In case you missed it, this week was a busy one here at Rue! After a few late nights and bottomless peppermint mochas, we released our annual holiday issue – #AVeryMerryRue! In the festive pages, you’ll find our gift guides, a gorgeous holiday party, and an interview with the incomparable Jay Jeffers… just to mention a couple highlights. PLUS, a few of our own open the doors to their homes. (Our founder’s San Francisco apartment is to die for!) We hope you enjoy the issue as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. Happy holidays!

Elsewhere, we found a few favorites:

We love the look of metallics in kitchens. This slideshow on LuxeDaily is endlessly inspiring.

This weekend, we’ll be making an advent calendar modeled after the one we found on Jenni Kayne’s blog, Rip & Tan. Are we allowed to fill ours with those boozy chocolates?!

This is an interesting read on the power of empathetic thought. We found it to be especially relevant in the midst of the holiday season!

One of our favorite bloggers has made a return to her popular food blog, With Style & Grace. Welcome back, Lisa! We can’t wait to follow along.

We recently tried Green Chef – it’s an organic food delivery service with tasty, easy recipes. We loved it so much, we thought you should try it too! Click here for your first 5 (FIVE!) meals free.

Image originally appeared as part of “Young, Wild & Free” in our August 2013 issue here.