Chitter Chatter

From Vogue covers to Chanel experiences, here's what we're buzzing about this week

Chitter Chatter

Read: About Alexa Chung, Kiernan Shipka, and Dree Hemingway’s first experience with Chanel. Coco would be so proud.

Watch: Tilda Swinton lead 1,500 people in a dance-along at the 15th Annual Ebertfest. It’s pretty much the biggest mood-lifter ever.

Get: A recap of the Tribeca Film Festival’s fashion. That’s right – with the likes of Naomi Watts and Olivier Theyskens gracing the red carpet, the movies are just half the draw.

Know: After making appearances in just about every other Vogue, Victoria Beckham is rumored to be getting her first American cover. Anna Wintour and Victoria Beckham? Now that’s a power couple if we ever saw one.

Tell us what you’re buzzing about this week, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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April 29, 2013

Embark on a Pastry Affair

This blogger's recipes will have you falling in love

Kristin Rosenau thought she’d be an astroparticle physicist (we had to Wikipedia it, too), but that was until she fell in love with pastries, inspiring one seriously lovely – and highly acclaimed – food blog, Pastry Affair. It’s packed with recipes, prose, and gorgeous photography (her genius camera skills certainly come in handy).

These two eats in particular have us positively drooling. For more where they came from, be sure to visit Kristin’s blog – we promise you’ll fall in love, too.

Pastry AffairPhotos by Kristin Rosenau of Pastry Affair.

Summer Berry Pavlova
Yields 4 mini pavlovas

“This Summer Berry Pavlova is sweet, light, and fresh. The pavlova is a large meringue with a crisp exterior and a soft, marshmallow-like interior. When it cools, the center collapses, revealing a cavity that is filled with a white chocolate whipped cream. The pavlova is topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, with white chocolate shavings and a dusting of powdered sugar. These are a cool delight when the heat is high and friends are near.”

Pavlova
1 teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice)
4 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup (225 grams) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, place the vinegar onto a paper towel and rub over the bowl and egg beaters to eliminate grease (which can prevent the meringue from rising).

Beat together the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and cornstarch and keep beating until stiff, shiny peaks form. Whip in the vanilla extract.

Preheat oven to 250°F (120°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (do not skip this step!).

Divide meringue into 4 equal portions and form into disks approximately 2 inches high, creating a slight dip in the center for filling later. Bake for 55–65 minutes, or until meringues appear dry and are barely gaining color. Turn off the oven, crack the door, and allow pavlovas to cool to room temperature before removing from the oven (the centers will fall; do not be alarmed). Very carefully remove from parchment paper and transfer to serving dishes.

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April 28, 2013

The Men’s Dress Shirt Guide

Ensure an always-dapper appearance by sticking to these rules

Men, listen up. Dress shirts are a must-have wardrobe staple – when worn correctly. So whether pairing with jeans for a night out or with a suit for work, live by these rules and you’re guaranteed to always look as debonair as you planned.

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Our A Guy’s Best Friend: Shirts, Sport Coats, & Tees Boutique opens Sunday, April 28, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 28, 2013

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Shop, Shop Again

Those styles you missed? They’re back for more.

There are few things more frustrating than discovering something you love only to find it’s sold out (sad, yes, but come on – we love the drama of it all). The silver lining? In addition to making you want those made-for-you flats and that multichain necklace even more, it gives you ample time to think about what to do with your scores once you finally get your hands on them.

Thankfully, the style gods believe in second chances, and here’s what I’ve been planning for those coveted pieces that are about to become mine – for real this time.

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Our Déjà Rue Boutique opens Saturday, April 27, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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April 27, 2013

Rue Recap: The Project Runway: Teams Finale

Heidi & co. crown a winner at Fashion Week in Season 11, Episodes 13 & 14

Welcome back, Project Runway fans! The last time we spoke, five designers traveled across Europe for inspiration for high-end fashion looks. These past two weeks, we’ve been engrossed in the finale – first in the narrowing down of the Final Four to Three, and then in seeing the final collections walk the runway.

After working on their collections at home for four months, the designers each picked three pieces to show. Two of the season’s best looks (in my opinion) – Michelle’s layers and black chaps and Patricia’s horsehair cape with leather pants – helped the ladies secure their spots. Stanley’s skill with luxe, ornate fabrics earned him the last seat, leaving out Daniel, whose capsule collection was sadly made up of well-designed but boring choices.

With the judges’ advice (primarily for Stanley to add interest and youth, Michelle to edit, and Patricia to bring cohesion and maturity), the Final Three returned to the workroom to prep for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Everyone was stressed, but Stanley especially – he still had unfinished garments as he walked into Lincoln Center. Between an army of sewing assistants and a (very) patient stage manager, he pulled it together, but it was ugly there for a bit.

Stanley: “Urban Opulence” had some standout pieces, like the gold belted coatdress and white-and-gold dress, but ultimately his collection still felt dated and his quick-fix hemlines were too shoddy for Fashion Week.

