The first time we met Nada Hindiyeh she struck us as the most visually arresting, Mermaid meets Fairy Queen, that we had ever seen – strutting confidently in a sea of the casual, hoodie-clad Palo Alto locals. Once we got to know Nada, her intriguing personality and intelligence sparked a superwoman crush moment, and we found it easy to love her generosity, dynamo personality, open mind and raw wit. Not only is she an extremely passionate person drawn to expressing herself through fashion, but she has channeled her never-ending enthusiasm for discovery into neurology research – specializing in migraines as well as working as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Stanford. It would be hard not to take inspiration from Nada’s world – a place where the inner workings of the brain meet a love of Stella McCartney, grounded in friends and family, while adventuring into the world in the spirit of wanderlust. We were lucky enough to pick her fascinating brain and shoot her exuberantly playing in the sands of Half Moon Bay. Nada embodies everything we love about the modern woman – strong, independent, sexy and always full of surprises!
It is clear that Nada is so comfortable in her own skin that it would be totally against her nature to contemplate fitting in. We asked Nada to create a go-to summer look, and instead of embracing the typical cut off denim shorts and tee-shirt routine, she brought a breathe of fresh air and showed us how to wear pink in the most distinctive and edgy of ways. For this editorial, Nada inspires a wonderful visual conversation between boldness and fragility, and mixes these two elements in the form of a lightweight Stella McCartney oversized sporty sweater on top of delicate cotton candy shorts. She has a completely unfettered approach to dressing that keeps her distinctive personality shining through with an undercurrent of feminine sensuality and effortless attitude.
What fascinates you about the human brain?
I have always been fascinated by the brain: it’s complexity, depth and mystery. The brain shapes our personalities, interests and desires but can also be the heart of disease such as stroke and migraine. Choosing a residency in Neurology to me was an easy one. Going through residency was certainly not, but well worth it in the end. Now as a headache and facial pain sub-specialist I have focused on a field in neurology I am particularity interested in and not only do I get to see patients I have time for clinical research in headache as well.
Is there anything you wished people realized about taking care of their brains and mental health?
Yes! There is so much we can do to improve our own health. As a specialist in migraine I can’t stress enough the importance for routine for the brain. Sleeping on a regular schedule, having meals on a regular schedule and aerobic exercise on a regular schedule. Exercise has also been shown to be helpful not only in headache but other pain conditions and in psychiatric disorders such as depression. So really the first step in achieving a healthy brain and body is living a healthy lifestyle.
Tell us about your style philosophy. How do you create such amazing outfit combinations?
I love fashion! I think style is very individual and unique; another extension of your personality. If I see something I find aesthetically beautiful I’ll get it!
You grew up loving design and architecture. Any favorite designers or specific cultural places that inspire you?
Every year as a child we would go to Amman, Jordan for the summer, and the stark difference in architecture compared to the states really struck me. In Jordan stone is used to construct homes and buildings and I loved the monochromatic and clean edges seen in the architecture there.
On the other hand, I have always been fascinated by Gaudi’s architectural style as I feel like it encompasses an eclectic mix of various influences from gothic to modernism and culminates in a very unique and distinct architectural style.
Do you have any fashion advice for women in Silicon Valley who might want to take a more daring or interesting approach to how they dress for work?
Go for it! You should love what you wear everyday; you’re going to be stuck in it for several hours. If you like bolder colors, prints or cuts start out by incorporating a unique top or blazer into your wardrobe and build on that.
How have the essence of your roots and Middle Eastern heritage inspired you?
I think the Middle East is very stylish in general. Women like to put time and effort into what they wear and it shows. I’m definitely inspired by my Mom – her style is so effortless and chic! The culture is very welcoming and warm. Family is the heart of the culture and friends are like family. People are very social and very kind and to me that translates into a very colorful, fun aesthetic.
Who are your favorite designers and why?
There are too many to list! In general I like classic pieces with an edge:
Stella McCartney– her clothes are very wearable yet unique and fit like a glove!
Fendi– gorgeous bags and exudes elegance.
Prada and Miu Miu shoes- great for work and are super chic.
Givenchy– edgy and bold.
Tell us about some of your favorite places around the world…
I love Dubai- it’s larger than life, there’s great shopping and great people. I went to Mexico City earlier this year and loved how chic and stylish it was, and not to mention great food! Paris is so romantic and filled with such amazing history. I’m going to Barcelona later this year – so will have to keep you updated!
How do you pack for a vacation?
Not lightly, although I try. I’m rather indecisive, so I tend to over-pack!
Louvre in Paris
The Getty in LA
San Francisco or Paris?
What does luxury mean to you?
Luxury to me isn’t about how many things you have or how much things cost. Luxury is a combination of feelings; happiness, comfort and confidence.
What’s something that most people would be surprised to hear about you?
I still love going to rock concerts- I’m going to see Alice in Chains a couple times this year, but I also love going to the SF Symphony. I have a bit of dichotomy here. I’m definitely a 90’s grunge girl: Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden- have remained my favorite bands since my childhood.
Do you have any naughty indulgences?
Cake!! I have a sweet tooth.
If you have to pick one word to describe yourself what would it be?