There’s no getting around it. The holiday season – and the guests that come along with it – is fast approaching. But fear not. This spiced baked brie recipe from Le Creuset is all you need to kick your appetizer game up a notch.

Le Creuset Spiced Baked Brie

  • 1 round Brie (8.8 ounces)
  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • ¼ cup candied ginger
  • ¼ cup walnuts, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (232°C). Unwrap cheese and place it in the Le Creuset Camembert Baker.
  2. When oven is ready, stick baker in until the top of cheese slightly browns and rind begins to break open (approximately 12 – 15 minutes).
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add cranberries. While cranberries cook, heat skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once cranberries crack, strain and add them to warm skillet.
  5. Add orange juice and ginger into skillet. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, allowing  flavors to melt together and any extra moisture to evaporate.
  6. Cool the cranberry mixture, then toss with toasted walnuts.
  7. Serve cranberry mixture on top of warm cheese.

Pick up the fixings and a Camembert Baker, then get to hosting. Our Le Creuset Boutique opens Monday, November 9, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas Waters, Associate Content Editor

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November 9, 2015

The latest Bond film has officially hit the big screen. After binge-watching the past 23 action-packed movies to prepare, we can’t stop envying the cool-under-pressure style, from James Bond himself to his easy-on-the-eyes Bond girls. Below, we break down their iconic styles.

James Bond Spectre Mountain

The Bond Girls
Since 1962, the leading ladies in the Bond films haven’t been afraid to get in on the action. Their main weapons? Sultry outfits, of course. With double-entendre names and mysterious pasts, these villains and secret agents have sported it all. We’ve seen LBDs with OTKs, slinky evening gowns, and – of course – lots of bikinis.

Bond, James Bond
Always the best-dressed man in the room, James Bond’s style is modern yet timeless. After all, he rocks tuxes for baccarat tables and tweed jackets to travel. Oh, and the only accessories he needs? A martini (shaken, not stirred) and a lady on his arm.

Get geared up. Our Get the Look: Style Inspired by James Bond Films Boutique opens Friday, November 6, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer

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November 6, 2015

Cocktail parties. Festive feasts. November is the start of celebration. And when it’s time for us to host? We like to deliver the cheer. For the most joyful of affairs, pop a bottle and consult this food and wine pairing guide from the experts at WSJwine from The Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal Wines

Venta Real Gran Reserva 2005
Valdepeñas, Spain
Kick off the soiree with a spread of Manchego cheese, almonds, and lamb meatballs. But first decant this gold-medal vintage.

Villa Broglia 2012
Gavi di Gavi, Italy
This chilled Italian white complements lighter plates, from grilled fish to mushroom risotto. A true sign of its appeal? The silver medal it scored in 2013.

J Opi Malbec 2014
Mendoza, Argentina
This award-winning red is the star of your holiday feast. Pair with juicy meat, like pancetta-wrapped pork or a classic New York strip.

Now all that’s left is to stock the racks. Our WSJwine from The Wall Street Journal Boutique opened Monday, November 2, at 3PM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2015

Think the best things in life require the most effort? This four-ingredient sangria begs to differ. All you need are a few fixings and your biggest wine glass.

Easy Recipe for SangriaIngredients:

  • 8 fresh raspberries
  • ½ shot of orange liqueur (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 4 ounces of red wine
  • Club soda
  • Optional garnish: citrus slices


  1. Muddle raspberries in a glass.
  2. Add orange liqueur.
  3. Fill the glass (almost) to the brim with wine.
  4. Top it off with a splash of club soda.
  5. Garnish with citrus slices.

Serves 1

Now raise your glass – and sip.

By Rima Butto, Staff Writer

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November 4, 2015

After walking every major fashion show, becoming the face of Maybelline, and being named Mary-Kate Olsen’s style muse, there’s no denying 2015 is the year of Gigi. Oh, and did we mention her undeniably cool style, on and off duty? Here we highlight three staple items you need to channel the supermodel’s effortlessly chic look.

Gigi Hadid Biker JacketBiker Jackets
Head-to-toe black is one of this blonde beauty’s favorite looks, so it’s no surprise biker jackets are her go-to. Pair with black skinny jeans and pumps for an no-fail, edgy look.

Gigi Hadid Gold JewelryGeometric Jewelry
Gigi’s jewelry game is all about keeping it minimal – and geometric. Think dainty triangle rings, rectangle pendants, bold octagonal cuffs, and pentagon earrings.

Gigi Hadid Gold JumpsuitDressy Jumpsuits
Not just any jumpsuit will do for this glamazon. Channel her retro vibes by going all out in a boldly hued number with flared legs.

Get camera ready. Our Style Rookie: Off-Duty Looks Inspired by Gigi Hadid Boutique opened Wednesday, November 4, at 11AM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Associate Fashion Editor 

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November 4, 2015

Bonjour! Rumor has it you’re looking to plan a trip to my city. As a W Hotel Insider, I can safely say there’s no place like Montreal during the holidays. Filled with old-world charm and trimmed with sparkling lights, the city has something for everyone. Here are a few top spots to visit when winter comes around – just don’t forget your jacket and some extra cozy mittens.

