a Taylored Approach
Life is sure a lot different than it was two or so weeks ago. You could get endless martinis after work at Epic, jaunt across the street in your fluffy slippers for coffee on Sunday morning & spend hours snooping on Chestnut. What seems like little luxuries as we reset life has me thinking about ways I can get back to my creative roots. Diving into the Tay Approach photo archives as I dream of Palm Springs & sharing my home must-haves getting me through this quarantine, just to name a few.
So I thought, why not spread the love and send a daily dose over the next few weeks. Take you away for a minute or two as we figure out our new normal. Spread the twinkle light, cozy vibe and pretty thoughts from my little abode on Chestnut Street to your home.
What better way to kick off some fun inspo than with photos of my meet cute at a pink hotel in Palm Springs a few years ago. The Sands Hotel entrance gets you ready to blast off into a cactus filled paradise. There's no view to the inside until you swing open the mahogany doors and you know it's gonna be dreamy. Plants on pink (which is a great Instragram handle if you haven't visited yet) was this little hotel location to a T. It was the cutest hideaway with the best burger and chicest bathroom. It made me feel like I took a trip into Alice & Wonderland with the geometric tile + giant tub. And as you can imagine in a place filled with striped cabanas, sunning by day and masking by night, it's on my top 5 post quarantine trips I need stat as my current tan fades and my hopes of normalcy counts down.
Until next time with a new vision to inspire you. Take cozy care. Think of glitter & dream of a pink getaway in the near future.
Well hello there, the Tay Approach, I've missed you. Maddie (my very sassy and might I add pretty machine) has rebooted and is finally ready to get back into the writing game. To be honest, this was a post title I came up with in January and now here we are in August. I wonder (yes ala Carrie Bradshaw), why did I abandon an outlet that made so happy? Sadly, the only word that comes to mind is burnout. Looking back at the last 10 months, yes.... 10 months (!!!), it makes me sad that this curated place has gone that long without attention.
So I figured an appropriate catch up would be a collage of my favorite snaps from the last 300 days. Take the journey across each of the thumbnails as I tell the stories of #1-20.
1. I visited my bestie in Palm Springs for a much needed getaway. I was greeted by the most delightful view of pink, ever. Flamingos. Following the sea of pink, I made it to the top of the Bump & Grind hike. I complained the entire way.
2. Then we shopped in the cutest pink building where I captured the light just right.
3. I surrounded myself with fun prints at Lolo for dinner with my work wife where we cheers-ed to another fabulous year of working together. Year #6 in the books but heck, who's counting? We later decided to splurge on designer friendship bracelets which is still by far the best accessory decision I have ever made.
4. I bought a disco ball for my apartment to remind me to always sparkle. (Thank you Amazon). It's become one of my favorite accessories and currently resides in my kitchen. Knick-knacks are still alive and well in the cozy Chestnut abode.
5. I discovered the most unexpected coffee shop in San Rafael on morning errands probably to find a cactus for my house. There were so many photo ops but this fuzzy little nook was my fave.
6. By Memorial Day weekend, I was ready for a vacation so ventured back down to Scottsdale for 4 nights away. I brought a book I read 5 pages of, caught up with girlfriends and was determined to be tan to show something for my trip. Luckily I've held onto that bronze-y color for a few months and even accented it with a little blonde.
7 + 8: I took myself out for a drink date alone (second time ever) and was greeted by the most adorable pink wallpaper. Anyone who is going to Scottsdale and needs to surround themselves in the cutest scene, go to The Canal Club. I'll meet you there. I wore my favorite leopard cami, ripped skinnies, took my vintage LV gal out on the town and was in bed with Dateline by 8pm of course.
9. The last 2 nights of the Scottsdale trip was a splurge checking myself in to the Andaz. I upgraded to a King Casita and it was hands down the best money I've ever spent. As Sunday night approached, I got teary eyed looking at the sunset because the vacation was everything I wanted to be, a little hiding place.
10. The following month I visited my Nordstrom bestie in Long Beach. She took me to Lido Marina Village where we brunched with froze and I had to document this pink chair sighting.
11. The most special part of our weekend was brunch at The Cabana Cafe in the Bev Hills hotel. We cocktailed and snacked in a striped booth and it was bliss. I loved the look of the gold bell carts and pink wall. Figures.
12. I recently reconnected with a preschool friend and we sipped martinis in palm print heaven. Leo's, you never disappoint. Well, actually all you need are blue cheese stuffed olives and you are perfection.
13. I discovered Tamber Bay Vineyards over 4th of July weekend where I met Margot. Besides the 3 bottles of wine I stuffed in my bag, this kitten was the highlight of that day.
