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Lauren Conrad launched a beauty site!
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With her always expertly applied cateye, perfect crimson pout, and smooth vintage-y waves, we never doubted that Lauren Conrad had at least a teensy bit of beauty girl floating around inside of that fashion plate of a body. Who are we kidding? L.C. probably lives and breathes liquid liner and big barrel curling irons. And, now there's proof. Along with her makeup artist Amy Nadine and her hairstylist Kristen Ess, The Hills-alum just launched an online hair and makeup website called The Beauty Department. The site will brim with beauty advice straight from the mouth of babes (Conrad, Nadine, and Ess), video tutorials, and printable photo step-by-step how-tos (like the one shown above). We know what you're wondering--there's already a million bajillion beauty websites in cyberspace...what is Lauren thinking to add another, which may or may not get buried in the middle of the pile? Of COURSE, the biz-savy celeb has a master plan, guyyyyyysss. As reported over at InStyle, on top of her myriad of fashion designing duties L.C. says that she'd ultimately like to launch her own line of cosmetics and hair products. We're envisioning all of these floral embossed pressed eyeshadows. Lots of pink in the form of blush, curling irons, nail polish, blow dryers, round brushes, and ponytail holders. Shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for highlighted hair. A battery powered, vibrating liquid liner that forces the user to keep her hand steady while trying to make a straight line with permanent ink. And a collection of red lipsticks for everyday of the year. But, you can't just wake up one day and say, "I'm going to start a line of beauty products." Well, you can, but it probably won't be very lucrative. It sounds like Ms. Lauren is using The Beauty Department as an apprenticeship, per se, for total world beauty domination. Elizabeth Arden, who?

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Cassie on June 27, 2010.
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• To emphasize the companies multiracial ad campaign, beauty company Carol's Daughter has enlisted the help (and GREAT hair) of multi-culti stars Cassie, Solange Knowles and Selita Ebanks. {People StyleWatch}

Dr. Martens, an iconic workwear shoe brand, recently designed its very first utilitarian selection of shirts, sweatshirts and dresses for men and women. {Telegraph}

• A college student found that if Barbie were human-sized she'd stand 6' tall with a 39" bust, 18" waist, and 33" hips. In short, she'd look crazy. {Glamour}

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are at it again. The designing sibs announced that they will be launching a line of optical frames under their Elizabeth and James label in June. {People StyleWatch}

• The last pants brand to compete for the gams of the jeggings customer is Pull-On Denim. The Brazilian company's denim are made with a stretchy waistband and no zipper. They wear like jeans, but go on like leggings. Confused? Us too. {Refinery 29}

• Designer/book collector Karl Lagerfeld is said to be coming out with a fragrance called Paper Passion that will smell like books. We suppose that's better than blood, semen, or bacon. {Styleite}

• The list for Dior's Galliano successor continues to grow, now including Riccardo Tisci, Tom Ford, Hedi Slimane, Olivier Theyskens, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Alber Elbaz, Haider Ackermann, Prabal Gurung, and Sarah Burton. {The Cut}

Carrot Top recently did an interview and photo shoot for Las Vegas Magazine with a blow out, a first for the usually super-curly haired funny man. {MTV Clutch}

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The Upper East Siders are back, and as decked out in Marchesa and Diane Von Furstenberg as ever. Last night's episode of Gossip Girl ("The Kids Stay in the Picture") opens with the media blitz surrounding Lily Humphrey's (Kelly Rutherford) legal woes--remember when she signed her daughter's name on an affidavit that sent an innocent man to jail (it's really wayyyyy more complicated than that, but...). The subplot centers around the massive amounts of drama created by the photo shoot for a fancy pants annual who's who book called Modern Royalty (basically, it's a coffee table book filled with portraits of rich families). Meanwhile, Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) wonders why he's suddenly getting the cold shoulder from Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). News flash, Chucky-boo, she kissed Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) and the two caught feelings for each other...or so we thought. Blair actually realized that it's Chuck she wants. Ugh! Love triangles! Oh, and there's a new Upper East Sider on the block. Serena Van Der Woodsen's (Blake Lively) sheltered cousin Charlie (Kaylee DeFer) spends a day in the Van Der Woodsen world, and falls in love (hello! what's not to love about Rouland Mouret?). After Serena buys Charlie $1000 worth of clothes, Carol (Charlie's mom and Lily's sister) flips. Against her mother's will, Charlie decides she wants to stay on the UES indefinitely. Charlie's mom hints at a past situation serious enough to get her kicked out of school. Hmmm...the way she was eying Blair's Coco Chanel and Louboutins...and Dan, we wonder if the secret is that she likes to take things. Watch your Prada, people.

Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively).
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SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Coat: Ralph Lauren
+ Cardigan: Missoni
+ Bag: Louis Vuitton
+ Tights: Hue

Vanessa Abrams (Jessica Szohr) and Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively).
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VANESSA ABRAMS (JESSICA SZOHR)
+ Cardigan: Rachel Comey
+ Dress: No.6 Store
+ Necklaces: Sequin
+ Earrings: Double Happiness
+ Tights: Hue
+ Boots: Pour La Victoire

SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN (BLAKE LIVELY)
+ Dress: Marchesa
+ Wrap: Spazooie
+ Earrings: Carolee

Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer).
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CHARLIE RHODES (KAYLEE DEFER)
+ Coat: Comptoir Des Cotonniers
+ Sweater: Diane Von Furstenberg
+ Blouse: Joie
+ Necklace: House Of Lavande
+ Ring: Gara Danielle

William Van Der Woodsen (Billy Baldwin), Lily Humphrey (Kelly Rutherford), and Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle).
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WILLIAM VAN DER WOODSEN (BILLY BALDWIN)
+ Suit: Ben Sherman
+ Shirt: Ike Behar
+ Tie: Michael Kors

LILY HUMPHREY (KELLY RUTHERFORD)
+ Dress: Roland Mouret
+ Earrings: Ippolita
+ Ring: Henri Bendel
+ Shoes: Jimmy Choo

RUFUS HUMPHREY (MATTHEW SETTLE)
+ Sweater: Fay
+ Jeans: Levi's

SEE MORE GOSSIP GIRL FASHION PHOTOS HERE!!!

OTHER 'GOSSIP GIRL' EPISODES:
Season 4, Episode 17: 'Empire Of The Son'
Season 4, Episode 16: 'While You Weren't Sleeping'
Season 4, Episode 15: 'It-Girl Happened One Night'
Season 4, Episode 14: 'Panic Roommate'
Season 4, Episode 13: 'Damien Darko'
Season 4, Episode 12: 'The Kids Are Not All Right'
Season 4, Episode 11: 'The Townie'
Season 4, Episode 10: 'Gaslit'
Season 4, Episode 9: 'The Witches Of Bushwick'
Season 4, Episode 8: 'Juliet Doesn't Live Here Anymore'
Season 4, Episode 7: 'War At The Roses'
Season 4, Episode 6: 'Easy J'
Season 4, Episode 5: 'Goodbye Columbia'
Season 4, Episode 4: 'Touch Of Eva'
Season 4, Episode 3: 'The Undergraduates'

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Keri Hilson performs during the Supafest Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, on April 17, and Lady Gaga visits the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on April 16.
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It used to be, way back when, that to distinguish one nail polish color from another you had to be good with numbers (i.e. Red 09345 is soooooooo different from Red 004. Get it straight.). Thank goodness those days are, for the most part, over—ever since AP math class, us and numbers haven't gotten along. But, do you ever sit back in the pedicure chair and wonder who comes up with all of those hard-to-forget nail lacquer names ("Ballet Slipper" and "Lincoln Park at Midnight" for example). Is it a fancy, Back to the Future-style name aggregator? A witty army of kids who graduated from college at the age of four? Divine intervention? According to a recent Fashionista post, at least for one company, Essie, it's the brand's founder who spits out the dozens of perfectly punny polish names each year. Essie Weingarten says that she's been naming bottles of lacquer for as long as her eponymous company has existed (30 years, so bow down to your sensei). Practice must make perfect. It's the only way we can explain "Trophy Wife" and "Room With a View" and "Miami Nice" and "Turquoise and Caicos"—just a handful of our fave Essie names. The polish queen, Ms. Weingarten, mentioned in the post that she couldn't think of any other brand with polish names as clever as hers but we went ahead and found a few other brands that give Essie a run for her money.

YOUR QUIRKY-NAMED SPRING PALETTE

Nail polish!!
Photo: Courtesy of OPI/Ginger And Liz/Sephora

OPI Friar, Friar, Pants on Fire ($8.50, opi.com)
The name is so out-there (like, what does it mean?), but the shade of red is flattering on any skin tone during any season.

