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August 2015

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Ming Yang: Enthusiasm Personified

Ming Yang has a penchant for polka-dots, and they suit her to a T! We ‘loooooved’ shooting this bubbly junior and watching her enthusiasm flow over into the photos and her interview.

Tell us a little about you.

Dress:

Dress: Forever21

I’m a junior Electrical Engineering student at the University of Florida. I love psychology, especially the human emotions aspects; I believe Affective Computing is the “secret ingredient” to making AI come alive.

I love cooking, especially healthy and delicious food.

I also loooove Wicked. DEFYING GRAVITY!

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

Shirt: / Shawl: / Pants: / Shoes:

Tank: Forever21 / Shawl: Forever21 / Shoes: Banana Republic

I’m wearing a thin cardigan from Forever 21 on top of a simple tank also from Forever21 with a go-to pair of jeans. I’ve been really into flowy cardigans/shirts with a tank top lately, so I’ve started stocking up on the $1.9 tank top from Forever 21!).

My other outfit is also from Forever21 – it’s a black and white polka dotted dress with white collars and strings in the back for tying. I loooooooove (imagine me rolling back my eyes for this) dresses. They’re easy, comfortable, and stylish.

Do you have any style icons or favorite brands?

Dress:

Dress: Forever21

Inspirations like Emma Watson, Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Amal Clooney are the ones that I have always admired. However, my ultimate fashion idol has to be Audrey Hepburn. I love the classy, sophisticated, chic, and cute look. I have been obsessed with hunting for cute high waisted skirt lately because of her style in Roman Holiday.

Ultimately, I believe the reasons why these people were such a huge attraction to me is because they carried themselves with confidence and passion(it sounds cliché, but it’s very true! We gravitate toward people that know how to love and appreciate themselves). So it doesn’t matter what your style is, know that you look good and be poised. Wear the clothes…don’t let the clothes wear you.

Any advice for a young person thinking about getting into a STEM field?

Dress: / Watch:

If you are interested in STEM and want to go into the field, don’t change anything about your current self, besides taking more related classes, and start doing the things that you think “If I had…I would…” of.

The fact that you are different makes you a true gem. You might not believe it now, but you will realize how valuable being different is.

If you really love STEM, do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t for whatever bullshit reasons. Prove them wrong!

What is the best way (if any) for people to follow you on social media?

Shoes: Vince Camuto

Add me on Facebook!

Affective Computing seems like a perfect interest-area for Ming; she has enough energy and personality to share some with her creations! Thank you for sharing your style advice, and showing us that attitude matters more than the price-tag.

We’ll be back next week with our first friendship feature!

Love,

Dona & Beth

Students

The Renaissance Wolverine: Rachael Miller!

We loved meeting University of Michigan Wolverine (#GoBlue!) Rachael Miller, an all-around renaissance woman whose style has evolved from “hiding” to embracing her inner punk-fairy-princess. She specializes in tech and dabbles in RPG games, art, sculpture and floating through the woods in the most beautiful maxi dress we’ve ever seen!

Tell us a little about you.

Dress: / Jacket: / Necklace:

Dress: Forever 21  (Similar here and here/ Jacket: Express (Similar here and here)/ Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar here and here)

My goal is to make tools for people that help make the world more awesome! Right now, I’m a product manager intern at Microsoft working on Word. This is my third internship here, and I love how there’s so many ways to have an impact on the product and on our customers. When I’m not in Seattle, I’m a computer science student at the University of Michigan and a consultant/programmer at the UM3D Lab, where we help students and professors from all fields bring their ideas to life with 3D printers, visualization tools, workshops, and all things 3D. I’m also one of the leaders of gEECS- Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Michigan’s club devoted to improving the gender balance in tech.

Outside school and work, I’m a huge geek about tabletop RPG games- I play D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Dark Heresy, and any other game that comes my way. I’m also a tea and coffee snob, and occasionally an artist/sculptor.

