Hautelinks: Week of 6/24/10

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Etsy's blog did a great article on the history of Pearls - it's really informative. A few fun facts: pearls come in tons of colors, including black and gold, they hold DNA, AND you tell if a pearl is real by rubbing it across your teeth! Crazy.

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In the Catskills, Comfort in a Gingerbread House, from the NY Times is visually stunning and inspiring, especially if you love the victorian era look. Make sure to click through all the photos!

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Um, I Spent $700 on Eyelash Extensions, from LemonDrop is... interesting? To each her own...

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My friend Teresa wrote about how to make the most of your college experience. Lots of helpful tips!

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InStyle shows us how to look sexier in an instant, with 2-second fashion tips that anyone can use to up their outfit's wow-factor.

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How to Get Hair to Grow Faster, from BellaSugar, includes some unique tips I'd never heard before!

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From FabSugar: test your knowledge of sun safety with their suncare fact or fiction quiz!

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WishWishWish's DIY Floral Headband is BEYOND adorable.

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Although summer just started, why not test out a few fall trends early this year? Refinery 29 lists 5 fall trends to try now.

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If you're a DIY goddess, you've probably already heard of this site, but for those of you who are just getting started, you MUST check out BurdaStyle! It's practically an encyclopedia of sewing patterns, ideas, suggestions and tutorials. So, so helpful.

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10 Items You Won't Believe Cost Under $100, from Refinery29.

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A Matthew Williamson Book? This is totally going on our fall reading list.

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Hmm... Style.com asks: What will we call the Belgian designers if there's no more Belgium? Any ideas, guys?

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Fabsugar's guest writer Rachel Zoe shows us how to achieve the perfect pedicure at home!

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Stuff No One Told Me is an adorable site with super-cute images illustrating life lessons. It'll put you in a warm, fuzzy mood, guaranteed.

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These shoes literally look good enough to eat...

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Teen Vogue asks: Could Tanning Be a Real Addiction? This is scary stuff, guys. If you're still tanning, please stop now! Don't end up with regrets later.

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Just for fun, Refinery 29 lists the most uncomfortable bras ever. The "Freedom" bra is the absolute worst. Yikes!

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5 Fashion Trends Men Hate, just in case you care what a guy thinks about your clothing. (Hint: don't!)

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Styleite breaks down why teams sponsored by Nike are more likely to win the World Cup. Fascinating!

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Haha, you know you know someone with one of these in their room: the 10 most cliche college posters of all time. But they left off my personal fave: the Andy Warhol / Marilyn Monroe poster! Almost EVERY girl I knew in college had one.

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Crushable has photos of what stars will look like in 20 years. It's funny, but also kinda sad? At least Joan Rivers will always look the same.

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I'm loving Already Pretty's BLACK-OUT Challenge! She challenged her readers to avoid wearing anything black for one whole week, and the results are fun and inspiring.

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Remember on 90210 when Kelly and Brenda wore the same dress to the dance? Isaac Mizrahi does, too.

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Ooh, juicy: Jezebel claims Derek Blasberg "might have" asked for -- and received -- $2500 from YSL for "consulting" on an event he wrote about the next day. Classy...

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The Vanity Fair article, Michael Jackson's Thriller Diaries is a long (but fascinating) read about life behind the scenes of his epic Thriller video and that high time in his career. It's absolutely required reading if you're an MJ fan.

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Toy Story 3 is chock full of hidden facts and movie references - a fun read, especially if you're into trivia! (Who else STILL hasn't seen this movie? I feel like I'm the only one...)

Okay, that's it for our list this week. Add your own favorite links of the week in a comment and we'll be sure to check them out! Happy rest of your Thursday!