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Class to Night Out: Folk Print Top

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Folk Print Shirts from Forever 21: 1, 2

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

When I was out shopping this past weekend, I noticed a large selection of folk printed blouses in several of my favorite stores. These folksy floral prints are eye-catching, beautiful, and come in a wide array of patterns and colors. I found myself repeatedly drawn to these prints, and realized there is so much you can do with a folk printed tee or blouse.

A folk print top is a great piece to transition into fall – it’s still colorful enough to be fun for summer, but you can also pair it with a jacket and boots once it cools down. In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style a fun folk printed tee for both class and a night out. Scroll down to see both looks:

Folk Printed Tee: Class

How to Wear a Folk Print Tee to Class with Shorts and Metallic Accessories
Product Information: Shirt, Shorts, Shoes, Bag, Earrings, Lip Balm, Nail Polish

The sporty shoulder detailing on this floral folk print tee makes it ideal for a casual classroom ensemble. When paired with trendy yet laid-back high-waisted black denim shorts, the colorful printed top remains the main focus of the outfit.

Give the look some modern shine with minimalistic silver sandals, brushed silver bar studs, and a sleek silver tote. Add a pop of color with a cobalt blue nail polish that plays off the touches of blue in the folk print. Keep the rest of your beauty routine natural with just a hint of light pink lip balm.

Folk Printed Tee: Night Out

How to Wear a Folk Print Tee on a Night Out with a White Skirt and Heeled Sandals
Product Information: Shirt, Skirt, Heels, Bag, Earrings, Mascara, Eye Liner

Glam up this folk print tee up for a night out by pairing it with a modern white scuba skirt and a matching pair of high-heeled sandals. The white lightens the look up and makes it feel more summery, while the futuristic holographic clutch plays off the trendier elements on the top, like the mirrored print and sporty detailing.

Continue the trendy yet glam vibe with jeweled earrings that create an ear cuff effect. Go bold with your eye makeup by painting on a sleek cobalt blue cat eye, then use mascara to create doll-like eyelashes.

Your thoughts?

Would you wear a folk print tee? To class? For a night out? How would you style this top? Let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, and tell me what other pieces you’d like to see featured on Class to Night Out!

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DIY Tutorial: Chic Reusable Shopping Bag


Diy reusable shopping bag

After arriving in Paris, I quickly learned that market bags are absolutely necessary. In order to cut down on the number of plastic bags used, many places either charge you for the small plastic sack needed to carry your groceries, while others forgo the plastic sacks entirely. (Which resulted in me stuffing my baguettes, croissants and fresh-squeezed fruit smoothies into my purse!)

Parisians all carry their own market bags (a.k.a. reusable shopping bags in the States), however most of them are cheap, plastic, and make me cringe a little. So, I decided to DIY my own! Keep reading for the for the step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own chic market bag:


Diy market bag materials

  • A “holed” fabric; I used crochet lace (left over from this DIY), but any fabric with holes works. (Example: athletic mesh)
  • Cord or ribbon (I simply repurposed material from this DIY); the diameter must be small enough to loop through the holes of the fabric.
  • Scissors (or another cutting tool, like my pocket knife that I am in love with)

Step One

Diy market bag step 1

Cut a large rectangle out of your fabric.

Step Two

Diy market bag step 2

Fold the rectangle in half, like so.

Step 2 diagram

Step Three

Diy market bag step 3.1

At the opposite corner of the fold, thread both ends of the cord through holes on both sides of the fabric. Make a loop for the handle, as shown in the diagram below:

Step 3 diagram

Note: When creating the “handle,” try and position the rope so that one tail end of the loop is MUCH longer than the rest.

Diy market bag step 3.2

Double knot to secure.

Step Four

Diy market bag step 4.1

Step 4 diagram

Take the longer end of the tied loop and “sew” the two edges of the fabric together. This can be achieved by looping the cord through the holes, as you can see in the above diagram.

Diy market bag step 4.2

“Sew” all the way down.

