December doesn’t just bring eggnog and gift giving – it’s also a time to look back on the past year. Sure, all these top-10 lists can be a little much, but here’s a compilation that even the Grinch could get behind: the best songs of the last 12 months.

NPR just released “Songs We Love 2014,” an eclectic mix of pop, reggae, jazz, and more, all on an interactive website. Time to plug in and shoulder dance your way through Friday.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 12, 2014

So you’ve watched the same holiday movie dozens of times. Yes, Elf is great and all, but why not try a timeless book instead? We enlisted the help of award-winning children’s librarian Debbie Laffond to find your next classic fireside read. Grab your littlest relatives and prepare for some festive nostalgia.

Favorite Holiday Children's Books

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December 11, 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to its youngest recipient in history yesterday, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. This latest honor is just another in a long line of achievements for the activist. She has won Sweden’s World’s Children’s Prize, Pakistan’s National Peace Award for Youth, and been named to the TIME 100, the magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world.

Of the Prize, Malala said, “[It] is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.”

With these accomplishments already under her belt, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Malala.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 11, 2014

Has the annual company party snuck up on you? Don’t panic. Wherever you and your colleagues are celebrating, Rue La La stylist Caroline M. whipped up an easy look that’s a whole lot of fun yet still completely professional. Recreate it and prepare to impress the boss.

Office Holiday Party

Black may not be the expected color choice for a holiday outfit, but it’s always my go-to. Add red accessories and metallic accents to up the festive factor. The finishing touch? A faux-fur vest that brings the glamour while keeping you cozy in the cold December weather. ” – Caroline M., Stylist

See our other Holiday Style How-To ensembles: The Family-Friendly Look and The Glam Look.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 10, 2014

Rocking a fresh face and some of luxury fashion’s most classic pieces, Julia Roberts just stepped into her newest role as Givenchy’s muse.   Julia Roberts Givenchy

Image via fashionista.com

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December 9, 2014

When it comes to gifting, it never hurts to be a hoarder. Keep a stash of crowd-pleasing buys in your closet or desk at work and you’ll be ready to exchange gifts at a moment’s notice. Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy shares her fail-safe recommendations here, so if the office Secret Santa slips your mind, you can rely on these go-to items.

 

Gifts to Have On-Hand

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December 9, 2014

After more than 20 seasons, America’s Next Top Model just crowned its first male winner: former NFL wide receiver Keith Carlos. He can now add the victory (and the Tyra-bestowed nickname “Manaconda”) to his modeling résumé.

Not only is Keith the first winner with the, ahem, whole package, but he’s also the oldest winner at age 26 (save for Lisa D’Amato during the All-Stars version). And did I mention he was competing in honor of his late father? I don’t know about you, but I’m okay with letting the ladies sit out from the winner’s circle this season.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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December 9, 2014

Versace has named Madonna, notorious icon of the 80s, 90s, and well, the indefinite future, its spokesperson for the fourth time. Madonna replaces last year’s face (and rumored rival) Lady Gaga in next spring’s campaign: a 12-page spread where she appears ageless, wild, and every bit in step with her younger self.

Madonna Versace Campaign

                                                                                                                                               Image via nytimes.com

This latest collaboration between the superstar and the luxury fashion house will appear in Vanity Fair and the American, French, and Italian editions of Vogue. Of Madonna’s persona, Donatella Versace tells the New York Times, “She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”

Madonna’s triumphant return marks 10 years since her last partnership with Versace. For the woman who literally taught us how to vogue, it’s only right that she revisit the pages to remind us how it’s done.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 8, 2014

This time of year, finding an ensemble that’s on-trend and that Grandma approves of isn’t always easy. So whether you’re headed to dinner with the in-laws or to your parents’ gift swap, Rue La La stylist Caroline M. breaks down the ideal getup for any family fete. Permission to copy every last element? Granted.

Family-Friendly Holiday Style

“The holidays are a time to glam it up – bangles and a shiny sequined skirt do just that. But for a family affair, pare down the glitz with a chambray shirt and beanie to add a touch of comfort that doesn’t translate as sloppy.” – Caroline M., Stylist

See our other Holiday Style How-To ensembles: The Office-Party Look and The Glam Look.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 8, 2014

For your eyes: Highlighting your bottom lash line is oh-so-hot right now. Dip a slant-tipped brush in water, then dab it in an eyeshadow hue that’s slightly lighter than your top liner. Apply for a soft, diffused look.

For removing stray nail polish: Simplify your next at-home mani and battle the mess before it begins. Using a Q-tip soaked in baby oil, trace the outline of each nail prior to painting. Any stray polish will rub right off when you’re done.

For minimizing hair static: Ease static (that pesky winter hair woe) with natural bristles and metal combs instead of plastic ones, and don’t underestimate the power of a cream-based styling product.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 8, 2014