Raise your flags and pull out the white denim  Memorial Day is almost here. That means a three-day weekend of parades, BBQs, and relaxation to kick off summer (as long as you’re fully prepared)So set yourself up for Monday-funday success with a few key helpers from Care.com.

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Babysitter

Hire a local sitter so you can celebrate with adults-only mojitos. Pick from a pool of tutors, craft lovers, cooks, and more to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Dog Walker

Whether you’re headed to the beach or a neighbor’s backyard, find a pet pro who can wear your pup out and teach them a trick or two.

House Cleaner

Hosting a BBQ? Make clean-up a breeze with a team of housekeepers. They’ll freshen up every inch of your abode and you won’t lift a finger.

Ready to help yourself? Our Care.com Boutique opened Monday, May 18, at 3PM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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May 21, 2015

DIY Mason Jar Lemon Flowers Centerpiece
You’ve got guests coming. Or maybe you simply want to spruce up the table, because hey, spring is finally in full bloom. Enter this chic centerpiece, a super-simple mason jar DIY brought to life by Rue Stylist Emma L. In just a few quick steps you’ll add some serious charm to any surface.
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May 21, 2015

The Cannes Film Festival is synonymous with more than just movies. Walked by world-famous stars, the gala’s red carpet has long been an opportunity for designers to feature the latest trends. But now, the shoe may be on the other foot. Variety reports that of all things, Cannes has placed a ban on women’s flats.

Cannes Film Festival Bans Flats

Black tie is the standard at the industry’s brightest night, yet stiletto-specific guidelines have never been spelled out. And at the premiere of Cate Blanchett’s film Carol, several women were shooed away due to their lack of heel. We say, “What gives?” With men arriving in scuffed-up oxfords (ahem, Ryan Gosling), or with unkempt facial hair, women are raising their eyebrows in turn.

The Festival has denied the claims, though with rumors surfacing daily, it seems that high heels may be an expected formality.

If you’re anything like us, you love options when it comes to style. Whether it’s Christian Dior or Converse, we’re never in favor of denying women a good shoe.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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May 20, 2015

Let’s be honest: An extra pair of hands around the house is always welcome. Below, we’ve outlined a few all-too-familiar scenarios that Care.com (the largest one-stop shop for caregiving needs) can help you with.

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Destination Wedding

So, you’re flying to the Caribbean for faraway nuptials. Enlist a pet sitter and know that Fido is in good hands.

Date Night on the Town

A babysitter who can help with math homework? You and your little ones are in for an A+ evening.

Graduation Bash

After the party, it’s the after-party – a.k.a. time to sweep. Connect with cleaning pros who’ll do the dirty work.

Ready to find helpers? Our Care.com Boutique opens Monday, May 18, at 3PM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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May 18, 2015

Face it, whether you’re in Warrior pose or brunching alfresco, you live in yoga clothing. But admittedly, sometimes that collection of tees and leggings doesn’t quite make the cut. Enter Crane & Lion, a new Boston-based activewear company that strives to fill that all-important space where “feel good” and “look good” meet.

Crane & Lion Yoga Activewear

Between the on-trend color palettes, flattering silhouettes, and hand-selected fabrics, we’re not sure what we’re more obsessed with. And the fact that there’s a charity connection has us revamping our stash of athleisure (for the uninitiated, that’s athletic + leisure style), guilt free. Each year, the brand contributes 5% of its revenue to three organizations that dedicate themselves to health, wellness, and the happiness of others: the one hundred by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Wide Horizons For Children, and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

With that knowledge in mind, we made a beeline toward Crane & Lion‘s most coveted piece – an impossibly chic and super-versatile wrap sweater. We mixed and matched with just about everything in our closet, and though there are a million and one ways to wear it, we have a couple favorites. Pair it with a pencil skirt and silk blouse for work or keep it casual with a fail-safe combo of a Crane & Lion racerback tank and any of their tights.

Invite this activewear into your wardrobe. Our Crane & Lion Boutique opened Monday, May 18, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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May 18, 2015

Your bag is packed for your summer getaway, and we’re willing to bet you have (several pairs of) sandals tucked inside. Look down. Are your toes ready for the trip? We chatted with Rue hair-&-makeup guru Rachael B., who gave us her recommendations for keeping our polish perfectly synced with our travel plans.

