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An "It" Girl's End of 2013 Checklist

Sunday, December 29, 2013
Between the twerking and the Snapchatting, 2013 certainly was a year to remember. Before you shimmy into your New Year's Eve ensemble, make sure you soak in my list of items to watch, hear and snag before the clock strikes midnight.

WATCH
The Girls Season Three Trailer: I am utterly obsessed with HBO's Girls. Lena Dunham just gets it. After the emotional rollercoaster that was the season two finale, I've whined about how much I miss the show. The Girls team understands, and after throwing us many teasers via social media, they recently released a new trailer for the third season. In the preview, we see a sassy Shoshanna, melodramatic Marnie and Hannah, well...being Hannah. My excitement just hit the "giddy" level.

via HBO

Girls season three premieres Jan. 12 on HBO.

American Hustle: David O. Russell is at it again, with the star-studded flick based on the 1970's Abscam scandal. This one definitely lives up to the hype — intensely character-driven, the actors are convincing (huge applause for Amy Adams' portrayal), and the story is compelling, sharp and exhilarating. I absolutely loved how the score perfectly complemented the scenes, and the incredible wardrobe which helped tell the story. And, of course, "It" Girl extraordinaire Jennifer Lawrence stole every scene she was in.


HEAR
Banks: If you missed Banks' debut all over the music blogs (and, now, a Victoria's Secret commercial) this year, I will forgive you: that is, if you promise to check out her EP, London, ASAP. If I had to categorize, I'd call Banks the female counterpart of Drake and The Weeknd — doused in dark and soulful vocals and groove-worthy melodies that create completely memorable music. Fun fact: Banks is a self-taught pianist and singer.

Mark my words, this girl is going to be huge.

Give her track "Warm Water" a spin as you download the London EP. It's what made me fall in love with her to begin with.

Learn more about Banks at hernameisbanks.com.

CHVRCHES: Congratulations to CHVRCHES, who produced my favorite album in 2013. The synthpop trio's The Bones of What You Believe is a perfect blend of infectious hooks and purposeful songs laced with vulnerability. I kid you not, every track is great. Check out one of my favorite songs "Lies" below, and jump aboard the CHVRCHES train.

Learn more about CHVRCHES at chvrch.es.


SNAG
Stack It On: I've professed my love for Bing Bang accessories in the past, and it's no surprise they're frequently on my "It" list. Before you say adios to '13, round up one of Bing Bang's cute and quirky cuffs, perfect for both a statement piece and stacking. 






Pucker Up: So long, nail art. According to data from The NPD Group, Inc. (via WWD), ladies are purchasing more lip products than ever. In fact, the numbers are so high, they've shifted the nail art trend into a passing fad.

Even if lipstick is not your go-to beauty product, New Year's Eve is the perfect occasion to pop open a tube, and even try a color not normally in your wheelhouse.


Although a bit of a splurge, Tom Ford Lip Color delivers luxury. Its smooth finish is ideal for turning heads and leaving your mark on champagne glasses. This particular shade is a nod to the 2014 Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

An ideal lip product is both long-lasting and moisturizing. The answer? Makeup artist favorite, Stila Long Wear Lip Color (shown here in Daring). But quick! These babies are being discontinued. The pro: they're currently on sale, so stock up!


Happy Movember! Celebrate With a Facial Hair Appreciation Post

Sunday, November 10, 2013
November marks a very special time — a time when men keep their razors in storage and sprout facial hair (in particular, a moustache) in support of men's health for Movember

Aside from the fact that I've recently realized I totally have a thing for guys with facial hair, I thought this would be the perfect time to express my appreciation for the "It" Guys of the world when they've sported a little scruff.

Have a seat (you'll need it, in order to handle this hotness), sit back and enjoy the moustaches of all shapes and sizes below.

Ah, Jon Hamm. He's dreamy as Don Draper, and just as sexy as Jon Hamm. The facial hair he modeled at the 2013 Emmys really just made me me want to roll around in it.

If you look up Chris Hemsworth  in the dictionary, it says, "Fine piece of man." And that scruff really brings out those baby blues. He can lay the hammer down anytime. (What? I'm talking about Thor.)

Here we have Chris' brother, Liam Hemsworth, who frequently rocks a bit of a 'stache.

I couldn't resist capturing the Hot Hemsworths together. So scruffy. So seductive (by simply standing there).

My other favorite Liam, Liam Payne, has had one of the biggest transformations in One Direction. As he grows into his own, he has been seriously sexy with a moustache and beard. (He's 20, it's fine.)