Ginger and Liz Caution! ($12, gingerandliz.com)
It's true yellow--of course--and would look great with bold monochromatic prints (hello, sundress!)

Illamasqua Bacterium ($14, sephora.com)
Don't be scared off by the name. This is the perfect no-color color for Spring.

Still haven't had your fill of INSANE lacquer names? Here are 10 more (one for every finger) that really do exist.

OPI Lemonade Stand By Your Man (retro yellow)
Sephora Tomorrow, Detox! (teal with silver glitter)
NARS Mash (army green infused with gold)
MAC Brown Bag (dark, muted nude)
Butter London Tramp Stamp (dark chocolate)
Illamasqua Phallic (shimmering midnight navy)
Essie Clambake (creamy red-orange)
OPI Sand in My Suit (shimmery nude)
Lippmann Tiny Dancer (barely-there pink)
Butter London Frilly Knickers (iridescent pastel glitter)

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Abigail Breslin at the Hot Pink Party in New York on April 14.
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• It's official. Abigail Breslin (aka Little Miss Sunshine) is a bonafide "young lady." She recently debuted a lighter hair hue that gives the 15-year-old a more mature look. But, she didn't ditch her rich brunette strands for fun--her colorist claims she went blonde for an upcoming movie role. {Us}

• Reports are now coming out that little-known designer Sophie Cranston of Libelula is definitely the designer tapped to create Kate Middleton's gown(s). But considering all of the dress drama and speculation to date, we can't be for sure-for sure until the princess-to-be walks down the aisle on April 29. {Huffington Post}

• How does someone look this poised, relaxed, and GORGEOUS at the 26-mile London marathon? Oh yeah, it's supermodel Agyness Deyn. Explains it. {Vogue UK}

Urban Outfitters contributes its recent decreases in store sales to bad weather and lackluster clothes. What do you think? {The Cut}

• Ask and you shall recieve. That's what one down-on-her-luck Twitterer learned after asking for shoe donations from LeAnn Rimes who tweeted earlier in the day that she'd just done some major spring cleaning and organizing of her shoe collection. Rimes shipped a handful of shoes for the struggling fan. So. Sweet. {People StyleWatch}

• WHOA! In a Teen Vogue interview, Nicole Richie admitted to owning north of 200 pairs of sunglasses. Well, then. We thought our 20 pairs was a lot. {Us}

Miley Cyrus shows off her latest tattoo in a Twitpic. The windcatcher body art under her arm is still growing on us. But, at least it's not a rhino or an icecream cone on her face. {Oh No They Didn't!}

• Florida state legislature is currently mulling over a bill that would make it illegal for teens to wear saggy pants in school. {Styelite}

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Whitney Port at Lucky Shops LA on April 7.
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• You know spring has sprung when celebs start switching up their hair hue all willy-nilly. Whitney Port went from blonde to ginger, and Sky Ferreira went from ombre blonde to streaky purple.

Katy Perry revealed her new ad campaign for ghd, a British hair care company, which was shot by David LaChapelle. We had a hard time picking our favorite Katy 'do.

Jessica Alba got Twitpic-happy in China for Diane von Furstenberg's Journey of a Dress exhibition. We thought the actress should give the world a tutorial on "how to look cute in smartphone pics, while in shoddy lighting."

• We obviously have a thing for brunet boys. Stephen Colletti from Laguna Beach and One Tree Hill (remember him?) made us happy in a random smizey-filled photo shoot. Manboy Adam Brody went collegiate-cool for the Scream 4 premiere. Cam Gigandet went platinum blonde, but we weren't fans. And, the Panic at the Disco duo (clad in tweed and ascots) showed how band dudes ought to dress.

The trailer for Monte Carlo, staring Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy hit this week. We couldn't tell you the entire plot, but we did scope the cutest shawl-collar blazer, floral bubble skirt, and high-waisted mini-shorts. Priorities.

Tinsley Mortimer tamed her mane with a big girl headband braid (which, we showed you how to copy). On the other end of the spectrum, Karolina Kurkova, Camilla Belle, and Uma Thurman all let their strands frizz out ON PURPOSE.

• Just in time for spring, stylish bloggers showed us three different ways to rock a trench this season.

