At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For fragrances: Perfume wearing off too quickly? Moisturize before applying and spray onto heat-activating pulse points (wrist, neck, behind the knee).

For eyeshadow: Foundation might act as a base layer on your face, but on eyelids, it may crease. Equip yourself with eyeshadow primer for a smooth surface.

For your skin: Create a DIY microdermabrasion mask using baking soda and your favorite face wash. Combine and massage into congested skin, then rinse and follow with a swipe of toner.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 15, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For clean jewelry: Booze to clean your baubles? Yep, it works. For 14-karat gold, use a light- or amber-colored beer. For glass, crystal, and diamond, break out the vodka.

For scuffed leather: Your soft-skin secret is your bag’s secret, too. Buff face oil into leather scuffs, scratches, and slight discolorations – but make sure to spot test first.

For old denim: Breathe life into old jeans (or impulse-purchased blues) with a baroque pattern stencil and fabric paint. Here’s how.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 8, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For unwinding: Draw a relaxing bath. Just add dry lavender, epsom salt,  lavender essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil to the tub.

For your bottom half: The best thing to scoop up at a thrift store, sample sale, or can’t-miss Rue La La Boutique? Skirts. They are one of the easiest items to tailor.

For aching feet: Rumor has it, you can alleviate stiletto pain by taping together your third and fourth toes.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 25, 2014

A Novice’s Guide to a Foolproof Centerpiece

An every-table how-to, as told by guest blogger Annie Dean

 
Foodies, party throwers, DIY lovers – rejoice. Annie Dean is back. And this time, she’s wearing her hostess hat. Quick, easy, and made for all things elegant, here are her secrets to a failsafe centerpiece.

Some of the summer’s most celebrated buds are peonies and hydrangeas. Both varietals are long-stemmed, but the expert hostess will want a centerpiece that is lush and low so as not to stifle across-the-table conversations. Here’s an easy fix for a gorgeous, table-friendly arrangement that is simple and summery.

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Photos by Annie Dean

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August 9, 2013

Rue How-To: Friendship Bracelet Headphones

Headphones are my mode of survival on crowded T commutes – if I can ever find them in my oversized tote, that is. But this DIY is a game changer. Bright, easy to find, and tangle-free, this boho-chic headphone upgrade actually has me looking forward to that subway ride. Well… kind of.

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August 7, 2013

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

A roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions: DIY Edition

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1. These DIY bracelet how-tos are enough to keep us busy (and stylish) for months.

2. We can’t wait to try out these nail-art looks. It’s high time we stocked up on some polish…

3. Because a homemade card always takes the cake.

4. Now we have (many) reasons to use all those bottles and mason jars we’ve been saving.

5. Next day off? We’re attempting a whole bunch of these DIYs.

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

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March 19, 2013

Case Study: Suitcases As Furniture

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This spring, I’m all about repurposing what I have lying around my apartment. My current obsession? Suitcases that act as more than just travel accessories. Vintage or antique luggage can double as eye-catching coffee tables (and more). Here are some of the best ways to incorporate these pieces into your design scheme:

Front and center: With only a beginner-level know-how when it comes to using a power drill, a suitcase can be easily transformed into a statement-making piece of furniture. Check out this stylish DIY and put the finished product somewhere where guests can ooh and ahh over it (in the living room or at the foot of your bed).

Shelf it: Smaller pieces of luggage can act as mounted wall shelves, simultaneously livening up an entryway or home office and creating extra storage space (an added bonus when you can walk the length of your apartment in 30 seconds or less).

Dress(er) it up: I adore the mix-and-match look of these dresser drawers, though it definitely qualifies as a weekend project and then some. Actually, I might need some vacation days for this one. (Worth it.)

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2013

It’s a Blogger’s World (We Just Live In It)

1. Things Organized Neatly
This is one way to get us motivated to clean up.

2. deliciously organized
Part organizational tips and part lifestyle, this blog has us admiring all the pretty things.

3. IHeart Organizing
Our goal for the new year? To put these DIY tips to good use.

4. Thrifty Decor Chick
Décor ideas that won’t break the budget? Sign us up.

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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December 20, 2012

Mani Monday: The Velvet Manicure

 

From velvet minidresses (1990s-inspired, of course) to velvet leggings (in a bevy of hues), this rich fabric is on my holiday must list. But even if you’re not quite ready to go all-out with velvet, it’s easy to incorporate this plush, seasonal fabric in a subtler way – just check out the Ciaté “Berry Poncho” manicure below.

 

The polish is available at Sephora and includes step-by-step directions. But, if you ask me, this tutorial on Ciaté’s website is even better.

A few tips:

1. Paint each nail with two coats of polish. Immediately after adding the second coat, powder on the
velvet – it will hold to the polish much longer.
2. Put some velvet powder in the “catch-all” tray provided and roll each nail in it, making sure to coat the nail completely.
3. Place some paper towels underneath your manicure station, because that velvet dust will wander.
4. DO NOT DO YOUR MANI NEAR A FAN! (See wandering velvet dust, above.)
5. Get used to friends asking to pet your nails – it’s going to happen more than you’d think.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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December 17, 2012

Rue Road Test: Holiday Twig Mobile

It’s a fact: I don’t have room for a Christmas tree in my tiny studio. So, I thought I’d compensate by making a tree-oriented home decoration. Supplies are somewhat hard to come by in the city, so I was forced to go foraging through the park. Apparently, scouring the ground and carrying a bundle of twigs in your arms warrants strangers looking at you like you’re the pigeon lady from Home Alone 2, so after I found a few good ones, I called it quits and retreated to my apartment to see what I could make of my findings.

With the help of fishing line, some paint, and the Glee Christmas soundtrack, I created my holiday twig mobile. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:
• 3 – 6 twigs in varying sizes
• Acrylic paint (metallic or colored)
• Paintbrush
• Fishing line

Directions:
1.
Collect an array of twigs in varied sizes. I suggest choosing ones with several small branches for a more interesting visual effect.
2. Paint each twig the color of your choice and allow to dry. (I used an off-white base then finished the tips with gold spray paint.) Paint them all a different color, or go the enchanting metallic route.
3. Lay them out on the floor as you would like them positioned in the mobile, descending in size from top to bottom.
4. Cut a piece of fishing line and tie to both ends of the top stick. Make sure it’s long enough to have a little slack to use as a hanger.
5. For convenience and to achieve the right balance, hang this section up before you continue.
6. Decide whether you want your mobile to hang down straight or to spin (mine hangs straight). Then, start by tying one piece of line to each end of the first stick.
6A. Straight mobile: Connect the loose ends to the lower sticks like rungs of a ladder.
6B. Spinning mobile: Tie the loose ends around the mid-section of the stick below.
7. Continue to connect your sticks in this fashion, adding as many sticks as you like (as long as the mobile stays balanced).

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2012