DAMDAM

Conversations with

Taylr Anne

BY GISELLE GO

Photographed by Taylr Anne

One of the best things about social media is that it gives us the ability to connect with a virtual community of like-minded people. One of those people is Taylr Anne: With a wardrobe full of carefully curated pieces and a vanity filled with indie brands that support the same values as DAMDAM, we knew that we had met a kindred spirit in Taylr. We chat with the social media maven on how she keeps it clean and kind in everything from daily beauty routines to online interactions.

Hi, Taylr. Tell us about yourself.

I blog full time. I am extremely passionate about what I do because I am able to work with beautiful companies and share their stories, while giving a glimpse of my life and what inspires me daily. I was born and raised in Orange County, California. I haven’t left, and am looking to buy my first home in Costa Mesa within the year. It makes me so happy being close to the ocean and surrounded by such a creative community that Costa Mesa is becoming.

A cup of coffee, a good book, and some fruit – mornings with Taylr Anne.

“Mornings are my absolute favorite. I love to rise early and have a slow start, usually including coffee and reading… Coffee has become such a routine ritual for me— it is so much more than just a cup of coffee. From start to finish, coffee has become an accompanying aspect to setting positive intentions for my day ahead. I like to write down a few thoughts every morning, make a healthy breakfast and give my pup, Clyde, lots of love.”

Do you have a morning ritual to help you begin each day on a positive note?

Mornings are my absolute favorite. I love to rise early and have a slow start, usually including coffee and reading. I look forward to grinding my beans and making my pour over coffee in the morning with Canyon Coffee. Coffee has become such a routine ritual for me— it is so much more than just a cup of coffee. From start to finish, coffee has become an accompanying aspect to setting positive intentions for my day ahead. I like to write down a few thoughts every morning, make a healthy breakfast and give my pup, Clyde, lots of love.

Do you have a beauty ritual you can share with us?

Beauty rituals are something I find so wonderful. It is a glimpse of how we take care of our body. My favorite beauty rituals include drinking water daily with chlorophyll, jade rolling first thing in the morning. I love natural serums and doing masks to keep my skin feeling fresh. The Power Mask is truthfully one of my favorites. Outer beauty is something that only brushes the surface though. Someone can have beautiful eyes, but have you seen how beautiful the eyes are of someone talking about something they love? Now that is magic.

A little offline time from social media life is always a good idea.

“[DAMDAM’s] Power Mask is truthfully one of my favorites…. Clean beauty is so important to me. Our skin is our biggest absorbing organ. I really value companies who are passionate about what they do to create products that are not only good for the people using them, but for the environment as well. I strive to always eat organic, fresh food, and what I put on my body is just as important to me. I recently went through my beauty products and got rid of anything that wasn’t nourishing or pure for my skin.”

What do you do for your skin on days when it needs a jump-start or for days when you have an important event?

I love to do a detoxing mud mask, followed by a splash of cold water and a moisturizing serum. That always makes me feel clean and refreshed for the day ahead.

Are there things you look for in particular in your beauty products and/or brands you support?

Clean beauty is so important to me. Our skin is our biggest absorbing organ. I really value companies who are passionate about what they do to create products that are not only good for the people using them, but for the environment as well. I strive to always eat organic, fresh food, and what I put on my body is just as important to me. I recently went through my beauty products and got rid of anything that wasn’t nourishing or pure for my skin.

Because your online life is part of your profession, how do you stay grounded and maintain a healthy distance between your virtual life and your “real” life?

This is something that actually took some time to balance. I am, by nature, a private person. I value the relationships in my life and having moments of solitude and reflection. I went through my first year of blogging working really hard and not finding much time to nurture other aspects of my life that are very important to me. Over the years I think I have found a balance that results in happiness for my daily life. While sometimes I wish I could leave my phone behind for weeks, there is this incredible community that I have become a part of that is so incredible. That is what life is all about anyways, connecting with people and creating something that brings us purpose.

Quality time at home with her dog, Clyde.

“While sometimes I wish I could leave my phone behind for weeks, there is this incredible community that I have become a part of that is so incredible. That is what life is all about anyways, connecting with people and creating something that brings us purpose.”

Do you have a tip on how to handle online negativity?

This is something that I luckily don’t experience too often in the online world, but sometimes someone will say something to you that hurts. I think the biggest thing to remember when things like this happen is to know that someone’s reflection of you is not your actual identity. You will not be able to please everyone you come in contact with; someone will always have something to say. Most often, those who feel the need to be outwardly negative are not satisfied with something in their own life, and feel the need to critic and reprimand yours. I don’t tend to join in on controversial topics on social media because personally, it is very exhausting for my soul.

What do you do on days when you need to unwind and unplug?

I love to open all of my windows in my place and write, go to yoga, or a drive to the beach is meditative for me as well; there is something about fresh air that is revitalizing. I used to surf a lot — the ocean is so healing.

Traveling as a meditation and a way to connect with the world.

“I love to open all of my windows in my place and write, go to yoga, or a drive to the beach is meditative for me as well; there is something about fresh air that is revitalizing. I used to surf a lot — the ocean is so healing.”

Where are your favorite travel destinations?

It is truthfully hard for me to pick favorites, because I love them all for the experiences I have while I am there. I love to travel, and whether familiar or not, every time I go it is a new experience. A few of my favorites so far have been Big Sky, Montana as well as my travels through Spain a few years ago. Traveling is something that is an eye opening and humbling experience— observation is the ultimate way to understand and connect with what is around us.

 

 

 

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