Thursday, June 10, 2010

One year ago today...

It's my blog birthday!
I did my first blog post one year ago today! OG is one today, I really can't believe it! So much has happened in the past year, it's kind of amazing. When I first started this blog, I was searching for some kind of outlet for my interest in fashion and personal style, and also really needed to cut back on my spending. I figured that writing about what I already had in my closet would be a good way to kill two birds with one stone, and Orchid Grey was born! I got off to a shaky start but with the help of other bloggers like Jen and Krystal, slowly got the hang of it. Since then, I've found an amazing community of people and I have completely rediscovered my love for fashion, to the point where I want to make it my career. I honestly don't know what I would be doing right now if I hadn't started my blog, it sounds silly, but if I think about it, blogging has helped my motivation tremendously. I get out more and do more things, and I've actually taken some initiative in meeting people and gotten out of my typically shy and introverted shell.Throughout the past year, Orchid Grey has seen me through a rough travel season with work (the image above was taken in Belfast, Maine while I was traveling), various family turmoil, buying a new car (more on that later!), and now will be seeing me though a career change.
So while the past year has seen some definite changes, the next is sure to be filled with even more. Most notably for the moment: I am leaving my job at the college. Next week is my last week with the school, and I am both thrilled and incredibly stressed out (and a little sad, too). While I have enjoyed my time as an Admissions Counselor, I am also ready to move on and pursue what I love, which is not higher education. I am hoping to be able to grow my freelance career in photography and styling and am thinking about applying for Master's programs next Fall in Fashion Studies. So, haha, a lot is going on! Something I will not miss is the travel season, no more waking up at 4 am and no more sketchy hotels! I can actually make plans this Fall!
So, thank you to everyone who reads, follows, and comments on Orchid Grey. It means so much that people actually find what I'm writing and wearing interesting, this blog would be a much quieter place with out you and I hope you'll stick with me to see where the next year takes me. XOXO!

83 comments:

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Aww, happy 1 year blog birthday! I absolutely love your entire blog - everything about it. You're going to do wonderfully pursuing a career in fashion someday. You're amazing. xo

AndiPants said...

Happy blog birthday! Good luck with your know career!

Sunny & Star said...

I have just recently discovered your blog and I love it. Happy First Birthday to your blog!! WoW!

Morgan and Lua said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting for you. It really is amazing how much a blog can shift and change the way we look at other things in our life. So happy for you and everything good that's come your way from it.

Enjoying coming here daily!!
www.morganandlua.blogspot.com

Lauren Moyer said...

Happy blog birth! And I think it's great you are pursuing your dreams. I started my own fashion blog for the same reasons as you, and it's really helped me push through days. I'm excited for you and for what's to come!! Boa Sorte!

Andi said...

Happy blog birthday from a fellow Boston blogger (who is leaving her career in teaching to pursue fashion design)! I love your blog, and I am sure you will do amazing things in the year to come :-)

www.tightsandbites.com

Jessica said...

Congratulations on the blog birthday and the career change! I've been an avid reader for at least 7 months, but have never commented before.

Sarah said...

I ADORE your blog! Happy blog birthday, good with all your new adventures and I cannot wait to see that this new year of your blog brings.

thequeenofwanderlust.blogspot.com

Santina said...

Congratulations! It sounds like an incredible change for you. That's exciting! I look forward to reading about it; I adore your blog.

Good luck!
http://stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

Darcy said...

happy blog birthday, julie! your blog is definitely one of my top favorites; everything about you & your blog is completely lovely.

darcy

Awkward Socialite said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!

Ella Valeris Morrol said...

Happy birthday!!! I discovered your blog like a week ago and it was kind of love at first sight (don't give wrong, I'm not a stalker or anything like that), it was like looking to the cover of a book and you instantly know that this book will be your favorite (or at least one of the top 5) for the rest of your life and I was so into your blog that I started to read older and older posts, until I got to your very first one and that was the time I decided to open my own blog (so, thank you for the inspiration)

Blessings, fun, and nothing less in the years to come for you and your blog.

XO, E

Carolyn said...

Wonderful! Good luck. I love your style.

Ally,The Vintage Valley said...

Happy Blog Birthday!!! your blog is one of my favs..xx

kelly ann said...

happy blog birthday! i seriously love your blog... it's one of my favourites. :) i hope the next year is filled with fun and joy! xo

Camilla said...

happy blog birthday! x


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Diana said...

Congratulations!!!! I am so happy and thrilled to attent your one year anniversary !!! keep up the good work and enjoy making plans ! Good luck!

Kathyrine said...

Happy first birthday to Orchid Grey! :)
Well, good luck with everything and hopefully you'll find some happiness along the way!

Rebecca said...

Happy blog birthday! Enjoy the next year and all the changes :)

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

happy birthday to the blog. I can't believe how much your blog has grown in just one year!

Among the Honey Bees said...

Happy Blog Birthday!! Many happy returns xx

Becca said...

