Cooking up a storm and corralling rogue relatives is work. So when it comes to the drink in your hand? Simplicity is key. Using ingredients you probably already have on hand, whip up this easy cranberry simple syrup and add a splash to vodka or wine. Voilà! You’re ready to sip.

Cranberry Simple Syrup Recipe

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November 26, 2014

So you have dressing like a NYFW pro down pat. But can you talk the talk? That’s essential. For a crash course in label pronunciation, take a look at the designer cheat sheet below. You’ll have Fashion Week’s must-know names mastered in no time.

Rue La La's Designer Name Pronunciation Guide

To get even more designers down, check out Harper’s BAZAAR for an A – Z guide.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2014

The holidays are coming to a close, which means it’s your last chance to flaunt some festive tips (well, until New Year’s Eve, that is). Spruce up your nails this holiday with this easy holly how-to. Just follow the steps below.

Holly Manicure for ChristmasPhoto courtesy of nailside

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December 23, 2013

So you left a few gifts to the last minute. Meaning, it’s do-or-DIY time. Behold: the glittered wooden mixing spoon. Quick, easy, and personal, it’s every procrastinator’s dream.

Rue How-To: Glittery Wooden Spoons

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December 20, 2013

Perfume. Nail polish. Change. It’s all a mishmash of an eyesore on my dresser – until now. Choose any fabric, grab one of the half dozen shoe boxes taking up precious closet space, and create this practical and chic storage tray.

This one’s in my bedroom, but I’m seriously contemplating another for my work desk, stationery collection, or jewelry.


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November 8, 2013

No Halloween costume? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. These DIY skull nails are a quick, easy, and just-whimsical-enough way to support the holiday without dressing up.


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October 28, 2013

We’ve all been there. You swear you had SPF 30 on the whole time (yeah, yeah). Now, you’re red as a lobster. Put down the aloe bottle (for a moment) and try one of these crimson-ridding remedies.


1. Black Tea Soak: Black tea is full of antioxidants and contains tannic acid that draws heat from the burn to restore the skin’s acid balance (thanks, Martha).

The key here is the tea-to-water ratio. The blacker the tea, the better. Twenty bags of tea for every 2 or 3 quarts of water should do it. Once you’ve brewed the tea until it cools, soak a washcloth in it and place on the burnt skin. Let it sit and soak in. This will have an instant cooling effect and reduce redness in 8 to 12 hours.

2. Food Compresses: Three to try. First, lettuce water. Boil lettuce leaves in water, strain (saving the water), refrigerate the liquid, and dab over burned skin. Next, potato poultice. Grate a cold, raw potato into a mush, spread it into a clean dish towel, apply to affected skin, and wrap the area in plastic wrap. And thirdly, milk. Soak a cloth in iced milk and hold it over the burned skin for 5 to 8 minutes. The cold will reduce swelling while the anti-inflammatory properties reduce pain. Try one of these, and report back.

3. Oatmeal Bath: If you were born before 1995, you (and your mom) are familiar with this one. Scoop a cup or two of breakfast oats into a running bath – or use a colloidal oatmeal from the drugstore – to soothe a red, itchy burn.

4. The Moisturizing Method: This may sound obvious, but then, so is putting on sunblock at the beach. After a harsh burn, apply a healing moisturizer at least twice a day. This will soothe the skin and postpone – if not prevent – peeling. Note: shelve those fancy anti-aging creams for now. They often contain chemicals like retinol or hydroxy acids that dry out the skin and increase redness.

And, of course, drink plenty of water, try not to scratch, and for the sake of your future (i.e. much older) self, wear sunscreen.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 10, 2013

I’ve done a fair amount of looking around when it comes to ideas for July 4 shorts. You could deck out the front pockets, dip-dye them, or paint on simple stars and stripes. Ultimately, I decided to cut my own stencil (not necessarily the best decision), and spray-paint the back pockets. Here’s how.


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July 3, 2013
Mug collector? Me, too. I have boxes and boxes of old mugs from college visits, vacations, and gift shops – all stowed away, no longer worthy of my crowded kitchen cupboards. But why relegate them all to the basement? Pull out a couple of plain white ones and grab a handful of Sharpies. With anything from inspirational quotes to Rueisms to your own made-up witty phrases, you can bring an old mug out of hiding and back to life. This one took about two-point-five seconds of effort (plus an easy 30 minutes of bake time).



Tip: If you make a mistake before you bake, use soap and water to wash off the marker. Make sure to always hand-wash your DIY Sharpie dishes.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2013

The key to a beauty routine that endures? Being prepared for mishap after mishap – and having a few quick tricks up your sleeve. And since I’m not one to hold on to a good secret, I’ll let you in on a couple of mine.


Green skin, be gone.
This beaming five-karat rock? That’s five karats of plastic. And the band, well – let’s just say there’s no Tiffany & Co. inscription hidden on there. For four bucks it was too flashy and fabulous to pass up, but unfortunately, there’s a not-so-fabulous green ring around my finger by the end of the night. The solution? Clear nail polish (not just for runs in your tights). Paint one coat around the inside of your costume jewels, let it dry, and your wicked-witch skin problem is solved.

The lipstick trick.
We’ve all been there. You’re in a cab, it’s dark, you try to freshen up your lipstick, but instead, you twist it into the cap. A perfectly good piece of makeup, ruined – or so you think. You’ve had a few Um… yes answers to Is there food in my teeth?, so you should have mini dental floss in every handbag. Pull out a small piece, twist the lipstick down so the broken part is the only part exposed, hold the tube firmly, and glide the floss flat across the top. Voilà! You’re ready to reapply. Left your floss behind? Use a piece of hair. I swear, it works.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 19, 2013