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Music For An "It" Girl's Soul: Lana Del Rey

Saturday, December 31, 2011
I am a music junkie. But, like I am in declaring my "It" Girls, I tend to be selective with the artists who receive heaviest rotation on my iPod. Imagine my delight when an artist comes along to not only capture my ear, but an "It" Girl title, as well.


Spellbinding and soulful, Lana Del Rey has been dubbed "Nicki Minaj in Lana Turner's body" by The Guardian and the "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" by herself. New fans may not be aware that she released an EP under the name Lizzy Grant in 2010, yet the buzz surrounding the songstress, who was born in New York City, grew up in Lake Placid and now lives in London, seemingly came out of nowhere this year. Many would credit her breakout tune "Video Games" as a star-making moment, catapulted by being featured on the CW's Gossip Girl and Ringer.

Lana performs "Video Games" live at the The Premises studio in London

"Video Games" is certainly a brilliant song, and Lana only made me fall more in love with the release of the second single and title track of her debut studio album (released worldwide on January 31), "Born To Die." The white Antonio Berardi dress and flower crown she wears while sitting in a throne next to two tigers solidified her cool factor in my book.


As my "It" Girls often do, Lana also has a tie with fashion — Christopher Kane and Emilio de la Morena chose her music to accompany their spring/summer 2012 shows. Regarding her personal style, she told Vogue UK her labels of preference include Chanel and Versace, and she calls her individual look "Ghetto Monégasque."

Credit for all photos: LanaDelReyFan.com

2011 has been a dazzling year for Ms. Del Rey, only enhanced by the fact that her first show in the UK sold out in 13 minutes and she has been hot among press (as a sampling, Rolling StoneComplexNME and W Magazine have featured her). Proving her star is only beginning to shine, Vogue UK included her in their 2012 Hot List and she is slated to be the musical guest on the January 14 episode of Saturday Night Live.

I can't wait to get my hands on the "Born To Die" album and watch this "It" Girl blossom in the forthcoming year. 

An "It" Girl's Gratitude

Friday, December 9, 2011
Thanksgiving is over. Actually, it was two weeks ago. But an "It" Girl knows that, while Turkey Day is a great reminder to count her blessings, it is crucial to be thankful year round. As such, I wanted to pay homage to a few of the things in the "It" Girl realm that I am most appreciative for this year.

Mila Kunis
"It" Girl of the Year? Absolutely. Hot on the heels of 2010's Black Swan, Ms. Kunis' star shone even brighter in 2011. She appeared in one of my favorite movies of the year, Friends with Benefits, was the cover girl for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour UK, Los Angeles Confidential, Los Angeles Times Magazine and W Magazine and was named "The Knockout" in GQ's annual Men of the Year issue. I love her more with each project, and she is definitely one of the reasons I started this blog to begin with. Thanks for being you, Mila.

Mila rocked Givenchy, Marchesa and Balmain this year. Three of my favorite designers!

Shopbop
To me, Shopbop is the mecca of online shopping. Originally Bop, a Madison, Wisc.-based boutique, the online shop offers apparel, accessories, bags and shoes from more than 200 designers. Their selections never cease to impress me, and I am constantly inspired by their featured lookbooks. One of my favorite features of Shopbop is the free three-day shipping. In a world of crazy-expensive shipping rates and packages that take seemingly eons to arrive, this feature is a godsend. And, did I mention they have a killer blog covering everything from runway to style tips? I love you, Shopbop. Never change.


J Brand Denim
Look, it's okay to be economical about some things. However, denim should not be one of them. Jeans are the MVP of an "It" Girl's wardrobe and can be worn for just about any look — dressy, casual and everything in between. That is why it is important to invest in pairs that truly fit your body type and make you feel confident.

My favorite pair of jeans I purchased this year (yep, from Shopbop) were J Brand's 901 leggings in Vox. The minute I put them on, I realized every pair of jeans I owned before were invalid. The brand's focus is on fit and it shows. I also love that they do not emphasize adornments or trimming, which can take away from the look of the jean. With so many fits and fabrics, there certainly is a style for any "It" Girl. I'm currently obsessed with their line of colored denim and would be even more thankful to own a pair in every color.