Michael B. Jordan is rarely seen facial hair-less, and is always smoking hot.

Kit Harington is one of my favorite parts of Game of Thrones. Jon Snow may know nothing, but I know something: Kit is hot.

Kit's doppelganger Christopher Abbott will be sorely missed from Girls. A big reason is because he got even cuter once he started rocking the 'stache.

Oh, Fassy


Need I say more about Lenny Kravitz? Nope, I needn't.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't often skip shaving, but when he does, we get this fine result. And I mean fiiine.

When he's not making us laugh, James Franco is just being hot and sometimes moustache-y.

Tom Hiddleston: amazing actor, amazing facial hair.

Stephen Amell shot a Green Arrow through my heart.

Taye Diggs is so attractive, he could even pull off a handlebar.

You're like a fine wine, John Stamos.

I am sure this list could go on forever. Who is your favorite moustache'd man?

Accessory Crush: Danielle Stevens

Monday, October 28, 2013
Rachel Zoe once said, "Accessories are the antidote to the blahs." As temps are falling, outfits are becoming a bit more complex. I happen to be a huge fan of layers and the cozy pieces that make up a fall wardrobe, but sometimes, it's that one accessory that can really bring an outfit together.

In my quest for fresh, independent jewelry designers in my new home of NYC, I was excited to learn about Danielle Stevens. Not only are the pieces creative and whimsical, they don't break the bank. Sold!


Founded by Danielle Stevens in 2002, the namesake line delivers four collections a year with a characteristic balance between timeless, collectible jewelry and the ultimate statement in fashion accessories. What most caught my attention is that Danielle loves to combine gorgeous natural elements with man-made plastics and ceramics for a fun play on color and textures. Traveling the world, she has found only the finest stones, crystals, and beads from many cultures that she incorporates in her unique designs.

And the girl is legit. Not only has she been featured in InStyle, Lucky, People StyleWatch, Real Simple, Seventeen, Health and Redbook, she has celeb followers like Drew Barrymore, Carrie Underwood, Connie Britton, Kourtney Kardashian, Nicole Scherzinger, Reese Witherspoon, and Hillary Duff.

Check out my Q&A with Danielle below!

I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't fascinated by jewelry. What is your first memory of it? I grew up in a retail family and spent a lot of time in my grandmother and mother's fashion boutiques. So, while customers would be trying on clothes in the dressing room, I would be in a dressing room trying on all the jewelry — and then proceeded to show all the customers the new styles for the seasons.  I loved watching all the fashion shows my grandma would produce for her store, and loved watching all the jewels come down the runway that accessorized all the gorgeous Parisian and European clothes she sold.


Was designing jewelry your childhood dream? Where did your aspirations come from?  I always
wanted to be a journalist, even got a journalism grant at graduation from U of Michigan. I thoroughly enjoyed writing since I was young, but was ALWAYS working with my hands on the side. I painted, taught myself how to sew and how to make jewelry. I started officially making jewelry in college and would sell pieces right off my neck. I realized that being creative was the space I belonged in, and if I wanted to be truly happy, I needed to follow my dreams and make my creativity a full time job.

Which piece is your favorite in your fall collection?  I absolutely love all our stackable bangles this season, I have been wearing a lot of some of our wood bangles with burnished silver bangles (jb34, jb35, jb42, jb39).

One of my favorite pieces from the fall collection, JB50C.

Where do you find inspiration as you create new collections and try to stay ahead of trends?  I am always taking in my surroundings — whether taking photos while traveling, ripping out color inspiration from magazines and watching all the NY and Europe runway shows.  

Your pieces have a lot of stones with interesting cuts, colors and sparkle (I love it!) Do you feel this is your signature trademark? Where do the ideas behind pieces such as these come from?  I love all the faceted crystals and stones in the collection because they really make pieces look richer and they definitely provide that "sparkly" effect that everyone loves when wearing fashion jewelry!  I don't necessarily feel they are my trademark as much as I think they just make the jewelry pop and wearing jewelry is all about having fun.



Describe the "Danielle Stevens" girl.  My collection is always a reflection of what I would wear and what I see the everyday woman wearing.  My jewelry needs to translate to a jean and tee shirt girl to a professional woman.  Almost all pieces in the collection can literally be dressed up or dressed down depending on the outfit.  I recently wore two of my bangles that are more "glam" to a black tie event and the following day layered them with wood and wore them with jeans and a sweater. Versatility is KEY!

