Hautelinks: Week of 11/19/09

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Thanksgiving vacay is so close - for those of you lucky enough to not have Friday classes, it might already have started! If not, start the fun early with our weekly list of good reads and fun distractions!

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From Couture -- to Conversation is a NY Times article on how blogs, Twitter, and other social networking platforms are affecting fashion brands. Totally interesting read!

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All the blogs are abuzz about MyFDB, "the IMDB of the fashion industry". While it does cost money to use MyFDB, WikiFashion is a good free alternative.

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New York Magazine has a list of 100 holiday gifts under $100! They always have amazing picks & this list doesn't disappoint.

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A fashion vending machine - yum!

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If you haven't seen it yet, We Heart It is a must-bookmark source of inspiration. Caution: leads to intense homework procrastination.

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Um, this is completely unfair. I want to live in NY!

The mega-store best known for industrial-size olive oil and lifetime supplies of batteries and toilet paper is selling serious luxury handbags at its new Manhattan location. Yeah, Louis Vuitton and Chanel bags. At Costco.

"The new location currently has Chanel Classic Flap handbags available for $1,999, though the salesperson, a man, was not sure what sizes were available (baby, small, medium, large or jumbo). These regularly sell anywhere from $1,795 to $2.495. However, he did say that earlier today they sold out of Louis Vuitton Speedy bags, regularly priced from $665 to more than $3,000, all three going for $589 a pop. But there are currently 'a lot' of Burberry and Coach bags."

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Too busy (or lazy) to hit the gym as often as you should? Calorie burning boots might be just the thing!

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Marie Claire has a great article on how to protect yourself from an attacker. No matter how safe you think your campus/neighborhood is, this info is still really important to know.

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Giving Back: Past & Present is a look at teen-started charities worth knowing about, via Teen Vogue.

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As a fan of useless trivia, I'm currently obsessed with Learn Something New Every Day. It's like Snapple's bottle cap real facts, only cuter and much more colorful.

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Lauren Conrad to Author a Style Book. As much as her book L.A. Candy didn't interest us, this is one book we're curious to check out! You can't deny that the girl has style.

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Lucky Magazine shows you how to pull off over-the-knee boots. Just in case you needed another reason to try them!

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Louise Goldin's shoe collection for Topshop looks amazing. If you like your footwear *fierce*, you'll love it.

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Psyched for New Moon? If so, show your appreciation with some vampire-themed jewelry.

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Black Friday is a just over a week away! Get prepared with these tips on how to approach Black Friday:

Black Friday ads start showing up online as early a few weeks before the day even comes. A smart shopper should prepare by looking at these ads and finding the stores and the items that interest them. Newspapers the week of black Friday will be full of ads, coupons and door buster deals, especially the newspaper for Thanksgiving Day.

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Gift ideas for fashionistas - while most of these are pretty basic, they're definitely all good gifts.

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Here's yet another easy DIY using one surprising ingredient: How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer.

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We recently showed you how to make an American Apparel style circle scarf. Here's another DIY tutorial for a similar scarf that makes a slightly longer version.

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SATC author Candace Bushnell is publishing a series of Carrie Bradshaw's diaries from high school. Will you be reading these?

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Alicia Keys Announces Plans to Develop a Jewelry Line. Would you buy her stuff?

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You Look Fab has tips on how to fit a coat. The suggestions for what to wear underneath are great! I personally love to wear blazers under coats, too.

I like to layer the following items under a wool or puffer coat: camisole and/or thermal T, fine gauge knitwear, a lined tailored jacket like a blazer or biker jacket, and a bulky scarf. Yes! I layer a jacket underneath a coat. That way when I remove my coat indoors, I still look and feel chic.

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5 Ways to Germ-Proof Your Dorm - useful if you're swine flu paranoid!

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The Perfect Staircase for Bookworms - I totally want one!

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Sure, cell phone earpieces are kinda geeky, but they might save your life.

No one is certain what cell phones do to our brains when we endlessly rest them against our heads. At best, it’s nothing. At worst, it’s insidious damage that will translate into an enormous spike in brain cancers down the road. If these are our two choices—status quo versus debilitating and ultimately fatal disease—why are we even talking about this anymore? It’s time to move phones away from our heads.

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Want to be able to see your college campus on Google Maps' Street View? If you go to ASU, Michigan State, Princeton, Rochester Institute of Technology, or Stanford, vote for your campus to get its own Street View!

That's all we've got this week! Leave any links you loved this week in the comments, and be sure to tell us what you think of these sites!