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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A true "It" Girl has an array of accessories: designer shades, Louboutins, a Chanel bag (or 20) and, of course, a sprinkling of diamonds, just to name a few.

But if diamonds are a girl's best friend, tail-wagging pups are a very close runner-up. As the "It" Girl grabs her coffee, jets through the airport or enjoys a stroll during some rare downtime, you'll often see a leash in the hand that is not holding the very expensive handbag in the other.

Last year, Ashley Olsen adopted an adorable French Bulldog, which just so happens to be one of my favorite breeds. (Those irresistible faces get me squealing every time.) She has been spotted toting her furry friend around ever since, including yesterday as she stepped out of her NYC hotel.

Get the Look: Rachel Bilson in French Connection

Friday, June 24, 2011
Once upon a time, Rachel Bilson was the "It" Girl of The O.C. as Summer Roberts. While I'm still a little envious she frolicked around with Adam Brody on- and off-screen, I've grown to really respect her for her role in various fashion-related ventures.

Rachel has had her fair share of exposure in the fashion community, rooting from her always chic and sophisticated personal style. Her collaboration with DKNY resulted in the Edie Rose clothing line and home collection, and I always love reading her advice column for InStyle. She currently appears in an advertising campaign for Magnum ice cream, directed by the one and only Karl Lagerfeld — you can't get much bigger than that.

In 2010, Rachel was announced as the style director of Sunglass Hut, and it seems plans for this partnership have gotten even bigger. WWD reported this week that Rachel's role is now global, extending to the U.K., China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, China and the Philippines. This worldwide push for the brand will include in-store imagery featuring Ms. Bilson, as well as the re-launch of her Sunglass Hut blog.

WWD shared a sneak-peek at the ads, in which Rachel dons French Connection's Anna Lace Dress, sheer tights and Brian Atwood booties.

Although this look is perfect for fall, it can also be modified to work for summertime.

I love the idea of contrasting the lace dress ($69, Asos) with these leather gladiator sandals ($70, Steve Madden), a skinny black belt ($105, Rag and Bone) and this House of Harlow statement necklace to top it all off ($75, Akira). The result is an adorable "It" Girl ensemble that blends one of my favorite combinations, lace + leather.

Blake Rocks Missoni on The Tonight Show

Saturday, June 18, 2011
While I was "oh na na"in' at Rihanna's concert Wednesday at the United Center (which, of course, was amazeballs), my favorite "It" Girl Blake Lively appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She chatted about Green Lantern, how she sabotaged Ryan Reynolds' diet on-set, and, of course, fashion. While many doubt her, she insists she doesn't have a stylist, and chooses her own clothes.

Regarding personal style, she told Jay, "I think style is such an expression of yourself. It's the way you present yourself every day to the world. When you don't have a conversation with people, this is the conversation that you're having." Love it.

Credit for all photos: Getty

The dress, which is from Missoni's Fall 2011 collection, was effortlessly beautiful. But my favorite part was undoubtedly her brightly-colored Lorraine Schwartz jewels paired with Christian Louboutin 8 Mignons sandals. As my bestie would say, J'ADORE!

As a side note, I saw Green Lantern last night, and I enjoyed Blake's performance — and brunette hair!

Style Spotlight: Rihanna

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
When it comes to "It" Girls in the pop music universe, Barbadian beauty Rihanna undoubtedly tops my list. She embodies every attribute declared in my "It" Girl philosophy, and I especially love her style and fiery, fun personality. (I fully intend to make a glossy, coffee table book with her best tweets.)

When she burst onto the scene in 2005, I'm not sure anyone could have predicted what a massive star she would become. Today, she ties Janet Jackson with the most #1 singles on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, only to sit behind Mariah Carey, Madonna and Whitney Houston. That's pretty — as Rih would say — majah.

As her music has evolved, her personal style has not only transformed, but catapulted her into true fashion icon status. She has gone from baggy jeans + crop top combos and babydoll dresses to couture gowns and blazers paired with leather leggings.

Rihanna recently described her style evolution to Interview magazine: "In the beginning of my career, I didn't have a lot of input in what I wore and stuff, but it was a very, innocent, girly look. Then after we put out Good Girl Gone Bad, it kind of became a darker, edgier look, and then it got even edgier on the last album [Rated R]. And now... I like stuff that's easy without trying too hard. I don't like stuff that's too contrived."

