Lucy Sykes-Rellie is both effortlessly stylish and impossibly elegant, which only partly explains why she's always in such high demand as a fashion director, stylist, editor, and consultant. Those closest to her know that there is much more to this English-born beauty than meets the eye. Her grace, hospitality, loyalty, dignity, sincerity, sense of humor and friendship are all just part of her intrinsic charm. 

The NYC-based working mother of two young boys (and wife of our pal Euan Rellie) is now entering a new chapter in her life---novelist. With writing partner Jo Piazza, Lucy has just inked a six-figure book deal with Doubleday for their new novel "Tech Bitch," in which “old school fashion collides with the new world of tech.”

We simply love and adore Lucy. That's why we were so glad to catch up with her over lunch recently at one of our old-time favorite West Village spots, Cafe Cluny.

What is your favorite virtue?
Excitement.

What are your favorite qualities in a woman?
Fun, kind, honest, and inspiring. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Connecting is, to me, the most important and happiest time---whether it is with my family or friends or watching a movie or discovering the best book ever. That moment of true connection is everything to me. 

What is your greatest fear?
Speed boats and mice.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Doctor Colbert.

What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding dress.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Michelle Obama, Louise Hay, Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, and every single person I am lucky enough to call a friend. 

What is your greatest regret?
My education.

What natural talent do you wish you had?
An American Idol-worthy singing voice.

What's the favorite gift you've ever received? 
A proposal.

What piece of art would you buy if you had absolutely no budget?
Toulouse Lautrec. 

What is your favorite motto or quote?
Fake it till you make it!

What's your favorite way to wear cashmere?
Snuggled up and wrapped cozily around my body. 

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