So you left a few gifts to the last minute. Meaning, it’s do-or-DIY time. Behold: the glittered wooden mixing spoon. Quick, easy, and personal, it’s every procrastinator’s dream.

Rue How-To: Glittery Wooden Spoons

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December 20, 2013

Let me be frank: I’m no Martha Stewart. It’s a rare occasion when a project turns out picture-ready on the first try. But this? This was one of those projects. 

Introducing your newest (super-simple) fall DIY: the pumpkin candle centerpiece.

Rue How-To: Pumpkin Candle Centerpiece

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November 1, 2013

Headphones are my mode of survival on crowded T commutes – if I can ever find them in my oversized tote, that is. But this DIY is a game changer. Bright, easy to find, and tangle-free, this boho-chic headphone upgrade actually has me looking forward to that subway ride. Well… kind of.

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August 7, 2013

The Fitting Room Sweat Stains

Pit stains = awkward. If you argue with me on that one, I suggest you soak up some nice visuals courtesy of this BuzzFeed, then rethink your stance.

Now that you’re officially grossed out, let’s talk how to get rid of them. And yes, you can get rid of them – so long as you attack them while they’re, um… fresh.

What you’ll need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A sweat-stained white tee

 
How to do it:

  1. Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water in a small bowl.
  2. Mix it all together so it forms a solution.
  3. Rub the solution onto the tee’s stains, then let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Toss it in the washer as you would normally (choose cold water).
  5. Once the cycle is finished, make sure the stain isn’t there. If it is, repeat steps 3 and 4.

 
Note: DO NOT throw the shirt in the dryer until the stain is gone. Heat will set the stain – which means sorry, thrice-washed sweat-stained white tee, but to the trash with you. If all else fails, though, you can always douse the stain with meat tenderizer. Yes, I’m serious. Directions here.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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August 5, 2013

Brigitte Bardot’s signature, sexily undone hair is iconic – and with its effortlessly chic vibe and pinup volume, it’s also a great style to rock this summer. The best part? With the right tools and few simple tricks from Rue’s very own hair stylist, Rachael B., taking your tresses from flat to bombshell is a cinch.

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What you’ll need:

 
How to do it:

  1. Separate your hair into sections to curl, starting with the bottom. Spray each section with hair spray as you go.
  2. Wrap hair around the curling wand, alternating the direction of the curl for a tousled look. Tip: if the curl just won’t take, grab less hair and try again. Repeat until each section is curled.
  3. Use the thin styling iron to lightly flat-iron the ends of curls for a less polished look.
  4. Part hair from your right ear straight up to the top of your head. Repeat on left side and pull both sections into a high ponytail. Secure with a thin, clear elastic band and lightly tug until desired pouf is achieved. Add a “Bardot” bow to complete the look.

 
Bonus tip: polish off your locks with a shine-boosting mist (try this one by Corioliss) for extra protection against frizz and flyaways.

Our Corioliss Boutique opens Friday, August 2, at 11AM ET.

By Alex Tighe, Staff Writer

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August 2, 2013

 
Want to find your ring size sans a trip to the jeweler? We’ve got you covered. With this printable guide at your fingertips, you can size every finger – not just the favored fourth. Simply click on the image below to open the guide as a PDF and print it. Then snag a ring that fits the finger you’re shopping for (be it yours or that of a loved one) and place it on the guide to size.

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July 24, 2013

 
We’ve all been there. You swear you had SPF 30 on the whole time (yeah, yeah). Now, you’re red as a lobster. Put down the aloe bottle (for a moment) and try one of these crimson-ridding remedies.

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1. Black Tea Soak: Black tea is full of antioxidants and contains tannic acid that draws heat from the burn to restore the skin’s acid balance (thanks, Martha).

The key here is the tea-to-water ratio. The blacker the tea, the better. Twenty bags of tea for every 2 or 3 quarts of water should do it. Once you’ve brewed the tea until it cools, soak a washcloth in it and place on the burnt skin. Let it sit and soak in. This will have an instant cooling effect and reduce redness in 8 to 12 hours.

2. Food Compresses: Three to try. First, lettuce water. Boil lettuce leaves in water, strain (saving the water), refrigerate the liquid, and dab over burned skin. Next, potato poultice. Grate a cold, raw potato into a mush, spread it into a clean dish towel, apply to affected skin, and wrap the area in plastic wrap. And thirdly, milk. Soak a cloth in iced milk and hold it over the burned skin for 5 to 8 minutes. The cold will reduce swelling while the anti-inflammatory properties reduce pain. Try one of these, and report back.

3. Oatmeal Bath: If you were born before 1995, you (and your mom) are familiar with this one. Scoop a cup or two of breakfast oats into a running bath – or use a colloidal oatmeal from the drugstore – to soothe a red, itchy burn.

4. The Moisturizing Method: This may sound obvious, but then, so is putting on sunblock at the beach. After a harsh burn, apply a healing moisturizer at least twice a day. This will soothe the skin and postpone – if not prevent – peeling. Note: shelve those fancy anti-aging creams for now. They often contain chemicals like retinol or hydroxy acids that dry out the skin and increase redness.

And, of course, drink plenty of water, try not to scratch, and for the sake of your future (i.e. much older) self, wear sunscreen.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 10, 2013

I’ve done a fair amount of looking around when it comes to ideas for July 4 shorts. You could deck out the front pockets, dip-dye them, or paint on simple stars and stripes. Ultimately, I decided to cut my own stencil (not necessarily the best decision), and spray-paint the back pockets. Here’s how.

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July 3, 2013
Mug collector? Me, too. I have boxes and boxes of old mugs from college visits, vacations, and gift shops – all stowed away, no longer worthy of my crowded kitchen cupboards. But why relegate them all to the basement? Pull out a couple of plain white ones and grab a handful of Sharpies. With anything from inspirational quotes to Rueisms to your own made-up witty phrases, you can bring an old mug out of hiding and back to life. This one took about two-point-five seconds of effort (plus an easy 30 minutes of bake time).

 

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Tip: If you make a mistake before you bake, use soap and water to wash off the marker. Make sure to always hand-wash your DIY Sharpie dishes.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2013

The key to a beauty routine that endures? Being prepared for mishap after mishap – and having a few quick tricks up your sleeve. And since I’m not one to hold on to a good secret, I’ll let you in on a couple of mine.

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Green skin, be gone.
This beaming five-karat rock? That’s five karats of plastic. And the band, well – let’s just say there’s no Tiffany & Co. inscription hidden on there. For four bucks it was too flashy and fabulous to pass up, but unfortunately, there’s a not-so-fabulous green ring around my finger by the end of the night. The solution? Clear nail polish (not just for runs in your tights). Paint one coat around the inside of your costume jewels, let it dry, and your wicked-witch skin problem is solved.

The lipstick trick.
We’ve all been there. You’re in a cab, it’s dark, you try to freshen up your lipstick, but instead, you twist it into the cap. A perfectly good piece of makeup, ruined – or so you think. You’ve had a few Um… yes answers to Is there food in my teeth?, so you should have mini dental floss in every handbag. Pull out a small piece, twist the lipstick down so the broken part is the only part exposed, hold the tube firmly, and glide the floss flat across the top. Voilà! You’re ready to reapply. Left your floss behind? Use a piece of hair. I swear, it works.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 19, 2013