Diy market bag step 4.3

At the end, create a double knot to secure the cord.

Step Five

Diy market bag step 5

Repeat the process on the other side.

Step Six

Diy market bag step 6

Turn the bag inside out. That way, you’ll get a nice clean seam line on the outside.

And that’s it! You can easily fold up this bag to make it a teeny tiny stowaway in your purse, but it can also be expanded to fit many things. In the header image, mine is holding a water bottle, a Tupperware container, and a shoe box, and it’s still quite roomy!

I wouldn’t recommend trying to use this bag for really heavy duty items, like 5 gallons of milk (but then again, no bag can really support that weight…). This is the perfect bag to hold your lunch, mail, or various items you might accumulate while out shopping or running errands.

Feedback please:

How do you prefer to carry your groceries: a DIY market bag like mine, free University paraphernalia from Welcome Weeks, a store’s re-usable shopping bag, or just traditional paper or plastic? Would you make your own chic market bag? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

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Coupons & Sales: Week of 8/1/14


Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* Aeropostale will give you 30% off any single item, plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Enter code THIRTY at checkout through 8/6.

* Ann Taylor is offering $20 off full priced denim through 8/6. No code needed; discount reflected at checkout.

* ASOS has the following deals: Get $15 off $100 with code BANK15, $30 off $150 with code BANK30, and $50 off $200 with code BANK50. Exclusions apply. Offer good on US orders only through 7AM EST on 8/4.

* Bloomingdale’s has select swim styles 20% to 50% off for a limited time. Prices as marked.

* The Body Shop will give you $10 off any $20 purchase through 8/4.

* Calvin Klein is having a semi-annual sale with up to 75% off until 8/20.

* Charlotte Russe has the following deals, valid through 8/4 at 3AM EST: denim is BOGO for $12.50, all shoes are BOGO for $8, and dresses are 25% off.

* Club Monaco will give you an extra 40% off sale and clearance items with code WEEKEND through 8/3.

* e.l.f. Cosmetics will give you 50% off their B-Day Bestsellers collection through 8/4. Offer valid on on orders of $25 or more with code BDAY50.

* Hot Topic is offering $5 off orders of $50+ with code HTJLY14 through 8/4. Plus take 20% off sitewide (excluding denim) through 8/9. Prices as marked.

* JCPenney has the following deals: Take $10 off when you spend $50 or more, and take $30 off when you spend $100 or more. Use code SAVEMORE at checkout through 8/2. Plus select backpacks are 25 to 50% off through 8/2.

* Lancôme will give you 4 best-selling travel-size skin care and cosmetics products, plus free standard shipping on any order over $49. Enter code SUMMER at checkout through 8/31.

* Lord & Taylor has a code that’s good for 15% off regular and sale items, plus free shipping on orders of $99 more. Enter SAVINGS at checkout through 8/5.

* Macy’s will give you an extra 20% off with code BTS through 8/7. Exclusions apply, see site for full details.

* Maurices has all tops and jeans BOGO 50% off; use code TOPSJEANS814 at checkout. Also, take 30% off regular-priced shorts and capris. Both offers valid through 8/2.

* Nine West is having a sale, with up to 60% off select styles through 8/7. No code needed!

* PacSun is offering 20% off your entire order of regular priced items through 8/2. Use code 20FORYOU at checkout.

* Rebecca Taylor will give you an extra 40% off sale items with code SUMMERSALE through 8/4.

* Torrid has everything 25% off (including clearance) through 8/5 when you use code LUVFALL. Plus take 10% off your order with code AFTDJLY1410 through 8/4.

* The Trend Boutique is offering 20% off sitewide, plus free domestic shipping through 8/5. Use code TAKE20 at checkout.

* UrbanOG will give you 25% off sitewide with code SITE25 through 8/4. Plus take $10 off orders over $60 with code TENSIXTY or $5 off any order with code FIVER through 8/31.

* Walgreens has Boots No. 7 items BOGO 50% off and Yes to… products 25% off through 8/2. No code needed.

