Hi! I'm Julia, and that's my husband Nick and our American bulldog, Daphne. (Here's a fun story about our wedding day.)

I started my career as an editor at a magazine for tween girls, where I styled fashion shoots, interviewed celebs, and traveled across the country to chat with readers about everything from their crushes to their dream jobs. I later left print to join the exciting and ever-changing online world as a writer for Google and now Facebook.

Once Upon a Blog began in early 2013 after much deliberation. I'd blogged on the job before, but I was really nervous about having a personal blog. (You can read all about my blogging existential crisis in my first post.) I started by exploring some of my favorite subjects—which include style, beauty, healthy meals, and my too-cute-for-words dog—and realized that I love spilling about all of them.

So, here you'll find a mix of outfits, beauty discoveries, recipes, and maybe the occasional puppy pic, plus interviews with inspirational women. Sometimes, I let my husband write stuff, too.

As for the name, I chose it to reflect the start of my blogging story, which will hopefully entertain or inspire you in some small way. Want to get in touch? I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me at juliacralston@gmail.com


(Photo by Meg Perotti)