A Fresh Dille

About Me

Welcome to A Fresh Dille! I started this blog nearing the end of college in Boston as an outlet to talk about travels, good food, fashion, and fitness. A few years have passed since it’s creation and my interests in these areas have flourished. As a recent college graduate, with a major in writing, literature, and publishing focused on magazine writing, I still feel compelled to share my stories with the blogging community after a post-grad blogging hiatus. Multiple internships in New York City (my birthplace) led me in all sorts of directions. I have been continuously searching for the perfect career, but right now I am confident that I am following a great path, working with wardrobe and helping others create their vision for an audience.

As the daughter of a creative director and former stylist, I grew up with a real passion for style and the art of making clothes.

I would like to think I have always been a real foodie, demanding the richest dark chocolate flourless cakes at very early birthday parties. Entertaining and cooking for others is one of my favorite activities. Since sixteen, I have slowly made my way to an entirely plant-based diet that makes me feel best about my health and environment. Being a vegetarian has been a growing experience. Instead of feeling restricted, I am constantly trying new recipes and ingredients that I never have before.

My love of running emerged when running my first 10K at only 11 years old. I still strive to return to Boston one day to run the Marathon in my college town.

Travel is vital for my happiness. Growing up, my family and I moved across the country a few times and I often find myself antsy when in one place too long. Some of my favorite adventures have been around the Netherlands (where I studied abroad), Italy, and England (where my father is from).

Every day, I attempt to be more healthy and “green”.Β Of course, I still feel that I have much to learn concerning greening our earth and hope to continue making changes for the better and sharing them on this blog.

Feel free to ask any questions and comments are always appreciated!




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  1. Natalie said, on June 19, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Hey i just found your blog, looks great so far πŸ™‚

  2. orangepop said, on June 26, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Hi! I found your blog through “VeggieGirl’s!” I would love to go to Amsterdam… I agree with being attracted to the bike culture, charm and beauty πŸ™‚ Happy blogging!

  3. Jack in Boston said, on July 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Claire:
    Your dad is bragging about you, go figure! Fun blog and great photos — no time to read the details yet; but then again I always go for the pictures.

  4. Jim said, on July 14, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Excellent blog, Claire! Keep up the good work….

  5. Ann said, on July 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Claire,

    I’m really enjoying reading your blog — I love the voice. Come visit at MV sometime, OK?

  6. mandy said, on August 20, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    i love your blog. you are so cute! it really shows how much time you dedicate to putting this together, i look forward to what will come in the future, i know you’ll be great!!!

  7. Megan said, on November 3, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    hey claire, i just found your blog through carrots n cake after you commented about my comment on cafe gitane…i miss new york, although i was only there for a short time 😦 i can’t wait to read your blog! i love fashion too and i am excited that you focus on food and fashion! have a good day!

  8. Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) said, on April 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m thinking of going back for my master’s in journalism with a focus on magazine writing! I would love to talk to you more about your experience. πŸ™‚

    • clairedille said, on April 28, 2010 at 10:36 am

      I would definitely be up for chatting about the magazine writing, it was a great experience but I have somewhat switched careers (temporarily…?) email me if you want @ clairedparkinson@gmail.com

  9. Maggie said, on May 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for your comments on my blog πŸ™‚ I love the look of yours – so fresh and clean!! Your plant-based diet is very inspiring too… I try to move towards it, but it can be so hard. Do you live in NYC now?

    • clairedille said, on May 2, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Not anymore unfortunately…I had to move to Michigan for work, but I hope to return in the next few years.

  10. Lauren @ Health on the Run said, on May 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hi…I just “blog-stalked” you after I read your comment at HTP (writing your college essays about XC) haha. I’ve also loved running since I was a kid, so I can totally relate. πŸ™‚

    I really like the clean layout of your blog. Looking forward to following your gluten-free challenge!

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  12. Katharina said, on May 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    ” Instead of feeling restricted, I am constantly trying new recipes and ingredients that I never have before.” That’s how I feel about being a vegetarian. I feel like it’s opened so many doors for me, and I’ve become to creative in the kitchen. It’s actually fun.. I guess if you enjoy cooking in the first place πŸ˜‰



  13. Jenna said, on May 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Great blog! Check out mine πŸ™‚

  14. tasha - the clean eating mama said, on June 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I just found your blog and I am so glad I did! It is beautifully written and I can’t stop drooling over the amazing food porn! =)

  15. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] said, on June 13, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Your photographs are wonderful!