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

Dress:

Dress: Forever 21 (Similar here and here)

The white dress I’m wearing is how I discovered that maxi-dresses are quite possibly my favorite thing. They’re so comfy while looking so grand! I love that this one has layers that make it interesting and a bit mysterious. My friends named it my hippie princess dress. I’ve also got flash tattoos on my knuckles, which I like because they’re just light, sparkly adornments (that go really well with my ring).

I found my green dress during my first internship and fell in love with the cut, especially the flouncy skirt. It’s really fun and versatile.

The cardigan is my go-to for cooler autumn days in Michigan, and it has pockets! The shoes were a total impulse buy from a mall window. They looked cute from afar, but when I tried them on I discovered that the t-strap and chunky heel make them the most comfortable heels I’ve ever owned, so I snagged them on the spot.

My red-dress outfit is my absolute favorite thing in my closet. During my first internship, my friend and I both tried on this same dress. I adore the color, the cut, how floaty and pretty this material is, everything. I love the faux leather along the bust, especially in this sweetheart shape- I think it’s an interesting contrast. The jacket is also faux leather, and I pair the two together because I feel like the jacket amplifies the hint of toughness coming from the leather detail on the dress.

The pendant necklace is one of my go-tos, and for some reason people often ask me what it means, or if it’s symbolic, or something. What it means is I saw it and thought it was neat, so I bought it.

How did your style evolve to what it is now?

Dress: / Shoes:

Dress: American Eagle (Similar here and here)/ Shoes: Aerosoles (Similar here and here)

I have been through so many style transitions! When I was younger I felt awkward in “girly” clothes, and I was afraid of being made fun of, so I stuck with plain clothes that wouldn’t get me noticed. Once I discovered that feeling awkward and weird is just part of growing up and not something preventable by a change of clothes, I started exploring style more. I made a point to push boundaries and find unexpected combos, and started to gravitate toward “punk.”

Eventually my tastes started to broaden, and I had fun flip-flopping between flowery dresses and business attire and studded belts on a daily basis. Now, I like to think my closet is pretty flexible- I can feel like a rebel in a leather jacket, or an ethereal fairy princess in a flower crown, or both at the same time.

Any advice for a young person thinking about getting into a STEM field?

Necklace:

Necklace: Forever 21 (Similar here and here)

  • Jump right in and meet as many of your peers as you can.
  • Find a women-in-tech org, or make one.
  • Find some way to cultivate a support network and get inspired.
  • Be loud and brave and stick up for yourself and your ideas.
  • Don’t ever let anyone talk over you, dismiss you, or push you away from technical work.
  • Be confident in the skills you have and be eager to learn the ones you don’t.
  • Most importantly, ask questions without fear or apologies.

What would you say is the project you’ve done that you’re proudest of?

Dress:

Dress:  Forever 21 (Similar here and here)

This one! I am (and have been for four years) working on an interaction system that will help scientists examine complex data using virtual reality. Our brains weren’t made to think with flat planes, mice and keyboards- they’re made to comprehend the 3D world!

The tools I’m building will make it possible for people to see information in a clearer way, which will in turn help them make discoveries, and I’m proud that I can contribute to that.

What is the best way (if any) for people to follow you on social media?

Shoes:

Shoes: Aerosoles (Similar here and here)

To be honest, I don’t have much of a public social media presence, but you can definitely add me on Facebook or LinkedIn, or send me an email at mrachael@umich.edu any time :)

And there you have it! It was such a pleasure to get to know this versatile, multi-faceted young woman (dd you see the prize she won for her research around virtual reality–for HoloLens’ers like Beth and me, this was simply dreamy!).

Till next time, stay sweet everyone!

Fashionably yours, 

Dona + Beth

Students

Poet & Quant: Maya Ganesan

A few weeks ago we reached out to our friend Priya Ganesan, Stanford University junior and Google intern to see if she’d be interested in a profile and to our surprise, she mentioned that her little sister, Maya was also studying Computer Science and also would love to be profiled.  We profiled and photographed the sisters together, along with their gorgeous mother Lakshmi.  

So, here we are,  Maya Ganesan: music lover, published author,  fashion maven and computer scientist!