• We could spend hours in the magazine aisle. And this week we spotted Lady Gaga posing on Harper's Bazaar, Lauren Conrad smiling with her eyes on Allure, Kim Kardashian landing on Turkish Cosmopolitan, January Jones killing it on W magazine...twice, and Adele pretty-pouting on Rolling Stone.

• After waiting for YEARS, Ashley Tisdale tweeted about finally scoring her very first Jane Birkin bag—a cobalt blue beauty that cost within the range of $9k-$50k. We asked what the hubbub was all about.

Coachella is this weekend (can we get a what-what?!), and Whitney Port was so kind as to put together a handy-dandy what-to-wear guide for the festivities. Thanks, Whit.

• Several celebs "brightened" our week. Jessica Lowndes, Emma Stone, and Jessie J. swiped the boldest, most shocking shade of pink they could find onto their lips. Meanwhile, Robyn, Sophia Bush, and Kate Voegele snuck a dash of highlighter neon into their ensembles. Mmrowwww.

• The sneaker flip-flop hybrid discussion had to happen. It just had to.

Justin Bieber's famous friends (oh, nobody important...just DOLCE & GABBANA) hosted a bash for the boy phenom to thank him for wearing mostly D&G out and about. The Bieb's appropriately showed up to the party in D&G eyeglasses.

Khloé Kardashian, Emma Roberts, and Lucy Hale showed off their pretty pumps and pedicures.

• We thought junderpants (aka jegging/underpants) was about as far as we could go with the clothing hybrids until we saw a College Humor video via Refinery29. Helllloooo, tackets, stileakers, and stockis. And, goodbye.

Donatella Versace wasn't convinced that a celebrity designer could get their creative juices flowing enough to put together a worthwhile collection. We tried to disprove her theory.

Rock it out this weekend, ladies and gents. We'll see you bright and early on Monday.

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Khloé Kardashian in Jimmy Choo on April 11, Emma Roberts in Elie Saab on April 11, and Lucy Hale in Giuseppe Zanotti on April 10.
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Of course, we spotted their hot, ankle-grazing shoes FIRST. How could we not?! Khloé Kardashian stepped out at a celebration for the Kardashian Redbook cover in red/pink/funky b&w patterned strappy Jimmy Choo sandals that were in clear competition with her bow-tie and alarmingly cinched waist. Meanwhile, Emma Roberts sparkled at the Scream 4 premiere in the most-fabulous/we-want-them-NOW black Elie Saab cutout stacked heels, which she teamed with a glittering blue Burberry frock (black and blue works in our book). And Lucy Hale popped by the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in a Giuseppe Zanotti open-toe booties that overpowered her feet (but in a cool edgy way). OK, so we can all agree that the shoes this week were the ish. But, after ohhhing and ahhhing over them, we quickly turned our attention to the girls' equally fabulous pedicures. Did you think we didn't notice?! Khloé chose a Smurf-y blue lacquer that added a dose of color to her tootsies (as if she didn't have enough already), while Emma and Lucy stuck with classic black and red, respectively. Proof that a pedi can sometimes make or break a fly shoe.... just as raggedy dogs can destroy an ensemble, regardless of bajillion-dollar red soles.

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+ What's behind the jump? See Mischa Barton, Harley Viera-Newton, Hayley Kiyoko, and MANY MORE in our Hot Celebrity Shoes gallery, which is updated weekly. You are SO welcome.

+ What ELSE is behind the jump? Insane cutaway, red VELVET platforms with ginormous bows, a sculpted heel open-toe that looks fractured and freaky in patent leather with neon panels and, ahem, kinda the most egregious case of shrimping disgusto toes without a pedicure :(, and strappy sandals with so much gonzo bananas, multicolored beading in laborious designs that goes with NOTHING and therefore EVERYTHING. Shuz. Omigawd. Shuz. Better lotion those ankles, ladies. x

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Emma Watson at the 'Elle' Style Awards on Feb. 14.
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• Happy 21st Birthday, Emma Watson! The legal age (at least in the U.S.) looks good on "Hermione" (sorry Em, you'll always be Hermione in our eyes), doesn't it? To celebrate, check out 21 of the actress/hot girl's awesome editorials. {Fab Sugar}

• Whooooaaaa. John Galliano was reportedly fired from his own namesake fashion label, 91 percent of which is owned by Dior. {Huffington Post}

• It may NOT be such a bad idea to invite mom to the mall with you. New research suggests that people who bring good old mom shopping get brutally honest opinions. "Yes dear, yes, mustard yellow does make you look like you're on your deathbed." {Glamour}

