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Fashion View: Stacy Celi

Photo by ALEXANDRA BRUMLEY | Intern at Clay Cook Photography

Photo by ALEXANDRA BRUMLEY | Intern at Clay Cook Photography

By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
 TheChicStreet.com

What is your fashion view?
To me, fashion is another layer of creating and designing the life you want. For me it is intertwined with music, theater, film and art, because they are all expressions of moments in time and being present in the moment.

How do you describe your style?
My style is eclectic, versatile and ever-changing. I think every woman has a “sugar and spice” side and a “denim and diamonds” side, don’t they? I also have to feel comfortable and be able to chase after my children (Born shoes). Right now, I think anything with pockets is worth its weight in gold.  I have three children under the age of five, so pockets are key.

What are your favorite pieces?
Right now I love Zobha, Lucy and Athleta because they fit well and are easy to care for. I am also so loyal to Skechers’ shoes when working out that I should be a spokesperson for them. When we lived in Los Angeles, I could walk to their outlet store from our home.  My favorite is the D’lite. Outside of work I am most comfortable in dresses. I like Diane von Furstenberg and Joseph Ribkoff. If it’s cold, my go-to look is jeans and boots.

What do you think is a woman’s best accessory?
As cliché as it sounds, I will have to say her smile. But I also don’t think a woman can have too much jewelry. I love an unusual chunky necklace or bracelet. You also can’t go wrong with a unique bag. Right now I really like inherited leather bags by Sue Schofield. They are one-of-a-kind bags that have been re-purposed and handcrafted from garment and upholstery leather.

Are there any trends you’re looking forward to wearing for spring?
I am looking forward to the new blush colors. I am also looking for the perfect red carpet dress for my husband’s book award ceremony in April.

Where is your favorite place to shop?
Lately, I start and finish at Sunny Daize boutique on Shelbyville Road. Shopping for myself is a luxury that doesn’t happen that often. So when it does, I appreciate that I can go there on any given day and walk out with whatever I am looking for within an hour. I personally think they are Louisville’s best kept secret.

Has your career affected your outfit choices?
When I am at Pilates Village, I am in black Pilates pants. How lucky am I to have that uniform? However, just like any other uniform, it can get boring, so I am always searching for comfortable clothes that I can work out in and that are functional and fashionable.

Who is your fashion icon?
I don’t think I have an icon, but I do pay attention to certain celebrity outfits more than others. I always like what Cate Blanchett and Jenifer Lawrence are photographed in, even if it is something others would consider risky. I like their unique choices and courage to try it. I see Jennifer in Dior Haute Couture and Cate in Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Armani Prive.  Just for the record, I don’t have any of those in my closet.

What else would you like to our readers to know about you?
I grew up in hand-me-downs, so I am grateful for anything new and consider it a real luxury. Most importantly, I thank God every day for life, his grace and blessings in my life. They come in so many different ways; the missed car accident because you left late for work that morning or the unanswered prayer because His was better. Life can get so “busy” that we don’t even notice these amazing moments. In my (almost) 40 years, I have had nine abdominal surgeries, three broken bones (one shattered) and foot and knee surgery. I know how exhausting pain can be. Pilates is the reason I am having more pain-free days than not, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Pilates Village Studio has the most PMA instructors in the state of Kentucky. I am very proud of my staff for this achievement and their dedication to professional growth and continuing education. Having three children in three years, and owning a business in the process, has helped me develop an entirely new appreciation for the importance of sleep and what is worthy of my time and what is not. I realize that is a big statement, but truly, time is precious and perspective is vital. I have learned to spend a great deal of time focusing on what it right in this world and what is truly important in this world, and I ask the same of those around me.

Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of TheChicStreet.com. 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.