It’s been real, summer, but the time has come to send you and your nautical-loving wardrobe on its way. I’m talking out with old and breezy and in with the new and cozy. Although a solid turnover will probably take you a whole day, it doesn’t have to be a headache. The key is to keep at it. Don’t get distracted by having your own fashion show in front of the mirror (though if you do, no judgments here). Now that you’re prepped, let’s get into the nitty gritty:

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August 24, 2013

horoscopes

We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Cancer
Overstaying your welcome? No one wants that. Luckily, there’s an antidote: presents. Whether it’s a dinner party where you linger into the wee hours or a (very) long weekend at a friend’s, they’ll be so thrilled with a trinket from your well-stocked gift closet they won’t even notice.

Leo
Admit it – you think you’re as close to royalty as they come (it’s okay, we won’t tell). So why not decorate like it? Think over-the-top plushness, ornate chandeliers, and luxe fabrics at every turn. Just avoid going for the whole crown look… trust us.

Virgo
Forget introspection for the time being. Right now is all about analyzing and perfecting what your living room says about you. Ditch that faux wood coffee table, mix in greys and golds, and curate your own gallery for one serious accent wall.

Libra
No worries – you’re a little indecisive, and that’s okay. There’s a way to put that “skill” to good use at home. If you can’t decide between motifs (to go with boho-style floor pillows or modern leather chairs?), switch it up every season. Problem solved.

Scorpio
Believe it or not, people don’t want to hear you bragging about your gorgeous new patio furniture or those oh-so-perfect serving pieces. So throw a summer soiree – complete with twinkle lights and all kinds of tapas – and let the compliments flow naturally.

Sagittarius
Stop. Just stop. Worrying about the inevitable onslaught of fall doesn’t do any good. Instead, embrace the present by lounging on the beach from dawn to dusk. Round up that colorful folding chair, a carry-friendly grill, and a good crowd. And remember a sweater for the bonfire.

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July 3, 2013

horoscopes

We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Gemini
Running full speed ahead all the time has its perks (say it with us: multitasking). But you know what’s better? Crazy-soft pajamas, breakfast in bed, and a full season of Girls on demand. Pretty sure that’s worth slowing down for.

Cancer
Okay – we’ve all wanted to cancel every plan on the social calendar. Here’s how to get out of that funk: treat yourself to that fit-and-flare dress you’ve been eyeing, then get a blowout (or a haircut). You’ll be showing off your updated look to your newly adoring public in no time.

Leo
What’s the best way to show someone you care? Give them a few of their favorite things. Grab something comforting (like a beyond-soft throw) and a stack of their guilty-pleasure glossies, then clear your schedule to join in on the vegging out.

Virgo
It happens to the best of us: closet boredom. And the best way to treat this style-crushing condition starts with the basics. Update those white tees, go-to jeans, and LBDs, then get started on the accessories.

Libra
You’re a giver. But it’s okay to let other people do things for you sometimes. So hit the spa and totally unwind while those magician-style massage therapists work their magic on your knotted shoulders. Mission accomplished.

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June 5, 2013

horoscopes

We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Taurus
Big changes are on the horizon. Translation? Your shoe collection is about to get a major overhaul. Toss those worn-in sandals from last year (along with the excuses) and restock with one pair for every spring trend – bold stripes and ankle straps included.

Gemini
Quit being apprehensive about rocking a cutout one-piece at the beach this season and take the plunge. Not only will you set the crazy-stylish tone among your own posse, you’ll take the entire ocean by storm.

Cancer
The quickest way to make some changes? Step out of that comfort-zone hibernation and into a refreshingly new experience (three-day-long spa retreats totally count).

Leo
Don’t be thrown by recent drama. Instead, surround yourself with things that make you incandescently happy, like brand new strappy wedges, those first few drinks on a patio, and froyo. Lots of froyo.

Virgo
If there’s one thing you can count on for spring, it’s (what feels like) a completely new wardrobe. And with certainty comes the ability to plan. Puerto Rico, here you come – umbrella-clad cocktails are calling.

Libra
There’s a secret behind that silver lining everyone’s been talking about (girl-crush Jennifer Lawrence not included). It comes in the form of metallic, buttery leather accessories. Feeling more positive yet?

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May 1, 2013

horoscopes

We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Aries
The whole world may seem like it’s against you right now – your size sold out in two minutes flat again?! – but don’t freak out. Here’s a fix: Set better reminders, block out time on your calendar (you have a VERY important meeting at 11AM), and click faster than you’ve ever clicked before.

Taurus
You have strong beliefs, especially when it comes to wardrobe rules about transitioning from cold temps to bring-on-the-beach weather. The first cardinal rule for April? Break out the white pants, immediately.

Gemini
Life is all about negotiations – you know that better than anyone. You bartered for that statement-making tapestry in the living room and your wardrobe is the result of some very quick thinking at a sample sale. Now, it’s time for you to talk your way to a higher credit limit.

Cancer
If you’re looking for some clarity (and let’s be serious, who isn’t?), there are a few simple steps you can take to turn your home into the best place for clear thinking. Step 1: Put out a vase with an odd number of bamboo stalks. Step 2: Clear the clutter – all of it. Step 3: Keep color palettes neutral.

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April 3, 2013

horoscopes

We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Pisces
You know that overload of compassion you’re feeling to help pretty much everyone? Use it as inspiration for your looming closet clean-out and donate more than usual… and then rapidly replace those items with some printed skinnies and a silk blouse.

