Speech language pathologist April A. McRae is ready to go out in style with black leather pants by H&M, a leopard-print top by Gracia and leopard-print, kitten-heel booties with magenta trim by Stella McCartney.
McRae calls these platform leopard-print booties “my display shoes because I don’t get to wear them often,” she said.
Occupation: Speech language pathologist, Global Speech Language Pathology Services, Amedisys Home Health Inc.
Signature style: “Refined, classy and sophisticated during the work week with a touch of funky, fierce and edgy on the weekend.”
Best finds: “Bling and Sparkle Peter Pan statement collar from Miss Selfridge in London that I get so many compliments on because it’s so chic, feminine and edgy at the same time. The black-and-gold leaf statement necklace that I purchased from H&M in London, because it can go practically with any black dress. The platform leopard print booties by Jeffrey Campbell, purchased from SoleStruck.com, are my display shoes because I don’t get to wear them often, so when I do, it’s like I’m personally taking them off display to be worn for a special occasion. The green-and-gold stone Aztec statement necklace and pearl rhinestone flower bracelet from House of Couture Boutique.”
Fashion weakness: “Shoes, shoes and more shoes. Embellished tops with ruffles, pencil skirts and statement necklaces.”
Favorite stores: “Neiman Marcus, House of Fraser (London), Harrods (London) and House of Couture Boutique (which McRae owns).”
Fashion inspiration: “My mother and father are actually my fashion inspirations since I was a little girl. My mom dressed in the nicest suits and dresses from Neiman Marcus and I loved the way my dad would wear his suits."
Pet peeve: “Trends are becoming a bit irritating to me, even though I know that is what drives the fashion world. I feel like I’m more of a CoCo Chanel woman, and for me it’s all about style.”
Best fashion compliment: “The best fashion compliment that always brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart is when my mom and dad tell me how beautiful I am. Whether I’m dressed up for the part or casually dressed down in a more relaxed look, their seal of approval is my motivation. If I have their approval when it comes to my natural, physical and internal beauty, then I know that I have what it takes to conquer the world.”
Compiled by John Brieske, Pulse managing editor. Do you or someone you work with have a great sense of style? Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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