Kiss the ground. Do a happy dance. Break out your white pants (if you haven’t already). The official kickoff to summer is finally here and I can’t pack my bags fast enough… mostly because I’m late for, well, everything, but also – the ferry/train/plane is calling me to the beach.

Truth be told, though, I’m a little rusty when it comes to filling my larger-than-needed suitcase appropriately for this weekend’s jam-packed warm-weather social calendar. That’s where this inspiration board comes in handy:

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The Packing List: For Summer Weekend Getaways Boutique opens Saturday, May 25, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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May 25, 2013

Meet the only city on earth that straddles two continents: Istanbul. I’m sure you’ve met it before. In guide books. On rogue episodes of Anthony Bourdain. Thick photo spreads in National Geographic. The world’s abuzz with this suddenly-trending place. But don’t jet off quite yet. First, read up on all you need to know about the city, told by the very best source out there – a local. Here, Istanbul native and Northeastern University Master’s graduate, Gökçe Dündar, fills us in on everything to know about the city she loves most.


Must-see sites: Don’t miss European Side – especially hanging out under the Galata Bridge. The bridge itself forms a link between the two sides of European Istanbul, while its lower deck is home to restaurants, bars, and teahouses with ringside waterfront seating for boat watching. Before you leave, visit Topkapı Palace, too – the oldest and largest palace in the world since 1465. At least half a day is needed to explore it. It’s giant. During 400 hundred years of reign, each sultan added a different section or hall to the palace, depending on his taste or on the needs of the time.

Quick eat: In a rush? Go to Ali Baba’nin boat at Rumelihisari and get grilled fish sandwich or, as we call it, balık ekmek. Unforgettable. 

Street food: Want authentic? Try kumpir – a baked-potato dish and one of the city’s most beloved street foods. The baked potato gets married with fresh butter and kashar (traditional Turkish cheese), and then you point out your choice of toppings to be added next: hotdog slices, corn, pickles, olives, and kisir (a Bulgur dish). Last touch is a spicy red-pepper sauce. It is known by everyone that the best baked potato of Istanbul can be found in Ortaköy.

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May 21, 2013

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Summer is all about relaxation. Long, leisurely days followed by laid-back nights. What better place to kick off the season than this destination spa in Austin, Texas? With everything from diamond facials and yoga sessions to water sports and five-star cuisine, this is one refreshing weekend you don’t want to miss.

What to pack: Workout clothes and sneakers are a must – you’ll choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor activities throughout your stay.

Must-try treatment: The LakeHouse Signature Facial. It repairs skin and fights that ever-nagging fatigue, leaving you looking years younger (without actually turning back time).

Can’t-miss activity: Paddleboarding on Lake Austin. Combining exercise and fun – what’s not to love?

What to eat: The seasonal menu offers three fresh, flavorful meals daily (think yellowfin tuna tartare and quinoa tabbouleh). And while everything is figure-friendly, its recent feature in Bon Appétit ensures it’s delicious, too.

Our Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, TX Boutique opens Monday, May 20, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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May 20, 2013

Our stylists are always on the lookout for photo-shoot props, so before they came to visit Rue’s VIP tent at Brimfield, they scoured the market and scored big time. Check out a few of their one-of-a-kind finds below.


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May 18, 2013

What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Chances are, you wake up and take a nice long stretch – and it feels like the best thing in the world (since froyo).

So rather than stopping there, slip into your yoga best and extend that stretch into these six easy poses. Not only will you wake your muscles slowly and have more energy, but you’ll notice that ten minutes is all it takes to get in a little relaxation and exercise. All before having that morning latte.

The Outfit

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The Moves

1. Detox Breath in Goddess Pose
Lie on your back, bend your knees and place your feet together, and breathe ten slow, deep breaths.

2. Happy Baby
Pull your knees up to your sides and grab your big toe, outside of the foot, or behind your knees, ensuring your seat doesn’t lift off the ground. Hold for five to ten breaths.

3. Supported Shoulder Stand
Place a pillow under your hips and extend your legs as straight as possible, stretching your arms out on either side for balance. (Make sure your hips and legs are higher than your heart, so add more pillows if needed.) Hold for ten breaths.

4. Seated Eagle
Roll onto your side and sit up slowly into a cross-legged position. Wrap your arms in front of you, right elbow over left, and touch palms. Keep fingers straight to the sky and breathe for five to ten breaths. Swap arms and repeat.

5. Seated Twist
Release arms and place your left arm on your right knee. Leading with your right arm, twist your right arm, chest, and head to the right, landing with your right arm behind you. Hold for five to ten breaths, then repeat on the other side.

6. Forward Bend with Fists
Slowly stand with bent knees. Make fists and place them in the opposing elbows, then fold over your bent knees and relax your back, shoulders, and head. Breathe in this position for one minute. Roll up and reach your arms over your head for a full body stretch.

Our Style Salutation: Chic & Comfy Yoga Gear Boutique opens Saturday, May 18, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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May 18, 2013

We’re suckers for pretty much any shopping opportunity. Now add a market filled with one-of-a-kind antiques as far as the eye can see, bartering shoppers, and a poshed-out VIP tent to catch your breath in between deal-making, and you can call this utopia. Here’s a glimpse inside.

