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Hautelinks: Week of 8/28/14

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* You know you use too many emojis if you can decipher these classic novel’s first lines written in the emoji tongue.

* So important: 9 Sneaky Reasons You’re In a Bad Mood (And What to Do About It).

* Fascinating: The Science Behind the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, from MarthaStewart.com.

* In case you didn’t know this was done: How Celebrities Photoshop Their Instagram Photos, via Buzzfeed. It’s so prevalent these days!

* BellaSugar has 18 great uses for medicine cabinet staple Vaseline.

* In case you missed them, the VMAs were this past weekend and People has a roundup of the best red carpet looks.

* Also, if you missed it, Miley Cyrus gave up her VMA acceptance speech to bring awareness to youth homelessness.

* One more on the VMAs: Why Beyonce’s Feminist Performance Matters.

* Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video is reviewed from a dance critic’s perspective.

* Speaking of which, here’s a Shake It Off flash mob. Love!

* Who needs lip injections when you can get the look with a few makeup tricks? Not sure I’d do this but the before and afters are amazing.

* Parents make a music video to celebrate their kids going back to school. Cute and funny.

* OMG, this cracked me up: Men try on Spanx for the first time.

* Another funny Buzzfeed vid: If guy BFFs acted like girl BFFs.

* Also LOL-worthy: The WTF Renaissance Twitter.

* Since it’s PSL season again (yay!), here are 4 surprising facts about the pumpkin spice latte.

* Something for readers driving themselves back-to-campus to think about: “The Woman At The Wheel“.

* OMG, this is awesome and will change the way you think about distressed denim.

* You’ve probably seen this around but in case you haven’t, this woman recreates cartoon characters on her lips. So cool.

* Also from Buzzfeed, we thought this piece on Karyn Washington was very moving. It’s important to remember that our social media personas don’t necessarily match our real-life selves.

* In other Buzzfeed longform news, a roundtable discussion on fashion for women in the workplace.

* More on workplace fashion: What The Knot team wears to work.

* Even though most people are storing their boat shoes away right now, this post on the footwear style is still a sweet little read. (Spoiler: man’s best friend is involved).

* In DIY news, Stripes + Sequins did a J.Crew-inspired statement necklace.

* If you have a big event coming up, why not use some of Byrdie’s red carpet beauty tips?

* In case you missed the Emmy awards on Monday, the Billy on the Street segment was awesome.

* From Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere: My 8 Steps for Feeling Confident.

* A great idea (although it would be better, of course, if we didn’t need this): A nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs.

* Lauren Conrad debuts a bridesmaids dress line. Is there anything she can’t do?

* Loved this piece: Feminism In A Run-Down Taffy Factory: The Women Of ‘Bob’s Burgers’. (Has anyone else had the marathon on nonstop since it started?)

* With back to school finally arriving, here are some cute school supply DIYs to test out.

* Being that it is back-to-school time, this will be so appropriately nostalgic: “Sh*t LITTLE Fashion Girls Say ft. Princesstard as P’Trique”.

* Your embarrassing back-to-school memories are nothing compared to Boston.com’s. Remember kiddos, it can always be worse.

* 7 Things to Do When You Feel Completely Alone via Mind Body Green. (Bookmark for the next time you feel homesick!)

* Here at CF, we 100% support your pastel unicorn hair. But if you have to back to the au natural side, here’s how to do it, from R29.

* From Divine Caroline, links to “Pinterest’s Best Fashion DIY Projects.” All of these projects are simple and within the grasp of even non-crafty types.

* 7 Tips for Healthy Living on a Budget, via the EveryGirl.

* News alert: The awesome blogger behind Humans of New York is taking his project global.

* In other news, one of our fave models, Cara Delevingne, is allegedly set to feature in Zoolander 2.

* “The Nostalgia Machine”: This is fun; you pick your favorite “childhood” year and “jam” to the most popular music of that year!

* 69 Thoughts You Have Every Time You Go to Victoria’s Secret, via Total Sorority Move.

* Cutest thing I saw all week: Munchkin kitties meet for the first time. <3

* And finally… cute photobooth pictures of dogs! Too adorable.

* Okay, one more: French bulldog puppy learns to jump!

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Nail Art How-to: Gold, Black, & White Back-to-Class Nail Art

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Back to class nail tutorial

Greetings lovelies! I don’t know about you, but the start of the semester hit me way too quickly! I’m not sure how it’s already the beginning of fall semester, but we might as well head back to classes with, well, class.

For this week’s nail art post, I’ve put together an elegant scalloped design that will make your nails stand out on that first day back. Scroll down for the step-by-step instructions:

All That Glitters is Gold

To start this look, I painted my nails a shiny black as a base color for the design. I like using Sally Hansen’s Black-Out because it has great staying power and a unique iridescent finish.