Happy blog birthday and many congratulations on all the fantastic changes that are happening for you. I applaud you for finding the courage and will to quit your job and pursue a nontraditional career. Although it's something I think about often, I haven't figured out how it would be feasible for me to do the same. I'm sure you're busy with all the changes that are happening, but if you had a moment I would love to chat with you about your blogging journey and how you've made/are planning to make the leap to a fashion career.

Kallie said...

happy blog birthday!! your blog is my all time favorite, and I can't wait to see what you'll do this year with your personal style, and wish you all the best on your career change!

Shallow Mallow said...

Happy anniversary :-)

Kaisu said...

Happy blog birthday and good luck for your future plans! I've been your reader about half year now and love your style and blog.

briannelee said...

Congrats on the blogiversary :) I am looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the next year.

Angie D said...

Well first, Happy Birthday! How very exciting :)

I think you will do great in the fashion field, whatever you may do! You have a creative soul and unique style that is sure to make a splash! Yay for new jobs & experiences!

I love, Love, LOVE your blog and will be with you every step of the way! You have inspired me to be more creative with what I already own, and be selective in new pieces. Also, that dressing classically with a twist is glorious!

Katie, Tinda Keelie said...

Awww... Congratulations on your blogiversary miss!

Ellie Rose said...

I can't tell you how inspiring I find you and your blog. Congratulations for achieving so much in a year personally and professionally. I have just started my own blog after graduating a month ago and I hope it moves my world on too.

Chloe Trayner said...

Happy blog birthday! I love your blog and its really inspired me to be more confident in my style and even start blogging myself. Thank you!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Happy blogiversary! I wish you the best of luck with your transition out of your job!

Megan Rose said...

Congrats!! I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that I'm sooo glad you did decide to get out there and start this blog. You've been a great inspiration and I can't wait to see what you continue to do and how you grow in the future.
Good luck with your career change, also! That can be scary but I'm sure you'll find your way. :]

megannielsen said...

Yay! that's so cool!!

Jennifer said...

Happy Happy Blog bithday my dear! Its been a great year getting to know you! I look forward to where orchid grey will go this year!! I am so excited for all the new changes for you.
-jenloveskev

Laura, Owl Eyes said...

Happy birthday Orchid Grey! I wish you all the best with this transition - I'm sure you have wonderful things ahead :)

Caroline said...

Wowza happy birthday to your blog! That is so exciting about your career change and everything!! I wish the best of luck in all your adventures to come, and I can't wait to read about them too. (Yesterday was my mom's birthday as well!)

Maria Confer said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I love that you're going to pursue your dreams!! Wishing you all the luck in the world.

Lulu Letty

sparkle is a color said...

Happy Blog Birthday!! Kudos to you for following your dreams, I can't wait to see where life takes you! Good luck!!

Latoya said...

Congrats on your career change! I worked in Admissions for 2 years so I can totally relate. Travel season made my face break out, gain weight, and stressed. I hated how travel season dictated my life. Good luck with freelance photography and fashion!

Lisa said...

happy first birthday orchid grey!! and to many more birthdays ahead!!
Julie i seriously love your blog!! i don't comment very often, but i read it daily and it has really inspired me!
i love the middle picture btw! those glasses are exactly what i have been looking for for ages! (could you maybe link the pictures to the beloning posts, that would be awesome, thanks)
and good luck with your job/future plans!!

Lindsay said...

Congrats and happy anniversary! It must feel amazing to look back on everything that has happened the last year (we should all do this more often). I can't wait to see what great things you do this year!

http://minimalinfluence.blogspot.com/

yellowfork said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary! Though I stumbled on your blog only a couple months ago, I have become an avid follower. Congratulations on your big life changes and I look forward to reading about how they pan out. I wish you could be my stylist!

Orchid Grey said...

Lisa, done and done! all images have links below them to their corresponding posts. thank you to everyone for your kind and supportive comments!

Mariel said...

happy blog birthday! i think those plans sounds fabulous!

Charlie said...

I just wanted to say that I recently discovered your blog, and I love your ability to mix vintage with current pieces in a way that is stylish and fun. I think it's awesome that you are thinking about a career in fashion because that's something I'd like to pursue as well! Good luck to you and happy blog birthday. C:


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Vanessa said...

Congrats on a fresh start! I , too, am trying to figure out how to do what I love - it can be daunting, terrifying, and exciting all at once. Good luck to you!

Linds said...

GOOD LUCK!

enSTYLEpedia said...

happy one year anniversary! i love your blog. you are absolutely adorable, i love your style and you are an inspiration.
i gave you the sunshine award on my blog because i love to read your blog...it totally brings me sunshine in my day! have a great day!
~christa

Emily said...

Congratulations! I just discovered your blog last week, and I think it's great! It makes me want to start one myself! I love that you're not 19 (I'm your age), not 98 lbs and don't spend a fortune and you always look absolutely fantastic!

Best of luck!

Orchid Grey said...

