• Thursday, March 5, 2015

    There are certain dresses that belong in every girls' closet. No matter the occasion, you can always fall back on a favorite dress that is detailed enough to stand out on its own, but can easy be dressed up with sparkling accessories like a ornate clutch or statement necklace. For some, this is a breezy shift dress. Others, a flowing maxi dress or a vintage-inspired fit and flare. Our "Dressentials" series is here to inspire you to explore outside of your sartorial comfort zone and discover the beauty of classic silhouettes that both timeless and flattering.

    These cute dresses will inspire you to curate outfits perfect for exploring a foreign city or your own backyard! From sophisticated drop-waist dresses to casual a line dresses, any lover of cute dresses needs a few staple silhouettes in her closet. As you can tell from our extensive collection of cute dresses, we adore all different types of dresses, and our first post in this series covers the lovely fit and flare dress. Check back with us to learn more about your personal staples or discover a new favorite dress silhouette with our Dressentials series! fit-and-flare-dress

    Ready for a little history of the fit and flare dress? Fit and flare dresses first rose to popularity during the 1950s thanks to famed designer Christian Dior. With the introduction of his "New Look" silhouette between 1954 and 1955, the fitted waist and full skirt that the "fit and flare" was named for rose to popularity. The fit and flare has always been characterized by a slim-fitting bodice and flouncing skirt, which continues to be a flattering silhouette still loved today! These dresses were often crafted in the pastel hues and bouncing taffeta that were at the height of popularity for 1950s fashion. The fit and flare dress is one of the vintage style dresses that has remained a favorite for countless women since their first debut to 1950s fashion by the one and only Christian Dior. 

    With the introduction of ready-to-wear fashion during this era, this look was more easily accessible and was no longer limited to wealthy fashion lovers. Previously, women would construct their own garments or rely on a tailor, but with the industrialization of fashion, they could simply stop by a store and purchase a dress on the spot! Can you imagine having to sew your own fit and flare dress, or have to stop by the tailor each time you needed a dress for an occasion or "just because?" You can learn more about vintage fashion with our Vintage Clothing Guide!

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    While the fit and flare has risen and fallen in popularity throughout the years, this silhouette is a stand-by for any vintage-inspired fashion lover who needs a flattering, yet sophisticated dress. We adore the fit and flare for casual dress or for making an entrance at an evening soiree. Even though the ladies of days past looked picture-perfect when pairing their fit and flare dresses with gloves, hats, and dainty strings of pearls, today we style our fit and flare dresses with cozy cardigans and ankle boots in winter, and opt for cute sandals and dainty jewelry when the sun is shining. The fit and flare dress has twirled its way through the decades, and remains a wardrobe staple for women everywhere! Want to find your perfect fit and flare dress? Shop our collection here, and don't forget to take 30% off your purchase of 4+ items with code OVER, or 15% off your purchase of 3 or less items with code UNDER through tomorrow, 3/7 at 11:59 PM PT! 

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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    Images Via Style Me Pretty

    We'd certainly hope to look as romantic as this! Discover even more springtime inspiration by stopping by The Springtime List and check seasonal style essentials off your list and prepare your wardrobe for the spring days ahead. Don't forget to enjoy 15% off 3 items or less with code UNDER, or take 30% off 4 items or more with code OVER until Friday, 3/6 at 11:59 PM PT.

    xo,
    Ruche

     


  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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    Grab a pen - we've got your springtime fashion checklist right here! With longer (and sunnier) days come even more time to embark on adventures, do a little exploring, and live beautifully. Make sure you're perfectly equipped for all of the springtime fun with our curated list of essentials. Don't dream of stepping into spring without the following must-have from The Springtime List

    An easy-to-wear dresses

    A swimsuit you can make waves in

    Cute sunglasses 

    A lightweight top (we adore a feminine peplum or floral embroidery!)

