Alexander Wang has only been at Balenciaga for a couple of years, but he’s already left a mark on the house’s bag game. His latest addition? The Neo Classic Mini, a petite shoulder bag with a chain strap that has street-style star written all over it.

Balenciaga Neo Classic Mini

Image via Style.com

This newest style builds off the Balenciaga heritage while keeping the designer’s modern aesthetic in mind. The duo of top-notch leather and minimal hardware has become a signature within Alexander’s namesake label, so its no surprise that the formula also works for the iconic French house.

Currently, the $1,635 bag comes in black, navy, and a very photogenic shade of bubblegum pink. And in January, a limited-edition, electric-blue option will hit the brand’s online store. All eyes are on February though, when it’s pretty much guaranteed that the Neo Classic Mini will be spotted on shoulders throughout fashion month.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 18, 2014

Queen Bey is at it again. But this time, instead of secretly dropping an album, she debuted a nail wrap collaboration with NCLA. Four different designs to be exact.

Beyoncé Nail Wrap CollectionImage via shop.beyonce.com

Beyoncé is no stranger to the world of nail art (did you see her 2013 Super Bowl nails?), but this is the first time she’s stepped onto the production side, and so far, I like what I see.

Her debut line consists of recognizable patterns inspired by her work and style. Je Ne Sais Quoi hints at neon signs from the “Blow” video. No Rest in the Kingdom pays homage to the Tom Ford bodysuit she wore to receive her MTV Video Vanguard Award. I Come with a Side of Trouble has the entire track listing of her latest album doodled all over it, and the appropriately named I Woke Up Like This is a plaid pattern, reminiscent of the shirt she wears in her “***Flawless” video.

The verdict is in. After seeing this royal collab in all its glory, I’m telling the rest of my nail polish, “To the left, to the left.”

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 3, 2014

You’ve spotted that MK logo everywhere. And now, you’ll probably see it even more. Michael Kors is taking on tech with a stylish twist, launching a collection of gadget-friendly accessories including phone-charging cases, earbuds, and more – crafted to resemble lipstick tubes and cosmetic compacts, of course.

Michael Kors Tech Accessories

Image via WWD

The label has already dabbled with a few swoon-worthy phone covers, but this new collection will cater to on-the-go customers in need of a travel-friendly power source. Which means more battery juice for your phone, even without an outlet nearby.

So, how much will these on-trend extras cost you? The lipstick charger rings in at $58 while the Powermat kit is $140 – an investment worth making to avoid awkwardly charging your phone at the bar.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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November 3, 2014

Over-the-top shimmer isn’t just for the red carpet. With these three tips, you can flash that kind of opulence 24/7.

Piling On Jewelry

  1. Stick to one focal point, like your wrist or fingers. Then go bold.
  2. Don’t be afraid to wear your flashiest pieces together. Think a handful of cocktail rings or multiple statement necklaces.
  3. Let your jewelry do all the talking and keep your outfit simple. Try an LBD or a classic jeans-and-tee combo.

 

Our LAGOS Boutique opened Friday, September 19, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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Continue reading “Say Yes to Excess: 3 Tips for Layering (Lots of) Sparkle” »

September 19, 2014

You already know how to stack your rings, and now it’s time to tailor them to your personal style. Whether you’re going for a boho, glam, or polished look, here’s everything you need to know.

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Boho
Mix metals, gemstones, and band widths for a free-spirited vibe.

Glam
Enrich even the most basic outfits with pops of gold and hints of sparkle.

Polished
For a refined look, keep it simple with dainty rings in the same metal.

Our PANDORA Boutique opens Friday, August 15, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 15, 2014

The bracelet stack had its moment in the spotlight. Now, it’s the ring’s time to shine. Whether you’re piling on two or 12, here’s everything you need to know.

Ring-Stacking Tips & Tricks from PANDORA

  1. Vary metals and gemstones. Your rings will feel like a personal collection that’s been acquired over time.
  2. There’s no such thing as too many. Balance proportions by spreading several styles over all your fingers.
  3. Consider size. If you plan to stack multiple rings on one finger, go up a size for the bands closest to your knuckle.
  4. Let statement rings shine. Instead of layering on top of them, add complementary rings to other fingers.

 
Our PANDORA Boutique opens Thursday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2014

So your Tinder date isn’t going all that great. The guy you thought was smart and worldly is, well, everything but – and now you’re trapped. You can’t just get up and leave, not without looking rude. Enter: the Guardian Angel pendant. Worn as necklace or a bracelet, the sterling silver piece is actually a receiver that triggers a fake phone call to your cell as soon as you press it. Which means you can get out of that date, pronto.

Guardian Angel Pendant

Image from the-guardianangel.com

Continue reading “Saved by the Cell: Pendant Promises to Rescue You From Bad Dates” »

May 5, 2014

Last year, we showed you how we styled our Alex and Ani bangles. And now it’s time for you to show off your piling prowess. Simply take a shot of your stack and tag @RueLaLa on Instagram with the hashtag #StyleYourBangles, then prepare for instant arm-candy fame.

Alex and Ani on Rue La La

Our Alex and Ani Boutique opens Thursday, May 1, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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May 1, 2014

With so many watches and bracelets to choose from, Links of London makes for endless stacking possibilities. Just check out how three of our very own associates mixed and matched their favorite pieces to create looks all their own.

How Rue Associates Style Links of London

Nicole A., Fashion Editor
“White, silver, and gold is such a versatile palette. For an extra feminine touch, I added a sleek charm bracelet.”

Alexandra R., Lead Stylist
“Leather-strap watches are back this season, and they make layering super easy. I went with a pebbled style and mixed in a bit of edge with woven bracelets.”

Lindsey D., Assistant Men’s Fashion Editor
“I bought this watch for my boyfriend. Unfortunately for him, I love how it looks layered with my delicate bracelets.”

Our Links of London Boutique opens Friday, April 18, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 18, 2014

When it comes to watches, leather and steel bands are timeless, fail-safe options year-round. But come spring (i.e. now), in the spirit of that whole refresh-and-renew thing, you should think about switching up your watch game. And canvas straps are just the on-trend way to do it.

Canvas-Strap Watches for Spring

Preppy: A hint of color. Maybe a bold stripe or two. Nothing says you’re counting down the minutes to your Nantucket ferry ride like a fun canvas watch strap – especially when paired with seersucker.

Classic: A clean, stainless steel face with a band that could just as easily be leather, a canvas strap brings the texture your wrist’s been missing. Plus, it’s still totally office-appropriate.

Military: Channel that whole urban-warrior/safari vibe with an army-green band and gunmetal detailing. This rugged wristwear is equally at home on hikes as it is stalking “prey” at the bar.

Our The Men’s Watch Guide: Canvas-Band Edition Boutique is now open.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2014