Forgive us. We’re newly obsessed – not with the latest NYFW trend (although we’re partial to seafoam for spring) – but with a completely addictive, cancel-all-plans sort of book: Marisha Pessl’s thrill of a read, Night Film.
This summer, Random House graciously gifted our associates-only book club advanced reader copies of Pessl’s now New York Times bestseller (released to the public on August 20). Best known for her blockbuster debut, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, let’s just say – Pessl’s at it again.
Obsessed with all things chevron? Yeah, us too. So much so, in fact, we even dedicated an entire wall in our studio to the on-trend pattern. Get a behind-the-scenes look as Rue’s Assistant Stylist, Emma L., makes it happen – using ben® interior paint (eggshell finish) in Blanched Almond 1060 and Celestial PT-200as the foundation colors, Deep Ochre 1048 and Fool’s Gold PT-250 as the corresponding top-coat colors, and Studio Finishes® Metallic Glaze for the stripes– for our Make It Warm & Welcoming: The Entryway Re-Do Boutique.
It’s no secret: we’re kind of into blogs. Here, four Rue associates share their favorites.
“My morning go-to. The guy (Joe) who writes it gives great advice on dressing well without spending a ton of money. It’s nice to have someone else do all legwork around discovering new brands, sites, and sales.” – Scott S., Director, New Ventures
Desire To Inspire “This blog is run by two design-obsessed friends – one from Australia and one from Canada – who have never actually met. It’s the ultimate voyeur’s playground, plastered with big, beautiful interior and exterior photos of stunning homes all around the world.” – Lindsay L., Editor
Cheetah is the New Black, Camille Styles, & oh joy!
“It’s a three-way tie. I love CNB’s style. Camille Styles’s recipes and home styling are great. And oh joy!’s daughter is too cute for words and a super-stylish little nugget.” – Jessica R., Senior Digital Designer
seersucker + saddles
“This girl boldly mixes prints like nobody’s business. I regularly trawl her blog for style inspiration that’s just the right amount of preppy, edgy, and classic.” – Chrissy M., Copywriter
Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove.
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The almighty one-piece wonder. You know what I’m talking about – the dress. That throw-on-and-go instant outfit that makes late nights and early mornings possible. We all have our go-to LBDs, sheaths, and maxis, but there’s always room for one more. Right? Here are some that a few of Rue’s best-dressed associates are currently coveting.
A little insider knowledge from the Rue offices? We. Love. Food. Seriously, it’s right up there next to fashion. To celebrate this week’s Sunday Supper, we surveyed the masses for all-time favorite ice cream toppings. Read what our dessert savants had to say, then take our poll and tell us yours.
“Grape-Nuts on vanilla ice cream. So simple, and tastes like malted milk.” –Michael D., VP, Audience Development & Syndication
“Fruity Pebbles. Pile them over fro-yo with just one sour gummy worm, and I am instantly in third grade again!” –Kelly A., Feature Writer
“Peanut butter cups! Chocolate + peanut butter + ice cream… do I really need to say anything more? SO. GOOD.” –Chrissy M., Copywriter
“Oreos add great texture and never get soggy.” –Lindsay L., Editor
“There’s a small, family-owned ice cream shop in my hometown that I go to every chance I get. Vanilla with rainbow sprinkles equals summer all year long.” –Jennifer M., Event Producer
“Bing cherries. Buy them canned, combine in a skillet with a bit of corn starch and brandy, then set it all on fire. (Seriously.) It’s an elegant – not to mention surprisingly easy – way to dress up vanilla or chocolate.” –Joanna B., Editor
“Coconut, hands down. Because it’s sweet, creamy, and island-inspired. Plus there are health benefits, right? Right.” –Abigail K., Editor
“Gummy worms and Oreos. Call me nostalgic, but after my first grade teacher introduced that dynamic duo to our class, there was no turning back. (And I just really loved first grade.)” –Sarah S., Copywriter
“I love raspberries so much that sometimes I put ice cream on them.” –Sami S., Junior Designer
“Teddy’s Super Chunky Peanut Butter because it adds amazing crunch and flavor to vanilla ice cream.” –Kasey R., Event Producer
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.
“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
Lilly lovers, rejoice! Today is the fourth annual National Wear Your Lilly Day – and here at Rue, we can’t think of a better way to start summer (it’s the first official day, after all) than parading around in our very best sun-splashed Lilly Pulitzer pieces. Take a peek at just how our office celebrated above.
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer
How did you celebrate National Wear Your Lilly Day? Tell us in the comments below, or tweet us, of course: @ruelala.