The (Style) Guide

Editors’ Picks: Chic Essentials for Your Beach House

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, which means the weekends will soon be packed with bonfires, sunbathing, and barbecues. So, first things first – head to the closest coast. Next? Outfit your abode with all things nautical, practical, and essential. Here, our Rue Living experts share their top picks.

Beach-House Essentials

Collapsible Basket Cooler: Insulated and sturdy, use this to transport food for the whole family. Rainy day? Leave it open in the entryway for storing beach reads and towels.

Malibu Cheese Set: Think instant summer with every slice of Brie. All that’s missing? Homemade red sangria and a slew of friends.

Beach Towel for 2: Sure, you could invite a friend to share. Or you could sprawl out, magazine and all, without sticking to the sand.

Dive into our Create Your Dream Beach House, Inside & Out Boutique on Thursday, April 10, at 11AM ET.

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April 10, 2014

Yahoo Steps Up Its Beauty Game with Bobbi Brown

In recent months, Yahoo! has been making headlines with its heavy-hitting hires (in November, the company announced Katie Couric as its global anchor). And now, it’s at it again with its newest all-star addition of Bobbi Brown as beauty editor in chief.

Brown announced the news on her blog Wednesday, saying, “As EIC, I’ll work to curate smart, strong content that will teach women how to be their best selves.” With eight beauty books, an obsession-worthy product line, and years of experience, I personally can’t think of a better fit for the job. Now, here’s hoping she can show us how to tackle that whole blue-lipstick trend.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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April 10, 2014

One-Piece Wonder: J.Crew Brings an Archived Swimsuit Back for a Fan

How many times have you tried to buy a replacement pair of perfectly fitting ballet flats or boyfriend jeans only to find they’re no longer available? Not just temporarily out of stock. Gone. For. Good. So was the case for New York Magazine: The Cut writer Jenni Avins and her beloved scoop-back swimsuit from J.Crew. That is, until she wrote an open letter to the brand’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, and Lyons responded – in a big way.

J.Crew Brings Back an Archived Swimsuit
                                                                                                              Image via ABC News

In her August 2013 letter to Lyons, Avins waxed rhapsodic about the “clean, open-backed one-pieces” she loved and lamented the lesser-quality knockoffs she wore in their wake. Fast-forward and the suit, looking modern and marvelous, now stars in a full-spread ad in the magazine’s print edition. Occupying the adjacent page is a scrawled note from Lyons letting Avins know that her request had been received – and realized. The moral of the story? Ask and you shall receive. Or, at the very least, it pays to have friends in high places.

Visit New York Magazine: The Cut to read the whole story.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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April 9, 2014

Best of Both Worlds: The Fashion & Beauty Collabs We’re Loving Now

We appreciate a good eye shadow and love a designer accessory (who doesn’t?), so it should come as no surprise that we’re huge fans of designer beauty collaborations. Check out a few of our favorites for this spring below.

Designer Beauty Collaborations for Spring

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April 9, 2014

Spring Is Here: Get Glowy (Sans Sun) with Clarins

As soon as the seasons change, so does my skincare regimen. Sure, I slather on the SPF-infused moisturizer year-round, but now that it’s spring, I’m looking to liven up my pale Northeast complexion – without any damaging rays of sun. Cue Clarins to the beauty rescue.

I spoke with one of the brand’s insiders, who gave me the scoop on its new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. Which, as it happens, is what super-chic celebrity stylist Sophie Pera uses to maintain her enviably bronzed complexion. I dare you to tell me you’re not preemptively obsessed after watching the video below.

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April 9, 2014

Bake It Until You Make It: Inside an Escoffier Online Course

If you’ve ever been to a bake sale or picnic, you’ve likely made a pie. My time came last Thanksgiving. Having never baked anything more complicated than cookies, it was no surprise when my pecan pie cooled to the consistency of concrete. Some advice? If an event calls for pie, learn how to do it right. And if you don’t have time to perfect your pâte sucrée in culinary school, don’t fret. Enter: Escoffier Online.

Having failed at my Turkey Day dessert, I enrolled in a course on Cookies, Pies, and Tarts, hoping to turn my game around for 2014. Here’s how it played out:

Escoffier Culinary Courses

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April 9, 2014

5 Style Bytes You May Have Missed

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‪@hootsuite: We’ve heard of the Starks and Lannisters, but what about House Twitter and House Facebook? ‪http://ow.ly/vx2sn  ‪http://ow.ly/vx2ur 
We’re never choosing sides in that game.

‪@ChaleneJohnson: If you want to adopt the habits of highly fit people, the most important thing you can start doing today is just drinking more water.
Good advice. We hear stocking your drawers with yoga pants helps, too.

@BostonDotCom: Have you taken advantage of #FreeConeDay? http://bo.st/PSdooV
Is that a serious question? It’s ice cream we don’t have to pay for.

‪@RL_Stine: There have been many developers of the spork. Some tried to market it as a foon. But the name never caught on. #SporkFacts
We pity the foon.

‪@HuffingtonPost: Um, this is really weird, Kim Kardashian. Really weird indeed. ‪http://huff.to/1hVjI9K 
Hmm… we tried, but it seems we’re officially immune to being surprised by a Kardashian.

By Jess Huckins, Copyeditor

Surely we missed something, so send your favorite tweets of the week to @ruelala. Then check back for a new ReTweet every Wednesday.

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April 9, 2014

A Guide to Spring Soirees: Designer Lela Rose Shares Her Dress Picks & Hosting Tips

With a fashion label just as chic as her Tribeca home, designer Lela Rose knows how to entertain in style. So, we asked her to share a few of her dress picks and hosting tips for the season ahead. Just read up, then send out those invites – because after this, you’ll be looking for any excuse to throw a party.

Lela Rose Dress and Decor Tips

On Hosting a Tasteful Luncheon:
 “Try fruits or veggies on the table instead of flowers. Then tie it together with a specialty drink that matches your dress.”

On Throwing a Designer Dinner Party:
“Mix glamorous and natural elements on the table and bring that same vibe to your outfit.”

Our Lela Rose Boutique opens Wednesday, April 9, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 9, 2014

Calling All Francophiles: Infuse French Style Into Every Room

You say “croissant” with a flawless French accent. You visit Paris every spring (or, at least, you dream about it). Basically, the City of Light runs in your blood. Therefore, it should run through your home décor as well. Here are three très-chic essentials to get you started.

How to Infuse French Style Into Your Home

 

In the Bedroom
Daybed: Balance a modern Parisian room with laid-back French-country touches in casual fabrics.

In the Kitchen
Apothecary Jars: The fleur-de-lis (or lily flower) has been a symbol of the French monarchy for centuries.

In the Living Room
Memo Board: Channel the age of Louis XV with this feminine, rococo-style frame.

Our French-Inspired Dining: Cookware to Serving Pieces and French Accents: Parisian-Inspired Gifts & More Boutiques open Tuesday, April 8, at 11AM ET.

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April 8, 2014

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

No one knows color like Pantone. So we’re obviously banking on its spring color picks to fill our closet.

1. Radiant Orchid was named 2014 Color of the Year, but we have a feeling we’ll be wearing it straight through 2015.

2. Forget a pop of yellow. Freesia is worth wearing all over.

3. Celosia Orange–hued lipstick? It’s at the top of our makeup must-have list.

4. We’re adding some flavor to our wardrobe with a little Cayenne this season.

5. Heels. Dresses. Jackets. We’ll take them all in Dazzling Blue, please.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.

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April 8, 2014