    Breezy skirts 

    31 Bits jewelry - who doesn't love a statement necklace? 

    Stop by the curated category of springtime essentials and check these must-haves off your list and watch your closet bloom. Spring style has never been easier, espeically when you can take 15% off 3 items or less with code UNDER, or take 30% off 4 items or more with code OVER. Discover seasonal necessities with The Springtime List now!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Monday, March 2, 2015

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    March is upon us and we are one step closer to spring! Freshen up your desktop with this stunning desktop wallpaper featuring a variety of colorful blossoms, and see more free desktop wallpapers here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Sunday, March 1, 2015

    We absolutely love Tiffany Mitchell of Offbeat + Inspired. With every post she has inspired and charmed us by her creativity, unique style, and genuine voice. Our admiration began with her enchanting photography (which you can see almost daily on her captivating Instagram feed) and artwork and continued with the delectable and easy recipes she shares!  Her mission is to live adventurously and creatively doing what she loves and keeping in mind that she is not limited to one thing, that trying new things creates a world of opportunity. We are so excited to have this lovely lady as our Ruchette of the Month! 

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    We can't get enough of the delicious (and beautiful) recipes you share on Offbeat + Inspired. What has been your favorite recipe lately?
    Thank you so much! I would have to say my favorite recipe lately is the Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls I posted most recently on the blog. They are out of this world and I’m always really excited when a recipe like that can be pulled off for my GF friends and family!

    You've expressed your love for the vintage-inspired silhouette of high waisted jeans on Offbeat + Inspired. What are some of your favorite ways to style high waisted jeans?
    I love styling high waisted jeans with a tucked, fitted tee or tank top! If it’s a little too chilly for that alone, I love to layer a shawl or open cardigan with the tucked top, just to add some long lines to the overall look. A simple trick I love too for dressing down a bit is to front-tuck the top and let it drape on the sides and in the back. The last thing I do is pair high waisted jeans with heels. If we’re going long and tall, might as well go all the way!

     What do you love most about being a Ruchette?
    I love the sweet family that Ruche has created. I’ve been following this brand for years and every interaction I’ve had with the company and with the gals who have been featured as Ruchettes has just been absolutely lovely. The adorable fashions and home goods are icing on the cake!

    Your illustrations always make us swoon. How does your personal style influence your artwork?
    Thank you so much! My personal style influences my work in every way. The girls I illustrate wear things I would wear, and their poses, expressions and props represent whatever mood I’m in while I’m creating that piece.

    What can we find you doing when you aren't blogging?Adventuring! I love traveling to new places, even if it’s a rural town I happened to pass through on a random day trip. I love exploring the little convenience stores, diners and cafes because they really speak to that community and help me understand the people that live there. A dream of mine is to do that kind of exploring all over the world!

    Spring is in full swing! What trends or styles are you a fan of this season?
    I’m loving relaxed fits and retro silhouettes. I’m all about combining high-waisted shorts/skirts with softer, more flowy tops and maillot-style swimsuits. Cannot wait for beach season!

    Based on your Instagram, we know you love to brunch just as much as we do! Do you have any favorite spots for brunch in your town of Lexington, KY?
    I do!! Table 310 has a wonderful brunch if you’re looking for something on the fancier side, but if you want to go a little more casual, Doodles is amazing and they have the best mimosas!

    Did you have any New Year's resolutions? Have you kept up with them?
    Yes! To live in the moment! That’s been a big one for me. I find so much more freedom to create and connect with people when I’m only concerning myself with what’s right in front of me. It’s been wonderful and I hope to keep it up!

    Our motto here at Ruche is #LiveBeautifully. How do you live beautifully?
    I would say I live beautifully by slowing down and seeing the beauty in the little things and the people around me. There is so much to see if I choose to stop and open my eyes to it.

    Quick Fire!
    Delicate lace or cozy knits? Cozy knits.
    Flowers or succulents? Succulents.
    Sand or snow? Sand.
    Cake or pie? Pie.
    Phone, keys, wallet, and..... Lip gloss!

    We don't know about you, but we're we adore Tiffany and her sense of adventure and love of creativity! Now we want to try some of those gluten-free cinnamon rolls! You can see more of Tiffany here, and see past Ruchettes of the Month here

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

    Meet Tambra and Oshie! We are so excited to introduce our Head Buyer, Tambra and her adorable pup Oshie! While Tambra is hard at work, it's not unusual to see Oshie exploring the office and greeting all our employees who are more than happy to shower her with love. She's sure to attract attention anywhere she goes since no one can resist her sweet little face. Oshie is a cherished member of our Ruche family and is adored by all who meet her! Learn more about this dynamic duo down below, and be sure to read past Puppy Love Stories here.

