Listen Up: Our Velodyne Headphones Playlist

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Blaring music has always been a photo-shoot must. And while we were taking snaps of Velodyne’s eye-catching headphones, we couldn’t help but turn our favorite jams up a little bit louder (hey, it’s a music event, right?). Take a peek at what made our playlist:

1. “No Church in the Wild” by Kanye West and Jay-Z
Because right now we’re still pretty much obsessed with everything Great Gatsby.

2. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
You can’t not feel pumped up after listening to this song.

3. “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding
Ellie stopped by our studio just a couple of years ago, and let’s just say, her personality and style are as sweet as her vocals.

4. “Come & Get It” by Selena Gomez
Confession: We’re all secretly huge Selena Gomez fans.

5. “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn
You know that scene in Girls? Yeah, spur-of-the-moment dance parties have always been big thing at Rue.

6. “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King
An oldie-but-ALWAYS-goodie.

7. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
#BostonStrong

8. “Material Girl” by Madonna
Because who doesn’t love the queen of pop?

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

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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June 18, 2013

It’s Showtime: Oscar Party Etiquette

The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and you’ve probably already RSVP’d to a party invite (or sent a few of your own). Regardless of what you’re most looking forward to – the red-carpet style, recognizing the year’s best flicks, or funny-guy host Seth MacFarlane – here are a few things to remember (besides a sparkly dress) for any viewing party on Hollywood’s biggest night.

Oscar Party Etiquette

Everyone has an opinion. If you love Hugh Jackman (or Jennifer Lawrence, or Tim Burton, or anyone), someone else may not. And that’s okay. Check opposing names on your respective Oscar ballots, disagree over champagne and appropriately themed cookies, and move on. This is an evening for glamour, gowns – and friendly banter.

Know Amour from ArgoEven if you’re mainly there to critique the fashion, you should have a rough idea of what’s going on. No one expects you to be an expert on every single movie, but know the nominations. Missing this detail is like going to a football party and asking who’s playing. 

Avoid spoilers. On the opposite end of the spectrum, don’t talk about major plot points or endings unless you know everyone in attendance has seen the movie. (Tip: If you’re starting a sentence with “I couldn’t believe it when…” or something similar, you’re probably giving away too much.)

Chat during commercials. Speeches are sacred in awards-show land. (Remember Jodie Foster’s at the Golden Globes? No one would have wanted to miss that.) Be respectful and keep it down until there’s a break in the action.

But most of all – have fun. The biggest night in movies only comes around once a year.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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February 20, 2013

Just Press Print: Awards Party–Ready Oscar Ballots

Cast your votes – these printable ballots are an awards-party must

I’m a firm believer that watching any sort of televised event – I’m looking at you, football – is exponentially better if there is some sort of at-home competition involved. Cue these 2013 Oscar Ballots. With the year’s most anticipated awards show just over two weeks away, they’re a must for viewing parties big and small.

Simply click the image below to open a printable copy, whip up a few batches of inspired cocktails (to fuel the friendly competition, of course), and let the predictions begin!

2013 Oscars Ballot

Find other awards-party inspiration (and plenty of appropriately themed treats) in our Best Supporting Style: Pieces for an Awards Party Boutique, opening Friday, February 8, at 11AM.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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February 8, 2013

Get-Up-and-Go Playlists for (Almost) Everything

I can’t be the only one out there who’s dreamt about having her own theme song (I blame The Pink Panther, mostly… and Kronk, who makes up his own). But you know what’s better than a theme song? An entire playlist to keep you motivated, no matter what you’re doing. Whether it’s the morning of your wedding (butterflies!) or you have some resolutions to tackle, I’ve uncovered some song selections that will get you through pretty much anything.

Pre-Wedding Primping
The big day has finally arrived (with no jitters in sight), so gather the bridesmaids, pour the champagne, start the hair and makeup, and crank up these nuptial numbers. Upbeat and playful, some songs may inspire the use of a hairbrush microphone.

Football Fun
Given the upcoming game this Sunday and the so-close-we-can-almost-taste-it Super Bowl (go Pats!), these game-inspired songs are only appropriate. “Eye of the Tiger” isn’t on it, but pretty much any football-themed song ever (with video) is.

