Google's Most Stylish Gals Give Us An Awe-Inspiring Campus Tour

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 14, 2011.]
Think the giant tech campuses in the South Bay are cluttered with dudes in company logo tees, socks-and-sandals combos, and über-casual Friday ensembles? Well, you’d be right. But, in the case of mega-powerhouse Google, there are also a handful of super-stylish gals who deserve some major attention. The search of soft goods (a.k.a. the stuff you wear) is a hot topic at Google these days, so we thought it fitting to introduce you to the ladies behind the tech behemoth's most fashionable initiatives—Google Catalogs and Product Search—who also happen to be incredibly stylish to boot. Major bonus: The quartet of cuties showed us around their sprawling and awe-inspiring campus—free all-you-can-eat cafeterias, Star Wars-like Google Maps-navigation rooms, and a tandem "conference bike" built for seven, included! Click through and prepare to rethink your definition of "geeky."
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Google gals Meghan Noel Brock and Abigail Grace Holtz pose in their fall finery outside one of the company's many offices.

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One (literally) sweet outdoor art installation.

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Name: Meghan Noel Brock
Explain your job at Google:
"A big part of my job is researching trends and looking for cool products to feature on the shopping homepage and Google’s Shopper app. Some might call this shopping, but not me—I call it work!"
What's the coolest part of the Google campus?
"The cafes! Each of them has a changing daily menu that is planned by the talented Google chefs, many of who have come to Google from 5-star restaurants. On any given day you can find sushi, steak, lobster, and international cuisines, not to mention the locally grown and sustainable ingredients."
What's your favorite Google perk to indulge in?
"Barista carts are the ultimate luxury! Cappuccino when you need it. Enough said."

Meghan grabs a sprinkle.

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How would you describe your style?
"My style is very much little-girl-in-her-mother’s-closest. It’s overly glam, a bit funny at times, and still aligned with my childhood idea of what defines femininity and beauty, which is high heels and lipstick!"
What's your go-to work outfit?
"I try to never wear the same thing twice (or at least in the same combination), but one thing I am sure to wear to work everyday is a full face of glam make-up, a styled coif, high heels, and loads of glammy costume jewels."
What pieces do you constantly find yourself wearing?
"I’m in love with my chartreuse cape coat from Barneys, my silver fox-fur tippet that can be worn so many different ways and keeps my neck super toasty, and my bright red matte lipstick."

Abigail, Krystal, Rebecca, and Meghan take one of Google's conference bikes for a spin.

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Do you stick out on campus because of the way you dress?
"Not when I’m wearing a Google tee and Vibrams. But when do I ever do that? Never! Yeah, I stick out to the point of no return so I own it. Even when security asks to see my badge."
What fashion items are on your wishlist right now?
"I’m on the hunt for an emerald green velvet holiday dress that is super pretty and accidentally sexy."
Do you consider yourself a geek?
"Not by the traditional definition. But I definitely geek out over fashion, beauty, and cute puppy accessories. I practically guffaw and snort when something I’ve had my eye on goes on sale."

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Is the "Google 15"—a.k.a. the initial free food-propelled weight gain—a real thing?
"I suppose for some people it exists, but I find that it is way easier to eat healthfully with all of the fresh vegetables and healthy snacks. Instead of a pop-tart for breakfast, I can have a banana. For lunch, instead of fast food, I have salmon and a salad. I’ve never looked or felt better than I do now."
What's the best part of working at Google?
"The best part of Google, in my opinion, is the dog-friendly culture, which allows me to bring my beloved pup to work with me everyday. She sleeps in a little bed under my desk and joins me in all of my meetings."

Outside the Android offices.

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Name: Abigail Grace Holtz
Explain your job at Google: "I'm a Product Manager for Google Catalogs. The thing I love about this position is that it is a bit like being an entrepreneur inside a big company. Some days I’ll be defining team goals, strategies, and roadmap; other days I’ll be writing specs, putting together wireframes, and working with visual designers and engineers to design and build new features and engaging experiences; and yet other times, I’ll be meeting with partners or working on marketing and PR initiatives. And I get to do all this work on a project I’m totally passionate about, Google Catalogs. It's a pretty sweet deal."
What's the coolest part of the Google campus? "Each Google campus or office, whether it is in Mountain View, New York City, London, Zurich, or China, is very different, but extraordinary at the same time. Google pays special attention to the design of its office spaces, and every time you visit a new one, it is certainly an adventure to check out the different decor."

