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

1. A Pinch of Lovely
Graphic designer Krystal has a knack for finding beauty in fashion, jewelry, and print materials.

2. Just Add Glam
Every post feels like it came from a high-fashion magazine shoot, meaning there’s no end to the inspiration (or incredibly amazing outfits).

3. Rockstar Diaries
This stylish mom (and her kids) are just too. darn. cute.

4. Made by Joel
Need inspiration for keeping the kids busy on snow days and weekends? These DIY crafts and projects should have the whole family covered.

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November 1, 2012

Forget Furniture, Upholster Your Wardrobe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo Credit: Shades of Tangerine

Who said upholstery materials and prints are for décor alone? Here, ten easy tips to incorporate upholstery and other nontraditional materials into your wardrobe:

1. Your ratty old jeans are so comfy, and yet the holes are so UN-chic. Let some patches do the work to spruce them up!
2. Nothing takes a beating like your handbag… so why not allow it to be walked on? It can be when it’s a carpet bag.
3. If you could walk a mile in these shoes, you’d see that they need some loving. With just a can of Simply Spray Fabric Paint, they’re suddenly made for walking.
4. Fanny packs went out with David Hasselhoff in the 80s, and now we love Lady Gaga and hip bags. Between you and me, the name might be different, but they’re still fanny packs – extra cute when they’re made out of upholstery fabrics!
5. A bike can be so utilitarian unless you jazz up the seat with fabric like this. Seriously loving the floral terrycloth!
6. I am obsessed with vintage bow ties. This bow-tie hairpiece ups the ante and this ring raises the ante even more.
7. Buckle up for safety… or just to protect your MacBook®. Now you can go from 0 to 60 with this seat-belt briefcase when pitching your ideas at the office.
8. No, this fab vintage swing coat is not Chanel, but rather chenille… and Coco would be envious.
9. Brocade isn’t just for plastic-encased living room couches anymore.  It’s perfect for a chic dinner-party dress.
10. Take samples from an old leather furniture company, give them a ladylike S&M vibe, and – voilà – this fringe necklace!

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October 31, 2012

Rue How-To: Gourd Candle Holders

Gourds. They’re petite, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are pretty prevalent during the autumn months. While pumpkin picking this year, I noticed a bountiful table covered with these not-so-much-loved vegetables and scooped up an armful to create my next craft: gourd candle holders. Instant fall chic.

Materials:

Pumpkin carving knife
Spoon
Tea light, votive, or candlestick

Directions:

1. Cut a circle around the stem of the gourd. Try to match the diameter of the candle you will be using.

2. Scoop out some seeds and wedge the candle in.

3. Light the wick and set out for the perfect harvest ambiance.

If you plan to use these later on, take out the candle and store them in the fridge. They’re perfect for dinner-party table décor.

By Emily Gibbons of www.LuckyLittleLove.com, Staff Writer

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October 26, 2012

Rue Road Test: Nail Art Pens

I haven’t quite settled on a costume idea for Halloween yet, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit. Like every other girl in her mid 20s, I’ve been scoping out the scary-good nail artwork on Pinterest on a daily basis. The only downside? It makes everything look so easy! Sure, a mural depicting the resurrection of Frankenstein would be awesome painted on my thumbnail, but seeing how I’m no artist extraordinaire, I decided to keep it simple with basic designs like skulls, spiders, and cobwebs.

Using a few base nail polish colors, two nail art pens, and some tiny crystal stones, I tried my hand at some of my own digit decorations, and I have to say – the art pens worked like a charm. I’ve dabbled in delicate nail work before, using regular nail polish and toothpicks, but I’ve never been able to do such fine details successfully. Here’s how I achieved this spooky look:

Cobweb Nails

1. Begin by painting your nails the base color of your choice. I went with a neon purple to stand out against the black web.

2. When your base is dry, use the art pen to draw lines radiating out from a single point on your cuticle toward the tip of your nail.

3. Next, connect these lines with two or so perpendicular lines to form the “web” between them.

4. When your webs have dried, paint a clear nail polish coat on top.

5. While the clear polish is still wet, carefully apply the black crystals to the “web” with tweezers to look like little spiders (don’t use too many or you’ll hide the web design).

That’s it – piece of cake! The real problem was keeping my hand out of the candy corn dish for long enough to let my nails dry.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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October 18, 2012

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