Guests Are Coming: Take Your Hosting Skills Pro

Whether cousins are crashing or a college friend is coming to town, summertime is sure to be jam-packed with visitors. From fresh flowers to thank-you-for-coming gifts, these expert tips will have overnighters begging for an invite back.

How to Prepare for Guests

  1. Declutter the entryway so friends know right where to drop shoes and purses.
  2. Place a list of must-see sites on the bedside table (next to bottled water and fresh flowers).
  3. As a thank-you-for-coming, leave a small gift – like a scented candle or hand-painted tray – on the bed.
  4. Tape labels on the back of each remote with how-to-use instructions.
  5. Keep towels, toilet paper, and soaps in plain sight so guests don’t have to search.
  6. Preset the coffeemaker so overnighters wake up to a fresh brew.

 
Don’t be stressed by spontaneous visits. The Guest-Ready Home: Inviting Furnishings Boutique opened Thursday, June 5, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 5, 2014

Wrinkle Remedy: Smooth Your Bedsheets (Sans Iron)

Pure cotton linens are crisp, breathable, and durable. But without woven-in synthetics or an afternoon of ironing to keep them smooth, they’ll likely turn into a wrinkly mess post-wash. Our advice?

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  1. Remove your sheets from the dryer while they’re still slightly damp.
  2. Tuck them in tightly on the bed.
  3. Smooth them out with your hands.

 

The combination of moisture and tension will remove wrinkles.

Our Sunday Sleep-In Featuring COCOCOZY Boutique opened Sunday, June 1, at 11AM ET.

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June 1, 2014

Bring On the Heat: Summer Grooming Tips for Men

Sure, you could keep up your winter routine. But with the rising temps comes a whole new set of challenges. So this summer, instead of simply putting an iron to that dress shirt, tossing some water on your face, and heading out the door, try these quick tips to freshen up your morning regimen.

Men's Grooming Tips

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May 27, 2014

Not All Pillows Are Created Equal: Find Your Just-Right Match

Size, materials, density levels – all these things impact your sound (or not-so-sound) sleep. If you’re waking up tired or achy, you might want to take another look at that headrest. Scroll down and find your sleep style. Then decide if it’s time for an upgrade.

Pillow types for back, stomach, and side sleepers

Back Sleepers
Go for a medium density that will cradle your head. Overstuffed pillows guarantee a stiff neck in the morning.

Stomach Sleepers
Opt for a thinner pillow with low to medium density. Look for a high thread count that feels smooth on your face.

Side Sleepers
Light, natural down lets you bury your head without sinking straight to the mattress. Choose a medium to firm density to align the spine.

Our Sunday Sleep-In Featuring Cuddledown Boutique opened Sunday, May 11, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 11, 2014

Over-Snoozers, Rejoice: The No-Makeup Look Is In

Think back to when you were 14. At my junior high, heading to the bathroom sans lip gloss (or you know, roll-on face glitter) was a pointless journey. And if you wanted to be part of the so-called popular crowd, blotting, smearing, and dabbing in front of the mirror was a must.

Today? If I’m caught in the office bathroom with mascara in hand, I blush with embarrassment. It seems that a rigorous makeup routine has fallen out of style. And over-primping has become superficial rather than expected. The concern? “Makeup equals groomed and presentable, no makeup equals unprofessional and unkempt, and too much makeup means you can’t be taken seriously,” writes Refinery29. So where do we find middle ground?

No Makeup Look

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May 9, 2014

Rue How-To: The Ergobaby Wrap

Baby books, check. Crib, got it. Dozens of itty-bitty outfits, but of course. All that’s missing? This go-anywhere, flexible, baby-toting essential. Stretchy and crazy comfortable (for you and Baby), the Ergobaby wrap tucks your newborn snugly to your person, leaving your hands free for strolling, brunching, and latte drinking. Now, check out this step-by-step tutorial. Quick – the caffeine awaits.

Our Ergobaby Carriers, Wraps, & More Boutique opens Wednesday, April 23, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 23, 2014

Beyond Entertaining: 3 Creative Ways to Use Crystal

Serving with these clink-ready pieces at a dinner party is just about as classy as it gets. But that doesn’t mean they should hide away in cabinets between special soirees. Here, three ways to work them into everyday living.

Creative Ways to Use Crystal in Entertaining

1. Citrus Centerpiece
Fill an ice bucket with lemons or oranges for a piece that will awe any dinner or buffet table.

2. Vanity Tray
In the kitchen or bedroom, store perfume, earrings, or bobby pins in crystal coasters.

3. Dip Dish
Glam up casual get-togethers by spooning store-bought dips into crystal candy dishes.

Get your creative juices flowing in The World of Waterford & Wedgwood Boutique on Friday, March 14, at 3PM ET.

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March 14, 2014

Tackle 26.2: Marathon-Training Tips from the Pros

The decision is made. You’ve found a training plan that’s right for you and you’re determined to crush 26.2 miles. That’s no easy feat, but maybe (just maybe) these marathon-training tips will help the whole process go just a little bit smoother.

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March 5, 2014

Work Out Like a Gold Medalist: Ted Ligety’s Tips

Last week I watched the Sochi Games while on the elliptical. Yes. The irony of chugging along on the “cross-country” setting while watching pros actually ski cross-country does not fail me. And I realized: mayyyyybe I should kick things up a notch. Step one? Find out what the gold medalists do to get fit.

Ted Ligety's Workout Tips

Image via Men’s Health

According to Men’s Health, Ted Ligety – giant slalom gold-medal winner for Team USA – trains a total of 30 hours a week, following this routine. Included? Dead lifts, wall sits, and barbell squats. (Ligety does an easy fifty-three 235-pound barbell squats in two minutes. No pressure.)

Follow it, and the 2018 gold is practically yours. Or maybe just that six-pack.

Check out the workout on Men’s Health.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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February 24, 2014

Coming Up Roses: How to Make an At-Home Petal Facial

My coworker just passed by the writers’ corner and exclaimed, “It’s like a garden over here!” And, honestly, it is. Roses abound in the Rue office on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, however, in four to seven days, sad, half-wilted petals will stand in their place. Sure, you could make potpourri – while knitting mittens for your bridge group. Or, you could do something far more fabulous: give yourself a facial. According to SELF magazine’s contributing blogger Alexandra Samuel, roses are “ridiculously” good for the skin. “They’ve got built-in toners to get you glowing.”

How to Make an At-Home Petal Facial

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February 14, 2014