It’s that time again – and this year, we’re starting early. With hundreds (literally) of styles for every single person on your gifting list, our Sunday Night Cyberthon Boutique is here to give you a taste of Monday’s mayhem, hours before it happens. Just think of it as a little party to kickstart your online shopping spree with access to can’t-find-them-anywhere-else sales.

And because you’ll be checking off everyone else’s wish lists, picking up a party-perfect outfit for yourself is basically a must. So go ahead and add it to your cart. You deserve it.

1. Leather Shoulder Bag: Because every great outfit deserves an equally chic bag for all those soiree essentials – camera, lip gloss, phone.

2. Two-Tone Belted Dress: With simple color paneling and a flattering cut for all body types, this belted number has holiday party written all over it.

3. Patent Printed Pumps: Perfect for dancing or dining, these shoes will take you way past holiday season.

4. Tweed Peacoat: The festive color and classic style are ideal for any and all festivities.

Our Sunday Night Cyberthon Boutique opens Sunday, November 20 at 8PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 25, 2012

Sure, the turkey is still waiting to be devoured, but it’s never to early to start planning for the biggest Internet shopping day of the year. Cyber Monday is rapidly approaching, and this year, we’ve stocked the big day with too-perfect gifts for everyone on your list (think of it as our own little gift to you).


So here are our can’t-miss Boutiques, sure to get that list all checked off early – and of course, easily. (Who couldn’t use a little more easy?)


This one should already be on your radar. At 8AM, we’re starting our Today’s Fix: Special Holiday Edition Boutique. 24 (incredible) Today’s Fixes in 24 hours? Enough said.

11AM ET:

We’re kicking off our favorite hour with a bang – and a luxurious one, at that. Vintage Rolex and Cartier watches, SOREL winter shoes (for the whole family), Barbara Bixby jewelry, and Yves Saint Laurent – classically luxe clothes, shoes, and accessories for both men and women. Plus, we’ve put together a few of our very own Gift Boutiques, practically overflowing with hand-picked gifts for men, women, and children. There’s something for everyone – and trust us, these gifts will be fondly remembered for years to come.

But we’re not done yet. Not by a long shot.

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November 22, 2012

They’re almost here: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Haven’t been plotting your plan of attack all year? Not to worry – here are my best tips. After 14 years in retail, I’ve seen (and shopped!) it all.

Black Friday:

  • Scour Black Friday ads after stuffing yourself with turkey on Thanksgiving. Chances are you won’t nab everything on your list, so you’ll want to target the items that are at the top.
  • Heading out to the stores at midnight? Be sure to make a big mug of coffee around 10PM. That way, you’re sure to stay wide awake while standing in those long lines with your finds.
  • When waiting in said lines, double your shopping by checking out all the Boutiques Rue has at 11AM and 3PM from your iPhone® (you have our app, right?) or mobile device.


Cyber Monday:

  • Go big. Appliances and electronics usually have deep discounts on Cyber Monday – and it’s easier to put that 40″ LED TV in a virtual cart, rather than having to lug it through an actual store.
  • Get your fix – as in Today’s Fix – all day. Rue will have 24 must-have gifts for everyone on your list. It’ll also be a good time to start finding gifts for yourself, too (’tis the season)!
  • Take advantage of shipping deals like our Rue 30 to maximize convenience and savings (that’s the time to throw those fuzzy slippers into your cart).


Even after Cyber Monday, online holiday deals are plentiful, but here’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Shipping time frames. Most sites will give you an idea of when an item will be shipped out (on Rue, the “Ships in” information is below the “Add to Bag” button). This will be essential for the party dress you need before the big night. Look for upgraded shipping options when you need to. All Rue Boutiques will have the “Guaranteed for Christmas” treatment on applicable items.
  • Return policies. Generally, e-tailers and retailers give you a little leeway in case Nana thinks you still like sweatshirts with kittens on them. Always take a peek before ordering – sometimes items like lingerie are final sale and can’t be returned. (Rue lets you return non-final-sale items until January 15, 2013.)
  • Gift messaging. Sometimes it’s available, sometimes it’s not. Be sure to note which gifts you may need to send a corresponding card with. Making sure that the perfect gift is finished off with a “thank you!” is what holiday shopping is all about. You can write notes to your lucky recipients on Rue by clicking “Yes” on the checkout screen – right under your payment information.


By Amy Bootier, Corporate Concierge

What are your Black Friday and Cyber Monday tips? Share them in the comments below or tweet us @ruelala.

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November 22, 2012