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  • Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Meet the darling Lauren Kelp! This gorgeous gal is one talented lady; she's a blogger, interior decorator, offers design services, and a photo shoot stylist. The best part? Her aesthetic and eye for design is incredible! Lucky for us, she's taking over our Instagram this weekend, and we can't wait to see how she lives beautifully! Be sure to follow her #livebeautifully Instagram takeover on @shopruche and don't forget to follow her day to day adventures on @laurenkelp as well! We asked Lauren about the 8 things every happy woman should have, and here is what she said! 

    1. A go-to drink.
    Paloma! Tequila, fresh squeezes grapefruit juice, sparkling water, and a dash of lime juice - it is absolute heaven.

    2. A go-to Karaoke song.
    Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams."

    3. A uniform.
    Skinny jeans, my Frye boots, a tucked in white button down, and a fun belt. It's classic & not to cumbersumb when on set styling.

    4. A hair stylist they love.
    Anyone who manages to tame my tangled locks. Thankfully, messy beach hair is in style.

    5. An exercise routine.
    Hiking! If I am stuck on a project, or need some inspiration, I just throw on my boots and get on a mountain.

    6. A hobby.
    Oh, man! Some of my favorite summer hobbies are camping, watching bad cop shows, and perfecting the art of the summer dinner party.

    7. A best friend.
    I have some of the most amazing friends a gal could ask for, but I couldn't function without my sister (sweetest person), my husband (funniest person), and my creative community here in Phoenix.

    8. A healthy sense of self.
    Remembering to not take myself to seriously, love others more, and be a good listener.

    -- Lauren Kelp

    For more things Lauren Kelp, we love her series Tablemakers and Well Dressed Creative! Fall in love with this innovative beauty this weekend when she takes over our Instagram, and see how she lives beautifully! 



  • Friday, July 25, 2014

    Just in case you missed out on our spectacular birthday celebration at the 31 Bits headquarters in Costa Mesa, you can catch up on all the birthday fun with our recap video! The day was filled with flavorful cotton candy, cupcakes, champagne, cute clothes, and laughter. We couldn't have had more fun at our 6th birthday, and we couldn't have done it without our awesome sponsors and Ruchettes! Plus, how adorable is CEO Josh and CCO Mai's little girl Amelie? 

    See more of the fun on Instagram using hashtag #RucheTurns6 and see more photos here


  • Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Ever saw a dress, jacket, pair of booties, or statement necklace on our site and wondered how to style it? We have the answer, and it can be found in our collection of Ruchette Outfits. A Ruchette Outfit is a recipe for impeccable style. When you shop the collection on our site, each row is made up of four pieces, which make up a perfectly stylish outfit! View our video featuring a few of our employees in their favorite Ruchette Outfits - aren't they simply adorable?

    Stop by our site to view the collection and discover a Ruchette Outfit you adore!


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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    At our 6th birthday party we challenged our Ruchettes to explain how they #livebeautifully! After receiving an overwhelming amount of beautiful responses, we randomly chose our winner - Mollie! We were happy to reward her with a $100 gift card to Ruche, a year subscription to Darling Magazine, and a gorgeous 31 Bits Necklace.  

    If you missed out on the birthday festivities, you can catch up relive the fun with our video and don't forget to see Mollie's winning answer here! We're so excited and we want to thank all of our vendors and Ruchettes again! Thank you for another amazing year. 


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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Besides walks on the beach, endless ice cream cones, long, sunlight-filled days, and refreshing glasses of lemonade, summery style is one of our favorite parts of the warm weather months! We love being able dress in light, breezy dresses, skirts, and sandals during the day and layer with cozy open knits and cute boots come nightfall. Our Ruchettes have impeccable summer style, and here are just a few that we are swooning over! 

    Sometimes Gracefully's Grace looks adorable in this flowing tunic dress in a stunning shade of blue. We love how she dressed it up with opaque tights and heels. This look would be perfect for a night out! 

    Caitlin of Vougish at Best (and her equestrian friend!) look simply adorable! We love Caitlin's nautical tank - a summertime essential! It looks darling layered over her pleated skirt and sparking sandals. 

    The Blue Curtain's Lizette looks stunning in this top and maxi combination. Along we being a look we always love, her belt and scarf make this outfit perfect for transitioning to the cooler days of fall. Plus, how gorgeous are her long locks? We're in love! 

    Elana, author of Room 334 looks darling in this mix and match ensemble! We love how she tied her striped tee over this darling floral frock. Her vest and cutout sandals make this an outfit perfect for any sunny summer day. 

    Who knew summer style could be so darling? From pattern mixing to maxi dresses and mini silhouettes, these Ruchettes have found a way to incorporate their favorite Ruche styles into their summer wardrobe, and we couldn't be more excited! 


