Rue Road Test: Twinkle Light Garland

Dress up traditional light strands with some style

With just under a week until Christmas, I’m still fighting the urge to go ballistic with a surge protector and a few dozen more strands of twinkle lights.

This season, however, I’m trying my hardest to prescribe to a “less is more” approach when it comes to decking my halls (please note: this does NOT apply to presents). So, I tried my hand at creating a simple (and season-friendly) twinkle light garland that you won’t have to stash in the attic with the waving Santa from your front yard come January.

What you’ll need:
•  String of lights
•  Fabric scraps (I suggest burlap, lace, or grosgrain ribbon)
•  Scissors

How to do it:
1. Cut your fabric or ribbon into pieces approximately 6 inches long (2 inches wide, max).
2. Tie each piece to the strand of lights in a single knot, allowing the two ends to hang down evenly.
3. Use about two pieces between each bulb, alternating in color or material for textured visual appeal.
4. When you’re done, the fabric should cover the majority of the green wire, so that just the lights poke through.
5. Use this to decorate a door archway, your tree, or even the posts of your bed.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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December 20, 2012

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

“Alpine” Chocolate Leather Insulated GlovesThose snow gloves – you know, the ones he uses to shovel the driveway? They won’t quite cut it with that dapper peacoat. Give him these gloves and he’ll have you to thank for the flood of compliments.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.


December 20, 2012

Grab the Popcorn: 10 Must-See Holiday Movies

 
Sure, eggnog and presents are crucial, but it wouldn’t be the holidays without these festive flicks playing on repeat. From all-time classics that tug at the heartstrings to a few newcomers that’ll have everyone laughing, these are the must-have flicks for a very merry movie marathon.

  1. The Polar Express
    This holiday blockbuster pulls me in with its spellbinding scenery – similar to the book’s illustrations, which I loved growing up.
  2. Home Alone
    Not only is this John Hughes classic hilarious, the dysfunctional McCallister clan always makes me feel better about my own slightly (okay, very) weird family.
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life
    Simply put, this touching holiday classic warms my heart better than a cup of hot chocolate.
  4. A Christmas Story
    I triple-dog-dare you not to like this classic flick.
  5. White Christmas
    With Bing “Mr. Christmas” Crosby himself, this holiday film is as charming as the beloved song.
  6. Love Actually
    Not only does it have a killer soundtrack, this romantic comedy reminds us that the holidays are about love, family, second chances, and making memories.
  7. Miracle on 34th Street
    No one does Kris Kringle better than Edmund Gwenn in this 1947 classic. Whenever I think of Santa Claus, he still comes to mind.
  8. Elf
    Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Buddy the Elf – when it comes to comedy, Will Ferrell can do no wrong (at least in my book). And when it comes to picking a favorite, Buddy takes the maple-syrup-covered cake every time.
  9. A Charlie Brown Christmas
    It’s a tradition – I fall in love with Charlie Brown and his sad little Christmas tree in this anti-commercialism classic year after year.
  10. The Santa Clause
    This Disney favorite is a movie the whole family can enjoy – and then rent sequels two and three.

 

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 19, 2012

Holiday Treats: Cookie Swap Recipes

TRY THESE DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM RUE’S ANNUAL COOKIE SWAP

One of the (many) perks of life at Rue: coworkers who love to bake, and then share their stellar confectionary creations. Yesterday, the Creative Team gathered for our annual cookie swap – and you’re invited to check out the to-die-for spread, straight from our kitchens to yours. Feel free to click on the titles below for printable recipe cards to add to your collection.

Candy Cane Oreo Balls
“The crushed candy canes added a minty flavor and crunchy texture that’s seriously amazing, and they look so festive!” —Melissa M., Copywriter

Joyce’s Molasses Cookies
“These are our favorite molasses cookies. The recipe is special in the sense that it’s from my fiancé’s grandmother, who unfortunately passed away some years ago.” —Shaina M., Copyeditor

Six-Layer Bars
“My aunt used to make these bars when I was little, so I snagged the recipe to bake them myself in college. They’re always a hit and perfect for the holidays (or any time of year).” —Brianna L., Junior Copywriter

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
“These are for lovers of all things peanut butter.” —Julia I., Junior Copywriter

Rum Balls
“My father called these ‘decadent’ the first time he tasted them. They’re now the most requested treat not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.” —Jess H., Copyeditor

Keep reading for more delicious recipes.


