This South African beauty is a self-confessed dreamer, visual creative and blogger with a flair for style - think minimalist chic. She's a true worshipper at heart, who oozes grace and all things sweet! To know her is to love her - meet Tami Kolbe.
Tell me a bit about yourself!
My name is Tami Kolbe (I used to be Tami Taylor for before I got married, some people still call me that, haha), I am 28 and have been happily married for almost three years to my best friend.
I grew up in a loving home in Cape Town, South Africa - I'm convinced it's the best city in the world.
At the age of 18, my parents split up and life as I knew it completely changed for me. I lost my identity or at least I thought I did but God had other plans. He never gave up on me and I am forever grateful for that.
What are five things people should know about you?
- I am a dreamer! I believe anything is possible, if there is a will there is a way.
- I am obsessed with nutella! If I could have that every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I'd be a happy girl.
- I have a passion to see others do well in life and their dreams come true. I believe that if everyone has one person who believes in them they will go further in life and accomplish things in their life they never thought they could.
- My heart is to serve. I am a worship leader at Hillsong Cape Town - it is a big part of who I am, as singing is what connected me with God and continues to do so.
- I love, love, love clothes, it's not an obsession (or maybe it is) - if you said let's spend the day at the mall shopping, my heart would skip a beat and I'd go weak at the knees, hahahaha.
When did you start Taylored Heart Blog and why?
I started my blog in 2014. I created Taylored Heart out of a passion to help people and discover or highlight new and fresh talent in South Africa. Whether it be designers, photographers, artists of any kind – everyone needs to start somewhere. I realised growing up and trying to find a job that everywhere I sent my CV to, they wanted me to have experience (how can I have experience when I have just finished school or varsity?), so with that struggle I decided to start a blog. It was a way for me to show what I could do creatively, and a portfolio of all the experiences I have had along my journey.
I created this platform for a few reasons: Firstly, I am a visual creative so all my thoughts and ideas – the way I see the world through fashion, art, decor, and style – could be expressed on my blog.
Secondly, I love inspiring others to do and be all they are called to be. I want you, the reader and visitor to this site, to go away feeling better about yourself and also motivated to make a change in your world.
Thirdly, I love giving others a voice – a voice to propel them and into living bigger and better.
And lastly, I am a freelance graphic and web designer – so send me an email if you would like me to do any design work for you! You can find references on the project page.
Along with heading up Taylored Heart Blog, you run another initiative called Dressing Room. Tell me about that.
OK, this is something that I am really excited and passionate about. Dressing Room has been a dream in my heart for about five years now. Of course, back then I didn’t know it would be called Dressing Room, but God put a desire in my heart to love on and have relationships with the younger generation of girls. There are so many girls in their teens who are looking for someone to look up to and live like, yet there are so few role models in the world to show them the right way and show them who they really are in life. Being a teenager is such a fundamental time in your life - it’s the time when you are trying to figure out who you are, who loves you, and who you love.
So with that said, I saw the need and decided to start Dressing Room. I chose a group of girls from the ages of 16 to 21 that I do life with and started mentoring them. I cannot do it alone, so I asked my girlfriends to help me mentor them, have fun with them, and show them how they can do life well in a world full of distractions, temptations, and lack of identity.
I believe everyone is called to something greater than themselves but if you have nobody alongside you on the journey it will be harder to believe it. I want to be alongside these girls in their journey and help them unlock the potential inside them and in return they can do the same for younger girls who look up to them, creating a ripple effect.
Our mission statement is:
Inspired to love, equip and encourage. Called to create a ripple effect and release your potential to shine.
What’s the best piece of encouragement someone has given you?
The best person you can be is yourself. You are better than you think and God has a plan for your life.
If you can have those few things in your mind, it will help you to stay the path.
Describe your style.
Simple, minimalist, clean, sleek, comfort.
What are your three top style tips?
Have less clothes that you wear more, don't compromise comfort for fashion, never be afraid to express who you are in what you wear.
What’s the future for Taylored Heart?
I have learnt along the way that you have to start somewhere and all the mistakes and navigating your way around the online world is a process, a journey. Nothing in life that is worth it can be a quick fix - especially if you have a blog. Nobody cares to listen to someone who they know nothing about (it’s sad, but true) but if you have credibility, your words and actions go a long way.
I am still learning and always will. We never graduate from learning and we never arrive!
I hope that Taylored Heart will be a business one day. I want it to be a platform where people are encouraged to start living their dreams. If I can do it then anyone can.
Don't you just love Tami so much already? She is so sweet, and I absolutely adore her. I'm all about keeping style simple and comfortable, like Tami says. And it's so beautiful to hear her heart toward young girls, as she gets alongside them and encourages them for the journey. I think we can all be this person to someone else.
The blog: Taylored Heart
Facebook: Taylored Heart