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    How did you and your fluffy friend meet?
    We adopted her from a young couple that was unable to keep her. 

    What made you fall in love with them?
    I fell in love with her floppy ears and innocent eyes!

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
    My fiance is from St. Louis MO, and he had the Blues hockey game on. Their all-star player is TJ Oshie- so I said "What if we called her Oshie?" And the name pretty much stuck.tambra-oshie-5

    How would you describe your dog in three words?
    Completely Spoiled Rotten ;)

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?
    We go to the Huntington Beach dog beach! She loves the sand & the sun.

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?
    Yes! We have a Basenji-Jindo mix at home who is 3 years old. They love playing together! Especially hide & seek under the bed.tambra-oshie

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    I get to see her sweet face all day! And she definitely makes the day go by faster. And she loves playing with all the other dogs here in the office!

    Can you share a cute story involving your dog?
    Oshie completely looks up to her big sister (my other dog) and when she gets in trouble she will run and hide underneath my bigger dog for "protection" lol. She follows her everywhere, sometimes I think she loves my other dog more than she loves me!tambra-oshie-4

    We adore our furry friends who keep us company! Hearing the scurry of little paws on the floors instantly brightens up our day. Fall in love with us and meet the rest of the #RuchePuppies in our Puppy Love Stories.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Friday, February 27, 2015

    While we may be ready to step into spring, the flourishing season hasn't quite hit everywhere, yet! Many hometowns of Ruchettes are still experiencing the brisk winter climate left remnants of frost on bare tree branches and blankets of snow to rooftops. Despite the chill factor, we are delighted to see some of our favorite fashionable bloggers take advantage of this weather to create amazing layered ensembles. Many are craving the comfort of toasty knit blankets and cozy fireplaces but these ladies show that winter is nothing to hide from! 

    The always adorable Tieka of Selective Potential looks amazing while beating the cold wearing our Kinley Pleated Dress by BB Dakota layered under our Canonbury Park Maxi Cardigan. She paired these with ribbed tights for extra warmth along with ankle booties and a dainty necklace. We love how she styled her look around hues of blue for a charming winter ensemble!15943155844_a943cefc1a_h

    Kaity of Lovely Friend played with warm tones and layers for this winter look. She paired our Juniper Bliss Textured Dress over a collared white blouse and herringbone vest. She accessorized accordingly with black tights, mustard beanie, and ankle booties. We love how she layered year-round pieces to create a winter look. Kaity is ready for the brisk air in this charming ensemble!lovely-friend

    Courney of Bee Plus You looks radiant in her colorful mix and match snow day ensemble. She paired our floral printed dress with a tweed coat, black tights, and infinity scarf for extra warmth. She layered a dainty floral dress under winter essentials to display her bright prints while keeping warm. We love how she's embracing her gorgeous winter wonderland!

    We love how these Ruchettes don't let a blanket of snow stop them from showing off their personal style in these cozy, yet refined winter ensembles! They are our style inspiration for embracing the cold by utilizing their favorite winter essentials and layered pieces.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

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    ...we would hope for warm weather and bright, clear skies! We love any reason to enjoy a little sunshine, picnic with our loved ones, and spend some time seaside, and with the help of our latest collection, Beyond The Sea, assembling the perfect nautical-inspired outfit is even easier! Even if you can't make waves at the beach, you can still add a coastal touch to any outfit. For a fresh new take on nautical styles that can be worn seaside, at the office, or just about anywhere, visit Beyond the Sea now! 

     xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    The darling fashion & lifestyle blogger Mara of M Loves M always looks stunning in sophisticated outfits, but did you know she also is known to whip up some amazing recipes? This week, she posted her first ever recipe video tutorial featuring a tasty favorite - the crostini! Perfect for a small bite or appetizer, the crostini is a simple, yet refined culinary creation that provides the perfect space for playing with savory and sweet flavor combinations. We can't wait to try the crostini recipes that Mara crafted, so hit "play" on the video below and prepare for some foodie inspiration!