What has been your most surreal career moment thus far?  Two years into starting my company, one of my white summer necklaces got paired with an Oscar de la Renta gown on the cover of Town and Country. I literally was awe-struck, and felt so much gratitude for the opportunity to be featured with a couture dress in such a well recognized magazine! It really propelled my jewelry to the next level.


Who are your favorite "It Girls?  Blake Lively, Julianne Hough, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Alba

What are you currently playing in your iTunes? Robin Thicke, Give it 2 U

Where can my readers  learn more and purchase?  daniellestevens.com just launched a new site! Check it out, it was so much fun to create and all our new fall styles are up!

Visit Danielle Stevens on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more!

Disclosure: I received a Danielle Stevens piece for trial and review. All opinions therein are solely my own.

8 Reasons You Should Be Anticipating Britney's Return

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Britney Spears fans (also known as the Britney Army — but I prefer Disciples of Godney) have been brimming with anticipation for months now. Let's be honest: it doesn't take much to get us wide-eyed and flailing. But the era of what has been simply dubbed "Album 8" in lieu of the actual title truly feels like Britmas.

For the non-believers, I thought I'd share eight very sensible reasons why you should be excited for the newest Britney era.

Oh, and before we get started, remember: this is not a comeback.


1) The collaborators are HUGE.
William Orbit (Madonna's "Ray of Light" album), Sia (who is not only an outstanding solo artist, but has also penned David Guetta's "She Wolf [Falling To Pieces]," Rihanna's "Diamonds," Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You [Until You Learn to Love Yourself]" and Rita Ora's "Radioactive") and Charli XCX (Icona Pop's "I Love It") have all been tapped for the creation of Album 8. Executive producer will.i.am, whom Brit fans have been decidedly on the fence about in the past, shared he wanted to really get an "intimate sense of where her life is right now" before even beginning the process; and, Britney herself has called Album 8 to be her "most personal album ever."

The Twitter correspondence between Britney and Sia below proved there is some magic in the works:

"Beautiful" and "heartbreaking" are qualities both fans and non-fans alike have been craving from B for quite awhile.

2) Danceney.
Looking for the Britney who flawlessly executed these moves?


Rumors have been swirling for months that Brit will be announcing a residency in Las Vegas. While signs are pointing to the fact that this will indeed become a reality, it also appears Britney is generally very committed to polishing her dancing skills this era. She has been spotted in and out of dance studios for the past several months, hinting that maybe, just maybe, we'll see some of those heavily-choreographed  numbers we lived for in the past.


3) She's putting in the work (literally and perhaps figuratively).
It has been unofficially confirmed there will be a song with the word "Work" in it, which already leads me to believe it will be the dance, pop goodness Britney excels at. But don't assume the entire album will be auto-tuned club-bangers:
For those looking for a more substantial Britney, it seems she's looking to bring that to the table  not only lyrically, but vocally, as well.

4) This.
Last night, Queen B uploaded the following photo and caption on her social media channels:


Let's break this down: she looks fantastic, she's dancing (see point "Danceney") and she's filming a video. It's been a minute since we've had a dance-charged video from Ms. Spears, so this is unarguably sensational news.


5) Competition is fierce.
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé are all on deck to release new material within the same timeframe of Album 8's promotion and release. This only makes Britney's new era all the more intriguing and exciting — and her team has likely set the bar high on quality.


6) The recipe.
Even if you're not a Britney fan, there is a song and/or album in your iTunes. Britney is aware of her strengths from previous albums, and uploaded her "recipe" for Album 8 last month.

I'm sure we can all agree if this album is at all inspired by "Blackout" or "In The Zone," there is greatness in store.

7) The mystery.
From the cryptic countdown on BritneySpears.com to little hints Britney herself has dropped via Twitter, there are lots of surprises in store. While we know some of the producers and writers involved, we truly do not yet know much else about Album 8. Certainly these details will be divulged in the coming weeks, but the lead-up has been quite "mum's the word" and Britney's keeping her lips on the Starbucks. 


8) It's Britney, bitch.
Dig her or dislike her, one thing is certain: Britney is a pop phenomenon. With more than 100 million albums sold to-date (105, actually) and so many records broken (e.g. her sophomore album "Oops!... I Did It Again" still holds the record for the highest sales in one week by a female artist ever), there is no denying she has been and continues to be a force to be reckoned with. She somehow always manages to keep us interested, guessing and squealing.


