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"It" List - January 13

Friday, January 13, 2012
Much to my dismay, winter has officially hit Chicago. (Yes, I am aware that it is the middle of January, but can't a girl dream that the harsh season will bypass the Midwest this year?) Thankfully, with my "It" Girls, there is always a little bit of sunshine.

In this round-up, I'm giving props for cupcakes, color choices and a certain Royal with a birthday two days after mine.

Cupcakes for a Cause
It's no secret I'm mildly obsessed with Blake Lively. A couple of weeks ago, she unveiled the cupcake she developed with gourmet cupcake shop, Sprinkles. The S'more cupcake, which is available now until February 2, features graham cracker-lined Belgian dark chocolate cake filled with bittersweet chocolate ganache and is topped with toasted marshmallow frosting. Even better, all proceeds from the cupcake benefit Oxfam. And why wouldn't you want to buy a cupcake developed by Blake? For more information, visit

Emerald City
In an "It" List from the summer, I referenced Emma Stone's excellent use of hot pink on two separate occasions during one week. This week, she rocked bold, emerald green at the People's Choice Awards and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Clearly, this "It" Girl knows when something works, you go with it. I think this is a fantastic color in general, and on Ms. Stone, it is simply delightful.

In Gucci at the People's Choice Awards

In Jason Wu at the Critic's Choice Movie Awards

Chain Me Up
Lauren Conrad was spotted leaving dinner in Los Angeles this week rocking a pair of a-maz-ing Chanel booties. I think these Chain Me Lace-Up Wedges would look killer with a pair of jeans or a dress and tights.


Ravishing Rachel
Did you know Rachel McAdams worked at McDonald's for three years? Rachel dished this and more in her interview with Glamour, for which she is the February cover girl. I love Rachel so much that I have a hunch I'll end up seeing The Vow. And truth be told, she is the only woman (besides me, clearly) that I will ever accept as a girlfriend of Ryan Gosling. 

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30 Champagne Clicks for Kate
Her style has been called boring, simple or just plain "eh." But, in my opinion, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge can teach us a thing or two. She has been blasted for repeating pieces on multiple occasions, but I find it rather refreshing. I wouldn't mind seeing her take some riskier fashion choices in 2012, but what I will say is that she always looks effortless, and reminds us that sophistication is always in style. As she turned 30 this week, my fellow Capricorn will have a busy year ahead filled with charity work and general Duchess fabulousness. Cheers, Kate!


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