We’re excited to celebrate real women who do it all, who put everyone else before themselves and give back even more than they receive. They balance work, family, friends, hobbies and interests. And they do it with style and grace while looking fabulous. Meet Cindy, the first inspiring woman to be featured in our Real Life, Real Style campaign. We think you’ll love her story and her style — we sure do!
Wife, mother and career woman, Cindy was nominated by her husband Richard, a member of our Stage Stores family, who says, “She has more love, drive, and energy than anyone I’ve ever known.” And he’s known her since they were kids when Cindy and his sister were in Girl Scouts together. They were reunited 15 years later, and they’ve now been married for 20 years.
Cindy responded to Richard’s nomination by saying, “He’s just an amazing person, so for him to think that of me and say that about me, it touched my heart.”
Cindy spends her days working with donors to create legacy gifts and raise funds for research at MD Anderson Cancer Center as the Director of Trusts, Estates, and Gift Planning.
“No two days are ever alike. I hear some amazing stories of hope, which inspire me daily and keep me in awe of the human spirit. My mom was a cancer patient at MD Anderson years ago, so my job feels like a way for me to give back.”
Cindy also serves on the board of the Planned Giving Council of Houston and volunteers at her teenage son’s school.
Cindy considers her style classic, with clean lines, pops of color and coordinating accessories. Her mother always emphasized the importance of first impressions, so she strives to appear polished even when at home.
“You never know who you will meet or where that encounter may happen, so I think it’s important to always project your own best style.”
For inspiration, Cindy thinks of her mother-in-law and tries to emulate her carefree, yet put together style. She also turns to Pinterest and photos of Jackie Kennedy Onassis for fashion ideas.
Because of its versatility, she loves a white V-neck tee to wear under cardigans and suit jackets for work, or with jeans and a colorful necklace on weekends. Her wardrobe is also full of other versatile items, like lightweight wool black pants, a gray skirt and blazers.
Cindy says that as she gets older, she becomes more confident and willing to try new things when it comes to fashion, like mixing vintage and modern pieces.
“Your style is a way for you to tell the world a little about who you are and distinguish yourself from others. It’s a creative outlet and a way to share how you are feeling on any particular day without saying anything.”
We’ll be posting more stories of Real Life mothers, daughters,
wives, sisters, friends, customers, and co-workers—so check back often!