Today marks the birthday of fellow Capricorn and one of my biggest inspirations, Diane von Furstenberg. I found it only appropriate to celebrate her today, as she is so appreciated by not only me, but the many "It" Girls of the world.
2012 was filled with powerful ladies: Gabby Douglas, Lena Dunham and Katniss Everdeen, to name a few. It was also a great year for female musicians, with Lana Del Rey's debut, a slew of amazing singles from Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" album and, of course, Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe."
There were three acts who not only made an impact on my musical universe this year, but also have the makings to become full-fledged favorites of my fellow "It" Girls in 2013.
It is the end of an era. After five great, gasp-worthy years, our favorite Upper East Siders stowed away their mobile phones and bid farewell with the series finale on December 17. I featured some of my favorite looks from the show several months ago, and the fashion inspiration which carried through all six seasons is undeniable.
While it may sound rather cheesy, I learned more than great style from "Gossip Girl." The show oozed drama and, quite frequently, unrealistic situations. But digging deeper, I drew a few life lessons I actually carry with me beyond watching the show.
5) "Whoever said that money doesn't buy happiness, didn't know where to shop." Okay, money does not truly solve all problems. However, this quote, said by none other than Blair Waldorf in season one, resounds true. For those obsessed with designer (like me), hitting up Barney's after a rough day in the office can only result in pure exhilaration. Perhaps your passion is books; it only makes sense to indulge in a few hardcovers. No matter what, it is important to find things which inspire and revive you, and invest appropriately.
Hello, my lovely "It" Girls. I know, I vanished for a minute. As you surely understand, an "It" Girl has things to do and places to be. But, just as Rihanna can't go more than a year between albums, I can't stay away for too long.
This weekend, the bestie and I saw the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. The movie was fantastic, and a true nod to the classic Bond movies of yesterday. Plus, who can resist Daniel Craig as 007?
One thing which particularly caught my eye was Bérénice Lim Marlohe as the mysterious Sévérine. And, being the nail polish-obsessed girl I am, I couldn't help but notice the glamorous oxblood shade she sported during her first encounter with Bond.
My obsession with boy bands originated when I was 12 years old. Hanson "MMMBop"ed their way into the charts and, simultaneously, into my heart. My very first concert was their "Middle of Nowhere" tour and, although it rained and I was on the muddy lawn, I was in heaven.
Then, it was *NSYNC, and I was all about *NSYNC. To this day, I still have debates about why *NSYNC is better than the Backstreet Boys. But even as much as I adored *NSYNC, I also had 98 Degrees, LFO, O-Town and even a little bit of BSB on heavy rotation on my discman.
Fast forward more than a decade later, and some of the top songs played on my iTunes are from quartets or quintets of young men. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware boy bands are everything right now. Even The New York Times ran a feature about their popularity earlier this year. In response to the resurgence, some people may ask: "WHY?" I will give you two reasons
1) Boy bands are fun.
2) Boy bands are cute.
I didn't promise profound reasons.
Whether you genuinely enjoy their music, consider them a guilty pleasure or just have the hots for a member or two, there is a special place in an "It" Girl's heart for boy bands. Thus, I am going to break down three of my personal favorites.
I am going through major "Girls" withdrawal. The HBO series instantly became one of my favorite shows after watching the first episode. While the second season doesn't kick off until January, I thought I could tide over my craving by focusing a post on one of my favorite characters, Jessa.
In case you haven't watched the show, it chronicles the lives of four women in New York City, dealing with their careers, relationships and friendships. Sound familiar to my all-time favorite show "Sex and the City"? Creator, writer, director and star Lena Dunham shared there is an undeniable connection between the two: "This show couldn't exist without 'Sex and the City,' both for what it opened up for women on television and because these characters were raised on 'Sex and the City.'" The difference? "Girls" is less polished, less glamourous and, well, less sexy. Lena told Reuters, "What is similar is the constant struggle to define yourself, it is set in this urban jungle — if we want to call it that — and the strong relationships between women."
