Welcome StyleBistro's New Executive Editor, Ann Brady

To say it’s been an exciting week here at StyleBistro is an understatement. Our new Executive Editor, Ann Brady, started and immediately dove headlong into planning ways to expand the site's fashion and beauty coverage and take it to a new level, a job for which she is uniquely suited. 

Before taking StyleBistro’s helm, Ann spent several years as the senior associate fashion editor at Lucky magazine (one of our favorite style mags), she was on the launch team of InStyle’s e-commerce site, StyleFind.com, and most recently she handled voice, vision and branding duties for Beso.com. And: She's been a professional stylist for five years.

You’ll soon see how the diverse skill set Ann brings to the table benefits a fashion and beauty site whose goal is to inform, entertain and inspire its readers with the latest trends (and how to incorporate them), practical advice (that anyone can use), and the most comprehensive fashion and beauty photo archive online (which is still growing).

In the meantime, as a way for everyone to get to know Ann a bit, I gave her some questions I thought were interesting (read: a vaguely disguised fashion personality test). Feel free to ask your own in the comments though. 

How would you describe your personal style?
I've always wanted to be one of those girls that has just one look.  Simple.  Alas, that is not in my DNA.  If I had to sum it up I'd say I lean towards a somewhat refined tomboy with a twist. This twist usually involves adding something pretty quirky to throw things a bit off.

Favorite adjective to describe something you absolutely love?
Radiant.

What do you collect?
I don't collect, I keep.  Nostalgic to a fault.  I still have the water bottle I drank from after a defining track meet in high school.  To be fair, it ended up being a life-changing event.

Three things every woman should have in her closet?
A perfectly tailored blazer, a classic black pump and a statement piece of jewelry (preferably with some sentiment). 

What's your most prized fashion item?
An IRO leather jacket I bought years ago when I started at Lucky Magazine.  One of those first 'big-girl' purchases.

If you could trade closets with any celebrity who would it be?
Katharine Hepburn in the '70s.  The original trendsetter for menswear on a woman; no one did a pantsuit better.

What's the best fashion or beauty advice you've ever been given?
Above all, have confidence. A good tailor takes second place.  

City or country?
A bit of both?  I appear to be a city girl; underneath it all I exude my Indiana roots.

Funk or Soul?
Soul.  Goes straight to the heart.

Favorite designer or label?
Isabel Marant.  I'm a french-girl wannabe.

What's one thing you wish you could do without?
Manicures.  I'm a tad OCD so I religiously keep them polished and chip-free, yet I'm not a fan of sitting still without access to my hands.

Do you have any fashion regrets?
Besides wearing burgundy cords with a pink turtleneck in my 1st grade school picture (with feathered hair I might add)?  It was Dad's morning and he let me style myself.  I've come a long way.  After that, the biggest mistake I repeatedly made until I 'learned' style had to be wearing clothes that didn't fit properly.

If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
Bob Dylan:  The West Village in the 1960s.  It is by far my favorite neighborhood in New York City; there is just something about the honesty and energy of that era.  Picture stoop-sitting/playing a guitar on a fire escape.

On which movie or tv set would you like to live?
Scandal.  Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) doesn't seem to have a shortage of nice red wine glasses in her cozy apartment.  (I obviously have many requirements.)
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