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Hautelinks: Week of 10/23/14

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* In case you didn’t hear, Oscar de la Renta sadly passed away this week. The Cut is remembering him with a look at his best red carpet gowns. He will certainly be missed.

* And here are some inspiring quotes from the man himself, via PopSugar.

* If you haven’t already seen it, Drunk J.Crew will become your new favorite Tumblr.

* If you are generally on board with fashion-forward looks but just don’t GET Alexander Wang’s H&M collection, Buzzfeed Style’s take on it is for you. (I personally love it, but I LOLed at this.)

* Agreed: There’s Nothing Wrong With Wearing a Lot of Makeup, via Refinery 29.

* 17 Things Every Girl Should Have In Her Closet By The Time She’s 21, via Seventeen. Do you have these staples?

* So cool: Man Sees for the First Time in 33 Years.

* Still need a Halloween costume idea? Vogue has 20 TV and movie-inspired suggestions.

* Lucky Mag shares 9 must-follow YouTube channels for Halloween makeup ideas.

* Speaking of which, xoVain’s Princess Bubblegum makeup tutorial is AMAZING!

* Free People shows you how to create a lace mask with makeup. Genius.

* More Halloween ideas: How cute is this Olaf costume?! It’s surprisingly wearable.

* Cosmo has some Halloween nail art ideas to try.

* What does your favorite Halloween candy say about you? Bustle has the answer.

* We are loving this Day of the Dead and Halloween fusion board on Pinterest. Hello, sugar skull pumpkins.

* Speaking of delish, we are dying to make these salted caramel buttery crumb bars. NOM.

* Love this idea: A new tool from Savyist will match you with your perfect YouTube beauty guru based on your skintone, hair and eye colors, and eyelid type.

* The Saddest Homecoming Queen in Ohio is look into the reality of living with depression.

* Michelle Obama’s “Turn Down for What” parody is amaze.

* Love this DIY phrase bracelet from A Beautiful Mess. It’d be perfect for sororities or groups of friends…

* Not sure how I feel about this: Even classic Hollywood stars were basically Photoshopped.

* Buzzfeed has some majorly useful tricks for repairing and caring for your jewelry.

* 10 Tips for Surviving Your Senior Year of College via Thought Catalog.

* 20 Princess Bride Quotes Still Good for Everyday Usage. Need to re-watch this movie soon!

* 5 easy ways to de-wrinkle clothes without an iron, via WhoWhatWear. Wrinkle spray is my fave.

* Also from WhoWhatWear, 10 Halloween costumes under $30.

* 5 Steps for Tackling Anxiety, from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

* LaurenConrad.com has a guide to packing your clutch – perfect for the organizing-obsessed (like me).

* For our fellow Duchess obsessors, she’s back and looking great as always!

* The Every Girl blog has transformed the turtleneck and puffy vest into gorgeous looks for winter. We are definitely bookmarking this for future inspiration.

* Long but worth reading: “Basic” is Just Another Word for Class Anxiety, Buzzfeed argues.

* JennyPurr has some things to do when you’re having a bad week.

* For writers, How to Write 10,000 Words in One Day (And Survive).

* Not sure how accurate this is, but it’s interesting nonetheless: Mean Stars ranks your favorite celebs based on real-life encounters. T. Swift is looking pretty good!

* If Disney Characters Took Selfies, via BoredPanda. LOL!

* CUTE: Dogs Who Like Starbucks Way More Than You Do. <3 <3

* Two of the world’s greatest wonders, combined on one Tumblr. May we present to you Shoe Kitten, where cats frolic by coveted footwear.

* And finally…. PLATYPUS!

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Dormspiration: Lauren Conrad’s Beverly Hills Penthouse

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Lauren Conrad's LA Penthouse
Photo Credit: ELLE Decor

There are style mavens, there are reality TV stars-turned-designers, and then there is Lauren Conrad. From her earliest days on Laguna Beach to her L.A. Candy series, she has since become a fashion icon and a source of inspiration for everyone with a taste for feminine, daring, and quirky design.

InStyle recently got the chance to tour Conrad’s Beverly Hills penthouse, which she currently shares with husband William Tell. With bright colors, perfectly mismatched prints and textures, and plenty of ingenuity, she’s transformed her space into a wonderland that offers a fresh spin on standard girly interior design.

In this article, we’ll take a tour of Lauren Conrad’s newly furnished home as Dormspiration for anyone who’s looking to decorate with a unique twist on florals and delicate style. Let’s get started!

Living Room

Lauren Conrad's living room
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Conrad upgrades basic neutrals, like beige and taupe, with pops of unexpected color, such as the bright green sculptures and golden accents throughout her living room. The assortment of seating adds visual interest, and the gold-framed mirror above the fireplace invites light and warmth into the space.

Living room decor
Product Information: Spray Paint, Table, Ottoman, Pillow, Plant

Take a cue from Conrad’s love of tufted fabrics and metallic sheens with this brushed velvet storage ottoman. Minimize visual clutter with a clear rolling coffee table, which, when paired with leafy, hard-to-kill plants like this philodendron, look natural and inviting.

