#30Under30PHL – Aubrie Costello

And so it begins! For one month, we’ll be highlighting amazing women from all over Philadelphia. Up first, we have the lovely Aubrie Costello! Keep reading to view her 30 answers to our 30 questions on life, love, and Philly. Cheers to our #30Under30PHL leading ladies!


1. How old are you?
29 years old as of last month.

2. What do you do?
I wear a couple of different hats. I am the Manager and Assistant Buyer at BUS STOP Boutique where I get to work with my favorite thing ever – the shoe. At BUS STOP, I also get to flex my creative muscles doing window displays and the visual merchandising inside of the shop. I also am a fine artist. I am a draftswoman, with a concentration in miniature drawings, and I create installation art called Silk Graffiti, where I write on the walls with shredded silk and nails.

3. What neighborhood in Philly do you call home?
Queen Village

4. What is your favorite thing right now about Philly?
Our strong creative scene – There is a palpable creative energy in Philly right now, stronger than ever before, and an intermingling of creatives from all walks of life, using different mediums, working together to really bring a freshness to our cityscape, but it still feels so “Philly.” I love the amazing street artists, fashion designers, bloggers, curated spaces like boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pop-up’s, parks, even the beer gardens. It’s a good time to be a creative person in Philly right now.

5. What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far?
Finding my creative voice with my installation art and finding my spirituality.

6. If not yourself, who would you like to be?
Pema Chodron. She seems like such a cool, wise woman.

7. Your idea of happiness.
Peace, sunshine, the sea. Feeling content with my life but still curious…

8. Guiltiest pleasure?
Indulging in expensive meals, strong cocktails, and local fashion. Oh, and of course buying shoes.

9. Favorite inspirational quote?
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (Anais Nin)

10. What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
Openness, warmth, resilience, humor, and love.

11. Favorite food in Philly?
Ethiopian in West Philly.

12. Favorite drink in Philly?
Sazerac at The Good King.

13. Favorite song right now?
SOHN’s “Bloodflows” or Drake’s “Too Much”

14. A book you plan on reading?
I want to read and reread all the classics. Next up, Tropic of Cancer.

15. A book that powerfully impacted your life?
The Awakening

16. Name one historical figure you would like to have coffee with.
Marina Abramovic (and maybe I still can…)

17. How do you like your coffee?
In Paris. With a splash of cream.

18. Your main fault.
I can become too fixated on the wrong stuff and miss the stuff that really matters.

19. What is your most prized material possession?
A diamond ring given to me on my 21st birthday. The diamond was from the engagement ring my father gave my mother. He worked construction on a job on Jeweler’s Row for the diamond. When it was given to me, I had it reset in a way where it looks like the diamond is an arrow, pointing forward. A reminder to keep going.They are no longer together, but the diamond represents the love they once shared, and when I wear it, it makes me think and smile.

20. Your biggest failure.
Wasting a lot of time worrying & procrastinating on exploring who I am personally and creatively. It took me until I was almost 30 to acknowledge this not just as a failure, but as a real opportunity to try to do things a little differently.

21. What you learned from that failure?
Just to try. Get up, center yourself, take care of yourself as much as you care for others, look in the mirror and honor yourself, be genuine, and give love, don’t hate. It taught me about the beauty of not taking life too seriously, & laughing at yourself and at life’s rollercoaster ride. It taught me to take risks, and to trust my intuition.

22. What is your greatest fear?
Losing love, and feeling unfulfilled.

23. Where will you be in 30 years?
Overseas, with a few dogs, living by the sea and drawing pictures.

24. Favorite thing to do on a Sunday?
Have a late brunch, then maybe do some Bikram. Or just spend the day strolling to Fishtown from Queen Village, window shopping in Old City on my way. I also love laying on a blanket in a park or on a beach.

25. Best date spot?
Southwark

26. What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness is a physical feeling – when your body feels light and open. I feel happy when I’m spending time with the people I love, when I’m creating and collaborating, or when I’m able to take a minute to stop what I’m doing, and really look around and appreciate my surroundings and my city.

27. Twitter or Instagram?
IG all the way.

28. Describe Philly in a Tweet.
@Philadelphians: you love it, you hate it, you may leave it, but you always come back to it. #philly#noplacelikehome #love #illadelph

29. Who should everyone follow on Instagram?
@xoednapontellierac – me, to see what art antics I’m getting into and @busstopboutique @paperclips215 @sculpturegym @paradigmgs @ninobrand @skaibluemedia @lendltellington @steveespopowers @phillyaroundtown @theritualritual @random_embassy @artintheage @ianmcrumm @stylemaniac @pedandawl @nosego @indelectalt @the_curvazoid @dsmith201 @armour_philadelphia @artcomesfirst @thebkcircus @hamid_holloman @faymeproblems @seanmartorana @indyhall_arts @jugglingwolf @elixrcoffe @streetsdept @curran_j @braehowardphoto @slinkysausage

30. Pats or Genos?
Geno’s – for the hot sauce. Jim’s – when I’m tipsy. Govinda’s – when I’m “healthy.”

#30Under30PHL is a month-long series highlighting Philadelphia’s most ambitious women. Created in collaboration with Femme & Fortune and Alex Kacala. 


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