CHIC THIS WEEK :: Best in Show for December 14-20, 2013

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In Monique Lhuillier
At an OXFAM Charity Gala at the 2013 International Dubai Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In Stella McCartney
(fascinator by Philip Treacy)
At an Order of the British Empire investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, England

In Old Navy and J Brand
At an Old Navy Holiday Bazaar shopping event in NYC, New York

In Cushnie et Ochs
At 'The Wolf of Wall Street' premiere in NYC, New York

In Sachin + Babi
(sandals by Bruno Magli, jewellery by Red C)
At the 71st Annual Golden Globe Award Nominations Announcement event in Beverly Hills, California

In Elie Saab
(earrings by David Yurman)
At the '12 Years a Slave' premiere in Paris, France

In Lorena Sarbu
At the 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' premiere in NYC, New York

AT THE TABLE :: Salt-Encrusted Cranberry-Pecan Rye Bread

By Theresa Curry/images by Mark Miller

Even if you've never made bread, try this wonderful festive loaf created by Patrick O'Connell of the Inn at Little Washington. Those who are familiar with Chef O'Connell will not be surprised to know that this recipe works perfectly every time with the amounts and times just exactly as they are. The loaves freeze beautifully, and I always keep some on hand.

Perfect with any kind of flavourful cheese or smoked fish, this beautiful bread belongs on your holiday hors d'oeuvres plate, or serve it at the table with ham or pork. At my house we make little sandwiches with just cream cheese, too. Take the time to roll the dough cylinders evenly in the salt and caraway for a gorgeous presentation. I just run my hands under cool water before rolling them to make sure the outside is moist and the coating sticks. I've also kneaded them by hand instead of using the mixer -- surprisingly easy!

HOW TO BEHAVE HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: Should a Guest Remove Their Shoes?

To de-shoe or not to de-shoe, that seems to be the question of the hour, or at least the question on everyone's mind during the holiday season, when countless get-togethers and open houses leave you wondering what to do when you run into that dreaded pile of shoes at the front door. A question that seems to plague the host of the party just as much as it does the guest arriving at the  door, should guests remove their shoes? So much easier to figure out what one is supposed to do when there is a concrete rule on the matter but in these instances where there isn't, the importance of everyday good manners and social graces could never be more essential.
But what to do, dear friends, let's read on!