The Lazy Girl's Guide to a Fashionable Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving is truly a great holiday. I enjoy announcing aloud things I am thankful for (#blessed). I love the game of Scattergories my family partakes in after dinner. I'm also a fan of food. 

The thing is, Thanksgiving always presents a fashion conundrum: part of me wants to look chic and so put together that my cousins are in awe of my "city girl fashions" and my aunt is semi-perplexed by what I am wearing. But a larger part of me (no pun intended) knows I am a fan of food, and will be eating, eating and eating. 

Sound familiar? Fear not. I've compiled some of my favorite chic-but-comfortable, relaxed-but-deliberate fashion picks. Disclaimer: no shade to Mr. Karl Lagerfeld, but sweatpants are not a sign of defeat — it's all in how you style them, baby.

The Centerpiece: Leather sweatpants.
Why? Because leather belongs everywhere. And it's an easy way to differentiate from your "sleeping sweatpants."
Pair With These Sides: A sassy sweatshirt and not-so-basic black pumps.


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The Centerpiece: Harem sweatpants.
Why? We aren't talking MC Hammer here. But a little drop-crotch pant can make a big statement and add dimension to an otherwise frumpy pair of sweats.
Pair With These Sides: Sparkles and booties.


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The Centerpiece: The standard sweatpants.
Why? Because you're going to be really glad you're wearing them after that second plate.
Pair With These Sides: Fur (faux, natch) and a pump adorned with lace-up details.


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5 Reasons You Need to Watch Mockingjay - Part 1 Now

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Confession: I skipped the Harry Potter bandwagon (I KNOW, I know) and Twilight any/everything (no regrets there). But one YA series that does particularly tickle my fancy is The Hunger Games. It moves me. It inspires me. It makes me feel things. And, let's be honest, it's easy to love a story centered around a bad ass girl with a braid who demonstrates strength both within herself and for others. She's a heroine sans superpowers.

The third installment of the movie franchise, Mockingjay - Part 1 (released November 21) is undeniably not a standalone film. It is, essentially, an opening act for Mockingjay - Part 2. However, it is well done and definitely worth the trip to the theater.

The main reason you should see it is because I am telling you to. Ugh, you want specifics? Fine. This spoiler-free breakdown should do the trick.

1. Julianne Moore (and her amazing grey hair)

Julianne Moore is one of those actresses that just gives me warm fuzzies. It doesn't matter what she is doing, it's inevitable that I will love it. In Mockingjay, Ms. Moore takes on the role of District 13's  President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol. Her execution is flawless, compelling and, I mean...that hair is #onfleek.

2. A new side of Peeta.

In the spirit of keeping this spoiler-free, all I will say is this: Peeta is a just a smidge different than the last you saw of him in Catching Fire. And boy, is it a roller coaster to watch. Some of the most gasp-worthy, dynamic scenes include the formerly soft-spoken Peeta.

3. Katniss' sleek suit.

The evolution of Katniss' suits have been so fun to watch. This creation by Cinna (real wardrobe designers Kurt and Bart) truly is a stunner. Inspired by combat fatigues, the duo combined mobile, tactical fabrics to give Katniss "rigid yet flexible" movement. The asymmetrical breastplates on the suit were inspired by those worn during Kyudo, the Japanese martial art form of archery.

4. Jennifer Lawrence, generally.

Oh, it's not enough to just say J. Law is in the movie? Although that is reason enough for me. Jen knocks it out of the park in the movie, bringing to life the depth of Katniss' emotional layers of trauma, depression and anger. Personally, I found the first part of the Mockingjay book a bit difficult to get through, but watching it come to life via Jen's commitment to the character was a rewarding experience. Plus, you get to hear her sing "The Hanging Tree," which was haunting and beautiful.

5. Effie.
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One big change from the book to the screen is the inclusion of Effie Trinket in District 13. I was skeptical, but soon convinced this change a perfect decision. To see Effie stripped of her eccentric wardrobe and superficial notions to feel empathy and be a part of the revolution was a smart move. And Effie was not without her signature shade various times throughout: "You know what needs a revolution? That hair."

