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Reading List: Zooey Deschanel’s New Campaign, Thakoon For Nars, Jennifer Connelly’s a Blond, and More

It’s the last weekend in April, which means May flowers are just around the corner and rain showers are (hopefully!) behind us. Before you get to your weekend plans, read our favorite stories from around the web. It was quite a week in hair news and the end of an era for one fashion industry mainstay, so you won’t want to miss this week’s list.
  • The big news in the fashion world yesterday was the announcement that Betsey Johnson has filed Chapter 11 and, it sounds like, will be closing up shop immediately. In true Betsey style though, a farewell party was held yesterday for employees (now unemployed), with cupcakes and champagne. [Elle
  • Zooey Deschanel is nearly as famous for her signature bangs as she is for her acting career. We’re not surprised to hear she just landed a major spokesmodel gig with Pantene. [Fashion etc
  • Jennifer Connelly switched up her color this week and went blonde for her new movie, “Virginia.” While we miss her glossy brown locks, the movie looks great! [Huffington Post]
  • We can’t get enough of nail polish collaborations, especially when they come out ahead of schedule. The new Thakoon x NARS polishes were released at Nordstrom this week and we can hardly wait to pick them up. [SheFinds

—Lorelei

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Reading List: Holiday Makeup, 2012’s Color of the Year, and “Manta Claus”

Phew, we made it to Friday! This week we’ve been working extra hard to get all of our new December articles up (Find them here!) but we did have a little bit of time to get in some reading. See our favorite picks from the week below.
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  • Old Spice just released their new holiday wish list campaign featuring Isaiah Mustafa as “Manta Claus.” The campaign is hilarious and a good reminder of last year’s Sesame Street parody commercial starring Grover. We could watch them both for hours. [Glamour
  • We can’t get enough of gift inspiration this week. Equinox pulled together the wishlists of editors, restaurateurs, and the most fit people we’ve ever seen. [Q By Equinox]
  • In just a few weeks we’ll be inundated with “Best of 2011” lists but for now we’re happily clicking through any that we find. We love this Top 10 Biggest Fashion Trends of 2011. [The Gloss
  • December isn’t just great because we get presents, it also means wearing fun (read: sparkly!) makeup at all times. Click through for some of the prettiest. [Fashionista]
  • Pantone announced the 2012 Color of the Year this week and it’s…Tangerine Tango. We can’t wait to rock the bright color on our lips, eyes, and cheeks, anywhere! [bellasugar

— Lorelei

Still finishing your own gift lists? Find our favorite picks in our gift guide.