An It Girl's Must-Have: Color Me Swoon

Monday, September 2, 2013
As much as I appreciate adult activities like scheduling my own bedtime, enjoying adult beverages as I please and spending hard-earned cash on designer crushes, there's something great about child-like indulgences. Coloring books were one of my favorite activities as a kid, and I see no reason why, as adults, we can't whip out crayons every now and then.

Artist, author and downright talented chick Mel Elliott gets it. After developing Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling (which I obviously own a copy of), she is set to release Color Me Swoon (Perigee) tomorrow. Think the ultimate coloring and activity book featuring all of Hollywood's heartthrobs.


I had a blast going through the book, giggling at the activities and, well, swooning. I have yet to color in it, because my art skills aren't yet up to par and I would hate to make a mess of David Beckham's face.

I've provided a sneak preview of what you can expect in the book, as well as my idea of how a date would look with each of these dreamboats. My intention is not to make these fan fic-esque, though it may have veered that way...

Onward!

George Clooney

Swoon Factor: 8. As Carrie Bradshaw once said, "Clooney is like a Chanel suit, he'll never go out of style." (Although, I do prefer The Clooney beardless.)
Book Activity: A crossword puzzle, in which Clooney-ettes (that can be a thing, right?) fill in the answers to random facts/trivia.
Real Life "Swoon": Georgie is very old Hollywood. Think a movie (romantic dramedy, natch) followed by a candlelit dinner at an Italian establishment. Afterward, George will walk you home, and give a goodnight kiss — but no funny business!

James Franco

Swoon Factor: 8.5. Aaron may want to fight me on this one (don't worry, boo, he's yours), but anyone who can pull off James Dean is automatically a hottie in my book. It should be noted I was even swooning over him in This Is The End, which was a movie that was not at all swoon-worthy.
Book Activity: A crossword puzzle with words which describe James in various adjectives, including "bad boy," "brilliant" and "who?" (lol)
Real Life "Swoon": James would be all about those wine and painting classes. He'll whisper sweet nothings in your ear in between brush strokes.

Pharrell Williams

Swoon Factor: 9.5. I've been on the Skateboard P train since the In Search Of... days, and we all know the man ages like fine wine. Collaborating with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke made Pharrell ubiquitous this year — and I am not complaining.
Book Activity: A fill-in-the-blanks scenario, which could also double as a really awesome mad libs game.
Real Life "Swoon": Pharrell is an artist in every sense of the word, so he'd want to experience the Christopher Wool exhibit at the Guggenheim with you. Then, you'd enjoy a walk through Central Park and, amidst the chatting, he'd begin singing "The Closer I Get to You."

Adam Driver
Swoon Factor: 7.5. Whether you love him or hate him, Adam provides consistent eye candy on Girls. His  recent Gap campaign cemented him as one of the "It" Boys to watch.
Book Activity: Okay, so Adam doesn't get his own activity, but he is featured on the "Quirky Hot Team" along with Michael Cera, Andrew Garfield, Chris O'Dowd and Jason Segel. Sign me up for the Quirkies!
Real Life "Swoon": Adam doesn't dig big crowds, so you'd get to know each other at a quiet coffee shop. As you're leaving, he'd begin dancing (think club, not slow) in the street and invite you to join him. 

Ryan Gosling

Swoon Factor: 10482595.
Book Activity: Poem writing. Fitting, considering he is poetry to the world.
Real Life "Swoon": Does it matter? He could take me to Wendy's and I'd be like...


Color Me Swoon is available September 3, 2013; Mel Elliott can be found at www.ilovemel.me.

I received Color Me Swoon for promotional purposes. I was not compensated for this post, but am totally obsessed with the book anyway.

An "It" Girl's Guide to the MTV VMAs

Saturday, August 24, 2013
It is my belief the MTV Video Music Awards are one of the most exciting award shows of the year. The funny thing is, the excitement doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the winners. It's the chaos. The red carpet craziness! The collaborations! The surprise appearances! I'm excited just thinking about it.

The VMAs turn 30 (!) this year, and while so many lists have highlighted the show's biggest and best moments, I decided to go a different route. Check out my tips for managing the day's festivities.

Pre-Show: Breathe.
Rumors have been swirling this week about an assembly of the greatest, swoon-worthy-est boy band of all time during tomorrow's show. I think every girl born in or around 1985 FREAKED OUT about the news. Then, our hearts collectively shattered after party pooper Lance Bass allegedly denied the reunion. Now, as an official *NSYNC twitter account launched (and became verified!) tonight with an accompanying cryptic tweet, hopes are at an all-time high. 

