Ever wondered what all of those little tools in your makeup kit are for? There. Are. So. Many. Luckily, Rue hair-and-makeup guru Rachael B. has the rundown on three brushes you need in your arsenal.
How to Use Makeup BrushesThe Foundation Brush
Why you need it: This little wonder keeps the oils from your hands out of your pores. Translation: clearer-looking skin.

How to use it: For a perfect finish, begin applying foundation from the center of your face and fan the brush outward to avoid makeup lines.

The Eyeliner Brush
Why you need it: Forget pencil liner. Powdered liner lasts longer, and this tool will give you complete control of application.

How to use it: To avoid squinting one eye closed, simply tilt your mirror up and gaze down into it. Then, press and wiggle pigment along the lash line.

The Lip Brush
Why you need it: These bristles give you total authority on how much pigment you’re applying. Plus, its precise application negates the need for any lip liner.

How to use it: Apply your brush directly to the lipstick. Start by outlining the bottom (begin in the center), then fill in the top. Layer until desired hue is achieved.

Our Crown Brush & More: Makeup Tools to Palettes Boutique opened Saturday, July 25, at 11AM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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July 25, 2015

Bangles as a form of self-expression? We’re all in. Here’s a simple guide to layering on a whole arm’s worth.

How to Stack Alex and Ani
Make It Personal
Give your stack meaning by including an initial, zodiac sign, or token of your favorite place.

Mix Your Metals
Silver and gold can mingle. Try combining both finishes for a modern, effortless vibe.

Add Some Color
The simplest way to make people stare? Hue-happy beads. They’ll really make your picks pop.

Time to layer on the charm. Our Alex and Ani Boutique opened Friday, July 24, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 24, 2015

Whether you’re a gourmet or just-okay chef, a charcuterie plate wows with minimal effort. The best part? All it takes is five ingredients.
Charcuterie Plate How-ToMeat
Grab a small selection of cured meats – prosciutto, salami, coppa, etc. We recommend choosing at least three options, but you can always add or subtract depending on serving size.

Cheese
Start with a soft cheese, like Brie. For texture play, add in a harder variety – cheddar or Gouda work great. Looking to step it up? Grab some Testun Occelli al Barolo (it’s covered in wine).

Sweet
To offset the savory flavors, you’ll want to work in something sweet. Think apples or plums, paired with year-round options like fig jam and dried fruit.

Salty
Don’t just rely on meat for saltiness. Grab something pickled or go with a selection of olives. Top off with your favorite nuts, and add some spicy mustard if you’re feeling fancy.

Bread
This is an area you don’t need to overthink. Just slice up a few pieces of ciabatta or lay out crackers and call it a day.

Place the sweet options next to the cheeses, with the salty extras adjacent to the meats. And faster than you can say “Charcuterie,” you’ve got a definite crowd-pleaser.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2015

A beach is a beach is a beach, right? Wrong. Here, we scoped out five of the best, so instead of researching the perfect location, you can focus on choosing the perfect bikini to wear.

World's Best BeachesElafonisi Beach, Greece
Pink sand. You read that right. In certain lights, this Greek beach has a rose-colored hue, thanks to a mix of fine red coral. The contrast of the pink to clear blue water is beyond majestic. What more could a girl want?

World's Best BeachesAnse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
With towering granite boulders and tranquil turquoise water, this whole archipelago (made up of 115 islands) gets top honors. After all, National Geographic ranked its shores number one in the world – that’s no joke.

World's Best BeachesBioluminescent Beach, Maldives
Picture thousands of glowing specks spanning an entire coastline. The cause? Small organisms that light up when the water breaks. Fun fact: Scenes from Life of Pi were filmed here.

World's Best BeachesHidden Beach, Mexico
Yes, it truly is hidden. In fact, you have to snorkel through a 40-foot tunnel just to get there. But this beach isn’t exactly natural. Turns out, the idyllic spot is a result of bomb testing in the early 20th century.

World's Best BeachesGlass Beach, United States
From trash to treasure. Over the past 50 years in California, a coastline of dazzling sea glass formed from landfill debris. Though the dump site – just north of the area – closed in 1967, its remnants still wash ashore.