Tell us a little about you.

Top: / Skirt:

I’m a rising freshman at Stanford University, planning on pursuing a joint major in Computer Science and History. I want to continue to feed my interests in both technology and the humanities; I love the humanities (I’ve been writing since I was four!) because they’re a means by which to tell stories, and I love stories in all their forms – fiction, nonfiction, personal anecdotes, you name it. I think the humanities also empower us by giving us empathy for other people and the ability to understand the human experience more fully.

At the same time, technology helps us enrich the human experience. I love computer science because it’s about solving fascinating problems to simplify and enhance people’s lives, which means that it’s a job that enables you to impact millions of people with what you do. That’s incredible.

Outside of all that, I love design and typography, Doctor Who, Shakespeare, writing stories, reading magazines both physical and digital (think The New Yorker, Vulture, T Magazine, The Daily Beast, etc.), and music. I spend a lot of time scouting out new music, a hobby that’s aided by the fact that I love pretty much all genres (a few favorite artists: Arctic Monkeys, Carrie Underwood, Kings of Leon, Mumford and Sons, Olafur Arnalds, John Mayer, Little Big Town, Kaiser Chiefs). I’m also very competitive with my sister on Dance Central for the Kinect (and, of course, on BuzzFeed quizzes).

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

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Skirt: Similar here and here / Top: Similar here and here / Bracelet: Similar here and here

Blue skirt + black top + blue bracelet + bow necklace: 

The skirt is a personal favorite of mine, one that I’ve worn to so many events and trips – I love the way the fabric moves, and the colors are so vibrant! The blue bracelet is one that my sister got for me when she was in Greece, and the bow necklace I picked up in Philadelphia at a conference I was speaking at. I got one for my sister, too, so we can match whenever we want to…

White and black tank top + denim jacket + jeans + boots:

I fell in love with this top from the minute I saw it – the black georgette collar is just perfect. This jacket is fairly new, but it’s quickly become a favorite because of how easy and versatile it is. And these boots I picked up last fall, and they’re so worn, but that’s a testament to how much I love them.

How did your style evolve to what it is now?

Necklace:

Necklace: Similar here and here

 

I used to wear bright-colored baggy shirts, baggy jeans, and running shoes every day… Those were dark days. Never again!

About five years ago, I decided I was tired of living in constant awe of my well-dressed friends, so I began reading fashion blogs and following Fashion Weeks. I started making a list of designers whose collections I now keep an eye out for; I bookmark outfits I love, and I’m sharpening my eye for finding good clothes in a store that’s saturated with merchandise. My style has become more simple and classic – tailored silhouettes, soft and swingy fabrics, notable accent details (like buttons, beading, or bows). A lot of my style inspiration comes from the designers I follow – designers like Elie Saab (who makes the most breathtaking dresses I’ve ever seen), Victoria Beckham (whose collections are always so beautifully polished and sophisticated), Alice + Olivia (their clothes are colorful, playful, and simultaneously wearable), and Marchesa (classy, romantic, beautiful).

Any advice for a young person thinking about getting into a STEM field?

Top: / Pants:

Jeans: Blue Spice (Similar here) / Boots: Impo (Similar here and here)

There’s a really common misconception – one that I, admittedly, subscribed to for a long time – that in order to be successful and happy in a STEM field, you have to be naturally good at it, or you have to have been doing it since you could walk. As I meet more people in the STEM fields, I discover that a lot of them didn’t envision their careers when they were little kids; in fact, many of them didn’t expect to end up where they did. I’ve met people who got foreign language majors, people who did a complete 180 on their career choice, people who have hopped around in different jobs… Everyone has his or her own path to getting to a STEM field, and that’s part of the growing diversity that makes these industries continually stronger. The only prerequisite for succeeding at STEM is enthusiasm!

Personally, it has taken me a long time to figure out what I want to do with my life, and I’m still not entirely sure what my career is going to be. But I know that I want to spend my life doing something that has a positive impact on the world, and that goal is what motivates me every single day!

What would you say is the project you’ve done that you’re proudest of?

