Hoping to cook up some chemistry in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day? Plated, an innovative company that ships fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes to your door, has just the couple-approved recipe for you. So grab a sous-chef and a few ingredients, then follow the steps below. Within an hour, the two of you will share an inevitable Lady-and-the-Tramp moment over a plate of Spaghetti with Ricotta Beef Meatballs and Marinara Sauce.

February 12, 2015

Are white ponytails and sunglasses the next big trend for kids? Karl Lagerfeld just announced that his eponymous label will debut a children’s line next year. The designer plans to outfit newborns through 16-year-olds, making schoolyards everywhere the new street-style destination.

Something tells us the fashion legend’s godson (and Chanel catwalk frequenter), Hudson Kroenig, may have been the inspiration behind this idea. All that’s left for Karl to do is break into the kitty couture market. Choupette-inspired collars, anyone?

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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February 12, 2015

Dried Herb. Reflecting Pond. Cashmere Rose. The vibe of Pantone’s top hues for Fall 2015? Overwhelmingly 70s. And this clashing mix is totally reminiscent of the psychedelic yet nature-focused decade.

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Dusty swatches like Stormy Weather, golden Oak Buff, and rich Marsala are paired with tropical Biscay Bay, striking Cadmium Orange, and jewel-toned Amethyst Orchid. But the reasoning behind the picks is not all disco balls and groovy hair.

Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman told WWD that the era’s societal climate mirrors our own. She notes emerging from a recession and an interest in the preservation of nature as links to the 70s. Of the varied hues, our own Fashion Director Jackie (one of Pantone’s Influencers) adds, “Without the classics, a wardrobe can’t be built. But without a little color chaos, a wardrobe can’t come to life.”

I can’t wait to see how designers interpret this palette into their collections. Pin-straight Marcia Brady locks coming down the runways? I’m all for it.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2015

For me, the upcoming live-action release of Cinderella is already a dream come true. So when I heard about Disney’s new shoe collaboration, I had to actually pinch myself.

The fairytale filmmaker recently asked nine designers to create their own versions of the iconic glass slipper. Meaning? You can call Stuart Weitzman, Jimmy Choo, and Salvatore Ferragamo your new Prince Charmings.

In early March, you’ll find the official collaboration at fine retailers around the world. For now, peek at the shimmering sketches. (And give your fairy godmother a heads-up.)

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2015

Sure, a bit of scruff may be the look du jour, but a smooth shave will never go out of style. While there are pitfalls to picking up the razor daily (think ingrown hairs and irritation), a well-equipped grooming arsenal will keep the nicks at bay and leave heads turning. Here we outline which essentials belong in your medicine cabinet, and of course, how to properly use them.

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February 10, 2015

There are many reasons we’d like to head south right now. Sure, non-stop snow comes to mind, but the real pull? Oscar de la Renta’s first posthumous exhibit, curated by André Leon Talley for the SCAD Museum of Art in Georgia.

Open through May 3, Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style features a swoon-worthy selection of 50 looks from the closets of the designer’s iconic clients. Actresses and first ladies among them include Sarah Jessica Parker and Hillary Clinton.

Can’t make it to Savannah? Get your dose of Oscar closer to home – say, the coffee table – with André’s forthcoming book on the fashion idol, to be published by Rizzoli.

By Renata Certo-Ware, Staff Writer

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February 10, 2015

Last night the music industry convened in Los Angeles for the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards, and as always, pop stars showed up in their best high-fashion wears. While icons like Madonna, AC/DC, and Beyoncé took the stage and newcomers (ahem, Sam Smith) walked away with trophies, it was these four women who stunned on the red carpet.

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A frequent risk taker, Rihanna stole the show in her layered Giambattista Valli number. It’s the pretty-in-pink princess gown you can only wear once in a lifetime, and she went for it. Her simple hair and makeup were key to making it work.

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Ciara’s beautifully ruffled Alexandre Vauthier dress hit all the right notes. A dramatic train was complemented by an asymmetrical one-shoulder neckline and leg slit. It’s official: glamour was alive and well at the GRAMMYs.

Gwen Stefani
Never one to do the expected, Gwen chose an Atelier Versace jumpsuit that was chic, cool, and most of all, rock ‘n’ roll. The subtle pop of red on her nails? A perfect finishing touch for the look.

Taylor Swift
Taylor’s ombre Elie Saab dress had an upbeat, mermaid-inspired vibe. More importantly, a high-low hemline revealed contrast jewel-toned heels that kept the ensemble from being too matchy-matchy.

Jackie Nasser joined Rue La La as fashion director in November of 2012. In close collaboration with the merchandising teams, she leads content production for lookbooks, style tips, and curated Boutiques. Jackie is the former Lead Editor for InStyle’s sister shopping site, StyleFind.com, which she launched. Prior to that, she served as Senior Fashion Editor at Lucky and at ELLEgirl, ELLE Accessories, and ELLE.com.

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February 9, 2015

You know the routine well: coming home to an empty fridge and resorting to takeout, again. But Plated, an innovative ready-to-cook meal subscription, is out to change that. They deliver fresh, premeasured ingredients and chef-designed recipes to your door weekly. All you have to do? Follow super-easy step-by-step cooking instructions and enjoy. Read on to see just what makes Plated a cut above.

Reasons to Choose Plated

  1. Discover Offbeat Ingredients
    With each box, unpack a new food adventure. Soon you’ll boil squid-ink pasta, roast up golden beets (the red beet’s blonde sibling), and bite into Chinese broccoli (a veggie akin to kale).
  2. Intercontinental Inspiration
    Plated’s top-tier chefs? They get around. These experts have studied global cuisines – in the countries that they actually originated in. We’re talking wine reductions from France, curry from India, and much more. Authenticity, coming right up.
  3. Restaurant Favorites, at Home
    Skip the reservations and throw on your sweatpants. Thanks to Plated’s easy-to-follow recipes, you’ll be serving five-star dishes at your abode in no time at all.

 
Ready to give it a try? Our Plated Boutique opens Monday, February 9, at 3PM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 9, 2015

For better smoothies: Want bananas that are easy to blend? Peel and slice into two-inch chunks, then arrange the fruit in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined cookie sheet to freeze. Once rock solid, portion them into grab-and-go freezer bags.

For kitchen burns: So you poured boiling water on yourself or touched a scalding pan. Soothe the impending blister with Greek yogurt (its probiotics help reduce inflammation). Leave it on skin for about ten minutes, then rinse off.

For frozen locks: When temperatures dip, frozen locks plague cars and front doors alike. Next time you can’t wiggle the key inside, warm it up with a lighter first.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 9, 2015

According to Karl Lagerfeld, “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” Need we say more? Here are three starlets who favored the LBD recently.

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1. Mila Kunis wore a Dolce & Gabbana number featuring a bustier top and full skirt to the Jupiter Ascending premiere. The sultry look was punctuated by T-strap Christian Louboutin pumps.

2. Rosamund Pike opted for a a more demure style, wearing this floor-length lace Erdem dress at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

3. Julianne Moore stepped out in a halter-neck Balenciaga dress at the Seventh Son screening in New York. Swept-back hair and a rouge lip make this a perfect minimalist look.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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February 6, 2015