WWD asked fashion heavy-hitters to sketch their dream Christmas stockings – and of course, they’re as elaborate as the designs you’d see on the runway.

Lela Rose went for a stiletto-inspired silhouette filled with kitchen essentials to signal her love of holiday entertaining. Anna Sui, meanwhile, went more old-school in her version, using a Victorian boot shape with festive touches of glitter and sequins.

If you want to literally try making one of the creations, Betsey Johnson added instructions to her sketch: “Take a nylon-seamed stocking, add fringe down the back…and hope to inspire Santa to give you things that you lack.”

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 24, 2014

If you’re an expert at trimming the tree – and we suspect you are – now is the time to apply those decorating skills to your drink menu. Read on for a few garnish ideas to elevate at-home libations. And yes, sampling is encouraged.

Fortune Cookie Garnish

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December 23, 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

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

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.

guest-ready-home

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November 19, 2014

If you’re anything like us, this is how Christmas unfolds.

1. Can’t hold out for dinner? Us either. Thank goodness for hors d’oeuvres.

2. If the rolls are a little burned, present a gorgeous tablescape and no one will notice.

3. Sometimes the main course can be overwhelming (in a good way). So. Many. Options.

4. A tasty meal just isn’t complete without a drink that’s equally delicious.

5. Oh, and did we mention dessert is on the way?

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December 24, 2013

Lady Gaga and Muppets

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December 20, 2013

Sure, it’s getting a little late. But you can still grab some gifting inspiration, order, and get it all in time for Christmas.

1. So. Many. Toys. The kids are going to love you for this.

2. Shopping on a budget? (Us, too.) Each of these gifts is sitting pretty at $50 or less.

3. Everyone is getting gifted. Needless to say, your home also deserves a little extra love.

4. Guys can be tough to shop for. Luckily, they’ll like everything on this list.

5. Accessories and clothes. What more could a girl ask for?

Still can’t decide? There’s always the Rue Gift Card.

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December 17, 2013

We kissed sunning and swimming goodbye months ago. It’s about time we took on some cold-friendly activities.

1. We can’t be the only ones who consider hanging Christmas lights exercise.

2. There’s no way we’d pass up a sleigh ride (unless hot cocoa wasn’t allowed inside the vehicle).

3. Not a snowstorm goes by where we don’t build a snowman. No shame in our game.

4. As soon as fresh pow hits, we’re skiing the slopes.

5. Baking cookies can totally be considered a winter pastime. As long as they’re snowflake- and/or reindeer-shaped.

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