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Hautelinks: Week of 7/31/14

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* 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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Fashion Inspiration: Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun”


Paramore Ain't It Fun music video
Photo Credit: Screenshot

By now you’ve probably heard Paramore‘s latest single “Ain’t it Fun” playing on the radio. This infectious song from their self-titled album shows off the band’s musical diversity with elements of pop-rock, funk, and even soul (with a little help from a gospel choir). With its danceable beat and melody that you just can’t help but sing at the top of your lungs, it’s no wonder this song has been so hot this summer.

If you think the song itself is fun, the music video is just as enjoyable. In it, the band attempts to break the most world records ever in a music video! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out below:

The contrast of the somewhat harsh lyrics and the upbeat music, along with the wacky music video and Hayley Williams’ quirky style choices gave me a lot to work with in terms of fashion inspiration. Below, I’ve created three outfits inspired by the song and music video for “Ain’t It Fun.” Scroll down to see them!

In the Real World

Paramore In the Real World Outfit
Product Information: Blazer, Top, PantsShoes, Clutch

When it’s time to grow up and live in the ‘real world,’ one thing you need to do is polish up your wardrobe. So, I’ve put together a cute look that’s suitable for a setting where you need to look more professional.

A blazer adds a sophisticated touch to any outfit, and when paired with these fun printed slacks, you’ll look a modern and chic! This black top with an embellished collar and pointed flats are neutral yet eye-catching pieces, and you can carry all of your important things in a large dusty pink clutch bag.

Living in a Bubble

Paramore Living in a Bubble Look
Product Information: Skirt, Sweater, BootsSunglasses, Lipstick, Highlighter

This song is all about breaking out of that bubble you’ve been living in and realizing that the world doesn’t cater to you; but even if you aren’t the center of the universe, that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress like you are! This outfit is flashy and commanding of attention with a shiny metallic skirt and sassy cat-eye sunglasses.

Keep the color combination cool by picking a lavender cropped sweater to go alongside the silver. Black faux leather ankle boots will add some more edge to this eye-catching ensemble. Bring a little shimmer to your skin by applying highlighting powder to the top of your cheekbones, then finish it off with a bold berry lip!

Ain’t it Fun?

Paramore Ain't It Fun Outfit
Product Information: Playsuit, Top, Tights, Shoes, Hair Chalk

Even though the line “Ain’t it fun?” is sung in a sarcastic tone, the music video is fun to its truest definition. Incorporate some of Hayley’s fun style into your look with funky patterned tights and a black playsuit that’s quite like one she can be seen wearing in the video.

Wear a crazy top, like this shiny geometric one, along with sleek black Converse (a staple in her wardrobe). If you’re feeling extra bold, you could even add some classic Hayley Williams color to your locks with a bright orange hair chalk!

What do you think?

Are you a fan of Paramore? Do you like their latest single? Would you wear any of the outfits above? Which look is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

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Piece by Piece: 3 Cute Looks Inspired by Schoolgirl Essentials


Piece by Piece Schoolgirl inspired looks
Product Info: Backpack, Hair Bow

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.

I got a shock the other day when I walked into my Pullman Shopko and almost ran into a back-to-school supplies stand. I’m not done with the pool yet! I don’t know where to begin to look for my planner!

To recover from the trauma, I did some online shopping. And to force myself to get into the “school days” spirit, I created ensembles inspired by the hectic schedules of college students.

Each outfit functions for a day of multitasking, and each one includes three classic schoolgirl essentials: a backpack, some squeaky new sneakers, and hair bows. Scroll down to check out all three looks:

Class And Crunch Time

Stylish athletic wear
Product Info: Notebooks, Sneakers, Backpack, Headband, Top, Shorts

So, I don’t actually go to the gym, but I hear that’s a thing people do. Here’s something you could wear to your crack-of-dawn class and your campus fitness center before you head home.

For those who, like me, prefer to stretch and nap on their yoga mats and call it good, this is still a really comfortable look. The notebooks are for class or to jot down your people watching observations at the gym. Don’t look at me like that. We all do it.

The backpack, sneakers, and headband are a more sporty take on the schoolgirl theme. Though practical, each piece has a fashion-forward vibe which amps up an otherwise pretty standard on-campus outfit.

These bright sneakers hail from the Nordstrom Sale, which I strongly advise my fellow students take advantage of. I can’t stress enough the importance of a quality pair of sneakers, and these puppies will pay for themselves in style, comfort, and functionality alone.

Coffee and Errands

Casual and cute school outfit
Product Info: Backpack, Sneakers, Sweater, Red Hair Bow, Floral Hair Bow, Necklace, Mug, Shorts

This outfit is reminiscent of the classic schoolgirl look I had in mind while shopping around for pieces. The plaid backpack is so cute for a casual day spent running errands, and it would be the ideal carry-all to take to class as well.

I’m a little obsessed with these high top sneakers – the quilted and stud detailing freshens the style up, and I love how they look with jean shorts and a slouchy top. On their own, the hair bows are precious, but layering them together at the end of a braid or on a ponytail makes a fun statement.

Dinner and Dancing

Dinner and dancing look
Product Info: Hair Pins, Sneakers, Backpack, Ring, Lip Crayon in “Hot Red”, Dress

For the times when we need to get a little fancy, we’re pairing classy-looking bow bobby pins with a fresh take on classic white Chucks, and a backpack that is so sleek it’s practically a purse.

A stand-out ring and a bright lip crayon add a little edge, but don’t compete with the three accessories this look is based around. Just try not to take anyone out with that ring.

