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    It seems like lately every store you enter is selling embellished or altered high-waisted denim cutoff shorts.  This denim trend has absolutely taken over casual summer style and the look never fails to look cool.  While making a pair of DIY denim shorts from an old pair of jeans is an easy trick, we’ve got a tutorial that will help you take your jorts to the next level.  Check out these EG tips on how to create your very own destroyed ombre dyed denim shorts. The first trick to making your DIY denim shorts look store bought is of course to totally destroy them!  This can easily be done with an xacto knife, some tweezers, sandpaper and a lot of patience. To get that look where threads are exposed going in only one direction follow these steps:

    1. Make 2 parallel slits in your denim going horizontally with your xacto knife.

    Photo: courtesy of Xacto Gripster Craft Knife, $5.

    2. With your tweezers, start pulling out all of the pieces of fabric running vertically leaving behind only the strings running from left to right.

    Photo: courtesy of Sephora Anastasia Tweezer, $28.

    3. Rub the edges of the rip with sandpaper for that perfectly destroyed look you’d otherwise be paying for in stores.


    Next, to create the ombre effect you’ll need a bucket and some powder or liquid fabric dye in any color you like, we think pink turns out great!

    1. Follow the instructions on the back of your dye and fill your bucket with a little less than the suggested amount of water, then add about one third of the fabric dye into the water.




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    Rit Dye Powder in Rose Pink, $2.

    2. Dip your shorts into the mixture about halfway and let them sit for 20 minutes.

    3. Next, pull your shorts out of the water so that one third of the previously dipped part of denim is now out of the dye and water mixture.  Add another third of the dye to the water. Let the bottom 2/3 of the dyed part sit in the darker water for another 20 minutes.

    4. Finally, pull out your shorts so that only the tips of them are now in the solution and add the remaining dye into the water.  Let them sit for another 20 minutes.

    5. Rinse out your shorts, let them dry and you’re done! The result will be some extremely cool ombre dyed denim shorts that will fade from a dark shade of magenta at the bottom to a barely there tickled hue on top before fading into a normal denim color.
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    Good morning Stardoll!

    Elle.Stardoll and I had a fantastic shopping spree in Starplaza and are dressed to impress for the summer!

    We are headed for the beach in style!


    What do you think of my look this week? Tell me in the comments!

    Outfit Details:
    Sunglasses:
    Spectacular
    Earrings:
    Tingeling
    Necklace:
    Riviera
    Robe:
    Riviera
    Swimsuit:
    Riviera
    Bracelet:
    Epiphany
    Bag:
    Riviera
    Shoes:
    Riviera


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    Who served as the inspiration for John Galliano’s resort collection? None other than the fashionable Fanning sisters! According to WWD, Dakota and Elle influenced creative director Bill Gaytten’s designs. ELLE. Jamie Campbell Bower has reportedly dumped his fiancee for the fairest of them all: Mirror Mirror’s Lily Collins! The two are currently filming a new movie, The Mortal Instruments, together. Dr-ama! Just Jared. Bon travail, Sophie Theallet! The French designer was named the U.S. winner of the International Woolmark Prize. The Cut. L.K. Bennett has found a brunette beauty (other than Kate Middleton) to don their duds: Emily Mortimer. The actress has been tapped for the label’s fall ad campaign. WWD. According to a new survey, the average woman wears 28 outfits during a week-long vacation. Baggage check, please! Daily Mail.
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    Jennifer Lopez is helping launch a T-shirt shopping site that features high-end printed tees created by various artists and designers. ELLE. Candie’s unveiled their fall 2012 campaign starring Lea Michele, and the Glee star looks feminine and flirty in playful designs and hot pink heels. BSC Kids. Brooklyn-based jeweler Sorrelli is launching a collection inspired by Pinkberry, made from berry-colored Swarovski crystals and antique gold. StyleBistro. We didn’t know what to expect when news broke that Rihanna was putting out her own reality show, but a trailer has been released—and it looks pretty cool. (Think Project Runway, but with RiRi at the helm.) Huffington Post. Two new hunks will be joining the cast of 90210 this fall: Hart of Dixie’s Wes Brown and soap star Trai Byers—as characters quite similar to those played by Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling. E! Online.
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    Photo: Splash News When Nina Dobrev isn’t busy playing her duel role on the hit show The Vampire Diaries, she can be caught strolling the streets in fashion forward looks. Here, the starlet was out for a day in SoHo with boyfriend and co-star Ian Somerhalder, and although she wasn’t sucking any blood, she still looked totally fierce! Nina’s casual hipster look was styled perfectly and can easily be mimicked with a little help from EG. The trick here is all about having good basics and knowing how to wear them together in order to create a trendy ensemble. Nina’s got the idea so follow in her stylish footsteps and try these pieces for a similar look!

