Tuesday, June 9, 2009


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Hi! I'm Julie and welcome to Orchid Grey.

I was born and raised on top of a mountain in Maine, in a small town of about 1,500. My affinity for clothing and style is somewhat of a mystery, though I tend to credit my mother (though she'll disagree with me) and the peripheral aunt-like women I grew up around who taught me the joys of thrift shopping and vintage clothing from a very, very young age. Could have also been the outdated Vogue magazines that I would steal from the laundrette, but who knows, really. Point is, for as long as I can remember, I've always had a thing for the weird and wonderful ways in which we can transform ourselves through dress. It's a concept I would eventually come to explore in my photography work for college, and later, on this blog.

I began writing Orchid Grey in the summer of 2009 as a way to bring fashion, DIY, and style back into my life, while simultaneously working a job that involved none of those things. Despite a co-worker advising me that "blogs are dead", Orchid Grey quickly became a place for me to connect with like-minded people from across the county who shared in these passions. It also helped me realize that I needed a new job, stat. Since those first initial months of blogging, my life – and Orchid Grey – has experienced some dramatic changes: I left my job in higher education to pursue a career in fashion marketing, spent a year and a half working my ass off at multiple jobs (at one point there were five of them), got engaged and married my partner of seven years (we're now going on year 15!), packed up and moved to multiple cities for multiple awesome jobs (hello ModCloth, Free People, and Etsy!), and finally decided to relocate back to Maine in late 2017

I continue to be a vintage, thrift shopping, and secondhand fanatic and am on a not-so-secret mission to befriend the world's entire cat population. When I'm not at work or blogging, I enjoy climbing tall mountains, submerging myself in large bodies of water, and otherwise separating myself from technology and the modern world in the most active and grounding ways possible.

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