Travel Trivia: 5 Out-There Facts About Barcelona

Some call Barcelona, Spain, the other city that never sleeps – a summary I’d agree with, except for the existence of that snoozy afternoon thing they call siesta. But it’s still undeniable: this city has charge. The blur of Gaudí’s fairytale architecture. La Rambla’s hungry mile of churros and horchata and souvenirs. To arrive is to be swept away, gladly, for days. And nights. And days.

So let’s put things in motion, shall we? Starting with these five completely out-there facts.

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August 28, 2013

Double Take: Origin of the Symbolic Evil Eye

Trend alert: the evil eye has taken over as the must-have motif on just about every accessory. But where did this symbol of superstition come from? And just what does it mean?

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August 27, 2013

Neckline Know-How: 3 Statement Collars to Try Now

Who doesn’t love a good statement necklace? Answer: no one. But big baubles aren’t the only way to dress up your tops. Just check out the jazzed-up necklines below.

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August 27, 2013

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

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

When solids seem like such a bore, it may be time to pull out the patterns.

1. The most popular of them all? Stripes. Upon stripes upon stripes.

2. Lucky for us, graphic prints cover almost every category imaginable.

3. Fact: People who wear polka dots have more fun.

4. Floral is getting fiercer by the day.

5. At this point, animal print is basically a neutral.

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

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August 27, 2013

The Art of Bangle Stacking: 3 Tips to Get You Piling Like a Pro

Arm candy. Bangle bundles. No matter what you call it, throwing on as many bangles as your wrist can handle is officially an art form. Here’s how to perfect it (no paintbrushes required):

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  1. Choose a wide statement bangle as your stack’s focal point. It’ll also help anchor the rest of your bangles so they don’t slip off.
  2. Mix metals and bangle sizes. Pile on four or five gold styles, then add a few gemstone bangles in silver or rosé.
  3. Keep it all in the family – with gemstone color, that is. Stick to similar hues or shades that complement one another, like the stack above full of cool blues and purples.

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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August 27, 2013

The Nail Files: 10 Unconventional Ways To Use Polish

Sure, nail polish does wonders for our tips. But this beauty accessory can offer much more than sparkly nails – just check out the list below.BLG-Mani-Monday-8

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August 26, 2013

Pick Your Bedroom’s Next Palette

Rue La La Living buyer Sarah Z. weighs in on fall’s trending shades and how to make them work.

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August 26, 2013

Take It In: 3 Wardrobe Staples a Tailor Can Transform

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Nina Garcia is right, of course.  A good tailor is absolutely essential. Do you really think clothes just naturally fit celebs like a glove?

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August 26, 2013

John Varvatos: 13 Years of Style for the Guy’s Guy

Uniting the world of craftsmanship and refined tailoring with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, John Varvatos has been part of the American design scene since 2000. Over the past 13 years, the brand has come to represent an entire lifestyle, including tailored clothing and accessories as well as edgier lines like John Varvatos Star U.S.A. and Converse by John Varvatos.

What else has this tough-guy label accomplished? Oh, you know, just multiple design awards from the CFDA and GQ Magazine

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August 26, 2013

From the Kitchen of Love and Lemons: Pizza, Pasta, & Pesto

We’re wondering – is your mouth watering yet? Because today’s menu is bursting with Italian amazingness. Flavor of choice: pesto. And thanks to our latest foodie obsession, Love and Lemons, we’re thinking outside the basil-and-pine-nut standard.

“Go look in your kitchen and see what you already have,” Love and Lemons blogger, Jeanine Donofrio, writes. “You probably already have some kind of nuts, herbs, or greens to use as a starting point. More often than not, if I make a pistachio pesto, it’s not because I’m trying to be fancy… pistachios just happened to be the nut I had that day.” Try one of her many pesto alternatives with tasty ingredients like mint, cilantro, sun-dried tomatoes, and hazelnuts.

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Photos by Jeanine Donofrio

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August 25, 2013