"I like to start with a solid, conservative foundation, like a really nice black dress or a really nice black pencil skirt or really good jeans, and then add something like an animal print, or red, or an interesting piece of jewelry."

Job: Communications consultant at Nationwide Insurance

Neighborhood: Upper Arlington

Hometown: Upper Arlington

Age: 35

Label your style: "Conservative chic"

Where do you shop most?

J. Crew, Anthropologie, Saks and Nordstrom. When I travel, I try to hit up boutiques and find something different. We go down South a lot. I'm obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer, and they have more standing stores down South.

What's your favorite city for out-of-town shopping?

Chicago, but I'm sure everybody says that. Charleston, South Carolina, has great shopping. King Street is just littered with boutiques.

What do you like to wear?

I like to start with a solid, conservative foundation, like a really nice black dress or a really nice black pencil skirt or really good jeans, and then add something like an animal print, or red, or an interesting piece of jewelry.

Where do you get ideas?

I think style is all about taking other people's ideas and making it your own. I follow a couple blogs. There's this girl in Chicago who's addicted to Anthropologie - her blog is anthroholic.blogspot.com - and she has a really great way of putting things together.

I follow celebrities, just like anyone else. I like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Michelle Obama, Rachel Zoe.

What are your favorite products?

I think people look best in their natural state, while playing up their assets. And I think Bobbi Brown's line does a nice job of that. I like my hairdresser a lot - Kristen at Q Salon.

The outfit:

Shirt: Nanette Lepore, from Saks

Skirt: J. Crew

Belt: J. Crew

Tights: DKNY, from Macy's

Shoes: Michael Kors, from Nordstrom

Bracelets and ring: David Yurman

Watch: Breitling

To share your sense of style with fashion columnist Brittany Kress, e-mail bkress@columbusalive.com