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How to Eat Your Way Through Abruzzo, Italy

Before I traveled to Italy, I was told: Understand how the food works. In Southern Italy, you’ll eat red sauce and olive oil. In the north? Butter. Parmesan cheese. Maybe some truffles. Despite the fact that the country is no bigger than half of Texas, there is no one way to cook Italian. Everything’s completely regional. And if you want to eat through Italy right, you have to know what to get where.

This can be tricky, considering Italy has 20 regions. Rome’s Lazio, Milan’s Lombardia, and Toscana (or Tuscany, as we know it) are some of the most familiar. So, let’s start small – with one of the country’s lesser-known, but no less picturesque, regions: Abruzzo.

What to Eat in Abruzzo, Italy

Tucked east of touristy Lazio, quieter Abruzzo seems to have it all. Rugged mountains. Forested national parks. The Adriatic Sea. And with its diverse landscape comes a huge range of cuisine.

Here are a few of the items Abruzzo does best:
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April 24, 2014

Oh, Boy: Jimmy Fallon Booed For Dissing Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuits

Late night TV’s new kid on the block, Jimmy Fallon, is used to hearing applause on The Tonight Show. This past Monday night, however, he was met with something very different: boos from the crowd.

During his monologue, the funnyman brought up Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy, and then cracked a joke that went like this: “If it’s a girl, it’ll get some of Chelsea’s old hand-me-downs, and if it’s a boy, it’ll get some of Hillary’s.” The audience seemed, well, unimpressed.

Now, Jimmy. A bit of advice: pick up a copy of Vogue. (Or, even better, become a Rue Member. Hint, hint.)  Not only is menswear on-trend this season, but Hillary’s been nailing the whole power-dressing thing since the 80s.

Don’t get me wrong. Everyone (including me) loves you, Jimmy. Even more so when you’re rapping alongside JT. But when it comes to a woman’s closet, I think it’s best you leave it to the experts.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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April 24, 2014

Another Big Win for Lupita: The Actress Scores PEOPLE’s “Most Beautiful”

With an Oscar, Miu Miu and Lancôme partnerships, and the unwavering admiration of the world’s fashion elite in the bag, Lupita Nyong’o has had a banner year. And today, it got even better as the 31-year-old Kenyan-Mexican actress was awarded the top spot on PEOPLE magazine’s annual “Most Beautiful” list.

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Nyong’o first won hearts around the world as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, and she hasn’t stopped since. That’s thanks, in large part, to her unique brand of humility (who could forget her “Dreams do come true” speech at the Academy Awards?), but also her chameleon-like ability to stun in everything from Givenchy to Giambattista Valli. A megawatt star from humble beginnings whose haute couture is outshone only by her heart? That’s just, well, beautiful.

Head over to people.com to read more and to see who else made the list.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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April 23, 2014

5 Style Bytes You May Have Missed

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‪@katyperry: Guys. The video for ‪#Birthday is the most insane one I’ve ever done.
Now, Katy. It’s not nice to tease.

‪@EW: ICYMI, Netflix is getting more expensive: ‪http://ow.ly/w0vAn
Worst. News. Ever. (#HoldUs)

‪@TheEllenShow: Scientists found a planet made entirely out of diamonds. I think I figured out where the Kardashians are from.
Until there’s a selfie, we’re not buying it.

‪@NYCeditor: Today’s to do list: 1. Break in new shoes.
We predict a few days of blisters in your future. #WorthIt

‪@styledotcom: Tie-dye, mom jeans, embellished cutoffs, and more of the season’s biggest denim trends: ‪http://stylem.ag/1i8HFWV
We’re not sure about mom jeans, but since it’s nearly Mother’s Day, we’ll let that slide. For now.

By Jess Huckins, Copyeditor

Surely we missed something, so send your favorite tweets of the week to @ruelala. Then check back for a new ReTweet every Wednesday.

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April 23, 2014

Rue How-To: The Ergobaby Wrap

Baby books, check. Crib, got it. Dozens of itty-bitty outfits, but of course. All that’s missing? This go-anywhere, flexible, baby-toting essential. Stretchy and crazy comfortable (for you and Baby), the Ergobaby wrap tucks your newborn snugly to your person, leaving your hands free for strolling, brunching, and latte drinking. Now, check out this step-by-step tutorial. Quick – the caffeine awaits.

