Like most stylish women, Amanda likes to curate experiences in every aspect of her life. You’ll see that extra special touch in her wardrobe, her photography and especially in her cooking.
She was inspired by her dad from a young age and in college decided to learn to cook for herself. When she began, she didn’t even know how to make an omelette.
Not only did she learn to cook, she photographed, art directed and wrote, turning her new found interest into a beautifully designed blog, nourishedbyseason. She challenged herself to 1 recipe a week from June to September, and even had to take a week off from work to get it started. Lately, she’s been feeling the pull to get back to it. I hope she does, I need food inspiration!
Just like her beautifully curated food blog, she has the same keen eye for detail and beauty in her wardrobe. She likes versatility with a combination of classic and unique pieces. She typically buys more classic pieces, but likes to make them special by adding vibrant shoes or playful hair. With a good eye for trends and color, she likes to mix feminine and masculine pieces, colors, textures and patterns to create something that feels a little bit special and unique every day. It’s about feeling good in her own skin so she has the confidence to bring her best self to work, especially on the hard days.
Amanda works as a Product Designer for Target’s Registry business. Her design career transitioned from marketing design to product design when she realized that she wasn’t totally satisfied as a Digital Art Director.
In her current role as a Product Designer, she builds tools instead of communications to influence people. This type of design is more like solving a puzzle, getting into a user’s mind and empathizing with their needs to develop solutions that can help them accomplish their tasks better.
Amanda was well-positioned for this transition because her interest in technology started at 13 when her parents bought the family’s first computer. She was having fun with AOL chat rooms where her screen name was “Taydream13”. She had a chat room friend who had a Hanson fan webpage, and I said “Oh hey, I can do that!”
She always had a natural design aesthetic, so she pursued more tech classes in both high school and college. Amanda continued to hone her design perspective in her career by surrounding herself with talented peers and mentors.
Our paths crossed because I saw her stylish ways at work, but also because many of her colleagues told me that she should be featured on this blog. I couldn’t agree more!
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
My dad. He’s the best cook I know personally. We have a special bond and share a deep appreciation for the work that goes into making a meal. He inspired me to learn to cook and he’s also my favorite person to cook for. Every year for my birthday, he gifts me an elaborate multi-course meal.
Would you like to be famous?
When I was younger, yes. I wanted to be a famous singer, but realized that I was terrified of singing in front of people. I don’t like to be the center of attention, even at work.
Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say?
Yes, I’m neurotic about being prepared, especially when it comes to presentations, I get really nervous. Even though I’m at my best when I’m winging it, preparation helps my nerves.
What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
Sleeping in. Cooking myself and another person an amazing brunch. Being out in nature on a hike in a beautiful place. The afternoon spent being creative, maybe taking pictures or playing guitar. I’d like the day to be part alone and part with people.
When did you last sing to yourself?
I sing to myself quite frequently. I’ll sing with my boyfriend, Zach, after a few glasses of wine. I’ll sing “Don’t cry for me Argentina” and he sings to me “Love Street” by the Doors. His taste in music is way cooler than mine, but I definitely have the better voice. I was in choir, so I know a fair amount of show tunes.
Do you have a secret hunch about how you’ll die?
*Big sigh* I have no idea. I can probably fantasize a million ways. It depends on the day and my symptoms and what Google diagnosis me with.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
My parents because they are amazing. They had high expectations for me and supported me in whatever I wanted to do.
If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
I played 5 or 6 instruments growing up. I wish my parents would have made me stick with one.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
To truly experience life though someone else, especially if it’s someone that I’m struggling with. In the context of food, I want to know what it would be like to actually like the taste of bleu cheese and gorgonzola.