Today, I'd best describe her style as unconventional, eclectic, polished and a perfect balance of masculine & feminine. It was difficult to narrow it down, but I've highlighted some of my favorite looks below.

No matter how her style continues to progress, one thing is for sure: she will own it!

Red Carpet Rundown: MTV Movie Awards & CFDA Fashion Awards

Monday, June 6, 2011

Some things never fail to spark excitement for me — sunshine, catching a Britney song on the radio/in a bar/anywhere in life and red carpet fashion. I've actually blown off plans so that I could sit at home and watch the Oscars red carpet live. (I guess my secret is out now. I'm okay with it.)

It is always a thrill to see what the stars bring for red carpet events. Sometimes it's good and brings on swoons, sometimes it's cringe-worthy bad and sometimes, it's really, really, really ugly.

In the past couple of days, we had two great red carpet opportunities, with the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards tonight. After flipping through all of the photos, I compiled my top 5 favorite looks:

Credit for all photos: Getty

Ashley Olsen in The Row & Manolo Blahnik & 
Mary-Kate Olsen in Chanel, The Row & Louis Vuitton
Is it considered cheating to count two "It" Girls as one? I can't choose! These ladies have come such a long way, and truly must be credited for establishing and owning their signature styles. Ashley has been giving me a very Carrie Bradshaw vibe these days (which I love), and Mary-Kate clearly knows that a Chanel jacket is always a winner.

Emma Stone in Bottega Veneta
I love Emma Stone, I love that she dyed her hair red again and I love this ensemble on her. It's charming, flattering and she gets bonus points for those copper red pumps.

Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors
This woman recently had a baby. MIND BLOWN. Really though, this black, cut-out gown is simply ravishing.

Leighton Meester in Balmain
This one was a no-brainer: Leighton looks beautiful, and it's BALMAIN. (It should be noted early on that I am a huge, huge fan of Balmain. One day, I hope to have an entire wardrobe of studded jackets and dresses.)

Hana Soukupová in Marchesa
Marchesa also tops my list of favorite designers, and immediately upon seeing Hana in this gown from the Spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection, I nearly started a solo applause. The asymmetrical lines, the ruffle details...I'm in love.

Blake Lively Goes 'Glamour'ous

Sunday, June 5, 2011
Credit for all photos: Glamour

It makes perfect sense that my first content post features Blake Lively, quite possibly my favorite "It" Girl on the map. As Blake made a splash on to the Hollywood scene as Gossip Girl's dazzling-yet-poor decision-making Serena van der Woodsen, she quickly grabbed my attention, thanks to her amazing red carpet style and persona that is part old Hollywood, part girl-next-door. (If only all of us girls-next-door could snag Leo DiCaprio...)

Although she is amidst a bit of a scandal (not uncommon for an "It" Girl) regarding some alleged camera phone photos, there is also a buzz about her upcoming role in this summer's Green Lantern. Blake graces the cover of Glamour's July issue and talks about the film, her personal style and role as the face of Chanel. The photos are absolutely stunning — two sets of Louboutin pumps? Bestill my heart!

Welcome to The "It" Girl

R. Kipling once wrote, "It isn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just 'It.'"

In today's celebrity-saturated society, we are flooded with pop icons in every form of media. While Hollywood's leading ladies certainly are beautiful, talented and interesting, some stars shine brighter than others; particularly, some starlets all have an extra "something" that makes them stand out.

The concept of the "It" Girl is not a new one, rooting back to R. Kipling's remarks in 1904, and perhaps even more famously with the 1927 film, It. Today's modern "It" Girl consists of a variety of ingredients beyond beauty. She is fashion-forward, charming, unapologetically ambitious, confident, effortlessly cool and absolutely captivating.

Those who know me best are aware that my most famous interests and areas of expertise lie in the realms of celebrities and fashion. Through this blog, I look forward to merging these interests and celebrating the modern "It" Girls — from glamorous actresses like Blake Lively and Mila Kunis, to pop stars such as Rihanna, and the ubiquitous designers of Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.