When it comes to industry trends, it seems none has spread faster this past year than the copper Moscow Mule mug. With its gleaming exterior and ability to moderate hot and cold temps, it has become a home-bar staple. So this week, we curated a Boutique with just that in mind.

To help us narrow down the necessities for a fail-safe Mule-themed soiree, editor in chief of Rue magazine Crystal Palecek shared her expert tips: “I am admittedly looking forward to indulging in about 700 pumpkin spice lattes this fall. But – we wait all year for these balmy evenings under the stars, and I plan on enjoying every last one.”

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August 19, 2014

Remember back in 4th grade when all your girlfriends would come over to talk about crushes and eat ice cream sundaes? Well, this is just like that. But, you know, with grown-up drinks. From the classiest of crystal stemware to gold and blush accents for the buffet, Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue magazine, dishes on her must-haves for those no-men-allowed nights.

Girls' Night Tips

“The arrival of summer is the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends. And, if you’re tired of the rushed happy hours after work (I know I am), a thoughtful, feminine fete is easy to throw with a few essentials. First off, take cues from your garden with festive florals that never fade. Deck the table with gold accents. And take your cocktails – mojitos are a must – to professional levels with handblown wineglasses in blush hues. Opt for a sturdier sipping option with vintage-inspired paper straws.

Set your Spotify to play the summer’s top hits. Then send guests off with a flirty tote filled to the brim with basking must-haves, from beach books to coconut water. Let the party commence.”

Our Cocktail Hour with Rue Magazine: Girls’ Night In Boutique opens Friday, June 13, at 11AM ET.

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June 13, 2014

The temptress that is spring is finally showing her face, which means post-office Pilates classes will quickly become post-office martini sessions. Or margaritas. Or sangria. (The options are endless.) Here to help us kick off the cocktailing season? Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue magazine. On the lawn, in the kitchen, and on the roof – Crystal shares three fail-safe ways to sip with friends this season.

Cocktail Tips from Rue Magazine

I admit, I thoroughly enjoy hibernating each winter. But even more than curling up with hot cocoa and a good movie, I love the arrival of warmer weather and the entertaining options that come with it. This summer, I’ll be playing hostess and inviting  friends over for happy hour every chance I get – from an alfresco picnic on the lawn to an urban rooftop retreat.

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May 2, 2014

 

You’ve spent the last few weeks scrambling to get all your gifts. Now the moment has come to scoop up something for yourself. For the last day of her 12 Days of Gifting, Rue magazine Editor-in-Chief Crystal Palecek shares her personal indulgences.

Crystal Palecek's Gick Picks for the Home

Seda France Candle and a Cashmere Throw
“Now, curl up with a holiday flick and a mug of hot cocoa.”

Find these gifts and more in our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique now. Then click here to see all of Crystal’s must-have gift picks.

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December 13, 2013

 

That friend who can’t end the day without a chocolate fix? Rue magazine Editor-in-Chief Crystal Palecek knows just what they need.

Crystal Palecek's Gift Pick for the Snack Lover

igourmet 8-Piece Chocolate Set
“Complete their 2014 sweet supply.”

Find this set and more in our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique now. Then click here to see all of Crystal’s must-have gift picks.

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December 12, 2013

The flurries are sticking. The air is chilly. But your bed? Toasty as ever. We understand the struggle of crawling out of it on winter days. Which is why stocking it with the coziest, fluffiest materials possible is a must. Here, Rue Living Inspirers reveal what they love most about their own relaxing sleep spaces.

Sleep Essentials

The Lifestyle Expert: Camille Styles
“With my jam-packed schedule, my bedroom needs to feel like a serene escape. High-thread-count sheets and ultra plush duvets mean snuggling into the covers with a good book and a cup of tea on wintry evenings.”

The Editor: Crystal Palecek
“The bedroom is typically the most personal space. It should be a stress-free haven ready to unwind in. I always invest in making my bed as comfortable as possible with quality sheets, a cashmere throw, and plenty of pillows.”

The Foodies: Merrill Stubbs & Amanda Hesser
Merrill writes, “We have a really comfortable bed with an organic cotton mattress, but my must-have bed element? My pillows. They’re the same kind you would find in a luxury hotel – heavenly.” Amanda can’t live without “feather pillows. At least four. But for sleeping? A memory-foam pillow that frames to my head.”

Visit the Rue Living page and pile up high-thread-count sheets, flannel, cashmere, and more.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 11, 2013

 
You have a whole row of cubicle mates to gift. And Rue magazine Editor-in-Chief Crystal Palecek has picked a practical – and work-appropriate – present.

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Sisters Gourmet 10-Piece Baking Mix Set
“Secure your title as office favorite.”

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December 11, 2013

 

Any recent college grads on your gift list? Rue magazine’s editor, Crystal Palecek, suggests a must-have for new kitchens – and soon-to-be cooks.

Crystal Palecek's Gift Pick for the College Grad

WMF “Prep and Cook” 12-Piece Set
“Bonus idea? Include a bag of groceries to get them started.”

Find this set and more in our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique now. Then click here to see all of Crystal’s must-have gift picks.

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December 10, 2013

 

Know a chef whose cookware collection is never complete? Rue magazine Editor-in-Chief Crystal Palecek suggests something practical and colorful.

Crystal Palecek's Gift Pick for the Home Chef

Rachael Ray 16-Quart Stockpot
“Say hello to hearty winter dishes – and your next dinner-party invite.”

Find this pot and more in our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique now. Then click here to see all of Crystal’s must-have gift picks.

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December 9, 2013

 

Rue magazine Editor-in-Chief Crystal Palecek knows how to make the brood’s Friday night in extra special. For day seven of her 12 days of gifts, she recommends these chocolate-drizzled treats for your next family movie night.

Crystal Palecek's Family Gift Pick

Hampton Popcorn 6-Piece Tin Set
“Did someone say ‘Elf‘?”

Find this set and more in our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique now. Then click here to see all of Crystal’s must-have gift picks.

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