Guest Post: Taylor Of Taylored Designs704

Good morning and Happy Wednesday beauties! Today we have a special blogger for our guest post… The beautiful Taylor of Taylored Designs704! She is a stunning southern belle, born and raised in North Carolina, with a darling blog and website where she posts super great content regularly along with selling her original jewelry that she makes by herself! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs and I am looking forward to ordering some of the many things currently in my cart on her site! But, without further ado… here she is ladies and gentlemen!

Before we get into the Q&A, here is a little more about Taylor and her blog!

Taylor of Taylored Designs 704

The absolutely gorgeous Taylor of Taylored Designs704

My name is Taylor Davis.  I am a North Carolina girl, born and raised.  A true southern belle, avid sports fan, love the Lord & passionate about beading.  I love to get creative with beautiful clothes, jewelry & accessories.  I am self-taught, having learned many different jewelry-making techniques over the years. I’ve created a style that’s all my own: classic, yet effortless, natural, yet edgy, bold with color and dabbled with sparkle.  I began creating jewelry in 2005, then a sophomore in high school for juniors and seniors going to prom. I started blogging in 2013 to express my interest in fashion and to showcase my jewelry designs. I was skeptical at first but truly have a passion for combining my love of sports with fashion and my jewelry line through this medium.

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Okay, so now for the translation of what that actually means…

1.     If you were on a tight budget and could only afford one of your favorite magazines (I know, I love them all too!), what would it be? What is your favorites section/part of that magazine?

Lucky all day long! I love Lucky because I LOVE shopping. When I flip through the pages of a fresh Lucky Mag it’s a guilt free shopping spree. I just get lost in the pages and the endless style possibilities. I also love the feature they do on a super stylish celeb. My favorite issue was the Blake Lively, (explained more in question 3).

2.     If I were a shoe, I would be…

  • A Valentino Rockstud Strapped Heel. A nude heel is a classic and a wardrobe staple that I take everywhere. This shoe takes that to the next level and gives it a fashion forward edge. I love Valentino and would kill to have this shoe in every color (in both the heel and the flat), but the nude heel is all me.

3.     My fashion crush (idol, inspiration, admirer, the list could go on forever…) is…

  • Blake Lively.  She is my fashion crush because she has a true sense of style that is all her own. She is comfortable and confident in who she is and is always impeccably put together. When I feel stumped or am having one of those days when the fashion creativity just isn’t flowing, I browse some of my favorite fashion pins on pinterest and they are flooded with Blake’s red carpet and day-to-day style. The creativity immediately starts flowing.

4.     If I were stranded on an island and could only have two make-up products, they would be…

  • Mascara and Lip Balm:
    • MAC Mascara – I have to say I am pretty much a MAC snob when it comes to my beauty bag. Those little black containers fill my daily bag, my back up bag, and my empty bag that needs to be recycled for my free lipstick. I would honestly take any of their mascaras. I rotate 4-5 different ones and truly love them all.
    • Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint –My friends have been using it for years but I finally took the plunge when my fiance’s mom put that sweet little ball in my stocking this past Christmas. The flavor is subtle but sweet, and the balm stays on for hours at a time. It isn’t like other lip balms where I feel like I am constantly applying and applying.

 

I do not leave the house without the mascara on my eyes (I always say I look dead without it) and the eos in my bag.

5.     I keep my skin looking fabulous and flawless by… (what are your go-to products?!)

  • Clarisonic Mia 2 & Clarifying Gel
  • Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser
  • Olay shimmer moisturizing lotion (the shimmer gives my skin an extra glow)

6.     I blog because… (Tell me when and why you started blogging, and then why you continued after you initially started!)

I started blogging to promote my jewelry line. I wanted a creative way to style my jewelry and share it with the world. Now that I am into it, I find myself more interested in the fashion side than the promoting side. I still create and style my pieces into my outfits but it is an equal, 2 sided passion now. I am constantly inspired by other bloggers and aspire for my blog to be on higher levels.

7.     If I could live anywhere in the world, I would choose…

Wilmington, NC- I love the beach and everything to do with it. I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and just bought a house of my own. I cannot ever imagine living in another state but would gladly move to the beach. Wilmington is historic, yet full of life. It is my happy place and one day (hopefully) my home.

8.     When I grow up I want to be… (If you could be absolutely anything, what is your dream/ideal career!?)

  • A well-known accessories designer. I love designing and creating fabulous jewelry. It is the one thing I do that doesn’t seem like work. I am 100% self-taught and love finding new and inspiring things. If I was nothing other than a bead store/ boutique owner in Wilmington and a local celebrity there, my work would be known and I would be happy to wake up every day at the beach doing what I love.

9.     My favorite designer is…

  • Oscar de La Renta & Chanel- They constantly catch my attention. I love the details on every garment. Chanel for the ladylike femininity and ODLR for the bold way they set the pace for the industry. The day my wardrobe holds a piece from either of these two designers will be the best day!

10.  My favorite quote is… Because… (What are your go-to words of wisdom from a fellow fashionista and why?)

  • “The best color in the world is the one that looks best on you.” –Coco Chanel

I love this quote because it inspires a sense of independence and confidence in me. Being so into fashion, I am surrounded by beautiful clothes, accessories, and women. It is easy to get carried away with following certain trends and styles and sometimes it is easy to forget to be you. This quote reminds me that just because it looks good on someone else doesn’t mean it is for me. I have to stay true to me and my favorite colors.

11.  My rock is… (Who in your life inspires you and has helped you get where you are today?)

  • My fiancé Wes. He is my biggest fan and every day encourager. I work a full time job, own my own jewelry business, blog, and work in pro sports. I have my hand in several pots and it is an understatement to say that takes up a lot of my time. No matter what I have going on, he always encourages me to follow my dreams and to work hard for whatever I want. He is my strength when I run out and my congratulations when I have a big day. I can honestly say he makes me a better person. I am more patient, loving, and understanding because I have him in my life.

12.  With the abundance of free time I have (don’t we all wish this was the case!), I like to…

  • Make Jewelry: Necklaces are my favorite and my ultimate creative expression. My bangles and tassel key chains are my most popular items.
  • Workout/Go Running
  • Get my nails done (I love nail polish and often try to do it myself, but let’s face it, they are just better)
  • Watch my shows. I have several and am completely addicted to all. (Scandal, Castle, The Mentalist, Pretty Little Liars, Downton Abbey, The Carrie Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, and others I’m sure I left out)

XOXO, Taylor

Okay ladies, what did I tell you… Is she amazing or what?! Well, don’t forget to check out her blog and keep an eye out for my post that is being featured today all about my favorite beauty products and my daily make-up regimen! I hope y’all have a fabulous Wednesday… Keep pushing through, we’re halfway there!

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