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Coupons & Sales: Week of 12/19/14

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Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* Aldo has the following deals: take an extra 30% off select sale merchandise and an extra 50% off women’s sale shoes through 12/24. Prices as marked.

* Alternative Apparel is offering 25% off hoodies, plus free shipping through 12/25. Just enter promo code HOODIE25 at checkout.

* Banana Republic has the following offer: Starting 12/17: 30% off your purchase at Banana Republic. Use code BRFORYOU. Ends 12/19. Restrictions apply. See site for full details.

* Barney’s NY is having a designer sale, with new markdowns up to 60% off. The end date is TBD, but be sure to shop now for the best selection! Also, you’ll receive complimentary shipping and returns on all U.S. orders.

*BaubleBar will give you 25% off statement necklaces through today, 12/19. Prices as marked.

* Charlotte Russe has shoes BOGO for $5 through 12/20 at 3AM EST.

* Chinese Laundry has select clearance styles 50% off for a limited time. Use code FIFTY at checkout.

* Club Monaco will give you up to 30% off your entire order with code SPENDGET through 12/21. Plus get free ground shipping on all orders.

* Converse is offering free overnight shipping on orders of $100+. These orders must be processed by midnight EST on 12/20 to be eligible for overnight shipping.

* Express is offering up to 50% off everything in stores and online. This offer ends 12/28.

* Folica will give you 25% off sitewide through 12/21. Use promo code MORE20 at checkout.

* Free People is offering 25% off select jewelry through 12/21.

* Gap has the following offer: Starting 12/18: Want it by Christmas? Saturday is the last day to ship + 40% off your purchase, no exclusions, online & in stores, at Gap. Ends 12/20. Restrictions apply. See site for full details.

* will give you 20% off your order with code GINGERBREAD. Offer valid through 12/31.

* Kohl’s is offering 15% any order with code JOLLY15 or 20% off any order over $100 with code HOLIDAY. Both deals valid through 12/24. Plus get free shipping on orders over $50 through 1/1/15.

* Les Nouvelles will give you 20% off the entire Les Nouvelles Gift Guide with code 20GIFTS. Offer valid through today, 12/19, only.

* Piperlime has the following offer: Starting 12/18: 30% Off NYE Party Looks! 2 Days only at at Piperlime. Use code CHEERS. Ends 12/19. Restrictions apply.

* Mango is having a sale, with up to 50% off select styles. Prices as marked.

* Maurices has sleepwear 30% off through 12/21.

* Nike is offering free expedited shipping. Just order by 11:59 PST tonight, 12/19. No code needed!

* Puma is having their semi-annual sale: take up to 50% off, plus get free shipping while supplies last.

* Sally Beauty Supply has a code that’s good for$5 off an order of $25 or more through 12/15: 555195. Some exclusions apply.

* Target will give you an extra 20% off already reduced styles of jewelry and watches. Use code EXTRA20 at checkout through 12/27. Plus bras are BOGO 50% off through 12/27.

* Vera Bradley has full priced rolling luggage 25% off through 12/24. Plus today, 12/19, only, get free shipping on orders over $35.

* Wet Seal has everything $15 or less for a limited time. This offer excludes clearance and gift cards. Prices as marked.

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Hautelinks: Week of 12/18/14

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Hautelinks - your weekly source for the best of the web

* Perfect: Shay Mitchell acts out all the reactions you have while watching PLL.

* If you need inspiration to get through finals, look no further. Shonda Rhimes is one amazing woman.

* Did you guys hear? There’s a new CEO now in place at American Apparel, replacing ousted Dov Charney. What do you think of this decision?

* Fashionista ranks their best-dressed women of 2014. Agree/disagree with their picks?

* For beauty addicts, The Gloss breaks down the best celebrity makeup looks of the year. Which was your fave?

* This made me so happy: Jenny Slate singing “Landslide” as Marcel the Shell.

* Ellen epically takes down BIC’s “pens for women” – love!

* Along similar lines (because Ellen is a badass), here are 18 badass women you didn’t hear about in 2014.

* Speaking of kickass women, here are the best books written by women in 2014.

* Your Year in Review: 50 Questions to Help You Reflect, Appreciate, and Get Excited for 2015 via INTO MIND.

