Rue How-To: Wine Cork Décor

As it turns out, those empty bottles of Malbec adorning my kitchen windowsill serve a higher (and more aesthetically pleasing) purpose.  I have two words for you: home décor. From monogrammed wine cork letters to wine cork bulletin boards, there are a ton of ways to turn the remnants of wine night with the girls into eye-catching home accessories.

What you’ll need:

  1. A wooden monogrammed letter of your choice or a bulletin board
  2. A glue gun or glue sticks
  3. A razor blade
  4. A drinking buddy (let’s face it – that’s a lot of legwork to accomplish solo). If you’d rather not waste time or money building up your cork collection, you can order them online or check out a local craft store.


Steps:

  1. Before you start gluing, organize your corks on the letter frame to figure out which sizes best fit the dimensions of the letter or bulletin board (just beware of the domino effect).
  2. As you’re organizing, make sure that any corks featuring a unique graphic are facing out.
  3. Once you have the corks laid out, glue them on to the wooden letter or bulletin board. Contrary to the timeless piece of wisdom that cautions against mixing your alcohol, don’t be afraid to combine different colored corks.
  4. Using the razor blade, quarter a few corks and use these pieces to fill in any gaps.
  5. Place the finished product on a mantel, bookcase, or other focal point where it’ll be sure to catch the attention of houseguests.


By Lauryn Paiva
, Staff Writer

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October 18, 2012

Rue How-To: Polka Dot Pumpkins

Been there, done that. When it comes to carving pumpkins, I’ve tried it all – spooky castles, wicked witches, and everything in between.

So, when it came to those two perfect pumpkins I picked out at the local farm with help from my four-year-old niece, we focused on polka dots – her new favorite obsession. Stickers in hand, we decorated one pumpkin with multi-size round stickers, then spray-painted the surface black. For the second, we cut off the top, scooped out the seeds, and used a drill to make holes all over.

Materials:

Two pumpkins
Black spray paint
Circular stickers
Drill and 3/4-inch bit
Knife and spoon (to prep pumpkin #2)
One tea light candle

Directions:

1. Wipe down both pumpkins to rid surfaces of any dirt.
2. Start with pumpkin #1. Add stickers as shown above and douse in black spray paint (one coat is all it needs).
3. Once dry, peel stickers off pumpkin #1 and revel in your polka-dotted finished product.
4. For pumpkin #2, cut off top and remove seeds.
5. Drill holes where desired.
6. Add the lit tea light candle, replace top, and display.

By Emily Gibbons of LuckyLittleLove.com, Staff Writer

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October 12, 2012

Rue How-To: DIY Pumpkin Planters

Carving pumpkins is a favorite pastime of mine. But when it comes to the upcoming spooky holiday, I was looking for more than just the typical Jack-o’-lantern (but with, of course, the bonus of baked-and-salted pumpkin seeds). Cue this easy-as-pumpkin-pie DIY project.  Perfect for your next ghostly gathering, just cut off the top, hollow out the insides, then display your favorite autumn beverage (chilled apple cider?) or fill with the season’s favorite flower – mums!

Materials:
1 pumpkin
Potted mums (or your favorite bevy)
A serrated knife
A spoon

Directions
1. Cut into the pumpkin to remove top.
2. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds and hollow out.
3. Place potted mums in pumpkin planter or add ice and favorite beverages.

By Emily Gibbons of LuckyLittleLove.com, Staff Writer

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October 5, 2012

Rue Road Test: Homemade Shampoo

My hair has been crying out for attention after a long summer of sun damage, heat exposure, and (okay, I admit it) chemical highlights, so I decided it was time to give it a little DIY TLC with some homemade hair care.

After scoping a ton of different homemade shampoo and conditioning recipes, I discovered that most agreed on the use of Castile oil soap or baking soda and essential oils and as a base, and all emphasized that the end product would not resemble the thick, foaming shampoo most of us are used to. Using all of this as inspiration, I created my own recipe that included honey (to detangle), coconut oil (instead of olive oil), and some other ingredient substitutes I had on-hand.

My First Attempt
DISASTROUS. When they say to go easy on the oil, they seriously mean it (I’m notoriously heavy handed). Even after my hair had dried, it still looked like I had been dipped  in a vat of hot candle wax. When I hit the mixing bowl for a second time, I was careful to use the coconut and essential oils in moderation, and also mixed up an apple cider vinegar/hot water rinse, which I read would remove any excess residue after shampooing.

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October 4, 2012

Pumpkin Fest: Three New Ways to Display the Seasonal Staple

Photo credits: bugaboo, mini, mr & me, Under the Table and Dreaming, and  Happy Mundane

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.

Decoupage
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.

Studding
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.

Colorblocking
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

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September 22, 2012

Yes, You Can: Bring Back Your Jean Jacket

If there’s an under-utilized item of clothing in my closet, hands down, it’s my jean jacket. A classic that, like leather, just gets better with age (I prefer a little wear and tear), mine has been hanging sheepishly behind my summer maxi dresses for far too long.

Enter our ultra creative lead art director Tarah and her newly enhanced version. It may be an oldie (circa 2000), but with a cleverly arranged arsenal of vintage pins – oh, it’s a goody. So statement making. So simple! Call me inspired. And since no two look the same, I’m digging out my old denim BFF and following Tarah’s lead.

1. Stock your pin supply. Raid your jewelry box. Rummage through thrift stores. Swing by the accessory department. From oversized flowers to dainty rhinestones and quirky finds, grab what speaks to you.

2. Lay your jacket on a flat surface and set the pins on top. Experiment with clustering a few smalls pins together. Place one on the collar, the sleeve – play with the unexpected. Arrange and re-arrange until it’s to your liking.

3. Once you’ve nailed the composition. Pin them in place, and voilà! A jean jacket worth showing off.

By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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August 21, 2012

Give Mom A Big Bouquet of Style

MAKE HER FLOWERS. AND SHARE THE RUE.

Happy Mother's Day

This Mother’s Day, we’re putting a Rue twist on the traditional flower delivery. Here, some patterns to cut, snip, shape, and tape to create the perfect bouquet of style for mom. Make just one, or as many as you’d like. Love your mom? Print out the templates below and go crazy.

Pick your pattern:
Daisy
Daffodil
Orchid

And don’t forget to share the style with an invite to Rue. Starting with Mom, and then all the other moms you love.


May 4, 2011

STYLE. I do! Unveil Your Style

ABBY LARSON, FOUNDER OF STYLE ME PRETTY, TALKS WEDDING STYLEStyle Me Pretty

We love “I do’s” with a point of view. Right now, we’re concentrating on three different – and equally stunning – wedding styles. And we looked to wedding guru Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty for expert advice on how to take each style to the next level.

Individual
Top photo, credit: Sarah Yates
If the two of you have always been known to march to the beat of your own drum, then why wouldn’t you bring that unique style into your wedding day? It could be vintage, modern, or something totally wild. This is the no-rules, anything-goes, off-the-beaten-path guide to wedding planning. What makes you guys tick? (Not just as individuals, but as a couple.) Jot down a few things. If you try to incorporate everything that makes you awesome you might get a little overwhelmed. Instead, pick a couple of the most important elements and incorporate those into everything from the food to the favors.

Maybe you are super down-to-earth and love all things boho chic. Unorthodox flowers and super yummy food might be the way to go. And if you’re super crafty and creative then get down and dirty with loads of DIY details. This is your moment to get as crazy and kooky as you want! Don’t forget to let your wedding party be themselves, too, by showcasing their killer signature styles.
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April 26, 2011