My name is Taryn, you may know me as the smiley, positive and energetic face behind Taryn Truly. I am a small-town girl, born and raised in Michigan. Married to my amazing hubby AJ for 6 years and we live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. We have one “baby” (he’s not really a baby anymore) Lucas, who is 7. We love animals and have 2 doggo’s and two cats honestly, we would have an entire farm if we could. I am the type of girlie that loves fiercely and works tirelessly when I have put my mind to something. I am also completely scatterbrained (hello ADHD) at times and get easily distracted by shiny objects & fluffy animals. (squirrel!)
Really though, I’m just your average 30 something chick rocking a size 14ish, thick tummy, no thigh gap, stretch mark riddled bod with confidence. I have been a thicker girl my entire life which has had its challenges for sure. I finally discovered how to show myself love after I had my son. That is around the time that I coined the term “self-hate survivor”. My main goal is to be your virtual bestie (we can never have to many GF’s amiright? ). I want you to feel less alone in this huge world, inspire you to try new things and of course I will share all the affordable style because let’s be honest, I love a good deal! My platform is built on a foundation of truth, I mean “Taryn Truly” kinda gives ya a hint. 😉 I put a lot of thought, time and testing into product recommendations and I will give you the honest truth about products I am not loving. (I mean, we are besties remember!)
Commonly Asked Questions:
I am a Utah transplant actually, I moved to Utah back in 2008. I was born and raised in a small country town in Michigan. My parents, oldest brother and his family still live there and we love to visit as often as possible, especially in the summer!
Funny story, my husband actually hired me for my job at the company we both still work for. He worked the night shift and I worked early mornings so I never really saw him much after that. All I knew was he had a ponytail LMAO! About a year later I got a promotion to the night shift and my new coworkers took me out to celebrate. I celebrated a little too hard and had to hang out in the parking lot of my car (this was before ride sharing was a thing). Anyway, Mr. Ponytail was being a gentleman and said he didn’t want to leave me alone in a parking lot so we sat in my car and talked and listened to music until the sun came up. We pretty much have been together since then. When you know, you know. (For inquiring minds, the ponytail is history! Lol!)
This is a hard question I get asked a lot. We hit the lottery with Lucas and aren’t planning to expand our family anymore at this point. They say it takes a village and most of our Village is in another state which already makes date nights and things hard. The door isn’t closed yet however, so we shall see what the future holds. As for fur babies, always room for all the fur babies! I would have a small farm if I could.
Yes, I do have a 9-5. I have been with my company 10 years and am currently a Strategy Consultant. In a nutshell, I provide contact centers recommendations on how they can help improve the customer experience. I am all about trying to make people's lives easier and happier.
NO! Not at all! I have always had a little “extra” growing up I was teased a lot by my brothers and in school because I never lost my baby fat. In middle school I remember wearing my bathing suit under my clothes so it acted like shapewear and people would notice and tease me. Fast forward to High School I yo yo dieted, took weight loss pills and starved myself to try to fit in. I was in Volleyball, softball and sports just like my friends. My body was just different and I resented that. I remember so many breakdowns in dressing rooms with my mom in high school because the clothes my friends were wearing wouldn’t fit me. I hated my body and it ruled everything I did in life. I missed out on so many moments because I was insecure. It all changed in my 30’s, after I had my son I was at my heaviest (justifiably so, I just grew a human) I started the process of loving myself through my size. Started loving me for things other than looks and that is when my transformation started. I am not perfect everyday but I wake up and am thankful for the body I have and the gift of a new day to make memories.
Our sweet pup is a rescue. One of my dear friends works at the Humane Society and sent me a photo of him when he was a puppy. He had a rough start to life and I dragged AJ down to see him. For the record according to AJ, we were NOT getting a dog! I convinced him that I just needed to love on him and we went to meet him, I have NEVER met a sweeter dispositioned dog in my life. We decided to foster him for a bit and he Rudy just filled in the missing piece to our family. He is only 2 years old but acts like an old man, so loving and sweet. We actually did a doggy dna test and turns out he is a mix of a bunch of breeds but the top ones are Retriever, Chow, German Shepard, Dalmatian and so many more. He is perfect and we are so thankful for him. Also AJ and Rudy are legit best buds, Rudy is his shadow. So funny how that turned out after he was SO NOT GETTING A DOG!
