Outdoor Entertaining: Tabletop Essentials for Spring Holidays

Whether you celebrate a springtime religious holiday or are just grateful for the return of consistent sunshine, it’s getting to that time of year when we move parties outdoors – or at least open up the dining-room windows. Break out the pastels, bright jewel tones, and serveware patterned with butterflies and flowers, then march boldly into the season with these warm-weather entertaining must-haves:

Spring Holiday Entertaining

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer 

How does your table décor change with the seasons? Share in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala. 

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March 6, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

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1. We’re getting a little morning pick-me-up with these wise words.

2. There are enough manis on this Pinboard to keep our nails looking new for a while.

3. Nothing gets us in the mood for spring like a board full of fresh flowers.

4. These French bulldogs are beyond cute. Prepare to get distracted for hours.

5. All these dream living rooms have us inspired to redecorate (immediately).

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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February 19, 2013

At Work with Olivia Chantecaille

Olivia Chantecaille

Olivia Chantecaille and I go way back, having first met six or seven years ago when I interviewed the striking beauty guru for a shopping column I used to write for Fashion Wire Daily.

So I was delighted when she recently invited me to Chantecaille’s newly revamped Soho office for a sneak peek at their new collections and the skinny on her not-so-average workday. (Chantecaille was founded by Olivia’s mother, Sylvie, in 1997 – her father, Olivier, and sister Alex now work for the company, as well.)

“Every day is so different, which is the fun part of my job,” Olivia told me as we sat in a corner of the loft-like whitewashed space in front of a display of Chantecaille cosmetics, all of which I was dying to play with. “I wear so many hats. For example, tomorrow I’m going to one of our labs to work on our new spring colors for 2012, which is very exciting. They’re actually a lab based in Italy, outside of Milan, but they have a satellite lab here [in upstate New York] where we can go and mix colors that they’ll produce in Italy. It’s a great, fun place to work with the technicians and be very creative and come up with all the new shades that were inspired by the current fashion trends.”
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July 1, 2011

Rue How-To: The Patterned Dress That Never Tires

RUE STYLIST EVAN REINVENTS A BLACK AND IVORY TIERED STRAPLESS DRESS (x3)A.B.S.

Even when we love it, we’re on edge when it comes to wearing the same recognizably patterned dress more than once for the fear of camera-happy friends papering the repeat offender all over the web. Yet, with the professional styling of Evan, one of the Rue La La stylists, there’s no need to hide from the paparazzi. These three iterations each feel fresh for whatever comes our way: whether we’re dressing for a date, the office, or the weekend.

1. We believe that the term “save the date” signifies the SOS potential of the perfect outfit. Head to the restaurant, salsa bar, or bistro donning a tribal dress, bold cuffs around the wrist, and a pair of rough-around-the-edges sandals.

2. We believe that the term “business casual” is not synonymous with boring. Head to the cubicle, conference room, or company cafeteria donning a tribal dress, a fitted black blazer, a chunky black and gold necklace, and a pair of chunky black boots with a heel.

3. We believe that the term “at the drop of a hat” was coined for our weekend spontaneity. Head to the neighborhood park, outdoor café, or take a city stroll donning a tribal dress partnered with a green field jacket, a flamingo orange skinny belt, a fedora wrapped in a ribbon of color, and a pair of wood-heeled cutout sandals.

Now that we’ve given a few examples, where else would you go and how else would you don this lovely tribal tiered frock?

Our A.B.S. Boutique opens Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 11AM ET.


April 24, 2011

Style File: Your Spring Style Questions Answered

RUE LA LA STYLIST MAUREEN GIVES MEMBERS SPRING-WORTHY SOLUTIONS

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Now that winter’s run its course, we’re busy getting prepped for warmer weather (an animal of its own). We asked our lovely Facebook Fans to post their most pressing questions. And one of our Rue stylists, Maureen, has all the answers when it comes to dressing for the season.

Q: What’s the one must-have outfit piece this spring? – Caitlin O.
A: Invest in a dress that can go from day to night. Try the new longer length to pair with flats in the daytime and high wedge espadrilles at night. For day, throw on a woven leather belt and a light cardigan or jean jacket. For night, go for drippy rhinestones to up the glitz.