  16. leesespeeces said, on June 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I’m pretty new to the blogging world. Love yours though! Super cute.

  17. Vicky said, on June 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I love traveling as well. It is definitely a must in my life! I am abroad right now and it’s so amazing! – Vicky (vdubb.wordpress.com)

  18. Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey said, on June 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Hi, Claire! I just found your blog and I’m loving it. I find it so awesome that you do wardrobe for film. I’m actually a film actress myself, though I do commercials and TV as well. My last project was filmed in Utah a couple years ago, but I’m home in Texas now so there hasn’t been a ton of work for me. Anyway, I look forward to reading more. Check out my blog sometime, if you like. πŸ™‚ http://cleanteenkelsey.com

  19. les chapeaux « A Fresh Dille said, on October 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    […] getting warmer again or you find yourself heading somewhere tropical, get a Panama hat. I wore this one all summer while working in the […]

  20. balancejoyanddelicias said, on October 21, 2010 at 5:17 am

    just found your blog and I must say I LOVE YOUR PICS! They’re stunning!!!! πŸ˜€ And all your food look sooooo good!

  21. Jenny said, on November 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Love finding fellow Boston college bloggers! Well, I suppose a former Boston college blogger haha πŸ™‚

  22. Crystal said, on February 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog looking through Teri’s site, “A Foodie Stays Fit”.

    What is the recipe you use for your daily bowl of steel cut oats?

    Love the blog so far!

  23. Ellie said, on March 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Claire! πŸ˜€ wowww I love your sense of fashion girlie! You have a beautiful smile btw. I can’t believe you ran at such a young age wow.

  24. lifewithacrazypup said, on March 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hey Claire — Just found your blog today through A Foodie Stays Fit — I love it so far! I can’t wait to read more πŸ™‚

  25. Glocal Girl said, on March 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Greetings from one of your favorite places… the Netherlands! I’m a California girl, moved to Spain for grad school, met my Dutch man and relocated to Amsterdam this past October. I’m still adjusting here but the blogging community helps me stay connected to home. Just found your blog and love your photography style, especially your use of colors. I write a travel blog, mostly to document my experiences as an expat but have recently started to get more into photographing our food as I try all these new Dutch ingredients. Looking forward to seeing more!


  26. Ilya said, on March 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Hi.. i was wondering if you know a shop/brand who sells hats like the one from Rumi (fashiontoast) http://www.fashiontoast.com/2010/08/stockholm-summer-nights.html
    I need it for this summer.. please let me know! You would be so thankful πŸ˜‰

  27. nicholedunst said, on March 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    love this blog πŸ™‚ your emphasis on a “green,” healthy, trendy, and adventurous lifestyle is much like my own perspective on life. i’m excited to get to do some more exploring of the world in the next coming years and i look forward to keeping up with your website!

  28. Corinne said, on April 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Hello, great day to you Claire. I came upon an image for granola bars that you have pictured on this page of your site https://afreshdille.wordpress.com/page/3/ It is the exact rendition of a bar that I make and am looking for an image for my upcoming book. Oddly enough I have never photographed my own and am now even too busy to make them, let alone take a photo of them… Would you be interested in a royalty free, stock photo usage of the bars. I also think it quite funny that they are a bar that you didn’t even enjoy ;)) Because I use spirulina in mine, they too turn out dark and green. A little less appealing to the eye, very, very tasty to the taste buds. Thanks Claire, I look forward to hearing from you. Kindest, Corinne

  29. Pamela said, on April 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Hey there! This may be very random but I found a link to your blog about your aunt Joy’s “Blue Field” farm. I’ve been searching for a website or contact information but I couldn’t find any. Anyway, do you know if she rents out her farm for events/parties? It is such a beautiful place and sounds like a wonderful spot to hold my daughter’s birthday party. Please pass along the message if you can! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  30. Kevin McArdle said, on May 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Hello…have been reading some Philip Craig novels of late, and remembered some good times near Vineyard Haven close to Lake Tashmoo….borrowed a home from a friend and co-worker in Wall Street…happened upon your site….maybe you know them…Lloyd and Libby….i’ll bet you do…stayed there in 1976!

    • clairedille said, on May 4, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Kevin, Lloyd and Libby Dille were my grandparents! I have gone to our home on Lake Tashmoo every summer of my life. What an amazing coincidence.

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