Get ahead on the holiday season creep-up. With must-have finds at every price point – from stocking stuffers to big-ticket items – this Boutique makes it easy to satisfy every request in a snap. Read on for tips on how to turn two popular gifts (big and small) into ones they’ll never put down.

 Just-Right Gift Picks for the Holidays

Stocking Stuffers
One bracelet makes a statement – a whole stack turns heads. Gift a variety of metals and sizes by tying them together with a ribbon.

Big-Ticket Items
A minaudière is petite, but it packs a style punch. Fill one with night-out essentials (like lipstick) so she can grab and go after unwrapping.

Our The Handpicked Holiday Gift Shop: Picks by Price Boutique opens Monday, November 24, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 24, 2014

For patent leather: To get your shiniest accessories glistening again, just wipe them with a bit of glass cleaner. To remove scuffs, gently scrub with a Q-tip and petroleum jelly.

For a too-big belt: When even the smallest notch is loose, pull your belt through its buckle to the desired tightness. Then loop it under and back over to create a secure knot.

For slippery soles: Prep shoes for icy surfaces by roughing up leather soles with sandpaper. Now you have enough grip to stay afoot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 24, 2014

Model Casting

Rue La La is a leading online retailer seeking aspiring New York City–area talent to wear our amazing designer clothes.

Previous experience in front of the camera is a plus, but not a must. Please dress simply – jeans and a tee will do.

Who: Women, ages 18+. U.S. size 2 and 5’9” fit the sample sizes best.

When: Friday, December 5, 10AM – 6:30PM

Where: Dune Studios in SoHo

121 Varick St., SoHo, New York, NY 10013

RSVP: Not required, but if you do plan on attending, let us know by signing up here.

Can’t wait until December 5 to show us your look? Feel free to submit headshots or a portfolio: casting@ruelala.com.

November 21, 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

Fact: Diamonds are forever. So, before you commit to one, a little sparkle rundown is in order. Just read up and prepare to flaunt away.

The Four Cs of Diamonds
Cut
Cut determines a diamond’s brilliance. Meaning? The better it’s cut, the more showstopping sparkle the diamond will have.

Color
A diamond’s color grade actually refers to its lack of color. Completely colorless stones receive the highest quality grades.

Clarity
Clarity refers to a diamond’s tiny natural imperfections, called inclusions. The fewer the flaws, the higher the clarity grade.

Carat
The carat of a diamond refers to its weight, not the actual size of the stone.

The Rue Diamond Shop Boutique opens Saturday, November 15, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 15, 2014

Gone Girl lead actress Rosamund Pike is on a roll. Her latest project? Collaborating with British brand L.K.Bennett on a collection of carryalls. With clean lines and eye-catching leathers, her namesake styles – the Rosamund and its smaller sister, the Rosie – are poised to become the next attainable It bags.

Rosamund Pike L.K.Bennett

Image via instyle.com

On the appeal of L.K.Bennett’s sophisticated look, Pike gushes to InStyle: “I think that L.K.Bennett is the perfect brand for the working woman because it gives you that ability to feel dressed and polished without feeling overdone.”

And the totable, boxy satchels do just that. I’m envisioning the reptilian ones on my arm at the office, at the supermarket, and pretty much everywhere.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 13, 2014

Here in the U.S., our annual shopping frenzy is served up with a side of Thanksgiving turkey. But over in China, Singles Day (a recently dreamed-up holiday) takes the win for record-breaking sales. This year, the November 11 occasion earned more than $9 billion – almost triple what Americans spent on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined last year.

Wondering how this retail bonanza got its start? Back in the 1990s, Chinese college students used the day to celebrate their singledom (sort of an anti-Valentine’s Day). In the last few years, retailers encouraged the unattached masses to treat themselves – and indulge they did. Just like that, the biggest shopping day in history was born.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 13, 2014

Holiday shopping? It’s our fashion director’s forte (naturally). Here, she’s sharing her top gift picks. We suggest you take notes.

C. Wonder Gift Picks

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November 12, 2014

Whimsical dressing is one way to escape the dreariness of the impending winter weather. Enchanted forests came to life on the Fall 2014 runways with leafy sets, embroidered animal motifs, and hooded capes, making a mysterious, dreamlike vibe one of the season’s most compelling trends. Here are five key items to complete your fairytale look.

most-coveted-fairytale-dressing

  1. Casadei Suede Butterfly Shoe. Rich black suede and butterfly appliques add a playful twist on the standard strappy sandal.
  2. Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Bag. A classic shape is made current with genuine green snakeskin and black hardware.
  3. Caruana Bordeaux Wool Hooded Coat. Pull on this luxurious coat – a wearable take on Little Red Riding Hood’s signature look – for extra warmth on dark winter days.
  4. Shoshanna Multicolor Printed Dress. Swap your usual LBD for dark graphic prints that evoke a sense of drama.
  5. gorjana “Buckley” 18K Plated Antler Drop Earrings. Delicate antler earrings are a subtle nod to the outdoorsy trend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 10, 2014