The Girls of 2013 - No. 1


I mean, who else could it be, really? 2013 has been Jennifer Lawrence's year, which is why The Fashion Barbie is awarding her the title of It Girl of 2013. Back in 2011 we knew this girl was going places, but who could have predicted that Jennifer Lawrence was going to be the star of Young Hollywood when she stepped out into the spotlight three years ago.

To summarize Lawrence's stunning year: she kicked off 2013 with a bang by winning an Oscar for her outstanding performance in Silver Linings Playbook. She became the face of Christian Dior. The second installment of The Hunger Games was an even bigger success than the first (already counting the days until the next one!). Her latest film, American Hustle recently came out and is already an Oscar front-runner; Lawrence has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her supporting role and may earn her third Oscar nomination (and second win, perhaps?).

A whirlwind year indeed.

Lawrence hasn't just won awards this year; she's won over the hearts of moviegoers everywhere. Her All-American, "real" and slightly awkward (but always endearing) attitude is easily relatable, and Lawrence is much more focused on her acting than on taking the spotlight.

Of course, Lawrence still wears designer duds that cost a small fortune, so she's not exactly your average girl, but she wears even couture with casual elegance and ease. Lawrence's style can vary from edgy and experimental to gorgeous and glam.

Lawrence also made waves this year with her new 'do (and we're not talking about her Katniss braids). Earlier this year she decided to chop off her long layers for a stylish pixie cut. I'm not going to lie, I was highly skeptical of this hairdo at first, but the look has grown on me.

It's especially exhilarating to compare Lawrence's early red carpet looks to her most recent ensembles, because you really understand the type of style evolution that she's gone through. Jennifer Lawrence hasn't just blossomed into one of the most promising actresses of our generation, she's also grown into a style icon in 2013.

We couldn't give the title of It Girl of 2013 to a sweeter, more talented actress, and with seven films in the works, you know the Reign of Jennifer Lawrence is only just beginning.

Here's to more awesome red carpet moments in the next year, and here's to 2014. 

How to Be the Best Intern Ever

In the world of fashion, the perfect internship can be the key to getting closer to your dream job in the industry. But the work doesn't end when you hear back from an employer that you've snatched the position - you've got to bring it each and every day! 

I'm starting a new internship in the spring, so call me the new LC and listen up if you are in the same boat - these tips will make you totally stand out as an above-and-beyond intern.


  1. Pocket Notebook & Pen: As an intern, you are going to be busy and dealing with multiple tasks each day. Jot down all details in a pocket notebook so you don't have to bother your boss when you forget an hour later. Plus, people will notice your attention to detail. NOTEBOOK | PEN
  2. Travel Coffee Mug: I hated all forms of coffee beverages until college, when I learned that sometimes that extra caffeine kick is the only thing that will power you through Friday classes. Plus, nothing makes you feel more like an adult than showing up to work with coffee mug in hand. MUG
  3. Sleek Carry-All: A school backpack just won't do when you are working in an office environment. Make sure you have a smart tote bag (leather is always nice!) that can fit your laptop, notebook, and other necessities. BAG
  4. Cute, Comfortable Shoes: Interns are often moving around a lot. Especially with an internship in fashion, expect to be on your feet a lot. So unless you're heading into a meeting with Anna Wintour, go for simple ballet flats or loafers. FLATS
  5. Back-Up Makeup: Make sure your look is fresh all day long and keep concealer, lipstick, etc. in your bag in case you need a touch-up or two. MAKEUP KIT
  6. Organized Planner: If you are interning during the school year like I'll be doing, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with work and school and social events. Keep organized with a daily planner - I prefer the Lilly Pulitzer AGENDAS (they feature colorful designs and stickers!!!) and keep everything color-coded.
  7. Perfect Power Dress: Find a dress that makes you look like a million bucks (but that is still office-appropriate) and work it! (I'll be doing another post with more internship outfit ideas soon). DRESS
  8. Smartphone & Charger: You probably never leave home without it, but don't forget your phone! Make sure it's loaded with necessary apps (a reliable GPS, for example) and bring a charger too! IPHONE CASE
  9. Watch: Punctuality is key to being a successful intern. If you don't want to look like you're checking Facebook every 5 minutes on your phone, invest in a stylish watch - think of it as a bracelet with a practical purpose! WATCH

Stay tuned for a post on what to wear to your internship (or office job in general) in the next week!

What are your tips for being a successful intern?

Saturday Find

Social Media Ring Set - C Wonder

While shopping today my mom and I ventured into C Wonder (a fabulous preppy store full of brightly colored clothes, cute accessories & home decor) and I stumbled upon this awesome set of rings. 

I've been dying to try out the stacked ring trend and I could not resist these cheeky designs. I love the idea of wearing a hashtag or an ampersand and turning a text symbol into art! Totes Tres chic.

I also found a fabulous pair of black heeled Chelsea boots at C Wonder, a gorgeous green Marc by Marc Jacobs dress at Nordstrom, and a fabulous Genie by Eugenia Kim felt hat at Anthropologie. Quite the successful saturday at Fashion Valley, if I do say so myself. 