    Photo: courtesy of Shopbop BLANK DENIM Cutoff Shorts, $55.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Distressed Denim Cutoffs, $13.

    Photo: courtesy of Dillard's RICH & SKINNY Venice Cutoff Shorts, $99.

    Photo: courtesy of ASOS CATARZI Large Flat Brim Fedora Hat, $29.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Trim Band Wool Fedora, $12.

    Photo: courtesy of Free People FREE PEOPLE Marrakesh Floppy Felt Hat, $30.

    Photo: courtesy of Revolve Clothing SPLENDID Layers Long Tank, $48.

    Photo: courtesy of Nordstrom VINCE Heathered Tank, $48.

    Photo: courtesy of Piperlime LA MADE Double U Tank, $22.

    Photo: courtesy of Urban Outfitters DEENA & OZZY Eliana Double-Zip Ankle Boot, $69.

    Photo: courtesy of Nasty Gal Cheyenne Ankle Boot, $78.

    Photo: courtesy of ASOS ASOS Aggie Leather Pull On Ankle Boot, $37.

    Photo: courtesy of Net-A-Porter SPLENDID Draped Jersey Cardigan, &63.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Pleat Pocket Open Cardigan, $25.

    Photo: courtesy of Yoox MICHAEL BY MICHAEL KORS Cardigan, $138.

    Photo: courtesy of ASOS ASOS Metal Keeper Satchel Across Body Bag, $25.

    Photo: courtesy of Shopbop MARC BY MARC JACOBS Preppy Leather Camera Bag,
    $298.

     

    Photo: courtesy of LuLu's Personal Shopper Black Handbag, $41.

    Photo: courtesy of Need Supply Co. RAY-BAN New Wayfarer, $119.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Wayfarer Sunglasses, $6.

    Photo: courtesy of American Apparel Daniel Sunglasses, $35.
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    Lady Gaga never ceases to shock us. Her latest endeavor? Her own social-networking site: Little Monsters! Refinery29. Looks like it’s going to be a while until we find out how the movie adaption of The Hunger Games unfolds: Just like every other fantasy series in film, the final book in Suzanne Collins’ sci-fi trilogy, Mockingjay, will be split into two separate films. Deadline. Fashionistas everywhere can hit the gym in style next season: A.P.C. and Nike are joining forces to release a line of athletic footwear, to hit stores this coming fall. WWD. Ashley Tisdale will be teaming up with Puma to launch the 2012 Project Pink initiative to battle breast cancer. The starlet will be joining athletes from all over the world this summer to advocate the cause. Just Jared. Despite talks of Katy Perry being American Idol’s next judge, the singer confirmed that she will not be taking a seat on the judges’ panel after all. New York Daily News.
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    Photo: Getty Images Sometimes when accessorizing, it’s not necessarily one piece of jewelry that creates a memorable look but instead lots of little pieces put together. For example, the perfect arm party or a carefully planned out ring mixture can create a super trendy accessory combination. When it comes to packing on the pieces there’s a beloved trend in jewelry: the mid-knuckle ring. These tiny, delicate rings sit between your knuckle and fingertip, and they’re just plain adorable. We think they look absolutely stunning when combined with lots of other jewelry or even if they are featured by themselves. Stars like Vanessa Hudgens love this new look and we think you will too! Check out these EG picks. Photo: courtesy of Catbird CATBIRD Silver Alphabet Rings, $56. Photo: courtesy of Etsy Vintage Spoon Mid Knuckle Ring by grizzlybirdshop, $16. Photo: courtesy of Boutique to You Mr. Kate Crown Bow Ring, $40. Photo: courtesy of Planet Blue SUNAHARA Aussie Coin Criss Cross Ring, $24. Photo: courtesy of Tobi In V-Tro Mid Knuckle Ring, $12. Photo: courtesy of Free People Sparkle Midi Ring, $12. Photo: courtesy of Etsy Crystal Skyscraper Sterling Layering Ring by GLAMROCKSdesigns, $70.
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    When Nina Dobrev isn’t busy playing her duel role on the hit show The Vampire Diaries, she can be caught strolling the streets in fashion forward looks. Here, the starlet was out for a day in SoHo with boyfriend and co-star Ian Somerhalder, and although she wasn’t sucking any blood, she still looked totally fierce! Nina’s casual hipster look was styled perfectly and can easily be mimicked with a little help from EG. The trick here is all about having good basics and knowing how to wear them together in order to create a trendy ensemble. Nina’s got the idea so follow in her stylish footsteps and try these pieces for a similar 
    look!



