It’s finally summer, a.k.a. time to jump in the pool and perfect that mermaid hair flip. But all that fun in the sun (and chlorine) can be more damaging to your locks than you think. To restore softness and shine to tired tresses, try this simple avocado hair mask.

DIY avacado hair mask

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Mash the avocado into a paste – the fewer the clumps, the easier it will be to apply to your hair.
2. Add the olive oil and lemon juice and mix them into the paste.
3. Apply the mask to your hair from root to end. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
4. Shampoo your hair to remove any residue. It may take two washes to get it out completely.

Now the only thing you’ll have to worry about at the pool is belly flops.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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June 13, 2015

When you’re always on the move, accidents are bound to happen – hello, snapped stiletto. To keep inevitable annoyances from ruining your day, take a cue from the cast of the movie Spy and ensure your personal toolkit is always stocked with daily essentials. Always in our arsenal? Shoe Goo.

How to Fix a Broken Heel

Step 1: Be sure the area you’re repairing is clean and dry, then apply a shoe adhesive (ahem, Shoe Goo) to both the heel and the sole.

Step 2: Allow the solvents in the glue to evaporate until it’s puttylike (about 5 to 10 minutes), then press both pieces back together in their proper positions.

Step 3: Keep pressure on the heel and the shoe with a rubber band for anywhere between 1 and 24 hours. The longer the glue cures, the stronger the bond.

Step 4: Remove the elastic and strut on with confidence.

Want more stylish life hacks? Our Movie-Inspired Style: Spy Boutique opens Monday, June 1, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 1, 2015

DIY Mason Jar Lemon Flowers Centerpiece
You’ve got guests coming. Or maybe you simply want to spruce up the table, because hey, spring is finally in full bloom. Enter this chic centerpiece, a super-simple mason jar DIY brought to life by Rue Stylist Emma L. In just a few quick steps you’ll add some serious charm to any surface.
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May 21, 2015

Got a few (million) necklaces lying around? Put a fresh spin on your neckwear by layering a couple. To get you started, Rue Stylist Emma L. is dishing on her favorite insider tips.
Necklace Length Guide

When it comes to layering, Emma says, “It’s always best to go with no more than four lengths, and they should graduate from shortest to longest.” And don’t be afraid to mix metals or styles. Emma advocates pairing your silver and gold pieces (it’s not a no-no anymore), as well as combining chunky jewelry with delicate.

If you’re a one-necklace type of girl, then it’s all about wearing it with the right neckline. Emma explains, “I personally like a longer necklace with a higher-cut top – for instance, a crewneck or boat neck with at least an 18-inch chain.” Prefer something a little less buttoned-up? “More open options, like V-necks, can work with any necklace length,” says Emma.

Now head to your jewelry box and layer with abandon.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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May 8, 2015

If you’re anything like us, your legs are a little less than summer ready. (Self-tanner, anyone?) So before you boldly bust out those cutoffs and miniskirts, remember there’s another option: cuffed jeans. Here are three ways to get it done.

1. The Thick Cuff

Thick-Cuffed JeansSlouchy denim (AKA your fave boyfriend jeans) requires a roll that will stay put – cue the thick cuff. Fold twice to between 2 and 3 inches thick, then pair this casual look with a graphic tee and punchy heels for a relaxed summer feel.
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May 6, 2015

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.

 

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 4, 2015