December 19, 2012

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

Big Buddha “Blaire” Zip WristletThe friend who loses everything in that big tote? Make her life a little easier with this zip-around wristlet that just so happens to be the perfect size for her phone, wallet, and lip gloss.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.


December 19, 2012

Give Luxury: Outside-the-Box Picks

 

We all have them – those friends with interests so specific, they make shopping quite a challenge. Fear not! We have just the things to save the day. Below, some incredibly thoughtful (and totally luxe) picks for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.

Card shark: They always beat you at Gin Rummy, but this deck is a sure way to upstage their card-game prowess.

World traveler: This paperweight will inspire hours of daydreaming about their trailblazing adventures (even when chained to a desk).

Fashion fanatic: Why limit snow globes to places they’ve visited? This treasure showcases the greatest love of all – Louis Vuitton.

Game-night hostess: These logo-emblazoned Dominoes are the perfect way to subtly remind game-night participants that their hostess has incredible taste.

Stylish academic: Sure, it may not be the most functional globe in the world. But it’s got style – and isn’t that what counts most?

For these unique treasures (and many more luxe accessories), check out our From the Reserve: Accessories by Hermes & More Boutique, opening Saturday, December 15, at 11AM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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December 15, 2012

Keep Calm & Travel On: Tips for Flying with Gifts

 

When celebrating the holidays away from home, traveling with toys in tow can be a bit of a struggle. Whether you decide to pack, ship, or carry-on your gifts, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you avoid any unnecessary travel headaches.

To Wrap, or Not to Wrap?
Wrapped gifts are allowed in carry-ons and checked luggage, but keep in mind that TSA officials reserve the right to undo all your handiwork during security inspections. Gifts in your checked luggage are less likely to be unwrapped, but your best bet is to save the wrapping for your arrival – unless you’re flying on Virgin Atlantic, who (for just $2 per package) will wrap presents for departing passengers who have gone through security.

The Outlaws.
Wrapped or unwrapped, toys that resemble weapons are a no-no. And the same goes for sports equipment like baseball bats, golf clubs, and hockey sticks. Liquids are also prohibited – and yes, that even includes snow globes. For a full list of restricted items, go here.

Ship, Ship, Hooray!
Unlike your airline, FedEx Ground® includes insurance and tracking – so in most cases, you’re probably better off if FedEx loses your gift than if your airline does (plus, you can wrap them). Another smart idea is to order gifts online (Rue La La, anyone?) and have them shipped directly to your destination.

Home Sweet Home.
Remember, getting there is just half the battle. To bring the gifts you received back home, pack an extra duffle in your suitcase and surround fragile items with clothing.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 12, 2012

Instant Inspiration: Five Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

1. Madewell’s color code has us seeing the holidays in every shade.

2. This is how we think of December, too – lots of sweets and presents.

3. Wondering what to wear to your holiday party? This Pinterest board has plenty of options.

4. Every holiday fête is going to need some colorfully themed treats.

5. What is it about a snowy landscape that’s just so magical?

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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December 11, 2012

Inside Rue: Associate Gift Picks

 

Meet Maureen, an Event Producer on our Living team. She puts together our home-centric Boutiques, making sure that each and every part of the event (from the initial photo shoot to the finishing touches) goes off without a hitch. Check out the gifts she’s picked for those lucky enough to make her list. (Don’t I wish I was her cubemate!)

For my mom: ”I love that these are classic but modern, and will carry through year after year.”

For my boyfriend: “He has a bar that he inherited from his grandfather, and this would be great for entertaining on it.”

For my cubemates: “My team is awesome and they all deserve some sweet treats around the holiday season.”

Find all these gifts (and lots, lots more) on Rue now.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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December 7, 2012

Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

 

Afire Four-Piece Complete Steak Smokin’ & Grilling Set. Your uncle doesn’t let anyone else man the grill (ever) so why not let him in on a little grilling secret? Behold: the surefire way to keep your plate first in line for that cooked-to-perfection steak (he’ll thank you in lots and lots of BBQ goodness).

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.


December 7, 2012