Mani Monday

From Rihanna and Dita Von Teese to the models at New York Fashion Week, the half-moon manicure is a favorite amongst the stars. And with endless (and eye-catching) color combos, it’s easy to see why. Create your own with these quick and easy steps, below.

What you’ll need:
• Two nail colors (I chose butter LONDON’s The Full Monty and essie’s Bahama Mama)
• Three-ring binder reinforcement stickers
• Scissors
• Clear top coat

The how-to:
1. Paint two coats on your nails with the color you want for the base. This will be the color of the half moon.
2. After your nails are completely dry, place the reinforcement stickers as far above your cuticles as you would like. (Tip: cut slits in the reinforcement stickers so they lie flat on your nails.)
3. With your second color, paint two coats on the top half of your nail.
4. Once the polish dries, peel off the reinforcement stickers from right to left. Doing this will keep the edges looking clean and prevent the nail polish from bleeding.
5. Finish with a clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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January 7, 2013


When celebrating the holidays away from home, traveling with toys in tow can be a bit of a struggle. Whether you decide to pack, ship, or carry-on your gifts, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you avoid any unnecessary travel headaches.

To Wrap, or Not to Wrap?
Wrapped gifts are allowed in carry-ons and checked luggage, but keep in mind that TSA officials reserve the right to undo all your handiwork during security inspections. Gifts in your checked luggage are less likely to be unwrapped, but your best bet is to save the wrapping for your arrival – unless you’re flying on Virgin Atlantic, who (for just $2 per package) will wrap presents for departing passengers who have gone through security.

The Outlaws.
Wrapped or unwrapped, toys that resemble weapons are a no-no. And the same goes for sports equipment like baseball bats, golf clubs, and hockey sticks. Liquids are also prohibited – and yes, that even includes snow globes. For a full list of restricted items, go here.

Ship, Ship, Hooray!
Unlike your airline, FedEx Ground® includes insurance and tracking – so in most cases, you’re probably better off if FedEx loses your gift than if your airline does (plus, you can wrap them). Another smart idea is to order gifts online (Rue La La, anyone?) and have them shipped directly to your destination.

Home Sweet Home.
Remember, getting there is just half the battle. To bring the gifts you received back home, pack an extra duffle in your suitcase and surround fragile items with clothing.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 12, 2012


Simply put, ankle boots are the footwear darling of fall and winter. But sometimes, these fashion-forward shoes can be a little hard to pull off. Luckily, our stylists are here to help.



Our Donald J Pliner Boutique opens Wednesday, December 7, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 7, 2012

Let’s face it: no one wants to be in anything but sweats when it comes to gorging on a huge meal (namely, the hugest meal of the year) – which means dressing for Thanksgiving, killer style retained, takes a little strategy.

Follow these tips and nothing will stand in the way of you and that (much-deserved) plate of seconds.

Stick to dark colors.
Red wine, gravy, corn – the list of Thanksgiving stain offenders goes on. That said, if you stay away from anything light-colored, chance spillage will be totally camouflaged.

Nothing constricting!
This one goes without saying. Who wants to be reminded that, while eating that second slice of pecan pie, one’s body is expanding to fit that second slice of pecan pie? Go for a super-oversized top plus leggings, then dress them up with boots and a scarf – and enjoy those multiple helpings. (That’s what Thanksgiving’s about, after all.)

Make sure sitting (for a long period of time) isn’t a struggle.
That too-tight waistband? Save it for Day 3 of a juice cleanse.

Transferability from dinner table to couch is key.
Tryptophan isn’t just a legend – it’s real. Keep things loose and comfy and, if a nap just so happens to strike while lounging on the couch post-dinner, you’re dressed for it.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

What are your Thanksgiving outfit secrets? Tell us in the comments, otweet us at @ruelala

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November 19, 2012

Sure, wreaths are front-door standbys, but come your next holiday dinner party, they also make for one seriously festive table centerpiece.

Just take a round silver serving tray and use it as the base underneath your wreath. Then, simply lay the wreath on top and fill the inner circle with a glass vase, a handful of ornaments, and candles of varying heights (we suggest LED lights for safety – no need to really burn the turkey).

The 12 Days of Merry: Deck the Front Door Boutique opens Tuesday, November 13, at 11AM ET.

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November 13, 2012

The 12 Days of Merry: The Festive Holiday Table Boutique opens Saturday, November 10, at 11AM ET.

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November 10, 2012


The Fall 2012 runways were all about the plush revival of velvet – and after waiting all summer, it’s finally cold enough to break out the luxed-up fabric. The only problem? Velvet can be a tricky material to wear. Incredibly chic when done right, velvet also has the potential to look dated and costume-y when done wrong. So, before you take the rich trend out for a spin, check out a few dos and don’ts from our stylists below.

Less is more.
Already super-rich and glamorous on its own, there’s no need for over-the-top hair and makeup. Stick to soft waves and a neutral lipstick for a more demure look.

Take baby steps.
Not ready for a full-on velvet dress? That’s totally okay. Ease into the trend with a velvet headband or bow adornment on your shoes (like these pairs).

Add some texture.
Team the thick, plush fabric with contrasting materials like delicate satin or silk for a holiday-ready look.

Stick to neutrals.
Classic black, navy blue, and other dark neutrals work best with this plush fabric. And as for purple? Unless you’re going for the whole Prince look, it’s best to steer clear.

Layer on a few vintage necklaces and cocktail rings, just stay away from anything too precious-looking (like ribbons and pearls) to avoid childhood flashbacks.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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November 7, 2012


Yoga Tips

1. Take it slow.
When starting – or continuing – your yoga workouts, make sure to take it slow and focus on your alignment. Go too fast, and injury could be in your near future. A reasonable pace is just as important for a newbie as for the seasoned practitioner! This is something I wish I had known when I started.
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