1. Honeydew Intimates boyshorts. I was lucky enough to snag a single pair of these insanely soft boyshorts during an employee sample sale – and, let’s just say, many, MANY more (or, here, five) are in order. Our Lay the Foundation: Hipsters, Boyshorts, & More Boutique opens Sunday, December 23, at 11AM ET.

2. Rue La La iPad® case. You guessed it: I asked for an iPad for Christmas. (So call this wishful thinking.) Our Gifts You Didn’t Get: For Women Boutique opens Tuesday, December 25, at 11AM ET.

3. Amrita Singh necklace. With this gleaming coral number, my family’s annual warm-weather getaway just got that much closer. Our Time To Get Away: Resort-Ready Picks Boutique opens Thursday, December 27, at 11AM ET. 

4. Theodora & Callum espadrilles. (See #3.) Our The Rue Warehouse Sale: Last-Chance Steals Boutique opens Tuesday, December 25, at 8PM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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December 23, 2012

 

With the biggest party of the year on the horizon, perfecting that dance floor–ready look ahead of time is of utmost importance. Thanks to our Ellen Tracy Boutique, this one’s covered (right down to the shiny flats for an easy shoe change).

The Party-Perfect New Year's Look

 

Our Ellen Tracy Boutique opens Sunday, December 23, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 23, 2012

 
Hello again, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers celebrated Christmas in New York (literally). This week, they faced off in crafting fashion from the the 1920s – the days of flappers, Prohibition, and speakeasies.

Host Carolyn Murphy had each designer select a card: Emilio and Joshua got an afternoon garden party, Ivy and Anthony Ryan picked the after-hours speakeasy, and Uli and Laura Kathleen wound up with an evening social soiree. The task? Create a ‘20s-style design for the assigned event – and make sure it’s better than their opponent’s.

The face-off format created plenty of drama in the workroom – especially when the Ivy we remember and love (to hate) gave Anthony Ryan’s look a five out of ten, when he rated hers a seven or eight. And in a direct attack on Uli’s aesthetic, Laura Kathleen quipped, “I’ll combat trims and feathers with fur.”

The runway roared with flapper style – and since we’re down to six, all the designs were up for critique. The judges split them into high and low scores based on the match-ups – Emilio, Anthony Ryan, and Uli scored high, while Joshua, Ivy, and Laura Kathleen (two of which were this episode’s biggest trash-talkers – oh, the irony) scored low.

Emilio’s dress was smart and ladylike, but I agree with judge Georgina Chapman in that it lacked personality. Uli’s design was my personal favorite this week – between the movement of the fringe and the shawl, it was beautiful and original. And Anthony Ryan’s feathered capelet helped the design feel powerful and striking while remaining feminine and fun.

The use of color on the back of Joshua’s dress was remarkable, but the front – between the brooch and the simple style – wasn’t interesting enough. Ivy picked a gorgeous, expensive fabric – and then went on to create a heavy dress with a poorly executed feather trim. Laura Kathleen’s fur and imperfect trousers fell flat with the judges, though they appreciated the whimsical nature of her outfit.

And then there were five. Auf Wiedersehen – until next week, anyway.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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December 21, 2012

 

In honor of the holiday season, I asked a few of my favorite tastemakers to share their best holiday gifts (both given and received). Their answers may surprise you.

Tastemakers Talk Best Gifts Given & Received

 

CHRISTINA CALDWELL, Online Director, W magazine
“My favorite gifts are always the sentimental ones – my father engraving his vintage Rolex for me, the blanket a friend knitted for the birth of my son, and a very simple gold star necklace from my mom that was the first present my father gave her 35 years ago.”

NEIL BLUMENTHAL, Warby Parker
“Do genetic gifts count? I endowed my teething two-year-old son, Griffin, with a love of Philly-style hard pretzels. Best gift received? Easy. Optimus Prime Transformer when I was eight years old. I’d just seen the animated movie the day before, so I was primed for maximum gift impact.”
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December 21, 2012

 

Meet Sam, a Manager of Partner Marketing here at Rue. She’s the point person for some of our very important partners, and she makes sure everyone is happy on both ends (and that our marketing looks awesome, of course). Check out the gifts she’s picked for those lucky enough to make her list.

For my husband: “He’s been hinting around for a new watch and this could be the one. I also think that it will look great on my wrist as well!”

For my sister: “She’s an avid reader and adores her Kindle. This cover will be perfect for her.”