For some reason, owls have always fascinated me. It has been said they represent wisdom, intuition, mystery and even magic among the Native American culture. Additionally, the symbol of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, strength and skill, was an owl.
It's no wonder these feathered friends were all over Christopher Bailey's Fall 2012 Burberry Prorsum collection, from charming screen printed tees to embellished sweaters.
There is one "It" Girl who, until now, did not have a presence on this blog. To some, she may not even be considered a part of the category. But those who know me best know that, no matter what she wears, says or does, she will always have a place in my heart. And, truly, her "It" factor is what made me fall in love with her to begin with.
Who I speak of is none other than Britney Spears. Since the first time I heard the song "...Baby One More Time," I have been an unwavering Britney fan stan. Through her highs (I've seen her in concert five times, vividly remember sitting on the floor watching her 2000 MTV Video Music Awards performance and basically threw confetti when Femme Fatale dropped three top 10 singles), lows (let's not talk about it) and everything in between, I have felt nothing but a strong adoration and appreciation for her.
September marks a busy month for Britney, with the debut of her role as judge on "The X Factor" and TV appearances to support it, the launch of her Twister Dance commercial and a guest spot on a new song from will.i.am's album. One surprise and delight for me was learning she is ELLE's October cover girl.
I may be in the minority, but I am actually happy to say farewell to summer and hello to fall. I thought a perfect end-of-summer post would be to bring back the "It" List, which has not been featured in some time. Without further ado, let's see what some of my favorite "It" Girls have been up to, shall we?
Even an "It" Girl needs a day of lounging. Today, this girl spent the majority of a rainy Chicago afternoon contently curled on the couch, taking advantage of "The Hills" marathon MTV is currently airing. Watching Lauren, Heidi, Audrina and the other "Hills"-ites brought me back to the days before this blog existed (aka college) — and made me realize real or staged, silly as it all might have been, there are some lessons an "It" Girl could learn from the ladies of Los Angeles. Baffled by this revelation? Allow me to explain.
If you asked me, "What is your favorite cartoon of all time?" I, without hesitation, would reply, "Daria" and proceed to sing "You're Standing On My Neck."
The series had multiple dimensions of awesomeness: Daria's perpetual cynicism and sarcasm, Jane's ice cool attitude seeping with dry humor — and her hot brother, Trent. (I never did determine if it is acceptable to call a cartoon character "hot"...) Even Quinn's boundless vanity provided numerous lol-moments. For example, the episode "Gifted" spawned this treasure: "Who came up with the name 'tennis bracelet,' anyway? It sounds like some kind of a sweatband, if you ask me. You know what I'd name them? Wrist ornaments. It's like a tree ornament, only for your wrist. Doesn't that sound festive?"
Whether she liked it or not, fashion was a big part of Daria Morgendorffer's life. Daria may have loathed the notion of fashion Quinn and her Fashion Club minions lived for, but she effortlessly had her own style which so perfectly defined the '90s.
In ode to the show, I present my modern, fashion-forward outfits inspired by Daria, Jane and Quinn.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, aka London 2012, kicks off tomorrow. While I might be Team USA, I can certainly appreciate the awesomeness of the host city. There are countless reasons to love England: Glastonbury, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, The Beatles and, of course, hot men with amazing accents.
In honor of the Olympics kick-off, I wanted to showcase some of my favorite "It" Girls to come out of the UK.
I vividly remember watching Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns in second grade. I may have been in elementary school, but even then, Catwoman seemed so cool in my book. What can I say, I am a fan of a great villain, especially one that appreciates jewelry as much as I do.
When it was announced Anne Hathaway would be taking on the role of Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, many were a bit skeptical. Although Anne is a talented actress, could she really pull off the role?
If you are anything like me, you get really excited when you discover something new. Even if it's not "new," the feeling of uncovering what feels like a hidden treasure can be thrilling and turn into a total obsession. This typically happens for me with music, movies and, of course, designers.
