As American as Blueberry Pie

The quintessential summer dessert, as told by Annie Dean

 
Get excited. None other than Annie Dean, blogger and food extraordinaire, let us in on her quintessential summer dessert (and how you – yes you – can make it at home) just in time for the Fourth of July spread:

Summer is the season, unquestionably, to bake pies. Growing up, my mom used to bake us all sorts of pies. Blueberry. Peach. Strawberry Rhubarb. We’d never eat them hot, though. After they came out of the oven, we’d let them cool off by an open window in the kitchen and then pop them in the fridge overnight. By breakfast we’d be ready for a slice: the perfect relief from the morning heat. For her pie recipes, my mom has always relied on McCall’s Superb Dessert Cookbook by Mary Eckley, the then-food editor of McCall’s magazine. And for good reason: Mary Eckley was my mom’s godmother. Try this blueberry pie. You’ll forget winter even exists.

Blueberry Pie

McCall’s Blueberry Pie

Filling

  • 2 pints of blueberries, rinsed, patted dry and picked through to remove obvious stems
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • dash of salt

 
Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted before measuring)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

 

To make filling:
Place blueberries in a bowl and add 1 cup sugar mixed with 1/4 cup flour and a dash of salt. Toss until thoroughly coated.

To make crust:
Sift flour with salt into medium bowl. With pastry blender or two knives, using a short, cutting motion, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Quickly sprinkle ice water, one tablespoon at a time, over all of pastry mixture, tossing lightly with a fork after each addition and pushing dampened portion to side of bowl (pastry should be just moist enough to hold together, not sticky). Shape the pastry into a ball and wrap in wax paper until ready to use. When ready, divide in half and flatten each half with palm of hand.

Roll out each half into a 12-inch circle, rolling with light strokes from center to edge. As you roll, alternate directions. Fold bottom pastry in half and carefully place in a buttered pie dish, taking care to ensure that fold is in the center of the pie dish. Unfold and fit carefully into pie plate, leaving some pastry overhanging on the sides. Cut top pastry into 12 1-inch slices.

Once the bottom crust of the pie has been added to the pie dish, add your filling and make your lattice-top crust. Crimp the edges with a fork and pop in the oven at 425°F for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and filling is fizzling out of the top crust.

Expert tip:
Protect your crusts with a makeshift crust protector. Cut a circle of aluminum foil larger than the circumference of the pie. Cut out a large hole from the center of the foil, just an inch or so smaller than the circumference of your pie. When placed over the pie, the foil will fit just over the crimped edges of the crust. After 20 minutes of baking, add the crust protector to prevent the edges of your crust from over-browning.

Our Sunday Supper: The All-American Feast Boutique opens Sunday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

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June 30, 2013

Set Sail: Transform the Kids’ Room into a Nautical Dream

Fact: Nautical décor is always in. Especially in the summertime. And even more so when the kids are involved. (Seriously, is there anything cuter?) Bring all their pirate-treasure-hunting dreams to life with these three easy swaps.

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1. Add sailboat and anchor wall hooks around the room for an instant dose of seafaring style.

2. Replace a plain carpet with a crab or anchor motif area rug.

3. Convert the kids’ beds into boats fit for the high seas. How? With this ship-shaped bed, of course.

Our Sail Away: Kids’ Nautical Bedroom Décor Boutique opens Sunday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 30, 2013

Size Matters: The Great Debate Between Small & Oversized Watches

In my book, there should be a ticker for every occasion. And there’s a time and place to rock your biggest, most in-your-face piece… and other instances when a smaller-faced number is more appropriate. But are these rules the same for both men and women? No. I present to you, the watch-personality list:

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For Men: A super chunky watch (the kind that doubles as an uppers workout) belongs in the office.

For Women: That larger-than-life timepiece lets the world know you are a serious fashionista. The loads of bangles you should be layering it with are also a dead giveaway.

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For Men: Don’t be fooled by the “bigger is better” trend that has taken over men’s wristwear. A well-balanced watch-to-wrist ratio shows the world your more tailored, refined side.

For Women: Work the skirt suit and slip on a sleek, rectangular-faced watch (no bigger than the width of your wrist). It gives you a powerful, put-together presence without sacrificing style.