Our Ergobaby Carriers, Wraps, & More Boutique opens Wednesday, April 23, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 23, 2014

The Anatomy of a Ledbury Shirt: See How It’s Made

Chances are, you button up your shirts day in and day out without ever really considering all the thought and work that went into their creation. If the button-fronts you’re shrugging on are from Virginia-based Ledbury, know that deliberate decisions have been made in terms of where to place the buttons, how to prevent the collars from flopping over, and what materials to use.

The founders of the company got their technical tailoring know-how by working with a London pro. View the video below to see how they put that knowledge into practice and what they’ve done to ensure their shirts are a cut above.

Our Ledbury: Brand to Know Boutique opens Wednesday, April 23, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 23, 2014

Natural Beauty: ELLE Editors Across the Globe Share Their Tips

The secret to natural beauty? According to ELLE editors worldwide, it’s all about incorporating eco-friendly ingredients into your beauty routine. So, this Earth Day, celebrate the environment – and yourself – by trying some of these home-grown tips.

Natural Beauty Tips

Wash with Rose Water
Rose water [is our secret] for keeping the face clean and moisturized,” says  Maria Georgieva, editor in chief of ELLE Bulgaria. Why? Bulgaria’s climate is very mild – perfect for growing roses. In fact, it produces 85% of the world’s rose oil. So, by no surprise, it’s also home to the world’s softest skin.

Use Olive Oil All Over
“There isn’t anything that olive oil can’t cure,” says Mihaela Batinić, beauty editor of  ELLE Croatia. “We use it all over in our beauty regimes – when at the beach, we put it on our skin, face, and hair.” That’s right, few things are as versatile – and as culturally celebrated – as olive oil. Mediterraneans credit their longevity to healthy doses of this liquid gold.

Soothe Skin with Sandalwood
“We get sandalwood in powder form. You mix this with any liquid – water, milk, yogurt, or rose water – for a quick cooling mask,” Ridhima Sapre, assistant beauty editor of ELLE India, reveals.

Visit elle.com for more home-grown beauty secrets.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2014

To Mom, Love Rue: Associates Share Mother’s Day Gift Picks

Grandma. Stepmom. Favorite aunt. You know – the lady who packed lunches, let you take the car out, and gave you a pep talk after your first failed relationship. Now, it’s time to show her how much you care. Can’t decide what to pick up? Take cues from a few of our associates.

 Mother's Day Gift Picks from Rue La La

Go for Something Nostalgic
“My mom always said this to me as a kid, but I think it’s true at every age. I know she’ll love to hang this in her home.”
– Kayla S., Assistant Event Producer

Cater to Her Craft
“My mom is always looking for unexpected ways to make her cakes more festive. The bright, unexpected touch of whimsy in this flag set fits the bill.”
– Shannon T., Delivery Project Manager

Guarantee (Happy) Tears
“My mom has stacks and stacks of photo albums, so I’m going to surprise her by framing a few forgotten favorites.”
– Kelly H., Social Media and Site Writer

Our Made for Every Mom: Gifts by Personality Boutique opens Tuesday, April 22, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2014

How to Finally Start Wearing the Right Bra Size

Just like next season’s True Detective, the bra – that girlhood rite of passage – is no stranger to myth. At this point in life, however, I can proudly bust a couple of them. No, you do not need to wear your bra at night. And that white push-up you put on under white tees? We can see it. Plain as day.

But what about fit? According  to INTIMACY founder Susan Nethero (whom Oprah calls “The Bra Whisperer”) and her slew of nationwide Bra Fit experts, the myth here is easy: We’re not all 34Bs. Or 36Cs. Or any other number-letter combination that seems to fly off the shelves. There are over 90 bra sizes out there, from A through K. And those INTIMACY experts? They know just which one you are.

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April 22, 2014

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

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

The Spring 2015 Bridal Collections have officially arrived. Get your Pinboards ready.

1. Monique Lhuillier‘s entire collection is a dream. But this one gown just single-handedly took “something blue” to a whole new level.

2. Jeweled, sheer, and romantic. Jenny Packham, you’ve done it again.

3. Off-the-shoulder necklines are making a comeback. Hopping aboard the trend train? Mr. Oscar de la Renta himself.

4. Tulle overskirts had a major moment on Amsale‘s runway. (And we loved every second of it.)

5. We always expect inventively gorgeous designs from Vera Wang, and this year’s looks certainly didn’t disappoint.

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

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April 22, 2014