The Girls of 2013 - No. 2


You can't be such a polarizing figure without being widely talked about, and for better or for worse, Miley Cyrus has caused quite the stir this year. Her onstage antics are so notorious at this point that I shouldn't even bother mentioning them (smoking marijuana while performing in Amsterdam and twerking with Robin Thicke at the VMAs are a few of those moments, in case you forgot or live under a rock) and a lot of the rebellious activity is overdone and tiring, but Miley is just being Miley and you have to admit that a train wreck has never looked so good.

And honestly, train wreck is a bit of an overstatement. My fan relationship with Miley has fluctuated over the years - I was a fan of Hannah Montana, not gonna lie, and her eagerness to "shed her G-rated Disney image" was frustrating for me. I've never understood the need for child celebrities to go a bit off the deep end once they grow up, but I have never been a child celebrity so I have no idea what their lives are like and I've come to the realization that if Miley was just a normal college-age girl, no one would be batting an eyelash if she were smoking weed or dancing suggestively at a house party.

Yes, Miley is a public figure and thus should consider her actions and how they might influence others to follow in her footsteps. She has made many mistakes this year and I don't agree with all of her actions. But she's young, she's learning how to live and that involves making mistakes, and we just have to let her do her thing and hope she'll find what she's searching for. And you must admit, she's actually pretty level-headed when interviewed about topics that matter, like love and being true to yourself.

So, polarizing behavior aside, it's been a great year for Miley Cyrus. Despite the ridiculous title, Bangerz is awesome and I recommend you all go listen to it. And though the video is entirely silly (as are the countless parodies) "Wrecking Ball" is a beautiful song and the first time I heard it (before the video came out) I was like, yes, this is awesome. Though "The Climb" will forever be my all-time favorite Miley Cyrus song, Bangerz showed us that Miley has some serious musical talent.

Miley's also completely transformed her look this year. She ditched her long hair for a platinum pixie cut that sparked a mass trend of discarding long layers of hair for shorter looks, and when she's not wearing teddy bear onesies or suggestive foam fingers, she can be seen wearing Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler. She's a true style chameleon - one day she'll be rocking a 90s-style outfit with a crop top and vintage Versace, the next she'll be sleek and chic in relaxed suits. Like every other young 20-something, she's trying to find her style and she's experimenting with all sorts of trends and fashions. There are occasional misses, yes, but when Miley gets a look right it is spot-on.

This has been a crazy year for Miley Cyrus, and it's doubtful that 2014 will be any less of a roller coaster ride (or swing on a wrecking ball, take your pick) for the shining star that is Miley Cyrus. We can't wait to see all the outrageous OMG moments and fashion choices she'll make come the new year, and you know that whatever she does next, we'll all be talking about it. And anyway, isn't that the point?

Turquoise & Gold Christmas

J. Crew Embellished Sweatshirt | Too Faced "Joy to the Girls" Eyeshadow Palette | Yves Saint Laurent Eyeshadow Palette

Apparently there was a colorful trend to my presents this year! Turquoise and gold are two of my favorite colors, and they are even better together :) Hope everyone had a lovely day full of family, friends, food and fashion.

What did Santa bring for you?

The Girls of 2013 - No. 3


2013 has been a knockout year for Kerry Washington. Her hit show Scandal continues to impress audiences and critics alike week after week (I promise I'm going to binge-watch it this winter break!) and she just earned a Golden Globe nod for her performance in the drama TV series, she showed America that she could rock funny material when she hosted SNL, and has in general wowed the world with her lovable personality.

Kerry's also made waves in the world of fashion. Her style is rather poised and ladylike, but she's not afraid to mix things up every once and a while and take a fashion dare. It's incredibly rare that a woman can rock both a tea-length frock and an ultra-minidress with the same amount of elegance, but Kerry Washington manages to do so with ease.

The adventures of Olivia Pope are far from over, and we can't wait to see all the scandalous and stylish moments that Kerry Washington will continue to deliver.

Merry Christmas from the Fashion Barbie



Merry Christmas, everyone!

I'm taking the day off (and so should you!) but I hope your day is lovely and filled with joy and happiness. Take some time to enjoy family, friends, and fashion of course, and I'll see you back here tomorrow! :)

xoxo, Lindsey, the Fashion Barbie

Trending: Tulle Skirts

From Top Left: Atlantic-Pacific blog | Merrick's Art | Anthropologie Blog | A Feminine Tomboy | HBO's Sex and the City

For those of you who missed out on the chance to become a prima ballerina, you now have your chance to live out that dream (or at least dress the part) by wearing a fabulous full tulle skirt.

The concept of a ballerina tutu-inspired skirt is nothing new; Carrie Bradshaw has been rocking the look for years, from the opening credits of Sex and the City to the stunning series finale ensemble she wore in Paris (swoon).

