Where are you from?
I was born and raised in a town of about 1,500 in Maine, but for the past decade have jumped between New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. In late 2011 I received a job offer which required us to relocate to Pittsburgh, PA- a city we had never even visited. 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. Thankfully everything worked out, and while we love and miss New England dearly, we are very much enjoying our new city.
If you love 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.
What kind of camera do you use, and who takes your pictures?
I use a Nikon D70 with a 50mm 1.8 Nikon lens. When I first started Orchid Grey, I took all my own photos using a tripod and camera remote. Over the past couple of years, the extra time it takes to shoot my own photos became harder and harder to come by, so now my talented husband takes most of my outfit photos (I continue to shoot, any Over the Weekend or Life Lately shots are taken by me). During the dark winter days, I occasionally rely on the kindness of a coworker to take a few shots during our lunch break for me- always credited of course.
Where are your photos taken?
My photos are taken all over the city we live in. Sometimes in our neighborhood, sometimes around my office. Really, wherever is convenient.
Why do you watermark your images?
Two words: Pinterest, Tumblr. Unfortunately in the age of social sharing not everyone is as stringent about linking back to an image's original source as I wish they would be, which is why I add my info and the copyright date to all of my images. Maybe it helps, maybe it doesn't, but it makes me feel better.
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. It was more trouble than it was worth and just wasn't my style anymore.
Who does your hair?
I get my hair highlighted/colored and cut twice a year by Kristin at The Cut Off Salon & Day Spa in New Hampshire. Brandi of Do or Dye, TX in Houston has also done my hair, with great success.
I wash my hair once or twice a week, alternating between TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes #2 and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger shampoos and conditioners. I air-dry it overnight and rub a little Moroccan Oil in the ends in the morning. I only brush it right before I wash it. For more info on my routine and preferred products, go here.
Where do you get your clothes?
Most of my clothes come from thrift stores, exchange stores (like Avalon and Buffalo), flea markets, swap meets, and vintage stores. Some of my clothes come from my sponsors. A few are bought at the company I work for. The rest come from the sale racks of a variety of stores.
Where do you go thrift shopping?
All over. For tips on thrift shopping, go here.
Can you explain how your posts are itemized?
I've been itemizing my outfit posts since I began writing Orchid Grey in 2009. The itemized list details the garment, where I obtained it, and usually, how much it cost. Over the years, I've gone back and forth on whether to include the cost or not, namely because I've worked a variety of retail jobs since I began blogging, a perk of which was an employee discount and it would be against company policy to disclose what that discount is/was. Because I feel it's important to showcase that a unique closet doesn't have to cost a fortune, I've decided to keep posting the cost when applicable. As a matter of ethics, I do not disclose the cost of items bought on employee discount. If an item does not include a cost, it either means I do not remember how much I bought it for (I rewear things constantly and have had some of the items in my closet since I was a kid), or it was bought with an employee discount. Only items preceded by "c/o" have been provided by a sponsor or partner.
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 or Twitter!
I don't like your __________ (hair, style, face, teeth, feet, perspective, choice of friends, reasons for living...)
That's fine. You don't have 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. Especially my teeth. They're here, they're big, get used to it.
What do you do besides blogging?
Monday through Friday I'm a Blog and Fashion writer for ModCloth.com. Yes, it is a full-time job. When I'm in the office, I'm penning product descriptions, drafting blog posts for the ModCloth Blog, assisting in the managment of the ModCloth Tumblr, and posting to the ModCloth Instagram (to name just a few- but certainly not all- of my responsibilities).
When I'm not working, I enjoy getting outside as much as possible, working with my hands, reading, exploring new places, thrift shopping, and spending time alone and with friends and family.
How did you get your job at ModCloth?
There was an open position, and I applied. Along with my art background, I also have experience in retail and visual merchandising, writing press releases for an artist's collective, and college recruiting, which all feeds into my career writing about clothes. To learn more about open positions at ModCloth, go here.