We’ve always been proud to call Boston our home. So when April rolls around, there’s no place we’d rather be than the Marathon finish line. And for three Rue staffers, it’s actually about crossing the finish line. Hear why they’re lacing up for a cause.

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“Having grown up in the Boston area, I always thought running the Boston Marathon would be a great accomplishment. Being able to run for Krystle Campbell, a friend I lost to the 2013 bombings, has given it so much more meaning.”
– Lauren Fitzgerald, Rue Model with Maggie Inc.

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April 20, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. This weekend, draw your attention to an oft-neglected corner of the kitchen: it’s time to freshen up the garbage disposal.

Garbage-Disposal Refresher

Ingredients
White vinegar
Citrus peels (whichever scent you favor: orange, lemon, lime)
Muffin tin or ice-cube tray

Directions
Put strips of your citrus peels into the muffin tin or ice-cube tray, fill with vinegar, and freeze. Once frozen solid, pop them out and transfer to a lidded container in your freezer. To use, drop a cube in the disposal and turn it on. The ice chopping will keep blades sharp, while the peels release a fresh scent.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 18, 2015

While working on the northern coast of Peru in Trujillo, Nisolo founder Patrick Woodyard learned that the city is home to 100,000 shoemakers – most of whom lack access to a global marketplace. And it didn’t take long for this soon-to-be entrepreneur to have his aha moment.

His Nashville-based brand is on a mission to put handmade, classic shoes on your feet, while employing 35 Peruvian workers. Meaning? Ethically produced leather essentials that feel and look good. They also do good by offering beyond fair-trade wages, educational opportunities, and skill-building workshops for the team. Get to know Nisolo in five quick stats.

Brand to Know: Nisolo

Shop these handcrafted classics and make your own impact on Peru in our Nisolo Women’s & Men’s Shoes Boutique, which opened Friday, April 17, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 17, 2015

We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” But the dreary-day outfit thing isn’t exactly exciting, right? Wrong. Say goodbye to plastic coats and clunky rain bootsWith these three easy style swaps, you’ll be embracing the imminent drizzle in no time. Promise.

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Image via Gal Meets Glam

With a dome-like silhouette, bubble umbrellas not only look cool, they actually shield rain from all directions and even protect freshly curled locks.

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April 15, 2015

Spring is here. And with rising temperatures come (drumroll, please) rising hemlines. The stars on the red blue carpet at the MTV Movie Awards were all over the minidress trend this year. Consider these leggy looks that extra push you need to put away those winter tights.

Minidresses at MTV Movie AwardsImages via Refinery29

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April 14, 2015

Spring has finally sprung and there are few rituals more satisfying than opening up the windows and cleaning house. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a three-bedroom home, consider this your goof-proof guide to getting it done.

Spring Cleaning Organization

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April 13, 2015

Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. Next up? Make your own dry carpet cleaner.

DIY Carpet Cleaner

Ingredients

2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cornmeal
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole cloves
Sprinkle-top container (for example, one used for sugar)

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a blender and pulse on low until the mixture has an even consistency. Baking soda freshens and breaks down dirt, while bay leaves and cloves offer the double whammy of a fragrance boost with antibacterial properties.
  2. Pour the cleaner into the sprinkle-top container. Shake generously over carpet and let sit for two hours or even overnight.
  3. Vacuum up the powder. You’re done.


By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 11, 2015

There’s no better way to embrace your feminine side than to sport spring’s blooming prints. Here are three starlets that mastered florals this week.

Best Dressed

1. Delicate and dainty, Freida Pinto attended the screening for Desert Dancer in a lavender Elie Saab dress with floral appliqués.

2. Bella Thorne opted for a bright and playful Milly crop top, which she paired with a midi-length alice + olivia skirt and contrasting black pumps.

3. Kerry Washington mixed polka dots and florals in her Giambattista Valli dress at the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors event in Los Angeles. Sideswept hair, a berry lip, and red lace pumps completed her flirty look.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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April 10, 2015

Let’s go back for a second. Or over a hundred years back, actually, to 1903, when Thomas Lee was vacationing in the Adirondacks of Westport, New York. Thomas needed chairs for his summer home, so he chose to design some himself with 11 boards of wood. After countless comfort and durability tests (with family members rating his efforts) the Adirondack chair was born.

Adirondack Chairs

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April 9, 2015

Remember J.Lo’s infamous Versace gown at the 42nd annual GRAMMY Awards in 2000? You know, the emerald-green number that plunged to her navel? Of course you do. Well, according to Google, that daring dress made history in more ways than one.

In a recent article, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt wrote, “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J.Lo wearing that dress.”

So next time you’re surfing Google for memes (read: procrastinating), take a moment to thank Jenny from the Block. Without her affinity for fashion risks, we might not have this technological luxury.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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April 9, 2015