less than 1 swimsuit! 

 I walked out the store with 2 swimsuits and 2 pair of sandals for $11.75. 50% off, and surprise shop your way points! Thank you Sears! 

Details on swimwear:

Bongo skirted swimsuit – $14.00

Bongo Top and high-waisted bikini bottom $9.80/each piece 

Have you found similar #GreatFinds? I’d love to hear about it! 

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Education and Fashion Go Hand in Hand

I have attended a few fashion shows in my day, and they have all given me great ideas on what’s hot and what’s not. Today, I had the pleasure of attending the Ivy Educational & Charitable Foundation of Houston 35th Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show. It was very inspiring. Not just because of the killer fashion (which we will talk about later) but because of the commitment that this organization has for the betterment of youth and education. 

The luncheon kicked off with words of motivation. Afterwards, they recognized 19 Scholarship recipients who were gifted with a scholarship between $1500-$2000. Not only did they recognize students who were excelling, they also recognized individuals who are doing great things in the community (as it pertains to education and giving back). 

The models were garbed in Dillard’s (First Colony Mall) apparel from head to toe (frankly, I thought I would be unimpressed). However, they rocked the runway!  There were 4 scenes: Casual, Business, Cocktail, and Formal. From scene 1 until the last model exited the stage, I smiled with pride because these were your everyday, ordinary people modeling these trends. I loved it! This made the fashion show much more enjoyable, because the ladies and gents who walked the runway exuded confidence, enthusiasm and sass! Kudos!

Fashion and Education go hand in hand when it comes to the Ivy Educational Foundation. These ladies aren’t just talking about it, they are actually EMPOWERING, ENCOURAGING, and EDUCATING the youth! 

Check out some of the highlighted fashion below. 

To find out more about The Ivy Educational Foundation of Houston, Incorporated click here 

Denim and Leather, FASHION REBEL

I’ve never been one to play it safe when it comes to fashion! I think the clothes you wear should be just as fun and funky as your personality! That’s why I paired this fun leather skirt (that I picked up from Macy’s) with this funky dirty denim jacket (Sears). Statement Made, #FashionablyMimi style! 

When you wake up and go to your closet in the morning – don’t think traditional, play with your clothes and make something magical happen! I promise you’ll smile all day! 

What trend forward outfits have you put together lately? I’d like to see, share them with me IG @fashionablymimi or email –