The glitter-filled holiday season is prime time for trying new beauty trends – but sometimes you just want a foolproof look. Enter: this feminine, universally flattering combination, courtesy of our resident hair and makeup expert Rachael C. Ready to master it yourself? Here’s how, step-by-step.

Go-To Holiday Makeup

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November 25, 2014

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

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.

Tree Styles

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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

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

‘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