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Hautelinks: Week of 7/31/14

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Hautelinks - your weekly source for the best of the web

* For all geek chic fans, ELLE breaks down the celebrity styles seen at Comic-Con 2014.

* Also, FabSugar has some legit street style lessons learned at Comic-Con.

* Oh, nostalgia: 10 Smells That’ll Take You Back to the ’90s, via HelloGiggles.

* Speaking of nostalgia, 31 Things All ’00s Girls Are Still Trying to Get Over, via Buzzfeed. It’s TRUE!

* Fascinating: Suzy Menkes discusses the downsides to Princess Diana’s legacy, and how it affects the way we treat present-day royals.

* This was too funny: I went to the gym like Taylor Swift, from

* Another good one from ELLE: Editors share their fall fashion must-haves. Aah, cannot wait for fall fashion!

* Is the future of hair dye… in flat irons? This is such a cool idea!

*27 Times Zac Efron Embarrassed Himself in the High School Musical Franchise” — hilarious!

* Addressing something our whole generation has trouble with: I dare you to watch this entire video.

* Ooh, get excited: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is becoming a movie!

* Also exciting news: Katy Perry might play Cher in the upcoming Clueless musical.

* Speaking of Clueless, here are some references in the movie you likely missed as a kid.

* 7 quick money-saving tips from Refinery 29.

* Bored right now? Why not take a trip to space? (Note, this only seems to work on certain browsers so your results may vary!)

* And speaking of boredom, funny article on “Things I Say When I’ve Lost Track of a Conversation“.

* One more on the boredom subject: Women Listening to Men in Art History. LOL.

* For those interested in building a timeless wardrobe, Vogue shows you the pieces that will get better with age.

* Three awesome DIY beauty/grooming tutorials we found this week: DIY Gel Nails, DIY Protein Hair Mask, and DIY Natural Bug Repellant.

* Bookmark-worthy: 50 Habits for a Happy Life, via Mind Body Green.

* Bustle responds to the “women against feminism” posts that were making their way around the interwebs.

* And in case you want more on the subject of feminism, may we point you to Well Read Feminists, one of our new favorite Tumblrs.

* We didn’t think there was any need to improve the old Harry Potter book covers, but after seeing them, we tip our wands to the new covers.

* Ooh, I really want to see 112 Weddings now – have any of you watched it?

* Haha, so funny and so true: The Anatomy of Songs.

* A helpful article brimming with Lauren Conrad’s wisdom on friend fights. We all know they’re inevitable, but not fun. Her tips on when to speak up and when to let things simmer down.

* 29 Pictures That Will Instantly Make Your Day, from Buzzfeed.

* HelloGiggles breaks down the 6 stages of living alone for the first time.

* Buzzfeed speaks the truth: We do all want to be BFFs with Mindy Kaling.

* If you’re decorating a dorm room, this DIY clay pot makeover would be the perfect way to add color and house a little plant.

* We’re loving the idea of Rent the Runway’s new program — you can subscribe to rent items for UNLIMITED amounts of time!

* Glowing skin via delicious smoothies? Yes, please.

* Also from Teen Vogue, with back to school approaching, here are their best note-taking tips.

* Seventeen has some makeup tips for ladies who wear glasses.

* WhoWhatWear has some great tips on making a great impression during your summer internship.

* Hahaha, pretty sure we’ve all felt like this.

* Wow! This new monthly subscription box service is for both men & women battling cancer. Way to think outside the box!

* Mason jars are just the best, right? If you agree, here are 12 new uses for them.

* For our redhead readers, CF writer Hannah recommends “How to Be a Redhead“. The site mostly features beauty tips specifically for redheads, but they also sell redhead-specific items like tinted bobby pins and hair ties.

* Perfect for right now: Refinery 29 shares some delicious no-heat recipes for when it’s too damn hot.

* And finally, too cute: Dog faints after seeing its owner for the first time in two years!

* And if you need more cuteness in your life, Lauren Conrad shares her favorite animals to follow on Instagram.

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