Photos courtesy of Darian Kayce Tarver
Louisiana fashion and lifestyle blogger Taylor Jacobs is from the Lone Star State, but after a few moves she’s learned to call the Pelican State home.
Editor-in-chief Rebecca Docter sat down with Jacobs to talk about her Louisiana life and her blog, Gracefully Taylored.
First of all, why did you decide to name your blog Gracefully Taylored?
This might have been the most difficult part of starting my blog. I had known I wanted to do it, but the name meant so much to me. It’s like the cover of a book. When people see it, or hear the title, you want them to be intrigued, curious. Obviously, I wanted something that defined me in a way, but also something people would remember. One night, my husband and I started talking about it and I was attempting to describe the jumbled thoughts in my head. I wanted to express that up to this point in my life, I had been shaped, molded and pressed into the woman I am today. In a way I have been tailored: taken in, let out, made to fit into my role as a wife, a friend, a daughter. Sometimes it was beautiful, others not so much. For the most part though it has been a beautiful journey and one that I wouldn’t change. After completing my thoughts, my husband looked at me (God love him) and said, “you’ve been gracefully made in to this woman.” And that was it; I’ve been Gracefully Taylored.
How did you become interested in fashion?
Growing up I played tennis my entire life. With that being said, I could fill you in on the trends of the tennis-clothing world in a heartbeat, but everything else? Foreign to me. I went to boarding school to play when I was in 7th and 8th grade so when I moved back to Dallas, Texas for high school, I almost had to redefine who I was. I think that was where it truly started. Again, I played throughout high school and college so tennis was what defined me or so I thought. Once I graduated college and I was no longer competing, I began to dabble more in the fashion world (basically I had to wear things other than tennis clothes to work). It was funny but scary at the same time, because this was a new me. It was exciting though because I slowly began to rebrand myself in a way. When we moved to Louisiana, I quickly turned to fashion because I did not have much else at the beginning. I was following bloggers and reading up on trends, which encouraged me to use this outlet as a new way to express myself. Creating this new, tennis free girl was fun and allowed me to find joy in so many new things, fashion being the thing I loved most.
Describe your style in three words.
Clean. Feminine. Bold.
What’s your favorite current trend?
I actually love wide leg/flared denim. I have a pair that make my legs look SO long so I wear them all the time. Just like a good pair of comfy jeans, I can use my flares to create just about any look, which is fun!
On your blog, you talk about being from Texas and your love for the Lone Star State. Why did you move to Louisiana?
I actually moved to Alabama first to attend college at Auburn University. After graduating, I worked there for two years, but my husband had gotten a job in Baton Rouge. After much deliberation, I ended up moving here to be with him and am so thankful we made this decision. Louisiana has such a unique and beautiful culture so it has been fun experiencing new things! My mom grew up in Zachary also so I have family close by which is nice.
How has Louisiana shaped you in terms of style?
This is going to sound cheesy but Louisiana is extremely flavorful. The food, the people, the culture…there is a lot going on. I like to think that way about fashion and not put myself into one box. I like to be feminine but also a tomboy. I like to be clean cut but love when I can wear crop tops and floral crowns. Sometimes I am in bold prints and other times I stick to the basics. You never really know what you might get, but I am willing to try just about anything!
What’s the most prized piece in your wardrobe?
Oh goodness this is hard! Well, I purchased my first Chanel bag last year and I have to say I love that bag. But on a more serious note I have a ring that my grandmother gave me when I graduated college. It was a gift to her from my grandfather and has her initials on it. I wear it almost every day.
Is there a woman in your family who inspired you in terms of beauty and style?
My mom for sure. She has always had the coolest style. I can remember growing up thinking, “only she could pull that off.” She would be in the trendiest clothes and my friends were always jealous. Now it is so fun because we play off each other for fashion. She gets ideas from me, and I from her. Her style that I once thought was bold is now something that I admire and aspire to be.
On your blog, you have a pretty substantial travel section. What’s your best tip for readers traveling this summer?
I love to travel! My best tip for travelers is to have an itinerary. Please don’t get me wrong, I love to go and just roam, but if you are limited with your time or money I would definitely suggest making a plan before you get there! My husband always jokes with me about being a travel agent, but hey, we always have a good time!
How do you balance maintaining your blog with other parts of your life?
I have to set aside time for it. I tend to over commit myself, so I need a certain amount of hours in the morning and at night to sit down and plan content. When I can actually plan time for it, I feel more organized and not rushed. Lately, I have been trying to do a better job of being present with my friends and family so that I am not always on my phone doing something for the blog. When I plan things ahead of time, it makes that a lot easier!
What’s the best advice you can give to up-and-coming bloggers?
Hmmm…I would say to stay patient and to find support. I am so guilty of wanting things to grow quickly so I get frustrated easily. What I have learned is that this is a process. If I get ahead of myself then I tend to get down on myself, which is never good. And with that being said…find support! Having friends in this community makes it SO much better. When I first started the blog, I was hesitant to put myself out there to meet other influencers. Now, after almost two years, I have met so many great women who inspire me daily! I can lean on them whenever I feel down and they pick me right back up!
What’s next for Gracefully Taylored?
Hopefully a lot of travel! The joke in my family is that I am a gypsy at heart. If I could travel somewhere new every week, I would. I love to be on the go. So I truly want that to be a part of Gracefully Taylored! Other than that I hope to continue to create content that keeps brands and readers engaged, all while encouraging women to be themselves! I really cannot wait to see what the future holds for Gracefully Taylored!