We’re always looking for an easy way to look chic. (Who isn’t?) Luckily, this season is all about wearing one color from head to toe – white. So step away from complicated color palettes, and let Rue Stylist Emma L. show you three ways to wear the look.

1. Play with Proportions
Add some punch to a seemingly simple outfit with this advanced layering. “A shorter skirt underneath a long coat is visually interesting and very on-trend. As is a short, boxy jacket over a longer top and slim pants,” says Emma.

The All-White Trend

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April 23, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. This weekend, draw your attention to an oft-neglected corner of the kitchen: it’s time to freshen up the garbage disposal.

Garbage-Disposal Refresher

Ingredients
White vinegar
Citrus peels (whichever scent you favor: orange, lemon, lime)
Muffin tin or ice-cube tray

Directions
Put strips of your citrus peels into the muffin tin or ice-cube tray, fill with vinegar, and freeze. Once frozen solid, pop them out and transfer to a lidded container in your freezer. To use, drop a cube in the disposal and turn it on. The ice chopping will keep blades sharp, while the peels release a fresh scent.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 18, 2015

Spring has finally sprung and there are few rituals more satisfying than opening up the windows and cleaning house. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a three-bedroom home, consider this your goof-proof guide to getting it done.

Spring Cleaning Organization

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April 13, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. Next up? Make your own dry carpet cleaner.

DIY Carpet Cleaner

Ingredients

2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cornmeal
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole cloves
Sprinkle-top container (for example, one used for sugar)

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a blender and pulse on low until the mixture has an even consistency. Baking soda freshens and breaks down dirt, while bay leaves and cloves offer the double whammy of a fragrance boost with antibacterial properties.
  2. Pour the cleaner into the sprinkle-top container. Shake generously over carpet and let sit for two hours or even overnight.
  3. Vacuum up the powder. You’re done.


By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 11, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. This weekend, conquer those stains in your bathtub with the help of grapefruit and salt.

DIY Bathtub Scrub

Ingredients
1 grapefruit
1/4 cup coarse kosher salt

Directions

  1. Halve the grapefruit with a knife and generously sprinkle salt on the flesh of each half.
  2. Wet your tub and sprinkle remaining salt on the bottom.
  3. Start scrubbing away at problem areas with each grapefruit half, squeezing slightly to release the citrus juices.
  4. Finally, rinse away the dirt, salt, and pulp to reveal a cleaner tub.

 

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April 4, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. First up: a glass cleaner that leaves windows and mirrors sparkling (sans chemicals).

DIY Glass Cleaner

Ingredients
2 cups water
1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
1 – 2 drops of orange essential oil

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or a soft, clean cloth, then apply to glass. Take note: the solution may dry too quickly on a warm, sunny day, leaving behind streaks.

Crystal-clear windows? Just a spritz away.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 29, 2015

Chocolate, dinner plans, wine: check, check, and check. In need of one last touch for Valentine’s Day? Look no further. This origami card design shows you’re both heartfelt and handy. Grab a square piece of paper (the fancier, the better) and follow these ten steps.

Paper Heart DIY

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February 13, 2015

Summer humidity often results in frizzy locks, so I often opt for the never-fail ponytail during hot months. If you’re looking for fancier strands, however, turn to Blake Lively’s Met Gala tri-pony. (Amazing, right?) To re-create the look, just follow the simple steps from Rachael B., our hair and makeup artist, below.

How to Create Blake Lively's Met Gala Ponytail

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July 8, 2014

So you have dressing like a NYFW pro down pat. But can you talk the talk? That’s essential. For a crash course in label pronunciation, take a look at the designer cheat sheet below. You’ll have Fashion Week’s must-know names mastered in no time.

Rue La La's Designer Name Pronunciation Guide

To get even more designers down, check out Harper’s BAZAAR for an A – Z guide.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2014

Those delicate clusters you cuddle up in every night don’t require constant washing. In fact, it’s not good for them. Our advice? Use a duvet cover with your comforter and wash that weekly instead.

Then, about once a year, if you simply can’t make it to the dry cleaner, toss your down in a large-capacity washer. (If you don’t have one at home, head to your nearest laundromat.) For the rest? Follow these simple steps.

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Wash

  1. Place your down comforter in a large-capacity machine.
  2. Set the cycle to delicate.
  3. Add a small cupful of mild detergent – about half the recommended amount.
  4. Rinse the load twice to ensure all the soap is out.

 

Dry

  1. Place your just-washed comforter in a large-capacity dryer.
  2. Toss a couple of tennis balls (clean, right-out-of-the-package ones) into the dryer. This will help separate the feathers.
  3. Dry on low with cold-to-warm heat. Every so often, remove the comforter and shake it out. Even if it takes two or three hours, be patient. It is important to dry the feathers and clusters thoroughly to prevent mold.

 

Now that you’re fluent in the practice of down care, visit our Cuddledown Boutique on Monday, February 10, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 10, 2014