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GET TO KNOW YOUR TOTE...

Did you know that each of my totes are designed and created after a close friend or family member?  Yep.  They are not random.  They are real people who have a special place in my heart.

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THE BRIANNA: Perfectly pink and perfectly Brianna! I became friends with Brianna when our wholesale worlds collided. We happened to be neighbors at Atlanta market, and she is the absolute vision of sass, businesswoman and fashion. She owns a booming business featuring licensed accessories and knot headbands. I love the fact that she is a local Texas gal who puts God and her family first. Brianna wanted to create a collaboration together, so it was a no brainer that it would be all shades of pink.

INTERESTING FACT:  I am a boy mom and love every minute of it! I have 3 sweet boys; I absolutely live for college sports...especially football and baseball. I am building a lifestyle brand and I am passionate about women in business.

FAVORITE VERSE: Love must be sincere, hate what is evil, cling to what is good. Romans 12:9-18

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I carry my tote everywhere! It is so comfortable and easy to carry. Most of the time it is to and from work, traveling, vacation or to my boy's baseball games.

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THE CARROLL: Blush and burgundy please! I am in love with this color combo with camo and I love my sweet, feisty friend Carroll. She owns a local wine bar and together, we cuss like sailors. Carroll also went to Texas A&M, so clearly, she is a fan of the burgundy/maroon. She and I also share a special bond with our dads. Her daddy is in heaven, but I am always willing to share mine. If you are ever in DFW and you want a glass of wine, the best spinach artichoke dip and witty banter from the best, hit up Poured Wine Bar and tell her I sent you!

 

INTERESTING FACT:  I was drum major of my high school band. I love black coffee. The only time I will add anything to my coffee is if I have Baileys. I am a Scorpio...say no more!

FAVORITE VERSE: “I am working on this one. I’ll get back with you.” LOL

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: Mostly on vacations because I use it as my carry-on bag and my beach bag.

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THE CATHY: The Cathy is the perfect combination of classic herringbone with a pop of pink. The Cathy is named after a dear friend of mine, Catherine Handy. She juggles work, being a mom of 2, volunteering, teaching BSF, running more miles than most people can imagine and is the first person to have your back. She may be tiny in stature but know that she is a force for good and for God. She recently kicked some breast cancer ass and therefore it was only fitting to add some pink to her bag.

 

INTERESTING FACT:  The original tote was supposed to have a taupe stripe down the center, but once I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was changed to pink to represent my fight!

FAVORITE VERSE: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: EVERYWHERE! It's been to the beach, tennis courts, Bible Study, movie theaters, pool parties and more!

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THE CHRISTI: Someone once asked me who my retail business mentor was and without blinking an eye, my answer is Christi. She dominates the retail word and I have had the pleasure to watch, be a part and learn from the best. She is a doer. She is a giver. She is great friend. She is ALWAYS on top of the cutting-edge trends which is totally different than being "trendy". She collaborated on this style and the antelope pattern will be a staple in the Taylor Gray neoprene collection. It is playfully exotic with the animal print and sophisticated colors of rose' and midnight blue. Thank you, Christi, for being my friend, my mentor, my cuss buddy and such a huge supporter of me!

 

INTERESTING FACT:  I will buy cheap socks and throw them away after wearing them once. I have also been known to book a trip the day before I want to leave. I am just strange like that!

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Laughter is the best medicine."

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I travel a lot for both business and pleasure. My tote fits perfectly under the seat on the plane and I always find what I need easily.

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The Brianna is perfectly pink and perfectly Brianna! I became friends with Brianna when our wholesale worlds collided. We happened to be neighbors at Atlanta market, and she is the absolute vision of sass, business woman and fashion. She owns a booming business featuring licensed accessories and knot headbands. I love the fact that she is a local Texas gal who puts God and her family first. Brianna wanted to create a collaboration together, so it was a no brainer that it would be all shades of pink.

INTERESTING FACT:  am a boy mom and love every minute of it! I have 3 sweet boys, I absolutely live for college sports...especially football and baseball. I am building a lifestyle brand and I am passionate about women in business.

FAVORITE VERSE: Love must be sincere, hate what is evil, cling to what is good. Romans 12:9-18

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I carry my tote everywhere! It is so comfortable and easy to carry. Most of the time it is to and from work, traveling, vacation or to my boy's baseball games.