Patricia: Inspired by trees, this collection showcased her creativity and Native American heritage. She created a beautiful fabric, and the judges appreciated her leather hole-punch pants. The pink dress she opened with was also really lovely. I still noticed a lack of cohesion, though, and while the judges liked her headpieces, I found them to be a little over the top.

Michelle: This lone wolf–inspired collection exemplified the casual/tough attitude I’ve come to love about her. It was diverse, yet told a complete story through quilted fabrics and pleated dresses. Those chiffon scarf-ties took it a little too far, and her closing gown was quite heavy – even to Michael Kors (can he come back next season? Please?), who said it was like a “cardboard box walking.” Overall, though, she was my favorite.

The judges had a hard time narrowing it down, and I was happy with their final choice. What did you think – did the right person win? Until Season 12, auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

How did you like Project Runway: Teams? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @ruelala. And if you missed an episode, check out our Project Runway recaps to date.

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April 26, 2013

Shape Up the Summer Home

Each motif is distinct – here's how to pull off them both

Shape Up the Summer Home

Our Outfit the Lake House: From Furniture to Décor and Outfit the Beach House: From Furniture to Décor Boutiques open Friday, April 26, at 3PM ET.

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April 26, 2013

Star Style: Spot-on Looks from the Tribeca Film Festival

As New York City celebrates its version of Sundance, we’re watching more than just the winners of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. This star-studded event boasted major names from ever sector of the city – from business and journalism to fashion (and, of course, film). Naturally, everyone was dressed to impress. Here were our favorite ensembles.

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Alexa Chung in Chanel. This style icon nailed the minimalist look perfectly in a cream shirtdress from Chanel.

Olivia Wilde keeps it casual. In a graphic tee, black skinnies, and fitted leather moto jacket, the actress struck the harmonious cool/chic balance.

Caroline Correa as the golden girlThe Brazilian actress and model donned a $1.5 million, 24-karat gold gown designed by Zac Posen. The effect? Flashy (in the best way possible).

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

What looks were you loving at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala

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April 26, 2013

Choose Your Own (Upholstery) Adventure

Picking patterns is easy. We promise.

Choose Your Upholstery Adventure

Our Skyline Customizable Furniture Boutique opens Friday, April 26, at 11AM ET.

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April 26, 2013

Charm School: How to Build a More Personal Gift

Jewelry, for me, is super personal. The pieces with the most meaning are the ones I love the most and never want to take off. So, as Mother’s Day approaches, I got to thinking – why not gift something like that to Mom this year? I’ll still pick up the requisite flowers and compose a heartfelt card, but I’m ready to start a charming new tradition with jewelry that can be built upon for every occasion (birthdays, milestones, or even just because). Here’s how to get started.

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  1. Pick a base. I’m a fan of this blue corded bracelet. (Bonus: it can also be worn as a necklace.) It’s casual enough for everyday wear and adds a nice pop of color. If you prefer to go the earring route, simple gold hoops make for a sophisticated and super-versatile base that packs a lot of punch even without the addition of a charm.
  2. Decide on a theme. Color coordinate. Commemorate your favorite vacations. Create a redefined friendship bracelet and put together the grownup version of those split hearts you and your best friend exchanged and wore around your necks back in the day. Or, just make the jewelry all about things your Mom loves – shout out her star sign, initials, lucky number, or favorite charitable cause.
  3. Choose your charms and get ready to tell a story. That personalized bracelet and eye-catching earrings are guaranteed to be conversation-starters.

Our PANDORA Boutique opens Friday, April 26, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 26, 2013

Pilates Barre Class

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Pilates barre, a fusion workout of Pilates, dance, and yoga, has been heralded by celebrities, models, and chiropractors alike for its ability to create lean, long muscles, reduce stress, and improve posture. I consider myself relativity in shape (though, admittedly, my athletic career peaked in high school) and I love to dance, so I figured I’d have no trouble dropping in for a class to see what all the hype was about… but this is not a class to be taken lightly.

The Barre Work
Unsure of what to expect, I walked into a room of girls pliéing at the ballet barre in a mirrored room. I don’t know whether it was my underdeveloped leg muscles or my brand new yoga mat that gave me away, but the instructor immediately asked if it was my first class and positioned me at the barre next to one of the more experienced girls. I began to mimic her movements, feeling a little bit self-conscious but not really challenged at first. What felt like hundreds of squats later, however, my legs were shaking uncontrollably and the announcement of the switch to the mat was a welcome relief.

The Mat Work
I never thought I’d be grateful to be told to hold the plank position for as long as I could, but anything besides squats sounded wildly appealing at the time. On the mats we worked with medicine balls, Pilates rings, and blocks in a series of core exercises as the instructor counted off to the beat of the music. The lights were gradually dimmed as the class came to an end with some deep stretching and “introspection” time (all I could think about was how happy I was that I live in a ground-level apartment).

The Verdict
My overall opinion on the experience: this class is for you if you’d like to explore 500 different forms of cruel and unusual punishment to a Ke$ha soundtrack. Was it rewarding when it was over? Absolutely. I’ve never felt so satisfyingly exhausted after any other one-hour workout. But go in prepared to really work it out.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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April 25, 2013