Our Nixon Boutique opens Saturday, June 29, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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June 29, 2013

We Couldn’t Have Said It Better…

Associate Editor Dhani Mau of Fashionista, on dreading the day her new shoes become old:
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Which great quotes did we miss? Share them in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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June 28, 2013

Why We’re Loving Google Wallet

And why we're giving you a $25 Credit*
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A little while ago, we introduced our new Android app. And from what we’ve heard, you’re liking the improvements.

We are, too. (Yes, we shop nonstop.) And one especially cool perk that makes our diehard shopping habit so easy? Google Wallet. Confession: I may have picked up shoes last night while standing in line to buy groceries.

So, if you’re new to Google Wallet (like we were up until recently), you’re probably wondering, “Why all the fuss?” Here’s why:

  • Your Google Wallet account stores your payment and shipping information in a very, very safe place. We’re all for pumped-up security.
  • When you’re shopping on Rue (or anywhere with Google Wallet), you can check out in just a couple of clicks. Makes for happy impulse-shopping sprees.
  • No more fumbling to punch in a credit card number on your phone. Shopping while eating an ice cream cone: mastered.
  • And no more trying to remember that secret place you hid your credit card… from yourself.

 
Needless to say, we’re so amped up about this new feature that everyone who downloads our Android app and uses Google Wallet to make a purchase (now through June 30) gets a $25 Credit* to use on their next purchase.

Also, everyone who shops on our new Android app now through June 30 will automatically be entered to win their next Rue purchase on us. (For up to $250 worth of that Rue glory you’ve been eyeing.) Or, you can just download it so we aren’t the only ones shopping the app while we’re also at the mall.

Simply stop by Google Play to download or upgrade.

PS – Our new app is compatible with devices running on Android 2.2 (Froyo) or newer.

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*Download the Rue La La Android app and make a purchase using Google Wallet by 11:59PM ET on Sunday, June 30, 2013 to receive a $25 Rue La La account Credit. Credit will be deposited into your account on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 and must be used by 11:59PM ET on July 17, 2013, after which time it will expire. The offer is valid for select Members only. Only one Credit per Member. Credit cannot be used for prior purchases or with any other discounts or promotions. Credit cannot be transferred. Rue La La reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time.


June 28, 2013

The Guest Room with Heart

This is so much more than an “extra bedroom.” Just add a few thoughtful touches, and your guests’ space will feel like a retreat all on its own.Guest Room with Heart

A welcome note. You know how anything handwritten makes you feel. Pay it forward.

Suitcase rack. Whatever makes living out of a bag more pleasant.

Candles. An scented diffuser would work, too. It’s all about setting the sensory mood.

Phone charger. Quite possibly the most left-at-home accessory on the planet.  

Magazine stack. Set out titles based on their interests. (How perceptive of you!)

Down pillows. Send them to sleep on cloud nine.

Cashmere throw. They’re on vacation. Give them indulgence.

Vase. Never underestimate the power of fresh flowers.

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June 28, 2013

Take Cover: 3 Non-Traditional Beach Cover-ups for Summer

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Swimsuit season is here – which means plenty of pool parties and beach trips on the horizon. And these days, getting dressed for sun-seeking excursions goes far beyond which bikini to pick. It’s all about the pre- (and post-) dip cover-ups.

Before you reach for that sarong, check out these three non-traditional picks that double as everyday wardrobe staples.

The Button-Front Shirt
Go one size up on this one. Leave it unbuttoned, add a fedora, and boom – instant cool-girl appeal.

The Maxi Dress
This throw-on-and-go dress is perfect for boardwalk brunches and swanky pool parties.

The Nautical Tee
Look to a bright, solid suit when donning a striped tee. Red and hot pink are surefire hits for any seafaring trip.

Our Splendid Boutique opens Friday, June 28, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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June 28, 2013

It’s a Blogger’s World (We Just Live in It)

Our top 4 picks of the week

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The Fourth of July just might be the best holiday. (We have a penchant for sparklers.) And these bloggers channel all that glorious red, white, and blue like pros.

1. Say Yes to Hoboken
Actually, forget Hoboken. Say yes to these just-patriotic-enough yogurt-dipped strawberries and blueberries.

2. Mrs. Lilien
Sure, it’s gone hipster. But think about how pretty a slew of PBRs will look when set against this tablescape…

3. Atlantic-Pacific
Fact: Simply no one does red, white, and blue quite like our old standby, Blair.

4. Little Green Notebook
Go on, paint stars on your ceiling like Jenny did. (Bonus points if you paint exactly 50.)

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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June 27, 2013

Hidden Gems: Our Jewelry Buyers’ Top Pieces for Summer

The best time to beef up that jewelry box? Right now. Our buyers picked a few of their absolute must-have pieces for summer – and they’re all yours for the taking. So heed their expert advice and layer them on. Your collection is practically begging for them anyway.

