Interview By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
The Chic Sheet
What is your fashion view?
Fashion is a creative outlet for me, because I love putting together looks. Style is a true expression of oneself, and it’s fun creating that expression.
I believe you should dress for the job you want and I also subscribe to the saying, “Look good, feel good.” Also, just because something is in fashion doesn’t mean it’s your style. Everyone has to create their own personal style by finding out what works best for their body.
How do you describe your style?
My style is somewhere between classically chic and fun and feminine. My look consists of dresses, skirts, blazers, scarves, shiny accessories, and a lot of high heels.
Whether it’s a bold necklace, a furry vest or an intricate pair of boots, I love a good statement piece.
My go-to colors are black and white, because you can quickly add a pop of color and have a completely new look.
What are your favorite pieces?
My new favorite piece is a beautiful Judith March houndstooth coat that I recently purchased from Crush Boutique. As the temperatures drop I can’t wait to accessorize it with different scarves, gloves and hats.
However, my sentimental favorites are my Tiffany & Co. sterling silver key pendant necklaces. My sister and I both have the exact same key pendants, so I wear them frequently to remind me of the special bond we share and how much I love her. My favorite key has a fleur-de-lis shape, which also reminds me of our city.
I also love my scarf collection because there are so many different ways to wear scarves and they can really set off or pull together an outfit.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
I shop everywhere! You would be surprised as to where you can find that perfect piece to update your wardrobe, and especially online. However, my favorite local boutiques are Crush Boutique and Sunny Daize, because both stores help create a fun and unique shopping environment here in Louisville.
My favorite mall stores include Banana Republic, The Limited, Macy’s and Francesca’s Collections. I also love the special designer lines created for Kohl’s, Target and Payless. You can get the latest fashions at reasonable prices at those stores. I purchased a pair of Silvia Tcherassi black lace ankle booties from Payless, and I get compliments every time I wear them.
One of my all time favorite stores is also H&M, but you have to go to Cincinnati or Chicago to find one. Come on Louisville, we need an H&M!
Who is your fashion icon, and why?
First is my mother, who taught me how to put together an outfit, the importance of accessories and that no matter your budget you can always look good. She’s a true purveyor of style.
Second, I love the fashion sophistication of the 1950s. Grace Kelly’s style embodies all the refinement and beauty of fashion at that time. To this day I look at my husband and ask him, “Does this make me look like Grace Kelly?”
Finally, I get inspiration from Rachel Zoe. She’s the perfect mix of ’70s fashion and Chanel, and I would love to be able to style others and design my own clothing line like she has.
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to organizing your closet?
Although I’m not the most organized person, I work at keeping my closet in order by using color. It starts with white, works its way through the rainbow and finishes with black. This makes life easier for me when I’m creating new outfits, and it looks pretty, too.
Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of www.thechicsheet.net. When Miranda isn’t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.