Beat the Post-Holiday Slump: Tips to Re-Energize

Whether you had the Fourth of July off or kept your “out of office” up all week, getting back into the workweek is no easy feat. Here’s how we’re re-energizing after a week of BBQs, fireworks, and fun in the sun.

1. Perk up with a meal of spinach and orange – when combined, these two superfoods will give you a boost of energy.

2. Add some color to your lashes for a wide awake look.

3. Go for a walk. Just 10 minutes in the sun will keep you motivated through the end of the work day.

4. Laugh. Just because it’s Monday.

5. Have a protein-packed snack. When your energy levels start to dip, snack on one of these healthy bites.

What are your tips for getting back into the post-vacation groove? Tweet us at @ruelala.

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July 9, 2012

Ralph Rucci, By The Book

Ralph Rucci is the closest thing America has to a couturier. In fact, the designer – a favorite of well-heeled fashion lovers Martha Stewart, Iris Apfel, and Deeda Blair – was the first American designer in more than 60 years to be invited to show during Paris Couture Week by the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, which he did for several seasons earlier in the aughts.

His Chado Ralph Rucci ready-to-wear collection, which was established 30 years ago and is far and away the most technically advanced – and extraordinarily elegant – of any presented during New York Fashion Week, is shown in his SoHo studio to an eclectic crowd that has drawn everyone from Whoopi Goldberg and André Leon Talley (who wears custom Ralph Rucci capes when playing judge on America’s Next Top Model) to Fran Lebowitz and Patti Smith, all of whom come to experience the designer’s masterful creations in person.
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December 19, 2011

100 Unforgettable Dresses

Every dress tells a story. Or so believes Hal Rubenstein, author of 100 Unforgettable Dresses, which was just released by HarperCollins and is being celebrated with a series of book signings around the city.

The book includes a foreword by Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and opens with The Dress Heard ’Round the World – Gianni Versace’s safety pin gown, which made Liz Hurley famous seemingly overnight. Other famous – or is it infamous? – dresses featured are the black and white Valentino gown Julia Roberts wore to collect her Oscar in 1982, the embroidered chartreuse chinoiserie gown by Dior that put Nicole Kidman on the fashion map, Marilyn Monroe’s white halter dress from The Seven Year Itch, Yves Saint Laurent’s safari dress, the wedding dresses worn by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, and the greatest hits of style icons Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cher, Grace Kelly, Cate Blanchett, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to name just a few of the more memorable inclusions.
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December 13, 2011

A Good Read: Chanel, Her Life

Earlier this month, Coco-worshipers flocked to the Boston Public Library to celebrate the release of Justine Picardie’s book Chanel, Her Life, turning the library’s richly painted rooms into a sea of LBDs. We were amongst those there to toast Picardie, and after securing our own (and now-cherished) copy of the book, we sat down to chat with the Chanel-clad author. Here, we talk research, inspiration, and everyone’s favorite fragrance –  Chanel N°5.

Rue La La: Aside from a love for everything Chanel (which, of course, we share), what inspired you to write this book?
Justine: It was probably seeing my mother’s bottle of Chanel N°5 when I was a little girl. It’s one of my earliest memories and I associate it with learning to read, really.

Rue La La: You spent a lot of time researching Coco and found out things even the most devout Chanel fans (us included) never knew. Tell us something that really shocked you.
Justine: I was amazed that she was so fluent in English and that the two great loves of her life, Boy Capel [Captain Arthur Edward Capel] and the Duke of Westminster [Hugh Grosvenor] were English. We think of Chanel as the absolute quintessential French woman, but she brought in those elements of English style into her designs, which I found interesting.

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November 11, 2011

Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Art Solomon On The World Series

Art Solomon owns two Minor League Teams, the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) and the A Bowling Green Hot Rods (an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays). We turned to him to get his expert insight into the biggest series of the season.

