I went to high school with Taylor Davies, editorialist by day and blogger behind Shut up, i love that shirt on you by night. She was four years older and quite a bit cooler than me so I was naturally intimidated (although as humble as she is I know she'd deny this statement). Years later Taylor and I connected in New York City and came to find we share a lot of the same interests. From careers in fashion to social media addictions to our perspectives on NYC-dating, we've become friends and confidantes and you'll surely find us dive bar hopping on a Friday night.
Learn more about Taylor's NYC perspective in the Q+A below:
When did you move to NYC and why?
I moved to NYC from Seattle, WA in June of 2010. I came here because I had dreams of making it big in the fashion world and desperately needed to escape my complacent (but lovely) life in Seattle.
Give us a brief background.
I studied journalism at the University of Arizona, and am currently the fashion and menswear editor of an online magazine called Lifestyle Mirror. My blog, which I've been writing since 2009, is called Shut up, i love that shirt on you, and is a mish-mash of musings on fashion, music, and my life in NYC.
One item you moved with and will keep forever?
I have really shitty furniture, but I have a lot of great vintage jewelry that made the move with me that I'm sure I'll keep forever.
What's the most valuable thing that your least favorite job taught you?
My least favorite job taught me how to successfully open a champagne bottle on the open seas. It really wasn't such a bad gig.
Looking back, what advice would you give to the freshly arrived version of you?
Oh man. I would grab myself by the shoulders and try to shake some responsibility into that girl. I spent so much time telling myself I was "trying my best" to find a job, and I was really just hoping something would fall into my lap. I would tell myself that no job ever comes from a half-assed application on MediaBistro, and that human connections are the only way to get anything (and anywhere) here.
What's a moment of vulnerability you can remember?
I'd say that I felt most vulnerable after I got laid off earlier this year. I was embarrassed to tell people I lost my job, and I couldn't handle the idea of returning home as another "New York failure." A lot of vulnerability comes from concern over what other people will think of you, which is vain but inevitable. That concern helped me remember that I love my life here and in order to keep it I would have to stop pitying myself and keep moving forward.
What can you call your proudest moment?
A lot of those classic "New York firsts" were very proud moments. Signing my first lease, getting my first internship at ELLE.com, getting a job - even a little thing like successfully taking the E train all the way to the JFK airport alone feels like a huge victory.
What was going through your head the last time you were really frustrated with NYC?
"Where is the f@#*ing L train!?"
What's something you know today that you didn't know yesterday?
Today I learned that Cat Stevens wrote "The First Cut Is The Deepest," which I just saw performed by Rod Stewart at Madison Square Garden. Iconic artist, iconic song, iconic venue.
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My favorite nights are...the ones that start on a rooftop on a warm summer afternoon.
You'll usually find me...In search of my next favorite cocktail at my next favorite bar.
My favorite phone apps are...Seamless and Instagram.
Don't trust...anyone who is obsessed with Shake Shack, Momofuku Milk Bar or "cronuts."
Do trust...the tap water in Manhattan. It's delicious.
If I'm going to splurge...I go out for cocktails at Gramercy Tavern.
It's completely okay to do this alone...everything. New York is the best city to be independent.
When it comes to NYC I hate...My commute on the L train, the corner of Spring and Broadway.
When it comes to NYC I love...walking in Central Park, drinking in the East Village, shopping in the West Village, and brunching in Brooklyn.
I'll move out of NYC when...if the bad ever starts to outweigh the extraordinary.
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