How 2017 in New York Has Been So Far

Photos by the lovely David T White


Amen for spring dressing! And being one step closer to mastering the ‘harder than it looks’ casual city-chic. It’s all in the over-sized blazer, this ASOS one is definitely one of my most worn pieces in the last few months and I can safely say theres not one thing I dislike about it (other than the fact they didn’t come out with more colours)… Perfect for a leisurely Sunday stroll with my friend David around picture-esque Greenwich Village, eating french toast & wandering around the likes of Le Labo ✔.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but despite my t-shirt I’ve actually been in a really good place lately. Don’t get me wrong I’m still up the walls & do not have my shit together but I feel like this year the hard work is actually paying off and ‘matters’. Moving to a city 3,000 miles away and essentially starting from scratch with like one friend, yeah of course I knew it was going to be tough, but I definitely didn’t know just how much. With my planned year stay slipping away everything just seemed to be happening so slowly – or not at all… Going back to the unpaid intern life (even if only for two days a week) was tough as at that point I felt over-qualified to still be interning and because it took 2 days out of my working week I felt I couldn’t commit to a proper job without quitting the blog & youtube, which has been my life for over 6 years now. Also my UK & Ireland work had completely dried up which to me was so strange as I can work on my social stuff from pretty much anywhere in the world – but it just doesn’t happen like that. People want you based near where the work is and I felt like I had to build my PR list from scratch! However I knew that paying your dues was part and parcel of the experience and I do believe in the saying that ‘anything worth having is worth fighting for’. So even though things were getting me down at every turn and I wasn’t living a very ‘happy’ life I still remained really optimistic that what goes down must come back up. It’s the universe – you just gotta’ trust it and wait for your turn to enjoy the ride again! There were a few small successes, finding a great little apartment in february, meeting some great friends at my first photography job at Vince, and there was a sense of newly found respect I had for myself – sticking to my guns in terms of what I wanted from being here. To be honest though I am one of those people who just thinks 2016 was genuinley dreadful, like a bad vibe cosmically. Haha can we hashtag #cosmicvibes?

I knew from the moment we stepped into the first week of 2017 that things were going to look up. I had a really great set-up with my photography work that allowed me to spend 3 weeks of the month solely full-time blogging, I’d built up my PR list again and started working with some brands I truly love, and in general I felt like life had purpose again. Now I’m just happy, which is all I really want for myself. Anything else is a blessing! – T

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  • So true! I moved recently across the USA and it was definitely a change from sunny florida to the mountains of Colorado. We’ve got this!!

  • Martin Salomon

    Love your style and photography. X

  • I can’t imagine how daunting it would be to move to a different country alone, it definitely takes a fearless person to give it a shot. So glad things are looking up! x

    Billie |

  • Wow, can I just say that I’m very proud of you? I know it sounds a bit strange, but I know how difficult it is to move to another country and start from scratch. Your mindset is amazing, life isn’t always all sunshine and rainbows but the sun will always shine again! Keep it up girl, you’re doing great! x

    • TarMarz

      Thanks so much Savannah, it’s so nice to read such kind words xx

  • Miriam-rose Mclaughlin

    Your a badass girl – killing it x

    • TarMarz


  • kathleen

    Literally idolising these shots! Your outfit is insane! Glad all is well for you at the mo too!

    Kathleen /

    • TarMarz

      Cheers Kathleen, I forgot that you guys are seeing the images for the first time – I get so bored by the time I’m done editing! <333

  • Rebecca

    I love your blog Tara! As an Irish girl living in Chicago who has been following you since you were in university (I believe we’re about the same age!) I really feel like I can relate to you (and your Trader Joe’s hauls). Keep the great content coming!

    • TarMarz

      Awh gal, thats amazing! Thanks so much for following! x

  • elisha mae

    So glad you’re in a good place and enjoying yourself Tara – no matter where or what we are doing, everyone hits low points so well done you for pushing through!!! You’ll live your best life with an attitude as lovely as yours.

    And that t-shirt though – Ima need that for Monday attire especially!

    Elisha-Maé |

    • TarMarz

      Thank you gorgeous! sweetest comments as always. The tee is a MUST for mondays XD

  • Jessica Boyd

    You’ve worked your ass off and I’m so glad it’s paying off for you in happiness. Website looks amazing ?

    • TarMarz

      Thank you for leaving your thoughts jessica! x

  • Love this outfit! The blazer, the shoes, the jeans, the cute slogan – everything just works! I’m totally with you, 2016 was a very very weird year. I feel like 2017 is a big comeback year for everyone. Glad things are looking up for you Tara 🙂

    Martha Dahhling

    • TarMarz

      Cheers Martha, 2016 was definitely a weirdy!! Hope you are well also x

  • Diana Free

    I love these photos and the stairs leading up to the houses. Your outfit is wonderful and I’m glad things are looking up : )

    • TarMarz

      Thank you so much Diana xx