Blake, Sarah and Rihanna love their J Brands, too.

Christian Louboutin Pumps
People deal with stress in different ways. One way I like to manage my bad moods is to pull up photos of Louboutins. Some may find that strange, but I'm confident the "It" Girls of the world understand. The styles, shapes and silhouettes of Christian Louboutin's footwear instantly put a smile on my face. Truly, these gems are the epitome of beautiful luxury footwear. Mr. Louboutin, I thank you. So do my feet.


Victoria's Secret "It" Girl: Erin Heatherton

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
There is one event every year that both thrills and depresses me. That event is the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, a parade of long, wind-blown hair, six inch stilettos, enormous wings and tiny lingerie. Although watching the Angels strut across the runway can be slightly intimidating, the show also provides elements of of fantasy and fun, backed by killer music.

The Angels have changed through the years, but the crop at the 2011 show included a few of my favorites: Miranda Kerr,  Adriana Lima and Erin Heatherton.

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The first time I spotted Erin, I knew she had "It," and I clearly wasn't the only one. She was discovered  while simply enjoying a vacation in South Beach. Her first major show was for the amazing Diane von Furstenberg during Fashion Week in September 2006, and she later represented Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Elie Saab, among a slew of other A-list designers. She has walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show since 2008, and definitely rocked it out this year.

I personally give her bonus points for having freckles, being a Midwest girl (she is originally from Skokie, Illinois) and describing her personal style as "girlie with a bit of an edge" (hello, that is me). Possibly coolest of all, she has a French bulldog!

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Fashion with Miss Piggy

Monday, November 21, 2011
As a child, I loved Miss Piggy. Reflecting upon it now, I realize she was one of my first "It" Girls. It makes sense, as we actually have a few similarities — both a little bossy and both slight drama queens. (But as she once stated, "I am not a diva. I am the diva.") Above all else, we are both fashion-obsessed.

Although her style has been noted for years, Miss Piggy's influence recently within the fashion industry has been ubiquitous. Not only has she been fashionable (but of course), she has collaborated with some of the biggest designers and brands in the industry. Here are some highlights of Piggy's presence in the world of fashion:

She attended Fashion’s Night Out in support of Opening Ceremony...

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And is part of their Muppets collection of shirts and sweaters.
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Marc Jacobs gave her a look at his SoHo showroom — and outfitted her in Marc Jacobs, naturally.
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A photoshoot for InStyle's November issue featured Miss Piggy decked out in everything from Jason Wu to Prabal Gurung. "Style is about expressing your inner self, capturing your personal ethos, and, most importantly, spending someone else’s money,” Miss Piggy shared with the magazine.
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MAC developed a Miss Piggy collection, including eyeshadow, eye liner and lashes.
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She is part of not one, but two OPI nail polish collections, including her own assortment of colors appropriately titled, "Simply Moi."

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Shoe designer Jerome Rousseau developed a heel inspired by Miss Piggy. The Diva Glitter Pump, retailing at $595, will be available at Sak's in January.
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With The Muppets release only a few days away, moi is most looking forward to seeing Miss Piggy take on the role of editor of Vogue Paris. Fitting!

Mary-Kate & Ashley Cover Vogue's Best Dressed Issue

Monday, November 14, 2011
From dolls and direct-to-video movies to a $1 billion empire, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have become more than pop culture icons — they can also be credited as extremely savvy businesswomen. 

Arguably the most popular twins on the planet, these sisters are powerhouses that clearly cannot be stopped. Their imprint in particular within the fashion industry has resulted in a handful of clothing labels: The Row, Elizabeth and James (who also has one of my favorite Twitter accounts), Textile Elizabeth and James & Olsenboye, as well as the StyleMint line. Their successes even earned them a nomination for Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the 2011 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards. (Check out this great article published a few months ago by Newsweek to learn more about their rise to fashion mogul-dom.)

As fashion megastars, it is slightly surprising that the girls had never landed a cover of Vogue. Thankfully, Ms. Wintour changed this by placing the girls on the cover of the Best Dressed issue, out on newsstands tomorrow (November 15).