HEIGHT: 5’5 ½” I usually round up to 5’6 😉
SIZING: 12/14, 31/32 in pants depending on the brand and typically wear a L/XL in dresses and tops depending on material and how I would like them to fit. Chest is a 36DD, shoes 8.5/9.
Mid size is when you are at the top of the standard sizing ( S-XL) and not quite into plus sizing. I am that in between which can make it tricky shop. Some also refer to us as “inbetweenies”. When I first heard the term my head almost exploded because that is me to a T!
Nope, this hair is all home grown. I recently did pick up some hair extensions off Amazon I have been playing with and testing for you, I will link them here. I am still playing around with them but they are great quality and I will do some tutorials and a full review soon.
When I went to my stylist to initially get my hair cut and colored the way I have it, I showed her a photo of JLO and said make me look like her. HA! For real, I love JLO. But my haircut is a shag haircut or a fringe cut. I have long curtain bangs now. They were shorter and I loved them but I think I am growing them out for the summer. We will see. Curtain bangs are the best because they are so easy to grow out and style. As for my color, I have no clue I just tell my girl if I want to go lighter or darker and what color family and she waves a magic wand. I will say that I have found some game changer hair products that help keep my color treated hair looking and feeling so healthy I have an entire post talking about that, you can check it out here.
I love this for a deep gorgeous island vacation tan (color dark). I get the color dark and use this mitt to apply. I will say that this is more of a special occasion tan for me because it is so deep and beautiful.
If you are looking for a drugstore option that works well this is really great too, just doesn’t develop as fast and is more of a clear formula so it is easier for me to miss spots.
For my face I use these drops and mix them in with my moisturizer a couple days a week. I like the color medium for winter and dark for summer.
I have always loved fashion especially accessories and shoes because they always fit! (even if I go up or down 10lbs) For the longest time I would hide in all black clothing and oversized pieces to try to hide my shape. A few years back I was looking for inspiration on how to dress my body and just could not find many women like me to relate to. I decided to play around with style and try to figure it out myself and that is how “Taryn Truly” was born. I wanted my platform to be a resource for women just like me that were struggling with finding pieces that worked. So I am here to help take the guess work out of shopping for you. I love trying things out and sharing what I love. So many things I try don’t make the cut, only the best!
I sure do, you can access my store front here. The best way to see all of my recent finds though is to check the amazon tab under my shop section on the blog, you can access that here. I will keep that updated with new faves as I find them.
You have a couple options here so I will list out your options and you can choose the best one for you.
I link every single photo for you in the LIKETOKNOW.IT.IT app. If you haven’t downloaded it yet it is completely free to use, just search for me TARYNTRULY in the app and give me a follow. I link so much in there and some of it doesn’t even make it to a blog post or on IG. Once you have the app downloaded you can take a screenshot of any of my photos (On Instagram, Pinterest or on the Blog) and it will automatically send you the details to your email. You can also save items to favorites in the app if you are in a hurry and want to reference later. So dang helpful. I always add the size I am wearing and helpful information you may want to know in the notes of each post for you, so make sure you check those.
Honestly JUST START! I just picked up my phone one day and started taking pictures of my outfits. Looking back it was seriously amateur hour (HA!) but it is so neat to look at my journey on IG and see how far I have come. I’ve learned so much along the way and grown in this process. I think the biggest advice I can give someone who wants to start doing this is… have patience, be uncomfortable and always accept constructive criticism. I didn’t get accepted to the RewardStyle family on my first try I had to wait 6 months after getting rejected to apply again. My growth came from my willingness to be vulnerable, always trying new things, remaining authentically me and making friends with other bloggers! It is a community and we do better when we lift others up!
Well I wish I could say I had a fancy photographer on call at all times but that is SO not the case. Lol Although if you are a fancy photographer and want to be on call for me hit yo’ girl up! Most of my photos are taken with my tripod I names him Todd (Todd the Tripod) if you are in the market “Todd” is the best because he can be super tall or short when needed, easy to transport, lightweight, folds up and works for my camera or smartphone. Usually when we are out and about my hubby will snap a quick pic for me and sometimes Lucas will help. He is actually getting really good at it; his shorter angle makes for some cute unique shots. (So proud, HA!) Oh, I wanted to add, I use this for travel to take pics with my family. I love that it has a removable remote and can be a selfie stick or a tripod. I have been through three of these dang things. One I left in an Uber, another got confiscated at Disney from my bag and the other fell in the ocean. It’s worth it so I keep repurchasing, even though I am not sure we are meant to be together.