But recently the trend has made a big impact. Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific is a major fan of the tulle skirt, and stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters have been hopping on the trend as well - I even saw vintage ballet costumes at the Urban Outfitters in Santa Monica. The tulle skirt is perfect for winter festivities and a welcome alternative to boring mini skirts.

There's two ways to go about styling the tulle skirt: either play up the pretty vibes with a ladylike top and accessories, or counteract the girliness with ankle boots and a less-structured top.

Either way, you're bound to turn heads in this attention-grabbing piece, weather you can dance the Sugarplum Fairy waltz or not.

The Girls of 2013 - No. 4


It's no secret that I've developed a bit of a style crush on it girl Holland Roden over the course of 2013. How can you not, though? Roden is young and having fun with fashion, and knows how to combine California cool with Hollywood glamour.

As everyone's favorite Prada-toting, archaic Latin-reading queen bee on MTV's Teen Wolf, of course Roden's on-screen persona is known for her stylish garb, but in real life Holland Roden is just as fashionable whether she is just walking around in West LA or strutting down the red carpet in a gown.

Roden made several front-row appearances at New York Fashion Week back in September and I'm sure she'll be back for all the fall collections. Her gorgeous red hair and penchant for bold color are two of her style trademarks. But besides that, Roden isn't afraid to experiment with style and dress up a little. The Naeem Khan dress-with-pants-underneath (center outfit, above) that she rocked at the VMAs this year was a style risk that paid off and landed her on many best-dressed lists.

Teen Wolf is returning soon and has already been renewed, so we will certainly be seeing a lot of Miss Holland Roden in 2014. Can't wait to see what she wears!

Trend Round-Up: Pre-Fall 2014

Pre-fall presentations for 2014 have already gone under way (Chanel's legendary metiers d'art show - in Dallas of all places - recently made waves) and the verdict is in: the pre-fall girl is a sophisticated intellectual who makes a statement but is never gaudy. She likes reading Jane Austen alone in a Victorian library and drinking lattes by the window of a cafe, waiting for the rain outside to stop.

Most important, though, the pre-fall girl is concerned with the details and the materiality of things - her clothes are rich and luxurious but they show rather than tell. 

And of course, these girls are as stylish as hell.

3.1 Phillip Lim | Oscar de la Rena | Akris | Altazurra | Fendi | Jenni Kayne | 10 Crosby Derek Lam


Borrowed from the Boys: Tweeds, pinstripes, shirt fabrics, et cetera. Designers drew from the sophistication of old-school menswear of the early twentieth century and concocted classic, sophisticated, while still easy shapes for women to wear.


Of course, the clothes were not merely men's clothes thrown on women; rather, they adapted aspects of menswear and used them to celebrate the woman. For example, classic khaki trousers keep from being baggy with a tapered crop hem and high waist; a button-down is left unbuttoned over a pencil skirt for a demure touch; shapeless pants or sweaters are given form with skinny belts and feminine pumps.

The overall look is classic and sleek. This girl is not afraid to borrow from the boys but she is also proud of what makes her a woman, and thus she celebrates both.

Nicole Miller | Erdem | Burberry Prorsum | Oscar de la Renta | Pringle of Scotland | Reed Krakoff


Jewel Tones: A more opulent approach draws from rich emerald, ruby, and sapphire tones emphasized by glimmering brocades and soft velvets. There is a strong emphasis on materiality and luxury, celebrating what makes clothes such a beauty.


The great thing about jewel tones is that they are not confined to any one type of "style" or anything; they work with any silhouette and any woman. A rich color is the easiest way to look like a million bucks, and the fabrics used in these collections only enhance the loveliness of these jewel hues.

Opening Ceremony | Fendi | Bottega Veneta | Michael Kors | Akris | Mulberry | Reed Krakoff
High Impact: Possibly inspired by this post from Buzzfeed, turtlenecks have made a resurgence. When you tire of your infinity scarves and feel that you need another way to keep your neck warm in winter, you can turn to a trusty high-necked knit sweater. It appears that the higher you pull your turtleneck up the more stylish you are - or maybe the colder you are; who really knows?

The Girls of 2013 - No. 5


There's no doubt that the breakout music artist of 2013 was Lorde, the young songstress from New Zealand that took the world by storm with her hit single, "Royals." I remember first hearing "Royals" while driving home from LA one weekend and being absolutely mesmerized by Lorde's powerful vocals. It was always a treat when I heard the intro's recognizable beat come on the radio. Apparently I wasn't the only one that was was in love, and the song made its way from the alternative to the pop stations. Everyone was hooked.

But don't call Lorde a one-hit wonder. Her debut album Pure Heroine is full of hits ("Team" and "Tennis Court" are my personal favorites). Lorde has won over the masses with her brilliant songs, her sweet demeanor, and her cool-girl-goth style - seriously, she could be a guest star on American Horror Story: Coven with her modern witch clothing.

Lorde's style signatures: black on black on black, plum lips, combat boots, and that iconic curly hair that gives Brave's Merida a run for her money. She is cool and laid-back but having fun with her style as she gets accustomed to the spotlight.