    Are you a fashionable blogger, too? Join our Blogger Family! Send your Ruche outfits to for a chance to become featured. *Please note that all outfits must include at least one Ruche item.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Behold! Our latest culinary obsession: the crostini. While a "crostini" isn't much more than a fancy word for delicious baked bread coated in spices, oils, and a variety of toppings, we love how this snack can be made a simple or as complex as one desires. "Crostini" is also Italian for "little toasts," which is pretty adorable and just another reason we love this treat. These party-perfect treats are perfect finger foods for your next celebration or summer picnic. Easily customizable to a variety of tastes and preferences, it's easy to craft a plate of crostinis that will please everyone. We narrowed it down to five must-try recipes when it comes to this yummy dish! 

    Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream: Homemade pesto isn't only simple and easy to prepare at home, but it is always a crowd-pleaser! Freshly prepared pesto can't be beat, and when it is smothered on top of toasty bread with lemon cream sauce, your guests will be too busy devouring these "little toasts" to tell you how much they love them! Find the recipe here.

    Persimmon Bruschetta: For a recipe that is delicious as is it beautiful, try this crostini! The bold hues and hints of ricotta make this an essential to whip up in your kitchen! A great appetizer or party dish, we are enamored with this recipe. 

    Toasted Goat Cheese Crostini with Basil and Red Onion Jam: Goat cheese, red onion, and basil? Say no more! This simple, vegetarian-friendly crostini recipe is easy to prepare for a elegant dinner party or impromptu gathering. Plus, the red onion jam this recipe calls for would be a delish leftover to spread on sandwiches. 

    Roasted Carrot Harissa and Creme Fraiche Crostini: This delightful and fancy crostini is a savory and spicy dish that we can't get enough of! A versatile dish, the ingredients can be easily tweaked to your (or your guests') liking! Put on your favorite vintage apron and spend some time in the kitchen crafting these tasty treats. Find the recipe here

    Smoked Salmon on Mustard-Chive and Dill Butter Toasts: This recipe definitely has us ready to start cooking. The combination of salmon, dill, and lemon is always heavenly, and when combined on a sliced baguette, the results are swoonworthy! Upgrade any party with this new spin on a classic appetizer. 

    Now that you're inspired (and probably a little hungry!) which of these crostini recipes is at the top of your list? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Monday, July 21, 2014

    Our day may start at the office, but it certainly doesn't end there! After work, we enjoy meeting friends for happy hour, dinner dates with our significant others, exploring the downtown nightlife, and much more! Because we need our style to take us from the office to anywhere, we crafted a feature surrounding taking your style from day to night. 'Round the Clock is all about simple and easy ways to quickly transform business casual to a night on the town. 

    View the feature for tips, essential pieces, and accessories! 


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  • Sunday, July 20, 2014

    At our 6th birthday celebration, we asked our Ruchettes to tell us how they lived beautifully. After entering their words of wisdom, they were entered into a giveaway to win a $100 Ruche gift card, subscription to Darling Magazine, and a 31 Bits necklace. Congratulations to our winner Mollie, and thanks for being an amazing Ruchette! Keep living beautifully.


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  • Friday, July 18, 2014

    This past week marked a milestone for us - we turned six! That's six years of encouraging women to #livebeautifully, pretty frocks, cute puppies, and lots and lots of cupcakes. We feel so fortunate to do what we love each and every day here at Ruche, and we know we couldn't do it without you! The gals at 31 Bits were kind enough to allow us to host our event at their amazing headquarters. In addition to all the local Ruchettes that celebrated with us, our friends from Darling Magazine, Bon Puf, Art With Nature, Crown Bloom Co., Honeypie, and the darling Mara of M Loves M joined in on the fun. In case you weren't able to attend, here is a quick recap of the day's festivities: 

    Mara of M Loves M was looking positively glam in a maxi dress from Dear Creatures and holding a pink lemonade cupcake!

    We loved the bold flower centerpieces provided to us from Art With Nature! Not only did they complement the rest of our party decor perfectly, but aren't the hues swoonworthy?

    Our Head Stylist Sarah and Head Buyer Tambra celebrate with darling glasses of pink champagne! We loved celebrating with our Ruche family and our Ruchettes. 

    The cutest guest at our soiree was easily little Amelie. How adorable is she in her flower crown? You can see Amelie's adventures on her Instagram

    Our pop up shop was definitely a success. Our Ruchettes were so excited to purchase our styles in person! We were stocked with pretty detailed dresses, breezy tops, and pretty statement jewelry. 

    Our Creative Coordinator Orchid crafted this amazing tassel wall that functioned as a backdrop for photos! Here our Products Manager Laura, C.C.O. and Founder Mai, Baby Ruchette Amelie, Mara, and V.P. of Operations Tiffany are all smiles! 

    Here she is in action! Amelie vs. a pink lemonade cupcake (spoiler alert: Amelie won!). 

    Our festivities were filled with pretty flower crowns made by the talented Crown Bloom Co.! Her crowns were crafted with real flowers, making them all the more lush. 

