Opinion

Why iOS?

Why iOS // Mimi Chenyao // Asian Barbie

A question I’ve been asked a lot is: why did I choose iOS development in particular?

There are a couple answers I usually give. Swift is a really beautiful language (I actually think its verbosity is one of its stronger traits), I’m always astounded of the amount of meticulous thought that has been put into the design of iOS, an app is a program that you can take on the go … the list goes on.

But those reasons all start sounding shallow after a while. Why did I really want to pursue iOS development? It’s important to step back and re-assess these big life choices every now and then. I thought about it for a long time, and realized that the one reason that all the others stem from is this:

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The Secret to Creating Elegant Solutions

I recently discovered a pattern for how I learn and absorb information from the world.

Whenever I’m picking something up for the first time, be it a programming language, new song lyrics, or a different route to drive to work, I never memorize or “get” the whole thing at once. One small thing sticks, and everything else builds around it.

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Black Scalloped Dress + Life Update

Black Dress Fishtown Philadelphia

Black Dress Fishtown Philadelphia

Black Dress Fishtown Philadelphia

Monteau dress | A’gaci wedges

I promise I haven’t been ignoring you — lots has been going on.

There have been very few moments lately where I can sit down and write something that doesn’t read like complete garbage. Every day of this summer has been one of those days where events unfold so quickly that I can barely wrap my head around them, like the kind where yesterday feels like a week ago because so much has happened since then.

So. Grab some coffee or an enjoyable snack, and let me tell you what I’ve been up to since I last really posted.

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Twenty-One

Asian Barbie Twenty-First Birthday Red Abercrombie Dress

Abercrombie swing dress | A’Gaci heels

Content warning: This post discusses death and is probably one of the darkest things I’ve posted, but that’s why you have pretty pictures to balance it out, right?

I think a lot about being old.

When (if?) I’m so old that my body is stuck in life support mode while my mind wanders, will I remember my twenties? Will I regret them? If I could go back, would I change things? How so?

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Five Years Out

Dress made by me | Franco Sarto heels

The first person I came out to was my sister.

I was a sophomore in high school, and it felt less like coming out and more like I was confirming something she had known all along. She was the one who’d playfully taunted me for being “as straight as a circle” since we were little kids. Her reaction, though, was one of openness and acceptance, and through that positive experience, I was able to tell my friends, closer family members, and eventually the general public that I was queer.

It’s now been five years since I’ve started to overcome my own internalized biphobia/began to talk about the gender dysphoria I experience/explain to others that no, pansexuality doesn’t imply attraction to everybody out there. In honor of Pride month, I thought I’d do a quick touch-base with you all on where I stand on certain Pride-related issues that are prevalent today. If you’re the type to get easily offended, feel free to smash that red X button and come back for another basic outfit post on Monday. The opinions expressed below are mine and mine alone.

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Farewell to Third Year

Blue Floral Ditsy Print Bow Dress Beach

Unknown dress (found at a thrift shop!)

I still have a bunch of finals left (I’m literally writing this while taking a break from the two projects, two essays, and one exam I still have to finish/write/study for), but I’m pretty much packed up to go otherwise.

Looking around my empty room makes me excited and melancholy at the same time — on one hand, I’m so ready to get out of here and wolf down my mom’s delicious food again and get a taste of life as a professional software engineer. On the other hand, some of my closest friends are graduating this year, and it just won’t be the same when I return in the fall. Life happens, though, and I’ve found that the best way to deal with change is to accept it, move on, and make the best of your circumstances.

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Gatsby? What Gatsby?

Express dress | A’Gaci pumps

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.

– Jordan Baker, The Great Gatsby

Much like Nick Carraway in Gatsby, us college students are also entranced by the glamour of the Roaring Twenties, and get a taste of it every year at our annual Gatsby-themed party by the water. ‘20s bayside mansions are literally part of my school’s campus, which makes it a lot of fun to dress up and dance the night away with friends and classmates. This year it rained throughout the event, causing our venue to change, but I enjoyed dressing up regardless.

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In Defense of the Male Romper

RompHim

RompHim: Your New Favorite Summer Outfit

Rompers for dudes are a thing, and I’m digging it. This shouldn’t be surprising, considering how obsessed I am with Southern prep, gender-non-conforming style, and dressing to express yourself.

If you haven’t heard of them yet, RompHim is a brand of rompers for guys that are set to hit the market sometime this summer. ACED Design, the company selling RompHims, haven’t set an official release date at the time of this post, but seeing as their Kickstarter has already raised over eleven times their set goal and that they’ve guaranteed deliveries of their special edition Fourth of July RompHims by Independence Day, it’s pretty likely that you’ll be seeing the RompHim out and about soon. According to their Kickstarter FAQ page, ACED Design is “committed to getting the 4th of July RompHims to backers in time for the holiday, the Early Bird Specials in July, and the rest of the orders in August.” Get excited.

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The Well-Dressed Tomboy

Trixie Tang Purple Hi-Low Charlotte Russe Dress

Charlotte Russe dress | Jennifer Lopez heels

I recently re-watched my favorite Fairly OddParents episode, “The Boy Who Would be Queen”, where Timmy Turner gets magically turned into a girl in order to better understand what his crush Trixie wants for her birthday.

In a surprising turn of events, he finds out that she’s actually into comic books, which are traditionally marketed to boys, not girls. She begs him to stay quiet: “If word gets out I like boy stuff, all my friends will think I’m weird. Please, please keep it our secret, girl-to-girl?”

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I Just Wanna Live, Man

Sarasota Florida Burns Court Forever 21 Black Eyelet Dress

Forever 21 dress | Franco Sarto shoes

Someone recently asked me what I wanted to do with my life.

Answers immediately popped into my head, all of which sounded vaguely spiel-y. There was I want to build something great, of course, or I want to leave a legacy, or I want to get ahead in my career, or I want to live in a big, bright house by the water where the weather is always warm while working a job that is intellectually challenging, well-paying, and culturally fitting. But my voice seemed to have a mind of its own.

“I just wanna live, man,” I blurted out instead before I could stop myself.

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