Rue How-To: DIY Sharpie Mugs

Mug collector? Me, too. I have boxes and boxes of old mugs from college visits, vacations, and gift shops – all stowed away, no longer worthy of my crowded kitchen cupboards. But why relegate them all to the basement? Pull out a couple of plain white ones and grab a handful of Sharpies. With anything from inspirational quotes to Rueisms to your own made-up witty phrases, you can bring an old mug out of hiding and back to life. This one took about two-point-five seconds of effort (plus an easy 30 minutes of bake time).

 

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Tip: If you make a mistake before you bake, use soap and water to wash off the marker. Make sure to always hand-wash your DIY Sharpie dishes.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2013

The Almighty Ottoman

We already know that, to tuckered-out feet, the ottoman is a miracle worker. But what else can it do?

 The Almighty Ottoman

Our Very Versatile Ottomans: As Tables, Seats, & More Boutique opened Wednesday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

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June 26, 2013

The Back-to-Campus Checklist

Sure, classes only ended a month or so ago. But in case you need a refresher, here’s a list of every crucial necessity. Just click on it, then print. (Hello, most prepared student ever.)

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Our Campus Life 101: Bed-to-Desk Necessities Boutique opened Wednesday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

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June 26, 2013

5 Style Bytes You May Have Missed

‪@FitFluential: How to Bike in High Heels ‪http://ow.ly/mlmm0  I find this frightening just to think about. via ‪@bicyclingmag ‪#FitFluential
Finally: a commuting method that’s eco-friendly and stylish. 

‪@alexa_chung: Using the playground outside my apt as a temperature gauge is playing havoc with outfit choices. Dino tees and laceless shoes it is.
We just use the Weather.com app. Your way = more fun.

‪@StephenAtHome: Girl Scouts of America struggling to close $347m pension deficit. That’s what happens when all your best cookie saleswomen retire at age 11.
At least we’ll have Twinkies to soften the blow when all the Thin Mints are gone.

‪@tyrabanks: So you know when U write to some1 and end sentence w/ “.” but it doesn’t seem nice enough so you add “!” but then seem too excited
Yes. We run into this a lot. (“!” 2x?)

@bjnovak: I bet I could live on bread alone
We don’t buy it. Bread without butter is like outfit assembly without shoes.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

Surely we missed something, so leave your favorite tweets of the week in the comments below, or tweet us, of course: @ruelala.

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June 26, 2013

From Cork to Raffia: 5 Materials to Step Up Your Summer Shoe Game

You know that feeling when the season changes and all your shoes suddenly feel wrong? Chalk it up to what they’re made of. Summer is officially here, and you should be switching to lighter, warm weather–friendly materials. Here’s what to wear and where to wear it.

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Mesh: Striking that just-right balance between casual and chic, metallic mesh offers a fun take on the standard lunch-date go-to, the ballet flat. That just-slip-on-and-go style (with extra breathability) is quintessentially summer.

Cork: Completely neutral, cork pairs well with everything once temps start to rise. In a chunky-heeled sandal, it complements tailored shifts in the workplace. And in thong-sandal form, it’s more than patio-ready for all those summer BBQs.

Woven leather: Pick a light brown hue and you’re suddenly channeling hayfields and freshly grown crops. Ground airy summer dresses with a wedge and prepare to attend every last garden, beach, and roof-deck party, sans fear of sinking into the grass, sand, or gaps (it’s happened to the best of us).

Raffia trim: Say hello to your casual weekend shoe. You get all the comfort of a leather flat with the added bonus of a summery espadrille-style raffia trim.

Braided twine: Attending a wedding on the Vineyard (or any other beachside locale)? Accessorize with a woven twine bootie. In addition to feeling super lightweight, anything remotely nautical and ropey is always chic come summer.

Which material is missing from your shoe collection? Our Stuart Weitzman Boutique opens Wednesday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2013

What Are You (Really) Wearing? All About Ikat

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With the tribal trend all the rage, ikat is definitely having a moment. It’s cropping up on everything from hand-tufted rugs to breezy summer scarves. Here’s a little background on the ethnic-inspired design you’ll be seeing splashed all over this summer.

Ikat – pronounced “ee-kat” – is one of the world’s oldest traditions in textile decoration, traced back to 15th-century South America. Variations of the tribal print were also central to cultures across India and Asia, with each developing their own designs independently.