My one complaint: we have to wait another year for Part 2. How will I make it through? What are your hopes for the grand finale?

Sophie Simmons x The Style Club

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Growing up, I heard a lot of hair bands. (Thanks, ma.) Thus, of course I understand that Sophie Simmons is rock royalty, being the daughter of KISS bassist Gene Simmons. 

But you know what's even more dope than being the daughter of a legend? Promoting positive body image. 

In an effort to make any woman feel confident in the clothing she wears, Sophie designed a 20 piece collection exclusively with The Style Club. Each piece is named after an inspiring, influential woman, from Michelle Obama to Gwen Stefani and Malala Yousafzai.


“I’m extremely passionate about body image and want to be an advocate and role model to other young women to encourage them to embrace who they are and what makes them unique,” said Sophie. “My collection is designed to inspire women of different shapes and sizes to take risks when dressing but still feel confident.”

Bonus: the line is affordably priced, ranging from $25-$115.

Check out some of my favorite pieces below, and visit www.thestyleclub.com/sophie.tweedsimmons to see more and purchase.

The ‘Michelle’ Midi, $45 

The "Gwen" Sweater, $65

The "Folorunso" Shorts, $50


The "Jane" Cardigan, $65 and "Malala" Mini, $60

Emojis That Should Exist: An "It" Girl's Perspective

Saturday, June 7, 2014

As much as we may try to deny it, a few minutes without our iPhones, and panic seems to ensue.

Did I miss a text?
Has Chrissy Teigen uploaded a new Instagram pic?
I should've taken a picture of the adorable shih tzu that just passed by...

These gadgets have become the nucleus of all social media activity, our maps and very important resources - like, Siri hooks us up if we forgot what time Game of Thrones airs, and then ensures our DVR is set if we won't be home. Because of the constant phone activity, emojis have become a part of our lexicon.

These "picture letters," as the translation would read, provide a number of values: emoji charades, virtual song lyrics and an added spark of sass in general texts.

While I have some favorites (namely, the unimpressed emoji), there are several which seemingly have no purpose. Those in the last tab? Who ever uses them? 

I also have some thoughts about some key players missing.

Taco

It's mind-boggling there is a pizza, a shrimp, a drumstick and even flan, but no taco representation. What about Taco Tuesdays? Or Taco Bell runs? We can do better.

Shot Glasses

My best friend and I are two of the rare souls who dislike both wine and beer (unless it's a fruity, non-beer-tasting beer, but then we're side-eyed, anyway). While the martini emoji is cute and all, why are there no shot glasses? Shots are imperative in many scenarios, especially at the end of a long week.

"W" Hand Gesture

Y'all already know Clueless has impacted my life beyond belief. The beauty of the movie is that even though it is so very '90s, it still translates nearly 20 years later. A friend giving you too much about the date you went on last night? Insert the emoji of a pair of hands giving a big, fat "W." She'll get the picture.


Netflix

If you're anything like me, Netflix is a big part of your routine...maybe as much so as showering or charging your phone at the end of the day. Netflixing has become the norm, and sometimes it is so much more appealing to pop open Netflix and give your couch a friendly hug than deal with bar crowds. Recognizing this, Netflix deserves a spot in the emoji line-up.


Kim Kardashian Crying

The pre-existing crying emojis don't really capture the pain a crying Kim would. Also, it's hilarious.

Cheesecake

I've debated on whether or not this actually exists already, but I strongly feel the emoji in question is a regular ol' slice of cake. The rationale the greatest dessert on the planet isn't fairly represented? I'd like to know. 

Batman

Now, let me be clear: a Batman-inspired emoji would merely be a representation of superheroes in general. The power comic books have on pop culture is undeniable; thus, it's completely necessary to incorporate at least this small gesture as part of the emoji portfolio.

Sloth

For the laziest of days. And because sloths are amazing.