For my son: “He’s 14 months old, and reading stories with him before bed is the best time of my day. This was one of my favorite books growing up and I know that he would love it, too.”

Find all these gifts (and lots, lots more) in our Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique, open now.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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December 21, 2012

Here are Rue, we’re die-hard glossy aficionados – firm believers that there’s no better way to ease the transition into fall than a thick September issue.

So you can bet we were thrilled to hear that we’re pairing up with luxury charity auction site Charitybuzz – which has raised more than $65 million for nonprofits worldwide by auctioning exclusive access to the world’s biggest celebs and brands – to offer a behind-the-scenes look at a style standby, People StyleWatch.

Included? The chance to spend half a day shadowing (and lunching with) Editor Susan Kaufman at People‘s Rockefeller Center office, perusing the closet full of designer clothes and accessories, and seeing how the magazine comes together on a day-to-day level.

Bonus: thanks to Charitybuzz, the net proceeds from this experience benefit Reach Out and Read, a children’s charity which partners with doctors to prescribe age-appropriate children’s books and encourage families to read together. For more information about Reach Out and Read, head on over to their website: www.reachoutandreadnyc.org.

Glossy fix for a good cause? Done and done.

Our People StyleWatch Behind-the-Scenes Visit opens Friday, December 21, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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December 21, 2012

 

From private jet trips to cross-continental adventures, our Ready-to-Give Gifts Boutique has the last-minute presents of a lifetime. The only problem? Plain old white envelopes are no fun under the tree. Choose one of these fun and festive wrapping solutions and strike awe in every giftee even before they discover what’s inside.


1. Bury it in a jar of candy or in a tray of chocolates.
Place the voucher in an envelope, hold it upright inside a Mason jar, and pour your giftee’s favorite candy (jelly beans, Skittles®, chocolate kisses, etc.) over it. Seal the jar, wrap the lid with ribbon, and put it under the tree. Similarly, pick up a gourmet tray of chocolates and place the voucher inside the box (or tape it to the bottom). They’ll never see it coming.

2. Attach it to a helium balloon.
Nothing will catch their attention like a bundle of floating balloons. Use a hole punch at the office and swing by the party store on your way home.

3. Frame it.
If this last-minute gift is a trip across continents, put the voucher in a colorful frame and wrap it up. The frame will be waiting on the mantel for the perfect picture when they return.

4. Create a DIY bow or envelope.
If you’re feeling especially crafty, or you have a knack for origami.

5. Hang it from the tree.
Put the voucher in a gift box or envelope, tie it with ribbon, and either tuck it cozily in the branches or hang it with the ornaments. Tell your giftee there’s something waiting for them in the tree – they just have to find it.

Our Ready-to-Give Gifts: Just Print & Add a Bow Boutique opens Friday, December 21, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 21, 2012

 
With the New Year on the horizon, we can’t help but think of ways to start everything off fresh. From sheets to shams and everything in between, all the questions you ever had about thread count are answered right here. Read up, then choose your perfect thread count in our Sink In & Sleep Tight: Sheets by Thread Count Boutique (and prepare to hit snooze).

Our Sink In & Sleep Tight: Sheets by Thread Count Boutique opens Friday, December 21, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 21, 2012

Kate Spade Women’s “Rory” SunglassesThe one accessory your friend will show off all year round? These paparazzi-ready shades that will have her looking like a Hollywood starlet as soon as she puts them on.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.

December 21, 2012

With just under a week until Christmas, I’m still fighting the urge to go ballistic with a surge protector and a few dozen more strands of twinkle lights.

This season, however, I’m trying my hardest to prescribe to a “less is more” approach when it comes to decking my halls (please note: this does NOT apply to presents). So, I tried my hand at creating a simple (and season-friendly) twinkle light garland that you won’t have to stash in the attic with the waving Santa from your front yard come January.

What you’ll need:
•  String of lights
•  Fabric scraps (I suggest burlap, lace, or grosgrain ribbon)
•  Scissors

How to do it:
1. Cut your fabric or ribbon into pieces approximately 6 inches long (2 inches wide, max).
2. Tie each piece to the strand of lights in a single knot, allowing the two ends to hang down evenly.
3. Use about two pieces between each bulb, alternating in color or material for textured visual appeal.
4. When you’re done, the fabric should cover the majority of the green wire, so that just the lights poke through.
5. Use this to decorate a door archway, your tree, or even the posts of your bed.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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December 20, 2012