Workout Warrior
Shockingly (insert sarcasm here), there are only about a thousand playlists to choose from for fitness: some perfectly timed to your cardio and weightlifting routine, some that inspire endless running endurance, and some that are crafted specifically for exercises like yoga.

Road Trip
For something like this, I’m not convinced a stranger’s playlist will make the cut – but it certainly helps you get started. No matter how long your trip will last, make sure you’ve got tunes that help you stay entertained and alert. Number one on my list? “Low Rider” by War – call me cliché, but it’s an awesome song.

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January 18, 2013

Grab the Popcorn: 10 Must-See Holiday Movies

 
Sure, eggnog and presents are crucial, but it wouldn’t be the holidays without these festive flicks playing on repeat. From all-time classics that tug at the heartstrings to a few newcomers that’ll have everyone laughing, these are the must-have flicks for a very merry movie marathon.

  1. The Polar Express
    This holiday blockbuster pulls me in with its spellbinding scenery – similar to the book’s illustrations, which I loved growing up.
  2. Home Alone
    Not only is this John Hughes classic hilarious, the dysfunctional McCallister clan always makes me feel better about my own slightly (okay, very) weird family.
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life
    Simply put, this touching holiday classic warms my heart better than a cup of hot chocolate.
  4. A Christmas Story
    I triple-dog-dare you not to like this classic flick.
  5. White Christmas
    With Bing “Mr. Christmas” Crosby himself, this holiday film is as charming as the beloved song.
  6. Love Actually
    Not only does it have a killer soundtrack, this romantic comedy reminds us that the holidays are about love, family, second chances, and making memories.
  7. Miracle on 34th Street
    No one does Kris Kringle better than Edmund Gwenn in this 1947 classic. Whenever I think of Santa Claus, he still comes to mind.
  8. Elf
    Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Buddy the Elf – when it comes to comedy, Will Ferrell can do no wrong (at least in my book). And when it comes to picking a favorite, Buddy takes the maple-syrup-covered cake every time.
  9. A Charlie Brown Christmas
    It’s a tradition – I fall in love with Charlie Brown and his sad little Christmas tree in this anti-commercialism classic year after year.
  10. The Santa Clause
    This Disney favorite is a movie the whole family can enjoy – and then rent sequels two and three.

 

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 19, 2012

Chitter Chatter

See: One Direction is putting out a 3D movie. Wonder if Tay Swift will have a cameo?

Wear: The newest (or, only?) sustainable scented shoe out there. Let the sockless trend continue.

Listen: The Spice Girls musical has officially launched in London. (Cue us Googling who plays Becks.)

Watch: This Golden Globes promo with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Ah, the old SNL days. Sigh.

Tell us what you’re buzzing about this week or tweet us at @ruelala.

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December 17, 2012

Let the Credits (and Heads) Roll: The Top 13 Halloween Movies

While the main draw of Halloween is easily the candy (who doesn’t love a holiday dedicated to sweets?), watching scary movies is a close second. From scare-you-out-of-your-seat classics to family-friendly varieties for the kiddos, these frightening flicks are essential to a horror movie marathon (just add popcorn).

Hocus Pocus. Between Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, this movie is a Halloween classic that NEVER gets old.

A Nightmare on Elm Street. If you weren’t an insomniac before, you will be after watching this movie. “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…”

The Witches. This Jim Henson production (yes, you read that right) teeters on scary-movie territory, so it’s perfect for not-quite-ready-for-horror-flicks kids.

BeetleJuice. Full of wit, whimsy, and sometimes creepy moments, this cinematic masterpiece shows why Tim Burton is the king of the strange and unusual.

The Shining. This iconic Stephen King–inspired thriller haunts you long after you hit the stop button. Spooky fact: Jack Nicholson’s famous “Heeeere’s Johnny” line was actually ad-libbed.

Ghostbusters. Because every thrill-fest needs a side-splittingly funny break.

Poltergeist. The fact that this 80s film franchise is said to be cursed (due to premature deaths among the cast and crew) just makes it that much more scary.

The Exorcist. Simply the kind of movie where you spend half the time under a blanket.

Casper. When it comes to a family fright fest, this ghost story should be at the top of your list.

