Ever fallen for a blouse that’s just slightly too flowy for your liking? Cue the half-tuck. A little less formal than the full-tuck, this simple style trick adds instant polish and gives the illusion of longer, leaner legs. Here’s how.

Half-Tuck

  1. Start with your top draped naturally over your jeans.
  2. Then, tuck in the front about an inch, letting the sides and back hang loose.
  3. Gently fluff some of the tucked material out over your waistband to achieve a relaxed, effortless look.
  4. Not feeling quite right? Play with the angle of your tuck, either pulling fabric back into the waistband or letting more hang out. Repeat until satisfied.

 
Ta-da! You just gave “business in the front, party in the back” a whole new meaning.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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August 1, 2015

Ever wonder why some people are obsessed with red, while others can’t stop wearing blue? It could be based on their countries of origin. Read on for six colors and their meanings.

Color Meanings Chart

Now put your newfound knowledge to use and get hue happy. Our Spin the Color Wheel: Style in Every Shade Boutique opens Friday, July 31, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 31, 2015


Taylor Swift NYC ApartmentWhen she’s not performing sold-out concerts or defining #SquadGoals in hit music videos, Taylor Swift can be found at her $19.9 million Tribeca penthouse. And since we haven’t found our way into the pop star’s It circle (yet), we’re sending major props to InStyle for giving us an insider look.

Taylor Swift NYC Apartment

The 7 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom apartment is a maze of exposed brick, ceiling beams, and warm hues. But its best feature is most definitely the visitors. According to T. Swift’s Instagram, Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid, and Lorde are constant fixtures. Oh, and did we mention Karlie Kloss has her own guest bedroom? Those felines of Tay’s don’t know how lucky they are.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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July 29, 2015

Sure, you’ve seen pastels and metallics before – but not like this. Gone are the sugary-sweet colors and overly opulent shine. These days, pastels are tastefully muted and metallics are refreshingly toned down. Work these five picks into your space to make an on-trend statement.Metallics Pastel Home Decorating

  1. Shimmery Pillows
    A super-quick and easy update. All it takes is a slew of sparkling, iridescent mother-of-pearl seashells to jazz up a pair of pillows – and any spot they come to rest on.
  2. Chic Armchair
    The icy tones of this chair bring a modern vibe to any space (did you see those acrylic legs?!). It’s a total statement piece, so one is enough. But we won’t blame you if you pick up a pair.
  3. Starburst Mirror
    An interior-design classic, this gold-leaf mirror complements just about every color combination there is. Hang it over a bed or seating area to instantly elevate your space.
  4. Aluminum Baskets
    Whether you stack them like an art piece or line them up to serve as storage, these recycled-aluminum baskets are sure to catch the eye.
  5. Pastel Bench
    Is the end of your bed looking lonely? Place this bench right up against it. Accent with pillows and a snuggly throw to get a look that’s right out of the glossies.

Freshen up your space. Our Now Trending: Modern Pastels & Metallics at Home Boutique opened Wednesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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July 29, 2015

We’ve heard it a million times: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Compared to an extra 20 minutes of sleep, though, whipping up an omelet doesn’t seem like a huge priority. But thanks to this overnight oats recipe from Fit Foodie Finds you can have your breakfast and sleep in, too.

Easy Breakfast Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup liquid (milk, almond milk, water, whatever you like!)

 
INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine oats and liquid in a Tupperware container (or anything with a lid).
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Wake up and enjoy!

 
After getting the basics down, try incorporating different ingredients to make a variety of fun and healthy flavors. Here are some add-ons for three of our favorite recipes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

 
Add the vanilla and honey to the oat mixture and let it chill while you sleep. In the morning, top it off with chocolate chips and peanut butter.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

  • 1½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate chips

 
Before refrigerating overnight, mix the cocoa powder and honey in with the oat blend. Then sprinkle on the strawberries and chocolate chips in the AM.

Peanut Butter & Jelly

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural strawberry preserves
  • 4 large strawberries, diced

 
Stir the chia seeds and peanut butter into the oat concoction and pop it in the fridge before bed. Then, mix in the preserves and fresh strawberries just before eating.