    What would a Ruche celebration be without Brandon and Kristin Kidd? Here they are with the lovely Mai! The photographer husband and wife duo can also be seen in our summer lookbook, Let's Get Lost

    Our friends from Darling Magazine stopped by to enjoy the party and share their amazing publication! You can purchase their last two issues here and here

    Marketing Associate Athena, Marketing Coordinator Sam and Advertising Coordinator Maya look darling in denim, florals and 31 Bits necklaces!

    The soundtrack to our birthday was provided by the soothing sounds of Honeypie! They sang a combination of covers of our favorite songs and their original hits. We couldn't get enough! 

    Order Fulfillment Manager Jamie, Customer Service Representative Taylor and Products Assistant Brie toast another birthday for Ruche! 

    Marketing Assistant Hannah and Customer Service Representative Taylor pose for a photo outside of the amazing 31 Bits location, which actually used to be an airline hangar. 

    Cloe of Bon Puf spins her gourmet-flavored confectionery creations. We can't decide if our favorite flavor of her tasty cotton candy was pear or salted caramel... so yummy! 

    31 Bits Brand Director Jessie and Office Manager Courtney look darling in their necklaces. We're so lucky to have teamed up with them for our birthday party event!

    CCO and Founder Mai and Photogapher Stephanie Williams share a moment of birthday excitement! Mai looks stunning in a Crown Bloom Co. flower crown and 31 Bits necklace. 

    We can't thank our loyal Ruchettes and vendors enough for helping us make our birthday party the best it could be! The day was truly amazing and we are looking forward to celebrating with everyone again next year. 


    P.S. See last year's birthday blog post featuring five fun facts about Ruche! And see all our friends pictures from the event here.

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Planning a cocktail party doesn't have to be difficult! A night of delightful libations with friends should filled with great conversation and memories instead of stress. When it comes to preparing your own soiree, don't become overwhelmed by every detail. Don't get us wrong - we love the little things like swizzle sticks, pretty glassware, and ornate hors d'oeuvres, but the important thing is to enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest! We complied a handy guide for throwing a cocktail party to remember so you can sit back, relax, and have fun! 

    Plan Your Menu: Begin planning your food and drinks by choosing a color, flavor, or regional theme for your party to ensure the flavors compliment one another. As a bonus, many ingredients can be used in a variety of ways, which cuts down on shopping time and costs! Decide exactly what you're going to be serving so you can buy the appropriate amount of things ahead of time such as ice, types of plates, and glassware if needed.    

    Food: For a cocktail party, we love hors d'oeuvres and finger foods to keep guests appetites satisfied. Instead of preparing a large meal, you can craft an array gourmet snacks so everyone is guaranteed to find something they love. Things like mini quiches, stuffed mushrooms, decadent party mixes, and various chips and dips are always a necessity. Don't forget lots of napkins for easy snacking! 

    Drinks: We recommend choosing a few specialty cocktails to wow your guests, and then choosing a simple, classic cocktails with just a few ingredients so you aren't overwhelmed. We love making large quantities of drinks like sangria or margaritas and leaving them in refrigerated pitchers for easy serving and little prep time. Make sure to include a variety of options with versatile mixers like ginger ale, tonic water, cola, or a lemon-lime soda to ensure that you have a plethora of options for your guests to choose from. For your signature cocktails, try infusing them with fresh, seasonal fruity flavors like watermelon, berries, and orange. Here are a few cocktail recipes we would love to include at our next get-together!
    1. Spoon Fork Bacon's Arancello
    2. Love and Lemon's Jalapeno Margaritas
    3. Spoon Fork Bacon's Blackberry Meyer Lemon
    4. Love and Lemon's Blood Orange Bourbon

    Decor: For any party, be sure to rearrange the furniture in your space to facilitate a welcoming atmosphere and make it easy for your guests to mingle. Shift couches and chairs against walls and facing one another to create places to sit without isolating your guests. We love a touch of festive decor, so feel free to hang a banner or cover your table with a pretty tablecloth that matches the theme you determined for your food and beverages! Even if your space isn't equipped with a full bar, you can always set up a bar cart or fashion a table to function as you bar!

    Final Touches: When it comes to the day of your soiree, you should only have to worry about the final touches. Make sure your bar area is prepped by stocking glassware, coasters, and an ice cooler in addition to the ice in your fridge. Any cocktails that require fresh squeezed fruit juice should be prepped the day of, while some appetizers can be prepped ahead of time and just popped in the oven so they are fresh when your guests arrive. 

    Images from Style Me Pretty Living

    Get Dressed: Once you have all of your refreshments in order, you can change into more dressy attire! For a cocktail party, we love occasion dresses from shift to a-line and fit and flare. A touch of sparkle never hurt, either! The most important thing is that you're comfortable, so make sure no matter what you choose, it's a look you love! For those warm summer nights, a breezy sleeveless dress is perfect for making your way from the patio to the kitchen and back to your living area or dining area. 

    There you have it, Ruchettes! Everything you need for throwing a cocktail party that even Martha Stewart herself would be proud of. You can even take a look at our past cocktail recipes here! Enjoy! 


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