Hidden Gems: Our Jewelry Buyers’ Top Pieces for Summer

The best time to beef up that jewelry box? Right now. Our buyers picked a few of their absolute must-have pieces for summer – and they’re all yours for the taking. So heed their expert advice and layer them on. Your collection is practically begging for them anyway.

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1. Bronze Gemstone Necklace
“Statement is in! Grab at least one statement necklace that you can wear anytime.” – Jillian R., Assistant Jewelry Buyer

2. Diamond Bow Pendant
“My favorite piece is the Bow Pendant. It is perfect for stacking and just as sweet on its own!” – Ceire N., Associate Jewelry Buyer

3. Jane Basch Initial Pendant
“The Jane Basch Initial Pendant is a must-have! This personalized piece is a go-to for layering necklaces.” – Elizabeth M., Jewelry Buyer

4. R.J. Graziano Multi-Strand Resin Necklace
“This piece is perfect with a maxi dress or shorts and heels. It can be worn day or night.” – Jillian

5. TOYWATCH Women’s “Plasteramic” Watch
“We love this watch for summer. It gives you the oversized-boyfriend-watch look without being too heavy or overbearing. We’d style it with a maxi dress and a jean jacket with the sleeves rolled up just a bit to show off its bling.” – Elise T., Watch Buyer, & Megan P., Assistant Watch Buyer

6. Argento Vivo Gemstone Drop Earrings
“The Argento Vivo Gemstone Drop Earrings are my favorite. The blue chalcedony goes with everything.” – Ceire

7. Rivka Friedman Rolo Toggle Bracelet
“This bracelet is a must-have. It is a classic gold piece, perfect for everyday arm charm. I wear mine all the time!” – Elizabeth

Our Jewelry Buyers’ Top 24 Picks Boutique opens Thursday, June 27, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 27, 2013

Android Devotees, Rejoice – Our App Has Gone Big Time

5 reasons you're going to want it in your shopping arsenal

Rue's Android App

Android users, you’ve spoken. And the powers that be here at Rue heard you. We’ve rolled out our brand new, fully-loaded app – just in time to shop from your beach towel.

Here’s why we think you’ll really like it:

  1. We streamlined navigation, so you can jump between categories easier and faster. Ideal for when you’re grabbing something for yourself, your significant other, and your digs all at once.
  2. We linked up with Google Wallet to make checking out as painless as possible. With all of your credit card info safely stored (where no one will find it), you’re out of there in fewer clicks than ever before.
  3. See items you’re lusting after up close and personal with our beautiful high-res images.
  4. It’s also easier to select your size. (Thanks for letting us know that this one needed a little fixing.)
  5. Overall, the performance just runs smoother. We addressed all the bugs you so graciously called out. Something tells us you won’t miss them one bit.

 
Our new app is compatible with devices running on Android 2.2 (Froyo) or newer.

Simply stop by Google Play to download or upgrade.

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May 15, 2013

Hit the Links: Club Terms & Packing Musts for the Green Golfer

If you’re reading this, it means one of two things: either you don’t play golf but you’re interested in learning, or your significant other is an avid fan and you would like to participate in Sunday night’s dinner conversation.

As for this girl, aside from a putt-putt course or two in the early 2000s, I have yet to swing a 9-iron – but, see, we’re learning things already. So, fellow beginners, I am here to walk you through the basics, from club terminology to golf-bag essentials. Let us begin.

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Golf Clubs, A Cheat Sheet

Driver: This is the one you use to tee off with.

Irons: These clubs range from 2 to 9, and are used to hit the ball toward the green from 120 to 190 yards away. Low-numbered irons are for longer shots, while high-numbered irons are for shorter shots.

Gap Wedges: For hitting short, angled shots near the green or out of a sand bunker.

Putter (thank you, putt-putt – we know this one!): Just tap it in.

Hybrid: Also called a “utility club,” this one is the most versatile of all. It combines elements from irons and drivers that help get shots airborne from long distances.

The Golf Bag Essentials
(in addition to those clubs)

  • 6 – 8 golf balls
  • 2 – 3  tees
  • Extra pair of gloves
  • Raincoat
  • Pitch-mark repair tool
  • Coins to mark your ball on the green
  • Pencils
  • Sunscreen
  • A spare towel or two

Now, hightail it to the greens (we have faith!). Our Fore! Women’s Golf Style and Fore! Men’s Golf Style Boutiques opens Wednesday, April 10, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 10, 2013

Highlights from Our Chat with Author and Birkin Guru, Michael Tonello

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We all know the power of a Birkin, but no one knows it better than Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the BirkinHe’s beloved in the luxuries market – particularly for his work with the iconic Hermès bag. Here, some highlights from our chat with him. Read the full interview here.