Abigail sitting pretty while Google staffers behind her work out in an outdoor training area.

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What's your favorite Google perk to indulge in?
"Google brings so many inspiring and talented people to campus to perform, give lectures, and participate in ‘fireside chats.' Getting to see some of the most amazing musicians, authors, scientists, academics, and even Nobel laureates in such an intimate setting is one of the best perks."
How would you describe your style?
"Classic, with a retro-vintage edge. I wear a lot of black, white, and gold, and lots of bows."
What's your go-to work outfit?
"A shift dress, blazer, metallic pumps, a statement necklace, and, of course, my Kate Spade bow ring."
What pieces do you constantly find yourself wearing?
"A Kate Spade bow ring, Fendi sunglasses, and an Asos blue blazer."

Rebecca, hard at work.

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Do you stick out on campus because of the way you dress?
"Google is pretty casual in general (shorts, t-shirts, and Birkenstocks are like a uniform here), so if you dress up at all you’ll stick out. But I’ve worn dresses and high heels since I was thirteen, so I’m pretty used to sticking out. I don’t really notice it anymore."
What fashion items are on your wishlist right now?
"I’m going to Europe for the holidays, so I’m all about fun, warm clothes. Bright colored winter jackets, geometric and patterned scarves, and ear muffs are all musts."
Do you consider yourself a geek?
"I’m sure people would say I have some geeky traits, but I think that is just one part of who I am. I grew up in the Bay Area, so I am fascinated by all the exciting technology around me, but I also have many other loves and interests including fashion, art, and design, politics, science, and economics, and I’m also a bit addicted to documentaries and NPR."

Abigail poses with a Google-themed phone booth.

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Is the "Google 15"—a.k.a. the initial free food-propelled weight gain—a real thing?
"Just imagine if the college dining halls were open for longer hours and if each dorm had an endless supply of snack foods. Well, that’s Google for you. The good news is that they do have a lot of healthy alternatives, so if you have the willpower to make good decisions, you can stay safe."
What's the best part of working at Google?
"The work you do can and does impact millions of people. Knowing that your hard work will be seen—and hopefully appreciated!—by so many people is definitely a reason to get up in the morning!"

Attack of the Androids!

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Name: Krystal Bick
Explain your job at Google: "My main focus is developing and directing the content that is featured on the Product Search homepage. With my background in print editorial, I couldn’t ask for a better fit. I love researching shopping trends and coming up with ways to help inspire people shopping online."
What's the coolest part of the Google campus? "Community bikes. Since our campus is pretty spread out, they come in handy when you have meetings in other buildings, not to mention they save you from having to trek too far in 5” heels. Also, the overabundance of ping pong tables. Rebecca and I have been known to play between meetings."
What's your favorite Google perk to indulge in?= "For practical purposes, the shuttle system, which saves me from the hour commute from San Francisco on the 101 each way. For pampering purposes, hands down would have to be the massage therapists on campus. They are a godsend."

Krystal, in Google-like primary hues.

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How would you describe your style?
"Chic with a wink. I gravitate toward more classic, tailored pieces with feminine, quirky twists thrown in. And I’m never without a pair of statement heels."
What's your go-to work outfit?
"Ankle cropped trousers—preferably with a print, silk button-down Equipment blouses, pointed-toe heels, and lots of accessories to spice everything up. Think gold, over-sized men’s watches, stacked bracelets, and layered necklaces."
What pieces do you constantly find yourself wearing?
"As of late, you can usually find me sporting my Isabel Marant Gava ankle-wrap heels, Karen Walker sunglasses, a Michael Kors over-sized watch, and an Equipment blouse. Give me any of those items, and I’m a happy girl."

The ladies' pile of distractions.

