One Climber Took on Kilimanjaro. In Heels.

Many of us adventure-seekers dream of hiking a mountain. You know, wake up at dawn, power your way to the top, and then snap obligatory “I-did-it!” photos. But have you ever imagined doing it in heels? Rima Suqi did.

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Image via Fathom

Okay, so the Fathom writer didn’t exactly hike up the entire mountain in all her heeled glory. But she did carry the Gunmetal stilettos in her pack during the grueling six-day journey, slipping them on the second she hit the summit. A swipe of Chanel red lipstick, a tourmaline cocktail ring, and a pair of shades completed her look.

As to what inspired this fashion-fueled hike? “I was turning 40 the day after climbing Kilimanjaro, and the timing was no accident. These photos were taken on the last day of my 30s, and I was perfectly happy to bid them goodbye,” said Rima. “But I had to do it in style.”

Thanks, Rima, for taking fashion to literal new heights. Next up, Mars in Louboutins.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2014

Ready, Set, Run: Find the Right Race for You

So maybe you want to get off the couch and run a 5K. Or you already do a little something active daily, whether it’s jogging, pickup basketball, Pilates, or tennis. Or maybe you run 50 miles a week, easy. (No big deal.) Whatever your level, there’s a race out there for you. And we’ve found it.

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July 17, 2014

Road Trip Across America: A Coast-to-Coast Guide

Summer is the official season of road trips. And this week at Rue, we’re taking our own. Each day we’ll pay tribute to a new stop along the way – and all the signature style that goes with it. Gas up the car and come along for the ride.

Road Trip Across America

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July 14, 2014

Travel Trivia: 5 Fast Facts About Savannah, Georgia

The Hostess City of the South has probably been on your travel bucket list for a while now. But if you’re looking for a few more reasons to book that flight, read on below.

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July 13, 2014

Ditch the Yoga Pants & Jet-Set Like a Celeb

Is there anything more torturous than the days leading up to a three-day holiday weekend? So close, yet so far away. To pass the time, this writer finds herself browsing celebrity rags in an attempt to ignite some sort of inspirational flame within. Nope, nothing. That is, until an article from Lucky magazine touting “50 of the Chicest Celebrity Airport Outfits Ever” pops up. Since most of the country will be participating in some form of travel this weekend, why not casually try one of the celeb-approved ensembles along the way?

Travel in Style, Like A Celeb

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They make it look so easy. Boyfriend jeans? Check. Fedora and pointy-toe flats? Check. “If celebrities are good at one thing, it’s being able to emerge off their first-class flight looking largely flawless, with nary a hair out of place nor a speck of oil clogging their pores,” writes Maura Brannigan. “Whether clad in a tracksuit or stilettos, this crop of celebrities has the whole airport-style thing down to a science.”

That they do. So I guess I’ll be leaving my favorite (read: tattered) yoga pants at home this trip.

Read more on Lucky.

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July 2, 2014

5 Top Travel Apps – Install Now, Thank Us Later

The musts for any getaway? These five apps that will essentially do the thinking for you. Vacation is a time to escape and take a (much-needed) break, so kick back, relax, and let them work their magic. I can already picture you on the beach with an ice-cold drink in your hand.

Top 5 Travel AppsImage via Inc.

1. Packing ProThere is nothing worse than getting to the airport – or, better yet, opening your suitcase in Paris – and realizing you’ve forgotten something. I mean, who wants to buy another rain jacket you’ll never wear again? This app allows for customizable lists and iCloud syncing to ensure nothing is left behind.

2. Free Wi-Fi FinderThis app from JiWire, featured above, is a dream come true. You can quickly and easily locate a Wi-Fi hot spot, then get directions there. Boom! You’re connected, wherever you are. Which means, don’t fret – you can upload those just-filtered-enough Instagram photos after all.
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June 24, 2014

Screen to Shore: Rent Sex and the City’s Malibu Beach House

Remember that steamy scene from the first Sex and the City movie where a depressed Samantha watches rapt from her balcony, mouth stuffed with guacamole, as her lothario next-door neighbor frolics on the beach with his paramour du jour? Or the one where she lies immobile on her kitchen table, covered in sushi? For a pretty penny, you can rent the Malibu mansion where it all unfolded.

Rent the Sex and the City Beach House

Image via Coldwell Banker

The three-level mansion–turned–movie set is available for monthly rental fees of $55,000 or $100,000, depending on time frame. Wondering what that hefty price tag will get you? Multiple balconies, a chef’s kitchen, a wine cellar, maid’s quarters, a two-car garage, a stunning stretch of beachfront, and a little claim to fame, for starters. Nightly antics not included.

Want to play Samantha for the summer? See the official listing here.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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June 11, 2014

Spend Summer in Style: Rent Jonathan Adler’s Beach House

Summer weekends are all about piling into beachfront rentals with your best friends. Haven’t found a super-stylish spot to unwind just yet? Well, if you and the crew have plans to be in New York next month, you could set up shop in designer Jonathan Adler‘s playful seaside pad.

Rent Jonathan Adler's House
Image via Hamptons Real Estate

The 1,299-square-foot Shelter Island A-frame is decked out in Adler’s signature animated aesthetic and features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, and a 75-foot heated swimming pool with an outdoor shower. The price tag to take over for July? A cool $11,000. But the bragging rights are priceless.

Read more on Domaine, then head here to see the detailed listing.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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June 4, 2014

Eat Well, Live Well: Behind the Food at Blackberry Farm

Pamper your body, then feed it right. That’s the mantra behind Tennessee’s culinary resort Blackberry Farm, which beckons wellness seekers with a soon-to-open Wellhouse and not one, but two James Beard Awards. Here, we checked in with Corporate Chef Josh Feathers for a few words about the farm’s health-minded cuisine.

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Rue La La: How would you describe the cooking at Blackberry Farm? 
Josh Feathers: It may sound like every other chef in the country today, but we cook with the very best local, seasonal ingredients we can find. Our dishes are Southern-inspired, meaning our chefs and cooks are inspired by their industry and everything that is happening in it.

RLL: What’s on the menu today?
JF: Our cheese and charcuterie plate features elements from our butcher, preservation kitchen, and cheese maker. Soppressata and Finocchiona salami, smoked onion jam, pickled ramps, Downer Brown cheese, and aged Singing Brook cheese. Just throw in the baker and candlestick maker and there’s your nursery rhyme.
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May 13, 2014

Today’s Wanderlust: The SPA Retreat in Jamaica

Calling all escape junkies. This travel eye candy might just inspire you to book the next flight to the tropics.Jamaica Vacations

The spot:

The SPA Retreat in Negril, Jamaica.

Why we love it: 

There is absolutely nothing generic about this adults-only escape – from the 18 handcrafted stone cottages you’ll call home base to the seawater pool and exotic grey cliffs. (And yes, you read that right, no kids.) 

On the to-do list: 

Order a cocktail at the poolside bar. Nap under a shaded cabana. Then take a ladder down to the ocean for some snorkeling in the property’s coral reef. After it all? Try sunset yoga or Pilates at the open-air SPA pavilion, followed by some cliffside farm-to-table dining

Ready to jet? Our The SPA Retreat – Jamaica Boutique opens Thursday, May 8, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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May 8, 2014