So what's next for Lorde in 2014? With three Grammy nods (including Record and Song of the Year) and more music in the works, we are definitely going to be seeing a lot more of Lorde. She may not be blue-blooded, but she sure is on her way to pop royalty.

Seeing Clearly with Warby Parker

Models showing off the new Winter Collection from Warby Parker

This may come off as kind of strange, but when I was younger I always wanted glasses. While other kids were horrified to learn that they had to go to school bespectacled and four-eyed, I found glasses quite fascinating and rather stylish - the problem with the kids in my elementary school getting glasses wasn't that they had glasses, just that the ones they picked out weren't very cool.

But from a young age I recognized the serious potential of a well-picked eyewear choice. Glasses may or may not increase your intelligence by at least 47% and they help your eyes see! What is cooler than getting to read and see the beauty of the world!? In all actuality, though, there were several times when I considered getting a fake pair of glasses just because I wanted to wear them so bad.

Lucky for me, I was granted the gift of nearsightedness by the time I entered eleventh grade. I noticed my diminishing eyesight because in algebra I sat in the very back of the classroom and my teacher got annoyed very quickly with my constant requests for clarification: "Is that a 3 or a 6? Or is it a 5?" (Sorry, Mr. Lemei!) and shortly after that I was on my way to the eye doctor. Now I need a pair of specs whenever I go driving at night or am watching a movie.

It is seriously awesome.

(And yes, I know I am probably one of the only people in the world to get this excited over her deteriorating eyesight)

image from Warby Parker

Unfortunately I have recently seemed to misplace my glasses (insert Velma joke here) and am in the market for a new pair of spectacular specs. But more fortunately, I've recently stumbled upon the greatness that is Warby Parker


Warby Parker is an eyewear company that is dedicated to making fun, smart-looking glasses (both prescription and sunglasses are available) for a reasonable price (most glasses are $95 including prescription lenses). These glasses remind me of 1960s authors living in Paris or New York - very erudite and classically chic.


Recently the brand has released their new Winter Collection, as well as awesome collaborations with Leith Clark and Beck. The brand describes the new winter line as "rustic meets modern" and suggest that "they make good companions for rooting around a bookcase, dashing through the snow, getting up to indoor mischief..." and honestly, what sounds better than that?

all glasses available at Warby Parker
The best part is, with every pair of glasses you purchase from Warby Parker, another pair goes to someone in need who cannot afford their own. I was already sold with the great shapes and fun materials, but nothing feels better than knowing your purchase is contributing towards a great cause.

The whole winter collection is available here, and be sure to check out the rest of the fabulous spectacles Warby Parker has to offer!

This post was made in collaboration with Warby Parker.

The Girls of 2013 - No. 6


Mindy Kaling has got it all - she's beautiful, fashionable, hilariously funny, and really smart. It's hard not to have a good year when you have all that going for you, but 2013 was Mindy's best one yet.

Her hit TV show The Mindy Project is one of my absolute favorites, and in it's second season it's definitely found its groove (let's hope the show's small upcoming hiatus doesn't kill that momentum). Before that, Mindy made people laugh both on-screen and behind-the-scenes as a star and writer for The Office, and last year her memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) made people fall in love with her unapologetic humor and charm.

Honestly, I may or may not be a bit biased. I have probably said (on multiple occasions) that "Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal" and I cannot even be embarrassed about it because it's just true. Mindy is so cool, and she's cool not because she pretends to be perfect but because she embraces the fact that women are complex and imperfect and can be brilliant doctors but still care about the Khloe-Lamar breakup more than is probably necessary and believe that scenes straight out of romantic comedies can actually occur in real life.

Mindy has sass, that's for sure, and it shows up in her tweets and red carpet ensembles alike (as well as her on-screen persona's wardrobe, which is full of Madewell and Kate Spade and totally trendy but also very realistic and reasonably-priced). She's not afraid of a bold color or geometric print, and she can be both fun and glamorous with her outfits.

If you aren't already on the Mindy fan train, you might want to hop on because there's no doubt that Mindy Kaling is going places.


Nothing quite beats those classic Christmas tunes, but if you're looking for some modern updates to play at your holiday fetes, look no further!

I've included fun "alternative" covers of classic holiday songs as well as some of my favorite originals ("All that I Want" by the Weepies is perhaps one of my all-time favorites, and it is certainly a hidden gem).

Of course, I can never resist failing at belting out Mariah's "All I Want for Christmas"!

What are your favorite holiday jams?

The Girls of 2013 - No. 7


When you get constant comparisons to Mariah Carey, you know you're dealing with a star.

Ariana Grande burst onto the music scene this year with her hit single "The Way" featuring Mac Miller and has become a household name in a very short matter of time. Grande got her start out on Nickelodeon's Victorious (and subsequent spin-off Sam & Cat) but the teenage songstress truly shines when she is belting out the high notes.

Currently you can listen to Grande's four new Christmas songs, including her original "Snow in California" - which is adorable, because it makes me think of the Disney Channel Original Movie The Ultimate Christmas Present and then I get all excited for the (im)possibility of snow in Los Angeles.

