11/25/2011 10:22 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Q10 With Marion Fasel

I am so excited to share with you my new column titled "Q10 (Ten Questions)".

Each week, I will feature fascinating people from the world's of fashion, architecture, design, culinary, entertainment, and sports.

I choose this format as it provides you with an insider's peek into what motivates and makes them the influencers that they are.

Here's a sneak peek at my latest interview with Marion Fasel, contributing jewelry editor at InStyle:

1. Whom do you credit for inspiring you to be the person you are today?

My colleague and co-author on several jewelry books, Penny Proddow. We worked together for twenty years. She was insightful, original and entertaining every day. She passed away three years ago and every time I have a dilemma or a major decision to make, I think what would Penny have done?

2. What is your favorite get-away-from-it-all destination?

My boyfriend is from New York but he has spent years volunteering on the Indian reservations in the southwest. He knows all the ancient history and geography. Traveling with him to Arizona or New Mexico is like a walk back in time. There is such a rich history of antiquity like the Gila Cliff Dwellings or the El Morro National Monument. The hot mineral baths are pretty amazing too. I find it all restorative.

3. How do you define your personal style?

I have a 1970's soul. I like the easy elegance of pants, dresses and jewelry. My style icons all date from this era, Faye Dunaway, Marisa Berenson even Mary Tyler Moore. I love Elizabeth Taylor's seventies mode the most. Nothing beats the way she would toss on both her Bulgari coin chain necklace and Van Cleef & Arpels pendant necklace with a button down blouse and slacks.

To read the complete interview with Marion Fasel, please log onto Facebook/Kara Ross.

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