Nasty Gal has some really great dresses on sale right now. Usually their dresses are just a bit too pricey for me to rationalize on my working girl budget, but most of the dresses in the sale section are under $30, just like this red hot number.

Your thoughts?

What think you of these schoolgirl-inspired looks? Do they make you want to head for the halls? Give me your thoughts on any and all of the items, brands, and ensembles above!

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Looks from Books: Outlander


Welcome to the latest edition of Looks from Books, which aims to prove that you can look smart, while still being book-smart, too. Fashion inspiration can be found between the pages of your favorite stories, on well-designed book covers, and in your favorite characters… if you read closely enough.

This week, I’m taking on a recommendation from a regular “Looks from Books” reader, and branching out of my comfort zone with a historical multi-genre romance… and boy, did I enjoy it. Here’s Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander!

Outlander Cover via Amazon

Inside Cover

The Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon, is a work of historical romance fiction that was published in 1991.

The first novel of the eight book series, Outlander (published in the United Kingdom as Cross Stitch), follows the story of Claire Beauchamp, an Englishwoman on a second honeymoon after WWII with her husband, Frank Randall, in Inverness, Scotland.

After a time-bending experience at the stones of Craig na Dun, Claire finds herself thrust into a battle between the English “lobsterbacks” and Scottish clansmen in the 18th century, and is unable to get back home. However, when a handsome young highlander named Jamie McTavish catches her eye – and her heart – will Claire even want to?

The book was a success upon its release, and won the Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Romance of 1991.

A Fashionable Literacy

A promotional poster for the new Starz adaptation

The popular novel has recently been adapted for television by Starz network, and stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire and Sam Heughan as Jamie. Tobias Menzies also stars as Black Jack Randall, the ancestor of Frank and merciless captain of the British Army, who is after both Jamie and Claire. The season has already gotten rave reviews from major critics, and will run for sixteen episodes. The first episode it set to premiere on August 9.

The costume direction will be true to the series, if the designer has any say in it: on September 2nd, 2013, designer Terry Moore took to Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook page to profess her love for the books, as well as offer the fans some reassurance as to how the adaptation will go, saying, “My husband is Ron Moore [the writer and producer of the series], and he will do the books proud. If he doesn’t, he lives with a die hard fan who will not feed him anymore.”

How to Add Claire to Your Wardrobe

By integrating key elements from the novel into your own wardrobe, you, too, can have a look that is perfect for adventure and romance… good luck finding that time-traveling portal, though.

A Good Love Story Takes Time ( -Travel)

Outlander fashion inspiration
Product Information: Necklace – 1928, Tank – Bloomingdales, Headband – Modcloth, Maxi – H&M, Sandals - Asos, Bag – Modcloth.

Outlander takes the form of many different kinds of stories, from sci-fi and historical fiction to action, fantasy, and everything in between; however, at its heart, the novel is a romance, focusing on the relationship Claire has with Jamie. While their adventures take on a grand scope of a country’s history, the dynamics of their relationship – and their relationships with others – take center stage.

Integrate this celebration of the lovelier things in life with romantic fabrics, like lace and chiffon, pretty details, and airy silhouettes. A floral crinkled maxi and lightweight tank lay the floaty groundwork, while intricate detailing comes out in a lace-paneled saddle bag, woven sandals, a long flower necklace, and headband.

Antiquated Outdoorsmen

Fashion inspired by Outlander
Product Information: Jacket – Old Navy, Necklace – Bluefly, Shirt – Modcloth, Bag – Urban Outfitters, Shorts – H&M, Boots – Wet Seal.

Claire’s transition into pre-1800s life is not an easy one. War is brutal and bloody (and nearly everywhere), superstition crowds religion, and neither one of the two necessarily means strong moral judgement. Worst of all, these horseback travels to faraway places are like the world’s worst camping trip. Getting acclimated to a much more rough and rugged life than the one she left behind means adopting a whole new set of beliefs, protocols, and wardrobe.

Channel Claire’s transition to the antiquated life of 18th century Scotland by bringing in some roughness of your own with hardy fabrics and tried-and-true basics. Distressed denim and an adventure-inspiring tee are basic enough, but are amped up for summer with a utility jacket and foldover boots. A canvas hobo bag is easy to travel with, while a gun necklace harkens to the tools Claire must learn to use to protect herself in her new setting.

Nurse, Healer, Witch

Outlander outfit inspiration
Product Information: Scarf – Levis, Dress – Modcloth, Earrings – Asos, Purse – Debenhams, Oxfords – Modcloth, Rings – Asos.

Claire starts her journey well-versed in the life of a nurse, having served her country on the fields of WWII; this kind of ability is helpful, and just a wee bit more difficult, as she makes a new life for herself in Scotland. Taking cues from the healing properties of plants and animals and relying on homemade remedies, she applies her skills to a new century well… a bit too well. Her aptitude, taken from the ’40s, might just raise some eyebrows in her new home.

Pay homage to Claire’s orderly occupation with elements that tie together her feminine ’40s wardrobe with her new job as Castle Leoch’s resident healer. A prim tie-front blue dress and white ballet-inspired oxfords bring 1940s fashions into the present day, while a plaid scarf, floral rings, flowery earrings, and a similarly-bedecked messenger bag add on the viewpoint of her new job (though they’re a bit more glittery than usual).

What Do You Think?

Have you ever read Outlander, or any other books in Diana Gabaldon’s series? Do you have any intention of watching the television show? What do you think of having so many genres in one novel? What do you think of the outfits and styling tips? Let me know in the comments below! 

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