best of the web 4.7.13

Woah, stop whatever you are doing and read this post: Did you know Instagram had beauty pageants? A scary, real look at what’s happening out there with tweens and teens, and how one mom helped her daughter create real, positive change. You can easily do the same.

A WSJ op ed must read… “To all of the colleges that rejected me.”

Addicted to acrylic + anything clear like me? This DIY chain-strap purse is so insanely good. Dying to make!

40 bloggers over 40 years old you should know. Since I’m now 33 (which feels ancient in blogging), this list is a breath of fresh air.

So flattered West Elm included our popular pillow post in its weekly press round up. Some great options to spruce up your sofa.

This blogger paired two of my favorite patterns: camo + stripes. Instant style soul mates (even if she doesn’t know it yet!)

10 things we didn’t know about autism just one year ago.

DEAL: Gap has 40 percent off full-price  (use code 40REG) through today….so excited about scoring this, thisthis and this to liven up my spring wardrobe with a little birthday money I had stashed.

Pssst: did you enter to win a free pair of Ray-Ban wayfarer sunnies on TAGG? Just a few more days to enter!