Ladies, we're all a bit frantic about this right now. To think, the five guys who tore up our hearts, taught us the true meaning of dirty pop and still have us captivated by their legendary booty shaking could be together, at the same place, at the same time, on the same stage...


AHHHHHHHHH.

My best advice: Seriously, breathe. We need to keep our composure. In the meantime, turn up the Celebrity album and reminisce about the e-zine you subscribed to in the late '90s (FYI, I ran one called *//\\//SYNC N-E-TIME.)

Red Carpet: Judge.
As "It" Girls, we appreciate a well-styled red carpet appearance. Unfortunately, the VMAs sometimes bring out the crazy. As you watch, I encourage you to critique attendees. I, personally, am a big fan of the 1-10 scale, with 1 being "Fire Your Stylist. Now." and 10 being "Giving Me Life!" You can also make this a drinking game (please drink responsibly, of course), in which you take a sip when:
  • An outfit resembles a muppet.
  • The ensemble looks like it was put together in the dark.
  • A male attendee is wearing a simple t-shirt. Bonus drink if it's layered with chains.
  • There is glitter/sequins/bedazzlement present.
On the flip side, I've provided a refresher of some of the golden VMA red carpet moments.

From the Queen of Pop to the Queen of the Catwalk, these ladies brought their A-game to the VMAs.

Show: Clap, Sing and Paint Your Nails.
Admittedly, sometimes the VMAs do bring disappointments in winners (ask Kanye) or snooze-worthy performances. Don't be afraid to jam out to the performers you are feeling, and give a little applause for winners you approve of. (I'm a big advocate of participation, even if it's from your couch.) If the show hits a lull, break out the nail polish. (Try CND Vinylux in Gotcha if you're feeling girly, or OPI's Dining al Frisco). 

Here are a few things I look forward to seeing (in addition to the holy *NSYNC reunion):
  1. Robin Thicke Winning Video of the Year for "Blurred Lines." Song of the Summer? More like Song of the Year. That "hey, hey, hey" never gets old, and certainly, I wouldn't mind seeing Mr. Thicke grace the stage to pick up his Moonman. (Yum.)
  2. Shady Business. Some of the funniest moments are when audience members are caught off guard by the cameras, sneering or plastered with a "judging you" glare. Be on the lookout for these. I, personally, would love to see a little Harry Styles shade for Taylor Swift.
  3. Drake. Yeah, just Drake. He also may or may not be announcing his marriage proposal to me after his performance. Just putting that out there.
  4. Katy Roars. Could it be possible Katy Perry brings a real tiger on stage for her performance of "Roar"? Regardless, this pop gem is definitely one of the performances I am anticipating.
Post-Show: All Clear.
We survived. Hopefully, at this point, we're reeling off a flawless *NSYNC performance and our nails are shiny and fabulous. Before you hit the hay, slather on GLAMGLOW Super-Mud Clearing Treatment Mask. Like most masks, it looks a little silly while it dries, but it is hands down the best mask I have ever used. Expect a fresh, clear complexion, perfect for facing the week ahead.

...Okay, one more for the road.


Guest Post: "It" Girls of Comic Books

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I'm so excited to share this post, written by my best friend and favorite geek, Aaron of TheRalphnerd. A true expert on the topic, he breaks down some major "It" Girls in the comic book world. 

It's no secret comic books have been pop culture's latest obsession, along with French bulldogs and grumpy cats. As "It" Girls, I'm sure the latter is what really makes you squeal with delight. However, women are no strangers to kicking ass and taking names, and this bears no difference in the comic world. In fact, some of the best characters created are "It" Girls: polished, refined, bad ass and role models every budding young woman should look up to. 

So how do you know which "It" comic heroine you'd be slightly interested in? Well, I manage a blog that obsesses over superheroes and fashion, so it's your lucky day. 

Wonder Woman/Diana Prince

The "It" Factor: The Amazonian warrior princess hails from Theymiscara, the all-female populated paradise island. Proving her ferocity and wit in battle, Diana was gifted with the lasso of truth, and magical deflective bracelets to protect her journeys as a liaison between the world of men and Theymiscara. Wonder Woman is also the very first super heroine, and one of three in the great DC Comics trinity (Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman). What "It" Girl doesn't love exclusivity?

