Tara Burke

Fashion, Travel, and Lifestyle Writer

Dealing with emotions

BY TARA BURKE

“The prayers and supplications that Christ offered up were, joined with strong cries and tears, herein setting us example not only to pray, but to be fervent and importunate in prayer. How many dry prayers, how few wet ones, do we offer up to God!” – Matthew Henry


Let them out. Yes, let all the ugly tears roll down your cheeks, let the ache sit in your heart for more than two seconds, let yourself break.

In a world that glorifies being strong and resilient I think we’ve lost touch with being vulnerable and weak. We love to quote, 2 Corinthians 12:10 – For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(ESV), but if we’re honest with ourselves we often don’t ever want to go through the weak part… we just want to make it to the strong part.

For most of my life I’ve been very good at the strong part in public and the weak part in private. As I’ve grown in God it has blended into a mixture of both public strength and weakness. I think God is most glorified when our weakness acts as a wick, laid in the oil of our pain, only to be lit on fire by the strength of God Almighty himself. As we embrace our hurt, our struggles, our shame and our failures we can lay them before God to spark effervescent light, which is why Paul talks so passionately about boasting in his weaknesses.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

Plaid Blazer x Graphic Tee

BY TARA BURKE

This plaid (really tartan pattern) blazer from the 90s was an amazing find I took straight out of my Mom’s stockpile. It came with shoulder pads and all, which I usually take out, but this blazer had them sewn into the entire stitching of the shoulder, so that was a no-go. I love that this blazer isn’t stiff, but is made out of a cloth-like material. It makes it the perfect casual piece to add a little more interest to a fun graphic tee.


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Bright Vintage

BY TARA BURKE

Vintage is my fave thing for so many reasons. First, I love 1930s-50s fashion. The hunt to find great vintage among the junk in a thrift store is so fun, plus everything you find is unique. It’s a great way to be a sustainable shopper. I’m also a history nerd and like looking up the brands and their stories, and that is exactly what I did for this vintage Jack Winter top.

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NY Reproductive Health Act Thoughts

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Been doing some thinking on the Reproductive Health Act that was just passed in NY, especially late term abortions. Although it can be very easy to sit in judgement on either side of the camp, I often think using our voices sometimes drowns out God’s… even if our intention was to make God’s voice known. Comment sections fill with people simply defending instead of leading (I’ve got a whole essay behind this thought…if you’re interested in hearing it, lmk in the comments).

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Saturday Shoot Day

BY TARA BURKE

To get our creative momentum going Cailin and I often go out on Saturdays to shoot some photos. We have now become accustomed to calling these adventures, “Saturday Shoot Days.” At times we’ll have a look or aesthetic in mind, but this time we just chose a location and worked off of that. If you live near or in Upstate NY, going to an apple orchard every fall is basically a right of passage. It might be basic, but come on… who doesn’t like fresh apples off the tree, some cider and of course some apple cider doughnuts?! So off we went to a local orchard to take some photos.

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Winter Florals

BY TARA BURKE

Although it is true that some of your clothes have to be tucked away for winter, not all of your floral prints do! It’s really simple to keep them going all year long if you just switch up the styling. Cailin winterized her sunflower hoodie by simply pairing it with a matching beanie, black jeans and some gray checkered Vans. Oh, and you can’t forget her fly Champion fanny pack!

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Skater Dress

TARA BURKE

I love a fun skater dress. The best part about them is they flatter just about every body type and they’re super comfortable. This dress also has some cool details like ruching on the sleeves, which give it a vintage vibe that I’m all about. I wore this one on my birthday, back in June (apologies, Cai and I are playing some serious catch up on here haha), because I like to dress up a bit every year on my bday.

I’m like a kid in the summer…excuse all the bug bites and bruises on my legs haha
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