I first discovered the Bing Bang brand when it was featured on BaubleBar. The name alone caught my eye, but then I saw it — skulls. Lots of skulls. Those who are closest to me know I have a slight obsession with skulls (and may even have a tattoo of a skull...), so I was immediately enamored. I purchased the Eternity Skull Ring in Silver, and was even more pleased with it when it arrived. I love the juxtaposition of edginess from an entire band made up of skulls, yet it feels delicate. I find this to be true for the brand overall: it presents a successful balance of femininity while each piece is completely bad ass.
An outfit isn't complete without the proper pieces to tie it all together, whether it's a pair of shades or a stack of bracelets. One of these finishing touches I can never leave the house without is actually one of the least expensive, but most effective: painted nails. While a small touch, it can really complete a look (and be a great conversation piece).
Taking a cue from some of my "It" Girls, I've compiled a few of my recommendations for rocking the right shades this summer and beyond.
I typically focus my posts on "It" Girls of Hollywood, but the fact is, not every "It" Girl has a recording contract, stars alongside Ryan Gosling or graces the pages of Vogue. With this in mind, I'd like to spotlight an "It" Girl in my own backyard, Flavia Robinson.
Summertime is everything that is "It" - days at the beach, drinks at rooftop bars and outdoor concerts, to name a few. Magazines also recognize the season as a time to feature the best of the best, and a few of my favorites selected three of my favorite "It" Girls for their July issues. Let's review!
Florence Welch for Harper's Bazaar UK
Florence has quickly become one of my favorite musicians. Her second album, Ceremonials, solidified my admiration of her enchanting, ethereal style. If you haven't given it a listen - shame on you - start with a few of my favorites, "Only If For A Night," 'Never Let Me Go" and "Spectrum." For Harper's Bazaar's UK edition, Flo received two July covers, both draped in Valentino Couture. The bestie, who is likely her biggest fan on the planet, and I are looking forward to seeing her live twice this summer, including her performance at this year's Lollapalooza.
Standout quote: "I like to wear clothes that I will wear when I am an old lady."
Blake Lively for Marie Claire
When I heard Blake was Marie Claire's July cover girl, of course I was pleased. When I heard she was wearing Balmain, I nearly squealed with delight. As always, Blake is perfection personified on the cover, and in Dolce & Gabbana, Antonio Berardi and Jenny Packham in the spread. Look for her as a hippie who gets kidnapped (!) in Savages, in theaters July 6.
Standout quote: "I recently shared how many boyfriends I've had [four], and people were like, 'That's impossible!' But it's true. I've been with very few people. If I'm not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I'd rather be by myself."
Emma Stone for Vogue
Back in January, I compiled a wish list of sorts for Vogue cover candidates. When I heard Emma would be the girl du jour in July's Vogue, I wanted to give Anna a hug for obviously hearing me. The cover, featuring Ms. Stone in Nina Ricci, is fantastic, and I love the shoot's contrast between girly (i.e. the red and white Jil Sander dress) to funky (displayed by the Dries Van Noten number). Emma is a busy girl right now, promoting and hitting red carpet premieres for The Amazing Spider-Man, slated for a U.S. release date of July 3. And, in the fall, she will once again be appearing alongside Ryan Gosling in Gangster Squad. (I can't even be jealous - Emma is just too endearing.)
Standout quote (albeit "stolen"): "There’s this Ryan Gosling quote that I steal all the time—I watched an interview with him in Cannes—and he said picking roles is like listening to songs on the radio: There can be a lot of really great songs in a row, but then one comes on that just makes you want to dance."
Bonus: In a recent interview with Hollywood.com, Emma talked about gifs (one of my favorite things in life) and shared this nugget, which inevitably became a gif. Naturally.
As I think about icons of my childhood, one name always rises to the top: Kelly Kapowski. Okay, maybe she wasn't real, but Tiffani (Amber) Thiessen as Kelly was beautiful, fashionable and undeniably the coolest girl at Bayside. I was captivated by Kelly from an early age, and remember desperately wanting her wardrobe and boyfriend. It's true - I firmly believe Zack Morris is still one of the smoothest, hottest characters in television history.
