The summer season is all about traveling, vacations, and, of course, staying with friends. Whether they have a beach house in the Hamptons or a tiny cottage in the mountains, here’s all the need-to-know etiquette for ensuring a breezy stay (and an invite to come back).

Bring a gift.
This is a must for any visit – and if you don’t believe me, Emily Post says so. A nice bottle of wine is suitable, or a piece of home décor you know your host will love. Staying more than one night? Aim for something a little more elaborate to say a proper, “thanks for letting me crash here.”

Have your own toiletries on hand.
While I love scooping up all the mini shampoos and soaps in hotel bathrooms, don’t assume your host will provide the same. Tote along your own shower products, and don’t  rely on your host for toothpaste.

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July 25, 2012

Every once in a while, we take a break from scoping out the Boutiques and tune in to fashion industry news. And after stumbling across this article on digital fashion trends sweeping the nation, I was reminded how much social media has changed the industry. Here’s my take on some of the trends – and what I think are the game-changers.


The Short Version: Fashion show coverage can only get better and more prominent, thanks to social media.

The Long Version: There are a precious few who have access to those coveted tents, but the growth of online media makes it easy for non-fashion-magazine editors to get a glimpse of the excitement. Oscar de la Renta let fans view his fashion show online (via Tumblr), while First Run Fashion streams videos of the shows. And, of course, with the simple technology of instant posting, tweeting, and blogging – websites like give you the buzzworthy photos of each runway look almost instantly.


The Short Version: Keep your eyes open and wallets handy whenever you’re online – or risk forgetting to buy that awesome blazer you spotted.

The Long Version: It’s hard to remember the days when you could see something you liked – but had no idea where to buy it. With the advent of inspiration websites like Pinterest and Polyvore, plus online magazines that are heavy handed on the fashion (I’m a huge fan of matchbook), it’s becoming easier and easier to purchase what you love in just a few clicks.

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July 24, 2012

We caught up with the author of Bringing Home the Birkin, Michael Tonello, for some tips on how to score an authentic Birkin, how to prove it’s authentic, and his favorite Hermès store in the world.

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.

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July 15, 2012

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 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

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

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

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

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

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