Winner of...: Best Accessories for a Heroine. A lasso that forces men to speak the truth? Ladies, don't act like you wouldn't use this.

All looks from Fall 2013 collections.

Who She's Wearing: DVF/Balenciaga/Tom Ford. Diana is more than likely going to support a designer who empowers women, but still makes them look dazzling. Don't forget she's royalty, so there's a luxe factor here. And, like every woman, Diana doesn't mind a little razzle dazzle. (Peep those silver cuffs.)

Pop Culture Obsession: If there's any flaw Diana has as a heroine, it's that she's incredibly self-righteous,. But I bet Athena's temple that she's on the Holy Maury Mother of God Tumblr page searching for GIFs...daily.

Storm/Ororo Monroe

The "It" Factor: A Kenyan-born mutant with the ability to manipulate the weather, Storm hasn't had the easiest life. However, earned the titles of leader/co-leader of the X-Men, became a worshiped goddess and was named the late queen of the fictional African nation Wakanda. With a calm temperament (that doesn't mean you can piss her off), a knack for leadership and the ability to make white hair look stylish, Storm remains top-tier in the world of super heroines.

Winner of...: Best Makeover. In the early '80s, Storm experienced a mid-mutant-life crisis, due to the loss of her weather controlling abilities. She cut her hair into a mohawk, and donned an all black leather get-up. Kind of like Rihanna during her Rated R days, but without the CB heartbreak. Storm ain't having that.


Who She's Wearing: Roberto Cavalli/Helmut Lang/T by Alexander Wang. The earth mother/queen in Storm loves print and flowy silhouettes (right up Cavalli's alley), but her field leader nature loves structure, and dark palettes. She's a walking wind machine, and anything she wears will be for affect. But, unlike a certain diva who'll remain nameless, her hair will never get caught in a fan.

Pop Culture Obsession: Storm may be one for overdrawn speeches and dramatic declarations, but I guarantee you her most viewed video on YouTube is Sweet Brown. Time for another X-mission? "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

Catwoman/Selina Kyle

The "It" Factor: Born on the rough streets of Gotham, Selina quickly acclimated to street life to survive. But her survival skills were not in vain, soon making her one of the most notorious cat burglars in Gotham. With an affinity to feline pals and expensive jewels, Selina eventually crossed paths with the Bat and became an on off-love interest and foe. We wouldn't call Ms. Kyle a villain, per se. She's a gal every woman can relate to. Who doesn't want jewels and money?

Winner of...: Best Cinematic Performance. Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992's Batman Returns cemented Catwoman as one of the most desirable comic ladies of all time. The costume, the bad ass attitude and the shivering "meow" does it for me.


Who She's Wearing:  Gucci/Versace/Hervé Léger. Selina's an urban girl in every sense of the word. Even with a burglar background, Selina is anything but discreet, until it's necessary. She likes gold, big jewels, lamè and decadence. If it makes a statement, she loves it.

Pop Culture Obsession: Selina's a pretty cat-friendly girl and would never find humor in her beloved pets. But how could she resist Grumpy Cat? (She even has the Grumpy Cat weather app for her iPhone.)

Emma Frost/The White Queen

The "It" Factor: Emma comes from a life a decadence, class and luxury, by means of her family's "old money." With telepathy and a mutant ability to transform her skin into diamond, Emma took an early path to villianhood by becoming The White Queen of the mutant Illuminati order, The Hellfire Club. After a series of run-ins with the X-Men, she finally saw reason and joined them, replacing the late psychic Jean Grey as a heavy-hitter telepath.

Winner of...: Best One Liners. Proof? Jean Grey: "What makes you such a bitch, Emma?" Emma Frost: "Breeding, darling. Top class breeding."


Who She's Wearing: Marchesa/Isabel Marant/Chanel. Coming from old money — and having skin made from diamonds — makes decadence a clearly defined wardrobe trait. She's the "It" Girl who will walk around the X-mansion in an Marchesa dress and Louboutin Bianca pumps, simply because she feels like it. And accessories? No need, when your skin is the biggest rock any girl could want.

Pop Culture Obsession: Being a telepath means getting the 411 all the time, so there's no greater intrigue than MTV's Catfish. But, obviously, Emma could spot a Catfish 400 miles away.

You can visit Aaron, AKA The Ralphnerd, at www.theralphnerd.com. When he's not obsessing over geek culture, he likely has his nose in a book, his hands on the coolest new menswear piece or is his booty shaking on the dance floor.