“My life revolves around fashion, I eat, sleep, wear, work, do fashion all the time,” laughs Tamara Farra. At just 23, she has that effervescent approach to life and style that draws in a crowd. Having studied fashion for three years in Milan, Tamara moved back to Beirut where her hobby of sharing snaps of her personal style on Instagram mushroomed into a fully-fledged blog coined The Stylish Mouse.
Tamara approaches her blog and sartorial choices with the same, complimenting light-hearted attitude. She describes her style as a mix of “urban high street, contemporary and vintage,” whatever it is, it’s magnetic according to her tens of thousands of followers. With more a cherry-pick approach to dressing, she believes, “The art of fashion is basically being able to pair fast fashion with designer pieces while making both seem effortlessly luxurious.
Staying true to her word, Tamara’s wardrobe reflects her passion for mixing and matching. “I generally love the retro look, and I own multiple vintage pieces from my grandmother, mother and aunt. I feel they add a very unique edge to my look that no one can recreate. Some of my favourite items are a Salvatore Ferragamo bag from the ’80s, a Chopard watch, and a pair of Persol sunglasses.” She also divulges her obsessions, which include shoes, sunglasses and leather jackets in different colours, shapes and designs. “They match anything and everything and design possibilities for leather jackets are infinite.”
While she enjoys the frivolity fashion has to offer, when it comes to jewellery she tends to lean towards pieces with a bit more staying power. “I have a ruby heart-shape necklace from The Twist, a Lebanese-based fine jewellery designer, that I wear every day. My fiancé got it for me on our first Valentine’s Day so I keep it close to my heart,” she explains. “I also switch between two watches during the day, a Bulgari Serpenti and a Rolex Datejust. For occasions I wear my treasured vintage Chopard.”
Tamara likes to consider the world her oyster when it comes to shopping, “I mostly hit the stores when I travel because I enjoy discovering new brands, like statement pieces that are unique and stand out,” she says. On this season’s wish list is a Cult Gaia Lilleth acrylic tote, Elizabeth & James McKinley oval-frame acetate sunglasses, and a pair of Balenciaga knife mules.
Tamara’s most recent purchase holds most sentiment; a pair of “gorgeous” pumps from Manolo Blahnik for her engagement party. “Not only will I be wearing them to an exceptional occasion, but it is also my first pair of Manolo’s, and as a huge fan of Sex & the City, they have a special place in my heart.” Believing that “by looking at someone’s shoes, you can immediately tell their character,” these shoes say much about the heart and soul that goes into Tamara’s style.
Tamara Farra Wears Givenchy Jacket At Bloomingdale’s – Dubai. Equipment Dress, &Other Stories Top, Topshop Socks, Balenciaga Shoes And Jewellery, All Tamara’s Own.
Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Teresa Karpinska. Words: Elaine Lloyd-Jones. Hair: Ashraf Saadeldine. Make-Up: Bechir. With Thanks To Nicolas Sursock Museum, Beirut.