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5 Vogue Cover Candidates

Thursday, January 19, 2012
With all due respect to Anna Wintour, I could not help but give the side-eye when I saw Vogue's February cover girl. All personal preferences aside, I struggled to see what about Taylor Swift fits the Vogue bill. While it is true that the U.S. version of the magazine is much more commercial and celebrity-focused than its European counterparts, and long gone are the days of Cindy, Niki and Naomi as the magazine's prime stars, I could not help but brainstorm which "It" Girls I think are worthy of an upcoming spotlight.

Following are my starlet picks for this year's Vogue covers. They are gorgeous, they are fashion-forward and, of course, they have "It." Shockingly, none of these ladies have landed a cover — yet. (Anna, are you listening?)

Mila Kunis
Dior via Facebook

Do I need an explanation for this one? It is crystal clear I am a huge Mila fan, but her new campaign representing Dior Spring/Summer 2012 is yet another reason to give her a Vogue spotlight. Très chic.

Emma Stone

Oh, Emma. I can't get enough of this girl. I am drawn to her because of her talent, but her charm also makes her a standout. She is often on the Best Dressed lists, and her Lanvin gown was one of the few that received my personal stamp of approval at this year's Golden Globes. Emma also rocked Lanvin at a pre-Golden Globes W Magazine party, a premiere of The Help a few months ago and last year's British Academy Film Awards. I smell a partnership on the horizon? Let's also not forget Emma has three movies slated for a 2012 release, so we can expect a lot of red carpet looks this year. Hopefully, a Vogue cover is also on the list!

Elizabeth Olsen

I think Lizzie is likely the biggest "It" Girl to watch in 2012.  She received a great deal of recognition for her role in Martha Marcy May Marlene last year, even scoring the New Generation Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards last weekend. On the fashion front, she once said it makes her "nervous," but considering her undeniable ability to pull off Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Proenza Schouler (as seen above) on the red carpet, it is only a matter of time before she is scooped up as a designer's muse.

Rachel Bilson

Rachel is hands-down one of my favorites when it comes to fashion inspiration. She nails it every time she makes an event appearance, and her street style is impeccable. In the past year, she worked with Karl Lagerfeld on advertisements for Magnum ice cream, launched ShoeMint and became a guest editor for Piperlime and style director for Sunglass Hut. It only seems fitting that an "It" Girl who is so passionate about and influential in womenswear receives the honor of a cover.

Leighton Meester
Glamour UK

Blair Waldorf is easily one of the best characters on television. But Leighton herself also has the "It" factor and a sense of style just as enviable as Blair's. While I often rave about Blake Lively, she has scored two Vogue covers. I would love to see how the editors would style Leighton as their cover girl in the near future.

"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!