Kick off the Season with the Rockettes

Ah, Christmastime in New York City. There’s nothing quite like it. The glittering lights on the Rockefeller Center tree. A chill in the air as you saunter from destination to destination, steaming cup of cocoa in hand.

It’s one of my fondest childhood memories (even the four-hour car rides were met with giddy anticipation). So I was thrilled to hear we were 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 holiday-in-the-city experience to remember. Think a private dance lesson with the Rockettes, tickets to see them perform at Radio City Music Hall, a behind-the-scenes tour, and (oh-so-much) more.

It’s must-see, must-do New York at its best – and, as if that phrase didn’t already contain enough musts, I’ll throw in another plus: benefits go to a nonprofit charity, Garden of Dreams.

Since its inception in 2006, Garden of Dreams has worked closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company to help make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. Creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and beyond, they’ve helped more than 215,000 tri-state area children persevering through illness, homelessness, poverty, and tragedy.

An unmatched holiday experience that benefits a cause? I can’t think of a better way to channel the spirit of the season.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Experience opens Monday, November 26, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 24, 2012

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

John Varvatos Star USA Leather Duffel Bag. The boyfriend. Decidedly the most difficult person to buy for – until now. With buttery, calfskin leather, a convenient crossbody strap, and enough room for a weekend’s worth of essentials, this rugged duffel couldn’t be more perfect for that mid-winter getaway you have (secretly) planned.

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


November 24, 2012

At Work with Alvin Valley

Alvin Valley was crowned “The King of Pants” by Women’s Wear Daily in the mid-nineties thanks to his amazing trousers – beloved by women of all ages and sizes. The designer lost his business a decade later and took a hiatus, returning to the fashion fold earlier this year after buying back the rights to his name and relaunching his newly reconfigured line of pants for Fall 2012 as an online-only venture. I recently stopped by Alvin’s Garment District headquarters to get the lowdown on his typical day at work and the secret to his beautifully cut trousers.
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November 23, 2012

The James Jeans Denim Fit Guide

Denim trends occur in pendulum-like cycles, but with the right fit, you can successfully pull off any style – you just have to be willing to stretch out of your ever-indigo or always-slouchy comfort zone.

Guys, skinny jeans are no longer reserved for angsty bands and hipsters, and color is not just for chicks. It’s time to rock some statement socks and show us what you’ve got. And ladies, welcome the bootcut back into your wardrobe. With a killer pair of heels (or even flats – just remember to roll the cuffs), that pair you save for manual labor (i.e. Swiffering the floors) is ready for a night out.

Find these denim fits and more at our James Jeans Boutique, opening Friday, November 23, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 23, 2012

Rue Sneak Preview: Cyber Monday

Sure, the turkey is still waiting to be devoured, but it’s never to early to start planning for the biggest Internet shopping day of the year. Cyber Monday is rapidly approaching, and this year, we’ve stocked the big day with too-perfect gifts for everyone on your list (think of it as our own little gift to you).

 

So here are our can’t-miss Boutiques, sure to get that list all checked off early – and of course, easily. (Who couldn’t use a little more easy?)

8AM ET:

This one should already be on your radar. At 8AM, we’re starting our Today’s Fix: Special Holiday Edition Boutique. 24 (incredible) Today’s Fixes in 24 hours? Enough said.

11AM ET:

We’re kicking off our favorite hour with a bang – and a luxurious one, at that. Vintage Rolex and Cartier watches, SOREL winter shoes (for the whole family), Barbara Bixby jewelry, and Yves Saint Laurent – classically luxe clothes, shoes, and accessories for both men and women. Plus, we’ve put together a few of our very own Gift Boutiques, practically overflowing with hand-picked gifts for men, women, and children. There’s something for everyone – and trust us, these gifts will be fondly remembered for years to come.

But we’re not done yet. Not by a long shot.

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November 22, 2012

Tips for Surviving Black Friday & Cyber Monday

They’re almost here: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Haven’t been plotting your plan of attack all year? Not to worry – here are my best tips. After 14 years in retail, I’ve seen (and shopped!) it all.