W Montreal
Where to Stay
Located in heart of downtown, the W Montréal is the place to be. Treat yourself to a day at the Away Spa, sip a one-of-a-kind cocktail in the multilevel lounge, Wunderbar, or simply relax atop luxe feather and down pillows.

Where to Go
Lauréa: Need to duck in from the cold? Make a reservation to dine at this acclaimed eatery on Laurier Street. Not only will its contemporary French cuisine fuel your adventures, it will wow you with standout (read: Instagram-friendly) presentation.

TELUS Fire on Ice: No holiday trip to Montreal is complete without catching this fireworks show in the Old Port. Held every December, it’s a spectacular sight set to music.

Saint Catherine Street: If you’re in the mood for wandering and old-fashioned people watching, head here. Be sure to stop at La Maison OGILVY and admire the holiday windows, aptly named The Enchanted Village.

Have other travel plans? There’s an Insider in every W city who can help you make the most of your trip. Plus, you can visit our W Hotels The Store Boutique opening Wednesday, November 4, at 3PM ET to gear up on all the five-star essentials.

November 4, 2015

The boys are back in town. And they’re looking dapper. Here’s a peek at some of this season’s best men’s looks, as told by Rue buyer and resident fashion guru Michael B.

men's blue suitThe Freshest Blue
There’s a new hue on the block – a medium blue with hints of green. Sport it as a suit and pair with a patterned sweater for a casual yet tailored look.

mens three piece suitsThe Three-Piece Suit
The more (pieces) the merrier. Wear in a solid color or go bold with pinstripes. Just don’t skimp on the details. A dressy tie or pocket square paired with a timeless watch will add extra polish.

Ready to don these styles? Our Man About Town: Trending Looks to Own Now Boutique opens Tuesday, November 3, at 11AM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 3, 2015

Corey Beck knows a thing or two about vino. As the president and director of winemaking for the famed Francis Ford Coppola Winery, he’s an industry expert. So we asked the pro to spill some of his craft secrets.Corey Back Francis Ford Coppola WineryHow did your story begin with the Coppola family?
I started 18 years ago as assistant winemaker at Niebaum-Coppola Winery. My first job was making Rubicon from the Estate with winemaker Scott McLeod. To this day, we use the same techniques in making a $200 bottle of wine as we do a $20 bottle.

What’s involved in the day-to-day of being a winemaker?
There’s a lot of tasting and decisions. Francis always compares it to being a director – another role with many decisions. We’re always trying to create the perfect wine, so it’s not finished until we put it in the bottle.

What’s your favorite Coppola movie character, and which wine do you think they’d drink?
By far, it’s George C. Scott in his role as Patton. It’s one of the greatest movies ever made, in my opinion. He’s a person that would drink Cabernet Sauvignon; it fits his personality.

How do you uncover the inner wine lover in someone?
It has to start with food, in my opinion. The reason wine is so popular in Europe is because food and tradition go hand in hand. It needs to be part of our everyday life.

If you’re not a wine drinker, where is a great place to start?
Keep it lighter and maybe a touch sweet to start. The typical American diet has a lot of sugar in it, so having a wine that follows suit isn’t a bad thing. Let’s not forget White Zinfandel has started a lot of wine love affairs.

It’s your turn to sip one of his famed Cabernets. Our WSJwine from The Wall Street Journal Boutique opened Monday, November 2, at 3PM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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November 2, 2015

There’s no denying this season has taken layering to a new level. From the runways to the streets, fashion girls are adding new dimension to otherwise simple ensembles. How, you ask? With texture. Take their cue by working these three trending fabrics into your fall rotation.

faux fur collar coatThis throwback accessory knows how to make a statement. Shrug it over your shoulders for a modern, luxe look.

velvet clutch bagLong gone are the days when this Victorian-esque material only made holiday appearances. Use it as a clutch to chic things up, no matter the time or place.

tweed jacket womenStolen from ladies who lunch, this weave will add instant sophistication to any outfit. Give it a cool-girl update by pairing it with a casual tee and denim.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer

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November 1, 2015

Bloggers do it, and so can you. Mastering the art of street style is all about identifying your aesthetic and going for it. This year’s trending looks? Polished punk. Prim and proper. Read on to see which vibe speaks to you.

edgy clothing style
If you find yourself constantly walking the line between edgy and elegant, this is all you. Fill your closet with head-to-toe monochrome and tough it up with leather. When you’re feeling extra rebellious, just slip on lace-up boots to take your ensemble up a notch (or two).girly clothes
Your taste is all-out femme, and you’re not afraid to show it. Add a playful twist to more conservative pieces by mixing proportions. Go cheeky with an over-the-top novelty bag, but stick to classic oversized shades and neutral pumps to let your standout pieces do the talking.

Pick and go. Our Street-Style Roundup: Trending Looks to Own Now Boutique opens Friday, October 30, at 3PM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Associate Fashion Editor

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October 30, 2015