What’s the craziest thing you had to do in order to deliver a Birkin to a client?
I once sold a Birkin to a client, but the sale was predicated upon me being able to “deliver it by tomorrow at 11AM” in Nice, France. She was about to board a private yacht for a three-week cruise. I was in Barcelona at the time, so I rented a nice car and drove like the wind.

Say you’ve found a pre-loved Hermès bag. What are three tricks to determine it’s real?
The single most important factor is the stitching. The bag should be saddle stitch with linen thread that has been coated with beeswax. Fakes are typically made with polyester thread and entirely machine stitched. The Hermès logo and font are also tough to replicate exactly. Finally, the interior stitching and craftsmanship of the bag should be as nice and clean as the exterior.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

Enter our Bag a Birkin Giveaway today through March 30, 2013, for the chance to win your dream bag.

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March 16, 2013

Caring for Heirloom Jewelry: How to Keep Gems and Stones Shining

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While I love what a good piece of statement jewelry can do for an outfit, I usually stick to a few classic items for everyday wear. Diamond studs, my grandmother’s engagement ring (now set into a necklace), and a sapphire ring are my go-to adornments.

These heirloom pieces – passed down from generation to generation – have both sentimental value and price tags I’m in no position to replace should disaster strike. While a semiannual trip to a professional cleaner is in order, here are a few ways you can care for cherished jewelry at home:

Make your own cleaner. Whip up this recipe by combining things you already have in your cupboards, then soak the jewelry for 5 – 10 minutes.

Use a treated polishing cloth. Just pay attention to what is in your chosen cleaner. Some chemicals may be great for metals, but not for soft or delicate stones like opals or pearls.

Take care while getting ready. Think critically about when you put your jewelry on in the morning. Everyday dirt, oils, and product chemicals can dull down jewelry, so make small changes to your routine to avoid this. Waiting until after you apply hair spray, makeup, or perfume to don your pieces can help maintain the longevity of their shine.

Avoid moist settings. This goes without saying, but when you’re heading to the beach or pool, leave your jewelry at home. Too much can go wrong.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

Do you have any tips for caring for heirloom or vintage jewelry? Share in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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February 21, 2013

The Stuck-Inside Workout: How to Get Fit at Home

Rue designer – and certified personal trainer – shares his fitness tips

 
Determined to stick to your New Year’s resolution of working out more (or at all)? Great. Getting to the gym when the temperature outside has plummeted to sub-zero levels and another winter storm is heading your way? Easier said than done.

Though the weather outside is still frightful, don’t worry. We let Dom, Rue designer and certified personal trainer, walk us through a few moves we can easily pull off at home.

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January 31, 2013

Insider Tip: Need-to-Know Rue Shopping Info

 
Whether your holiday shopping is in full swing or you’re a die-hard December 24 sprinter, it’s essential to stay on top of your list. Luckily, Rue is always there to help.

When you find that perfect gift, be sure to check on a few key pieces of information:

“Ships in” Window
When you find the dress for your holiday soiree or a great cashmere sweater for Mom, be sure to check when it’s expected to head out the door. Since we use different shipping methods on different pieces, some do take longer to send out than others. Checking this window will let you know if the dress won’t make it to you until after the party’s over.

Estimated Date of Delivery
After you order, the date that your package is expected to arrive will be in your order history. This is handy if you need to hide a gift from some (overly) curious eyes.

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December 6, 2012

Anatomy of a Jean Icon

 

From their edgy ads to their oh-so-flattering fits, HUDSON Jeans are pretty much denim royalty. Check out our breakdown below of just what makes these baby blues so iconic.

 

Our HUDSON Boutique opens Friday, November 30, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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November 30, 2012

The #RueSprint: The Clock is Ticking

Get Exclusive Access to this La Mer Women's Watch

 

We’re three days into the #RueSprint, and it’s only going to get better. Today’s can’t-miss pick? A La Mer women’s “Carpe Diem” watch to keep you on time for all those holiday parties.

But it’s only available through this link, for a mere 24 hours. Time to get a move on.

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November 29, 2012

Calling All Social Media Fans: The #RueSprint Is Coming

As if there wasn’t enough reason to keep your laptops and cell phones close by (those Instagram-worthy moments always happen on the fly), there’s now even more incentive to keep Facebook and Twitter up – at least when the boss isn’t looking.

Starting tomorrow, we’re debuting The Rue Sprint, an exclusive Boutique open to our social media fans only. Once a day over the course of the month, we’ll feature a so-good-you’ll-have-to-do-a-double-take product that will leave your friends green with envy – and your closet a whole lot happier.

Just keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter account, Facebook page, and here on the blog. Each day, The Rue Sprint link will be posted on one of those channels, meaning it’s the only way you’ll have access to these can’t-miss Boutiques (and you never know where it will show up next).

What are you hoping you’ll find in The Rue Sprint? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us with #RueSprint at @ruelala.

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November 26, 2012