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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, (JillianHarris.com) Rachel Parcell (PinkPeonies.com) and Ali Fedotowsky (AliLuvs.com) 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