Try all three of our favorite flavors or make up your own. Either way, your day is off to a sweet start.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2015

We can’t get enough of Taylor Swift’s retro-chic look – and neither can the paparazzi. Here’s a look at how she’s making old-fashioned fresh again.

Taylor Swift Style
The Matching Set
It’s safe to say coordinated separates are this crooner’s go-to. By pairing them with a variety of shoe styles, she makes the ensemble work for nearly every occasion.

Retro Sunglasses
It’s hard to catch T. Swift without a pair of standout sunnies. Her most frequently worn frames? Cat-eyes and wayfarers.

The Top-Handle Bag
This boxy carryall adds structure to flirty outfits and is a must-have accessory to complete Taylor’s look.

Grab your red lipstick and head to our Make It Your Own: Style Inspired by Taylor Swift Boutique, which opened Tuesday, July 28, at 11AM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor 

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July 28, 2015

 Summer Road Trip Playlist

The perfect playlist is a summer accessory you can count on always being in style. So next time you’re driving to the beach with friends, don’t be a victim of aux-cord anxiety. Just plug in this mix and deejay with confidence.

Need some sunnies to shield your eyes while you cruise? Pick a pair in our Meet Your Match: Sunglasses for Every Personality Boutique, which opened Saturday, July 25, at 11AM ET.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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July 26, 2015

Ever wondered what all of those little tools in your makeup kit are for? There. Are. So. Many. Luckily, Rue hair-and-makeup guru Rachael B. has the rundown on three brushes you need in your arsenal.
How to Use Makeup BrushesThe Foundation Brush
Why you need it: This little wonder keeps the oils from your hands out of your pores. Translation: clearer-looking skin.

How to use it: For a perfect finish, begin applying foundation from the center of your face and fan the brush outward to avoid makeup lines.

The Eyeliner Brush
Why you need it: Forget pencil liner. Powdered liner lasts longer, and this tool will give you complete control of application.

How to use it: To avoid squinting one eye closed, simply tilt your mirror up and gaze down into it. Then, press and wiggle pigment along the lash line.

The Lip Brush
Why you need it: These bristles give you total authority on how much pigment you’re applying. Plus, its precise application negates the need for any lip liner.

How to use it: Apply your brush directly to the lipstick. Start by outlining the bottom (begin in the center), then fill in the top. Layer until desired hue is achieved.

Our Crown Brush & More: Makeup Tools to Palettes Boutique opened Saturday, July 25, at 11AM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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July 25, 2015

Bangles as a form of self-expression? We’re all in. Here’s a simple guide to layering on a whole arm’s worth.

How to Stack Alex and Ani
Make It Personal
Give your stack meaning by including an initial, zodiac sign, or token of your favorite place.

Mix Your Metals
Silver and gold can mingle. Try combining both finishes for a modern, effortless vibe.

Add Some Color
The simplest way to make people stare? Hue-happy beads. They’ll really make your picks pop.

Time to layer on the charm. Our Alex and Ani Boutique opened Friday, July 24, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 24, 2015

Whether you’re a gourmet or just-okay chef, a charcuterie plate wows with minimal effort. The best part? All it takes is five ingredients.
Charcuterie Plate How-ToMeat
Grab a small selection of cured meats – prosciutto, salami, coppa, etc. We recommend choosing at least three options, but you can always add or subtract depending on serving size.

Cheese
Start with a soft cheese, like Brie. For texture play, add in a harder variety – cheddar or Gouda work great. Looking to step it up? Grab some Testun Occelli al Barolo (it’s covered in wine).

Sweet
To offset the savory flavors, you’ll want to work in something sweet. Think apples or plums, paired with year-round options like fig jam and dried fruit.

Salty
Don’t just rely on meat for saltiness. Grab something pickled or go with a selection of olives. Top off with your favorite nuts, and add some spicy mustard if you’re feeling fancy.

Bread
This is an area you don’t need to overthink. Just slice up a few pieces of ciabatta or lay out crackers and call it a day.

Place the sweet options next to the cheeses, with the salty extras adjacent to the meats. And faster than you can say “Charcuterie,” you’ve got a definite crowd-pleaser.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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July 22, 2015