Their infamous personal style receives swoons and critiques alike from the public. Ashley, recognized for her classic, sophisticated and polished looks, often contrasts her sister's style, as Mary-Kate often chooses edgier, eccentric pieces. Personally, I find them both to be two of the greatest style icons in Hollywood and always look forward to their street and red carpet looks.

To celebrate their Vogue honor, I've compiled a few of my favorite looks from Mary-Kate and Ashley from this year.


















Credit for all photos: OlsensObsessive.net

Wild Whimsy

Friday, November 4, 2011
Looking at my closet, it is evident that I am a huge fan of black. As my wardrobe matures, I am finding myself more drawn to printed pieces, especially anything with a little charm. Lately, I have been inspired by the whimsical animal designs my "It" Girls have been sporting.

Novelty sweaters seemed to come back in a big way a couple of years ago, but the have seen an even more significant resurgence as major designers continue to incorporate this '80s-style trend into their collections. Now, all sorts of critters are making appearances on the runway.

Victoria Beckham was recently spotted with "It" Girl-in-the-making baby Harper in a Patch Pocket Tunic from her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. I am obsessed with the cat print!


Rachel Bilson also recently wore this swan cardigan from Topshop.


While this trend may be a bit polarizing, I think, paired with the right ensemble, these can definitely add spark to the "It" Girl's fall wardrobe. Below are just a few finds utilizing some fun animal prints, from simple to sequined.


Horse sweater, Asos



Elizabeth and James panther tee, Nordstrom



Markus Lupfer sequined pug sweater, ShopBop



Marc Jacobs 'Rickie Raccoon' top, Revolve Clothing



Chloé cat sweater, FarFetch.com



Elizabeth and James Print Long Sleeve Johnny tee, ShopBop


An Ode To My "It" Boy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A true "It" Girl holds her own — she naturally shines and stands out. But the very lucky "It" Girls have a partner in crime. That person for her to have adventures with and provide support in both the good times and the bad (such as a bad breakup or not finding the right pair of Louboutins).

This post is a little different and a bit more personal than those I have written in the past, but I feel as though my very own "It" Boy deserves his own spotlight because truly, he is the epitome of "It." If you are lucky enough to have met Aaron (aka The Ralphnerd), you already know he is extraordinary. But if you have not been so fortunate, allow me a few minutes to brag about him.


He is genuine, incredibly generous and extremely intelligent. A few of his fortes include knowing just the right thing to cause outbursts of laughter, comics (especially those that are Marvel-based), quoting The Great Mouse Detective (seriously, the most underrated Disney movie EVER) and menswear. In fact, his blog chronicles news, trends and tips for the often neglected genre of men's fashion. I can tell you for certain he is the most stylish guy in Chicago, and when we visited New York City this summer, I counted seven(!) compliments he received regarding his style within just a handful of hours.

This "It" Girl has experienced a lot of personal growth this year, much of which was propelled by my "It" Boy. He has been my rock, my very own stylist (saving me from numerous fashion meltdowns) and the absolute best shoulder to lean on. What's more, he has taught me something extremely important, and something every "It" Girl needs to remember: no matter how many people surround her, no matter how much designer fills her closet and no matter how often she is able to jet set across the globe, having a true best friend by her side is invaluable.

My prediction for my "It" Boy is that his bold ambition and creativity will lead him to run some facet of the menswear fashion industry within a few years. (As a side job, he will style Ryan Gosling, introduce us and inevitably be the Best Man in our wedding in 2015.) But no matter where he ends up, I know he will be successful, and I feel very lucky that I will be there beside him through the process.


Aaron and I giving our best Rachel Zoe and Karl Lagerfeld this Halloween. Maj.

Blake Makes Pumpkin Picking Glamorous

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Autumn signifies sporting scarves, boots to tread through the falling leaves and Pumpkin Spice Latte runs. But if you're an "It" Girl of Blake Lively's caliber, every task looks chic.

Blake was spotted NYC picking up a pumpkin, hailing a taxi and looking incredibly stylish in Rag & Bone jeans, Theodora & Callum Clouded Leopard espadrilles and, of course, a Chanel bag.



Credit for all photos: StartraksPhoto

I am in love with this look (could it be all of the black?) and she definitely inspired me as I prepare my own closet for the changing season.