Besides answering these questions, what are you up to at the moment?
Coding maps and phylogenies for this botany class I am in (despite being a psychology major???).
When do you feel most you?
Right after I hop in my bed at night; it is sometimes my only time to decompress and reflect, and in this quiet moment I realize things about myself and my situation that remind me why I am me ☺
How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Hectic. I am a full-time college student doing research on campus and in an internship at a major hospital, so you will usually see me physically running from place to place. But in between working, I try to meditate, exercise, and get in 3 healthy meals. I also do something little for myself every day, whether it’s a face mask or a slice of cake.
Along with your great style, it clearly makes sense that you’re a stylist as well! How did you find yourself in this role, and what’s something that would surprise people about it?
I joined the app Poured about 6 months ago and it was such as good move! So far, I have worked at Celine and Theory. Working as a stylist is not as glamorous as you would think; it’s mostly detangling hangers and serving rich people Fiji water. But it did allow me to get close to some designer clothes and network! I also started an interior design Instagram (@pearly_interiors) where I provide interior design services!
You have this amazing style and it seems like you possess some great staples. What would you say are your top 5 must-have pieces in your wardrobe, regardless of what’s trendy at the moment?
Thank you! Haha my mother was a stickler for only buying what you know you will wear at least 10 times, so I probably got it from her. My top 5 pieces would probably look like
A wrap coat. Mine is black wool from J. Crew, and I wear it almost every day in the fall/winter.
COMFORTABLE footwear. I live in NYC, so it’s a must. I always find a way to dress up a solid pair of Nikes, like the Cortez’s.
A cute and fun t-shirt. One that you can wear with sweatpants or under a blazer with heels. My favorite one is yellow with a big lion on it
Simple, straight jeans. Not too skinny, not too light of a wash.
A blazer. Probably shouldn’t be too flashy, so you can get the most out of it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You, as much as anybody else in this universe, deserve your love and affection”. It is a popular Buddhist message, but it really reminds me to love myself when the going gets tough.
What’s one item you’re really looking forward to adding to your closet this season?
Ooo that’s a tough one. Probably flowy sundresses, especially in a floral print as it’s really big right now.
Who or what in your eyes has inspired your sense of style and the way you style?
My #1 icon has always been Audrey Hepburn. I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s when I was 12 and it changed everything.
What are you listening to at the moment?
In conversing about fashion and style, I think it’s also important to bring up the conversation surrounding sustainability vs fast-fashion. What are your thoughts on it?
This one is always difficult for me, as I am sure it is for most college students on a budget. I will admit I buy fast fashion. I’m not happy about it but it’s what I can afford. I do try to shop vintage whenever I can though! I do hope that the fashion industry as a whole moves towards more sustainability soon.
Coffee or Tea? Ugh Coffee I am addicted.
Hot or Cold? Hot
Glossy or Matte? Glossy
Vintage or Runway? Vintage
By Plane or By Car? Plane
Call or Text? Call
Book or Film? AHHH both
To Love or Be Loved? To love
Lastly, what’s one thing you would tell your 16-year-old self?
Enjoy your youth! Don’t dress to be an adult, and only dress for yourself.
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Interview by: Caitlin
Photos by: Helen