Up the Holiday Drama: How to Decorate with Feather Trees

If you’re the type who cringes at Christmas songs before Thanksgiving (no judgment), this festive – but not too festive – detail might be suitable for your minimalist décor.

Bold (sans jarring holiday color) feather trees invoke “a white, wintry setting with lots of textures,” writes stylist and Rue Living Inspirer Matthew Mead. “Everlasting and non-shedding, these trees look spectacular the whole month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So versatile and eye-catching that they make a great focal point almost anywhere.”

Want specifics? Mead’s telling.


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November 19, 2013

W Hotels Inspires Us to Make Over the Bed

The W Hotel Inspires Us To Make Over The Bed

Rue La La: How do we go about making the perfect bed?
Nan: It just takes attention to detail. You need to always be thinking about the final picture. Does it need a bedskirt? To start with, you need really nice bedding, and a good iron. The more luxurious and beautiful the sheets, the better the bed.

Rue La La: We want to recreate this luxe look at home. Can you walk us through your process?
Nan: Okay, my process:
1.) When you buy bedding, make sure to wash it first.
2.) Use a down insert, or a down substitute. Do not skimp on the pillows.
3.) You’ll need a nice mattress pad cover that’s cushiony, breathes, and is soft.
4.) Iron the pillow cases and the duvet, and if you have extra time, the sheets.
5.) Make sure the inserts fit the shams and the pillows fit the pillowcases.
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September 14, 2011

Rue How-To: Stripes in New Directions



This summer, our favorite preppy pattern is making some serious headlines with a look that’s equal parts baguette-in-bicycle-basket Parisian and catamaran-in-waters-of-Newport nautical. Rue Stylist Evan works his magic by repurposing this once-casual number threefold: for a sidecar at the speakeasy, a presentation at the office, and a weekend whisk-away to the beach.

1. We believe in neon at night. When heading out on the town, a bold, bright top completely carries a look of basic black. Opt for strappy heels, cropped pants, and a dangling gold necklace to play off the top’s relaxed feel.

2. We believe lots of accessories can still look polished. The tailored blazer and sleek white denim perfectly tame the bright stripes, billowy scarf, and beachy wedges, making the ultimate office-to-drinks ensemble.

3. We believe high-contrast colors are easily wearable. Warm, saturated yellow is such an interesting and chic complement to the cool oceanic hue. Layered and effortless, this is the perfect day-at-the-yacht-club look.

P.S. – A styling tip: When mixing any patterns, select prints in different sizes to keep it chic.

June 10, 2011

Rue How-To: Borrow from the Boys


Borrowed from the Boys

Rue stylist Lindsay couldn’t resist shopping our It’s a Guy Thing Boutique for herself, and showed us how some easy styling can redefine this tomato red scott james summer sweater entirely.

With Diane Keaton à la Annie Hall as your muse, broaden your horizons and look towards menswear as an option for women. When done right, there’s something cheeky – and just a little bit daring – about girls borrowing from the boys.

Our It’s A Guy Thing Boutique opened Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11AM ET.

May 26, 2011

Rue Stylist Spotlight: Alexandra

Alexandra Ryan

May 4, 2011

Style File: Your Spring Style Questions Answered


Spring 2011

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

Rock The Denim


We believe that you can never have too much denim. And we’re beyond excited about our Rock & Republic Boutique, overflowing with rock star-worthy styles in every shade and shape. We checked in with our resident stylist, Maureen Dahill – who styled the Boutique, for her favorite looks of the day.

Rock & Republic

Our Rock & Republic Boutique opens Thursday, January 13.

January 13, 2011

Style File: Your Fall Fashion Questions Answered

Fall Fashion

One of Rue La La’s very own stylists, Maureen, dishes on how to wear this season’s must-haves.

Q. How can I look fun and flirty but not silly at age 40?  – Julie C.
A. Just because you’re 40 doesn’t mean you can’t be cute and flirty! But when you reach a certain age, some of the sexier trends can look like you’re trying too hard, so err on the side of caution when dipping into trends like leopard or leather shorts. Why not try a fitted, skinny cigarette pant paired with a pretty, tucked-in blouse? That look can be very flirty yet sophisticated. Or, try a rich jewel-tone feminine skirt with a cashmere top. And heels always add a touch of fun and confidence to any outfit.
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October 15, 2010

Style File: Leather At Every Age


With leather jackets being the must-have outerwear piece of the season, we had to get the scoop on how women can incorporate this look into their wardrobe. Here, APART style guru Melissa Diner dishes on her favorite ways to wear leather (at any age).

The Style Files

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September 7, 2010

Style File: How to Master Fall Trends


Style File

Confession: Sometimes we get a glimpse of an upcoming trend and love it in theory (or how it looks on the model coming down the runway) but can’t always pull it off in the morning when it’s time to leave for work. So we turned to Rue La La stylist Maureen for easy styling solutions to this season’s most vexing trends.

The trick to mastering lingerie pieces is making it look like you’re not wearing a nightie in public. A couple of easy options: Wear a lacy camisole top under a blazer, or try a slip dress with opaque tights and a chunky sweater.
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August 13, 2010