Get Intimate: Melissa Lee

In our previous post we got to know Alicia Henry. This week we take a peek into the life of Melissa Lee, PhD candidate in neuroscience, lover of photography, and creator of Crossing Cues.


What's your dream superpower?

I would love to be able to teleport. I’d save so much time and money! We spend a huge, huge portion of our lives just commuting from one place to another—imagine if we could use that time for something else! I’d be able to travel as much as I wanted—I could spend the day in Belgium and be back in my bed at night. Plus, NYC keeps raising the subway prices! I actually think about this a lot.


What are your two favorite things in the world?

I’m really horrible at “favorite” questions, because identifying something as the very best seems really extreme! Can they both be cats? I love my current cat, Mochi, and my first cat, Misty, deeply.


What's your favorite thing about yourself?

I try really hard to be honest and to think for myself. Obviously, it’s impossible, whether consciously or subconsciously, not to be influenced by others, but I try really hard to approach things calmly, objectively, and rationally. And then I try to use my conclusions as imperatives. That is, if I arrive at a conclusion in a manner that is logically sound, I have to follow that conclusion to its logical end. I have to live the way that I think everybody should live. I think that’s really important.


What are you currently working on?

Lots of things! I’m currently in my third year of my PhD in neuroscience, so mostly that! I’m researching a mouse model of a genetic form of autism and intellectual disability, Fragile X Syndrome. My boyfriend and I are trying to buy an apartment right now (okay, he’s buying, I’m renting) and we have to figure out how to decorate, so I’m attempting a crash course in interior design. And I’m thinking about starting a blog.


What's the last book you read?

I just finished rereading the sixth Harry Potter book! I reread the series at least once  a year—I just find them to be endlessly comforting, like I’m wrapping myself in a warm cloak of happy familiarity every time I crack one open again. And the last three books, frankly, feel very relevant right now, post-election. I’ve also just started The City & The City by China Mieville, which I was supposed to read for book club last month but, uh, I didn’t.


What part of your body do you love the most?

This question is harder than it should be, isn’t it? I actually like my hands quite a lot. They’ve accumulated all sorts of little marks and scars throughout the years and my thumbs are disproportionately long when compared to others, but I don’t really mind that at all. Hands are super useful!


What’s your favorite True&Co lingerie?

I love the Bryant Bralette! It’s so comfy. I have tiny boobs, so it’s hard to find bras that fit, and I love that bralettes are popular now.


What's your secret obsession/guilty pleasure?

I have truly horrible taste in music! I mostly listen to Indie Folk/Alternative or classical music, but I also have a deep, deep love for almost anything Top 40. Now that I live in NYC, I’m almost never in a situation where I listen to the radio, as most of my radio listening was done in cars, so I don’t indulge in this as much as I used to. But those songs are just so damn catchy and sing-along-able!


When are you happiest? 

I am happiest traveling—when I’m wandering around new, beautiful places and everything feels like a discovery. I love to just wake up (without an alarm clock!), roll out of bed, take my time with breakfast, and just start exploring.


To learn more about Melissa head here, or to her fashion and travel blog.

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