Shirt: / Jacket: / Jeans:

Shirt: Similar here , here and here / Jacket: H&M (Similar here and here)

I got to spend last summer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which was an extraordinary experience (partly because Boston is one of the greatest cities ever). I worked on computational analysis of data from atmospheric satellites; I used computer science to illuminate and examine trends in pollutant levels over oil and gas fields. Not only was this project rewarding from a technical standpoint (I got to learn MATLAB and complete my project in five weeks!), but it was also exciting to work on a project that had such tangible real-world implications. I’m proud of this project because of how impactful it is, and it’s that kind of meaningful work that I want to continue doing for the rest of my life.

What is the best way (if any) for people to follow you on social media?

It was so lovely of Lakshmi Ganesan to join her daughters for our shoot

It was so lovely of Lakshmi Ganesan to join her daughters for our shoot. It’s quite clear where the girls get their beautiful looks from!

Tweet me! I’d love to hear from you. I’m always hanging out at @mayaganesan. I also have a personal website, mayaganesan.com, where you can drop me a note.

One thing Maya didn’t mention is that she is a published author of a wonderful book of poems titled Apologies to an Apple that has heralded compliments and comments from many talented authors.  What an amazing list of achievements Maya has had already! We are already following her on Twitter and are excited to find out what cool things she does this upcoming year at Stanford.

Love,

Dona & Beth

Students

Dismantling stereotypes, social good, and Priya Ganesan++

Dona had the pleasure of meeting Priya Ganesan at Grace Hopper 2014 where Priya asked her to speak at Stanford about the intersection of tech and other industries for the SHE++ organization’s fall event. Dona was continually impressed by Priya’s love of bright colors and classic lines during all of their meetings, a trend, it turns out she brings to life in all of her outfits. We learned that Priya’s younger sister Maya is also quite the fashionista.  We call this week Ganesan Week and we will be showing off both sisters (and a special guest!) 

Tell us a little about you.

Boots: / Leggings: / Shirt:

Boots: Similar here and here/ Leggings: Xhilaration Target (Similar herehere and here) / Top: BCX Macy’s (Similar here and here)

I’m a rising junior and Computer Science major at Stanford University. I’m focusing my studies on natural language processing and information analysis because a) it’s fun, and b) the applications to other fields are exciting and endless.

At Stanford, I’m part of a nonprofit called she++, which works to dismantle stereotypes about the tech industry and empower women and minorities to get interested in technology. Last year, I ran our high school program, and this upcoming year I’ll be running our ambassador program – both focused on increasing accessibility to and diversity within tech.

I’m also a founding board member of a new organization called CS+Social Good, and we’re starting a movement to encourage students to use tech for social good and generally increase awareness about the applicability of CS to fields like environmental science, philanthropy, healthcare, education, and more.

I love to read (I used to run a book blog, sadly now defunct), play tennis, dance, travel, and watch Tom and Jerry. Everything makes me laugh, from my code crashing to terrible puns to cute baby videos to playing pranks. I can’t keep a straight face!

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

Dress:

Dress: Nordstrom (Similar here, here here and here)

Yellow Top/Snake Leggings: My sister urged me not to get these leggings because she thought they looked creepy, but I thought the snake pattern was different and cool! The first time I wore them, I actually scared myself because I mistook my leg for a snake at one point. I love the cheerful yellow color and cutout pattern on the straps of the top, and the boots are super comfy – I wear them everywhere!

Blue Lace Dress: I love the color and lace back on this dress, which I got at Nordstrom last summer. I first wore it this past April at the she++ Gala and Celebration of Young Changemakers, which I co-hosted. This party dress was perfect for the occasion!

Cream Lace Top/Jeans: Although I’d like to say that I dress up every day, I have to admit that my typical school outfit consists of jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Clothes like this lace top and these cute flats help dress up my outfit and make it look like I put in more effort than I actually did!

How did your style evolve to what it is now?