1. Every World Series is exciting because there’s an opportunity to see some of the best players in the world compete on our national pastime’s largest stage. This year is particularly interesting because there are two-low budget teams who are seldom even in the playoffs competing to get into the World Series – the Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers.
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October 17, 2011

Fall Fashion Books

Ah, fall. The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer and, if you’re anything like me, you suddenly have the overwhelming desire to curl up with a good book and a cuppa (tea, that is), fireplace optional.

Style-loving bibliophiles are in luck this season, what with all the many fashion and art books hitting the shelves between now and the end of the year. Fans of classic couture are sure to love Assouline’s three-volume sets dedicated to Dior and Chanel which chronicles the history and defining spirit of both storied houses (Assouline is publishing American Dior as well, showcasing the French couturier’s impact on the way American woman dressed).
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October 7, 2011

Rue’s Fall Reading: Little Rue Edition

We’re taking it back. Way back (some farther than others) to when our Starbucks lattes were sippy cups of milk, and story time was as hyped as happy hour. In honor of these diaper days, we took to the twittersphere and poked around the office to find out what our Members and colleagues were reading back when they were just little Rue-bies – and we’d love to hear your faves, too.

Rachel S., Copy Director
“I love Different Like Coco – it’s the story of Coco Chanel, with great illustrations, and an amazing lesson about being your own person, having confidence, and overcoming tough circumstances.”

Cheryl K., EVP Chief Member Advocate
“As a little girl, I loved the Madeline book.”

Graham K., Art Director
“My favorite book was Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood. It was all about individuality and feeling good about oneself. It follows a little boy (that I always thought was me) alongside a bunch of animals. My mom would read each page and act out the animals. She’d bellow: ‘I’m as large as a whale’ and in a high, squeaky voice she’d shout: ‘I’m as small as an ant.’ It always made me laugh.”
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August 29, 2011

A Good Read: Rue’s Summer Reading List

We love packing our beach bags with cheap novels, stacks of magazines, and the literary gems we’ve been meaning to finish. We checked in with some of our favorite designers, bloggers, and style authorities to see what they’ll be toting to the shore this summer to get some inspiration for passing along. Our personal reading recommendation:

1. Pick your own favorite summer reads (or take a suggestion from below!).
2. Print out bookmarks for all your friends.
3. Tuck a bookmark into every beach read you pass along this summer.

Who: Ben Busko, of Ben’s Garden
What: The Balthazar Cookbook by Keith McNally, Rainmaking Conversations by Mike Schultz, and House Beautiful and Martha Stewart magazines
Why: “My summer reading plans will be sure to include late afternoons by the oceanside, hopefully sipping mojitos, and listening to the whisper of the ocean as I dive into my latest favorites. To keep on point at work my Ben’s Garden employee book club is reading, chapter by chapter, Rainmaking Conversations; I enjoy discussing points of interest with everyone every Monday. Somewhere in my beach bag, and before the sun sets I would also be sure to get to my essential magazine reads.”
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July 1, 2011

Kate Betts Talks Michelle Obama Style

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER 

Kate Betts

Thursday night was all about First Lady style, thanks to Kate Betts, the editor-turned-author who penned the recent bestseller “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.”

Fresh off her national book tour, Betts — who was fashion news director at Vogue, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, and editor of TIME Style & Design before taking time off to write “Everyday Icon” — stopped by FIT (aka, The Fashion Institute of Technology) to give a talk on First Ladies and how they inspire American women.
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May 19, 2011

ELLE and Roger Vivier Celebrate the Book “Parisian Chic” by Ines de la Fressange

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

Parisian Chic

On Wednesday night, the Roger Vivier boutique hosted a party for the book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. I received a review copy a week earlier, and had been savoring it like a delicious box of chocolates, reading a chapter or two each night before bed, trying to make the experience last as long as possible (what can I say, I’m a sucker for an illustrated fashion guide, and this one is especially insightful, informative, and irreverent).

Ines, as you probably know, is a legendary French style icon/model, designer, muse to Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, International Best-Dressed List Hall of Famer, brand identity consultant for Roger Vivier, and the newly-appointed face of L’Oreal, a gig she nabbed at the ripe young age of 53 (she turns 54 in August and has been modeling since the 80s).
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May 4, 2011