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Blush and burgundy please! I am in love with this color combo with camo and I love my sweet, feisty friend Carroll. She owns a local wine bar and together, we cuss like sailors. Carroll also went to Texas A&M, so clearly she is a fan of the burgundy/maroon. She and I also share a special bond with our dads. Her daddy is in heaven, but I am always willing to share mine. If you are ever in DFW and you want a glass of wine, the best spinach artichoke dip and witty banter from the best, hit up Poured Wine Bar and tell her I sent you!

 

INTERESTING FACT:  I was drum major of my high school band. I love black coffee. The only time I will add anything to my coffee is if I have Baileys. I am a Scorpio...say no more!

FAVORITE VERSE: “I am working on this one. I’ll get back with you.” LOL

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: Mostly on vacations because I use it as my carry on bag and my beach bag.

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THE ERIN: The Erin is executive fabulous. I became friends with Erin through a business relationship and this boss babe came to play! Erin has always been a high achiever and in the middle of all the action. In college, she was in a sorority, student body president and Miss SFA at Stephen F. Austin State University. She is smart, shoots straight and lives a busy mom life. She handles hundreds of accounts during the day and then comes home and puts on her mom hat. Her kid's sports teams are red, black and white. It only made sense to create a bag in her honor with her team colors.

 

INTERESTING FACT:  I will always choose coffee over tea. There is no question in my book.

FAVORITE QUOTE: Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they’re determined to.” Henry Van Dyke

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: It’s been my basketball team coaching bag from the moment I got it. It has traveled all over the DFW metroplex in and out of basketball gyms!

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THE EVE: My boldest neutral bag I have ever created, and I am in love! I have known Eve for almost 20 years, and she has worked for me since my Brownstone Village days. She is the poster child for being a workhorse, no-nonsense, a straight shooter, a great momma, shares my dislike for pink, shares my love of beer, would absolutely knock someone out on my behalf and doesn't look a day over 25. She loves to wear neon yellow shorts to work. As someone who would rather be run over than to ever wear shorts...she is bold at all times. The punch of neon with the classic tortoise shell interior is an unexpected combo, just like my Evie MaGee!

 

INTERESTING FACT:  I love cold beer, Texas Rangers baseball, anything DIY, ghost stories, am a foodie and like to run.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “I hope to arrive to my death, late, in love, and a little drunk.”

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: All over town!

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THE HOPE: The Hope is named after my sweet Emma. Before my mom died, she asked if we could add Hope to Emma’s middle name. She wanted Emma to know that she was her hope and her drive to live as long as she could. Emma is currently in school in Boulder and is loving the outdoors and mountain life. She is a loyal friend, an incredible big sister, wise beyond her years, loves sushi and homemade cooking. She isn’t afraid to go against the grain and will absolutely have her own business one day. She is a gem and I am so proud to be her momma.

INTERESTING FACT:  Emma is a great cook, loves the beach, played field hockey, soccer and cheered in high school. She is an old soul, and the best big sister Wyatt could ever ask for. She loves to take road trips with the windows down and sing loud!

FAVORITE VERSE: ”When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I love to take my tote on the plane when I go home to visit my family and it is also a great overnight bag when I stay at friends.

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THE JEANNE: The Jeanne large neoprene tote has the look of animal print linen with the ease of neoprene. The technique gives the tote a linen textured look, but it is actually smooth as a baby's butt! Jeanne is friendship in its fiercest form. She loves to entertain, volunteer and runs a massive roofing business. You know you have to be a tough cookie if you are a top woman in the roofing world. She always has my back and would defend my family as though it was her own. Thank you, sweet friend, for being an amazing friend, support and an adoptive mom to my kiddo.

 

INTERESTING FACT:  My favorite coffee is a Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks, and I was in education and served as a school principal for 12 years before joining the family roofing business.

FAVORITE VERSE: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: My TG totes go everywhere with me. When I am not carrying it to the office or on a business trip, my tote doubles as a game bag filled with every first aid item a kiddo might need. I am ALWAYS prepared with my TG tote.

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THE KENNI: The Kenni is collegiate camo at its best! Kenni is a sweet friend of mine who loves TCU with every fiber of her being. She graduated Texas Christian University and truly bleeds purple. She is sports minded, a hard worker and never passes up a girl's night. She is a survivor and has a kind heart. Everyone would be lucky to call Kenni a friend.