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Do you stick out on campus because of the way you dress?
"I would be lying if I said I still didn’t get stopped randomly on campus and asked if I was lost. The stranger the heel, the higher the chance. I used to be confused by it, but now I take it as an outfit compliment of sorts."
What fashion items are on your wishlist right now?
"My must-have list is constantly changing every day—I blame all the style blogs I follow! But I’m currently eyeing all kinds of turtlenecks for layering, a quilted leather jacket that won’t break the bank, and sequin accents for daytime glamour. Oh, and this Proenza Schouler dress certainly wouldn’t hurt either. A girl can dream, right?"
Do you consider yourself a geek?
"I like to consider myself a fashion geek of sorts. I’ve always enjoyed keeping up with style trends and the fashion industry as a whole, but since having started my personal style blog and especially since joining Google, I find myself drawn to more technology news and updates. Plus, I think the way in which fashion and technology have combined in recent years is extremely interesting, hence why I love my job!"

A group of Google-themed lava lamps at the Google Maps office.

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Is the "Google 15"—a.k.a. the initial free food-propelled weight gain—a real thing?
"The rumors are true. The infamous Google 15 is alive and well and anyone who tells you otherwise, hasn’t experienced the salted chocolate chip cookies at the San Francisco office. They haunt my dreams."
What's the best part of working at Google?
"There’s something to be said about being able to work with inspiring people every day. Working at Google, I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such innovative and creative minds that constantly challenge me to do my best. It’s humbling and empowering all at the same time."

A closer look inside Rebecca's cube.

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Name: Rebecca Gunthrie
Explain your job at Google: "I work with Krystal and Meghan to identify trends, adapt them to our target market, and provide visual inspiration to our shoppers on Product Search. I also work on ideation for new products or features, restructuring and repurposing mocks, and providing visual inspiration for potential partners. In short, I make things pretty."
What's the coolest part of the Google campus? "That’s a hard one! I would say it’s a toss up between the climbing wall, the bocce ball courts, and the smoothie bar."
What's your favorite Google perk to indulge in?
"Well, I have to admit I have a weak spot for good food, and the Google chef’s outdo themselves everyday, so I would have to say the food is my favorite perk. But meeting Lady Gaga was pretty rad, too."

Rebecca poses with Google's iconic T-Rex sculpture.

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How would you describe your style?
"I generally channel a whimsical retro-hostess vibe. I would say my style is fun and a little sassy. I like interesting color combinations, funky patterns, and vintage dresses."
What's your go-to work outfit?
"A belted A-line dress with a quirky print, a colorful cardigan, a pair of pumps, a vintage handbag, an arm party of bracelets, and a necklace or two. Oh, and my John Varvatos glasses. I wouldn’t get much work done without those puppies."
What pieces do you constantly find yourself wearing?
"I’m definitely guilty of abusing my mustard yellow cardigan. I just can’t get enough of this color! Other favorites include my single strand pearl necklace, House of Harlow Chelsea sunglasses, and the vintage leopard swing coat I bought as part of a costume and has somehow become a staple in my wardrobe. I am also never without my rose gold watch—mostly because I have no sense of time, but also because it was a special gift."

A truly addictive space: The Google Maps mini navigation room.

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Do you stick out on campus because of the way you dress?
"I definitely don’t dress like the average Googler. I think people working near us are used to the dresses and heels on a bike thing, but whenever I am on another part of campus it’s not unusual to get a few double takes or confused glances."
What fashion items are on your wishlist right now?
"A cape, tall cognac-colored boots, some fun leather gloves, and the perfect holiday dress. Can you tell I’m excited for cooler weather?"
Do you consider yourself a geek?
"I do watch way too much Star Trek, so compared to the general population...probably. Compared to other Googlers...definitely not."

Rebecca heads downstairs amidst a Tokyo-like backdrop.

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Is the "Google 15"—a.k.a. the initial free food-propelled weight gain—a real thing?
"Oh yes, you have to be careful here! There is no end to the amazing food available on campus and it is certainly easy to overindulge, but luckily there are also several gyms around and plenty of exercise classes, so it balances out."
What's the best part of working at Google?
"Being around so many incredibly intelligent people that really want to change the world. Working late to meet a deadline isn’t a big deal when you’re in an environment that everyone is so happy to be a part of."

Google's top-of-the-line coffee machine.

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One of Google's more well-known architectural designs.

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A glimpse inside one—of 20!—free, all-you-can-eat cafeterias.

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Vineet Buch, formerly of Like.com, which was acquired by Google, now serves as a Group Product Manager at the company. Here, he color-coordinates with the on-campus volleyball court.

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A bubbling brook in between two office buildings.

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The house that search built.

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Rebecca, Meghan, Krystal, and Abigail turning heads—per usual—on campus.

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