DT: What is your favorite part of blogging?
JULIE: I love the community! I don't have a lot of fashion centric people around me so it's great to be able to connect with people who have a similar interest. I mean, how awesome is it that you're in Alaska and I'm in Massachusetts and we would have never connected otherwise? Blogging also forces me to take photos everyday. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with photography (it's actually what I went to school for), so blogging has really helped me get back into the habit of taking photos. There is a lot of troubleshooting that goes on when you photograph yourself in an environment, it's really helped me with the technical aspects ofmy camera and lighting- which I'm awful at.
DT: What inspired you to start Orchid Grey? Any particular bloggers who got you into it?
DT: What is your dream job?
J: My goal is to work in Fashion in some creative capacity. I would love to be a stylist for photo-shoots or work at a magazine. And my boyfriend and I have always talked about opening up our own boutique of some sort. Right now I'm not too worried about specifics, I am concentrating on steering my career in that general direction, we'll see where I end up!
DT: Of all the places in the world, where would you like to visit or live most?
J: I don't really know where my interest in fashion came from exactly. I always felt a little out of place where I grew up because I had this innate interest in fashion that went beyond what my peers were buying at the mall. My mother took me to thrift stores when I was very young out of necessity and I also wore a lot of hand-me-downs. My mom was also very tiny when she was my age (26) so I was wearing her old hand-made bell bottoms and mini dresses in sixth grade. I was always encouraged to be creative in one way or another, and I guess somewhere in there clothes became just another medium of expression.
DT: You've mentioned that you love art, what's your favorite type or art/who's your favorite artist?
DT: You recently went to a blogger meet up in Boston, what was that like? Have you made real-life friends through your blog?
J: You know, if you had asked me this question a year ago, I probably would have answered "designer". But since I started Orchid Grey, I have completely rediscovered my love for thrifting and vintage. I think the shift was slow, I
J: My must reads change daily, and it's hard to keep track of who I'm looking at. I like blogs that are easily relatable, where the blogger isn't spending their rent on a pair of shoes just to keep up with what's hot this minute. Realistic, but still fun and different, you know?
DT: Why do you think people should bother with putting together interesting outfits or caring about what they look like?
J: You know I think a lot of people think that caring about the way you look and caring about fashion is bad, but I think wearing something great can give a person a lot of confidence.