My Designs

At Last

November 20, 2015

2015 has brought so many changes. Some were hard, like the passing of my sweet Papa Terry. And other changes were good, like me leaving my corporate design job. While I loved my job, I felt free when I left. Free to do my own thing and feel really inspired again. People ask me if I miss my job, and to be honest, I don’t. I only miss the people. I am so grateful for my time there, but am so happy for the new chapter I am in.

It’s liberating. 

With leaving my job, came the biggest change, working full time for my own label Cove. At last, I am doing my own thing and I couldn’t be happier. I think that is why I started this blog, so that I could share my journey of going after my own label. And while it’s happening, trust me, there is so much to learn and be worked out. It’s hard work taking chances. But as Will Smith said, “Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.” If you don’t take chances, things don’t ever really improve. I am all for going for it, and with Cove, I know it’s going to be worth it. Cove couldn’t be a more perfect fit for me. It’s all I know in life wrapped into one pretty package.

I have only talked about Cove on my blog once here (crazy cause it takes up most all my time). So for those of you who don’t know, Cove is a dancewear line for the Guys & Gals designed by yours truly! I have been working on Cove ever since I graduated from FIT. It’s been a long time in the making. And now it is here. Everything in life has lead me to Cove. As most of you know, I grew up dancing my entire life & even danced professionally full time in LA for a few years after high school. But knowing that I wanted a career with more structure, I followed my passion for design and went to FIT where I graduated with my degree in Fashion Design. Now, through Cove, I am combining my two worlds of dance and fashion into one. It is the perfect fit. At last, it is my everything.

I never planned to do a dancewear line in my life. It kind of happened naturally and found me really. God, like always, showed me what he really had planned and it’s everything I never knew I wanted. Funny how life works like that sometimes. You can see the entire collection on covewear.com. And even if you’re not a “dancer” this is activewear too! So knock yourself out with cute work out clothes! The Muscle Tee is one of my favorites for the gym! But the Mesh Leotard is my ultimate favorite! I even wear it to the gym and pool! That’s right, it can be worn to swim in! Win win.

You guys, my apartment doesn’t even look like this anymore! These photos were taken so long ago!

So that is my long catch up of some changes 2015 brought me. Through the ups and downs, it has been a great year. One I will always remember. If you want to follow Cove, check out our new Blog here! I am sure it is where I will be blogging more, so be sure to follow along. Also, check us out on Instagram & Twitter @covewearnyc. Happy weekend everyone (aka Mom)!

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My Apartment

Minted Makeover

October 28, 2015

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2015 has been a big year of changes. Lots and lots of changes! Changes that have kept me so busy that I have yet again been away from my little journal on the internet. And while I am not going to get into all of the exciting changes just yet (they are good!), I am going to share one small change we made in our apartment.

Here’s the thing. It is no secret that apartments are small in NYC. And when you have been living in the same studio apartment for almost 5 years, you have to rearrange and redecorate to make your teeny tiny space feel fresh and exciting again! In the coming weeks, I am excited to share with you the changes that we have made (and are still making) to our space.

Today, our first little update comes in our kitchen (you can see the before here). Recently I was able to talk my landlord into updating our kitchen appliances to all stainless steel. So that right there made the first big difference. Next I was looking for new artwork to put in the kitchen. When I saw this poster on minted.com, I knew I just had to have it! It’s bright, clean and so fun for a kitchen! It reminds James and I of our west coast roots, which made us love it even more…

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I really love the statement this large print makes in our small kitchen. This photo is by Kamala Nahas from Ventura, California. Kamala is native of coastal Southern California. This photo was by far my favorite on Minted. You can learn more about Kamala and see more of her beautiful photos here! Also be sure to shop all of Minted’s photos online at minted.com.

Special thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post.

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My Designs

These Days.

February 2, 2015

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It’s been a long time since I have come to this little blog of mine. I love this little space so much, but now I rarely find the time to come here. A sick day at home has finally given me the time to visit my little corner of the internet today. So hello old friends!

These days my time is filled with my regular job at Tommy Hilfiger. I am still designing menswear for Tommy and I really love it. When I am not at Tommy, I spend almost every free minute working on my new dancewear brand, Cove. I am pouring my heart and soul into Cove and I cannot wait for it to be up and running! It is so much work. Some days I am just so exhausted, and running around the garment district is the last thing I want to do after a full day of work. But then when I have fittings with our models, and see the product come to life, that’s when it hits me just how fun my job really is. It is the greatest feeling in the world to see your vision come to life.

