Those sleek curves your cocktail glass is sporting? They’re designed to elevate your flavor experience, based on what you’re sipping. Check out the pairings below.

 

Summer Drinks

Our Shaken or Stirred: A Glass for Every Drink Boutique opens Wednesday, July 31, at 3PM ET.

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July 31, 2013
To cook like a French chef, you simply have to master the five “Mother Sauces.” They’re the national cuisine’s most fundamental sauce-making bases.
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Hollandaise
Base: Egg yolks and butter
Serve with: Poached eggs or steamed asparagus

Espagnole
Base: Veal or beef stock
Serve with: Roasted meat, like beef or lamb

Tomato
Base: Stewed and puréed tomatoes
Serve with: Pasta or fish

Velouté
Base: White stock (veal, chicken, or fish)
Serve with: Fish or steamed poultry

Béchamel
Base: Whole milk
Serve with: Pasta or vegetables, or use as the base of a cheese sauce

Our French Cookware, S’il Vous Plaît: Mauviel & More Boutique opens Wednesday, July 31, at 3PM ET.

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July 31, 2013

‪@HuffingtonPost: Why high heels are the worst shoes ever (GIFS) ‪http://huff.to/1bR2M26 
Evidence doesn’t change the fact that flats are for quitters.

‪@CollegeTownLife: This episode calls for far more wine and cupcakes than I anticipated ‪#Bachelorette
We’d ask to join, but processed carbs just fuel our tears.

‪@alexa_chung: Using a fork as a comb. Acceptable?
We suppose. As long as you don’t eat with it after.

‪@imlaurenmcguire: Why is it taking so long for science to invent a pill that makes girls’ hands and feet warm?
Because space heaters, socks, and gloves all exist already?

‪@CJVLR: Eating a turkey burger is like watching “Goodfellas” on basic cable.
Add avocado and that bumps it right up to the Blu-ray version. Plus a blooper reel.

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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July 31, 2013

It’s no secret that we here at Rue are kind of obsessed with everything style- and fashion-related. So when our semi-annual Shoe La La Boutique rolls around, you can bet we’re indulging in some major shoe lust. Here, a few of Rue’s most shoe-savvy associates reveal what they’re hoping to add to their collections, stat.

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Giuseppe Zanotti leather rose peep-toe pumps. For the days I need a little extra edge on my game.”
– Bev C., Product Analyst 

“The Lanvin bow-tie patent leather pump. The bow adds a ladylike touch and the heel is enough to put the perfect stride in my step.”
– Meredith G., Senior Corporate Concierge

“I’m loving Charlotte Olympia‘s quirky designs. I firmly believe your shoes should make you smile. And with the dainty ankle strap, this pair will be in heavy rotation now through fall.”
– Sam D., Senior Copywriter

“Bruno Magli’s ‘Muznio’ canvas loafer. It’s right on trend for summer and I can see myself dressing it up or down with white pants or light-colored denim.”
– Hung L., Associate Creative Director

“The Fratelli Rossetti patent penny loafer. Dark blue is a great addition to your wardrobe, easy to match but unexpected.”
– Tom W., Vice President of User Experience

Shoe La La: Our Semi-Annual Women’s Sale, Shoe la La: Our Semi-Annual Men’s Sale, and Shoe La La: Steals Under $20, $30, & $40 Boutiques open Wednesday, July 31, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 31, 2013

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Baffled by brogues? Get the scoop on this on-trend shoe here:

Brogues – a general term referring to the wing-tip oxford style – originated in Ireland and Scotland in the early 20th century. Countrymen wore these low-heeled, leather lace-ups with perforations (which were originally designed to allow water to drain from the shoes in wet terrain) as casual outdoor walking shoes.

Today, brogues still often feature cutouts, though they’re more for fashion than function. Rock this city-slicker favorite in leather or suede with a two-piece suit or blue jeans. Or snag some style bonus points and try a pair done up with multicolored soles and seam stitching.

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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July 30, 2013

Summer brings out the wanderlust in everyone. Adventure on!

1. Pools. Oceans. Lakes. We’re going to need new swimsuits for all of this water.

2. Climbing trees totally counts as exercise.

3. Some places are better left untouched.

4. Candy-colored buildings and long, winding stairs.

5. A little of this. A little of that. All in a day’s travel.

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

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July 30, 2013

Summer is wrapping up, so print out each memorable moment and it’ll live on the walls through fall. Think about color, frame design, and proportion (between each picture and within the room). Here’s how to begin:

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Our Snap-Happy Summers: Silver Frames & Pinboards Boutique opens Tuesday, July 30, at 11AM ET.

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July 30, 2013

BLG-1627-Boutique-Support-Kay-UngerYou’ve got your itinerary hammered out for the week. (On Monday’s agenda? Simply making it through the morning.) Now, it’s time to plan your outfits. Here, a little inspiration:

Muggy Mondays
It’s Monday and the humidity is through the roof. The quick solution? Skip the sweat and stickiness and throw on this emerald sheath dress (less = more). Bonus points if you try out these frizz-fighting tips, too.

Tapas Tuesdays
Spice up the beginning of your week with little Mexican soiree. Slip into this vibrant, classic lace number and head out for a glass of Spanish red and croquetas. Who said Tuesday had to be tame?

Wicked Wednesdays
Midweek slump? This fitted, cap-sleeve dress is sure to liven things up with a serious splash of color. Wear it alone or pair it with a blazer to make it office-appropriate.

Thirsty Thursdays
The (almost) end of the week calls for a drink – even if it’s just a mocktail. Throw on this mocha contrast dress for a look that takes you seamlessly from coworker to hostess, then mix up a pitcher of these margaritas. You’re welcome.

TGI(Fridays)
The weekend is finally here. And if that’s not reason enough to celebrate, we don’t know what is. Head home from work (run if you can), put on this embellished LBD and add a little red lipstick and some heels for an ensemble that’s ready to dance the night away.

Our Kay Unger Boutique opens Tuesday, July 30, at 11AM ET.

By Mehry Sabet, Staff Writer

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July 30, 2013

It’s the technical term for that Mad Men look. Want to pull it off at home? Here’s what to keep in mind.

Mid-Century Modern

 

Our Mid-Century Chic: Build a Modern Retreat Boutique opens Monday, July 29, at 3PM ET.

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July 29, 2013

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When I get a manicure, I tend to zone out and let the nail artist work her magic. However, come cuticle-clipping time, I always snap back into focus. Friends tell me that getting your cuticles cut is a no-no, so I decided it’s finally time to do some digging and find out whether cuticle cutting is actually bad for your nail beds.

The quick answer? Yes, cuticle cutting can be potentially harmful. Manicurists cut cuticles to make your manicure look more polished and clean, but according to The Huffington Post, this also increases the risk of inflammation and infection. The cuticle is essentially a barrier that protects the nail from bacteria. Once cut, there isn’t anything to protect your manicured tips from a not-so-fabulous infection.

The solution: pushing back your cuticles. It’s just as effective – without the risk of infection. The best part about going the non-clipper route is that you can even do it yourself. Imagine trying to clip your own cuticles? Yikes. Simply soak your hands in warm water (doing this will soften the cuticles), apply cuticle cream, and use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles. Check out this great tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to do a clean, safe manicure at home.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

Do you get your cuticles clipped or pushed back? Share in the comments below or tweet us at @ruelala, then check out our weekly Mani Monday column.

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July 29, 2013