Q: What’s the rule on nail polish color this season? Toes only? Fingers only? Matching toes & fingers? – Shawn F.
A: We love mixing up fingers and toes, but we try to keep the colors in the same family. Spring for a coral on your fingers and a hot pink on your toes, or try a ballet slipper pink paired with cherry red.
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April 22, 2011

Rue How-To: Transforming A Beach Dress for Landlubbers

RUE LA LA STYLIST MAUREEN TRANSFORMS THIS BEACHY TUNIC INTO A VERSATILE MULTI-TASKER

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Normally, beach shifts are relegated to weekends on the sand, waiting in line at the boardwalk snack bar, or sipping mai tais seaside. However, with the expert styling of Rue La La stylist Maureen, this Three Dots vintage voile boatneck tunic has traded in its sea legs (at least in part) to become one of our favorite looks for out on the town as well.

1. We believe that the night is still young. Wear the tunic out, with the sash tied in a loose knot at the side, partner with dark rinse jeggings, a long gold necklace with matching bangles, and your most leggy black heels.

2. We believe that the words “beach bum” are not an excuse for summer slacking. Wear this tunic as a dress, pair with a berry-hued straw bag, flat leather sandals, a lavender floppy sunhat, and of course, shades.

3. We believe that for a better view (and loftier sense of style), heels can do the trick for outdoor music festivals. Team with a teal pocketed skirt, tall metallic sandals, and wear this tunic tucked.

Now it’s your turn to play stylist – how would you style this floral number?

Our Three Dots Boutique opens Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 11AM ET.


April 13, 2011

Spring Trend: Honeysuckle

BY MAKEUP ARTIST AND KEEP ME BLUSHING BLOGGER SAMANTHA MICHELLE

Smashbox Cosmetics

We’re in denial about any shreds of winter left. Full speed to spring, please. Bright colors! Lighter fabrics! We even spotted a pair of bright pink wedges in our midst today.

With Smashbox Cosmetics on our horizon, we turned to Keep Me Blushing blogger, Samantha Michelle, to enlighten us on the color of 2011: sweet, pretty honeysuckle – a mouth-watering, reddish-pink hue. Check out her tips, then let us know if you’ll be up for a little (or a lot) for spring.

I love the color of 2011. It’s happy, warm, and beautiful, and looks great on just about anyone. It’s easy to add this color into your wardrobe and accessories, but don’t forget your makeup bag! Some of you may think this honeysuckle is too bright to wear on your face, but when done correctly it looks so great – especially for spring/summer.
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March 23, 2011

Rue Style Report: Shades of Dunes & Deserts

 OUR HOME GURU GIVES US THE INSIDE SCOOP ON NEW NEUTRALS

Sands. Creams. Beiges. Tans. Neutrals have such a soothing earthy sensibility. We checked in with our homeware expert, Jenna Talbott, for her take on the natural hues. Here, her picks for inspiration from our Rue Style Report: Shades of Dunes & Deserts Boutique.

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Our Rue Style Report: Shades of Dunes & Deserts Boutique opens Wednesday, January 26 at 11AM ET.


January 26, 2011

ELLE: 34 Perfect Tops

SYDNEY WASSERMAN, ELLE.COM EDITOR, GIVES HER TAKES ON TOP-NOTCH STYLE

ELLE: Perfect Tops

We put a lot of emphasis on the perfect pair of jeans, but it’s what goes on top that makes them an expression of personal style. The range of fashion-forward top options seems to be limitless – change your shirt and you’ve changed your entire look. We sat down with ELLE.com Fashion & Shopping Editor Sydney Wasserman for her expert advice on all things tops.

Rue La La: Okay, we need the inside scoop on flattering tricks! Are there different styles that work best on different body types?
Sydney: I believe women with curves should choose more form-fitting tops instead of trying to hide their shape in baggy styles. A shapeless shirt can make you look larger than you may be. A few more rules of thumb: a button-down top should never be too tight so that the buttons look like they’re about to pop off, and a T-shirt should hit right below the waistband.

Rue La La: We tend to lean towards dresses when going somewhere formal – but what types of tops work best for dressy occasions?
Sydney: The key is wearing fabrics that appear rich – if it’s a print, try well-draped chiffon. And a silk blouse is always right for a dressy occasion.
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January 24, 2011

VIDEO: Inside Jodi Arnold’s Boutique

We were lucky enough to get a special glimpse into the world of Jodi Arnold, where art influences fashion, and trends jump straight off the runway and into real life. Watch our video to see some of the designer’s favorite looks from her Spring collection (and shop them when our Boutique opens on Sunday, August 1 at 11AM ET).  
 
 

July 30, 2010