    Ready to create your very own crostinis?

    Here is your crostini shopping list:

    Baguette
    Cherry tomatoes
    Pesto
    Burrata cheese {or mozzarella} 
    Balsamic vinaigrette {love the one from Trader Joes}
    Cream cheese
    Parsley
    Chives
    Basil
    Smoked salmon / lox
    Dill
    Brie
    Blackberries
    Honey
    Mint (optional)

    Crostinis Three Ways:
    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

    Toss 1 cup of cherry tomatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes

    Slice a baguette into ½-inch slices. Arrange onto a baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until toasted. Let it cool slightly.

    Pesto, Burrata and Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini
    Spread the pesto onto a toasted baguette slice, top with burrata cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

    Salmon and Herbed Cream Cheese Crostini
    Bring 8-oz cream cheese to room temperature. Then add to a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives and ¼-cup chopped basil. Combine with a spoon until it’s evenly mixed.

    Spread herbed cream cheese onto toasted baguette slices. Add smoked salmon and top with fresh dill.

    Brie, Blackberry and Honey Crostini
    Add the brie cheese to the toasted baguette. Top with one blackberry and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle fresh mint leaves on top. 

    These crostinis are just as delicious as they are lovely! You can see more fashion & lifestyle features with Mara on our blog, and you can learn more about this lovely gal and her adventures with her cute pup Ginger and husband Matthew on M Loves M!


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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Meet Suzanne and Dexter! Customer service representative Suzanne and her bouncing ball of fluff Dexter are always happy to assist our local customers swinging by for one hour pickup, or resolving inquiries via email and telephone. While Suzanne is hard at work helping Ruchettes, Dexter keeps himself entertained with one of his many toys, or by basking in the attention he gets from any employees or customers that pass him by. Trust us when we say that his energetic and friendly disposition (plus incredibly cute puppy dog eyes) make walking by without doting on him simply impossible! Learn more about this too-cute twosome by reading on below, and be sure to read past Puppy Love Stories heresuz-dexter

    How did you and your fluffy friend meet? 
    My boyfriend and I have been looking for a puppy for a couple of years. When we would meet one that we loved, the timing would just not be right. One day, we stopped by a puppy place for the nth time and we saw Dexter with his big round eyes. He was very calm and sweet and there was just an instant connection and we just knew that we had to take him home with us!

    What made you fall in love with them?  
    He always prefers to cuddle and he is just the sweetest. He also has such a calm and loving energy. When we met him, he instantly became attached to me. Instead of running around and playing. he preferred to sit beside me.

    How did you decide on the name for your dog?
     
    I wanted a name that started with the letter "D". I remembered the name "Dexter" from the show and it was just perfect. He needed a name that sounds vicious to make him seem tough because in reality, he's such a sweet and friendly dog!suz-dexter-2

    How would you describe your dog in three words?
    Charming, loving and funny.

    What are some things you and your dog enjoy doing together?   
    Dexter loves to cuddle. He likes to be held. No matter if Im just sitting, he would sleep on my lap or I would hold him like a baby. He can stay in that position for a long time.

    Do you have any other pets? If not, do you see yourself adopting again?Someday when I get a bigger place that has a yard, I would get another dog. We want Dexter to have a puppy brother or sister that he can play with!suz-dexter-3

    What are some of the benefits of having your dog by your side at work?
    Dexter loves being around people. I like bringing him to work because he gets lots of attention and love from the people I work with. I also feel more at ease when I'm with him. He's like a comforting stuffed toy, only fluffier.

    Can you share a cute story involving your dog?  
    Dexter loves attention from people. For the first time during the holiday, we took him with us to an outdoor mall. Since it was the holidays, there were a lot of people around. Literally every two minutes, people would come up to him and play with him. He was very excited and loved all the attention he was getting. Although, about half way into walking, he got too tired and decided to just flop his body on the ground!suz-dexter-4
    Aw, aren't these two simply adorable? We love having #RuchePuppies to play with and remind us to get a little sunshine once in awhile in the office. Discover even more puppy love here!

    xo,
    Ruche


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