Hey gal, this is me…. My name is Miranda Lewit Mendes and I’m 23 years old. I have a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Honours in Genetics. I work part-time as a pharmaceutical consultant working in pharmaceutical drug safety and full (or overfull to be honest!)-time as a fashion and lifestyle blogger at @thegirlwholivedforclothes! I’m planning to do my Masters in Genetic Counselling next year, while still attempting to blog and travel of course.
If I were to describe myself in three words… Ridiculous, fun and nerdy.
I always blow my pay-check on… Travelling to destinations where people stare slightly less at my clothing! Oh, and festivals where I can be a unicorn in peace for a weekend.
I recently…got back from 6 weeks of travelling in Europe, my spirit home!
I am currently… trying to find blogging inspiration in my home town of Melbourne (where everyone wears black!) for my blog The Girl Who Lived For Clothes, which details my outfits, travel and food adventures.
I got into blogging because… People always thought I was very weird for wearing different clothes to everyone else and I hoped there was someone out there who might also dress differently and appreciate my love for being creative and different with fashion.
What I love about it… Getting to share my love for styling outfits with people across the world, exchanging ideas about how to style trends, and meeting people who love clothes as much as I do and can appreciate the connection between clothing and creativity / self-expression. I have met so many people through blogging that I never would have otherwise met and now I have a whole new group of best friends.
What I don’t love about it … It’s a 24-hour job and you’re ALWAYS behind – someone has always posted a new photo to engage with, someone has commented on a photo you need to reply to, there’s captions to be written, clothes to be photographed, photos to be edited – while I do enjoy all of this, it is overwhelming in that you can never be ‘finished’ with work for the day, there’s always something more that could be done. It can be very hard to switch off. Blogging through Instagram also means you are at the complete mercy of whoever is controlling how Instagram works.
Also, as a blogger, I find myself often being treated as though I am not a professional and blogging is not a real job. A lot of people do not respect that blogging can be your profession and that it can be as hard work as any other job. This can be really discouraging and deflating, because as a blogger, I would never question that any other profession in the fashion industry is a ‘real’ job.
I got into science because… I have always had a fascination with science and understanding how things work, so I decided to study Biomedical Science at university. We covered a broad range of subjects but I mostly focused my degree on Pharmacology and Genetics. Following my Bachelor, I did an Honours year research project in Clinical Genetics. Currently, I’ve been working as a pharmaceutical consultant where I am responsible for monitoring the safety of pharmaceutical products. I am hoping to do Genetic Counselling in the future, as I want to work in a job where I get to interact with people and work with patients on a daily basis. Genetic Counselling involves helping people to understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and reproductive implications of genetic diseases, and give them the information to make empowering choices about their lives.
What I love about science… is how many different areas there are and how different they all are to each other. The other great thing about science is it’s constantly changing and evolving so you never get bored. A career in science can be challenging however, as a lot of the jobs are based around research which isn’t for everyone! I think it’s definitely important to workout early on whether you are interested in research (clinical or laboratory-based) or whether you would prefer a career involving interaction with other people or patients. Most people know pretty quickly whether they want to work in a lab or not! Another important thing is to work out what area of science you are interested in and start making connections/networking as soon as possible. Placements / work experience are a great way to get your name out there and make connections that could help you with a job in the future.
What I’ve learned from the experience… Work doesn’t feel like work if you enjoy it! I’ve definitely learnt how to know when you’re pushing yourself too far or getting too involved, when something you previously loved stops being enjoyable.
My advice to anyone pursuing this pathway is…. You have to put in a lot of work to get anything out of it – so if you don’t really love it, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. Don’t expect things to happen easily, or quickly. It’s more of a lifestyle than a job at times.
I’m passionate about… Fashion, obviously, and particularly associating with fashion with positive connotations like creativity and self-expression, rather than materialism. I am also really passionate about science, I love understanding how things work, particularly in relation to health and medicine.
Most people don’t know this about me, but …. I’m a gym junkie, I will go to the gym almost every day without fail – sometimes even when on holiday!
P.s In 5 years time I’ll be… Hopefully still blogging and loving it. I’m also planning to start my Masters in Genetic Counselling next year, so hopefully I will be a Genetic Counsellor by then! Perhaps even somewhere in Europe?