Grande's fashion sense is just as sultry and sweet as her music. She's a big fan of full skirts, floral prints, and candy colors. There's a bit of a vintage vibe going on, but Grande always appears fresh and up-to-date, rather than stuffy and old-fashioned.

She also has a signature half-up/half-down hairstyle - I'd love to see something a little different once and a while, but if it ain't broke I guess there's no need to fix it!

2013 has been a tremendous success for Ariana, and there's no doubt that her hot streak will continue on straight into the new year.

Wishlist - Lindsey's Picks


What does a Fashion Barbie ask Santa to bring for Christmas? Why, fashionable things, of course!

This year is all about those essential & awesomely chic items - a gorgeous palette of eyeshadows, a classic watch, a signature scent - that will last me a lifetime and keep my life as stylish as ever!


What's on your wishlist?

The Girls of 2013 - No. 8


It's hard to believe that 2014 will mark the tenth anniversary of Mean Girls (yikes, I am getting old) and it's even harder to believe that Lizzy Caplan played everyone's favorite goth androgynous badass Janis Ian.

Beneath all that heavy eyeliner and dark clothing was an absolute stunner, and ten years after the beloved film Lizzy Caplan is still going strong.

Last year Caplan starred in the raunchy Bachelorette (which wasn't my favorite, but Caplan was still great) and guest starred on New Girl as Nick's girlfriend, but with the success of the new show Masters of Sex on Showtime, Lizzy Caplan has truly outdone herself.

On the show Caplan portrays Virginia Johnson, a determined woman living in the 1950s who aids scientist William Masters in an intriguing and controversial study of - you guessed it - sex. Caplan is as charming as her fifties wardrobe, and off-screen she is just as lovely.

Caplan's signature style is decidedly feminine and bold, with bright lips and fun colors. She is certainly enjoying the spotlight and making each appearance a noteworthy one with her scene-stealing fashion sense.

Janis Ian may not approve of Caplan's fun and girly fashions, but we sure do!

Dressing for the Season


B.P. Knit Beret
Daughters of the Liberation Army Jacket (from Anthropologie)
Madewell Plaid Button-down Shirt
Black Pleated Skirt from Urban Outfitters
Kate Spade "Scout" Crossbody Bag
Black with White Polka Dot Tights from Urban Outfitters
Steve Madden "Tennessee" Lace-up Boots

Wanted to share a fun winter outfit I put together the other day! Cold weather may throw us West Coast girls off, but it gives us a chance to experiment with layers and styles that we usually cannot rock when it's seventy and sunny. 

Happy Monday!

The Girls of 2013 - No 9

all images from zimbio.com

Zendaya became a serious contender for the "Girls of 2013" list when I saw her American Music Awards look (second from the right). I had to do a double-take - was that really the girl from Disney's Shake It Up? And how does someone who is two years younger than I am look so much more mature than me!?

I had to do some investigating.

What I found was that Zendaya has some serious style. She can look cool and mature one day and then fun and youthful the next - exactly how a teen starlet should be! Now is the time for experimenting, and I love how Zendaya takes a fun but poised approach to fashion.

With Selena, Demi, and Miley safely out of the Disney sphere, it's time for a new round of child and teen stars to take the stage (and the covers of TeenVogue). Zendaya has stepped into that role quite well (and with cute shoes, too!) and I look forward to see many great things from her in the future!

Wear the Holidays, Designer Style

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Olympia Le-Tan Clutch | Chinti and Parker Reindeer Sweater | Tibi Reindeer  Sweater | Charlotte Olympia Gingerbread Purse | Charlotte Olympia Jingle Bell Pumps | Markus Lupfer Sweater

Last year I believe I wrote a piece about the increasing trendiness of the "Ugly Christmas Sweater" and the plethora of faux-vintage holiday-themed knits available in the "Urban Renewal" section at Urban Outfitters.

This year, even the trendiest of high-end designers have hopped on the bandwagon (pulled by reindeer, of course) and have dreamed up some perfect holiday clothing items.

Tibi, Chinti and Parker, and Markus Lupfer all have stylish updates on the ugly sweater if your friends invite you to an ugly sweater Christmas party but you cannot bring yourself to pick up some previously-worn moth eaten rag from the GoodWill (or from your great aunt's closet).

For the literary salon sartorialist, stun your friends with your erudite reading preferences and clutch Olympia Le-Tan's marvelous Grinch embroidered book-purse - not to be mistaken for a backpack, of course. It's sure to be a conversation starter: "Who is this Dr. Seuss, and what strand of postmodernist deconstruction theorist is he, exactly?"

And of course, if you've ever felt a burning desire to understand the emotions of a cat forced to wear a bell collar around its neck, Charlotte Olympia has concocted a festive version of her sky-high platform pumps by painting them in lush red suede and glimmering gold - and of course, adding golden bells along the ankle strap. You'll make an entrance wherever you go, and with your own soundtrack too!