Shoes:

Shoes: Bongo (Similar here, here and here)

I’ve always loved bright, colorful, flashy clothes. I think this may be partially because Indian clothes are so vibrant and opulent. But I also think of myself as a pretty playful person and wearing colorful clothes makes me feel happier and more energetic.

I wore a ton of matching shirt-pants sets in elementary and middle school. I don’t do that anymore. I also used to wear lots of glitter. I mean LOTS. This all stopped the first day of 10th grade, when I excitedly wore a new bubblegum-pink shirt with big peace signs on the front, covered in enough glitter to supply a kindergarten classroom for a year. I ended up looking like an Indian Tinkerbell, trailing glitter all over the desks and everyone’s notebooks for the next 7 hours.

I don’t wear glitter anymore, but I still try to wear clothes that are fun, whether they have beads or tulle or interesting prints or swishy fabric!

Any advice for a young person thinking about getting into a STEM field?

Dress:

Dress: Nordstrom

Some of the coolest jobs that utilize STEM aren’t in inherently STEM fields, and aren’t just desk jobs either. One of my friends is a tech intern this summer at a major fashion retailer and gets to see some of the ins and outs of the fashion industry. Another friend gets to constantly travel around the world and meet new people for her tech job. And some of the most impactful and fulfilling jobs are at the intersection of science/tech and another field.

Also, just because you are interested in STEM doesn’t mean you have to be obsessed with it or spend all of your time on it. There’s a prevalent mindset I’ve encountered in tech that if you are a programmer, you should be unequivocally passionate about coding and spend all of your extra time building apps, contributing to Github, and racking up points on Stack Overflow. I completely disagree! I think you should do with your free time whatever makes you happiest. Spending significant amounts of time on things other than STEM can help you be more creative and gain new and diverse perspectives.

What is the best way (if any) for people to follow you on social media?

Priya: Maya:

Priya on the left: Lace top: (Similar here and here)/Jeans:  Blue Spice (Similar here and here)

You can find me on Facebook :)

A big thank you to Priya for sharing her story, her closet and her amazing adventures with SHE++, CS+Social Good, and her studies round natural language processing–one of the hottest areas of tech right now!  Next up–her younger sister, technologist + poet, Maya!

Till next time!

Dona & Beth

Students

Beverly Shen: She Can Do It!

Next up on Fibonacci Sequins is our friend from up north, Beverly Shen! Beverly impressed us with her beautiful, colorful pieces as well as her openness about her style being heavily influenced by the strong women in her life, her older sisters Kim and Laura, as well as their mother. We loved photographing Beverly in all of her moods, but especially the “We can do it!” power pose!

Tell us a little about you.

Dress: / Sign: Microsoft Stationery

Dress: Topshop (Similar here, here, here and here) / Shoes: Nine West  (Similar here and here)/ Sign: Microsoft Stationery

My name is Beverly Shen and I am going into my junior year of computer engineering at the University of Toronto. I’m a Canadian through and through, born and raised in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. I’m currently in my second summer internship on the Microsoft Office team and loving all the experiences and new skills I’m learning here. I don’t know if I chose the engineering life or if it chose me, but with both my parents being computer and electrical engineers, and my grandparents being mechanical engineers, I was immersed into math and sciences from a young age.

Outside of tech, my interests include cooking and arts and crafts.  Whenever I’m stressed I like to unwind by either cooking up a storm in the kitchen or attempting DIY tutorials found on Pinterest.

One of my personal goals for this upcoming school year is getting in shape which includes running a 10k and completing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide. (Now that I’ve put it out there I feel extra motivated to see these two goals through!)

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

Shirt: / Skirt:

Shirt: Similar here and here/ Skirt: Zara Italia (Similar here, here, herehere or here)/ Shoes: Naturalizer (Similar here)

This floral skirt was brought back from Italy by my mother. The bold splashes of colour from floral pattern and the flare of the skirt when I twirl makes me feel dainty and elegant. Going along with that whimsical feeling I lace braided my hair and clipped it up with a cute white bow. In this outfit I feel like I’m dressed for a relaxing afternoon of high tea at the Fairmont Hotel :)

My two older sisters, Kim & Laura bought the red Canada t-shirt for me thinking I’d be homesick during my summer internship away from home. It’s funny how nonchalant Canadians are about being patriotic in Canada, but the second they’re out of the country or the Canadian hockey team is playing it’s all about wearing red maple leafs on their clothing and bags. It was super fun to be all decked out in red and white during Canada Day and see fellow Canadians also sporting red and whites. There was definitely a shared moment of “Yeah! Canadians for the win!”

