We’ve known and loved Taylor Sterling – founder of the FABULOUS Glitter Guide – for a while. She even sent us her very own engagement session back in the day. Well, fast forward a few years and aside from being insanely lovely, she is also a brand new mommy! So before she popped we hit her up for her best kept secrets – with photos by Delbarr Moradi – on being the icon that we all have grown to adore.
SMP: Some words you live by?
TAYLOR: Work hard, stay humble.
SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
TAYLOR: I typically have one show that I watch that I know is terrible and too young for me but I totally enjoy it. It use to be Gossip Girl and now it’s the Carrie Diaries.
SMP: What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
TAYLOR: I was actually a little bit of a lost soul. I had so many career ideas growing up: Marine Biologist, Publicist, Casting Director, Stylist, etc. I actually didn’t put all the pieces together till I was in the role I’m in now. Back when I was 16 I was cutting and pasting collages of fashion models and making them into my birthday invitations. I was always in love with fashion and pop culture, but I never knew how to make it my career. I didn’t have one really strong talent like photography, writing, or styling. But I have always been good at coming up with inspirational ideas and doing a little of everything. So having my own website where I can be creative, do a little of it all and have fun ended up being the perfect career choice for me.
SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?
TAYLOR: There are so many quotes I look to for inspiration. I have two that stand out. This isn’t a quote but more of my mantra list. It reminds me of what’s important. I also love that quote, “If you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen.” I like to believe it’s that simple. I try to work hard at everything I do and remember to be kind to everyone. It’s so important even when they are not kind to you.
SMP: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
TAYLOR: I feel like we try to do this everyday on Glitter Guide in our own way. We share a lot of stories about business owners, personal style, entertaining, etc. This may seem unimportant and all for fun. What we’re really trying to do is give women inspiration to live a sparkly life and give them tools to shine from the inside out. How they choose to do this is up to them, but we hope we can inspire that spark!
SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
TAYLOR: No. I’ve made a lot of mistakes growing and learning about this online industry and it’s all lead me to where I am today. I’m still learning and growing. It’s a never-ending process. Plus, those mistakes are what show me who I want to be and how I can be better. If I stop making mistakes I stop growing.
SMP: What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
TAYLOR: Try everything and then narrow down what works best for you. Reach out to as many people as possible—network, network, network. Don’t forget to have fun.
SMP: What’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
TAYLOR: I don’t think any woman has this nailed down, do they? This is an ongoing process and one that is about to become even more difficult for me with the birth of my daughter. I am kind of a workaholic and can put my personal life on the back burner. I’m going to try to be better about this but I think it’s going to be one of those struggles that I deal with for the rest of my life. My best tip is to go with it. Allow yourself to be busy and know that no one has it all figured out. Once you release that obsession with being “perfect” in all areas it becomes a little easier.
SMP: What was the tipping point in your business that made you feel like your blog was going to thrive?
TAYLOR: When I was able to support myself and others financially. This was something that really scared me (and still does). It’s one thing to be responsible for yourself but when you know the livelihood of others is in your hands it can be an overwhelming feeling. The bonus is I feel like I am contributing to the work world and it motivates me to work even harder.
SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
TAYLOR: That I’m not able to ‘do it all.’ I wish I was better at so many aspects of the business. We’re still a very small team at Glitter Guide and I wish I could make every side of the business thrive. I have my limits and weaknesses and it’s a hard pill to swallow. You want to be able to do everything. Then you realize you need a strong team of people who are smarter than you to make the business thrive. It’s just a matter of finding them.
SMP: Stranded on a desert island question… what’s the one cocktail you would take with you?
TAYLOR: This is going to be boring. A ‘Glitter Girl’ would say Champagne. However, I’d really want a glass of red wine.