Meet @pensivepeacock, a computer scientist and biophysicist who shuttles between Lac Leman, Paris and Zurich. Read on to find out what chic trends she sees!
Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Pam. I'm a 31-year-old molecular biologist-turned-computer scientist and biophysicist, working as a bioinformatics and systems biology consultant. I'm currently shuttling between the lovely Lac Leman region, Paris and Zürich for my work, but am originally from Manila.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
My dream is to help establish a really good bioinformatics research institute in my home country, as well as a venue for real cultural and scientific exchange, much like the salons of the age of enlightenment. I'd also love to establish a scholarship fund for people who have the drive and the vision, but who get overlooked because they don't have straight As. And maybe win an Ig Nobel prize along the way?
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has always been one of my preferred creative outlets — when I'm extremely stressed, I calm down by making a set. Before, I only sang opera or hammered on the piano, but I can only do that until 8 PM! I discovered Polyvore right when I was in the middle of my PhD, and it has been a very good virtual stress ball ever since!
Apart from this, it allowed me to explore more experimental fashion styles that I would never have thought of wearing a couple of years ago! I could experiment with the look on Polyvore before deciding which items I could actually get the most mileage out of. On the practical side of things, almost all the furniture I have ordered has been thanks to clipped items on Polyvore!
How did you find Polyvore?
Through this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/27/technology/companies/27polyvore.html?_r=0. The researcher in me demands the exact link!
How would you describe your set style?
I'd tend to call it surreal-lite. I do both fashion sets and art sets, and both are inspired by my love for surrealism. My invisible dolls are inspired by Magritte's invisible men.
Where do you get your inspiration to create a set?
When I see an item that I simply think is fantastic, that's always the start of a set. Bold items like these:
http://www.polyvore.com/andrzej_karwacki_artwork_ephemeral/thing?context_id=97871523&context_type=collection&id=77408320 and http://www.polyvore.com/londonwarrior/thing?context_id=97871523&context_type=collection&id=70829274. I just have to use them!
What are some Polyvore tips you would like to share with the Polyvore Community?
Don't be afraid to experiment, and never copy other people's ideas without crediting them. The basic rules of research, I think, apply here too!
Does your username have any special meaning?
Oh, yes. I can be (hopefully) profound and flippant at the same time, hence pensivepeacock.
Where do you live and what trends are big there?
I'm mostly at home in the Lac Leman region. Among people my age, it's tailored chic. Camel or black cashmeres brightened up by Hermès scarves. Sorry, I don't have time to go out that much unless it's a meeting, and this is what I see in meetings!
Describe your personal sense of style.
Cheeky classic. Subtly bold. Stripes on dots. That hint of red sole. And occasionally, baroque-ly diva-esque!
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
Prada, Miu Miu and Burberry for my everyday basics. Love the playfulness combined with excellent tailoring. I especially love how well-structured and flattering the skirts of Prada are! Lanvin flats: they're butter for the feet. Valentino and Dolce&Gabbana when I want to be a bit bold (love the rockstuds). And anything embroidered by Alexander McQueen when I feel like a diva!
Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
If you had a smudge tool, it would really be great!