Where are you from? What's your story?
I'm from a very small town in Maine, close to the New Hampshire border. Between 2002 and 2011, I jumped between New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. In late 2011 I received a job offer which required my husband and I to relocate to Pittsburgh, PA and within three weeks, we had packed up all our belongings, said 'goodbye' to family and friends, and were on our way to our new apartment- with fingers crossed and hopes for the best. We stayed in Pittsburgh for two and a half -- admittedly shaky -- years. We had a difficult time adjusting to our new surroundings and some personal experiences affected our time there. Still, that didn't stop us from diving in and eventually finding our place and our people... but we still longed to be closer to family and always knew PGH would be a temporary thing.
In 2014 we relocated once again to the other side of the state, Philadelphia, for my new job.
If you loved New England so much, why did you move?
Chris and I had always talked about living outside of New England, so when the opportunity for an amazing job came up in a brand new city -- it was too good to pass up. While we do miss our home dearly, living in a new city and state has been an invaluable experience for us. We hope to someday move back to Maine, but for the time being, we are enjoying the challenges and rewards that come with stepping out of our comfort zone. One of my favorite quotes illustrates it best: "A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things"- Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper.
Why did you hate Pittsburgh so much?
For the record, I didn't hate Pittsburgh and there are lots of things I miss about the city -- it's pretty awesome and I highly recommend a visit! But it just never felt like the right fit for us, and you know what? That's totally OK. What's right for one person may not be right for another. To be clear, we moved there for my job, not out of an intense desire to live there, it was a move that we likely took too lightly, but one that made sense at the time for my career and our lives. It was a city that we didn't plan on, that we weren't prepared for, it challenged us in ways we weren't expecting -- we both had some personal experiences there that were incredibly harmful and very negative -- but Pittsburgh surprised us and delighted us in so many ways as well and we're thankful for our time there.
Why did you move to Philly?
New job, new city, fresh start :) It was time.
What do you do besides blogging?
Monday through Friday you can find me at my second home, BLDG 25 (a real place), as an Editorial Specialist for BLDG 25 (not a real place, but tangible in the internet sense), the Free People brand blog. I spend my days photographing and writing blog posts, editing, managing the editorial calendar, working as the interim Editorial Manager, and pulling endless analytics. My job changes every day and I wouldn't have it any other way, I love what I do.
When I'm not at work, I try to be outside as much as possible and enjoy snowshoeing, running, hiking, and snowboarding... weather permitting, I can also be found hanging out with my husband and/or friends, and endlessly snuggling my cat (much to his chagrin).
How did you meet your husband?
We met in high school at a skateboarding competition and after four years of making googly eyes at each other, finally started dating in 2004. It's a long and ridiculous story.
Who takes your pictures?
Photos are either taken by myself or my talented husband.
Are your images photoshopped?
Uh, no. If they were, the bags under my eyes would be ten pounds lighter! I use Photoshop in an artistic sense, to play with the colors and light in my images, and create gifs, but I'll never alter my body with a computer program.
Where are your photos taken?
My photos are taken all over the city we live in. Really, wherever is convenient.
What are your tattoos?
I have two sparrows on my back and a phone number on my wrist.
What happened to your nose ring?
I took it out in 2011.
What happened to your other cat?
Zebediah moved to my mom's home in Maine in 2012 after months of not getting along with Zephyr (and when I say "not getting along", I mean brutally fighting with). He was more equipped for farm life, so as much as it broke our hearts to part with him, that is why we chose to keep Zephyr in our care. Zeb is currently working on depleting the Maine state bird population and ruling a house full of dogs.
Who does your hair?
No one at the moment. I usually get it done when I'm back in either Pittsburgh or New Hampshire. If you're in Pittsburgh, check out Leah at Stephen Szabo Salon. If you're in New England, check out Kristin at The Cut Off Salon & Day Spa.
Where do you get your clothes?
Most of my clothes come from thrift stores, exchange stores (like Avalon and Buffalo Exchange), flea markets, swap meets, sample sales and vintage stores. Some of my clothes come from past or current sponsors. Some are bought at the company I work for.
Will you tell me where do you go thrift shopping?
I go thrift and estate sale shopping all over, for tips on thrift shopping, go here.
What size do you wear? What are your height/weight measurements?
If you're ever wondering how a garment fits/ how certain sizes run, please feel free to message me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I'm happy to help.
I don't like your __________ (hair, style, face, teeth, feet, perspective, choice of friends, reasons for living, that you didn't like Pittsburgh, life choices...)
That's fine. No one said you had to. All I ask is that you respect the fact that everyone is different, and understand that my life and choices won't be changing because of a random stranger's opinion on the internet. Especially my teeth. They're here, they're big, get used to it. And my face looks like that because it's my face. I say this because someone asked once...
How did you get your job at ModCloth?
There was an open position, and I applied.
How did you get your job at Free People?
Can I email you my resume? Can you help me get a job?
If you feel you'd be the right fit for an available opportunity posted on the careers page at either of these companies, or if you'd like to speak to me about professional opportunities, you may send me a message on Linkedin. Or you can connect to the Free People blog via the 'Contact Us' page.