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1. Bronze Gemstone Necklace
“Statement is in! Grab at least one statement necklace that you can wear anytime.” – Jillian R., Assistant Jewelry Buyer

2. Diamond Bow Pendant
“My favorite piece is the Bow Pendant. It is perfect for stacking and just as sweet on its own!” – Ceire N., Associate Jewelry Buyer

3. Jane Basch Initial Pendant
“The Jane Basch Initial Pendant is a must-have! This personalized piece is a go-to for layering necklaces.” – Elizabeth M., Jewelry Buyer

4. R.J. Graziano Multi-Strand Resin Necklace
“This piece is perfect with a maxi dress or shorts and heels. It can be worn day or night.” – Jillian

5. TOYWATCH Women’s “Plasteramic” Watch
“We love this watch for summer. It gives you the oversized-boyfriend-watch look without being too heavy or overbearing. We’d style it with a maxi dress and a jean jacket with the sleeves rolled up just a bit to show off its bling.” – Elise T., Watch Buyer, & Megan P., Assistant Watch Buyer

6. Argento Vivo Gemstone Drop Earrings
“The Argento Vivo Gemstone Drop Earrings are my favorite. The blue chalcedony goes with everything.” – Ceire

7. Rivka Friedman Rolo Toggle Bracelet
“This bracelet is a must-have. It is a classic gold piece, perfect for everyday arm charm. I wear mine all the time!” – Elizabeth

Our Jewelry Buyers’ Top 24 Picks Boutique opens Thursday, June 27, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 27, 2013

The ABCs of Lucky Brand Jeans: All the Terms You Need to Know (and More)

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You have your Lucky Brand jeans on – so, looking good? That’s a given. Now it’s time to whip out a little denim knowledge. Below, everything you could ever possibly want to know about jeans, from the dyeing process to the hardware. Expect friends to be impressed.

Authentic: A term used to describe original qualities found in denim.

Bartack: The sewn-in reinforcements placed at stress points – like zippers – on jeans.

Caste: A term used to describe the shading in denim.

Crocking: The process whereby dye rubs off on skin or other fabric.

Distressing: When jeans are ripped and faded for an intentionally worn-in look.

Enzyme Wash: An eco-friendly stonewashing process that uses organic proteins.

Flat Busted Seam: A traditional jean finish where the outseam is opened flat.

Garment Dyes: Dyeing a finished garment rather than dyeing the yarn prior to weaving.

Hand-Sanding: A process where jeans are sanded with real sandpaper to fray the surface.

Indigo: The dye used to color denim.

Jean: A term derived from “bleu de Gênes,” the French translation for “the blue of Genoa.” Genoa is the Italian city where the world’s first denim trousers were worn by sailors.

Laundry: The finishing house where jeans are washed, sandblasted, ripped, and patched by hand.

Mercerized: An industrial process used to increase denim’s luster, strength, softness, and affinity to dye.

Overdye: A dyeing process that adds extra color to dyed denim for a distinctive look.

Pumice Stones: Volcanic stones that are tumbled together with jeans in the stonewashing process.

Quality Assurance: A series of quality checks to ensure every pair of jeans meets the highest quality standards.

Resin Treated: A chemical process that locks jeans’s indigo dye and fibers to create a unique finish.

Sandblasting: A pre-wash laundry process during which jeans are blasted with sand to create a well-worn appearance.

Tate-Ochi: A vertical white or faded thread alongside an indigo thread. Occurs in vintage denim where the thread is of irregular width.

Ultimate Wardrobe Staple: The definition of Lucky Brand Jeans.

Vintage Wash: A process in which jeans are strategically frayed, faded, and handsanded for natural-looking wear and tear.

Whiskering: The horizontal creases and fading at the crotch, backs of knees, and hems.

XXIII: Number of years Lucky Brand has been producing the true blue jeans we love.

Yolk: The V-shaped seam on the back of jeans that connects the waistband to the legs and gives curve to the seat.

Zipper: Closure found at the front of jeans. The button fly is another (less common) closure.

Our Lucky Brand Boutique opens Wednesday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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June 27, 2013