Be they spruce, pine, or fir, Christmas trees and garlands are traditionally evergreen. And the problem with those natural beauties? Needles everywhere. But artificial options abound. They’re easy to store, realistic-looking, and most importantly, much less of a mess. Lucky for you, Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy shares her tips below on how to select the proper faux greenery for your very real holiday.

Faux Christmas Trees and Garlands

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November 25, 2014

This year, we’re teaming up with PayPal to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible (so you can get back to celebrating). With 60 no-brainer gifts launching throughout the week – and the option for a fast and completely secure checkout with PayPal – you can spoil every giftee on your list with what they really want. These steals will even leave you with extra to spend on a finishing touch. Here, we share three ways to make this season the most memorable yet.

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Brilliance New York Diamond & Pearl Night Cream $399 $29.99
If you didn’t think you could put that big-ticket item under the tree, think again. Grab a super-luxe night cream at a too-good-to-be-true price, then throw in a silk eye mask for the complete at-home spa experience.

Cullen Women’s Cashmere Hat & Fingerless-Glove Set $215 $79.99
& Portolano Men’s Striped Scarf & Glove Set $150 $49.99
Buy items in sets. Wrap a hat-and-glove set for twice the cozy, without breaking the bank. Then throw on skates and hit the ice together so they can show off.

Stella & Ruby 14k-Plated Braided Necklace $130 $39.99
Glitzy extras – think statement necklaces and crystal earrings – are crowd-pleasers. Keep them on hand for last-minute gift swaps. Have leftovers? Hold on to them for yourself or save them for next year.

Our Presented by PayPal: 12 gift steals. 24 hours. Boutiques open Monday, November 24; Tuesday, November 25; Friday, November 28; Saturday, November 29; and Monday, December 1, at 8AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 24, 2014

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

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.

Blue Apron

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November 17, 2014

Now that holiday season is under way, tackling those wish lists is top priority. Lucky for you, we’ve chosen just-right items for every giftee. Want to make our picks extra personal? Take note of the five tips below.

Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

For the Detail-Oriented Guy
Pack slippers and cashmere into a rugged weekender. Then wow him with a winter getaway.

For the Fashion Devotee
Pair on-trend pieces with a camera tripod so she can refine her street-style poses.

For the Taste Tester
Treat a savory seeker with a picnic basket and gourmet eats, or give a sweet tooth pancake mix and maple syrup.

For the Style Perfectionist
Wrap together chic extras (think printed scarves and colorful clutches) that elevate any look in a snap.

For the Hostess
Come bearing an artisanal cheese board. And don’t forget the most heartfelt thank you: a handwritten card.

Our Handpicked Holiday Shop: New Picks by Personality Boutique opens Thursday, November 13, at 3PM ET. Want even more gifting guidance? Check back next week for five extra tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 13, 2014