    Photo: courtesy of Shopbop BLANK DENIM Cutoff Shorts, $55.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Distressed Denim Cutoffs, $13.

    Photo: courtesy of Dillard's RICH & SKINNY Venice Cutoff Shorts, $99.

    Photo: courtesy of ASOS CATARZI Large Flat Brim Fedora Hat, $29.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Trim Band Wool Fedora, $12.

    Photo: courtesy of Free People FREE PEOPLE Marrakesh Floppy Felt Hat, $30.

    Photo: courtesy of Revolve Clothing SPLENDID Layers Long Tank, $48.

    Photo: courtesy of Nordstrom VINCE Heathered Tank, $48.

    Photo: courtesy of Piperlime LA MADE Double U Tank, $22.

    Photo: courtesy of Urban Outfitters DEENA & OZZY Eliana Double-Zip Ankle Boot, $69.

    Photo: courtesy of Nasty Gal Cheyenne Ankle Boot, $78.

    Photo: courtesy of ASOS ASOS Aggie Leather Pull On Ankle Boot, $37.

    Photo: courtesy of Net-A-Porter SPLENDID Draped Jersey Cardigan, &63.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Pleat Pocket Open Cardigan, $25.

    Photo: courtesy of Yoox MICHAEL BY MICHAEL KORS Cardigan, $138.

    Photo: courtesy of ASOS ASOS Metal Keeper Satchel Across Body Bag, $25.
    Photo: courtesy of Shopbop MARC BY MARC JACOBS Preppy Leather Camera Bag,
    $298.

     

    Photo: courtesy of LuLu's Personal Shopper Black Handbag, $41.

    Photo: courtesy of Need Supply Co. RAY-BAN New Wayfarer, $119.

    Photo: courtesy of Forever 21 Wayfarer Sunglasses, $6.

    Photo: courtesy of American Apparel Daniel Sunglasses, $35.
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    (From left) Alexa Chung, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart; Found, INF Daily, and Getty Images

    When it comes to summer footwear, most people don’t think twice before running to their closet to dig up their favorite flip-flops, but this season, why not substitute your go-to sandals for a just as comfortable—and infinitely more practical—shoe? Yes, we’re talking about a good ol’ pair of sneakers, but these aren’t your average lace-ups. The once casual shoe has become somewhat of a high fashion commodity this year, appearing in the collections of luxe labels like Isabel Marant, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Comme des Garçons. We’ve zeroed in on the three most dominating styles: wedges, canvas, and high-tops—all in a new batch of summer-ready colors and prints. Click below to see our favorites! Wedges Wedge sneakers have taken over this summer, thanks primarily to Isabel Marant’s famed (and sold-out) “Willow” sneaker wedge, a favorite of Kate Bosworth, The Man Repeller, and pretty much every Victoria’s Secret model. Now, brands like Ash and Nike x Liberty have followed suit with their own pumped up kicks—literally: These sneakers can give up to three and a half inches of heel height. You can dressed them up with a maxi skirt or down with skinny jeans and a tee, and the cleverly disguised built-in heel will give you that much-needed extra lift without the pain of a pair of stilettos. These guys have been around for a while, but ELLE thinks they’re still cool, and we do too.

    Photo: Courtesy of Shopbop Ash cool wedge sneakers, $250.

    Photo: Courtesy of Madison Schutz Hannah sneaker, $208.

    Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom Nike ‘Dunk Sky Hi Liberty’ hidden wedge sneaker, $130.

    Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom Jeffrey Campbell ‘Venice-Hi’ wedge sneaker, $165. Canvas These cool classics are the epitome of old school style. Bensimon unleashed their canvas tennis shoes in the ‘80s, when they were worn by iconic style mavens like Princess Diana and Jane Birkin, and Superga’s rubber-soled sneaks date back to 1925. Now, these practical and preppy lace-ups come in a vast selection of colors—and since they’ve been around forever and are still in style, you may want to invest in a pair (or two).




    Photo: Courtesy of La Garçonne Comme des Garçons Play canvas sneaker, $100.

    Photo: Courtesy of Bensimon Bensimon tennis lacet, $55.

    Photo: Courtesy of Bloomingdale's Superga Cotu classic, $65.

    Photo: Courtesy of Keds Keds Champion Brights, $40. High-Tops Few sneakers are more iconic than Chuck Taylor All Star’s, and now, other sporty brands have built on Marquis M. Converse’s legendary shoe, introducing high top silhouettes of all different heights and designs. There may be some fresh new competitors in the category, but Chucks still remain as cool as they were back in the early 1900s, and now they have that special vintage feel too. Check out our classic and contemporary picks!

    Photo: Courtesy of Zappos Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers, $55.

    Photo: Courtesy of ASOS ASOS Destiny high top sneakers, $58.

    Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters crocheted high-top sneaker, $39.

    Photo: Courtesy of YOOX ADIDAS high-top sneaker, $55.
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    Let’s face it: Twitter can be overwhelming sometimes. It’s nearly impossible for us to digest all of the breaking news on our Twitter feed, and if we think it’s tough, just imagine how hard it is for celebrities and their thousands—sometimes millions—of followers who tweet at them constantly throughout the day. It’s not surprising that some big name tweeters have to take a break from the social networking service once and a while—or just delete their accounts altogether. Alec Baldwin is the most recent celeb to quit Twitter (again) just after his recent nuptials, and other stars have kissed the blue birdie goodbye for other reasons: Some tweeted inappropriate remarks, some took a break to deal with personal issues, and some simply stopped giving updates to keep their public lives more private. We rounded up 10 celebrities who claimed to be done with Twitter for good. (Some have already returned, and we expect more will come crawling back!).


    Alec Baldwin



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    Alec Baldwin announced his departure from Twitter on Monday morning, when he tweeted, “It’s been fun” shortly before deleting his account. But this isn’t the first time the tweet-happy actor has taken a break: In December, he temporarily quit after he was thrown off an American Airlines flight…for playing Words With Friends.

    John Mayer

     

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    Many remember when John Mayer left his three million or so followers behind two years ago after making several inappropriate remarks about several of his exes (Jessica Simpson, for one).


    Ashton Kutcher

     

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    The resident King of Twitter let his management team take the reins of his account after he spoke out against the firing of Penn State coach Joe Paterno before knowing exactly why he was dismissed.


     Demi Moore



    Photo: Getty Images Demi Moore took a break from the Internet while getting treatment at a rehab center after her split from Ashton Kutcher. The former @mrskutcher is now back on her social media game with a brand spanking new Twitter handle: @justdemi.

    Amanda Bynes




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    Amanda Bynes gave us a Twitter scare when she announced she was stopping tweeting and acting all at once. Thankfully, the actress changed her mind.

    James Franco
     

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    James Franco’s time in the Twitterverse was short and sweet: After only a few weeks of posting pictures and videos, he deleted his account. But fear not, ladies: The actor is back (and posting more videos!) as @JamesFrancoTV.


    Miley Cyrus



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    Miley Cyrus went on a Twitter hiatus in 2009 because she wanted more privacy. The behind the scenes life didn’t seem to last for the singer though, as she’s now back to her old tweeting ways.

    Demi Lovato


     

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    Demi Lovato took a break from Twitter and decided to keep a low profile around the same time rumors were circulating of her breaking up with her boyfriend and entering rehab.


    Nicki Minaj



    Photo: Getty Images Nicki Minaj went silent on Twitter after a conflict with a fansite that had started leaking her songs online. After nine days of absence, the rapper returned with heartfelt messages to her millions (yes, millions) of followers.


    Kanye West



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    After several (now infamous) Twitter rants, Kanye West put a hold on his tweeting, but the rapper came back with a vengeance this January with tons more tirades.
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