30 Things About Talia
Welcome back, friends! Our next “get to know me post” comes to you from Fig + Ivy head stylist Talia Spector. She’s a voice you’ll be hearing quite a bit here on the blog, as a trusted friend and fashion authority. She is smart, hilarious, and an incredibly talented stylist. Talia and I met several years ago when we were still in hair school, and were reunited when I started the hiring process for Fig + Ivy Collective. This girl helps keep things running smoothly for me day to day, and I learn as much from her as I hope she does from me! I know you guys are going to love getting to know her just as much as I have.
Favorite item of clothing that you own?
One of my favorite pieces is my green suede fringe bag from Maje that I picked up on my travels.
What skill would you like to master?
I would love to master playing piano. I love music so much and the thought of being able to create something so beautiful and so challenging is exciting to me.
Are you usually early or late?
I am always early. Here’s the thing, I tend to get lost, even when I use MapQuest. So, it’s a requirement for me to have an extra 30 minutes so I arrive on time.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
I can’t possibly choose one artist. I love music, it brings me so much joy. Music for me can perfectly imbody a moment in time or a feeling. The moment a song comes on it can bring me back to a memorable place. Music is that friend you never knew you had or needed. So, to ask me to choose- I simply cannot.
What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
I love to having a mellow weekend. Listening to music, reading, painting, cooking, sipping on wine and enjoying the company of friends and family.
What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
There is nothing I love more in life than a paperback book. Bending the pages and highlighting and notating my favorite parts allows me to take ownership of the book.
What is something you think people should do at least once in their lives?
If you have the opportunity to travel you should. I was able to travel and it brought me so much joy and exposed me to so many beautiful and different cultures.
What’s worth spending more on to get the best of?
I like to spend my time and money doing things that bring me joy. Whether it’s a day trip, drinks with friends, treating myself to a spa day, or investing in a great bag.
What are you most looking forward to in the next 5 years?
The growth of my business and realization of my personal goals.
What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
I have an appreciation for trends and eras in fashion, but I am not one to incorporate trends into my day to day looks.
What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?
I’ve learned that bad habits die hard. I am a very passionate person with a strong will and vision when it comes to work. Learning how to let go and finding joy in the things I cannot control is something I have to remind myself to do on a daily basis.
What book impacted you the most?
It is too difficult to choose just one book that has impacted me. More than anything I love poetry; it seems to resonate with me. Poetry is written in such a dreamy way, whether it is based in reality or a not. Some of my favorites at the moment would be “milk and honey” by Rupi Kaur and “Flux” by Orion Carloto.
What risks are worth taking?
I truly believe that it is important to take risks in life. Any and all risks are important to face head on. Usually the things that scare us the most are worth doing. Be adventures, be bold, and be brave. Don’t let the opinions of others hold you back and push forward with your own self-love and self-belief and you can achieve anything.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
The hardest lesson I have learned is that no amount of love, admiration or support from others will solve a problem. You have to find that for yourself.
What’s something someone has said to you that has changed how you view the world?
I once was told that you never know what someone is going through in life and they may be giving and doing the very best they can, so lead with grace. Leading with grace and understanding for others and allowing yourself grace in what you are doing and trying to achieve in your own life is the most important thing. This is one of the best pieces of advice I have received and practice every single day.
Where are some unusual places you’ve been?
I have had the privilege of traveling to Frankfurt, Germany and Oslo, Norway. Both were life changing experiences and I encourage you to travel if you have the opportunity to do so.
What’s something you really resent paying for?
What’s the most interesting documentary you’ve ever watched?
The First Monday in May
What brand are you most loyal to?
I am not loyal to one particular brand. My style is always evolving and I look to many different brands because they all offer something different.
What’s the most recent show you’ve binge watched?
I just recently binged watched the show You on Netflix and it had me hooked from the very first episode. I usually don’t have the patience to invest in a show but I watched the whole season in three days. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend you do.
What small change greatly improves a person’s appearance
I believe everyone holds so much beauty within and I think that confidence can greatly improve anyone’s appearance.
What is your favorite cocktail?
My favorite cocktail is anything that has tequila in it.
What was the most beautiful view you have ever experienced?
When I was 19 years old I had the privilege of traveling to Israel. I hiked to the top of Masada at 4am. It was a steep and winding path etched into the side of the mountain. I reached the top just in time to see the sunrise over the Dead Sea. Words cannot even begin to describe what I saw. It truly was a life changing experience.
What is the closest thing to real magic?
As cheesy as it may sound the closest thing to magic for me is love. Sometimes love is indescribable, mesmerizing, and joyful and I believe that perfectly embodies what magic is.
When are you happiest?
I am most happy when I am traveling and exploring. You will always find me trying to squeeze a road trip into my schedule. Whether it’s a day trip or a full two weeks on the road, I really enjoy the freedom that being on the road brings to explore and embrace what this world has to offer.
Coffee or tea?
Wish I could choose but I can’t.
When you are not working what are you doing?
When I am not working I am reading a book, sipping on a chai tea latte, or jump biking around midtown. I love to spend most of my days off exploring, relaxing, and relishing in good weather and even better company with friends and family.
If you only had to choose three adjectives to describe yourself which would you chose?
Creative, self-aware, and a Gemini.
What job would you be terrible at?
Any job that would require me to sit behind a desk from 9 to 5 I would not be good at. I am too much of a creative and free spirt and I would find it challenging to stay focused and inspired. I thrive in any creative, busy environment that keeps me on my toes and allows me to interact with people throughout the day.
What qualities do you value the most in people you spend time with?
What I value most with the ones I love and surround myself with is honesty, love, and laughter. I never like to take life too seriously, but life tends to have its ups and downs so I very much value honesty, healthy perspective and encouragement from those around me during difficult times.