Lauren Conrad Is a Treasure Trove of Halloween Costume Inspiration

Lauren Conradwhose wedding photos are Pinterest gold, even years later — is a huge inspiration when it comes to Halloween costumes; not only does she always have cute and original ideas, but she also swears by DIYing her designs each year. She’s dressed up as Minnie Mouse, Mary Poppins, and even the Twitter bird — and now that she’s a mom, she even got her son, Liam, in on the fun. In honor of Lauren’s crafty costume ideas, we’ve rounded up her outfits from Halloween.

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Let Miley Cyrus Be Your Halloween Costume Inspiration This Year

When it comes to Halloween costumes, there’s no telling what Miley Cyrus will wear. Throughout the years, we’ve seen the singer sport a variety of getups, from sexy to funny to just plain scary. Miley also isn’t a stranger to channeling celebrities. In 2013, she dressed up like Lil’ Kim, and the year before, she paid homage to Nicki Minaj (yes, that was before their awkward encounter at the VMAs). Perhaps she and Liam Hemsworth will opt for a cute couples costume this year?

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Open Post: Hosted By Sloane Stephens Serving Up Her Real Tennis Inspiration

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I was crying into my chicken fingers on Thursday night after Sloane Stephens knocked Venus Williams out of the U.S. Open, but by Saturday, a new KWEEN had risen. Sloane beat Madison Keys in two sets to win her first major final, and she could not have been any less of a typical athlete about it.

The biggest upset came to Sloane herself when the announcer said she was pocketing $ 3.7 million in winnings. She was ranked 967th in the world six weeks ago, and Bleacher Report says she has made $ 4.5 million total from seven years on tour. To put it into perspective:

Sloane is giving us a mix of “Yes, I’ll take bbq AND honey mustard, and I know that costs extra” combined with “Snatched these winnings, and snatching your man is next on this bucket list.” Even better is how at the press conference, she didn’t even try and sugarcoat her reason to play tennis with the usual after-school special bullshit about friendly competition and building determination.

Sloane is going to have to buy an iPhone 7 Plus just so all the zeroes will fit the screen on her mobile banking app, and she’s out for more! Athletes normally act like NyQuil when it comes to the press, and you’re lucky if they say anything more profound than “I gave 110% out there today.” How can you explain your shitty golf game these days, Tiger? “I gave 110% out there today.” How was giving birth, Serena? “I gave 110% out there today.” How about those infidelity rumors, Kobe? “I gave 110% out there today.” Thank you for giving the people what they want, Sloane!

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Diane’s Closet: Fall Style Inspiration From ‘Twin Peaks’

While everyone has been oohing and aahing over the coats of Westeros, another style icon has been subtly giving us Sunday night closet envy: Diane on Twin Peaks. As played by longtime Lynch favorite Laura Dern, Diane didn’t have to be anything more than a quick answer to the question that has plagued fans since the pilot first aired back in 1990: who was Agent Cooper talking to on his tape recorder?

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Given her association with Coop, it would have been easy to expect someone as buttoned-up and slicked-back as the agent himself. Utterly professional, enthusiastic, and perhaps a touch eccentric. Instead, the Diane revealed on Showtime’s revival has been a cabaret-styled hellcat with a pack of smokes and a ready «fuck you» waiting to trip off her tongue. That she worked in any capacity for the FBI seems more surprising than an other-dimensional spiral in the sky. She looks like she should be working in an art gallery, not a law enforcement office.

Granted, Diane’s style has been targeted with accusations of «problematic Orientalism» in the past. And while there is an undeniable Asian influence to her costuming, it is far from the only influence. Her mandarin collars reside alongside wide legged pants, leopard prints and sensible flats in one big eclectic wardrobe that owes a debt to librarians, mid-century vintage, and even the occasional Delia*s catalog.

