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Hautelinks: Week of 3/8/12


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* We love this simple romantic updo from Strawberry Koi for your next night out!

* Speaking of romantic beauty looks, would you try the rose gold makeup trend? Super pretty.

* A Pair + A Spare’s spiked heels DIY is a must-try if you have an edgy sense of style. As a bonus, it looks incredibly easy to do!

* So funny! 15 Important Moments in History (If Social Media Was Around), from Cracked.

* While we all undoubtedly love our Disney princesses, The Gloss asks… do Disney villains have it better?

* If you have some time to spare, KONY 2012 is worth watching. It’s “a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.” To be fair, the campaign has also come under some criticism – as always, you should fully inform yourself about any organization before you donate to them.

* Refinery 29 had two real girls test out a few of the craziest NYFW runway beauty looks… and the results were pretty funny. They also talked about Chanel’s bedazzled brows trend – would you try it?

* Also from R29, a feature on NYC subway street style.

* Celebrity hairstylist and Rachel Zoe BFF Joey Maalouf filmed an easy updo tutorial over at BellaSugar.

* Another cute updo to try: Gaga-style “bow” hair bun.

* This is so crazy: Sneaky “cell phone jammer” jams the signal of people who talk too loudly on their cell phones. We’re with The Stir; there has to be a safer way to get the point across.

* Great way to kill 5 minutes: DoggelGanger! The name says it all.

* Required reading for flat iron addicts: How to Straighten Your Hair Without Damage.

* Short haired ladies, you’ll love this post from InStyle on Evan Rachel Wood’s 6 top tips for styling short hair.

* Lucky Mag lists 50 dream handbags to add to your wish list (or Pinterest board!).

* Okay, although this is old, it was new to us, and it’s too adorable not to post: Roald Dahl’s letter to a 7-year-old fan: Thank you for the dream.

* Aww, this is adorable: Tips for Pet Photography, from A Beautiful Mess.

* Teen Vogue posted some cute spring break outfit ideas from their personal style bloggers!

* Although it’s geared toward college students working on Capitol Hill, this advice on turning an internship into a full-time, paid gig is applicable to all fields.

* If you’ve been wanting to try the leopard print jeans trend, this outfit from Karen of WhereDidUGetThat, may push you over the edge.

* Stylelist put together a list of the most outrageous moments from Paris Fashion Week. Oh, we wish we had been there!

* Fashionista covers THAT Balenciaga Visor and how you can get it. Would you dare to wear it?

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14 Responses to “Hautelinks: Week of 3/8/12”

  1. 1
    March 8th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Hi! Usually I absolutely love all the links on your list, but I wish you would have added a disclaimer to your KONY 2012 link. It’s coming into a lot of scrutiny now, as most campaigns do, and through my research, I’ve found that I’m against the crusade that they’re trying to start. Here are a couple of links that critically analyze the campaign and the organization:

  2. 2
    March 8th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I don’t think the Kony video is worth watching. I thought it would be a documentary, but it’s more like an infomercial for the org and its bracelets with misleading, outdated information.

  3. 3
    March 8th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Kony 2012 is run by an organization that only contributes about 33% of the funds they receive to their cause, supporting the government of Uganda. However, the government there is very corrupt and abuses human rights to about the same extent that Kony did. Not to mention, Kony is no longer a threat in Uganda since he’s not operating there anymore! I get that the video has good intentions, but the end result might not actually be help, but harm, and singing kumbayah across the internet won’t help anyone.

    So please add an edit for people to take the video with a grain of salt and do some of their own research (on charity organizations AND political and human rights issues) if they want to help with issues in Africa? Doctors Without Borders has a great reputation.

  4. 4
    March 8th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Normally I love the Friday links, but I’m really disappointed by CF’s support of Invisible Children
    There are tons of information why it’s a bad organization (here’s a recently written place to start:, but I guess those articles aren’t delivered in the eye-catching form of a million dollar film. :/

  5. 5
    March 8th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Emma, do a little more research. I’ve watched Invisible Children for 6 years, and they don’t hide where their funds go, which is what all the articles and comments out there keep focusing on, in sound bytes, no less. IC channels more of their funds towards awareness of the issue. It is the starting point for things to actually happen. If people don’t know these issues even exist, how, exactly can anything be done? The current model for aid is to try and put as much funds towards the people who need it as much as possible. These funds usually go through government channels, but when the government has corruption, the aid is useless. Yes, the Ugandan government has its own abuses. But, they are in a position to make change. Sometimes, our efforts must be in conjunction with the lesser of evils. No government is ever fully ‘good’. People have the information at their fingertips, whether they choose to read it is their own choice. So, how about we try a different model of aid, and not discount the good that has been done. IC has implemented programs in education and womens’ rights, which do make a difference, but again, their target is awareness, so that a hell of a lot more can be done. Yes, Kony 2012 has some faults, but their intent is clear. Yes, there are people out there making themselves feel better by posting to facebook and twitter, but the fact that a lot more people are now aware and ready to take some kind of action on these issues outweighs any criticism in my book.

