No Longe Grey started as a daydream.
Actually, it started with that sentence, which seems a bit pretentious and flighty with five years between the me who originally wrote that and me now. I started No Longer Grey because fashion blogging seemed exciting and like a way to be in the fashion industry while still being fourteen and living in New Hampshire and not having easy access to capital-F-fashion. I didn’t know much about the industry, about style, but I did know it made me feel like I swallowed a whole greenhouse full of butterflies. It still does.
It’s been five years since I registered the domain, selected a theme and tried to wrap my head around the idea of creating a website, a little baby brand. It’s been five years since I sat my parents down and explained why they should allow me to have my own website and post a lot of photos of myself onto the internet (thanks guys). It’s been five years of thinking about fashion, style, and how clothing fits into the world.
My first outfit post featured a thrifted Dolce and Gabbana skirt, Everlane tee and blue trench coat, clearly what I thought a fashion blogger should wear and not what I actually wore in real life. Since then I’ve taken photos of myself along more roadsides and random walls than I ever thought possible, gotten stared at by countless strangers, worn really weird things, and had so much fun.
Other parts of my life have changed. I cut off a foot of hair. I graduated high school. I moved to NYC, then DC, then off to college. I worked for a company I’d dreamed about working for (that very first outfit post featured an Everlane tee represents a big full circle moment), and with companies on No Longer Grey that I’ve loved for years. I’ve connected with other bloggers who I never would have met or known about had it not been for the magic of the internet.
This post is a not so humble humble brag, because I’m truly proud of working so long and hard on No Longer Grey. I’m proud because it’s something I made, a creation that documents my thoughts about fashion, evolving personal style, and some of the most formative years of my life. I’m so grateful to get to do what I do, so grateful for everyone who has ever read one of my posts, so grateful for the joy writing gives me.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for sticking with me.
Here’s to five years more.