Above: Lily, in photographs by David Luo, wearing the Oleander Top
“The Oleander top is such an easy and relaxed piece. I love how the fabric drapes and the subtle shine in sunlight.”
Softwear developer Lily Zheng was originally a math major in college but switched to computer science after taking a robotics class during her junior year, “I had to write a program to make a robot play with legos, and I absolutely LOVED IT,” she says. Lily, who is originally from Wuhan, China, went on to study graphics and computer vision, including facial recognition technology. She uses some of those skills today, in her role at Google, “When people ask me exactly what I do,” she says, “I explain that writing code is simply creating a set of commands for a machine to execute.”
In addition to digital technology, Lily’s other obsession is... shoes. “I have more statement shoes than basic shoes,” she says with a smile, “including too many that I only wear around my apartment!” Lily’s current favorites are a pair of Balenciaga over-the-knee purple sockboots, but admits (with a big laugh) that she doesn’t have many occasions to wear them. “It’s all about expiramentation,” she says of her style, which reflects back to her Instagram handle @StyleInBeta. “In computer speak,” Lily says, “beta means end testing and fixing the bugs.”
Above: Some of Lily’s favorite shoes, as seen on Instagram
Petite Studio: What’s a SMALL piece of advice that has had a BIG impact on you?
Lily: Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.
PS: Is there a personal quality you wish you had a TINY bit more of?
L: I wish I was a bit more spontaneous
PS: What’s the dream piece of clothing that you’ve never been able to find in your SIZE?
L: Cute denim overalls are so hard to find! Most of them tend to have that oversized silhouette which ends up looking too big on me.
PS: What’s your PETITE style hack?
L: I always go for a smaller-size bag. Not only does it fit me better proportionally, it helps me save a ton of money!
PS: Can you do a LITTLE sketch of yourself, in your favorite outfit?