  6. 6
    March 8th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Also, for those with questions, here is IC’s response to the critiques of Kony 2012. Worth a read for those with questions.

  7. 7
    March 8th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I agree with Emma and Katy. Don’t let other people make opinions for you. Form your own and always look for the truth.

  8. 8
    March 9th, 2012 at 12:31 am

    The Kony video is definitely worth watching, even if you don’t support the Invisible Children movement or the people who run it. It’s important to know what kind of awful things go on in other parts of the world- I know that for me, it can be easy to forget when I live such a comfortable life.

    Also, it’s not just about Uganda- it’s about the CHILDREN. And no child, anywhere, deserves to live a life like the ones those kids do.

    Just my $0.02.

  9. 9
    March 9th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    To add on the the comments about Kony, this article is worth a read:

  10. 10
    March 9th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Here’s a response to all the KONY criticism from Invisible Children themselves — I haven’t completely made up my mind on the issue, but allowing for open dialogue between the two sides seems like a good starting point.

  11. 11
    March 9th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Uh, KNOY 2012, the “charity” that donates about 30% to charity, and only have started this up because they want the land that he owns, as it’s full of oil?!

    I’d rather keep donating to a real charity (whether it’s for the same cause or not), and keep sending out Aid parcels, thanks…

  12. 12
    March 9th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    @Lindsay, I think you’re being a bit biased and I feel as though you haven’t done your research completely. IC’s fund controversy is not the only reason to scrutinize the Kony 2012 video. Although that’s what most people are critisizing, there are a lot of other factors to consider, which the video blatantly ignores.

    I still have mixed feelings about this, but all this awareness might not be a good thing because it’s rather misleading. People do not realize that this is not a documentary, but an advertisement for the work IC does. While it’s good that people know about this issue, the video is asking them to support IC. By sharing the video, people don’t realize that they are supporting the Ugandan army which is responsible for the same exact atrocities as well as a war that would most likely do much more harm than good.

    @Melissa, I would strongly discourage supporting charities that work on sending out Aid parcels because they’re only prolonging the problem. This leads Africans to rely on us, and when the supplies run out, all they can do is wait for more. It’s better to support charity organizations that teach Africans how to build and run communities. Some that I personally support are WorldVision,,, and Africare.

    These were just my opinions on the matter, and I would really appreciate it if the author of this blog included a disclaimer because CollegeFashion has always been very good at keeping bias out of their posts, and I feel like leaving out the disclaimer introduces bias and is only encouraging ignorance about the larger problem here.

    I also strongly encourage everyone to do LOTS AND LOTS of their own research, looking at articles from many different viewpoints, because this is not a simple situation in the least and a simple viewpoint could hurt a lot of people.

  13. 13
    March 9th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for all the insightful comments, guys! To be honest, this post was written much earlier this week, before all the articles criticizing the campaign started to come out, so I hadn’t heard any of this stuff when I put this list together. However, given how controversial this video has become, I just added a disclaimer to the post with a link to a page that explains the criticisms, so readers can fully inform themselves about KONY and Invisible Children.

    All that said, I’d like to think most of our readers are smart enough to fully inform themselves about an organization before donating their hard-earned money, without us telling them to do so! We never meant to insinuate that research wasn’t important by omitting the disclaimer in the first place – it seems like such a given these days after the Komen controversy, etc.

    Anyway, hope that clears things up! Keep the discussion going; all the links you guys posted have been really informative and helpful, and I know we’d all like to learn even more.

  14. 14
    March 10th, 2012 at 10:46 am

    @Jenny B I never knew that! Normally I send out parcels of school books and donating money to Breadline Africa to help build schools and community houses, etc… Is that the kind of Aid you mean is wrong? And I thought I was supporting their community :(

    @Zephyr – CF Editor Don’t worry about it! To be honest, I’m not totally and completely sure I am against them. I can’t do enough in depth research on them unless I had the help of the FBI. Haha…

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