We may have lost Diane, who was revealed to be a warped tulpa somehow created after a violent encounter with Evil Cooper. We don’t know if she’s lost in the Black Lodge, or if we’ll ever see her again. But her attitude and aesthetics will always be an inspiration. Here, then, are some lessons we can take from Diane’s example and use in our own everyday lives:

Never Underestimate The Power Of A Strong Robe

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You may not want to entertain FBI agents in a robe. Heck, you may never let another person see you wearing one. But that doesn’t mean your robe needs to be boring. Find yourself a bold, silky style, and enjoy yourself. Not all of our fashion decisions need to be made for the eyes of others. Confidence starts at home.

With Eyeliner, Go Bold

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Personally, I have never been brave enough include eyeliner in my makeup routine. My few experimentations were shaky, self-conscious, and immediately removed. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t envy a confident cat eye application, and Diane’s double-winged look is a knock-out, especially when paired with her simple, naturalistic makeup palette.

This Fucking Shirt

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Leathery. Structured. Crimson. It’s a statement, but also simple enough to be paired with almost anything. TAKE MY MONEY.

Animal Prints Are Forever

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A leopard print coat may not seem to go with anything, but in fact it goes with EVERYTHING. Whether you still have the one you wore in the 90s or you’re cruising the thrift store racks, the only rule to remember is that the faker it looks, the better. Real fur isn’t necessary. Real courage is.

Don’t Be Boring, Even In The Details

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Why choose one nail polish color when you can have a different color on each nail? There are lots of ways to coordinate. «Boring» doesn’t need to be one of them.

In Fact, The Details Are What Matter Most

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We get it. You have to wear a suit for work. But even a work wardrobe can be distinctive if you pay attention to the details. Whether it’s a perfectly fitted pair of wide pants, a bold pair of flats, a touch of embroidery or a colorful collar, you can be professional and still be unconventional. And best of all, you can be yourself.

Go Bold Or Go Home

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When they go grey, we go orange.

And Remember: Fuck ‘Em All

Sometimes the only correct response is a strong «fuck you.»

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Kylie Jenner Is A Surgeon-Altered Inspiration To Young Women Everywhere

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Kylie Jenner is more than just what you’d get if a funhouse mirror reflection of current-day Kim Kardashian came to life. According to the man responsible for turning Kylie and some of her sisters into uncanny valley versions their former selves, Dr. Simon Ourian, 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is actually a heroic inspiration to young women looking to nip, tuck, stuff, and fill their faces without feeling guilty about it.

Dr. Simon spoke with WWD (via People) about one of his most famous injection sites (aka Kylie’s face). He says that ever since Kylie confessed to having “temporary” lip fillers, young women have been fearlessly lining up at the door of his office.

“When she first talked about her minimal cosmetic procedures I saw a new trend of younger women who suddenly felt empowered to unapologetically want to look more beautiful. It’s like Kylie single-handedly gave a whole generation the ticket to a more enhanced version of themselves,” Dr. Ourian explains.

“I had treated hundreds of celebrities before but very few of them were bold enough to share their secrets with such transparency. Her influence was much that what was once a taboo has now become a bragging right. People want to brag about having their lips done. My social media patients put up a selfie with me so that they can say they came to our office.”

Such bravery, and all because of Kylie Jenner! Sure, she pretty much lied about it for months before she finally came clean, but everyone who has ever gotten work done truly owes her a debt of gratitude. I don’t think it’s too soon to present Kylie with a lifetime achievement award in the field of plastic surgery excellence. You know, since she already looks like she’s had a lifetime of work done.

Speaking of the work she’s allegedly had done, someone had an ice sculpture made of Kylie’s body for her 20th birthday party. What a great idea; it starts out looking like present-day Kylie, then the ass and titties melt off, and you’re left with a sculpture of pre-surgeries Kylie. Two for the price of one!

Whoa lol #happybirthday Kylie ❤️❤️

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Kylie has another reason to celebrate this week. Did you know Kylie’s little makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics, has made almost half a billion dollars? Let’s all weep together. According to WWD, Kris Jenner revealed to them last week that her youngest moneymaker’s makeup company made $ 420 million in 18 months of retail sales. To compare, Tom Ford Beauty (owned by Estée Lauder) reportedly hit the $ 500 million mark after a decade of sales.