Next, using the technique from my previous Summer Skies tutorial, we’re going to create cute, scalloped edges with a gorgeous gold polish. My absolute favorite gold nail polish is Golden-I by Sally Hansen. In fact, I have been turning to this color all summer long!

Back to class nail tutorial 1 resized
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To create a scalloped edge, make one stroke towards the edge of your nail, and round off another stroke that’s slightly lower than the first. Repeat this until you have about three or four edges, with each edge a little bit lower than the previous one.

Back to class nail tutorial part 2
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I decided to add a white dot to the middle of each edge to help them stand out more. You can use a toothpick or a dried out pen for this, since a bobby pin might give you too large of a dot.

To keep things interesting, I opted not to paint scalloped edges on my middle finger and pinky. Since we added white dots to the center of our scalloped edges, I went for a simple dotted design for a different look that still complemented the original design.

And There You Have It!

Edited last image back to class

What Do You Think?

Would you wear this look for the first days back at school? How do you like to style your nails for class? Do you like creative designs or one color looks instead? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Piece by Piece: How to Grunge Down Your Preppy Plaid

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Celebs wearing grungy plaid looks
Photos: ELLE

Piece by Piece breaks down the equation of great style on a real college budget. When we love a look, we do the work by scavenging the internet for the absolute best-priced items, then recreate it for you! No trend is too extravagant, no look is too lavish, and no fashion moment is out of reach for the stylish College Fashion reader.

Women who already own and love a classic plaid shirt know just how versatile it can be. Perhaps as an equal and opposite reaction to trending sleek lines and patterned separates, plaid is becoming less of a preppy staple and going more the way Seattle and Marc Jacobs intended it; a devil-may-care piece thrown on as an afterthought.

To respect the grunge movement, the two outfits below are bare-bones and simple, but do not sacrifice style or self-expression. The only three things it takes to scruff up your look? A plaid shirt, a bold bag, and black (faux) leather shoes. Scroll down to learn how to add some grunge to your fall ensembles:

1. Willow Smith’s Dressed-Down Grunge

Willow smith wearing a plaid shirt tied around her waist
Photo Credit: ELLE

Willow executes the casual grunge look to perfection, a cruel trick of situational irony she was probably not counting on. That being said, I can’t get over how studied her look seems. It’s the perfect picture to take notes on – she tied her shirt around the waist (basically a direct ode to the original grunge movement), her color-blocked bag makes a personal style statement, and her black shoes hop on the “ugly” shoe trend train and ride it all the way to Street Style Station.

Grunge back to school outfit with a plaid shirt, boyfriend jeans, and ankle boots
Product Info: Shirt, Jeans, Boots, Bag, Necklace, Headband

Just like Willow, the look above includes a plaid shirt, a statement bag of choice (I love the zipper symmetry and tassels on this one), and a pair of flat boots that are, yes, flat and buckled, but would hurt my heart to call “ugly”.

Willow also appears to be wearing a headband and a silver pendant necklace. Cuff your boyfriend-style jeans just like her to show off your boots and tidy up an otherwise messy and baggy silhouette.

These jeans are an awesome deal and hail from one of American Eagle‘s amazing sales, plus both of the accessories are under five dollars each.

2. Mary-Kate Olsen’s Boho Grunge Look

Mary kate olsen wearing a plaid shirt and fringed bag
Photo Credit: ELLE

Mary-Kate’s plaid look is a little more stylized than Willow’s, but it’s a great example of how to follow a trend without deviating from your personal style. Some women are simply incapable of leaving the house in baggy jeans and a flannel thrown around their waist, and I totally get that.

Mary-Kate looks both edgy and put-together, and a little bit of her signature boho style shines through. The key again is in how she wears her shirt: open and loose with rolled sleeves. Her statement bag is basically a party (that fringe!), and her heels qualify as cute, but are still what we’re looking for – black and leather.

Grunge back to school outfit plaid shirt, leggings, and a fringed bag
Product Info: Shirt, Leggings, Bag, Shoes, Watch, Bangles

A fringed bag, edgy heels, and loose shirt are the three things essential to creating a more polished grunge look like Mary-Kate. It always amazes me to see what a difference specific accessories make in an outfit. The black leather bag and shoes set the stage, but MK’s gold arm party adds a definitive glam appeal to her grungy getup.

I’m obsessed with these Shoe Cult heels, which are about 50% off at Nasty Gal – an amazing deal for those of you familiar with this pricey brand. The shirt is on sale at American Eagle (basically, if you buy a full-priced item at AE, you’re not doing it right), and the bangles are also from Nasty Gal’s sale section.

What do you think?

I hope these looks gave you some new and accessible ideas as to how to wear your favorite flannel, and maybe made you fall a little in love with the scrappy appeal that is grunge. Do you think the pieces I picked are fairly priced? Which look will you be trying first? Comment below, and, as always, happy shopping!

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