So what do you all think of these Christmas-themed designer pieces? Would you be willing to shell out big bucks for a gingerbread-man-themed cross-body purse, or would you rather pay for the satisfaction of eating a real cookie?

Perfect for Parties

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Alice by Temperley Dress | Marni Necklace | J. Crew Dress | Christian Louboutin Clutch | Alexander McQueen Dress | Tamara Mellon Sandals | Diane Von Furstenberg Dress | Valentino Pumps | Miu Miu Dress | Kotur Clutch | Alice + Olivia Dress | Tom Binns Necklace

Finding out what to wear to the various holiday shindigs this winter can be challenging for even the most sartorially-snobby. Luckily I've taken out a lot of the guesswork and have picked some stunners that are sure to delight even the sourest of Scrooges!

I went for a palette of black, red, and gold - the black and red scream classy, elegant lady, while the gold adds a touch of holiday sparkle (and let's be honest, who doesn't love a dash of gold?). 

Fit and flare, lace, open backed, embellished - the gang's all there! Pick any one of these dresses and you are guaranteed to be the talk of the party. And these dresses are classic and therefore universally flattering, which means you have no excuses not to wear them (or dresses inspired by my personal picks, at least).

And with a fabulous dress you need fabulous accessories. A hint of leopard or a sparkly clutch brings a festive look up a notch, and bib necklaces are totally my thing right now. (P.S. can we talk about how amazing that Kotur tinsel clutch is!? It even has little ornaments embedded. Basically, the clutch is a portable Christmas tree!) 

So where are you ladies off to this holiday season, and what will you be wearing? I'm sure it will be brilliant!

The Girls of 2013 - No. 10

all images from zimbio

Catching Fire has been a critical and economic success so far, and Lionsgate has been advertising the film nonstop (the other day, I saw Hunger Games-inspired Burger King and CoverGirl ads; seriously, it's everywhere). On Wednesday night I took advantage of being at home for Thanksgiving and being able to veg out on E! without judgment and saw the woman behind the sassy District Seven tribute, Johanna Mason, on Chelsea Lately

She was hilarious, witty, smart, and best of all, she had fabulous style. I'm a big fan of Jena's sleek straight bob with deep side part, and I love the way she can wear feminine fit-and-flare dresses and minimalist shapes alike.

Jena can rock a frock (or a romper, when the occasion calls for it) like no other, but her acting chops are just as impressive as her fierce sense of style. Jena absolutely killed it as Johanna - she had me both laughing and crying.

And next year, Jena is slated to appear in a few big flicks, including Inherent Vice with Owen Wilson, Amy Adams, Josh Brolin (and a handful of other big-name stars) and Lonely Hunter, a film about a 1940s female author living in the South - not to mention Mockingjay, set for release in 2015.

Certainly not the last we have seen of Miss Malone!

And remember to stay tuned for the other nine It Girls of 2013!

Web Wednesday - "The Grunge"

Illustration by Mesdemoiselles for Style.com

That time of the year is quickly approaching, and gift guides are a plenty. 

This year, Style.com has delivered a truly unique take on the usual gift guide by introducing it was an original Christmas tale of The Grunge

The Grunge is what the Grinch would be if Dr. Seuss was actually Hedi Slimane, with her vintage leather jacket and raccoon eyeliner frowning on all things merry and bright. 

In typical Grinch fashion, the Grunge tries to steal away the Christmas joy of even the most stylish celebrators, and the whole story is told in wonderfully whimsical rhyme written by Matthew Schneier. 

An excerpt from the holiday tale:

"From the well-to-do women on Champs-Elysees,
She flinched every last carat bought chez Cartier.
From snow bunnies in Aspen, while they apres-skied,
Every It bag, from PS1 right down to FEED."

The Grunge learns some valuable lesson about the meaning of Christmas, having her own personal style, and all that, and rewards all her victims with the most fabulous gifts for the most fabulously fashionable. 

What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner


Thanksgiving can be a weird holiday, clothing-wise.

It is usually a holiday full of family gatherings, so we desire to dress our best. BUT there is also a lot of food involved, and no one likes a noticeable food baby, so that eliminates a good deal of dresses.

Shift dresses and empire waists were made for Turkey Day. Their loose-fitting structures are perfect for a day of indulgences, and you can wear one of these dresses without fear of looking drab or like you just ate, well, a whole turkey.

Thanksgiving dinners also tend to either be pretty casual family affairs or more dressy occasions with friends, so I've provided two perfect Thanksgiving outfits for whatever style of the holiday you celebrate!

Casual: Sweater | Dress | Boots | Scarf
Not So Casual: Blazer | Dress | Pumps | Clutch | Necklace

Enjoy Thanksgiving, everyone, and don't forget a slice of pumpkin pie!

What are you all planning on wearing to Thanksgiving dinner?

These Clothes are on Fire

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Catching Fire, the second installment in the beloved Hunger Games film trilogy, came out this weekend, and naturally I found myself in an 800-seat theatre for the midnight showing with ten other sorority sisters ready to watch the Girl on Fire tear it up in the arena once again.