 

INTERESTING FACT: I have lived in 5 countries and my daughter is already 6.5 inches taller than me! No joke.

FAVORITE QUOTE: If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” and “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: My tote is my very favorite! I love to take it to the beach, on vacation and it is my go-to bag for road trips.

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THE KIMBERLY: My business would not be where it is today without Kimberly. She is loyal. She is smart. She knows everyone in the retail world. She is a selling machine, and she is all things leopard and hot pink. I think if it were up to her, she would paint her house pink with leopard trim. Kimberly has a huge heart and a kind soul and knows the way to my heart is through Tiff's Treats. 

INTERESTING FACT:  Clowns, olives, La Croix, camping, tomatoes, French manicures, tattoos, tuna fish are NOT my thing. I do LOVE musicals, the color pink, cooking breakfast, TCU and my church family.

FAVORITE VERSE: "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up." Proverbs 12:25

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I travel a lot for work, so I take my tote everywhere. It fits perfectly under the seat on the airplane!

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THE LIZZY: Mixed metallics for the win! My friend Liz always looks put together, is fashion forward and wore Golden Goose before Golden Goose were cool. We were day drinking and she suggested a black tote with a combination of silver and gold. I told her she was crazy, but indeed she was right on!  Liz is always up for poolside Corona Seltzers and a good gab session. She has supported me from the beginning, and I appreciate her and her friendship.

INTERESTING FACT:  Engaged to my love after 4 months of dating, married within 9 months of first date. Our kids are 14 months apart. We like to keep it in the fast lane!

FAVORITE VERSE: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I love it for travel, kid's sports events and the pool/beach.

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THE LYNNE: I knew when I started designing my neoprene line that one would be named after my mom. She was a teacher at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas for over 20 years and loved our school colors like all teachers and moms do. To me, this bag represents my mom. The love for navy and green. The classic prep look that she pulled off so well. I know she would have loved the color twist with the blue gingham on the inside of the tote. This one is for you momma. I love you and miss you terribly.

 

INTERESTING FACT:  My mom loved to quilt, she made an amazing chicken tetrazzini, she fought for 9 years with Ovarian cancer, she had the softest hands, she was the glue that held our family together.

FAVORITE VERSE: "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: Mom died before I started the business, but I know she would have taken it to quilting conventions, the beach and to every game her grandkids had!

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THE MARY JO: My aunt Mary Jo is more than an aunt. She has taken on the role of mom after my mom (her sister) died along with becoming a "grandmother" to my kids. She is the best hot mess I could ever ask for. Mary Jo loves animal prints. It is fitting because she hand raised cheetahs for 30 years for a conservation organization. She loves pink and green in any shade, can eat a box of Whoppers and will always have a rescue Boxer puppy on her lap. She moves slow but is sharp and quick witted.

INTERESTING FACT:  I like animals more than I like people. I have been able to work at my “dream job” for over 45 years taking care of animals. I like being creative even though I am not very good at it!

FAVORITE QUOTE: ”If you are going through Hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I love to take my tote when I go on vacation to the beach and I always have it with me when I go see my nieces and nephews. It is the perfect overnight bag.

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THE MEAGAN: The Meagan large neoprene tote is such a fun twist of soft colors and tie dye. It is almost like a modern creamsicle that is good enough to eat! The apricot, lavender and ice blue on white perforated neoprene is totally dreamy. The Meagan is named after a sweet friend of my daughter who is all things joyful, bubbly and Christ-centered. Meg is the first person to give you a hug and lives life with intention. She attends Baylor University and is enjoying sorority life, missions and pursuing a business degree.

 

INTERESTING FACT:  Megan played volleyball in high school as an outstanding outside hitter, has over 75 cousins and loves being a Baylor Bear!

FAVORITE VERSE: "Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, Bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: It's been to the beach, Austria, to play pickleball and as an overnight bag when I come home from college.

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THE MICHELLE: Confident, bold and fiercely loyal don't even come close to describing Michelle. I have been blessed to have a friendship with Michelle and her family. She loves all things pink and black, is a Netflix junkie, a momma to 4 fantastic kiddos and loves jalapenos in her cocktails.  Michelle would walk through fire for her friends and family. She is a cussing partner, travel buddy and probably has one of everything I have ever manufactured. 