The traditional technique involves dip-dyeing threads prior to weaving the fabric. To differentiate colors, bindings are tied around the threads before they are dipped – quite similar to how elastic bands are used to block color when tie-dyeing. The threads are then woven together to reveal the abstract geometric patterns the runways have been going wild for.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

Want the lowdown on fabrics and more? Follow our What Are You (Really) Wearing? column every Tuesday.

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June 25, 2013

Let’s Get Intimate: 4 Bra Styles to Rock Under a Racerback Tank

Fact: A racerback tank is a summer staple. Throw it on with cutoffs, a maxi skirt, or boyfriend jeans, and boom – you have a laid-back look that’s pretty much up for anything. The only foreseeable issue? Those pesky bra straps.

Is letting them show a fashion faux pas? If so, which bras will stay hidden? Breathe. Here are the answers to all of your undergarment questions. (You’re welcome.)

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Our 10 Ways to Wear: The Tank Boutique opens Tuesday, June 25, at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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June 25, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

 

This week we’re feeling girly. Really girly.

1. Sparkle is appropriate all year round. We have proof.

2. The chignon = Grace Kelly.

3. Toughen up a pastel palette with a touch of neon.

4. On Wednesdays, we wear pink. (Mean Girls for life.)

5. Sugar and spice and everything nice. This Pinboard‘s exactly that.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.

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June 25, 2013

On Our Bucket List: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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This Costa Rican surf town? We’ve bucket-listed it. And Latitude 10 Resort, an intimate eco-destination, is prime means to checking it off. Here, Hans Pfister – recognized world expert in sustainable hospitality, and the resort’s president and co-owner – chats about why.

Rue La La: Santa Teresa is a hot destination right now. What sets it apart? 

Hans Pfister: It’s still a bit of the “wild” Costa Rica. The access is somewhat difficult. But at the same time, many celebrities have bought houses here or come to vacation. So it is an interesting mix of off-the-beaten-path backpacker destination with Hollywood Jetset. Simple restaurants next to high-end hotels. The beach is the town’s most amazing feature. All lush and green, with no development or houses visible when you’re there.

RLL: What was the town like ten years ago? 

Hans: It’s very similar. Perhaps less high-end places and more backpackers then. More surfers still camping on the beach. But the roads are still bad now. The elecctricity still goes out all the time. It’s maintained its backward charm – its special vibe.

RLL: Can you share a little-known fact about the town? 

Hans: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen live here a good part of the year. And there is a fairly big expat community of South Americans and Europeans living here, too. [Editor's note: The latter have turned Santa Teresa into a bustling hub for international cuisine. Hans recommends Koji, for what he calls "the best sushi in Costa Rica."]

RLL: From surf lessons to lively nightlife, Santa Teresa could keep us busy for days. (Actually, we’re not sure we’d ever leave.) Do you recommend anything in particular? 

Hans: Take a car along the coast to the north for incredible untouched beaches. Or day-trip up north for horseback riding along beaches and a sustainable farm. (We can arrange this all at the hotel.)

RLL: Speaking of the hotel, what makes Latitude 10 an eco-resort? 

Hans: Multiple things. The size makes a big difference, I’d say. We’re small – just five casitas (or “little bungalows”) that are all open-air. No need for A/C. Then, you can expect all-sustainable practices, as you would at the rest of the Cayuga properties in Costa Rica. Most importantly, though, is our commitment to a local staff and local ingredients for food. It’s truly a unique spot.

Ready to jet off now? Our Travel Hot Spot: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Boutique opens Tuesday, June 25, at 11AM.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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June 25, 2013

Currently Obsessing Over: Velodyne’s vFree Bluetooth Headphones

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Here at Rue, we’re big fans of impromptu dance sessions – especially down in the studio. So we’re always on the lookout for the next best thing in music. Our new favorite toy? Velodyne’s vFree Headphones (or, as we like to call them, the headphones that instantly make us better dancers). Okay, kidding. They don’t. They just silence the laughter. But we love them anyway. Here’s why:

They’re wire-free and offer Bluetooth® connectivity.
Meaning we can dance no matter what we’re doing. Cubemates, you’ve been warned.

They’re customizable.
With a slew of personalized skins to choose from, they’ll go with every outfit we own.

They bring the bass.
This brand changed the subwoofer landscape forever with its reproduction of low-frequency sound. So you better believe the same kind of innovative technology has gone into these headphones.

They’re collapsible.
So when we want to rock that tiny clutch, there’s no need to leave them at home – they’ll still fit.

Our Velodyne Headphones Boutique opened Tuesday, June 18, at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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June 24, 2013