We’re so excited to finally introduce our newest series with one of our favorite babe’s ever, Taylor Utley.
This girl is one of the sweetest, most genuine, heartfelt people that we have ever met & we love everything that she stands for + everything that she does. Her fashion sense is killer & she’ll wear things that you’ve never thought of putting together but will end up making you want to buy the exact outfit she’s wearing. (we always mess around & say that she could not only pull off wearing a trash bag, but she’ll end up making you want to wear one too, LOL.) But, ultimately the thing that we inspire most about her is her passion for the Lord & how she’s never afraid to proclaim His name & make Him known, rather than herself. Below, we’re going to include a little bit more about her & some of the questions that we asked when interviewing her. + Make sure you go check out her new & updated blog.. it’s adorable!!!
What’s your blog called?
My blog is called Taylor Hayden, even though my last name hasn’t changed yet.. lol But it will soon! I am so excited to start this new blog and this new chapter. Here is the link: http://taylorutley.wixsite.com/blog
How did you start your blog?
I started my first blog back in 2014. It started out as a place where I wrote poems, devotionals from personal bible studies, and a place to kind of journal all of my thoughts. I wasn’t good about posting weekly and I only wrote when I was inspired by something. I had always dreamed of creating a fashion blog because I love styling clothing and playing around with different brands and trends. I didn’t think I had enough money to keep up with the trends or enough collaboration opportunities being from a small town. I also thought people wouldn’t understand why I wanted to be “a blogger” or they wouldn’t care to read it. This year has been one that has brought many changes. God has shown me that I am not someone that fits the mold of having a 9-5 job. I love to create things, capture things, travel, grow, and I crave inspiration. I love these things, and God has shown me that it is ok to step out. I made the decision to stop allowing fear to creep in and limit my abilities and desires. I began to reach out to modeling agencies, boutiques, clothing companies, and really started to grow myself on social media as an influencer. I want to use my platform to do what I love, inspire other people to step out and do what they love. All while giving the glory to God.
What’s your inspo for your blog?
I am a freelance model and my fiance is a videographer/photographer so I feel that I could create some pretty amazing content. My inspiration would have to be lifestyle! I definitely want to incorporate my love for fashion & styling clothing into my posts. I want to model my own style inspiration. The majority of my content will be clothing hauls, DIY’s, seasonal look books, collaborations, videos of who knows what and a few laughs here and there.
Do you have a full time job besides the blog? If so, how do you balance a blog plus a job?
I do! I have a few jobs actually. I love to stay busy! I run a coffee shop with my fiance Noah called Barber Bistro Coffee. Look it up on insta: @BarberBistroCoffee. When I’m not slinging lattes you will find me at the gym. (No I don’t workout) haha. I teach competitive dancers tumbling a few nights a week at a tumbling studio. I also help out with my aunts boutique here in my home town! It can be hard to manage at times but I just bring my laptop with me everywhere I go. It’s also nice that I can treat my coffee shop as an office 😉
Where are you from?
I am from Evansville, Indiana. Dreaming of Southern California.
What’s your favorite drink to get from a coffee shop?
Well this is a hard one… I love pour overs, but my go to drink would be a 6oz capp.
Favorite place to shop?
Oh my. Zara, Topshop, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville. Nasty Gal. I can’t choose one.
Favorite online store?
Brandy Melville or Missguided. I don’t have either of these stores within 1,000 miles of me so these are my GO TO for online shopping.
Lastly, what’s your ultimate goal for the blog?
I want my blog to be a positive and creative environment where women can be inspired. I want my posts to be authentic and raw, not intimidating or unachievable. I don’t want people to see my posts and be jealous or think they cant achieve what I am putting out there. I’m just an overly caffeinated woman who loves clothing and lattes with a mind that never sleeps 🙂
& that’s a wrap for our first feature on the series babes we love! Be sure to stay tuned every month to see who we feature. Also, if you or someone you know has a story, a blog, or anything that you want to make known to the world, email us at joyandjusti.com & we would love to feature you on babes we love!
Just as our goal for this series is to take the eyes off of ourselves & focus on others – go encourage someone who’s taking a chance in this crazy world & straying away from the traditional 9-5. Instead of simply displaying jealousy to someone who has a youtube channel, blog, or is a business owner, go out of your way to encourage & love them in the venture that they’re doing!
We love all you babes & hope you have the greatest day. Till next time..
xo, Joy & Justi