 

INTERESTING FACT:  The number 13 is my lucky number and I a mom to 4 humans, 4 dogs and a turtle.

FAVORITE VERSE: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I love that I can sit it down on the concrete at the lake house and then just dust off the bottom and bam...like new! The organizer is also a must for all totes. Whether I am going to my sister’s chemo, traveling, hair appointments, etc. I can put everything I need in the tote and keep it organized.

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THE OLIVIA: The Olivia is named after a sweet friend of my daughter who has the brightest, most fun personality and loves to give the tightest hugs. She is precious and full of life. She is the type of friend who would go to the end of the earth for you and back again. Her heart is big and her love for being creative is even bigger. Olivia is pursuing her dream of interior design in Colorado. She and my daughter Emma still see each other often in Colorado with fun weekend trips. We love you Olivia!

 

INTERESTING FACT:  Olivia can speak French, loves Harry Potter and is REALLY good at finding valuable and trendy pieces at thrift/antique stores. She absolutely loves everything about the 1960s...movies, interior design and celebrities.

FAVORITE QUOTE: The best way to live life is to flow with it.

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: She loves to take her tote to Boulder on visits along with on the plane back to Texas when she comes home to see family.

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THE PRESLEY: Camo confident is an understatement when describing the Presley tote. Presley is a dear friend of my daughter, and this this young lady is a firecracker, a fierce friend, the youngest of three sisters and has a personality that can rock chartreuse. The bold bag has a great tone on tone black Camo print that is highlighted with neon stripes of bright pink, chartreuse and steel blue. It is a statement bag that is bubbling with personality, just like Presley. Go bold or go home!

INTERESTING FACT:  She used to play field hockey, is definitely a night owl, is a reality TV junkie, loves cucumber lime Gatorade and had 6 dogs at one time!

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Life is short, and it is here to be lived." Kate Winslet

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: She loves to take her tote for an overnight stay at her sister’s Dallas apartment. It holds just enough!

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THE SARAH: Sarah has been one of my closest friends for almost 40 years. Our friendship has endured more than most and she is a rock. Sarah's humor and kind-heartedness has made her a pillar in the special education community. She loves those kiddos as if they were her own. Sarah and her incredible family were my second family growing up. She was more like a sister than a friend. Sarah is not afraid of bold accessories, so the royal blue snakeskin with a pop of pink was just the pattern for her. Sarah loves to be poolside, surrounded by family and can make a mean beef stroganoff.

INTERESTING FACT:  I broke up a dog fight and lost part of my pinky finger. I have affectionately named him “Dinky the Pinky”. He is a great party trick!

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Piglet: How do you spell love? Poo: You don’t spell it, you feel it."

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: I love to use my tote to take to school. I put a TG organizer in it and it keeps me perfectly organized for my teacher life!

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THE TAYLOR: Not too fancy, not too proper, not too bright, not too in your face, all business and all casual. That pretty much sums me up. I love the camo trend and it has truly become the new neutral. Our twist is with the tangerine and turquoise to take camo to a new level. I have always loved orange and this tangerine tone is flawless. The dual shades of turquoise took me to my happy place and made me think of the ocean. 

 

INTERESTING FACT:  I am an only child. I played golf with Payton Manning in Hawaii. I love the smell of sauteed onions and rosemary. College football is my favorite season. I was very sporty in high school and was an All-American cheerleader.

FAVORITE VERSE: "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: EVERYWHERE! I clearly have one in every color and since my wardrobe is pretty neutral, it becomes my “colorful accessory”.

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THE ZANDY: The Zandy is faux texture at its finest! I am in love with cognac ostrich pattern and love my sweet friend Zandy Carnes even more. Z knows everyone in the western business, raises racehorses, is the ultimate hard-working firecracker, she loves big, is a hugger and would walk through fire for me. Zandy and her husband Bill have been forever family friends and they both have a heart of gold. They both could tell stories for hours and keep you laughing the whole time. They love their dog Petey, love to cook and know EVERYONE in the rodeo and country music world. I am thankful for their friendship.

 

INTERESTING FACT:  Zandy’s Godfather owns a casino in Vegas, she has traveled to Italy and has a racehorse named after her.

FAVORITE VERSE: "If you can’?” said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

LOVES TO TAKE HER TOTE: On the plane to Vegas!

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