Welcome to Taylor Reese: A Personal Style and Lifestyle Blog

My name is Chanda Spagnoli and I created this blog for women of all ages to come here for a source of inspiration.  I love pretty things.. and pretty things don’t have to be expensive.  Sure I have a few timeless pieces that I’ve invested in, but I can pair those with looks for less and still look just as cute.  For my home I use the same concept.  I encourage everyone to be creative throughout their daily lives.  Whether you are designing a new space, picking out pillows for your bed or are looking for a really cute OOTD.. just be YOU.

Where do you live?

I live in Buffalo, NY with my husband and my cat Mish. It snows here… a lot, but our summers and sunsets are some of the best living on the shores of Lake Erie.

How did you start blogging?

I originally wanted to start my own staging business and I was given the name of a website developer to help build a website for the business.  Once I started working with her, she mentioned I should have a section of the site dedicated to a blog.  I knew nothing about blogging and had no clue how to begin.  Working full-time I quickly realized that owning my own business (and writing a blog) on top of a 40hr work week was way out of my league.  So I started looking into this blog thing.  I started searching other blogs and quickly found these other women to be inspiring.  I started my blog back in 2014 as Taylor Reese Design. (hence the URL) My website was based around that staging business and my website designer did just that.  She built a website for a staging business.  I made some modifications, yet there was something missing.  I did more research and found that there were templates out there to help with designing a blog.  (Rewind to the money I spent on designing the first one… wow) So I had my website designer download a template from Bluchic.  I made some modifications.. hired a girl who used to work for Blog Doo to design a new logo and voila! Taylor Reese Design : A Lifestyle Blog was born.  A year went by and I started to notice a lot of blogs revamping their websites.  I wasn’t getting a lot of traffic with the theme and felt I needed to rebrand and give it a refresher.  I was proud to introduce Taylor Reese and a brand new look that’s not only eye catching, but hope it will give others inspiration.

Photos are a big part of blogging, who takes your photos?

My husband has been wanting a really nice camera for a long time, so I broke down and bought him a Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital Camera for Christmas and I may or may not borrow it. (ha, ha, ha, ha) I also take pictures with my iPhone 6.  My husband bought me a selfie stick for Christmas that came with its own tri-pod and wireless remote, so that helps when he’s not available to take photos.

Who is your inspiration when it comes to other bloggers?

From day one I have looked to Jillian Harris, ( Rachel Parcell ( and Ali Fedotowsky ( for inspiration.  They all lead busy lives and have the most amazing blogs.

Your advice for someone who wants to start a blog..

Research.  Do your research before you spend any money.  The old saying goes… “If I knew then what I know now”…  But all of the wrong turns and the bumps in the road have lead me to where I am today. There are no regrets and I continue to learn new things every day.  My best advice is don’t compare yourself to other bloggers.  It’s YOUR creative outlet.. make it YOU!

xo xo Chanda