Christmas trees are deeply rooted in tradition. Whether your home relies on a tried-and-true aesthetic or likes to mix it up each year, there are endless ways to bring a theme to life. Here, Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy outlines three trending tree styles – rustic nostalgia, coastal-inspired, and timeless glamour – and shares how to achieve each look.

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November 22, 2014

We all know the story of Cinderella. But now, the beloved narrative is getting an update with a fairytale cast, including Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Downton Abbey actress Lily James as the leading lady.

What can we expect from this Kenneth Branagh–directed film? “I believe that there are expectations of a Disney Cinderella,” Kenneth says. “So, of course, we give people a pumpkin. Of course, we give them a carriage….Everything that you might expect is there.” Except this time, Cinderella doesn’t play victim. He adds, “She’s her own gal and she’s good company. She redefines goodness, I think, in the performance and she makes it sexy, and cool, and playful.”

Pumpkin carriages aside, the part I’m the most excited about? The glass slippers (obviously).

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 21, 2014

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and weekend visits. Meaning, you need to build a stockpile of thank-you gifts for the hosts. Here, our editorial directors weigh in on their favorite finds and the best ways to present them.

Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

“Who doesn’t love fondue? It’s easy, fun, and delicious. Gift a pot with both sweet and savory ingredients to get them started on dinner and dessert. I like cheese paired with focaccia, mini potatoes, or broccoli, and chocolate paired with strawberries, bananas, or angel food cake.” – Jackie, Rue Fashion Editorial Director

“A naturally scented candle can be used in a bedroom, guest room, bathroom, or a home office – and you don’t have to worry about matching it to an interior.  Plus, it’s super easy to wrap. You can simply tie clear cellophane and an orange bow around it to let the already gorgeous packaging shine through.” – Nancy, Rue Living Editorial Director

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 20, 2014

You’re tackling those wish lists – and thanks to our buyers – snagging the just-right items for every giftee. Here are five ways to put a personal touch on those picks.

More Next-Level Gifting Tips

For the Luxury Loyalist
Indulging never goes out of fashion. Surprise them with luxe staples they can (and will) wear every day.

For the Homebody
A knit throw and a hoodie make nights on the couch even cozier. Add a movie for an excuse to stay in.

For the Relaxation-Minded
Give scrubs and candles for an at-home spa day. Toss in chamomile tea for the ultimate dose of Zen.

For the Sparkle Lover
Gift her gemstone hoops to channel the disco era or cascading pearls to speak to her Old Hollywood side.

For the Snow Seeker
She lives on the slopes. Supply her with wool scarves and sheepskin boots to minimize hot-cocoa breaks.

Our Handpicked Holiday Shop: New Picks by Personality Boutique opened Thursday, November 13, at 3PM ET. Find even more gifting tips here.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 20, 2014

Chances are, a turkey won’t be your only visitor next week. Houseguests may be coming, too – but there’s no need to fret. This year, you can give bed-and-breakfasts some serious competition. Here are five ways to make family and friends feel right at home.

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November 19, 2014

An eye roll. A burrito. Popping bubbly. None of these can currently be expressed with emoji. But mid-2015 the Unicode Consortium – the folks in charge of creating the beloved illustrated language – might release all three in a set of up to 37 new designs.

Candidates for the Unicode 8.0 release have been announced on The Unicode Blog, including a delicious little taco and a highly requested unicorn face. Whether or not each of these additions makes the final cut, we excitedly await this long-overdue refresh.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 19, 2014

If you thought the debut nail polish from Christian Louboutin was pricey at $50 per bottle, think again. Now, he’s upping his beauty game tenfold with the premiere of Starlight, a limited edition holiday launch that retails for a cool $675.

Christian Louboutin Holiday Nail Polish

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The bottle holds the label’s signature red shade, Rouge Louboutin – but it’s the 1,500 hand-applied, two-toned Strass crystals that tip the price well over the $600 mark. And the box it comes in? Black lacquer decorated with leather and crystal flowers like the ones on the brand’s Pensamoi shoe.

Although I’d prefer a pair of red-soled shoes for the same price, I wouldn’t complain if this blinged-out nail polish turned up in my stocking.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 18, 2014

A 60s revival is in full force – and style stars like Emma Stone are sporting looks that nod to the era. Take a cue from these trendsetters by incorporating one piece with a touch of retro flair into your outfit. Think an embellished mini shift, bold stripes, or patent leather Mary Janes.

Most Coveted 60s Inspired Style

  1. Valentino Navy & Red Stripe Double-Breasted Coat. A graphic coat with a high collar adds a touch of vintage-inspired style to your everyday skinnies.
  2. Sparkling Sage Trio Stud Earrings. Pair these standout studs with everything from a T-shirt to your LBD.
  3. Cynthia Rowley Red Geo Appliqué Shift Dress. This embellished shift in the color of the season is a dreamy choice for holiday parties.
  4. Prada Women’s 28PS Sunglasses. Chic cat-eye frames with fun floral detailing will earn you serious street cred.
  5. Saint Laurent “Babies 40″ Patent Glitter Mary Jane Pump. Hedi Slimane showed this shimmery Mary Jane style on the runway. Now, introduce it to your wardrobe.

 

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 18, 2014

The Hepburn family’s good-gene game is strong. After appearing in Harper’s BAZAAR’s September issue, Emma Ferrer (Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter) has signed a contract with Storm Model Management. The art student and former ballerina is now moving from Florence to New York City to attend her school’s satellite campus while pursuing her newfound modeling career.

As for the comparisons to her famous ancestor? Emma recently said, “All I can compare is what I live of her through my father and family. She had a desire to help people and make the world more beautiful, and I undeniably feel the same….When it’s these kinds of comparisons, no I’m never bothered, but rather honored.”

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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November 18, 2014

When it comes to sourcing ingredients, Blue Apron knows what it’s doing. It scours America for the freshest in-season finds from artisanal purveyors, delivering them to your door with original recipes. Then all you have to do is follow step-by-step instructions to enjoy gourmet results. Curious as to which ingredients might be in one of its weekly boxes? Let’s take a look.

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November 17, 2014