Emily, thank you!

Liz said...

Lovely. Happy Birthday OG!

zoƫ, lion heart vintage said...

yay julia! as i've said before, your blog is and was a constant inspiration to me. i'm totally excited to see what you decide to do in the next year - i'm sure it will be fantastic because you're capable and strong and creative! your dedication to the blog is a total indicator of how successful you'll be. happy one year!

tigerlily said...

I was wondering what degree and background you had to have to land your job as an admission counselor. I'm looking to get into the field, but I'm not sure what the best route would be.

highplainsthrifter.net said...

Happy blog birthday to you! You do a fantastic job and I wish you nothing but the best with your job change and back-to-school going.

Diya said...

HAPPY ONE YEAR!!!!!! didn't realize your blog was so young, you've definitely established yourself in the fashion world. best of luck in applying for masters in fashion (eeeek exciting!).

I can totally agree on the whole "blog getting me to do more things" statement... I'm out and about at local fashion events all the time now!

http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/

sallieoh said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I've been reading for many months now and have never left a comment. I find your blog so inspiring. Good luck in all you do!
Best wishes,
Sallie

smalltownchic said...

Congratulations Julie. So exciting, the blog birthday and the career change. I feel like I am about to undergo a career change to, into motherhood. I haven't been commenting lately just because I have been so busy but I am still an avid reader and wish you luck!

www.smalltownchic.com

Lexie, Little Boat said...

congratulations on leaving your job and pursuing grad school! that is so brave!

i looove your blog, too! you're so down to earth and likable and of course, you have a unique aesthetic that always inspires!

Tiffany said...

I'm so happy for you Julie! Congratulations on making it a year! I have to say that you have accomplished so much this year and I feel blessed to have read through it with you. Not to mention that you have really helped me with my blog. So thank you and I can't wait to read more!

Sabrina said...

Happy Blog Birthday!!! I love your blog and you are truly an inspiring woman!

suseth said...

I started following your blog a several months ago and I look forward to every post you put up. I follow other blogs but I must say that reading what you have to say is interesting. I find I can relate to what you and your sense of fashion is similar to mine. Happy blog Birthday and I'm excited for you!

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

Happy 1st Blogiversary!

I'm sure whatever you decide to do next with your studies you will do well!

Meghan V. said...

happy blog birthday. All of your outfits are so inspiring.

Archives said...

blog birthday!!! congrats!!! orchid grey is one of my fav blogs....keep it up.

and YAY for having the guts to make a life change! i think about it CONSTANTLY, but the time isn't right.

Natanya said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I love reading your blog for inspiration and I know you're headed for great things in the years to come. :) Best,
Natanya

Meg said...

Happy blog birthday! You're such a great source of inspiration, and I wish you all the best in the years to come with Orchid Grey!

Helen said...

happy blog birthday!sounds like there are some exciting changes ahead for you, good luck with them.

herbaloo said...

big hair, small helmet.
happy blog-birthday
xo -jessyloo

Abigail said...

Happy first blog birthday Julie! Good on you for making changes in your personal life as well - it's always a big decision to leave a secure job to pursue a passion. Best of luck and I can't wait to read all about it (and see how awesome you look while doing it!) xo

Gina said...

Happy Blog Birthday! And the very best of luck to you.. Wow, a Masters program in fashion really sounds awesome. I absolutely agree with you--blogging can really clarify what it is one wants from life. It's so helpful to share your ideas with a supportive group. I love reading your blog!
My best to you,
xoxo
Gina

Cara said...

The last outfit is my favorite!
xoxo
Cara from IFB
www.heartifb.com

Orchid Grey said...

thanks Cara!

Melanie said...

Happy one year!

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

Sam said...

I've just started my own blog a few days ago and yours has been such total inspiration for me!

Happy one year! Wishing you all the best xoxo

http://camillableufonce.blogspot.com/

the lovely birds said...

aww, happy birthday blog! good luck with your new adventures, i can't wait to hear about all of them. p.s. i want to hear about your new car!

tess said...

congrats, Julie! I've always loved OG and cannot believe its only been a year! looking forward to many years to come. good luck on the job change, I think you're making a tough, but brave decision to get out and do what you love!

Dip-tea said...

Happy Birthday sweetheart !

Mandy said...

Happy 1 year! You have a wonderful blog :)

Mandy

mandydiec.blogspot.com

chicfaced said...

congrats on the blogaversary!! definitely keep it up, it's a great place to visit :) xoxo, laura

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

happy blog birthday!! i gleefully look forward to your every post with your inventive styling and your gorgeous photographs and your terrific writing. i hope you'll be around many more years!

eatsleepwear said...

AH!!! happy 1 year bday!!! hehehehehe. and, i wish you the most success in your new path!!! you are going to ROCK IT GIRL!!!!!!

SOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!

xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

Nina said...

happy birthday orchid grey!!

fashionableroad.blogspot.com

dandra said...

Happy Birthday Orchid Grey!

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