Prove yourself a true fashion maven this season with seven quick checks. Just take a look at our favorite spring trends, click to download and print the list below, and use it as your personal shopping manual.

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Our Rue’s Spring Checklist Boutique opens Sunday, March 9, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 9, 2014

Colorblocking took over the runways for spring and summer, and it’s only gaining momentum with the transition into fall. So when you pack up those sunny duds, be sure to leave out pieces that will mix, match, and make your autumn wardrobe. Try these three looks.

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September 7, 2013

Let’s talk colorblocking. You’ve seen it practically everywhere. But if you’re more of a monochromatic type of person, all those bright colors may seem like a little too much. We assure you – it isn’t. The trick to perfecting spot-on combinations is in the color circle (really).

For no-fail pairings, just choose complementary colors, or hues within the same family (like red and pink). Still afraid of too many brights in one outfit? Stick to classic neutrals with one vibrant pop. Then pile on the metallic accessories for a little extra oomph.

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Our Meant to Be: Colorblocking & Metallics Boutique opens Sunday, June 23, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 23, 2013

Pink and red might be the girliest of color combinations, but I say embrace it (no matter your gender). Not for the faint of heart, these hues stand out. But what could be better for a bit of punchy summer-wardrobe fun? Here are three ways to make the pairing work for you.

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Colorblock. This one’s a no-brainer. Pick complementary shades of red and pink (bright red works well with almost any shade of fuchsia, pastel, or bubblegum pink) and pair for a bold effect à la Sarah Jessica Parker. To temper the double dose of allover color, go ahead and bring another more neutral color like white or cream into the mix.

Mix + match. This is where you can really get creative. Pick a single separate that features both pink and red, then go from there. Whether it’s printed pants or a tiered skirt in shades of coral, pair with a solid and go. Then, let the I-had-no-idea-that-could-work compliments begin.

Work the easy one-piece. Wear a dress with pink and red already incorporated and consider the work done for you. All that’s left? Slip into a pair of white, nude, or metallic silver sandals – attempting to match with another pink or red shade could look off – and you have a nice, contrasting pop that doesn’t compete with your one-piece wonder. (Check out how Emma Stone successfully rocked this look if you need a little extra convincing.)

Our Color Lab: Pair Pink with Red Boutique opens Tuesday, June 4, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 4, 2013

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Spring is all about embracing bold colors once again – and the colorblocking trend is the easiest way to do it. Go all-out with a bright shift dress in contrasting hues or ease into the style with a pair of wedges or a tote. Whatever your preference, there’s a way to incorporate graphic hues into your wardrobe this season.

1. A dress with colorful paneled patterns is a guaranteed showstopper. Just let it do all the talking by keeping your shoes and accessories neutral.

2. Step into some colorblocked heels for an easy way to integrate this trend into your entire wardrobe. Pair them with jeans, skirts, or shorts depending on how bold you want to go.

3. Don’t want to commit fully just yet? No problem – add a colorblocked tote to any jeans-and-tee outfit for a fashion-forward look without making it the focal point.

Our BCBGMAXAZRIA Boutique opens Monday, April 22, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2013


The hottest handbag trends? This season, there are a bunch – which obviously leaves one with no choice to buy lots of new bags. Using our Handbag Hit List: Picks in Every Shape & Size Boutique as a guide, let’s take a moment to break a few of the must-have characteristics down (and then let the shopping begin, of course).

Don’t be scared. This term simply refers to the deep red – almost maroon – hue that’s been trending like mad all season. Carry it proudly.

Your closet’s colorblocking rules? They now apply to bags, too. Do yourself a solid (sorry, couldn’t resist) and get as many geometric swatches of color onto your arm candy as possible.

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Pique interest with an original, architectural shape, like this rounded satchel. (Trapeze shapes are also spot-on with this trend).

Our Handbag Hit List: Picks in Every Shape & Size Boutique opens Tuesday, December 4, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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December 4, 2012

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I’d never dream of advising you to forgo the season’s requisite candy corns and pumpkin micro-brews, but I, for one, plan to add a few new recipes and unexpected decor upgrades to my fall favorites list this year.

Rather than embark on an overambitious carving endeavor (last year, I tried to carve an octopus swallowing a tall ship), I’m opting to put my fashion knowledge into play and accessorize this, well, red-headed cousin of squash, with some of the season’s “it” trends.

Big in decorative home accents, this technique is the art of applying paper cutouts and then coating with several layers of finish. Use tissue paper, newspaper, magazine cutouts, and liberal amounts of Modge Podge to create your own en vogue pumpkin, as seen in Country Living.

This hot trend isn’t just for shoes and handbags. Paint your pumpkin a solid white or black base then embellish it with silver thumb tacks to give it some of that “grit and glamour” look.

How seriously rad do these colorblocked neon, grey, and white pumpkins look? I’ve never wanted to accessorize a fruit with a pair of heels… until now (and yes, pumpkin is a fruit!).

First decoupage pumpkin didn’t turn out well? Before you do anything hasty, remember there are lots of super-tasty recipes for both the seeds and the pumpkin itself. Obvious go-to’s would be pumpkin pie and baked seeds for snacking, but these pumpkin dumpling and pumpkin seed smoothie recipes are healthy and unexpected takes that I can’t wait to try out.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

Do you have a unique way to decorate fall’s favorite fruit? Share it in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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September 22, 2012