Monday, August 24, 2015

6 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY



The cool thing about being a native to Portland, and having gone to college in a nearby town, is that making connections through mutual friends and acquaintances happens so often. As the city grows and gains credentials in the industry I'm in, I feel like I'm growing right along side it.  It's an awesome feeling being a new generation in the professional world, in the industry I've been been working towards being a part of for 6 years. Now, I'm here and feeling like I'm just now getting started.

These pics were taken by Riche, an up and coming boss photographer who reached out to me in referral of other creatives she's featured on her blog, Stumptown Fix. Look forward to a interview with me on her blog soon!

I've wrote this blog post tons of times in effort to make a decision as to where I see it going next. But the reality is, I have no idea. I thought about telling my career journey story and how my blog has really backed me in all my professional ventures... I started writing more of a personal entry about being self confident even during slow and seemingly pathetic lulls in your career. I began writing about what it's like to be 23 and how I actually achieved the goals I set for myself six years ago.

Any of those posts would be way too long for this anniversary post, and might even be the kinds of topics I write about next. I realized what really needs to happen is a big huge thank you...

This blog was never really about reach for me as much as much it was just serving as a space for me to express and explore things in life. But, to those that do follow my journey, whether it be here on this blog, or elsewhere, I really do appreciate every comment, like, share, and interaction I get to have because of this little blog here I started six years ago. We're on the same team and I'm not sure if I would have continued blogging if it weren't for the comments here and there asking where I've been. Being able to make the connections I have is truly invaluable. 

A thank you to my friends and the fam who've been there to support me even if they don't fully understand the path I'm headed. You guys give me the support and voice of reason I need when I'm just getting too serious about things and need to chill and be patient. A thank you for just letting me be who I am with no expectations or exceptions.

As for ms. Style Interplay here... She's still alive, I'll letchu know when there's a new post :) 

You can find my super affordable embroidered top here, and these similar denim shorts.  




Monday, July 20, 2015

TAYLERLAND #3

Summer Swimsuit PortlandIt's been a while, I know. So, we're gonna do a big wrap with a continuation of last summer's installment on Style Interplay: Taylerland!

As seen above. A small litter of kittens was born in my families backyard this summer. They are adorable. I cannot resist. So when my new place that gets way too hot in the 95+ degree weather in Portland, I take a little vacation at my family's house across the city, sleep in the air conditioning and play with kittens. It's great. 
Portland Oregon Sunsets at Skidmore BluffSunsets across the bluff. I appreciate being a part of a great group of creative women in Portland. There are always new people to meet, learn about and learn from. 

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival PortlandI hadn't been the the St. Johns Jazz Festival in quite a few years, so I was excited to have a day over the weekend to stop by with the family. We parked on the grass with our big blankets, ice water and cooler and just listened. And if you didn't already know, this is one of my favorite spots in Portland, seen here, here and here on my blog. 

Taylerland Summer SeasonWhen your bestie has a pool... And you want to pretend to be a fairy in your new summer dress. 
Lily of the Valley Tattoo
I got new ink! Another one by Talley Matthew. I got Lily of the Valley on the inside of my arm. Love it. Now my rose has a neighbor friend in the garden, not an only child anymore.
Floral Bikini Bottoms PortlandNew swimsuit! I'll be honest, I was wearing the same bikini separates for... maybe 5 years. This may sound gross, but in Oregon swimsuit season is short and some years never even happens. But, it was time. That poor navy polka dot bikini was no longer wearable. So, I shopped these high waist floral bottoms at Asos and this green top at H&M. Might be my favorite swimsuit of all time. 

We're mostly caught up! 



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 PODCASTS FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS


Creative Entrepreneur Podcasts
Image: Creative Start

Creative Start - This is probably my favorite, which is why it's at the top of my list. Hosted by Courtnee Lauren Brown, it's a series of interviews with creative entrepreneurs— getting into the knitty gritty of how they got their creative start. This is my favorite because she interviews a variety of people in different industries who all have very different ways they got to the place they are now. The episodes run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and were perfect for me on my commute to work. What I didn't know until I went to write this post, is that they also have a beautiful blog and website

Being Boss - I think I heard of these ladies directly from one of the Creative Start episodes. They're two friends with different company's who just re-hash what it's like to run their own business. They interview each other and like minded business women in a way that's more unstructured, and they don't hold back. They are up front and honest about the problems they face and how they found solutions to them. It's real, honest and both their voices are so charming.  The Accidental Creative - Short motivational episodes by, Tod Henry, a guy who is very obviously super into what he does. These are short, 5 - 25 minute episodes including interviews and quickfire tips and tricks on anything from running your business to just getting through the day. One of my favorite episodes so far is Following The MuseThink, Make Sell. - Also a great one. More of a no - fuss, direct interview style podcast that tends to focus more on web developers, web experts, writers who write about websites... you get the gist. A straightforward look at developers who have started working for themselves outside of an agency or big tech company. If you are looking to get into a tech start up, this one is for you.After the Jump - This was the very first podcast I ever listened to! And it's a great one. It's by Grace Bonney, the gal behind Design Sponge (which is how I found it), and she interviews creatives, entrepreneurs, branding experts, store owners and everyone in between. Along the same lines as Creative Start, these people talk about how they started their own business, and what day to day life really looks like.If you have favorite podcasts that follow the same creative entrepreneurial theme, please send them my way!

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