Kylie Cosmetics is reportedly on track to see a 25% sales increase this year. If that growth trajectory continues, Kylie’s company could hit a billion dollars by 2022. Don’t forget to thank your big sister when that happens, Kylie.

Obviously, Kris Jenner is just so proud of her – I mean – Kylie’s success.

Khloe Kardashian reportedly left (then deleted) the following the following comment on that picture: “We are dead to her now.” Oh Khloe, that’s silly. Your time of death isn’t officially called until you can’t make her anymore money.

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Let Shay Mitchell’s Dreamy Summer Getaways Serve as Endless Inspiration For Your Next Trip

When it comes to Summer getaways, Shay Mitchell knows how to do them right: exotic locations, beautiful scenic shots, pools, cute sunglasses, and, of course, lots of bikinis. While her vacations may not look quite like yours, they’re still fun to look at and serve as endless inspiration for your next trip. If the travel bug hasn’t hit you already, it will once you see all of Shay’s past Summer trips.

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Activist And Inspiration Amandla Stenberg Has Gifted Us A Tearjerker

A few years back, we knew Amandla Stenberg solely as the adorable little girl who brought the beloved Rue to life in The Hunger Games. But since then, this inspiring ingenue has grabbed onto the spotlight to focus it on issues like cultural appropriation, inclusive feminism, sexual orientation, and Black Lives Matter. So we’re fans, and are thrilled to see this activist/actress finally get a movie vehicle all her own.

Check out the trailer for Everything Everything, which is basically Bubble Boy meets Romeo and Juliet.

Based on Nicola Yoon’s best-selling novel and directed by Stella Meghie, Everything Everything stars Stenberg as a smart and imaginative young woman who’s spent her entire life trapped inside because of a medical condition that makes outside her hermetically sealed environment a threat. Still, she falls for the strapping boy next door (Nick Robinson), which encourages her to «sacrifice everything just to live one perfect day.»

I’m not crying. You’re crying!

Everything Everything opens May 19th.

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Broken Hands Reveals the Inspiration for Their New Album

United Kingdom’s alternative rock band Broken Hands debuted their album Turbulence, an instant hit in the UK. While listening to the band’s high-energy, booming songs, including the hit single “Meteor,” you’d never guess that the house where Turbulence was realized is located just outside of quiet Canterbury in the charming village of Kent. The band’s members, Dale, Callum, Jamie, Tom and David offer slamming drums, wild guitar riffs and some pretty eccentric visuals during every performance. 

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When asked about the inspiration for this album, Dale Norton, the lead vocalist of Broken Hands describes the epiphany he had at London’s Gatwick Airport that sparked the focus for the album. “I was dropping off some of my best friends and realized that everyone I knew was leaving to go somewhere else. This idea ran through my head while I was hearing the jet engines soaring into the sky from the runways. They sounded like fuzzed-out guitar feedback and festival sound drums crashing. Then came more images: planes taking off and people getting messed up. Turbulence and paranoia.”

Dale mentioned that after he had this epiphany he brought his idea back to the members of the band and they were all on-board immediately. One of the band members happens to be Dale’s brother, Callum, on drums. “I’ve always recognized that the drummer has one of the most difficult roles in a band,” Dale said. “Having my brother take on that role is great- I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having a mate and part of your family with you on the road makes it that much better.”

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Another one of Dale’s mates include the British rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen. They’ve worked together in the past and Dale says of their relationship, “Not everyone works well together. With Catfish, we’ve had a few really natural collaborations. We jam quite well together.”

The jamming Broken Hands does on stage is quite different from some of Dale’s favorite music. What would fans be surprised to know he listens to? 

“The Prodigy. It’s like, very fast beats, like electronic dance music. Kind of like, rave music. We used to go to a lot of late-night shows in our country, they were quite popular.”

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

 

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How Mexican Singer Ceci Bastida Looks for Hope and Inspiration

Throughout her career as a musician, Ceci Bastida has been, and is now, luminous. Starting at just 15 as a singer in the radical punk band Tijuana No!, named after the city where she was born and raised, she has spent her life and art devoted to speaking up and spreading light, a voice of both resistance and calm as…

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