And of course, I was also pumped up to see some crazy Capitol fashions.

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One thing I admire about the Hunger Games is that it really understands the potential power of clothing and fashion. The books and movies alike place an unusual (but much appreciated) amount of emphasis on the ensembles the many characters don throughout the movie.

Extravagant makeup and bold colors distinguish the Capitol citizens from the people of the outlying Districts. The costumes given to the tributes before they enter the arena can clue them in on what type of climate they will be competing in. Even a tiny little accessory (in the form of a golden pin) can become the inspiration for an entire revolution.

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The second film definitely kicks that notion into high gear, especially with District 12 Escort Effie Trinket's fabulously flamboyant wardrobe of Alexander McQueen frocks. And Katniss's interview/wedding dress is so beautiful you will cry.

And the rest of the movie is good too! Actually, it's amazing. No sophomore slump for this movie series, so definitely grab some popcorn and catch Catching Fire in theatres now!

Items from Net-a-porter's exclusive Capitol Couture Collection

P.S. Want to replicate the style of Katniss or Effie in your everyday wardrobe? Net-a-porter has just released the "Capitol Couture" collection by Trish Summerville. Now you can wear a mockingjay dress when feeling like rebelling against a tyrannical boss (or maybe a teacher who decides to assign a large essay and also have a final exam...just a hypothetical situation, you know) or get focused with a hoodie and leggings combo inspired by Katniss's arena costume.


Blocking It Out

Wrap Dress ; Sneakers ; Top ; Dress ; Skirt

Geometry is actually pretty cool when you think about it. Different shapes and patterns can make the coolest clothes; throw color into the mix and you've got loud statement pieces.

Color blocking is back and better than ever with the in-store arrival of Resort 2014 collection items, so whether you're spending your winter break tanning it up in St. Tropez or roughing it in the snow back home, add some POP! to your winter wardrobe and (color)block it out!

Web Wednesday - That's Not Victorian

That's Not Victorian's blog header

As an art history major and lover of historical knowledge in general, I was so incredibly pleased to have found That's Not Victorian, a tumblr blog dedicated to educating the masses on what does and does not constitute a #Victorian for a tag.

The most common mistakes include tagging Marie Antoinette and Rococo-era stuff as Victorian, as well as calling Jane Austen a Victorian rather than a Regency-era writer.

The blog's author, Gretchen, is blunt but kind about correcting people on what is and what is not Victorian - as she states on her "About" page, her goal is to educate rather than to ridicule.


Helpful guidelines from That's Not Victorian

I appreciate the blog because it is not only amusing but also educational. The author always tries to explain what era things actually do come from, and often includes interesting facts and tidbits that I may have not already known. And occasionally, she even has a "This IS Victorian" day.

If you've ever found yourself calling Jane Austen or Marie Antoinette or anything that is "vintage" Victorian, I highly suggest checking out this blog. And even if you are a history buff, I'd still check it out because the pictures - Victorian or not - are gorgeous.

Check out the tumblr blog here!

Get the Look - Paulien

Outfit InspirationBlouse ; Hat ; Cardigan ; Jeans ; Ankle Boots

I was stumped as for what to do for today's post, so my roommate suggested I do a "Steal Their Style" post and hey, why not!?

This look comes courtesy of the blog Polienne, a personal style blog by a Belgian student/model (so fabulous clothes are already a given). I love Paulien's cool but glamorous style. She'll pair downtown cool ankle boots and fedoras with classic pieces like a leopard print blouse (speaking of, I really need to get one of my own!) so I assembled an outfit inspired by Paulien's fabulous off-duty look.

The best part: every item is under $100, so you really are getting a steal!

Our Lips are Sealed

1. Mallarino 2. Lulu Guinness 3. Kate Spade 4. Markus Lupfer 5. Au Jour Le Jour 6. Diane Von Furstenberg
Stella McCartney Resort 2014 look at right

Nothing is quite as classically sexy as a lip print. A little provocative without being too provocative, a lipstick mark on a napkin can be a coy and flirtatious move.

The same could be said for lip prints and shapes on clothing and accessories. It's a fun and flirty motif that can be applied to any outfit or style.

Feeling bold? The primary-colored Au Jour Le Jour skirt is loud and cheeky, as is the oversized red snakeskin Lulu Guinness lip-shaped bag. Or, if you just want a whiff of sassiness, the Mallarino bracelet or DVF clutch would be perfect!

Either way, lip shapes are an awesome and fun trend to try out when wanting to make a statement.

Mad About Plaid

1. Topshop 2. J. Crew 3. Anthropologie 4. Madewell 5. J. Crew 6. Marc by Marc Jacobs

Plaid (or tartan, for purists) is an autumnal staple that made an even bigger splash on the runways, thanks to both 90s grunge-inspired shows like Saint Laurent Paris and more classic, simple presentations like Celine (Pictured above).

The linear print has infiltrated all corners of the fashion world and I couldn't be happier!

Add just a touch of plaid with a printed bag or barettes adorning your hair.

Or go mad and pair different patterned coordinates together! The possibilities are endless.