I purchased the neon green dress from TopShop last year for $20 (such a steal!). I love the bright green hue because it’s definitely not a colour you see every day. I paired my dress with coral flats from Nine West. Bright green and coral are an eccentric colour combo, but like my elementary school art teacher always said, “You can’t go wrong with complementary colours.”

How did your style evolve to what it is now?

Shoes:

Shoes: Naturalizer (Similar here and here)

While growing up my mom used to love to dress my two older twin sisters and me in matching outfits, so I spent most of my childhood “tripleting” with my sisters. As we grew up we each developed our own sense of style, but that doesn’t stop me from “borrowing” clothing from my sisters’ closets (tripling the size of my wardrobe, without the guilt of having to buy everything!).

Now days as a busy college student my outfits are centered around comfort during the school year, meaning my outfits mainly consist of sneakers, jeans, and a t-shirt or an occasional onesie pajama :P In the summer time when it’s finally warm enough (I <3 Canada, but the winters are just too long) I LOVE wearing dresses, flats and a cardigan. Not going to lie, I wear dresses because they instantly make you look composed and stylish.

Any advice for a young person thinking about getting into a STEM field?

Shirt: / Jeans: / Hair bow:

Shirt: Joe Fresh (Similar here and here)/ Jeans: H&M (Similar here here and here) / bandana: Similar here and here

There’s this strange notion perpetrated by popular media that all women in tech/engineering are nerdy and unattractive. But I can tell you first hand, some of the most inspiring and badass women I’ve met are in the tech industry! It can be daunting to learn coding when is seems like everyone who codes is male. I remember being the only girl in my grade 12 AP compsci class and feeling extremely intimidated by all the boys in my class who already knew multiple languages and had written their own apps. But so what if they already know how to code? The whole point of taking the class was to learn how to code!

If science or technology is something you’re interested in, don’t be afraid to take that computer science course or try that engineering workshop because nobody is going to judge you or write you off as uncool, and if anyone does, well maybe they need to refine their definition of cool.

Who inspires you the most?

Bow: / Hairdo: Beverly Shen

Bow: Similar here / Hairdo: Beverly Shen

As cheesy as it sounds my number one role model has always been my mom. I guess you could say I am following in my mother’s footsteps with my choice to major in computer engineering. My mom is one of the most hardworking and intelligent people I know. Never one to shy away from voicing her opinion, my mom taught me the importance of being assertive and well-spoken, which can be a very useful skill in an industry primarily dominated by men. My mom has shown me that despite what some say, women can find a work life balance between motherhood and pursuing excellence in her career. She always told me that gender and race do not determine how far you go in your career, but rather it is diligence and hard work that leads to success.

When I was growing up my mom always encouraged me to try new things and supported me in all my interests, whether it was music, sciences, sports, or anything else. Even as a young adult I can still count on my mom for support and, as a fellow female in the tech industry, I frequently ask her for advice and guidance. I am beyond fortunate to have such an intelligent and strong mother as my role model :)

Thank you Beverly for sharing yourself and your style with us. We had major skirt envy at that gorgeous floral number and we LOVE the colors you chose for your outfits! Till next week where we feature a very special pair of tech + fashion loving sisters!

Love, Dona + Beth

Students

Fashion Designer + Singer + Engineer = Nicki Thomson

Our first guest on Fibonacci Sequins is Nicki Thomson, a fellow fashion designer, Young Adult book-lover as well as being an intern at Microsoft this summer.   We immediately spotted Nicki in a crowd because of her gorgeous, bright green kiwi dress! It turns out it was a piece Nicki had made herself.   We loved the fashion choices Nicki brought with her and are very excited to share her story.

