Malibu Mondays with Cori Shearer
Blogger Cori Shearer is smart, selfless, and ambitious. In addition, she is Blowfish Malibu’s babe of the week. Let’s just say we couldn’t be more enamored by her.
When we say we’re seriously impressed by Cori Shearer, author of the popular blog ‘a la code‘, we’re not kidding. Raised in Pennsylvania and currently living in San Francisco, Cori spends most of her days working in digital tech. In her spare time, she writes her blog as a way to document her experience of being a feminine woman working in a man’s world. We have been in awe of her for awhile, not only because of her perspective and writing, but also because she spends a great deal of her time giving back to her community.
As a small token of our admiration, we sent Cori a pair of Blowfish Malibu ‘Marley’ kicks to add to her shoe collection. “I’m currently loving and wearing the Marley slip-on sneakers. I love that Blowfish Malibu shoes are cute, comfortable, effortless, and many pairs are vegan-friendly,” she says.
We love Marley, too! But, as excited as we are about these sneakers, we’re even more excited to introduce you to Cori. Read on!
How long have you been creating content? What inspires you?
I recently celebrated pressing publish on my first blog post one year ago. I started my blog, a la code, to document my journey as a woman working in tech. My aim was to inspire others in a more accessible and inclusive medium. A la code, the blog’s name, was inspired by a la mode, which is French for, in the style, and my love for technology. I’ve found that being feminine and working in tech is an evident rarity. I believe these two factors should be mutually inclusive, not exclusive. The concept of tech and who can design, invent, and produce it needs to be thought of as a viable future for all people.
My hope is to spark conversation and help set ablaze a future world in which the percentage of women working in technology today is but a fraction of the women dominating the tech industry tomorrow.
Where are you from and how has that shaped you?
I was, not that long ago, on the receiving end of need as a little girl supported by school lunch and after school programs. It was in those years, growing up somewhere in between central Pennsylvania’s chocolate factories, cheesesteaks, and Amish country, that I realized how, each one of us has the ability and power to influence others positively. Now, as a transplant in San Francisco, when I’m away from the keyboard, I work to empower others to identify and respond to oppression and inequality, to bring about fundamental change in social systems, and to commit to a life-long investment in service and social responsibility.
How would you describe your personal style?
Elevated and comfortable minimalism with pops of color and prints.
Who are your fashion icons?
Alex Michael May, Nadia Aboulhosn, Gabi Greg, and Elann Zelie.
Name your latest obsession.
What creative projects have you been working on that you’re excited about? Can you tell us about them?
I recently worked on a campaign with Aerie as one of their summer #AerieReal ambassadors. If you’re in your local Aerie store, you might see me there! I’m also building out my own branding boutique, Brand New Vous, to help young professionals take control of their personal brand in order to present themselves in a way that inspires, intrigues, and builds confidence in their own abilities.
What’s your philosophy on social media and how do you approach it?
Quality > Quantity and Community and Collaboration > Competition.
Do you have a favorite social media platform?
What’s your dream travel destination?
When do you feel best about yourself?
When I’m in community with or helping others.
What’s your personal motto?
Every setback is a setup for a comeback.
What advice would you have for someone who’s trying to pursue the same interests as you?
Don’t delay, start today. Fear of failure debilitated me for so long and now that I’ve started, I’ve spent way too much time thinking about where I would be if I would have started sooner.
If you weren’t a content creator, what would you be?
While I love creating content, my true passion is ideating, developing, and bringing consumer-facing digital products to market.
Fill in the blank!
I learn the most from: Meeting new people and trying new things.
I can’t live without: My passport and my headphones.
You can find me shopping at: Target #TargetRun, Nordstrom, ASOS, and thrift shops.
My astrological sign is: I’m a Virgo
I’m not scared of: The glass ceiling.
Most people would say I’m: Ambitious
My full time job is: I’m a Product Manager at a tech company by day.
I’m currently listening to: Cardi B, Becky G, and H.E.R.
My style mantra is: Dress for the person you are today and not for the person you used to be or you wish you were.
I feel most comfortable in: A sweater, jeans, and booties.
When I woke up today I felt: Grateful and expectant.
Most people don’t know: I went to a performing arts high school for dance.
I feel the most free when: I’m traveling somewhere solo or dancing.
SOME QUICK LINKS TO DISCOVER MORE OF CORI’S WORK:
Get to know Cori better on her Blog, a la code!
Spend some time checking out photographer, Anna Maria Photography!
Thank you, Cori! We’ll catch up with you soon.