Although Saved by the Bell reigned in the late '80s and early '90s, upon watching re-runs, I realized Kell was rocking some trends that can be easily updated in today's closet.
One thing Kelly wore in nearly every episode were florals. Floral denim, floral tops and floral dresses were serious staples for her.
Although Kelly did this in a very '90s way, florals are on-trend right now. Try something along the lines of the below to add a pop to your closet.
Kelly never struggled with the stress of coordinating separates. The majority of her outfits were skirts paired with a cropped tee, tank top or jacket.
Don't be afraid to show some leg with a mini skirt. The key is to find the right cut and fit for your body type. I recommend enveloping this trend into another one of my favorites, neons. (Of course, you know I adore everything neon.)
Designer. Philanthropist. Icon. When it comes to "It" Girls, Diane von Furstenberg is certainly a part of the upper echelon. So much more than the mastermind behind the staple wrap dress, Diane is an empowering figure. (It should also be noted that Diane is a fellow Capricorn, for which I can't help but to love her even more.)
It is impossible for a woman to not love DVF's designs based upon fit and pure timelessness alone, and I could rave about all of the pieces I currently yearn to have in my closet. What's more, I have come to find her famous nuggets of wisdom incredibly inspirational. I've highlighted just a few gems below:
"The most important relationship is the relationship you have with yourself."
"I believe all women are strong. Sometimes they just don’t show it."
"Welcome the changes...trust your future. And trust yourself."
“The biggest mistake a woman can make is not to be herself in public or private.”
"There's no success without frustration."
"You know, there's a thing about the woman across the room. You see the woman across the room, you think, She's so poised; she's so together. But she looks at you and you are the woman across the room for her."
"Fear is not an option."
"Take time to dream about the kind of woman you want to be, and then become that woman."
The last quote I find particularly powerful, and it coincides with one of my favorite DVF projects. In 2008, she collaborated with DC Comics to create a collection and comic book inspired by my favorite superhero, Wonder Woman. In times of doubt and distress, I like to remember the tagline: "Be the Wonder Woman you can be."
It has been too long. However, my "It" Girl-spotting has not gone unnoticed.
Whether you know her as Chezza, Cheryl Cole or just Cheryl, this UK native is a superstar (and can totally pull off the First Name Only thing). "Call My Name," the debut single from her third solo album, is a Calvin Harris-produced, club gem that instantly had me hooked. The video, released today, made the track even more enjoyable — between the chopped and screwed intro to the neon colors and, of course, Cheryl's pure gorgeousness. Rumors have swirled of Ms. Cheryl planning a collaboration with Rihanna, and, more recently, Lana Del Rey for her A Million Lights album. Two "It" Girls on one track? My ears are waiting!
Two words have been on seemingly everyone's lips during the past few weeks: Hunger. Games. I, too, have gone giddy over the "Games," although completely went about it backward (movie first, books second). So typical.
The movie made its debut in theaters last Friday, and quickly broke box office records. It's no surprise — a post-apocalyptic story dripping with action, drama and a little bit of romance, featuring a protagonist that is fiercely independent, strong and intelligent. Take that, Bella Swan.
I found the casting of the movie to be great, but "The Hunger Games" officially made me fall in love with my "It" Girl du jour, Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen. Jennifer has been acting for a few years now, but first caught my eye as Mystique in last summer's "X-Men: First Class." Fun fact: Jennifer finished high school two years early and moved to New York City to pursue an acting career, for which she did not have any professional training.
Upon watching her frenzy of recent media appearances, I realized not only is Jennifer beautiful and talented, she is down-to-earth, authentic and absolutely hilarious. Don't believe me? Check out her interview with David Letterman, in which she calls herself a "troll."
This girl knows how to warm my heart.
Jennifer is slated to appear in at least five more films between 2012 and 2013, and considering the success of "The Hunger Games," I have no doubt there will only be more of this "It" Girl on our screens and magazine covers.
Below I've included some of my favorite pictures from worldwide premieres of "The Hunger Games." While I love her candid style, I think she has been rocking the red carpets in dresses from A-list designers such as Prabal Gurung, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham.