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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!


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