Drew Barrymore stepped out on Wednesday night with a new hair hue—from brown-to-blonde ombre to a fiery red shade. Her colorist, Tracey Cunningham, says the actress "just felt like trying out red." {Us}

H&M's website recently got a glossy new face-lift (easier navigation, blog, and slideshow inspiration). The only thing missing now is e-commerce capabilities. We're waiting... patiently. {Refinery 29}

Jennifer Lopez recently revealed in a radio interview that her hair started to go gray at 23. But, who cares! She still got voted as People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman in the World." {Oh No They Didn't}

• Remember back in 2009 when Kate Moss was accused of promoting anorexia by saying, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"? Welllllllll, U.S.-based firm Teen Modelling is now hawking kiddie T-shirts with the quote emblazoned on it, plus they're selling baby onesies with the phrase "Please don't feed the model" on them. One word—GROSS. OK, two more words—DON'T BUY. {Daily Mail}

• The director of the film adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy assured fangirls (who were in an uproar) that the actress cast to play Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence, would indeed have her blonde hair dyed black to match the heroine's most notable feature. {Allure}

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Tinsley Mortimer at the New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance in New York on April 12.
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Tinsley Mortimer, New York City American socialite/fashion entrepreneur/quintessential 'IT' girl/descendant of Thomas Jefferson (really!)/the fairy godmother of Gossip Girl (if Gossip Girl were to have a fairy godmother), popped by the Annual New Yorkers for Children Spring Dinner Dance in New York City this week wearing SOME dress. It was Dior. It was colorful. It was very colorful. It was big. It was very big. And, unfortunately, it was NOT our fave Tinsley ensemble (what say you? do you like? are we crazy?). But, this girl-about-town does get major brownie points for the laid-back yet red carpet-appropriate hairline braid she added to the mix. The plait was so on target that it just about made up for the so-so frock choice. Annnnnnnd, while we have a feeling Tins took quite some time (hours, maybe) getting into her dress (check the bustles and ruffles and train! and then you have to practice sitting and standing and holding that strapless bad boy up), we bet her braid was whipped up in minutes. Don't believe us?

MINUTE 1: Part your hair (this will work with any texture) right above the arch in your eyebrow.

MINUTE 2: Starting at your hairline (or behind your bangs if you want them to fall out), grab a 2- to 3-inch section of hair to begin your loose cornrow with (P.S.- Cornrows are slightly different from french braids. Eeeks, don't know how to cornrow? Here's a quick tutorial).

MINUTE 3: Braid straight across your head toward your ear. Stop about an inch above the top of your ear, and secure strands with a small clear rubber elastic.

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Hayley Williams on April 11, 2011.
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• If you think Paramore's Hayley Williams is satisfied with her orange/fiery red locks, think again. The singer recently told People magazine that she wants "to try every color." Sounds like fun—just stock up on that deep conditioner, girl! {People StyleWatch}

• It sounds like there is yet ANOTHER collaboration in the works for the Kardashians. This time the sisters are rumored to be creating a nail polish with OPI. Then shampoo...then baby wipes...then windshield wipers...{Coco Perez}

• Former Harper's Bazaar editor in chief Kate Betts thinks Kate Middleton will "wear McQueen for Westminster Abbey and... Victoria Beckham to the evening party." We totes agree with THIS prediction. {Styleite}

• Yikes! It must be bad when OSHA gets involved. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just issued a Hazard Alert for stylists working with the Brazilian Blowout hair straightener for its formaldehyde content." {Huffington Post}

Riley Keough, granddaughter to Elvis Presley and daughter to Lisa Marie, is the new face for Lee Jeans' latest ad campaign shot by Terry Richardson. {Coco Perez}

• Shoes can cost a pretty penny. But nothing compares to this Christopher Michael Shellis-designed pair of high-heel sandals, which are made from solid gold and encrusted with diamonds—the pumps will set you back around $200,000! {Telegraph}

Coach recently sued Jo-Ann Fabrics for featuring elongated Os on their Blizzard Fleece fabric, which look super-similar to Coach's iconic Cs. {Huffington Post}

• You know spring/summer is on the horizon when flip-flops make the news. Today the Michael Bastian for Havaianas unisex collection launches in stores and online. And they're CUTE! {Racked}

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