Tell us a little about you.

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Dress: Nicki Thomson / Glasses: SEE Eyewear

I am a Senior at Tufts University studying Computer Engineering, and next year I’ll be staying at Tufts for my Master’s in Electrical Engineering. When not busy with school I sing with the Tufts Opera Ensemble, and I’m a member of the women’s fraternity Alpha Omicron Pi. Other than that I like to read and reread Young Adult fiction (which at 21 I might be officially too old for, but I’m unlikely to let that stop me.) Currently my favorite book is Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, I have lost track of how many times I have read it.

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

Blue jacket

Blazer: Frenchi / Blouse: Lush / Skirt: Lush / Handbag: Michael Kors / Glasses: SEE Eyewear

So for one of the outfits, I wanted to look summery with a hint of professionalism. I paired an orange blouse with a flowery skirt. To add the businesslike touch I threw in the denim blazer and my favorite handbag. Finally to keep the outfit fun I wore my panda shoes and my big purple cat eye glasses.

Next up I wanted to show something a little more edgy. I paired a dark red button down with a black waistcoat. Sometimes I finish off this outfit with a pair of dark skinny jeans, but as I’m more of a skirt person in general I opted instead for a pleated denim skirt with knee high socks and of course my good old black flats. No outfit is complete without my ability to see it so I finished it off with my large circular red glasses to match the shirt.

Finally I have my kiwi dress. This dress is one of a kind, made for me, by me. Kiwis are my favorite fruit and when I saw the kiwi quilting fabric in a fabric store I knew I had to make a dress out of it. The sewing pattern I used is McCalls, and it had multiple options for the final pattern. I chose one with a shorter skirt and ruffles at the sleeves, I decided to do the ruffles and the waist band in light pink since I love the color combination of pink and green, I think it reminds me of candy. Overall the dress took a couple days to make with the hardest part probably being the ruffles at the shoulders.

How did your style evolve to what it is now?

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Shirt: Express / Waistcoat: H&M / Skirt: Miss Sixty / Socks: Modcloth / Shoes: Lucky Brand / Glasses: SEE Eyewear

I’ve always just picked out clothing I liked the look of rather than paying attention to what is currently fashionable.  A few years ago I made a New Year’s resolution not to wear jeans more than three times a week. For me looking back it seems like the easiest resolution ever, because now I’m unlikely to wear jeans more than three times a month. The reason I made that resolution however, was because at the time I realized that my best days, that is the days I was happiest and felt the most confident, were the ones where I picked what I was going to wear carefully rather than falling back to a pair of jeans and a cute top. Instead I got more into skirts and dresses as an alternative to jeans.

I started making a few of my own clothes not long after that, because sometimes I get really specific ideas of an item of clothing I want but haven’t been able to find in stores. When I started making some of my own clothes is when I think I really started to express my personality through what I’m wearing.

Any advice for a young person thinking about getting into a STEM field?

Kiwi Dress

Dress: Nicki Thomson (Kiwi) / Shoes: Lucky Brand

Whatever stage of education you are in I highly recommend trying new things and exploring your STEM interests (and your other interests too :P.) I went into college with the intention of studying Mechanical Engineering but after trying some Computer Science and Electrical Engineering classes I found my academic passion in Computer Engineering. Basically you’re never going to know what you like until you try it, so try everything to find what you really like.

What would you say is the project you’ve done that you’re proudest of?

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Shoes: Modcloth (Stroke of Genius)

In my high school Theatre Studies class my entire class (of which there were only four of us) worked together to devise a piece of political theatre using pieces of campaign speeches, news clips, and more. We put a lot of time and creativity into the performance with puppets, character switching and even some singing. When it came to finally performing it, I had so much fun and it was one of those rare moments where something we had started turned out exactly as we wanted it to.

Thanks so much to Nicki for sharing her story and time with us. We wish her so much love and luck this upcoming school year and will make sure to follow her engineering, fashion and musical adventures! 

Love,

Dona + Beth