14. After soaking in Calistoga, we ventured to RH Yountville where I had the best burger of my life. The side of chandeliers were not a bad view so I need an excuse to go back.
15. For my monthly Marina night out, we stopped by Westwood where I lasted all of 30 minutes. Luckily by cocktail #4, I let someone take a photo of me. I fit so perfectly in the decor, I had to.
16. I rearranged my apartment for probably the 5th time in 6 years but I think the new layout is finally sticking. The coyote fur will always be draped desk side. It's too chic not to be.
17-20: Photos of my favorite things from a brand I've been obsessing over for the past year and a half and one that noticed my blog insta, Sunday Forever. My place is curated with their crystals, my wrist stacked with their red strings and charms for good luck and my apartment now smells of coconut when it needs a refresh. The founder is someone I'd be friends with in real life so when Ashli reached out asking for me to be part of an Ambassador test program; I was ALL in. Her motto; green juice in one hand, a martini in the other, how could I not be sold? More to come on this partnership but I so connected with her career journey. If you find yourself wanting to live your life everyday in their kimono robe, email me.
So there you have it. 300 days summarized in 20 photos but there's been a lot in between. New shows I started streaming when I needed a mental break, special girlfriends I am so lucky to have in my life and a career that keeps me striving for more, striving to be better and striving to reach for what's next.
Until next time which I hope is not in 2020, thank you for catching up with TC.
Hello from the coyote fur covered chair in my favorite corner on Chestnut street. I can't tell you the last time I walked into my humble abode, poured myself a glass of wine, put on a tune (currently one of my old school faves, King of Wishful Thinking) and let myself go on a blank page. It's kind of liberating, a little scary depending on how I'm feeling but a pastime I need to bring back ASAP. So the theme of tonight, getting re-inspired and giving back to yourself.
I may have shared before but I'll tell you again. I'm a big card gal. Fun fact that I save most (usually the cutest which people who know me well find the most fitting ones) so there's a volume that's been building. When I'm feeling uninspired or need a quick pick me up, they are my go to. Another I've mentioned is the 8 page letter from FAC (my dad) because after 16 years, his advice still rings true. If you are ever in need of entertainment and thoughts from the wisest guy I know, I'm happy to share as long as it's over a martini. It will always be the most special pieces of paper I own which if you've seen my desk at work (I love paper), that's a bold statement. When I read it, it makes me tear up every time which is a rare occurrence but it's only because I so vividly remember opening it in my La Paz dorm after my parents said goodbye. I even quoted it in my Maid of Honor speech. It's gold.
Why Reserved for Tay? Because I'm learning everyone needs just that and it's one of the hardest things to do. Reserving a little time for yourself that's not spent responding to work emails or working at night, that's without noise in the background or in my case Making a Murderer and that's not even with a book in front of you. It's flexing a different muscle; self reflection. And not the self critical kind where your inner doubt let's you think you could have done more, said more or worked harder. It's turning her off and just giving yourself a chance to reset and realize you conquered the day, however it may have gone.
So if you're in need of a few taglines to get you into Friday, I've rediscovered a few sitting with my palm leaf roommate and TJ's Italian fave. I'll put a star next to the ones from Freddie and if those intrigue you, call me so I have blue cheese stuffed olives on hand.
1. Potential is just that, what could be. How you reach your ultimate potential is up to you.**
2. To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.
3. Tough Cookie: Someone with just the right mix of sweetness & strength. One who doesn't crumble under pressure. A fighter who's too busy kicking butt to sit down and cry.
4. You look so young! Did you get peeled or something? (Think birthday carrots)
5. Use your head. Stick to your values. Don't be afraid to be yourself.**
6. Remember the "hunk" from high school. He was "the guy" all the girls wanted. Now he's bald, probably has snotty kids and a bummer of a job. Remember that the ultimate cool is having the courage to be yourself.**
7. It's not just the clothes, it's the attitude.
8. The best combination is to do something you truly love that pays enough to buy the lifestyle you want. Sounds easy but is very hard to find. I'd guess that less than 10% of working adults ever achieve this.**
I'm still inspired walking down the street, galavanting in the most adorable pink Palm Springs hotel and chasing cows in Waco that I realized I have a lot to catch up on to share the adventures, the photos, a few fears and a couple goals I have for the balance of the year. A lot more to come as I'm putting challenges to myself in writing. Put the work computer away and be present to myself to name a few. That one is still tough and one I haven't been able to conquer in the last 6 years.
Creature of habit, victim of career passion... that's TC. But then again, I wouldn't be me.
Until next time,