Vacation Nail Polish

Girls’ Weekend
Mentally preparing, er, packing for a bachelorette trip? Rachael encourages you to break out the metallic. “A steely silver is like a party on your toes, and rose gold is very hot right now.” Should you want something a little bolder, Rachael suggests swiping one of these colors across just the tips of your toes for a contrasted look.

Tropical Paradise
If Bora Bora is on your itinerary, we’re jealous. Seriously. Now grab a bright hue. “Anything that reminds you of tropical fruit is a go,” says Rachael, “like a pink-orange with a little shine, or a bright lemon yellow.”

Coastal Cruise
For those weekends in the Cape or those jaunts to Martha’s Vineyard, it’s all about the sherbet colors. “A light orange pairs well with a nautical blue-and-gold outfit,” notes Rachael, “and a soft, cashmere pink is a classic preppy neutral.”

Now grab your carry-on. All that’s left is to walk your fancy feet onto a beach (or boat dock, or bachelorette suite).

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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May 14, 2015

They were worn only once, but these gowns will forever go down in fashion history. Let’s take a trip down red-carpet lane, shall we?
Most Iconic Red Carpet Looks
The 2006 Academy Awards made Michelle Williams a household name. With perfectly undone hair and a standout saffron ensemble, no one could ignore the young actress. And now, no Best-Dressed Oscars List is complete without her.
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May 13, 2015

Sure, we love a good solid, but what’s a closet without a print or two? We sat down with Rue Stylist Caroline M. to get the inside scoop on which prints we should be stocking up on – and how to style them.

Prints for Spring Summer 2015 Gingham
This look has gotten a modern update since you last saw it on your grandmother’s table. Promise. Try it as a standout separate to start, then if you’re feeling bold, go head to toe in a matching set.
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May 12, 2015

Chances are you’ve been to a wine tasting or two at a vineyard or perhaps a local wine shop. But now it’s time to take your wine-connoisseur status to the next level – right at home with good company. Here’s how to pull it off like a pro.

Global Wine Cellars Vino Tasting

1. Provide simple glasses. No need to use specific styles for each wine – your small pours won’t be in the glass long. As long as you have one glass per person and a water pitcher for rinsing between tastes, you’re good.

2. Make each glass personal. A variety of festive coasters or wine charms will add a custom element to each person’s tasting. Because assessing lip-prints shouldn’t be the way you avoid mixing up glasses.

3. Prep the wine before guests arrive. Ideal serving temperatures for white wines range between 49 and 55 degrees, while red wines should be in the 62- to 68-degree range. And don’t forget to let the full-bodied reds breathe. Decant at least 25 to 30 minutes before you plan to taste.

4. Stock up on snacks. Set out crackers and a mix of cheeses. Use one mild – think Brie, Teleme, or Jack; one medium like Havarti, Gouda, or Edam; and one strong blue, like Gorgonzola or Stilton. Finish the spread with grapes or strawberries, crunchy Marcona almonds, and chocolates.

5. Educate your guests. They should be seeing, swirling, smelling, sipping, and swallowing to fully experience each wine. And if they can’t quite pinpoint the flavors? Keep tasting notes on hand to identify hints of plum, lavender, leather, oak, and more.

Ready to host? Stock up on wine and tasting notes in our Global Wine Cellars Boutique, which opened Thursday, May 7, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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May 10, 2015

Got a few (million) necklaces lying around? Put a fresh spin on your neckwear by layering a couple. To get you started, Rue Stylist Emma L. is dishing on her favorite insider tips.
Necklace Length Guide

When it comes to layering, Emma says, “It’s always best to go with no more than four lengths, and they should graduate from shortest to longest.” And don’t be afraid to mix metals or styles. Emma advocates pairing your silver and gold pieces (it’s not a no-no anymore), as well as combining chunky jewelry with delicate.

If you’re a one-necklace type of girl, then it’s all about wearing it with the right neckline. Emma explains, “I personally like a longer necklace with a higher-cut top – for instance, a crewneck or boat neck with at least an 18-inch chain.” Prefer something a little less buttoned-up? “More open options, like V-necks, can work with any necklace length,” says Emma.

Now head to your jewelry box and layer with abandon.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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May 8, 2015