Friday the 13th. Hockey fans beware: watch this movie, and you’ll never look at a hockey mask the same way again.

Sleepy Hollow. Two words: Johnny Depp.

Halloween. The movie that launched Jamie Lee Curtis’s career may not be the first slasher movie, but it’s definitely one of the best.

Psycho. Because no scary movie marathon is complete without a little Alfred Hitchcock.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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October 24, 2012

Rue Recap: Project Runway Designs for Kicks

Welcome back, Project Runway fans. Last week we talked heritage-inspired prints and Tim Gunn’s abhorrence of maxi pads. (For serious.) This week? Cue the high kicks, because we’re hitting up Radio City Music Hall.

Now, this episode is worth watching for three very solid reasons:

1) The pure fact that a glittering Heidi high-kicks it to the wazoo next to 36 professional Rockettes on stage. And loves it, mind you. (To the point where I got nervous and thought she’d gone all me, me, me Tyra Banks on us – but I digress.)

2) It’s an hour and half of instant Halloween inspiration. (True life. The end of October is closer than you think.) The challenge – to design a dance costume for the Rockettes – lends itself quite well to numerous costume ideas, from Elena’s “Las Vegas cheerleader” to Sonjia’s “disco turkey” to Fabio’s fish-meets-Xena Warrior Princess.

3) Chris’s silver-on-nude New York skyline dress, which was a clear frontrunner from the moment he mentioned the idea and almost (almost!) makes me want to dance on stage in front of a bjillion people. Dmitry’s cutout dress was another top pick, but apparently guest judge Debra Messing is worried about scaring away all the “little, little” children who frequent the venue.

Until next week, auf wiedersehen.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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September 21, 2012

Rue Recap: Project Runway Gets Print Happy

Welcome back, Project Runway fans. Last week, we talked crafty t-shirts, bizarrely fringed outerwear, and a smattering of absolutely quotable one liners. This week? It’s all about prints.

Yup, it’s the beloved textile challenge, and designers set to work creating a look inspired by their cultural heritage. From Melissa’s Poland-inspired red-and-white graphic dress (loveee) to Sonjia’s bold Americana pants, the results are punchy and fun – and a little bit strange.

Here’s what we learn along the way:

Tim Gunn abhors maxi pads. Yes, you read that right. He called Ven’s workroom look “an homage to a menstrual cycle.” Gotta admit – my mind totally didn’t go there, Tim, but thanks.

Ven is definitely a “one-way monkey.” If I see another sculpted rose, that’s it. It’s totally lost its Beauty and the Beast charm.

Gunnar has a soft side. Despite his constant capacity to annoy me (and his frumpy design sensibility), he’s finally burrowed his way into my heart.

Dmitry can do more than dresses. I’m crossing my fingers he’s top three – the cutout jacket he made was potentially my favorite piece of the season. Can you imagine it with a touch of neon underneath? And way to go, D-man, Nina Garcia tweeted that he’s right on trend with NYFW, too.

Until next week, auf wiedersehen.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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September 14, 2012

Rue Recap: Project Runway Hits the Streets

Welcome back, Project Runway fans. Last week we talked (er, shed?) tears. This week? The designers get crafty – creating (hideously ugly) t-shirts, selling them in teams on the streets for cash, and using the money to pull off a team challenge: two fall looks, one with outerwear.

Ah, there’s that beloved fall word – outerwear. I was psyched to see a bevy of luxe coats strut down the runway. (Perhaps even in my favorite fall color, oxblood?) But, alas, the results left much to be desired. Think: bizarre fringe and oddly popped collars draped over totally blah outfits.

Still, the episode had its moments – mainly Elena related, of course – including these gem-like one-liners:

Christopher, on Dmitry and Elena: “They’re like Boris and Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle.” (So. Spot. On.)

Elena, on Christopher’s jacket: “[It] looks like a Snuggie. An ugly-[expletive] Snuggie.” (If only they made Snuggies in a nice fall camel.)

And my very favorite. Dmitry, on Elena: ”To kill the witch we need a silver bullet and a wooden stick.” (For future reference, D-man, a stick will do you no good. You’ll need a stake.)

Let’s hope next week brings some designs we can actually rave about. Until then, auf wiedersehen.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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September 7, 2012