Like so many girls of our generation, I spent weekends lounging on the couch watching What Not to Wear and secretly wishing Stacy London would magically appear and transform my wardrobe (preferably without gathering an audience to watch that embarrassing bit of "secret footage"). As an adult, I'm no less enamored with the snappy, witty, impeccably dressed woman, who's gone from TV host to author and back again, while doling out fashion - and life - advice all along the way.

But how did Stacy become the style guru she is? Not surprisingly, she's got some roots in the industry, though her story isn't exactly typical - and TV certainly wasn't in her original career plan. Inside, we're breaking it down to get to know the truly talented Ms. London - who turns 47 today! - a little better. Read up and get inspired.