Thursday Q&A with image guru Laura Peck

Laura Peck (Photo: Jana Chytilova)

Laura Peck is vice-president of McLoughlin Media, a media training and consulting firm in Ottawa and Washington. She also teaches in the master’s of political management program at Carleton University. Since 1984, she has conducted thousands of seminars all over the world.

OCS: Who are your style icons?
LP: My mother, Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy, Anna Wintour, and Nicky Lang

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?
LP: Remotes, water, many magazines and books

OCS: Best home accessory?
LP: Coffee pot

OCS: Best recent fashion find?
LP: A Prada suit on sale

OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?
LP: The Obamas, the Harpers, Mark Zuckerberg, Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos, and Maria Shriver (but not Arnold)

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?
LP: “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?
LP: Crawling on the floor and seeing my father’s shoes

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?
LP: A perm — it was the 80s!

OCS: Proudest moments?
LP: The births of my three children

OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?
LP: My bed, it goes up and down!

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?
LP: Intelligence, good communications skills, being funny, confidence, and warmth

OCS: Whom would you most like to train?
LP: The Pope, all politicians (I actually like politicians), all executives (I love my job!)

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).
LP: Lying in my hammock with a coffee, my iPhone, my iPad, my magazines, my books, in my own backyard.

OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?
LP: Dale Chihuly, a glass artist

OCS: Favourite local artist?
LP: Barbara Gamble, an Ottawa painter.

OCS: Best book you’ve read in the past year?
LP: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

OCS: Favourite food?
LP: Spaghetti carbonara and lots of bread — yummy.

OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?
LP: “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. Love that girl!

OCS: Wine, beer or both?
LP: Neither, I don’t drink alcohol.

OCS: Mac or PC?
LP: Mac

OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?
LP: Fine dining

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?
LP: Le Café (at the National Arts Centre)

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?
LP: The Parliament buildings, all the museums, galleries and churches.

OCS: Fave blog or website?
LP: (My husband) Barry’s blog

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?
LP: Both, I love social media.

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?
LP: Chocolate on top of chocolate with more chocolate

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?
LP: My bed or my hammock

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?
LP: I would want them to remember me as a good mother and that I love people.

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