I could not be happier to introduce our newest member to the BLDG 25 Blog team, Julie! I’m so excited to have her voice here on the blog – join me in welcoming her to the Free People family and read on to get to know more about her below!
I just moved to Philadelphia a week ago – with a man and a tabby cat in tow – and I’ve already fallen head over heels for this city. I moved from Pittsburgh, and before that, Boston. But I come from the woods. I was raised on top of a mountain in Maine – no other souls for miles – and while I love the vibrancy of the city, I’m happiest surrounded by trees or standing on the shore, anywhere where I can get back to the feeling of solitude in nature. With my mother’s old, beat-up Canon AE-1 and an arsenal of disposable cameras, I started capturing the natural world around me at an early age. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with documenting daily life and exploring, an obsession which eventually lead me to art school, and later, to writing.
Walking through the doors of the Free People home office every day, lending my voice to the blog, it’s an honor. And I’ll be honest: I’m still pinching myself. To be surrounded by such energetic and creative people, well, it doesn’t get much better.
On the weekends you can find me getting lost on back roads, hiking new trails, seeking out the closest beach, or wandering the city, often with a camera (or two) in tow. Exploration and shaking things up are what keep me inspired; while I’ve grown accustomed to life in the city, I crave fresh air and the rustle of trees, and strive to get outside as much as I can.
I love getting into it, getting up to my elbows in a project, whether I’m making something, planting something, or styling an outfit, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring that love to BLDG 25.