Make a splash in our Swimwear & Cover-Ups for the Final Cannonball Boutique, which opens Tuesday, August 11, at 11AM ET.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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July 21, 2015

Your Pinterest boards are populated with impossibly cool SoHo lofts. But the real estate? Not exactly in your possession. And it doesn’t have to be. Just incorporate a few industrial-chic pieces to bring downtown style to you. Here are five picks to get you started.Urban Loft Style

  1. Leather Chair
    Cigar-brown leather plus sleek stainless steel puts a contemporary spin on the classic utilitarian accent chair. If your guests weren’t so polite, they’d fight over who gets to sit in it.
  2. Metal Bar Cart
    Casters give this bar cart a cool utilitarian feel. The fact that it’s also silver and mirrored? Let’s call that a glam bonus. Just load it up with spirits and you’ve got yourself a mobile drink station.
  3. Industrial End Table
    Mimic the exposed systems of converted lofts with a piece that could have been salvaged from a warehouse. This wood and iron end table totally fits the bill. Just pretty it up with a potted plant.
  4. Pendant Lights
    Sure, lighting helps you see, but it should also be seen. Sleek mouth-blown glass makes a statement, day or night. Grab multiples to hang over a kitchen island or dining table.
  5. Natural-Fiber Rug
    A super-versatile, neutral-hued jute weave works to dress up hardwood (or concrete) on its own or as an anchor for layers. To really get the urban loft feel, pile a Moroccan-style rug or two right on top.

Start redecorating. Our The Urban Loft: Inspired by Manhattan Boutique opened Tuesday, July 21, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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July 21, 2015

Style Inspired by Clueless
It’s been twenty years since Clueless was named Fashion Movie of the Year by WWD and Vogue. Luckily for us, the iconic 90s style created by costume designer Mona May is still majorly influential. Here’s a peek at some of our favorite looks.

Style Inspired by CluelessOveralls
These days it’s hard to miss this one-step, effortless staple. The denim piece has dominated both the runway and street.

Clueless Inspired StylePlaid
Preppy is back in a major way. An Ivy League fave, the pattern graced the runways on everything from outerwear to accessories.

Style Inspired by CluelessMini Backpack
The pint-sized accessory made famous by the Clueless crowd has become an absolute must-have for any fashionista.

Our Get the Look: Style Inspired by Clueless Boutique opened Sunday, July 19, at 11AM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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July 19, 2015

New sandals? Check. Fresh pedi? Just a sec. If want to put your best foot forward, peep our list of perfectly paired shoe-and-hue combos. Then hit the nearest nail salon with know-how.

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: Gold
Polish Color: 
Grape
Talk about a midsummer night’s dream. Grape toes make metallic shoes pop (and vice versa). Since the sandals sparkle on their own, no need for glimmery polish. 

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: Animal Print
Polish Color: Peach
Every yin needs a yang. Animal prints are fierce on their own, while peach gives off a good-girl vibe. In a pinch, powder pink will do the demure job, too.

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: Beige
Polish Color: 
Red
A neutral shoe begs for polish that brings the heat. Your best bet? Fire engine red. Just a few swipes for an instant fiesta on your feet.

Summer Pedicure ColorsShoe Color: White
Polish Color: Anything bright
Think of white sandals as a blank canvas for your most creative nail-color combos. Unexpected hues work well here. If you’re all about nail art, this is your time to shine.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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July 18, 2015

In palm prints, florals, and more, tropical colors lit up the runways this spring. And with thermometers hitting all-time highs, there’s no time like the present to experiment with the palette.

Tropical Colors StyleMarni
In need of a vacation-ready ensemble? Try an abstract printed piece paired with global-inspired necklaces. Continue reading “Color Lab: Tropical Punch” »

July 17, 2015

While we couldn’t be happier it’s summer, these days we’re a little scared to check our weather app (It’s going to be HOW hot?!). Luckily, this issue isn’t anything a little rum and mint for two can’t fix. Check out this super simple Classic Mint Mojito recipe from Chef Savvy.

Classic Mint Mojito Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 20 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 lime, cut into small wedges
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces sparkling water

 
Instructions:

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves (this should take a minute or so). Take the pan off heat and let the syrup cool.
  2. Put the mint and lime in a small pitcher, muddle them together for about a minute until all of the juice is squeezed out of the lime and the mixture smells minty.
  3. Add the rum and cooled syrup to the small pitcher and mix it all together.
  4. Fill two glasses with ice.
  5. Pour half of the mojito mixture into each glass and top it off with sparkling water.

 
Want to sip from festive glassware? Take your pick in our Whip Up Juicy Summer Cocktails Boutique, which opened Thursday, July 16, at 11AM ET.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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July 16, 2015

The most versatile piece in your closet? A classic white shirt. Tucked, layered, unbuttoned — this top does it all. Here are three things to pair the staple with.

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Midi Skirt
Option 1: Wear with trendy sneakers for a look that’s both fashion-forward and functional.
Option 2: Keep it ladylike with bold heels and a classic top-handle bag.
 

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Statement Necklace
Option 1: Put your hair up and stay buttoned to let your necklace be the focal point.
Option 2: Keep a few top buttons open and layer with delicate pieces for a more relaxed look.

Skinny Jeans
Option 1: Add a textured topper and finish with a red lip for a confidently refined ensemble.
Option 2: For a little edge, rock white denim and push up your sleeves to show off a cuff.

Our 5 Ways to Style: The Classic White Shirt Boutique opens Wednesday, July 15, at 3PM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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July 15, 2015