On Land & Sea: A History of the Boat Shoe

Boat shoes have come a long way from their start as a solution to slippery decks. Today, they’re a preppy staple topping trend lists everywhere. But how did they make the leap from boat decks to city streets? Scroll down and find out.

Sperry Top-Sider Timeline

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January 10, 2014

Columbus Day Weekend Guide: New England

I can hardly believe it, but it’s almost here – Columbus Day Weekend.  A long weekend for most, it’s prime time to get out of your city and explore all the countryside has to offer at this time of year. (Not to mention enjoy the ample photo ops that present themselves. Think: you in a cozy sweater, jewel-toned cords tucked into your favorite riding boots, red and orange leaves as the backdrop.) If you’re in the New England area, that means hitting the road for some prime leaf-peeping, apple cider-drinking, and more.

Unsure of where to start? Here are a few weekend suggestions in New England – and beyond:

1) Head out to the Berkshires and check into a sleepy bed & breakfast like the Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA, which starts each morning with apple French toast.

2) Take a drive to Maine for a foliage cruise. This guide shows you the best places to peep the leaves.

3) Visit a pumpkin patch or go for a hayride. At Smolak Farms in Andover, MA you can even grab a pumpkin flavored ice cream on your way out!

4) Have a picnic in New Hampshire’s White Mountains – complete with homemade warm apple cider and cinnamon donuts. No mountains near you? Try it at a local park.

By Lindsey Doolittle of L’s Fashion Dish, Staff Writer 

What are your plans this Columbus Day Weekend? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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October 3, 2012

Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Stonewall Kitchen Shares Some Tricks

AN INTERVIEW WITH CO-FOUNDERS JONATHAN KING AND JIM STOTT

Stonewall Kitchen

We sat down with Stonewall Kitchen for the scoop on their history, philosophy, and how to make the best blueberry pancakes (Hint: New Englanders might have an advantage).

Rue La La: Tell us how the journey started.
Jonathan: We had an abundance of produce from our gardens… We both love to cook and experimented with lots of fruit and many recipes. We also didn’t have a lot of money at the time and wanted to use the jams, jellies, pickled veggies, and mustards for holiday gifts for family and friends. Jim’s grandmother, Pearl Oxner, had a great recipe for blueberry pie and we actually adapted that to make the first run of Wild Maine Blueberry Jam.
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September 19, 2010