Kanye Shrug

A legendary piece of pop culture. Also relevant for when you're #sorrynotsorry.

Twerk

The salsa dancer and dancing twins (which I always thought were devils but recently realized are wearing headbands with bows) are lovely, we need to modernize the dance. How this would actually come to be, I will leave to the experts - but I'm quite sure this emoji would get a lot of play.

Any additions? Tell me in the comments!

Full disclosure: I am aware it's been about two eons since I last posted, and there's no good rationale other than general busyness. Thanks for bearing with me, and stay tuned for more to come!

Get the Look: Allison Williams' Rose Gold Obsession

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It seems only suitable to kick off a new year of The "It" Girl  by spotlighting a lady who continuously stuns. In the past few weeks, Allison Williams has covered the February issue of Elle, killed it on the Golden Globes red carpet and finally returned to us as Marnie (Marie) Michaels on Girls. I have a feeling 2014 will be a fantastic year for Allison, and a great one for us too, as we get to swoon over her gorgeous style picks and trend-setting beauty looks.

As we're in the thick of dreary winter, take a page from Allison's book and go gold: rose gold.

Celebrity makeup artist Gita Bass breaks down what she calls the "Rose Gold Obsession" look, which she prepared before Allison's at the 3rd Annual Sean Penn & Friends "Help Haiti Home" event.


"I call this look 'my obsession with rose gold continues,' says Gia. "It's been my favorite shade lately and it works with every skin tone. Allison's dress was nude with gold accents and I wanted to warm up the face and keep the look soft and sexy."

Check out Gita's simple steps below to achieve the look and tap your inner "It" Girl:

  • "For a flawless complexion, I prepped her skin with Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer and applied a few drops of Armani Maestro foundation and Clé de Peau Beauté concealer, where needed."

  • "I applied Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel cream blush to the apples of her cheeks and set it with Nars powder blush in Deep Throat."
  • "For the eyes, I lined upper, lower and inner lash lines with a chocolate eye crayon (like Osmosis Colour Eye Pencil in Brown) and smudged it with a soft brush. I then applied Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Abstraction, a gorgeous warm rose color, to the lid up to the crease and on the lower lash line. To create the rose gold, I layered the bronze shadow from the LORAC Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Superstar over the cream and used the light gold for the inner corners and brow bone. I finished with a few coats of YSL Mascara Singulier in Deep Black."

And her perfect lip? "For a soft peachy nude that would add warmth to the face, I mixed Tom Ford Lipsticks in Blush Nude with a touch of True Coral."

Pretty sure Allison lives and breathes Beyoncé's "Flawless."

An "It" Girl's End of 2013 Checklist

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Between the twerking and the Snapchatting, 2013 certainly was a year to remember. Before you shimmy into your New Year's Eve ensemble, make sure you soak in my list of items to watch, hear and snag before the clock strikes midnight.

WATCH
The Girls Season Three Trailer: I am utterly obsessed with HBO's Girls. Lena Dunham just gets it. After the emotional rollercoaster that was the season two finale, I've whined about how much I miss the show. The Girls team understands, and after throwing us many teasers via social media, they recently released a new trailer for the third season. In the preview, we see a sassy Shoshanna, melodramatic Marnie and Hannah, well...being Hannah. My excitement just hit the "giddy" level.

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Girls season three premieres Jan. 12 on HBO.

American Hustle: David O. Russell is at it again, with the star-studded flick based on the 1970's Abscam scandal. This one definitely lives up to the hype — intensely character-driven, the actors are convincing (huge applause for Amy Adams' portrayal), and the story is compelling, sharp and exhilarating. I absolutely loved how the score perfectly complemented the scenes, and the incredible wardrobe which helped tell the story. And, of course, "It" Girl extraordinaire Jennifer Lawrence stole every scene she was in.