* This sweet Christmas proposal video will totally make you tear up.

* Speaking of Xmas, Sam Smith’s cover of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ will get you in the spirit.

* Quiz time! Which reindeer are you actually? I got Blitzen, who apparently “gets s&*% done”. Oh Buzzfeed, you’re the best.

* For those gifts you need to wrap this weekend: 3 cute and unique gift wrapping ideas.

* Haha, this “Love Actually”-inspired choose-your-own-ending video is a wacky and bizarre take on an Xmas classic.

* This doe-eyed makeup look from xoVain is so pretty and perfect for holiday parties.

* The Natural Contour & Highlight, via The Beauty Department.

* For all of our natural-inclined readers, here are 11 chic natural beauty products that make wonderful gifts.

* For those of legal drinking age, Lauren Conrad has a thin mint holiday egg nog recipe that looks incredible.

* We’re pretty sure these are the most stylish twins on Instagram.

* Get into the holiday spirit from head to toe with this gingerbread house-inspired mani.

* ICYMI, we’re also blogging over at eBay this month. We’ve got holiday gift ideas for college students, tips on what to wear to holiday parties, and outfit formulas for New Year’s Eve, among other posts. Check ‘em if you haven’t!

* Not only are we kind of obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album, but we are all about her new ‘do. Here’s how to accomplish the 1989 waves, via the Wonder Forest.

* Ooh, interesting: What your airplane seat of choice says about you. I’m definitely an aisle person – what about you?

* Food for thought on something we’ve discussed here on CF before: a Huffington Post writer recently asked herself, “Can I Be a Feminist and a Fashion-Lover?

* This Year’s Best Actors In 9 Kisses, via the NY Times.

* 10 Types of Odd Friendships You’re Probably a Part Of. This is incredibly detailed – wow!

* CF reader Aubrey sent in a piece she wrote for Thought Catalog on her first night away at college. I think we’ve all felt like this!

* If you’re in NYC during the holiday season, try the 2014 Holiday Window Crawl, which navigates you to the spectacular city storefronts

* Too cute: How a sheep wearing a Christmas sweater was reunited with his family.

* And finally, 13 smooshy cats on glass!!

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Trend Watch: Sequins

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Trend watch sequins
Photo Courtesy of ELLE: 1, 2, 3

Welcome to CF’s series, Trend Watch. From high fashion to street style, we’re covering all the latest trends, then showing you affordable ways to rock each look. This column is all about making super-trendy pieces work for the average college girl, so if you have a trend you would like to see featured here, leave a comment and let us know!

Every year around this time, women tend to pull every sequined piece they own out of their closets and department stores are filled with sequined clothes and accessories. We fully believe that sequins should not be restricted to holiday and NYE looks, since they can literally light up an everyday outfit.

Sequins can take your look to a whole new level and are so easy to pull off. Scroll down to learn how to add some fab sparkle into your look with these three sequined outfits:

Glittery Casual

Sequin skirt outfit
Blouse, Skirt, Tights, Cardigans, Shoes

For a simple yet glamorous outfit, opt for a sequined statement skirt. Pair it with more subtle and comfortable pieces, like this beautiful white blouse and this cashmere cardigan. Add a pair of thick tights to keep you extra warm. Finish the outfit with chic brown oxfords and you’ll have a casual everyday look that’s sure to make you stand out.

Everyday Sequins

Everyday sequin look
Blazer, Jeans, Blouse, Shoes

The second look features an outfit combination you have probably worn a thousand times, with one sparkly upgrade. Start by pairing gray skinny jeans with a basic black blouse, as well as sleek ankle boots. The showstopping element in this ensemble is this sequined gold blazer. It will definitely make you shine!

‘Tis the Season to Be Glittery

Sequin dress outfit
Dress, Clutch, Blazer, Shoes

For the last ensemble, I decided to go for the cliche Christmas/New Year’s look. I chose a pretty silver sequined body-con dress and paired it with a crisp white blazer for extra elegance. This glam look is completed with strappy pumps and a chic box clutch.

Tell Me What You Think:

Which of these three outfits is your favorite? What do you think about sequined clothes? Will you wear them this winter? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

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