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Coupons & Sales: Week of 8/29/14

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Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* Aeropostale has everything 50% – 70% off through 9/2. Plus receive free shipping and a $25 Aero Card when you spend $75 or more.

* Alternative Apparel is offering 25% off orders of $75+with code LABORDAY through 9/2. Offer excludes sale items.

* American Eagle Outfitters will give you 25% off with code 952367P1 through 9/1, plus get free shipping on everything.

* Ann Taylor is offering an extra 50% off select full-priced and all sale styles. Discount applied at checkout. Offer ends 9/2.

* Anthropologie will give you an extra 20% off hundreds of sale items for a limited time. Discount reflected at checkout.

* ASOS has the following deal: receive 20% off your order when you enter promo code SUMMERDONTGO at checkout. Offer good on US orders only through 7AM EST on 9/4.

* BaubleBar is having a huge Labor Day sale, with a selection of items starting at 50% off.

* Betsey Johnson will give you 30% off plus free shipping when you use code KICKOFF30 through 9/1.

* Bloomingdale’s is having a Big Brown Bag Sale: Take an extra 20% off sale merchandise with code BIG20 through 9/1.

* Calvin Klein is offering an extra 25% off with code LABOR2014 through 9/1. Exclusions apply, see site for full details.

* Club Monaco will give you an extra 50% off clearance and 40% off sale with code HEYFALL through 9/2.

* dELiA*s will give you 40% off your entire order, plus free shipping over $75. Use code RELAX at checkout through 9/1.

* Diesel is having an end of summer sale: save an extra 20% off all sale items. Prices as marked. Deal ends 9/1.

* e.l.f. Cosmetics has the following deals: Get BOGO 50% off sitewide when you spend $25 or more – use coupon code BOGO50 through 9/1 ; Receive a Studio Luxe Brush Collection (a $45 value) for just $5 when you spend $30 or more. Use code LUXEBRUSH through 9/15.

* Express is offering 40% off every single item through 9/1. Discount reflected at checkout. Offer excludes watches and gift cards.

* Forever 21 has clearance items buy one, get one free through 8/30 with code BOGOFREE.

* Garage is having a Labor Day Sale: Save 30% on all orders, plus get free shipping though 9/1. Some exclusions apply, discount reflected at checkout.

* Hot Topic has the following deals, valid through 9/3: clearance is BOGO for $1, select shorts and swim are $7.99, and jeans are $20 each when you purchase two or more. Plus take $5 off orders over $50 with code HTAUG14 through 9/4.

* J.Crew Factory is offering 40% to 60% off everything until 9/1. Prices as marked.

* Kohl’s has the following deals: get free shipping on orders over $50 with code AUG50SHIP through 8/31 ; take 20% off select clearance with code CLEARANCE20 through 9/4.

* Lacoste will give you 30% off any order of $175 or more through 9/1. No code necessary.

* Lancôme will gift you 4 deluxe eye-grooming samples plus free standard shipping with any order of $49 or more (a $76 value). Bonus: also receive a deluxe sample of their Color Design Palette with any $75 order. Enter code LABORDAY at checkout through 9/1.

* Lane Bryant is having a BOGO free sale, with almost everything included. Just enter code HURRAHLB at checkout through 9/1.

* Les Nouvelles is offering an extra 25% off Spring/Summer Sale Collections with the code SOLONG through 9/1

* LOFT will give you an extra 50% off select full-priced and all sale styles through 9/1. No code needed!

* Lord & Taylor has a code that’s good for an extra 20% off regular and sale items. Enter LABORDAY at checkout through 9/2.

* Macy’s will give you an extra 20% off with code DEALS through 9/1. Exclusions apply, see site for full details.

* Madewell has a code that’s good for 20% off select dresses and boots and an extra 30% off all sale styles – enter code YESYES at checkout through 9/2.

* Maurices has all tops and jeans BOGO 50% off with code TOPSJEANS814 through 8/30.

* New York & Company is offering 50% off sitewide through 9/2. Offer excludes clearance and gift cards.

* Nine West has shoes BOGO 50% off through 9/2. No code needed. Offer excludes the 9W-InStyle collection.

* is offering 25% off orders of $100 or more for a limited time. Enter promo code LABORDAY14 at checkout.

* Puma will give you 30% off sitewide through 9/1. No code required, but exclusions apply. See site for full details.

* Rebecca Taylor is offering an additional 40% off all sale items. Use promo code RT14LD40 through 9/2.

* Sally Beauty Supply will give you 25% orders of $50 or more. Enter promo code 555251 at checkout through 8/30.

* Steve Madden has the following deal: spend $100 and get 20% off, spend $125 and get 25% off, or spend $150 and get 30% off plus free shipping. Use code OHSNAP through 9/2.

* Sunglass Hut will give you an additional 33% off sale items through 9/1. No promo code needed.

* Tilly’s is offering an extra 30-50% off all Red Tag Sale items, plus hundreds of men’s and women’s styles are BOGO 50% off. Both deals valid through 9/1.

* Torrid has all regular priced items BOGO 50% off and all clearance items BOGO free through 9/2. Use code STYLISH. Plus take 10% off your order with code TDAUGAF14 through 9/4.

* The Trend Boutique is offering 20% off sitewide, plus free domestic shipping through 9/2. Use code TAKE20 at checkout.

* True Religion will give you 25% off select styles through 9/1. No code needed, prices as marked.

* UrbanOG is offering up to 80% off sitewide through 9/2. Plus take $10 off orders over $60 with code TENSIXTY or $5 off any order with code FIVER through 8/31.

* Walgreens has select L’Oreal, Revlon, Almay, Aveeno, and Boots No7 cosmetics BOGO 50% off through 8/30.

* Wet Seal has everything BOGO 70% off through 9/3. Plus get free shipping on orders over $25 through 9/1.

* is offering an additional 15% off all sale items with promo code LASTCALL15 through 9/1.


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Hautelinks: Week of 8/28/14

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Hautelinks - your weekly source for the best of the web

* 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

* 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’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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