HEAR
Banks: If you missed Banks' debut all over the music blogs (and, now, a Victoria's Secret commercial) this year, I will forgive you: that is, if you promise to check out her EP, London, ASAP. If I had to categorize, I'd call Banks the female counterpart of Drake and The Weeknd — doused in dark and soulful vocals and groove-worthy melodies that create completely memorable music. Fun fact: Banks is a self-taught pianist and singer.

Mark my words, this girl is going to be huge.

Give her track "Warm Water" a spin as you download the London EP. It's what made me fall in love with her to begin with.

Learn more about Banks at hernameisbanks.com.

CHVRCHES: Congratulations to CHVRCHES, who produced my favorite album in 2013. The synthpop trio's The Bones of What You Believe is a perfect blend of infectious hooks and purposeful songs laced with vulnerability. I kid you not, every track is great. Check out one of my favorite songs "Lies" below, and jump aboard the CHVRCHES train.

Learn more about CHVRCHES at chvrch.es.


SNAG
Stack It On: I've professed my love for Bing Bang accessories in the past, and it's no surprise they're frequently on my "It" list. Before you say adios to '13, round up one of Bing Bang's cute and quirky cuffs, perfect for both a statement piece and stacking. 






Pucker Up: So long, nail art. According to data from The NPD Group, Inc. (via WWD), ladies are purchasing more lip products than ever. In fact, the numbers are so high, they've shifted the nail art trend into a passing fad.

Even if lipstick is not your go-to beauty product, New Year's Eve is the perfect occasion to pop open a tube, and even try a color not normally in your wheelhouse.


Although a bit of a splurge, Tom Ford Lip Color delivers luxury. Its smooth finish is ideal for turning heads and leaving your mark on champagne glasses. This particular shade is a nod to the 2014 Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

An ideal lip product is both long-lasting and moisturizing. The answer? Makeup artist favorite, Stila Long Wear Lip Color (shown here in Daring). But quick! These babies are being discontinued. The pro: they're currently on sale, so stock up!


Happy Movember! Celebrate With a Facial Hair Appreciation Post

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November marks a very special time — a time when men keep their razors in storage and sprout facial hair (in particular, a moustache) in support of men's health for Movember

Aside from the fact that I've recently realized I totally have a thing for guys with facial hair, I thought this would be the perfect time to express my appreciation for the "It" Guys of the world when they've sported a little scruff.

Have a seat (you'll need it, in order to handle this hotness), sit back and enjoy the moustaches of all shapes and sizes below.

Ah, Jon Hamm. He's dreamy as Don Draper, and just as sexy as Jon Hamm. The facial hair he modeled at the 2013 Emmys really just made me me want to roll around in it.

If you look up Chris Hemsworth  in the dictionary, it says, "Fine piece of man." And that scruff really brings out those baby blues. He can lay the hammer down anytime. (What? I'm talking about Thor.)

Here we have Chris' brother, Liam Hemsworth, who frequently rocks a bit of a 'stache.

I couldn't resist capturing the Hot Hemsworths together. So scruffy. So seductive (by simply standing there).

My other favorite Liam, Liam Payne, has had one of the biggest transformations in One Direction. As he grows into his own, he has been seriously sexy with a moustache and beard. (He's 20, it's fine.)

Michael B. Jordan is rarely seen facial hair-less, and is always smoking hot.

Kit Harington is one of my favorite parts of Game of Thrones. Jon Snow may know nothing, but I know something: Kit is hot.

Kit's doppelganger Christopher Abbott will be sorely missed from Girls. A big reason is because he got even cuter once he started rocking the 'stache.

Oh, Fassy


Need I say more about Lenny Kravitz? Nope, I needn't.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't often skip shaving, but when he does, we get this fine result. And I mean fiiine.

When he's not making us laugh, James Franco is just being hot and sometimes moustache-y.

Tom Hiddleston: amazing actor, amazing facial hair.

Stephen Amell shot a Green Arrow through my heart.

Taye Diggs is so attractive, he could even pull off a handlebar.

You're like a fine wine, John Stamos.

I am sure this list could go on forever. Who is your favorite moustache'd man?

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