Black Friday:

  • Scour Black Friday ads after stuffing yourself with turkey on Thanksgiving. Chances are you won’t nab everything on your list, so you’ll want to target the items that are at the top.
  • Heading out to the stores at midnight? Be sure to make a big mug of coffee around 10PM. That way, you’re sure to stay wide awake while standing in those long lines with your finds.
  • When waiting in said lines, double your shopping by checking out all the Boutiques Rue has at 11AM and 3PM from your iPhone® (you have our app, right?) or mobile device.

 

Cyber Monday:

  • Go big. Appliances and electronics usually have deep discounts on Cyber Monday – and it’s easier to put that 40″ LED TV in a virtual cart, rather than having to lug it through an actual store.
  • Get your fix – as in Today’s Fix – all day. Rue will have 24 must-have gifts for everyone on your list. It’ll also be a good time to start finding gifts for yourself, too (’tis the season)!
  • Take advantage of shipping deals like our Rue 30 to maximize convenience and savings (that’s the time to throw those fuzzy slippers into your cart).

 

Even after Cyber Monday, online holiday deals are plentiful, but here’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Shipping time frames. Most sites will give you an idea of when an item will be shipped out (on Rue, the “Ships in” information is below the “Add to Bag” button). This will be essential for the party dress you need before the big night. Look for upgraded shipping options when you need to. All Rue Boutiques will have the “Guaranteed for Christmas” treatment on applicable items.
  • Return policies. Generally, e-tailers and retailers give you a little leeway in case Nana thinks you still like sweatshirts with kittens on them. Always take a peek before ordering – sometimes items like lingerie are final sale and can’t be returned. (Rue lets you return non-final-sale items until January 15, 2013.)
  • Gift messaging. Sometimes it’s available, sometimes it’s not. Be sure to note which gifts you may need to send a corresponding card with. Making sure that the perfect gift is finished off with a “thank you!” is what holiday shopping is all about. You can write notes to your lucky recipients on Rue by clicking “Yes” on the checkout screen – right under your payment information.

 

By Amy Bootier, Corporate Concierge

What are your Black Friday and Cyber Monday tips? Share them in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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November 22, 2012

The 12 Days of Merry: Ornament Collecting

Tree ornaments are a great way to celebrate all of life’s milestones – big or small. From your first Christmas to your most recent great purchase, look to ornaments that are sure to be passed down for generations.

 

The 12 Days of Merry: Christopher Radko Ornaments Boutique opens Wednesday, November 21, at 11AM ET.

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November 21, 2012

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

Nespresso Pixie Electric Espresso Maker. What’s better than Dad opening this gourmet espresso maker just before his morning cup? By the look on his face it’s love at first sip.

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


November 21, 2012

The 12 Days of Merry: Best Hostess Gifts

They were nice enough to invite you over (and during the hectic holiday season, no less), so as Emily Post has taught us, it’s only appropriate we thank them with a thoughtful gift for their hospitality.

The 12 Days of Merry: Kate’s Verbena Hostess Gifts Boutique opened Tuesday, November 20 at 11AM ET.

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November 20, 2012

Hotel at Home: Fall Asleep in a Five-Star Suite

Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners for the holidays or looking to spruce up your own sleeping space, follow these easy at-home tips to create a bedroom that’s all about relaxation.

1. Make the bed. It may sound obvious, but if you’re anything like me, you know how temping it can be to throw that comforter over a pile of jumbled sheets and call it a day. Get into the habit of making the bed right after you brush your teeth, and after a long, tiresome day, it will feel as if housekeeping stopped by to tuck in your covers.

2. Stick with one color palette, & upgrade your thread count. Nothing feels more like a hotel room than crisp, white, freshly washed linens, but a soothing sky blue or neutral tone will have the same stress-relieving effect. And if there’s one thing to splurge on in the bedroom, it’s the sheets (not the TV). Up that thread count, or choose a luxury cotton like Egyptian or Supima.

3. Fresh flowers. We don’t often think of buying flowers if we’re not entertaining or greeting someone special, but a freshly cut bouquet perched on a bedside table or vanity circulates oxygen and heightens the room by adding color and pleasing aromas.
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November 20, 2012