Personally, I have my eye on that Madewell vest, but I don't know I could justify such a cold weather piece when it is currently pushing 90 degrees here in sunny (always so sunny) Los Angeles.*

Until that day comes where I need winter wear, I'll probably settle for a fabulous pair of plaid shoes...and I do have a super cute American Apparel schoolgirl plaid skirt left over from my Blair and Serena Big-Little costume (thank goodness for sororities and their love of costumes!).

So I guess I have some criss-crossed options to try out! How about you guys? Are you mad about plaid like I am?

*I love LA to pieces, but I wouldn't mind if it got just a little cold for a little bit, you know? A girl can dream, right?


Urban Outfitters Holiday 2013 Collection


It's pretty safe to say that most holiday collections will feature plenty of sparkle and tulle, but no one has made these glitzy party staples so fun and fresh quite like Urban Outfitters has.

Entitled "Surprise Party", Urban has delivered their usual ironic and hipster touch to sparkly shoes and glittering clutches. Hey, they even have a bedazzled flask thrown in - for the classy lady, of course.

My favorite has to be the Urban Renewal overalls-tulle-skirt combination. I don't know on which occasion such a dress is acceptable (the skirt is classic party attire, but the denim top screams Despicable Me minion) but I have faith that someone is going to buys that dress and absolutely rock it this holiday season - or does the type of person who buys a dress such as that even celebrate such mainstream, consumeristic days?

Burning questions.

Not everything is so whacky, of course. The nail polishes especially, in an array of glitters and sultry winter colors, are pretty tempting. Of course, they are $8 for two bottles, so what's not to love!?

The collection is available here. What are your favorite pieces?

Web Wednesday: KEEP


InStyle magazine recently tweeted that their entire gift guide was available for purchase online at Keep.com and I was automatically intrigued.

As you may or may not know I am a huge fan of the magazine holiday gift guide, so immediately I was paying attention. But the fact that the whole guide was available online and all in one place! Gone are the days where we must hunt down each individual item from a magazine and find it on the internet - now the two mediums are so intertwined that the line separating print from web media is virtually invisible.

The website InStyle uses to conveniently share the links to all their gift guide goodies is called Keep and I am already infatuated with the web service.

Similar to Pinterest, users make profiles and different boards with different themes of categories. You can even make wish lists and send them to others! Users can browse new objects and easily find out where to buy a product online, or they can "keep" a product for later and digitally store it in a collection. So essentially Pinterest, but you can buy everything that you see.

Additionally, the website has featured guests come and curate special collections - this week, makeup artist Toby Fleischman has collected some of her favorite beauty buys.

Perhaps what I love most about the website is its gorgeous design. Usernames are presented in pretty script font, and icons in cool hexagonal shapes!

All in all, I am pleasantly surprised by this browsing-shopping website and definitely recommend it if you need to organize potential purchases (perfect for Christmas shopping!)

Here's my Keep profile!

Caped Crusaders

FROM LEFT: Marios Schwab; Red Valentino; Chloe; Mulberry


Following yesterday's Pink Coat Analysis, I find myself obsessing over another outerwear trend: the return of the cape.

While not always entirely practical (in other words, the lack of sleeves) the cape is a stylish and swinging piece that can serve as an alternative to the typical, classic coat.

And recently, capes have made a remarkable return to the forefront of cold weather fashions, which has gotten me questioning just how practical they can be and thus, how justified I would be if I were to buy one.

MICHAEL Michael Kors cape, $295 at Net-a-porter.com

This MICHAEL Michael Kors cape in particular has got me swooning. It is classic black and gold and comes in at a perfect price point, which is quite tempting. Plus, it totally goes with anything, including my somewhat preppy style.

But as the fall 2013 runways have shown, any style of lady can wear a cape, from the innocent fairy tale styling at Red Valentino to the witchy vibes at Marios Schwab.

Take a cue from these bloggers and fashion-savvy ladies; there are endless ways to wear the cape!

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What do you think about the cape trend?

Think Pink

50 SHADES OF PINK: Roksanda Ilincic; Topshop Unique; Prada; Jonathan Saunders; Miu Miu; Carven

Pink pastel coats seem to be all the rage right now. Last week when passing by Topshop at the Grove (aka one of the best shopping destinations on the planet) all the mannequins were wearing pastel pink coats and dresses - paired with festive holiday sparkles, of course.

The same styles were seen on the Fall 2013 runways at shows like Carven, Prada, and Jonathan Saunders.

So how does one wear a pastel pink coat without looking like a total cupcake? Take some cues from these guys!

FROM LEFT: One; Two; Three; Four

When wearing an oversize coat that is rosy-colored as a fluffy piece of cotton candy, it is best to balance the piece out with simple, sleek separates in neutral colors (like black and white, as the street style stars and bloggers have so wonderfully demonstrated). Menswear inspired accessories like brogues or straightforward boxy bags also counteract the "girly" color if you are worried about this look being too girly.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Rochas; Zara; Simone Rocha; Carven; MSGM