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I feel so blessed to be living out my dreams and using my talents to make a living. God is so good. My Grandfather always told me to do what you love and know best and you will never have to work a day in your life. I truly feel like that with my jobs. With Cove I am bringing together my two worlds, dance and fashion. The two things I have spent most my time on (especially dance). And it is so fun to bring it all together in one job.

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I hope to be around here more. I haven’t felt really inspired to blog lately because I really am trying to figure out what I love blogging most about. Really this blog is a journal for the journey of chasing my dreams as a designer. And I hope my journey will inspire others to chase their own dreams. I think some where along the line I lost that vision and tried to make this blog fit the mold of what everyone else was doing. I no longer will be doing that. I hope this place can be a space you come to for inspiration. Whether that be to chase your own dreams, design inspiration, or life in general. I will figure it out eventually, or maybe not, it’s all good! Have an amazing week!

See more of Cove @covewearnyc. And my personal account @tayhartley.

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Inspiration

Blogging

September 22, 2014

I have been MIA a lot lately from my blog. In fact I have been MIA a lot from my blog ever since I started my job at Tommy over a year ago. I have found it harder and harder to consistently blog. Part of it was adjusting to corporate America and the other part was feeling like the blogging world was changing so much.

Remember when blogs weren’t a job, but just a source of inspiration and creativity? Where we all got to connect and support one another? Today, it’s all about the latest clothes, fashion week, and beautiful pictures. And I fear that the beautiful blogs that exist, ignite jealousy in readers more than positive, uplifting feelings. I have found myself at a stand still with my blog because I have felt pressure to try to stay up with the “blogging trends.” But the truth is, that is just not me. And that’s not why I started this blog.

I started this blog to share my journey of going after my dreams, in hopes that it would inspire others to go after their own dreams. I wanted to share the ups and downs, the failures and successes. Because sometimes, it’s nice to know that behind all the pretty clothes and pictures, we are all human too. We all have to get through this beautiful crazy world, and for me, blogging was a place where we could all support and uplift each other.

So bare with me while I try to figure this all out. I am not trying to be a “famous” blogger and have thousands of followers. I am just trying to share my journey. After I got my dream job at Tommy, I found it hard to blog because in some sense, I felt like, I did it. I got the dream job I always talked about, and didn’t know what to work towards anymore.

After soul searching I realized how arrogant of me it is to think I have reached it. Because if we are not progressing in life, then what are we really doing? I will admit that after starting at Tommy I got use to my new “routine” really quickly. I went to work, came home, worked out, ate dinner, hung out with my husband and repeated this every single day. I think I was so burned out from design school that I really enjoyed not having homework anymore. I got lazy. But what was I really doing to progress to my future? What was I doing to make the world a better place or simply help another? And on a professional level, what was I doing to go towards my big goals of creating my women’s wear line Taylor Morgan?

Not enough.

I did some soul searching, prayed hard and created a plan. That plan includes my dancewear brand Cove. For me Cove is the first big step towards creating Taylor Morgan down the road.

Here is what I have learned.

Each and every day counts. Do one thing a day to progress to the next day. The less you focus on yourself and try to help and serve others, the more time and means you will have to fulfill your own personal goals. Like it says in the scriptures, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” I understand more than ever how true this is. The more I make serving others a priority, the easier my own life gets. And the joy that comes from truly connecting with another human being is unreal.

So to sum up my ramblings, I hope that my small space on the internet can not only be a place where you can enjoy pretty pictures of design, nyc, fashion, etc, but also a place where we can be real about life and inspire each other to be better. I have met some amazing people from blogging, and I am so grateful for that.

I may not blog as often as I would like because I am trying to be more present wherever I am. I don’t carry a camera with me everywhere I go anymore. I don’t want to work my life around this blog, because it’s not my job, just my hobby that I enjoy. So if I feel like neglecting my blog instead of my husband, I am going to do just that.

I am so grateful for those of you I have met through this crazy little blog world and thank you for inspiring me. I love blogging, and all the pretty fancy blogs that we all read, I really do. I just am not going to be one of those blogs with new outfits everyday and the perfectly posed instagram photos. Because sometimes I like to post funny photos that may be unflattering, and I am okay with that, because that is who I really am.

I look forward to connecting with all of you more. You can follow my personal instagram @tayhartley. And if you want to see the process of me making my dancewear brand Cove, follow me at @covewearnyc.

Have a great week everyone! xoxo.

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