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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."

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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!

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.