Tell us a little about you.
I graduated college in Australia about a year ago and the Great Tech Migration brought me to Seattle.
By day I’m a software engineer at Microsoft, working on various things HoloLens – I did a stint on the platform making sure developers can have an awesome experience building holographic apps, and now I’m trying that part out myself, working on Microsoft’s first party apps.
Tell us a little about what you’re wearing.
- The gold crane necklace was a birthday present from my bae Dora, and I love that the chain is long enough to wear in multiple ways
- I turned 21 in September last year, and decided that meant I could be into crop tops and flower crowns – I wanted to be confident enough to wear whatever caught my fancy, and I’m a firm believer in faking it til you make it.
- I bought the leather jacket at Camden Markets when I was over in the UK in 2012 – I love how many pockets it has, and how versatile it is (if only it worked with my leather pleated skirt….)
- My dressing gown/robe is possibly my favorite piece of clothing ever. I spent weeks hunting for a good one when I first moved here and I knew the search was up when I found that one – the only question was whether to go with teal or beige!
- The Withings Activite is my absolute favorite accessory. It’s exactly what I wanted from a watch, and it also counts steps. #NailedIt.
How did your style evolve to what it is now?
It took me a while to figure out the kind of pieces I liked and felt comfortable wearing. I discovered modcloth after my first year of college (and realized A-line dresses and high-waisted skirts were everything I wanted in my life), which resulted in a complete wardrobe overhaul. After that I got into the habit of paying attention to the outfits of those around me to figure out what styles I like, and what impact clothing has on my impressions of someone.
For college I was mostly into quirky clothes – colored stockings, fun hats, cute dresses and nerdy t-shirts (thankyou threadless), but recently my target aesthetic has been all about clean/simple/elegant looks. Lots of blacks and whites (accented with navy, or brown leather) and light on the accessories (although I do appreciate a good pair of sunglasses/hat – I burn way too easily to not!).
Whenever I’m feeling inspired to mix things up I generally look to crop tops, flower crowns and interesting lipsticks – it takes too much confidence and effort to do as a default, but I love to occasionally be a flower-crown princess (✿◠‿◠)
Do you have any style icons or favorite brands?
I may accidentally spend my entire life cosplaying Taylor Swift – the high waisted shorts, crop tops + cute skirts and everything about her 22 video clip.
Modcloth and Dr Denim both hold special places in my heart; modcloth was the site that sparked my style revolution, and Dr Denim showed me that jeans and I could be friends.
The white blouse, white dress, flower crown and Sorry Not Sorry shirt are all from Francesca’s; I wandered into one in a shopping mall in Vegas and fell in love with the slogan tees, but didn’t write down the name. I stumbled into the store downtown here and couldn’t get over how perfect everything was.
Any advice for a young person thinking about getting into a STEM field?
If you’re already passionate about it then go for it and don’t let anything stop you; people love to get behind someone with passion, and STEM offers the ability to channel that into wide-reaching and visible impact.
If you’re not sure what you want to do, but think STEM sounds interesting or sensible? You have every right to be here! Not everyone is fueled by burning passion, and that just means you have to bring other things to the table (your varied interests, your ability to make decisions when there’s no obvious answer, your enthusiasm for learning, etc).
Either way, the skills you learn from pursuing a STEM career are going to be hugely helpful for other future endeavors; pick an industry – it’s probably undergoing a tech transformation or ready for you to start one.
What would you say is the project you’ve done that you’re proudest of?
This was a really tough call.
My ‘fun/interesting’ answer has to be captaining my quidditch team through to be national champions in my 2nd year of University. We went through a lot of challenges, and there was a lot of pressure to uphold our reputation, but we really came together and pulled through. (Snapes on a Plane).
My ‘current/relevant’ answer is probably Fibonacci Sequins! I’ve been looking for ways to practice and improve my photography, so getting to do that while collaborating with Dona (her tagline should be ‘I literally make dreams come true’) and meeting such a range of people has been wonderful.
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