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

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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

Image via SELF

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February 14, 2014

So, You Want to Wash Your Down? Here’s How

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.



  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.



  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

Lip Service: Blueberry Spotted on the Mouths of NYFW Models

Last fall it was oxblood. Last summer, tangerine. And next September? We’ll be sporting this deep blueberry lip color (or at least giving it the old college try). Flawlessly painted on the models of Ann Yee’s Fall 2014 show, this matte hue complemented black and grey knits, natural makeup, and updos with serious edge. The creator? None other than MAC Cosmetics senior makeup artist Fatima T. Can you say coolest job ever?

Blueberry Lip for Fall

Image via HuffPost Style

With a sleek, simple ensemble and a smear of foundation, we’re thinking this color could be a success. Our only advice? Leave the big baubles at home. Your lips will be a statement in themselves.

Read the full article at HuffPost Style.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 7, 2014

Try This Home Trend Now: Rug Layering

There’s no denying it. This décor trend is on the rise. One bold, floor-spanning piece is no longer enough. Instead? Overlap sisal, Oriental, or sea-grass numbers to add subtle depth to any space. Ready to start? Here, a few tips to help get you on your way.

How to Layer Rugs

Whether layering two or ten, allow 12 – 18 inches of space on all sides to expose the contrast between rugs.

Choose pieces with complementary color schemes.

Create a patchwork collage with dhurries in different patterns, like ikat or chevron.

In a large rectangular space, start with an inexpensive jute in a neutral hue. Then dress it up with smaller, color-rich rugs.

Overlap two or three vintage Oriental pieces to give any modern home a bohemian feel.

Inspired? Shop The Rug Tent Sale on Wednesday, January 29, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 29, 2014

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (Sans Tossing)

4 tricks to try tonight

You don’t have to be a scientist to know that a proper night’s sleep is super important. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to achieve. So, we have a one-week challenge for you: go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Stick to this schedule and follow these tips. Then report back.

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Buy just-right bedding. Sensitive skin? Try down alternative. Live somewhere warm? Make sure your blanket is lightweight and breathable.

Charge your smartphone in a different room. Every time your email buzzes, it disrupts your sleep cycle.

Read for at least 15 minutes. We’re talking beach reads here. Nothing too stimulating. The idea is to relax your brain. (Cue Fifty Shades.)

Keep an eye on the thermostat. Find a temperature that works for you. Too-warm or too-cool temps will disturb your shut-eye.

Our Six Steps to Blissful Rest: Sheets, Down, & More Boutique opens Monday, January 27, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 27, 2014

The Dirty Hair Survival Guide: 5 Styles for Lazy Mornings

Lazy Morning Ritual

Winter’s morning ritual:

Wake up to alarm.
Notice sleet and snow outside.
Snooze for 45 minutes.
Realize I have 5 minutes to get ready.
Request Uber. “Just this one last time.”
Throw hair in a messy bun and dash out the door.

Giant surprise, but this routine isn’t really working for me. To the rescue? ELLE’s collection of five hairstyles that work best on dirty hair. (I will consider it my hair bible from this day forward.) From the pin-backed braid to the messy pony, this girl’s locks are about to get a major upgrade.

Check out the five styles on ELLE.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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December 10, 2013

“Legs for Days,” They’ll Say: Tricks to Make You Look Taller

Lady Gaga. Reese Witherspoon. Kourtney Kardashian. It’s not just stardom this threesome has in common. They’re part of the 5'1" club (along with a host of others). That’s right – each of these celebrities clocks in at or below five feet, one inch. If you’re part of this exclusive group, we’re here to tell you there’s more than sky-high heels to raise your petite stature.

Topknots for Looking Taller

Think all things vertical. From topknots and deep V necklines to single-hued jumpsuits and skinny accessories, this list points out specific styles any height-challenged chick can use to add inches.

When it comes to snapping pics? Unless all your friends are shorties, we advise staying seated.

Read all 14 tips at StyleCaster.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 10, 2013

Download This: An Outfit-Organizing App Cher Horowitz Would Love

Let’s just assume that by this point today, you have about 30 new items coming your way, courtesy of Cyber Monday. Major props.

Now, for reality: You will at some point have to turn those 30 items into outfits. And it will most likely happen at 7AM, five minutes before you sprint out the door.

Cloth for iPhone

Lucky for you and your purchases, Fashionista’s dishing on the closest thing to Cher Horowitz’s virtual closet we’ve found yet: an iPhone® app called Cloth (download it for free on iTunes). “Every time I put together a new outfit, I snap a pic with my iPhone and save it to Cloth with some organizational tags, like ‘fall’ ‘fashion week’ or ‘black tie,’” co-editor in chief Lauren Indvik writes. “When I wake up on a weekday morning, I don’t go to my closet to pick out an outfit – I just open up Cloth.”


Don’t have an iPhone? Hey, it’s still Monday…

Read more about Cloth on Fashionista.

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December 2, 2013

Pucker Up: Vogue’s Top 10 Red Lipsticks

Blood-red lips. It’s one of the most classic makeup looks in the book. A simple swipe of red lipstick, and boom – you instantly exude sex appeal (see: Marilyn Monroe). The only hard part? Picking out the right shade for your pout.

Red Lipstick

I’ve spent hours by the makeup counters testing out red lipsticks. Should I go blue-based? Or maybe more orange-toned? After puckering up for shade after shade, they all start to blend together and I wind up going home sans lipstick. Tragic, I know.  But, as if in answer to my prayers, Vogue has just rounded up the ten best red lipsticks out there – and just in time for all my holiday parties. Now I just need a few teeth whitening strips, and I’m good to go.

See the ten best lipsticks on Vogue.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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December 2, 2013