Aries
There are few things better than feeling totally independent – and no one knows this better than you. Example A: You saw that wrap dress. You wanted that wrap dress. You hit Quick! Buy It. Independence rules.

Taurus
Spring has a tendency to be exhausting – between achieving New Year’s resolutions, saying goodbye to winter, and that annual cleaning, who could blame you. Just don’t forget to take a breather. Especially if it’s in the form of a very long bubble bath.

Gemini
Sometimes it’s hard to balance those more fun items on your social calendar with your less-than-favorable obligations (patio party or project proposal?). On second thought, forget the balancing act – springtime is synonymous with party time.

Cancer
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that expression is all about being in the moment. And this moment is calling for (lots of) animal prints and a seriously bold crimson lip.

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March 6, 2013

horoscopes

We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Aquarius
What’s life without a little mystery? This month, experiment with wearing sultry underpinnings beneath your everyday uniform and revel in knowing something the world doesn’t – and in the extra boost of confidence that inevitably follows.

Pisces
Spring is in the air (well, according to Punxsutawney Phil), so that means it’s time to start thinking Pantone® colors, eye-catching prints, and everything lace (just don’t take the plunge until the snow clears).

Aries
Warmer days are looming (and so is a packed social calendar). The best plan of attack? Start shopping the sale racks for winter steals and the fresh spring collections for a personally curated look that transitions without missing a beat – or a credit card payment.

Taurus
Last spring was all about pleats and peplum, but this year? Quit playing it safe and go for a more daring trend (crop top, anyone?) – you might like what you discover.

Gemini
The last-minute party invite: we all secretly love the drama, but how to get event-ready? Touch up your makeup with whatever’s on hand (mascara can double as eyeliner), let your hair down (literally, then give it a tousle, too), and get ready to schmooze.

Cancer
Counteract any wayward emotions this month with the secret recipe that cures all: one venting session, two new statement necklaces (two-for-one deals totally count), and a batch of these three-ingredient brownies that are mostly Nutella. Repeat as needed.

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February 6, 2013

horoscopes

We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Capricorn
Yes. Finally. The holiday scramble of entertaining, dressing up, buying gifts (and more gifts), and dealing with family drama is over. What to do with that high-strung energy that’s still lingering? Put it to good use and revamp your now tired-looking home base. Give your living room new life with some colorful drapes and a set of artful panel paintings or fall in love with your master bedroom all over again with a new geometric-design rug and too-cute-to-be-true throw pillows.

Aquarius
Here’s a shocker: Those days where you had a fallback plan (okay, also known as mom and dad) are long gone. But the next best thing is as simple as making a budget that’s realistic to stick to. For example, make sure to allot enough cash to cover the everyday bills, then put the rest toward a worthwhile investment. Like, say, a matching vintage Chanel tweed skirt suit. Smart spending never looked so good.

Pisces
Post-holiday time can be seriously depressing – as proved by your newly discovered need to eat every last gingerbread man within arm’s reach. But don’t worry, there’s a cure. Drop the cookie and write down all the things you want to accomplish with a fresh year ahead of you (think big and small), then close your eyes and pick one. If your hand gravitates toward the “revamp look with a whole new wardrobe,” so be it.

Aries
Now is not the time to be stubborn. So instead of sticking to your guns this month, open your mind up to the possibilities of the New Year. Collaborate with new groups at work. Step out of the skirt-and-blazer routine and don an animal print blouse (bonus points for bright colors). Not doing it for you? Stick to topics like celebrity gossip to avoid conflicts.

Taurus
There’s something about this time of year that makes people uptight (blame it on the sugar-cookie overload). But not you. You’re as cool and polished as ever – and you’ve got the always-pressed silky blouse, sleek patent pumps, and gleaming baubles to prove it. Use this situation to your advantage and make an impression on those people that normally intimidate you, like that intriguing stranger across the bar or your boss’s boss.

Gemini
You know those days when you feel just a bit more brilliant than usual? You’re about to have a whole month of it. And that means you’ll need a power wardrobe as bold as you are. Keep your skinnies for the weekends and rock a flattering flare leg (but don’t go too flared) with a tucked floral blouse, perfectly tailored blazer, and a tamed mane for just the right balance of timeless style and don’t-mess-with-me authority.

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January 2, 2013

 

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, dating around the holidays is unlike any other time of year. Here are some foolproof looks for any rendezvous you might have planned during this festive season.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of ballet, seeing The Nutcracker with someone can be a really romantic and enjoyable evening. Especially when followed by champagne at intermission and a fancy dinner. Keep your look semiformal with a blazer, slacks or dark denim, a dress shirt, and maybe even a tie (possibly a red tartan one).

Blind Date with Your Mother’s Colleague’s Cousin
It’s the season for merriment and yes, blind dates. Often set up by well-meaning family members, these potentially awkward meetings call for an outfit that’s date-appropriate, but isn’t trying too hard. Try straight-leg denim, a button-front shirt, and a neutral-hued V-neck sweater to make a dapper impression.

The Holiday Party
The key is to not show up wearing a hand-knit holiday number a la Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Diary (bonus points if you got that reference). Keep the festive revelry subtle with a couple of nice touches, like an appropriately colored tie or sweater. The rest of your ensemble should be simple and neutral, e.g. dark pants and a white dress shirt.

Ice Skating
Whether you’re a pro or not, ice skating is a perfect date for the holiday season. It’s active, fun, and you get to treat yourself to some delicious hot chocolate afterward. Bundle up to stay warm (without looking like a snowman) with straight-leg denim, a cozy plaid button-front shirt, chunky sweater, and warm wool socks.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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December 12, 2012