Check Out: The VIP Tent
Serving as a refuge from the outdoor bustle, this is the kind of tent we can really get behind (sleeping bags, bugs, and campfires totally optional).



Check Out: The Bar
Interior designer Shane Inman used Benjamin Moore paint to line the insides of the hundreds of bottles that adorn the bar. Who knew – all it takes to energize a space is a little color (okay, a lot of color).

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May 17, 2013

Before you head off for a weekend by the lake, look to these three water accessories sure to keep the whole family engaged.

Summer Activities

The only thing better than getting the whole family around the dinner table? Catching up around this lounge float.

Waterskiing and wakeboarding are fun, but they do take some skill. So for an activity the whole family (read: the uncoordinated) can enjoy, try tubing.

Owning a speedboat is great – but sometimes it’s nice to take a slow kayak and enjoy your surroundings. The best part? Little ones won’t need a license to steer their own.

Our RAVE Sports: Water Slides, Kayaks, & More Boutique opened Friday, May 17, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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May 17, 2013

You’d think a one-piece would be easier to pull off than its two-piece counterpart. But between less-than-desirable tan lines, choosing the best cut, and knowing the right time and place to wear one, they’ve managed to confound me since I learned how to swim.

However, due to the popularity of the one-piece this season (and a recent trip to a resort in the Mexican Caribbean), I’m convinced it’s time to suit up and see if someone other than the original cast of Baywatch can pull it off.


How to choose a suit 
A one-piece can be just as sexy as a bikini, allowing you to showcase your best assets while still leaving plenty to the imagination. Show off long, lean stems with a high-cut leg, the graceful arch of your back with a deep U-cut back, or killer abs with side cutouts. I picked up a white monokini – white stands out nicely against a tan (wishful thinking, considering my English heritage), and the cutout details give it a modern and flirty update.

Where to flaunt it 
The modern one-piece is meant for leisure – think poolside at a chic resort rather than lifeguard uniform. The perfect place to try it? An afternoon harbor cruise or hotel rooftop pool party. I wore mine with a bold, printed sarong around my waist for some piña coladas at a beach bar featuring driftwood swings and white canopied beds on the sand. Best of all, I just slipped on my flip-flops and I was ready to poke around the local jewelry stores and do some sightseeing on my walk back to the resort.

What to wear with it 
Don’t shy away from jewelry just because you’re waterside (although we don’t recommend pulling a Kim K. and wearing $175K real diamonds). A statement necklace and wide-brim floppy hat instantly give this look a super-glamorous touch that’ll have you feeling straight out of a magazine editorial.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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May 9, 2013

The latest in spa trends, the hammam room (otherwise known as the Turkish bath) is the Middle Eastern equivalent of a steam bath. It’s similar to a sauna in that it’s a communal room heated by a continuous flow of hot air (minus the coals), but is more closely related to ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices.

Traditionally, the bather starts in the hot room, splashes themselves with cold water, performs a full-body wash, and then receives a massage before finally heading to the cooling room for a period of rest and relaxation. Though I didn’t indulge in the massage, I figured this couldn’t be a half-bad way to spend my Sunday.


First Impressions
I robed up in the changing room and slipped into some jelly sandals before heading in. It was far larger than I expected, completely tiled and consisting of a series of platforms at different levels, a sink in the middle of the room, and a shower in the corner. Ambient music played in the background and a fountain trickled down an inlaid rock wall. A handful of people were on different platforms around the room, either on their backs or with their legs up against the wall. I noticed they were using rolled-up towels as neck pillows, so I found a platform of my own and did the same (all while trying to hide that this was my first time).

The Experience
After settling into my spot and taking a few deep breaths, I immediately noticed that the air and humidity were more comparable to a jungle climate than the dry air of a sauna. The heat was also a lot more gradual and somehow more relaxing, and it took me far longer to reach my limit. When I had enough, I rinsed my face and neck with cold water from the sink and headed to the Zen lounge, which consisted of couches for reclining and pitchers of fruit-infused ice water and tea for rehydrating. The difference in temperature between the warm, wet room and this air-conditioned lounge was a refreshing jolt and left my skin feeling tingly and refreshed.

The Verdict
I left convinced that the ancient Greeks and Romans definitely knew how to relax in style. There’s no need to splurge and go all-out on a full-body massage as long as this tiled oasis exists. Consider me a lifer. This was a far, far better choice than staying in and doing my laundry all day.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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May 2, 2013

As New York City celebrates its version of Sundance, we’re watching more than just the winners of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. This star-studded event boasted major names from ever sector of the city – from business and journalism to fashion (and, of course, film). Naturally, everyone was dressed to impress. Here were our favorite ensembles.

Tribeca film festival

Alexa Chung in Chanel. This style icon nailed the minimalist look perfectly in a cream shirtdress from Chanel.

Olivia Wilde keeps it casual. In a graphic tee, black skinnies, and fitted leather moto jacket, the actress struck the harmonious cool/chic balance.

Caroline Correa as the golden girlThe Brazilian actress and model donned a $1.5 million, 24-karat gold gown designed by Zac Posen. The effect? Flashy (in the best way possible).

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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April 26, 2013