Finish your space with a couple of coats of gold spray paint on a thrifted lamp, sculpture, or mirror, then top off your bed or couch with a rosette textured throw pillow.

Dining Room

Lauren Conrad's kitchen nook
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Bright colors belong with food, especially this sunny tangerine that Conrad used to amp up her breakfast nook in the kitchen. Vintage posters on the walls give an almost Norman Rockwell-feel to the setting. The classic marble table injects an old-time vibe as well, as do the floral cushions, mismatched chairs, and sunny houseplants.

Dining room decor
Product Information: Table, Poster, Sunflower Decals, Bowls, Wallpaper

Channel the cheeriness of Lauren Conrad’s breakfast nook with warm metallic tones and bright yellows. A burnished bronze folding side table makes an excellent nightstand or mini-bar for parties, especially when paired with a fun removable wallpaper backdrop that can cover a swath of wall. Use small decorative gold catch-all bowls for your keys and ID, and try a vintage poster or sunflower decals to brighten up the walls.

What do you think?

Do you like Lauren Conrad’s space? How would you classify your taste? Where do you get most of your design (and dorm)-spiration? Let us know with a comment!

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Shop Your Closet: 3 Halloween Costumes You Already Own

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Pumpkin trick-or-treat pails
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Every year I have these great plans to come up with a creative costume and run around town one weekend to get everything I need. That has yet to happen. Usually the emotional and physical letdown from midterms gets in the way of my shopping plans, so I’ve gotten pretty good at coming up with cute Halloween costumes that are mostly made up of things I already own.

Below are three costumes ideas for you to try. Each one is based on a specific style aesthetic and can be created with wardrobe staples that are probably already hanging up in your closet. Scroll down to see them all:

1. Marie Antoinette

Easy Marie Antoinette costume
Product Info: Skirt, Sweater, Shoes, Necklace, Stacked Rings, Brass Ring Set, EyelinerPink Lipstick, Earrings

If you firmly believe that ballet flats are a wardrobe requirement (I hear you loud and clear), then you probably have the staples for a normcore Marie Antoinette look. All you need is a feminine silhouette, which is accomplished here with a form-fitting sweater, a full skirt, and flats. Pile on all the statement jewelry you own, then come up with a very well-coordinated makeup plan.

You could definitely switch up this look with a pair of colored jeans and a flirty peplum top, or even a feminine coat. This costume idea is very versatile in that way. The jewelry, however, is a must. What I especially love about the jewelry in the set above is how budget friendly it is. Even if you need to go out and buy another piece or two to really achieve that over-the-top French aristocrat appeal, you can justify your purchases considering how well statement jewelry can function in your daily looks after Halloween… just maybe not all at once.

As for makeup, the fruits of my research (courtesy of ye old Google search engine) showed me some great pictures of Kirsten Dunst, who played Antoinette in the film adaptation of her life. Dunst’s eye makeup was minimal, and what stood out as the defining components of her look was a beauty mark above her lip, pink cheeks, and a bold pink lip.

2. Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow Halloween costume
Product Info: Shirt, Blazer, Jeans, Sneakers, Glasses, Hair Ties

Rachel Maddow is a left-leaning political analyst who has her own show on MSNBC. If you have a substantial amount of professional attire in your wardrobe, this costume is ideal.

All you need is a button-up shirt, a blazer, jeans, and fun sneakers. This costume is fairly muted in terms of color, but feel free to experiment with a louder shirt or shoes. Paramount to her look, however, is a pair of black reader glasses, the likes of which can be found at pretty much any dollar store or in the accessory section of your favorite clothing store.

This costume is fairly recognizable because Maddow literally wears the same thing in every appearance on her show. That’s no slight – her intention is to make her work the focus as opposed to her outfit. If you love the idea of making a lukewarm political statement by dressing up as a sassy and extremely intelligent woman (Rhodes Scholar, look it up ladies), then I encourage you to take the Maddow blazer out for a spin.

3. ’90s Chick

'90s Halloween costume
Product Info: Flannel, Tee, Jeans, Boots, Beanie, Nail Polish, Ring

Another Halloween look composed of items you probably already own is a ’90s chick! (Cue the Icona Pop song.) Thank goodness for trend resurgence – if you’ve been shopping around lately, I have a hunch you probably own a pair of mid-rise moto boots and/or distressed jeans and/or flannel. Be liberal with your eyeliner, don’t brush your hair, tap into the deep wells of your inner angst, and you’re done.

As someone who has maybe possibly always done this look in the past, a fun thing to do is go to your local Goodwill or Value Village and pick up a grungy t-shirt you can cut up without remorse, or even distress some jeans yourself. The possibilities are endless!

What do you think?

Would you be able to recreate these costumes by shopping your closet? Anybody going to try one of these looks for Halloween? Let me know, and of course, happy shopping!

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